Five on Friday: A Link-up!

What an exciting week it has been! The rain has somewhat dried up, I’ve been rocking some new clothes I picked up from the Blowing Rock outlets last weekend, one of my very best friends got engaged to an amazing guy, I celebrated the one year anniversary at my job and to top it all off, Matt and I are throwing a huge Fiesta this weekend! Whew, it doesn’t get any better than that! So now that I’ve pretty much spoiled half of my 5 things…

– ONE – At the end of Kristen’s wedding reception I was given permission to grab as many flowers as I possibly could carry to the car. I think I grabbed a total of 20 lavender hydrangea stems and a peony arrangement. After a full week, these flowers are still kickin! Here are a few of the many arrangements floating around my happy house.

I think I am going to dry them all so I can keep them forever.

 – TWO – My one year anniversary at my job kind of snuck up on me. I knew it was around the corner, but apparently Matt and his mom knew exactly when it was because I got not one but two sweet cards from them. In typical Matt fashion, he had to be all over-the-top wonderful and include a gift card to my favorite boutique which is conveniently a few doors down from my office. I guess time really does fly when you love what you do! And if you missed it, you can read all about my very first day of work {here}!

 – THREE – Earlier this week I made my weekly trip to Ulta, this time on a hunt for a new primer. I knew I was going to be torn between the Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer {$32} that April recommended {here} and Philosophy’s Supernatural Poreless Flawless SPF 15 Primer {$30} that my sister swears by. I use both product brands so the decision was very tough. As I studied the ingredients, compared reviews on my phone and played a game of eeny meeny miny moe, the cutest Ulta associate came over and asked if I needed help. The answer was definitely “YES!” I told her my debate and she immediately took me over to the Studio Gear section. What? Umm, no. I’ve never even heard of this brand! Between her incredible sales pitch {Ulta has been trying to get this
line in their stores forever, SG is Goldie Hawn’s preferred brand, products are huge on the West Coast, etc.}
and testing all 3 primers on the back of my hand, Studio Gear Prime Objective Skin Perfecting Face Primer {$30} was my winner. I have super dry skin and this primer has been fantastic for my face!

– FOUR – Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling Ice. Only $1 from Harris Teeter, aspartame-free, full of vitamins and antioxidants, zero calorie and delicious – I am so addicted to these sparkling waters and lemonades. All of the Sparkling Ice flavors are delicious, but I can’t get enough of this flavor {and Crisp Apple}! Laura recently blogged about the Pink Grapefruit flavor {here} as one of her favorite summer drinks too!

– FIVE – As I mentioned earlier, Matt and I are hosting a Fiesta tomorrow! I’ve been working on lots of little DIY crafts for months so I am over-the-moon for the party weekend to finally be here! Of course I will fill you in picture by picture next week, but in the meantime I’ve created an inspiration board for the party!


P.S. Did you click on number 4? If not, you need to. My fellow link-up host, Darci, threw one of the best Fiestas I’ve ever seen {and I’ve seen a TON of fiestas on Pinterest}. I may be stealing half of her ideas for our party. 


Wanna join  Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is…

1.)  Write  your post about five things you’re lovin’ this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.)  Share the logo above on your blog and link back.
3.)  Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!

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  1. Jen
    August 2, 2013 / 11:29 am

    The flowers are stunning! Thrilled they are holding up so well.A fiesta party sound like so much fun. I love the picture of the cans-as-planters. Looking forward to seeing how your party turns out!

  2. In the Pink
    August 2, 2013 / 11:43 am

    That taco shell garland is too cute!!! Have a wonderful fiesta!

  3. Paige
    August 2, 2013 / 12:20 pm

    Those flowers are so beautiful and I can't wait to see how your fiesta turns out. I love the garland you made last week- so cute! Enjoy the weekend!!!

