My Pale Skin.

You’ve probably already watched this video, but if you haven’t I would encourage you to take a peek. Em Ford is a YouTube personality who specializes in her makeup tutorials. When I came across this video months ago, I was moved and disheartened by the kinds of things that strangers say to one another. She has brought to light the kinds of hurtful comments that she comes across on a daily basis and I think the video is a great way to show people that beauty comes from the inside but if you choose to wear makeup it is a way to express yourself! Makeup is a lot of fun and while I don’t experiment too much with my makeup, I have recently gotten into watching these tutorials and learning more about the exciting ways to update my look!

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 4.53.26 PM.png(My mom got me this eyeshadow kit for Christmas and I have been learning more about how to use all of these colors with my green eyes. Now that I know a bit more about the smokey eye, I am LOVING this palette. Isn’t the packaging amazing?)

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 4.44.33 PM(While I was watching tutorials, I came across this video that creates a cat eye look with dots of various summer colors. This is the kind of stuff I would never think to do on my own but it is so creative!)

Do you experiment with your makeup? If so, what inspires you?

Easy Hair DIY.

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On New Years, I was googling different easy hair styles to put together to use for the night.  However, in looking I realized they all said easy but were not so I made it super simple.  You have to start with a head of full curled hair so that may take a while but then after that it’s super simple.

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If you choose to add an headbands or flashy pieces, do it first before you pin any other pieces of hair.  I added this bedazzled headband so I locked it in first thing.

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After that, pull some of the curled pieces from in front of the band and behind to twirl behind and pin in a half up position.

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I stopped here (less than 3 mins) but you can keep pinning sections like this.  The next small section would pin below the first and so on.  Once the bottom is pinned as far as you can go, you can take the tails of your hair still hanging and twirl them up and pin the hair in place to be a messy low bun.  I’ve also done that which is easy but takes about 10-15 mins.  Make sure to pin that well so when you put a jacket on or there is movement around the hair, it won’t get pulled out.

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Voila!  This is the hair DIY from yesterday’s post.

Day and Night.

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I got this Nasty Gal romper a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it.  There’s something so effortless about throwing on one piece and having your outfit pretty much complete.  No thinking needed 🙂  I especially love this romper because you can wear it during the day or style it a bit differently and wear it at night.

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For day time I chose to pair the romper with these tribal sandals.

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The waist band bunches in a flattering place and I love the floral print.

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For night time, I throw some strappy sandals and pull my hair back while adding earrings.

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Sandals and earrings from Charlotte Russe.

What’s your favorite day to night outfit?

 

Devil Those Eggs.

IMG_7757Who doesn’t love a good deviled egg???  It’s one of my favorite dishes at Easter time and any other time of year!  My mom makes a mean deviled egg and while I was helping her prepare some dishes the other day, she let me take control of finalizing these bad boys.  I know it sounds silly but it’s hard to make a deviled egg look delicious and delicate.  Normally, we just splatter the filling inside because at the end of day they are just going to our bellies anyway!  This time, I tried a few new things to go for more of a presentation and this is what I came up with.

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IMG_7750(Put the filling in a plastic bag and cut off a small piece of the corner.  This way you can squeeze a pre-meditated mound on the egg white)

IMG_7751(Things get messy.  It’s all part of the fun!)

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IMG_7756(After the filling has filled all of the eggs, I sprinkled small amounts of Paprika and Sea Salt to finalize these Easter eggs)

Gobble, gobble.  These were gone very fast once we put them out for dinner.  My mom has a lot of tricks up her sleeve when it comes to cooking and baking.  I know whatever it is she is making, I’m going to want some of it.  These deviled eggs are definitely one of her gems.

Happy Easter, from me and Chels!

What’s Old, Can Be New Too

IMG_7717I was doing some Spring cleaning and found an old t-shirt that I used to love.  It had shrunk a lot and kind of grunged down so I was ready to toss it when all of the sudden an idea came to me.  Why not re-invent something I already have?  I started snipping and studding and ended up with an awesome new tank top that is now my new favorite!  It was super easy and I did it in less than 15 minutes.  Here’s how.

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IMG_7699(First chop was the new, low neck line)

IMG_7700(I chopped in a rounded “V” to avoid making too low of a cut top)

IMG_7704(Next to chop was the sleeves.  I followed close to the sleeve line in front to make sure there’s no unintentional side boob going on.)

IMG_7707(The back I cut much deeper towards the middle to make more of a racer-back tank.  I also chopped off the back of the neck hem.)

IMG_7709(I bought some studs from the local craft store and started placing them on the tank)

IMG_7711(I used jewelry pliers to begin to press the backs of the studs because they are sharp.  However, you can do this with your fingers as well)

IMG_7712(I positioned them before fastening to make sure they were even.  You can put as many or little as you’d like)

IMG_7713(Push the studs through the material and then bend the backs to fasten the studs on)

IMG_7721(Then try the tank on and make any cutting adjustments from here.  It’s best to start modest and then cut as necessary)

IMG_7718Ta da!  New, old shirt has officially transformed!

Edible Fairy Wands

IMG_6451It’s every twenty something year olds dream to have these magical sweet treats!  Chels and I first discovered these at a fund raiser which was dangerous because if you know your money is going to a good cause why not buy hundreds of them and indulge??  After all, it is helping somebody else!  Anyway, anything dipped in chocolate is a gift from God.  I don’t know if you have noticed but we are all about simple fixes and these are a great treat that you can share with others.

What you will need:
– Long Stemmed Pretzels
– White Chocolate Chips
– Sprinkles and/or any other desired toppings (our favorite choices: mini-marshmallows, coconut flakes, sparkly sprinkles)

IMG_6356(First step: Gather all your ingredients and place chocolate chips in a heating pan on the stove.  I’ve heard you can use the microwave but then the chocolate would harden much faster so I wouldn’t suggest it.  You want to have the pretzels out and ready to dip though because once the chocolate is melted, it’s go time)

IMG_6361(BEWARE: We melted on heat level 1.  The chocolate chips must melt on a very low level, otherwise they don’t become a creamy consistency and will actually harden/burn.  Once the chocolate is melted, you must work quickly.  Keep the burner on though as you start dipping.)

IMG_6370(We learned that tilting the pan to the side allowed for more chocolate which is always a plus)

IMG_6371(Twirl the magic wand as you start to remove it from the melted chocolate.  This helps swivel off some of the extra chocolate and make the wand look much more consistent)

IMG_6366(Now here’s the fun part!  Sprinkle your little hearts out.  We sprinkled over the sink because this can be a tad messy)

IMG_6487Lay them out to dry and then serve them up!  We couldn’t help but sample them along the way, you know, to make sure they all tasted alright.

Hey, they can’t all come out perfect looking but don’t worry they won’t last long anyway.  The combination of salty sweet gets everyone addicted instantly and before you know it, all that’s left are scattered sprinkles like a fairy crime scene.