It’s July 30th already! We are half way through the year. With Brooke off at college, I have been completely focused on all things blogging, but took time out to enjoy a quiet Independance Day with Roger.
In spite of the heat, we cooked hot dogs on the grill to Celebrate July 4, and while the grill was going, we figured we might as well make my version of s’mores. (I used chocolate chip cookies for mine, and vanilla cookies for Rogers. We also use dark chocolate and extra large marshmallows, though next time we will probably just use regular size). So we wouldn’t be tempted further, we gave all the left overs to Brooke and her room mates.
I couldn’t leave you wondering what I wore, so we put together a Fourth Of July video, you can watch it here:Click Here to Watch Facebook Video
Right after the fourth comes my birthday, and Roger surprised me with a weekend getaway to Orlando so I could celebrate with Brooke. It was so, so thoughtful.
The following weekend, Brooke surprised us by coming home with her roommate, and we enjoyed brunch at the Oxford Exchange, which was an amazing experience. I am still thinking of the Espresso and vanilla floats…
July’s On The Telly:
This month our television que was full of returning favorites such as BroadChurch on BBC-a three season saga featuring two detectives solving a murder with the ongoing interaction with the towns residents whom we get to know as the series goes on. It’s extremely well acted, with beautiful scenery and interesting plot twists. Alas, this is the last season though. Definitely worth a watch. Next up is a returning series, Granchester which is set in an English village during the 1950’s featuring a Vicar and detective duo, who solve a weekly crime with plenty of social comentary about the 1950’s and today. We just started watching The Tunnel on PBS and have one more episode to go for this season. It’s complicated and dark, just on the edge of my tolerance for violence, but compelling none the less. We also binged out on this season of Janet King on Acorn, which never disappoints–even though it was about Cricket–which is a masculine sport, on the line of American Football and soccar, none of which are on my favorites list–no appologies for being a girly-girl. We also watched LochNess, The Six Wives of King Henry, and British Villages, hosted by Penelope Keith.
In My Bin:
This month I used up two makeup removers I planned for an upcoming review, the first was Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Cleansing Balm, and Estée Lauder Take It Away, which is a creamy product I quite enjoyed. Here are some prior reviews on makeup removers: Soap and Glory Review And Cleansing Oil Review I also used up my facial wash Cera Ve Hydrating Cleanser, which is a stand by going back ten years maybe–I love the stuff! I also used up my Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and immediately purchased a new one–I can’t be without it! And finally, my Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Gloss, which I love as it prolongs the gloss product my stylist uses when she colors my hair.
What I am loving right now:
I am truly, madly, deeply in love with this off shoulder top! I have worn it with jeans, cut offs, and with my new J.Jill pleated front floral cropped pants.
I also styled the cropped pants with a black cami and blouse which worked out pretty well too.
A special thanks to J.Jill for sending along the beautiful cropped pants worn in this post. Working with brands such as J.Jill allow us to show a greater variety of looks for you.
July Makeup and Beauty: I have been using my Charlotte Glow Palette almost every day–I especially love the natural bronzer in it.
That about wraps up what I thought was going to be a sleepily laid back month! Maybe August will be less eventful–probably not.