Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Free Printable 2015 Calendar

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

DIY Silk High Waisted Shorts - Simplicity Pattern 1371

I'm the biggest procrastinator when it comes to sewing. I could have the fabric, thread, zipper, and pattern all ready to go 1 month in advance, but I will wait literally 2 DAYS before the event or article of clothing's big debut to start making it. Yet somehow, someway, it works out. & believe me, I am NO PRO - I haven't mastered starting a sewing project without my mother's push and help. She's my sewing mentor. I totally drive her up a wall when I do this, but she's a saint for putting up with me.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tiffany Blue Nike Kicks

What's better than receiving a gift wrapped up in a little blue Tiffany & Co. box?
A brand new pair of Nike Free Runs in Tiffany blue! :)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

My Solstice Sunglass Boutique Experience

For Christmas, my boyfriend bought me a pair of Michael Kors tortoise mirror lens sunglasses that were a tad bit too big. Since I'm a nut, I decided to drag him to the mall on a Saturday 2 DAYS AFTER CHRISTMAS to get my matching MK tortoise watch and bracelet adjusted at the actual Michael Kors store.

I asked if they could bend the ends of my new sunnies to fit around my ears better and prevent them from falling off my face, but unfortunately they just sell sunglasses and do not have the right tools for making adjustments to them. Off to Sunglass Hut we went.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Missing Mexico

5 days ago, I had the pleasure of being my boyfriend's + 1 to his job's annual Christmas party. Now this is not your ordinary corporate holiday bash - this was a 4-days-3-nights all inclusive celebration in Cancun, Mexico.

Power Home Remodeling Group has been a reliable name in energy efficient windows, roofing, siding, and doors for over 22 years. Not only are there 15 different locations nationwide, but they're expanding as well.

With $2 million spent on a phenomenal, complimentary, overseas holiday party for Power HRG employees, friends, significant others, and families, I know what you're thinking: sign me up! But - being lucky enough to be a part of this company's trip has made me realize how tough, yet rewarding it is to be a member of Power's family. Because this company is trusted by over 125,000 homeowners nationwide, I see that they give back what their employees put in - and to me, that is gratifying.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Very Merry Christmas

What are YOU wearing for Christmas?!

Hope Santa treated everyone like Kanye treats Kanye :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Half Moon Nails for a Holiday Vacation

So you're leaving for vacation 5 days before Christmas. Between last minute Christmas shopping for the fam as well as resort attire for yourself, you're thinking about what color to get your nails done. Obvi. Something that'll compliment your tan, definitely not Christmas Red, nor a summery coral.... since it's December.

After 4 long, but not long enough, days in Mexico, I share with you my choice of holiday vacation nails. I decided to go with a "half moon" gel manicure. I chose a pearl white since white polish goes hand-in-hand with my tan, and a subtle gold glitter.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nasty Gal Jumpsuit - My DIY Sewing Inspiration

I'm obsessed with rompers, jumpsuits, playsuits, whatever you prefer to call them. No matter the season, no matter the event. I don't care if taking them off is the extra 20 seconds that may cause you to pee yourself. They are one of the most fabulous articles of clothing a girl can own. 

But - do you know how hard it is for a 4"10 chick at 90 lbs. to find a decent fitting romper?

My mother grew up sewing her own clothes because she had the same problem as me - tiny, inspired by fashion, and had repetitive fitting room failures. In middle school, I learned the basic stitch on our sewing machine.

I would steal my older sister's clothes, turn them inside out, and sew up the sides tailoring them to fit me (behind her back, sorry Mel). I was so secretive about it that I didn't even care if the shirt was white and the thread in the machine was black.

Last summer, my mom came across a bag of old clothes and showed me all the shit she made herself when she was my age - 2 of which I stole from her (and 1 I actually wore to my college graduation!).

From then on out I was inspired to try sewing my own unique pieces, and eventually selling tops off Etsy, coming soon in 2015 :).

Since August, I've made 3 outfits so far - you can check them out on my DIY page listed under "beginner's sewing projects by tweaking Simplicity's Sewing Patterns".

In honor of my departure to Mexico in 2 days with my boy, I completed my 4th outfit this week. Its a Nasty Gal inspired romper, and i'm so excited to tell you how I did it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 10 Commandments of Happy Hair

So the relationship between you & your hair is on the verge of a painful break up. Your hair has a problem with every little thing you want to do, but you'll do anything to try and make it right.

