oh sweet friday / vol 56

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gah!  the styling, here.  so good.  granted, i probably wouldn’t walk around town with my blouse open that much… but i am absolutely digging this sexy, laid back, boho vibe.  (image via)

so, yay for friday!  just wanted to say hello and share a few things…

*i haven’t talked much about it yet, but i am 100% infatuated with all things k-beauty (the k stands for Korean, if you didn’t know.)  i’ll share more soon, but in the meantime sokoglam is having a flash sale from now until sunday.  enjoy 20% off with code summerfun on items in this curated collection.

*remember when i wrote this review about HUM supplements?  if the answer is no – wtf?!  what are you waiting for?  if the answer is yes, you’re awesome.  I’m planning a HUM giveaway (next week) as a way to say THANK YOU to everyone who has read my review and used my referral code.  let’s just say i won’t have to pay for supplements for a long time, because not only does using it give you $10 off your order, but i get a $10 credit, as well!  friends helping friends is what i call it.  here’s the code:  F6C27

*I’ve been listening to This American Life every morning as I’m getting ready, sometimes on my way to work.  typically, i listen to the live stream, so the subject matter is often completely random.  no matter what, i always learn something new and sometimes the stories, the people, stay with me for hours after.  my favorite episodes this week – 164: crime scene and 246: my pen pal  if you decide to listen – let me know what you think!

*vulgar girls unite!  i couldn’t have written this article any better – vulgar girls: what it’s like being a lady with a ‘man’s’ sense of humor – i mean, my girlfriends and i are pretty crass and immature.  we are probably worse than dudes.  but there’s a time and a place, ya know?  like, i’ll call someone a f*cking cunt behind her back, but I’d never say that word at a dinner party before my 4th glass of wine.  also, dick jokes are funny.

okay, that’s about it.  i gotta get home – it’s friday night taco night and that means cervezas.

happy weekending!

29. May 2015 by paige
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for sale / the shoemint “brandi”

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i’m just gonna be real – i can’t walk in these.  the heel height is 4.5 inches and i can barely handle 4.  zoey walks better in heels than i do.  sooooo…  i’m selling them.  and let me tell ya – these things are sexy AF.  v-cut, pointed toe, suede and leather.

*size – 6.5
*never been worn.
*originally purchased for $89, currently on sale for $19.99, but they are out of stock in this size.  i’m asking for $45, but willing to negotiate.
*more photos and details

if you’re interested, please leave a comment with your email address and i’ll send you an invoice via paypal.

28. May 2015 by paige
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beauty / glossier

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Glossier is about living in—and embracing—the now, not the past, and not the future. It’s about fun and freedom and being OK with yourself today. It’s about being nice to people and knowing that a smile begets a smile. Snobby isn’t cool, happy is cool. – Emily Weiss (founder/creator/HBIC of Glossier)

a few months ago i came across glossier via instagram.  based on their feed alone, it didn’t take long before i was smitten – simple but sleek packaging, dewy skinned models and this overall cool-girl vibe.  and then of course, the concept.  providing women with products that aid in perfecting that “no makeup” makeup look… enhancing your natural features, not covering them up.  i had to have it.  all.  so, as a treat to myself on my 35th, i  purchased phase 1 – moisturizer, balm, face mist and the tint.  the products came in a pink bubble wrap pouch (i die) with stickers (a la lisa frank) to decorate my bottles and tubes and even my trapper keeper if i feel like it.  ha!

i’m excited to share my review of this line because i love what it stands for.  plus, emily is a kick-ass business woman who has created a line that is geared towards celebrating (your) natural beauty.  major girl crush for that alone.  i also love that the glossier team has cultivated a fun, interactive online presence.  especially on instagram.  they want you to share your experience and they often regram and share photos.  it’s just fun.  they make you feel like you’re a part of something.  so!  on to the review…

priming moisturizer
(included in phase 1)
a very light-weight moisturizer that is meant to sort of “plump” and prepare the skin for makeup.  i really want to love this, but as a daily moisturizer, under makeup, it just made my face feel oily after a couple of hours.  i have since started using jojoba oil as a daily moisturizer and it works wonders for my skin type.  this moisturizer might be best for dry or combination skin.

