Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Vacation Playlist

One of the things I love about vacation is being able to listen to a lot of music. I can go and listen to music that I forgot I had or haven't listened to in a while because I have that kind of time on vaca. When I'm just driving from A to B or getting ready, I usually listen to my most recently downloaded songs. I figured I hadn't done a music post in a while and it got me thinking...I usually end up making a vacation playlist depending on length of vacation and where I'm going. I was wondering if anyone else does that (I'm sure you do) or do you just put it on random and let it go? Anyway, here are some songs I rocked out to while I was in Florida.

The Naked And Famous - Punching In a Dream
Flo Rida feat. Sia - Wild Ones
M83 - Midnight City
Arcade Fire - Ready to Start
The Cataracs feat. Dev - 2Nite
Deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember
MGMT - Electric Feel
Anberlin - Closer
Taio Cruz feat. Ke$ha - Dirty Picture
M'Black - Heartbreak
Kings of Leon - Pyro
Britney Spears - Trip to Your Heart
Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi - Beautiful People
Two Door Cinema Club - What You Know
Snow Patrol - Called Out In the Dark
Drake - Club Paradise
Foster the People - Helena Beat
Level 42 - Something About You
Depeche Mode - Policy of Truth
Madonna - Get Together
Madonna - La Isla Bonita
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Gavin Friday - Angel
Drake feat. Rihanna - Take Care
Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
Nsync - Tearin' Up My Heart
Wayne Wonder - No Letting Go
A Perfect Circle - Passive
30 Seconds to Mars - Night of the Hunter

And this is just a snippet of what I was listening to.
What types of music to do you listen to on vacation?

♥ Erin

Monday, January 30, 2012

Vacation Recap Part 2

So the rest of my vacation recap has to do with meeting two awesome bloggers, Krystal and Jennifer. If you follow them, then you probably know about their adventures using the Hipstamatic app for iPhone. If you don't know about it, here's what it does...

*FYI, I stole this description from Krystal's blog because I'm lazy*

Basically it's a camera on your phone that takes pictures with filters...the only difference is you don't get to see what "develops" until you take a whole roll of film! So, you take 24 pictures with your iPhone and they "develop" showing you how the filters came out on your pictures. Bonus: You can "share" the disposable camera with others using the app... so you and your friends can take pictures on the same "disposable" camera!

So all three of us went through 3 or 4 cameras over the weekend. Just sharing everything, even when we weren't together. I thought it would be fun to share some of those pictures with you guys too!

The airport and on the plane
My in flight beverage (Bloody Mary)

Two of my beach views, Jen putting air in her tire and the crazy sidewalk I saw

Some of our drinks from the evening
And finally...

The three of us and the awesome singer behind us (btw, I think I look ridic in this picture, but it's all we got!)
We should have taken more pics!

I have a ton more pictures from our Hipstamatic camera weekend, but I'm having trouble getting all of them to load on my phone so I can transfer them to my computer. Sorry ladies! I had a fantastic time meeting them and I'm already looking into going back, can't wait!

♥ Erin

"Favorite of the Week" Link Up #12

Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had an amazing weekend because I sure did! I have so much to blog about it's cray cray. I'll start with my favorite this week which is an item I picked up from Target for my recent vaca in Florida.

Exhilaration Coverup
It's so colorful and comfy! I love it! It also has a low v-neck in the back and it matched my fave VS purple swimsuit! I purchased this along with a few other things (see post), but I couldn't find a picture of just the coverup online. This is all I got folks! All of my coverups are from Target and I love them all!

So, what's your favorite of the week?

♥ Erin

Friday, January 27, 2012

Product Review: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Polish

Way back in December, I participated in a swap where I was paired up with the lovely Jennifer from Starving, Insatiable (see post). Now, Jennifer and I were already bloggie friends, but because of the swap it had catapulted our friendship. I'm so glad we were randomly chosen to be partners! So anyway, one of the things she sent me was this Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish in Speedy Sunburst. It was such a bright pink, I loved it! So finally, since I was actually meeting Miss Jennifer while I was in Florida last weekend, I decided I should wear it for her. The funniest thing was that she complimented me on the color and I was like, "It's the one you got me!" It was funny (you had to be there).

