Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GPPO Blogger Event

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Blogging is a cool thing. When I first started my blog back in 2011, I just wanted an outlet to practice what I wanted to do for a career: write about fashion. I had no idea that it would lead me to such cool opportunities and exciting adventures. 
Among some of those cool things is having the opportunity to get to meet up with other bloggers who share the same interests as you. Last week I got to do this at the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets with a couple of other really sweet bloggers and some amazing hosts.
We started off the evening mingling over champagne and dainty little snacks at Saks off Fifth Avenue, which was followed by a presentation of an array of trends for spring and then we were sent off to shop. Champagne and shopping? Sign me up, count me in, and don't ever let me leave.
Next we headed to bare minerals and they made me pretty. I will, without a doubt, be back for all the products my bank account will let me walk away with. If you are like me (pale with dry skin and ugly blemishes-so basically hopeless) they can help you. I was truly amazed.
After that we all made our rounds through Kate Spade, J. Crew, and Bloomingdales- everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. Except my wallet. And my feet. 
I left with arms full of goodies, tons of spring outfit ideas, new friends, and sore feet. All the ingredients of a good night!

Huge thank you to Saks off 5th for hosting us and all of our wonderful store tour guides! 

Top- Forever21
Skirt- Sugarlips
Chunky Necklace- Jazzy Jems (Order items straight from Instagram- @jazzyjems)
Dainty Necklace- Kendra Scott
Shoes- Uptown Cheapskate Arlington (Only $12!) 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Recipe: Loaded Baked Potato Soup


For pretty much the entirety of my life I have had one thought towards cooking: someone else can do it for me. I love my mom's cooking, and I love fast-food. And despite my parents efforts to get me to learn how to cook, I have always objected with the mindset of getting rich and having someone else do it for me (a girl can dream, right?). 
And then a little over a year ago I got into a relationship where my boyfriend enjoyed cooking, and was good at it, so I let him do it. And it was great
But with both of our busy schedules, we mostly resorted to fast-food. I've always heard people say, "I'm so sick of fast-food, I want a home-cooked meal." Me? No. Never. I could live off of that junk.
My sister/roommate was disgusted by my eating habits and always told me that's why I was constantly sick and tired. Didn't believe her. How could my fast-food betray me like that? It wouldn't.
But all of a sudden it happened: I constantly felt lethargic. And bloated. And I could not get my skin to clear up. 
SO the fast-food queen of the world unhappily decided she would do a little cooking to see if that helped matters.
And even though I almost hate to admit it, it really has been working. And I kind of love cooking and can't stop.
But my favorite part? Finding recipes online and completely switching them up and adding new things to make them my own.

Here's my recipe for loaded baked potato soup (which tasted AMAZING and is a must-try!).

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon, crumbled
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (yikes...I know. I used the "light" version to compensate)
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • 4 red potatoes, sliced into quarters
  • 1/4 cup white or yellow onions, diced
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 can of corn, drained (optional...I just love corn in my potato soup because my mom always added it)
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • Chicken broth (OPTIONAL- only to thin it if you want!)
Instructions:
  • Fry bacon in a large skillet and cook all the way through, until browned and crisp.
  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add in the flour and whisk together with the butter, and then add in onions until it's a creamy mixture (1-2 min).  Then add in the milk and whipping cream and stir again, constantly, until it thickens. Once it looks thick and consistent (add more milk OR chicken broth if you want to thin it) add in the potatoes, green onions, corn, and half of your crumbled bacon.
  • Bring it to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer until potatoes are cooked thoroughly. This took me about 30 min, but test them after about 20-25 min to check. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, add in the cheese, sour cream, the rest of your bacon (save a little to garnish it if you want) and salt and pepper to taste. For your desired consistency, add more milk OR use chicken broth to thin it.
  • I garnished mine with a little more cheese, a couple sliced green onions, and some more pieces of bacon! 

I'd love to hear feedback on how it tastes if you try it! I loved mine! Let me know what you do differently, as well, because I love to try new things.
I'll continue to post new recipes, and a couple of past ones that worked out well!


Friday, February 27, 2015

snowed in (kind of)

The many things I am stranded without but desperately wish I had.

