favorite natural products

Since we’ve made the move back, I’ve been purging old clothes and beauty products. It just feels so good to get rid of the stuff we never use and wear, ya know? Since then, I’ve been looking for versatile, natural (or as close as I can get) products. Here are a few of my favorites…

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So since I’ve already given you the low-down on UNT’s skincare and makeup products, you’re probably a little curious to try them, right?

UNT has generously offered one lucky Wanderlings reader a mini Naked Truth CC Cream and a mini Mineraluxe BB Cream (fair shade).

How to enter:

  • Visit UNT’s website and comment below with your favorite product or product you’d love to try.
  • For a bonus entry, ‘like’ UNT and Wanderlings on Facebook and leave an additional comment to let me know.

Winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email on October 13, 2015, so providing a valid email is a must. Giveaway open to U.S. readers only. This is a sponsored post from UNT/SheSpeaks. All opinions are my own.

Good luck!

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Ever look at a photograph and just feel like you’re instantly there, in the moment? Those are the vibes I get from Slim Aarons, an American photographer that was all about photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.

A few of my very favorites…

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Having A Topping Time, p. 1959: Socialite Alice Topping relaxing at a poolside in Palm Beach. slim aarons / wanderlings Monocled Miss, p. 1964: Renata Boeck enjoying breakfast in bed at the Regency Hotel in New York.

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Saint-Tropez Boucharie, p. 1971: A boucherie on Rue des Commercants in Saint-Tropez, on the French Riviera.

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Rita and Christmas Tree, p. 1955: Wife of photographer Slim Aarons, swimming in a pool festooned with floating baubles and a decorated Christmas tree.

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Melina Mercouri, Greek actress sitting at a street cafe in Athens.

All photos via Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Which photo is your favorite?


Review: UNT Skincare

There’s been a lot of changes going on lately (moving, job changes, etc.) and I’m welcoming all of it. So when I was approached about trying some of UNT‘s skincare products, I jumped at the chance to try something new. I’m so glad I did.

Here’s a bit of what I’ve tried and loved so far…

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Clockwise from topEx White Laser Wave SerumBrow MasterMineraluxe BB Cream SPF 30Eye Define Waterproof EyelinerNaked Truth CC Cream.

Ex White Laser Wave Serum: This is probably my favorite UNT product I’ve tried so far. I have combination-oily skin, so I need a light, non-sticky serum that absorbs quickly. This serum contains Mandelic Acid and m-Tranexamic Acid to treat uneven, dull skin. I can’t wait to see what it does for my skin this winter. A+ continue reading


5 sips for late summer

Once we’re done with this moving business, I am all about a cocktail or two (or three…). And there’s just something about those summer cocktails, amirite? 5 Sips for Late Summer | wanderlings


Nothing says summer like ice cream floats. Sub blueberry vodka and seltzer water and you’ve got an A+ summer float. Recipe here.
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This lemon vanilla and Pama shaved ice looks amazing. And pomegranate liqueur? Sign me up! Recipe here.
Summer Cocktail Watermelon Margaritas


I’m a Texan, therefore I am obsessed with anything involving jalapeños. It’s just the law of the land. This watermelon jalapeño margarita looks like my next favorite drink. Recipe here.

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Ever since that magical day that I discovered prickly pear kombucha, I’ve pretty much been obsessed with all things prickly. I’m sure this margarita is just as bomb. Recipe here.

Mai Tai


I love heading to the candy store and loading up on sour candy just as much as the next girl, but sometimes you have to take a break from all of the sugar, syrups and food dye. This classic cocktail cuts all of the artificial crap. Recipe here.

What are you whipping up for the end of summer?


mid-century marfa?

Moving during the summer is not very much fun. However, finding out that you’re moving into the same house that you lived in a few years ago definitely helped me to get those creative juices flowing. How are we going to style this room? And that one? And there’s a garden in the backyard? Let’s just say that my secret Pinterest boards are out of control right now.

While we’re pretty up in the air about how we’d like to decorate the house, we settled on a vision for the living room almost instantly: we’re thinking Mid-Century Marfa. We went to Marfa a couple of years back and left feeling so inspired—I’d love to showcase that laid-back vibe in our living room. What better place, right?


Our faux fireplace will definitely house some desert-inspired treasures. While we may not have a palm tree photograph displayed, I’m definitely feeling the colorful pattern on the floor.


Excuse me while I have a moment with these Garza Marfa pieces. So clean and colorful.

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The vibe may be Mid-Century Marfa, but we’ll definitely need some plants outside the Cacti family.

