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FIVE SMALL LEATHER GOODS YOU NEED

13 Mar

A little less than two years ago I made a post stating the five types of bags you need . Today I discuss five SLG’s (small leather goods) as they are referred to in the luxury community that if you have will round out your bags and accessories collection. As always, this is by no means an exhaustive list, just a guide to help you pick your smaller goods. Also, this is my opinion and something I consider a staple you may not ever see the need for or vice versa and that’s okay.

So, first matter of business: “What IS an SLG exactly?” Well, as the name states it is a small leather good and that means anything that is not considered a handbag or luggage; items that are usually smaller than those . Secondly, let’s address the elephant in the room: NO, a “small leather good” doesn’t need to be made of actual leather. It can be made of vegan leather, coated canvas and numerous other fabrics so if you don’t want to use animal based products or can’t fit leather items into your budget right now you can still form your SLG collection.

The last thing I want to mention is something you’ll notice in the pics I’ve used. Everything has colour (primarily pink). Now I am 110% a black bag kind of girl because it goes with everything but I feel that with these smaller items you can really explore colour and patterns even if your larger pieces are more neutral.

So, let’s begin:

  1. COIN PURSE


Coin Pouch by FOSSIL $38 US

A coin purse is perfect for holding small but bulky things that jingle: coins (of course), keys and small cosmetic items like lip balm.

2. CARD HOLDER



Fleming Stud Slim Card Case by Tory Burch in Shell Pink $138 US

This is an absolute MUST for me. A card case holds all those cards we seem to have these days but because its so slim it can fit into even the smallest of bags. I often use a card case instead of a wallet whenever I’m on vacation carrying around smaller bags.

3. POUCH

Stella Logo Pouch in pink by Stella McCartney $365

A pouch, sometimes called a toiletry pouch or clutch is something I consider a cross over item because of it’s versatility. One of these bad girls can be used as an evening bag one day then filled up with cosmetic items and tossed into your handbag the following morning. I have also been known to use pouches as pencil cases or to pack small clothing items when traveling.

FUN FACT: Stella McCartney (design brand whose pouch is featured here) is a Vegetarian brand using Alter-Nappa and Polyurethane to produce their leather like items

4. WALLET

Le Foulonne zip around wallet by Longchamp in pink $295US

I’m sure I don’t need to explain why you need a wallet, lol, but for clarity purposes; a wallet is your home base for smaller accessory pieces. You keep your bills, some coins and all your cards there for everyday use.

5. WRISTLET

Clutch Wristlet by Coach in Fuschia and Pewter $195US

For me, a wristlet is that final piece of the SLG puzzle. I think every single use of a wristlet can be interchanged with one of the other pieces already listed: you can keep cards in it, small cosmetic items, keys etc. But that’s just it, it can be a bit of a work horse serving multiple purposes plus the added benefit of being compact and able to be hooked around the wrist for a true hands free experience.

So those are the SLGs or small accessories I think you need in your collection. Which pieces do you already have and is there anything different you would have chosen?

Thanks for reading an have an awesome day!

Pack with Me: Travel Makeup

27 Feb


Time to go! I’m recently did a bit of travel and I decided to share the makeup I packed. For me, travel is always a challenge to myself to be as minimalist as I can be since I try to travel as lightly as possible.

This means that when packing makeup for travel there are a few things I keep in mind:


One of everything– or as close to that as possible: This means I try to select an eyeshadow palette, blush and lip colours that are versatile enough to work with all my looks for that trip.

Double duty: Dual ended brushes, split pan products, products that can perform different tasks e.g eyeshadow and highlighter.

Pint sized: This is a perfect opportunity to whip out your minis, it saves on space and they will be safe for carry on.




Here are the products as shown:

Complexion:

Fenty Beauty Pro-Filter Foundation (430)

Maybeline Fit-Me loose setting powder in deep.

Eyes:

mini Benefit Gimme brow+ Volumising Gel in Deep(no.6)

Essence Lash  princess false lash effect mascara- truly one of the best affordable mascara on the market (10/10) would recommend.

Essence liquid liner in black,

Essence eye kohl.

