Fall Trend: Bergundy Lips

Bergundy Lips

 

I really love the dramatic effect a bergundy lip gives you.  It is bold and daring and acts as the accessory to your outfit.  Fall is the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to makeup.  I’m not a big lipstick fan, but when I do wear lipstick, it serves a purpose.  This bergundy lip allows you to go minimal and light on the rest of your makeup, but still says va-va voom.  As you can see, it looks gorgeous on all hair colors and skin shades.  Next time you’re out, try a darker shade of lipstick for a dramatic and beautiful fall look.

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DIY Wedding Hair (EASY, I PROMISE!)

This past weekend I was a “groomswoman” in my cousin’s wedding.  If you’ve been in a wedding before, you will know it can be a multiple night celebration, beginning with the rehearsal and a dinner following. 

Rehearsal Night

The rehearsal took place this past Friday night, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to wear a vibrant, maxi dress I bought (on sale for $20) at a local H&M.  I wanted to do something equally fun with my hair.  That’s when I looked at Refinery29.com for some ideas!  I found this perfect updo hairstyle that requires minimal effort.  The mohawk shape of it goes perfectly with the print of the dress.  My hair is thin, but the length made it look as similar as possible to the photograph.  20130812-141625.jpg

Funky Up-Do

Limited Edition Maxi Dress 

 

Wedding Day 

As a “groomswoman”, I was only asked to wear black.  I ended up with a classic, black dress with a gorgeous V-cut back.  It was simple and sleek and will definitely be worn again!  I wanted my hair to up to expose the shape of the back, so I was on the hunt for an EASY french twist.  After a grueling 2 minutes of searching on Pinterest, I found a perfect look.  While I was obviously going to stand out on the groom’s side, it was a subtle look that was definitely a hit with the bride and the bridesmaids!

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Easy French Twist

Crepe Woven Dress

For both updos I used bobbypins, a teasing comb, and hairspray; I also used elastics for the first updo. THAT’S IT!

TIP: I think the key in doing your own hair for special events is to lean toward the “messier” and softer looks.  I am a big fan of imperfect hair that is whispy and a little unkempt.  It allows for more mistakes unlike the typical, slicked back updos. 

DIY Candle Decor

I love candles and I love burning candles for no other reason than they are pretty.  So, here’s a fun way to display candlestick in something a little different.  This can be used on a mantle or maybe at a wedding for the “in memory” table.  Be sure to keep an eye on the candle if it is above the glass and when the flame is close to the ribbon.

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You will need:

  • Glass Vase/Cylinder
  • 5 or more candlesticks
  • Extra candle
  • Hair tie or Rubber Band
  • Ribbon
  • Matches/Lighter

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First, gather a bunch of candle sticks.  Use different colors and different complimentary scents!  Gather them with a hair tie or rubber band.  This will hold them all in place.  Tie a ribbon around the candles to cover the hair tie.DSC_0333

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Next, take a candle, it will be easiest if you have one separate from the bundle.  Light the candle and turn it sideways over the glass cylinder or vase.  Let the wax drip onto the bottom of the cylinder.  Once you have a little puddle, stick you bundle on top of the liquid wax.  Hold it firmly until it dries.  This will hold the bundle in the center of the cylinder.

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After it is dry and firmly in place, light the candles and enjoy!

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Golf Themed Birthday Card

My nephew is a sports fanatic.  If you let him, he would play outside all day long, non-stop.  His most recent obsession is golf so I made that the theme for his card on his 7th birthday.

Check out the YouTube clip to see the “making of the card”!

I kept it simple and full of color. 

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I used 5 different pieces of cardstock: green grass, blue clouds, bright white (pole), red glitter (flag), and black for the hole. 

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On the backside of the green grass cardstock, I simply sketched quick “grassy” looking lines and cut along those lines to give it a realistic grass effect.  I placed the grass over a piece of blue clouds cardstock and then attached that to the actual card.  The rest of the card was very simple.  I cut out out a long rectangle as the pole, a small circle for the hole, and a glittery triangle for the flag.  Finally, I added a fun little #7 to the flag and used my own handwriting for the message.

