Not Your Average Valentine’s Day Movies

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a wonderful day and that you know how much you are loved! Today’s post is a fun one and great if you plan to stay at home tonight. Sometimes there’s nothing more relaxing than having a movie night at home. When I think about Valentine’s Day movies, I automatically think chick-flicks. However, there are a few movies I really like that aren’t necessarily chick-flicks but are still pretty funny and revolve around the “love” theme. If you are looking for some not so typical movie suggestions, these are for you!

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

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I bet you didn’t see this one coming, haha! I can’t believe this movie came out 14 years ago! This movie is so funny, so quotable, and I think this will be a classic for years to come. Napoleon Dynamite is about an awkward teen, Napoleon, his crazy family, steak, tots, and puffy sleeves. Plus, you can’t forget the Kip and LaFawnduh story line–they’re basically soul mates.

Austenland (2013)

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Jane Austen fans, unite! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie and it still makes me laugh. Austenland is about a modern-day Pride and Prejudice obsessed woman, named Jane, who risks her savings and goes to a Jane Austen theme park for a week to live in the role of a Jane Austen-based character. There are some great one-liners in this movie. Such a funny one to watch!

On the Line (2001)

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Nothing like a good ol’ throwback to the early 2000s! One the Line is a movie about Ad Man Kevin and how he meets the girl of his dreams on the El Train in Chicago–but doesn’t get her name and number. The movie continues with his journey to find this dream girl with the help of his interesting roommates. Plus, if you don’t remember music by Mandy Moore, *NSYNC (or “in stink” as it’s goofed in the movie, lolz), or BBMak–this will take you back for sure!

She’s the Man (2006)

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When her soccer team is cut from her high school, teen Viola dresses up as her twin brother in order to play soccer on his team at his separate school. How long can she pull off the role of being disguised as her brother though? And who loves Amanda Bynes movies?? This movie is super funny and a great comedy to watch on Valentine’s Day!

We Bought A Zoo (2011)

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Widowder Benjamin Mee and his two children move to the country and buy a zoo as a way of healing and coping with life after losing their wife/mother to cancer. I think this is such a sweet movie because it deals with issues like grief, loss, parenthood, and trying to feel love again. Although this movie might be on the heavier side to watch on Valentine’s Day, I still think it’s a good one!

Happy watching!

Bonus Post: Makeup Looks for Valentines Day

Hi there! I know today is not a normal bloggins day but I really wanted to get this post in before Valentine’s Day. I think it’s fun to see how people do their makeup for special occasions, so I’m going to share with you three different makeup looks for Valentine’s Day. If you’re getting dressed up and going out, staying in, or just having a night to yourself–I hope these looks give you inspiration and make you feel special. Enjoy!

Base Makeup

PRIMER: Smashbox sample FOUNDATION: IT Cosmetics & Milani BROWS: Ulta MASCARA: Maybelline

I have been using a mixture of two different foundations lately to help give me a little extra coverage. My brows are almost grown back out again so I don’t need a ton of help when it comes to taming them–I just use this brow gel to help keep everything in place. And as far as mascara, this one has been amazing and the wand is almost like a comb–so it gets to the root of the lashes easily and gives extra volume.

Look #1

EYE SHADOW: Maybelline CREAM EYESHADOW: ColourPop LIPSTICK: ColourPop CREAM HIGHLGHTER: Laura Geller

For this look, I kept everything pretty neutral but added in lots of glow. I applied the cream eyeshadow first as a base to help hold the powder shadow. The color on ColourPop was Jinxie but I think it’s been discontinued. There are so many other pretty shades though and they’re all so affordable. The eyeshadow shade that I chose is a rose gold and had a subtle hint of pink. Next I put some of the highlighter stick onto my foundation brush and then dabbed it on the high points of my cheeks. I finished off the look with a nude shade lipstick–the ones from ColourPop are also so creamy and they are so affordable.

Look #2

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EYE SHADOW: Real Her (received in a FFF Box) LIPSTICK: Jane Iredale sample BLUSH: Milani (similar one here)

This next look is all about pink! I mixed two different eye shadow shades to give a pink flush to the eyelids. Next I added some powder blush to the cheeks–Milani blushes are so nice to use and can be found in so many stores! Lastly, I finished off the look with a lip and cheek stain to the lips. I like that this look still has a lot of pink but it’s still kind of subtle.

Look #3

BRONZER: Physicians Formula HIGHLIGHTER: Maybelline EYE LINER: IT Cosmetics sample BROWS: ColourPop LIPSTICK: ColourPop

For this look, I went with a bright statement lip and subtle face makeup. I think I’m at the end of the line with my much-loved bronzer (as you can see). I like that this bronzer is matte and doesn’t have any shimmer in it. I did add a little bit of the highlighter to the high points of my cheeks to help the finish not look to0 matte and flat though. I tight-lined the upper water lines of my eye lids with a liner, to help my mascara look a little more dramatic. And I did go ahead and fill in my brows a little, just to help give a more polished look. The lipstick is one of the new ColourPop Lux Lipstick’s and so far, I love it! They glide on so smooth and the color seemed to last quite a while.

