DIY TWO-TIERED JEWELRY/MAKEUP ORGANIZER VANITY STAND

This past weekend, I recently took over my husband’s office and made it into my very own personal craft room. I was bringing over many of my things and wanted to display it on something cute. So I decided to make a two-tiered “cupcake” organizer. If you enjoy this tutorial, please be sure to subscribe to my blog for more DIY crafty goodness.

It is super simple to put together and also super cheap. It literally cost me under $5 to put this all together. You can put your jewelry on it, makeup, nail polishes, or anything extra.

Supplies:

Different sized glass plates, so you can get that nice graduated look from top to bottom. The glass plates you see in my project came from the dollar store.

Glass candlestick holder – I could not find any at the dollar store, so I got mine at Marshall’s.

Glass Paint – I used Martha Stewart in Pearl, I got mine at Michaels.

Paint Brush or Sponge

Industrial Glue – I got mine at Michaels

Clear Gloss Protective Enamel – I got mine at Lowe’s

Instructions:

Glue a candlestick holder to the center of your largest plate using the industrial glue. Firmly press the lower tier to the glue for 30 seconds. Then, apply glue to the top of the candlestick and center the top tier on the candlestick. Let it sit for an hour to dry. 

Now onto painting… Squeeze the bottle of glass paint to the plate. Paint until fully covered. Let it dry for about 2 hours and apply another coat. Let it dry for another 2 hour and then spray the clear gloss protective on to the plate. After it is fully dry, if you like, you can deck your stand out with flowers, pearls, etc. I left mine as is.

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There you have it. You now have a jewelry/makeup/anything-you-like organizer vanity stand. Let me know if there is any DIY project you would like for me to do in the comment section below.

APRIL FAVORITES

I cannot believe April is almost over and we are heading into May. Which means summer is approaching soon… The next several months is definitely going to be super busy. But I am thrilled to announce that I will be going to Cabo San Lucas with my husband next month. It will be my first time there and I am super excited. Ekk. Anyways, here is a little review of my April favorites:

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1. NARS Eye Shadow in Galapagos – This is one of my favorite crease color. It is highly pigmented and the color applies on smoothly. I love this shade!

2. Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil– I love this brow pencil! This is probably the fourth brow pencil that I have bought. So you can tell that this is one of my favorite. The great thing about this pencil is that it has a waxy texture, which keeps the eyebrows hair stay in place and resistance to smudging. And the spool is great for blending and brushing. The only negative side to this brow pencil is when you need to sharpen it, it gets a little difficult.

3. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Black Smoke – This is by far one of my favorite mascara besides the original L’Oreal Voluminous mascara. I have been using this for the last months and it really gives my lashes that full definition. This one lengthens AND gives volume; most do one or the other.

4. E.l.f Contouring Blush & Bronzer – This is one of my newest favorite bronzer & blush. I love that it is a duo compact, which means less to carry in my make-up bag. It’s amazing for contouring! It gives me a subtly tanned look but not overdoing it. The blush is pretty but a little too shimmery. Such a perfect pair!

5. NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation -I love this product. I’ve tried expensive brands like MAC, Make Up For Ever, etc. but they are just okay. So I decided to purchase this and I fell in love with it. I have really oily skin and was looking for a foundation that gives me full coverage. The awesome part, it is inexpensive.

6. Glytone Hydrate Conditioning Cream – Best moisturizer ever! This is a great moisturizer that does not clog up the pores and gives you breakouts. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. And it has clarifying properties!

7. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer – By far the best concealer! The sponge applicator allows me to apply where necessary and then I tap away with my finger to blend. It brightens up my eyes and covers any blemishes.

8. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – I love this stuff. It was actually my first time using it last week at the wedding and my makeup really last. Towards the end of the day my makeup looks like it did in the beginning. It keeps the face fresh looking all night long.

9. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – I love this eyelash curler. It fits my eyelid and never pinches my skin. It curls real well and also makes them pop.

10. MAC Satin Taupe Eye Shadow – The most gorgeous shade. It doesn’t crease, even without a primer, and it is so easy to blend! Definitely a must have eye shadow. You can dress it down with neutrals or glam up with smoky shades.

11. NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder – I use this powder after applying my NYX foundation as a setting powder. It gives me a great smooth finish as well as provides coverage. It also keeps shine to a minimum.

12. L’Oreal Infallible the Super Slim in Black – This liquid eyeliner is great, especially for beginners. I have been wearing liquid eyeliner for a while but I use brush tip and it was hard to get the perfect line, but THIS makes it extremely easy to apply and the tip is perfect. I actually went out to buy two more just to have in case the store runs out.

13. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion in Eden – This is the best primer ever!!! It really keeps my eye shadow on all day and without creasing. Blends and spread easily. I know this is crazy but it is also great to use for under eye circles. I love, love, love this product.

I hope you enjoyed this month’s edition of favorites! Let me know if you like any of these products mentioned, in the comment section below.

CHEWY PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

If you love Reese’s Peanut Buttercups or Reese’s Pieces as much as my husband does, you will love these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies! They are chewy with a slightly crisp edge, making these the best cookies ever! I am very picky when it comes to the texture of cookies. I love my cookies chewy and soft. So this is my go-to recipe when I want some yummy chocolate chip cookies. Get your milk ready, its cookie time!

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Ingredients:

2 cups plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1tsp. salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup peanut butter chips

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Directions:

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium bowl; set aside. With a mixer, mix butter and sugar until thoroughly combined. Beat in egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat at low-speed just until combined. Stir in chocolate and peanut butter chips. Use a melon scooper to scoop out dough. Drop dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, for about 8-10 minutes. Optional: add extra chocolate chips on top. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. Enjoy!

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PROM HAIRSTYLES 2013: HOW TO STYLE

Prior to yesterday’s post, I thought it would be appropriate to post about different prom hairstyles. Whether you curl it, leave it loose and wavy, half up or half down, there are endless styling possibilities for the special night.

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For the vintage look – Julianne Hough retro look reminiscences Hollywood glam. It is the perfect hairstyle for a lace vintage dress. To create this style: Curl hair using a large curling iron and start halfway down the head. To get a big and strong spiral in front, use a round brush to twirl together the front pieces. Add some serum for the polish look.

For the whimsical look – Ashley Greene side updo hairstyle looks very simple but yet stunning. It is a perfect look for this magical dress. To create this style: the hair is smoothed to one side at the nape of the neck and secured with pins into a beautiful bun. Bangs can be swept to the side and pinned down. Pull out some hair on the sides to frame the face. Spray it with some hairspray to keep it in place.

For the romance look – Hilary Duff wore a chic, messy updo with a twisted bun and textured volume on top. The updo is blown back to draw more attention to the dress and the necklace. To create this style: thoroughly brush your hair to get rid of any tangled hair. Take the first section of hair and spray it with some hairspray. Hold the hair up straight and start teasing it. Lightly brush the un-teased section of the strand using only the tips of the brush and making sure not to touch or weigh down the teasing. Rub styling gel through the bottom half and pull it up into a bun at the back of your head. Pull out a few pieces of hair around your face for a wispy look, and mist your updo with a hairspray to keep it in place.

For the chic look – Lea Michele sexy down-do goes perfectly well with the chic look. The texture and the lengths add a glamorous and feminine feel that reminds you of the 1960s. To create this style: Apply some Volume Spray all the way through the damp hair to help thicken the hair and to give it body without weighing it down. Create a side parting and blow dry the hair in small sections to create volume at the roots and add smoothness to the lengths. Then apply serum to the hands and run fingers through the waves. Finally, twist the ends to add some definition to the style.

PROM DRESS IDEAS 2013

I know prom is right around the corner and you are probably doing some searching for the perfect dress. I have to say I never got to experience my own prom. It is definitely one thing that I do regret. It was not because I did not have a date; it was just because at the time I feel like it was not that important. And plus, I did not want to spend all that money. If only I can go back in time I will definitely attend my senior prom…

Anyways, enough about me, I know you have been waiting for this. Choosing the perfect dress for a special occasion such as prom can be very problematic. I want to show you some different dress ideas for proms, wedding events, or any formal affairs. It is all about the dress, so I am going to show you several different looks and I want to keep the accessories pretty simple so that it does not distract from the dress.

The first look, I call it the Romance. The beautiful flow of chiffon on this dress presents such an elegant and romantic look. The flowing chiffon adds such an otherworldly sense and yet flatters the curves. The items can be purchased at — Dress: Asos, Earrings: Neiman Marcus, Necklace: Jcrew, Heels: BCBG.

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The second look is the ‘Vintage’ look. Lace is another popular fabric for prom dresses this year. If you are aiming for that vintage and elegant look, this dress is the one. Pair it with some simple accessories. The items can be purchased at — Dress: BCBG, Earrings: Jcrew, Bracelet: Jcrew, Heels: BCBG.