So I should start this off by saying it is taking everything in me not to quote something from Frozen. Everything.
I truly believe, in my soul, that I am a snow queen. Nothing in the world excites me more than snow, and being from Texas, snow days are few and far between. 
Earlier this week we had a couple of "ice days" which I thought was going to be my closest hope to a real snow day. There was white cold stuff on the ground and school was closed, so that would have to do. 
And then the weather called for snow a few days later, and then again today. The first day it said we would have flurries was a bust. That was just about all we got- a few flurries. So this morning when I woke up, I decided I would actually haul my white-as-snow butt to class instead of getting my hopes up. Halfway through the drive, snow started falling like crazy. It was a Texan's blizzard (so basically it was nothing even remotely close to a blizzard but, ya know).When I got out of class, the entire campus was covered in snow. 
And after the excitement came the sudden realization that I drive a 50-year-old car with absolutely no safety features and that 90% of our roads were shut down because we Texans lose our minds while driving in the snow. 
And thus I am stranded half an hour from home at my boyfriend's apartment without my pup (who is head over heels for this weather) and without suitable clothing, food, and everything else one could possibly need. (Ok I'm exaggerating- there's food. Just not any cheezits or takis.)

But regardless of where I am, there is snow on the ground and I got to build a snowman and thus I deem today the best day ever.

I will leave you all with a collage of my little pup in her natural habitat today (courtesy of my sister who sent them to me to torture me).




Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Makeup for Under $35


Here's the thing about being a girl in your early twenties in college: you really want to have nice things (ie: clothing, jewelry, makeup) but you also really like buying coffee and greasy fast food while you attempt to study and also seriously contemplate getting a sugardaddy so you can just drop out already. Take a look at my bank account activity and you will see this: Walmart- $30, Wendy's- $7, Whataburger- $12, QuikTrip, $5, McDonald's- $5, Starbucks- $5, etc. etc. 
And I promise you that $30 at Walmart did not go to anything but Ramen (enough to feed a small army), Taki's (3 bags, please), coffee, and coffee creamer. And maybe a pack of Orbit gum if I'm feeling extra wild at the self-checkout lane.
Bottom line? I want to be cute but I want my #1-no-mustard-sub-ketchup from Whataburger way more.

And that's where my frugality comes into play. Makeup is fun but it's ridiculously expensive and the lady at the counter is going to do it way better than you ever will so you're basically dropping $60 on a foundation that you're not even sure how to apply and I find that absurd. If I spend $10 on a foundation and it doesn't work out as well as expected, then darn, that was 2 (tall) Starbucks drinks I just threw out the window. But it's really not a big deal. But you just have to experiment a little with drugstore products and I promise you you'll wind up with a couple of things that you love for a fraction of department store counter prices. And you'll look just as hot.

I threw this look together this morning in preparation for Valentine's Day in under 20 min and spent less than $35 on the total cost of all of the products.
Here's what I used:

Revlon Photoready Primer- $10
Revlon Colorstay 24hr Foundation- $10
Elf Sheer Blemish Powder- $3
Elf "Natural" Lash Kit- $1
Elf Blush/Bronzer Duo - $3
Elf Marker Eyeliner in Black- $1
Elf Lipgloss in "Michael" - $2
NYX Highlight/Contour Stick- $1
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder- $3

Ps- my dog is obsessed with lotions and makeup and she will attempt to lick off every drop of makeup I put on my face every morning. Look at those crazy eyes. She means business.






Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Surviving the impossible: College


You know you're OCD when your school supplies have a color scheme...or you're just trying to make them aesthetically pleasing to convince yourself to use them and stay on top of your work. I'm going to go with the latter.

But seriously. Boring school supplies make me cringe and I am 100% more likely to pull out my notebook to take notes if I know I'm going to look cute doing it. Does that make me vain? I'm going to have to say that's a risk I'm willing to take.

As we all know, I almost flunked out of college last semester. And by all, I mean, yes, my mother found out. She decided to spare my life just this once and let me give it another try. I've decided to take extreme measures to ensure my success this semester.

1. Take a class with an attractive professor.
English is a go. I think the "attractiveness" scale is a little off-balance when it comes to rating your professor, because though I would never stop and double-take if I were to see him on the street, I can definitely sit through his lectures for an hour on M/W/F. I wouldn't dare disappoint him by not showing up.

2. Take a class that a TA-turned-professor is teaching.
Looks like 3rd time is a charm for Spanish. Failed it first semester, dropped it second semester...annnnd here I am once again. To my great fortune, my super-nice TA from my first semester is now a professor and he still has the naivety that young professors have. He does grade bumps, understands necessary reasons for missing class, AND he remembers very vividly what it was like to be a student. Because he was one. Like, one semester ago.