Anywho, I'm an OPI, Butter London, Zoya, Ulta polish kind of girl and never tried Sally Hansen. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. First of all, I'm super impatient and am usually trying to multi-task. So I usually screw up my nail polish within minutes of doing it. This dried soooo fast, it was a.maz.ing. Now at first I didn't have time to put on a clear coat. I thought it might not need it, but I changed my mind and put it on the next day.

Also, the brush takes some getting used to. It's thicker and bigger and it holds a lot of the polish. Sometimes it's really hard to not put too much on. I remember thinking, whoa, this is weird. Here's what the brush looks like.

Thank you to Jennifer because I'm a new Sally Hansen fan! I just love the polish. The color was great, it was super durable and it didn't fade in the sun after 4 days of laying on the beach, SCORE!

Have you used Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri polish? What did you think of it?

**This product was purchased by me with my own funds. This post is not sponsored by any person or company. All reviews are my own opinions and thoughts of the products.**

Don't forget to link up with me on Monday for my Favorite of the Week! Tell me what your favorite is! Is it a movie, book, picture, product or food? I wanna know! I already know what my favorite is.

♥ Erin

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It's Ok Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays

I'm linking up with Amber and Neely again for another It's Ok Thursday because all the cool kids are doing it.

It's OK:

 To meet up with awesome bloggers while you are on vacation.

To have been ready to come home by the end of vacation because sometimes families just get on each others nerves.

To rotate the same two pairs of awesome flannel pajama pants you got for Christmas and wear nothing else but them. Don't worry, I wash them!

To not use your blog to talk smack on people.

To get mad at someone for stealing your idea.

To be spoiled.

To not want One Tree Hill to end this season, they could totally go to 10 seasons.

To want a snow day.

To have never seen any of the Godfather movies. I swear I've been meaning to...

To feel the need to buy a dress for an employee party this weekend even though I have about 5 in my closet already.

What's OK with you?

♥ Erin


So I was tagged in the blog post that is totally making its rounds throughout the blog world recently. Kristen tagged me last week and then Kristine tagged me this week. So I said, well I better get on that. I don't need Kristen or Kristine coming to kick my butt (actually, it would be nice for them to visit).

So here are the rules, in case you don't already know...
#1 You must post the rules
#2 Post 11 Fun Facts about yourself
#3 Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you in their post and then create 11 questions to ask the people you've tagged
#4 Tag 11 people and link them in your post
#5 Let them know you have tagged them

This took for.ev.er, but I finally came up with 11 fun facts about me...

1. I read magazines from the back to the front. Don't know why, I've just always done that.

2. I cannot for the life of me snap my fingers.

3. I burp like a guy, sometimes even worse.

4. I am obsessed with condiments. I love sour cream, ranch dressing and ketchup.

5. I don't really like chicken.

6. I hate when people aren't polite i.e. holding doors for people behind you, saying excuse me, please and thank you.

7. I can't watch ANY type of animal or elderly person harmed in a movie. I get so upset. I have to keep reminding myself that it's not real.

8. My parents have been divorced since I was 6, separated since I was 3 and are both remarried. I have a half sister who is 13 from my dad and step mom.

9. If I could, I'd rescue a thousand dogs.

10. If I won the lottery, after I'd traveled the globe, I would either open up my own animal shelter or give a ton of money to one and volunteer my time.

11. I'm obsessed with Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, One Tree Hill, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. Get over it.

 Kristen's Questions:

1. What magazines do you subscribe to?
I currently subscribe to Women's Health because I get it for free from purchasing a TON of makeup from e.l.f. cosmetics. Sweet! I've also been known to pick up People Style Watch at the supermarket.

2. What is your best quality?
Probably that I truly care about the people around me. I will go outta my way to help you, cheer you up, give a pep talk, etc. Just don't cross me, because then you'll see my worst quality. LOL.

3. What movie(s) do you always watch when they're on tv?
That's easy. Dirty Dancing,  A League of Their Own, Ferris Bueller's Day Of, Any 80s Tom Cruise movie

4. What tv show do you watch, but don't know why you do?
Just started watching REmodeled on The CW. It's ridic, but I love it.

5. What drink do you order when you're out? (Alcohol & Non-alcohol)
 Usually a Coke or a Three Olives Vodka and 7UP.

6. What celebrity do you think you'd be friends with if they were your neighbor?
 Definitely Mila Kunis, she'd be an awesome neighbor.

