Long Sweater Vest and Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans

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You all were so encouraging at my last outfit post, that I’m going for it again. As always, thank you all so much for the love and support.

Today, it’s all about the black and gold, my favorite color combo for winter! I picked up this long black shawl sweater vest and couldn’t wait to style it with some edgy pieces including a layered gold snake chain, a soft gray tee, and my super comfortable destroyed boyfriend jeans. I’ve been living in these jeans! My crossbody handbag is actually a backpack convertible tote and holds so much without looking oversized. It’s my latest find from {my addiction} DailyLook!

What I’m Wearing

Forever 21 long black shawl sweater vest {similar here} | Topshop heather gray v-neck tee {similar here} | DailyLook black convertible backpack tote | JUST BLACK Destroyed Boyfriend Jean ideel | BaubleBar layered gold snake chain | Michael Kors gold watch | Tuck It In My Tux c/o Essie | black gladiator heels {similar here}

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My BaubleBar Shopping Spree

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Of all the Cyber Monday sales that were cluttering my inbox, there were only 2 that I shopped, and both were for me lol. I picked up this adorable Jonathan Adler zebra tray and after that transaction, I hit the BaubleBar sale pretty hard! I had accumulated some vault points over the years and they went far when I cashed them in on their 30% off Cyber Monday sale. I purchased my entire wishlist with only $16 out of pocket after my points were burned.

BaubleBar is hugely popular for their statement necklaces, but all I had my eye on was their amazing selection of earrings! I’ve been wanting to stock up on a couple pairs of BaubleBar’s 360 earrings, so the bright white and marbled were quickly added to my cart. This earring is a Dior double pearl earring look for less, comes in a variety of colors, and retails for only $28! I also picked up a few pairs of earring jackets that look amazing in person and a couple of vintage inspired earrings that can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

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From top, left to right: tetris geometric studs in clear, 360 pearl earrings in bright white, tetris geometric studs in smoke, middle: crystal flurry studs, bottom, left to right: juniper earring jackets in opal, cairo earring jackets in silver, cairo earring jackets in gold.

See any earrings in my spree that you’d like to add to your jewelry box? Tell me below!

Sunday Funday “Bloghop and Linkup” Party

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Happy Sunday everyone! Welcome to the 1st edition of a new series we’re dubbing the “Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup”! I’d like to start off by introducing my fellow hostesses and friends, lifestyle maven Kristin of Bon Bon Rose Girls and looks for less guru Dianna of The Budget Babe. These ladies inspire me daily, and we’re hoping this new linkup series will inspire us all to, as I always say, “try something new today”!

What can you expect at 8 am every Sunday morning? Well, hopefully a whole lotta fun, meeting new people, and getting to know each other a little better. Bloggers, please share your “best of the week” post in the linkup below so that we can all see what you’ve been up to. Our fav linkup each week will be featured at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs in next week’s Sunday Funday edition! Readers, please join in the fun by checking out all of the linkups below and feel free to leave us a comment to let us know what you think about our new bloghop party!

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning our “Sunday Funday – Best Of The Week”, as well as each hostesses’ top 5 fav linkups every week! Since this is our 1st edition and we don’t have linkups to choose from yet, we plucked a few of our favs links from around the net for this bloghop party.

To welcome you to our first bloghop, we’re giving away a pretty fun prize below, a $50 Amazon.com gift card! Bloggers, readers, and everyone in between are welcome to enter for a chance to win!

Hostesses – Best Of The Week

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Fab Fatale
Fab Fatale dressed up at her blog for the first time in two years, featuring a Budget Babe look for less!
Bon Bon Rose Girls
The Bon Bon Rose Girls are making health a priority in 2015! Check out the two changes they’re taking on in the new year.
The Budget Babe
The Budget Babe nailed it with this “perfect for fall” Taylor Swift look for less! The cozy plaid blanket cape is a must have!

