Wednesday, July 30, 2014

TIME TO TEST: ALMAY SMART SHADE

Happy Wednesday, you lovely people!

Today I'm doing something I haven't done on the blog:
Test.
Makeup.

I wear makeup just about every day, but I haven't done a sponsored makeup review post ever- because I don't like lying to your pretty faces. You see, most companies that contact you want you to oooh and aaaah about their product (duh) and I had yet to have a company contact me that had a product I whole-heartedly believed in: until now.
When Almay gave me this Smart Shade Foundation to try I knew it was something I could rave about- so here it is: an honest review!
I mean, first things first: I get that this has ZERO to do with the quality of the makeup, but the packaging is perfect: clean, simple, bright. Thumbs up #1. 
Second, Almay Smart Shade makeup makes it easy to find "the one" with just three skintone-adjusting shades to choose from, not hundreds. I feel like there have been times when I'm sitting at Walgreens holding 324309 different bottles up to my hand trying to guess which won't make me look like a ghost or an oopma-loompa. Anyone else been there?

So here's how it works:
Step 1: Put a few dots of Almay Smart Shade on- yes, it'll be white!
Step 2: Begin to blend with sponge/brush/fingers- yes, it'll still be pretty white!
Step 3: Continue to slowly blend- if you have a slightly dark tan (which I do right now) it will seem REALLY light at first, but the more you blend, the more it melts into your skin, creating a totally even tone.

And the final product?

Even, clear skin! 
(see awkward faux-glamour shot below)


I was amazed how light this foundation felt- not in the least bit greasy or heavy. Since it's been sent to me I've been wearing it daily, and am still so pleased!

So there you have it- a makeup post by yours truly.
Big thanks, hugs & kisses to the Refinery29 & Almay teams!

Now I want to hear from you, friends-
Has anyone else tried Smart Shade
Like it? Love it?
Do share!

xo, lp




Find more about Almay here:

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*again: this was a sponsored post by almay cosmetics. all opinions, thoughts, and awkward glamour shots are my own. thanks for supporting b&b!*

Monday, July 28, 2014

TAKE A SIP: BEST BLUEBERRY MOJITO


 Normally recipe days are Tuesdays...but I just couldn't hold this one back, because it's too good!


 It's been in the seventies in Wisconsin, which means optimal Mojito weather. 
I mean...I guess any weather could be optimal Mojito weather, but I'm just going to use these 70+ degree days as an excuse to share this, mmmmkay?

Here's what you'll need to make it happen:
 - Mint leaves
- Blueberries
- 2 tsps Sugar or simple syrup*
- 2 ounces White Rum
- Sprite or Soda water**
- Ice

* if ya don't have simple syrup, granulated sugar will work!
** sprite if ya like it sweet, soda water if you don't/

 How to make it happen:
Step 1: Muddle a few mint leaves + blueberries with your sugar & rum
Step 2: Add ice & top with sprite
Step 3: Garnish with mint leaves + blueberries
Step 4: ENJOY!

So yeah.
It's basically just a regular mojito but with blueberries instead of limes. But daaaaang it's good!

 What's your mid-70s summer drink?
If you don't have one yet- I highly recommend a blueberry mojito!

xo, lp





ps: for more drink recipes, go HERE!
pps: for instagram fun, go HERE!




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PLAYING FAVORITES, VOLUME ONE

OH HI.

i love instagram, we all know this.
But let's talk about people i LOVE to follow on instagram, shall we?
This is one of the first installments, cuz there are a ton of great people i have to share with you.

let's call this grouping: THE ARTISTS
they're photographers, illustrators, digital masters, food organizers, and florists. and they're all fabulous.


munsterrose: oh my lanta. choosing just one picture of jackie's to show here was seriously hard. she is  a florist extraordinaire - and i have to hold myself back from commenting on all of her pictures. if you want to see some gorgeous floral work, follow this lady.

wrightkitchen: brittany is a food artist/wizard. for real. as someone who personally loves putting things in rainbow order, i appreciate her food gradients more than you could know. for amazing produce pics, brittany is your gal.

heykyle: i've known kyle since elementary school- and while i knew his theater skillz back then- i had no idea the talented designer/hand letterer he'd be. like WHOA people. besides his word art- his life in pantone series makes me want to bust out my pantone postcards and go on an  adventure too!

