Don’t tell my husband, but I think I like fishing. I learned some basic skills as a girl on our family vacations to the mountains and had a chance to brush up again this summer. It’s super boring, and I don’t want to be on a boat all day (unless there is wine and music). The main reason I like fishing is because of the tackle. I mean, Power Bait comes in all kinds of pretty colors including marbled and glitter varieties. And snap swivels aren’t just for your tackle box. This is how you make DIY bracelets with snap swivels.
Where my party people at?! Wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care! Whoa, sorry. I got a little carried away there. But guess what?! Halloween is on a Saturday this year which means you can throw an epic Halloween party. I’ve teamed up with a fab group of bloggers to bring you tons of awesome ideas to help you plan a wicked fun night. I’m sharing a fun idea to keep your guests entertained and stylish. Set out a DIY jewelry making station! So check out my post then check out all the other amazing ideas!
I’ve been dying to share this super easy DIY Jewelry Organizer with you! I’ve had it done for a few weeks now and I LOVE it. Not only has it organized what used to be a super messy area in my walk in closet, but I also wear the jewelry more since it is so easy to see and get to. Last month I came to the realization that I need to be offline more and actually living my life, not just posting about it. So I decided to start on some projects that I have been wanting to do for a while. This was the first one. And I’m delighted with how it turned out. And it is stupidly easy.
I don’t even remember where I found Reed’s Ginger Candy Chews but I am obsessed! These are phenomenal. They are a touch sweet, a bit spicy and have a real ginger flavor. I spoke of my love for Reed’s Ginger Beer here so of course I had to try these. Now I just need to track them down since I have only two left. Two!
I got a chance to read my newest Nylon the other day and every time I read an article on Jessica Alba, I like her a little more. I loved learning more about her role in her company (Honest). This article talks about how hands on she is in all aspects including choosing colors for make up. I loved that she voiced her opinion on the lip colors not being right, which is due in part to the natural materials used to create them. She’s not willing to put out a product that no one really wants to wear. She’s the perfect mix of every woman (except she’s, like, extra gorgeous) and advocate for the health of our families. And that is pretty cool.
A few weeks ago my mom brought over all of my grandmother’s old costume jewelry. I finally took a few hours to sort through it all and it was amazing. My grandmother was always put together with the perfect accessories. And she loved to travel so there are several handmade items from many of the places she visited. While I might not wear all of it (but trust, there are some AMAZEBALLS pieces), they will remain treasured memories of a lady I miss very much.
My husband recently brought home some awesome Earth Tu Face products to try out. You guys, this stuff is crazy natural and awesome. It was started by two herbalists who make 100% natural skin care only using plant based products. All of their packaging is recyclable, reusable and compostable. And the smells! While there are no added scents, the ingredients used create these amazing scents! I’ve always been afraid to use an oil based cleanser since I have oily skin. But I decided to give it a shot. It has been great. I’ve certainly not broken out like I thought I would and I feel like my forehead isn’t quite as shiny as it was before I started using the Earth Tu Face face wash. The Rosemary Salt lotion feels wonderful. And I love the smell of rosemary so that is a win for sure. I haven’t tried all of these products out yet but I plan to! And I think you should too.
You may have seen my instagram post but this Skin Stick is my fave! It is an all-purpose salve for wherever you need it. I’ve mainly been using it on my lips so far but with the geranium and vetiver, I really should be rubbing this thing all over my face. Geranium prevents and fades scarring (hello – dumb skin cancer scars, consider yourself warned!) and the vetiver promotes cellular healing. Duh. We could all use that. And I don’t want to offend any hippies but when I wear this on my lips, it smells like a hippie is dancing on my face. It’s musky and warm while being calming and hydrating. I definitely have hippie tendencies and this totally appeals to them. I keep this in the drawer next to my bed and put it on just before I go to sleep. It is the perfect way to end the day.
And I have to say that it doesn’t suck when your husband works for a sunglass company. These are so fun to be able to mix and match with my outfits. And since it is mostly sunny in California, year round, I need sunglasses. All of these are by IVI Vision.
And have you guys seen these?! I saw these Whoppers Easter Robin Eggs Decorate Your Own Eggs
at the grocery store and had to get them. My boys love this kind of stuff. They came with three edible markers and a bunch of plain white eggs. This was a great little snack and craft for us one afternoon. I picked them up at my local Albertson’s but haven’t seen them anywhere else. I hope you can find them. These were very well received by the kiddos.
