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Pinterest Rules

I love Pinterest! Its the best thing since sliced bread. Not really, but almost.

One of the blessings and curses of Pinterest is that it links with your Facebook friends. I’ve been on Facebook for over six years now and have accumulated a variety of friends from all walks of life. I am so thankful for all the people I’ve encountered in my life, but some people just have really poor taste.

Instead of having to deal with a bunch of crafts, pictures of other people’s babies, and dresses I’m never going to wear I’ve set a few rules to who and what I follow. If I wanted to see people’s babies, I’d look at Facebook.

1. Boards that feature photo ideas are unfollowed. I’m not a professional photographer, nor do I regularly hire them for family photo shoots. Photo shoot inspiration pictures do not apply to me and will be quickly unfollowed. I don’t care if it is a cute idea.

Source: via Kristen on Pinterest


2. Crafty crafts. I learned to knit and I’m fairly DIY, but I don’t do crafts. Especially kids crafts. If you post crafts for kids, that board is going to be quickly unfollowed.


Source: via Ryan on Pinterest


3. Boards that feature dresses, be they bridal or bridesmaids or just because. I do not need to see 15 different bridal inspiration photos. (If I still worked in the bridal dress industry I probably would be all over it. I’ve seen enough wedding gowns in my day.)

Source: via Julia on Pinterest

4. Cute animal pictures. Really? Are we still 5?

Source: via Karlee on Pinterest

5. People that post all of these are immediately unfollowed altogether.

One of the great things about Pinterest is that it can be what you make it. I totally respect the fact that some people like to collect pictures of cute animals and babies, but that’s not what I want to see on my home screen.

What are your rules for Pinterest?

Weekend Project

So this past weekend my husband was not working and we had lovely weather. This means one thing: doing stuff around the house. I asked Bryan to take the trellis and vines by our front door.

See, when we bought the house the little area to the left of our front door looked like this:

Then a couple of months ago, sick and tired of the vines taking over the porch and the roof, Bryan cut the vines and they became dead. I don’t have a good picture of it, but you can kind of see on the left hand side of this picture:

That’s my new-to-me chair by the way. I picked up on the side of the road.

Here’s what we’re working with right now:

Bryan trimmed and tore down all remnants of vine and took out the trellis. It was buckling and I wasn’t a big fan of it vine-less anyways.

So now we’re trying to decide what to do. Our options are:
a) Buy and install a porch swing. We don’t technically have enough space here, but we could make it work. We’ve always wanted a porch swing.
b) Find some old windows and hang to create a translucent blockade.

I sort of like something being there. It makes me feel safe and the dog doesn’t jump off to her impending death.

The seat to the chair was hijacked by my mom who is going to rebuild the seat for me and then we’ll recover it.

What are your thoughts? Also, where do you find old windows?

Crazy Conversations

Sometimes when you are having a conversation do you wish you could write it down or record it becuase its so awesome/ridiculous/hilarious? I do this all the time with my husband.

The other night he starts this conversation that sounds likes its really sweet and then takes a weird turn. I furiously wrote it down.


For the record I do give to the poor.

What’s a crazy conversation that you’ve had recently?

Life Lesson: Always say Hi.

Ten years ago I was a new girl in a new school. Six days after September 11th my family moved to a different town and I had to start a new school in the middle of the year. We were between homes and living with my grandparents until we could buy and/or sell houses. Life was upside down for me.

Walking into a new school is pretty intimidating. Especially when everyone else knows each other and has already established routines and clicks. Fortunately, one girl took the time to turn around and talk to me.

As a rather shy person I sometimes get too introverted for my own good. I have to remind myself all the time to say “Hi” to the people I encounter. You never know who you might meet simply by saying hello.

Things We Love: Each Other

Ten years ago today, history was made.

Rachel and I met, and the result was pretty much instant friendship.