Sunday Funday Linkup – Best Of The Week

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Until we have some linkups to choose from, we thought we’d share our fav blog post of the week from our friend Kimberly at Penny Pincher Fashion. Always up on current fashion trends, she shares how to wear the latest styles while on a budget, and her It’s A Cinch look is no exception. Check her out for ideas on slimming down the look of an oversized coat.

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It was so hard to decide on 5 favs this week, but here’s what inspired me!

  • A new year means new hair for The Frugalista Diaries. I’ve been wanting to go back to red for a while now… you’re inspiring me, Megan!
  • Snack Fixation shows us step-by-step how to make Granny Smith apple and pear filled Sweet Empanadas, inspired by Nuchas in the heart of Times Square.
  • I’m crazy about these DIY heart cut out ankle jeans from Love, Maegan. I will be DIYing immediately!
  • Cop Cat Chic shows us where to get a high fashion abascus stool on the cheap!
  • The Stylish Housewife shows us 5 ways to wear black and white. I’d like to try them all!

Please check out the Bon Bon Rose Girls’ and The Budget Babe’s favs of the week for more inspiration!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

One lucky reader will win this $50 Amazon.com gift card giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. US and Canadian residents only please, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on January 23rd.

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Rules Of Engagement

No spam or inappropriate linkups, they will get deleted. Link to a post, rather than your homepage. Please include recent posts, preferably from this season. Please don’t link and run, stick around to check out your fellow bloggers’ linkups. Not required, but lots of love for following your hostesses at their socials linked below.

Join Your Hostesses At:

Jennifer @FabFatale
Kristin @BonBonRoseGirls
Dianna @BudgetBabe

Share Your Best Of The Week

Use the hashtag #FundayLinkup to share your “best of the week” linkup with other party goers at Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram {and anywhere else you may be inclined to use a hashtag}!


DIY – Monogrammed Champagne Flutes

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If you’re getting together with friends for New Year’s Eve, or even hosting a New Year’s Eve party, you have to make one of these etched champagne flutes for each of your guests. This was such a fun DIY and I was a silly little schoolgirl over the results. These DIY etched champagne flutes turned out beautiful in person… it was difficult to pick up the etching in a pic with all of the reflections on the glass, but they really are so fun and look very high quality. These monogrammed champagne flutes are also perfect wedding favor, gift for the wedding party to toast the newlyweds, or a valentine’s gift for your significant other!

Now I want to etch everything lol. The actually process of applying the adhesive stencils, the tape and the etching cream only takes a couple of minutes per glass. The majority of time is spent letting the cream sit on the glass, rinse, and then you’re all done. They look amazing. I’m going to monogram a few of these for friends that I’m getting together with tomorrow night. It will be a fun surprise.

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I picked up the Martha Stewart Etch Cream Wedding Kit because I liked the designs and the “CHEERS” text. It also includes the etching cream, an etching brush, and some protective gloves. I also picked up the Martha Stewart Glass Adhesive Alphabet Stencils so I could add my friends monogrammed initials on one side of the champagne flute, and “2015” on the back of the glass.

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I used $1 champagne flutes from Target. You can also pick them up at your local Dollar Store.

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The Martha Stewart stencils are perfection! They are adhesive so you don’t get any etching cream or glass paint under the letters! They form perfectly to the shape of the champagne glass so you don’t get bubbles and are reusable!

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Apply painters tape all around the stencil so that you don’t get etching cream outside of the stencil.

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Apply a very liberal amount of etching cream so that you do not get brush strokes. I piled it on way thicker than the actual stencil.

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I stenciled “2015” or “CHEERS” on one side of each champagne flute, and monogrammed initials on the other side of the glass.

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I want to make these monogrammed etched champagne flutes for everyone I know lol. They are PERFECT for New Year’s Eve or as wedding favors. You can also use the stencils with glass paint instead of etching cream. Glass paint, available in so many shades, is beautiful for monogramming a painted trinket tray or jewelry dish.

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I also picked up some sequin covered scrapbooking paper and cut it into squares to use as coasters. The sequin coasters and confetti stars add a super festive sparkle to the table!

