Wake Up and Make Up.

Hey Friends! I get asked a lot about my favorite makeup products. I jumped on the opportunity to share because well…makeup and caffeine are about the only two things that make me ready to take on my day and let’s just say I am equally obsessed with both.

I wasn’t really sure if anyone was interested in a tutorial actually USING these products, so for now I figured I would just list out my faves.

9 times out of 10 I am wearing the same look and these are my go-to products…




Gah! All of these are ridiculously expensive and I have lived off of samples and testers. I also steal these from my mom and beg for them for Christmas from Santa. I really do focus a ton on anti-aging and skin prep because between the fine lines, dark circles and eye bags I can use it. 

Natura Bisse Diamond Mist

(I use this as a primer and as a finishing spray at the end of my makeup. It just makes everything go on really smooth and blend to perfection) 

Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age 

Sisleya Eye and Lip Contour Cream

Sisley Paris Global Perfect Pore Minimizer




Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation – 127=Y335

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – OPAL

(I usually mix 3 pumps of MUFE foundation and 1 pump of the skin perfector and blend with a damp beauty blender) 

MAC Studio Finish Concealer – NW20

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser – Light/Pale


CHEEKS (highlight and contour):


Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation – Natural 4

Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – Ivory

Starlooks Highlighter/Blush Duo – Tropic/Ritz

(If you haven’t gotten on the Starlooks LookBooks you are missing out! This highlighter/blush duo came as part of the Resort box and it is #life! This box is still available to order as of now!) 

Bobbi Brown Blush – Tawny




Eye Primer: 

Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow – Bone

Eye Shadows:  

Kat Von D Monarch Eye Shadow Palette 

(This is my all time favorite eyeshadow palette mainly for the orange shade “wrath”, but sadly this palette is no longer in production. Which seriously is devastating. I think i have been through 5 of these babies. The link is to some of the last few ones on Amazon and the price has gone up too. :( But the Rust Shade + Light palette seems to have similar vibes to what I am mixing up using the Monarch Palette) 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

An oldie but a goodie! I use this mostly for date nights when I want to look uber feminine and a little less harsh. 

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette 

(Loving this palette especially for the shade “peanut butter”. Once again, I am crushing hard on the warm orange colors. And if you haven’t smelled this palette it smells exactly like chocolate. mmmm… so good!)


Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade – Soft Brown


Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner – Blackest/Black

Bobbi Brown Long- Wear Gel Eyeliner - Caviar Ink


Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga – Blackest/Black

(My one true love!) 




Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss – Clear

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick – Chihuahua

(Honestly this formula is DRY. But i use it under a gloss for days I need my lipstick to stay on for a long time.) 

Buxom Full- On Lip Polish – Dolly and Sofia

Bobbi Brown Art Sticks – Bare and Punch

(These are everything! I wear them all day. Everyday. Usually I stick with “Bare” on the lips and use “Punch” to touch up my blush on the go.) 

Urban Decay Lipstick – Liar


And thats about everything in my makeup drawer! Just a little FYI, this post is not sponsored in any way shape or form.

Ciao! Girl

From Instagram

The Magic of New Beginnings.

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How we are doing?

I have been getting that question a lot lately. In various forms. How are you feeling? How are you dealing with moving away? How are you doing with the realization that you can’t really come back home? How are the kids doing? How is Dave doing? Just a bunch of…

How are you doing?

And honestly, the answer would totally depend on the day or time you ask me. I’ve cried. And jumped for joy and excitement. I’ve been in total and utter denial. I’ve been cranky and happy. I’ve been gentle with my kids and frustrated. And I have felt guilty for changing everyone’s lives. Oh so freaking guilty.

I have felt it all. And that was just yesterday. Ugh.

But the short answer is this…

I am ready to go. I am excited to feel better. To get off some of these meds that make me feel heavy and tired. I am ready to start living. I am also stressed AF about logistics of packing and moving and selling our house. It goes on the market this weekend! And mostly, I am worried about my littles. And trying so hard to be careful to hold their hands through such a big change.

