Friday, August 31, 2012

Swoon

Sorry kids, I've had some computer problems the last couple days and could not for the life of me get my posts to publish. Annoying! Without further ado, a post you were supposed to see days ago. Enjoy!

A few items have caught my eye in the past couple weeks and I just wanted to share them with you. I know that most of you will feel the exact same way I do about these things.

Don't worry, I have a "must have for fall" post coming soon featuring some really awesome items. Stay tuned!

Urban Decay Ocho Loco Eye Pencil Set

Michael Kors Tristan Large Shoulder Tote

Northface Hoodie

UGG Over the Knee Twisted Cable Boot (thanks to Neely)


Dunkin' Donuts Pumpkin K-Cup

Studded Pink iPhone Case
Source: etsy.com via Erin on Pinterest


Seriously contemplating starting my Christmas list now.

What products are making you swoon right now?

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!









♥ Erin

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Out With the Old...

And in with the new!

Makeup to me can be its own fashion statement. It's important to me to use products that work best for me and for a great price.


I would say for the last 5 maybe 6 years I have been a die hard bareMinerals foundation girl. Once I tried it I was hooked. Before that, I wasn't spending a whole lot of money on makeup for two reasons: I was totally content buying regular cheap makeup and I just didn't know any better. Please don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with cheap makeup. I use a good variety of high end and what I call "over the counter" makeup. I don't discriminate, I buy what looks best no matter how cheap or expensive (well maybe expensive, I do draw a line).

Basically, I was getting bored with the mineral makeup. It was time consuming and costly. Plus I felt that the mineral makeup ended up all over my counter, in my sink, everywhere! I was over it. I was ready for a change, I just didn't know what.

I had seen some ads for liquid foundation and really didn't want to go there because I hadn't used it in so long. It scared me to think about going back to it. I had only had bad experiences with it and didn't like it. Then I remembered I got a sample from Ulta for Benefit's Hello Flawless foundation. I thought what the heck and gave it a whirl. It blew my mind.

I still wasn't sold. So I headed into Ulta and tried a bunch of liquid foundations like Smashbox, Urban Decay, Tarte, you name it. I was still sold on Hello Flawless. There was one thing I had a problem with, I needed slightly more coverage. The wonderful staff at Ulta recommended two things. I could also purchase the Hello Flawless powder. Now I was spending $50 total on bareMinerals and I wanted to find a cheaper solution. The Hello Flawless foundation was $34 which was reasonable. The powder was also $34 so jumping from $50 to $68 was not an option for me (which they understood). So they recommended another great product that saves me a ton of money.



The Revlon Photoready Powder is perfect for adding a little bit of coverage on top of my liquid foundation. I feel like it just helps smooth out the liquid. Also, the foundation doesn't match my skin tone perfectly and this helps to correct that. At a retail price of $10 and a grand total of $44, I not only save myself $6, but time (I get this on in half the time) and I'm also getting more bang for my buck. The liquid and powder combo won't run out as quick as the mineral makeup.

I'm very happy with my recent change. Curious to know what my complete beauty routine is?

Step 1:

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser
read my review
Step 2:
e.l.f. Eye Brightener
Step 3:

Benefit Hello Flawless in Honey
Step 4:

Revlon Photoready Powder in Light/Medium
Once my base is done, I follow with a bronzer and blush. It's a great routine and I'm in love with how it looks, how much it costs and how quick it goes on.

What's your current beauty routine? Have you tried any new beauty product that's out of your comfort zone?












♥ Erin

Monday, August 27, 2012

Erin's Etsy Spotlight #2

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Happy Monday folks! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm currently in Hershey, PA with my family but I have a great post for you all!

My first Etsy Spotlight was a couple weeks ago, have you seen it? If not, you should definitely check it out, the shop I talked about is awesome.

Today's shop is a recent find and I haven't had a chance to order anything from there yet, but it's definitely on my radar. I'm currently in the market for a new iPhone case. My first stop was Etsy and I found a bunch of shops that had some amazing cases.

The first shop I found: christine marie b

Here are a few of my favorite designs:





Aren't they fabulous? And the best part? You can get any of these designs and more in ANY of these fantastic colors.

Doesn't make you want one in every color?
All cases are $37.50.

Like what you see? Join me next week for another Erin's Etsy Spotlight!











♥ Erin

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Copy Cat {Girl's Nite}

This past weekend I did a little dinner and drinks with a couple girl friends and I had been dying to copy cat an outfit I had pinned from J's Everyday Fashion since the beginning of summer. I get so many great style ideas from her, if you haven't checked her out you really should.


Now I wasn't able to find a pair of shoes just like hers for a reasonable price (but I'm still looking). So I decided to add my own ideas to the outfit. What do you think?






