Friday’s Fab Five – Valentine’s Day

Strawberry Chocolate Poundcake Skewers Matchbox Valentines Crayon Window Hearts Red Velvet Pancake Recipe

If I’m doing a Valentine’s inspiration board, of course 3 out of the 5 pins had to be food related cuz the way to my heart is definitely through my stomach, just like a man lol. I always say, I’ll take a dozen chocolate covered strawberries over a dozen roses any day ;) I hope you enjoy the things I can’t wait to buy, try, or DIY this week.

Don’t forget about your nails for Valentine’s day. In case you missed it, check out my conversation hearts candy Valentine’s Day manicure. What were your must-haves this week? Did you try anything new? I’m always up for new ideas!

Diagrams

Table Place Setting Diagram

Oh how I love Pinterest, let me count the ways. Sometimes you come across a pin that’s as simple as a diagram, yet BEYOND useful. I’m loving this how-to formal and informal place setting diagram. If I ever have a formal dinner, I’ll know exactly how to set the table.

Necklace Length Diagram

Have you ever seen a necklace at an online shop that wasn’t displayed on a model or mannequin and wondered how long it will drape on your neck? The mystery of necklace lengths is solved in this simple, but oh-so-useful diagram.

I hope you’ll follow me on Pinterest for a daily dose of pinspiration.

Valentine’s Day Manicure

Valentines Day Manicure Nails I Love You Be Mine Nail Stamp Sweet Hearts

Valentines Day Manicure Nails I Love You Be Mine Nail Stamp Sweet Hearts

I’m so happy this Valentine’s Day manicure turned out exactly as I had hoped. Hopefully it’s obvious that I was going for the look of the infamous conversation hearts candy with my Valentine’s nails.

I used nail polish colors I had on hand, all cremes that matched the Sweethearts, including Julep Blake (yellow), Julep Carrie (pink), Essie To Buy Or Not To Buy (purple, spring 2012), Essie Navigate Her (green, spring 2012), China Glaze in Peachy Keen (orange peach), and Sephora by OPI Nail in Havana Dreams (light blue).

I really wanted this manicure to look soft, so I went with short rounded nails and piled on a few thick layers of each color. I topped each layer off with Essie Matte About You matte top coat, to give my nails that chalky finish like the Sweethearts, and then stamped each nail using Nail Art Diva’s From the Heart 1 image plate and China Glaze in Make An Entrance along with my Konad stamper and scraper set. For a how-to tutorial on stamping, check out the video that I did over at TheLooksForLess.com.

Please follow FabFatale on Instagram for Manicure Monday’s sneak peeks. So what do you all think of this Valentine’s Day Sweetheart manicure? Is this something you would try?

Valentines Day Manicure I Love You Be Mine Nail Stamp Sweet Hearts

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Friday’s Fab Five – Weekly Inspiration Board

Ombre Hair Wing Eyeliner Instagram Photostrips DIY Avacado Bean Salsa Frozen Grapes Wine Vase Terrarium

I’m all about a few easy DIYs and recipes this week. I hope you enjoy this week’s inspiration board of things I can’t wait to try, buy or DIY.

  • Loving everything about this look – ombre hair, black winged liquid liner, and gray sweater. I love the modern mod feel to her look. I don’t have enough hair for her do, but I could probably work in a little black eyeliner soon.
  • I have to try this Instagram photostrips tutorial. It would be fun to do a strip with each of my friends as gifts.
  • I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a pic of food and felt like my mouth was watering lol. Maybe it was the idea of the lime and cilantro in this Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers, Avocado & Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette recipe. I bet this would be good with chips or over chicken as an entree.
  • Keep white wine chilled with frozen grapes and a recipe for grape sangria.
  • I have no idea why I’m so obsessed with cute little indoor terrariums. The fishbowl terrarium was Pinspired, but she created her indoor garden in glass bowl bookends.

