I hope everyone has had a safe and fun holiday weekend so far! Ours has been filled spending time with family and friends, taking our dogs to local parks and several pet-friendly patios, and creating lots of memories at the IMS during Carb Day and the Indy 500. May in Indianapolis is the best! We’ve had so much fun, but a little recovery time is in order. Today we’re going to hang around the house and hopefully get our outdoor space ready for summer. Just a few things left and we’ll be all set!
With so many sales going on today, I wanted to share what I have my eye on…
Spring always seems like the perfect time to freshen things up! Whether it’s our homes, wardrobes, gardens, or beauty routines it’s nice to make changes + improvements that just make us feel better. I recently went through all my makeup + skin care products and tossed things I wasn’t using (or were expired) and organized everything else. I’ve been loving how everything looks and how easily accessible my products are.
Going through the process really made me evaluate my morning routine and how much time I was wasting simply digging through my ridiculous inventory. I came to grips with the fact there was no need to keep so much around because I have my go-to makeup products and don’t stray. My skin is fairly sensitive so for years it was really tough + frustrating to find products that gave me the coverage I wanted, but didn’t negatively impact my skin. I’m happy to say I now have a ten minute makeup routine that gives me confidence in the way I look, but is gentle on my skin. Not to sound too dramatic here, but it’s seriously taken so much stress from my life. Today I’m sharing my lineup and how I use each product.
There are tons of great dresses out right now so I decided to round up some of my favorites under a hundred bucks for you guys. With events popping up this time of year – brunches for Easter + Mother’s Day, bridal + baby showers, graduation parties, and weddings – it’s the perfect time to add a few dressy pieces to your wardrobe. The ones I’m showing range from a casual t-shirt dress to a more formal lace midi, so there’s something for everyone and every occasion!
I’m so happy spring is finally in the air! We’ve spent a lot of time outside the past few days and it’s really put some pep in my step! It’s kind of incredible to think of the affect the weather has on my mood, motivation, eating habits and willingness to leave my house. When it’s cold out I come home and immediately change into sweats, and it takes some serious persuasion to get me to leave. So, the sunshine and higher temps we’ve had in the Midwest recently have basically transformed me into a whole new woman! I’ve enjoyed getting ready and going out, even if it’s just to the grocery store. New season, new me. My sandals, warm weather tops, and light jackets have come out of hiding and I’ve added a few pieces to my closet for spring, too. I’ve gravitated toward a lot of neutrals when shopping so I can mix and match everything into summer.
We’ve had several guests stay with us since we moved into our home last summer. There have been times I’ve been prepared and felt like the space was put together and welcoming, and unfortunately times I threw everything together last minute and missed a thing or two. We love having visitors and I never want them to worry about being a burden for having to ask for something. I want people to walk in and feel at home having everything they need within an arm’s reach. I recently compiled a list in hopes of accomplishing this.
I started receiving Ipsy Glam Bags in September 2018 and haven’t looked back since. I love trying products I wouldn’t have picked out myself and have gotten some great deals along the way. If you haven’t heard of Ipsy, it’s a subscription beauty service whose customers receive personalized “glam bags” for only $10 each month. You can read more about them here, but for now I’m excited to share my review with you.
I got the opportunity earlier this week to style an outfit for myself that’s not something I’d typically wear. We went to a Metallica concert and I was so excited because the show was going to be a completely new experience for me. I’ve never been a fan of heavy metal (I admit I only knew one song they played), but was looking forward to a new experience. I knew my usual flowy, patterned, and somewhat colorful concert look was not going to work. I never wear all black because I feel it’s too heavy of a look for me most of the time. But, I wanted to do something totally different and have fun getting a bit out of my comfort zone.
I took a poll on Instagram to help me decide where to post some spring deals from: Nordstrom vs. Amazon. Around 70% of voters chose Amazon, so here we are! I love Amazon for it’s variety, great deals, and quick delivery. However, I know it can be somewhat intimidating and tricky to shop there because you can’t try things on or feel the quality. To offset this I always check ratings, read reviews, and look at the measurement charts in depth. If something doesn’t work out, returns are typically easy and customer service is readily available. Plus, several of your favorite brands are probably available on Amazon. If you haven’t tried it out, you definitely should!
