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

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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

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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

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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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Holiday Catering By One Of My Favs, Buca di Beppo

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo. All opinions are 100% mine.

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One of my favorite restaurants ever is Buca di Beppo! My sister had her wedding rehearsal dinner at the Seattle location years ago and the food was amazing! Based on the Italian homestyle meals and authenic decor, I had no idea there were multiple locations until they opened one in my town. I was thrilled when I saw their “coming soon” sign!

Since their open, I’ve had several lunches with my buddies from work at Buca di Beppo, and knowing how much I love it, they even threw me a surprise baby shower in one of their rooms. Their dishes are served family-style, perfect for our special occasions and now, our holiday parties! Oh what fun it would be to have a holiday feast at work with Buca di Beppo catering.

If you’d like to treat your friends or employees to an amazing Italian feast at your home or workplace, Buca di Beppo will assist you in meal planning and portions given the size of your get together, no matter how big or small your group and budget. Their menu has something for everyone! If you Order Party Pans To Go, available for pickup or delivery, I highly recommend my fav dish, the spicy chicken rigatoni, a side of their roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and probably a little bit of everything else on their menu because honestly, how can you possibly decide given their amazing menu options?

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Buca di Beppo’s lasagna features towering layers of meat sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, provolone and Parmesan is another one of my favs!

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My cousin teaching everyone how to balance a spoon on their noses at my sister’s wedding rehearsal dinner and my surprise baby shower, both at our favorite restaraunt, Buca di Beppo!

Do you all have any holiday parties coming up? If so, I highly recommend Buca di Beppo catering! Happy Holidays!

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Friday’s Fab Five – Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

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Happy Friday everyone, the last Friday before Christmas, eek! The weekend is so close now! Today’s Friday Fab Five is all about holiday gift wrap. Do you have yours planned out yet? If not, hopefully today’s five will inspire. In case you missed it, check out last week’s five all about decorating your home with boughs of holly.

What gift wrap ideas do you have for this holiday season? Please tell me below!

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

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You need this slow cooker hot chocolate recipe in your life for the holidays! I’m not kidding! I tried other slow cooker hot chocolate recipes found at Pinterest, but they were WAY too sweet by adding sweetened condensed milk. This one uses cream and chocolate, with a hint of vanilla. It tastes just like a Starbucks hot chocolate, yum yum!

I made this slow cooker hot chocolate recipe for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! I doubled the recipe for 8 people, we all had a couple of glasses, and I had a lot leftover that I gave to my neighbors in a Chinese to-go soup container, topped with a bow. I love to doorstep bomb my neighbors with all of the goodies I make for my blog. I think they enjoy being my taste testers :)

Create a hot chocolate bar next to your slow cooker by laying out a few fun mix-matched mugs, a ladle over a spoon rest, a couple of liqueurs, and extra points for mini marshmallows. I happen to have Kahlua, Baileys, and Frangelica on hand. And by the way, Frangelica, a hazelnut liqueur, will make your hot chocolate taste like Nutella hot chocolate, yum yum! If you have mint flavored Baileys, that would be an amazing option as well!

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 8 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker (for a double batch, I used a 7 quart slow cooker), stirring occasionally until chocolate is completely melted. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring well before each serving. Serve hot and garnish well!
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Do you have any slow cooker beverage recipes you like to make this time of year? Tell me below!

Breaking The Ice

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It’s been 2 years since I posted my face at my own blog back when I was pregnant {with the exception of a few far away shots for sponsored posts where my face was required} and I’m just not sure when or why I lost my nerve. A few guesses are… I was a new mom and always looked/felt tired, who has the time to dress up???, things have shifted since I had a baby, I can’t just snag my husband and run out for outfit pics when I have a little toddler at home, Pinterest and Instagram have blown up in the past two years and sometimes I feel like my pics just aren’t “perfect” enough anymore…

Eeek! That’s a long list, but I’ve had every one of those thoughts. My blog is my creative outlet and inspires me to, as my tagline says, “Try something new today”! So, my “something new today” is an outfit post. I’m breaking the ice and hopefully it will get a little easier each time. I’m turning inspiration, this Kendall Jenner look for less I found at my friend The Budget Babe’s blog, into reality today! My sister was here in Florida visiting from Washington this week, so we had a little bit of girl time while our hubbies watched the kids… getting dolled up, dressed up, and snapping up pics. It was SO FUN! Thanks The Budget Babe and sister for making me feel pretty again!