7. Would you rather attend the Oscars or the Grammys?
Definitely the Oscars, more movie stars.

8. Do you prefer regular or flaming Cheetos? Puffy or crunchy?
I've never had a flaming Cheeto! I must be missing out. Gotta go with crunchy though, for real.

9. Do you use regular or aerosol hairspray?
Aerosol, duh.

10. Who is your favorite Harry Potter character?
This is sooooo hard. Tie between Dumbledore and Dobby.

11. If price was no bother, what one indulgence would you have? Massages, mani/pedi, spray tans, etc?
I'd have a private jet or a yacht or both. Too much? LOL.

Kristine's Questions:

1. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have 3 things, what would you want with you? (-- such a common question, I know).
My iPod, my boyfriend and my dogs.

2. If you had to drown in any liquid BESIDES water, what would you choose?
Does jello count?

3. If you had to be covered completely in hair (I’m talking every crevasse of your body), or be completely hairless (no hair anywhere), what would you choose?
Definitely hairless, there are such things as wigs and eyebrow pencils.

4. If you had a kid (or had another kid for some of you), would you want a boy or a girl and what would their names be?
I think I'd prefer a boy and I love the name Caleb.

5. If you won the lottery, what would you do with your winnings (after taxes, obvs)?
Travel, travel, travel and hire a personal trainer and chef.

6. Who are some of your favorite bloggers as of the time being? Link them to your post!
Wow, I love so many of you, but I'll keep the list as short as I can. Obviously, Kristine and Kristen. I also adore Krystal, Jennifer, Neely and Jules.

7. If money weren’t an object, what kind of car would you buy?
A Range Rover Sport, seriously.

8. Congrats! You were just granted an all-expenses paid, two week vacation to ANYWHERE in the world! Where are you going to go?
Moorea or Bali

9. If you were an animal, what would you be?
A Koala. They just hang in tree and eat, but can be kinda aggressive. Don't mess with me, I'm eating! LOL.

10. Who is your celebrity GIRL crush?
You all know that because I posted about it last week, Kate Beckinsale.

11. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sushi, I could definitely do that one forever.

I'm tagging...

Caroline @ Simply Smithwick
Lyndsay @ SimplyLyndsay
Jules @ Chic & Pink
Lindsay @ Our Lovely Life

11 Questions for you...

1. Are you a sports fan? If so, what is your favorite sport?
2. If you could marry any celeb, who would it be and why?
3. If you had to choose between not being able to speak, being deaf or being blind what would you choose?
4. What is your best feature?
5. Do you believe in ghosts?
6. If you could choose one celebrity that annoyed the absolute crap out of you to fall off the face of the Earth and never be heard from again, who would you choose?
7. Cats or dogs?
8. If you won the lottery, what would your very FIRST purchase be? (House, car, pay off debt, airplane, etc.)
9. If you had the choice of any designer to design something special for you, who would it be and what would it be? (wedding dress, shoes, night on the town outfit, etc.)
10. If you could meet one person in history past or present, who would it be? Does not have to be a celebrity.
11. What was your first car?

Thanks ladies for tagging me! This was super fun!

♥ Erin

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Tribute to Joe Paterno

Most of you know that I graduated from Temple University, but I started my college career at Penn State. Not only was I a student there, but I was a fan. Ever since I was born, I was taught to cheer for everything Penn State. My parents went there; it's where they met. My first cat was proudly named, Nittany. Some of my favorite memories are from that school and being on that campus. Even through thick and thin, I've considered myself a Penn State fan and I always will be. The loss of Joe Paterno is the toughest loss that college will ever see on or off the field. He was an amazing man and I am truly saddened that he is gone. Over the last few days, I have seen an enormous amount of pictures, videos and quotes. Even if you are not a Penn State or Joe Paterno fan, I hope you still take the time to read and watch things about him. So you can understand what a presence he was at the college and for everyone around him. This is my own little tribute to him.

"He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."

"Only the Penn State Nation will truly understand what this man meant to us. Regardless, the world has lost a great man. We Are...Heartbroken. We Are...Grateful. We are, and always will be...Penn State."

"It's the name on the front of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the back."

