July 12, 2017

this past week...

So...Evan and I finally closed on our house! AND we got engaged! Like what...who are we? I've never felt this grown or been this anxious about anything in my entire life.



Evan and I closed on our house last Wednesday and we couldn't be more excited about being homeowners. We had planned on heading over to the house later in the day to check everything out and enjoy the bareness of the our new abode. Evan had this brilliant idea of having Maddie, our fat pup aka Pig, give you guys a quick house tour of the empty space...and to also get her acclimated with the new surroundings. I thought it was a great idea, so we strapped a GoPro to her and let her do her thing. I had my camera as well (I'm always documenting something haha), but I honestly had no idea he was going to propose.


So many people have been asking us if our new house feels like 'home' yet, and honestly, it has only been a week people! Things have been gradually sinking in, and I do have to say that it feels so special getting to step into our new home as an engaged couple. I wouldn't change a thing about how or when Evan proposed and will always remember that moment as sweet and simple and perfectly us.


I still can't believe that I became a homeowner and someone's fiancée all in one day. I never expected this year to feel so full, and I'm so grateful for all the highs and lows 2017 has brought me. Thank you all for your continued support, and I'm so happy I get to share my life with you guys!

Ring shots can be found on my Instagram and the story behind how we found our new home!


xo - jenn

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June 30, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (June 2017)


Bye, fruit flies!

6/1 So much paperwork for the house, dinner @ Mai Lee
6/2 First time trying yellow watermelon
6/3 Black Dog, Jessica and Ryan's wedding
6/4 Power outage at Schnucks...
6/5 Caught ALL the fruit flies
6/6 Paypal sucks...
6/7 Inspection day!
6/8 Still stressing about Paypal...
6/9 4th time seeing Modest Mouse, Moonrise Hotel
6/10 Discovering paletas! Yum!
6/11 Failed attempt at ice cream float video :(
6/12 GSW win NBA Championship!
6/13 Received appraisal, Wine and Cheese Place for Side Project Merci
6/14 Countering inspection repairs - need fire door
6/15 HH w/ ITap and Racanelli's
6/16 Movers scheduled!
6/17 PinchMe video, Ice Cream Floats video, Last time @ Three Monkeys
6/18 Got to try Side Project - Double Barrel Derivation...so good!
6/19 Home survey done! (Neighbors are encroaching...)
6/20 Easement signed
6/21 Evan's car :( and Kelsy's GOOD NEWS!
6/22 Survey and Title issues...ughhh.
6/23 Joanna Gaines' parents...too cute!
6/24 Trying Bruery Terreux's Goses Are Red + listing more things on eBay
6/25 Last day with Lex15
6/26 Found out fire door will not be installed before closing...grrr
6/27 Home loan commitment finalized!
6/28 Closing Disclosure signed!
6/29 All set with loan and closing
6/30 Finally received my Kat Von D lippies!



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June 28, 2017

PLAY > Starrah - Rush

Sour Patch Kids doing dabs?! ahhhh
#onthecomeup #starrah



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June 23, 2017

BEER FLOATS: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream + New Belgium Beer Pairings

My boyfriend and I are HUGE ice cream fans and love Ben and Jerry's. We didn't think 'Vermont's Finest' could taste any finer...but I guess we were wrong? I'm still on the fence about these beer floats and where it fits into my life, but maybe this was something we never knew we needed. It doesn't get much better than beer and ice cream though and we deserve to self-indulge every once in a while, am I right?! Tune in to see which tested combo was our favorite! 

Also, fun fact, my favorite Ben & Jerry's flavor is Phish Food and Evan's favorite is Half Baked. 






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June 21, 2017

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE?!

We bought a house?! Yes, we bought a house!

For those of you who keep up with my Daily Blurbs, you already know, but for those of you who aren't up to speed, we made an offer and got a house on May 30th!

When we first came across our future home on Zillow, it was listed as "coming soon" and the first showing/open house wouldn't be till Memorial Day. Unfortunately, we had already made plans to go back to our hometown over that holiday weekend, so we moved forward and made appointments to view other listings in May. I think we saw a total of 8 houses during the month, but we always kept this house in the back of our minds.

