Sunday, December 9, 2012

DIY: Advent Calendar!

This year, I did something I've been wanting to do for FOREVER. I made an advent calendar! Even though I'm not really religious, I absolutely love Christmas time and I thought this would be a fun way to count down the days!

Since my resources were limited, I used only items I had laying around in my craft bin, aside from the treats for inside the pockets. Some of the pockets were made from leftover canvas, and the rest from origami paper.

For the canvas pockets, we cut the fabric into rectangles and then hot-glued them shut. We did the same for the paper except with a glue stick, and then decorated with markers, glitter glue, gel pens, and stamps. Once the pockets were done, we strung them up on a line that had previously held Instagram photos with tiny clothespins. Since the line was a bit short, we're doing 12 at a time.

We had so much fun making the calendar! Are you doing any fun craft projects for the holiday season? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sites I Love: Influenster!

Have you guys heard of Influenster? If not, go check it out immediately! Influenster is a great site centered around new products and brand reviews, and they periodically send out something called VoxBoxes to members who qualify, which basically means you get to try out new products for free! It's definitely worth joining, especially if you're into beauty products like I am!

One thing I love about Influenster is its Badge program. Basically, you earn Badges for being an expert in up to five categories, such as beauty, food, fashion, spirits, or pop culture (among tons of others!). It's a really great way to discover what you're really good at, or get into a new hobby.

In short, you should definitely sign up for an invite to join. Warning: it's addictive!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Recipe: Spicy Beef Skewers

In an effort to eat more healthy, fresh food, I decided to come up with a dinner that was fun, easy to eat, and flavorful. I'd never tried making skewers or kebabs before, and this was surprisingly easy, once I overcame some initial obstacles! You can use any vegetables or other spices you like in this recipe.

1 package beef cut for stew
2 zucchini
2 yellow squash
5-6 small red potatoes
5-6 white mushrooms, whole
Sri Racha hot sauce
Garlic powder
Salt & pepper

1. Soak wooden skewers in a bowl of water for at least 20 minutes to prevent scorching. / 2. Lay stew meat pieces out on plates or a clean work surface. Coat in garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Squirt a drop of Sri Racha onto each piece and rub into the surface of the meat. Repeat on both sides. / 3. Cut potatoes into quarters, zucchini & squash into 1/2" slices, and mushrooms into halves. Salt and pepper vegetables. / 4. Assemble skewers - each should hold 6-7 pieces and should contain 2-3 pieces of beef. / 5. Lay skewers on grill pan, George Foreman grill, or outdoor grill range. If cooking on a grill pan or Foreman grill, you may need to cook the meat separately as the grill may not reach all parts of the meat for it to cook properly. Cook skewers on medium-high heat for around 8 minutes each, or until meat and vegetables are cooked through. / 6. Enjoy! Serves 4-5.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Style Dish: 50s Pinup!

I recently took the leap and gave myself something I've been wanting for a very long time, but was too scared to try: Bettie Page bangs. I did them myself, which was a bit of a gamble, but I'm happy with how they look and I've gotten tons of compliments! Today, I took the look to a new level with styling, makeup, and an outfit to match:

This look is easy, breezy, and comfortable. I had so much fun wearing it at work, and had to keep myself from vamping in the mirror instead of doing my job (yikes!). Paired with a braided belt and black satin wedges, and topped with wayfarer sunglasses, it's a really fun summer look.

1. Dress / Modcloth 2. Belt / Target 3. Shoes (not pictured) / Old Navy 4. Sunglasses / Max Cole 5. Hairbow / andbows

The hairstyle is a classic look that matches this fun, vintage style. I pinned hair from each side up to create a little 'bump' since I'm not so good at victory rolls just yet. Then, I wrapped large strands of my hair around a 1" curling iron, curled the ends up, brushed it out, and gave it a shot of hairspray.

My makeup look was astoundingly simple. I forwent any powder or foundation, since it's so hot, and I didn't want to cover up the brand new crop of freckles I recently acquired! 

1. Brows / Rimmel eye pencil in dark brown. 2. Eyeliner / Jordana liquid eyeliner pen in black. 3. Lashes / Maybelline The Falsies Flared mascara in Black Drama. 4. Cheeks / Milani Minerals blush in Mai Tai. 5. Lips / Sephora Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil in Coral Glow.

What's your favorite look for summer?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Adventure Time: Bus Trip!

Today, my boyfriend Alex and I took a bus trip from Minneapolis to Chicago! Megabus trips are generally not my favorite thing, but this time I had an excellent travel companion. It also helped that we have an amazing weekend visiting friends to look forward to!

Have you gone on any fun trips lately? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Things I Love:

This summer, I have been LOVING these high-waisted, tailored styles. They're a little classier than cutoff denim shorts, and many of them have cute patterns or embellishments that make them hard to resist. Plus, it's easy to find a style that's flattering for your body type (although I advocate wearing whatever the hell you want, as long as it makes you feel awesome!).

From left to right: blue / striped / tan / red