Tuesday, May 19, 2015

D.I.Y. Alcohol Bouquet

On Sunday I went to one of my good friend's graduation party, he's one of my best friends at school & over the years has become so close with my family too, I knew as a family we were going to get him something more serious (we went with a nice tie!), but I wanted to give him something fun too.  My sister had seen an alcohol bouquet somewhere & gave me the idea to make one for him.  I had so much fun making it & it made a big hit at the party.  This is a great gift for graduation, 21st birthdays, & more.  It would also be perfect to pair up with a Hangover Kit!

-A vase or bucket
-20 Wooden or metal dowels
-A block of styrofoam or floral foam large enough to fit the vase or bucket
-8 to 10 assorted mini liquor bottles
-Mini candy bars
-Hot glue gun
-Paint (optional)
-Ribbon (optional)
-Cellophane (optional)

-Optional: paint the vase or bucket with a school logo or phrase, I painted our school's logo on the one I made, allow to dry.
-Use the hot glue gun to glue the mini liquor bottles & plastic shot glasses to the dowels.  Make sure to use enough glue (aka a lot of glue) so that they will stay, allow to dry.
-Optional: Cut pieces of ribbon & glue individual pieces to the dowels, once dry curl the ribbon.
-Place the styrofoam or floral foam at the bottom of the vase or bucket.
-Take the dowels with the bottles & shot glasses (& ribbon) and stick them into the foam, make sure they are far enough in that they will not move.  When placing the dowels make sure to arrange them at differing heights.
-If you are transporting the alcohol bouquet somewhere far, like I was, I recommend wrapping the entire bouquet in cellophane & tying it off with ribbon (picture below).
~Refer to pictures for reference.

This was fairly easy to make & I had a great time doing it.  An alcohol bouquet is such a fun gift to give & I love it for guys because they can be so hard to buy for!  I'm thinking I might have to make another one for my sister's 21st birthday & add some glitter to hers.  If you have any upcoming grad parties this is sure to make an awesome gift! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Summer Style: Rompers

For me, rompers are a must have for spring & summer.  They are easy, chic, & comfortable, what more could you ask for?  While I have quite a few rompers in my closet, I'm always looking for new ones to add to my collection.  I love looking on Pinterest & seeing how other people style their rompers, below are a few of my recent favorites.

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Taking inspiration from the pictures above I've picked out a few rompers that I'm really loving.

Long sleeve rompers are perfect for cooler spring & summer days, I also like wearing them when I know I'm going to be outside because the sleeves give a little extra sun protection.  Short sleeve, sleeveless, and strapless rompers are great for when the temperatures start to really rise, I love to wear them when it's sweltering because the one piece is so simple and fuss free.  At this point I feel like rompers are essentially interchangeable with dresses, they have the ability to be dressed up or down & are such a versatile piece.  All of these great qualities make rompers a wardrobe staple for me & a classic summer style.  For me an 'LBR' or 'Little Black Romper' is definitely a summer style staple because it can be worn so many different ways, if you don't have one in your closet I recommend getting one for this summer.  After you get an LBR, go crazy with fun prints & textures & have fun with your different rompers!

Do you love rompers for summer?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015 Met Gala Gowns

Why does the Met Gala have to fall during finals time?!  It always makes my recap late!  I absolutely love the Met Gala & all the gorgeous gowns; when it comes to fashion it's the most amazing red carpet there is.  Here I have my 20 favorite gowns for you.

-Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu
-Hailee Steinfeld in Michael Kors
-Gigi Hadid in DVF
-Jaime King in Boss

-Kate Hudson in Michael Kors
-Jessica Chastain in Givenchy
-Kate Beckinsale in DVF
-Candice Swanepoel in Michael Kors

-Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein Collection
-Claire Danes in Valentino
-Keri Russell in Altuzarra
-Ivanka Trump in Prabal Gurung

-SofĂ­a Vergara in Marchesa
-Kristen Wiig in Prabal Gurung
-Rosie Huntington-Whitely in Atelier Versace
-Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy

-Karlie Kloss in Versace
-Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga
-Miranda Kerr in Louis Vuitton
-Olivia Wilde in Prada

Which looks were your favorite?

Today I'm linking up with Random Wednesday, #WIWW, I Feel Pretty, WIWW, & MidWeek Muse.

Monday, May 4, 2015

April's Beauty Empties

I always stock up on this when Bath & Body Works comes out with it for the holidays (I just learned though that they do sell it on Amazon all year round!).  I have an issue with scents & can really only tolerate lotions that have a vanilla scent to them.  This lotion literally smells like sugar cookies - so delicious!  Whenever I wear it I always get compliments & it helps to make my skin silky smooth.

