Tuesday, August 18, 2015

24 Hour California Trip

Ok, that title sounds pretty crazy, but so was our recent flash trip to California. ;) On August 11, my mother, three older siblings, and I boarded a plane headed to California to complete two very important missions. Mission Number 1: See Phantom of the Opera. Mission Number 2: Spend time with Grandma (who was recovering from some illness) and spend time with cousins!!! <3 
Being that we bought our plane tickets rather late and completely with miles, our seats were kind of scattered around the back of the plane.  Shiloh and I ended up directly in the back... but hey, we got to sit by each other AND we even got free gourmet chocolate out of the deal!  (The gourmet chocolate was, in fact, so gourmet that it actually wasn't very good and mine ended up in the trash... but we can skip that part. ;))
Hang loose people! Once we arrived in California, the plan was to change into our fancy performance clothes at our old church, then head to dinner to meet up with Cousin Hope, Aunt Laurie, and longtime friends.
All ready to go!!!
  After making some important stops on the way, we finally arrived at the restaurant for food (very important), fellowship, and tons of fun! >>Side note, selfie sticks are awesome.<<
Sisters, cousins, and best-friends. 
Hope and I!!!!!! (Don't ask... I have no idea what is up with my eye. :P)
Enjoying dinner at Soup Plantation!!! :) (This particular Soup Plantation has so many memories! :P)
After dinner we split up in different cars and headed over to the Segerstrom Center to see Phantom of the Opera!!! Complete with Bethany, Ilan, Mommy, Mrs. S., and I, we totally had the party car. ;)  (You should have heard the conversation, it was hilarious!)
Upon arriving at the Segerstrom Center, we met up with Cousin Grace!  Now, lets just say that when all or any of us cousins get together, the energy level goes WAY UP.  But when Grace and I are together.... well, yeah, the energy level skyrockets. :P So yeah, the energy level and hyperness was running high. ;)
 Ok, so yes, Grace and I took a lot of pictures together... but whatever.
The stage!
 Getting excited and totally ready for the performance to start!!!!
Grace and I got this awesome picture in front of the stage... I love my cousin!!!! <3 <3 <3
So the show was phenomenal and absolutely breathtaking.  I'm not even going to try to describe it for you all... I'm just going to tell you to go see it. For real... if it comes to your area, go see it. You won't regret it.
COUSIN LOVE!!!!!! 
Picture time!!! They had an awesome backdrop complete with special lighting and props... so yes, we took quite a few pictures. ;)
Don't even ask for an explanation on this picture... you won't understand it. :P Just know that it is a Grace and Eden picture haha! :P :P :P
Action shot!!!!!
Love these people so much!
 My older siblings and dear Mother! Don't know what I'd do without these crazy people! <3
Haha ok... this is another action shot...a very very brief explanation of this photo would be: Hope as Meg, Grace as Madam Giry, Bethany as the Phantom, Jordan as Raoul, Me as Christine, and Shiloh as Carlotta.

After we finished taking pictures, we said goodbye to our friends then headed over to Grandma's house for movies and a cousin sleepover! :D  All of us cousins stayed up till 3am (somehow we didn't wake Grandma up!) and things got really wild/crazy (big surprise haha). Now, I do have some pictures from that point in time... but if I posted them, I'd have a lot of explaining to do. :P So we're gonna move on lol. The next morning, Grandma had us all awake at 7:15am because, as she put it, "Life is too short to be in bed when we're all together!" I totally agree, couldn't have said it better! ;) We had to leave at 3:30pm to catch our flight back home, so we spent the rest of the day hanging with cousins and spending time with Grandma! :) And pictures! We took so many pictures haha.
Ready to jump into Grandma's pool!
Cousin love!!!!!!!
Jordan and Grace! <3 
By now you probably think Grace and I took a lot of pictures... don't worry, you've only seen like 1/4 of them. :P  But hey we can't help it!!!!! <3
Mark and I! <3
Grandma and I!!!!!! I love my grandma so much, she's amazing! 
 All too soon it was time to leave... so of course we had to take a group picture. ;) Yeah... no one was really ready for the photo haha. ;) 

So there's a snapshot of our 24 hour trip down to SoCal. I'm so thankful to the Lord for all His amazing and bountiful blessings!!!! I love and miss my extended family sooo much and can't wait to see them again soon (and see the ones that I didn't get to see this time around;))!!! <3  Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the pictures I took... my siblings Jordan and Bethany will also be posting about the trip, so be sure to keep an eye on their blogs: www.betstidbits.blogspot.com and www.jordanstrang.blogspot.com.