I just love winter in California. Winter usually starts closer to the end of January. So I know the idea of a peep toe show might be unfathomable for most of the country. Here, it works. I go through phases where I get really interested in fashion and continue on my quest to find my personal style. And like I mentioned in my goals post, I’ve sort of let myself go. While I never leave the house in sweatpants or workout clothes (unless I’m hiking. Which I totally do now. What?!) I can certainly be very sloppy. Here is some winter fashion inspiration for you.
Plaid pants: Plaid can be done in a number of ways like slouchy and cozy, a little punk rock, a little preppy, etc. But I love how chic it looks when styled with a crisp white shirt, heels and fold over clutch. I’m totally on the look out for these pants. (image via BethAnimalPrint)
Textured coats: I’m dying over all the textured coats that are out there right now. I have my eye on this dip dyed version but my heart really wants this multi colored amazingness from Wunderkind. This one is not faux and is like a bajillion dollars so it’s totally out. I’m also in love with the monster coats from Meadham Kirchhoff. (image via Lyst)
Layered necklaces: I’m not a big jewelry wearer. But I know they can really finish off an outfit. I really need to practice my layering. It looks a little bohemian and classy at the same time which I love. (image via Oh Mai Darling)
Well dressed nails: I’m a mom to two boys who is constantly moving. I have yet to find the right time to paint my nails. With the dish washing, or hair combing, there never seems to be the perfect time. But I want to set out and find it. My nails could use a little color and adorning. I’m in love with these from Hex Nail Jewelry. I bought some for my niece and they are so fun! I will be ordering again for sure! (image via Hex Nail Jewelry)
Interesting shoes: I don’t wear heels often (I would like to say I will try to wear them more but I just don’t think I can commit to it regularly. When my feet hurt from shoes, I literally get punchy. Like, angry and will punch you if you make me move from my chair. It is NOT good) but when I do, I like for the shoes to be interesting. If I’m going to hurt, they have to be show stoppers. I love how these pumps are detailed in a subtle way. The little gold spikes are not as tough as most spiked stuff comes off but adds so much interest. (image via Eugene Riconneaus)
By now I’m sure that you all have been invited or thrown a Stella and Dot jewelry party. But have you been to a Mules and Jewels party? On of my fave gals, Amy, held the themed Stella and Dot party based around the pretty jewelry and our favorite drink, the Moscow Mule. And when I heard they were going to also have a jewelry making station for the kids, I knew I needed to book a date with my niece (the daughter I never had) and bring her along.
If you haven’t had a Moscow Mule yet, you need to. It’s my go-to summer beverage. I don’t like sweet drinks so this is perfect for me. The vodka based drink is mixed with Ginger Beer (like root beer but made with ginger), fresh lime juice and a touch of bitters and a bit of fresh mint. Amy is the one who introduced me to these delicious drinks and she serves them in the traditional copper mugs. While you don’t HAVE to serve it in this mug, it certainly does make it feel like more of an event. But since I had my niece with me I kept it straight virgin (because Ginger Beer is still one of my fave things to drink).
This is my second Stella and Dot party in the last two months so I had seen most of the jewelry. But this party had more of the fabrics and scarves displayed. I’m in love with all the colors and bag options!
I loved a lot of the jewelry but I am quite partial to these delicate little sparkly bracelets. They are so easy to wear and I LOVE them. So I decided to buy one for me and one for my niece so we could have matching bracelets.
Amy is an amazing cook so she made some crazy tasty appetizers for the guests. That burrata you see in the background with tomatoes and pesto served with grilled bread was divine! She rounded out the menu with spinach artichoke dip, edamame wontons and delightful bite sized lemon cakes.
This is the second time I’ve viewed the Stella and Dot jewelery at Amy’s house and both times she and Heather, the Stella and Dot rep, have made sure that the kids were entertained too. My niece made an adorable beaded necklace. As more kids arrived, it was really cute to see the kids gathered around that table on the patio. And even cuter that the moms were free to shop, eat and chat without having to be concerned about what the kids were up to.
I love that these gals make it easy to come to their party to see the jewelry and also not have to worry about getting a sitter. If you are in Orange County and looking for a Stella and Dot rep, contact Heather Velastegui. She really knows how to host a great party!
- 2 oz. Vodka
- 4 oz. ginger beer (I love Reed's!)
- Juice of 1 lime
- Few dashes of Orange Bitters (regular is fine too)
- Few sprigs of fresh mint
- Fill a cup with ice.
- Squeeze a whole lime into the cup.
- Add the vodka, ginger beer and orange bitters.
- Give it a good stir.
- Slap a sprig of mint in your palm (to release some of the oils) and put it in your drink.
- Drink up.
And don’t forget to check out the private party Heather held for me and Amy as we prepared for Blogher a few years ago. This time she featured make a make-your-own pizza lunch activity for the kids!