All posts by January Newbanks


A little over a year ago, my dad moved from the house where I (mostly) grew up in Zanesville, OH to The Middle Of Nowhere, IN when his wife took a university position in the northern part of the state.  Going from having him forty-five minutes away to three hours away has been an adjustment, but he finally has his house surrounded by all the grass he can mow in the midwestern countryside. He’s happy, so we’re happy for him.

Continue reading INDIANA HAS PONIES

Summer Face

summer makeup

I don’t know about you, but when Ohio works its magic and the temps go from forty degrees to eighty-five (with a million percent humidity, naturally), my skin goes a little crazy if I’m not careful.  Let’s be honest, my skin is a little crazy without the help of Ohio’s bipolar weather tendencies so I’m always on the lookout for products that feel light but still do the trick.  These are a few of my summer makeup bag staples favorites.  


Trader Joes Jojoba Oil: The ultimate in natural products for pore-cleansing, makeup removal, and moisturizing.  My face is ultra sensative so I can’t use anything with fancy perfumes OR ELSE. This does the trick on it’s own without anything extra.  It’s awesome for traveling light too.  

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On: I don’t like to wear concealer (at least during the day) in the summer.  It feels heavy and looks bad after a few hours so I am loving this sensative skin friendly eye revitalizing roll-on.  Fast, easy, effective.  Love it. Birchbox introduced me to this gem.

Supergoop CC Cream (SPF 35): Most days I’ll go naked faced during the day, but if I want or need a little extra coverage I love this stuff.  It’s lightweight, has better coverage than other BB creams/tinted moisturizers that’s I’ve tried and the color is self-adjusting. It also has a matte finish for shine control.  

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment (SPF 15): This stuff is looks amazing, feels amazing and smells amazing which I know is an odd thing to mention about lip balm, but it’s true so I’m telling you.

Benefit High Beam Luminizer: This stuff is great for adding a little highlight here and there.  It doesn’t leave your face feeling too sparkley or oily.  

Cover Girl Eyeshadow Shimmering Sands: A friend my freshman year of high school introduced me to this eye shadow and I have used it ever since. That means it’s been in my makeup bag for close to twenty years (oh dear, I’m old).  I am forever trying newer fancier shadows, but I always come back to good old Cover Girl.  This color pallate in particular is lovely and works on most if not all skin colors.  I spent the whole of my twenties as a professional bridesmaid and I can’t tell you how many friends wore this on their walk down the aisle. It’s lovely and natural looking.  

The Balm Hot Mama Blush/Shadow: This blush has a really nice golden pink color to it that adds a little pop to your cheeks without too much color.

Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara: I love this mascara for both how it looks and it’s price tag. It’s been my go-to ever since Cover Girl released it.


Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Pallette: I photograph weddings for a living and this has been a staple in nearly every makeup artist’s bag I have ever met.  It’s super versitile and you can acheive so many beautiful looks with all the different combinations. It’s also $50.  That’s the down side.  But if you want to stay with a natural palette, it’s awesome.  If I want a smokier eye for going out, this is my go to.  

Dior Maximizer Lash Primer/Plumping Serum: A professional drag queen in the NYC Sephora sold this to me for the first time and I wish I could go back and give him a hug.  It.  Is. AWESOME.  I have really light and thin eyelashes so mascara alone often doesn’t do the trick, but I am WAY too low maitence for any kind of regular false eyelash application.  It just isn’t going to happen.  This + a good mascara (like The’re Real below) is the closest you will get to false eyelashes without any glue.  Goes on white, extends lashes, promotes natural growth of lashes.  Try it.  You will love it.  

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara: This mascara has fantastic coverage, extends lashes, and goes on super smooth.  It only comes in black and I wear brown during the day, so I leave this for night or special occasions.  It’s all the rage with most beauty editors so I have no doubt you can find a million people to confirm the virtues of this mascara. 

Benefit Erase Paste + Ooh La Lift = bright eyes.  I’m sorry, it cannot help you with your bushy tail.  

Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick: This stuff is so great.  It goes on smooth (unlike A LOT of other matte lipsticks), and stays on for a long time.  Color Pictured = Red Lizard.  It’s a full on Betty Draper shade of red.  

Stila Liquid Eyeliner/Nars Pencil Liners are my favorites when I want to add a little edge to my night look, but most of the time I line my eyes with the lightest shadow from the CG Shimmering Sands shadow.  

Jouer Perfume Oil: This technically isn’t for your face, but I’m loving this little rollerball scent I got as a bonus with a full-sized product purchase from Birchbox.  I

So what’s in your bag?