Urban Decay Born to Run Eye shadow palette- This palette has a great mix of neutrals, colours, warm and cool tones, mattes and shimmers without being overwhelming (10/10 would recommend)

Face:

Elf Blush quad in dark.

Milani bronzer.

Fenty Beauty kilowatt freestyle duo in Ginger Binge and Moscow Mule.

Lips:

Freakshow lip balm (it gives an INTENSE tingle)

Milani color statement lipstick in Blushing beauty.

Pat McGrath Labs lust matte trance lipstick in Elson

Setting:

Nyx Matte finish setting spray

Fenty Beauty pressed setting powder.

Tools:

Brushes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dual ended brushes, Real Techniques Blush rush, Milani face brush, colour switch.

Sponge: Flower Beauty blending sponge.

Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

Nude Lipsticks

27 May

“I just LOVE a nude lip colour” says every beauty blogger ever! I, myself always shied away from nude lipsticks for a LONG time. I just felt pale pinks and peaches would never flatter my deep skin tone.

How wrong I was, nudes can suit any and every skin tone, you just need to find the one that works for you and pair it with the right lip liner.

Nude in the past was associated with lighter flesh tones of persons of European descent. That has been challenged in recent years and now the term nude has evolved to mean neutral. Neutrals in fashion are colours that accent any other shade on the colour wheel. In makeup it means a similar thing. A good neutral lip colour will accent any eye/blush look as well as any outfit making owning the right nude lip colours a must.

This is my little collection of nudes and each one serves a different purpose.

 

The Nude Nude

 

This is BLS17/Pops Explosiv by NYX. It is a pinky beige shade and I usually use it in the centre of my lips to add some dimension. This is NYX’s buttery formula so it is smooth and glides on nicely with moderate staying power.

 

The Pink Nude

This is Plumrose by Milani in the creamy formula. It has that rosy blush that warms up a neutral and makes your lips look alive.

 

The Dark nude

This is Maltshake in Sephora’s lipstories cream formula and it is beautiful. It’s a cocoa infused neutral shade perfect for us with deeper skin tones or any skin tone for that matter. It isn’t quite brown and it isn’t maroon , it’s right in the middle.

 

The Cool Toned nude

This is rose femme by Milani in its cream formula. This is a cooler toned almost grey nude.

 

The Spicy nude

This deep cinnamon pink is liquid lip colour LIPL12/Exotic by NYX. It is pigmented and really dries down. I find it works best when blended with a darker liner.

 

The pale nude

Who knew Burt’s Bees made makeup? I didn’t before I first came across this lip crayon (they make way more than lip crayons now btw). This is a very light, pale nude perfect for someone with a fair skin tone but also a perfect centre colour for any skin tone.

 

The Perfect nude

I received this mini lipstick by Marc Jacobs in Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang as my free birthday gift from Sephora. This was the first nude I believe I owned, I would never have even considered this colour had it not been handed to me but I’m glad I got it.

This is a neutral toned dusty pepper pink and it is positively perfect! It matches my deep skin and it can match any skin tone. It is smooth and has good lasting power.

Those are my nude recommendations. Any other type of nudes you would recommend?

Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

A Few Spring Things

29 Apr

Hello and Happy Spring (even though I live in a Tropical climate where our only seasons are rainy and dry). Here are a few things I have been and continue to enjoy as we mark time until glorious summer!

MAKEUP

Pretty Birdie by Pretty Vulgar

Pretty birdie palette

This brand launched on Sephora.com sometime last year. I remember it initially got a bit of buzz then everyone , myself included seemed to forget about them. Fast forward to March this year when I saw this brand in store.

I was immediately drawn to this palette with its mixture of bold mattes(Nevermore and Snitch) and muted jewel tone shimmers(Wing it, Brilliant and Jealous). The formula is smooth and easy to blend and allows for many different spring appropriate looks!

Life`s a Festival by Too Faced

Life’s a festival palette

Are you sick and tired of unicorns and mermaids yet? I`m not! But I understand why some people might be. If you fall into that group I implore you to look past the ~ unicorn-ISM ~ and the somewhat silly packaging because this palette is solid.

