Holiday

Blogmas Day 2014 – Day 7: Snag Her Style – Kim Kardashian (Christmas Edition)

I’ve been so bad at daily blogging this weekend – I feel like I’ve been running all over the place the last couple of days!

I’m determined to keep up with Blogmas, so tonight I thought I’d do a quick Christmas Edition of Snag Her Style! Between work, family, and friends, most of us have quite a few holiday parties to attend in the upcoming weeks. I wanted to dupe an outfit that was both classy, comfortable, and of course, affordable!

Love her or hate her, you cannot deny Kim Kardashian’s flawless style. If nothing else, the girl knows how to pair, style, accessorize, and just wear clothes (well, most of the time she’s wearing clothes lol).

I really wanted to dupe this simple holiday look of hers from a couple of years ago:

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I’m a huge fan of comfortable & forgiving ensembles – this outfit is just that! I was so excited to be able to put together something very similar. Here’s how you can snag the style 🙂 –>

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Teardrop Earrings: Kohls – $16.50

China Glaze Liquid Leather: Sally’s Beauty Supply – $5.50

Taupe Tie-Up Back Wrap Cinched Maxi Dress: DH Styles – $20.94

Red matte lipstick “Really Red”: Revlon – $7.99

Grey Suede Platform Pumps: DSW – $39.95

Gold & Ruby Fashion Ring:  Ali Express – $4.32

Simply Stated Bangle Set: Forever 21 – $6.16

I love this outfit! I’ll definitely be trying something like this for one of my upcoming holiday events!

 

Do you have any comfortable, but still stylish holiday outfit ideas? Share below!

 

XOXO

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Blogmas 2014 – Day 6 – DIY: Festive Diaper Wreath

Helloooo! Happy Blogmas Day 6 🙂

I have a fun Christmas/baby-related craft to share today!

I’m going to a holiday-themed baby shower tomorrow and I wanted to (attempt to) make a festive diaper wreath to bring along with my gift. I found an awesome tutorial online – and followed the instructions … for the most part.

Below are my step by step instructions 🙂

Obviously had to make a cup of cocoa in my favorite mug before I got started :)
I obviously had to make a cup of cocoa in my favorite mug before I got started 🙂

Alright, here we go!

Materials needed: Diapers, thick ribbon, thin ribbon, cardboard cutouts (I used cake plates), hot glue gun, scissors, tape, and a not pictures box cutter
Materials needed: Diapers, thick ribbon, thin ribbon, 2 cardboard cutouts (I used cake boards), hot glue gun, scissors, tape, and a (not pictured) box cutter
I traced a small paper plate in the center of the cardboard to be cut out
The center of the cardboard needed to be removed. To do so, I traced a small paper plate in the center cut it out with my box cutter.  I did this to both pieces.
Hot glue popsicle sticks to one side of the cardboard for added support
Hot glue popsicle sticks to one side of the cardboard for added support
Hot glue the two pieces of cardboard together
Hot glue the two pieces of cardboard together
Time to start wrapping diapers! I used scotch tape to secure each one.
Time to start wrapping diapers! I used scotch tape to secure each one.
Wrap & glue a piece of the thick ribbon around the diaper
Wrap & hot glue a piece of the thick ribbon around each diaper
So my cardboard donut was too small & wouldn't allow me to get the diapers very close together
At this point I ran into my first issue. My cardboard donut was too small & wouldn’t allow me to get the diapers very close together #FAIL
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So I rolled a few diapers much tighter so that they could be used to fill in the empty spaces.
So I rolled a bunch of tighter diapers to fill in the blank spaces. I did not secure them in place - I used the smaller ribbon to do so. Here's how:  hot glue the end of the ribbon strand to the back of the cardboard. Then weave it over and around each diaper until you've gone around the entire donut. Then secure a new strand of ribbon to the back and weave/wrap it around each donut again - just in the opposite direction to achieve the X.
(Apologies in advance for the lack of photos for these steps) First, I hot glued the large diapers to the cardboard base, then placed the smaller diapers on top to fill the bare spaces (I did not secure them). From here, hot glue the end of the ribbon strand to the back of the cardboard and begin to weave/wrap it over and around each diaper until you’ve gone around the entire donut. Then secure a new strand of ribbon to the back and weave/wrap it around each donut again – just in the opposite direction to achieve the X.
Glue gun casualties.
Nasty glue gun casualties.
Make a bow out of the big ribbon & ta-da! I bought a santa teether/rattle to hang in the middle :)
Tie a large piece of the big ribbon around the back to create a bow. I decided to buy a santa teether/rattle to hang in the middle  to spruce it up.
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And taa-daaa! How cute is this!? If it weren’t made of diapers I would totally make one for my apartment!

This was a really fun project (minus the injuries) and I would totally recommend making one for a friend or family member who has a new baby this holiday season!

Have you made a diaper wreath before?

Any suggestions for non-diaper material I could use to make another one?

XOXO

((If you’re participating in Blogmas, leave a comment below so I can peek your blog 🙂 ))

Blogmas 2014 – Day 2 – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas + An Engagement (!!!)

Woohoo, I made it to Blogmas day 2, I think that’s a good sign of things to come 🙂

Alright, first things first! MY BEST FRIEND ERIN GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!! Erin & I have been friends since…forever.