Oh, and just for kicks... I did a toe touch off of my grandma's diving board (fyi they are way easier off a diving board compared to normal ground lol) and had my cousin film it... so if you wanna watch it, I'll embed it below. ;)

Until next time!
~Eden

Friday, August 14, 2015

Update!

Hey Everyone! 

Thank you all so much for your feedback about the blog changes! Just so you all know, Fashion Friday will be continuing, just not every Friday and I'll be taking the month of August completely off.  Thank you for all the awesome ideas you left, can't wait to jump into this new adventure! 
~Eden

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Big Announcement

Hey Everyone! 

I'm not sure if any of you have noticed, but in a few of my most recent posts, I've hinted something about a "big announcement" coming August 1.  Well, if you've been paying attention (haha), today is August 1 and hey, did you notice that my blog header is different?  Ok, so I basically just gave it away...that is if you're a paying attention right now. ;)

Aright, so I'm gonna go ahead and drop the bomb! :P 

After a lot of prayer, thinking, and talking it over, I feel like I am at the point where I need to move on from Eden's Evaluations.
I'll let that sink in for a moment........ ;) 

Haha ok, so this does not, however, mean I'm going to leave the blog world forever. It also doesn't mean I'm totally going to stop doing giveaways and all that fun stuff.  It just means that I'm going to switch my blog around and instead of doing strictly reviews, giveaways, and fashion blogging, I'm going to start blogging about my life! I'm also going to try to do a lot of vlogging on my YouTube channel. Trust me, with my crazy family, I'm sure you'll enjoy the posts to come. ;)

So buckle up and get ready for a whole new adventure! My url, edensevaluations.blogspot.com, is still the same, but my new blog title is now, "Literally My Life." 

A huge Thank You to all my 236 followers who have diligently followed Eden's Evaluations for the past 3 years. I really do hope you all keep following and don't worry, the giveaways won't stop, I promise. ;)

Be sure to comment and let me know what you think of these changes (I'll be commenting back to all the comments on this post, so do leave some for me ;)). I'd also love to hear any ideas you might have. ;)  The one thing that I really want your opinion on is Fashion Friday.  I know you all really like it and I really don't want to stop doing it, but I'm not sure like how to keep doing it?? I have some ideas but I'd love to get your thoughts on it! :):):) Oh, and just so you know, there is a giveaway coming soon. ;)

Can't wait to see your comments! ;)
Blessings! 
~Eden

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fashion Friday || Blaze Ann

 Hi there! My name is Blaze Ann from P31beauty! I am so excited and grateful to be doing another Fashion Friday on Eden's amazing blog. Today, I chose to wear this outfit because the temperature here in California is getting hotter day by day!
 
 Sometimes it can be difficult to put together modest outfits on a hot day. My advice is to incorporate fresh and light colored pieces. Also, try to avoid wearing fabric that will cause you to sweat more, like rayon, silk, polyester, and nylon. Go for more natural fibers, like cotton, which are better at soaking moisture from your skin and allowing it to evaporate from its surface.

gray tee // Target
denim vest // Ross
white midi skirt // from the Philippines
sandals // Target

I hope that you will give my blog, P31beauty, a visit! I try to post stylish and modest outfits, fashion tips, and write about anything that I find encouraging as a Christian. Lastly, I just want to give a huge thank you to Eden for this awesome opportunity. Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!
❤ Blaze Ann
Joshua 1:9

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fashion Friday || Me

Hey People!
I'm finally getting around to doing another Fashion Friday... I just bought an iPod touch, so hopefully that means I'll be doing more fashion posts!!!! 

When it comes to taking pictures of an outfit... I'm really bad at it! Like... seriously bad at it! I guess I don't like to take the time to pose or anything...? I don't know. ;) Anyway, I attended a wedding this past week and made sure that I got someone to take pictures of my outfit.  Annnnnd after looking at them, I was like, wow, I look awkward! But hey, whatever. ;)
THUMBS UP for awkward poses people!
Ok, so this is the overall look of the outfit, pretty simple! Dress, flats, and earrings.  Since it was a simple, summer, and outdoor wedding, I didn't really want to over do it. (Plus, the drive was over an hour... yeah...)

