Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter 2013


Last weekend was Easter, which I know is to celebrate Jesus, but I was celebrating many things.
It was a good thing too, because I always find mourning the end of the fish fry season a struggle.
Here are some of the things I was celebrating this Easter season:

- Jesus rising from the dead so we can eat chocolate rabbits.

- The cute ginger child next to me at church who I couldn't stop staring at.
(Shout out to you for providing my entertainment this year)

- Finally finding plastic eggs without holes in them for Easter Jello shots.

- My friends getting engaged!

-The weather finally being warm enough to wear dresses and colors for spring!

It was a pretty good Easter weekend all around.
I spent the holiday with my family and close friends. Activities were pretty normal for Easter...

- We ate a ton

 - Had an easter egg hunt

- Played some games

- Shot bow and arrows in the backyard
(The Hunger Games must really be trending now)

- We were "Rollin with the homies" into the afternoon with a viewing of the classic film Clueless

- Of course we ended Easter with our favorite annual Easter activity...Jello Shots!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bravo Fashion Night

Tonight was fashion night on Bravo, and since I pretty much watch every show on the network, it took up my whole night. If you missed it, here's the overview of the greatness you missed out on. Don't worry too much though, Bravo is great for playing their shows on repeat.


The Rachel Zoe Project is back for a new season, and as always fashion is everything!
The season opened with Rachel's first runway show for her new collection as a designer. The show was at Lincoln Center, and it wasn't so shabby for a girl's first show. Rachel also continues her work as a stylist and attends the Michael Kors show, which was fabulous! As Rachel Zoe would say; Oh my god, it's bananas, I die! I'm excited to see the amazing fashion moments that are featured this season.


It's a Brad Brad World is back for a season 2 packed full of bow ties.
Brad has added several celebrities to his client list. The list now includes Minka Kelly, Rashida Jones, and Demi Moore (he must have stolen her from Rachel Zoe). Brad continues to bring the short shorts, bow ties, and hysterical comments. The funniest thing I've heard all week came out of Brad tonight. 

Upon arriving late to a fashion show with his partner Gary, this is what Brad has to say:
"Gary and I are gay. We learned at a young age to Turn the Beat Around. It's not just a song, it's a philosophy. Get with it."

I want to embroider this quote onto a pillow, or glaze it on a plate, I love it so much! 
I've also officially decided to buy Brads book, Born to Be Brad: My Life and Style So Far.
I'm sure it won't be the most intellectual book I'll ever read. However, summer is coming soonish, or at least I'm telling myself that. I have confidence that Brad's book will be the perfect poolside read.


The night wrapped up with the series premiere of Bravo's new show, Dukes of Melrose.
The show follows LA vintage couture boutique owners, Christos and Cameron. Their store Decades, is the hot spot for high-end fashion, rare vintage finds, and red carpet couture. With the amazing clothes and interesting dynamic between Christos and Cameron, (who are both business and life partners) the show looks promising. I will definitely be tuning in again next week!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Funny moments at the 2013 Oscars

Sandra Bullock makes this face.

Kristen Stewart looks like she's doing the I have to pee dance while presenting.

Rene Zellweger struggles to stay awake and upright on stage.

Pretty much anything Jennifer Lawrence does...

Jennifer Lawrence explains her dress.

Jennifer Lawrence falls...
...Hugh Jackman & Bradley Cooper race to help her. She double won!

Talking about when she fell.

Jennifer Lawrence and Jack Nicholson find a new, kind of creepy romance.

Oscar Fashion 2013



This year's Oscars had so many great fashion moments! Naomi Watts looked flawless in the sparkly Armani Prive dress she helped design. Charlize Theron looked beautiful in her simple white peplum Dior gown. It isn't really fair though, she could look good in just about anything. I LOVED Zoe Saldana's dress pick! There were a lot of things going on with this dress, but it was fun and young, and looked fantastic. My future best friend Jennifer Lawrence looked stunning in her Dior gown. Jessica Chastain was super glamorous in her Armani Prive. I can't quite put a word to that color, maybe gold or blush? Whatever color it is, it looked great! It was so hard to pick my favorites. I kept changing around. Others on my list  included Amy Adams, Kerry Washington, and Stacy Keibler. 


Best Dressed - Top 5

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive                                     Charlize Theron in Dior                                          Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille
                 Jennifer Lawrence in Dior                                                  Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

This year the jewelry stole the show at the Oscars.  My favorite thing was the backwards necklace trend. I couldn't stop talking about how much I love Jennifer Lawrence's back draping jewels.