Will I repurchase? Yes. I've already opened the bottle I got in my stocking for Christmas!  I also have this scent in an Ultra Shea Body Cream, when I need a little extra moisture.  Next year at the holidays I will definitely stock up again!

I love pretty much everything I have gotten from Mario Badescu & this is no exception.  Read my review of this mask here for all the details!

Will I repurchase? Maybe.  While I was very happy with the results I am interested in trying a few other masks before repurchasing this; at some point though this will probably make it into my beauty routine again.

For the longest time I've used CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara because out of all the mascaras I've tried (from high end to drugstore brands) it has always been my favorite & never irritated my eyes. However, recently it has been pretty hard to find so when it wasn't at the store I ended up getting this instead & was pleasantly surprised.  When I finished up this tube, I was able to find my old favorite, but was disappointed in it after using this!  I love the larger brush that this tube has because it makes it easier to coat all of my lashes, & the formula doesn't flake or irritate my eyes.  From a girl who is very picky about her mascara, I definitely recommend this!

Will I repurchase? Yes.  As soon as I am done with the CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara I have I will be buying this.

I talked about this cleanser in my The Best Face Cleansers post.  Like I said in that post this is my absolute favorite cleanser that I have ever used, & that says a lot because I have tried about a million different ones.  It uses natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids to exfoliate & clear out pores, & does a great job of keeping blackheads & blemishes away without drying out skin.

Will I repurchase? Yes.  I already have.

I alternate between purchasing this moisturizer & Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizing.  I favor the Smart Essentials one (read my review here), but this one is usually easier to find.  I like that this one uses a Total Soy Complex to lighten dark spots (I think I don't have any spots because I've been using this on & off for years) & it also has natural light diffusers, which make your skin glow.  This comes in both SPF 15 & SPF 30, but I recommend the SPF 30 because I am all about sunscreen.  (I also recommend that if you're looking for a new daytime face cream you look at both of the lotions & see which works better for your skin type; my skin is combination, but tends to be on the dry side & both have worked well for me.)

Will I repurchase? Yes.  I am on the last few drops of this at the moment, & when I go to pick up a new bottle I will look for the Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizing, but if I can't find it I will buy this.

I received a deluxe size sample of this when I purchased my Clarisonic & it is seriously the most luxe face cream I have ever used.  It literally goes on like butter & makes my skin feel like velvet.  When it was colder out my skin was really dry, but this helped to get it back to a better place.  The cream is super rich & because of this it lasts for a really long time.

Will I repurchase? I wish!  Unfortunately this cream is way out of my college student budget, but if it was I would definitely be repurchasing it.  If it is in your budget you have to try it!

Do you use or have you used any of these products?  If you have used them what did you think of them?!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Prints Just Want to Have Fun!

I have a doctors appointment every week in Philadelphia on 2nd Street that I've been going to for 6 years now, & during my first couple of visits I noticed a little pink store front on Market Street that I needed to see.  One day after a visit my Mom & I walked down to check out the shop & we instantly fell in love.  Smak Parlour was filled with the cutest clothes & owned by the sweetest girls, Abby & Katie.  Over the years I've become friends with Abby & Katie & watched the store continue to grow & prosper.  Smak Parlour is my absolute favorite store in Philly & a must visit for anyone who lives in or is visiting the city!

To celebrate their 10th Anniversary Abby & Katie have designed the Cut & Sew Collection.  This is a 6 piece collection rendered in boldly graphic high-performance athletic fabric.  The fabric they've created for this collection is a new generation of performance spandex that is strong, flexible & forgiving.  It's also machine washable & dryable, wrinkle-free, shrink-proof, fade-proof, odor-resistant, cross-seasonal, stretches for comfort, & smoothes & hides bumps!  What more could you want?!  The collection includes tops, dresses, & a skirt all made in this fabulous fabric.  These 6 pieces have been designed with the help of three collaborating artists & will be manufactured in the Philadelphia area.  To give you a little more information on their project I have a video here from Abby & Katie (which I seriously love!).

To fund the final production of their designs the girls have created a KickStarter where they are hoping to raise $15,000.  Backers of the Cut & Sew Collection can choose to pre-order pieces from the collection or from other rewards including a numbered, signed print from one of the collaborating artists.  Below I have the pieces that can be "purchased" to help back the project, more information on this can be found here!

While I love all the pieces my absolute favorites are the Fan Dancer Dress & Chevron Skater Skirt (could they be any cuter?!).  I am so happy for Abby & Katie that they've created this collection, I could not think of two more hard working girls that deserve this more!  Their KickStarter ends this Saturday, May 2nd & they are over 75% of the way to their goal!  I am really hoping that everyone can help them out & head over to their page to back their project & brighten up your wardrobe!  

Which pieces from the Cut & Sew Collection are your favorite?

Today I'm linking up with Style Sessions & Confident Twosday.