We’ve taken boat trips, road trips, Sex and the City marathons, clothing obsession, book worminess, a deep love of food, and lofty aspirations of lolling and made it something amazing.

So lucky to have you as my best!

Wasteful Wednesday: Makeup


My name is Allyn, and I’m a product whore.

It’s sad, but so very true.

I love makeup. More specifically, I love the hunt for a new perfect type of makeup.

Sephora? It’s like a crack den. Or a candy store. Candy store sounds better I think.

Over the years I have thrown away countless half used (even just barely used) products. I’ll try just about anything I read about, or is recommended to me, or I just think has pretty packaging. I am the ultimate consumer in this area.

However, there are a few products that I keep coming back to, time and again, and they’re helping me with my problem:

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer in CIA ($16)

This is one of the best concealers I’ve ever used. I think it comes it 4 shades, but, let’s be honest, my tan moments are few and far between, so I pretty much stick with the fairest of the fair. It’s great for the bags under my eyes, and for any nasty splotches on my face. This is one product that I really wish I didn’t have a need for, but since I do, I’m glad I found it. One pencil typically lasts me at least six months, if not more.

NARS blush in Orgasm ($27)

This color has become iconic, and for good reason. It’s the perfect peachy pink to give me natural color, whatever the season. It also has a subtle gold shimmer to it, just for a little glow (Side note: I once tried it in Super Orgasm (ha), and it had huge gold flecks in it. Beware). While this is definitely more expensive than anything I would get at Target, one of these lasted me almost 2 years. Worth it.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin ($19)

Confession time: I have oily eyelids. Gross, I know. This has made it almost impossible for me to wear any sort of eye makeup besides mascara for years, since it would all smudge off within the hour, until I found this beauty. I put this over my whole eyelid (a little goes a long way), let it dry, and then anything I put on over it will last all freaking day. Amazing. Added bonus? It comes in several colors (Sin is a “shimmering champagne”) besides nude, meaning it can totally negate the need for any eyeshadow at all. Once again, a container of this lasts me at least six months, and it means that I can wear eye makeup, so it’s worth its weight in gold.

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer ($21)

This stuff is awesome. You can apply it however you want, smudge it to your heart’s content, but once it’s set, it’s set. I still have some on in the morning. I first started buying it years ago, then for some reason stopped in favor of pencil liners, which was stupid. I just bought a new pot of it, and hello lover! I missed you so. All that to say, I’m not exactly sure how long it’ll last me, but I know I’ll be buying it again regardless (Side note: buy the eyeliner brush that Bobbi Brown makes for it. So great).

Maybelline Volum’ Express One-by-One Mascara in Blackest Black ($6.49)

Once upon a time, I was hooked on DiorShow mascara. Loved it, would never let it go. Until I realized that I was spending $24.50 on mascara every 2-3 months. Ouch. I tried a lot of cheaper mascaras at Target, and almost gave up, until I discovered this one. I can layer this stuff on and make my lashes look fantastic. It lasts just about as long, and I feel zero guilt when I have to buy more. Plus, it gives me an excuse to go to Target. Not that I need one.

How about you? Any products you just can’t live without? You know I’m always on the market for something new!

Like I said, I have a problem.

The Palace Saloon, Fernandina Beach, FL

One of our all time favorite bars ever is in Fernandina Beach, FL, where Bryan and I recently vacationed. It’s in the historic downtown area which has been around forever.

The Palace Saloon holds the distinction of being Flordia’s oldest bar in one location. (There is an older bar, but its moved around a bit.) I’m glad they haven’t moved because the bar itself is one of the prettiest.

The bar was originally designed by Adolphus Busch (of Anheuser Busch). It has a long history as a “captains bar” in the busy port town.

While you’re there you must get their patented Pirate Punch. Its amazing .They’re pretty secretive about whats in it, but I can’t visit the Island without a cup of punch. If you aren’t into booze they also have a great beer selection. I think they have food, but we only went for the drinks.

Go there:
117 Centre Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034