I know the first think I’ll knock off this week’s Fab Five board will be the avocado and cilantro bean salsa. I’m thinkin this would be a great Saturday afternoon snack! What were your must-haves this week? Did you try anything new? I’m always up for new ideas!

DIY – Scarf Hanger Organizer

I’m knocking out another Friday’s Fab Five y’all. I started the Fab Five as a source of weekly inspiration for things I’d like to buy, try or DIY, and each week I try to accomplish at least one of my five.

A couple of Fridays ago, I wrote about my need to organize my scarves and I finally found a solution! This scarf hanger organizer was so easy to make, doesn’t take up much room at all in my closet, and now it’s so easy to find my scarves. Before, all of my scarves were hanging off of purses on the back of my closet door.

Scarf Hanger Organizer DIY Tutorial Shower Rings

All you need is a hanger and some shower curtain rings. I went for a multi-row hanger to get as many scarves as possible into one hanger space, and some beautiful vintage-inspired sparkly shower curtain rings, both from Target. A single bar hanger and some inexpensive rings would also work well.

Scarf Hanger Organizer DIY Tutorial Shower Rings

I used about 5 rings per hanger row to prevent crowding. I could just throw my scarves over the rows without rings, but that ends up a little sloppy and I really like the look of the entire scarf hanging in front of the hanger. This allows me to hang a scarf on the back side of each ring as well for double the capacity.

Because my scarf hanger is on the bottom bar in my closet, I fold my scarves in half and then thread them through the ring halfway through the folded scarf so that they do not hang too low. If the scarf is thick, unhook the ring rather than threading the scarf through so that you do not snag the material.

I’m going to use this same solution for my belts as well. Now I just need some sort of hanging solution for my purses. Any suggestions?

Win Cool Stuff – Julep Maven Box

Julep Maven Logo

Update: And the winner is… Amanda K! Congratulations and we will email you shortly to get you set up with the giveaway. This contest is now closed to further entries. Thanks so much to everyone that entered.

Previous: My bloggin bud Trina and I were chatting it up on Twitter a few months ago about our favorite fashion and beauty clubs, and we couldn’t believe there wasn’t a club for nail polish. We were dreaming about starting one of our own until another Twitter bud (I wish I could remember who) chimed in to let us know about Julep, a monthly subscription service for nail polish! I like to consider myself a nail polish connoisseur lol, so I really hoped this club would be worth my monthly dollars!

Julep Mavens

Julep is many things – a chain of boutique nail salons in Washington state, a “4-free” nail polish brand (free of formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin, toluene and DBP), and a nail polish subscription service offered up to their “Julep Mavens”. It’s similar to other clubs in that you take a style quiz to determine which colors will look best on you, and my profile determined that I am a “Bombshell” (love that!). For $19.99 a month, I will get $40 worth of Bombshell products, which usually includes two runway ready nail polish colors and a treatment such as hand cream or cuticle oil.

Although my style profile defined me as a Bombshell, I can select from other fun Julep Maven styles any month including American Beauty, Classic With A Twist, It Girl and Boho Glam. Each month you will get a chance to preview your Maven box online and at that time, you can decide to switch to another profile’s box or skip that month.

Julep was nice enough to send me their Bombshell and Classic With a Twist January boxes, both of which are previewed below. Keep reading for info on our contest, my review, and a “get your first month of Julep for only $5″ promo code!!!

January’s “Classic with a Twist” Box

Julep Maven Classic With A Twist Box Review

January’s Classic with a Twist box came with two nail polishes including Taylor and Maya, a full size Age Defying Hand Brightener, and two sample size hand creams with SPF 30.

Maya

Julep Maya Light Pink Shimmer Metallic

Julep Maya Light Pink Shimmer Metallic

Julep Maya Light Pink Shimmer Metallic

Maya is a gorgeous super pale metallic peachy pink nail polish with a hint of silver shimmer. This was my first stroke of Julep ever and I literally OOLed (OOOHHHHed out loud). This polish does have visible brush strokes that aren’t too visible IRL and it’s definitely something I could easily ignore for the color and effect I get from this nail polish!

