#FestiveCheer: Cranberry Margarita Recipe

❤ By Jenn Shin

You guys… 2016 is almost over! Luckily, we still have the holiday season, so spice things up for Thanksgiving and Christmas with this festive take on a familiar summer drink: the Margarita! We took elements of a classic margarita and added a fall-inspired touch with the addition of sweet and tart cranberry juice.

Our local stores aren’t stocking fresh cranberries just yet, but we think they’d make the perfect garnish if you have some on hand. All you have to do is shake and serve it straight, or have it on the rocks like we did. Give this incredibly easy recipe a whirl and let us know what you think in the comments!

What You’ll Need: 

  • 2 cups silver tequila
  • 1 1/3 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cup orange liqueur (Grand Marnier or Cointreau)
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice


What You’ll Do:

  1. Combine the tequila, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice in a large pitcher.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve. You can stir ice into the pitcher or shake it with ice and strain into glasses of your choice.
  3. Rim glasses with salt or sugar. Add garnishes of your choice.
  4. Voila!


Under Wraps: DIY Chocolate Pretzel Mummies

❤ By Hannah Blu

Nothing brings out our insatiable sweet tooth quite like the coming of All Hallow’s Eve. With just days to go until trick-or-treat, we’re currently salivating at the thought of candy apples, candy corn, and Halloween candies galore. Our favorite sugary goody for a spook-tastic snack? DIY chocolate-covered mummy pretzels!

These salty-sweet treats are perfect for a last-minute Halloween party or office potluck. They take mere minutes to make with minimal ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry! Just follow our simple steps for a festive recipe that’ll make it super easy to ~wrap up~ your haunted holiday party prep.


What You’ll Need: 

  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Pretzel rods
  • Wax paper or a silicone baking pad

What You’ll Do: 


Step 1: Melt white chocolate chips in a double boiler according to package instructions (we used a Pyrex bowl over 2 inches of hot but not quite boiling water).


Step 2: Remove melted chocolate from double boiler and allow to cool slightly. Dip pretzel rod into melted chocolate and tap excess off on the side of the bowl. Lay chocolate-dipped pretzels onto a wax-paper-lined baking sheet to set.


Step 3: Spoon excess chocolate into a Ziploc bag and snip one corner to create a piping tool. Drizzle chocolate onto each rod in zigzag formations.


Step 4: Repeat steps 1 and 2 with dark chocolate chips. Spoon melted chocolate into a separate Ziploc bag, snip a small piece from the corner, then squeeze tiny dots onto the rods for eyes. Allow mummies to set, then refrigerate or enjoy immediately!

Makeup Monday: How To (Properly) Apply Glitter Nail Polish

❤ By Hannah Blu

We can’t help but go gaga for glitter, especially when it comes to nail polish. But the messy, time-consuming process of applying (and removing) glitter lacquer often deters us from rocking the blinged-out shades we love. It’s downright exhausting having to meticulously maneuver each glitter particle into place!

With Halloween and the holiday season approaching, we needed a solution, stat. So when we learned about this amazing manicurist hack, we just had to share it! The trick is to apply glitter polish with a sponge rather than the included brush. The sponge soaks up excess polish, resulting in a perfectly opaque glitter layer. Follow these easy steps for swoon-worthy sparkly nails!


What You’ll Need: 

  • A smoothing base coat
  • A peel-off nail polish barrier (we used Kiesque Liquid Palisade, but any brand of liquid latex will do)
  • A triangle makeup sponge
  • Glitter nail polish (we used Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday”)
  • A high-shine, quick-dry top coat


What You’ll Do: 


Step 1: Apply a layer of base coat. This gives the glitter something to adhere to, upping the longevity of your mani.


Step 2: Apply a peel-off nail polish barrier to the surrounding cuticle.


Step 3: Paint a generous amount of your favorite glitter nail polish onto the edge of the sponge.


Step 4: Dab the glitter polish onto your nail with the sponge and repeat until you’re satisfied with the coverage.


Step 5: Carefully peel off the nail polish barrier.


Step 6: Apply a generous layer of top coat to smooth out and lock in the glitter.

…And that’s it! You can finally achieve the accent nail of your dreams – life-changing, right?