mega greens galaxy pack + moisturizing moon mask
(not included in the phase 1)
love love love!  a must have.  i’ve tried many a face mask in my day and these far surpass anything i’ve used.  the mega greens is literally a detox for your face.  it will pull some shit out, so be prepared.  the moisturizing moon mask is incredibly moisturizing.  my face feels so soft and looks radiant for a day or two after using.  i’m telling you, these masks are perfection.

balm dotcom 
(included in phase 1)
fun little play on words, eh?  balm dotcom is a fancy version of aquaphor.  no joke, throw this little tube in your purse and you’re like the MacGyver of beauty.  it’ll take care of just about anything – chapped lips, a paper cut, jacked up cuticles, dry elbows…
here’s a tip:  swipe a little bit across your eyebrows!  sounds silly, but for real!  i’ve been brushing my brows up and the balm sort of acts as a pomade.  i also tint my eyebrows, so when the tint starts to fade, the balm makes them look a bit darker.

soothing face mist
(included in phase 1)
my other must have.  made with rosewater and aloe, this mist is meant to calm and hydrate the skin.
tips + tricks:  mist your face (instead of using water) to dampen skin before applying the masks.  it’s also great as a toner.  simply spray it on a cotton pad and apply to your face!  i don’t wash my face in the am, so this is a great way to prep it for moisturizer.

perfecting skin tint
i prefer a bit more coverage for work or going out; however, this is a great product if you’re looking to add a bit of color but don’t want to look “done up.”  i’m talking running errands on the weekend, maybe a day at the beach, a trip to the gym, etc.

have you tried any glossier products?  if so, share your experiences below!  and i’m happy to answer any questions.

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*the beautiful illustrations you see above were created by my super talented friend kim.  she’s a graphic designer/illustrator who blogs over at KRB.  she is also responsible for the house of ginger logo.  (if you’re looking for a graphic designer – she’s your girl.)  thank you so much, kim!  as always, you’re amazing.

07. May 2015 by paige
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worn / less is more

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someone recently asked me – how would you describe your style?  i honestly had to think about it.  the truth is, i like a little a bit of everything!  from tailored trousers and vintage blouses to high waists and flared denim, shift dresses and maxi skirts – if i like something, i like it.  plus, it really depends on my mood.  some days i feel like a woodland nymph, running around barefoot, wearing a gauzy maxi dress, but then other days i feel like james spader’s secretary.  to each his/her own.  don’t judge.  anyway…

through it all, one thing remains the same – less is more.  that is how i would describe my style.  like, wear those drop crotch “hammer” pants (as seen above), but maybe they should be black and not 90’s neon squiggles.  or wear the neon squiggles, but maybe the top shouldn’t be a purple members only jacket.  then again, i know some girls who could pull that shit off like no biggie.  so what do i know?

i guess what i’m saying is – i like to add an element of uniqueness, but i also prefer to keep it simple.  i’m not one to pile on the trends like so many women do these days.  a belted sweater over a blouse with a statement necklace – so trendy, much fashion.  no.  not for me.  it’s boring.  it’s expected.

when i was nominated as a finalist for the redbook real women style awards, i immediately compared myself to the other contestants.  i doubted my style.  i wondered why i was nominated.  after all, my looks are pretty simple – pants, tops, a skirt here and there… there’s not a lot of “styling” in my outfits.  but that’s okay!  i’d like to think that maybe i represent the chicks who don’t cater to the trend salad mentality.  who reach for a tshirt and a great pair of jeans and pile on the gold jewels.  who wear a little black dress and a sassy pair of hot pink heels.  YAS.  that’s what i’m talking about.  also, to represent the chicks who don’t max out their credit cards to wear the latest and greatest.  i’m the girl who finds an 80’s tropical print blouse at goodwill and wears it with a pair of high waist jeans.  that’s enough for me.  if 80’s tropical print isn’t a statement, i don’t know what is.

ladies, you don’t have to wear all the things to be stylish.  that’s all i’m saying.  fist bump. 

so if you don’t mind, please click the link above and vote for me.  i’d actually love to be on the cover of redbook magazine.  how awesome would that be?!  remember, you can vote daily until may 22nd.

thank you!  and happy Monday.

