Need for Speed Official Trailer

I usually don’t post videos or trailers but as you may or may not know, scenes from the new Need for Speed movie were filmed in my hometown of Columbus, GA over the summer. Footage included in this trailer was filmed right here on our 13th St Bridge! I wasn’t able to watch the actual filming but it’s very exciting to get to see a place where I drive all the time in a big screen flick. Not sure if I’ll like the movie, but I think I’ll have to watch it just for these shots!

What did you think of the trailer? Will you watch? If you’re from Columbus, GA, were you able to see the bridge and how excited are you?

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Adore Me Lingerie

I found an lingerie site that, with sign up, you could receive 50% off your first order so I decided to order myself some since my collection at this time is almost nonexistent.  After looking through the site, I decided I was really interested in something sexy to sleep in. After all, who doesn’t like to feel sexy when they’re asleep?

I did a little research and decided on a black babydoll set. I chose it because it looked like it wasn’t TOO revealing and because it looked like it might be sort of comfy to sleep in.

IMG_4408[1]The box arrived a little smashed but I just love mail so I couldn’t WAIT to open.

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Again, love the packaging. What a fun gift for myself!
IMG_4410[1]Here’s the set that arrived. I do like it but it looks a little too see-through for me. We’ll have to see how well it looks on but I might return for a different style.

I completely recommend this site though. The customer service reps were very nice and answered every question that I had extremely quickly. They even have reps available on instant message so that you don’t have to bother with calling or emails. I wish every site was this easy to order from!

What do you think? Have you ever ordered from Adore Me and how was your experience? Please share!

Maltitude Grand Opening

Last Friday was the grand opening for Malitude, Columbus’ first craft beer and wine specialty store!

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Located on the main strip of Broadway, this dog friendly beer and wine shop is an awesome new addition to the growing Downtown scene. With bike stands, build your own six-pack stations, and the first growler filling/refilling store (to my knowledge) in C-Town, Maltitude already has the ability to attract customers from all different walks of life. The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable and didn’t look down on me at all for not being a craft beer connoisseur.

IMG_4413[1]I absolutely adore the dog drinking station! It was really awesome getting to see people bring in their pups instead of leaving them out on the sidewalk. Got me thinking that now all we need is a dog park nearby!

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We wandered around looking at everything and eventually decided on one of the mix and match six-packs. Even ran into some old friends at the register!  After check out, we decided to head out to streets to enjoy our brews while listening to the Outdoor Concert Series.

I can already tell that this new store is quickly going to become a Columbus favorite!

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Planet Pops!

If you’ve read my previous post about Steel City Pops, you should already have an idea of how much of a popsicle shop lover I am. Well guess what?? Columbus, GA has recently gained it’s very own pop-shop!! It’s located downtown right next to the Black Cow restaurant on 12th St. They have new flavors every day and have recently completed a new website that should be updated often.

 www.planetpops.net

We decided to add fresh popsicles to our Tuesday night bike riding ritual and here are some pictures of our first trip!

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The inside is gorgeously redone and much bigger than you’d think. I spoke with the owner and he stated that he too had gone to Steel City in Birmingham and had loved the idea so much, that he decided we needed one here as well! Small world, right?

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I decided to get a little crazy this time and order the Coffee and Cream. So good!! At first it tastes like strong coffee then you start to get the sweetness of the cream. Would be a great after meal dessert.

Can’t wait to get back and taste ALL of the other fun flavors!!

Dancing Needles War Eagle Special!

Dancing Needles is a cute local boutique store that I love to order gifts from. They are always having great specials and deals that I hear about through their Facebook page. Unfortunately, they are located a little far from my office and close before I can get over there so rarely do I get to grab one of these great bargains. I am so glad that I was able to participate in this one!

Since Alabama and Auburn won their games over the weekend, Dancing Needles celebrated by giving their football loving customers a free gift. All that was required of you was to run by the store and yell “Roll Tide” or “War Eagle”. Not one to miss a deal of any kind and huge AU fan, I made my way down and excitedly yelled War Eagle. Here’s the cute cup that they made for me!
IMG_4411[1]Interested in a free cup of your own? Keep an eye on their Facebook age for new weekly deals and specials. This week I hear they’re having a Georgia tumbler or wine glass giveaway!

Check them out at www.facebook.com/DancingneedlesGA

Floral Reminders

Sometimes in life we let tensions build up because we afraid to let  the other person know where we stand. We come to resent the things that bother us in others that we ourselves are afraid to point out.

The other day, the BF (JB), and I had an argument. We both shouted our needs, disappointments, and desires in a desperate attempt to be understood. I’m not saying that yelling at each other is the way to go but sometimes it helps to release all of the pent-up frustration that can come from two separate entities attempting to forge their lives together.