Coming from the girl who colors her hair every three months, I'm not going to lecture you on why dying your hair is horrible for you and how you need to put an end to that right now. I get it - it's hard to be content with your natural hair color. It took bleach-to-my-ends in order for me to wrap up my collection for The 10 Commandments of Happy Hair:

I ❤ Feedback

We're in love with the coco! Thanks to my girlfriend Liv for the love :)

If you haven't tried a coconut oil hair mask yet, follow my easy step-by-step tutorial here:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Trend Alert: Retro Clubmasters

For the longest time I've been loyally committed to my 2 pairs of Ray Ban aviators. Since then, I couldn't imagine myself in any other style. Although I always envied the trend, I never had the lady balls to try on cat-eye shades, or any round sunglasses for that matter.

If you've ever splurged on a pair of Ray Bans, then you know once you go RayB's you can never go back. I really loved the look of Clubmasters because are the offspring of aviators and round sunnies, but I wasn't trying to splurge on something I wasn't 100% about.

Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Christmas on the Beach Card

I've been hand-making cards for so long that I didn't even realize how expensive they actually can be. I totally encourage you to be completely creative by making your own cards in honor of the holiday season, and other seasons to come.

Last year I whipped up this beach-inspired Christmas card for my boyfriend LITERALLY 15 MINUTES before he walked in the door to exchange gifts.

If you don't own a pack of plain card stock printer paper, you better go get some. All I did was neatly fold it in half, layered some blue and brown scrapbook paper to resemble the ocean, cut out a trunk and 4 leaf looking pieces, and glued.

The Christmas lights and presents stickers are Jolee's Boutique stickers, who btw, have the cutest stickers in the game.  Jolee's sticker line has so much variety that it's almost overwhelming, and they can be found at any craft store such as AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, or Michael's.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DIY Gingerbread Getup Tutorial

This past Saturday I attended NYC's annual Santacon for the very first time - not to mention two years overdue! If you've ever attended a Santacon, you know the competition is real as to which Santa wore it best.

BUT, Santa will not settle for showing up with just a Santa hat on. You're either decked all out, or not at all. Every year I hear of tons of people dressed up as reindeer, elves, and even the Grinch. So obviously I had to top the rest.

This is the first semester as an alumni of my beautiful sorority, and it's like I was forced to graduate my creative mind from the dressing-up-for-mixers scene. Last year, I rocked my own DIY Christmas tree costume. If you haven't seen my tutorial yet, you can see it here!

Not only was this the first time I wasn't asked "what are you even dressed as?", but probably the cheapest costume I ever put together in such short notice.

I present to you... my 2014 Santacon ensemble.

You will need:
1 roll of white fabric trim
1 sheet of green or red felt
2-3 red or green pipe cleaners (optional)

Friday, December 12, 2014

My Radio City Christmas Spectacular Experience

It's almost been 24 hours since the start of Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular that I saw for the first time, and I still cannot get over how fabulous this experience was. I was raised as a gymnast, my mother grew up as a dancer, and I would always hear her talking about The Rockettes. She had never seen the Christmas Spectacular, so my father treated his three girls to the show last night.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

#TBT: 18 Pathetic AOL Profile Requirements You Made Yourself Meet

1)  The Comic Sans MS alternating Impact font pattern.

2)  The alternating uppercase lowercase.

3)  The quote or lyric underneath your name.

That best described your feelings for the week.

4)  Your best friends' initials.
Ranked in order from favorite to least favorite (at the time of).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Purple Shampoo for Ombré Hair

I've always been a dark-haired kinda chick. Brown, burgundy, deep purple, dark red, jet black... Been there, done that. After graduating in May I decided to treat myself to an ombré. I wanted something subtle since this would be a drastic change for me, but I knew how unflattering a light brown would be once the color faded out 2 months from then.

I had my hair dresser do some brown and blonde foil highlights around my face and starting halfway to my ends. It was the perfect transition from dark to light, BUT, instead of turning brassy 3 months later, my ombré turned barely-there.

Like every ombré newbie, I wanted more, and I wanted lighter! Completely ignoring the fact that fall was approaching, I went back to my lady and got some more foils (I waited 3 months ladies! It is so horrible to bleach your hair more than once in a 2 month span). This time, my ombré came out lighter- just what I wanted. The only downside was that my ombré became much more solid as well, looking less like highlights. I knew I would end up making another appointment in a month to go back to the dark side due to brassiness and winter.

