#ASKPSS: Couples Edition

My husband, affectionately referred to as “HB” since this blog’s incarnation, graciously agreed to a Couples version of my #ASKPSS series. Thank you to all of you who have subscribed to my YouTube channel–wow! You are so amazing and your kind comments warm my heart and soul after a long day in the hospital working. Absolutely adore you all. Read & Comment →

Incandescent: Meeting Joan Rivers

Several years ago, I wrote about my experience attending a fashion blog conference hosted by Lucky Magazine. I had the overwhelming privilege to spontaneously meet, chat, and receive a hug by the firecracker we know as Joan Rivers. You may not know this (I didn’t previously), but Joan was a huge advocate of suicide survivors–a term that describes the people left behind in the wake of a loved one taking their own life.Read & Comment →

Birthday “Haul”

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I cringe at the word “Haul” as it pertains to birthdays, but seeing as this was very highly requested – I decided to put this video up. Please note that this video in no way is meant to brag or show off by any means. I’m a fully grown woman who believes that giving presents is more fun than receiving them – but by the same vein, I also love seeing what other people get for their special day. It seems you do, too! So please take this for the fun and lightheartedness that is its intent, and I hope you enjoy watching me show you what wonderful, thoughtful gifts I received for my (milestone) birthday!

Leave me a comment telling me what’s on YOUR birthday wishlist – and when your bday is! You might just get a special surprise in the mail one day, who knows. ;-)

Beauty, Food, Technology Haul

It’s shopping haul time! This time I’ve got quite the assorted mix for you lovelies. I’m ashamed to say I purchased all of the below items in one single day. My wallet was crying by the end of it, but ultimately I am happy with everything I’ve purchased (though I haven’t tried the salt toothpaste quite yet–I’m waiting for my current toothpaste to run out and then I will try this intimidating-sounding toothpaste. With trepidation.Read & Comment →

Ask PSS: Episode 1

Hey guys! First of all I want to thank each and every one of you who sent kind thoughts and prayers and comments my way on Friday and continually throughout the weekend. On Friday I was on my way to the hospital for a usual 16-hour call shift, when a cement truck ran a two-way stop sign (I had the right-of-way) and out of nowhere he collided with my passenger side, straight on. My car was slammed into a light pole and I managed to swerve myself out of a ditch. Thankfully I managed to get out safely with just a few bruises on my left arm and left hip where my body must have slammed into the side of the car on impact. I feel very fortunate and very blessed. Sadly, I’m carless now but it’s a small price to pay for my car taking the brunt of the impact. Bravo, 2011 Toyota Camry! You have a special place in my heart, that’s for sure.

So! Here’s my first episode of #AskPSS – you guys use the hashtag to ask me questions and get featured in my video! If you weren’t featured and you asked a question, never fear – you can always ask again!

Thanks so much to those of you who did write in their questions! I had fun answering them!

What’s In My Céline?

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Happy Monday guys and gals! I hope you are having a great start to your week. Mine definitely looks busy, but luckily I’ve got some great content lined up for you this week, so be sure to check back every day!

Today I’m sharing with you my new baby: my Céline Luggage tote in the “Micro” size and black drummed leather. The drummed leather comes with silver hardware and the smooth leather comes with gold hardware, which I do feel looks better on black, but smooth leather scratches easily and loses its shape faster than drummed leather. (A comparison between the drummed and smooth leather can be made with the Chanel caviar vs lambskin leathers, if you’re familiar with Chanel). Although the bag is pricey, it’s by far the most well-made bag I’ve ever owned (yes, even compared to my Chanel). Nothing compares to the feeling of sturdiness and craftsmanship, in my opinion. Céline definitely has a new fan for life.

If you’d like to watch the video about my thoughts on the bag and the contents of my bag (which have actually changed quite a bit since my last video, so it won’t be as boring, I promise), or to see a photo of all the contents laid out neatly, then just click on!
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My Husband Does My Makeup

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As a blogger, one becomes quite used to anticipating milestones. One I’ve been looking forward to since forever has been hitting 10,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel. My husband promised me about 6 months ago, that when I hit 10k on YouTube, he would do the video I’ve been dying to film for a very long time: the “Husband/Boyfriend Does My Makeup” tag video. Believe it or not, I hit that milestone sometime last week. Thank you so much. Seriously, I cannot believe that ten thousand of you subscribe to my videos. Crazy. Anyway, this is what we filmed. Read & Comment →

Meet Gidget

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You’ll have to excuse the absence of any beauty or style related post this weekend. We got a new puppy! It’s been about 11 months since we lost Winnie, and our hearts are finally ready and open to inviting another little bundle of furbaby joy into them. Instead of outfit shoots and beauty product testing, our weekend was spent at Petsmart (a record breaking 4 times in 2 days), at our house getting the place “puppy ready”, and of course the requisite trip to the family’s house to introduce her to extended family members. She is actually related to Bella, my mother’s Yorkie (whom you last saw here), in that they share the same dad and their mothers are sisters! She, like Bella, is super tiny, only 1 pound at 3 months of age. She’s also a real trooper, handling baths and the wayward thermometer at her first vet checkup with ease. Let me know if you’d like to meet her in some of my videos! She’s definitely been the weekend star of my Instagram.

Four Years Without My Brother

Hey guys. Today, October 6, always marks a solemn day in the Medhus household. The fact that this gloomy, chilly weather marks four years since my brother’s suicide is all too apropo, because it’s how most of my family & I feel on the inside today. We’re going to spend some time with my mom so she doesn’t feel so alone today, but I filmed a quick video for you since words tend to escape me on this day.

To read my story about my brother’s death, click here.

Buy “My Son and the Afterlife” on Amazon, Barnes & Noble (e-reader versions available on each site).

Creating A Care Package

The other day I decided to make a care package for my sister who was feeling homesick on her first day away from home at college. She’s in a completely different city, which can be very hard when you’ve been living 18 years of your life in the same home. I thought I would film its contents (last minute) before I sent it on its way, in case it inspired you to do something similar for your student or sibling who’s away from home right now! Enjoy!

totes compact umbrella // allure magazine // yes to grapefruit towelettes // shout to go wipes // vaseline spray & go moisturizer // eos gift set // the outsiders dvd // merona round sunglasses (same but different color) // mossimo boots