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holiday-cocktail-recipes
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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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easy halloween costumes
Celebrity, DIY, Steal The Style

5 Quick, Cheap, Easy Halloween Costume Ideas – You’re Welcome!

Halloween always seems to sneak up. I usually start brainstorming costume ideas in the summer (I know, crazy), but don’t take any costume-creating until the day of a costume party – bad habit, but I know I’m not the only guilty one.

So, since I too am in a costume bind I’ve compiled some quick, easy Halloween costume ideas that don’t really require buying – cause who has time for that?

1. Robbers

quick and cheap halloween costumes

{image via PopSugar}

Hilary Duff and her hubby went the robber route in 2011 when Hil was preggers. Use a pillow case as a money sack and dress in dark colors. A toy gun also makes a great accessory. Notice they used black face makeup instead of the mask route – more comfy and also inexpensive.

2. Daria

Daria-Halloween-Costume-2 {image via Penny Chic}

This classic show’s leading lady is a costumes you can easily DIY. Our budget-blogger friend Shauna from Penny Chic shows us how to craft this costume with ease and affordably.

3. Britney Spears Circa 2003

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{image via Lauren Conrad}

Lauren Conrad‘s impression of the pop princess calls for high socks, pleats, and furry hair ties.

4. Holly Golightly

breakfast at tiffany's {image via Pop Matters}

An oldie, but a goodie – all you need is a LBD, some bling, and a bun. Now you’re ready for Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

5. Wayne’s World

easy halloween costumes

{image via Huffington Post}

Wayne & Garth are easy to create. Get a wig or wear your hair down. Add glasses if you’re Garth, and don’t forget the plaid.

What costume are you craving? Share your faves and your ideas below!

 

At-home tips to get ready for prom
Beauty, DIY, Featured, Uncategorized

Prom Prep Time: Our 3 Golden Rules to Ensure Perfection

At-home tips to get ready for prom Ah that time of the year is back again, where girls across the country are prepping and planning (and probably driving themselves crazy) for the greatest night of their high school careers…if you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about prom!

That magical night where you get to look and act like a princess is a dream come true for many girls, but we all know it doesn’t come easy. There’s a lot of work that goes in to making your prom night perfect. Aside from finding prince charming, brushing up on your dance moves, and snagging the perfect dress, your hair and makeup has to be spectacular! That’s where we come in. We’re here to provide DIY beauty tips, tricks, and rules to help you get pretty for prom with ease… and most of them won’t cost you a penny!

First you must choose your look. While this may initially seem overwhelming, fear not: we have three simple rules to follow and a few do’s and don’ts to help you prep and plan for the best (and most beautiful) prom ever! Next week we’ll give you a few specific on trend looks and narrow down the nitty gritty of how to DIY yourself pretty!

Rule #1: Match your beauty vibe to the dress. It’s best to stick with a look that emphasizes your personality and compliments your dress. Take a look at your dress to determine what “feel” it gives; for example: a chiffon floral halter dress emulates romantic, whimsical beauty, much like Keira Knightly, so loose curls and simple makeup would be a perfect addition. On the other hand, if you’re rocking a silk, low back black number, a sexy up-do and sultry makeup will top off your Megan Fox bad-girl vibe. Pick your look, have fun with it and go all out!

Rule #2: Pick a focal point. Once you have the desired “look” chosen, you have another decision to make: eyes or lips. It’s best to choose to focus on one of the two, yet many girls make the mistake of emphasizing both and wind up looking way too made up or even clownish: enter Christina Aguilera.

Unsure of which asset to emphasize? Go with what most people notice or compliment you on! Make sure to keep other areas of your face toned down and as neutral as possible, which will make your focus feature pop!

Rule #3: Prep, prime, and practice! For the days leading up to prom, pamper yourself pretty! Use an exfoliating scrub on face and body (for face we love this Seaweed Exfoliator from The Body Shop and indulge in a sugar scrub like Dirt Vanilla Sandalwood Sugar Scrub  from Coterie.com for baby smooth skin all over) this will help remove any dead skin cells and promote cell growth for fresh, glowing skin. Get eyebrows waxed at least a few days, if not a week before prom, to ensure you won’t have any redness or irritation on your big night. For silky smooth hair, use a smoothing and restorative hair mask (Neutrogena makes an amazing one, here) 2-3 days before, and try to wash your hair no less than 24 hours before prom night (slightly dirty hair is more manageable and easily styled). You should pre-plan your look a few weeks ahead of time, so you’ll know exactly what products and tools you’ll need. Take a few free hours the week of prom to do a practice run through of your whole look to ensure smooth sailing the day of.

Now a few DO’s and DON’Ts for the big day that are key to making sure your night and everyone along with it goes perfect:

DO wear confidence. It’s hands down the best accessory, and no amount of makeup could ever make you look as beautiful as confidence. When you feel beautiful, you look beautiful, so work it girl!

DON’T stress out. Prom is meant to be an unforgettable occasion, and wouldn’t you hate to remember it as a stressful time? Relax, everything is going to turn out great! Plus, stress can lead to breakouts (eek!), headaches, and anxiety; three things you definitely don’t want on prom night.

DO get your beauty sleep! Don’t let prep time take away from bedtime! Getting the right amount (7-9 hrs) of Z’s is crucial to looking and feeling your best.