Oscar Worthy Jewels

               Jennifer Lawrence's                                      Sandra Bullock's                                             Anne Hathaway's                                               Jennifer Garner's
                 Chopard Jewels                                      Harry Winston Hair Clip                                      Tiffany Necklace                                             Neil Lane Necklace

While I love the beauty and glamour of the Oscars, there's nothing more enjoyable than an Oscars fashion failure. Anne Hathaway was by far the most talked about fashion controversy of the night. Due to some unfortunate tailoring her Prada dress gave the appearance that her nipples were the focal point. Hathaway even had to release a statement of apology. Although the dress does give that appearance, anyone with eyes can see it is sewn that way, and Hathaway's nipples aren't actually visible. Another talked about failure was Jennifer Aniston, who typically wears black form fitting silhouettes opted for this red ball gown. She ended up vanishing in a sea of red fabric. Then you have Kristen Stewart, who looks like a tissue box. Although, maybe someone else a little happier, with better posture could've made this dress look better. Maybe Selma Hayek could've worked it. Instead, she opted to look like a sharpened eyeliner pencil wearing a tiara.

Although unfortunate choices, none of these can compare to the train wreck that was Brandi Glanville at the Oscars. The ex-actors wife, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member wore a dress from her own line,  Brand B. I don't even know where to begin on this one. My first question is, why is Brandi at the Oscars? Is she looking for Leann Rimes? If you're like me and wondering what stores would ever carry this brand, I have the answer! Brand B is "exclusively" sold at Amazon.com. You better hurry and put your orders in before they sell out. You too can look like a naked mermaid caught by the ankles in tangled net. The only thing good about this look is from the neck up. Brandi's face and hair look beautiful, but I do wish that I could see a little less of Brandi's B's. This dress looks like it started further north, and due to malfunction has slipped too far south. If it had slipped any further, Anne Hathaway's covered nipples would have been no big deal.

Worst Dressed

             Anne Hathaway in Prada                                                      Jennifer Aniston in Valentino                                          Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra
              Selma Hayek in Alexander McQueen                            Brandi Glanville in Brand B

Monday, February 18, 2013

DIY Candlestick Apothecary Jars

I saved these candlesticks from being sent to Goodwill, and gave them new life!

Supplies: candlesticks, jars or vases, decorative rocks, glue.
My candlesticks were obviously free. I got these vases at Hobby Lobby during a 1/2 price glass sale for about $2 each. My rocks also came from Hobby Lobby. The whole bag was only about $3 and it was more than enough. The glue I used was Tacky Glue that holds really well.

Basically, all I did was glue my vases to the top of my candlesticks. After they dried I filled them with the various things I keep in my bathroom to be organized and displayed.


Below is the finished product that now resides in my bathroom corner. I filled one with rocks to keep my makeup brushes in. The second one is filled with cotton balls and Q-tips. For the last one, I filled it about half way with rocks and then put my bracelets on top. It nice to have the rocks so I don't have to reach all the way down there. The edge of the vase also doubles as great earring storage!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mardi Gras 2013

Last Saturday was the big Mardi Gras parade here in St. Louis. The event did not fail to bring out the most interesting people in the area. People decked themselves out in some pretty crazy costumes, which were not always 100% appropriate for the public eye. Some things you just can't un-see. 

I just couldn't help stopping to take a picture with this lady. She glued 
sequins on to cover her entire face. Good luck getting those off!
This girl came prepared to smile pretty for the camera.
I'm so lucky I get to call this one my best friend!
This year I made some fun hair accessories for my friends and I.
In the end I think I made a total of 15, but unfortunately I only photographed these three.
    


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Three New Hairdos

This week I've been getting bored with my everyday hair, so I decided to try some hair tutorials I found on Pinterest. The first one I tried was a Hair Bow. The bow was actually created from my own hair. The second one I tried was a french braid up-do. That one was the trickiest, but I think it turned out okay. The third was a fun 50's style ponytail with tons of volume and bounce. 
Here is the final result from my hair experiment:


If you were wondering how I created these masterpieces, I've got you covered!
Here are the tutorials I used for my hair creations, complete with links:

     Hair Bow                          French Braid Up-Do                          50's Style Ponytail 
 Hair & Makeup by Steph                                                 The Glitter Guide                                                                      The Beauty Department

Friday, February 1, 2013

Six tips to become a Football Faker

Sunday is Super Bowl and I'm so excited...to eat some great game food!
Breaking shocking news right here: I know absolutely nothing about football. When I say nothing I mean that I know what the ball looks like, when it goes over the arch that is a field goal (I think), and guys in tight stretchy looking pants hit each other with their bodies. So what's a girl to do at a Super Bowl party when she knows nothing about football? She finds a way to fake it.