*photo cred to mark persson

04. May 2015 by paige
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oh sweet friday / vol 55

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a collection of photos that depict my life as of lately – brunching, reading, bubble bathe-ing, pilates… the usual.

i’m currently reading the husband’s secret by liane moriarty and i’m really enjoying it.  i have maybe 100 more pages to go.  i can’t wait to see how it ends.  has anyone else read it?

books read in april
fangirl by rainbow rowell
dirty rush by taylor bell
the good girl by mary kubica

*if you’re interested, my reviews and ratings are on goodreads!  just click the links above.

i still intend to share more makeup and skin care posts, but today let’s talk about armpits.  in my attempt to find an aluminum-free deodorant, I’ve ditched the dove solid and started using the weleda spray deod in sage.  i’m not sold.  i like the way it smells… ish, but i definitely need a few refresher sprays throughout the day.  ain’t nobody got time for that!  i think the point of a good deod is to put it on in the am and not have to worry about it… right?  right.  so, i’m planning to finish the bottle (um, hello $14) but i’m pretty sure i won’t be buying it again.  i haven’t given up on the aluminum-free concept, though… i’m still searching and considering, so if you have any suggestions – let me know!

i’d say the best part of this week was taking a bubble bath with zoey.  you know, when i’m in the office, the days often drag, but as soon as 4 pm rolls around, the evening gets away from me quickly – i feel rushed.  from pilates to picking zoey up from school to making a stop at the grocery store, making dinner, throwing in a load of laundry, cleaning up after dinner, etc etc etc… i know, we all have to do it.  i’m not complaining, it’s just rare that i get to slow down before 9 pm.  so a few nights ago, zoey asked me to get in the tub with her and i thought – why not??  it was relaxing and she was so elated.  two birds, one stone kinda thing.  quality time – i’ll take it however i can get it.

so it’s friday – hooray!  enjoy the weekend.

oh!  and don’t forget to vote for me, please!  redbook real women style awards

01. May 2015 by paige
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2015 redbook real women style awards

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friends, i have news!

redbook has picked me as one of the 25 finalists in their real women style awards!  pretty cool.

if i’m chosen in the top 6, i’ll receive money to go shopping and a chance to be featured in the magazine later this year!  possibly even end up on the c o v e r.  whaaaaaaaat?!  anyway, in order for that to happen i need your help!  please click here > #realwomenstyleawards and vote for me!  the contest runs until may 22nd and you may vote daily.

thank you so much for your support.  i feel honored to be included in this group of beautiful and stylish women!

30. April 2015 by paige
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beauty / hair goals

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that lob though.

when you have pretty long hair, you want to show it off.  you take the time to treat it properly with regular trims… you’re  more inclined to purchase salon-grade shampoos and conditioners… you may even invest in deep conditioning treatments and the like.

but when you’re tired of your long hair, you give zero effs.  you can’t be bothered to regularly wash/dry/style it because you’d rather sleep in.  more often than not, it ends up in a pony or under a hat.  also, you’re sick of getting hair stuck in the vacuum roller and could probably make a decent wig with what hair you find all over the house – on the floor, on the couch, in your food, etc.

so that’s when you get a hair cut.  because it makes you feel sassy and polished and you get to sleep in.  i don’t even care that everyone and their mother is getting the “lob.”  i haven’t regretted one second of this awesomeness.

the girl on the right has her shit together.

