Thursday, December 29, 2011

the NEW YEARS GIVEAWAY


Well, we wanted you to start off 2012 right, so we are doing a giveaway! You may enter starting today until December 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm (central time).

the PRIZE:
(from the BEAUTY MUST HAVES (EYES))

MAC paint (read more here)
MAC eye shadow in Satin Taupe (read more here)
All you need to do to win is become a follower of this blog (the button is on the right, below the pink circle buttons) and answer the question at the bottom of this post.

the RULES:
1) You must be a follower of the blog to win.
2) Answer the question at the bottom of this post to enter.
3) Only one comment per person please.

We will randomly pick the winner and will announce the winner on January 1, 2012 at noon (central time). We will email the winner as well as post the winner on the blog.  Yay!  Best of luck and we look forward to reading your suggestions!

the QUESTION:
What kind of posts/topics would you like to see on this blog?

the DIY FAVES

So, Savannah and I are becoming aware of your DIY love, so expect to see more of that here. We will have makeup & hair tutorials as well as clothing, jewelry, and home DIY projects. We are excited to share these with you so be on the look out. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite DIY projects. Hope you enjoy!

the PALLET DAYBED - I loved this so much I made one myself and you can see it here. The details for the instructions come from ashleyannphotography.com.

                                                              Source: ashleyannphotography.com via ohsoprettythepins on Pinterest




the HOODIE - I haven't made this yet, but I really want to do so. I have a hoodie problem and that's all I want to wear for fall and winter (but I resist the urge). Get the instructions from see kate sew.

seekatesew.blogspot.com


the UNSTRUCTURED SCRAPBOOK/ JOURNAL - I don't know if you're like me, but I never really got into scrapbooking. I love all the scrapbooking materials (especially the paper), but wasting a giant page for one photo and loading it with little trinkets never did it for me. Anyway, this is a great way to store ticket stubs, postcards, pictures, etc, and there isn't a lot of structure to it which is why I think I love it so. Thanks Monika Wright for this great idea.

iloveitallwithmonikawright.com


the SMOKEY EYE - This eye makeup looks amazing on everyone, and by far is the most sought after eye makeup style. I've used this exact tutorial on myself and on friends and the results have always been great. I don't pay much attention what she (Sam from the video) uses for the lips and I go for a pinky nude lip. If you want great makeup tutorials then check out videos at Pixiwoo.

Pixiwoo


the DIY NO SEW TEE - This is another DIY project I've been wanting to try for entirely too long. It looks so simple and the end result is so cute. I bet you could find some knit sheets (it's important you use knit fabric for this) at Goodwill and make this for supa cheap. Full instructions at happytogethercreates.com.

happytogethercreates


the PILLOW - I used the envelope pattern to make my mom some pillows for Christmas. I painted some letters on hers, so we will be posting a tutorial on how to make those in the future. In the meantime, this is the best way to make a pillow and the options are limitless. Instructions courtesy of madiganmade.com.

madiganmade


the BUN - True story here. Until two weeks ago, I was convinced I couldn't really wear my hair in bun. Then, I found this tutorial from thebeautydepartment.com. My problem was 1) I wasn't teasing my pony tail 2) I was wrapping the pony tail too tightly around the base. This is a really popular way to wear your hair these days and is great with a headscarf as well. Perfect for the day you should wash hair but are too lazy (Savannah and I never do that. Ha!).




I hope you are inspired. What are some of your favorite DIY projects that you have done yourself or found on the internet?







Sunday, December 25, 2011

the DIY: TWO-TONED NAIL

 I found this inspiration board on kathyromero.com and it
inspired the color combination of this nail tutorial.


I had so much fun doing the Chevron Nail Tutorial, I decided to try a new design (which just happens to be a little simpler). I still used the tape method but it only takes about half the steps. Hope you enjoy!

Step 1: Always start with a clean and filed nail.
Step 2: Paint all of your nails with a color of our choosing. Here I used "Marine Blue".
Step 3: When the nail polish has completely dried, take a piece of tape and place it diagonally on the bottom part of your nail.
Step 4: With another color of nail polish, paint over the open nail and tape. I used a shimmery navy.
Step 5: Slowly remove the tape. Repeat on all nails.
Step 6: When it has dried completely again, paint a top coat on your nails.
THE END. Pretty nails!

Don't forget to become a follower of our blog and check out our giveaway here for a chance to win free Mac products!



the CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS!

Savannah and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. We hope your day is full of love, peace and joy. May we never forget why we celebrate this day - a Savior is born! Here is Josh Groban singing my favorite Christmas song.


