Saturday, April 22, 2017

Muffin's (Almost) 18th Birthday + Tattoo

I have mentioned it a few times on the blog, but my very special kitty, Muffin, passed away about a month ago. Her birthday is on March 31st, and every year I had a special celebration for her. As she got older she got more spoiled, and I gave her a special dinner, a gift, and a cupcake for each birthday. Some years, even my mom would send her a gift!

Cat 18th birthday party

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette - Nail Art

Surprisingly, when I got the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette, the first place my mind went was not makeup looks. My first thought was actually "can I use this to create nail art?" I painted my nails black, got some of the makeup on a sponge, took a deep breath, and...

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette Nail Art

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette - Swatch + Makeup Look

Almost a month ago, my very special kitty, Muffin, passed away. It was very hard on me, and I am still not healed. My mom knew how hard that day was going to be, and a few days before we had to say "goodbye" to Muffin, my mom sent me a surprise in the mail. She asked me to open it on that day to try to lift my spirits. Even though it was a very sad day, I was still excited when I opened the box and saw the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette. I finally got a chance to try it out, and I can't wait to share it with you!

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mint Leopard French

There's no denying it, spring is here. For most people, this is a great time of year filled with sunshine and beautiful weather. I, on the other hand, hate spring with a passion. I don't like that the weather is warming up (I miss my scarves and boots!), and I especially don't like all the rain.

However, one thing I do like about spring is that the color mint is everywhere again! I love the gorgeous color, and it always pokes it's pretty head out when the weather starts warming up. I saw this pastel pink and leopard print nail art look on Pinterest, and I wanted to recreate it with my favorite spring color.

Gold and mint French manicure with leopard print

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wedding Crafting: Who's Who Picture Collage

When I first started planing my wedding, I thought I wanted to craft everything. I soon realized that crafting was a lot more work than it was fun! I still have a lot of things on my crafting to-do list, and I want to share a few of them on the blog. One project that I knew I wanted to do was a Who's Who picture collage.

Who's who photo collage wedding DIY

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Look Book: Purple Leopard

AAANNNDDD...I'M BACK! I'm sure some of you noticed (and I'm sure some of you didn't) but I took an unexpected 2 week blogging break. If you follow me on Instagram, you may know part of the reason why. Sadly, my very special kitty, Muffin, passed away. I got her when I was 9 years old, I had her for her entire 18 years of life, so this loss was extremely hard on me. On top of that, work has been overwhelming lately, (a lot got added on to my plate the day after Muffin passed). In that same week, the official 2 months-til-the-wedding countdown started, and I am scrambling to get everything done. So as you can see, it's been an intense couple of weeks.

The pain of loosing Muffin gets a little better every day, and even though work is still busy, it is getting more managable. The wedding stuff is still piling on, but I wanted to get back to blogging. I don't think that I will be able to keep up my schedule of posting twice a week, but I'll do my best! For my first post back, I wanted to share a winter-to-spring transition outfit.

Purple and leopard print zipper back top


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Green Day #RevRadTour

On Monday, Ben and I saw Green Day on their Revolution Radio tour in DC. He got tickets for me for Chanukkah, and I had been looking forward to it ever since. I was actually really nervous that the show would get canceled due to the big snow storm. I checked Twitter all day long, and luckily the show was on!

What I wore to the Green Day concert

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Green Nails for Green Day (and St. Patrick's day)

On Monday, Ben and I saw Green Day on their Revolution Radio tour, which was amazing! I will talk more about the concert in an upcoming post, but today I wanted to share the nail art I did for the concert.

From the start, I knew I wanted to do something with green and black. Since St. Patrick's day is around the corner, I also wanted my nails to be festive for the holiday too. I decided that the perfect way to incorporate both events was with green-to-black gradient nail art.

Green and black gradient nail art

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Julep Maven March 2017 - Face The Glimmer

If you follow me on Instagram, then you might have seen my first ever live video! For my first live video, I decided to unbox the March 2017 Julep Maven box. This month Julep released the Spring To It collection. I opted for the Face The Glimmer box, which featured four full sized makeup items, and two sample items.

Julep Maven March 2017 Face The Glimmer Box

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mandala

In college I took a Buddhism class, and it was one of my favorites. A huge teaching in Buddhism is the idea of impermanence. What that means is that everything that we know in this world is going to be destroyed sooner or later, so it's wise to not become too attached to things as they are.

One way the Buddhists embrace this idea is in the creation of mandalas. People can spend days or weeks creating this intricate designs made of sand, just to wash them away. Ever since I learned about this, it is something that I have tried to keep with me so that if something in my life breaks, I try to not get too upset over it.

When I saw this nail art on Pinterest, it reminded me of a mandala and I was inspired to recreate it.

Colorful mandala nail art

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Look Book: Gray and Burgundy

There are three ways in which I acquire new clothes into my wardrobe. The first, and least common, is buying it full price. The second is from the clearance rack. The third way is from my mom. This outfit combines the second two.

