The Sunday Six

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Happy October, y’all!

October is my favorite month of the year for countless reasons (it’s my birthmonth for one!) so I thought it would be fun to kick off the month with the introduction of a new series…The Sunday Six! It’s most likely exactly what you think it is, a count of my favorite things at the moment. I’m actually pretty late to the party on this one so let’s just get to it before it comes the Monday Many (not cute).

#BoosAndBows

In case you haven’t heard, Tara from Beaus and Bows and I are hosting a photo-a-day challenge over on Instagram. You can find the prompt and today’s post right here. Feel free to follow along and use the hashtag #BoosAndBows. I can’t wait to see how creative we can get with each day’s prompt. If you join in, you might even find yourself featured right here on Magnolia Moon.

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The Catch Up

I went out to celebrate my birthday a little early last night (it’s on Tuesday). Honestly, it was probably the first time I’d been out to a bar with my friends like that since college and at the risk of sounding like the “mom friend” that I am, it was surprisingly fun! We did everything you’d expect from a group of girls in a bar. Group bathroom selfies, the shot wheel, too many mixed drinks, obnoxious flash selfies, we even yelled “Free Bird” at the band. That last one is probably just a Southern girl thing but you get the picture. Later on in the night we met up with a group of guys we went to school with and my best friend and I realized a few of us had known each other for over 23 years. That’s longer than my little sister, who was also there, has been alive! I loved every minute of catching up with everyone and can’t wait to do it again…in a few weeks because, you know, balance.

Lip Paint

Sephora recently had Tarte’s Tarteist Lip Paint on the Weekly Wow for $11 so I snatched up 2 different shades, Deep Nude and Killin’ It. They’re pretty typical as far as liquid lipsticks go but I do feel a slight difference in the level of comfort on my lips compared to a formula like the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. I’m a fan of both but Tarte does feel a bit more comfortable for everyday wear.

Pumpkin Spice on Ice

This is really my first year diving into the whole Pumpkin Spice thing and I have to say…I regret nothing. Currently I’m obsessed with iced pumpkin spice lattes because even if it is October it’s still 80-90 degrees on any given day so ice is necessary. I also hit Trader Joe’s wide open and snatched up Pumpkin Waffles, Pumpkin Crisps, and Pumpkin Ravioli. All were life changing and highly recommended.

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Louisville

I’ve been traveling to Louisville, Kentucky once a month for about four months now for doctor’s appointments and I’m realizing that I’m pretty much falling in love with the city. So this is more of a call to action than a favorite pick but if you have any travel guides to Louisville or happen to live there, let me know! It’s made it’s way onto my list of possible cities to live in and I want to know all I can about the city.

What’s the Tee

I’ve had a strong love for RuPaul since he played the Witches Council judge on Sabrina the Teenage Witch circa 1997. With that being said, I tend to listen to a lot of true crime or political podcasts that can weigh pretty heavy on the heart sometimes. That’s where RuPaul: What’s the Tee comes in. It’s a laugh every damn time. It’s honestly become my fool-proof, instant pick-me-up method. I’ve even started listening to episodes over again. I’ve probably heard the ep with Katya at least 3 times now. Also, there is no sound more precious than the cackle of RuPaul, it gets me every time.

 

There ya have it, y’all. A little rushed, a little thrown together but that’s the beauty of it. Stay tuned for more of The Sunday Six soon and in the mean time, be sure to follow me on Instagram for the #BoosAndBows challenge.

 

xx

Merisa

 

 

 

7 Things I Stopped Buying

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Hey, y’all! Long time, no see.

263 days to be exact.

That’s right, it’s been exactly 263 days since I last hit “publish” on a blog post. Insane! Honestly, I hadn’t realized it’d been that long until I made the decision to finally get back into the swing of things. I’ve missed you all! I’ve missed writing and I’ve missed connecting to my readers and other bloggers. So here we are, back at it again with the 7 things I no longer feel the need to buy. Is it all thanks to minimalism, environmentalism, conservatism, or a combination of all three? Decide for yourself.

1.) Cotton balls/rounds

Last summer, in Nashville, I spent $3 on a pack of cotton rounds just because I forgot to bring anything to take my makeup off with. First of all, why didn’t I just ask the hotel? They probably had something but I digress. I’ve traded in my cotton rounds for reusable cloths. Easy enough, right? I started out by just using baby washcloths but now they make specific makeup removing cloths like the MakeUp Eraser.