For a laugh here is one of my dogs, Lucy, wishing you a Merry Christmas, too :)










Don't forget to enter our giveaway for a chance to win free MAC makeup!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

the LAST MINUTE GIFT

Well it has come down to Christmas Eve and you have just realized you forgot to buy a gift for someone! Or maybe you just haven't been able to find something that is just right for that person. Well Casey and I are both in this situation on this very day and we know exactly what we will be doing- making coasters. Check out this tutorial on www.hostessblog.com which is exactly the technique we will be using. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and don't forget to enter our giveaway that expires on Dec. 31 at 5pm!


DIY Mod Podge Tile Coaster Tutorial
DIY Mod Podge Tile Coaster Tutorial
**See the full tutorial here--  www.hostessblog.com


Thursday, December 22, 2011

the FASHION MUST HAVES FOR THE SEASON

It's officially winter, but don't tell Nashville because apparently the city hasn't caught on yet. If you're like me in the summer, you can't wait to wear fall/winter clothing and by mid-winter you are ready for summer clothing. I'm still in the phase where I'm still loving the clothes for this season. These are the pieces I keep picking from my closet.

the NAVY BLAZER - You can find navy blazers just about everywhere now, and they are so versatile. Pair them with a bright colored pant for a more bold look or go classic with jeans and tall boots. You almost can't go wrong.

J.CREW for $188

** I love the way this look is styled.  What an updated way to wear a basic navy blazer. If you don't have a lot of money to spend (I feel ya), you can find these at Forever 21.  I was lucky and found a great deal on one at Banana Republic.

Forever 21 for $28
** So no this isn't navy but a little color never hurt anyone. Having a blazer that fits you well in any color would be a great addition to your wardrobe. Stacy & Clinton (from the TLC show What Not to Wear) are always getting those women to buy jackets/blazers because they are so flattering.


the SCARF - This is such an inexpensive accessory that can really add a lot to your outfit. Scarves are great because they provide style and warmth. You should be picky when you're buying a scarf, and definitely try it on before you buy it. Filmsy scarves are awful, so look for one that has thickness to it (not too thick though because then you'll fill suffocated).

Forever 21 on sale for $8


** Savannah just bought this scarf and I love it. It looks amazing with my navy blazer :) Forever 21 is the single best place to buy a scarf. There is no reason to spend lots of money on one and they have so many to choose from. I like this and this too.

Charlotte Russe for $9.50
** This is one of my favorite ways to wear a scarf and this type of print has been everywhere this season. I love it!


the BOOTS- Boots might be my favorite part of fall/winter. They are what I look forward to most when it's 100 degrees outside. To me the season hasn't changed until I've worn my boots.

Nine West boots on sale for $99.50

** These are classic and can be worn with just about anything. Now, I love to wear brown boots with black & I remember years ago when I would have never done that.

Nine West for $96

** I think you could survive the entire fall/winter season with only a pair of brown flat boots and a pair of brown boots with a heel.  These are gorgeous.


the TRENCH - Trench coats never go out of style. I am aware that for some this may not be warm enough for a winter coat, but I hate coats so this is perfect for me. This is another piece that can be worn with anything. 

Juicy Couture trench coat for $154
** I got a great deal on my trench coat a few years ago when I bought it at T.J. Maxx. Discount stores (Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, etc) are a great place to find coats, and they usually have a big selection.


Jones of New York for $53

** Maybe the basic tan trench coat bores you.  There are lots of options out there for fun colored ones too.  I love this plaid!


the LEGGINGS - I remember when leggings first came back into style and I was a little skeptical.  Oh how I love them so, BUT they must be worn right.  They are not pants, so if you are wearing a tunic with leggings, the tunic should cover your tushy well.


Gabriella Rocha leggings for $35

** These are amazing.  Of course there are the basic black leggings that are a wardrobe staple, but having a patterned legging really makes a statement.

Summer Solstice Leggings for $28
** These are wild and not for everyone, but I think they'd be really cute with a black shirt dress and some booties.


the NECKLACE - Specifically the bike necklace. I'm obsessed with bikes, and I would wear my bike necklace every day all day. In general I prefer a long necklace to one that sits on the collarbone but there are some great ones out there like this and this and this


Rachel Pfeffer Designs on etsy for $88

** This necklace is the jam. I got mine at Target for way less than this one, but Target is "the Man" and this lady handmade hers so.....


