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{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}


{via PopSugar.com}

{Gold Prints}


{via ABubblyLife.com}

{Bat Your Lashes}


{via JustinaBlakeney.com}

{Silent Night & Glitter}


{via NestOfPosies-Blog.com}

{Miles Away}

Sharpie Mug 10_1

{via TheCozyOldFarmhouse.blogspot.com}

{Oh Deer Dear}


{via Pinterest}

{His & Hers}


{via LauraRahel.blogspot.com}

{The Gift Of Courage}


{via MelindAnneFaulk.wix.com}

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!

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{Dare to Wear} White Jeans After Labor Day


This may just be my favorite outfit posts yet! It’s been about a year since I started this Dare to Wear series and started working with my photographer Audrey (her site is linked at the bottom of this post). This blog is almost four years old and now outfit posts have been a regular fixture one of those years. I’ll save my reminiscing for another post, when I round up all the looks from the last year. For now, let’s talk white denim! Yes, it’s after Labor Day and yes it’s a DO!

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These jeans were not pricy and man do they look good. I snagged my pair a few years ago after a friend of mine told me how awesome they are for the price. Hey, cool white jeans are hard to come by, especially when you’re looking for a deal. There’s a couple rhinestones on the pockets, but they really blend in. Besides, the ripped details steal the show anyway.


 Style Tips

1. Make sure your makeup says autumn. A dark lip can really do wonders to transition a summer trend.

2. Add in texture. Fall is all about layering. Pair white jeans with a knit or flannel to play up the fall feel.

3. Dark hues are a do. Avoid looking like you’re a season behind by styling the jeans with a contrasting top. Try dark purple, midnight blue, hunter green, or oxblood red to compliment the white denim for the season.


Shop the Style

Abbeline Surplice Halter Cami, $78.50 $59.99 at South Moon Under.

Merona Flannel Shirt, Target two years ago, (similar).

Almost Famous Jeans,  $48.00 $16.99 at Sears.

Bangles, Bling Babe.

Necklace, South Moon Under, (similar).

Gladiator Sandals, $98.00 $29.99 at C. Wonder.


{DARE TO WEAR} a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three weeks in a row. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Each month a new item is featured and will be styled three ways over three weeks. Photos by Audrey Gallagher.
P.S. The jeans are actually not the item that I’m daring to wear three times this month (though I likely will be wearing anyway). Check back next week to find out what item I’ll be wearing on repeat.
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How to Style Your Hair into a Faux Bob

celebrity hairstyle: faux bob

Miley chopped her locks and went bleach blonde, Rihanna has gone as crazy as a even sporting a mullet, and now Beyonce‘s making headlines for her new ‘do … again. She wore a pixie last week and has just extended into the chicest bob ever – watch out Mrs. Beckham.

celebrity hairstyle: faux bob

Mrs. Carter can do no wrong but are you not sure you can pull off this trend. Don’t worry, our version involves no cutting.And guess what else? Nearly all our favorite Hollywood fashionistas have ricked the faux bob! Elizabeth Olsen, Taylor Swift, Vanessa Hudgens, Lauren Conrad, Selena Gomez, and Rachel Bilson.

How to Create a Faux Bob

Start with curly or wavy hair. For best results curl hair.

Tie hair into a low ponytail at the very end of your hair and roll the hair under the elastic, tucking and securing with bobby pins just above the nape of the neck. If you have layers, take a few shorter strands out to really create the illusion of a short style. Add a little hair spray and bring extra bobby pins wherever you go, just in case.

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Trend Bite: Make a Statement, DIY Your Bobby Pins

fashion blog hair DIY

Happy Wednesday!! It’s HUMP DAY … and time for another TREND BITE!!! This Wednesday I’m happier than a camel on Hump Day! I just got done at a photoshoot for a local magazine called Philly Current (sneak peek on Instagram) and had such a blast styling and modeling fall fashions for my budget babes!

hair accessory DIY

Now it’s time for me to return clothing samples, eat (I forget to do that when in work mode), and share with you this week’s video blog and I’m talking about hair accessories again and am showing you a DIY that I’ve been doing since literally 4th grade.

Do you like this tip? Chat it up in the comments below!

