Glitter & Pearls


Simple DIY Paper Garlands
August 14, 2011, 12:07 pm
Filed under: DIY, On a Budget, Party Time

Yep, it’s that simple (and cheap).  And I’m stealing (doing “research” at Home Depot) paint color samples ASAP.

What you’ll need:  stacks of free paper paint samples, paper punch of your choice, needle and thread OR glue/tape and thread/yarn

For more, check out Oh Crafts and Modern Parents Messy Kids.

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Accessories On The Cheap
June 28, 2011, 8:41 am
Filed under: Accessorize, On a Budget

I have an utter inability to spend money on accessories. My cheapness began some years ago when my mom, sister, and I discovered the Miami Mart. ‘The Mart’ (a fashion mecca in South Florida) used to be an exclusive market attached to a major Miami Airport hotel that sold product exclusively to shop owners. You had to show proof of store ownership and everything … they meant business. And then, like magic, ‘The Mart’ opened it’s doors to the rest of us. And then we couldn’t walk out of The Mart without emptying our wallets.

While The Mart remains close to my heart, I like to diversify … it’s good for the economy. Thus my affinity for stores like Forever 21. Sometimes the clothes from F21 fall apart after three washes, and sometimes the heels rub in all of the wrong places, but the jewelry at Forever 21 is solid (inexpensive) gold.

This is love …

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Design Studio
January 31, 2011, 9:40 am
Filed under: Design, On a Budget

{image a la apartment therapy; via design studio}

Design Studio, a.k.a., D/S, is the latest of flash sale sites with a twist – D/S features modern home design, exclusively.

Each of their sales events last a week.  Ds now is where you can see what’s currently on sale and get a preview of upcoming sales events.

And perhaps taking a nod from my world’s most favorite shopping site, Shopbop, by clicking on the hearts anywhere on the D/S site you may add items, designers and your favorite images to your wishlist.

Click here to become a member and receive an instant $10 credit.



Matte Lip
January 24, 2011, 3:49 pm
Filed under: Beauty, Good Face, On a Budget

{image a la Refinery 29}

I heart Matte everything.  First it was nail polish, and now gloss, er, lipstick. 

NYX just launched Soft Matte Lip Creams that deliver a shine-free lip in one easy swipe, and the liquid formula is lightweight, like a gloss, but creamy enough (think liquid lipstick) to create an easy, plush matte finish.

The collection of eleven shades has it all— from a bright fuchsia (Addis Ababa, anyone?) to a bold red (aptly titled, Amsterdam) —even their nude (called Stockholm) is uber glamorous.

If you have been wary to venture into the land of lipstick (and by all means, do), then try out one of these slick lip creams – not quite a lipstick, not quite a gloss = practically perfect.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, $6 each, available at NYX Cosmetics.



New Camera
January 23, 2011, 5:22 pm
Filed under: On a Budget, Picture Perfect

{image a la photographyblog.com}

The hubby and I are considering taking the plunge and purchasing an actual grown-up camera.  My days of, fit only the necessities into my party girl clutch (a.k.a., teeny-tiny digital camera), are over (I have become nearly ingenious at deftly hiding a lip gloss, ID, and powder in my outfit – bra, boots, tights – I am good.)  And now we want actual pictures.  Pictures that eliminate blur, or maintain neato-streaky lines of color blur, as ART only.  Pictures that look – dare I say it, professional (or at least we would be working up to that.)

Having grainy pictures of the Eiffel Tower (Honeymoon Eiffel Tower) is a real bummer.  I mean, yes, there are 10 million gorgeous pictures of the Eiffel Tower online, but I want to take the credit.  I am somewhat concerned that this has something to do with repressed feelings of angst at 13 – when every little girl takes photographs of feet and horses – but I will simply pawn the artsy desire off on my husband and claim to the internet world, “It’s not me, it’s him.”  And so the camera hunt begins…

My sister raves about the Canon EOS Rebel as the most user-friendly (camera-for-dummies – much appreciated) – but this one comes in all range of expensive, so which is it?

Then there is the Nikon D3100.  Every fancy photographer has a Nikon, should I?

And I simply cannot resist a good deal.  Panasonic Lumix?



Madewell 30% Off Sale
January 21, 2011, 9:47 am
Filed under: On a Budget



A Pleated Skirt
January 18, 2011, 4:54 pm
Filed under: FASHION, love.want.need, On a Budget

Zara Long Skirt with Pleated Waist

Seriously crushing on these sweet cotton maxi skirts – pleats and all.  And at $29.99 NOW $19.99, survey says “heck yeah.”