Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Let's Get to Know Each Other

Good morning everyone, hope you all are having a fantastic week so far! Last week, my schedule changed at work and now I get up at the crack of dawn (4:30am!!) so I’m struggling to adjust, but I love getting off early and having most of the afternoon at my disposal. I have some new readers to le blog (welcome!) and I want to get to know you all better. Not just the newbies, but everyone

Blogging is such a blast and is a full-time hobby of mine. It’s so exciting knowing that people have an interest in what you’re posting about and share the same interests I have. Everyone’s comment mean so much to me and I love interacting with everyone. Please copy and paste the questions below with your answers in a comment, I’d love to learn a bit more about each of you and visit your sites!
What is your name (or your internet alias)?
Do you have a blog yourself? What’s your site?
What magazines do you subscribe to?
What movie(s) do you always watch when they're on tv?
What's your favorite feature on LLP?
What’s one thing you have plenty of, but can’t stop buying?

What is your name (or your internet alias)? Kristen, but I used to always sign my posts as Miss K.
Do you have a blog yourself? What’s your site? Um, well, you’re on it! But, if you want more, here’s my Facebook, Twitter, and InstaGram (Kristen_Lawler).
What magazines do you subscribe to? InStyle and Glamour right now, but I’d like to subscribe to People StyleWatch again. I just get busy and fall behind on my magazine reading.
What movie(s) do you always watch when they're on tv? The Princess Bride, Pretty Woman, any of the Harry Potters or Indiana Jones movies, Bride Wars
What's your favorite feature on LLP? Well, my favorite ones to write are the ones a bit more personal, product reviews, OOTD, and recent purchases. I love seeing what other people are wearing/using so I like to do posts that share the same qualities. I can’t tell you how many products I’ve bought or avoided thanks to some lovely blogging beauties.  
What’s one thing you have plenty of, but can’t stop buying? My guilty pleasures are lip products, nail polish, and stationary. I have enough to last a lifetime, but always leave with one of these bitties with every Target run.

So tell me more about yourself! Can't wait to see everyone's responses! 

PS Where the heck did July go!?

Don't forget to enter my Sweet Fashion Deals giveaway!

Monday, July 30, 2012

"How I Make That Money Honey" Link-Up

I graduated college from Cal Poly Pomona in 2007 with my degree in Business Marketing and took the summer off to travel and have a good time before finding a big kid job. I knew it would be my last care-free summer and I wanted to do it right. I worked part time at Outback Steakhouse (where I met my husband at this time and chased him all summer, you can read about it here), went to Vegas several times (it's only a 3hr drive from where I live), went to the river, spent a week in Mexico, etc. It was one of  the most fun summers of my life. I'm so happy I took that time off before entering the real world.

My first 9-5 job was for a large insurance company. I sold and serviced all Fire & Auto policies, dabbled in the banking products, and took care of all the claims that came in. It was a small office, less than 5 people working for the agent and I worked there for four years. In time, I outgrew it and wanted to work for a larger company with more interaction, room for growth, and a work place that challenged me more.

Last fall, I started with the company I work for now, one of the country's largest banks. We serve customers in over 150 countries and have operations in over 40 countries. Currently, I work at one of the corporate sites, and do not work with our clients on a face to face basis but over the phone. My responsibilities outside of customer service have included training a new incoming class and being a part of our employee satisfaction team. We think of all the fun games, themed days, and food giveaways for days such as "National Waffle Day", which we may or may not make up ourselves sometimes. The site has several departments, each with their own hours of operation and dress code. Lucky for me, my department went from business dress to business casual. I switch it up everyday, but try to always dress well. I mostly wear jeans and dress tops, but I switch it up.

This is honestly the first job that I ever have truly enjoyed. I love the company for what they stand for, both for our customers and the employees as well as for our communities. My work really cares a lot about employee satisfaction, growth, opportunity, and recognition. There's always fun events at the office, themed days, and friendly competition. It's the first time in my life that a job has made me pause and really think about my future within a company and where I want to go and how to get there.

Be sure to check out The Bargain Blonde's career as well as the other link-ups. This link-up is so exciting! I always wonder where bloggers work, what they do for a living, etc.

Don't forget to enter my Sweet Fashion Deals giveaway!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Hot Man Parade: Olympics 2012

Happy Olympics Day! I'm so excited for the olympics to start, I look forward to it and try and watch as much of it as I can. Now, this post could seriously go on forever, but I'll try and keep it short!

Don't forget to enter my Sweet Fashion Deals giveaway!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sweet Fashion Deals Review & Giveaway!

Jewelry has been on a hot streak this season. I mean, jewelry is always in fashion, but I feel like it's bigger now than it has been in a long time. I love adding fun bright pieces and simple statements to an outfit to step it up and add some personality. I'm always on the look out to find items I can wear over and over again for years.

