Well, we survived our first week with Caroline as a licensed driver. She’s in that super helpful honeymoon period where she will jump up at the mere mention of any want or need and offer to run out and get it.
Need milk and eggs? Sure! I’ll go.
Want to go to Chick-fil-A, Becca? Sure, I’ll take you!
Want your car washed, Mom? I’ll do it!
Need gas? I’ll go get it for you!
It 👏🏼 is 👏🏼 awesome.
I know it won’t last forever, but I’m taking advantage of it while I can.
In other news, my kitchen is coming along…
Our new fridge and dishwasher were installed this week, but the wall ovens are sitting in a box in the garage until the carpenter comes on Tuesday. He will probably need to cut out a little more space in the cabinetry to accommodate the new one, and I’m crossing my fingers that it fits without interfering with the fridge, which is right next to it.
As it is, we had to pull the fridge out an inch or so because it was hitting the corner of the existing oven when we opened the right door all the way. All that to say, I’m holding my breath until Tuesday when we see if the two appliances can play nicely together.
I absolutely LOVE my new refrigerator, though. Here’s a little before and after for you.
Not only does it look nice in my kitchen, it’s so light and bright inside, and I can see things so much better. I’m really enjoying the French door style with the lower freezer, and my new dishwasher is a dream as well.
The microwave and drink fridge are sitting in my garage beside the wall ovens because they can’t be installed until we get the lower cabinet replaced where the desk currently lives.
Here’s what I’m talking about, if you missed it when I mentioned it before…
We are removing the desk and putting in a drink fridge (on the right) and a pull-out microwave (on the left) and a set of drawers in the middle.
I’m also going to have the carpenter install this wine rack in that open space under the upper middle cabinet, which will get the wine off the counter.
I got almost everything else ordered and scheduled this week.
We can pick up our new lower cabinet on February 17, we have a contractor lined up to come the next day to install it, the countertops are scheduled for installation two days after that, and the painters start the cabinets the following Monday!
We picked cabinet paint colors this week as well — Ben Moore Chantilly Lace on the perimeter cabinets and Sherwin Williams Iron Ore on the island. And I’m currently trying to decide on a tile for our backsplash and new cabinet hardware, but otherwise, we’re pretty much set.
There are a lot of moving parts, but it’s all coming together.
Microblading Before & Afters
In other (totally unrelated) news, I had my eyebrows microbladed on Tuesday.
It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I finally decided to go for it. I asked around and consulted with a couple of people before deciding to go to Colleen at Color Theory Cosmetic Tattoo, for any locals who are interested.
If you’re not familiar with microblading, it’s basically a form of eyebrow tattooing. It’s semi-permanent, meaning it will fade over time and need to be touched up every few years.
Unlike traditional tattooing, microblading artists apply each hairstroke with a handheld microblade that produces a very fine line that resembles real hair. The strokes blend in with your existing eyebrow hair for what you hope will be a natural look. If you want more info, read the Microblading Q&A on Colleen’s website.
I never plucked my eyebrows to be this thin, but over the years, they’ve gotten thinner and thinner, and I was at the point where I was recreating my eyebrows every morning with eyebrow pencil. It was getting very time consuming and frustrating, so this seemed like a great solution.
Here’s me with a full face of makeup and no eyebrow pencil… Compare that to the Coffee Talk image at the top of the page, where I’ve penciled them in.
The thing is, you really have to find someone who gets you and what you want. Any good salon will provide a free consultation, and they will use a pencil to draw on your eyebrows to show you how they will shape them.
The first person I consulted with was going to make my eyebrows a lot thicker than they are, and she also wanted to bring one side up higher to match the other, and even suggested I pluck out some of my own eyebrows so they wouldn’t distract from the new shape.
That made me very nervous, so I decided to “shop around” a bit before committing.
When I found Colleen, I knew I was in good hands. She assured me she could make my brows look very natural, and then we could always go darker and add more density at the touch-up appointment if I wanted that. (It is common procedure to go back after 6 weeks and get a touch-up, as the color lightens up a lot once it heals.)
That all sounded good to me, so I made the appointment.
While they look great the day of the procedure, there is a period of about 4 weeks where they are healing, and you have to baby them a bit.
They actually got darker on days 2 and 3 after the procedure, and now they’re lightening up again. I’ve been warned that they will almost seem to disappear for a while, around weeks 2 or 3, and then they’ll come back as your skin regenerates.
Then you go back for your touchup after 6 weeks, and go through the whole process again!
So yeah, it’s a bit of an inconvenience, but I’m already loving not having to pencil my brows in every day. It easily shaves 3-5 minutes off my makeup routine. #nojoke
I bet you’re curious to see a before and after, aren’t you???
Here are a few pictures taken the day of the procedure. This is my right eyebrow, my thicker one.
And here’s my left eyebrow, the renegade. This is one I struggle with so much when I’m penciling them in.
Sorry I’m looking right at the camera in that top one. It’s a little freakish!!!
My left one is still thinner than the right, and while I don’t necessarily want them to match exactly (because no one really has identical eyebrows) I do plan to ask Colleen to make that one a little fuller towards the top.
You can see if you look closely that there are some strokes up above that brow, and I think she’s planning to fill in and make those look thicker at the follow-up appointment.
She has a better picture of that brow here on her Instagram, if you’re really curious. You can also see the blue dots she drew on to outline the shape she wanted to fill in.
So yeah, all in all, I am thrilled. I feel like I definitely found the right person for me, and I can’t wait to see how they look after my next appointment.
Finally, as if this post isn’t long enough, I have to tell you about my adventures last night!
Phil Phillips in Concert
I’m a huge American Idol fan, and I’ve watched just about every season from start to finish. Phil Phillips is one of my top 5 all-time favorite AI contestants, and Paul got us tickets to his show in Philly last night as part of my Christmas present!
He was performing in at City Winery — a small, intimate venue where you can dine while listening to your favorite artists up close and personal.
City Winery is located right by the Fashion District — which is really just a mall, I guess.
It’s not like the NYC Fashion District, but the sign was pretty cool, and Paul insisted that I should have a picture. He’s such a good Instagram Husband. 😂
I also stopped a guy inside City Winery and asked him to get a picture of the two of us. Yes, that is an entire wall of wine.
Paul got us tickets that included a meet & greet before the show, and we were seated right up front, within a few feet of Phil and his sidekick, a super talented guitarist whose name, unfortunately, I can’t remember, even though Phil gave him several shout-outs through the night.
That table of people you see there… we were right next to them.
It was pretty awesome!
Food and drinks were served in between the meet & greet and the concert, and we were seated across from two women, who we ended up chatting with quite a bit. It was a really fun time. Phil is such a talented musician, and it was so cool to see him perform that close.
Here’s my blurry meet & greet picture. I felt kind of silly, but I wasn’t about to turn down the opportunity!
And in case you were wondering, Phil really does seem like a genuinely nice guy.
We got home just in time to catch the 4th quarter of the Sixers vs. Lakers, and happily we won! So that was the perfect way to end the night.
I’m dragging a bit this morning, but I can take a nap this afternoon, so it’s all good!
With that, I’m off to get ready for church. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!