It`s definitely meant for creating more fun, festival inspired looks with a few brightly coloured matte shades(Dessert Vibes and Young and Free), a lot of beautiful shimmers and some popping duo-chromes (Artist pass and Mystic Rain). If you can still get your (unicorn) hoofs on this one, definitely give it a try!

EATS

Starbucks Instant Refresher and Bobo`s bar

Starbucks Refresher

I am an obligate coffee drinker. I say obligate because I need the caffeine to get me going in the morning but I wouldn’t consider myself a coffee lover by any means. However, I`m always looking for something different and I recently found this. This is a hibiscus and berry flavoured drink with just a touch of caffeine. Enough to get your mornings going with a fruity/floral refreshing taste.

Bobo Bar

I discovered Bobo bars a few months ago in my quest to find breakfast on the go that didn`t contain gluten (I have some gluten intolerance) This company began as a mother daughter home baking endeavor and their bars come in a multitude of flavours from peanut butter to orange cranberry. They taste great warmed up for a few seconds in the microwave and go along great with tea, coffee (or starbucks hibiscus berry refresher)

BODY

Lip Mask

Lip mask by Lifestyle Products

They are making masks for everything these days: face, eyes, hands and lips! And to be honest, they don’t make a real difference one way or another , but they can give some temporary relief and improvements and they’re fun !

This brand is called Lifestyle products and they have a few different ?flavours ?scents such as shea butter and coconut. Your lips feel hydrated and soft after use.

Body Spray

BBW Rose Quartz body mist

Bath and Body Works is always out there looking for new ways to separate me from my hard earned money. One of their latest (successful) attempts is their new New Age , mineral inspired line. This is quite interesting as most minerals (rocks) don’t actually have any associated odours.The three scents are Rose Quartz, Aquamarine and Moonstone and they are available in shower gels, lotions and body mists. They all have more mild, clean scents with rose quartz having a soft rose water type of scent.

HOME

Candle

BBW Avocado Coconut 3 wick Candle

I love me some candles especially BBW candles. This particular style they have brought out features a more squat but wider shaped candle (stated to be the same amount as the regular shaped ones) and many of the scents are more natural inspired. This one, combines avocado and coconut, a rather unlikely pairing which gives a creamy, rich smell.

Thanks for letting me share some of the things I currently like and have an awesome day!

Cheap Trend: Tassels and Pom Poms

8 May

Tassels hand pom Poms have long adorned clothing and accessories.  From the ends of strings on a peasant blouse to decorating the perimeter of bohemian style cushions. For the past three springs and summers  tassels and pom poms have been out  in full force, dotting otherwise mundane items with dots and splashes of colour and texture. I actually thought this trend was winding down but look and behold it continues to be ever present from runway to the racks of fast fashion stores.

Tassels bangles by Aqua Lilith  $41 US, Pom Poms and Tassels hat by Eric Javitz $250 US, Pom Pom sandals by Elina Linardaki $225 US.

This trend is easy to wear. You can make any look fun and bright with tassels and pom poms, going from zero to vacation mode in seconds. You can shell out some serious coin for a designer item or pick up something more affordable from off price retailers or fast fashion boutiques. OR, you could DIY!

That’s exactly what I did. I decorated a pair of espadrilles, a cross body bag and made a necklace.

Necklace

WHAT YOU NEED 

Length of leather, rope or chain.

Embroidery thread or floss.

Jump rings

WHAT TO DO 

1. Take a length of the thread and wrap it around three fingers multiple times. The more you wrap, the thicker the tassel will be. Alternately, you can use a square of card board, the with determining the length of the tassel.

2. Cut a short piece of the embroidery thread and tie it approximately 1/4 way down the tassel. Make a few wraps then tie off.

3.Thread a piece of the embroidery thread through the top loop and tie off. Add a jump rings and knot.

4.Cut off all the loose ends, then trim the bottom loop to create the fringe.

5.I repeated this twice using different colours and creating varying length fringes. I also combed through the thread with a fine toothed comb to make it fluffy.