Thanks for reading, and don't forget to enter our giveaway. Check the details out here, and don't forget to become a follower!! You must be a follower to win, plus all the cool kids are doing it.


the DIY: CHEVRON NAIL

Have you been on Pinterest lately? It's THE place to find pictures of super intricately designed nails, and honestly, it depresses me about my unpolished fingers. So, today I decided to do something about it. I'm sure you all enjoy the chevron print as much as we do so I decided to give that a shot...on my finger nails. Here is the tutorial on how I did it.
DIY: the CHEVRON NAIL


You will not need any "special" tools, just scissors, tape, and 2 different nail polish colors of your choosing. Here I have used red and a shimmery beige.

Step 1: File your nails just to make sure each one is symmetrical.
Step 2: Apply a base coat.
Step 3: Apply nail polish in the color you want the middle stripe to be.
Step 4: Tear off a piece of tape, make sure it is quite wider than your nail.
Step 5: Cut a triangle shape into the tape from the bottom of the tape (keep both parts of the tape).
Step 6: Take the top piece of the tape and place it over one nail (make sure your nail has completely dried). Make sure the tape is completely sealed to your nail so the polish doesn't seep underneath the tape.
Step 7: With the other nail polish, paint over the space and tape.
Step 8: Very slowly remove the tape. Repeat on all nails.
Step 9: Take the "bottom" piece of tape and place it over your nail (after it has completely dried).
Step 10: Paint the top of your nail and over the tape as well.
Step 11: Very slowly peel off the tape. Repeat on all nails.
Step 12: Paint a clear coat on all your nails and voila! Chevron nails.



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

the BEAUTY MUST HAVES (EYES)

From time-to-time my friends, knowing I'm a lover of make up, will ask me what brands I like and would recommend.  So, I will be doing a series of posts of the beauty products that I use regularly and are my favorites.  Today, I will focus on products for the eyes. This is the feature I play up the most and (I think) has the most impact on your overall look. I determine what other makeup I will wear based on my eye makeup.

the EYE PRIMER- There are lots of different types of this stuff and I've tried a lot of them. They make a huge difference in how long your eye shadow will last and it prevents creasing.

MAC paint in Bare Canvas for $17.50
**  If I told you to buy one thing off of this list, this would be it. This stuff will make your eye shadow stay on for days (don't do that though.  wash you face nightly :)) and will prevent creasing. This will last forever too because you use a tiny amount.


the EYE SHADOW - Lots of people have success with drugstore eye shadow, but I am not one of those people. I find I have to use a lot more to get the desired color.

MAC eye shadow in Satin Taupe for $15.00
** This particular color is universally flattering. I love just about all of their eye shadow colors but if I had to recommend just one, this would be it. This color is great for a smokey eye & can be used in the crease or all over the lid (minus the brow bone- never do that).

Make Up Forever in #9 and #75 for $19.00 each
** These eye shadows are phenomenal and come in colors that I've never seen anywhere else. The two colors I recommend are not for the faint of heart, but they really are great colors. If you aren't feeling too brave, then line your eyes with them for a vibrant pop of color. The color shown in the picture is not one of the colors I recommended (though it looks nice).

MAC pigment in Vanilla for $20.00
** This will last forever and is absolutely gorgeous. If I'm lazy, I will sweep this over the entire lid from eye lashes to brow bone and will line my eyes in a bright color (like the 2 colors mentioned above). Of course, I add mascara too, but that's it.

the EYE LINER - If I had to leave the house wearing only one makeup product, I'd punch the person who was making me do that and then I would put on foundation and eyeliner :) Those are 2 products I cannot live without.

Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in 0L for $18

** I have tried zillions of eye liners and right now this is my favorite everyday eye liner. It's really black & glides on easily. Most importantly it doesn't smudge. Also setting your eye liner with eye shadow will help it last longer and not smudge. 

Clinique Brush On Cream Liner in True Black for $15.00
** Sometimes I like to wear a cream or gel eyeliner and this is the best I've found so far. It comes with a brush that actually works pretty well (I will do another post on make up brushes). This liner is great for a more dramatic eye liner look and to make a cat eye, and it stays on well.

the MASCARA - Back in the day I would have told you that this is a product that is what I would choose to wear if I could only wear one or two products for the day. While it may have slipped to my #3 most crucial make up, it is only slightly behind foundation & eye liner (I look like I'm dead if I don't have eye liner on). However, mascara makes a massively huge difference and I do wear it daily (except for the days when I am temporarily insane and forget to put it on and realize half way through the day & I realize something isn't right).