"They ask me what I'd like written about me when I'm gone. I hope they write I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach."

Rest In Peace, Coach. You will be forever missed. We Are.

♥ Erin

Vacation Recap Part 1

Most of you know that I was away last week in beautiful Marco Island, FL with my family. I had a great long weekend relaxing and basking in the sun. The highlight of my weekend had to be meeting fellow bloggers Krystal and Jennifer! I'll get into our meet up later in the week, it will take an entire post to cover it trust me! We stayed at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and let me tell you, it was one of my favorite vacations recently.

Some really great pics I snapped in Philly and during the flight.

Here are some pictures of the hotel.


And finally, a snippet of some great drinks and fantastic food.
Isn't this resort beautiful? All pictures are my own and taken with my own camera. Hard to believe right? I had an awesome time and would definitely recommend to anyone. Just prepare yourself for a couple of things: If you stay at this resort or any resort on the island, expect to pay a lot for everything. Drinks, food, beach chairs, umbrellas, you name it, it cost money and it's not cheap. If you venture off the resort, there are a few things within walking distance. Nice shops and restaurants for one. It is a little cheaper at a restaurant off the resort, but it's still a little pricey. Also, another thing that Krystal, Jenn and I realized while we were there, everyone there is retired! We were the youngest people wherever we went. On the resort there weren't many people my age either. I would assume the reason for that is because it's a very expensive place to go. So if you're looking for more of party scene, this isn't for you. However, if you're looking to relax for a few days in a beautiful setting, this is the place for you.

Thank you again to my wonderful guest bloggers: Jennifer, Kristen, Krystal and Neely! You ladies are awesome!

♥ Erin

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

200 Followers Giveaway Winner!!!

First of all thank you to everyone that entered! And a big THANK YOU to Kat from Mary and Dyer who sponsored the awesome giveaway! And the winner is...

Congrats to Mary Nevin from

Please email me immediately to claim your prize! You have 48 hours to do so.

♥ Erin

Guest Post: Neely @ A Complete Waste of Makeup

The final guest post belongs to one of my faves, Neely from A Complete Waste of Makeup. If you are not familiar with her blog, you need to go follower her like yesterday. I am so glad we have gotten so close because she's amazeballs, enough said. Enjoy!

Hey Y'all!

I'm Neely and I blog over at A Complete Waste of Makeup

I was THRILLED when Erin asked me to guest post. She has become one of my favorite bloggy friends and I adore her. I think she is legit cool. 

A little about me: I am 27(shudder), I just finished my Masters in Elementary Education at SMU in Dallas. I love Wine, Starbucks Latte's, Home Decor, peanut butter, organization, Pure Barre, working out in general, Lululemon, crafting, my DVR, reading on the kindle, sleeping, Reality TV and being awesome :)

I am also a new Stella and Dot stylist! You should totes check out my site :)

So today I am going to show you some things that make me giggle. My favorite pinterest board is my Awesome-tastic board and its where I pin things that are both hysterical and awesome.

Hope these made you giggle :)

Come visit my blog!! It's a good time!

♥ Erin

Monday, January 23, 2012

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!!


You have until midnight tonight to win a piece of jewelry from Mary and Dyer! Go here and enter now!!

♥ Erin

Guest Post: Krystal @ Krystal's Kitsch - Favorite of the Week #11

Hello! While Erin is hopefully enjoying warm weather here in Florida... I'm taking over her blog today! I'm Krystal and I write over at Krystal's Kitsch. Today we are here to talk about my favorites of the week: Full-size Birchbox products!

Everything According to Erin

Birchbox has been blogged about to death, but I haven't seen anyone ever take the plunge and ORDER a full-size product because the sample they received was so awesome. For those aren't too sure about Birchbox, it's a monthly subscription service where you receive {usually} luxury samples for just $10. At the current time that I'm writing this... it's "sold out." How an online subscription service can sell out is beyond me, but back to business. Have you ordered anything full-size from your Birchbox? Or, do samples you receive frequently make you upgrade for the large size?

One nice perk of Birchbox is the ability to leave reviews on the samples you receive. When you log into your account and look at the box you received for the month, you are able to click on the items. Usually there will be an icon to "leave feedback." Once you do, you receive 10 points. After receiving 100 points, you're able to turn those 100 points into $10 off! Holla!