29. April 2015 by paige
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worn / lately

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*weeknight dinner with girlfriends
loft/lou & grey long-sleeved tshirt (purchased on clearance, no longer available)
checkered top and jeans – local boutique
gage huntley cuffs

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*running errands/chores around the house (what’s with the leaning?)
i could seriously live in this outfit.
pants – couple years old from lucky brand
top – gap (similar style) i wish i would’ve purchased this top in every color.  it’s perfection.
trucker hat – free from a Malibu earth day event

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*a visit to the bookstore, dinner with parents (yes, i got dressed up for the bookstore.  and?)
striped tshirt dress and denim jacket from target
vintage bag
gage huntley hamsa necklace

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*office attire
tshirt dress – target
blazer – zara
necklace – local boutique

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*after work errands and dinner out
top and bralette – local boutique
sweater (no longer available) – target
pilcro jeans via anthropologie
ankle boots (no longer available) – no rest for bridget
*i’m selling these boots if anyone is interested.  size 7.  worn once.

i just found the auto-timer on my phone, so here we are.  not as clear, but zero side eye from the neighbors.

28. April 2015 by paige
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for sale / vintage jacket

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hello!  for those of you who follow me on instagram, you know that i tried to sell this vintage beauty a few weeks ago.  well… no bites.  so i’m posting it here and on facebook, as well.  genuine leather, size xs/s, in perfect condition.  a great spring jacket for those nights when the air still carries a bit of a chill or for warmer weather winters.  i’ll take $40 for it.

it smells like sex.  the leather.  well… not literally because ew.  but i mean, it smells as good as sex is.  know what i mean?  no?  ignore me.

but if you’re interested, please comment below or send me an email.  houseofgingerblog[at]gmail[dot]com.

20. April 2015 by paige
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beauty / boots botanics age defense eye cream

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like, how hard is it to write a beauty review?  i’ve been staring at the screen for 30 mins.  typing, deleting, typing, deleting… do i start with something funny?  do i just get right to the point?  does anyone even care?  (hi, i’m new here!)  i guess i’ll just tell you that these beauty-related posts are gonna start happening more often – products i like, reviews, diy, maybe a video here and there… so let’s get started, shall we?

eye creams.  we’re all looking to de-puff and brighten, am i right?  maybe fill in those laugh lines or crows feet?  yeah… amen, sisters. i don’t know if it was turning 35 last month or the fact that i’m usually up late reading scottish porn (currently reading outlander), but either way, sometimes i just look tired.  so i’ve been on the look out for an eye cream that focuses on hydrating the under eye area and reduces the appearance of dark circles.  not so much wrinkles.  i don’t really have any.  boom!  take that, age.

here’s the skinny.  i do have a wish list of somewhat expensive beauty products, but they’re not in the budget at this time.  for example, i am currently coveting kat rudu cooling cucumber eye bright gel, but it’s like – do we eat for the week or do i choose to look well-rested?  i know, tough.  but i will always choose eating over anything.

so i headed to target in search of the aforementioned eye cream – hydrating and dark circle reducing, but affordable.  my mom recommended boots, so i made a beeline and immediately zoned in on their botanics line.  apparently these products are considered organic, using only (or mostly) plant extracts and active ingredients.  sold.

the review

product – boots botanics age defense hydrating eye cream
price
– 15.99
details – meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.  contains ginkgo extract.
my experience – i’ve been using this cream for about 3 weeks, but noticed a difference within the first few days.  the under eye area appears softer and any fine lines that i do have, seem to be “filled in”, if you will.  i believe the dark circles/bags have diminished, but not entirely (thanks, genetics!)  i don’t feel like i need to use as much concealer, so there’s that!  the only bummer may be that it didn’t seem to hold up well under makeup, causing creasing under the eye.  because of this, i only use the eye cream at night, applying after washing and moisturizing.  for the price, i think this is a great addition to any skin care routine.

fyi – i apply to the orbital bone, then use my ring finger (it has the lightest touch) to gently dab the product into the eye area.  never rub!  the skin below your eye is very delicate.

what is your go to eye cream?  i’d love to know!

19. March 2015 by paige
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