6. Slide onto faux leather and tie ends together .

Shoes

WHAT YOU NEED 

Shoes- I used a pair of espadrilles with laces. You can use gladiator sandals or any other shoes with laces.

Pom Poms-These can also be easily DIY’d using yarn but they are very cheap and accessible from craft and stationary stores.

Eye pins- These are the small metal pins with loops at the top. They can either be bought from jewelry supply stores or you can make one yourself with jewelry wire and a round nosed pliers.

WHAT TO DO 

1.Push the eye pin through the Centre of the pom poms.

2. Cut the excess length off the eye pin and using pliers make a loop at the other end. Note, it must be large enough to slide over the laces.

3. Slide the completed pom poms onto the laces at varying points.

An alternate way is using jewelry bales and gluing the pom poms on then sliding those on to the laces.

Bag Charm

WHAT YOU NEED 

Bag- any style you wish, I chose a black square crossbows.

Tassels- you can make them the same way demonstrated above or use inexpensive  ready made ones from a craft stores,  like I am. 

Pom Poms

Thread- I used embroidery thread since it was at hand. You can use rope or ribbon if you like.

WHAT TO DO 

1. Make a loop and knot it.

2. Add an eye pin to the pom poms.

3. Slide onto thread and knot after each addition.

4. Add a jump ring to the top loop then add a keyring to the jump ring.

 

Bonus

I made this little cutie as a bonus. I’ve been seeing pom poms bag charms with eyes all over. This is great for a kid’s bag or for an adult with quirky taste.

I used a larger pom poms, added an eye pin and a jump ring at the top, then a keyring to that and glued on the googly eyes.

Whether you chose to DIY or buy, you’re sure to feel festive and trendy wearing tassels and pom poms.

Beginners Baking Kit 

30 Apr

For all you new bakers out there who aren’t sure where to begin, this is a guide to get you going. This “kit” is geared towards someone who doesn’t bake regularly or who is just getting into baking.

Bowls

You will of course need bowls. Multiple ones of varying sizes. You will need at least one large bowl to hold your batter, a couple of small ones to hold small portions of ingredients and a couple medium sized ones.

Measuring spoons and cups

These are a must. They are useful for measuring liquids and powders and fortunately are very easy to come by. Most supermarkets, hardware stores even craft stores sell them and they can be extremely affordable.

Scale

A digital scale is a personal must have recommendation. I did not own one of these when I first got into baking, I actually ended up buying it at the suggestion of my nutritionist but it came in handy for so much more than measuring servings of almonds. Scales can give exact weights which is necessary for successful baking. Make sure your scale can convert between units (oz/kg).

Mixers

Hand Mixer

This is where you can end up spending some big bucks, but you don’t have to. For someone who is now beginning or maybe doesn’t plan to do a lot of Baking I recommend a hand mixer over a stand mixer.  Stand mixers are fabulous but they are a big commitment. They typically cost at least a couple hundred dollars, they require care and maintenance and they take up lots of space. So start small. Hand mixers are typically affordable,  portable and easy to store and they get most baking projects done with ease.

Whisk

A whisk is a must and you probably already own one. If you can’t afford a hand mixer a whisk will work nut obviously requires more effort. Moreover, whisks are useful for more specific techniques where you may not need ingredients beat together. Whisks are affordable and easily found in supermarkets and hardware stores.

Utensils

There are numerous baking utensils you can find yourself buying. But for the basics you really only need three things. A spatula, a spoon and a palette knife or offset spatula.
Spatula

A spatula is useful for scraping down batter, getting batter out of bowls and for folding ingredients.

Spoon

The need for a spoon is self-explanatory and most people have spoons laying around.

Off set spatula 

This nifty little tool comes in handy for decorating. If you are Icing a cake it helps to smooth the icing over the top and around the sides.

Baking ware

One cannot bake without baking ware. Lol. The type of Bakeware you chose to buy depends on what you plan to bake. For example,  if you plan to make bread and loaves you need a loaf pan and if you are a muffin lover you’ll need a pan for that too. I have a few basic suggestions.

