Archive | November, 2011

DIY Candles In Little Glasses

30 Nov

Posted by: Katie

I am big on smells.  I love perfume, men’s cologne and I love lighting candles. I am pretty particular about what I like, so when I find something I love I tend to stick to it. Bath & Body Works makes some of my favorite candles, the scents are strong and really nice. My favorites are Peach Bellini, Calypso Sun and Pineapple Orchid. I had burnt my Peach Bellini candle down as far as it would burn but there was still a pretty thick layer of wax left that I didn’t want to waste so I got it out with a knife and got creative.

Little guys

I found three little mismatched glasses that were different but all had the same theme and were complimentary heights. Michael’s has wicks with the metal bottom so I got a couple of those and some wax crayons to see if I could “dye” my white wax to be more festive. It had also gotten a bit gray on top because it had been burnt so that needed to be remedied. So I went to work without really knowing what I was doing. I broke up the candle wax into small pieces and microwaved it. At the end I put in a red crayon and heated it for 30 more seconds and stirred it together. After I put the wicks in my little glasses I poured the wax into the glasses and let sit. Piece of cake!

Candle Trio

I got a little excited and experimented  more with other wax I cut out of a cheap candle and different colored crayons .

Friday, I’m in LOVE…

25 Nov

…with BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING!!!!
My mother-in-law and I started at 6am (crazy, I know) but we got so much stuff at incredible prices.  All my Christmas shopping is now done AND I have everything to finish decorating!  I even got my hair done, crazy 50% deal going on at my salon (Par Exsalonce at CityScape) for today only. *Liz*

…with my Thanksgiving dining table.
Ok, I’m not gonna lie. Yesterday actually turned out quite well and I even had fun.  Maybe Thanksgiving is growing on me….maybe. I think my table decor turned out really well, too (post later next week)!  Can’t wait for all my Christmas decorating to be finished now! *Liz*

with quiet days at work.

Even though it’s not super fun to work the day after Thanksgiving, it is nice to not have too many client calls and a pretty slow day. I also saved money not doing any Black Friday shopping and hopefully finished digesting yesterday’s feast.  I am so excited for the weekend! *K*

Have a great weekend!!

DIY Bookmarks

17 Nov

I am sending my mom a book I just finished and thought it would be nice to include a fun bookmark to make her reading experience that much more enjoyable. I looked around and found the Nordstrom catalog, full of pretty things for me to cut up. The cool thing about this catalog (way to go Nordstrom) was that they focused on different types of women (the Chic Comedienne, the Timeless Eclectic, the Modern Sensualist, the Downtown Girl)  and then had reflections of their personal style in accessories, color palates and different pieces of clothing this type of woman might wear. So I got inspired to do a bookmark for each different persona and I think it would be fun to fit the book with the bookmark. When I start reading Mindy Kaling’s new book I’ll use the Chic Comedienne, if I wanted to read a classic about a zany lady I could use the Timeless Eclectic, etc. I don’t think I will put that much thought into it unless I am sending someone a book to read but they all have pretty things on them so they whichever one I pick up first would work for me. I have always loved cutting up magazines, it’s one of the things I do to relax. I would put all of my favorite clothes, hair, and makeup ideas collage-style into a binder. I think that in this new world of Pinterest that will go a little bit to the wayside, but I see a lot more bookmarks in my future.

I just cut up and glued the pieces onto a card stock the size I wanted my bookmark to be. Then I used a color copier to copy the front and back, glued them together and got it laminated.

The Chic Comedienne

The Timeless Eclectic

The Modern Sensualist

The Downtown Girl

*K*

Phone Call From Dad

16 Nov

Dad: “Yeah you are!”

K: “What?”

Dad: “Awesome!”

Love phone calls like that.

11 Songs I Love That Have Ridiculous Lyrics

10 Nov

I love to sing along to songs in the car, I can’t help it. Some songs I don’t even really love but you can bet that after the 30th time it gets played I know every single word and all of the background grunts and ooohs. Sometimes though, I don’t even realize what the artists are saying until I really think about. I also frequently make up my own words to the songs on accident (like that song that goes “I throw my hands up in the air sometimes saying heeeeyyyoooo Galileooooooo” but instead of Galileo it’s really supposed to say “hey oh gotta let go”). But there are some songs that I really do enjoy, get excited when they come on and think they sound great, but the lyrics are wacky. Some just because they are silly and some because they are saying the most outlandish things. I noticed that this morning listening to Pandora and thought I would compile a list of the songs that say ridiculous things but I won’t ever stop singing along to.

1. Whatcha say– Jason Derulo

“I don’t want you to leave me though you caught me cheating”

“But when I become a star we’ll be living so large I’ll do anything for you”

Well I guess that is his solid attempt to get the girl he cheated on to stay with him. Jason, I betcha say that now you’re a star and you’re living so large… you’re cheating on her more. Dumb words, but I sing them!

2.  Summer Girls – LFO

“New kids on the block had a bunch of hits. Chinese food makes me sick. I think it’s fly when girls stop by for the summer. For the summer.”

