Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Favorites: SEPHORA

Happy Friday!

I love, love, love SEPHORA! It is like a candy shop for grown ups. It is pretty much a one stop shop for us girls. I have pieced together some of my favorites I have purchased there.

1. Make Up For Ever in flamingo pink. This blush is great for anytime of the year. It adds just enough color to show of those wonderful cheek bones. // 2. Josie Moran lipstick in playful pink. This lipstick is designed with argan oil to hydrate your lips all day long. // 3. Butter Nail Lacquer in tropical fuchsia pink is great for spring and summer. The color is truly beautiful and it applies very nicely. // 4. Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in sheer berry rose in pink case. This lip treatment is great to keep your lips moisturized and it adds a sheer tint of pink. You can add it under any lipstick color, and it will look great.  // 5.  Beauty Blender is a great tool for all over face color blending. I use mine mostly with concealing, contouring and highlighting. // 6.  Urben Decay Naked Palette is a top seller everywhere, and it is well worth the money. I use mine almost every day. The colors last all day long and are a great way to show off your eyes. 

What are your beauty favorites?



Thursday, January 30, 2014


Happy Thirsty Thursday!

The Super Bowl is only a few days away and I have three drink recipes for all of you. 

Seattles Best

1 1/2 ounces bourbon whisky 
1/2 ounce dark creme de cacao
1 1/2 ounces water
1 ounce espresso, chilled
1/4 ounce simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
finely ground coffee or coffee beans for garnish

Pour all ingredients onto a shaker and shake well. Pour into glass and enjoy.

Colorado Bulldog

1 ounce vodka
1 ounce coffee liqueur
cream or milk

Grab a glass and pour the vodka and coffee liquor and fill with ice. Add equal amount of cola and milk or cream. Stir well and enjoy. 

Beer Margarita 

1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate
12 ounces tequila
12 ounces water
12 ounces beer
1 lime, cut into wedges

Pour limeade, water, beer and tequila into a pitcher and mix well until limeade is fully melted.Add plenty of ice. Take a separate glass and line rim with salt and add a lime wedge for garnish. Pour into glass and enjoy. 

All three look and sound amazing. I cant wait till Sunday to try these recipes out. :-)

Share with me what recipes you will be making this Sunday.



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

All Things Pink

Happy Hump Day!

Inspiration Board Wednesdays: All things pink!

I think every girl at some point in her life was obsessed with the color PINK. I just happen to still be a little obsessed with it. It is hard for me to get away with buying everything pink, because my husband would kill me if I painted the walls pink, or put a bright pink chandelier up in the house. I still admire the little things in life that are pink though. For example my pink Lilly Pulitzer planner, and pink statement necklaces. If it's  a rainy or snowy day put on a cute pair of Pink Hunter boots. Add a pink blazer or pink accessories to any outfit. A little hue of pink will do the trick and make you feel all girly inside. :)

The color pink can still be glamourous at any age if it is done right.
Let your inner girl out and choose pink next time you are shopping.



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bows & Bows

Happy Tuesday!

I LOVE BOWS! I think they are just so adorable. Bows are no longer just for little girls. I have seen this style pop up everywhere, with almost every designer. Bows add so much class and prep to almost any outfit and this trend is hot right now.

I am kinda obsessed with them, aren't you?

Please share with me what your favorite trends are right now.

P.S. Remember to enter for your chance to with the Valentines Day free giveaway. =)



Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Monday Everyone!

Here is what I wore this weekend. . .

This weekend was full of JCrew, Statement necklaces and color on my lips. My go to look is a comfy button up shirt with a pullover sweater over it. I love to throw on a statement necklace to almost every outfit I put on. Go big or go home, right? 

We finally got our second bedroom all set up, well almost. I have my pretty desk and bookshelf that I wanted all set up. We still have a few odds and ends to get. This weekend I spent a lot of time looking for cute unique items for my little office area. I succeeded in finding some good pieces. Below are a few finds from this weekend.

I found this cute journal on one of my shopping trips to Marshalls. It's adorable! I have it sitting right next to my laptop on my desk. =)

What a hoot right?? This little guy is so adorable I can't take it. My Husband knows me so well, he surprised me with my little guy.

Owl is from Francesca's (sold out) Similar (Here)

We finally got the mirror we wanted from Ikea. I am so excited to finally have it in our home. I am obsessed with it! Look at who snuck in the picture, little Leo he looks like a black blob.

Songe Mirror (Here)

The wreath was not a purchase, one of my dearest friends made it for us for a wedding gift. Isn't it just darling? We hung it up on the wall over our t.v. center. I just love it!

Handmade Wreath Similar (Here)

I did a little online shopping too. I found some great pieces on sale at vineyard Vine. With code WHALE5014 you get additional 50% off sale items. WOW! RIGHT? You better hurry items wont last long.