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3 Tips to Kissable Lips Just in Time for International Kissing Day!

international kiss day: tips to your most kissable lips

Did you know that you will probably be spending 366 hours of your life kissing?! Prepare to ramp that number up because this Saturday is International Kissing Day! Before you pucker up and get your smooch on, we’ve got some tips for you to get the softest, most kissable lips ever!

international kiss day: tips to your most kissable lips

Tip #1: Hydrate.

The key to soft and kiss-ready lips is staying hydrated! Oftentimes lips get chapped due to lack of moisture underneath the skin, so drink up that H20 (8 glasses a day is recommended, but I recommend adding a few more, especially in the summer heat!)

Tip #2: Exfoliate.

While staying hydrated is important, sometimes it doesn’t always prevent chapped, dry lips. Out in the sun, your lips really take a beating. To slough off the outer layer of dead skin cells, use a mild lip exfoliant once or twice a week. This will keep your lips baby soft, but me mindful of not scrubbing too hard or too often, which will cause irritation.

DIY to Try: Our  Summer Sugar Scrub works wonderfully not only for body, but for lips too!

Tip #3: Moisturize and Protect.

In the morning, it’s important to apply lip balm and reapply throughout the day to keep your puckers moisturized and prevent cracking. Always use a balm containing SPF! Even on cloudy days or days stuck in the office, those harmful UV rays still find their way in so you want to remain protected. Sunburned lips are not fun, not cute, and definitely not kissable!

Before bed, pat on a layer of Vaseline. This ultra-moisturizing drugstore miracle works overnight to seep into lips and keeps then moisturized throughout the next day.

Editor Pick: Sun Bum Banana Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30+,$4 at Nordstrom.

Sunny's Art Store kisses

Follow these three steps and you’ll be smooch ready in time for Saturday!

Want to join in on the kissing fun & help break a world record?

Put those kissable lips and help LUSH Cosmetics beat a Guinness world record for most “kiss prints” collected! Come out to LUSH Walnut St. or The King of Prussia Mall to share your smooch between 11am-3pm to take part in this record-breaking attempt! Click here to find a Lush near you. The current record LUSH is attempting to break was set by Oriflame Slovakia, who collected 22,174 lipstick prints in 12 hours on September 14, 2010.

Can’t stop by the store? Snap a pic of your best kiss cruelty-free kiss on Instagram (Lush products are cruelty free!!), tag it using #crueltyfreekisses, and you’re in the running to win an entire Emotional Brilliance collection.

So take these tips, celebrate International Kissing Day AND attempt to beat a world record with your now perfect pout! We’ll bet you’ll want every day to be International Kissing Day!


{Images are a watercolor painting by Sunny Gu on Etsy}

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Trend Bite: Where You Should Start Spraying Your Perfume

Where to spray perfume

Let your scent linger. Grab your fave fragrance (here’s a whole slew of floral fragrances we love) and start spraying your hair. This will unleash the scent as your hair moves. The closer someone gets to your mane, the more your perfume will be noticed.

Tag: Top (c/0) Derek Lam for Kohl’s // J.Lo Glowing (c/o) Kohl’s


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Trend Bite: How to Shape Your Eyebrows with Makeup

Video Blog: How to Shape Brow Using Makeup #trendbite

Get your brows right, girl! When they’re a hot mess simply use some concealer to help hide new hair growth. shape eye brows with this quick makeup tip and trick people into thinking they’re fresh. I know, what a good idea!


Tag: Benefit Boi-ing Concealer, $20.00

Take Note: Buy in this kit for only $10 more and other fab Benefit products.

Click here for article on lash extensions.

Did you miss last week’s video? Catch it here!


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Trend Bites Move to Wednesday! How to Declump Your Lashes

How To Take Care of Eyelash Extensions

We interrupt this blog post to make a new programming announcement. Trend Bite, the weekly quick-tip video blog will no longer be premiering on Friday. Say Happy Hump Day to Trend Bite moving to Wednesday!

Look for a new weekly column called Friday Find, where each week we’ll be sharing our top fashionable find from our week of scoping the shopping scene. This delicious deal won’t only fabulous, but will fit a skinny budget. So stay tuned! This Friday’s find is an item you may see reoccurring on my Instagram!

Okay, now watch the video already!!



Learn all about my eyelash extensions here.

Tag: Headband borrowed from Ban.do, $20 // Sleeveless Trench I Heart Ronson, 3 years ago

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Prom Prep Time: Our 3 Golden Rules to Ensure Perfection

At-home tips to get ready for prom

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.

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