Anyway, before the holidays I finally committed to ordering some products that I had received samples off in the past year.

Colorescience pro® sunforgettable® Mineral Sun Protection SPF 30 Jar
I received a tiny pot of this about six months ago and used every last drop. It is a sunscreen that goes on like a mineral powder...but something about the coverage I enjoyed. Since I opted for the darkest shade -- the "almost tan" -- it gave slight coverage that I liked. I usually am in a rush to leave for work in the morning, so I throw on some moisturizer, some concealer, then cover my face with this. I like the results for day time. The full size jar was $28...but it was larger than I expected! And, I use this daily...which is why it's my favorite of the week!

Stila Holiday Daydream Palette 
My very first Birchbox had a Stila eyeshadow pot in it. While most people are familiar with this brand, I wasn't. When I saw that this palette was just $18 ... I immediately added it to my cart. I love all the colors. Very fun!

Birchbox's shop also sells things that I had never received as a sample {but perhaps others have}, but the items looked fun anyway. One of those bonus buys was:

J.R. Watkins Peppermint Foot Salve 
I used it around the holidays. It did work...but I always forgot to use it before bed. I must remember!

I also threw in this as a gift for my mom:
Benefit Ooh La Lift

So...what have you purchased after receiving a great sample?

♥ Erin

Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Friday!

I know I'm technically "off" today since I have 4 lovely ladies blogging for me, but I just had to post this. You know how I posted my about my girl crush, Kate Beckinsale this week (see post)? Well here's my real crush, Michael Fassbender, and the pictures are outtakes from this months Indie issue of The Hollywood Reporter.





Just thought you guys would enjoy. Have a great weekend!!

♥ Erin

Guest Post: Kristen @ Love, Lipstick and Pearls

Today's post is brought to you by my BBFF (bloggie best friend foreva), Kristen @ Love, Lipstick and Pearls. I can't tell you if I started reading her blog first or vice versa, but we have been blog buds for a long time. I hope there comes a day where I can meet her in person as well. Anyway, take it away Kristen...

While the fabulous Erin is out, I’ll be guest posting for her (have an awesome trip BBFF!) and thought I’d share my Spring 2012 wish list with you ladies. As a sister on a budget (saving to buy our first home this summer), the shopping bug is stronger than ever. Especially when I see all of the gorgeous summery stuff and I want to buy it all up! So instead of buying everything I lay my eyes on, I’ve come up with my top must-have-will-die-without items.

Old Navy Rockstar Jeggings

White Skinnies- I’ve wanted a pair for-ev-ah. If I just shelled out the cash 3 years ago, I would have been able to wear these babies year round and my cost per wear by now would have been cents. Cents people! So I’m definitely gonna grab myself a pair this season. These Old Navy Rockstar Jeggings are the perfect price point and will look great for spring and carry well into all 4 seasons (well, only the 2 we get here in CA anyways).

Old Navy Mini Messenger Bag
Bright handbag- Every outfit needs a pop of color and what better way to include some but with a hot new bag? I love this messenger bag and preppy vibe it has with a fun twist.

Essie Luxeffects

Essie Navigate Her Collection

Nail polish- I’m obsessed with polish and change my nails weekly, and sometimes bi-weekly. It’s so much fun and temporary so I’m always switching colors and patterns. Nail polish also gives me instant satisfaction and I'm loving the glitter trend. Essie's Luxeffects collections are great toppers, A Cut Above being my #1 pick. I'm also in love with their Spring 2012 Navigate Her collection, a mix of brights and pastels.

Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Sunglasses- Last year I was looking at these gorgeous DG sunglasses, but I couldn’t bring myself to shell out $300 when I was planning and funding a wedding so instead I found some knock-offs at Nordstroms. They were great and lived a full life, but alas my $10 cheapies have hit the bucket. Nordstroms never lets me down, and I’m on my way to check out some of these goodies. I've found an awesome pair of Ray-Bans that aren't going to break the bank AND will be stylish for years.

I think that's it, my wish list to kick off spring. I'm so excited for the warmer months, it's been pretty cold here. I'm just itching to bust out my shorts and light weight clothes. What's your must have for the season?


Don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already! You have until January 23rd @ Midnight!

♥ Erin