When pondering on what to name my blog.... I thought & thought.... and the color yellow came to me!! A dear friend that has gone to be with the Lord (the color yellow that reminds US of her beautiful and bright smile) gave me the inspiration for the theme . In memory of a wonderful friend.
Brittany Shepard Pugh

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ladies Only!!! Eye Make Up Guide

I have had several people ask me lately how I do my eye make-up and what products  I use?
I figured this would be a good post for all you ladies that would like an idea of  how to get that "smoky eyes" look!

First I will show you all the products and then I will try to explain how I achieve this look. I will be honest in saying that it does take practice, because still to this day I cannot make my eyes look the same on everyday! Also, I am sure that I may do things a little backwards than those who are professional make-up artists, but this is what I have found that works best for me and maybe it will work for all of you as well!

1. Urban Decay: Primer  (sin)
You can buy this product from ULTA
This is used for a little extra color, helping your shadow last longer as well as preventing creasing

2. Mac Cosmetics: Eye Shadow (white frost)

3. Mac Cosmetics: Eye Shadow (espresso)

4. Mac Cosmetics: (213 Fluff Brush)

5. Mac Cosmetics: (222 tapered blending brush)

6. CoverGirl: Mascara

7. Maybelline: Mascara 

8. Mac Cosmetics: Eye Pencil (ebony)

I am a huge fan of MAC makeup! For years I struggled with acne (even after taking Acutane) and MAC makeup was recommended my dermatologist and I absolutely love it! Even though it is not sold everywhere keep in mind that you can order it online and there is no sales tax! 

(warning I am not a professional make up artist so for those of you that are I apologize but this is my way of doing things :)

1. Apply product # 1 from the lid to the brow bone basically cover your entire eye region
* the primer does have a wand that you use to apply this product, so I just use the wand to smooth it out
* use a sponge to clean up / blend the excess 

2. Using product # 5 to apply product # 2 from the lid to the brow bone
* I use as little as possible because MAC products = a little bit goes a long way
* you may choose to add more of the light color because it is used as a highlighter
* as I mentioned before I may do things a little backwards, but I like to use my blending brush to apply what I call the highlight color.
*you may always want to use that sponge to clean up the excess

3. Using product # 4 to apply product # 3 just in the contour section 
*this is where practice is key
*I like to use the fluff brush for contour because if I use a stiff brush I just make a mess
*you may chose to fill in the whole contour or just from the outside edge to the middle (which ever you prefer) I change it up sometimes
*I try to focus on not making a straight line and focus on letting the brush flow with the contour of my eye
*also near the outside contour of my eye I try to flare the dark espresso color
*use your sponge to clean up excess

4. Using product # 5 to apply product # 2 to touch up what you did in step 2. because a lot of times step 3 will make a mess :)

5. Using product # 8 
*apply a line from the outside edge of your waterline and your lower lash line to the inside edge
*apply a line from the outside edge of the top of your lid closest to your lash line only to the middle of your eye
*don't focus on keeping a perfect straight line because you need to take the smudging end of the pencil and blend and straighten the line 

6. Using product # 6 to apply the first coat of mascara
* I like to use this mascara first to separate my eye lashes 
* I hold to mascara wand still and blink my eyes to make sure that I coat my entire lashes and it helps separate your lashes and keep them from clumping 

7. Using product # 7 to apply the second coat of mascara 
*follow the same directions and tips from step 6
* I use this mascara second to thicken the coverage

That completes the process!

I thought that I would add some pictures for those of you who read the blog that have not seen how I wear my eye make up ( PS. these photos are from my wedding day: the only time that I have had photos taken of doing my make up) 

This is what your eyes should look like with your lids closed

And the look with your eyes open 

So I wish all of you luck that attempt Smokey Eyes. If you are currently not wearing a lot of eye make-up I encourage you to try it, because I use to not even wear eye make up because I didn't know how to do it and now after a lot of practice it's really easy and it makes a huge difference! 
Practice = the best look 
( the first of couple of times I tried this it looked awful, but it gets easier)

Let me know if you have any questions and if you try this!!! 

Have a great rest of the weekend and WAR EAGLE 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Continued Vacation ...

.........One of my most favorite things about Seaside is that all the homes have names!!! We always enjoy ridding around the community on our bikes and looking at the names of the homes and where the owners are from.

This is the house that we always rent for a week!!! 
"Just In Thyme"
located on Thyme street in Seaside, FL
( I know this may sound corny but I like to think of it as vacation is Just In Thyme...) 
PS. you can find this in VRBO.COM if you are ever interested 

On Sunday we attended church at the Seaside Chapel! It is so beautiful and pleasant inside..... 
(for all you ladies that dream of a beach wedding and still want the traditional chapel experience.... keep this in  mind for your ceremony and then have your reception on the beach)

Going to eat at Louis Louis :)

You have to check out the SPREAD that the girls prepared our last night!!! We decided to stay in and have a relaxing night! 
*Shrimp *Corn on the cob *Potatoes *Italian Bread
(I must admit that this was my first attempt with the FISH EYE LENS on my new camera. I have to continue to study this function, but I know that it is beneficial in capturing larger spaces)

To top off our fun night at our home away from home, we enjoyed a fun game of 

Everyone needs this game at their house!!! 