I also launched my Valentines Day free giveaway this weekend. Remember to enter for a chance to win. 

I would love to hear from you all about topics you would like me to blog about. Contact me via email or you can comment directly blog.



Sunday, January 26, 2014

Valentines Day Free Giveaway

I am doing a Valentines Day free giveaway! 
What better way to celebrate the day of love then with these amazing items. 

3- Revlon Parfumerie nail polish in Pink Pineapple, African Tea Rose and China Flower.
1- Red lips coffee mug.
1- Pair of really adorable coral stud earrings.

To enter, you must do the following:
1. Follow Southern Girl Radiance Blog  

For extra entries:
{1 additional entry} Follow on Instagram (Here)
{1 additional entry} Follow on Twitter (Here)
{1 additional entry} Tweet about the giveaway 

That leaves the possibility for four entries! Please leave each entry in a separate comment. The giveaway will close Wednesday, February 5th at 11 p.m. E.S.T.



Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Favorites

It's Friday! 
I hope everyone had a fabulous week. Now it is time to relax and enjoy your weekend ahead. Maybe have one of the martinis I mentioned on Thirsty Thursdays blog. =)

I am a Target Junkie I'll admit it! Today I went shopping with my sister in hopes to find a cute desk for my second bedroom. She asked me if i had an app called Cartwheel, and I said no, and I had never heard of it. I can not believe I just found this app. It is AMAZING! I might be a late bloomer here and be the last one to get this app, but if you do not have it, go download it, its free. Not only did I score a desk already on sale, I also got 15% off via the app, and another 5% off via my red card. That is an extra 20%!! I was so excited, I had to get a diet coke to celebrate, and it was 10% off that too on the app. 

OH! I almost forgot, I also bought a book shelf to go with the desk. It was also on sale! I will post pictures of my new desk and bookshelf after my wonderful husband puts it all together for me. :-)

Revlon has some great products out there. I really like there Perfumerie line for nail polish. 

I bought two colors Bordeaux and Moonlit woods. Both colors are truly beautiful. I'll post pictures soon.

JCrew Crystal Rose Necklace
This necklace is so beautiful. It was love at first site. I waited to purchase it till it went on sale, and now you can get it at JCrew Factory Stores or online. I would hurry if I were you, I bet they will go fast!

I have embarked on a new journey and started as a new designer with Origami Owl. I am so excited to start this new adventure. Please check out my link, and help support my new career. 

Have a wonderful weekend, and stay tuned for pictures from mine!



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Martini Edition

Hi, Happy Thursday to everyone,

The weekend is almost here and what better way to kick it off then with a tasty Martini - I am a huge fan of martinis. We all have our favorite go to cocktails while we are out for drinks. Here are three martinis you can order that are served at every bar, and are sure to satisfy your taste buds 


If you want to have a night in, you can bartend yourself and throw together your favorite one with the recipes below :)

Lemon Drop Martini

 2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce freshly squeezes lemon
Sugar for the glass rim
lemon wedge 

Take your lemon wedge and run it around the rim. Dip the glass rim into sugar and coat it to you liking. After you have sugar on the rim put the glass in the freezer to chill.  Pour all the liquid ingredients into the shaker and shake like crazy, about 30 seconds. Pour the liquid in the chilled martini glass, and garnish with lemon wedge. 

Cosmo Martini


2 ounce Vodka
1 tablespoon triple sec
1-1 1/2 tablespoons cranberry juice
2-3 tablespoons lime juice
lime wedge

Chill martini glass in freezer. Pour all liquid ingredients into shaker, and shake like crazy, about 30 seconds. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with lime wedge.

 Classic Martini
2 1/2 ounce gin or vodka
1/4 to 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
green olives

Chill martini glass in freezer. Pour all liquid ingredients into shaker and shack for about 30 seconds. Pour liquids into chilled martini glass and garnish with green olives. 

 Wow! All three sound Amazing!
Remember to share your favorite Martini with me! You can share via email or comment below. 
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Inspirational Board Wednesdays: Home Office

Happy Wednesday! 

I am in the process of creating a home office in our second bedroom. It is so exciting picking out everything, from the desk to the little accessories that go on it. I found it fitting to show all of you my inspirations while I create my own office. 

I love the clean and crisp look in an office. 

There are many stores you can find cute accessories for your own home office. Some of my favorites are Target, Marshalls, Anthropologie and Pier One Imports. I have found some of my favorite pieces at Marshalls, and the prices are unbelievable. 

You can find a great desk at IKEA, Pottery Barn and Z Gallerie

One important thing to remember is to have a budget. Believe me you will want to buy everything you see! You can find amazing pieces for any budget you set. Just take your time and shop around till you find what is perfect for you.

Please share with me any of your home office inspiration you might have. =)



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Trending Tuesday: Elbow Patches

Hi, It's Trending Tuesday!

