Friday, October 30, 2009

Zombies are out...

So I absolutely LOVE dressing up for the Halloween season and luckily my husband and I get two chances this year. We had an event called Zombiecon in Fort Myers where everyone dresses like zombies, drinks, dances, and just has a good time. This year I went with a friend, my sister, and the hubby. I got inspired for a makeup look from YouTube vid of MissChevious.


So here are some pics from the night. Enjoy!







(I was told zombie's don't smile so I was looking scary---but personally I think I just look confused lol)

My hubby was talented enough to cut, rip, and bloody the clothes--what talent! So on this Halloween Eve I wish you all Happy Hauntings!

Tomorrow I am dressing as a mermaid so those pics won't be as traumatizing LOL. Good night!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bubbles and relaxation...



"There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."
Author: Sylvia Plath




At the end of a long day I actually crave a nice bath. I love the freedom of laying in the bath with the smell of lavender or chamomile, reading a great book or magazine. It's so relaxing. I must have inherited this trait from my mother. I remember as a child that my mom would lock herself in the bathroom, most likely hiding from her four children, to relax and read a book. I think this was the only opportunity she had for solitude and leisurely reading.


I have tried many different kinds but Bath & Body Works Sleep line is my favorite. Around the holidays they release their "Warm Milk and Honey" scent and this is heaven, you must try it if you are interested in bath what-so-ever. 



So to all of you out there, if you are not into the relaxation of a hot bath, I urge you to try---you will not be disappointed...



xoxo

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Headband Trend...

I know this trend has been popular for a while but I am still loving it. I have accumulated quite a collection of various headband from crazy to subtle, to purchased to DIY. I think a headband offers the opportunity to dress an outfit up, give an everyday look some more personality or even just make one feel pretty. I know recently on GG, Blair Waldorf has been told to shed her headband, she is in college now. But I am 27 and just can't get over it. Here are some of my faves - purchased and DIY alike... (I use a tissue box holder to keep them organized).




I actually made one for my bestie this weekend so here is a little DIY for you all...


What you will need:
A headband, about 0.5-1.0 inch thick
Satin ribbon, any color you choose, 1 inch or wider for a more dramatic bow
Fabric glue
Scissors
Pins

Cut a piece of ribbon about 20-24 inches---I usually cut it too long but better safe than sorry. Form the ribbon for one side of the bow. You can pin it as you make each loop or you can pin it in the center once the whole side is made. The ribbon was really slippery today so I actually put a dot of glue between each loop as I went.
This is what it looks like after the first side is complete. If you didn't glue as you went, I would dab a small amount of glue on the inside folds of the loop. Repeat the loops for the other side with the continuing ribbon. When you finish with the loops, you should have something like this. Be sure to pin this even if you have glued to make sure the glue has set.
At this point, place glue between every fold, be careful not to put too much as it will leak out when you press. I cut the end about 1 1/2 inches from the bow into a "V" by folding the ribbon length-wise and cutting at an angle.


Cut a piece of ribbon about 2-3 inches long and fold it in a tri-fold. You are going to need to fold a third of the ribbon in so the shiny side is facing out and glue the third in, then fold the other third over so the outer seams are folded onto the inside of the ribbon and glue. This gets messy and kind of hard to work with depending on you ribbon thickness. I do the tri-fold so the edge of the ribbon doesn't show. If you don't mind the edge, you could fold in half. Or if you have a smaller width of ribbon in the same or contrasting color, you could use that.
Once you have the piece glued, wrap it around the center of the bow the glue to the back of the bow. I always have way more ribbon than needed because sometimes the glue will come through the ribbon and I like to be able to cut any bad pieces off. You should be able to remove all pins now.

Take the bow and glue to the headband where ever you would like it. I put mine off to the side. This glue pictured above is amazing. I have glued fabric and headbands and have had no problems so no worries...
And the finished project...



Monday, October 26, 2009

Weekend eye makeup...

I thought I would post my makeup that I wore this past weekend. I love playing with different eyeshadows so this is what I wore.













Urban Decay Primer Potion
ULTA Galaxy eyeshadow
ULTA Platinum Eyeshadow
Benefit Silky Powder Shadow in Low Profile
DiorShow BlackOut Mascara
































Urban Decay Primer Potion
Smashbox Eyeshadow in Ink (just a dab in the outer corner to darken)
Sephora Brand Eyeshadow in Carolina's Pride
Lorac Eyeshadow in Rhapsody
Stila Barbie Loves Stila Smudge Pot in Purple Pumps
Benefit Silky Powder Shadow in Low Profile
DiorShow BlackOut Mascara

I must say I usually love the Stila Smudge Pots but I feel the Barbie one wasn't as smooth. It was pretty glittery and I felt it wouldn't get on the brush, instead it was like the brush just slashed a line in the makeup. After some maneuvering the look came out ok but I had higher expectations.