We all had a "family portrait" made the night we took our big group family photo!! 
J.Jay and Myself 

Scott & Stacy

Brent, Lindsay & Lucas 

Brad, Sarah & Parker

Joey & Miriam 

The rest of our enjoyable week was spent relaxing on the beach or by the pool, shopping & just spending time with each other. Although, I did begin reading a wonderful book the first day of vacation and just finished it a couple of nights ago. . . .  ladies this book is a MUST!!! 

Onto the REAL LIFE... after vacation.....

This weekend we enjoyed a relaxing weekend at home watching the Auburn game and I made some delicious Santa Fe Soup and I thought that I would share the recipe with you all!!! This is a must and very easy especially with fall coming up!

Santa Fe Soup

1-1.5 lb ground beef (cooked)
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 can black beans  (undrained)
1 can pinto beans  (undrained)
1 can kidney beans (undrained)
1 can rotel tomatoes
1 can chili-ready tomoatoes (used diced tomatoes if you can't find the chili-ready)
1 can niblets corn 
Mix all ingredients, add about 1 - 1 1/2 cans of water
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and cook for 30 min.

Top with cheese, sour cream, and serve with tortilla chips (optional).


Monday, September 19, 2011

I might have forgotten how to do this :)

Wow!!!  I believe that I might have forgotten how to do this.... must I say that it has been 2 months since my last post.

We have been so busy!!! I do believe that things are starting to slow down and we are getting use to our schedule :)

I thought that I would re-join the blog world by sharing with you our week long vacation to Seaside, FL!!! This is a tradition that the Pitts Family has been doing for years, and I am so blessed to be able to be a part of this wonderful family time at the beach.

Seaside, FL is such a beautifully unique community located along 30A that we all just love. Most of you may know Seaside from the movie that was filmed their; The Truman Show.  My memories of Seaside go way back... growing up I had a great friend Sarah, that would invite me along to spend time with her family at their cute home in Seaside during summer vacations. ( we always participated in the 4th of July parade decorating their golf cart... so much fun!!!! )

(thanks to my mom for edited this photo... I had so much salt water on my lens)

ALL OF US!!! Yes I love my BIG family... esp. after growing up the only child, I couldn't be more happy or blessed to have so many brothers and sisters. Although, this year we were blessed with two NEW ADDITIONS: Parker & Lucas  
Gladly I can no longer say that when we are all together there are 10 of us... there are now 12 of us!!! 
(our family is growing)

We enjoyed laying out on the beach... the water was so beautiful and calm Saturday-Thursday, and then we had a visitor; Tropical Storm Lee!!

How beautiful is the Emerald Coast?? 

I have never been one to get out in the Gulf, I just enjoy relaxing with a good book listening to the waves... but, I could not pass up this amazingly calm water!!! My sister-in-law Stacy and myself laid out on a float just like we were in a pool.... it was amazing!!! 

Tropical Storm Lee is on his way!!! 

We always treat ourselves to wonderful meals while we are vacation. So I thought that I would tell you all of our favorite places to eat while we at the beach!!!  You must try these!!!!

George's:  located in Aly's beach (new... and you must try the lobster pizza)

The Great Southern Cafe : located in Seaside (yummy beignets & gouda grits for breakfast & oysters for dinner)

The Red Bar: Located in Grayton Beach (everything on the menu you cannot go wrong)

Louis Louis: Located in Santa Rosa Beach (the brother/sister restaurant to The Red Bar... CRAB CAKES!!!!)

The Broken Egg: Located in Grayton Beach ( you must try their famous french toast)

The Taco Bar: Located in Seaside ( the shrimp taco is a MUST)

The Melt Down on 30A: Located in Seaside ( OOOO.... the brown bag ham and smoked gouda is to die for)

Goatfeathers: market in Seagrove ( the have the best steamed shrimp and butter garlic sauce for night at home with the family!)

The Seagrove Market: located in Seagrove ( everything is good)

Bayou Bills: located in Santa Rosa Beach ( oysters & crab legs) 

So as you can tell we all love to eat and have a good time! I hope that if any of you find the time to visit Seaside then you can enjoy dinner at one our favorite locations. 

Another thing that we all enjoy... is what Seaside is known for, the "bike community." We always rent bikes for the week and enjoy ridding all through Seaside, Seagrove & Watercolor.... it's so relaxing and a different experience to travel by bike for your vacation get away!!!  J. Jay and I always enjoy getting up early in the morning for a bike ride... it is so relaxing and cool in the mornings!!! 

The beautiful view from our room at the house early one morning before going to ride bikes :)

I will leave you with this now....  more to come on a wonderful vacation to Seaside, FL!!! There are to many good shows on TV tonight :) Hopefully you will want to take a Seaside vacation soon!!! 

Until tomorrow.....