Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY Milk Bottle Vases

This DIY was v. spontaneous. I bought these cheap little bottle vases from Target in the $1 section and I thought to myself, "Hm, these look like those cute milk bottles that people used to get delivered to their door by the milkman." And, it turned out cute enough that I decided to share it.
You'll need:
bottle vases (preferably plaster or painted wood)
rubbing alcohol
cotton pad
permanent marker
*optional: acrylic spray sealer
First, practice what you want to write on your vases. I chose to write "Sunshine Farms fresh milk" on one bottle and "Happy Farmhouse sweet cream" on the other. I don't know how I came up with those; I just thought they sounded cute.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Girly Post: Favorite Travel-Sized Makeup

If you know me, you'll know that I love to organize and plan. And when it comes time to plan a trip, I can get a little obsessive about what I'm going to pack and I'll even draw the outfits I'm going to wear (here are just two examples 1, 2). With three trips already on the horizon, I've begun brainstorming not only my clothing choices but also my makeup.

So, the other day while I was cleaning my room, I decided to sort through my travel makeup and show you a few of my favorites. FYI, I buy travel sizes quite often to use in my daily life because I don't use a ton of makeup so the smaller size suits my lifestyle. Also, a few of the things I'm sharing are not necessarily travel size but they do travel well so they belong on this list. Okay, let's go.
There is a lot of stuff here... but I want to mention all of it. I'll link what I can but some of this stuff is older or limited edition so I'll link a similar item, when possible.

Monday, January 20, 2014

DIY Embellished Belt

Today, I'm sharing my DIY embellished belt project. I was on the fence about whether or not I should share this craft because I don't know how much the effort is worth the reward. After having taken on this project, I think if I were given the choice to do it again, I would just buy one instead. That being said, I thought I'd share anyway because there might be someone out there who actually likes beadwork and will want to make one.

This belt was inspired by one I saw on Anthropologie's website with a few tweaks. I loved the color scheme - lots of sparkling gold - and the leaf design.
You'll need:
chipboard or paper
8.5" x 11" piece of felt
needle and thread
tulle ribbon
*optional: glue
Start by drawing a leaf shape. Cut it out and trace it again to make two leaves. Then, place the leaves together and trace to another piece of chipboard. Trace again and cut out; this will be the pattern for the repeated leaves.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Texas Packing List

Next month, I'm headed to Houston to visit my cousin and cousin-in-law. I'm excited because I haven't seen them in a few months (I super love my family) but also, I've never been to Texas before. We'll only be there for the weekend so I have to come up with a must-do list and prioritize the best activities.

The big thing on my must-do list is to get some delicious and "authentic" barbecue. Other than that, I'm not sure what else needs to be prioritized. My cousin-in-law sent a few suggestions - museums, breweries, hiking - so I don't doubt that we're going to do a lot of fun stuff and keeping ourselves busy.

The weather should be significantly warmer than it is here, which is nice, and since the trip is so short, I'll be able to pack a really tiny bag. While I'm there, we'll also set up some plans for France as well. Oh yeah, we're all going to France together.

Anyway, here's what I'm planning on bringing:
Texas Weekend
I'm going to wear a comfy outfit for the plane ride and then pack two simple outfits and a bit of makeup. I'm bringing a statement necklace to take my Saturday outfit from day to night (if necessary) and the color palette is relatively subdued, with a few statement-y pieces so that the photos we take while we're out and about will look cute. I'm going to make do with one pair of shoes, which are comfortable enough for walking all day, but trendy enough to look presentable.

In addition to that stuff above, I'll probably bring my iPad, maybe my MacBook, and of course, my camera.

Yay! I can't wait.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

France Planning - Which Cities?

Remember how I was dreaming about a road trip in France? Well, flights to France have been booked! I make it sound like I just reserved the tickets but actually, it's been over a month since I hit the 'buy' button. I just was too caught up in the holidays to share earlier. Plus, I wanted to have something more substantial to share (like tentative plans) before I made the announcment and had nothing else to include in this post.

I found $700 direct flights from JFK to CDG through XL Airways France and I pounced on them because I didn't think we'd find a better deal. The best price I've seen for flights to Paris in the Spring/Summer time was last year when I found flights for $650 so $700 is not bad at all.

Ever since I decided that I wanted to do a French road/train-trippy holiday, I've been obsessing over which cities we MUST visit. I've narrowed it down to a handful now, but we only have 9 full days so I need to choose wisely. I want the trip to be kind of laid back and have a somewhat flexible plan so that if we miss a city, it's not the end of the world, you know? I want to choose a circular route (that starts and ends in Paris) that is accessible primarily by train.

No definitive decisions have been made, but I've started a slideshow (through Google Docs) to get myself organized. I drew up a little calendar to mark up how much time we could potentially stay in each city.
I'm also making little slides for each city with a lovely photo and notes. Hopefully, this will help the decision-making process feel easier and less stressful.
Right now, the cities I'm seriously considering are Lyon, Annecy, Nice, and Rocamadour. Rocamadour is the most out of the way, but I think it looks amazing so I'm having a hard time letting it go.
I'm so excited to start booking trains and hotels and all that jazz. Reading reviews on TripAdvisor is one of my favorite things. Does that make me weird? I don't even care.


Friday, January 03, 2014


Happy new year!

I'm excited for 2014, as I already have a trip planned (France in May). I'll be writing more about that trip, for sure. The goal I always have every year is to travel to some place new. I hope to keep that up for years to come.

In 2013, I traveled to Belize, a place that most of my friends and family had never heard of before. It was an amazing experience; one that I would relive in a heartbeat. I also enjoyed many staycations and local trips. Living just 30 miles west of New York City offers many luxuries. I can head into one of the busiest and best cities in the world or I can drive less than an hour from my house to farm country and pick my own produce. How lucky am I?
This year, I'd love to try and travel somewhere alone. I don't know if I'll summon the courage to actually do it, but even thinking about it is a big step for me.

If you have any interesting travel goals, share them with me!
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