#FashionHacks: How To Remove Clothing Stains

❤ By Jenn Shin

Messy eater? Overall klutz? If we could wear bibs 24/7 without looking like toddlers, we would. Basically, we know that feel, so we’re presenting #FashionHacks, the stain removal edition. Those cute duds of yours should stay that way.

Here’s our top tip: do NOT let the stain set! It basically means there’s a chemical interaction and the stain will bond with the fabric fibers. So, don’t apply any kind of direct heat because it will help set the stain. Moving on, here are 10 common stains and how to banish them from your closet…

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  1. Blood: Got a boo-boo? Riding the crimson wave? (Just keeping it real, ladies.) Rinse the stain in cool water and soak in lukewarm water with detergent for 10 to 15 minutes. Spot treat with an enzyme cleaner and launder as usual.
  2. Lipstick: Oops, you missed the mark? NBD. Try sponging or dabbing rubbing alcohol onto the stain, or spritz with hairspray and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wipe away with a damp cloth.
  3. Coffee: But first, coffee… Minus accidental spills! Blot the stain with cold water using paper towels or a cloth. Pre-treat with detergent. Got an extra stubborn stain? Beat an egg yolk, add a little bit of warm water and a dash of rubbing alcohol, and dab onto the stain.
  4. Tomato Sauce: Mmmm, spaghetti… Oops, dropped a meatball. Dab and blot with a mixture of vinegar and water to help lift the stain.
  5. Mud/Dirt: Having a green thumb and being an outdoor adventure enthusiast is cool. Mud and dirt stains? Not so much. Allow mud to dry and brush it off. Blot the stain with a clean, damp cloth. Flush with cool water. For a strong stain, try rubbing alcohol, then launder.
  6. Foundation: So you had a field day at the makeup counter? Color matching foundation can be a messy business. If you had a little accident, remove foundation by applying shaving cream to the spot and give it a good wash. If it’s an extra-deep stain, you can try an additional dab of rubbing alcohol.
  7. Wine: Wine more, whine less… That’s our motto!
    • Red wine: Pour white wine (ironic, isn’t it?) onto the stain and let it soak. Wash in cold water and ammonia. Rinse thoroughly.
    • White wine: Wash in cold water and ammonia. Rinse thoroughly.
  8. Fake Tanner: Saving yourself UV damage and using fake tanner instead? You go, girl! If you smudged some on your clothes, don’t worry. Dab on peroxide to help the stain lift.
  9. Butter / Cooking Oil: Love to cook and bake? Well, if you dropped butter or cooking oil on yourself, you can remove it with an overnight treatment of baby powder or corn starch to help suck up the grease. Launder as usual.
  10. Perspiration: SoulCycle classes, stressful job interviews, and meeting Chris Hemsworth make us perspire (that’s the ladylike way of saying sweat). Perspiration stains are, like, so persona non grata on our clothes. Try removing the stain with 3 powdered aspirin pills mixed in warm water. Leave the solution on for up to 1 hour and rinse in warm water. Repeat as necessary and follow up with vinegar for some extra stain-fighting power. Launder as usual!

#FallMood: How To Tie A Scarf 3 Ways

❤ By Jenn Shin

We may not be in Westeros, but no one can deny that winter is coming… And when you’re in a rush and it’s freezing outside, the last thing you want to do is struggle with a complicated tutorial. So, here are three super easy ways to zhoosh up your scarf game for the upcoming fall season and beyond!

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1. The Loop

This is as foolproof as it gets. Fold your scarf in half and drape it around your neck. Pull the ends through the loop. Ta-da!


2. The Twist

Okay, let’s take it up a notch! Drape a scarf around your neck with two-thirds of it hanging on one side. Gently twist the longer end of the scarf and keep wrapping it around your neck. Repeat with the shorter end. Tuck in the ends for a tidy look or leave them free.


3. The Pretzel

Start by wrapping a long scarf around your neck. Layer one end over the neck loop and pull it through the opening. Repeat with the other end. Voila!

#HairInspo: Easy Rope Braid Tutorial

❤ By Hannah Blu

When the weather gets hot, sticky, and humid, the last thing you need is a high-maintenance hairstyle making things even more unbearable. If you’re anything like us, you may have resorted to throwing your hair up in a messy bun or ponytail every day this summer. As a matter of fact, we now have permanent dents in our hair from wearing it up all season long (*sigh*).

