Happy 2015 and Welcome to Clumps 7.0!

The blogger returns

Okay, I’ll admit – that stock photo seems crazy cheesy. And I don’t even like chocolate cake. But despite it all, it seriously describes how I feel right now. Like there’s a party goin’ on! It’s a new year, Clumps officially relaunches and tomorrow I turn the big 3-0! I am feeling incredibly blessed and thankful for this sense of renewal, direction and focus.

I mean, I’m still a bit scatterbrained but there’s always hope that I can do better in 2015. That said, I want to thank YOU for sticking around with me. I took a huge risk not blogging for 3 months and I never once worried about numbers dropping or money being lost. I knew that I’d only come back if and when I found the passion. And…it’s here. But I couldn’t come back to the same ole’ boring e-space. So here’s what’s changed…

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Merry Christmas 2014!

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Love you guys. I mean it. I know I haven’t been the best blogger sister/friend/cousin/BFF in your head but I’ve got some great things down the pipeline and I promise if you hang in there with me, I’ll make you proud.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings to all!

GOLDEN


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You thought I’d be away forever, didn’t you? I’m not going to lie to you, beautiful people, I wasn’t sure where I would be after writing that last post. But it has been over a month since I’ve looked at and written a post on Clumps of Mascara and one thing remains – my love and desire to keep this trainin’ a rollin’. My time here isn’t done.

Don’t get excited. This isn’t exactly my comeback. This is just a quick message letting you know that I’m here, I’ll return and that I am attracted to all things GOLDEN. That last bit is random and I can’t explain it but I have fallen for the color gold. I am designing my new office with golden details (including gold curtains. Girl…just you wait and see!) and I’ve discovered gold scotch tape and have decked out every one of my notebooks in gold.

Jill Scott’s Golden plays through the speakers in my car daily. So much so that Baby Clumps (who, by the way, is TWO YEARS OLD next month…) has learned the bridge and sings it to the top of her lungs with me.

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It’s Time

Dear Clumps Readers, Supporters and Fans,

This letter is long overdue. I should have written it a week ago. Or maybe a month ago. I didn’t want to force my words (as I do far too often) but this morning I woke up with a message and knew that today was the day. Can I keep it real with you all? I mean, really real with no filter or fluff? This will likely be a lengthy post so brace yourself…

Blogging is hard work. Yes, I know to many of my readers it may appear that receiving beauty products, the occasional trip and fancy experiences seems like…fun! And don’t get me wrong, it can be. But it all comes with a cost. I have been blogging since July of 2007. I was a college student who would be graduating a month later and then across to country to Los Angeles. I was young and carefree. Clumps was my passenger on this journey. I didn’t make money back then. I didn’t care about money. I just wanted to write. Clumps has been apart of my life for 7 years and together we have gone through…

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The Beauty Blogger And Her Intel 2n1 Device

Remember that time I told you lovely people that I got the opportunity to join the Intel Smart Squad and that I would be receiving a 2n1 from Intel to play around with? Well honey…I got it. And it has been loooooove.

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I think the universe was telling me that it was time to convert to PCs because shortly after my entry into the Intel Smart Squad, my MacBook decided to give up the ghost on me. It was a bittersweet end and after cleaning her up and giving her to my sister, I started showing a lot of love to my Dell Venue 11 Pro.

Dell Venue 11 Pro

Beautiful, isn’t she? This tablet (or computer…or both?) is really about 10.8 inches but size wise I found it to be extremely practical for both every day use and while traveling. I am going to break my review up into categories that I think most people would be interested in if they were looking for a reliable and moderately pried 2n1 device. Keep in mind that I am a blogger so my need to ALWAYS BE CONNECTED may be a little different than yours. That said, I think if this device can satisfy my need for speed and portability, chances are it can satisfy yours.


 

The Outer Feels + Outer Specs

This lightweight 2n1 feels incredibly…lightweight. It is only 1.56 lbs. I preferred this a thousand times over my 13′ MacBook and I appreciated how easy this was to whip out of my bag during TSA’s glorious security checks. The front panel of the tablet felt nice and smooth and dare I say it…slightly toddler-proof. You’ve got a USB port (hellloooo wireless mouse!) and power and volume buttons are easy to press.

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My Sally Hansen Pamper Party!

Well my loves, I had a fabulous Pamper Party + going away party for my good friend Su and I had it all documented via photos until, guess what? My camera decided to do some crazy stuff and I ended up with only TWO pictures of the almost 20+ that I took. My heart is broken but luckily my girl Nidia let me borrow some of her pictures. So…yeah.

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Nidia, Su and I got gathered at a swanky hotel downtown where I chatted to them about Sally Hansen®’s newest nail polish. Have you heard about it? I’ve purchased several bottles of these already and when I got the opportunity to host a party with some gal pals to share my love of this newest line, well, I couldn’t pass it down. Baby Toddler Clumps came with me and was such a sweet girl coloring while Mama “worked”.

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My Dirty Child and Beauty Tips for Busy Mamas

This morning was a rough one for our household. Elle used to be such a morning person. She would wake up babbling and singing and was always so pleasant. But honey…those days are over. This girl is so anti mornings. She’s like her Daddy in that regard because me? I’ve always been a morning person. This morning she cried when I woke up her. She cried on the potty. She cried when I wiped her face. She cried when I brushed her teeth. She cried when I looked at her. She cried when I stopped looking at her. She cried while eating. She cried when I put her shoes on. She cried when I wouldn’t let her carry my laptop bag.

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It’s true, y’all. By the time I get to work I am just…emotionally DONE and I’m in that Watch what you say to me mode.. But, I can’t let it show because I don’t ever want to be “The Mom” in my office. I’m a business woman and don’t let the stresses of my crazy toddler get to me at work. Gotta keep it professional, baby. Can’t let ‘em see you cry.

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My Experience With Warby Parker

So I’ve changed my hair…again. I blame almost 30-hood. Don’t worry. I’m not one of those women who freaks out over getting older. I am excited to kick rocks to my 20’s because I feel like 20’s has just been one big dress rehersal for my life. 30+ is where it’s really at. But wait, where was I?

Oh yeah. My hair. I chopped it off (again) and got a blonde taper. Which I’m lovin’. I’m also thinking of going jet black at some point, doing purple tips and maybe a gray streak. Just because. Gotta keep it cool, ya know? I hate when my hair is boring and for the past few months, it has been just that. I’ve also been wanting some new eyeglasses. A ton of my fellow beauty bloggin’ gals recommended Warby Parker and so I looked them up.

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