Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Halloween Favorites

Favorite DIY Costume Gumball Machine
I am loving this sweet costume that Marie of The Joy of Fashion created for Halloween last year.  I think this may just be the cutest DIY costume for grownups I've seen!  While I'm sure gluing all the pom poms on a dress is a bit time consuming it seems like an overall easy costume to make and is sure to be a costume favorite.

Favorite Festive Sweet Treat Cobweb Cupcakes
These chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting are a fun and slightly sophisticated Halloween dessert.  I love that these are topped with cotton candy as cobwebs - it is too cute!  These cupcakes are perfect to bring with you to a Halloween party and will definitely make a big hit.

Favorite Pet Costume Loofah Dog
When I saw this I died, it is hands down the most adorable pet costume I have ever seen!  I've seen women's loofah costumes before, but never one for a pet, which makes this even better.  Coco likes to wear clothes in the winter when it's cold outside, but she would never wear this no matter how hard I tried to get her to so I'll just have to admire on another dog!

Favorite Creative Decoration Pineapple Jack-O-Lantern
This is such an original and fun spin on the classic jack-o-lantern!  I really love this for those in warmer weather states, but it's really great for anyone who wants something a little different for their decorations.  If you make one of these I'm sure it'll make a huge hit!

Favorite Kids Costume Mini Audrey Hepburn
I love seeing all of the cute costumes little kids wear for Halloween, they are so creative and always look adorable.  This Mini Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's is my absolute favorite one I've seen!  It's so girly and fun, what little girl doesn't want to wear a giant tutu and a crown?!  If I have a daughter one day she will definitely be wearing this costume at some point.

What are your Halloween favorites?  Do you have any fun plans to celebrate this weekend?

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Beauty Review: Catastrophe Cosmetic

Lush Face Masks are my absolute favorite to give myself a mini facial with.  I think it is awesome that they are so fresh they have to be kept refrigerated - I love natural cosmetics and I feel like these masks are about as natural as you can get.  One of my favorite Lush masks is the Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask.  This mask deep cleans your skin without irritating it and is safe for even the most sensitive skin; my best friend has rosacea and this is one of her favorite masks to use because it doesn't trigger the rosacea.  The natural ingredients in this mask include blueberries, calamine powder, almond oil, sweet wild orange oil, and more, all of which work together to both cleanse and nourish your skin.

In my opinion after a long day smoothing on a chilled mask feels amazing.  To start off take this out of the fridge and apply a thick layer to your clean face.  Sit back and relax for ten minutes while the mask works its magic, do not allow it to completely dry on your face.  When ten minutes is up wash it off with lukewarm water and marvel at your gorgeous skin; then follow with your usual toner, serum, moisturizer, etc. routine.  Everytime I use this my skin is considerably calmer and any blemishes I have are minimized.  My skin also feels smooth and looks glowy.

I have purchased this mask several times because I love the results and will be doing so again in the future.  This mask is great for all skin types, but will be especially helpful for those with sensitive yet acne prone skin because it will treat the acne without irritating your skin, which can be hard to find. It's something I recommend everyone give a try and work it into their regular skin care routine, you will love the results!

Have you tried any Lush masks?  Which one is your favorite?

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How to Spend $200 at Nordstrom

A few weeks back I did a post on How to Spend $25 at Ulta, it was quite popular so I thought it would be fun to do more posts like it.  My absolute favorite place to shop is Nordstrom and I have been shopping there for as long as I can remember.  I love Nordstrom for both basics and trendy pieces; I get all my tee shirts and long sleeve tees there because they have good quality pieces at a great price point.  For fall and winter they have an amazing selection of pieces to choose from, which is no surprise!  Today I am going to share with you how to spend $200 at Nordstrom right now.

I am totally and completely obsessed with ponchos for fall.  This poncho reminds me a lot of the monogram Burberry ponchos that were huge with celebrities last fall and the epitome of chic.  The colors in this scream fall and make it super easy to style.  Buy this piece now and you will be wearing it all fall and winter.

