October 1, 2014

DIY: NYC Hand-Painted Leather Clutch

Before - very elegant and simple

When I got my Popbasic Paloma clutch, I knew immediately I wanted to add some flare to it. I had been seeing the cool embossed Zara clutches with fun phrases. I kind of wanted a more New York vibe to mine. Here's what I did:

Leather paint // Stencil letters // Tape (paint tape recommended) // Recommended brushes but a rag will do

Supplies cost me around $20 but that's Manhattan. I'm sure you can find more reasonable prices at your local hardware store. The most difficult part (for me) was finding paint that would adhere to leather.


Step 1: Clean off your bag with soap and water to prepare it for the paint. Tape off the area  you want to paint and line up the stencil (ruler recommended). Once again: paint tape recommended.


Step 2: Paint area. Wait an hour between coats. The neon yellow striped took 3 very generous layers.


Step 3: It is recommended to add a finish. It will help keep the paint from chipping. Wait... once again.

Finished!

Not quite what I envisioned but still cool. The neon yellow was difficult to build up on the gray. Also made a few mistakes but guess that's what makes it feel personal. I recommended not using paper stencils and paint tape for more accurate lines. And lastly, you'll need lots of patience. It will take you all day between drying periods.

What DIY have you done lately?

September 30, 2014

My September Beauty Product Favorites


Fall is finally upon us here in New York City and that means it's not only time to switch out your summer wardrobe but also your beauty products. Colder temperatures require a different type of skincare routine. Here were my favorite beauty products I tried this month:

September 29, 2014

MMG: Weekend of TV


Don't have much of a weekend lately as I work on a college football account (aka Saturdays are fully booked). Friday was pretty stressful at work so I did want to take the time to relax. Recharge my batteries if you will. So basically I caught up on TV. Saturday night Chris Pratt hosted the premiere of SNL. He was okay (he flubbed a few times) but I think we can all agree the stand out of the night was newcomer Pete Davidson. He's just 20! Ugh, what am I doing with my life?! Looking forward to seeing more from him.

September 26, 2014

Popbasic: Alice Collection


Another great Popbasic collection! It included a fitted black dress and gold accessories. They also revealed there were two full-sized beauty products. Why I love Popbasic is that each collection is gorgeous together but can be easily incorporated into your every day wardrobe. Alice was no exception. Here's how I styled it:

September 25, 2014

I Wore Sweatpants to Work

... and didn't get fired! lol I Actually got a lot of compliments on my outfit. I have been loving the trend of dressing up a pair of sweatpants (or as some stores call them "joggers"). Now that fall weather has arrived in New York City, it was the perfect opportunity to wear mine out. I found a great pair in the junior's section at Target. There are many options from low to high end. Ashley at Le Style Rouge found an adorable pair at Old Navy. This is definitely a trend you can wear,  you just have to do it right.

Some of my tips:

September 24, 2014

Harper's BAZAAR x GLOSSYBOX

Image courtesy of GLOSSYBOX

This month's GLOSSYBOX was in collaboration with Harper's BAZAAR. I loved the black and white box over the traditional pink GLOSSYBOX. Joyann King, the Digital Director, shared her favorite beauty finds. It featured some products that I'm already a fan of including benefit's They're Real mascara and OCC's lip tars.

September 23, 2014

3 Fall TV Shows I'm Looking Forward To

If you know me then you know I watch a lot of television. There's a lot of great TV out there! There's not much room in my rolodex of tv shows for new ones but these are the shows premiering this fall season that I'm giving a chance:

September 22, 2014

MMG: Crossing Off My To-Do List

This weekend was jam packed. Wanted to cross a lot off my to-do list and it was also in between my parent's birthdays. My dad is the 18th and my mom is the 24th so we celebrated this weekend. Saturday I got up bright and early to treat myself to a massage at Bliss Spa. I've been needing one for awhile. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day is hell on your body. Then I did some errands, homework and caught up on TV shows.

September 19, 2014

My September Julep Maven Box


This month's Julep Maven box screamed fall to me, which is fitting since it's just around the corner. It was called the Art Walk collection and featured the perfect fall colors: dark purples, reds, and grays. I opted for the Boho Glam box because I was excited for the lip crayon as well as some polish. Here's what was inside:

September 18, 2014

The Oldest Items in My Closet


Clothes come and go. I've had a bad habit of buying too much fast fashion so typically clothes go every season. I've tried to be more conscious when I shop and buy items I know will last me longer. And like most women, my weight has fluctuated over the years so I've had to get rid of beloved items because they no longer fit. Despite all that, I still have items that are several years old and wear quite frequently. It may surprise you that they are not all "investment pieces":
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