Wednesday, July 31, 2013


I know I told you all that I was working on making some changes on the blog (and I still am!), but the reason I have been slacking off on posting is because we are moving.

We purchased our current house around five years ago, right when we got married.  We've spent our entire married life here, so there are a lot of memories in this little house.  The reason we are moving is because Jimmy received a wonderful job offer, and it was just too good to pass up.
The catch is that the job is in Illinois, and we currently live in Ohio.
  (That's two states away for those not in the midwest.)
I've never lived anywhere but Ohio in my whole twenty-nine years.  In fact, I've never lived more than 25 minutes away from my parents, so this will be a big change for me.

Right now we (and that means, me) are trying to clean out our house and get ready for a garage/moving sale.  I am going to try to have it next weekend, since Jimmy will be home to help out.  The following week he leaves for Illinois, and I will be coordinating with movers and painters and having new carpeting put in so we can put the house on the market for sale.
I hope whoever ends up here makes as many great memories as we did.

I will be posting some videos and OOTDs soon!  

Friday, July 19, 2013

OOTD - Army Chic

Not the best picture (was making a ridiculous face), I know, but I don't have a tripod for my new camera yet, so I have to take what I can get before Jimmy gets tired of being my photographer. 
I wore this outfit on a not-so-hot day when we were running around doing some errands and shopping.  It was super comfy, and it was something I just kind of threw on, but I really liked how it came together.  I might have worn some regular length jeans and cuffed them, instead of wearing the capri pants, but otherwise
I think it works pretty well!

Outfit Details:
(click link to see actual item)
Striped 3/4 sleeve top - Old Navy
Star Cuff Capris - Avenue
Army Jacket - Lane Bryant from a few years ago (similar)
Converse All-Stars - Purchased at a Converse store in Virginia (similar)
Yellow Bubble Necklace - I forget where this came from. . . (similar)
Charm Bracelet - I think this came from Avenue a few years ago.
Bag - Coach

These shoes are so comfy!  I haven't had a pair of All-Stars in years, and I forgot how awesome they are.  Anybody else feeling the Converse love?


Thursday, July 18, 2013

New Facebook Page!

Hey, everybody!  I have been working on updating and tweaking the blog a little, so to go along with that, I have created a new Facebook page.  It is a business style page, but I thought it would be easier to find via search than the old page.  All you have to do it search "Loving the Reflection", and it should pop up for you to click on.  I plan on using the page to post little updates and things that aren't necessarily blog-worthy. 

I also have an Instagram account, if anyone would like to follow it.  You can either search "lovingthereflection" or click here.

I don't have a Twitter account.  I've tried a couple times, and just cannot really get into it.  Sorry.  

I would be thrilled for some new friends on FB and Instagram!  Hope to hear from you guys soon.  : ) 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Bath & Body Works Haul!!

I know I said I was back, and I really am (promise!), but I have been thinking about what I want this blog to be, so please be patient with me while I figure out in what direction I want to take this thing.  

In the meanwhile, I did hit the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale today and got stocked up on some goodies.  
I ended up nabbing two body sprays, two body lotions, two foaming hand soaps, two two-packs of wallflower refills, one wallflower plug-in thingie, some foot cream, and one of the Scentportable clips and a refill for my car (not pictured).  All of this for $50.  Not too shabby!

I picked up two of the wallflower refill duos in Fresh Linen and Island Margarita. 

I love the foaming hand soaps from B&BW, and so does Jimmy.  I have the Coconut Cove scent in the kitchen right now, and it's so good that I bought a back up for when it runs out. I also nabbed the Wild Honeysuckle scent for my bathroom.

Sheer Freesia is one of those scents that reminds me of middle school and early high school when all the girls were getting into the body sprays and lotions from B&BW.  Back in the day when Country Apple, Plumeria, Cucumber Melon, and Warm Vanilla Sugar reigned supreme in the locker bay, Sheer Freesia was always my pick.  So for nostalgia alone, I couldn't resist getting some lotion and body spray.