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I love the Sheepskin/Eames texture action going on in this room. Toss a cowhide rug on the floor and keep a crate of your favorite records handy. This is my kind of place.

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I’m all about clean lines with some fun pattern and texture thrown in. This blanket adds a perfect twinkle to this Western-inspired room, don’t you think?

How did you decide on your living room’s “vibe”? 


art / eugenia loli

Do you ever find an artist and just instantly feel a connection? I’ve recently discovered Eugenia Loli’s collage work and I’m obsessed

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You can follow her on Instagram, check out her page and shop her work here.

Which collage is your favorite?


product review: urban decay’s naked smoky palette

Full disclosure: I used to never wear makeup. Ever. All through junior high and high school, I never really bothered with foundation or anything like that, only some glittery eyeshadows and clear mascara every now and then (it was the ’90s after all). My love for makeup and skincare didn’t really even start until college.

Now our bathroom shelves are almost completely made up of skincare products and tubes and vials of makeup (sorry, Mark!) but I’ve always kind of struggled with the smoky eye. I still don’t wear too much eye makeup, so I’ve been really self-conscious to wear anything that shows up too much.

So when I was approached to test and review Urban Decay’s upcoming palette, I decided to throw caution to the wind and try something new. And I’m very, very glad that I did.

Here’s the palette:

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we went to europe!

So this month has been a really special one: I went to Europe for the first time!

Mark’s family was hosting a family reunion in Berkhamsted (about 30 miles from London), so we were lucky enough to not only attend, but spend a few days in London and Paris. It was my first time out of the country ever, so I was pretty overwhelmed with just about everything.

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Seeing Abbey Road was pretty awesome. So awesome that a selfie was in order.  A Trip To Europe! | Wanderlings

We went to plenty of awesome pubs and restaurants in London, but visiting the Churchill Arms was an incredible experience. Flowers everywhere, the nicest people inside and instead of the normal pub menu, they serve Chinese food. It was basically the pub of my dreams.

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The family reunion was in Berkhamsted and there is a full English garden in the back. Walking through all of the flowers was definitely a highlight.  A Trip To Europe! | Wanderlings

Tower of London was a pretty long tour, but seeing the bridge and walking through the castle is a pretty neat experience. I was pretty shocked by the London weather — everyone had been hounding me to bring sweaters and jackets and I was sweating the entire time!  A Trip To Europe! | Wanderlings

Our last day was spent at Covent Garden — definitely a must-visit. There’s a little part of CG called Neal’s Yard, full of fun little coffee shops and juice bars. Right up my alley since most of the liquids we consumed on this trip were just espresso and pints of beer. A Trip To Europe! | Wanderlings I’m not much of a souvenir gal… I just don’t like lugging things around with me on the trip and I had limited space in my carry-on. However, I could have spent hours humming along and browsing in this Beatles souvenir shop. We went back twice. ;)
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We happened to visit Paris during an intense heat wave. It was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and not a lot of places had air conditioning, so it was better to spend time outdoors. That’s not too much of a problem in Paris — there’s tons of stuff to see and most of the cafes offer sidewalk seating.
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I was hoping to catch a ride on this, but since we woke up early to avoid the crowds and higher temperatures, it was a no-go. Next time!
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Many of the locks have been removed from the bridge, but they’ve started popping up elsewhere. I’ve got to find a heart-shaped lock! A Trip To Europe! | Wanderlings

And if you’re wanting to avoid the crowds and catch a little quiet time, visit Père Lachaise in eastern Paris. It’s the largest and first garden cemetery in the city.  A Trip To Europe! | Wanderlings You may notice that I don’t seem to have pictures of any food. Truthfully, after walking around in the hot weather and spending a lot of time traveling, the meals disappeared pretty quickly. All of the food was so great that I didn’t even want to spare a second to pull out my phone!

Seeing all of these places was truly a life-changing experience for me. I came back to Texas with a completely different outlook on just about everything in my life. And of course, something pretty major happened over there: we got engaged! This trip was the best. Here’s to the next one!

What did you do when you visited Europe for the first time?

PS, you can see more of my Europe pictures on my Instagram page.



Sorry it’s been a little quiet around here lately. Since I’ve started school again and been a little busy with work, my free time has been spent with my guy and my pup. And I haven’t updated in over a month!

Here are some highlights…

my butter half A birthday trip to Austin…

oak cliff beer run

A beer run in Oak Cliff…


This awesome lady getting ENGAGED. BOOM.

allison wheeler and birdie

And many, many walks with my guy and my pup.

Seriously. They’re just the cutest.