Monday, April 30, 2012

Beauty Bargain

Last week my aunt told me about elf's {Eyes Lips Face} new HD finishing power. Apparently, it is said to be the "dupe" {duplicate} of Make Up Forever's HD finishing powder. And since I consider myself a drugstore make up connoisseur, I can never pass up a good drugstore dupe! You can purchase it at Target for $6. So compared to Make Up Forever's version, for a pricey $32, you can't beat it! Since I don't wear a lot of make up, I love how it just smooths out my skin and blends all my make up together. I highly recommend it to any one.
I am going to release a new collection in my Etsy store this week. Possibly tomorrow? Stay tuned, I'm kind of obsessed with it:)


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Outfit Post: Casual Chic

I had been doing homework all day and when I finally finished, I got ready and went to visit my bestie's new house! It is gorgeous and it only takes me 15 minutes to get there holla!! I wanted to be comfy today but still look put together. I also wanted to wear my new DIYed cut-off's Brittney and I did Thursday, so this is what I came up with. I'm pretty much obsessed with the way my shorts turned out. They are the perfect length and no joke, they were $7.99 at the thrift seriously can't beat that. I love that the high-waist style is in because it honestly works with every body type. They are high enough to cover the tummy and love handle area and long enough to not look like a hoochie mama. They are over-all a classic womanly style that I adore right now!
{some of my brothers friends that couldn't pass up a photo opp. :)}

DIY cut-off high-waisted shorts, neon melon tank Forever21, hobo bag Plato's Closet, Forever21 ring & cuff, Nixon watch {the Newton}, DIY bungee bracelets, sandals from Buffalo Exchange, sunnies Forever21

Photo credit: My brother {Thanks Sean!}


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Outfit Post: Nude & Color Blocking

Jeff went on a recruiting trip tonight so I went to church and dinner with my parents. Now I am currently watching Law and Order SVU and finally relaxing from a busy week. Here is what I wore tonight.
shorts Buffalo Exchange, shirt Love Culture, DIY fringe necklace, DIY painted purse, heels Plato's Closet {originally from Charlotte Russe}, sunnies Buffalo Exchange, scarf Q, Michael Kors watch

I still have one more assignment for my COM class, a geology exam, COM exam, Exercise Science exam {plus like 4 quizzes}...May 11th hurry up and get here.


DIY: Painted Purse

I got the idea for the DIY painted purses from Mr. Kate! If you have never heard of her or her adorable youtube videos its time to check her out! Yesterday I promised I would post a DIY on how Brittney and I did our painted purses, so here it is!
{What you need: purses, paint in assorted colors, white paint, nail polish remover, cotton balls, paint brushes}

{wipe nail polish remover over the area on your purse you are going to paint}

{paint the area on your purse with white paint to ensure your colored paint will stand out}

{continue with the colored paint}

{Completed purses! Photo via Instagram}

This project was so much fun especially since we purchased both of these purses at the thrift store! {my purse was $1 and Brittney's was $4.99} Awesome! Happy Friday:)


Friday, April 27, 2012

Outfit Post: DIY Mash Up Featuring Brittney

After what seemed like an extremely long day at school and work, Brittney and I got together to work on two DIY's. We made high waisted cut-offs and painted purses {jeans & purses purchased at Epic Thrift Store}. I will show you all our DIY pictures and create a tutorial for the painted purse in tomorrows post so stay tuned! Here is Miss Brittney showing off her awesome new DIY Levi cut-offs and DIY painted purse {doesn't she look adorable!?}
DIY black Levi cut-offs from Epic Thrift Store, shirt Pac Sun, silver sparkle shoes Target, DIY painted purse Epic Thrift Store

I'm so excited to post our pictures from our purse painting tomorrow! Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Gel Nail Tutorial

Here is what was supposed to be my short video tutorial that turned into almost 10 minutes :) At least you know I didn't leave anything out! Comment below or contact me if you have any questions.

