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skin care regimen

After my Accent Vlog, I received numerous emails asking about my skin care routine.

First, I want to say THANK YOU for thinking my skin looks awesome. In truth, it’s a work in progress. I’ve always had a mixture of dry, oily, uneven {i.e. splotchy, red cheeks} skin. I blame my terrible skin on years of sun and chlorine damage from hours upon hours of swimming.

Until recently, I’ve never done anything to truly fix my problems, resigned to just let them be.

In the past I’ve used:

    – Proactiv
    - Dove soap
    - Topical cream prescribed by my doctor {recently I used Ziana, which works WONDERS but HOLY HECK does it dry my face out}
    - Oral medication
    - Birth control that supposedly helps with breakouts

Obviously none of the above worked.

But what does work for me?

The freaking FANTABULOUS skin care regimen designed specifically for me by none other than Mrs. Shasta Anne.  Seriously y’all. Seriously. This regimen is THE SHIT. Shasta knows what the heck she is talking about. In just a few short months, my skin is not only clearer but more even. I rarely wear makeup, but when I do, I stick to only loose powder, eye shadow, and lip gloss. And now that my skin is more even, I can get away with no powder at all. Praise the heavens!

Here’s a breakdown of what I use: {Note: Yes, I know this seems like A LOT but after a while it just becomes second nature.}


1.    Using the Clarisonic Pro, cleanse face, neck, chest with Epicuren Herbal Cleanser.

2.    After shower or washing face, tone with Epicuren Protein Mist.

3.    Apply TNS Recovery Complex to face and neck.

4.    Apply SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex to face and neck.

5.    Apply SkinMedica Hydrating Complex to face and neck.  {Helps with hydration without congesting pores or over stimulating sebaceous glands.}

6.    Apply TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer + SPF 20.

7.    Apply IS Clinical Youth Eye Complex.


1.    Cleanse face, neck, chest with Epicuren Herbal Cleanser just as I do in the morning.

2.    Two to three times a week I do a manual exfoliation using Epicuren Fine Herbal Scrub.

3.    After exfoliation, tone with Epicuren Protein Mist.

4.    Apply TNS Recovery Complex to face and neck.

5.    Apply SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex to face and neck.

6.    Apply SkinMedica Hydrating Complex to face and neck.

6.    Moisturize with Epicuren Hydro Plus Moisturizer.  {This stuff is AH-MAZING.}

7.    Apply IS Clinical Youth Eye Complex.

I hope this is helpful for those of you that were asking. Cheers to healthy, glowing skin!

my new 9 to 5

So about that new job I got. As a professor. At a University here in Dallas.

I bet y’all have been dying for an update. {Errrr….perhaps not?}

So, it’s kicking my ass. Hard. But in the very best way. I love it, like shout-from-the-rooftops love it.

A bit about my schedule:

It is non-stop all day {starting at 7am, ending at 6pm} on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, teaching several sections of two different classes plus a lab.

Tuesdays and Thursdays I don’t teach class, so I spend those days preparing for my Operations Research Models class {read: math intensive}. Side note: Whoa Nelly, I have DEFINITELY slept since I took this course in college. I am basically relearning everything. Can anyone say calculus and crazy-ass algebra?

Weekends are spent researching and preparing for my Engineering Management class. When I used to teach this class, I co-taught with another professor who was very particular about how the class was to be administered.  Now that it’s just me teaching solo, I wanted to do something different {and hopefully more fun} with the class. So what does that mean? That I am starting from scratch. With everything.

Now, class time is divided between lecture notes, journal/newspaper articles about real-life topics, films/clips, and discussions about various Harvard Business Review case studies.  And all of that? TAKES FOREVER TO PREPARE FOR. But it’s worth it. I want my students to actually learn something about the real world, about what it’s like working for various companies/corporations, how every company has something to offer {even if it’s not specifically engineering related}, how someday my students might face some very real issues such as the Enron scandal or the financial crisis currently plaguing the economy.

In other news, have I mentioned that my office? Is thebomb.com. {You can thank Grits for that one.} I can decorate it however I want, which, coming from a place with yellow laminate cubes and people who eat their toenails, is a major step up from my old job! And I have a window. Holla!

Isn’t she pretty?

A few of you have emailed me asking about my daily attire. So yeah, now I have to shave my legs, put on make-up, curl my hair, and wear dresses. Not my favorite thing in the world, but I am getting used to it. In good news, I get to buy pretty shoes!

So that’s what’s shakin’ around these parts. Catch you later, alligators.

live colorfully

I am a self-admitted Kate Spade-aholic. Her shoes? Handbags? Fashion jewelry? I WANT ALL OF IT. Couple that with Kate Spade’s “Color of the Month” campaign and I am downright giddy!!

If you’ve spent any time around my blog, you probably know that my favorite color is teal {or any variation of blue, really}, followed closely by purple.

Y’all, I’m pretty sure Kate Spade is trying to kill me right now. The entire site is bursting with teals and blues and golds and beautifulness and oh my!!!

I’ll take one of each of these please! {Ahem, Mr. M, my birthday is coming up. Feel free to take this as a major hint. Or, perhaps some David Yurman? tee-hee!}

What are you lusting after right now?

P.S. Despite J. Crew’s TERRIBLE customer service as of late, has anyone else noticed that J. Crew is FINALLY starting to get its swagger back? Gorgeous shoes, floral dresses, bright colors! Yes, please! And Anthropologie? I don’t like a single thing in stores right now. Blah. Color me disappointed.

accent vlog

So I’m jumping on board the accent vlog bandwagon.

I got the list of words and questions from Jenna’s Journey blog and she has a link up going to see all of the others. So visit her blog to see more videos if you want to!

So here we go…don’t laugh at me {too much}.

A few notes:
1. I am white as a ghost. Not attractive.
2. I hate the sound of my voice on camera/voicemail/any recordings. Why did I do this again?
3. I have no idea why my lips are so pink.
4. I ramble. A lot. Sorry.
5. I’ve decided that the color poppy doesn’t look so great on me. Note to self.

The instructions are to say these words:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

And answer these questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you use to change the TV channel?

two weeks notice


I resigned from my job today. Less than 20 minutes ago, actually.

My hands are still shaking and my stomach is doing flip-flops.

But I’m getting the opportunity to follow my dream—something I’ve wanted since I was an undergraduate engineering student. I’ve been asked to become a full-time lecturer (i.e. professor), teaching engineering management at a university here in Dallas. When I found out I received the job, I squealed and then cried.

I feel so blessed. So so incredibly blessed.