Circular tin

For your basic cake making you cannot go wrong with a circular tin. My one pro tip is get a spring form tin, one you can release and remove the bottom out of for easier removal.

Square pan

This is useful for baking brownies, blondies and other bar type baked goods.

Cupcake tin 

Cupcakes and muffins are also pretty basic baking territory and for that,  you’ll need a cupcake tin.

Baking sheet

This is great for baking cookies and other flat baked goods.

These are the basics for getting started in baking. Let me know if you have any other basic baking essentials that I left off and have an awesome day.

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10 ECO-Tips (that will be great on your wallet too)

15 Jan

We all care about the environment (I assume) and would love to do whatever we can to be a bit gentler to our planet. Sometimes, being environmentally friendly can be costly, time consuming and bothersome (still worth it though). However, sometimes it’s actually really easy. Here are some eco-friendly tips I have compiled to help us on our quest to go eco.

1.Wooden toothbrush

This particular tip isn’t necessarily cheaper than purchasing a regular plastic toothbrush but it costs about the same as a good quality regular brush and it’s a super easy swap to make.

2. Menstrual Cup 

For persons who have periods, the paper products widely peddled throughout the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st century do not come cheap and result in waste due to their one time usage. I suspect it will be a long while before we can completely get away from disposable paper products, but this is a good start.


The most popular brand I would say is the “Diva Cup” although there are others available. I have a close friend who has used a menstrual cup for over two years. She currently uses the Diva Cup brand and caustions that there is a bit of a learning curve but once you get into the … flow of things (ba-dum bum ching!) it works out fine.

The Diva Cup menstrual cup costs around $38 US which does sound a bit steep but for comparison, a woman can spend around $100 US per year in paper menstrual products while some women report their menstrual cups last 2-3 years.

3. Shorter showers

Or…less showers. I know. I KNOW! This one seems weird and well gross. However, many of us waste a lot of water in the shower just standing there letting it run over our bodies for minutes on end. In fact, many suggest that no shower should last more than 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Shorter showers can save water and save you money on your water bill.

4. Less Laundry

I KNOW! First, I tell you to wash your body less then I tell you to wash your clothing less! Yes, it seems odd but again, we wash a lot of our clothing far too often resulting in faster wear and tear which leads to more clothing being discarded and filling up landfills. Additionally, many persons will wash just a few pieces of clothing at a time. This wastes  a lot water, a lot of electricity and a lot of money. Any clothing that can be re-worn such as jeans, jackets etc. should be and wait until you have a full load before turning on that washing machine.

5. Cloth makeup Remover

Take a stroll to the cosmetics section of any drug store or even a high end makeup counter and you will see every company peddling their disposable makeup removers. A thick piece of tissue impregnated with some cleaning solution usually lavender or lemon scented, requiring that you use one or two a day and repurchase every couple of months. Well… what if I told you that there was a way to remove your makeup without destroying the earth! What if I told you it was super easy and affordable too!

There are plenty of brands out there making makeup removal facecloths that you wash and reuse. Most are made of microfiber which has great propensity to absorb oils and doesn’t scratch. I have been removing my makeup this way exclusively for about 18 months. Right now, I have 5 cloths that I use about 4 times each (I use half of one side at a time) then wash. With this number of cloths, I always have a clean cloth I can grab and I haven’t spent a dime on disposable makeup removers for ages.


6. Reusable bag

This is an oldie but goodie. By now, I hope that we all have a stash of sturdy reusable bags in differing shapes and sizes for all our shopping needs. Whether its one of the woven plastic ones or my personal preference; canvas (more durable and long lasting), you can really cut back on your plastic bag use by including these bags in your repertoire.

7. Reusable food wraps/covers

Cheese wrap by Bees Wrap

This is a new concept to me. There are food wraps made of cloth and infused with bees wax and tree resin. Because of the wax, the cloth is easily folded and molded to the shape of the item it is covering whether that is a piece of cheese, half or a cucumber or the top of a bowl. The wax also makes it somewhat waterproof. The best part is that these cloths are washable hence reusable. Goodbye aluminum foil, cling wrap and wax paper.