These people aren’t lyrical geniuses folks, but they sure created a catchy tune. I won’t delve into this song too deeply because it’s just chalk full of wacky references to Paul Revere and all I have to say is congratulations to them for getting a record deal… against all the odds.

3. Who Can it be Now – Men at Work

“Make no sound, tip-toe across the floor. If he hears, he’ll knock all day, I’ll be trapped, and here I’ll have to stay”

I can’t tell you how much I love Men at Work.  I mean, look at this video.  I sincerely think that his voice is so beautiful in this song, but I just don’t know why they’re so upset about someone at the door. I know you’re not a recluse, you’re famous. It could be girl scouts peddling cookies!!

4. Two Princes – Spin Doctors

“If you want to buy me flowers, just go ahead now. And if you would like to talk for hours, just go ahead now”

“This one has diamonds in his pockets, that sounds great now. This one, he wants to buy you lockets, ain’t in his head now”

I think that the concept of this song is strong and not silly, there are two guys and the girl needs to pick. The one without the diamonds and who obviously considers himself to be the less favored choice is making a delightful plea to some chick by saying that he might not have a “future or a family tree” but she should marry him. So sweet. But I do think some of the things he says are super silly and don’t make total sense. Like I think it’s so great he wants to talk with her for hours if that’s what she wants, but why, when he is making his plea to her, would she want to buy him flowers?

5. As Long as You Love Me – Backstreet Boys

“I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, what you did, as long as you love me”

“Doesn’t really matter if you’re on the run it seems like we’re meant to be”

Man, what felon wouldn’t love this song. Public service announcement: You should care. That’s all.

6. My Humps – Black Eyed Peas

“I’ma get, get, get ,get  you drunk, get you love drunk off my hump”

Oh Fergie Ferg. We all know you’ve been in the gym working on your fitness and so you get all of this attention for your “lovely lady lumps” but this song is bananas.

7. Mmmbop – Hanson

“Mmmbop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du, yeah
Mmmbop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, Ba du dop
Ba du bop, Ba du dop
Ba du, yeah”

I didn’t even know how to accurately spell the name of this song! But I found out for sure, three M’s and a bop. I loved this song and one of the band members back in the day, and I still love the song (sorry Taylor, you’re out).

8. Milkshake – Kelis

“My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and they’re like it’s better than yours”

“Then next his eyes will squint, and he’s picked up your scent”

Welp. This song and My Humps obviously weren’t going for anything serious here but this line about his eyes squinting when he picks up your scent, makes me laugh. I wouldn’t think that that would be a good thing.

9. Ignition (Remix) – R Kelly

“Now it’s like murder she wrote once i get you out them clothes”

Woah woah woah, R. With your kind of interesting criminal history I am not sure you should be setting the scene with your girl by letting her know that whatever goes on soon could potentially be adapted into an episode of CSI Miami.

10. Safety Dance – Men Without Hats

Safety Dance speaks to my SOUL. I thought about not putting this song on the list, even though I have no idea what a safety dance is, because it is too special to me. And I really identify with the lyrics “cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance then they’re no friends of mine”. But here it is, on the list. Mostly because now you get to listen to the song and dance. I have made many a music video to this song and double whammy, it reminds me of the movie Biodome which is also one of my all time favs.

11. Paralyzer – Finger Eleven

“Well I’m not paralyzed but I seem to be struck by you, I wanna make you move because you’re standing still”

Hilarious. For some reason this line of the chorus feels like an explanation that is taking too long. It’s hard to describe, but the lyrics of this song just make me laugh.

You might be thinking “oh, i’m really surprised that I don’t see Baby Got Back by Sir Mix A Lot on here because I have seen K sing and dance her heart out to that song”. Well, I don’t really think those lyrics are ridiculous. Sir Mix A Lot is just expressing his preference for ladies with full figured behinds and I don’t see anything silly about it. His anacoda don’t want none unless you’ve got buns hun. That’s just a fact.

*K*

Giorgie Jewelry by Marina Pecoraro

8 Nov

While I was in NYC this past weekend we did less touristy things and really explored different parts of Brooklyn, where my sis-in-law lives.  She took us to some amazing restaurants (here and here), along with the Saturday food market, etc.  One really cool place we went was called Artists and Fleas.  It’s an indoor market where local vendors can showcase their goods.  Now, vintage usually isn’t my style, at least in clothing, so most of the items featured weren’t peaking my interest, BUT there was one jewelry designer that caught my eye, Giorgie Jewelry by Marina Pecoraro.

I believe they are a husband and wife team who design simple, elegant, and feminine pieces and my sister-in-law and I just fell in LOVE!  Because D was with me I knew I couldn’t just drop $100 on jewelry, so I grabbed their business card and turns out they have an Etsy shop, yessss.   They had so many more pieces at the market than are online, but I bet you could email and ask for specific designs.  Check them out, I think you’ll really like their designs and if you ever end up in Brooklyn definitely head over to this market!  Below are a few of my favorite pieces:

My sister-in-law bought this adorable necklace

Have I mentioned how much I love aquamarines? Because I do...

*L*

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