3. Take an online class.
Because no one can stare with judgement that I'm not wearing a bra, not wearing pants, and, in all likelihood, drinking a glass of wine. Bring on PolySci.







Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Since you've been gone...


So we broke up around six months ago, me and this blog. We had a great couple of years, but I thought we were beginning to grow apart.
After I started working until 10pm every night, becoming a full-time dog mom, nearly flunking out of college and attempting to help renovate my new house (and by that I mean let me parents do all the labor while I shop for decor)....I just could not seem to find the time to go out and take photos, have them edited, and then write a post to go along with them. So I decided to take an indefinite hiatus. I initially assumed I'd never make time for the blog again, but the past month or so I've really started to miss this ol' thang and all of the wonderful people I've met because of it and all of the incredible opportunities I've been given through it.

So here I am, asking to give this relationship another try. Promising to work harder to make time for it and do better than I did the first time. We'll see how it goes.

But before I get back to my regular posts, I wanted to play catch up!
Here are a couple of major things you may have missed if you don't follow my Instagram (@susiegibson).

#1. I adopted the most beautiful shelter pup there ever was.




 Meet Lillian. I adopted her 3 days after my birthday when I found out I was going to move into a house by myself. She was a year and a half old when I got her. She's quite possibly the cutest husky-mix there ever was. She keeps me on my toes at all times because she has more energy and love than any dog I know. Mostly just energy, though. She also broke my new iPhone 6 the day after I got it. And I didn't try and strangle her. I think that's what a mother's love feels like, no?

2. I almost flunked out of college.

Here's a picture I posted saying I was "studying" or something like that. And I was...only it was because there was a week left in the semester and I had attended maybe 3 classes (syllabus day...whoops) and I actually tried to study for my finals. Even though I had not attended any of the classes. And I did not know what to study.
I was a terrible student this past semester. Worse than usual. I'm not going to make it a New Year's Resolution to do better this semester, because I never actually keep up with those anyway. I'm going to try and take almost solely online classes that way I can't keep giving myself the excuse of "I don't want to drive half an hour up to school and half an hour back before I have to work an 8-hour shift." I'm trying to compromise with my lazy self. I'll keep you updated on how it goes.

 3. Welcome to my crib.

On my 20th birthday my parents told me they had bought me a house. Imagine the excitement, right? So they took me to go see it. When we pulled up there was nothing to see but a "yard" completely covered half a foot high in dead leaves, with a rotting fence wrapped around the house so that you couldn't see in. (PS- you can see the gate from the kitchen window in the second photo. That's the front of the house.) When you walked in, there was a vomit-inducing stench. Junk everywhere. The previous owners must have left on a dime, because there were colored pencils sitting on the "kitchen table" they left (if you could call it that), broken kids toys littering various rooms, and more dog hair than you could possibly imagine. The inside of the refrigerator was covered in a sticky brown substance...dog hair inside there, too. Half of the floorboards were rotting. There were rats.
I wanted to run out screaming and never look back.
But my extreme-DIY parents got to work and started revamping the whole place. And it's not quite there yet, but they have outdone themselves. It looks (and smells!) like an entirely new place. Pictured above is the kitchen- the only room they've let me set up furniture and put a little bit of decor into. This is only one little sliver of it, and once the house is finally done and I'm ready to move in I'll most likely do a house tour post! Wish me luck!





Friday, July 11, 2014

My Vegas Style

my vegas style

I think at some point in their teenage years, everyone dreams about the day they turn 21. I personally have one year and two months left to go, and I've already started to make plans. But what's better than a night out on the town with friends for your 21st?
A night out in Vegas for your 21st!
I've teamed up with Vegas.com to show you some of the looks I'd put together for a day in Vegas!
I'm really big on staying comfy on a flight or during a roadtrip, so I generally plan to wear a very casual outfit and pair it with some cute kicks!
Once I'm there, I'm most likely going to head to the nearest coffee bar for some caffeine and a light lunch. Roasted Bean at Aria is the perfect stop. After lunch I'd head back to the hotel, sneak in a quick nap (who cares if you slept the whole flight?! There's always a time and a need for a nap) and then get ready for a night out! Next stop? Haze Nightclub! I'm not a big "go out" kind of person, so the fact that the nightclub is literally inside the hotel would make my life 500 times easier. If I'm going out, that's how I'm doing it.

Here's to waiting another year and two months 'til 21! And fingers crossed someone will fund a Vegas trip for me! ;)

This is #MyVegasStyle, what's yours?

xo Susie