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What to Wear for Valentine’s Day if You’re a Neutral Style Lover

It’s Valentine’s week! No matter if you’re married, in a relationship, single, etc.–there are so many people you can show love to and things you can celebrate! Whatever your week looks like and the things you might have planned, I’ve put together some outfits to help you decide what to wear. However, I typically do not wear colors like red, purple, or pink–everything in my closet is pretty much grey, black, navy, olive, and stripes. I have recently found a few pieces of clothing, though, that I’ve integrated into my wardrobe to provide a bit more color. I also used ASOS for the first time not long ago and I was really impressed by their selection and range of price points! If you are a neutral style lover, like me, here are some ways you can dress for Valentine’s Day–without having to wear a lot of the traditional colors. I am, also, pretty much a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl–so these outfits are more on the casual side but can be dressed up easily. Enjoy!

*Oh, and I’d like to introduce the hair chop! I’m still getting used to short hair, it’s been forever since it’s been this short. Any styling tips are welcomed!

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Outfit Details

SWEATER: Loft TSHIRT: ASOS JEANS: Old Navy SLIDES: ASOS

Some of these items are still on sale! I wore these slides in California and received so many complements about them! I think these are a perfect statement piece for wearing color when you don’t typically wear bright colors.

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CARDIGAN: ASOS TSHIRT: GAP JEANS: Old Navy FLATS: Lucky Brand (I found mine at Nordstrom Rack for a little less expensive)

I love this cardigan because of the color and detail! This will be a great piece to have during the spring.

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JACKET: Old Navy (this color is sold out but this is a nice coral colored one) LONG SLEEVE TEE: ASOS JEANS: GAP (similar ones hereFLATS: Lucky Brand

Black and white is such a classic look and a colored jacket can help make the whole look pop!

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CARDIGAN: similar one here TSHIRT: similar one here JEANS: GAP BOOTIES: Target (similar ones here)

A basic maroon/wine colored t-shirt, a grey cardigan, and black booties can be such a staple outfit for a casual Valentine’s Day.

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CARDIGAN: Target (similar one here) TSHIRT: ASOS JEANS: similar ones here FLATS: similar ones here

Look! I’m wearing some pink! I do like this shade though because it’s a little more on the blush\neutral pink side. This is such an easy outfit to wear!

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TOP: ASOS JEANS: GAP FLATS: similar ones here

If you like an all-black outfit, here’s an idea for you! Throw on a slightly dressier top with some black jeans and ballet flats, and you’re set!

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Happy 2nd Blogiversary: My Biggest Takeaways

HAPPY 2ND BLOGIVERSARY!

Today is a reason to celebrate! Two years ago, on this day, I started this blog and it’s been such a fun journey! I am so glad that I started this blog and for what it has become! To celebrate today, I’m going to share with you some of my biggest takeaways from this past year and some of my favorite posts that I wrote. I’m going to celebrate with cake today and I invite you to do the same!

Do what you love!

On days when blogging can seem overwhelming, remember why you wanted to start blogging and don’t get lost in the rest. Remember your passion. And have fun!

Pray for growth and opportunity!

I think that God has given me the desire to blog and so I’m praying that He will continue to use me in whatever way that looks like. It’s been amazing to be a part of some conversations that have been the result of blog posts and the people I’ve been able to reconnect with. I’ve also been given some amazing opportunities to write about and I’m praying that there will be more to come.

Quality over quantity!

I have learned that I would rather post higher quality content rather than sub-par content–just to post a certain number of posts. This year I want to work on producing higher and higher quality content.

There is no perfect way to blog!

Your blog is your blog! Don’t compare yourself to others and enjoy your own creative process. Easier said than done sometimes, but remember that you have a unique platform to express your heart.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and to ask for help!

I have found that a lot of bloggers are so helpful when it comes to answering questions and giving advice. You will never learn new things if you don’t ask questions or seek out others to learn from.

Go to workshops and listen to podcasts!

What a fun way to learn! There are so many good podcasts out there that can help bloggers learn new information and tips. If you are a blogger or writer interested in going to a conference–I highly, HIGHLY recommend that you go to Declare 2018!


My top 7 from 2017:

  1. Awkward Much–this was a funny post to write! Here’s a little peek inside my everyday life and a little dose of transparency.
  2. Master Packing List for Carry-On Luggage–I have used this PDF so many times!
  3. Maine Travel Guide–this was a favorite because it meant I got to see my bestie!
  4. Living with Celiac Disease–a little bit of information about Celiac and what it’s like for those who live with it.
  5. Snapshots of 26–this was so fun to look back on my 26th year of life!
  6. Declare Conference Haul–this was also such a fun post because I got to talk about Declare!
  7. Ways to Style: Fall Outfits–I was really happy with how this post turned out because it was the first one shot on my Canon.

A HUGE thank you to my family, friends, and bogging buddies who have been with me every step of the way! Thank you for supporting me and encouraging me on the days when I didn’t feel like blogging was important. Thank you for always giving me inspiration and for asking me to write about things. Thank you for telling me to keep going. Y’all, it’s meant the world to me and I’m so excited for year 3 of Love from Amy! I love you all so much!

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