Monday, February 16, 2015

bending the rules.


if you know me, you would know that i have my moments where i like to stick to the book. i will follow the rules and do what i'm told. then there are other moments, where i will go against the flow and go in rebel mood.

well, today is one of those moments - where bending the rules are definitely going to be more than necessary...especially when it comes to bending the rules with my friends at HP and with the adorable, oh so talented Meghan Trainor.

but let's talk about what i mean by bending the rules. it means that my laptop is cooler than your laptop 'cause it bends the rule. while your laptop stays in one position, my new HP x360 laptop can be not in just one, but four different modes: laptop, tablet, tent and stand. complete 360 degree capability to allow the unique flexibility!


HOLLA! now you can see how rules should be bent when it comes to something as sweet as this laptop! i see those eyes growing rounder and those jaws dropping. you know it!

i'm also a fan of its sleek size and shape, perfect for when i am on the go - and i am always on the go! and the beats speakers (we are talking dr. dre, people) are one of my favorite features for my music (it's all about that bass people - hehe, i'm so punny *wink*) and for those netflix binge marathons with Ryan.


and since we are on the top of 4 when it comes to the 4 modes of the x360, we were asked to feature 4 of our favorite things - and lately, if you've been following me via instagram, i've been posting doodles from my drawing book. last semester, i was learning to adjust to the change of schedule with my current full time job and teaching and just life that i didn't make as much as i should have creatively. and to be honest, it got to me. i could feel my creative part of me shriveling up. so i made it a goal this year to get back into writing, blogging and drawing. anyone else relate? so these are four of my favorites page from my drawing book. nothing spectacular but to me, it just feels good to get pen to paper.

anyways, like i mentioned earlier, this pots is not only a partnership with the good people of HP but also with one of my favorite artists, Meghan Trainor! come on - i know i'm not the only one singing "All About That Bass" or " Lips Are Moving" in the car with the radio speakers at full blast or in the shower, using the shampoo bottle as a microphone. i'll be following her tour on this landing page here, so i invite you to join me!

this post was sponsored by HP and by Megan Trainor's All About that Base tour. dear friends, thank you for your support so that i have the opportunity to feature sponsored posts like these. you rock! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

man, i'm in a good mood.


for reals, people.

i'm in a good mood. i am going to completely blame it on the sunshine - which inspired me to bring out my new favorite pair of shades from Glasses Shop. their called the salinas with clear and BRIGHT orange frames. they are the perfect pair to grab on the way to the beach or for a sunday afternoon drive. so fun! (can you tell? i'm already so ready for summer!)



and the fact that i'm having one of those weeks where things are clicking on all cylinders. you know what i'm screaming? FEELING GOOD, PEOPLE! and i'm also loving all the red and pink and hearts and lovey-dovey-ness of this week. like i told my class the other day, when they were all bashing on valentine's day. and i told them that i am one of those cliche, cheesy weirdos that actually love valentine's day, so sue me. (#michaelscott)

with how crazy and messy life can be, you got to celebrate every good thing that comes one's way. even the paper hearts and valentines candy and a sweet husband who loves me every single day. (hashtag blessed. hashtag lucky. hashtag i know i got it good.)

and because of my good mood, i think i'm in a list mood, too. you, too?
good. i knew we were good friends.

Making : triple chocolate chip cookies 
Cooking: nothing at the moment if you count baking cookies as cooking 
Drinking : lots more extra cups of coffee. 5am, 10am, maaaaybe 3pm if i can't help.
Reading : one plus one by jojo moyes (loved me before you so i have high hopes for this one)  
Wanting: a puppy dog so so so bad 
Looking: forward to some super exciting things taking place this upcoming year *insert monkey covering mouth emoji* 
Planning: our yearly vacation 
Wasting: too much time binge watching tv shows (but technically if you are enjoying the shows, it's not wasting, right?)
Sewing: not much sewing at all these days. weird 'cause that used to my daily life and now i haven't picked up a needle and thread. don't know if that is sad or a relief. maybe both. 
Wishing: for march to get here already so that my family can all be together again 
Enjoying: this fast-paced but wonderful life with Ryan 
Waiting: for the timer to go off for my chocolate chip cookies to be done baking 
Liking: too many pictures on instagram. anyone else spend too much time on there?
Wondering: how many sour patch kids would fit inside of a the eiffel tower 
Loving: my recent addition of gel pens 
Hoping: i never really grow up and take life too seriously 
Marveling: at God's abundant goodness
Needing: those chocolate chip cookies to be done baking in the oven already 
Smelling: chocolate chip cookies (unintentional theme) 
Wearing: the top i wore to work today but then sweats and my fluffy pink house slippers 
Following: (or trying) too many to-do lists 
Noticing: how quickly God moves when He gets things going
Knowing: God is faithful 
Thinking: about the future 
Bookmarking: vacation planning sites 
Opening: way too many windows on my computer 
Giggling: over random text messages from my sisters 
Feeling: excited 


and btw the way, guys, thanks for your sweet welcoming-me-back-to-blogging comments. 
you guys are truly the best. 

and now i hear my timer finally going off. ta-ta. off to stuff my face. 

taking stock list inspired by pip and sydney

P.S. Discount code for anyone who wants to be my sunglasses twin! Use IleneJ20 for 20% off of ANYTHING on glassesshop.com - or if you are in need of just frames, take 45% off with discount code Y2B45. woohoo!!!! 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

meet my new best friend, sprout.