Why even try to fake it you may be wondering?
If you don't at least try to know something you will be called out on it and people will make fun of you. It might not matter to you that people find your lack of sports knowledge funny, but you will get tired of being asked countless sports questions you never know the answer too. It's like a whole new joke every time you don't know the answer. Word of caution: never take a guess! If you guess an answer that is wrong, for some reason it is ten times funnier than if you just admit defeat.
Example:
Friend: Hey Ellen do you know how many innings are even in this baseball game?
Me: I don't know like 45
AHHH HA HA HA HA HA BAHHH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA...
Me: It feels like 45
I am still hearing about this incident and it happened not days, not weeks, not months, but YEARS ago.

6 TIPS TO HELP FAKE YOUR WAY THROUGH SUPER BOWL:

1. Do your prep work
Do some research before the game. You're not going to become an expert through google search, but it's important to know who is playing and what cities they are from. That will be the first question they ask. So this is how it should go:
Friend: Hey Ellen do you even know who is playing in the Super Bowl this year?
You: Why yes I do kind friend it's the San Francisco 49s vs the Baltimore Ravens...good try though. 

2. Pick the right outfit
Find out what colors represent both teams, and don't wear either of them. If you're too lazy to look it up, black or white is always a safe call. You don't want to commit to a team too early. If you walk into a Super Bowl party wearing the color of a team, you've instantly committed. 

3. Pick a side 
When you get there scout out the room and see what team the majority is routing for. Don't speak to anyone while your observing. Just be like a fly on the wall eavesdropping on as many game related conversations as you can. If someone tries to talk to you about it buzz right past them in a non-offensive way that also doesn't make you look crazy. Once you find out which team is favored by the room, jump on that bandwagon and ride it till the game is over. 

4. Listen for the calls of your people
When you hear loud screaming from the majority, join in. This is the only way you will know if something good or bad happened.

5. Shout
When you hear your people shouting be ready to join in. Sports are more fun when everyone yells opinions at the TV. Come prepared with both positive and negative things to say, such as:
What a terrible call
Great play
Run run run!
Good interception
I can't believe that guy just did that
Some of these get tricky if you really have no idea. You can always just reword what you hear.
Friend: That has totally an interference, what is going on here?
You: What is up with this game, that way totally and interference!
I suggest keeping it simple by just making noises at the TV such as:
Ugh
Ohhhhhh
Whoooo
Whaaaa
Ahhhhhh
These are gold and always work as a fall back plan. Depending on your tone these can all be tailored and changed quickly during mistaken good or bad situations.

6. Use Distractions
If someone comes at you with a question you don't know the answer to, be prepared to avoid answering. I suggest rotating through these various methods:
- Point at the TV and yell, "Oh my god!" When they turn around to look, run away.
- Stop and say, "I'm sorry someone in the other room just called my name."
- Instead of answering just say, "Oh gotta go, the bathroom is free now."
- Sit next to a bowl of some kind of finger food. Right before they finish the question, shove a hand full in your mouth...It's impolite to talk while you're chewing.

Those are my tips, and I hope they help.
Good luck to all of you football fakers!

DIY Clip on Bows

Finished Shoes!
Jazz up your boring black shoes with some DIY bow shoe accessories



                      Supplies: Shoes, Ribbon, Scissors, Leather, Bobby Pins, & Hot Glue Gun
                      Step 1: With your ribbon make two bows into whatever size you like.
                      Step 2: Cut your leather into six strips about the length of a bobby pin.
                      Step 3: Place a dot of glue onto both ends of a strip of leather.
                      Step 4: Place the leather with glue onto your bow, leaving the space behind the knot open.
                      Step 5: Cut the wavy end of your bobby pin in half, then bend the end in half.
                      Step 6: Hook your bobby pin onto your leather.
                      Step 7: Cover both sides of the exposed bobby pin with two strips of leather for protection.
                      Enjoy your new jazzed up shoes!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

2013 Oscar Viewing Party

The 85th Annual Academy Awards are coming soon!
I've been working my hardest to see all the movies, and I'm almost done. Everyone knows there's no better way to celebrate an accomplishment than a good party. The stars gather to celebrate the fabulous films they have made, and we gather to celebrate the fact that we saw them.
Here are some helpful ideas and printables I've come across to help make Oscar night spectacular.