Express shirt (similar)
Mossimo shorts from Target (here, black no longer available)
Mossimo belt (came with another pair of shorts)
Mojo heels from DSW (similar)
Bracelet from Old Navy
Michael Kors Parker Glitz Watch

This was probably the closest I've gotten to any recreation. I knew as soon as I saw it that I had almost everything already in my closet.

Do you love to recreate outfits?

















♥ Erin

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NOTD

Two of my newest nail colors that I've been obsessed with...



China Glaze Peachy Keen
Essie Good As Gold
 
I loved the contrast of the bright, summery color against the gold.

What has been your favorite summer nail color/design?









♥ Erin

The Holy Grail of Harry Potter

Yes, there is such a thing.

Harry Potter Wizard Collection

Warner Brothers is releasing the collection of all collections for Harry Potter.
What's included:

*A 31-disc collection that contains all eight Harry Potter movies on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy and more than 37 hours of special features including all previously released materials and nearly 10 hours of new to disc bonus content, and 5 hours of never-before-seen material

*In addition to the theatrical release of every film, the collection also includes the extended versions of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; and the 3D versions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows –- Parts 1 and 2. Films Included in Collection – All on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy · Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Theatrical Version and Extended Cut · Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Theatrical Version and Extended Cut · Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban · Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire · Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix · Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince · Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2D and 3D Versions · Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2D and 3D Versions

*Exclusive Premiums Memorabilia designed exclusively for the collection by the graphic designers from the films

*Label Collection – A collection of prop labels created by the production for potions, wizarding products and more

*Harry Potter Catalogue of Artefacts – 48-page rigid book featuring the favorite props of the film’s graphic designers

*Blueprint poster of Hogwarts castle – Detailed blueprint of Hogwarts castle is 22” x 26”

*Concept Art Prints – High quality color concept art prints from the films are perfect for framing

*Map of Hogwarts and the areas surrounding it – Full color 24” x 36” map of Hogwarts printed on fabric

*Stuart Craig Sketch Prints -- Series of 5” x 7” black and white concept sketches from Harry Potter production designer, Stuart Craig

*Horcrux Locket – Wearable, high-quality prop replica created by Noble Collection

*Certificate of Authenticity – A uniquely numbered 8” x 10” certificate inspired by a Hogwarts Express ticket 

All for the low, low price of $500, but I have seen it advertised as low as $350. This is definitely an amazing collection for a huge fan. I was told by more than one person that I'm not allowed to get it.

Will you be buying this ultimate Harry Potter Collection?










♥ Erin

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Me, Myself & I Link Up Party

It's time again for another Me, Myself &I Link Up Party (August Edition). If you missed July's link up, you can check out my post here.

This link up is brought to you by the following lovely ladies:



1. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? 

I feel like a lot of people are going to go with honorable and righteous things here like curing cancer or inventing a new way to save the environment. Not me, I'd go back to when I was younger and try to make it as an actor in Hollywood. Yep, I always wanted to act and I would have made sure I made it into a super huge movie like Harry Potter (even thought I'm not British), Hunger Games or Twilight. I feel like that was a more entertaining answer.

2. If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?

Spend as much time as I could with friends and family, but I'd also try to travel and do things I would never do normally. I'd probably skydive, go on carny rides, take flying lessons and get a few more tattoos.
3. If a front page news article was written on you, what would the headline be?

Oh goodness I have no idea. Probably something about being klutzy or being obsessed with a Philadelphia sports icon.

4. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Probably ignorance or bad drivers. Especially with the political climate being what it is currently. I love having a healthy debate, but people don't know facts. They believe what EVERYONE and EVERYTHING says. Look it up, read and be knowledgeable, then we'll talk.
5. What is your favorite chick flick movie?

I got more than one.

Dirty Dancing
A League of Their Own
Now and Then
Pretty Woman
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Any Nicholas Sparks Book that has turned into a movie

and the one movie no one really looks at as a chick flick, but should...

Fear
I hope you enjoy and link up too! See you in September!








♥ Erin

Monday, August 20, 2012

Catching Up and Things That Made Me Happy

Sorry for a longer hiatus than expected. Honestly, the Olympics took over my life and then I had to catch up on everything else. Don't worry, I have tons of posts planned and ready to go. Life is starting to calm down which means more time for blogging! Yay!

So what's been going on with me? Well there are some really awesome things that made me super happy last week. Let me catch you up...

I totally skipped True Blood only to catch this...


That's right, I had to see the Spice Girls reunite! I loved it, thought they looked amazing and secretly wish they would do a comeback tour/album.

