Thursday, June 28, 2012

june birch box

I am so excited to share with you what was in my Birch Box this month! I feel like each month keeps getting better and better! And this month was by far my favorite month so far. Check out the amazing "Jet Set" goodies I got! 

My box included:
1. tilli Bags collection
2. stila one step bronze
3. Masqueology Pore Minimizing Mask
4. theBalm cosmetics Stainiac
5. Comodyness Self Tanning Intensive 

And because of this months box I am now obsessed with these three products: 

stila one step bronze: $36.00
the perfect bronzer! and my sample size is will last me all summer for sure! 

stainiac: $17.00
usually lip stains can be pretty intense but this one is perfect for adding a little color that looks totally natural.

Masqueology Pore Minimizing Mask: $24.00
I was so excited to see a facial mask in this months box. partly because i have always loved masks!
I was skeptical of the packagings claim to visibly minimize pore after just one use but I am here to say that it did!
I am not someone who was blessed with perfect skin so I am always looking for a product that can deliver and this mask more certainly did! 

Yay for Birch boxes! I have yet to try the tanning wipes but I am quite intrigued by them. I may need to save those for when fall rolls around and we have even less sun then now.

Hope everyone has a simply fantastic thursday! 

Monday, June 25, 2012

i love weekends

this weekend was fantastic. it was quiet, low key, productive and yet still filled with some fun. so basically everything you want in a weekend. Minus the fact that I woke up this morning with what appears to be the start of a head cold...ugh. But at least my weekend was unaffected. here are a few moments I remembered to document :) 

Friday I met up with my beautiful bride Leah. Her wedding is exactly 2 months away today!
Crazy to believe it is almost here. but it is going to be beautiful and i am excited for all of the
fun diy projects i will be working on over the next 2 months!
did i mention i just love weddings??

i added another statement necklace piece to my collection.
i think i have a minor obsession with them. and im totally okay with that. 

finally got to meet up with a couple of my adorable high school girls  for cocktails!
Bartini does make some pretty awesome martinis. and happy hour meant 50% off! 

ended my saturday with this cutie for a little mini adventure in salem .
and boy did we have an adventure :) 

over all a pretty great weekend..and i even played house and got some cleaning and laundry done :) 

hope everyone else has a simply great monday! 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fill In The Blank Friday

Fill in the Blank Friday got a bit of a facelift and I am loving her new concept! She is now providing prompts that you can customize and make your own. I was loving last weeks prompt about dinner partys but because I was running around with graduation events I didn't have time to fill in the blanks. So I will be going back to last weeks fill in the bank friday..

I would invite....

A group of about 14-16 people. I have found that numbers around here are perfect for an intimate homy feeling where everyone feels apart of conversation and not to overwhelmed with mass amounts of people 

The theme would be....

Summer Sunset in the City 

I would host it....

On a rooftop!  The top of some great tall building in the middle of the city. Maybe something like the deck at Departure! 

We would eat....

Maybe a great salmon with a fresh berry glaze/ sauce....some great local roasted vegetables....great oregon wine to go with everything. And homemade berry cobblers to finish with vanilla bean ice cream...yummy 

would have this AMAZING Argyle Black Brut waiting for people as they arrived .
simply amazing. 

It would look like....

I would base my table around this dinnerware: 

Is it not beautiful? It would fit in perfectly with my sunset summer feel i would be going for.
There would be lots of fresh flowers and in the orange/pinks and sunset hues
I would also make sure there were same greats twinkle lights for when it got dark.

That would be my ideal dinner party for the summer. 

Hope you have a simply wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Cinta Events: New Website

If you haven't heard, I have my own small scale dinner party and event coordination business. It has been my little baby for the last couple years and initially I only did dinner parties. However, my passion for events and weddings has always been there. The last few years have been full of gaining experience and learning. I have been on a mission for the last year to do a complete re-design of my website and print materials and I am happy to announce that a year later I have finally come up with something that I don't hate. I am proud to announce the new Cinta Events site. I hope you all check it out and poke around, look at the pictures and check out what we have to offer. and who knows, maybe you will even know someone who is in need of a little dinner party, or coordination. We all love to entertain, why not have someone else do all the work? 

So check it out! And please let me know what you think! 

I hope you liked it! 