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The third look is the ‘Chic’ look. This dress presents such a sweet and beautiful look. Again with the chiffon fabric for an elegant look and the sweetheart neckline for a feminine touch. The items can be purchased at — Dress: Asos, Heels: BCBG, Clutch: Asos, Earrings: BCBG.

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The last look is the ‘Whimsical’ look. In my opinion, this is by far the best look. I love them all but with the full layers of tulle; it gives it that magical and fairy look. The items can be purchased at — Dress: H&M, Clutch: Dailylook, Earrings: BCBG, Heels: Steve Madden.

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I hope this helps you choose the perfect dress, whether it is for your school prom or a wedding event. On another note, I want to share some pictures of our weekend. Congratulations to Lien & Will! It was such a beautiful wedding.

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN INSPIRED CLUTCH DIY TUTORIAL

First off, before I start my post… I want to mention the tragic events in Boston yesterday. There were three people killed and hundreds injured. I can not start my post without giving my sincere condolences to those affected by the Boston Marathon explosion. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. ❤

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I have an awesome do-it-yourself project for you today! I know it is that time of the year where there are so many events to attend: such as weddings, graduations, prom, and engagement parties that I felt like this is the perfect opportunity for me to show you how to create the inspired Alexander McQueen Clutch. I have seen many famous celebrities like Emma Stone, Kim Kardashian and Anne Hathaway spotted with the Alexander McQueen Clutch. And only if you saw the prices on these babies… It retails for a heartbreaking $1,000+. The great thing about this DIY is that it cost me under $20 and you can create it however you like.

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What you will need:

Hard eyeglass case

A fancy cabinet knob

A power drill

Hot glue gun

Embellishments (like rhinestones, beads, studs, etc.)

Tweezers

Optional: Rings (I used the cabinet knob but you can also use rings too) 

Easy step-by-step guide:

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Pick a design you would like to do. Carefully glue on your studs a few at a time. I applied glue in several sections and then carefully using a tweezers to place the studs on.

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Repeat for the back and the sides of the eyeglass case, until fully embellished. This literally took me over 3 hours. Make sure to let the glue dry and then clean any mess with some goo gone.

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Then pick your spot to drill. My husband helped me with this part but if you plan to do it yourself, have a friend help you hold the case while you drill. Please be careful! Insert your hardware into the hole you drilled. Simply screw in the hardware. If you prefer to use rings, place three rings side-by-side and glue them down. It’s that easy! You now have an elegant clutch bag that will be center of attention at any party you attend. It is big enough to fit a lipstick, credit cards, mints, and your phone. Enjoy!

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CRAB EGGS BENEDICT RECIPE

Brunch makes weekend mornings wonderful! I love brunch on a beautiful Sunday morning with my husband, spending that quality time with him and enjoying some yummy breakfast just tops it off. One of my favorite breakfast recipes is crab eggs benedict. Possibly it is because of the buttery taste of English muffin, the sweetness of fresh crab meat, and the creaminess of Hollandaise sauce that makes the dish just scrumptious. Pair it with a glass of mimosa and you got yourself a delicious breakfast.

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Ingredients:

6 large egg yolks

¼ cup lemon juice

2 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 ½ cups melted unsalted butter

½ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

4 English muffins

2-6 ounce cans of crab meat

4 large eggs

Directions:

Make hollandaise sauce: In the bottom of a double boiler bring 1 inch of water to a simmer over high heat and adjust heat to maintain simmer. Put egg yolks, lemon juice, and mustard in top of a double boiler and set over simmering water. Wish yolk mixture to blend.

Whisking constantly, add butter. Then add salt, pepper, and cayenne and continue whisking until thick about 3 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste. Remove from stove and set aside.

Optional: Sautéed spinach. In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add spinach and cook. Add some garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.  

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Split English muffins and arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until toasted, about 5 minutes.

Put 2 muffin halves on each plate and top sautéed spinach and crab, dividing evenly.

Poach eggs: Bring 1 inch water to boil in a 12-inch wide pan. Lower heat so that small bubbles form on the bottom of the pan. Crack eggs into water 1 at a time, holding shells close to the water’s surface and letting eggs slide out gently. Crack eggs in 2 batches to keep them from crowding, 3-4 minutes for soft-cooked. Lift eggs out with a slotted spoon, pat dry with a paper town, and place 1 egg on each crab-topped muffin half.

Top each egg wit 2-3 tablespoons of reserved hollandaise sauce and serve hot.