Fast forward to a late afternoon on Memorial Day, Evan and I are driving back to Saint Louis and he has me read the house's updated listing out loud to see if we were still interested. My eyes glossed over the words 'Pinterest-worthy kitchen', and I knew we just HAD to visit this house. For as long as Evan has been with me, I've talked about how much I love kitchens, so he knew the Pinterest plug sold me.

This is the 'Pinterest-worthy kitchen'

We had planned on setting up a showing asap, but to our surprise, there was another open house the next day. I guess the lack of traffic on Memorial Day prompted another showing (probably because people were busy with their families and not trying to go to open houses?), so we figured we would go and check out the bright, subway tiled kitchen in person. Upon arrival, I felt a bit underwhelmed with the neighborhood itself, but I thought 'okay Jenn, don't be so quick to judge'.

*sidenote* We had been looking at homes in the University City area of Saint Louis and developed an unnecessary taste for old, luxury homes. Richmond Heights, our neighborhood, isn't as developed and everything is on a smaller scale, but in the end, we both agreed that it's more suited for where we're at in life. 

Needless to say, we ended up loving the house after walking through it and placed an offer for it the very next morning. Then in a matter of a few hours, our agent called to let us know that our offer was accepted! Evan and I were in the middle of eating dinner and just looked at each other like ahh did that really just happen?! What a crazy ending to a crazy month of house hunting. Thanks for stressing me out, May.

We held off on telling anyone about the house till after most of the formalities, but now that we're confident that this will be our next living situation, I'm pleased to introduce you guys to the new home, which we named Pig Palace (Pig - our dog Maddie snorts like a pig when she gets excited, hence the nickname; Palace - because she is a queen...yaaas). The house's name will probably evolve over time, but for now, I'm really feeling Pig Palace.

*sidenote* Maddie was actually born on a pig farm and now she lives in Pig Palace...so I keep singing 'started from the bottom, now were here' to her. She seems somewhat amused.  

Anyways, I can't wait to show you guys the before and after shots of our home and the DIY projects we decide to take on. Please let me know if you guys have any new homeowner advice, and make sure you follow me here on blogger to get all of our home updates!


xo - jenn

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June 19, 2017

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May 31, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (May 2017)


Good vibes @ McGurks

5/1 Made a full roast chicken for the first time
5/2 CryoEM Symposium, Susan bomb, Cards game with lab
5/3 Introduced dry-brushing back into my skincare routine
5/4 Text fights suck...grr.
5/5 Bob and Kraig visit - STL Microfest 2017, Mission Taco
5/6 Side Project - D7 and 3 Candles, Kentucky Bourby Beer Garden Party, McGurks
5/7 Added more to my Poshmark Closet
5/8 Finished all PAND Study dissections
5/9 HOPE Center Retreat
5/10 Still working on closets: eBay, Poshmark
5/11 Last preliminary experiment for TDP-43
5/12 First official Food Truck Friday, Side Project Cellar w/ Amir and Doug
5/13 Strawberry rhubarb crumble and first time trying gummy edibles
5/14 Hi-Pointe Drive In
5/15 House hunting! Groby house, Arlington house
5/16 Trial of Fluor Screen - 5 plates
5/17 Buying and returning hats, Maddie and Daisy on the porch :)
5/18 First time hearing about Center Ice Brewery
5/19 BCA training, Amherst house, Kitchen Kulture, Ted Drewes
5/20 Ring shopping, Taste of Maplewood, Maddie's 10th Bday, Kriek du Fermier
5/21 Went to two open houses: Jerome and Stanford, dinner @ Frankie and Taylor's
5/22 Submitted an offer for Stanford, back to the original bus route, Kbop for lunch, romphims?
5/23 Jerome house again, Columbia house in our favorite UCity neighborhood
5/24 Signed up for Gateway Greening
5/25 Cornell house with fallen brick, tiny Bruno house in Maplewood
5/26 Home for Memorial Day weekend
5/27 Ottawa: lunch at Marseilles, dinner @ Monte's
5/28 Finally found a cute fruit basket, Grandma's day
5/29 Memorial Day with family - love and bibimbap
5/30 We put an offer in for a house and we got it!
5/31 Looking up how to recreate seller's kitchen prints - soOo excited about our house!

Sneak peek of our new home...