Um... an awkward "the sun is in my eyes hurry up and take the picture" picture.
Another full shot of the outfit. :)


And yes, these are my shoes. :) I really would've preferred to wear heels, but currently, the only "wedding appropriate" shoes I own right now, are these. ;)

Dress: Sorella Bella ~ Click HERE to read my review on it.
 Shoes: Thrift Store
Earrings: Gift 

My hair... um yeah, ok so I had a really bad hair day that day.  Think a combination of freshly washed (i.e. slippery) and lots of humidity. (I'm letting that sink in for a minute... yeah you get the picture. ;)) But yeah, I french braided it on one side, and twisted on the other side, and joined it in the back.  For makeup, I kept it pretty simple with a my normal routine plus a sparkly nude eye, a bit of silver eye liner, and mascara. :)

And this picture, yes I had to throw it in. ;) That's my older sister Bethany and I, we love making the best of every moment. ;) 

So that's it! I hope you all enjoyed that! Leave a comment if you liked it or... didn't like it, haha!

~Eden


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Giveaway Winner!

Hey Everyone! 

Just wanted to announce the giveaway winner of the Happee Body giveaway! Thanks all for entering! :)

First though, as usual, a huge Happy Birthday to...
1. Virginia ~ June 14
2. Isabella ~ August 2
3. Julia ~ August 26
4. Esther ~ September 16

And finally, a huge congratulations to...
Miss Esther O! 
Your prize will arrive shortly! 

For the rest of you, just a heads up, this will be the last giveaway for awhile because Eden's Evaluations is going to be switching gears a little bit. So check back on August 1 (hopefully) for a big announcement! :) Thanks all for entering! :):):)

Born Pretty Store || Review

Hey Everyone! 

Today I'm doing another collab with Born Pretty Store.

 
About (from Facebook): "BornPrettyStore.com is a global online retail website that delivers products directly to consumers around the world. BornPrettyStore offer consumers for a wide selection of nail art products at attractive prices through www.bornprettystore.com. BornPrettyStore's products in the core categories of Nail Art, Makeup, Jewelry and Watches."

Today I'm thrilled to be reviewing two pairs of earrings and two necklaces! :) Check out the picture collage below.
Upper left picture we have the Gold-plated Pierced Earrings Bohemian Temperament priced at $3.11 and available in both gold and black. 
Upper right picture is the lovely Chic Bow Arrow Shaped Necklace Chain Link Necklace priced at $1.99.
And lastly, lower right picture is the Nickel Diamond Crystal Zircon Stud Earrings priced at $0.99.

What I Thought ~ I'll start with the Gold-plated Bohemian Earrings-- which are so so lovely. They also come in black, but I think the gold really goes with the Bohemian look.  These earrings could be used to totally dress up a fancy outfit or add the finishing touch to a casual but colorful outfit.  The only thing I didn't like about them was the weight, they were a little on the heavy side. They are also a little on the big side, but some girls really rock those type of earrings. ;) 

Next is the Chic Bow Arrow Necklace which I really like. It's causal enough to wear with a t-shirt, but nice enough to look really cute. ;)  The chain is perfect length thanks to the adjustable width, and it's not too thick.  The only thing that I found slightly annoying was the arrow was just a little too curved, but that's not really a problem haha. 

The two strand gold triangle pendant necklace is also a favorite! These statement necklaces are so causal that you can totally wear them with simple outfits to perk them up. I like everything about the necklace, its simple, the adjustable chain, the chain width, and the overall look.

Lastly, the diamond stud earrings are terrific. They are perfect for adding a sparkle to everyday wear. They're really tiny, but have a big sparkle. They go with just about anything. The only thing I didn't like about them was the rubber back things... I prefer metal clasps but that's totally just me. 

Overall, I'm really happy with everything I received from Born Pretty Store! So please visit their website and see what treasures you come upon!  If you use the coupon code EDET10, you'll get 10%.  With that, the amazing prices, and free worldwide shipping, you're getting a sweet deal! So go check em' out right now! ;)

Summary: 
Rating: 5 Stars!
Recommend to a Friend? Yes.
Cons: Listed in review. :)

 Have a great day and stay tuned for the big announcement on August 1! ;)
~Eden

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fashion Friday || Alexa


Hey Everybody!

