Decorating for Thanksgiving on a Budget!

 

I had the pleasure of working with the 99Cent Only Stores on a Thanksgiving decorating video!

You can get beautiful plates, chic glass and lots of cute decorations for only 99 cents! Have you visited a store lately? You’re going to be really impressed with their selection. You can find your local store by clicking here.

I hope this video inspires you to host your own Thanksgiving dinner! I can’t wait to share more fun budget-friendly decorating videos!

website: www.99only.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/99CentsOnlyOfficial

Wedding Dresses Under $300

Okay, let me just be super real and honest for a second. WEDDINGS ARE EXPENSIVE! Like really really expensive. The food, the venue, the dress, the flowers, it all adds up to a BIG number. No one seems to mention it much as we pin to our “Dream Wedding” boards but I think we should.

Lately, I’ve been browsing dresses and I realized that some of them cost more than our expected catering fee. Heck, the designer ones cost more than what we expect to pay for our entire wedding! It’s kind of funny, and sad, and confusing. If I were a millionaire, I’d probably pick out one of the wedding dresses from my pinterest boards and have it customized, add some diamonds, unicorn hair, whatever I felt it needed. But this is REAL life and like most of you, I’m on a REAL budget.

So for every bride-to-be out there who has decided to spend less on her dress and splurge on dessert, or who can simply not afford to buy an expensive dress, I’ve complied a list of lovely options. All of them are under $300 dollars.

Anabelle Dress from BHLDN (Anthropologie) $260

Anabelle BHLDN Wedding

Sweet Organza Gown from David’s Bridal $199

Davids bridal wedding dress

Champagne Dress from Lace Bridal $230

Lace Bridal Etsy

Sleeveless V-Back Dress from ELDesignStudio $299

v back lace etsy vback etsy

Lux Bridal Anabella from Sears $198

Anabella Sears Wedding Dress

 

 

 

Fall Lookbook 2014

So far so good with my weekly video goal! I incorrectly labeled my title card (things like this happen late at night) but instead of waiting to post I decided to tell my inner perfectionist to keep quiet and let me live my life! Lol.

Happy Friday!

 

Megan Fox Smokey Eyes & Pale Pink Lips

Megan Fox Makeup Megan Fox inspired makeupGood morning fellow beauty bandits! I’m sure you’ve noticed the latest blog changes. We’ll be focusing on recreating the looks we love! Under the style thief tab you’ll find inspired outfit/style recreations and under the beauty bandit tab you’ll find posts like these that focus on recreating makeup, hair, or anything beauty related.

Today I’m sharing a beauty look inspired by Megan Fox! I went in to the eye doctor for my yearly eye exam and decided to try out some fun colored contacts. I also remembered that Megan Fox’s new movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just came out so it seemed only natural to let myself be inspired by her this week.

My biggest tip for channeling your inner Fox, is to focus on the eyes. If you don’t have colored contacts, I suggest using eyeshadow colors that make your eyes pop! At the bottom of this post you’ll find a list of everything I used to recreate her look. Let me know if you have any questions!

Blue contacts rev

LIPS:

MAC Cremesheen Modesty

NYX Glam Lip Gloss Aqua Luxe in Paint the Town

EYES:

Naked Palette: Sin (inner corners of eyes), Creep (outer edges)

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black

FACE:

Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer

Dermablend Intense Powder Camo

 

Makeup Transformation with Dermablend

Makeup Transformation Dermablend No Makeup before photo dermablend makeupOh joy, the moment when you share your bare face with the internet. Lol. I’m actually pretty excited to share my makeup transformation with you. And I don’t think it’s any surprise that I don’t wake up with flawless skin, pink cheeks and shimmery eyes. Does anyone?

My daily beauty routine typically involves a BB cream (or light foundation), blush, and mascara. I like to play with different lipstick colors but most of the time I use chapstick or gloss.

