March 28, 2014

All the Time...










I need to remember this in not only good times, but difficult times as well.  God is so good!


I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!












March 27, 2014

March 2014 Ipsy Bag





I just tried to start this post two different ways, "It's that time of the month again!" and "It's that time again!" and neither way could I read it without thinking it's that time of the month again.  So, it's Ipsy Bag time again, better?  

If you don't know what Ipsy is, it's a monthly subscription service in which you pay $10 for 4-5 deluxe and full sized beauty items.  Products in your bag range from skincare, to make up, to hair care, anything in the beauty world.  It's a lot of fun and the value of the products in my bag have always far exceeded the $10 I pay. Let's get into this month's bag...


1. The product I was most excited to receive was the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer. For someone who rarely wears anything more than tinted moisturizer and mascara on a daily basis, I love face make up.  Some girls like eye products or lip products, give me all of the foundations, concealers and primers I can stand!  This primer is a really pretty golden peach color that has a nice sheen to it to brighten your face, but doesn't leave you looking like a disco ball.  I've only tried it once, so the jury is still out, but so far, so good. 

2. Ipsy must really love the Be a Bombshell brand, and with good reason.  This eye shadow quad in "Bora Bora" is gorgeous.  As I said before, most days I don't bother with eye make up beyond mascara, but when I do take the time, warm golden colors like these are what I reach for.  The colors are really smooth, and pigmented and blend nicely, I even think that shockingly bright teal (which is way outside of my comfort zone) would look really pretty smudged a bit on the lower lash line. I'm thinking of doing a makeup tutorial with this quad. 




3. Is this bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in "Get Ready" not the cutest sample you've ever seen?! This is by far the best lipstick "sample" I have ever received.  The color is a "mauvey" natural color, and as with all bareMinerals lip products I have tried, feels amazing on the lips. 

4.  Ipsy also seems to love nail polish of all brands, and that's okay by me; I love receiving nail polish! This is from the Nicole by OPI "Roughless" collection.  The collection has four pastel colors, all with a matte, you guessed it, rough textured finish.  Now, when it comes to nail polish I'm a cream finish girl, all day, every day.  I like glitter polish every now and then and absolutely can't stand shimmer or frosty polishes, so I knew this wasn't going to be a new favorite.  Now, with that being said, I hadn't ever tried a textured polish and knew I would never go out and buy one on my own, so it was fun to be able to test this out and surprisingly, I didn't hate it.  I doubt I will every use it again, but I enjoyed testing it out and if you're into textured polish, I'd suggest trying this, it didn't begin to chip for quite a few days. I can't find this available online, but Nicole by OPI is sold at Target, Ulta, CVS, and other similar drug stores. 



L to R swatched: Bora Bora eye shadow quad, bareMineral lipstick, Pixi face primer




I hope you all have had a great week! Do you subscribe to any monthly subscription bags? 






March 17, 2014

DIY Hanging Full Length Mirror

Remember that time I apologized for taking such a long break between posts because of my move, said I was back to posting regularly and then fell of the face of the world after that exact post? Yeah, I suck sometimes.  In my defense I don't have a fancy photographer to follow me and snap pictures of my outfits of the day, so when my full length body mirror saw its final day, so did my mirror photo outfit pictures.

I have 3 posts lined up for this week though, and the first is this super easy way to hang those cheap hookless body mirrors from Walmart.



I don't understand why these mirrors don't come with some way to hang them on the wall, would it really cost that much more to put a hook similar to that on the back of a picture frame on these mirrors as well? My last full length body mirror just sat propped up against my bedroom wall, looking really tacky.  From all of my moving it around and sitting it on various shoe boxes & tables to get the appropriate height for viewing my whole outfit, the side frames broke off one at a time until all I was left with was the mirror glued to the cardboard backing; it looked like a hot mess. 

I picked up this silver mirror from Walmart for $11 along with the white spool of ribbon for $1 and wall hook for $2, costing me a grand total of $14 as I already had the other supplies.  I always feel like DIY bloggers who say "I already had the other supplies" sound so legit. They talk about how inexpensive this project was to complete and then will rattle off a list of 72 things you need to complete the wooden pallet table, followed by "it only cost me $9.48 in materials, because I already had everything else" Oh okay well I don't already own 4 casters at $7 each, 47 L brackets and organic bamboo rods.  Even if you have to buy everything brand new to complete this project, the glue gun, glue sticks and spray paint shouldn't cost more than an extra $10. (I highly recommend if you are a frequent spray painter or not, to buy the nozzle I have attached to my spray paint can! I have so many failed spray paint attempted projects before using this thing. It cost me less than $8 at Lowe's and it make the spray paint application one million times easier, cleaner and more even. I won't ever spray paint without one.)






