Hair Tutorial: Curls Without Heat!

I don't take car photos, but seriously.  LOOK.

Seriously.  I can't stop staring at them! That's my real hair too, no extensions! Here's my sister's hair:

Lyn was the guinea pig the first time.  I saw this on Maegan first, but she linked directly back to the source: the lipstick diaries.  It's SO simple, and come on.. look at the results! Here's Lyn all wrapped up:

The second day is just as fabulous:

They're not as curly the second day, but it gives me Hollywood-like curls! I've gotten in a habit of doing this at least once a week.  It's so easy and looks gorgeous.  Those of you with long and/or thick hair, the best part is waking up in the morning knowing that you'll spend like 2 minutes on your hairstyling.  That actually may be the best part.  When it takes you an hour to wash, dry, and set your hair with curlers, it's SO AWESOME to have an easy fix which produces even better curls!

In Search of the Perfect Nude

Nail polish.  Seriously, get your mind out of the gutter! This is a pretty color, but still not the perfect nude.

The consistency of this polish isn't so great either due to the fact that it's quick drying.  It's not very forgiving with mistakes, it dries so fast. It's a pretty color and not going into the swap pile, but still not the PERFECT nude. 

Tiffany Blue Manicure

While out shopping with my niece the other day, we just HAD to stop in Sally Beauty.  And that's where I saw this beauty.  China Glaze For Audrey.  I've been on the look out for a Tiffany-blue, and this takes the cake! I'm thinking that's the point of the color... 'for Audrey'...Audrey Hepburn...Breakfast at Tiffany's....

I'm wearing my favorite Tiffany piece, the traditional heart bracelet! Drew bought this for me one Sunday while we were dating.  I remember the day perfectly.  He was in the middle of a massive recruiting project for his job, and he had paperwork spread all over my apartment, and I was crying because he was going to leave within the hour.  Needless to say, I got a Tiffany bracelet!

Fashion Beauty Friend Friday: My Favorite Clothing Piece!

For FBFF this week, we are to showcase our most fashionable piece of clothing, showing the up-close details an OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post wouldn't pick up.  I chose a BEAUTIFUL blouse I bought from White House Black Market.  I know, simply stating it's from WHBM, it goes without saying how beautiful it is.  The photo is not very flattering, I was hot and tired.  I had just got home from running around like a mad woman, and wanted to get a picture with what daylight was left.

Here are some of my favorite parts:

The hemline is three tiers/levels: white silk, netting/mesh, and mesh. Which is also around the collar.

The collar.

And of course the JEWELRY. The black and white design of the blouse is modeled after jewelry, chains and bead strands.  It's accented with pink and magenta gems. LOVE.

What do you think? Oh, and I have yet to wear it anywhere, as evident by the tags still on it!

Head on over to Ashley Getting Dressed to see what others showed!

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Yummmmm... One of my favorite local pizza places is in Staunton, called Shenandoah Pizza.  Their cheesy garlic bread is to KILL for.  It's so good, and this is a perfect homemade version! I use my mom's pizza dough, but I've heard you can go to your local pizza places and buy dough.  That's so easy! I may look into that for easy freezer-dinners. 

Cheesy Garlic Bread

-Pizza dough (good recipe here or get dough from local pizzeria)
-mozzarella cheese (I use Sargento Part Skim and shred it myself, half a 1 lb. block)
-Olive oil
-2-3 cloves of garlic

1.) Mince garlic cloves into some olive oil to marinate. Preheat oven to 425.
2.) Prepare dough, roll out to about 1/2" to 3/4" thick.
3.) Brush olive oil (infused with garlic) over the dough, Sprinkle on cheese.
4.) Drizzle remaining garlic and oil over top.  Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning.
5.) Bake at 425 for 15-18 minutes until golden and bubbly.
6.) Serve with a side of marinara. Try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting.

Book Review: Then Came You

Thanks to my sister in law Kim, I am hooked on Jennifer Weiner books.  One of the things I love about her writing is that she sets her books in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area.  It's really awesome to be reading a book and know EXACTLY where she's talking about!  You probably know her most famous book, In Her Shoes? The one that was made into a movie with Cameron Diaz?

Anyways, Then Came You is another winner.  I read it straight through in one day, I couldn't put it down.  I'm not a big fan of changing first person speakers, but it worked with the plot. I HIGHLY recommend!

Pink Katie Manicure

The other night at Bible study, my friend Katie's nails kept catching my attention.  They were BEAUTIFUL.  I couldn't stop staring at them! The pink was a vivid pink, and combined with the glitter topcoat were stunning.  And of course because I painted my nails like she did I'm calling this the Pink Katie Manicure! Any pink polish with glitter overtop is so named from now on!

Unfortunately this is a color that the camera does NO justice for.  This color is absolutely beautiful! It's funny, I googled the nail polish color and the photos are all different! It's the same color, it just photographs differently!

The design on my ring finger was to cover up a mess up.  I tried to do the starburst design, but the pink glitter wasn't strong enough, so I wiped it off.  Well with it came the pink.  So I grabbed my Kiss nail art in Silver and repaired!

Sinful Colors
-Pinky Glitter

Incidently Sinful Colors are currently on sale at Walgreens for $.99!