Invites
Although there's nothing wrong with a good evite, this is a classy affair, so you might as well class up your invites by sending them in the mail. I found these great invites at Twigs and Thistle. You can download them and print them out at home for free. Click the link below the picture for the printable.
Click for printable version
Decorations
Roll out the red carpet and welcome your friends in style.
You can buy your own red carpet on Amazon here.
Twigs and Thistle also provides a great statue printable for you to decorate 
your party with the man of the night.
Click for printable version
I hate not being able to remember what drink is mine at a party.
Eliminate the confusion with these cute as can be Oscar drink charms.
All you have to do is print, punch a hole, and add a ribbon.
Click for printable version
Games
In my house we love to guess who will win the category. We make it a competition and sometimes even bet money on it. This year is time to step it up. I found adorable 2013 voting ballots.
You can print out as many blank copies as you want. Have your friends fill them out before the show starts and see how many you get right.
Here is one I filled out with my picks, but you can get the blank version in the link below.
Click for blank printable version
Food
It's not a party without good food to munch on. Why not get creative with it?
You can have some standard party food, but dress it up Oscar style.

Cupcakes with Oscar themed toppers. Guess What? It's another free printable!
Click for printable version
Oscar themed popcorn boxes. Another free printable!
Just make sure you use some really heavy card stock for these.
Click for printable
Fancy gentleman hot dogs.
I have no tutorial for this but it doesn't look too hard.

Here is where my menu thoughts got a little out there, but stay with me because I like them.
I came across theese great Best Picture Nominee labels.
Click for printable
These little beauties got me on the thought path of movie inspired food.
Why not have a food inspired by each film nominated for best picture?
It sounded really great until it started getting hard, but I think you can still go with it.
Here is what I came up with:

Silver Linings Playbook - Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
Django Unchained - Chicken Wings
Beast of the Southern Wild - Shrimp Cocktail
(I was thinking red beans and rice for this one, but it's not really a party food)


Life of Pi - Lettuce Wraps
(or you could just have pie)
Les Miserables - Crescent Rolls
Amour - Baked Brie with Apples and Crackers


These last three was when it started getting hard.
Lincoln - Ginger Bread Cookies
(the President's favorite food)
Zero Dard Thirty - Glass Of Water
(no water-boarding allowed at the party)
Argo - Champagne Toast
(you know those people needed a drink when they got out of Iran)

Maybe you can come up with better movie inspired food than me.
Have fun getting ready for the Oscars!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sophia Grace and Rosie



It's always a happy day when Sophia Grace and Rosie make an appearance on the Ellen show. These two girls make me feel like a rainbow, wrapped in happiness, covered in a tutu, and bedazzled in rhinestones. They are the funniest little things I've ever seen! Their extreme cuteness is even more amplified by the fact that they are from the UK and have English accents. Even the most annoying thing an American child can say is made somehow adorable by a child with an accent.

For those of you who aren't acquainted with  Sophia Grace and Rosie let me provide some info for you. Sophia Grace is an amazingly talented singer and she is only 9 years old. Her cousin Rosie, who is 6, is not so much the talent but the face of the act. Rose acts as Sophia Grace's "hype girl" and her job is pretty much just to dance around and look cute. They sometimes give her a microphone, but it is turned off. No is is quite sure what Rosie's singing abilities are, but all signs point to not so hot. Good thing she's pretty. Sophia Grace and Rosie's cover of Nicki Minaj's Super Bass went viral after their parents posted in on YouTube. Ellen DeGeneres caught wind of the talent and invited the girls onto her show, where they became instant hits performing their favorite song.

Check out this video of Sophia Grace and Rosie performing "Super Bass" on Ellen

 It's hard not to love these two. They have made several appearances on Ellen since, and have even picked up their own segment called "Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie" where they invite celebrities for tea. They have had Justin Beiber, Katy Perry, Resse Witherspoon, Julie Bowen, and even Russell Brand. My favorite segment was their tea with Taylor Swift. You can watch it below.

Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie

Be sure to watch the Ellen show next time Sophia Grace and Rosie make a colorful appearance.