Enjoy the week--Monday is already over :-)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Successful Sewing Adventure

Well today I have completed my first successful sewing project. I have attempted dresses in the past but they either fell apart or were 5 sizes too small but today all that has changed. After browsing JCrew, I found a wool mini-skirt that I thought was super cute:


Well to say the least, I didn't want to pay $88 for the skirt and the color I wanted, gray, is already sold out. I was thinking how hard could it really be to make a skirt and therefore the adventure began.

The husband and I embarked on a journey to Jo-Ann's Friday night in search of material and pattern for a simple mini-skirt. I found a pattern from McCall's that I really liked and thought would work great (the brown mini).


I found a grey wool fabric that would be perfect. I gave the clerk the fabric and had her cut me 2 yards---after browsing the other fabrics to ensure I picked the perfect one, the clerk proceeded to inform me that the fabric is $25 per yard---$50! I am by no means a fabric connoisseur and therefore the reason of my surprise with the price of wool. After much searching, I found three fabrics in the sale section that would be great, a black & grey houndstooth, a brown plaid, and a greyish-blue plaid.


I started with the houndstooth and I don't know if I was really into it or what but everything was working great with minor hiccups here and there. I took a pic when I started and then forgot pics until it was finished--


Let me know what you think---I am thinking of pairing it with a funky black or white T such as these---


tights, and boots/booties. Here is the final project---can't wait to wear it out. I'm not 100% sure how much I trust myself----maybe I'll have a backup when I go out wearing it LOL.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Confidence...

In reading my November issue of Glamour, I stumbled across an article about confidence that was quite intriguing. The article offers some great advice that all women should follow to become confident in seven different areas of our lives, such as in who we are, in our skin, in our style, under extreme stress, at any party, in bed, and in what we think. 

I have found that in recent years, I have become more confident in several of these areas in my life and I think I can contribute a lot of that confidence to my awesome husband, who is always having faith in me even when I can't find the faith in myself. Having someone in your life that believes in you, helps to create this confidence that will carry you far in life.


I have had an awesome year with passing the CPA exam but that journey was long, hard, taxing, and more than once I tried to give up. My husband was there, usually with an iron fist, making me see that I have what it takes. He supported me by being married to a person hiding behind an office door studying for hours on end, a person that has a break-down from stress at least one a month during studying. He drove me to the tests, comforted me when I failed, & bought me balloons and flowers to congratulate me when I passed sections. Most importantly, he believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. 

In this journey I have learned that being confident does help you to accomplish your goals. We have to be confident and love who we are because if we don't love and believe in ourselves, other people won't either.

I am who I am and while I may not be perfect, I love the person I have become.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Yum: Coconut Macaroons

I was never a big macaroon person until about a year ago when I found this recipe in Domino magazine. This is an excellent dessert and extremely easy to make.


Coconut-Dipped Macaroons



2 egg-whites
Salt
0.5 cup sugar
0.5 tsp vanilla
2 cups finely shredded coconut
2.5 oz bitersweet dark chocolate


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To a medium mixing bowl, add egg whites and a pinch of salt, beat with an electric mixer until stiff.  Fold in sugar and vanilla, then stir in coconut. Using a small ice cream scoop, form cookie on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool for 30 mintues.


Melt chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Pour into bowl; dip macaroons halfway in chocolate, and return to baking sheet until chocolate has hardened.


This makes 12 healthy sized cookies and I have found I like to drip the chocolate over the cookies rather than dip to have less chocolate on them. Also I just melt my chocolate in the microwave to save dishes and time. My microwave actually has a melt chocolate feature that makes it pretty easy. Enjoy!



I plan on making these tonight so I'll post a pic...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Cash for Beauty Clunkers


For all of you Sephora VIB's out there, there are discounts on the horizon. I received an email this weekend from Sephora - we can trade 5 used beauty "clunkers" for $10 off an order of $50, if you didn't get it check your email trash. (I would share but only one per person, sorry) This sounds like a great deal, right?! Except that I have cleaned out all of my old crappy makeup and have no makeup to give. I am going have to dig around my cabinets for some lotions or nail polish maybe. I cannot let free Sephora $$ pass me by. On a side note, all product that can be, will be recycled so props to Sephora for being environmentally conscious.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Christian Louboutin--wow...








These shoes are amazing! At $2,830 this Christian Louboutin's are well out of my price range but can you imagine the possibilities. These shoes would make the perfect outfit pop. I saw these on Bergdorf's site and just had to share! Happy lusting - enjoy!

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