The kids are excited. Especially the younger ones. Life is such an adventure and they haven’t yet learned to place their security in places. (Thanks to how much we move.) Its all about family to them. And fun. And their excitement for hot Texas nights, swimming in rivers, riding bikes in the street, and FOOD TRUCKS is just so contagious. I am thankful that I get to go through this life with them.

But, Brooks is older. He has some roots here. And at first the news of leaving was not exactly good news to him. He cried. And with tears streaming down his face, he whispered.

“Dad can take care of us. Just go by yourself”

And my heart broke into a million little pieces. I keep reminding myself that he didn’t mean it.

But lately he’s come around. I have involved him in every aspect of this move. I have shared test results from the doctors with him. And let him help me fill my prescriptions at Walgreens. I’ve talked about how the heart and the kidneys work with him. And when I am tired or sick. I am sure to point out to him exactly what my body is doing. He has become a master at taking my blood pressure and loves reporting to me if it is too high or too low. I’ve also involved him in the new house. We have poured over trulia pictures of it and dreamed together how he’s going to decorate his space or what he will play in the back yard. He drives me all over our new neighborhood on google street view. And we point out the houses that look like kids live there.

“Look a stroller on the porch!”

“Hey. I have that scooter!”


“Look at that swing!”

And slowly over the last month or so. He has come around. He’s excited to go. And his little heart is filled with so much love for me that now he reminds me of how great it is going to be.

He drew me a picture yesterday. Two hearts with smiley faces and the Texas flag.

“Momma. My heart is going to be happy there and your heart is going to be well. And we are going to have good hearts.”

“Oh I hope so sweet boy. I so hope so!”

Gah! Did I mention I’ve been crying a lot lately? Case in point!

And finally, Dave. I catch him looking at me lately. With this look in his eyes. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s just love. Mixed with sadness. Or pity. It’s a look that makes me know this man is worried about me. And it makes me know he is just so in love with me. And I’ve kind of come to love it. He’s always looked at me this way. But I see it more now. At doctor’s appointments. Or at night when he hands me those little white pills. Or in the morning before he leaves for work. His eyes. They tell his soul. But I know his soul is just as hopeful for this new future as I am.

So in a nutshell. That’s how we are doing.

“And suddenly you just know…it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” -Meister Eckhart

Ciao! Girl


Happy National Doughnut Day!

We Soderbergs know how to celebrate a holiday. And we never miss an opportunity to eat sugary goodness.

So basically, National Doughnut Day just might be top of our list of favorite days of the year.

Now we are off to the pool. Because the only thing better than doughnuts is summer. And summer is here baby!

Happy National Doughnut day! Should be fun coming down from this sugar high.

Ciao! Girl


Goodbye Denver. Hello Austin.

Today is one of those days where my heart is heavy. That rubatosis is ringing in my ears and my breaths feel deep and slow. The weight on my shoulders just a little heavier.

I sat in the doctor today trying to wrap my head around this life of mine that spins madly on. Do you ever go into a doctor having pre diagnosed yourself? I had created this alternate reality. One that carried all the answers I wanted to hear. But really it went something like this:


Is my blood pressure as crazy as it feels?

Dr. D:


(oh, okay — doctors have a way of easing your worries)


Is the altitude really effecting it this much?

Dr. D:

Yeah, it really seems so.


Well, we wanted to come here today to talk about a plan.

Dr D:

A plan for what?


We’ve decided…

Dave interrupts


We’ve just seen over and over again how much the altitude messes with her and we can’t keep doing this to her body, it just doesn’t seem natural. And maybe we’re crazy but it’s felt like in so many words everyone keep hinting that we could have things better if we weren’t here.


We’re moving to Austin. We already bought a house.

Dr. D:

Oh my goodness, this is great news. You are going to feel so much better. And your life. I really think it’s going to be yours again. I honestly don’t think you will need these meds anymore. You are going to feel so so much better. I really think you will.


Her excitement and reassurance almost caught me off guard. I’m not sure why. She, other doctors, my body, God — everyone’s been telling me that this is what would help me. But (and this is where my alternate reality had gone differently) I just assumed she’d say it might help but it’s sort of an overreaction. But nope, it was like she couldn’t simply tell us to move. Because no, I don’t have to. Just like I don’t have to stop looking at my phone when I am driving. But it would probably be smart to quit doing that.


