How To Ask Your Bridesmaids

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From the moment that Josh popped the question, I knew I wanted to also pop the question in a special way…except to my bridesmaids. After all, each of my bridesmaids have been such an important part of my life and I wanted them to know how much it means to me to have them play a role in our special day. Sooo…I bought some pretty boxes. I kept them feminine, and filled with touches of pink rose petals and gold glitter and meaningful and symbolic items, including: (1) paint chips, to show potential bridesmaid dress colors, (2) a Bridesmaids DVD (such a funny movie), (3) chocolate (because who doesn’t love chocolate), and (4) four cards that filled my bridesmaids in on some important information about the big day. On the four cards I included the wedding information, dress inspiration ideas, their roles as bridesmaids (taking the pressure off, and showing that I care about them, rather than making it all about me), and short bios about each bridesmaid and her email address so they can all get in touch.

…I’m off now for another beach weekend, and have to apologize for the lack of outfit posts this week. Life has been crazy, but next week I’ll be back. Wishing those in the US a happy labor day weekend!

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bridesmaids gifts

DIY – Glitter iPhone Charger

diy glitter mac charger

With the new iPhone charger, we’ve run into some charger stealing problems in our household. I have the 4S and Josh, the 5. Now that the chargers are not interchangeable, if we’re in a rush in the mornings or while packing (which we New Yorkers so often are) we often accidentally take the wrong one. It’s not fun watching the battery slowly but surely die, as I dim the light on my screen and check my emails, (and okay, instagram, & twitter) for just one last time. So this DIY glitter iPhone charger was the optimal resolution – there is no way Josh is taking this one.

DIY GLITTER IPHONE CHARGER – {So easy, my dog could do it. But he’s really talented, so…}

1. Choose a base polish and a glitter polish of the same color. These options from Forever21 are inexpensive and get the job done. Optional: Tape off parts of the charger (especially the edges) that you do not want to accidentally get polish on or in.

2. Paint desired area with 2 coats base color and let dry. Then paint with glitter polish and finally a top coat.

3. Let dry and then peel off tape. Voila!

glitter apple charger  glitter iphone charger

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Flower Display

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I’m not quite sure where their cheery magic stems from (pun intended), but few things make me happier than a $10 bouquet of roses from the Flower District in New York. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I thought I’d share my tips for keeping flowers healthy and beautiful.

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1. Take bouquet out of wrapper (Okay, this step is obvious).

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2. Snip off the end of the stems (or more if you’re fitting the flowers into a short vase).

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3. Create a grid using tape. This will keep the flowers spread out and in place. Then fill vase 1/4 way with fresh water.

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4. Place flowers into the squares on your “grid”. Make sure to water daily!

Sparkly Winter Manicure

sparkly manicures

 During the cold winter months, my nails are often painted darker jewel-toned shades. But not-so shockingly, I’m on a glitter kick, so I decided to change up my routine last week. A silver or white base creates a winter wonderland vibe and sparkly manicures are a nice change of pace. To get the effect of sparkling snow, here’s what I did.

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Prep hands and nails. Make sure previous color is off, cut and file nails, then push back or cut cuticles. Moisturize, then wash hands.

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Coat nails with base coat, then two coats of any shade of white or silver polish.

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Coat the very tips of nails with sparkly nail polish. Dab lightly halfway down nail, to create a trickle effect.

how to sparkle nailsAdd top coat and sparkle on!

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How to Curl your hair {and a giveaway}

I go through phases with my hair. Sometimes I like it stick straight and every strand must be in place. Other times, I prefer a playful curly look. I was recently introduced to Jose Eber hair products and they’ve become the star players in my hair routine. I’m pretty impatient so I absolutely love the  powerful Infrared Blow Dryer, which quickly dries my hair without damaging it. I also have been using the World’s Fastest Flatiron, which heats up in just 5 seconds. (Need I say more?) And finally, my beloved Trio Clipless curling iron (featured in the video below) which helps me achieve any size curl. It’s pretty obvious from my recent outfit posts I’m in a curly hair phase, so I’ve created a hair tutorial to show the steps I take to get the look.

Jose Eber has generously offered the chance to win your own clipless curler. Just enter using the Rafflecopter below and I will announce the lucky winner on January 18th. Also, get 15% off any Jose Eber product with the code GIRL. Happy shopping and good luck!

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