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May 19, 2017

PLAY > Miley Cyrus - Malibu

Happy Friday! 
#inlove #weekendromance



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April 30, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (April 2017)

Gorgeous fuchsia tulips @ Missouri Botanical Garden

4/1 Half & Half and Missouri Botanical Garden
4/2 Blues City Deli
4/3 First screen at HTSC w/ Maxene
4/4 Recreated Farrell Cafe wraps w/ chicken
4/5 Made homemade chicken noodle soup! Found best noodle recipe.
4/6 Lazy day
4/7 Destressed...Cards game with co-workers
4/8 First warm day of spring...tried Stacked burgers!
4/9 Felt extra loved this weekend
4/10 Last day w/ the little one
4/11 Most confusing day of my life
4/12 ...bye, bye
4/13 Day of rest
4/14 Had the best Friday morning...overwhelmed with love
4/15 Pastaria, Olive Supermarket, Brad Williams
4/16 IKEA, spent Easter with my two loves
4/17 Maddie drawing...spring photo planning
4/18 Bacon deviled eggs and strawberry cupcakes
4/19 Love language quiz, Unicorn frappuccino and puppuccino
4/20 Maddie found a baby bunny!
4/21 Perennial Artisan Ales, Highly Suspect @ the Pageant
4/22 Olive Garden, Beauty and the Beast
4/23 Spring photo sesh for anniversary :)
4/24 Monday blues...kicking off anniversary week!
4/25 Testing out Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita
4/26 Won the Influenster x KatVonD contest!
4/27 Three Monkeys - Snickers Ice Cream Pie
4/28 Majestic Dance Studio - fox trot & waltz, Side Project
4/29 Perennial Artisan Ales, Frazer's Restaurant and Lounge
4/30 [REVIEW] Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita, grilling w/ Evan and Amir

my loves

2017 DAILY BLURBS
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[REVIEW] Kat Von D - Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes.
All opinions are honest and my own.


QUICK TAKE: I've heard a lot of great reviews about Kat Von D beauty products and was excited to try this lip liner. 

USAGE TIPS: I like to fill in my whole lips with the lip liner. I can wear it alone or with another product.

THE VERDICT: I think the formula is perfection. The application feels soft and creamy and quickly dries down to a matte finish. Matte products can feel drying, but this lip liner manages to stay comfortable on my lips. I can be a bit drying as the day goes on, but I just layer the lips with a touch of lip balm to replenish moisture and revive the color. I've already picked up two more shades, Smiths and Kevvy, and they really bring out the golden tones in my skin. This lip liner is on the fast track to becoming a holy grail beauty product, and I hope it's never discontinued. Great job KVD and team! And thank you Influenster for the introduction and complimentary product!



Have you guys tried these lip liners yet? Which shade is your favorite? Sound off below!

xo,
jenn


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March 31, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (March 2017)

A 'Spring' in her step 

3/1 National Pig Day
3/2 So many magnolia blossoms
3/3 Trying to figure out why my beef stew tastes off
3/4 First spring walk with Maddie
3/5 Lazy Sunday
3/6 Trying out CosRx soap
3/7 Boring Tuesday
3/8 Learning more about fungal infections
3/9 UGH bus home was super late...
3/10 Daffodils have bloomed in our front yard!
3/11 Bud Brewery Tour, Side Project, City Park Grill w/ Jon and Taylor
3/12 Saint Louis Science Museum sucks...
3/13 Salt and Smoke, ED SHEERAN we're coming for you!
3/14 Cafe Mochi happy hour date
3/15 Jade's birthday, I want to visit Nathaniel Reid Bakery
3/16 Much needed hair cut
3/17 Happy Friday
3/18 Nami Ramen take-out
3/19 Lazy Sunday
3/20 Did not want to go to work today...
3/21 Thinking about Cancun with a group
3/22 Got tickets for Microfest 2017!
3/23 National Puppy Day
3/24 Crazy, dramatic lab day
3/25 Perennial Abraxas Event
3/26 Ran out of beer at Side Project...grr
3/27 KBop at work...so happy
3/28 Freaked out about Maddie getting old
3/29 Figured out how liketoknow.it works
3/30 Completed Fierce Voxbox tasks!
3/31 Lorenzo's Trattoria and The Royale

Evan and Penny @ The Royale

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March 14, 2017

PLAY > MANDINGA - Hello (Salsa Version)

Great rendition of 'Hello' by Adele
#borntosalsa #living




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February 28, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (February 2017)