Maybelline Lash Stiletto in Very Black for $7.49
** I have tried so many different brands of mascara and there are some crap ones out there. Lancome Definicils and Dior Show are probably my all time favorites, but this stuff is so much cheaper and I really like it enough to not bother spending the extra money on the more expensive brands. 

the FALSE EYE LASHES - Just say yes! You can do it. I promise. I went through a period where I wore these nearly every day because once you start wearing them, looking at your naked eye lashes will shame you. Realistically, they are great for a special event.

Ardell Wispies in Black 
** You can buy these at Kroger or Walgreens for around $3 or $4. There is absolutely no benefit to buying expensive eye lashes unless you want some more adventurous eye lashes that have feathers & glitter (hey, there is a time and place for those).

Ardell Lash Grip but DON'T buy waterproof
** The most popular brand of eye lash adhesive is Duo, but I hate it. It takes an eternity to dry. I really like this brand, but don't buy waterproof unless absolutely necessary. Waterproof adhesive is just more tricky to use.  However, if you are going to bawling your eyes out, then by all means go for it.  The whole trick to wearing false eye lashes is letting the glue dry a little before putting them on. The glue should be a little tacky and not completely wet. 

Well, I hope this helps and look for more beauty must haves to come! 











What are your favorite beauty products for the eyes? What can't you live without? Help a sista out because I'm always looking to try something new.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

in THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT


Casey and I have been decorating maybe a little too much for Christmas but what can I say, we are in the Christmas spirit. The first ornament I got this year was at a store called "Social Graces" in Nashville (it's the bird in the top left corner). That one ornament inspired the rest of the Burlap Bow Topped Christmas Tree seen on the very right. We will save everyone a few laughs and spare you the pictures of our other decorations but, I will leave you with this song... it's quickly becoming my favorite Christmas song.



Sunday, December 18, 2011

labor OF LOVE

Once upon a time, I had a huge blank space above my couch that bothered me greatly. I originally wanted Savannah to paint something for me to hang in the massive, blank space. However, somehow I got involved, and I am so glad I did. We started working on this piece in June, and we just went for it. We had no plan whatsoever, and we definitely had no idea how long it would take and or how it would turn out. This masterpiece took FIVE months. However, we did not work on it every day and sometimes we went weeks without working on it. I love how it turned out, and I'm calling it, "we are Nashville."  Anyway, I love Nashville so we incorporated all things Nashville and used anything and everything to make this happen. Hope you like it as much as we do, however we understand that this is not for everybody :)
This is how it all began.  We had no plan at this point, and we just wanted to get color down.  Savannah did the top portion & I did the bottom.  You can tell which one of us has an art degree 
More color
We wanted to add a a map of Nashville but wanted to make it look more rugged, so we burned the edges.    
Yep, we Mod Podged a t-shirt on the canvas.
I love the chevron pattern so I knew I had to have it on this artwork.
At this step we added several postcards and the sign in the middle that is from here .  It reads, "Are you from Tennessee because you are the only 10 I see."  Love it! Also you will notice a heart at the top which has another map of Nashville under it & the we did a reverse stencil with spray paint. "Nashville" was spray painted over the chevron & ANOTHER map was added to the far left.  That is a map of the bus routes in Nashville that we cut out. 
At this point we added the "we are nashville" lettering & random arrows.  Also Savannah hand-painted (without a stencil) the Titans logo at the top near the heart. Impressive.  Also there is a strip of cardboard added to the top right corner (this was actually done earlier). 
I really wanted a bike on this piece and somehow we came up with this  idea.  Savannah hand-punched each of those holes.  Good times. 
There was a particularly tedious step here when we sewed the piece of tin to the bottom right corner.  We also spray painted some of the Nashville zipcodes in random places, and we added several colors of spray paint over the canvas to add more dimension.  Lastly we added the bumper sticker to the top right corner. 
There was a long period of time between the last step and this step because we needed an opaque projector to do the next part.  My church was kind enough to let us use theirs.  We projected the Nashville skyline onto the canvas and traced it in pencil.
After we traced it we used a dark blue glitter glue to go over our traced lines.
Here it is!! The final project, and it only took 5 months. 
This will give you some perspective on the placement and how big this canvas really is.  It's I think 3X5ft.  We'll put up pictures of this entire room once it's all done. 

All in all this was a wonderful experience and it was definitely a learning experience for me. If you are interested in having something like this for yourself, send us an email (ohsoprettytheemail@gmail.com) and we can talk details and pricing. The options are limitless for what we could do!