benfwagner: ben & i knew each other briefly in college, so this is how i justify it not being weird for liking every.one.of.his.pictures. he's a designer/illustrator with a killer eye for photographing brooklyn.

amy_stone: she's a digital magicial for gap- and her insta feed is one of my new favorites. everything has a little bit of blue hue to it- and it's all instagram gold: think pineapples, lattes, and peonies. sold.

weshopamano: i mean yeah i'm biased cuz we're related, but fer real my sister is a killer photographer. and ceramic artist. and boutique owner. when she comes into town i make her take pictures for me- and you'll see why once you check out her feed.

canarygrey: speaking of minnesota photographers- this lovely lady has the lightest, brightest instafeed. it's all the most simple & clean way to view life, i'm convinced of it. i need to paint everything in my life white NOW.

kimgenevieve: okay, why not throw an LA photographer in the mix? kimberly's photos just make me smile- they usually involve some bright turq cali sky or palm trees, and get me through the torrential downpours in the midwest. 

studiodiy: i've been following kelly's blog foreeeeeeeeeva. she is such a creative mind- i can't even. her balloons/treats/pinatas/etc are whimsical and truly original. where else can you find hamburger balloons and donut sunglasses? kelly- you are just killin it, girl.


WHEW.
so now you know some of my favorites, and now it's your turn!
who do YOU love to follow on instagram?

xo, lp



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PSST: are we friends on instagram? i mean, this is an instagram post so i have to ask.
if not, you can find me here: @lpodlich    

Monday, July 21, 2014

WE JUST CAN'T TAKE A GOOD PICTURE.

Happy Monday!

I took Friday off so this weekend felt extra fabulous and long. My sister Louisa came into town from Minnesota, which was muuuuuuuuch needed.

Here's what's been good lately:

1. Whoa shoot my hair got long. Just got it cut, but here's the before (woof):




3. Like I said, my sister was in town. She is freaking fabulous. Here we are on the Terrace, failing to take a normal picture:

4. I also got to see my sister Ann this weekend, and my two ADORABLE nieces. Here's Lyddie, being madly in love with Michael. Heart. Breaking.

5. Since Louisa is a photographer, sometimes I beg her to take pictures of me for blog stuff. Liiiike this weekend. Here's an outtake from a shoot she did for an upcoming project I'm working on:

 6. Another day, another candy to rainbow order:

So that's what's been great lately-
Anyone else have some good sibling time this weekend? Or organize any candy? 
(I'm going to guess the answer to that second question is a no..)


xo, lp





PSSST:  I bet you take fabulous pictures on Instagram! Leave your handle in the comments, and you can find me here:  @lpodlich

Monday, July 14, 2014

#everythinginrainboworder

Let's talk Instagram habits.

If you don't already follow me (@lpodlich) - then you might not know of my rainbow ordering obsession.
Allow me to show you just a little bit:

So here's the deal - I know I can't be the only one with a weird Instagram habit...or the only one who likes things in rainbow order!

So tell me, friends-
What's your favorite thing to post on Instagram?

xo, lp



Oh, and if you're a fellow rainbow-order lover, tag me @lpodlich in your post (and use #everythinginrainboworder) - I would LOVE to see 'em!



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

TAKE A SIP: BOOZY CHERRY LIMEADE (a twist on the classic!)

So a while back on this here blog I shared a recipe for the Dirty Shirley (an alcoholic kiddy cocktail). People were diggin' it- so I figured, why not take another childhood classic and do what I do best:
ADD. BOOZE.

So that's just what I did, folks...that's just what I did.
Here's the Boozy Cherry Limeade:

What you'll need to make it happen:
- Svedka Cherry Vodka
- Frozen Limeade Concentrate
- Water, Ice
- Sprite
- Limes/Cherries for garnish

How to make it happen:
Step 1: Mix together 2 ounces of cherry vodka with a tablespoon of limeade concentrate and 1/2 cup water. 
Step 2: Stir until well mixed, then add ice & a splash of Sprite
Step 3. Garnish and enjoy!

Funny thing is, unlike kiddie cocktails, I actually didn't even grow up drinking limeade- we were a lemonade family, through and through!

I'm fully willing, however, to exploit the loving wonderful childhood memories of others- so enjoy, you limeade-families :)

 What was your favorite childhood drink?
Let me know and I'll be sure to booze-it up on the blog soon!

xo, lp

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psssst: for more drink recipes, go HERE
for pictures of pretty things, go HERE!

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