Have a simply fabulous Thursday! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

i need to remember

sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we want, and what we think we need that we often forget that sometimes things take time. that sometimes the plan we have in our head is not the plan that is meant for us at that particular time or ever. i often wish things would happen now, happen when I want them to and yet i know deep down i just need to be patient. with life it is all about the timing. things will happen but just like this great little pinterest find...Some Things Take Time. And that is something i need to remember and accept. 

some random thoughts for your wednesday. 
hope you have a simply wonderful thoughtful day. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

my favorite little fruit stand

everyone has their favorite little hole in the wall places to go to dinner at, get the best cocktails, or dessert. these little places from the outside may not always seem like they are anything special but they all have a little hidden secret. you would never expect that a Fruit Stand would serve amazing milk shakes but this particular one does. Hence why it is my favorite little fruit stand. It has some cool fresh produce and other great things but nothing tops the amazing milkshakes. When the Fruit Stand opens up and starts serving fresh fruit milkshakes I can't help but stop and splurge every once in awhile. The strawberry and peach are my all time favorite. And this weekend we made our first stop of the season. And once again it never disappoints. Stopping here is a sure sign that summer is around the corner! Anyone else as excited as i am? 

isn't it adorable? 
my yummy fresh strawberry shake 

the little area is full of character and also home to a really good little cafe 

Monday, June 18, 2012

phew...the school year has ended

most people know that the end of the school year has now officially come to an end. last week was a bit crazy trying to prepare for our biggest event of the year, Graduation! Pharmacy has their own graduation ceremony apart from the main commencement ceremony that happened yesterday. If you live in Oregon you must have heard that Mrs. Michelle Obama was this year's keynote speaker. Look at OSU go! My last week was full of grad prep, flower arrangements for graduation, diy gift making, which then lead to my busy weekend that consisted of a bridal shower, graduation parties, fathers day brunch,  and spontaneous quick trip to the casino. A lot was crammed into this last week/weekend but it was all pretty fun. Here are some snap shots from my week! 

painted some custom pillow cases for a bridal shower. great DIY project!  Thanks Restored Style for the great idea!! 
made a few bigger arrangements for one of the college's graduation ceremonies

made smaller ones for a pharmacy brunch 

prepped all week for our pharmacy graduation. heres everyone lining up and looking good in their robes 

a couple of my favorite new pharmacists 
came back to the office to find this sitting on my desk. such amazing students i get to work with :) 

made a stop at my co-workers graduation party. isn't she just adorable. sad for me shes no longer in the office
but yay for her...shes heading to DC for an internship!!! so proud :) 

next stop was my friend Mandi's bridal shower where we got ring pops!
pretty much forgot how amazing these things are! 

the bride to be holding my apparently "obviously wrapped by andrea" gift.
(gave her the cute pillow cases i made earlier in the week)
then it was time for ms leslie's graduation party.
is she not super adorable 

she even made adorable photo booth accessories to have fun with

the weekend ended with an amazing fathers day brunch at Eola Hills Winery.
i love Eola Hills and their brunch did not disappoint. i'm still full 

thankfully my sunday evening was low key and relaxing...Corvallis is emptying out and by the end of the day the roads and parking lots will be clear. I do kind of love when the place empty's out a bit. It's a least nice for a couple of months. But i will be ready for the hustle and bustle of students sooner then later. 

Did everyone else have a good weekend?

Hope you have a simply wonderful monday! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

cinta events is on pinterest!

Did you know Cinta Events is on Pinterest? If you follow me on my personal pinterest you know I am always pinning tons of wedding and event ideas but now everything is broken up and way more organized over on my Cinta Events boards. Check them out! Perfect for getting ideas for weddings, dinners, diy projects, and more! 

Hope everyone has a simply wonderful tuesday! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


this post has been sitting in my que for months. it's a post that probably doesn't seem like it goes anywhere but regardless they are some thoughts i've had for awhile... 

Confidence. An interesting can be so personal and yet also so public.

It is something i struggled a lot with growing up. I was never the "popular" girl with tons of friends or super outgoing. I grew up pretty lonely and it wasn't until high school that i finally made some close friends. I think a big reason for a lot of my isolation was loosing my father at such a young age. Over night i was forced to grow up and be independent (maybe not forced but it is what i felt like i needed to do). i spent endless nights laying in bed wishing i had a close friend. i so badly wanted someone to talk to and to trust and yet had no one.

It wasn't until I hit high school that I started to slowly let my guard down and open up...and as soon as I thought I had found someone I could finally relate to she was taken from me and from this world...and a month later my grandfather passed. i endured a lot of loss at a young age. It was one hit after another. My relationships with people seemed like they would always be temporary. And it effected how i saw myself and how i thought others saw me. About half way through high school i started to hit my first boost of confidence. I had finally found a group of close good friends who believed in me, who listened to me, and who were just there for me. It is amazing how much confidence a simple friendship can instill. I slowly allowed myself to trust others and with that came this sense of confidence in myself.

