Brrrr, It’s Cold Over Here

Soooo it’s July 3rd in Chicago & it’s freezing outside. It was just pouring rain all day long, and it’ been cold for a couple days. What is going on!? Usually July is so hot and sticky it’s annoying, but this year mother nature decided to trick us all and just hop right to Fall! Crazay!

IN OTHER NEWS:

I am sooooo happy and excited to announce that my terrible months of unemployment have come to an end. I am FINALLY employed and will be able to use my degree that I spent so much time and energy trying to earn. The coolest part of it all is that I’ll be working in the Willis Tower, aka the Sears Tower! That tallest building in the nation! Woooooooop! I am so happy that after everything I went through and finally landing a part time job, all of it boiled down to me getting this extra amazing opportunity!  I can’t wait to go back to my normal shopping-fiend self!!!!!!!!!

JULY 2013

{I accidentally forgot to add this into my post yesterday, so 2 today for the July Photo A Day Challenge}

Day #2

Shoes

July 2 - shoes

…I used to think sandals like this were creepy and thought they looked weird, but now I want awesome summer sandals in every color! PS: Just got this adorable polka dot dress at Target! Love it!

Day #3

Cold

July 3 - cold

…We have basically been living on these things for the past several days when it was actually super hot out… Gotta love them freeze pops!

So tomorrow is the FOURTH OF JULY WOoOOOOOO WooOOOOO!!! Everyone knows how much I love AMURICAAAA so I am ecstatic that I get to wear red white and blue to work tomorrow! AMURICA!!!! THESE COLORS DON’T RUN!!! I’m actually about to go and paint my nails nice and festive for the 4th tomorrow!

PS: Little funny story: today is the day that I was super excited to make kale chips for the first time and after making a delicious spicy topping and attempting to cook them, I realized that it certainly was NOT kale, but dandelion. Yuuuuup. I laughed when I saw “dandelion” on our receipt thinking NOooooo I know I bought the kale… Wooooops. hahahaha

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4th of july drinking

This fabulous picture makes me laugh because it shows just far I go with my Amuricaness! I have shirts, clothes, headbands, phone case, jewelery, and the list goes on & on! LOVE ME SOME GOOD OL’ FOURTH OF JULY FUN!!!

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A Few Of My Favorite Things…

Yesterday before the Blackhawks game I got to do some lovely shopping and have a delicious lunch at one of my all-time favorite restaurants! It was such a perfect day; I bought a few cute items (to be showcased in a post to come), had some seriously amazing food, and sat in the 8th row at the Chicago Blackhawks game! It was SUCH a blast, definitely a fabulous Sunday :]

SITTING 8TH ROW!!!!! :]

SITTING 8TH ROW!!!!! :]

Rewind to the beginning of the day…. —– >>

I want a polish collection looking like this.

I want a polish collection looking like this.

these books looked fun... and well needed by me.

these books looked fun… and well needed by me.

this display looked awesome to me.

this display looked awesome to me.

we found some Blackhawks banners!!

we found some Blackhawks banners!!

We went to RA Sushi for lunch!!! My favorite! Had to try the Blushing Geisha!

We went to RA Sushi for lunch!!! My favorite! Had to try the Blushing Geisha!

drinks were fabulous!!

drinks were fabulous!!

the delicious Pineapple Cheese Wantons #nomnomnom

the delicious Pineapple Cheese Wantons #nomnomnom

my favorite roll: Pacific Roll :] contains all of my favorite elements: tuna, jalapeno, cilantro, salsa, cucumber, just to name a few!

my favorite roll: Pacific Roll :] contains all of my favorite elements: tuna, jalapeno, cilantro, salsa, cucumber, just to name a few!

Viva Las Vegas Roll of course... one of their tastiest rolls!

Viva Las Vegas Roll of course… one of their tastiest rolls!

Jordan & I at the Hawks game :]

Jordan & I at the Hawks game :]

i wore mismatched chucks for the Hawks

i wore mismatched chucks for the Hawks

we were so close!

we were so close!

all up & personal!

all up & personal!

Niklas' interview.... my favorite of course!!!! GO #4!

Niklas’ interview…. my favorite of course!!!! GO #4!

loved being so close to the action.

loved being so close to the action.

the delicious dinner I had post-game from Freddie's: Atomic Fries. Filled with favorites like bacon, sour cream, & jalapenos.

the delicious dinner I had post-game from Freddie’s: Atomic Fries. Filled with favorites like bacon, sour cream, & jalapenos.

Last but not least, today my awesome kitty water fountain finally came in the mail that we ordered from Groupon!!! It is so fantastic, the kittys love it already!

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and also this awesome picture I took of the Sears (Willis, whatever) Tower:

makes me smile & love Chicago

makes me smile & love Chicago

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

My Wonderful Day :)

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ahhh her amazing green eyes enchant me!!! I will never get over how amazingly awesome my kitty Aria is. (crazy cat lady, i don’t curr)

Yesterday we had a packed day of fun including Mexico Steakhouse (nom nom nom) to going to the Bulls game (even though they lost, it was still a super fun time!). With a little bit of Aria and randomness mixed in, here was my fabulous day:

Tried making smoothies for breckie and of course Aria needed a try too...