Elbow patches are so in right now. I see them everywhere. They are so adorable and can be worn all year around and on any occasion. A simple piece of fabric adds such an impact on an outfit.

There is no wrong way to wear this trend. I personally like the casual look. If I had to choose my favorite, it would be sequin patches. Obviously! =)

Below are cute casual pieces for this look.

If you would like to look a bit more fancy or dressed up, pair one with a high wasted skirt or a dark pair of skinny jeans and a pair of your favorite pumps. Add a chunky necklace and layer your wrist with some jewels. Do a smokey eye with winged eyeliner and make sure to put some color on those lips. 

Can't wait to see all the elbow patched this winter and spring!

Comment or email me your favorite trends you would like to see on a future blog post.



Monday, January 20, 2014

Did Someone Say Sale?!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyones weekend was packed full of happiness.

I am extremely excited for some great buys I got this weekend on I think I see a trend, grays and whites. I might be a little obsessed! 

OH! I almost forgot to mention that they have additional 40% off all clearance items with code SALE40.

Shirtdress (Here) 

Gingham Button-Down Shirt (Here)

   Racerback Cami (Here)

Cameo Chandelier Necklace (Here)

Crystal Pillow Bracelet (Here)

and how could I resist this cute gray sparkle notebook . . .  :)

Glitter Notebook (Here)

I love anything preppy, and JCrew is the ultimate place to buy prep. All the pieces I bought are timeless and can be worn with almost anything. 
I can not wait for my order to come in and show you guys how all these items look. Remember to sign up for email notifications at your favorite stores, this way you do not miss their big sales. 

I also found some great deals on clothes, shoes and jewelry at and Stay tuned for some "OOTD" updates with my purchases. 

My husband is going to flip when he sees I bought all of this, but he won't be as mad once I tell him the price I got it all for ;)

Comment or email me your favorite shopping sites you have.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thirsty Thursdays: I'll Have Cranberries With That!

It's Thirsty Thursday!

What girl doesn't like a fun and tasty cocktail to go with her stunning outfit for the night, right? Cocktails can be a girl's best accessory. This week I picked one of my all time favorite ingredients. I mean who doesn't love cranberries? I am going to switch it up week to week, and post fun and flirty drinks. Some weeks I will post recipes I have found on the internet, or drinks I have created myself. For this Thirsty Thursdays i've chosen to pick some tastyy recipes I found online. 

Cranberry Cutie Cocktail

3 ounces Sierra Mist Natural
3 ounces Cranberry Juice
Juice from 1 cutie/clementine orange
 1 ounce lime juice
Cutie slice and cranberry sugar for garnish

So here is your method to the madness in making this sweet cocktail: In a shaker filled with ice - mix cranberry juice, lime juice and cutie juice. Then you are going to want to add Sierra Mist Natural and stir it in. Now, strain into two martini glasses with edges that have been dipped in cranberry sugar (i've found sugar to be the same; Truvia works just as well if you want to cut the sugar & sweetness). Last on the list - garnish with a cutie slice.

Cranberry Fiz

6 oz Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash
       2 oz fresh squeeze orange juice
   2 oz vodka
     ½ lime, juiced
  Optional Garnish
       lime slices
      fresh cranberries

This one is my favorite of the bunch and here is how you can make it yours - In a glass filled with ice, mix all of the above ingredients together. Then, simply garnish with a few berries of your choice, and a slice of lime. (Comment and let me know about this one)

Cranberry Infused Rum

  2 cups fresh cranberries
    8 cloves
   8 allspice berries
       4 cinnamon sticks
       2 whole star anise

       1 liter rum

Using a mortar and pestle, crush the cranberries. You want to make sure that at least half the fruit is crushed so that they more easily release their flavor and color to the rum. If you don't have a mortar and pestle, pulse the cranberries in a food processor 4-5 times instead.
Divide the cranberries and spices evenly between two quart-sized Mason jars.
Pour the rum over the fruit, dividing it evenly between the jars.
Cover tightly and allow to infuse for 1 week, shaking the jars once a day.
Strain the alcohol and discard the solid pieces. Rinse out the jars and return the rum to them. Cover and refrigerate.

Virgin Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellini's

1 1/2 cups simple syrup, recipe follows
1 1/4 cups POM juice, chilled
1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice, chilled
1 (25.3 fluid ounces) bottle sparkling water, chilled
2 limes, thinly sliced
1 bunch fresh mint, for garnish

In a 6 to 8 cup capacity pitcher, combine the POM juice, cranberry juice and sparkling water.
To each glass, add a slice of lime and a sprig of mint. Pour the bellini mixture into the prepared glasses and serve.

OMG! All of these recipes sound so yummy! What are your favorite cranberry drink recipes? Share with me I would love to hear all about them. 

Looks like I am the bartender at my place tonight. =)
Have a fabulous Thursday Night.