I first saw this product when browsing in Sur la Table, a cookware,dinnerware specialty store and the brand I saw there is Bees Wrap but there are a number of companies that offer this type of product.

8. Reusable glass/plastic containers

Another oldie but goodie. Again, instead of wrapping unfinished foods with disposable materials such as foil and plastic wrap, place your edibles in containers for storage. A good quality plastic container can be reused for years and glass is eternal (unless broken)

9. Dish rag/cloth

Instead of a sponge (which depending on your appetite for risk can last you’re a couple weeks or a couple months), a cloth used to wash your dishes can give you years of service. After a few days/weeks change to a new dish rag, then wash and reuse.

Stainless steel Insulated Travel Mug by ZAK

10. Reusable water bottle/mug

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us drink plenty of water/coffee/tea every day. If we were to drink those things while in our own homes we would use a glass or ceramic mug, because we can wash them and reuse them. Well it doesn’t have to be every different when we go out. I have a mug which keeps things either hot or cold for hours at a time and I do NOT leave home without it. I have had everything from coffee to cocktails put into this cup in order to avoid using a disposable one.

These ten tips are easy to incorporate into most lifestyles. They help your pocket and they help reduce your footprint on the planet. Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

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New Year Dreams

1 Jan

Hello and Happy, Healthy 2019 to everyone

I dream of a December where I don’t find myself sitting scribbling into multiple notebooks all the things I will do differently in the upcoming year. That honestly makes me feel as if every year I fail. And sure, there are certain things in my life I’m not as successful at as I’d like to be but I’m not a failure. I am human and I have successes and losses and most of all, works in progress. That is what most of us are right? Works in progress and we likely will be for most of our lives. So in an effort not to make any overly ambitious resolutions that will probably make us feel like crap a few months on I wish to share some of my dreams for the upcoming year.

LOVE

I dream of more love. First love for yourself. So many self destructive behaviors to ourselves and to others stem from us not having enough love for ourselves. I also dream of us loving each other, our fellow person a lot more. There are billions of us sharing this planet and we will have different beliefs, opinions and lifestyles but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t love and respect each other regardless.

FUN

I dream of people having more fun. Real uninhibited fun. As modern women and men we can get caught up in the image of the lifestyle we think we want and focus so much on that, we forget to have fun. We’ll even do things that are supposed to be fun that we may not truly enjoy. Whether it’s a trek on the beach or binge watching animated shows, be sure to have fun.

PROSPERITY

I dream that we will all achieve prosperity. For you that maybe opening your own business, for someone else that maybe finishing a degree or getting a promotion. Whatever that means to you I hope you find the tools and have the drive to make it happen.

Have a beautiful 2019




Holiday Cocoa Bar

19 Dec

Cocoa is a delicious treat enjoyed by most. People drink it all year round but it gets more popular around holiday time. What you see more and more, is instead of making individual cups of cocoa and serving it, people are creating cocoa bars…just like how we made mimosa bars and popcorn bars and sundae bars…thanks Pinterest!

I for one, love the idea of an anything bar when hosting an event. Allowing guests an interactive experience is great, furthermore, you the host have a little less to worry about during the event since everything has been set up ahead of time.

WHAT YOU NEED

Cocoa

Whipped cream

Toppings: marashmallows, sprinkles, cookie crumbs etc

Add-ins: Coffee flavourings such as hazlenut, raspberry or liquors e.g Chambord.

Mugs/Glasses

Sweet Snack: Cookies, Biscotti etc

WHAT TO DO

Make your cocoa, you can do this on the stove or microwave or use a kettle.

I made a hot and cold cocoa bar, so after making my cocoa I placed half of it in the fridge to get nice and cool.

Choose a cozy spot for your bar. You can place it in a nice corner or on top of a kitchen island.

Place all the components out and play around until it is organized the way you like.

Add additional decor- I used a mini Christmas tree because I thought it added a classic touch. You can add baubles, tinsel, garland or nothing at all.

Displayed on this Cocoa bar: Cocoa, liquors, whipped cream, marshmallows, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper, iced oatmeal cookies.

You can make it cold or hot and add your toppings.

