Benefit x Birchbox #BeautyBash

Monday, September 29, 2014

This weekend I had the privilege of hosting a Benefit x Birchbox #BeautyBash at my home! I was one of the 1,000 lucky people selected to host a bash with free makeup and goodies for me and five gals. I was so, so excited to host this party because, duh- Birchbox and Benefit are two 'amazing' companies and the free makeup love was divine!

We did what all girls do at get-togethers: ate, told stories, and laughed until our sides hurt. And I was reminded again why I LOVE hosting friends in my home. Life really does happen around the table and over a meal. There's something about it that we all need- connection, friendship, and someone to listen to our stories. I'm so grateful for the women in my life who inspire me and lift me up.

This weekend was wonderful in so many ways. In addition to the #BeautyBash party, we also got to spend time with dear friends, visit with family, 'and' watch the season premiere of Once Upon a Time last night! I don't watch many TV shows, but this is an exception. We look forward to it every week! The next few weeks are going to be pretty busy for me (the good kind of busy) and Ben and I are looking forward to our annual fall colors tour coming up mid-October. Things are looking very 'autumn' around here and many of our trees are starting to turn beautiful colors. I'm ready for fall now and can't wait for the festive excitement that October brings.

Dress: JcPenney
Necklace & Bracelet: Forever 21

*A HUGE Thank You to Benefit and Birchbox for making this weekend so special.
still being molly

At the Park + A Fall Must-Have

Monday, September 22, 2014



This weekend Ben and I took a beautiful stroll though our city's park at dusk. It was that 'perfect' autumn weather and after eating a delicious (but filling) dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, a walk was just what we needed! We're really fortunate to have such a nice and well-kept park so close to us. We can pretty much walk to it. There's a footbridge, castle, river, arts center, and trails all close by. After walking around we rented a movie and stayed in for the night. Sometimes staying home is good for the soul... can I get an amen?

Other than that, we had a pretty laid back weekend. We celebrated my dad's birthday on Saturday (which was SO fun) and made one of his new favorite meals- Charleston-style shrimp and grits! So, so, delicious. And it kind of took us back to our trip to Charleston this past May, so that's always good. ;) As we sang happy birthday around the table for my dad I teared up on the inside thinking of how glad I am for birthdays. How glad I am to have my parents alive and well. Birthdays are 'always' something worth celebrating! And the way I see it- growing older is a privilege to be grateful for. Not everyone gets to.

Today I'm linking up with Carly and Molly. The theme this week is 'Fall Must Haves'. And one of my #1 MUST haves is a denim jacket like the one I'm wearing here from Gap. You can pretty much wear jean jackets with anything and that's what I love about them. You can easily transition a maxi dress, sundress, whatever! And lately, this weather is perfect for layering and transitioning outfits from summer to fall. I am loving the ease of throwing this jacket on over an outfit and calling it good. That's all for me! See you back here soon.

Dress: Thrifted
Jacket: Gap
Purse: Philip Lim for Target
Boots: Merona


The Wet Brush

Friday, September 19, 2014

Raise your hand if the thought of brushing through your hair after a shower gives you nightmares...

Now that my hair is long again, I'm fully (re)acquainted with the joys struggles of detangling. When you have medium/fine hair and 'tons' of it, the struggle is real, people. REAL. I was at my wits end when I heard about this little miracle brush through Cara from Maskcara blog.

The best part?- The Wet Brush is only $8.99! And no, just for the record, I'm not being paid to talk about this. I'm just obsessed. The past few days all my husband has heard is "I can't believe how good this brush works!" Wet hair, dry hair, curly hair, tangled hair... I've tried it all and get the same results each time- brushing with ease.
A few weeks ago I was even starting to notice some slight hair breakage near my scalp from brushing/tugging too hard. You can imagine my relief at finding this little wonder. And MOMS- tired of making your kids cry from brushing out the tangles? Buy one of these and those days are over my friend.

Do you own a Wet Brush? What are your thoughts?

This weekend Ben and I are planning on heading out to an apple festival in our hometown. Honestly, they had me at 'cider, doughnuts, and apples'. Not to mention there's a ferris wheel and other fun activities. I'm hoping this will help put me in a fall mood. :) Next Friday I'm SO EXCITED to be hosting a Benefit x Birchbox Beauty Bash at my house. In a nutshell- I won a box full of Benefit cosmetics to share with 5 friends. So naturally I'm going all out with decorations, cutesy treats, and hors d'oeuvres. I love a good party.

See you all back here soon- and happy brushing!

Get your wet brush  here, here, or here. ;)

Collamer Park

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Last night was a gorgeous 75 degrees and breezy. It feels like the last warm remnants of summer and I love it. With the impending doom of winter looming somewhere in the back of my mind, I know that these days are precious and I'm soaking up as much outdoors-ness as I can. Feeling the need for adventure, Ben and I strapped our bikes on the car last night and headed out to a park in our community we'd never been to before. 

I was inspired to visit Collamer Park after reading about it on a (totally rad) new website called Shiaride. It's a website that encourages people to visit and experience the vast biking trails here in Owosso (and greater Shiawassee County). Since I didn't grow up here in Owosso, I still feel like somewhat of a tourist at times and last night was no exception. I was blown away by the beautiful sprawling trails of Collamer Park. There are literally 'miles' of them! It was medicine for my bike-loving soul... Ben's too. 



Seriously though- isn't it gorgeous? Can days like this last forever, please?

Cardigan: Forever 21
Dress: Old, bought in Italy
Shoes: c/o Wolverine
Scarf: Forever 21

If you're ever in Owosso, let me know. We'll go biking together. ;)
Until next time,

Art Walk

Monday, September 15, 2014

 Last Friday was my hometown's yearly art walk event. As I mentioned in the last post, I look forward to this every year! It's such a fun opportunity to meet new artists, hear live music, wine & dine, and appreciate local art. 

Each year this event gets better and better and last Friday was no exception. One of the highlights was a free meal served up by our fabulous friends over at Lula's Louisiana Cookhouse. You might remember the post I did about Lula's a while back (here). We 'love' Lula's food and were so grateful to enjoy a free plate of smoked brisket, pulled pork, and jambalaya! Mmmm...
Me with Morgan Beilfuss at The Home Office Realty. Love this girl!
A good part of our evening was spent here, at our local hometown bookstore- Owosso Books & More where they were serving up free coffee and chocolate fountain goodies! Don't you just 'love' the adorable fall window displays? We're so fortunate to have an awesome bookstore in our town.
I can't seem to get away from vests lately. They are perfect for layering and getting me through this seasonal transition time known as 'September'. ;) You never know what you'll get in Michigan this time of year- 80's or 40's.

See you all back here soon!

Long sleeve tee: Gap (exact! & on sale)
Vest: Kohls
Jeans: J. Crew
Shoes: Merona, Target
Bag: Philip Lim for Target

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