For the style boards I’m sharing today, I browsed Pinterest to find a variety of looks and sourced pieces from Amazon so you can recreate them on a budget. In case you aren’t ready to take risks with unknown labels yet, I’ve included some items from brands you may currently be shopping department stores for. Now let’s get to it…
I’m so excited to share this quick and easy recipe with you! I never thought pasta sauce would be something I’d make at home myself rather buying from the grocery. I assumed it was difficult and time consuming, but I’m happy to admit I was very wrong. This delicious marinara takes little prep and only contains a few ingredients. It’s my go-to sauce for spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parm, and pizza.
We just got back from an incredible trip to Jackson, Wyoming! It truly is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. It’s a small mountain town with tons of personality. The architecture was stunning and around each street corner was a restaurant or shop we couldn’t resist visiting. Oh, the landscape didn’t hurt either. As we walked around town it was hard not to notice the frosty trees and snow-covered Tetons peeking above the buildings. Even though I’m currently looking forward to spring, there’s nothing like a beautiful winter wonderland, and that’s exactly what we experienced last week. In the four days we were there 47 inches of snow fell and I wouldn’t have had it any other way!
I’m so excited to share these white chocolate dipped Rice Krispie treats and Oreos with you guys! They were so much fun to make and turned out even more adorable than I expected. I love the white and pink together and sprinkles are always a fun detail to add. Plus, they were absolutely delicious. We’ve been snacking on these the past two days and I’m not mad about it. Bonus: I got to wear this adorable apron my sweet friend got me for my birthday! I’m obsessed.
With Valentine’s Day only a week away I thought I’d post another gift guide, but this time for him. All picks shown are from Amazon so you’ll have plenty of time to order and get them delivered before February 14th. I enlisted my hubby’s help on a few of these to give you a complete assortment of options at various price points.
Soups and stews are a couple of my favorite things to make, especially during the colder months. I love the limitless options of what you can do with them, the aromas that fill the house for hours, the fresh ingredients and the fact that I usually have enough leftovers for a few lunches. The beef stew I’m sharing is very hearty with a rich, creamy base and it’s packed with veggies and greens, which always makes me feel good about what I’m eating. I adapted this recipe based on what I had at home and it was a huge hit. The original recipe is delicious, too!
We moved into our home about six months ago and have fallen more and more in love with it each day! However, we are currently trying to come up with a solution for a challenge we’ve come across. When we moved in we decided against using one of the extra bedrooms as an office. We both have family that travels in from out of town and we wanted to make sure they’d have a place to stay when they visit. We figured we could just set up shop with our laptops at the kitchen island when needed. No big deal right? Fast forward to Rob starting a new job which allows him to work from home every day and us realizing the kitchen island scenario just isn’t ideal. You live and you learn.
Those who know me well know my favorite place to be is in my kitchen, cooking or entertaining! It’s a place I can have fun, relieve stress, get creative and make memories with my family and friends. My kitchen is undoubtedly my happy place. This past weekend we had so much fun celebrating my birthday with family at our house. The menu was exactly what I wanted: pizza, wings, western salad, chocolate cake, my favorite pie (more to come on that), beer, wine, and cocktails. Did I mention wine? LOTS of wine. By Sunday our bodies were craving a healthy-ish meal to kick off our week on the right foot, which brings me to this recipe.
I can hardly believe Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks from now. Didn’t we just put Christmas decorations (and cookies) away?! My hubby and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s as far as gifts or dates go. But, that doesn’t stop me from getting heart eyes over all the pinks and reds popping up this time of year. I did a little “window shopping” from some of my favorite retailers to round up a handful of wish list ideas. I may even treat myself to a couple I don’t have yet!
Hello and thanks for taking a peek at Welcome to Whitneyland, a lifestyle blog where I’ll share my everyday adventures in food, fashion, travel, and home decor. I live in downtown Indianapolis with my husband and two pups and love a good donut, sparkling cocktails, and a well-worn pair of jeans. I’m glad you stopped by and hope you make yourself at home here!