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Gourmet Turkey Burger, with a Kick!

Nothing compares to a damn good burger.  I’ve had my fair share of greasy, bacon wrapped, cheesy, juicy, ridiculously delicious burgers.  Unfortunately, the older I’ve gotten, the more I realize that I might as well staple those burgers to my thighs and rear end.  Gravity and age are no longer on my side, which is why I’ve turned to a healthier version of one of my favorite dishes. 

While I’m sure there are thousands of turkey burger recipes out there similar to this, I wanted to give you MY take on a healthy and filling burger.  This gourmet style bruger is packed with a punch; not for the faint of heart!

Ingredients:

  • ground turkey (1lb. makes about 4 burgers)
  • fresh cilantro
  • jalapenos
  • pepper jack cheese
  • fresh garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

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Form ground turkey into patties.  I like to ball up the meat and flatten with my palms so that the edges are jagged and not perfectly round.  Call me crazy, but I firmly believe this “old school” shaped pattie makes a difference in the taste of the burger.   I also make my patties HUGE and flat; they will thicken up as they cook.  Season both sides with salt and pepper and set aside.

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Chop about 3 garlic cloves.  Add a thin layer of olive oil to pan on low heat and toss in the garlic. 

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Cut jalapenos into thin slices and chop the cilantro. 

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Add jalapeno slices and chopped cilantro into pan with garlic to saute; increase heat to just below medium.

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Add the seasoned patties to the pan; directly on top of the sauteed mix.

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Increase heat as necessary until patties are fully cooked.

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Once the patties are fully cooked, add slices of pepper jack cheese and take the jalapenos and cilantro on the pan to layer on top of the patty. 20130713-123040.jpg

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I like to add Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce for dipping and pair this with sweet potato fries, a side salad, or corn on the cob.  It’s a zesty and light meal, perfect for summertime.  Use reduced fat cheese, no dipping sauce, and no bun if you’re looking to be extra healthy!

 

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Baseball Themed Birthday Party

For my nephew’s 1st birthday, my sister and I threw a baseball themed birthday party.  There were a few other small children in attendance for the big bash, but this party was mainly for the adults and of course to get a few cute pics of the birthday boy shoving cake in his face.

 Most of the decorations were, with no surprise, DIY.  Just as explained in the Rock N Roll themed Baby Shower post, having a main table as the focal point is very effective and appealing.

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The photo above represents the main attraction table. 

  • Banner (Party City)
  •  Cupcake Stand (DIY)
  • Poster Collage (DIY/Walmart)
  • Quote game for the adults
  • Baseball for guests to sign with a message for the little slugger

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My sister had a fun idea for the adults.  She typed and printed quotes from different baseball movies and attached onto different patterned cardstock.  She simply taped these quotes on top of framed photos around the kitchen and living area.  She provided a little “quiz” sheet on clipboards; the adults wrote their answers on their quiz.  Later in the party, the answers were revealed and the winner received a little prize. 

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The cupcakes were homemade and the toppers were photos of the birthday boy on one side, with his “stats” on the other side. 

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On oversized baseball posters on the kitchen wall, we wrote what was being served at the “Concession Stand”.  Basically just a quick menu of the food at the party.

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In the entrance of the house, we had a little table setup for the kiddies; there were traditional birthday hats, goodie bags, and little games they could play.

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I hope this helped spark some ideas for you.  While this theme is baseball, these ideas can be translated for any type of themed party.

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DIY: Rock N Roll Themed Baby Shower

Hosting a baby shower for a friend or loved one can be overwhelming, exhausting, and expensive.  You may have an idea of what you want the decorations to look like, what you want the food to be, how you want it to all turn out.  Sometimes, these great expections get in the way of preparing a simple, yet memorable event.  I think it’s definitely important to have inspiration, be it from Pinterest, an event you’ve been to before, or ideas you can pull from random blogs.