What are you all doing for New Year’s Eve? Does this look like a fun DIY you’d like to try? What else would you etch?

Manicure Mondays – New Year’s Eve Confetti Nails

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Happy Manicure Mondays everyone! I hope you all had an amazing and fun-filled holiday weekend! I’d like to declare 2014 the best Christmas ever! We enjoyed the day with the love of our life John, in our brand new house that we built this year {both were years in the making} and had family in town for the festivities. It really doesn’t get any better than that!

Now that Thanksgiving and Christmas have passed, I have New Year’s Eve nails on my mind. Do you all have ideas yet for your New Year’s Eve manicure? If not, then I have a super simple manicure for you all today, New Year’s Eve confetti nails. This is another one from Essie LuxeEffects line of sparkly top coats and I think it completes my collection. I swatched their original LuxeEffects collection a couple of years ago {my most popular post ever}, and since then I’ve added on Essie Rock At The Top, Summit Of Style, and now, the super sparkly rainbow confetti filled Jazzy Jubilant!

Essie’s Jazzy Jubiliant would be amazing over any base color, in particular any color from the Essie Winter Collection; however, I wanted to try it over nude natural nails and fell in love. It really doesn’t get any more simple, yet stand out, than this rainbow confetti glitter over nude nails. This was 3 coats of glitter topped by one coat of Essie No Chips Ahead clear top coat.

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Do you have your New Year’s Eve manicure picked out already? Another option for me may be this gold encrusted french and moons manicure, maybe in silver! Please share below!


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DIY Bauble Boxes

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I have such a fun and easy DIY for you all, bauble boxes! These treasure boxes are perfect for any gal because who doesn’t need a bauble box to store their jewelry or other small novelties!

Two of my DIY bauble boxes are Kelly Wearstler looks for less. Of course, hers are made with high end materials including jewels and marble, but mine will give your bookshelves or vanity a similar flare for a whole lot less!

Black and Gold Bauble Box

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This was the the easiest bauble box, yet still took a little time, inspired by the beautiful black and gold wood boxes shown above from One King’s Lane that retailed for $49. I picked up an unfinished wood cornice box large enough to hold the remotes in our living room.

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Start by taping off the bottom of the box with painters tape and cover with newspaper or craft paper to prevent overspray.

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I used spray paint because metallic spray paint is much more sparkly than metallic acrylic paint and it gives a beautiful finish vs. brush strokes with acrylic paint. Apply an even coat of gold metallic spray paint. When the top is dry, tape that side off and then paint the bottom with glossy black spray paint.

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I alternated between paint and high gloss Mod Podge acrylic sealer spray, about 3 coats of each, to fill in some of the wood grain for a smooth finish.

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Because this is my largest box, I went with the un-jeweled black and gold style so it could potentially sit at the base of a stack.

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Black and White Origami Bauble Box

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This is my runner up fav bauble box! Yes, there’s actually one a bit more exciting, up next! It’s based on the amazing marble inlay origami box shown above by interior designer to the stars, Kelly Wearstler. The original is GORGEOUS, and comes with a price tag of $550. Again, she uses gorgeous high quality marble, and the DIY version does not, but I think this box still captures the super fun style of the original origami box. For this DIY, I used an unfinished wood roomy box for $14.28.

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Spray paint the entire box with white spray paint, starting at the bottom. When the bottom is dry, paint the tops and sides, and then the inside. Again, I alternated between paint and Mod Podge to fill in the wood grain, using 3 coats of each.

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Tape off the top triangle on the top of the box and the two triangles on the front of the box, since none of these triangles touch on the side edges. As you tape the top triangle on the top, imagine one line will connect the top and bottom triangles diagonally across the top of the box. The other two sides of the both triangles do not go diagonally across the top of the box.

Make sure you run your finger along the tape so that there are no bubbles. Acrylic paint is perfect for this project because the original is a streaky marble, rather than a solid black finish. I used Martha Stewart Crafts Brush Set.