We’re both strong-willed and set in our ways. There are things that both of us need to make us feel essential and important that the other is not always able to give. It’s the ability to continue to build and grow together even after these superficial fractures that make it possible to continue to strive towards somethings bigger.

“The difference from ordinary and extraordinary is a little extra effort.”

Here are the flowers that JB had delivered to my office today!

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Getting Fit and Fab

As a 5’1 foodie, I’ve always struggled with my weight. At my thinnest I weighed 105 lbs and I was 200 lbs at my heaviest.

In a perfect world, I could eat the things that I love like fried chicken, french fries or hash-browns, bone marrow, chicken skin (hmmmmm), or Chinese buffets. Alas, the world is not a perfect place and everything I put into my body manages to stick straight to my hips, or thighs, or arms, or pretty much anywhere. I know that I have terrible diet habits and like all of the wrong foods but you only live once so why should I have to give up the very things that make life worth living??

Trying to grocery shop while counting calories becomes an even more stressful activity. Anything cheap is nutritiously void and easy to locate, however, fruit and veggie prices are sky-high and only take up one small section of the store.

It doesn’t help that every time I talk to a friend about working out or eating healthy, they tell me about some new fad diet that they are on this week. One is on the Paleo, another Keto, someone else I know is consuming zero carbs. It’s so confusing trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t!

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In the past I’ve done juice diets which become cumbersome and exhausting with the cleansing of thousands of juicer components.  Why are there so many pieces?? If I had known about that, I would never have bought such an expensive contraption. Honestly, I haven’t been able to look at a cucumber the same way since.

I tried the Adkins Diet. I liked it and it worked but I guess it comes down to the fact that I like bread more. Life’s too short, right?

I tried Weight Watchers and really enjoyed it. I lost 40 lbs from my heaviest weight by keeping track of my intake and attending meetings once a week. The classroom environment and sticker/key chain reward system were great and made me feel like I was in control again. For the first time in my life, I could see a food product and have a decent idea of how it was going to affect my body. I fastidiously checked labels for carbs, fats, and fiber like it was going out of style. I was that person who had to tell you why you’d better not toss that certain food down your gullet. Better yet, I could eat fast food, drink beer, and still lose weight! Sounds great right??  On the bad side, its expensive (back then my insurance was paying for it), and easy to fall out of when you no longer have time for the weekly meetings.

Which brings me to where I am now. According to the BMI, or Body Mass Index, I’m considered obese. Now, I may be slightly overweight but in no way do I consider myself obese. I consider myself healthy and would like to be just a little bit healthier (fitting back into that old swimsuit would be a nice plus too!). This year I’ve been trying to workout more and try, when possible, to eat a little better. I’m hoping that I can retrain myself back down to my ideal weight without the structure of some diet or class.

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In May of this year I signed up for a local gym and trainer once a week. Where I was once going to the gym and running on the treadmill or elliptical almost every day for 30-60 mins, my exercise plan has dwindled down to once a week bike rides and the usual trainer meeting.  Well today I’ve decided to quit being lazy, take my insecurities in hand, and make a new change.

When I moved to my new place, one of the perks was that it was so close to my gym. This means I could go multiple times in a day if I want…or not. Finally moved in and decently settled, I went to bed early last night and set my alarm for 6:30 this morning. For the first time EVER, I am a morning gym worker-outer! Go Me!!

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After a 30 minute elliptical run this morning, I felt accomplished and ready to take on the day! I even had enough time to make myself a healthy breakfast and lunch. No more fast food lunches! I was even a few minutes early for work!

I know it’s early (after only one day) but I feel like I’m on my way to a new habit and healthier lifestyle. Doing it in the morning, I won’t feel so bad when I don’t feel like sweating after a long day. Also, with working out and adjusting what I’m eating, I think I may even be able to treat myself to those favorite foods I always feel so guilty consuming!

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Wish me luck!!

Ipsy Subscription September

This month I signed up for a new box called Ipsy. It’s only $10 a month and each month comes with/in a cute makeup bag! Here’s some information about this subscription service from the site:

“Michelle Phan has inspired countless women around the world through her beauty video tutorials on YouTube. Every day, the question Michelle gets asked the most is: “What are the right products for me?”

With infinite beauty product combinations in the marketplace, choosing the best items for your needs can be a challenge! That was why Michelle created ipsy. Michelle and her team of stylists have selected products they love, for you to try.

Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. ”

Sounds promising, right? Here’s what I received this month:

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When the mailperson walked in with this shiny pink envelope, I got so excited! I love shiny things!

1368843_10151919159307146_1530938995_nThis month’s glam bag is adorable and I love the pattern!

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The Life Palette is a sample pallet from the Em Cosmetics line themed around “Career Life”.  It’s a pretty small sample so I’m not sure if I’ll try but the colors are pretty. 1368708_10151919159182146_1798372524_nIt’s So Big Volumizing Mascara from Elizabeth Mott

I love getting mascara in boxes. They are all so different and it’s really nice to get to experiment with a nice brand.