Pinterest for iPad
FINALLY, Pinterest for iPad! I have been waiting what seems like an eternity for this app. Sometimes, you just want to quick jump on Pinterest and not have to start your laptop (and let's be honest, your phone is just too small). I love the layout and how everything works, I've been on it so much. Make sure you follow me and see all my pins!

I'm kind of addicted to...

Coin Dozer
For real this game is addicting. I'm on level 131 and play it at least 4 times a day. I've also got Tim, my sister and father addicted to it as well.


I saw The Bourne Legacy, which I was really impressed with. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to feel about it since I loved the first three with Matt Damon. However, it had some new information and story lines and also set up well for a trilogy.

The Hunger Games DVD (Best Buy Edition)
You know how I love The Hunger Games! I was so excited to pick up the DVD when it came out on Saturday. Even thought Walmart, Target and Best Buy all had different editions, I ended up choosing Best Buy's. All three had the same bonus features, Target and Walmart had their own exclusive as well. So I figured, I could probably find those extra bonus features online at some point. I really wanted the blu-ray, DVD AND digital copy. It's what sold me. I've watched all bonus features and the movie twice since Saturday. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a slight geek.

What are some of the little things that have made you happy recently?









♥ Erin

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Erin's Etsy Spotlight #1


I've decided to start a new weekly post called Erin's Etsy Spotlight. It's not a link up, but feel free to share. I'll most likely post on Wednesdays, but who knows, maybe I'll get all crazy and post on a Tuesday! 

It's just something I wanted to start because I have a long list of favorites on Etsy. Some I've found on my own, but some I've found from wonderful blogs. So if I'm just hearing about these great shops for the first time, then most of you are too.

This week's favorite shop is...


Lollysheep is owned by the amazing Lauren Feist who also does some amazing make up tutorials btw. I found her through my bbff, Kristen.

I immediately fell in love with her shop and ordered this precious...

Shiny Two Toned Bracelet
And if you recall, I wore it for this OOTN


I just love it! I wear it all the time!

I also love a few other things from her shop:
From left
Layered Gold Chain Necklace
Bejeweled Silver Bracelet
Black & Silver Two Toned Bracelet


Have you ordered anything from Lollysheep?

Join me next week for another Erin's Etsy Spotlight!











♥ Erin

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Passage Review


Usually in summer time, I'm into book #10 by August. Now granted, I did not have as much time this summer, but still...my other excuse was I was reading a mammoth book. Fo sho.

This book is not for the faint of heart or for the big print reader. This book is a massive 766 pages of super small, single type. You've read 10 chapters and feel like you've read 2, just get ready for that.

From goodreads:

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

Let me preface my review by saying that I didn't know much about this book before I started reading it. Most importantly, I had no idea that it was a little sci-fi (but not enough to steer me away). I also had no idea it was about vampires. This ain't no Bella and Edward vampires, let me tell you. It's not even Bram Stoker vampires. I equate them more to the creatures in the movie I Am Legend, if you've seen that movie. These things scared the crap outta me, for real, and it was all based on how I imagined them.

Even though this book took me forever to get through (not because I didn't enjoy it), I am so happy I read it. It does leave you with a cliffhanger because it's part of a trilogy. The sequel is due out in October and I can't wait to grab it. Yes, I will purchase the hard cover because I want to read it like yesterday. Also, the film rights have been picked up by Ridley Scott's production group which is awesome. Unfortunately I have no idea how they're going to convert this book to movie. There's sooooo much information and to be honest I don't know how believable the creatures will look on screen. I feel like they could be done wrong and look corny instead of scary, but I digress. We'll see how that goes. Apparently they bought they rights in 2007, so they're not in a rush to move the book to film, if at all.

Anyway, the deep down core of this book is about relationships plain and simple and that's what I enjoyed over all. The suspense is crazy and it's action packed which kept me going, but in between all that you get to see people coping in a world different to anything of our own. 

This is one of the better books that I have read in a long time. I highly recommend it.

Have you read The Passage? What were your thoughts?

Are you on goodreads? Make sure you're my friend.












♥ Erin

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Decision

For those of you who read my post early last week, thank you all for the kind words. I really enjoyed hearing every one's thoughts, it meant a lot.

So I've come to a decision. I'm here to stay. I can't leave blog world. I missed it too much. It was nice, however, to take a step back and evaluate what I was doing. 

I've decided basically that this will be me and the blog, take it or leave it. I will post, do some great giveaways and hope to sponsor some awesome blogs in the future. As for offering sponsorships, I'm not going to do it. Maybe one day, but I want to be able to have the time to devote to it and now just isn't that time.

Some things will change, I hope to get a new design in here shortly. And I'll always be updating and upgrading.

So expect my normal (quirky) posts, reviews, deals, entertainment news and all the fun things you look forward to here at Everything According to Erin because I'm here to stay. 












