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{ Gift It } DIY Hand Warmers

Forget Valentine’s Day and remember Galentine’s Day. It’s the fictional holiday created by Amy Poehler’s character on Parks & Recreation and it’s a day to celebrate your gals. Here’s a gift idea the ladies in your life will LOVE. The tutorial linked was found via Pinterest and created by graphic designer/mommy blogger Rae Ann Kelly, but I originally got the idea over the holiday when my friend stayed with me and had a set of hand warmers that someone DIYed for her – so thoughtful!

People go nuts for DIY gifts, especially when they’re awesome and these are. They don’t stay warm quite as long as a purchased heat pack but do the trick and cost little money and time to create. They’re great cold AMs on the commute or chilly PMs on the couch.

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{Pin It} Quotes

Pinterest and I have a special relationship. It inspires me on so many levels – fashion, food, beauty, decor, and even well being. I’m a sucker for a good quote and it’s usually where I find them. I post them on Instagram, send to friends, and even quote pins in conversation. Just last night I scrolled though my quotes board and so many good feeling came over me. So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite inspiring quote pins. Hope they add a lithe more sunshine to your day. Pin now, read again later.


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{DIY Holiday Decorating} Anything Can Be An Ornament

Over the weekend I started holiday decorating and let me tell you, it puts you in the best mood. So do decorate, don’t put it off. And don’t feel like you have to spend a lot. Save your dollars for presents (though those too can be DIYed, ahem, Sharpie Mugs) and use what you got.

Here’s a few things I did over the weekend to deck the halls without even leaving home. These ideas pertain to trimming the tree. Mine happens to be a fake one of the slim variety and came with lights.


{Cloak With Glitter}

Glitter is gold for DIY holiday decorating. I covered floral decals that attach to shoes I don’t even own any more and bam, ornaments.

{Rework Old Jewelry}

As a vintage jewelry hoarder curator I do have some unrepairable pieces, plus I randomly save pretty things that I think may be able to turn into something. An old wreath pin missing stones becomes a wintery wreath ornament thanks to some nail polish, glitter, and a pipe cleaner for the hook. A tarnished dove necklace now hangs from one  of the higher Christmas tree branches. It’s only took some silver nail polish and shortening the chain. A star charm from a necklace and twine make another easy and unique ornament.


{Wrap It Up}

Presents under the tree instantly add the holly-jolly vibe. Since I was on a quest to fill up the bare branches and haven’t really shopped yet, I wrapped up a tiny case that earbud headphones came in and strung from the tree. (insert noise of the “That Was Easy” Button)


{String Things}

Got garland, a costume string of pearls, or even ribbon? Wrap around the tree. Or make your own. Paint popcorn with nail polish, let dry, then thread and string with care. Or even try a pasta garland. Or add string to something you’d to have for an instant ornament. I used some thread to turn my little macaroon trinket box into a Christmas decoration.

Have a tip you’d like to share? Comment below or tweet me @JessieHoleva!


{Steal Of The Week} DIY Sharpie Mugs

Okay, gift-giving season is now in full swing. Teachers, friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and more – there may be a lot of people on your list. Here’s one super-simple DIY anyone can do and bonus, it’s pretty darn thoughtful too. It’s also quite easy and inexpensive. Keep this idea in your back pocket for the next time you’re in need of a cool gift on the cheap.

It’s personalized mugs thanks to the help of permanent markers. Judging from Pinterest, DIY Sharpie Mugs are a present idea you can do a lot with. Try a quote, a print, or even a cute drawing. Write a nickname or term of endearment. Sketch then bake to seal the deal.

Here are few designs to get you inspired. Pin now, craft later.

{Made With Love}



{Gold Prints}



{Bat Your Lashes}



{Silent Night & Glitter}



{Miles Away}

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{Oh Deer Dear}


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{His & Hers}



{The Gift Of Courage}



Ready to craft it? If you clicked on any of the links above, you’ll see that each site gives their own preference on markers and baking specifications. Results vary by the marker and mug, but after reading a slew of tutorials I’d say to opt for oil-based sharpies and then bake the mug at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.

Have you tried this DIY before? Comment below!


{Decorate On A Dime} Glitter Bow Garland

Holiday decorating, let’s do it on a shoestring. Heck, you probably already own a number of things that can can be reworked into a holly-jolly-holiday accents.

During one of the many Pinterest binges (it sucks you in!) I found a slew of amazingly-easy decorations that anyone can pull off, seriously! My favorite has to be the pasta garland. This wins because it’s super cute, a little crafty, and well, cheap.

You don’t need much skill. Brush on glitter and string together. Don’t you just love DIYs that require little to actually DO? Me too. For more  ideas, check out the post I wrote for The Fashion Spot on Easy DIY Decorations.



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Would you DIY this? Do tell in the comments below!

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{DIY} Eight Easy Steps To The Perfect At-Home Manicure

The one thing I’d much rather do myself than pay for, among others, is doing my nails. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a total treat to get a mani/pedi, but I seriously love polishing my nails. It’s my hobby. I do it when I watch TV, feel artsy, whenever. I even ask friends if they’d like me to do their nails. What I’ve learned in giving manis to my ladies is that a lot of females do not know how to properly give themselves a manicure. If you, too, have been living your life lacking nail polish skills,  you are in luck! Here are eight super-simple steps to the perfect, easy at-home manicure.