If you’re so over the typical up-do, try this seriously cool runway-inspired twist! This easy-to-achieve style keeps your hair off your neck while looking effortlessly chic and polished. Plus, it’s totes work-appropriate and perfect for working up a sweat on the dance floor with your girls. Talk about versatile!


Get the look by following these 5 easy steps!


Step 1: Brush hair back into a high ponytail and secure with a hair tie.


Step 2: Run a smoothing styling cream through the ponytail, then separate the ponytail into two symmetrical sections.


Step 3: Twist both sections in a clockwise motion.


Step 4: Wrap the strands around each other in a counter-clockwise motion.


Step 5: Secure the end of the braid with a hair tie. Voila – you’re done!

Perfect Pout: DIY Lip Scrub

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Whether it’s a summer heatwave or harsh winter winds, chapped lips can be painful and are never a good look. Maximize the impact of your lip products (especially matte lipstick!) by applying an easy lip scrub. This DIY is done in minutes and gets rid of flakes on dry lips for a baby-smooth pout…

What You’ll Need:


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon water


What You’ll Do:

Mix coconut oil and honey together. If your coconut oil is solid, pop it in the microwave for five seconds to soften.


Blend in sugar and water. Then apply on your lips in a gentle circular motion for a few minutes.


Rinse with warm water, and voila! Soft, smooth lips.

Summer Treat: DIY Watermelon Popsicles

❤️ By Jenn Shin

No one wants to mess with a complicated dish during a heatwave. Try this foolproof recipe to create a refreshing, healthy, and delicious popsicle. If you’re feeling adventurous, we’d recommend a few of the following additions: mint, fruit chunks, and (for 21+ readers) vodka!

What You’ll Need:


  • 1 pound watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Water or fruit juice
  • A blender
  • Popsicle molds

What You’ll Do:

1. Slice the watermelon into small chunks (discarding the rind), and put them in a blender with the sugar and lime juice.


2. Process until smooth, adding enough water (or fruit juice) so that the mixture liquefies. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.


3. Voila… A frozen treat!

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Write On: Easy DIY Marbled Paper

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Marbling paper with nail polish? We were skeptics until we tried it. Luckily, it’s a total cinch to achieve beautiful swirling patterns on your stationery. You know, to upgrade your thank you notes to the next level. Keep reading to try this foolproof and totally addicting DIY!

What You’ll Need:

  • An old cake pan
  • 2-3 nail polishes
  • Toothpicks or skewers
  • Blank, heavyweight notecards
  • Paper towels

What You’ll Do:

1. Find an old cake pan or dish that’s larger than your stationery. Fill it with one or two inches of water. Prepare paper towels for holding the wet cards.


2. Shake up your nail polishes and drizzle a little of each polish into the water.


3. Quickly drag a toothpick or skewer back and forth to create swirls. (Don’t wait too long! The nail polish will start to set on the surface of the water and can become a sticky mess.)


4. Start dipping your paper into the water immediately. Submerge it for only a second, then put it face up on a paper towel and blot. Repeat with as many notecards as possible. FYI, your first notecard will be the most pigmented!


5. Sandwich the damp notecards between paper towels and leave under a stack of books to prevent warping. Voila, simple handmade stationery!


Summer Sips: Bey Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

❤️ By Hannah Blu

Who doesn’t love the tart, sugary-sweet, golden elixir that is lemonade? The ultimate warm weather refreshment earned some major street cred when Beyoncé released her groundbreaking sixth studio album last month. As a result, we think it’s safe to say that lemonade is gonna be on everyone’s lips this summer…literally!

As hot summer days approach, we wanted to remix our favorite citrus beverage with a fresh, fruity twist and a splash of 21-and-over fun. You know what they say… When life hands you lemons, make our Bey Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail and blast Queen Bey’s new album on repeat!


What You’ll Need:


(Makes 2 servings)

  • Cocktail shaker
  • 4 ounces fresh seedless blueberries
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • 8 ounces lemonade (fresh or store-bought)
  • Sparking soda
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish

What You’ll Do:

  1. Muddle the blueberries in the cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice cubes.
  3. Add vodka, St. Germain, and lemonade.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Pour over ice.
  6. Add a splash or two of sparkling soda and garnish with mint leaves.