 My name is Alexa, I don't have a blog but I met Eden through some of my friends that know her. I do have an etsy shop that you can check out here! https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlexaQuinnCrafts?ref=hdr_shop_menu
I hope you enjoy!
I love this outfit because first of all I love chevron and maxi dress/skirts and it's comfortable! It's strapless but I just wear a sweater with it. :)
Where I got everything:

Dress: Ross (the belt came with the dress)
Sweater: Thrift Store
Earrings: Claire's
Necklace: Gift
Ring: Etsy

Comment and let Alexa know what you thought of her outfit! :)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Happee Body || Giveaway

Hey Everyone! 
Remember THIS review? Well, I promised a giveaway from the same company and thats exactly what I'm doing today. :) 
Hey Everyone! 

http://www.happeebody.com/



About: Organic and delightful, everyday spa products for every woman. (For more detailed information on Happee Body, click HERE!

For this giveaway, Happee Body has donated one of their lip balms! Have fun entering! :) 

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Fashion Friday || Margaret


Hey Everyone! Our original young lady for today's Fashion Friday cancelled last minute, so a huge Thank You to Margaret for coming to the rescure! 
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Hi, my name is Margaret and my fashion blog is




I think that one of the most common problems people have when it comes to dressing is comfort. 
Everyone wants to be comfortable in their clothes but few people think about feeling comfortable, or confident, in their clothing. 
The way that you feel in your clothing is reflected in how others see you. 
When you feel beautiful and confident, most likely others will see you as beautiful and confident.
Once someone told me "I would think that those heels would really hurt your feet, but you look so comfortable!" 
I would never want someone to look at my shoes and say,
“Oh my! They look so comfortable!”
But I laughed because I did feel comfortable! 
Ok, maybe my feet would have felt better in a pair of sneakers, but when I put on a pair of heels I feel like I can do anything, and to me that is far more important than my feet feeling like they are at the spa! 


I encourage all of you to wear clothes that aren't just "comfortable," but make you feel comfortable and confident in the beautiful body God has given you!
You can check out my blog and signup for email notifications on posts at:
http://happyinheels.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Style J || Review

Hey Everyone! 

About a year ago, I did a review on this awesome company called Style J. (Click HERE to see that review!) I'm really excited to be doing another review for my old and brand new followers!  So let's get started! :)


About (from Facebook, for more information, click HERE): "Style J offers you high quality fashionable denim skirts in a wide array of lengths, sizes, and styles." 

Two of my favorite products from Style J would include... 
Picture from www.denimskirts.com
...the "Weekend Fun White Skirt" ~ Normally $35.00 but it's on sale right now for only $25.00!
My other favorite would be...
Picture from www.denimskirts.com
...the "Black Swan Pencil Skirt" ~ Normally $40.00 but it's on sale right now for only $30.00! And by the way, that is one awesome name for a skirt. ;) #balletdancer

For this review, Style J sent me their beautiful "Sparkle Me Blue" denim skirt! 
Picture from www.denimskirts.com
What I Thought: Seriously people, I love this skirt!  It features an a-line style, five different pockets, distressed/faded effect, rhinestone embellishments, and a fringe hem.  

The fit is perfect... I've found that some denim skirts can be stiff and "ride up" but this one is comfortable and hangs very nicely. 


I also really liked the overall styling features of this skirt. I think I would definitely it as... Shabby Chic. I love the sparkles on all the pockets and the wrinkle effect! I also really like the fringed hem at the bottom. This skirt is really easy to dress up with a blouse, fancy shoes, and jewelry for a nice occasion, but also easy to pair with a quick t-shirt and flip flops to sport at a causal event.  

Overall, this skirt is now a staple in my wardrobe. For everyday wear or out on the town, you choose! 
I am a huge Style J fan.  Their skirts are not only extremely well made, but they are also very stylish, modest, and affordable. The skirt I got last year is still holding up extremely well, even though I tend to over-wear it. ;) 

Please go to www.denimskirts.com to see the entire selection of skirts that Style J carries.  Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  They seriously have the best denim skirts!! I highly recommend them! 

Summary: 
Rating: 5 Stars
Recommend to a friend? Already have. :) 

In closing, a huge THANK YOU goes to the customer service at Style J for making this review possible! :) :) 

Stay tuned for another giveaway and (whispers) video! ;)