  1. Starting with clean nails, soak hands in warm water for five minutes to soften cuticles. Add a little soap or a few drops of an essential oil to make it extra luxurious.
  2. Lotion hands and push back cuticles.
  3. Gently file nails, making sure to stroke in the same direction. Filing nails back and forth causes nails to split and break, so stick to filing one way.
  4. Wipe lotion from nail bed using a cotton ball or tissue.


  1. Apply base coat.
  2. Apply one coat of  your nail color of choice.
  3. Let nails dry before applying a second coat to avoid smudging, then repeat. The less strokes the better. Three swipes of polish per coat is the magic number.
  4. Once dry, seal with top coat. This topcoat, Seche Vite is my personal favorite and my pro-nail friend Rose of Doorbella got me hooked on. She does nails at New York Fashion Week, so what she recommends is the real deal. A good topcoat is what sets a good manicure apart from one that looks, well, not quite as polished.

For this week’s manicure I’m wearing Mineral Fusion nail lacquer in Grotto. It’s one of my favorite shades right now, so highly recommend it.

Have any nail tips you’d like to share? Comment below!

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{Pin It} Divine Holiday Cocktails

Blow away party guests or just please your own palette. These yummy holiday cocktails that will do both.

There’s peppermint eggnog, a martini that tastes like pumpkin pie, fall-fabulous sangria, sparkly spritzers, coffee that’s more heavenly than dessert, and more. So which of these festive drinks would you fancy? Peruse and pin these divine holiday cocktail recipes that I curated over at The Fashion Spot. Your guests will thank you later.


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DIY, Fashion

Five Free Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Okay, we are in the home stretch here for Halloween costumes. Are you too a last-minute lady who just hasn’t bothered to commit to a costume idea yet? You’re not alone and this roundup was made for you. Here’s a slew of cheap and easy, yet cool and creative, Halloween costumes you can create using stuff you already own.

1. Under the Weather


Be lazy and just don’t get dressed. Best. Costume. Ever. Thanks Refinery 29 for this genius idea. It looks a lot like what I wear while penning these posts.

2. Creepy Doll


Scary, yes! And so easy to create. Thanks Penny Chic for this creepy costume inspiration.


3. Strawberry



This year Studio DIY created a new fruity costume (last year she was a pineapple). If you own a red dress then all that’s left is a little DIYing to an instantly-cute costume.

4. Rosie the Riviter


Jessica of What I Wore shows that all you need to get this look is a chambray top, jeans, bandana, and attitude.

5. Fortune Teller


Pile on the jewelry and add a turban (here’s a video tip of how to tie your scarf  into a turban). The only thing you  may need to buy is a crystal ball. More on this costume at Hello Natural.

Looking for more Halloween inspiration? Click here for more cheap & easy Halloween costume ideas.

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Accessories, Celebrity, DIY, Steal The Style, trend hungry tuesday

{Trend Hungry Tuesday} Celebs Love Flash Tattoos

Flash Tattoos, they’re jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos in metallic designs that have swept the fashion scene. It sounds like something I dreamt up when I was 5 while wearing plastic high heels around the house. That’s a good thing! They’re fun and embrace our urge to be creative with style. And I’m not the only one to think so.

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Here’s a pic Beyonce posted just two weeks ago rocking the Flash Tats, that compliment her monochromatic outfit.

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Jessica Alba also shares her metallic styles on Instagram…

Jessica Alba Flash Tattoos

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…as does the boho-chic beauty, Vanessa Hudgens.

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Colbie Caillat posted this to Twitter back in June while wearing Flash Tattoos on the beach. Girl clearly loves her temporary tats.


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Get your flash on. Flash Tattoos are available at boutiques and online. You get a pack of four sheets for $22 and tats stay on for up to a week. I had one on my arm that I ended up scrubbing off after a full week, but the also had some on my hands that came off in two days. Length of wear depends where you place since certain areas, like our hands, get more use and more scrubbing.

Thanks Social Media Style for linking to these celeb pics. It made my digging for celebs pics a ton easier!

{Trend Hungry Tuesday} a syndicated fashion report on Ralphie Tonight. Listen every Tuesday night online or on NYC’s  95.5 WPLJ,  92 PRO-FM (Providence, RI), 97 WBHT (Northeastern PA), or Q105 (New London, CT). 

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DIY, Fashion

{DIY} Turn Your Old Tee Into a Crop Top

When I attempt a DIY it’s gotta be an easy one. Too many steps or lots of directions mean I won’t be participating. But when this shirt was headed to the trash (sleeves looked gross) I had to save it and thought to try a little tailoring. So I hacked into my boyfriend’s old tee to first shorten, then chop the sleeves. I tried it back on and knew the neckline needed a little work so I cut a V shape and slipped it back on.

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This shirt may be a little revealing so wear with a pretty bra, over a bikini, or with a vest over it, like I did for a recent Dare to Wear post.

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