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Play It By Ear: DIY Chain-Back Earrings

❤️ By Amy Tsai

Spring is known for a lot of things: daylight saving time, festival season, April showers that bring May flowers… And of course, spring cleaning! Question: Have you gotten to your accessory stash yet?

We’re all guilty of hoarding jewelry that hasn’t been worn in ages and then buying more, right? Well, what if you could create new jewelry with the pieces you already have? That’s right, all you need are a pair of pliers and some old jewelry to create a pair of DIY chain-back earrings. Come on, let’s show you how!

What You’ll Need:


  • An old/unused/broken necklace or body chain with thin chain and small connector rings
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Earrings of your choice

What You’ll Do:


1. Harvest the necklace or body chain for parts! (We found a broken body chain that was a goldmine – no pun intended.) Use scissors to cut a strand of thin chain and trim it to your desired length. (Ours was two inches.)

2. Using your pliers, remove two jump rings (those little round rings that connect chains and charms to each other), then pull one through each end link. Pro-tip: When opening a jump ring, pull one end toward you and the other away from you to create a coiled C. Pulling the ends apart in opposite directions could weaken or distort the ring.

3. Close the jump rings with the pliers by pulling the ends back toward one another. Now you have your chain, which can be worn with one earring or two, depending on your piercings!


4. For a single earring, loop one ring around the post, and insert the earring. Then attach the second ring behind the lobe and secure it with the backing. For two earrings, simply attach the second ring to the back of the second earring and secure.


But don’t stop there! Get creative with double-sided backdrop earrings, jacket earrings, hoops, necklace charms, and more. Take apart your jewelry and put it back together again! You can mix-and-match your way to an infinite earring collection. All by just playing it by ear…


Makeup Monday: Wine Eye Shadow Uncorked

❤️ By Hannah Blu

It seems like just yesterday that everyone was going mad for Marsala. (Guess that’s what happens when Pantone selects its illustrious Color of the Year.) But judging by red carpets the world over, we still can’t get enough of that stunning earthy-wine shade. From Gigi Hadid to Olivia Wilde, the burgundy eye shadow trend has been taking over 2016… And we’ve been dying to try it ourselves!

When done right, red-toned eye shadow can make any eye color pop. For this tutorial, we mixed burgundy with copper for even more eye-enhancing impact. Pair this bold eye look with a subtle nude lip or go all out with a matching Marsala lip color for a totally on-trend monochrome makeup glam.


What You’ll Need:

  • Eye shadow primer
  • Pink blush or eye shadow (We used NARS blush in “Angelika”)
  • A fluffy synthetic blending brush
  • Burgundy cream eye shadow (We used NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Rust”)
  • A pointed eye shadow brush
  • Copper shimmer eye shadow (We used ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in “Game Face”)
  • Black eyeliner pencil
  • Your favorite mascara

What You’ll Do:

As always, start by applying a smudge-proof eye shadow primer to the entire eyelid.

  1. Using a fluffy eye shadow brush, apply the pink shade to the crease in a sweeping motion.
  2. Apply the burgundy cream eye shadow to the lid, stopping at the crease.
  3. With the fluffy brush, blend the cream eye shadow into the pink crease color using small circular motions.
  4. Apply the burgundy shade to the lower lash line and blend using the pointed brush.
  5. Using the same pointed brush, pat and blend the copper eye shadow onto the center of the eyelid and lower lash line.
  6. Finish the look with black eyeliner and a generous coat of mascara.

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#WorkFlow: Cork & Fabric Mousepad DIY

❤️ By Jenn Shin

It’s possible we may have been using a boring, ergonomic mousepad… Yawn. (Don’t judge us, okay?) So we decided it was time for an upgrade. This ridiculously simple DIY is the easiest way to dress up your desk with something fresh and chic!

What You’ll Need:

  • Cork tile
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Fray Check (optional)
  • Foam brush
  • X-Acto knife or razor

What You’ll Do:

  1. Trim the cork into your shape of choice (we used a 9″ x 7″ piece).



2. When cutting your fabric, leave approximately one or two inches of clearance.


3. Glue the fabric to the cork base with a thin layer of Mod Podge using the foam brush. (Caution: A heavy application of Mod Podge could bleed through a thin fabric.)


4. Place a piece of plastic on top of the fabric and weigh down the mousepad with a heavy book. Allow to dry completely (we left it overnight).

