Thursday, October 31, 2013

Horsing Around for Halloween

I apologize...I am getting you Amie's Halloween fashion look a little late. Halloween is really great for the kiddos but it is exhausting for Mommy! Well better late than never....and I am loving this dress!!!

Here's an idea for an elegant way to dress up for Halloween. Go from sporting my little pony as a girl to rocking this beautiful horsey dress as a grown up fashionista. Also, all of the pieces paired with this dress will become instant go-to's to wear all the time with your current wardrobe. And, if you've never rocked the dark nails look, it's really the perfect week to try. Instead of going completely black, try this beautiful purple shade for your fingers and toes. 

 Note: This is really a look you can wear everyday, but using the "It's Halloween" excuse may give you the extra push to go ahead and splurge.

2. BCHARLEE/ Steve Madden/ $45.00
3. Mix No. 6 Baylee Pump/ DSW/ $49.95
4. Jami Printed Drop Waist Dress/ Club Monaco/ $198.50
5. Essie Nail Polish in Black Purple LUXEDO/ Salon Supply Store/ $5.25
6. DKNY Opaque Tights/ Belk/ $15.00

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Glitterized Skull

While at the Dollar Store the other day I came across a plastic skull.  I am not much for the realistic, scary Halloween decorations but thought I would give this standard spooky skull my own spin.  I gathered up my Mod Podge, a foam brush, and black and purple fine glitter and got to work.  

I apologize for the lack of before pictures but I thought it would be a fun project to do with my almost 3 year old.  Not sure what I was thinking..Mod Podge, glitter and a 3 year old..not my smartest idea.  I had him help with the first coat but I finished it up during his nap.

I applied a layer of Mod Podge to the upper part of the skull and poured the glitter on top.  I repeated this until the whole skull was covered.  After the initial coat I had to go back a few times and go over the sparse areas.  Wait for the Mod Podge to dry between layers!  Seems obvious but I was impatient and learned the hard way.  

I am loving the way it looks.  

We had some old mini wine glass candles that I put around it and placed it in the front entry way.

My little guy admiring our work.  He likes to call the skull "Spooky, Spooky."  I think I will be glittering more things in the future!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Purrr-fect Look for Day or Night

Here is another entry from Amie's Fashion Files.  This is outfit that would be great for work or a night out....or why not both!  All of us struggle with those day to night looks and here is a perfect option. Simple but cool jewelry help style the outfit while this glittery pink nail polish is just the right pop of color.  

1. Camel Funnel Neck Coat/ Dorothy Perkins/ $89.00
2. Tunic Dress - City Leopard/ New York & Company/ $69.95
3. Retro Dome Studs/ Forever 21/ $3.80
4. Edgy Pyramid Stud Cuff/ Forever 21/ $8.80
5. Crown Vintage Wendy Bootie in Tan/ DSW/ $49.95
6. NAILS INC. In Pinkie Pink/ Sephora/ $9.50 
($1 of sales goes to Breast Cancer Campaign)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Children's Room Initial

Last year when I was getting my now almost 3 year old ready to transition to a new room and a "big boy bed" I decided to give him a sports themed room.  I made this chair and with the leftover scrapbook paper I decide to make him a matching "D" for his door.

I decided my little guy Ethan needed a letter of his own.  He is still in his nursery, which is a Winnie the Pooh theme.  I picked out a piece of scrapbook paper that was complimentary but not too matchy and could carry over to when he has a big boy room of his own.

Its super simple to do and makes a cute, inexpensive decoration.  I traced the letter on the back side of the paper and cut the paper to size.  Then I applied Mod Podge to the E, carefully placed the cut out scrapbook paper on top and smoothed it out.  I painted a layer of Mod Podge on top and once dry painted the edges a coordinating color.  

Here is the finished letter.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Black & White Weekend Wear

Amie has done it again.  She has put together a fun, fabulous outfit that I am going to be duplicating!

Everyone has a go-to outfit for the weekend.  This is the perfect ensemble to throw on for just about anything on a Saturday or Sunday. Brunch with the girls, shopping in the city, movie night, whatever.  And, if you're chasing around little ones, pair the look with ballet flats or boots without a heel.  But, if you can manage, the over the knee boots are all the rage. These boots from Steve Madden prove a bit more comfortable with a wedge heel, rather than a skinny spiked one. 

1. Mini Brim Fedora/ Calypso/ $59.00
2.1969 Ponte Legging Jeans/ Gap/ $69.95
5. BAFFEL/ Steve Madden/ $118.98
6. Uptown Drop Earrings/ Ann Taylor/ $38

Thursday, October 10, 2013

September Birchbox Review

As usual, my September Birchbox was amazing.  This month's theme was Heritage.  September was the third anniversary for Birchbox and all members were given a 30% code for anything in their "Customer Favorite" shop.  

RUFFIAN Nail Laquer in Hedge Fund - This is RUFFIAN's first nail polish collection and I was a big fan of it.  I was pretty excited to get this pretty green color especially since it is not something I would normally buy myself.  I also liked the fancy bottle!

Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer - This may be one of my favorite things I have ever received in a Birchbox.  This moisturizer  claims to be an an "anti-aging day/night cream, serum, eye cream, toner and primer."  I was amazed by how silky it felt on my skin and went on so smoothly.  I love any product that serves more than one purpose.  The only disappointment I have with the product is the lack of SPF in it for the price I would like to have SPF in as well.

Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo & Beauty Protector Protect & Condition – This shampoo and conditioner were wonderful and smelled great.  My hair looked shiny and I did notice some volume after using it.

GlamNatural™ Cream Blush – This blush is fantastic. The package says to use sparingly and they are not kidding.  A little bit gave a nice natural look.  I have not tried it yet, but the product does say it can be used for lip color.  

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Monday, October 7, 2013


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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Casual Fall Style

My sister Amie is one of the most fashionable people I know.  Seriously, it gets a little annoying.  I will show up at my parents house on a Saturday in yoga pants and she will be decked out looking like she just stepped off the pages of a magazine.  Since she is so up on all things fashion I have asked her to collaborate with me for Amie's Fashion Finds (working title).  Amie is going to channel her inner Rachel Zoe to style some ensembles and keep us up to date on the latest trends.  

This first outfit is perfect for a fall casual date.  Best part about most of the items below is how affordable they are.  Everything but the clutch is under $75!!!  We had to throw in one splurge item...A girl can dream.

2. Double Spiked Necklace / Forever 21/ $6.90

3. Phillip Lim for Target® Shirt Dress -Floral Print/ Target/ $39.99

4. Crown Vintage Ivvy Bootie/ DSW/ $69.95
5. Parlance Clip Set/ Anthropologie/ $12
6. Leather Bracelet/ H&M/ $9.95

Dream Piece
7. Pilot Clutch/ Rag & Bone/ $595