The same blonde bombshell of a friend who taught me the ropes of coconut oil hair treatments recommended I use purple shampoo, and start using it NOW for consistency before the brassiness begins. Purple shampoo looks almost like a deep purple paint that provides pigment to any orangey, dull yellow-looking tones. Think about the color wheel. Yellow is opposite of purple, so the pigment that your hair absorbs will neutralize any brassy color into the same bright dye job that you originally left the salon with.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Metallic Mason Jars

...3 weeks later and my cubicle makeover is still in the making. Slowly, but definitely coming along. Since this little renovation involves a ton of Pinterest inspiration, printables, online ordering, photo process of elimination, glossy paper, and a significant amount of silver metallic spray paint, I've decided to share my favorite addition to my desk with you.I'm a little ridiculous feeling the need for a bouquet of silk flowers on my desk, but when you tell me to make myself at home I'll take my shoes off too.

Monday, December 8, 2014

My Daily Eyebrow Routine

Although I've heard nothing but great things about all the eyebrow kits and palettes that are one-by-one flooding all beauty stores, I can't seem to walk away from my day-to-day eyebrow products. These products have been my holy grail for the past 2 years. They're affordable and easy to find, so I've decided to share my secret.

An Alpha Phi Christmas

Missing this place a lot during the holidays!
Shout out to Alpha Phi - Eta Tau Cortland
#fabulousletters #sororitysugar

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Make a Statement Out of Small Christmas Gifts

I know how it is to be a little lost when you don't know what to get someone for Christmas... we all do. As a crafty, yet broke, post-grad, I've always been all about the presentation. No matter how shitty you feel your gift is, make the outside count. You don't have to be excellent with wrapping paper to do this.

I'm the youngest of my family. I've come to realize that it's getting harder and harder to decide on a gift for everyone, so I'll go with the inexpensive small-gifts-but-a-lot-of-them. Sometimes quantity is more clutch than quality when you are stuck in a rut. To make up for this, I've decided that if my inexpensive gifts-but-a-lot-of-them are small enough, I will individually wrap them all and stuff them in plain Christmas stockings for each person.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Naked On The Run Palette

After the release of the Naked3 eye shadow palette last Christmas, we have been waiting for Urban Decay to stun us once again by releasing the Naked4. You guessed it, Urban Decay has done it again... this time, even more ingenious, and Limited Edition.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

#TBT: DIY Christmas Tree Costume

In honor of throwback thurz and the first week of December, I am bringing back last year's DIY Christmas mixer ensemble. Sorority girl problems. While everyone else is dressed up as reindeer, snowmen, and covered in wrapping paper, bows, and Santa hats, you be the tree. This is the perfect idea to be the diva of Santacon or a basic ugly sweater party.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Macy's Friends & Fam(ily)

Today marks the beginning of Macy's Friends & Family! Now is your chance to splurge on 25% off high designer brands we love that are usually excluded from regular Macy's coupons, such as Michael Kors, Burberry, etc... Plus, who wouldn't take advantage of 25% off on top of all the amazing markdowns and deals that Macy's has to offer?

I'd LOVE to tell you all the great buys I just made by taking advantage of Friends & Family because the amount of savings are literally unbelievable... But then I'd be ruining some great surprises for some family and friends who might be reading this.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

You've heard it before and I confirm it to be true - coconut oil works wonders.

I have naturally wavy, thin, brown hair.. and not a lot of it.  I am extremely overprotective of my hair due to how fine my strands are.  I shampoo only 2-3 times a week, trim every 2 months, blow dry instead of straighten, and learn to flaunt my air-dried/no product locks. I was pretty upset seeing how my hair reacted to a subtle ombre.

My blonde bombshell of a friend recommended I try a coconut oil treatment on my hair and leave it in for an hour, two hours, or even overnight. I browsed Pinterest and came across so many pins that called for a recipe to make the mix, the types of pins you pin but will actually never try.  I took my girlfriend's advice, made my way to Whole Foods, and went with Nutiva's Virgin Coconut Oil.  How hard could it be with one ingredient?

When picking up your coconut oil of choice, it is CRUCIAL to look for these key words:

1. Organic 2. Virgin 3.  Unrefined