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Forever 21 tan turtleneck {sold out – similar here} | H&M quilted faux leather miniskirt | Forever 21 long black wool-blend coat | Zara black and white two-tone satchel {sold out in white – similar here} | ModCloth black lace-up boots | JewelMint Blanc Bomb white and gold ring

Hopefully I did the outfit justice. I love all of the pieces. They’re perfect for mixing and matching. I can’t wait to wear the faux leather quilted mini skirt out on a date with my man.

Do you read blogs for inspiration and then turn inspiration into reality when you find the time? I hope so! Is this a look you would try?

The Saturday Steal – Rebecca Minkoff Mab Mini

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I’ve been a huge fan of Rebecca Minkoff handbags for years. In fact, I just picked up her cupid mini last week! I love Rebecca Minkoff’s super popular MAB mini, but the price tag is just too high for me. Luckily, a look for less showed up right to my inbox yesterday!

The Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini comes with a price tag of $395 {now on sale for $316}, while the look for less is only $59. Both handbags are available in black or tan, have a detachable crossbody shoulder strap, an envelope style front pocket, studded feet hardware, and a tassel zipper closure.

My Sparkly, Bubbly Stolen Moments

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When John is napping, I steal a moment! The majority of my moments are all about documenting the next fun project for Fab Fatale. I have a full-time day job and then I’m all about my baby boy after hours, so all of my blogging takes place when he naps on the weekends. Instead of taking a much-needed break when John snoozes, I amp up my hustle! I run around like a crazy person with my camera snapping up photos of that moment’s project, usually a fun recipe or mani, trying to get in as much as possible before I hear his first coo of awakeness.

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The real stolen moment, if I actually get everything done before John wakes up, is rare and oh so relaxing! I land on the chaise of my couch, no makeup, an oversized tee, my broken-in comfy jeans, magazines, a bubbly zero-calorie fruitwater (in a stemless wine glass, of course), and an episode of Seriously Distracted! It just doesn’t get any better than a stylish sparkly beverage in hand and a hilarious workplace comedy about the women of Le Grande PR on my laptop.

Seriously Distracted airs every Tuesday on POPSUGAR and you can catch my fav episode below!

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Follow fruitwater on Instagram at @fruitwaterbev and submit a pic showing the world how you make the most of your day by stealing a moment for yourself for your chance to win a $1,000 prize towards your next stolen moment! Make sure to include #stealamomentsweeps and #fruitwater in your Instagram submission.

How do you all steal moments? What do you do to bring peace into your hectic and busy everyday life?

This post was sponsored by fruitwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about fruitwater, all opinions are my own.

Gift Idea For Him – Mantry

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You know what they say, the way to a man’s heart {and mine, actually}, is through their stomachs! If you need a gift idea for the man on your list, then you should definitely check out Mantry! This “man’s pantry” subscription service includes 6 full size artisan food products delivered right to his front door, packed in a handmade wooden crate and custom manual detailing product stories and recipes.

Although this monthly subscription services is very manly, Mantry is honestly something I would love as well! This would be the perfect gift for any foodie lovin guy or gal on your list that loves a good dose of macho sauces, spices, and snacks! A single crate for $75, or a 3-month subscription for $225, is the perfect holiday gift! I know what my dad will be getting this year…

My “Coffee & A Smoke” Mantry

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Dave’s All Natural Coffee Syrup in Mocha and Smoky Borsellino Salami

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Coffee & A Smoke Manual and Granola Jones Mocha Haze Granola

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Southern Soul’s Signature Sauce Sweet Georgia Soul, Whole Grain Espresso Chip Shortbread, and Buttermilk White Chocolate

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My dad is from Georgia, so Mantry’s “Coffee And A Smoke” themed crate this month is the perfect “southern style meets manly” foodie gift for him. He loves all things coffee, meat, chocolate, and I know he’ll be excited to try out the “local to him” Sweet Georgia Soul barbeque sauce!

What gift are you picking up for the man in your life? Does Mantry seem like a gift he will love?

The products mentioned in this post were sent to me by the merchant or their PR company. All opinions are 100% my own. For more info, please view my full disclosure policy.

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