Miscellany Monday – blog friends and mascara

friendships, shopping, singleness

My favorite part of Monday is linking up with carissa at lowercase letters. If you linked up too, let me know in the comments!
miscellany monday at lowercase letters

One. Attention.

Apparently if I post my easy-to-transition outfit from a day of studying to a date night, people get really interested… *blush*

Day to Night Transition Outfit


I have sweet, sweet friends that I met through this blog-land and love dearly, even when they make me blush when I check my twitter account. If you feel it is necessary to get the whole story, click this screenshot:


@TicoandTina and @aroyaldaughter deserve your twitter follow.

Two. Singleness.

Stephanie came to visit a few weeks ago and we went to a spoken word show with my community group.

Stephanie came to visit a few weeks ago and we went to a spoken word show with my community group.

There’s something to be said about relating to gals who are single, and learning from the example of those who are married. There’s also something to be said about the relevancy of advice and having a soft heart to understand we DON’T understand the struggles of people when we’ve never been in their situation. Stephanie summed this up if her perfect post that took a step back from my emotions, and explained so much better than I could how hurtful it is to feel like my life is less than, or not good enough, as compared to someone who knows it all… aka got married when I haven’t.

If I could add one thing, which I probably shouldn’t and is mostly why I didn’t write a post on the entirety of this conversation myself, is that if you are not in your late 20’s-early 30’s and still single… If I want your advice, I will ask for it. Because I really cannot convey how much it hurts to receive it.

Three. Mascara Allergy.

I use Clinique makeup almost exclusively at this point. The only thing in my makeup bag at this exact second that isn’t Clinique is my Burts Bees chapstick and L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara. When I stopped into Nordstrom last the gal at the Clinique counter gave me a sample of mascara + a gift bag with mascara in it. I’m running low on L’Oreal and low on time to run to Target (oh yea, and cash, because you all know how hard it is to go in there and ONLY buy mascara), so I figured I totally scored.

Every time I’ve worn it I’ve noticed my eyes kind of hurt. It’s strange. Kind of like there’s something in there, kind of like they just HURT. I didn’t put it all together until Saturday night when I was in a movie theater (on the date in One – figures) and my eye started really hurting, and watering. I went to the bathroom and there was definitely mascara in my eye, I thought I got it out and went back to the movie. It didn’t get better. In fact, I woke up several times in the middle of the night only to find my eye getting worse, redder and puffy. I washed it a few times, took some benedryl and prayed it would be OK. {I have a thing about my eyes. I’ve been to the ophthalmologist twice and both times I cried. You should see me getting my makeup done by a professional. Don’t touch my eyes.} I woke up Sunday looking like I got punched (I think. I’ve never been punched before). My left eye was a totally different size than my right. I washed my face, put ice on my eye, and tried to put enough makeup on to look OK for church but not make it worse. In any case, I realized it was definitely the mascara, and threw the two samples in the trash because I couldn’t remember which bottle I used. *sigh*

Then, I think I got some more of it in my eye last night when I took my makeup off because now my right eye is veryslightly red and swollen. I give up. I will be going to Target in the next few days to buy mascara, and Lord knows what else. The trip will be a little less painless  though, thanks to four:

Four. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

This was all made a little less awful when I got this tweet from Erin.


You should also be following @LivinginYellow, fyi.

I WON her giant giveaway. The funny thing is that I almost didn’t enter because I know thousands of people do and there’s no way I would win. The prizes were so tempting and the sponsors so cute, I did it anyway. Now, here we are. Hopefully none of these gals are stalkers because I’ve emailed 10 random strangers my address since yesterday. … ha!

I feel totally blessed, swollen and bloodshot eyes or not.

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  • Reply
    Stephanie H.
    February 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

    When I saw the winner of that giveaway, I was really hoping it was you! btw – I’m still super jealous.

    • Reply
      February 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks, Steph! I couldn’t believe it! I’m sure I’ve used up all my luck for the year now. haha

  • Reply
    February 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Oh my gosh! That is so crazy your experience with mascara. I would have been terrified. Super cute outfit, by the way.

    Stopping by from the linkup.