Start Where You Are


I typically love the fresh start feeling that the new year brings with it. I love making lists and goals and planning for the future.  I have journal pages full of plans.  Some things I actually accomplish, some things  live continuously on my Big Picture List, some attempts are met with failure, and some things I have to let go.  

If I were to measure life by my lists, 2012 brought more in the failure and letting go department than accomplishment.

Letting go is hard. Even if the thing you are letting go of isn’t something you particularly love and isn’t treating you well, it’s still a struggle. The relinquishing of control and moving forward into the foggy unknown requires patience, hope and faith that everything will ultimately be ok. I am going to be honest, I’m scared and anxious and my head feels like its full of nothing but question marks. I am struggling to find the energy to put toward a new beginning. 

Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing my new journal entries, making my new plans, writing my new lists.  It’s been slow going and there have been a lot of moments I just want to go back to what I know and where I’m comfortable. I don’t want to be brave. I don’t want to embrace change. I don’t want to move on.

I ran across this quote somewhere on the internets and I scribbled it down on a piece of scrap paper that I find myself pulling out daily.  It brings me a lot of comfort and inspires me to put one foot in front of the other on the days when I can’t quite figure out where I’m going and I want to hide out on my couch and watch a never ending string of Gilmore Girls episodes.  

Here’s to a new year (a month and some change late) and starting where you are.

Thirty-Three: Week Thirteen

Team Soell is Ocean Isle, North Carolina for the week with Andy’s family who has been visiting this beach for quite a few years now.  Andy and I both have lovely memories of this part of the state.  When we were first dating, we took a trip to Holden Beach (which is right next to Ocean Isle) with some friends and then two years ago while we were vacationing with Andy’s family, we found out there was a little Lucy growing in my belly.  It’s so crazy to be here with her now, running around being crazy and chatterboxing to herself all the while.  She really isn’t a baby anymore. Nuts.

My sister-in-law, Lesley, found out she was pregnant with Will just a few weeks after us and the babies were born just four weeks apart.  Wrangling the two of them is the closest I ever want to get to having twins.  DO YOU HEAR THAT, UNIVERSE?!?! Andy on the other hand, is a natural.  I think he was supposed to meet some lovely woman who wanted to do nothing but bear him adorable children.  Instead, he met me.  I am not that woman.  Oh well :). 

Miss Emma, the eldest cousin, is a big grown-up four-year-old now with a big heart and lots of sass, just the way we like them.  Hanging with these three for the week is fun.  Exhausting, but fun.  I was not meant to be the mother of multiple children I don’t think.  Not without a little speed, anyway.  But they are beautiful, sweet, lovely little things and I wouldn’t trade one moment with them.  Children (somewhat forcefully) remind you to simplify the things in your life…To stop along your walk to examine the slinky bug or admire the bright pink flowers.  I’m grateful for that lesson right now.  

I haven’t been brave enough to venture out doors with my big camera yet.  So much sand and water and flailing children just waiting to cost me (or my insurance company) thousands of dollars.  I’ll get there, but for now, here are some of the indoor activities of the Soell/Scholl cousins.














Thirty-Three: Week Eleven

I celebrated my second year as a mother last weekend with my two cuties.  It was a lovely rainy day, perfect for coffee, donuts, and reading on the couch while the baby bear napped.  

We had breakfast at Grandview’s DK Diner and Lucy made a little friend.  He gave her his best bashful eyes and she offered him her (pre chewed) toast.  C’est l’amour. 

 33wk11 01

33wk11 02

33wk11 03

33wk11 05

33wk11 06

33wk11 07

33wk11 08

33wk11 04

Thirty-Three: Week Ten

As Lucy gets older, she wants to be a part of all of our daily activities.  When I work at my desk, she wants to “work” too.  When Andy cooks, she wants to help (aka, eat all of the ingredients).  You have to be careful around this one.  She’ll eat all your grapes. 


33wk10 01







May Workout Playlist

This week I kicked off my spring/summer workout hours. That means a 6am wakeup call for me while everyone else is still cozy in their beds.  For most of you, this is probably the time you wakeup for work anyway, but I am not a morning person.  I am an insomniac, which makes that alarm even harder to swallow. However, since Lucy came along, it’s early morning workout or no workout.  She is not a stroller fan so all those pictures I had in my head of jogging along in a cute park with my running stroller have gone unrealized and every time I attempt to do yoga in the living room, I get attacked by either Lucy or one of the pets. C’est la vie, I suppose.

I have a goal.  Thirty pounds down between now and the first of Septemeber.  Lets see if I can make this happen.