Hiatus (THE BIG DAY!) and Sneak Peek for March/April

Good Morning lovelies!

Today is Wednesday, February 26th.  2014.  I am officially on pre-wedding vacation mode and my blog will be as well!  (The Big Day is this Saturday!  I’m so excited *insert a bajillion exclamation points*)  I’ll probably be out most of the time but I’ll try to sneak in from time to time to share anything fun.

But, before I did step out, I wanted to leave you guys with a sneak peek of what’s coming up for March and April.

1. Influester Optic White VoxBox Review 
I’m really glad that I qualified!  (Is it weird that I’m pretty happy to be getting dental products?)   Influester *just* shipped by box–this is my first Voxbox of 2014!  Have you guys been getting any cool Voxboxes lately?  I thought the Valentine’s Day themed one was really sweet.

2. Stitch Fix #2
I am looking forward to this the most!  I’ve been enjoying reading up on everyone else’s Fixes lately.  🙂  I was hoping to schedule this in March but I’m delaying until April.  I hope the pieces are a bit less winter themed then (I LOVE winter clothing but wearing them in Hawaii can be a bit challenging).  Hopefully I find something really awesome to wear to our honeymoon in May!

3. Detailed review on Darby Smart’s February to DIY for Box
Remember those alcohol inks?  I can’t wait to see what their March teaser picture will be.

4. Detailed review on For the Maker’s March Box
For the Makers is a similar crafty DIY box, kind of like Darby Smart.  I was under the impression that they do a bunch of seperate projects (that are all related, using similar materials, etc) vs. how Darby Smart sends you enough things for one big project and leftovers to do whatever.  I’m not sure so we will see!  All these wedding crafts have sparked the DIY-er in me—I can’t wait to do some more.

5. Detailed review on Escape Monthly’s February Box: NYC!
Escape Monthly is a travel/destination themed subscription box!  February’s box featured local artisan products from NYC, and I know that March is going to feature Ireland!  That’s pretty neat, isn’t it?

6. March and April Birchbox Reviews 

And with that, I’m out! I am sooooooooo ready to just kick back and relax.   Hope you guys are all having a great week so far!

Sunset at Ko Olina

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Artichoke Bruschetta

I just HAD to share this recipe for Artichoke Bruschetta.  I’m making this tonight!  I’ve been inviting friends to come over and help me with my DIY wedding projects (OMG LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!!!  Oh gosh.  Time is just flying by).  Or rather…perhaps ‘inviting’ isn’t the right word.  I think it’s more along the lines of ‘bribing.’  With tasty snacks.  Like this Artichoke Bruschetta.  (Thank you, Samantha from Five Heart Home, which was featured on Love Grows Wild!  I definitely owe you one.)

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I really like artichoke dips but I’m loving the beauty of having bite-sized pieces when a medium size group of friends is over.  It does feel a bit more fancy, doesn’t it?  (The fancier my snacks, the longer I think I can get them to stay.  Hurray!)

Here’s the grocery list that you’ll need: Mayonnaise, Cream Cheese, Artichoke Hearts, Parmesan and Mozarella cheese, some parsley for garnishing, and a fresh baguette!   I already know the smell of toasting cheese will lure my prospective “helpers” into my house.

PS: It does look really pretty as a dip!  I think I’ll make this for casual get-togethers.

Preview! February 2014 Darby Smart To DIY For Box: Alcohol Inks

AHHHH I just received my first Darby Smart box in the mail and I can’t WAIT to try it!  I haven’t actually started my project yet, but I’m so excited that I just HAVE to share it ASAP.

Oops, getting ahead of myself again…. Okay.  First off, Darby Smart’s To DIY For box is a monthly subscription  that sends you all the things you need for one super neat/chic/awesome project.  It runs for $19 a month but the shipping is free!

They usually have a teaser pic of materials that will be used in the next box, this was the “reveal” for February.

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Isn’t that beautiful?  To me, it looks like an abstract stained glass piece that was inspired by peacock feathers…I guess.  *does an artsy appreciation head tilt*  I love the variety of colors and the way to sorta run together.  So, that’s made with Alcohol Ink!  This month’s DIY is to make Ink Blot Coasters.  I have never heard of or worked with said ink, so this month is going to be an adventure.