    • Reply
      February 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks, Jenn. It was really scary. Now it’s just annoying because the redness/puffiness has gone down some, but hasn’t gone away. I feel like everyone sees it. ugh.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    February 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    treat me to an icee at target, please. ;)

    also that outfit is super adorable. time to graduate to fashion blogger? ;)


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    Amanda {A Royal Daughter}
    February 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I won Erin’s giveaway in November and I felt like I won the lottery!!! Also – glad, but sorry, I made you blush. You know what I mean, right? ;)

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    February 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Congrats on the giveaway! That’s awesome!! Have a blast shopping. ;)

    And re: #3, I’ve been wondering about this lately with a few different friends. What’s my role in giving advice about life situations that I’ve been in before, but am not in currently? Like, I was single much later than I planned to be, but of course I am not anymore. And I’ve been through horrendously painful breakups, but I am not going through one right now. So what happens when I encounter a friend going through a breakup? I try to be helpful, but sometimes that seems to be met with “You’re not where I’m at, I don’t want to hear it.” Which I understand, and that’s probably how I usually respond when I’m hurting, too. But at the same time, often the only time we’re able to give advice about an experience is after we’ve lived through it. During those experiences, I wasn’t able to offer any insight. I was still in the middle of my struggle. It’s only after it’s over that I can start to look at it more clearly and see what God was trying to teach me. Ya know?

    Not that you have the answers to all these questions, it’s just something I’ve been pondering. And I want to know how to be a good friend to you and others. :)

    • Reply
      February 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Stacy, your situation is a little bit different. I think as long as you actively remember how you felt when you were single, your advice will be helpful. I feel like of all my friends, you should be the most sympathetic to how I’m feeling, since it was so recently for you. You’ve been where we have been. I think it’s important to consider WHO you’re speaking to and WHAT they’re going through. On the first day of your breakups you didn’t want to hear “your husband will show up, that guy’s a jerk!” or “look how happy my life is and someone broke up with me once too!” But you know that as a human being, not only as a married woman.

      Just remember, if a single girl comes to you struggling with being single, don’t then start going on and on about your fabulous husband. We’d love to hear about him, just not during that conversation. But tips on how you spent your time, how you kept your focus on Christ, how you were able to weed out the losers you dated before you got too attached, etc. etc. are all helpful and appreciated.

      As for waiting for a girl to ask for advice… that probably depends on the friend and situation. But your knowledge and experience is very relevant. Just use your discretion and pray for the right words. I think the most sensitive thing you can do is not rub into a friend’s face how “perfect” your life is now. (You don’t do this to me, btw, Stacy.) It is HARD… H A R D… to be single in your late 20s and being reminded how single you are doesn’t help. There are some victories and excitements and experiences that should be shared with your married friends. Not because single girls aren’t excited, but because they hurt.

      I guess my only answer is that it takes discretion, awareness and attention to what is happening around you.

  • Reply
    February 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    You are so cute! Love the outfit and the twitter convo. ;)

    Also, what did you win??

    • Reply
      Megan - FireWifey
      March 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Also, are those pink jeans from Target? If so, I have them too! Though mine look darker.

      • Reply
        March 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

        They’re a light lilac, technically. But it’s a hard distinction. I got them at Nordstrom Rack. I forget the brand. But they were like $10!!!

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          March 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

          Mine were $7!!

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    February 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    ahahahaha! I totally must have misread that instagram/tweet, because I thought you were saying that you were having a study date night :D (which I did think was kinda funny because it made me wonder if he was still in school) in any case, it was a fun little exchange of tweets!

    on the singleness thing, you may appreciate this post by a single friend of mine. I thought it was great: http://schisenhall.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-i-wish-married-women-knew-about.html

    and on the mascara/eye thing, you could maybe try Physicians Formula Organic Wear. might be better because of being more natural? I love it and use it. only thing I don’t like as much is that it’s not waterproof, but at the same time it comes of nicely, so it’s a trade-off I can live with.

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    April 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    First…it was so nice meeting you last night! Second, YOU WON THAT GIVEWAY? amazing. Third…I feel your heart so much through your posts….I struggled with singleness big time…I met my husband at 31, but the years leading up to it were HARD. No advice, just wanted to say I think you’re awesome for sharing your story online.

    • Reply
      May 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you so much. Sometimes advice is the worst when you’re single, isn’t it? I appreciate just the support :).

      And yes, that giveaway was AWESOME.

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