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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How to Throw a Winning Holiday Party

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Every year my college roommate Jen and I have our annual Holiday Soiree. It’s always the first Saturday of December and I like to think I’ve got it down to a T now that we done it more than a few time. We have it at my house and since Jen knows way more people that I do, the place always gets packed, which I love.

My job is to make the living room and dining room over the top with a tree and decorations and Jen’s is to plan and execute most of the food. Here are some tips to make the night go easier.

  • Have a designated area for the coats that is smoke free and pet free. After a certain age, most people don’t want to smell like they were in a bar all night and just because you live life with cat/dog hair all over your clothes doesn’t mean other want to. They will appreciate this extra effort, believe me.
  • If you’re serving wine or champagne, use real glasses, I can’t stress the added delight of actually using real glass or stemware to drink it out of. Yes, some might get broken but that’s why you invest in inexpensive ones that won’t be a big deal if they get broken. I picked up a couple of boxes of 12 for $9.99 each at Ross and I only pull them out for this party. I mean, we’re not in college anymore, capiche?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Is Debbie Meyer Your Answer?

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I know you come here for my write-ups on beauty but every once in a while I come across something in another category that is just so much better than the rest so I just have to share.

Ok, set the scene, you belly up to the kitchen sink to take care of the evenings dishes and like every night, you grab hold of that gross/stinky/disgusting/ insert your own word here, which is growing mold and teaming with bacteria and proceed to spread those germs all over your dishes, cutlery, glasses, not to mention my hands, eww.

So with my conventional sponge, I tried a few things like microwaving it, which I found on Pinterest. But I’m not too sure what I’m heating up and how safe that is so just I tried changing it out more frequently but then I felt wasteful, especially to the wallet.

Then, while flipping through the channels one day, I came across the DEBBIE MEYER GeniusSponge with Scrubber. The GeniusSponge is made of polyurethane and inhibits the growth of anything and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. And they claim that theirs will last 15 times longer than the traditional cellulose sponge not to mention it can suck up more water. So after I retire one from dish washing, I transfer it over to house cleaning.

And no, I’m not being paid to tout this, I’m just an average female that needed something more than those gross sponges I’ve had to suffer with.

Need more reasons to buy? When using the scrubber on eggs or baked on food, the residue will not stick to the sponge! Now I wasn’t used to that the first few times I used it but now I expect it.

Normally a set of 3 sponges cost an average of $3 so yes, @ $27.95/12 sponges or $2.32 per sponge is significantly more than you’re used to paying but since I get more “life” when I use one of these sponges, I think I’m getting a better value, or at least my nose and dishes are. I’m a convert. Get yours @ hsn.com

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

More Gift Giving Suggestions

Still stumped on what to gift your bestie? Or yourself? Here are some more suggestions.

Votivo-Soy-Wax-Candle-in-Red-CurrantVOTIVO Boxed Glass Soy Wax Candle in Red Currant ($28/6.8oz=60 hr burn time @ nordstrom.com) – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this Red Currant scent. And a quality candle is always a great gift to yourself or someone else.

 

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Sweet Smell O’ Spring!

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RITUALS Foaming Shower Oil
in Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom from the Sakura Spring Collection ($15/6.7oz @ rituals.com and barneys.com) – cherry has always been one of my top favorite scents and this one contains real cherry flower extract. And this cleansing body oil won’t dry the skin out like a regular soap can.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Classique Summer Edition EDT ($71/3.3oz @ macys.com) – JPG puts out one of my favorite scents found on a man so I was giddy when this one landed in my mail box. With pungent notes of rose, orange blossom, jasmine and woody lily of the valley, this is sure to become a scent-staple this season. 

COAL AND CANARY Super Powers and Fresh Cut Flowers Candle ($25 @ coalandcanary.com) – ok, picture a huge bouquet of fresh cut flowers … got it? That is exactly what this candle smells like!

L’OCCITANE Peony Perfecting Mist ($24/3.3oz @ loccitane.com) – I’m getting my summer face mists together this month for the upcoming heat and this one is for sure being included. Instead of just using a plain water, why not use one that not only hydrates but smells wonderfully of peonies from the real extract inside?

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Saturday, April 04, 2015

DIY Corner: An Inexpensive Way to Update Kitchen Tile

I just came up with an easy kitchen idea. See I’ve lived in this apartment for the past 15 years and since it was built in the 1920’s there’s not much in the way of closet space or kitchen counters. The later I don’t quite get but anyway, when I had my bookshelf put up, I asked the handyman I hired if he had any experience with tile resurfacing kits as I was considering doing it to my kitchen counter. 

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Yes, so much goes with pistachio-colored tile, right? And the burgundy trim is just ... priceless!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DIY Corner: Jazzing Up a Garage Sale Find

I picked up this 15” around wood lazy susan at a yard sale for $4 but the light colored wood that pine normally is, is just not appealing to me. So deciding how to redo this piece was almost as exciting as getting it for $4!