Sweet Fashion Deals is a Facebook page carrying tons of gorgeous pieces of jewelry at an affordable price, most for $20 or less! Their pieces are on trend and inspired by the latest styles. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00pm EST they have sales events. Item descriptions, price, and available quantity are provided. It's so simple to buy, you just comment on the post with your email address and you'll be sent a Paypal invoice and your new jewelry is on it's way to you! Shipping is always free - amazing!!

I'm in love with their items, they're so fabulous! I can't get enough of how great the quality is and how lightweight their earrings are. Sweet Fashion Deals was sweet enough to send me some items for my readers and now you have a chance to win one of two items!

Gorgeous gold and bronze dangling gems. These are so light weight and beautiful!

Add a stack of bangles to any look, these silver bracelets are so bright and fun.

To enter:
1) Like Sweet Fashion Deals by clicking here
2) Let Sweet Fashion Deals know you became a fan by posting on their page "New Fan from LoveLipstickandPearls" or something along those lines
3) Leave a comment letting me you you did #1 and #2, including your email address so I can contact you and confirm your ship to address

The giveaway will last through Wednesday August 1st, two winners will be chosen using Random.org. One will be win the earrings and the other one the bangles. Good luck to you all! Only valid for residents in the US (excluding Alaska and Hawaii).

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Paint Me Pretty

You are all aware of my nail polish obsession right? Oh, you're not? Did you miss this post where I had to confess my beauty sins? Oh and that's nothing, my collection has since grown. Oy vey. I paint my nails on a weekly basis, it's just a little way to have some fun, play with color, and a cheap and quick way to change my look. I'm still in love with the accent fingernail(s) as well.

Favorite Pinterest looks:




Some of my favorite colors this summer have been:

Sally Hansen Lacy Lilac
Sally Hansen Coral Reef
 Sinful Colors 24/7 (complete dupe of cult favorite Essie Pink Parka)
Essie Bikini So Teeny

These four colors have been my go-to this season. Especially the Lacey Lilac, I get a lot of comments about it on Instagram (Kristen_Lawler) too. It's hands-down my favorite lilac color ever, even more so than Essie Lilacism. 

What are colors have you been wearing? What color must I have in my collection?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Nordstrom Sale Wishlist

Fashionistas everywhere look forward to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, in college, I used to wake up at midnight, order my goodies and then go to the store first thing. I was nuts. I checked out their site this weekend and they have some great pieces for fall that I think will be some great staples throughout the season. Some of the items I'd be able to rock now with the warmer weather even.  I hope to pick up everything, but we'll see.

This sweater would be so cute paired with some shorts and booties now and then paired with some skinnies and a statement necklace. 

Vigoss is one of my favorite brand of jeans, they fit so well and the color really lasts over washings. 

I love the look of leather pants, so sexy and easy to wear.

We all know my obsession with scarves. 

This bag is so cute and has plenty of room to carry all my goodies! The mixture of textiles really draws me in.

This is the perfect boot to wear with dresses, jeans, and leggings. Must have!

Oxfords are a staple and go with everything, these will be super cute paired with skinnies and sweaters.

Did you pick anything up from the sale? What do you have your eye on?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Beauty Routine

MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in C4
My new NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium
MAC Mineral Blush in Warm Soul (review)
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Lots of Lashes
Revlon Lipstick in Temptress
MAC Lipstick in  Force of Love (review)

My make-up has been seriously low-key this summer. I mean, I still put on my “face”, but I’ve been using less products than in the winter. I keep my face pretty bare, I use powder, bronzer, blush, mascara, and lipstick. Pretty simple. Some days I don’t even wear mascara, and it feels so great when you can rub your eyes. LOL.

Do you wear less make-up in summer? What have you been wearing?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Netflix Queue

Now that summer is upon us, TV watching has kind of nose-dived, all I have now is Pretty Little Liars and True Blood. Thank goodness for Netflix! Here’s some shows I’ve been obsessed with and watch through the summer before the fall line-up starts. Some of these shows series are showcased during the summer, but you can get caught up through Netflix, which is how I found them all.

Hands down, the most riveting TV show I’ve ever seen. Each season is one big case and always have great actors as their clients. Glenn Close is a shark, I love her character. Rose Byrne’s clothing and hair are fantastic too. The first & third season have been my favorites so far.I love the way it's filmed as well, with flash forwards which totally could lead anywhere and you never know the whole story til the very last episode.

Many people suggested this to me and I finally watched it and couldn’t stop! I love period pieces like these that are full of lust, rivalry, class hierarchy and their struggles. It’s so fascinating and I love all of the family & their staff’s story lines.

I don’t know how I never watched this show before, but all I have for you is two words: Matt Bomer. Done. Watch it!

Erin from Everything According to Erin has been blogging about this show since its premiere. I don’t know why I waited so long to start the show, but I was hooked after the first episode. Each episode you have more suspects and evidence and so many stories intertwine, it’s nuts!

What are you watching this summer? Or on Netflix?