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John Frieda makes hair products that really work with my flat, fine hair. I’ll be putting these to use ASAP!

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NYX Eyeshadow in Sparkle White

I’m not a huge pencil user since I prefer liquid liner but it’s nice to have a backup and I do swear by black. I’m not sure if I’m sold on this color eyeshadow yet as it looks a little shiny green in the light but I have used this brand before and it’s usually very pretty on. I really hope this turns out more gold than green!

So that’s it for my Ipsy Glam Bag. So far, I definitely wasn’t as impressed as with Birchbox but I do love the little bag included. I wonder how many little makeup bags I actually need though. I’ll probably try this once more and if the quality doesn’t improve for me, I’ll cancel.

www.ipsy.com

BONUS!

These weren’t from Ipsy but I wanted to share anyway as they came in the mail the same day!

1368710_10151919159057146_919795501_nFound these on Sale from The Classy Touch Boutique for about $16 a piece and just had to order! Cute, right??

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Please make sure to leave some thoughts and comments for me 🙂

September Birchbox

This month happens to be Birchbox’s anniversary and so is themed around heritage.. Here’s what the insert card has to say:

“The best part about beauty? It’s not the glitter or the gloss, or even those antioxidants from far-off lands. It’s the stories. Every brand we work with, from the just-hatched to the iconic, has its own fascinating history. Just look at Ruffian, a New York-based fashion label started by two designers with a flair for Victorian drama. Their first nail lacquer collection – which all our subscribers will get to try this month – was inspired by the runways but voted on by you. File that away for party conversation when someone compliments your mani.

This also happens to be our anniversary month, and we can’t let it pass without thanking the people who have helped create our story: our members. All we had was an idea – we needed you to add the magic.”

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This month 100 subscribers could receive a $100 voucher in their box to spend in the online shop. Unfortunately, I didn’t get this in mine as I have a good idea of what I would have spent it on!

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Beauty Protector Protect & Condition/Shampoo – Full-size $21.95 each

Seems like I’ve been receiving quite a few shampoos and conditioners lately. I like these sample more when they come in bottles as the soft tear packages are hard to keep and use in an organized manner. I haven’t tried yet, but since I recently moved out, all necessary products like shampoo are greatly appreciated!

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Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Cream SPF 45+ – Full-size $39

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – Full-size $14.50

I’ve gotten this BB cream in a box before and as a lover of all BB creams, whenever I run out of my larger tubes, I immediate reach for these so it’s always nice to have some backup in stock. As for the Nipple Balm, I’ve very excited to use this product. It’s description states that it was originally made for nursing moms which to me means that it’s got to be safe and very hydrating. It also says that you can use this on lips, cuticles, and elbows as needed. I’ll toss this in my purse and I’m sure it will come in hand when I’m out and about, especially with fall right around the corner.

Last but not least, this is the product that I’m most excited about using.

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Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Fox Hunt – Full-size $10

When I first set eyes on this color, i was a little hesitant. It looks like a burnt orange and I’ve never been someone who orange looks great on. I was willing to give this a change since it looked like a good fall color and I am an Auburn fan (WDE!) and I absolutely ADORE this color on!! The polish goes on super smooth and shiny as well. I didn’t even have to use a clear coat! I really hope they include more colors in upcoming boxes.

Feel free to share what you received in your box too!

 

Putting a Bow on Friday the 13

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It’s Friday the 13th so what do we do to celebrate? Why, get a new tattoo of course!

Black Lotus Tattoo Gallery had a special running just for this special occasion. For the low price of only $13, you could choose any of the pre-selected designs to commemorate this dreaded date! Not one to turn down a good deal, I anxiously awaited escaping my office, jumping in line and adding a new art piece to my body.

I arrived at the shop around 6:30 pm. Luckily for me, my roommate had gone early and put our names on the waiting list already because the place was PACKED. Around 30 people were milling about and looking at designs. The staff seemed stressed and unhappy. I mean, I’d be a little ornery too if I was hot, overworked, and dealing with picky people for only $13 a piece. Granted they did bring it on themselves by creating this event but a bit more organization would have gone a long way!

We waited 3 1/2 hours before it was our turn which would not have been terrible if it had not been super hot in the building. That aside, once I was taken to the back to get started, I was like a silly school girl getting her very first tattoo. My awkward nervousness forced me to repeatedly assure him that this was not an ink virgin. I had decided on a little bow between my shoulders.”Make it bright pink and very preppy please!”, I said. Overall, I think he did a great job but I may go back and get someone to add a little more color.

Here’s me looking very excited about it.

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I also didn’t realize that I would not be able to see this very well and I’m still figuring out how to take care of it from feel alone.

Would you get a tattoo for $13?

Sometimes it’s more about the story than the ending. 

http://blacklotustattoogallery.com/