DON’T worry about what others are wearing. Be yourself! Pick a look that you absolutely love, and don’t worry if you’re the only one rocking that look you’ll be an inspiration for others to embrace their own unique style!

DO pack a mini emergency kit. Foldable flats, concealer, and blotting papers are you friend.

DON’T bring a huge bag. This is a formal event so only little clutches will do. 

P.S. Don’t let this go-to guide for looking and feeling your best be limited for prom night, you can apply these tips and tricks to any big night out! We all know our hunger for glamour is never satisfied, so keep those special occasions coming and we’ll keep you updated with all the latest on getting gorgeous for less!

P.P.S Don’t forget to check back next week for our favorite prom hair and makeup trends for this year with tutorials on how to DIY!!

P.P.P.S The dess pictured is from JCP!! Pearl Georgina Chapman of Marchesa Organza Rosette Dress, $110.

Trend Bite: Remove Lip Color Using Papertowel
Beauty, DIY, Trend Bite

Trend Bite: How to Remove Lipstick

Clean off your kissers. After a long day, or night,  you’re ready for fresh lips. Say buh-bye to stained towels and hello to the paper kind. Using a paper towel will remove color, exfoliate lips, and leave you with a pretty pout.

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Beauty, DIY

Easy Updo Ideas, as Seen on Stylish Celebs

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Ever have one of those days when you just don’t feel like going through the countless steps of your hair routine? With static hair thanks to our favorite winter fashions, there’s bound to be more of us in this boat than usual. The fix? Try an easy up-do! Whether you’re late, lazy, or just too busy, we’ve got quick styles and tips for looking pretty and pulled together in no time at all.

The Beyonce Braid: If hair is wet and you’re in a hurry, run a volumizing mousse through hair and fix into a low braid. Spritz with hairspray. Continue Reading

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Trend Bite: How To DIY a Turban

Hello, I’m Miss Jessie and I’m going to tell you your future. Read this closely, as what I’m about to tell you is in your immediate future. Are you ready to unlock a secret of your future? Are you!?! You will be looking oh-so-chic and will be receiving many many compliments on your fabulous style. Yes, it’s true and it will be thanks to your brand new turban you’re going to learn how to make in 3,2,1. (psst, click play!)

 

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Celebrity, DIY

#TrickOrTrend: ‘Call Me Maybe’ Costume

By Brooke

Are you the Grinch of Halloween and hate the glitz and bedazzlement of tedious costumes? Yes? Today is your lucky day because I have the perfect solution for you!  The video for Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” is extremely ordinary until a hilarious twist is revealed within the last few seconds. (If you’ve never seen the video before, it’s a must-see!)

Twist things up a little bit and become your own rendition of  “Call Me Maybe”! You’re probably asking yourself how this is even possible…but trust me, it’s a lot simpler than it seems.

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This quick look includes two easy steps: Continue Reading

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Trend Bite: How to Store Your Earrings

Jewelry is one of the toughest items to store. Jewelry boxes can be limiting, the armoires can be a few hundred dollars, and some of the DIY options look ehh, well, not so chic. This quick and classy idea only took a minute and cost nearly nothing! So put your earrings on display with this easy way!

 

Video: Kristen Van Genderen
Music: Justin Bostwick

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Beauty, Uncategorized

Switch Up Your Do With Clip-In Bangs

OMG. I know you already know, but Miley Cyrus and her new do – so cray cray, right!?!?! I too, like to switch it up, but chopping off all that hair is a commitment, a HUGE commitment. It’s one commitment that I’m simply not ready for. Instead, I’ve got a more temporary way to change your mane – clip-in bangs. I know, you’ve probably heard about these and thought they were weird or look fake. News flash, they don’t! I’ve tried them, love them, and recommend trying these before going for the real thing – bangs are a commitment too.

 

Famous Fans include Kim Kardashian (yup, those were fake), Nicki Minaj, and of course, the hair queen Miss Jessica Simpson. I’m not sure if Zooey Deschanel’s are fake, but that full bang can easily be achieved with a faux these clip-in bangs.

Tag: Ken Paves Clip-in Bang Hair Extension, $20.30 @ Dermstore.

Faux bangs are seriously idiot proof. Start about an inch back from your hair line. Comb them in and clip. Then play around with your hair to create the style you’re going for.

And as far as what to buy, Jessica Simpson’s line with Ken Paves is the go-to for cheap-chic hair extensions and you can get them right now for around $20. They’re not real hair, but you can use styling products including heated tools just as if they grew from your head. Cool, huh?

So have you tried clip-in bangs yet? Comment below!

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Sale-Rack Report: Urban Outfitters Neutral & Cheap!

It’s hot out, I’m a bit sleepy, and today … I’m craving something light, breezy and effortless. You too? Ohh, and it must fit a skinny budget… duh!

Neutrals are always in fashion, but THIS summer they’re dominating and thanks to the minimalist trend. Found a light dress with a whimsical feel and it’s lightly priced too.

Tag: Pins and Needles Lace Two-in-One Dress, Orig. $59.99, Now $19.99 at Urban Outfitters.

It’s called a two-in-one. I couldn’t think of another way to wear it, so I’m assuming this refers to the two fabrics. What I love about this piece (besides the price) is that it’s plain, but it’s still really pretty and has character  - love the lace mixed with pleats!!!

Pair with almost anything!! I’m feeling a delicate necklace and soft hair/makeup to match.