A few weeks ago I picked up a gray top on clearance. It was really comfy and perfect for work. A little while later, I got a surprise package in the mail from my mom with a pair of burgundy boots. She said she ordered them for herself but they were too small, so she sent them to me. Thanks mom! I love purples and grays together, so I decided to pair them.

Gray top and knee-high burgundy boots


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Remembrance Picture Frames

I am officially less than 3 months out from the wedding and it's getting close to crunch time! That means finalizing the details with all the vendors, and finish making all the crafts.

Of course, browsing Pinterest gave me a lot of ideas for personal touches to make the big day more special. One idea that I loved was to put photos of loved ones that have passed on the chairs during the ceremony.

I knew that I wanted to create fun signs and have lots of photos for the wedding, so over a year ago I picked up two picture frames that were on clearance. They were actually a hot mess when I got them (no wonder they were marked down so cheap!), but I knew I could revive them.

Pictures of loved ones that have passed on for wedding ceremony

Saturday, February 25, 2017

February 2017 Round Up

And just like that, February was over already. It was nice having a pretty low-key month, especially since March looks like it's going to be crazy one. I still had a lot of fun this month celebrating Valentine's day and hanging out with friends.

Nail Art

nail art feb 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Old Lace

I feel like a broken record when I say this, but I have been feeling pretty uninspired lately. With so much going on in my life, from the wedding right around the corner, and excititng things happening at work, it has been hard to think of nail art ideas.

Thank goodness for Pinterest! It has been saving my butt (and also making me want to spend money on lots of wedding details I probably don't need). I found this beautiful lace nail art look and I knew I wanted to recreate it. I loved the soft neutrals and the delicate lace.

Neutral and lace nail art

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Look Book: Purple Peplum Sweater

Every Valentine's day, my mom sends me (and now Ben too) a little care package. The rules are that it has to have Reese's and a stuffed animal. She usually also throws in some clothes, makeup, and other accessories. In my package this year, I got this beautiful purple peplum sweater.

Purple peplum sweater, grey knee high boots

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wedding Crafts: Painted Wine Bottles

It has been a hot minute since I have posted about my wedding planning on the blog. Since yesterday was our 2 year anniversary of being engaged, I thought it was time to share some of the things that I have been working on.

While touring wedding venues, we saw one wedding that I just thought was so beautiful. One thing I loved about this wedding was all the personal touches that the bride added. I actually used some ideas in a few of my crafts. The first one I worked on was painted wine bottles.

What you need:

Wedding Crafts: Painted Wine Bottles

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Makeup Looks: Smokey Valentine

Can you believe that Valentine's day is right around the corner already? Ben and I are actually celebrating tonight. We are getting dressed up and going out for a fancy dinner. This is also a special day for us, because Ben proposed on Valentine's day two years ago.

I decided that I wanted to create a Valentine's day makeup look, so I started browsing Pinterest. I found three looks I loved, but I ended up deciding to go with this Valentine's day smokey eye.

Smokey makeup look for Valentine's day

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Love Letters

Even though my fiance, Ben, and I are millennials, there is something special about handwriting your feelings for someone, and sending it in the mail (snail mail that is!). We only wrote each other love letters a couple of times while we were in our four year long distance relationship. 

Now that we live together, we do leave the occasional love note. I think that taking the time to write your feelings down is so special. It takes time and thought, and you can keep it forever. I save all the love notes that Ben has written for me. You can't save a text and look back on it with your grandchildren!

Love letter nail art for Valentine's day

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Look Book: Triple Heart Dress

Valentine's day is around the corner and I am getting excited. I love dressing up and going out for a fancy dinner. Ben and I are pretty frugal, so we don't eat out often, and when we do it's usually on a budget, so it's fun to splurge a few nights a year.

Of course I can't wear any ol' dress! I love dressing up in festive outfits for most holidays, and Valentine's day is no exception. I picked up this amazing heart key hole dress a few years ago and I wore it every Valentine's day. Sadly, I gained some weight and I wasn't able to fit in it anymore (and I gave it away at a clothing exchange). Luckily, my mom found a similar dress in a bigger size!

Triple cut out heart dress for Valentine's day

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

French Tip Hearts

Happy first day of February! I love the start of February because love is in the air. Why's that? Valentine's day is around the corner, of course! Love is such a focal point of my life that I even got a tattoo of my favorite Rooney song, That Girl Has Love. Of course I love my Fall holidays, but a day celebrating the best feeling in the world, love, is up there on my list.

Since Valentine's day is one of my favorite holidays, of course that means I need to do some looks on the blog to celebrate. I'm sure you have all seen this French tip heart manicure all over Pinterest. I have had my nails almond shaped for a while, so I have no idea why it took me so long to try out this look!

French manicure heart nail art

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