Thursday, June 10, 2010

I'm A Little Bit Country

For me, summer=country music. I don't know what it is, but for most of the year, I listen to my CDs, such as Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, We The Kings, among others. However, once the weather starts getting hot (which is pretty early here in Georgia), I feel the need to listen to my favorite country station (Kicks 101.5) and load my iPod down with country songs.

I also watch the country music award shows. Last night was the CMT Music Awards, and I, of course, watched it. Overall, it seemed kind of awkward (nothing like the CMAs), but I think that had a lot to do with the fact the Kid Rock was hosting (seriously....who thought that was a good idea?). However, I was very happy with the performances and the winners. I was especially happy to see these people win awards:

Lady Antebellum: Group Video of the Year ("Need You Now")

Carrie Underwood: Video of the Year ("Cowboy Casanova"), CMT Performance of the Year ("Temporary Home" from "Invitation Only")

Keith Urban: Male Video of the Year ("Til Summer Comes Around")
side note: I love his accent. I could have listened to him talk the rest of the night. :)

Miranda Lambert: Female Video of the Year ("White Liar")

And my favorite award-winner of the night........

Georgia boy Luke Bryan: USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year ("Do I")
another side note: I am in love with this man. I do not care that he is married and is expecting his second child. He is gorgeous and, ohmigah......he is from south Georgia and has the accent to prove it. *sigh*

It's a good thing my boyfriend is secure in our relationship and knows I love him....otherwise, my comments about Luke Bryan probably wouldn't be appreciated. :p

Country music is quite possibly my favorite genre of music. It's the music I grew up on. When I got to middle school, I started getting into pop music (I was a HUGE NSYNC fan back in the day), and then in high school, I had a phase where I listened to rock/alternative music. Now, I pretty much listen to anything (except rap and hip hop.....I got enough of that at the school dances in high school). But, when I listen to country music, it's like coming home for me. It takes me back and makes me think about my future all at the same time. It's a comfort to me, and I have to have it in my life.

I need to plan a return trip to Nashville now. I am missing that city big time right now.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Morning Routine

I, like most people, have a morning routine. And like most females, that routine includes a beauty aspect. Over the years, I have tried so many different things, and I've changed up the products I use so many times. However, I think I've finally got it down. I have finally found products that work for me and make me look and feel beautiful. :)

I use St. Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub every morning, and it has been amazing. My blemishes have dramatically cleared up, and my skin feels softer than ever. The key ingredients in this cleanser are apricots, corn kernel meal, and walnuts. The website tells you all about the benefits of these ingredients and how they work together to clear up your skin.

I love love love this face lotion! I always look for a face moisturizer that has sunscreen in it because I'm pale and burn easily, and Clean & Clear's Morning Glow Moisturizer has SPF 15 in it. Also, it says on the bottle that it will brighten your skin, and it actually does! It also evens out my skin tone better than any other face moisturizer that I've ever used, which thrills me to death. It also adds a little shimmer to your face, which I love as well. This moisturizer doesn't have oil in it, so it won't clog pores, which is definitely a plus. It also has a light citrus fragrance, which I believe is perfect for summer.

Now, since I work for Bath & Body Works, it may seem like I'm biased about these last two items....but I'm not. I use these on a daily basis, and I love them. Orange Sapphire is an amazing fragrance, inspired by, as the company puts it, "the fiery passion and sunswept beaches of Brazil." It's a sexy summer fragrance, light, but definitely grown up. Bath & Body Works has reformulated their lotions, so they now have shea butter and jojoba oil in them, and that has made such a difference. They're no longer super-oily, which is why I never liked to use them. Also, the company claims that after using the new formula, you can tell a difference in your skin in just seven days. So, I took the challenge, and all of my doubts vanished. I can now tell all of my customers with confidence that their skin will look and feel so much better after just a week of use. My elbows have always been really dry, and now, they are super smooth. It's been amazing.

So, there are the things that I use on a daily basis and absolutely love. These are my essentials, and I don't know what I would do without them. I encourage you to try any of these products so you can see how amazing they are for yourself.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine

Usually I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, but lately, I've found myself wanting to wear dresses more and more. Summers in Georgia become unbearably hot, and jeans just aren't comfortable to wear with the humidity and all we have here, so dresses would be a lot more comfortable.

The dresses above are all from Old Navy. I am loving their selection this year, and it's so hard for me not to drive down and buy all of these. :p