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.

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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: 

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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What You’ll Do: 

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

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

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

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

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Step 5: Carefully peel off the nail polish barrier.

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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?

#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!

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Get the look by following these 5 easy steps!

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

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

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Step 3: Twist both sections in a clockwise motion.

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

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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:

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  • 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.

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

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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:

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  • 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.)

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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!

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

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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!

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What You’ll Need:

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(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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#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).

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

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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.)

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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.

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

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