♥ Erin

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

At A Crossroads

This is a post I thought I'd never have to write.
For the last 3 years I have blogged. I lived and breathed this blog and put almost all of my extra time into it. I've watched it grow and evolve and all the while being so happy I made the decision to this.
I've discovered amazing brands, met some of the greatest people and dove head first into a world I was completely unfamiliar with.

I guess I'll start at the beginning. At the beginning of the summer, I wanted to make a conscious effort to grow my blog. I started networking more, sponsoring posts, swapping buttons, sponsoring giveaways, you name it. It all came to a head when I had accomplished my goal. I had a ton of wonderful new followers, a huge list of post ideas and future linkups/giveaways planned. That's when it hit me. It's time to take my blog to the next level. 

The next level to me was offering advertisements and paid sponsorships. I started doing research, I started cleaning up my blog, I started doing my own design work. I had plans, I had goals, I had a dream. Then I had a breakdown. My current schedule is already chaotic. I work, I look for jobs (still trying to get a job in my field) and then I have my regularly scheduled life. If I was going to take people's money to sponsor my blog, I'd have to make sure it was worth it to them. If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it right. I know there are different levels of sponsorship. I know first hand what it feels like to shell out money for a sponsorship and not get a return on my investment. It sucks. I didn't want to be that blog. I may have almost 400 followers, but I don't think my page views are anywhere up to par for successful sponsoring.

It wasn't just sponsorships. It was everything. I would love a new blog design so I don't have to spend so much time designing my own buttons and graphics. It just comes down to not being able to afford it. I mean I've gotten along 3 years doing it myself, what's a little longer? But then I asked myself if I could be content essentially "chugging" along for a little longer until I have the resources to do a full revamping? The answer was no.

I just purchased a blog critique ebook and was writing out my goals and jotting down notes on how to upgrade some things on my own. And that's when it happened. I realized I don't have the time or resources to do what I want for this blog. 

I know there are no written rules about how you should run your blog, how it evolves or even how fast it evolves. I just know I have my rules. I don't like to do things half-assed. If I'm going to do it, I want it done right. I just don't see that happening here, at least not now.

Now please don't take my opinion for how I want my blog to be as an attack on anyone's blog. To each their own. I follow blogs that don't have buttons, an expensive blog design or sponsorships and they do quite well. I also follow blogs who offer too much advertising. I mean if you have 50 blog buttons of different shapes and sizes on your side bar, how are you helping those people? Not that I'm criticizing you, it's my opinion. I just know I would never waste my money on a blog that has an over abundance of sponsors. What's the point? I digress.

Once you open Pandora's box, you have to accept all that comes with it. Gone are the days of, "Eh, I'm not in the mood to blog today". I know I don't have to offer sponsorships. I can chug along, writing my content, designing my own things and probably still be just as happy. And that may be what I do. All I know is between life, blogging, reading blogs, blog upkeep, work and job hunting, I'm spent.

Not that followers are the main thing, but nobody wants to feel like they are writing to no one. I love interactions, I love meeting new people, I love discovering new blogs and products. No one wants to feel all their time and effort is for nothing. And it's not about the number, it really isn't for me. If I had 5000 followers, but only 300 read my blog on a daily basis, I'd be really disappointed. If I have 300 followers and 150 read everyday, that would make me feel really good. I get so happy with every comment, seriously. I check my email a billion times a day to see what you guys had to say about my posts. Interaction is way more important to me than numbers. That's the honest truth.

So ultimately I feel I have a decision to make. Part of me wants to take a blog break until the end of the summer. I'd like to think I'll have a new job by then and be more on a set schedule. I'm currently all over the place. The summer is always hectic. I like to spend my summer traveling and living by the pool. I don't want to be cooped up inside or at a Starbucks writing posts, no offense. It's not that I don't wanna write it, I just really like my pool. Part of me wants to say goodbye to blogging period. I'd of course still read blogs and interact with all of you, I'd miss you way too much. I'm just tired. 

It comes down to this. Will I be able to handle only being able to do some revamping? I'm not sure. If you don't know it already, I'm a perfectionist. I want everything to look great, be fluid across all mediums and ultimately produce. Not produce financially (which would also be nice), but produce statistically. 

So my question is this, have you ever been at a crossroads with your blog? How did you handle it? What did you do?

I really want your opinion on this. Maybe I don't need drastic changes, maybe only little ones to tide me over. What are your thoughts? Can anyone offer guidance?

I'm glad I calmed down before writing this because I was ready to throw in the towel earlier today, ask Neely. Thank you for talking me off the ledge. I really didn't think this made me happy anymore and then I saw something on TV and said, "I need to blog about that". 

I will be taking the rest of the week off to get out of my own head for a bit. Don't panic.








♥ Erin