Since this was treated wood (it has a gloss over it), I knew I needed to prime it for the new color to stick to it, so I picked up Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces (I guess this is made by Rustoleum) ($13.99/quart @ amazon.com) and painted 1 coat on the top and bottom of the wood.

Then after letting it dry for a few hours I was ready to spray on the texture with Krylon Marbelizing Spray. I had contemplated for about 1 month on how exactly to paint this lazy susan. I was just going to do it in metallic gold but decided at the last minute on adding some texture to it. When I was looking online at different spray paint effects, I couldn’t seem to find any in Pinterest (I use it like Google) so I threw caution to the wind and bought it.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

DIY Corner: How to Make A Bookcase with Wood Wine Crates

I’ve been fascinated with the whole wood crate trend in the past few months and pinned many-a-pins about unique ways to use them. But it wasn’t until I stumbled upon pics of them made into bookcases did I really start to feel my wheels turning. See, when I moved into my apartment about 15 years ago (I know, I thought I’d be in a house by now), I had to buy the basics, of course, and for some reason, I bought a small bookcase. It worked for a while but then one day while looking at it, I decided it was just too small for the wall as in, not tall enough (my ceilings are about 14 feet high and this bookcase was just over 5 feet). That revelation was about 2 years ago.

Finally when looking at these pictures of bookcases on Pinterest, I decided I wanted to build my own and I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like - it would take up a big part of the wall and not touch the floor; each box would be attached to the wall but still touch each other and look like, well, the finished product below!

So how did I get there? Click after the jump to see more in this picture-heavy post!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

How to Create Cone Christmas Trees for Under $5

Recently I was cleaning out my shopping bag section in the kitchen and while I only keep the really nice thick-papered shopping bags I get, it was time to purge. But purging is really hard when you really like the bag. Take this Lime Crime bag I actually tweeted about here a few months back. I love it but what do I do with it? It’s paper so it’s not really practical for grocery shopping but I didn’t want to get rid of it either. So I stuff it back where it was with some others I couldn’t seem to purge, between the wall and stove.

Enter Pinterest… 

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Ms. Darla loves the new Christmas Tree Cone!

 

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

How to Get Your House Holiday Ready

Each year, when I’m trying to think of new ways to get my house ready for any holiday, I try to keep each of the 5 senses in mind and what appeases each when I think of that holiday.

  • What I see
  • What I hear
  • What I smell
  • What I taste
  • What I touch

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5 Favorite ... Springtime Scents

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1. DOLCE & GABBANA ‘Dolce’ EDP ($90/1.6oz, $112/2.5oz @ bluefly.com) – this scent was released to take the wearer, “on a sensual journey through the heart of Dolce&Gabbana’s DNA: the noble and evocative land of Sicily.” The scent opens with Neroli leaves, Papaya flower, White Water Lily, White Daffodil, White Amaryllis on a base of musk and accents of Cashmeran (a musky/powdery note) and floral accents.

2. HAMSA by Celine Leora Perfume ($65/3.4oz @ hamsa-perfume.com) – fascinated by the Hamsa amulet since child growing up in Morocco, the Creator of this fragrance wanted to use the symbol of it to provide the wearer with good fortune and protection, which the centuries-old symbol is known to have. She chose notes that represented the Easter, Western and Middle Eastern cultures by combining notes of White Lotus, Frankincense (not usually a fan of this scent but it works really nicely in this perfume), black currant and coffee. Another great one if you want to be the only one in the room wearing this.

3. MOLTON BROWN Heavenly Gingerlily Candle ($49/30 hours @ saks.com) – this floriental is just so…. Spring, summer, fall, really anytime kind of scent to smell but I’m really feeling it right now. The mix of cardamom, peach, ginger, jasmine, and plum really speak to me.

4. ATKINSONS 1799 Fashion Decree EDT ($175/3.3oz @ atkinsons1799.com and barneys.com) – this may say it’s an eau de toilette but it wears more like an eau de parfum as the notes just dance and dance for quite a bit of time before dying down; more than a traditional EDT. This one combines Pink Peppercorn, Chinese Magnolia, and Patchouli. If you like your scents tré unique, this might be one for you to check out.

5. Love2Love in Freesia + Violet Petals EDT from COTY ($9.98/3.4oz @ Walmart stores and walmart.com) – such a simple scent and so fitting for right now as we transition into a new season. And it won’t break the bank! It has top notes of peach blossom, lily petals and lavender; middle notes of freesia, rose and violet blossom; and bottom notes of sheer musk and heliotrope. So if you like your scents light and airy, this is one to check out. An eau de toilette is the lightest of all the perfume versions and this one for sure won’t enter the room before you do. 

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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