This year I have decided that I will take a more casual approach to a holiday that usually involves a dress and stockings. Tortoiseshell has been a very serious obsession of mine for a few months now, & I try to incorporate it in to every outfit that I can (It will probably make a show even if it isn't my intent). Regardless, now that Easter is so close, it is time to put some thought into what I will be donning. A pair of pants that puts a pop of color into the outfit is on the bill, and a pair of nude flats can do no harm. I am only 5'3", this means that nude shoes are another regular staple since they elongate my nugget legs. Here is my ideal uniform for a casual Easter.
It’s been a few weeks since my twenty-second birthday, & I have been doing some pretty serious thinking. Is this supposed to be the year adolescence is left behind and adulthood is embraced? It certainly feels like it! I got most of my wild child boogies out before I even turned twenty-one, but who didn’t feel so fabulous the first time they ordered a drink out, or bought a bottle of wine? (I’m talking with your own ID ladies and gentlemen!) Regardless, every year I make birthday resolutions. They are the real start of MY new year, and the seem more meaningful than New Year's resolutions. Here they are for twenty-thirteen:
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There is something special about finding the perfect polish. I usually stick with a french manicure, or a nude, but sometimes a bright pop of color is just what I need. I recently got my hands on this fabulous Tom Ford Nail Lacquer. It is a beautiful color, as are all the Tom Ford lacquers. As much as I would like my polish collection to consist only of the highest end makes, I cannot justify buying more than one or two polishes that cost as much as a half a tank of gasoline. The twenty-two dollar price difference found between Tom Ford, and Essie's polishes will certainty add up quickly. Essie has a phenomenal selection of colors, and they have one of my favorite formulas. It stays chip, and crack free for quite a while, and the colors always stay vibrant.
Easter is one of my favorite holidays (Who am I kidding, I say this about all of them). Really though- Easter is fabulous. There are pastels everywhere, family is always around, & it makes me feel like Spring has really arrived. On top of it all extra points are awarded, because the preparation is a blast. How many other days of the year could you hide brightly colored hard boiled eggs in your yard, invite children in to find them, then give them candy, without being arrested? Would it make your case better if you told everyone it wasn't even you, it was a huge bunny rabbit? No. It would not.
Regardless, dying eggs is the best part of Easter & I am REALLY looking forward to it. I have been scouring Pinterest, and my favorite blogs for ideas and these are my favorites. How fun will it be to break open no. 2?
What do you like most about Easter?
1. Rubber band Easter Eggs, from Momtastic, are so simple, and fun. You could customize them with any color you can think of!
2. How fabulous are these glitter filled eggs from Griottes. Are the instructions in French? I'll work with it.
3. I LOVE gold accents. I think these, from Sugar and Charm, will be what I'm hunting for this Easter.
4. I am in love with this egg design- therefore everyone else also must be. This lace design is is surprisingly easy, & the tutorial can be found at Celebrating Everyday Life.
There is something extra special about the first few warm days of a new year. It's a nice excuse to make an extra fresh treat. Although I don't like to eat watermelon off the rind, I cannot deny that the smell is intoxicating, and it is a taste that belongs to Summer. Mint is another warm weather favorite. If I'm not making mint tea, I am finding ways to include it in other dishes. For lunch, I think it best to keep it light- I love a salad, and an ultra refreshing drink. I made a vegetable medley reminiscent of a caprese salad. The drink I fixed up was a mint watermelon lemon spritzer. The color of the drink is just phenomenal.
Mint Watermelon Lemon Spritzer
.5 C Fresh mint leaves
1.5 C Unseeded watermelon cubes
.5 C Sugar
.5 - .75 C Lemon Juice
.75 C Boiling water
Put the cubed, seedless watermelon in a blender, and blend well. Add the sugar to the boiling water, and stir until fully dissolved. Strain the blended watermelon into a pitcher, and add in the sugar water mixture. Add in half of the mint leaves, then give the other half of the leaves a twist, and add them in as well. Add lemon juice, to taste. Add in sparkling water to taste until it is diluted as you would like. Put in refrigerator, and let chill. When you pour the drink in individual glasses, add in ice, and garnish with a few mint leaves.