BUT, my makeup routine is completely different for special occasions, parties, weddings, and certain date nights. Like a lot of girls, I try to step it up and create a much more flawless face. The challenging thing is that my problem spots are tough to cover. I have acne scars on chin, a temple scar, nose bridge scar, and dark circles that require loads of traditional concealer.

I decided to try out Dermablend because every year we all attend so many special events. And wouldn’t it be awesome if we could show up looking flawless and feeling confident? Who wants to look back on those photos and be like, “oh yea… here’s me, my new husband, and my scar at our wedding”. Lol

I only had to use two products to create a clean and immaculate base! First, I applied Quick-Fix Concealer ($25) to cover my scars, blemishes and dark circles. I followed that up with an even coverage of Intense PowderCamo ($30) over my entire face (this provides buildable coverage so you can decide how much you need based on your skin). After that you can use your own blush and eyeshadow to finish off your picture perfect look!

I also want to point out how affordable these products are! They cost the same (or less) than makeup that doesn’t offer you high coverage, smudge resistant wear. Most products are also non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, fragrance free, ophthalmologist-tested, allergy tested, and dermatologist tested

On Friday, I’ll be showing you how well Dermablend works on tattoos and I’ll give you an up-close look at scar coverage! For now, you can stop by their site and check out all of their products: www. Dermablend.com

Have a great day and I’ll see you back here for Friday’s post!

makeup transformation *Dermablend provided me with products to review but my thoughts & opinions are and will always be honest & genuine!

Demi Lovato Inspired Look with Rimmel London

demi lovato snapback lakers girl rimmel london diva redToday we are channeling an entirely different style vibe! Say hello to our style inspiration, Demi Lovato! Her look is sexy and casual. I thought it’d be perfect for a sporting event.

It can be tough to create a sexy & cute look without looking overdone for something like a basketball game. My advice is to bring the drama to your lips with a bold color and keep everything else simple. I used Rimmel London’s Moisture Renew in Diva Red.

Adding only subtle makeup to my eyes and leaving my hair straight, helped my final look to remain casual. I also had on a basic black knit dress and sneakers. I wish I could climb stadium stairs in heels but I can barely keep my balance when I walk down my slanted driveway! Haha.

I hope this post was helpful! In the comments let me know what you do to elevate a your look for a casual outing.

And also… I sort of felt like I was channeling the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. See below! Lol

straight hair with hat

fresh prince of bel air hat

 

*Rimmel London provided me with products to review but my thoughts & opinions are and will always be honest & genuine!

Colorful Skirt & Flowy White Top

purple flower hair braidcasual pencil skirtHello again! Staring next week, I’m going to try and keep my blogging schedule consistent and post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I just started a new job so a posting schedule will hopefully help me plan better around my new work hours.

In today’s post I’m sharing a colorful and casual outfit. The geometric skirt is from Nordstrom Rack. For awhile I had trouble wearing it because it seemed so businessy, like when I wore it here. My job doesn’t require typical “office attire” so I thought I might end up giving it away. But then, I put it on and started trying on a bunch of tops and found something that worked.

What do you think of the results?

tty soon!

Purple pencil skirt

 

Strapless White Dress

Long hair curled strapless white dress Strappy heels and white dress Clock towerHappy Monday! And hello to all my new bloglovin subscribers!

Friday I was featured on Lauren Conrad’s website and I’ve been smiling all weekend because of it. I’m excited to meet and chat with all the new visitors that stumbled onto my little blog. Please feel free to leave me your blog link in the comment section so I can stop by!

Today’s outfit, believe it or not, is another clearance find! Express has definitely impressed me with the cute pieces they have on sale. Next season I plan to hit the clearance sale early. I missed out on quite a bit because I went into the store towards the end of it.

I think this outfit is perfect for almost any warm weather special occasion. I’ve included a few links below if you’d like to try this look out yourself.

Enjoy!

$36 from Lulu’s

$26.99 from Charlotte Russe

$37.47 from New York & Company

 

 

 

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