I have noticed these new "destination" scents the past few times I've been in Bath & Body Works, but didn't really give them any thought.  At work a few weeks ago, one of the receptionists was wearing something that smelled so fantastic all day, and when I asked her what she had on she showed me the bottle of this stuff she had at her desk.  I decided then that I had to check it out for myself.  It is nice a floral, but not too overpowering.  And the packaging is really cute on this stuff, so I picked up the lotion and the body spray in Rome Honeysuckle Amore as well.

I also snagged the Scentportable refill in Tiki Beach, which is a nice summery, beachy (how appropriate!) scent.  No photos of that, because as soon as I got in the car I stuck in on the passenger visor.

Do you guys plan to hit the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale?  Have you already made some purchases?  I'd love to hear what you bought, or plan on buying. 
What is your absolute favorite scent from Bath & Body Works? 
 Mine is Moonlight Path, because it's what I wore a lot when Jimmy and I first started dating, and anytime I put it on he gets all goofy and reminisces about old times.  He's such a big softie.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

After not posting for almost a year, I realized how much I miss blogging!  Life kind of got in the way for a while, but I am vowing to make a real effort to keep up with the blog from this point forward.  I can't wait to share outfit posts, beauty faves, and get back in touch with you guys!  Thanks to those of you who stuck around!  

Monday, July 16, 2012

Video Post - Birchbox and Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain

Here's a link to Birchbox for anyone who is interested.  
Full Disclosure: I do get points for anyone who actually signs up for the service.  The points can be used to purchase full size products.

The Color Club nail polish was a bust for me.  I wore it a day and a half and it was chipping like crazy, even with a base and top coat.  So try at your own risk.

Hubs said the Lara Bar in Bananas Foster was delicious! 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

DIY Nail Polish Rack

I'm the kind of person who forgets what I have unless I can see it.  I have almost all of my necklaces hanging on my wall, and my bracelets hanging on a little tree from Ikea.  If I can see them all at once, I am better about actually wearing all of them instead of sticking with just a few pieces over and over.  So with that in mind, I've been thinking about purchasing a nail polish rack from Amazon for quite some time.  Prior to this project my nail polish was scattered about it little bins and the drawer in my nightstand.  My research led me to find that the cheapest rack was around $30, which seemed a little steep for some clear plastic. 
Luck would have it that I was cruising Pinterest one day (Ok, like every day.), and happened to see this tutorial on how to DIY a nail polish rack.  Insert squeal here! 

I tried to take photos throughout the 
process, but I wasn't terribly successful.  I got caught up in watching the thing come together, and forgot to take them at certain steps.  Hmmmm. . . a little ADHD, anyone?

The entire project basically requires: 
3 foam boards (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 each)
An exacto knife or boxcutter type blade
A hot glue gun
Colored/Patterned Duct tape to your liking (this is totally optional)
I also used some Gorrila Glue to reinforce the shelves. 

The first step is to draw lines on one piece of the foam board (your backing) that will be guides to place your shelves. 
Yeah, not the best photo.  Again, sorry about that. 

Next, you want to cut out (of your second and third pieces of foam board) your strips that will become your shelves and sides of the rack.
 (Please check the tutorial linked above for measurements.)
Then, you can begin to wrap the front part of the shelves in duct tape. 
This is the pattern I chose. 

Next you begin the really fun stuff. .  . Gluing! 
 One shelf down. . . (I was totally watching Law & Order: SVU on Netflix while I was working on this.)
Almost there! 

And this is where I really got lazy/forgetful about taking photos.  It's not too exciting from this point on, anyway.  You basically glue the sides and top and bottom on, then add the front part of the shelves with the duct tape.  
The finished product before being hung. 
And the completed product stocked with polish. 

Up close view of my excess glue mess and my dog-chewed polish cap. 

I used this stuff:
to reinforce each shelf at the bottom, and I recommend using it very sparingly.  I went a little crazy with it, and I got some blobs that seeped out from the seal (which you can't see when the rack is hanging because the little lip covers it), but I just want to give a warning.  Also, don't get this on your skin or clothes. 
Yes, I managed to do both and it stayed on me for at least two days even after showering. I still don't know if my dress will ever be the same. . . 

Have you tried a DIY project lately?  How did it turn out?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments!