<![CDATA[Lipstick and Legos - Blog]]>Tue, 01 Dec 2015 08:23:18 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[10 things you didn't know you should pack for a cruise]]>Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:18:03 GMThttp://lipstickandlegos.weebly.com/blog/10-things-you-didnt-know-you-should-pack-for-a-cruise
 Three days counting and  my family and I will be on yet another family cruise. My mom kind of wants to make this a tradition for the whole family. And when I say whole family, I mean we roll pretty deep. The first cruise, it was myself and my son, my parents, my older brother and his wife and five kids (yes, you read right ...FIVE KiDS) Plus two of my moms friends and their daughters. Fifteen people in all. This year we downsized to thirteen people ( instead of the two mother- daughter group from last time, I asked my BFF and her friend to come along.
So the trips coming up and I get super OCD when it comes to packing. Not to mention I redo everything like six times. But I did learn a lot from the last few  cruises we have been on, (and with the help of other bloggers and Pinterest of course).
When you look at the typical packing list, you will not find these items on there. That is why I will explain just why you need these things in your suitcase (even though you had no idea )!
1) A water bottle.
I bought one for myself and one for my son. We got the drink package deal for free and that is awesome. But have you ever seen the size of the cups you get. They have you running back every three seconds for a beverage. So I think this will just make things a little easier. I got one This One from Target.

2) Post -It Notes
This one I learned before the last cruise and it worked wonders. Especially when you have so many people in so many rooms on such a HUGE ship. Let me paint the picture for you My son, my niece and I leave the room to head to the theatre to watch Pitch Perfect, and we know my other two nieces wanted to watch it but they are no where to be found. So, we leave a post it on their door to let them know where we are. They head to the rooms and see the note and BOOM, we are all laughing along with Rebel Wilson's horizontal running!!
3) First Aid Kit
While you never want to think about any injuries when going on vacation, somethings are bound to happen. And its not like you want to go to the cruise hospital every time something does. So just in case someone gets a little boo boo, you want to make sure you can go back to your room and quickly clean it up with out all the fuss. I like to be that mom that people just know they can rely on to grab an alcohol swab and band-aid really quick. 
4) Power Strip
This was something I read before my first cruise with the family and I honestly don't know how people stay in a room without it. Each stateroom has only one outlet (two if you are lucky) and I don't know about the people you travel with, but I know that between phones, iPads and hair straightener (and I traveled with 2 other females so times that all by three), we needed a lot more than one outlet. Trust me, you DON'T want to forget this one.
5)Gift Card
No, their are no shopping malls on the boat, but you definitely want to bring along an old gift card. Why? Well all the electricity in the room goes off of one switch .
The concept behind this is they want you to put your room key in to use the electricity, and when you leave, you take your room key and they save electricity. The only problem I had was I have a memory like Dory from "Finding Nemo.," so I would leave the room with no key. So the solution...Use an old gift card. Thats right! Any card works and when you leave just click off the light but leave your card. This also helps if you are trying to charge something while you are outside of the room. 
6)Extra Cash
Its always a good idea to hit up the bank before you leave to get about $50 worth of $1's and $5's. From the minute you arrive to your port, people will be helping you take your luggage, getting you where you need to go, and its only right to tip them. And trust me, tipping goes a long way. Your luggage may arrive a little quicker, your drinks may be a little stronger and the smile on you room keeper will definitely be a lot bigger. Don't get me wrong , the cruise staff will usually go above and beyond to make you happy, but sometimes you make request that may seem a little out their! Like our last cruise, my son had a very unique request when it came to the towel animal at night. I whispered to the lady that its okay if she didn't do it. But low and behold, that night my son's face lit up when  he got his double headed Brontosaurus with spikes!!
7) Lanyard
This one is a good one for everyone but especially if you are traveling with children. On a cruise, the room key is used for more than just getting into your room (and keeping the electricity on). You need the room key for all your onboard purchases and, more importantly, to get on and off the boat. So its super important to always have it on you and to keep it accessible. Here's a really cute nautical themed one on Etsy.
8) Over the Door Shoe Oragnizer
This one was another life (and space) saver. I was traveling with my nieces on a cruise and between the three of us we had about a million different bottles of lotion, hair spray, shower gel, etc. And space is super limited in the bathroom and in the room. So we were so happy that we had this organizer!! We kept everything in this thing to keep the counter clutter minimal. It saved us a lot of aggravation.
9)Highliters
I am not sure if all cruise lines have daily agendas but my last few cruises have been with Norwegian, so they have been freestyle. This basically means that every night, you will receive all the goings on for the next day. i liked to highlight everything that I wanted to get to do the night before and keep the schedule on me all day. I didn't always get to everything I highlighted, but at least I always knew what was going on that interested me. 
10) A Small BackPack
This ones good for if you are getting off the boat for excursions. I keep this bag packed with on land essentials so that this way I don't have to repack a bag for each island. I usually keep a wallet, my sunglasses, a water bottle and some snacks. Depending on if you plan to go shopping or to the beach, you can add or take out a few items. 

This list is not EVERYTHING but its a start. I also found searching Pinterest is a big help! Hope these small tips make cruising a little more smooth!!

​Happy Cruising!!
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<![CDATA[Oxblood Red is the New Black]]>Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:24:14 GMThttp://lipstickandlegos.weebly.com/blog/oxblood-red-is-the-new-black
Call it Oxblood Red, Wine, Aubergine or whatever, but this is my color for the season. I used to think that I couldn't wear this color with out looking like some sort of hooker. But this year, seeing it everywhere, I decided to give it a try.
I found that this color looks amazing against my skin tone. Then I realized it kid of works with EVERYONES skin tone. It is rare that you have a color like that. I also realized that because this color is a lot deeper than your typical red, wearing it as a lipstick actually DOESN'T make you look like a hooker.

I wear this color almost everyday. I have it in a few different brands but the Sephora high coverage lip stain. It stays on all day. And that is huge because this is one color that you need to reapply or else you start looking crazy.

i ordered these pants from Forever 21 and got them in the other day. I am a sucker for flare anything, but I am so short that I sometimes look crazy. So I think I will pair these off with a nice wedge shoe or heel.

If you ar feeling less adventurous, you may want to keep these red to your nails. I'm bringing this polish to my "nail girl" next week. I think this will look good on a coffin nail. Especially with a matte top coat.
Like this...
Or this...
Or if I get really adventurous, I could have her try this. I probably won't but it's nice to look at.

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<![CDATA[Fall Fashion Must Haves: Ponchos]]>Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:14:53 GMThttp://lipstickandlegos.weebly.com/blog/fall-fashion-must-haves-ponchos
If you told me a w years ago that I would be on the search for the perfect poncho, I'd call you crazy. The only other time I ever ordered a poncho was when I had an event at MetLife stadium and I was afraid of torrential down poor
Last year, at the end of the season, I found an amazing poncho from Forever 21, it was a deep maroon with a chic vegan leather trim. It was my favorite throw on piece. Unfortunately, ponchos weren't easy to find so I had to stick with ol' reliable. 
Well this year , its a new story. They are literally EVERYWHERE. I personally love to online shop and I'm not sure if they are as easy to find in stores (I'll check out the mall on the weekend). Of course my first website was Forever 21, where I found one last year. 
​Of course I found a million I liked...
But this is the one I ultimately ordered...
It was originally $37.90, but I got it on sale for $26.99. I LOVE a bargain!!! (Get it while they have them here). I think when I get it, i want to pair it with my liquid leggings (If they still fit me... eckkkkk!) I will link you to the pic later to show you how I eventually paired it.
I planned on getting a few more ponchos as the season goes on. They are perfect for when I am in class. Rumor has it, this school gets pretty chilly in the winter. So I was looking up pictures while I was in my accounting class, (WHAT?!?! Don't judge me. I finished work before everyone else and I was bored), when I came across this poncho at Free People.
I wasn't planning on buying anything from Free People today, but this baby was originally $88 and, get this, its only $29.95!! 
Now it is time to start putting outfits together. Here's what I found on Pinterest. I really need to go to the mall this weekend because some of these looks are too cute to wait for them to be delivered.  Check out some of the looks I will attempt to pull off (emphasis on TRY!!)
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<![CDATA[Fall Fashion Must Haves: The Blanket Scarf]]>Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:39:04 GMThttp://lipstickandlegos.weebly.com/blog/fall-fashion-must-haves-the-blanket-scarf

Fall is my favorite time of the year. If I could live somewhere where the weather is fall all year round, I would (with a few vacations to tropical locations, of course).  I like this season for the typical reasons: Beautiful changing leaves, sleeping under warm blankets, and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING!! 
But most of all, I love fall fashion! Like really, really LOVE it!! Ever since I was a little girl, fall meant a new wardrobe. My mom is as big of a shopaholic as I am (I blame her for the amount of clothes in my wardrobe). So thanks to her, I have a habit that I refuse to break. 
So this fall is no exception! So this week, I will let you guys know some of my must haves for the season. My first and ultimate must have is the blanket scarf. About two years ago, Zara came out with the blanket scarf, and they've been flying off shelves ever since! But thankfully you can find them other places. If you want the real deal you can go directly to the Zara website where they have these beauties
I love seeing how some of my favorite blogger are styling these scarves. Especially because if you have no clue, you can get frustrated with these big pieces of cloth. I found these images on Pinterest. I can wait to try them all out. I think I am going to need more scarves!
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<![CDATA[My Inner Ballerina]]>Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:41:31 GMThttp://lipstickandlegos.weebly.com/blog/my-inner-ballerina

Can we talk about my obsession with tulle skirts. I went to an event this weekend and there were at least 8 people wearing them.

All these years, I thought only Carrie Bradshaw could pull off this look...

But now I am convinced that I just may need to try this look out. I found these inspiring looks to give me that extra push.

This one is my favorite by far...

I found a few sellers on Poshmark that are selling them, but I'm afraid they won't have enough fluff. I'll post pics when I find "the one!"

Photos via Pinterest

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