A Holiday Wreath DIY

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I come from a family of creatives who like to work with their hands. My mom loves decorating, cooking, and making jewelry. My sister makes jewelry, likes to organize, and generally likes to create. When my brother was younger I remember him setting up intricate and expansive war scenarios with his action figures. My dads creativity really shows through when he’s coming up with games and things to play with the boys. He was the one that built the road that the kids love! The women have all gone through different seasons of crafting, from scrapbooks to hair accessories, over the years as well.

I don’t have much mental space or time for crafting these days but my friends and I were planning our next girls night and the idea of creating modern holiday wreaths popped up. I instantly began scrolling through pinterest for inspiration and found so many that I loved.

This is such an easy project to do yourself. The supplies are cheap too! I thought it would be fun to do with family around the holidays so I’m sharing the steps for how to create them below!

Supplies: scissors and/or wire cutters, floral tape, greenery (fresh or fake), macrame ring (I’m using size 12 inch here), hot glue gun optional

If you are using fresh greens, trim a few branches to help you get a layout of the wreath. If you are using fake greens, you likely will be able to simply slide them off the stem! Otherwise, use scissors or wire cutters to trim them.

Begin at the outer part of the wreath and work your way towards the center. The less moving of the branches the better!

When working with the floral tape, pull it tightly around the branches. It will stick to itself!

In order to create a focal centerpiece, use hot glue to adhere pine cones or berries onto the floral tape.

Let dry and then hang your wreath!

The wreath will want to spin on a nail since the weight will fall to the bottom, so I would suggest hot gluing a ribbon to the center top of the ring and hanging it from a ribbon!

Not only are these fun to create, they would be super cute on top of a gift instead of a bow!

p.s. I always craft in comfy clothes and this sweater looks like it was made for my closet.

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A Winter Glow Makeup Look

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Sometimes it’s just time for a glowy berry lip makeup look. Winter does that to me. And as much as I love a classic red lip, I LOVE wearing a berry colored shade in the winter as well. It’s a nice alternative and it’s much easier to find one that works with your skin tone!

I found a bunch of great products at Ulta, including two new makeup applicators that I was excited to put to the test in this tutorial. The first is this silicone makeup applicator that I was very curious about. I typically use a sponge like this but I loved that this silicone one does not absorb any makeup! I also grabbed a set of tiny egg shaped makeup sponges for applying and blending concealer. My other sponge was a little large so I liked how small these ones were!

The rest of the products I used were some of my favorites. My top 3 items of the collection are the Stila Smudge Stick in Damsel, the Tartelette in Bloom palette, and Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. I know these products will deliver and last all day.

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Let’s walk through the steps that I took to get this look!

First, I primed my skin with Bare Minerals Prime Time. I love this primer because it feels like silk on my skin and helps my makeup to stay put!

Next I applied eyelid primer and then a shimmery cream shade from the Tartelette in Bloom palette called Funny Girl. In my crease I added a mix of Jetsetter and Rocker from the same palette.

You may notice some eyeshadow fall out on my cheekbone. This is why I do my eyes first! I can just grab a makeup removal cloth and wipe away the mess!

For eyeliner, I applied a medium thick line of Stila Smudge Stick in Damsel, then immediately grabbed a smudge brush to smudge the line in toward my corner and out past the edge of my lid into a very soft cat eye shape.

After a few swipes of Benefit Roller Lash mascara, I applied Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage foundation using the Siligo makeup sponge applicator. I found that the product goes on easily and I like how well it blends in!

Next I added a seriously awesome under eye concealer by Urban Decay called All Nighter. This will not MOVE once you put it on! I used the small sponge applicators and found them perfect for getting the concealer applied and blended in!

I filled my brows with Benefit’s Goof Proof brow pencil. This is slightly angled which makes it so easy to use!

With the same smudge brush I used for my eyeliner on the upper lash line, I smudged a bit of the eyeliner onto my lower lash line and added a few coats of mascara.

Finally, for the GLOW part of this look, I used a pretty highlight shade from a Smashbox palette called Blow a Fuse Pearl. It adds nice lightness and highlight to my cheekbones!

Finally I finished with a bit of blush and a pretty lipcolor by Smashbox called Fig. I’ve found that the Smashbox Be Legendary lipsticks last SO LONG! I’d highly recommend if you like a moisturizing, long-wearing lipstick.

The final look felt perfectly holiday with the berry lip and the highlighted cheekbones!

You can find all these products, and so much more, at Ulta. I love that you can stop in to one store and find a huge range of drugstore brands as well as high end makeup!

For more recent beauty posts, check them out here and here!

This post was sponsored by Ulta, all opinions are my own. 

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Warm & Cozy for Winter

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I’ve learned that people have different names for their comfy clothes that they change into when they get home for the evening.

“knock-around clothes”

“cozies”

“house pants”

Really, you name it. But there is one thing in common: these clothes have to be COMFORTABLE and make you happy!

Typically my day to day wardrobe is fairly comfortable but not nearly as comfy as my “house clothes” that I wear at the end of the day. I’m usually changing into these after dinner, before bath time for the kids. This time in the evening is spent getting them ready for bed, folding laundry, picking up the house from the day, etc. Basically, there is no place for denim in my life after 6:00p.

I rounded up a bunch of cozy and warm clothes to inspire your comfy clothes for this season.

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I’m trying out some good black maternity leggings before I make my commitment to a pair, but in the meantime I’ve been loving Zella’s Live In leggings. Those or the LuluLemon Align 2 pant (which, unfortunately, has pilled pretty badly like I feared).

What I love about these comfy clothes is that most of the tops can transition into a daytime outfit with the help of a little jewelry, good denim, and perhaps a vest. I like my options when it comes to my clothes, and the more versatility the better!

The real highlight of this post is those socks I linked too from Aerie. Holy moly they are soft! I wish I had bought more!

Finally, if you are wondering if those are eyelashes on those blue pajama pants, they are. 

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