All you do for this project is first, spray paint the wall hook whatever color you choose. You can absolutely omit this step if you want and save yourself some time and money.  I wanted my hook to look like it could have come with the mirror, so I painted it silver.  Next, you just flip the mirror over and diagonally hot glue the ribbon to the mirror backing.  As you can see, I didn't think to measure the ribbon placement and it is slightly off center. I was careful to eyeball it as even as I could and once it's hanging it look center, but if you want it perfect, I suggest measuring before gluing. 




and to keep things super classy around here, I slapped some duct tape across the hot glued ribbon for extra hold. I also cut a bow to hot glue around the hook.






And that's it! A super quick, easy and affordable way to hang your full length body mirrors!



I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoyed this easy DIY!





March 3, 2014

Oscars Fashion Review





Arguably, the most anticipated part of the Oscars, is the red carpet fashion. If I happen to be unable to watch the actual awards show, you better believe I am on my phone Googling "oscars red carpet fashion" moments after it starts and refreshing every so often until I can see who wore what.  Below are my noteworthy picks from the night.


1. Luptia Nyong'o in Prada. If I could wear this dress, I'd half consider getting married in pale blue, it's stunning! Luptia stole my heart at the Golden Globes in that stunning red Ralph Lauren dress, and yet again in this Prada gown. I am excited to see what else is to come from her.

2. Maria Menunos in Johanna Johnson.  First of all she's just  beautiful in general, she could wear a garbage bag and I'd probably still have chosen her as a best dressed contender. I love this dress on her and how her slightly boho braided updo compliments and balances the glamour of the dress without looking too casual. 

3. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture.  Is there anyone in the world not obsessed with this woman? Again, I love her so much she too could wear a garbage bag and I'd be in her corner rooting her on. I absolutely love how she chose to wear understated accessories (the necklace dips down longer in the back; perfection!) and let that gorgeous red peplum dress take front stage. Also, that hair is fierce.




1. Kate Hudson in Versace. Kate was made to wear plunging necklines, and I love when she does it. This dress is like the more sophisticated old Hollywood version of the infamous green Versace plunging neckline dress J.Lo wore to the Grammys .

2. Anne Hathaway in Gucci. Normally I'm all about the glitz and glamour for the Oscars and think a dress with edge like this would look perfect for the Grammys, but Anne looks flawless. I love this dress and again, how she too let the dress itself be her main accessory keeping all others minimal.

3. Guilianna Rancic in Paolo Sebastian. Oh, G, you are beautiful.  The taupe color of this dress is gorgeous and truthfully a little unexpected.  If there is ever a time to wear a ball gown, the Oscars is it and I think this dress with her hair pulled back into a sleek updo looks beautiful.


all photos via eonline.com

1. Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel. What is going on? I adore Anna and this dress was a huge let down! To me, there is just too much going on from the pleated bottom half, to the high low cut, to the criss cross at the top (which would have been gorgeous had the rest of the dress been different) to the mesh cut outs to the hideous red embellishment/cut out detail in the middle. This dress looks like something you'd wear dancing the Flamenco on Dancing with the Stars. She's still as gorgeous as ever and her makeup looks beautiful and natural, so points for that.

2.  Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis in Valentino and Prada. Best dressed couple, they look so chic and are absolute perfection! I love that Jason wore a navy suit and black bow tie to compliment Olivia's black gown. Her accessories aren't too much, but add just enough sparkle fort the simplicity of her dress. She really wears pregnancy well!

3. Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra. My best dressed pick of the night is Mrs. Channing Tatum. As I said before, to me, the Oscars is the time to go all out in full glamour and that's exactly what Jenna did with this dress. I love her hair pulled back with a few loose face framing pieces to keep the look more elegant and less royal princess. She's got a bit of a train, some sparkle and featheresque ruffles, she nailed it.


So there you have it, my thoughts on a few of the standout red carpet moments from the 2014 Academy Awards. What were your thoughts? Who was your best dressed pick? And I will leave you with this...


My eyes can't handle the all of the cuteness. New celeb couple crush.