Cucumber Tomato and Mozzarella Salad
.5 C English Cucumber
.5 C Cherry Tomatoes
.25 C Small Mozzarella Balls
2 Tbl Seasoned Rice Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Peel cucumber, then quarter and slice. Halve the tomatoes, and the mozzarella balls. Put them all in a bowl together, making sure everything is evenly dispersed. Add in the vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
Everyone has favorite make-up items that are always on hand. I have only twelve (can you believe it??) essentials. I keep my daily make-up very minimal, and natural looking- this could be because I'm lazier than a sloth on a warm day. I only make big changes for occasions like Halloween when everyone can wear as much make-up as Snooki and it's okay. It's safe to say that I will bring out my girly pom-poms and cheer on anything made by Bobbi Brown, Korres, and Chanel. But this isn't to say that high end cosmetics always live up to their price tags. Sometimes, a drugstore brand really is the best bet.
1. Maybelline BB Cream (in light), $8- This is one of those drugstore items that I was talking about. It's phenomenal. A close runner up is Estee Lauder Day Wear BB. It retails for $40. Love the texture, & the smell is very fresh and clean- unfortunately me & the marshmallows of the world have the same complexion, so their lightest shade is too dark for me.
2. Time Balm Concealer (in lighter than light), $17- A less expensive Secret Concealer by Laura Mercier, $22.
3. Bare Minerals Matte Foundation (in Fair), $27- I was hooked on this the first time I used it.
4. MAC Mineralize Blush (in Dainty), $25- Another favorite is NARS Orgasm, $29. It looks good on almost every skin tone.
5. NARS Eyeliner Stylo (in Carpates), $27- H discovered this treasure & is a master of the cat eye.
6. Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow (in Heather), $21- This color may look daunting, but it is a fabulous everyday color.
7. Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow (in Forrest), $21- This is one of the most beautiful eyeshadows in the world. Works wonders as an eyeliner or as smokey eye.
8. Maybelline Colossal Lash (in Glam Black), $5- I haven't found a mascara I like more than this one. Here is another drugstore item that I give five stars!
9. Rouge Coco Shine (in Fetiche), $34- This stuff is phenomenal. It is sheer, it is hydrating, and it is wonderful. Maybelline Color Whisper is a great alternative.
10. Korres Lip Butter (in Jasmine), $12- This makes lips a perfect nudeish color, smells wonderful, & hydrates. I always have this with me.
11. Rosebud Perfume Co. (Rosebud Salve), $6. I LOVE THIS STUFF.
12. Korres Cherry Full Color Gloss (in Fuchsia), $17- All time favorite color.
It's officially spring, this means flowers will bloom, we can bring our summer clothes out of storage, & we can start planning our Summer activities! We are more excited than some ants with a lollypop, & can't wait for all the fabulous things Spring will bring!
xoxo- h & e
There is something about early spring that makes me want to freshen up all aspects of my life. I seem to let everything catch my eye a little more than usual- my pinterest proves this. Bright florals , warm weather, and an overload of sunshine makes Spring my favorite season. Here are a few things I am lusting after (clearly I hate the color pink).
1. Brass Letter Opener, $20 2. Drink More Gin Print, $65 3. Lacquered Card Holder, $45 4. Gold Skull, $28
5. Spherical Ice Tray, $15 6. Glass Drink Dispenser, $50 7. Gold Flatwear (set of five), $23 8. Hand Blender, $40
9. Cashmere Sweater (in neon azalea), $150 10. Panama Hat, $58 11. Starfish Studs, $14 12. Khaki Anorak, $37
I frequently read an online magazine called Matchbook. In their last issue I came across this beauty, & had to DIY something similar. I already happened to have a globe at my house just waiting to be transformed into something fabulous!
I recently read an article about a new disorder, chalk-o-phelia. I clearly have this. Luckily I am not alone, and there are some really phenomenal ideas. Here are my three
I try and make my DIY projects as simple as possible, (que the laziness, anyone?) so all I used to accomplish the chalkboard globe was painters tape, chalkboard spray paint- this is THE best invention, craft paper, & of course, an old globe.
1. Tape the parts of the globe you don't want to get chalkboard paint on. For me this included the base, the stand, and the small disks at the top and bottom. (Along with wishing I could chalkboard mostly EVERYTHING in my house, I am a BIG fan of painters tape. I like the motto "more is better" when discussing painters tape.)
2. Put craft paper down to protect the area where you are going to paint.
3. PAINT! Don't put so much on that it will drip- because you will put more than one coat on.
4. Paint again. After a 20-30 minute wait, the first coat of paint should be dry enough put another.