2.) Paper towels

This one seems pretty obvious, right? I just use dish towels and have even cut old (clean) t-shirts into little squares. Since they’re so thin they feel more like actual paper towels and everything is so easy to wash.

I suppose this would be a good place to specify that I love to do laundry (like the suburban soccer mom that I fancy myself to be, right?) and just bought a really nice washer at the charity shop i work at. So, all this added laundry isn’t as big of a deal to me as it may be to some people. It’s all about doing what you can.

3.) Paper plates

Now this one falls on the opposite end of the spectrum as the previous item. I hate doing dishes and don’t have a working dishwasher in my house but it saves a little cash and the environment at the same time so I suffer through it. Plus, eating microwaved pizza off an actual plate makes me feel like my life is less of a mess than it truly is.

4.) Dryer sheets

Back to laundry, instead of using dryer sheets I use wool dryer balls or opt to air dry most of my tops. So again, it keeps cost, energy, and harm to the environment down. Win-win!

5.) Parchment paper/aluminum foil

I just hated using a sheet of parchment paper once then tossing it in the trash. I pack my lunch for work and try to meal prep as best I can so that’s a lot of dollars going into the trash at the end of the day. My solution is a reusable baking mat. It’s easy to clean and actually helps food not stick without using oils or sprays. Another win-win!

6.) Bottled water

If you find yourself buying multiple cases of bottled water a month, like I did, get yourself a Brita water filter! Seriously, it’s the best purchase I made when I first moved out on my own. If the whole saving the environment from landfills loaded down with plastic bottles thing doesn’t get you on board then think of all the pretty reusable bottles you can stock up on instead. Whatever gets you there, girl.

7.) Magazines

Now, this is definitely the hardest item of all to comply with but honestly, it’s become a bit of a nuisance. You see, as with any red blooded fashion lovin’ girl, I have stacks and stacks of magazines lying around. They have my favorite It girls on the cover or better yet, they have inspiration beyond my wildest imagination pouring off the pages. Whatever the case may be, it’s extremely difficult for me to let them go so they continue to sit there, mocking me.

So I’ve banned myself until I can get a grip on the stacking situation at large. Tough love and what not.

Now, there is a great loophole to this whole debacle. You see, as a writer, I can’t just sit idly by while magazines become a dying art form. That just won’t do. Enter, digital editions! Ahhhh! *cue sparkly lights from above and angel voices*

Have you heard of the Texture app? This isn’t sponsored so believe me when I say that it is beyond amazing! 200+ magazines right at your fingertips on demand. Magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Southern Living, Nylon, Real Simple, Women’s Health, Cosmo…the list goes on and on and on and on! They are running a deal right now where you can sign up for Texture for just $6.99 a month, that’s over 200 magazines for the price of what, 2 magazines? Like I said, beyond amazing!

So, now that you know the 7 things I stopped buying I wanna know what are your’s or what could be your’s? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me. I promise not to take another 263 days to do this again.

xx

Merisa

 

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RocksBox Unboxing Video

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Hello, Magnolias.

I’ve got a fun little Saturday surprise for y’all…another video! This one’s a Rocksbox Unboxing and I am so excited share it with you. I got some really awesome pieces and can’t decide if I want to keep some or try my luck with another box.

Check out the video below or head over to my channel where you can catch up with my previous video as well. You can also read all about my first RocksBox experience here.

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What do you all think? Do you wanna see more unboxing videos? Let me know in the comments or tweet me!

I’d love to hear your feedback and if you could thumbs up the video or leave some comments over there that would be absolutely amazing too. Don’t forget to subscribe! I’ve got a few videos ready to go so keep an eye out for them very soon. Have a great weekend, y’all!

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xx

Merisa

What’s In My Bag Kate Spade Edition Video

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Hello, Magnolias.

I’ve got something exciting to share with you today! My first official Monogrammed Magnolias YouTube video! I decided to start with a YouTube classic, What’s In My Bag.

I’ve wanted to jump into video content for a while now and think this will be a great way to accomplish that. Hopefully you’ll learn a little bit more about me through this new outlet aside from what I hoard in my handbag, of course. I hope you enjoy.

It’s a long one…who knew a bag so small could hold so much? Be sure to thumbs up the video if you enjoy it and subscribe to my channel so you’re always up to date on more videos to come. So grab a snack and kill some time, here’s What’s In My Bag: Kate Spade Edition

What videos do you enjoy watching? What would you like to see on my channel in the near future? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me!

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xx

Merisa