To DIY For Boxes are a cute blue color and have “Internet Rehab Inside” printed on the top.  I’m so curious to know what my mailman thinks I’m receiving, haha.  (I bet he thinks its shoes)

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And when you open it up, you’re immediately greeted with instructions!  And a whole box of materials.   This box included:

  • 3 alcohol inks and 1 alcohol blending solution
    • Wild Plum (Magenta)
    • Butterscotch (Goldenrod)
    • Stream (Teal)
  • 1 Foam Brush
  • 1 bottle of Mod Podge Glossy Sealer
  • 4 ceramic tile coasters
  • A sheet of Cork Stickies

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I can’t wait to start this project!  I’ve got to hold off at the moment because I have a bajillion more wedding DIY projects to do, but I’m pretty excited to have these coasters ready to go!

I plan on letting the inks drip, so it’s more like their teaser picture, but I love what you get when you do it the Instructions way also.  I also plan on being generous with the blender solution—-the more you put, the more the inks will spread.

What do you guys think?  I rather like that they send you ALL the supplies that you need for a project—my problem with DIY projects that I see online is that I’m sometimes discouraged when I find out that I need an expensive tool (that I’ll probably only use once) to do it.  And that’s on top of all the materials you need to buy!  Blah.  The other thing that I like is that Darby Smart is really good at sending up follow-up DIY ideas for things that you CAN make on your own.  Still have some alcohol ink left over?  Here’s something cool you can do with it!  Or a whole email dedicated to the wonders of Mod Podge.

If you want in on the DIY action, here’s a link to try Darby Smart.   And if you use the code, howdydarby, you can get $10 off!  That makes your first box only $9.  Awesome~ Please share some pics of your next Darby Box!

February 2014 Birchbox: US Weekly Edition

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  Any plans for the big day?  I’m just thankful that I don’t have to work any extra OT, *whew!*  Thank goodness.

This month’s box is backed by the editors at US Weekly.  Think lots of prep and lots of glam!  I am THANKFUL and will definitely be looking out for posing tips (by editor Gwen Flamburg).  The big day is in two weeks!!!

But anyway, this month, Birchbox sent me:

 

  1. SARAHPOTEMPA – The Half Up
  2. Miracle Skin Transformer Face Spotlight SPF 20
  3. Joan Vass L’eau de Opale
  4. Opi Sheer Tints Color-Tinted Top Coat
  5. 32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals with IsoVoxy

I had to read up on those Breath Crystals—so interesting!  Supposedly, it’s like Pop Rocks.  I’m also really stoked to be getting that Miracle Skin sample!  I’m a HUGE fan of the original (I feel like my face has been airbrushed) but this Spotlight version seems like it’ll brighten your skin at the same time.  Normally, I don’t end up buying the full-size for a lot of these products but I might have to make an exception for this one!

And oh yeah.  Fragrance Sample, YAY for my purse!  Hair styling thing, neato.  Will try.  Top Coat, thank you!  I needed a new one.

Overall, I am really pleased with this month’s offering.  Did you guys get anything cool?  I’m still hoping to land a COOLA samples one of these boxes….

DIY: Miu Miu Jeweled Heels

I used to have one dedicated pair of dress-to-impress shoes.  They were these smart Stuart Weitzman pumps (that I got for an amazing deal at Off 5th).  My legs looked AMAZING.  I totally miss those shoes.  I’ve recently picked up another pair of random black heels, coincidentally also from Off 5th, that are almost perfect!  They’ve got this awesome stiletto heel but they’re missing something…

…possibly a little bling?  That I could add/DIY myself to channel my inner fashion guru and don some MIU MIU?  *gasp* Which I love but is def. not in my price range?  There’s no way.

But there is!  Thank you, HonestlyWTF.  I will love my Miu Miu inspired heels, which will be great for a girls night out.  And at least this way, I won’t be so devastated if I scuff these… (because my stilletos only cost $30.  Woo!)

PS Wouldn’t this be a super unique and budget way to dress up some wedding shoes?  It’ d be perfect if you’re going for a glam wedding and want that sparkle (without the damage to your wallet).  This way, you can even customize how much bling you want!  Super neat and budget friendly!  🙂