Five On Friday

It's Friday, and I hope you are as jazzed as I am for the 5 On Friday link-up!  Please do join me, Darci, Natasha, and Christina ... it's simple!  Just write a blog about five things on your mind today, anything goes really, and then enter your post address below.  You can get a lot of new eyes on your blog and maybe meet a new friend or five along the way!

So here's my 5 on Friday.  Cheers to the weekend!

I like a deal as much as the next gal (if not a bit more) and I can truly say that this primer is one of the more expensive makeup products I've ever purchased.  Besides skincare items, I can probably name on one hand how many makeup products I've purchased that cost over $30.  I love good makeup but I also have a strange drugstore obsession ... hence my drugstore makeup preference.  But this primer is a very, very good thing and sometimes {I admit} I find myself admiring my rosy cheeks at 5:30pm in my rearview mirror a little too much.  I'm just thrilled and perplexed that I finally found a product that allows my inexpensive blush to last the entire workday in Southern heat and humidity!

That primer brings me to my next love --  I absolutely love Ulta stores, but when I purchased the above primer I decided to shop online.  I also needed to restock on my favorite loose powder (which happens to be this L'Oreal one, I wear the color Light Ivory) and had the powders buy one, get one half off.  Plus they had a promotion where I got an adorable gold clutch.  Plus free shipping.  Plus they allowed me to select what type of free samples I got.  Amazing experience ... and who doesn't love coming home to a package at the door?!

I'm not the hugest fan of salads, I mean I like them but I don't LOVE them, but what I do love are summer salads that contain no lettuce.  You know, served chilly with lots of fresh produce and a healthy dose of cheese?  This chickpea, feta and parsley salad is calling my name.  I could easily pair this with some sliced fruit and call it lunch.  Add a glass of white wine and I could call it dinner!

Chickpea, Feta and Parsley Salad

We have a wedding to attend this weekend and I cannot WAIT.  Now, what to wear, what to wear ... time to shop my closet!  I'm especially looking forward to this one because the bride asked me to make her bridesmaids' necklaces.  I can't wait to see the girls wearing their pretty and unique pearl necklaces!

We just completed a somewhat spontaneous patio re-do and I love it!  More details coming soon, but here's a sneak peek of some of the pillows I chose for the new couch (here)!  Plus they are on great sale now too -- don't wait too long!

Your turn ... please do join me and the other gals for the link-up!


  1. Those chickpeas look so yummy!!

  2. That salad looks so great and I love the pillows! I just joined your link up for the first time. THanks for letting me play!

  3. Yum that salad looks so good!!! I just ran out of my primer...I'll have to check that one out!

  4. I have heard great things about the primer. I have it on my list to pick up today!

  5. That salad looks great.

    LOVE the pillows!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. My Ulta is next door to my Teeter, so somehow I end up there weekly (sometimes even twice a week - eek!). I am dying to try out the primer!!

    Have a fun wedding weekend! I want to see those necklaces! :)

  7. I just bought that primer this week and can't wait to try it out! So glad to hear you love it!

  8. I've heard mixed reviews about the primer, talking about how tacky it is. Is it good tacky (like my make-up won't move an inch all day) or bad tacky (like I can't smooth my foundation over it)? I have super oily skin and I would LOVE to have my foundation stay in place all day in this Charlotte heat.

  9. I am NOT a makeup girl - at all - but I have a love affair with all things Benefit! I haven't tried that primer, so I'll have to put it on my list.

    Last time I was there I tried "You Rebel" which was a tinted moisturizer and I loved it.

    Looks like I could do some major damage the next time I pop in!

  10. im in desperate need of a patio re-do! i think a world market/home depot/target shopping spree is in my near future!

    have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  11. Beautiful pillows! I hope you'll share photos from the wedding and pictures of the necklaces!!

    I've never shopped Ulta online-- I've always just gone into the store, but it sounds like an awesome way to do it!

  12. I love makeup! And I loooove Ulta! =)

    I'm going to have to try that salad! Looks amazing!


  13. I tried to convince Corey to let me buy those pillows for our patio set and he vetoed. So jealous! That chickpea salad looks delicious. Definitely going to give it a try.

  14. That chickpea salad looks amazing! I can't wait to make it!!

  15. A patio/backyard makeover is so the next thing on our list... the fabric on that pillow is adorable! Happy Friday! Enjoy the wedding :)

  16. Now you have me craving that salad AND a glass of wine (let's not kid ourselves). :)

    Hope you have a great weekend...and enjoy the wedding!

  17. love that pattern on the pillow! so pretty:)

  18. i totally agree about ordering online beauty stuff...the free samples you get dont hurt either!!

    you are like the fifth person to rave about that primer...i might have to give it a go!!

    have fun at the wedding my dear. so excited to see the necklaces you made!!

    happy weekend doll OXOX

  19. Thanks for the tip on the primer. I too live in the south and my face turns shiny as soon as I walk outside! I'll be checking out the primer ASAP!

  20. world market has such a great selection of pillows- love yours! I bet you loved your patio this weekend :)

  21. I've been traveling so playing catch up. That salad looks FANTASTIC.


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