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Friday, December 19, 2014

Leopard + Stripes

I know-leopard and stripes is so original, right? But it's easy, it's cute, and for me it doesn't require much thought to piece together. I tend to gravitate towards certain pairings when I am at a loss as to what to wear, and leopard and stripes is one of them.

I had been wanting a faux fur leopard jacket for a couple of years now and finally decided to get one. I am still sort of on the fence with this one from Forever 21. Although it's cute, the sizing is a bit odd. The large made me look like I was a little girl dressing up in my Mom's clothes, but the medium is pretty snug. Not to mention, the lining in the one sleeve was sewn crooked, so it makes it pretty damn hard to get on! I have to have my mom fix it for me! Usually the quality of their stuff is decent for what you pay, so I am assuming it was just a little glitch that this one was a bit messed up! I will link some other options below for you as well, because I feel like something like a leopard jacket should be a closet staple! I can't wait to wear it with head to toe black. I think that is such a classic look!







Jacket: Forever 21 /// Tissue Turtleneck: J Crew (less expensive/thicker option) /// Jeans: Old Navy /// Shoes: Kohls /// Purse: Target 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY Blanket Scarf

We all know by now how popular blanket scarves are. To me, or at least in my world, Zara was the start of the blanket scarf love. I purchased my first one last year and never looked back. As much as I love how stylish they are, they actually tend to be practical too. Their size and material lend a little warmth on cooler days. I tend to wear them when I want to be a little more casual, but it is nice to use them with a little dressier look. You can see the many ways I've styled my blanket scarves here, here, here, here  and here.

Although Zara sells out of their most coveted plaid relatively quickly, you can find similar ones just about anywhere. They add up though, sooooo why not just make your own? Yep. Make your own!

Like I told you in this post, I am not a crafty, DIY-er. It's just not in my nature. It's such a shame, because my mom is so good at this kind of stuff- she used to make my first day of school outfits every year, Easter dresses, all kinds of things. You would think that would be something I would have inherited. I took Women's Leisure as an elective in college (knitting, crochet, sewing, etc) and ended up with a C. Haha! So, this DIY for blanket scarves is totally on my level.

My friend actually found this tutorial online and shared it with me, because she was on the hunt for the perfect blanket scarf. When I saw how easy Riva made it (seriously-can't get any easier than how she does it), I thought it was something that I could try! Plus, my wallet doesn't understand my love for blanket scarves, so this is a much less expensive alternative. Just to give you an idea, I purchased roughly 8 yards of fabric for $31. When I am done I will have 4 scarves! That's less than $8 a scarf!



MATERIALS NEEDED:
Fabric of your choice: 1.5-3 yards
Scissors
Yes, that is all you need!


Step 1. Make sure you have a flat surface to lay your fabric (folded). If you get 2.5 yards of the fabric, you do not have to cut it-it's the perfect blanket scarf size. If you choose not to cut, move on to Step 3.

Step 2: I chose to play around with this fabric a little (I did get three different prints) and decided to make two smaller blanket scarves out of this. Cut down the center of the fabric, using the plaid to guide you.



Step 3: After your scarf is your desired size, follow the plaid (to keep a straight cut), and trim the edges of the fabric conservatively (as Riva says) and pull threads to create raw edges.



A few things:

If you do get 3 yards of fabric, you will most likely want to cut the fabric to make it smaller. Based on what the directions said, I thought "why make extra work for myself?" so I made sure to get 2.5 yards. (until I decided to make two scarves out of one piece of fabric) Really though, to make it the easiest, 2.5 yards is the way to go. 

Cutting the fabric takes some time if you aren't handy with scissors. My edges were a little rough to say the least! Even with using the plaid to guide me some spots looked like my 6 year old cut it! 

If you do get 2.5 yards, cutting it in half like I did above does work great to create two smaller blanket scarves, and you get more bang for your buck (I hate that phrase). 

I ended up getting two different materials (one material in two different colors), and I noticed between the two that the flannel type material was a little harder for me to fray (that could also be because I am terrible at cutting in a straight line). Just be patient! 

This was so easy-like ridiculously easy. And affordable. And your end result is something super cute and stylish. 

Once I got the hang of it, I started to move a lot faster! 

These make great gifts if you are still on the hunt for something. Who doesn't love a good scarf? Make one of these, along with some DIY coconut oil lip gloss and you have a pretty thoughtful gift for someone at a pretty affordable price!

One last thing.....enjoy!!

(This one I am wearing I did not cut- it is a 2.5 yard piece of fabric. I simply trimmed the edges to fray it! So simple!)

Check out Riva's other DIY tutorials-she's got some great ones. So glad my friend found hers!!!

And don't forget, today is the last day to enter my giveaway to win a Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit!!!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Coconut Oil Lip Balm

I have never been the super crafty one, or the DIY-er whatsoever. You will never find super fancy and cute crafts that my children did at home, or really creative decorating DIY's either. Ever since Ella has been in pre school, I made sure I was not the classroom Mom because of that reason. Just to give you an idea- I got an email from Ella's school about something they are doing with the Polar Express, and we had to sign up to bring things in. Paper towels. I signed up for paper towels. Ha! That's how not creative I am!

So, when I stumbled on this DIY coconut oil lip gloss how-to, I was surprised at how intrigued I was. To be honest, I don't even know what made me click on it, or even think it was a good idea for me to try. I guess because I thought it looked easy enough, and I knew and could pronounce everything! Plus, I love anything that includes coconut oil. I posted before about all of the awesome benefits and uses of coconut oil- using it on my lips on the regular is great!

These lip balms/glosses are great last minute gifts. Ella enjoyed helping me make them- it was easy enough for her to lend a hand- I am thinking they would make great teacher gifts, along with other small items!



WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
Coconut Oil
Vaseline 
Lipstick 
Vanilla extract 
Microwavable bowl
Plastic spoon
Small pots for lip gloss


Obviously, I used Target brand vaseline, because that is what I had. The original directions call for raspberry extract, or whatever flavor you like. I had vanilla so that worked fine for me. Also, as for the pots, check your craft stores. I looked high and low in A.C. Moore for smaller containers and couldn't find any, I looked at Dollar Tree (like the original post suggested) and couldn't find any either! Today though, after I had already done this, I found some great ones at JoAnn Fabric- so check there!

The lipstick can also be the color of your choice. The color lightens up a bit, so don't worry about choosing a color that is too dark or too bright! 

Start by melting equal parts vaseline and coconut oil- I started with 2 TBS of each. You can always add more! The directions call for doing it in 30 second intervals, stirring between each. That worked great for me!


At this point, add in your lipstick. I started with a little bit and then added more as I needed/wanted. You will also add in your extract flavor-just use your judgement on this. I had to pop this in the microwave again for about another minute to get the lipstick fully melted!


Next, you'll want to get your lip gloss pots ready to be filled- be careful not to overfill. I left a little room at the top just to be safe. Pop them into the freezer for about 15 minutes and you are good to go!


You can take the extra step like Jessica did and used decorative duct tape for the lids. Yeah- remember at  the beginning of this post when I said I am not a huge DIY-er? I think that would be taking it one step too far for me! Haha! 

For those of you that are like me in the DIY department, or don't have a lot of time on your hands, this is for you. It took me less than 20 minutes from start to finish, even with Ella helping me and Charlotte tugging at my leg! 

You can do it!! Give it a try and let me know how it turned out! 



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Plaid, Stripes and Leopard, Oh My!

This past weekend was another great one. You really can't beat spending time with your family, especially in your hometown. Something about being surrounded by your family makes everything right in the world!

We headed home kind of early yesterday- typically I toss on a pair of yoga pants and a hoodie, but I have been trying to make an effort to be a little more put together most of the time (yes-most of the time. Not all of the time!).

This outfit was a great combo of put together, but comfy enough to travel in. I first wore this vest last week and knew I wanted to wear it with a similar style outfit. I think the thickness of it gives it a little more of a casual vibe, so casual it was!

The striped turtleneck is the same one I paired the vest with the last time I wore it, I just added a sweater for additional warmth, and slip on sneakers- easy removal for the long car ride! I wanted this sweater to be a little more fitted, but it certainly looks great a little slouchier too. You'd be safe either way, getting your normal size, or sizing up!







Outfit Details:
Vest: Old Navy (similar) /// Turtleneck: Old Navy /// Sweater: Old Navy /// Jeans: Old Navy /// Shoes: Target /// Clutch: Blair Ritchey (similar

Don't forget there is still time to enter my giveaway to win a Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening kit worth over $100!!! You can enter here






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Friday, December 12, 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have Box

I know I have shared before how subscription boxes have never really been my thing. I have tried some here and there, but I just don't like not getting the whole thing. I prefer getting the whole bottle of dry shampoo as opposed to a sample. Or the whole tube of lipstick instead of a sliver of a fab color. Mainly because I forget about said product(s) then forget to order or purchase the full size. Too many things going on in my head I guess!



To me, the POPSUGAR Must Have Box is pretty much the ideal box. Not only do you get full size products, but you get a variety! They also make really great gifts too-think bridesmaids, best friends, teachers. There is something for everyone in each box- a variety of beauty, fashion, fitness, home and even food. Each box is a surprise so you never know what you are going to get! They are also handpicked by the POPSUGAR editors!



SPUN by Subtle Luxury Speckled Metallic Scarf: This is the perfect holiday scarf! The metallic touch is perfect, and the scarf is lightweight enough to be a cute accessory to any holiday party look!

Williams-Sonoma Cupcake Mix in Vanilla Bean: I know what I will be making over Ella's holiday break! I love doing things like baking with Ella. I know it will ultimately be me making them, but she loves to add the icing! The mix provides frosting flavors that would compliment the cupcake flavor, but I have a feeling we will end up with basic vanilla or chocolate (Ella's favorites). It's only $14.95, which makes each cupcake at less than $2 each-can't beat that. 



Knot & Bow Parcel Tags: These are so adorable. I am a terrible present wrapper (I thought when I became a Mommy I would automatically become great at gift wrapping...not the case), and usually opt for a gift bag. Adding these cute gift tags (that come in a variety of colors) is a simple way to add a personal touch. 

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux: This lip color is a gorgeous, deep color that is perfect for the winter. It has a staining pigment so the color stays put. (and it really does...I put it on after dinner one evening, had a snack, brushed my teeth, and when I woke up the next morning, my lips still had a tint to them!)


Canvas Dauville Platinum Bowl: This porcelain is so adorable! The hand painted platinum interior is a super stylish way to hold little knick knacks, jewelry, or even snacks. I will personally be keeping it at my store for jewelry! 

Sparklepop Sydney Necklace: This is a great necklace to either dress up or dress down. It is 18K gold plated and looks great layered with other pendant necklaces. It's a great every day piece but would look awesome for a holiday party! 



You can check out previous boxes here just to get an idea of the variety they provide and how awesome they are! 

Right now, they are offering you $10 off a 3 month subscription with the code DEC14SELECT from now until January 2nd! That would bring the 3 month subscription to just under $100!! 

Just to give you an idea of how worth it it is- the full size products that I got in the December box totaled around $175, so $100 for a 3 month is a really good deal (and a great gift!). 

If you give it a try let me know!! I'd love to hear what you think of it! 

POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.


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