5. Run your razor around the edges to trim off excess fabric. Seal sides with Mod Podge or Fray Check to prevent threads from coming loose.


And voila! An easy mousepad that can be customized to fit any mood or theme.


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Nailed It: Easy Try-Angles DIY Mani

❤️ By Jenn Shin

If you’ve been hemorrhaging your cash flow to a profesh nail tech every month, give your bank account a break and try this nail art DIY at home. The best part about this tutorial? You can customize it with any color or texture combo.

What You’ll Need:

  • Base coat
  • Two nail polish colors of your choice (We used Essie’s “Beyond Cozy” and China Glaze’s “For Audrey”)
  • Washi or painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • Top coat

What You’ll Do:

1. Sweep on a thin base coat and apply two coats of a dense, finely-milled glitter polish starting at the cuticle. Let it dry completely.


2. Cut tiny triangles out of washi or painter’s tape. Place the tape over your cuticle and smooth out air bubbles for tight, clean edges.


3. Paint on two coats of your favorite opaque nail polish. Peel off the tape before the polish completely dries to avoid tacky strings and uneven edges.


4. Swipe on a top coat for a flawless finish.


And there you have it – the perfect pastel mani for Easter! (Chocolate bunny not included.)

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Gettin’ Lucky: Green Smoothie Recipe

❤️ By Hannah Blu

Spring is finally here, and St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us! As much as we’d love to down a few celebratory pints of Guinness come Happy Hour tomorrow, we know that many of you lovely ladies are watching your girlish figures in preparation for beach season. That’s why we’re bringing you a healthy and delicious alternative to the typical St. Paddy’s Day beverage fare.

Our Lucky Green Smoothie is chock-full of beneficial ingredients to help you stay on track, meet your #FitnessGoals, and get that #BikiniBod in shape. Plus, it tastes so good you won’t even miss the whiskey!

smoothieWhat You’ll Need:

(Makes 2 large servings)

  • ½ cup torn kale leaves
  • ½ cup spinach leaves
  • 1 cup torn romaine lettuce
  • 2 small pears, chopped
  • 2 small bananas, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber
  • 1-2 cups coconut water
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½-inch slice of fresh ginger, peeled



…and that’s it!

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Makeup Monday: Designated Smoky Section

❤️ By Hannah Blu

It might seem like it would take a lifetime to master the sultry, lived-in smoky eye you see on all your favorite celebs. But it actually only takes a few simple steps – and even fewer products – to achieve this dreamy makeup look.

The key to a chic, effortless smoky eye is a warm-toned matte crease, which gives the look a softer, more seamless effect. In fact, we’re forgoing shimmer and shine altogether and opting for an all-matte style that is super smoldering and totally cool…


What You’ll Need:

What You’ll Do:

  1. Apply a crease-proof eye shadow primer all over the lid from lashline to browbone.
  2. Line the upper lashline with a smudgy black kohl pencil. (It doesn’t have to be perfect – we’re gonna smudge it out during the next step.)
  3. Using a pencil brush, take a matte black eyeshadow and gently smudge the kohl liner into the lashline.
  4. Use a small, flat brush to apply the same black eyeshadow in upward strokes from the lashline toward the outer corner of the eye.
  5. Apply a warm terracotta eyeshadow to the crease using a fluffy brush, blending out any harsh lines as you go.
  6. Apply the black eyeshadow along the lower lashline using your pencil brush.
  7. With the pencil brush, blend the terracotta shade into the black eyeshadow on the lower lashline.
  8. Line the lower waterline with the black kohl eyeliner.
  9. Curl your lashes and add as many coats of mascara as your little heart desires.

Word Up: DIY Letter Bobby Pins

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Dying to say something? Spell it out on a hair accessory!

What You’ll Need:

  • Bobby pins or hair clips
  • Thin cardboard
  • Nail polish
  • Alphabet pasta
  • Tweezers
  • Glue


What You’ll Do:

Slide your bobby pins onto the cardboard and paint them with nail polish. (We did two coats.) While those dry, find your pasta letters so they’re ready to go.


Add a small amount of glue to the back of each letter and apply the alphabet pasta with tweezers. Brush the letters with a thin coat of polish and touch up any spots on the pin.


Let everything set for a few hours… And that’s it! As Ina would say, how easy was that?



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