On a side note, I'm very proud of myself today for two reasons. One is that I got a really good grade on my last lab exam and ended up with a B in the class yay! I am all done with Geology {lab}! The lecture will end next week after I take that test. The second reason, is how I managed to memorized 8 new Zumba songs today for my class tonight. I kind of feel like a beast right now. Go me. Anyways, happy hump day it's almost the weekend!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DIY: Summer Gimp Bracelets

{gimp, assorted clasps & different sized jump rings}

{I purchased my gimp at Hobby Lobby for $5.99 and look how many colors are in there?!}
Remember making these bracelets back in Elementary school?! When I saw these were coming back in style I had to get my hands on some gimp and refresh my memory of all the different patterns available. I simply googled gimp patterns and here are three that I love;{zipper, square knot, & box}. These look adorable layered and mixed with chunky chain, bangles, and wrap bracelets. I hope you guys like this mini tutorial and I hope it inspired you to make some gimp bracelets of your own! If you have any questions feel free to comment below or go to my "contact" button on the side of this page:) Happy Tuesday! 

 xoxo, Alyssa

Monday, April 23, 2012

Outfit Post: Melon & Chambray

Today Brittney and I went thrifting at a local thrift store by our houses called Epic. Let me tell was EPIC! {haha we kind of made that an on going joke while we were there} But seriously we both found the most adorable things. I purchased a pair of mens high waisted jeans, floral high waisted shorts, olive colored high waisted shorts, and an awesome vintage side bag. All for $11! Holla! We were pretty excited about it. We are going to be doing a fabulous DIY to Brittney's brown vintage messenger bag that she picked up today on Thursday, so stay tuned for pictures. After we made a trip to Hobby Lobby {my second home} to get some random items we both needed to pick up like an organizer for all my jewelry making supplies that are currently sitting in hundreds of Hobby Lobby/Joans/Michael's bags on my floor {but we won't talk about it}. Lets just say, I'm so happy Brittney is back in the good ol' USA:) Here is what I wore.
JCrew melon shorts, DIY studded chambray shirt Forever21, neon messenger bag Target, Michael Kors watch, melon flats Steve Madden, assorted bracelets, silver necklace Forever21, DIY painted earrings, sunnies Forever21
xoxo, Alyssa

DIY: Nail Polish Rack

I did this DIY awhile ago but I love it so much that I wanted to share it with all of you. It might be the easiest DIY ever because it only involves two things; nail polish and shelves. The shelves I purchased were from Michael's Craft Store and come with two in a box. {I really need to hang my fourth shelf because my nail polish collection is growing} Hang the shelves spaced accordingly to how tall all your nail polishes are {keep in mind they really are all different shapes and sizes so measure before hanging}. After shelves are hung, simply place all of your nail polishes/nail files/nail art accessories on the shelves. Simple as that!
xoxo, Alyssa

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Outfit Post: Tea Length & Neon

Jeff had a game today, and all I can say is that it is officially summer in AZ. Seriously Arizona? 101 degrees and its not even May yet?! This is not okay. Ps ignore my wonderful tennis shoe tan line in the following pictures...
polka dot skirt {matches my top from this post} Goodwill, Michael Jackson t-shirt Forever21, chunky chain necklace Plato's Closet, Michael Kors Watch, animal print flats Forever21, assorted bracelets, sunnies Buffalo Exchange, neon messenger bag Target
Tonight Jeff and I went to church then went to Nando's Mexican Restaurant for dinner with my parents. It was very yummy and now I am home early watching the Count of Monte Cristo. Happy Saturday! xoxo, Alyssa

Friday, April 20, 2012

Outfit Post: Orange Blazer & Stripes

Yesterday my parents and I went to a yummy little restaurant in downtown Gilbert called Euro Cafe. Jeff and I couldn't do our usual date night because he was having dinner with a coach from a school trying to recruit him for next year. I had a lot of fun with my parents though and this is what I wore.
orange blazer Goodwill, jeggings Target, Toms shoes, JCrew striped top, hobo bag Plato's Closet, sunnies Buffalo Exchange, coral braided necklace handmade by me, name necklace, Michael Kor's watch, DIY Bungee Bracelets
Today I met with my long lost best friend and it was like she had never left! So happy that she is in town for two more weeks. Our shopping and DIY festivities are about to begin! :)
xoxo, Alyssa