Manicure Mondays – Butter London Holiday Swatches

Butter London Holiday 2012 Swatches

Happy Manicure Mondays on a Tuesday :) We officially have our house up for sale, so instead of working on my manis, we were out of the house while people were looking through it the entire 3 day weekend. We’re so excited about the interest it’s received after only a week on the market, so fingers crossed that it sells soon!

Today I have Butter London’s new Holiday 2012 collection swatches for you all. This glitter collection is so gorgeous and the colors, like all other Butter London glitters, dazzle so brilliantly when the sun hits your nails. The inspiration for this collection was jeweled collars, sequins and metallic embellishments seen at Fashion Week. Their colors are so stand-out, yet totally wearable at the same time!

Butter London Fairy Cake Swatch

Fairy Cake, the Brit term for cupcake, is my favorite of the entire collection. I wish the camera could have picked up on the disco ball effect from this “diamonds in a bottle” polish {shine bright like a diamond is now stuck in my head lol}. It literally looks like my engagement ring when it hits the sun, with the glittery gray base and flecks of multi-colored iridescent glitter. This would make the perfect New Year’s Eve manicure!

Butter London Scuppered Swatch

Scuppered is in the spirit of the military trend that is so popular right now and I ended up wearing this beautiful bronze nail polish with flecks of green glitter for Veteran’s Day this weekend.

Butter London Jack The Lad Swatch

Jack The Lad is the most gorgeous forest green glitter with an overlay of teal micro-shimmer! This is definitely a fun new take on the traditional holiday green.

Butter London Fiddlesticks Swatch

Fiddlesticks is a brilliant semi-matte hot pink magenta glitter nail polish suspended in a raspberry base.

Butter London Scallywag Swatch

Scallywag is a full coverage, bright turquoise blue glitter with a clear base. Like all of the colors in this collection, this blue comes to life in sunlight.

My Thoughts On Butter London’s 2012 Holiday Collection

I had a much better experience with this collection of Butter London polish than I did with the Butter London Spring/Summer 2012 line. Of course the formulas are different as those were cremes and this collection is glitter, so that will offer up a different experience in application. These polishes went on so smoothly in one coat; however, I went for two coats of each for depth of color.

So what do you all think of Butter London’s Holiday 2012 collection? See any colors you’d like to pick up? Have you ever tried this brand? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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DIY Vanilla Extract

DIY Vanilla Extract

diy vanilla extract – day 1 of 2 months

I found a recipe for DIY vanilla extract last year and LOVED the idea of a much less expensive version of the vanilla extract I buy in stores. The ingredients are pretty inexpensive, vodka {the cheap stuff is just fine} and vanilla beans. The reusable bottle also saves money and waste over time.

I made this DIY vanilla extract for my “expert baker” mother-in-law as a stocking stuffer last Christmas because it makes such an interesting gift, and so that she could let me know if it compares to the real deal. I picked up a glass swing bottle and vanilla beans, split the beans vertically down the middle with a knife slicing only one side, added 3 beans per 8 ounces of vodka, closed the container tightly, and stored it in a cool dark place for 2 months giving it a shake on occasion.

My mother-in-law has baked with it several times and assures me that it’s just as good as the expensive vanilla we buy in stores. With her stamp of approval, I finally made a bottle of my own {I wasn’t wasting vodka until this recipe had been tested and approved lol}. Since they take 2 months to process, I’m going to make a couple more bottles so that I always have one ready in rotation when I’m close to running out.

To keep up with the “ready by date” for my homemade vanilla extract, I searched Pinterest for printable labels and just happen to find a vanilla label!!!

Printable Vanilla Labels

I am beyond excited about these labels! I downloaded the .jpg, opened it up in Photoshop, whited out the last two lines and added in my name with a handwriting font! I wrote in the date with a sharpie so that I can print out an entire sheet of labels {6 per page on Avery 8165 label sheets} and just add the date as I make each bottle. The scale of the labels fit perfectly on my 12 and 18 ounce swing bottles; although I think it looks best on the 18 ounce bottle!

Vanilla Extract Labels

This DIY vanilla extract will make the perfect stocking stuffer, or part of a baking set, for all of your cookie and cake baking friends on your Christmas list.

diy vanilla extract recipe – use real butter, vanilla extract labels – the graphics fairy

Win A November Julep Maven Box

November Julep Maven

Update: And the winner is… Jennifer B.! Congrats! I 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: If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you probably already know that I am a HUGE fan of Julep nail polish {see swatches at julep maven review, feather nails, julep collection so far, halloween nails, caviar manicure, peacock feather nails, and valentine’s day nails}. Julep has so many gorgeous colors to choose from, and it’s so fun to get a few new polishes at my doorstep every month in the style of my choice.

To celebrate the launch of their new website and their November styles, I’ve teamed up with Julep to offer one lucky reader the box of her choice. Always on-trend, Julep is featuring suedes in this month’s style profiles and the colors are gorgeous! These straight-off-the-runway colors will add rich texture to your fall wardrobe. Wear them alone or with Julep’s Matte Top Coat for a velvety, matte finish or add a pop of shine with Julep’s Fast Dry Top Coat.

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Win A Vintage Revival Leather Handbag From Fossil

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Update: And the winner is… Trina! Congrats! You can check out her winning Pinterest board here. This contest is now closed to further entries. Thanks to everyone that entered!

Previous: Fossil challenged me to come up with a day and night look for their new Leather Flap handbag, a beautiful burnished and stitched hand-finished piece from their Vintage Revival collection! Crafted from super-soft leather and antiqued brasstone hardware, it provides plenty of interior compartments to keep all of my essentials secure. In addition to the gorgeous bag they sent me, one lucky reader will win a handbag from Fossil's new vintage-inspired collection.

For my daytime look, I thought I'd bring the stripes that were beyond popular in s/s into fall with a fun black and white striped chunky sweater. I LOVE mixing blacks and browns, a rule that couldn't be broken just a few years ago, by pairing the brown handbag with the black striped sweater and black flats.

For my nighttime look, I knew I had to find a dress with a bit of a mod feel to pair with my vintage inspired handbag. I LOVE this simple navy blue shift dress {a little shorter than I expected, oops} with a v-neckline and wide bell sleeves! The burnished brass studs on the hem paired so well with the handbag's hardware.

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Candy Corn Cupcakes

Candy Corn Cupcakes

I needed to put together a last minute, yet fun and festive Halloween dessert for a friend’s pumpkin carving party tonight, so I went with white cake and vanilla frosting candy corn cupcakes.

Just like the candy corn symbolic with Halloween, these cupcakes are super bright stacked with shades of yellow, then orange, and topped with white frosting. It’s the same technique I used for my 4th of July cupcakes, but easier, since the frosting was a no-fuss solid white and the batter was only two colors {not swirled, just stacked} instead of three.

Are you going to any Halloween parties? Will you be bringing a festive Halloween dessert?