One of my favorite pictures of her & I in kindergarten :)
One of my favorite pictures of her & I in kindergarten 🙂

We always talked about the day we’d get married. Fun fact – we both dressed up as brides for Halloween in Kindergarten (I wish I were home to dig up the pictures) and the day is finally here! Well, for her at least haha. I couldn’t be more excited or happier for her. I can already tell that 2015 is going to be a great year 🙂

First things first! MY BEST FRIEND ERIN GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!  Erin & I have been friends since...forever. We always talked about the day we'd get married (fun fact - we were both brides for Halloween in Kindergarten) and the day is finally here! Well, for her haha. I couln't be more excited or happier for her. I can already tell that 2015 is going to be a great year :)
She really has met her perfect match. …AND THAT RING! Gorgeous. I love you Erin!! XOXO

Such exciting news, I’m thrilled for my BFF!

Thanksgiving weekend was amazing for so many reasons. Obviously the engagement(!!), and that I got to spend time with family & friends, I had a few days off to relax, and I did quite a bit of holiday decorating! I thought some festive photos would be perfectly appropriate for Blogmas Day 2 🙂

I need this ornament in my life. Found at Target.
Post Black Friday shopping at Target. I need this ornament in my life! #ManiAddict
My Mom  I put up our Dickens village - one of my favorite things about the Christmas season :)
My Mom and I put up our Dickens village – one of my favorite things about the Christmas season 🙂
Have to share a picture of it all lit up!
Had to snap a picture of it all lit up!
Mom, sister and I putting up our fake) tree. SWeve
Mom, sister, and I putting up our fake tree. We’ve been fake tree people for a few years now & I have to say, I’m a HUGE fan. No mess, easy up, easy down, no trying to keep it alive. Miss the smell? Pine tree candles + scent sticks = basically the real thing! (We were also all rocking bold lips the whole weekend, I loved this red!)
I interrupt this decoration update to bring you the cutest picture of Mike with his favorite girl ;)
I interrupt this decoration update to bring you the cutest picture of Mike with his favorite girl 😉
Our family living room all Christmafyied  coz6Watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation :)
Relaxing in our cozy family room after it had been completely Christmafyed! We were all watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation 🙂 (Which I’m currently watching right now…for the third time..since Saturday. I LOVE Clark & Ellen)
Trying to take a festive picture of Lily for our holiday card. She hated it lol
And why not some more holiday cuteness?! We tried to take a festive picture of Lily for our holiday card. Of course, she hated it lol
So after spending the we
After spending the weekend decorating at my parents, I came home to decorate our condo! I present, the Welly tree 🙂
Actually I put up 2 trees. We had an extra, so I figured why not!
…I mayyyyy have put up 2 trees. We had an extra, so I figured why not!
Gahhh I love our apartment this time of year!!
Gahhh I love our little place this time of year!! I told Mike to hide, he didn’t do very well – can you spot his shadow? lol
Wrapped up the weekend with some PB/Chocolate chip cookies :)
All that decorating required some sweets. Wrapped up the weekend with some homemade PB/Chocolate chip cookies 🙂

Well there you have it, welcome to my Blogmas atmosphere! What is it about Christmas decorations, movies, smells, colors, etc. that makes everything feel so cozy, uplifting, and inspiring? It’s such a magical time of year!

I’m really looking forward to this month 🙂 I hope it doesn’t fly by too quickly!

 

Have you put up your holiday decorations yet?

Serious Q – Do you live in a small apartment or condo & have more than one tree!? (Insert hands over eyes / kind of embarrassed / monkey emoji)

 XOXO

((If you’re participating in Blogmas, leave a comment below so I can peek your blog 🙂 ))

 

BLOGMAS 2014 – Day 1- Sort Of…

Hello!

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! I know that I did :). Though I LOVE Thanksgiving, it’s hard to be sad when it’s over, because with its passing, we get to kick-start the Christmas season! To help welcome the most wonderful time of the year, I have a fun little announcement for you all …

This year, I decided that it would be fun to wrap up 2014 in the most festive of ways… by participating in Blogmas! It’s one of my favorite things that the blogging community does in December, and this will be my first time joining in! If you’re not familiar with Blogmas, it’s basically a simple blogging challenge…you post a new blog every day in December until Christmas. Some people follow suggested daily post topics, some people just wing it (I think I’m going with plan b!) 😉

I’ve been so eager to get started and had drafted my first Blogmas post last night (11/30) to put up today (12/1), but when I woke up this morning, I forgot that I had scheduled a different post to go out first thing…go figure, I’m already messing this thing up lol. So, instead of taking that post down, I decided to write this little blurb & just get everything on the right track for tomorrow!

I’m excited for the challenge and hope that you’ll all follow along and get into the Christmas spirit with me! 🙂

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Are you participating in Blogmas?

Leave me a link to your blog in the comments so I can check it out!

XOXO

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love Valentine’s Day- it is one of my favorite holiday’s…and why shouldn’t it be? It’s a day devoted to love!

It upsets me when people get bitter because they are single- whether you are spending it with a boyfriend, girlfriend, family, or friends- there is someone out there who loves you! Take the day remind the ones that you love just how special they are!

I have a lot of Valentines…

First, foremost, and always- my beautiful family!
My very best girls (what a throwback-we need more pictures of the 3 of us!) LOL
My amazing roommate!
And of course, my wonderful boyfriend 🙂

 

I hope that you get the chance to spend some time with your loved ones today!

 

Happy Valentines Day! XOXO

 

 

 

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