Sunday, December 22, 2013

New Years Sparkle

I have never been all that excited for New Year's Eve, the over-rated, over-crowded and over-priced bars were never really my cup of tea. Even though there are some negatives to New Year's, there is one big bright spot and that is the clothes. It is the only night of the year that sparkle and glitter is not only advised it is expected. Amie has put together an amazing outfit that I am totally coveting!

Isabel Dress/ Parker NYC/ $396
Crystal Winged Necklace/ Bauble Bar/ $38
Mini Disco Cone Cuff/ Bauble Bar/ $38
Broderick Sequin Clutch in Gold/ Mimi Boutique/ $49.85

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Crafts

My little guy, Daniel, loves to "help" so I have had to get creative when I want to get any DIY's done.  A year ago I made some Paint Swirl Ornaments and I thought this would be a great project for Daniel to try.  He was so excited to pick his own paints for each ornament.

After picking the paints for the ornament we started pouring paint through the opening at top of the ornament and moving the ornament around a bit to start the swirling process.  Daniel loved swirling the paint and was very proud of himself.  Once the ornament was coated with paint on the inside I placed it upside down on a paper plate to let the excess paint drain out.  I did have to go back to it a few times and move the ornament so there wasn't a huge build up of paint inside.  I have also seen people put the ornament upside down in a plastic cup which is genius I just didn't have a cup to use.

Here are our completed ornaments.  I added a ribbon loop to the top of most of the ornaments.  This was a really great project for Dan and he is excited to give them as gifts to his family.

Another project Daniel and I tackled together was painting this unfinished wooden tree I found on one of my trips to A.C. Moore.  I thought it would make a really cute decoration.  I started painting it a forest green and I let Daniel paint the back the same color.  

After painting the whole tree green, I used a sponge to dab on some white paint to look like snow.  As soon as Dan saw that he wanted to add "snow" to his side.  I mixed glitter paint with the white so the tree would have a little sparkle once the lights were added.

We bought colored lights for it and my little helper put them in place.

The tree came out really cute and Dan loves it which is all that really matters.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Influenster RoseVoxBox

I was lucky enough to be selected to receive the Influenster Rose VoxBox last month (yes I am very behind in posting about it.) The box included some really great items that I have started using.

The box included the following:

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara: $5.99 
This is great mascara.  It adds volume and does not go on clunky.  I think for the price it is a great mascara option.

Dr. Scholl's For Her Cozy Cushions: $12.49
What's not to like?  This insoles essentially make any pair of boots feel like those comfy but not that fashionable boots we all wear.  I think these are totally worth it and will be purchasing more so I have a set in every pair of boots.

belVita crunchy Breakfast Biscuits: $3.69 for a box of 5 packets of 4 biscuits
I am always a little leery about breakfast bars.  I usually eat a big breakfast otherwise I am looking to pick all morning.  While I did think these tasted very good (especially for a breakfast bar) I was hungry an hour later.  It is a good alternative for people that need a quick breakfast on the go but I would bring an apple of banana to round it out.

Kiss Gradation Polishes: $6.99
I was very excited to receive this.  I had not see an ombre nail kit in the stores and I couldn't wait to give it a try. With two little boys I have a hard time finding the time to do my nails much less 3 different coats but I do like how easy it is to use.

Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles: $3.99 for a 5.1 oz bag
This was a welcome treat.  Who doesn't love some chocolate?!?!? Lindt chocolate is delicious but I would have prefered to receive dark chocolate...and have the calories removed.

*All products were received complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Keep Warm & Look Good Doing It

Like many of us, I am dreading the cold weather but cute accessories make the winter months a little more bearable.  I love a good hat or scarf.  They can make any outfit look pulled together and don't worry if you are having a bad hair day.  A hat like the hot pink beanie can be worn out or indoors warming up by the fire.  Amie and I have put together a collection of cute cold weather options that will be sure to keep you warm.

Faux Fur Trapper Hat/ Barneys New York/ $39
Slouchy Beanie in Hot Pink/ Banana Republic/ $34.50
Jeweled Cap/ H&M/ $34.95
Carrie Pom Pom Hat/ Calypso/ $29

Sequin Infinity Scarf/ Kenneth Cole/ $48
Chunky Knit Cowl/ Barneys New York/ $29

Pearlized Crystal Gloves/ Ann Taylor/ $39.50
Ruched Leather Gloves/ Barneys New York/ $49
Leather Zip Glove/ Banana Republic/ $59.99
Stef Long Glove/ Calypso/ $19