I slowly was able to build on that. After moving to Corvallis and to a new town with new people it was easier to just hold your head a little higher and pretend you were more confident then you were. People are sometimes quite easily fooled. I've always been able to fake just the right amount of confidence in interviews or in meetings. I have a professional side that can walk the walk and talk the talk but sometimes in the quietness of my own self I don't always feel that confident. I of course have my moments when i feel great and on top of the world and those are the times we should focus on. but lets be honest, in a world where we all strive for perfection we are usually the furthest thing from it. 

and sometimes i wonder why im trying and working so hard when it seems like i only encounter set back after set back. why can't I ever seem to just grab what im researching for?  but then i remember that nothing in life comes easy, nothing in my life has ever come easy. and when i really look back, ive always been thankful for the path i've had to go through to get where I am regardless of how painful it was. and i'm sure in a couple years i will look back and think the same thing. 

I am thankful that most days i do feel confident and i do feel like i can go out and conquer the world but we all have our days. Our days where we don't want to get up, where we don't want to talk to anyone, and where we just want to wallow in some self pity for a bit but those are the days where we need to fake a little of that confidence or hold on to someone else's. When you say a friendly hello to someone in the hall, or smile at someone in the parking lot, something so simple can boost someones confidence so much. I know those small acts of kindness help, they have helped me. Things do get better, and things do happen for a reason. Maybe not always in our ideal timeline but as life goes on some things start to make a little more sense. 

i am aware that this is not my normal kind of post. but today i felt like it was time to share this. like i said in the beginning, these are nearly some thoughts that have been on my mind for months. and i am ready to finally just throw them out into the world. 

hope you have a simply confident wednesday. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

i finally gave in

i am normally someone who looks at new clothing trends and tries to find a way to incorporate them mildly instead of whole heartedly. I feel like I tend to lean toward things that are more classic then say trendy. But I do love some of the current trends going on at the moment. For instance all of the bright colors that are being used pretty much everywhere! I have loved seeing all the bright tops and colored jeans and although I have wanted to take on the whole colored jeans situation I just haven't been able to find the right fit and more importantly the right shade. Either to bright, dark, weird looking on or not the right fit. I am not one of these girls who can put on anything and it look amazing. I am no fashionista. I had pretty much given up hope on finding a pair that I would actually like and look somewhat decent until I was browsing the clearance racks at good ole Old Navy and stumbled across a pair of coral jeans. Coral is one of my favorite colors to wear and with a price tag of 14.99 i figured I had nothing to loose by trying them on. And to my surprise they actually looked kind of took a little encouragement from my trusty roommate to tell me I looked good in them and with that I finally gave in to the color jean trend. Sigh...and I am not going to lie...I love them now! I can dress them up or down and they just give my wardrobe a little pizazz. Which lets be honest we can always use a little pizazz when it comes to the closet.

mamma's 50th. Coral jeans, paired with a sequin tank and black cardigan 

what other trends are people giving into? 

Hope you have a simply trendy Tuesday! 

Monday, June 4, 2012

my june julep box

things i love: packages. Packages with my name on it. And the last couple months I have been subscribing to two different beauty box concepts. My first June box just arrived from Julep and I am so please with this months box! Check out what I got!

gotta love the packaging! And yes those are Pixy-Stix! 

I love this months colors! And I loved my little bonus Mint Vanilla Lip Balm and Pixy Stix!
I have also been needing to purchase some face sunscreen so I was ecstatic to see it was included in the box! 

I am pretty much obsessed with yellow at the moment. I recently have added two BRIGHT yellow sweaters to the wardrobe and this yellow nail polish fits in perfectly with my need for more yellow

It is so fun getting mail and even more fun getting a little package every month with amazing products! For more info on getting your own Julep Maven Box click here!

Hope everyone has a simply perfect monday! 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Call Me Maybe??

if you didn't already know, i work for oregon state university's college of pharmacy. and this week was quite busy and hectic in preparation for our annual Student Recognition Banquet. Each year the 4 classes of pharmacy school put together an array of different talent acts and fun videos. This year our first year "P1" students  did an exceptional job. Anyone seen the Harvard Baseball Call Me maybe video? Well this was a take off of that. They not only involved their whole class in the making but even were able to convince some of the staff to get in on the action...including me... so take a moment and enjoy a classic youtube video! 

Great Job P1's! 

Hope everyone has a simply wonderful weekend!