Oh… wow! Well getting off the meds would be great! And how will I handle coming back to visit Colorado? What is my medication dose?

Dr. D:

um… well…

She basically went on to reinforce to me how much my body responds to altitude. And that by acclimating to sea level and then coming to Denver and continuing on up another 5,000 feet to our parent’s mountain homes I’d be really pushing it. Like, getting dangerous. Like, risk of a stroke. Like, “not be around to see my babies grow up, graduate, get married, and live these beautiful lives to the fullest” type of dangerous. And realistically, she said I already run that risk today. These meds are effective but they’re not miracle workers.

And it all sunk in. I’ve been in and out of the hospital and surgeries and exams and taking these little pills day after day for years now. But it was this moment that it really hit me.

We’re moving. We’re going to Austin, Texas. Right now. Basically getting the hell out of Dodge. Or altitude or whatever. All of the sudden the big things felt small. Those snow capped mountains outside the office window. Our incredible families and their beautiful mountain top homes where we’ve sledded, and ridden a bike for the first time, opened presents on Christmas as it snows outside, played with cousins and aunts and uncles. Saying goodbye to those things has been burdening and breaking my heart. And don’t get me wrong, it’s so hard and it’s so sad. But it just finally sunk in. And it sort of turned my burden and woe-is-me feelings into being thankful for what could be ahead. Dare I say, hope?

And as I am writing this, I couldn’t be more excited. I spent last weekend in Austin with my man. And we walked the city streets. And found the most tiny mid century modern home of my freaking dreams. In a neighborhood where I can picture my children running the streets with the freedom I would kill to feel at this very moment. I want that for them. And I know they’ll have it. I came home from that city wanting to blog again. And connect with others. Something I have been frustrated to crave because most days my body and my heart are just on such different pages. This life I see there. Right now it’s just a vision. A hope. A dream. But man, it is everything. 

And this new place might just turn out to be medication and sick-mommy free. Full of inspiration that I thought only a city like Denver could bring me. But that’s shit. This world is full of incredible and inspiring places. They’re all around us. And I just know that Austin is one of them. The people. They feel like us. Like me. And as much as I’ve dug my heels in and begged the Lord for more options, I just know that there is a life for us over there on the other side of the Colorado River.

It’s new and scary and full of the unknown. But in the unknown lies potential and hope. And dammit I haven’t had much of that lately.

So here we go y’all. TEXAS FOREVER!

My mom keeps quoting the verse in the bible about Abraham going not knowing. Seems appropriate right about now:

By faith Abraham obeyed and went when he was called to go, even though he did not know where he was going. — Hebrews 11:8


All the Heart Eyes. All the Feels.

So, I know Tumblr has been around for like… forever. And I am suuuuper late to this party. But, I have recently gotten way into it.

I went through a dry spell of inspiration. A drought of purpose and identity. And in some big effort to find myself again I started a private tumblr.

A moodboard of me.

And for months I just posted pictures that inspired me. Moved me. Made me feel something. Anything. I didn’t question it or analyze it. I just posted. It kind of became my morning routine while I sipped on my first cup of coffee. And as that space grew longer, I have come to love just mindlessly scrolling through it. It inspires me to do better. Try harder. And honestly it brought me back to life.

My husband was like,

“Tumblr? Yeah? Why not just go harder on Pinterest?”

… but Pinterest is so Pinterest-y. Everything on there looks like a “Pin” on “Pinterest” (I am on there too though!). Tumblr just lets these epic pictures float on their own. And when you start adding more and more it just slowly builds this wall of YOU. Your vibes.

So… yeah. It’s here: GirlMeetsBabyVibes. And I add to it daily. So feel free to follow along with me. Or don’t. All good. ✌

Next maybe I’ll get on myspace. Keep this time machine moving backwards.


If you feel like signing up or are already there, here’s some of my favorites that I’ve come across. They are all sorts of inspiring.

Go Girl, Seek Happy Nights to Happy Days

Show Me Your Mumu

Spell And The Gyspy Collective

Posy Willow

florebazar Boho Style

Aleexandraaxo Bouncing Off Your Walls


And since I’m so very behind…send me your favorites!

Caio! Girl