sooooo....i've mentioned my brand new toy to you guys before. in the previous post and if you stalk follow me via instagram, you know i was screaming from the rooftops about this baby! but if you haven't been introduced, please allow me...

this is my new friend, Sprout.

yup, like those adorable little green shoots you see out of the ground or in your emoji keyboard.


the super cool people over at HP gave me the opportunity to review their newest computer. like any normal gadget freak, i was like, heck yes! *insert emoji of girl in pink shirt raising her hand* but this guys, is more than just your average computer. as described on HP's website, Sprout is a creativity station and a full functioning computer.

let me explain to you what that means exactly.

so it's got everything you would expect a normal computer. it's got a wireless keyboard and mouse and a beautiful 26 inch monitor. but what makes it special are 1) the monitor is completely touch screen, 2) the overhead projector and 3) the activity mat. the projector and the mat work hand in hand to be able to make all the magic happen. from scanning objects (like my lipsticks in this post!) and being able to take those images and move them around the mat using your fingers, so you have absolute control. there is a stylus which you can use to draw or write but you can use your finger as well! what i love are the options you have to create with no restrictions or limits!


and that's just the surface of the Sprout. there are also apps to be able to create music using the piano keys that project onto the mat. you can also scan objects into 3D images. the editing programs for scanned images is pretty sweet too. you can skype with another friend and create projects together using your sprout - talk about being able to create projects across the internet with that option! (sandy, are you reading?! me and you, girl!) 

like i said, i am just scratching the surface and it's been exploring and discovering the magic Sprout can do! i'm sure this is only the beginning. expect more projects to be posted in the days to come! 

this post was sponsored by HP Sprout. thank you for my faithful readers and friends who support my sponsors so that i can bring you original sponsored posts. you guys, rock!


Monday, February 2, 2015

kiss me, kiss me. did ya miss me?!





























i think like i wrote two, maybe three blog posts ago, these long absences from the blog are far from intentional. i blame the busyness of my life (but hey, who isn't busy, right? i applaud you bloggers who have found the balance and while this 13 year old in the body of a 30 year old woman continues to struggle and learn. its a daily process, folks.) and i promise, i have a valid excuse other than being busy.

my laptop died.

pretty much the life source for any blogger, writer or social media specialist.

so you can forgive me, right? that's legit....right? okay, good.

i didn't get a new laptop but i did got a super sweet gift from my friends at HP, the newest Sprout - which i will definitely tell you more about in an upcoming post but for now, going to show off some of the sweet things i can do with it!

for example, see the four lipsticks tubes in the first picture of this post? instead of trying to scour the web for images of my favorite lipsticks, i was able to physically place my favorite lipsticks on my Sprout mat, and my friendly Sprout did all the work by scanning the tubes into individual images for me. then once it did that, i was able to create them in a work space and add my own handwriting and touch to the collage above. no more restricting collage spaces - absolute freedom.


but let's get back to lipstick. my favorite tubes of lipstick for those of you determined to find some pop of color for valentine's day or just because you want to find a new lipstick.

these are my current lipstick go-tos:

nars heatwave: an oldie but a goodie. it's the perfect shade of red-orange.  and it's a semi-matte, my favorite formula because i love the look but isn't completely dry either.

maybelline wine and forever: this tube stays on forever! literally, so if you are looking for an all day glossy look for those busy days, this is your lip. and it's darker than it appears in the picture above or even on the tube itself, which is my favorite part about it. i still use a dark lip liner but once you line it, you are all set.

mac ruby woo: looking for the perfect taylor swift red? it is def one of the more matted-looks in my collection but after a layer of chapstick or vaseline glossed beneath it, it's the perfect pop of red!

revlon touch of spice: not gonna lie. i love the nude lip shade as much as the bright shades. i adore this revlon formula - very similar to mac - and the shade has a great balance of nude and rose. familiar with kylie jenner's infamous lips? this shade is practically identical to the matte pout she rocks in her IG pics.


what are your current lipstick faves that are stocking up your lady purse? 
i am always on the hunt for more favorites. 

{this post was sponsored by sprout by HP. thank you, Sprout! and thank you to my lovely, faithful readers and friends who support my sponsors so that i can bring you original sponsored posts.}



Monday, October 27, 2014

letters. {yeah, it's been awhile.}

specoshag01_collagespecoshag04specoshag02_collage
infinity scarf: c/o ecoshag / jacket: c/o lulu*s / pants: borrowed from my sister / converse: c/o dsw 

dear autumn: please, stay. keep the humid temps away but don't let winter come too soon either.your company is so welcomed for as long as possible. i love the crunchy leaves and the chill in the air and that you allow me to welcome my favorite chunky of infinity scarves like this one from ecoshag

dear red lipsticks of all shades: you continue to be my favorite all year long.

dear taylor swift. your music makes me want to dance around the office and in my car and in public locations all day long. i know every one asks this of you but...can we hang out one day? mmmkay, cool.

dear blog: for the millionth time over, sorry that i haven't been around as often. it's not personal. i'm working on this whole juggling life over here.

dear running shoes: what i said in "dear blog." not personal. 

dear peanut butter cookies: how do you manage to make your way into my schedule in the way that blogging and running shoes can't seem to?

dear halloween: my most favorite part about you this year is that i look forward to seeing my nieces in their halloween costumes this year. #proudauntoverherepeople

dear weekends: you are literally God's gift to mankind especially when you are accompanied with husband, sweatpants and netflix. 

much love.
{happy monday, friend.}