  4. Kelsea
    August 2, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    How sweet of your husband!!! And the sparkling ice drinks are wonderful. I love the grapefruit one 🙂

  5. DeAnna Stephens
    August 2, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    Did you use my tip of putting the flowers in ginger ale or Sprite to help them live? My hydrangeas from Shelby's baptism lasted 2 weeks!!

  6. Rachel S
    August 2, 2013 / 12:47 pm

    The mason jar tumblers are the best! I love them! We are going on vacation to Maine and mine is coming with me!

  7. The Whitfields
    August 2, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    The flowers are so pretty! I just love those and how great to be able to take them home?!! I linked up but I messed up the link I think. I tried to re-do it but if you see it delete and I will start again friend! I was reading way too quickly through the link tool. 🙂

  8. Maran (HeyHawleywood)
    August 2, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    oh there are those ridiculous flowers again. I hope they stay going for a month!!!

  9. megan
    August 2, 2013 / 1:06 pm

    Those flowers are GORGEOUS! Can't wait to see pictures from your fiesta! I know it's going to be awesome!!

  10. Natasha
    August 2, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    i got dizzy just reading everything you've had going on this week my dear…HOW MUCH FUN!!! i cannot wait to see a recap of the fiesta-i know it will be AMAZING, as are all of your get togethers!!!

  11. Alexa
    August 2, 2013 / 1:18 pm

    Those flowers have me swooning over here! I can practically smell the yumminess.I received a bouquet from a friend recently that stayed beautiful for over two weeks, so I hope yours do the same! Happy weekend 🙂

  12. Brownie's World
    August 2, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    Oh my gosh the flowers! Stunning and so jealous you were able to swipe with permission! Congrats on one year at the job!

  13. Bekah @ re·solve
    August 2, 2013 / 1:38 pm

    Studio Gear IS a great brand….but Ulta had it in stores back when I worked for them in 2004-05. Regardless I think you will love it. They are nice products. Arbonne primer is super incredible, too! Probably my personal favorite.Happy work-iversary!

    • Bekah @ re·solve
      August 2, 2013 / 1:40 pm

      And that ICE stuff is aspartame-free????? I've always avoided even trying it because I assumed some nasty sweetener was in it. May have to try it now.

  14. Allison
    August 2, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    Love the gorgeous shades of those flowers! Your fiesta sounds like so much fun! With all of those great inspiration pictures, I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures from your own party!

  15. Colleen Sullivan
    August 2, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    Can't wait for a recap of your fiesta party! I'll have to pick up some ICE drinks too. It is really hard to find a low call drink with flavor and no aspartame or splenda.

  16. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    August 2, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    — SO excited for Mel and Travis! Did you know it was going to happen before he popped the question!? — those flowers – AMAZING! so so pretty! — can't wait to see pics of the FIESTA! you know how to throw a party, girlfriend!have a great weekend!! xoxo

  17. Portuguese Prepster
    August 2, 2013 / 3:58 pm

    those flowers are beautiful! just discovered your blog and love all the tips you post!

  18. Jenn @ West Sac Honey
    August 2, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    So cute I'm sure your party will be a hit! Can't wait to see your decor your so crafty!

  19. Jenny {}
    August 2, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    That looks like one amazing inspiration board. Can't wait to see how your fiesta turns out. Have a great time!

  20. April of A. Liz Adventures
    August 2, 2013 / 8:54 pm

    Okay now you've got my gears turning about that primer! You know I can't resist a new makeup product! 🙂 Ditto on how amazing that crisp apple flavor is … YUMMMM.Have a blast with the party, I cannot WAIT to see pics!

  21. beth
    August 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    the colors of those flowers are amazing! i love the muted purples. i hope you have a great fiesta! can't wait for the photos 🙂

  22. Stephanie
    August 3, 2013 / 4:15 am

    I am going to have to try that Sparkling Ice. Trying to kick my soda addiction. That may be it!

  23. Miranda
    August 3, 2013 / 9:27 am

    I really really really love your cute mason jar mug!!! 🙂

  24. Julie
    August 5, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    That Fiesta board is precious! Love all the bright colors!

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