I guess we were always besties... (2011)

2/1 Still feeling sick and skin looks terrible
2/2 Got to talk to Jeannine
2/3 Silent car ride back to BloNo
2/4 Going through old photos and found some of Maddie pig!
2/5 First time visiting 2nd Shift Brewery
2/6 Boardwalk waffles vs puffle waffles, dragon's breath dessert
2/7 Chelsea Clinton's twitter gives me so much life
2/8 Wrapping up Influenster's L'Oreal Ever campaign
2/9 Side Project and Pi Pizzeria for National Pizza Day!
2/10 Stomach feels upset again...
2/11 Side Project beer release - Pulling Nails #6, Strange Donuts
2/12 Early date @ Layla for Valentine's day!
2/13 Made cinnamon roll french toast
2/14 White tulips for Valentine's Day :)
2/15 Visiting The Royale for the first time
2/16 First time making meatballs!
2/17 New IDs at work and discovering Wudon, Three Monkeys
2/18 Still trying to manage my skin issue
2/19 Lazy Sunday
2/20 Slow Monday
2/21 More brain dissections, threw out vday tulips
2/22 Trying pull through triple braid
2/23 Grocery store gelato...gross.
2/24 Hanging out at Perennial tonight
2/25 First time trying Half&Half...donuts and chicken salad
2/26 Looking up vineyards in STL
2/27 Decided that coming home to Maddie is one of my favorite things
2/28 Busy work day

Loved this chicken salad @ Half&Half

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February 1, 2017

[REVIEW] L'Oreal EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture Care System

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes.
All opinions are honest and my own.



QUICK TAKE: I love the revamped packaging! Gold and white is my favorite color combo.

USAGE TIPS: I use the L'Oreal EverCreme Renourishing Butter as a pre-treatment rather than a leave-in conditioner.

THE VERDICT: The harsh winter weather really sucks the life out of my hair, and these products have been such godsend in that regard. I use the Renourishing Butter as a pre-treatment before I shampoo and condition. I put it all throughout my hair and give it about 10 minutes to do its thing. Then I shampoo it out with the Deep Nourish Shampoo and follow that up with the Deep Nourish Conditioner. I was actually hesitant to put my hair through so much conditioning, but surprisingly, the end result didn't feel weighty or greasy at all. I went through a whole work day without feeling any heaviness. I guess my hair desperately needed the moisture. This hair routine managed to replenish my dry hair with an ample amount of softness and hydration that even I was amazed. I almost feel like I should try the other L'Oreal Ever products, but this routine probably suits me the best. They do have different formulations: EverPure for Volume or Moisture, EverFresh for Anti-Dandruff, and EverCurl for Curly Hair Hydration. I'm partial to EverCreme, especially for Asian hair types, so check these products out, and I hope they work just as well for you!




Have you guys tried any of the L'Oreal Ever products? Which one is your favorite? Sound off below!

xo,
jenn


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January 31, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (January 2017)

Warm moments...thank you Sarra!

1/1 New Years @ Matt's and Ezra's
1/2 Panera date w/ Sarra
1/3 Back in STL
1/4
1/5 Kat recommended OPI's Top Coat for manicures
1/6 Penny's flower text :)
1/7 Browsing engagement rings again...
1/8 Made banana pancakes for breakfast
1/9
1/10 First day wearing new necklace
1/11 Another light dusting of snow
1/12 Snow storm = longest Schnucks check out lines
1/13 Bob and Kraig visit - Urban Chestnut, Gezellig
1/14 Breaking in my LLBean Camp Socks
1/15 Woah, everything is iced over today
1/16 So cold
1/17
1/18
1/19 8 Secrets From The Wonderful World of Disney
1/20 Donald Trump is POTUS...oh god why.
1/21 Hanging w/ Tim and Maggie - Schlafly's festival, Side Project Brewery
1/22 Tasted Side Project's The Scribe for the first time - new fave beer
1/23
1/24
1/25
1/26
1/27
1/28 Asian restaurant
1/29
1/30 Beautiful night at Tower Grove Park
1/31 Completed L'oreal Ever Creme Voxbox

Night shots @ Tower Grove Park

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January 25, 2017

PLAY > William Singe (COVER) - Bad and Boujee x Bounce Back

One of the best things to ever hit my ears... 
#eargasm #wow

PLAY

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