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Apply 2 coats of black acrylic paint in each triangle and then slowly pull away the tape while the paint is still tacky. If you wait until the paint is dry, you may get cracking on the edges. Also, open the box right away so that you do not seal it shut with paint.

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When the top triangle is perfectly dry, tape off the bottom triangle. Again, there is one line that goes diagonally across the top of the box, the other two lines do not go across the top diagonally, the are offset a bit.

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The sides also feature offset triangles, so feel free to play.

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Stuff this one full of your favorite necessities. It’s great for a bedroom or bathroom because you can place small items like makeup and jewelry inside it! It will probably live on my desk, filled with family pictures, pens and address labels. For that, Shutterfly is a one stop shop.

Gold and Turquoise Bauble Box

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Eek! This is the bauble box I’m most excited about, and the one that I think turned out best. This is also a look for less of a Kelly Wearstler bauble box. The original, seen above in Jessica Alba’s bedroom makeover by DomaineHome.com, features stones and minerals hand picked by Kelly from around the world, and comes with a price tag of $3495! I used the classic unfinished wood box that costs $9.26 for this project.

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Spray 3 coats each, alternating between gold metallic spray paint and Mod Podge. Prop the hinges open with toothpicks so you don’t glue the box shut.

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I added one coat of high gloss DuraClear Gloss Varnish to give my metallic box a high shine and fill in more of the wood grain. Use high quality brushes to avoid brush strokes. I used Martha Stewart Crafts Brush Set. These brushes are SUPER soft!

I found this gorgeous strand of 5 turquoise agate slab beads with gold edges for only $40 at Etsy, although you really only need 4 stones for this project (top, front, and two sides). I searched for pieces that were not drilled, but these were perfect because they had the beautiful gold edges and the holes aren’t very noticeable. You could create the gold edges yourself if you find stones with flat sides by coloring in the edges with a gold metallic Sharpie.

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Spread one coat of Mod Podge Glue in gloss finish (not the spray version used in the spray painting process) over one side of the stone and press it flat against the top of the box.

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Wait until this stone has dried completely before moving on to the next. It needs to be level horizontally as it dries, otherwise it will slide off.

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Turn the side you are working on horizontally so the stone can lay flat as it dries. Also, when applying the front and side stones, open the box so that the stone only affixes to the bottom half of the box. Otherwise, you’ll glue your box shut with the stone lol.

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Stuff this one full of your favorite photos to add a little heart to your gift.

So what do you all think of these DIY bauble boxes? Is this something you would try, for yourself or a gift for a friend? Let me know below!

9 Super Festive Christmas Manicure Ideas

We've rounded up 8 of our favorite, super easy and festive, Christmas manicures!

Red, Gold, and Black Christmas Tartan Plaid Manicure

Red, Gold, and Black Christmas Tartan Plaid Manicure

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Christmas Lights Nail Art

Christmas Lights Nail Art

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White & Silver Christmas Ornament Nail Art Manicure

White & Silver Christmas Ornament Nail Art Manicure

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Red and White Fair Isle Manicure

Red and White Fair Isle Manicure

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Pink & White Snowflake Jelly Manicure

Pink & White Snowflake Jelly Manicure

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Christmas Tree Nail Art

Christmas Tree Nail Art

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Black, White & Tan Fair Isle Nail Art

Black, White & Tan Fair Isle Nail Art

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Abstract Christmas Tree Nail Art

Abstract Christmas Tree Nail Art

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Christmas Tribal Nail Art

Christmas Tribal Nail Art

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Christmas is only 3 days away! Are you all ready? If you’re anything like me, I’m still purchasing gifts with expedited shipping, and if I’m lucky, I’ll have everything wrapped and under the tree on Christmas morning lol. With all that, who has time for a manicure? Eek! To save you the trouble of tracking down ideas, I’ve rounded up 9 super easy and festive Christmas nail art manicures above!

What manicure will be gracing your nails this Christmas? Tell me below!


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