Halloween Mask

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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With Halloween only days away, I want to share a simple last minute way to participate in the Halloween festivities without dawning a full on costume. You can pick up a simple mask at any craft store and with a little time and some art supplies, you will have your own, personalized mask to wear for the holiday. Check out below for how I decorated my mask.

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What you’ll need:
-A mask (I got mine here)
-Glue (I used E6000 and Modge Podge)
-Painter’s Tape
-Paint Brush
-Hairspray
-Different decorations such as studs, glitter, trim, sequins, paint, etc

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1. To start, apply a thin line of glue (here I used E6000) across the edge of the mask for applying the trim.

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2. Once the glue is applied, add the trim to the edge of the mask. Then use a paperclip (or other type of clip) to hold the trim in place while it dries.

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3. To apply a glitter border to the mask, tape around the area you wish to add the glitter. I chose to do a border around the eyes. Once taped off, apply glue to the area. I used Modge Podge for glue here.

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4. Once the glue is applied, sprinkle on the glitter and let it set for a couple minutes before removing the tape.

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5. Add any other decorations using glue to the mask, I added some studs. As a final step, I sprayed the mask with hairspray to give it a glossy finish and to keep the glitter in place. 

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The Final Product!

Repeats

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Dress: Piperlime, Sweater: Banana Republic, Clutch: Old Navy, Boots: Blondo, Necklace: Jcrew
Every time I buy a new item for my wardrobe, I always test its wearability before deciding to keep it. I want to buy things that will enhance my current wardrobe and push me to wear existing items in new ways. This sweater and dress, both of which I have worn before on the blog (here and here), are perfect examples of extremely wearable items. The sweater can be layered over almost anything or be worn alone while the dress goes easily with boots and a sweater to a heels and a blazer. It’s classic, wearable pieces like these I reach for again and again when getting dressed.

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Coconut Lemon Birthday Cake

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Today is my baby sisters birthday, and I couldn’t help but share the cake I made for her. I always love making cakes for birthdays and really try to think outside the box on the cakes I make (see here and here). Because my sister loves all things coconut, I decided to use this coconut cake recipe and paired it with a coconut whipped cream and lemon curd filling. The result was amazing! The cake came out so moist and the flavors paired together perfectly. For anyone who loves coconut, I highly recommend trying this cake.

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Fall Plaid

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Jacket: Jcrew, Jeans: Old Navy, Scarf: Zara, Boots: Jcrew, Purse: Celine
Over the weekend, we had the best fall weather in New York. It was cool and crisp with lots of sun, making it perfect for layering. To make the most of the weather, we decided to spend part of our day walking around Central Park and I chose to wear my favorite plaid scarf paired with my field jacket. It ended up being the ideal combo to stay warm and comfortable while exploring around the park.

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Avocado Toast with Kale Chips

Friday, October 17, 2014

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I love avocados and the second best thing to great guacamole, for me, is avocado toast. On a recent brunch outing, I ordered it topped with kale chips and ended up loving it so much! The kale chips added great flavor and a nice crunchy texture to the avocado. Since then, it has become a favorite of mine and I remake at home all the time.

A couple other ways I like to enjoy avocado toast include: avocado with cream cheese, avocado with red pepper flakes, and avocado with egg whites.

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Classic Flap Bag

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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The Chanel Boy Bag is an update to the classic flap bag and like the original has become a favorite among handbag lovers. It is a bag you will have forever and it goes will almost anything. However, at a hefty price tag, this purse is not a realistic purchase for most people. At a fraction of the price, Rebecca Minkoff offers her Love bag with the same style and appeal. While the Rebecca Minkoff may not hold the brand status of Chanel, it is still a great, high quality bag.

Leather Stripes

Monday, October 13, 2014

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Shirt: Old Navy, Shorts: HM, Vest: Target (similar), Purse: Pour La Victoire, Shoes: Jcrew, Sunglasses: Calvin Klein
I have been all about wearing black and white lately. I wore it for the majority of my time in Italy and have continued to wear it since back in New York. It is just such a classic and easy pairing that it makes outfits so easy to pull together.

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Kitchen Essentials

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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When it comes to your kitchen, there is an endless number of tools and gadgets one can have, so I have round up my top five kitchen essentials. These are all things I use multiple times a week, if not daily.

1. KitchenAid Mixer – I love to bake, so my KitchenAid mixer is a must. Plus, I love all the extra gadgets you can get for it – pasta maker, ice cream maker, etc

2. Kuhn Rikon Knives – I use these knives way more than my chef'’s knife for cutting things and love that they come in so many different colors.

3. Cast Iron Skillet – If you can only have a couple pans for your stovetop, a cast iron skillet must be one of them. You can cook practically anything in it!

4. Microplane – From cheese to fruit, this is the BEST grater. I find myself having to grate/zest something more often than one would think.

5. Vitamix Blender – My Vitamix is my go-to in the morning to make delicious smoothies (see my favorite recipes here and here).

Easy Black and White

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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Dress: Gap, Sweater: Banana Republic, Flats: Coach, Sunglasses: Calvin Klein, Necklace: HM
When packing for my trip to Italy, I made sure to pack easy basics that I knew I could wear over and over again in new ways. This dress ended up being one of the items I wore the most. Here I wore it for a day of sightseeing in Venice with a this cropped sweater and once we got to warmer weather in Rome, I paired with some simple accessories. While I normally reserve white for summer months, I see myself wearing this one well into Fall.

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