Last year, I was responsible for helping host a baby shower for my sister and her husband.  They are both huge fans of rock music from the 70’s, very laid-back, and I would consider them non-traditional.  It was decided it would be more fun to make the decorations; ALL OF THEM.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any of step-by-step photos of the decorations I made, but they are SO simple, a quick explanation should be sufficient if you want to duplicate.

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The theme was “Shake, Rattle, and Roll”!

Photos framed with Ornate, funky frames

Song lyrics put onto DIY canvas art

Treats: Pop Rocks, Rock Candy

DIY Signs

Candles

Cupcakes with DIY cupcake toppers

DIY Guitar Cupcake stand

DIY Backdrop

DIY Baby Clothes on Clothespins

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I am, by no means, an expert sewer; I’m not even somewhat proficient.  The idea of creating your very own backdrop may seem intimidating, but there are a couple of ways to do it, that don’t require sewing.  By making your own backdrop, you can pick specific fabrics and patterns to go along with your theme.

The center pattern was an Andy Warhol inspired pattern of the members of the Beatles.  The outside panels were red with black polka dots.  I simply hand sewed the backdrop together, but you could also get a fusing material to iron on to the fabric and attach the materials together.

Then, we gathered different styled onesies, socks, knitted hats, etc. My mom knit a pair of green socks and a couple hats and I ironed letters onto a tie dye onesie to complete a backdrop.

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Another aspect of the main table was a DIY canvas with song lyrics.  This idea was taken from Pinterest.  On a blank canvas, place your lyrics or phrase of sticker letters onto the canvas.  Spray paint over the letters and let dry.  Finish the canvas with mod podge to give it a finished, glossy look.

The letter “C” represents the last name.  This literally took me 5 minutes!  The wooden letter, purchased from Michael’s, was simply spray painted and place in a safe area to dry.  The candle gives the table a chic rock n roll vibe.  Although a ton of colors were used, they worked perfectly together.

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This frame, along with a black one and a lime green one, were purchased from TJ Maxx for less than $10 each.  They are ornate, yet work really well with the whole theme.  Inside the frame is song lyrics from one of the parents-to-be favorite songs.  I simply printed them off a computer and cropped the paper to put inside the frame.  It is a very cool, simple, and different decoration.

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These DIY invitations were inspired by a couple different of themes and pictures I found on Pinterest and Etsy.  I used Microsoft Word and printed them onto glossy photo paper.   Then, I cropped them and attached to a piece of cardstock.

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My favorite part of the shower was the DIY cupcake stand made by my very talented, very retired, and apparently very bored stepfather.  He literally bought old vinyl records to be the 3 tiers of the stand.  Then, he crafted the guitar using pieces of wood and painting it.  It still blows my mind he created this; always look to family and close friends as creative resources.  He by no means is a cupcake stand builder; but he knows how to use handyman tools so he was a huge help in all of this and blew all of us away!

The cupcake toppers were created again, using Microsoft Word and printed onto glossy photo paper.  They were cut out and attached to cardstock.  The cardstock was attached to lollipop sticks purchased from Michael’s.

Tips for Hosting a DIY Baby Shower

  • Make a list for everything!  I literally bought a journal to write all my brainstorming ideas, things I needed to buy, ideas I thought were lame but wrote down anyway.  It kept everything in one place and was a great resource for me throughout the planning process.
  • Create a budget and stick to it.  Although a baby shower is a monumental event, it shouldn’t put a dent in your wallet.  I recommend creating a table with decorations as the focus, rather than decorating an entire huge area.  It keeps the budget low and reasonable!
  • Print out pictures for inspiration.  Pinterest and Google Images should be your best friend.  Print out pics and put them inside your journal for inspiration!
  • Keep it simple. Take it from me, it is very easy to get caught up in making this event, the grandest, most fabulous, most fantastic baby shower ever.  Get real.  Less is more.  This goes back to having one focus area and keeping the rest of your space very simple!
  • Cater to the needs/wants of the person(s) being honored. I realized right away that what I wanted, wasn’t necessarily what the parents-to-be wanted.  At the end of the day, if they don’t want a cupcake stand made out of records and a guitar, just don’t do it.