Like I said above I love Nordstrom for quality basics at an affordable price point.  I picked up this long sleeve tee in white and black a few weeks ago and really love them.  They're super soft, long enough to cover your butt when wearing with leggings, and are an adorable style.  If you're looking for long sleeve tees I highly recommend picking some of these up.

This dress is fun because it's simple, but gives you lots of room to accessorize.  It's perfect to wear all year round because you can do so many things with it, for fall and winter layer it with tights, boots, and a sweater or scarf.  You can also dress this up or down depending on where you're wearing it. This dress is so versatile and a must have for any wardrobe.

A nude ballet flat is a style staple because it goes with just about everything.  This pair reminds me of ballet slippers and are super feminine.  You can wear these all year round and with a price of only $26 they're a steal!

Suede button front skirts are huge right now and this one is too cute.  If it's still warm where you are (like it is in Pennsylvania) you can wear it without tights and then add tights as the temperatures start to drop (which is hopefully soon).  I also love how these skirts look when paired with booties and a scarf.  This is very on trend right now and because it's neutral color you'll get a lot of wear out of it.

Everyone knows felt floppy hats are everywhere this fall.  I've always been a hat girl so I am loving this trend.  I've been looking for a felt floppy hat I like and I think I'm going to pick this one up!  It comes in black, camel, and mauve, but the camel one (pictured above) is my favorite.

All of these pieces come to a total of $202.00, which means I went over a little bit, but I figured a $2.00 difference was ok.  So this means at Nordstrom with just $200 you can get a poncho, shirt, dress, shoes, skirt, and hat that will update your wardrobe and keep you on trend through fall and winter.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Halloween

I can't believe that Halloween is just a few short days away!  This time of year it's fun to incorporate some holiday themed items into your everyday look, but this of course needs to be done in a chic way.  Here I have for you ten 'grown up' pieces for Halloween that you'll be wearing all week long.  If you're feeling bold throw on a skeleton sweatshirt and if you want something a little more subtle go with China Glaze's Halloween themed polishes like Ghostess With The Mostest.  I really love the pajamas pictured above for if you're not going out on Halloween night, they would be so cute (and cozy!) to hand out candy in.  If you are going out throw on the adorable bunny ears or the beautiful mask with an LBD and you're good to go.  There's so many ways to add a little Halloween spirit into your look and the possibilities are endless!  What are you doing for Halloween this year?!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

D.I.Y. Princess Pumpkins + Starbucks Giveaway

Every year I love to decorate my pumpkins in a unique way that makes them even more fun to decorate with.  Last year I monogrammed my pumpkin, and the year before I made disco pumpkins, so I definitely had to come up with something great this year!  I'm not sure quite how I came up with the idea, but last week I decided that this year I was going to paint princess pumpkins because that is very me.  I love how they turned out, super pretty, sparkly, and girly - just what I wanted!  We have less than a week until Halloween and this is a super easy way to jazz up your pumpkins, not including drying time this took me under an hour, and looks absolutely adorable!

-2 mini pumpkins
-1 small white pumpkin
-Paint brushes
-Paint sponge
-Pale pink paint
-White paint
-Mod Podge
-Gold glitter

-Wash and completely dry off your pumpkins.
-Paint one mini pumpkin pale pink.  Paint the top of the pumpkin and allow to dry, flip over and paint the bottom of the pumpkin, allow to dry.
-Mix white and pink paint to get a paler pink paint.  Paint the other mini pumpkin this shade of pink. Follow the previous instructions for how to paint.
-Coat the top third of the white pumpkin with Mod Podge.  To give the edges of the Mod Podge an uneven look brush it down the pumpkin.
-Pour glitter over the Mod Podge, use a lighter hand as you go down the pumpkin to taper the glitter.
-Allow to dry.
-When completely dry shake off remaining glitter (I did this in my sink because I thought that was the neatest way to do it).  Then run a dry paint sponge over the glitter to help remove any excess.
~Use pictures for reference.

Have you done any fun Halloween crafts this year?

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