Tried making smoothies for breckie and of course Aria needed a try too…

she got SOAKING wet playing in the sink

she got SOAKING wet playing in the sink

aaaand she sleeps like a freak.

aaaand she sleeps like a freak.

seriously like is she sleeping in a yoga pose or something?

seriously like is she sleeping in a yoga pose or something?

in case anyone was wondering, THESE are the best kind of tortilla chips..not the hard corny kinds

in case anyone was wondering, THESE are the best kind of tortilla chips..not the hard corny kinds

and my most FAVORITE soup ever :] soooo salty and amazing and delicous

and my most FAVORITE soup ever :] soooo salty and amazing and delicous

could we HAVE enough sauces and sides on the table?

could we HAVE enough sauces and sides on the table?

I got this fun new app on my Mac and was just testing it out with some pics from Mexico :]

I got this fun new app on my Mac and was just testing it out with some pics from Mexico :]

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she was resisting the grooming

she was resisting the grooming

got to the Bulls game nice & early :] so much fun!

got to the Bulls game nice & early :] so much fun!

okay, these don't look very appealing at all, BUT they smelled soooo amazing and tasted delicious, garlic parmesan fries nom nom nom

okay, these don’t look very appealing at all, BUT they smelled soooo amazing and tasted delicious, garlic parmesan fries nom nom nom

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and the kittys all tranced me to sleep......... zzzzzz

and the kittys all tranced me to sleep……… zzzzzz

 

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Birchbox February 2013 Review

February 2013 Birchbox

I have been subscribed to Birchbox the longest of any of my boxes. I read great  things about the boxes, got on the waiting list, and then eventually squealed with joy when I got the actual invite! The first time I got my box I was jumping up and down like a little girl…. yes, I was 21 years old, but sometimes we’re still allowed to act like a free-spirited child 😉 With Birchbox, you get 5-6 deluxe samples from some of the best brands around. The cost is $10/month, and I totally think that it’s worth it. They also let you know what the real price of the full size product is so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. 

Card in box.

Card in box.

So what is in this month’s “Red Carpet Ready” box???

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Item #1: Beauty Protector: Protect & Detangle 

(Full size: $21.95)

Detangler

Detangler

I CANNOT wait to use this, it says that it conditions and smooths out, and it’s a UV protector and so much more! I have a feeling I’m gonna fall in love with this product…. we’ll see…

Item #2: Color Club: Nail Polish in color “Mamba” (0.25 oz)

(full size: $8.00)

Nail Polish

Nail Polish

This is just your average perfect red, never runs out of style. I like this brand a lot :]

Item #3: Juicy Couture: Couture La La (tiny spray sample)

(full-size: $19-90)

Perfume

Perfume

This smells soooo yummy I love it I really do, would def contemplate buying this full size.

Item #4: WEI: Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask (0.3 oz)

(Full size: $42.00)

Mud Mask

Mud Mask

I really don’t like the packaging of this product off the bat, so that was a big turn off for me. This is also a product from the same brand as another one, thought that was a little odd too. I haven’t used this yet but read good things about it online so I’ll be giving it a try soon.

Item #5 “Beauty Extra”: WEI: Pomegranate Buffing Beads (2 packets)

(Full size: $20)

Facial Scrub

Facial Scrub

This is pretty cool & easy because you can just mix with water and then rub in your face for a few seconds and bam, you got all your dead skin cells off that face of yours! I like how they come in these individual packages, very easy to use.

Final Item “Treat”: Ghirardelli: Milk Chocolate with Caramel Square

Chocolate!

Chocolate!

It’s always so nice to get a fun, chocolately surprise in any box I get!!! Although I usually eat them right away, surprised this one lastest long enough for me to take a picture of it! ;]

All in all, I think this was a pretty good Birchbox for the month. I know for a fact I’ll be putting to use at least 4 of the items very soon, so I think I got my money’s worth. It’s always just so much fun opening these things!!! (and then organizing them into their various sample categories in my drawers…. but that’s another story/entry…)

All love & smiles :]

mary elyse

My Very First Post

DSCN0817Today is the first day I have wanted to start a blog. Since I am going through some big changes in my life, I feel like I need somewhere to start logging the important/fun/happy memories and parts of my life, so that I can look back and see what I great journey I have been going on through my life.

I am a 20something university graduate with a degree in Marketing and Management, and a minor in Pre-Law. I honestly have no idea what I really wanna do “when I grow up” and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to start this blog, to help me further take time and realize all the little things that I love in my life. I live in the fabulous city of Chicago with my amazing boyfriend who I have been infatuated with since the day I met him almost exactly 4 years ago. We have three amazing kittys, Simba, Charles, & the newest addition, our little kitten Aria. I am basically a crazy cat lady in training 😉

I chose this picture for my first post because I love everything about it: the beautiful, bright blue sky, the amazing ocean color, and just remembering how happy I was on that fantastic little trip me and the BF made to Cozumel last November.

I want to to use this blog to share and organize my thoughts about all the wonderful things that I love in life, from my vast array of favorite bands to my attempting to create goodies in the kitchen, all the way to reviewing my favorite products in the all the monthly subscription boxes that I have a crazy obsession over and showcasing cool things I “just neeeeed” to buy online. Hope you enjoy it as much as I know I will!!!

All love and smiles :]

mary elyse