Fall Falling

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As we reach the very end of fall, I’ve been trying to regularly wear all of my favorite pieces from the season. I bought this dress in September at Anthropologie and wore it on Thanksgiving. I love the top detail and the sturdiness of the corduroy fabric. Possibly my favorite aspect of this dress is how it works brown and black! Often that color combination simply can not be pulled off, but by making the brown a little orangey and by using such different fabrics for both colors this dress pulled it off. I will miss wearing this piece over the coming months and greatly look forward to taking it out of my closet next October!

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Dress: Anthropologie (now on sale!) Shoes: Coach (Similar) Nails: Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow

DIY: Glitter Bomb Containers

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I recently made these glitter containers from some old burnt out candles! I think that they are a great way to up-recycle and make super pretty last minute gifts! They were very easy to make and add a nice sparkle to any room! The big ones can be used for makeup brushes and the smaller ones can be used for bobby pins of office knick knacks like paper clips.

Materials:

  1. Old candles. I used various sizes of Slatkin & Co. candles (the ones from Bath & Body Works)
  2. Mod Podge
  3. A craft paintbrush or sponge
  4. A craft knife
  5. Some newspaper or wax paper
  6. Nail polish remover and a cotton swab
  7. A microwave safe cup and some water

Step One: Freeze the Candle

Put your candles in the freezer overnight. This makes the wax less sticky and makes it easier to remove from the canister.

Step Two: Take Out the Wax

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With waxed paper or newspaper down to protect your work station, remove the old wax from your candle. To do this use your craft knife to cut around the outside of the candle, then stick the knife into the middle of the candle and twist. The wax should break into smaller sections and be easy to remove.

Step Three: Remove the Wick

IMG_3890 IMG_3891IMG_3892With a microwave safe mug, heat up some water. Pour this into your candle containers and swish it around. If the wick is still sticking, use your craft knife to gently remove your wick from the bottom of the container.

Step Four: Remove Labels

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Give your container a good wash and peal off the front sign. Then, use your knife or nail to scrape off the bottom label.

Step Five: Complete Clean:

IMG_3897 IMG_3898Use some nail polish remover and a cotton pad to remove any wax residue. Then, give your candle a good scrub and let it dry.

Step Six: Glitter!

IMG_3899 IMG_3900Use your craft paintbrush to paint a thin layer of mod podge all over your container. Make sure that there are no big globs of mod podge. Next, pour glitter into the bottom of your glass and swirl it around. To get the sides, tilt the container onto its side and move it in a circular motion. Another way to do this is to tilt the container and pour more glitter in along the sides.

Helpful Hints:

Once you have completed glittering your candle, fold your wax paper or news paper and use it like a funnel to pour extra glitter back into the container.

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If at first there are visible white globs from the mod podge, don’t worry! The mod podge will dry clear.

If you have a candle container that already has a pretty pattern on it, just follow steps one through five to remove the wax!

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The finished product:

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Comment bellow and share your own glitter crafts!

XOXO

Lauren

Bah Humbug

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I love this time of year, and embrace the holiday season in any way I can think of! I loved the simplicity of the reindeer t-shirt. I thought it would be perfect to throw on with jeans for running errands. It could easily be played up for a holiday party. And of course, no holiday outfit is complete without my Christmas charm bracelet, plaid headband and smoking slippers!ImageImageImage

XOXO

Lauren

Photos by: Caleb Dorfman Photography. Check out the website and Facebook page!

Shirt: J. Crew Factory (Similar) Sweater: J. Crew (Similar) Jeans: American Eagle, Flats: Kate Spade Bracelet: Similar, Earrings: Tiffany & Co. Headband: Similar

Neiman Marcus for Target

IMG_3881I was very excited when I saw the promotional video for this line. To be honest, I was not that impressed with the collection in the store. Most of the designers I was most looking forward to seeing (DVF, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch) did few or no clothing items for women. Also, like most Target designer collaborations, the quality really did not measure up to the price. I did find a few pieces that I liked, which I feel makes a fun nighttime ensemble.

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A very special thank you to my wonderful mother for helping me out with this post!

XOXO
Lauren

Mad for Plaid

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Plaid is so often written off as grungy attire. However, plaid can also easily be dressed up a little for a more preppy, feminine look. I added some sparkly flats and girlie jewelry to my plaid ensemble. Another way I love to wear plaid is tucked into a pair of jeans with a large belt and some cute flats. Plaid has truly become a staple in the American closet and there are countless ways to wear it and make it your own!

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XOXO

Lauren

Photos: Caleb Dorfman Photography Shirt: Ralph Lauren (Similar) Skirt: Anthropologie (Last seen here)  Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender (Similar) Nails: OPI Chocolate Moose Necklace: J. Crew Factory Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs Wallet: Tory Burch