Taylor

Julep Taylor Purple Creme Nail Polish

Julep Taylor Purple Creme Nail Polish

Julep Taylor Purple Creme Nail Polish

Taylor, an editor’s favorite at Allure.com in 2010, is somewhere between a periwinkle and denim. I have no idea how Julep got a purple blue creme nail polish so bright, but this color is so fun and different!

January’s “Bombshell” Box

Julep Maven Bombshell Box Review

January’s Classic with a Twist box came with two nail polishes including Carrie and Megan, a full size Age Defying Hand Brightener, and two sample size hand creams with SPF 30.

Carrie

Julep Carrie Light Pink Creme Nail Polish

Julep Carrie Light Pink Creme Nail Polish

Julep Carrie Light Pink Creme Nail Polish

Carrie, as seen in Allure.com, The Bonnie Hunt Show and 425 Magazine, is a beautiful cotton candy light pink creme.

Megan

Julep Megan Blue Turquoise Aqua Shimmer Metallic

Julep Megan Blue Turquoise Aqua Shimmer Metallic

Julep Megan Blue Turquoise Aqua Shimmer Metallic

Megan is a GORGEOUS blue green metallic nail polish with a silver shimmer, defined at Julep as “a playful and sultry Mediterranean aquamarine shimmer”. This color is so perfect for the upcoming spring/summer seasons.

My Thoughts On Julep

It truly was love at first stroke with this nail polish brand. I have no idea how they got all of their colors, including the palest of pinks, so bright. Every color seems to have this beautiful “glow” that I can’t quite describe, but was lucky enough to capture in each of the pics above. Beyond their amazing nail polish, I also love that Julep is “Powered by Girlfriends” – Julep donates $1 from the sale of every Julep Nail Vernis to organizations that empower women.

Julep Maven Promo Code

Use code FABFATALE to get your first month of Julep Maven for only $5, usually $19.99 for $40 worth of product. Once you become a Maven (purchase your first box) you will get a referral link to invite friends. You will earn 1 credit when a referral makes their first purchase, and every 2 credits earns you a free month. You will also get 20% off Julep purchases (not valid on gift certificates or Maven subscriptions).

I went for this deal because I really wanted January’s Boho Glam set, in addition to the two boxes I already had lol, because it included a beautiful sunny yellow nail polish. After previewing February’s Golden Globes themed Boho Glam set, including a gold glitter and a cobalt metallic nail polish, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be a Maven for much longer than my $5 month lol.

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Southern Style Biscuits And Sausage Gravy

Southern Style Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Recipe

Good morning and happy Saturday. If you’re looking for an easy weekend breakfast with a little southern soul, then I think you’ll love this sausage gravy recipe. My husband (not a southern bell lol) isn’t big on sausage gravy, but really likes this recipe. He compares it to Bob Evans, which I’m pretty sure is a compliment.

This is a semi-homemade brunch, as I use Pillsbury Southern Style biscuits. It doesn’t get much better than these big flaky biscuits, so I save myself a few steps by going for the can. I make my gravy in an iron skillet, pour over hot biscuits, and serve with a side of scrambled eggs and sliced fruit.

Southern Style Biscuits And Sausage Gravy

Cook Time: 15 minutes

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Southern Style Biscuits And Sausage Gravy

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) package breakfast sausage
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon, leaving the drippings in the pan.
  2. Stir in the butter until melted. Add flour, and stir until smooth. Reduce heat to medium, and cook until light brown. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook until thickened.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in cooked sausage. Reduce heat, and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes. If gravy becomes too thick, stir in a little more milk.
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I hope you all are having a great weekend! If you try this recipe, I hope you’ll let me know what you think!

Source: AllRecipes.com