A cocoa bar is a great addition to any holiday party whether it’s a Christmas day brunch or a gift wrapping party.

Happy Holidays and have an awesome day!

DIY Gift

7 Dec

Hello, today I bring an easy DIY gift idea. These are decorated wooden spoons and I think it adds a bit of personal pizazz to your basic kitchen supplies.

WHAT YOU NEED:

Wooden spoons

Acrylic paint in preferred colours

Paint brushes and other painting tools- I used a sponge and a dotting tool

Sealant/Protectant- This is to prevent the paint from chipping when it gets washed. Mod Podge is a good option.

WHAT TO DO

1)Decide how far up (or down) the spoon you want your paint and tape it off- I used scotch tape but of course painter’s tape would work.

Spoons taped off

2) Paint a layer of white paint- This is to prime the wood, especially if you plan on using a light colour.

White paint added

3) Pour/Mix the colours- I chose three variations of pink to create a gradient.

Mix paint colours

4) Paint on colours- I added about three layers to make it very opaque

Paint colours added

5) Add designs- This step is optional, I kept it simple and added silver and gold dots but if intricate patterns on a small surface is your thing, feel free.

Paint for design

Design added

6) Once the paint has dried, add protecting layer of mod podge or other sealant and let that dry.

Sealant added

Once everything has dried, tie it up with a bow and you’re ready to gift!

Finished product

This is a great Christmas or anytime gift and also a great DIY for your own home. It adds a personal touch to everyday items.

Thanks for reading and happy DIY-ing!

The Signature Cocktail

30 Nov

The Signature Cocktail

Almost two years ago I did a blog post talking about holiday entertaining tips. In that, I mentioned concocting a signature cocktail. Well, I still recommend it, lol. A signature cocktail is a fun, easy idea that is sure to add some pizazz (that’s right, I unironically used the word pizazz) to any party/event that you have.

Some pros:

It’s cheaper– If you chose to serve just your signature cocktail or with only one or two other beverages, you only need buy one set of ingredients.

It’s easier– Again, having to mix or premix just one drink makes life far simpler for whoever is making and serving them.

It seems fancier (though it really isn’t)– When you pour that beautiful drink with cute toppings and announce it was created specifically for this event, people will be highly (or somewhat) impressed. It’s that attention to detail that sets a broke party girl (or guy) apart from the crowd.

It’s fun– It’s a great experience to come up with an idea for your drink, make it and serve it.

It’s a great way to personalize your event-Having a drink you invented just for a wedding or birthday adds a meaningful touch and makes it that much more special.

 

Some tips:

Find inspiration:

Theme: Use the theme of your event e.g. a tropical theme could have a drink with pineapple juice.

Colours: Your drink can be based off colours used in your event or based off of your favourite colours.

Abstract: Take inspiration from unexpected things. A few weeks ago I attended an event where there were cocktails made based off the top notes in perfumes they were premiering. I thought that was super cool. You can get inspired by notes in a favourite body fragrance or candle, you can pull on visuals in a painting, decor or architecture.

Let it compliment your menu flavours– In the same way you would select a wine based on the food being served, your signature drink should suit the menu. A crisp acidic based cocktail might suit a seafood soiree while a malty flavoured one goes with barbecued meat.

Let it suit the type of event– The cocktail flavours should match not only the actual food but also the type of food which is also somewhat dependent on the time of day. You may create a light and whimsical cocktail to go with a brunch or a sweet decadent one to go with a dinner party.

Keep it simple– Once you’ve been inspired and select your flavour profile, chose a few key elements and put them together, don’t over complicate it with every flavor you like.

Add a “surprise” element– This could be a sugared flower or candied fruit or some sweet treat. It can also get very fancy by adding dry ice or torching a marshmallow.

Signature Cocktail: The Broke Party Girl (pictured above)

Inspo: Champagne mouth and beer pocket, pink, bubbles.

Ingredients: Prosecco, Chambord liquor, Pink cotton candy, berries in syrup (I used Amarena cherries).

Presentation: Champagne flute, cotton candy placed on top.

Drop cotton candy into drink and watch it dissolve!

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