A Yankee does John Deere

Yeah, I know.  Isn't that an oxy-moron? Well yes, it is.  But for my little man Noah, I'll do anything.  My little buddy turned 3 this past weekend, and his awesome Mommy threw him a John Deere party. 

Yellow T-shirt and wife beater: Target
'Jalapeno' Green capris: Old Navy
Sandals: Nine West, purchased at Strawbridge's ~2004
Jewelry: Strawbridge's (necklace) and lia sophia (earrings, ring), and unknown bracelet (was my grandmom Miller's)

And of course the NAILS:
I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear and my Konad Stamping kit for this manicure.  I LOVE theme manicures!

Fashion Beauty Friend Friday-Dream Goals

As many of you know, I'm currently unemployed. I graduated in May, but haven't found a job yet. This is good and bad. The good news is I can stay home, be a "trophe," and wait for that perfect job, the bad news is I get bored. I am very lucky in that I don't have to work full time either. My husband is an amazing provider which allows me to work for fun. Which is not as easy as it sounds! Here I am all fabulous for my interview at JMU last week:

I've been asking myself these questions over and over again, trying to determine what I want to do for work. It was so appropriate that FBFF talks about it this week!

1. Fess up - if you could do anything professionally what would it be?

I would love to own and operate a boutique where women could come for fashion advice, tea, shop, talk, or just relax. I would want a daycare connected so the moms could drop off their kids and come relax and find themselves again!

2. What draws you to this?

I really want to help people, especially women. My mom was a stay at home Mom, and over the years gradually lost pieces of herself. Yes, I don't have children, but I can understand. I want to minister to these women. Women who give and do everything for other's needs, forgetting or putting aside their own. It would also include fashion consulting and being a personal shopper.

3. When did you first start dreaming about this ideal?

In the last 2-3 years I've been thinking about fashion consulting, which has blossomed even more in the last few months. Many of my new friends here in Virginia are moms, and I see their pain. This has inspired me!

4. What's holding you back from going all in?

Just doing it! I have been talking to my friends Katie and Audrey about starting a daycare, but I think this is that much more. Finances of starting a business are always difficult too!

5. Sometimes the first step is the hardest... what's one step you can take now on the way to realizing your dream?

Start a Mommy's Day Off group.

Head over to Modly Chic to see what other bloggers said!

Gradient Manicure!

Um yeah, I can't stop staring either.  Aren't they just fab??? I need to go a little thicker on the tips in the glitter next time, but overall I'm THRILLED with how they turned out!

I was so excited to try a water marble manicure today, but that needs some practice.  It was definitely a FAIL today:

My pinky and my thumb look ok, but I need to work on the design part.

I'm wearing Zoya Zara, and Martha Stewart glitter glue.  I just used a paint brush from Michael's to apply.  My nails seriously have NO CLUE what I have in store for them with these:

Ok, since you asked so nicely, here are some more pics:

Happy Campers: Fun Snacks on a Stick to Roast

While reading September's issue of Food Network Magazine, I came across an interesting article about different ideas of snacks to roast over an open fire.  Whereas I am NOT a camper, I still felt led to share this! My friends and I still joke about "glamping"- my version of camping, glamour-camping.  We got that idea from USA Today, you can read the whole article here.

Enough already, I know.  Get to the goodies...

Sweet Breadsticks
-Cut strips of refrigerated breadstick dough in half crosswise; thread a piece longwise onto each skewer.  Toast over a flame until golden.  Brush with melted butter, then sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and cinnamon.

Mini Salami Subs
-Split open an Italian sub roll; drizzle the inside with olive oil and fill with sliced salami, provolone, and fresh basil.  Cut into 2 inch pieces.  Thread a pickled pepper and a sandwich piece onto each skewer; toast over a flame until cheese melts.

Pineapple S'mores
-Cut pound cake into squares; spread with dulce de leche.  Thread a square of cake, a chunk of pineapple, a marshmallow, and another square of cake onto a skewer; toast over open flame until marshmallow is browned.

Ham and Cheese
-Spread mayonnaise on sliced white bread.  Sandwich with sliced ham, swiss cheese, and pickles.  Trim the crusts and cut into quarters.  Thread a quarter onto each skewer; toast over a flame until cheese melts.

Stuffed Peppers
-Slice open baby bell peppers.  Scrape out the seeds.  Season the insides with salt and pepper and stuff with a cube of haloumi or feta cheese.  Thread an olive and a stuffed pepper on a skewer; toast over a flame until the peppers blister.

Caprese Bites
-Wrap prosciutto around mini mozzarella balls.  Thread a cherry tomato, a prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella ball and another tomato onto a skewer.  Toast over a flame until tomatoes blister.

Turkey-Brie Baguettes
-Split open a baguette; spread the inside with dijon mustard and fill with sliced smoked turkey and brie.  Cut into 2 inch pieces.  Thread a cornichon (sweet pickle) and a sandwich piece onto each skewer; toast over a flame until cheese melts.

Now if these don't make you want to camp, I don't know what will!!

Source: Recipes Food Network Magazine, Photos here

First OOTD Post: Interview Fabulous!

So I had a Manicure Monday post started, but I couldn't muster the energy to finish it. So instead you get my first outfit of the day (OOTD) post! This was from an interview about a week and a half back.

Home sick on the couch as evident in my picture of the day for my 365 project:

So, working in reemployment and recruiting/staffing over the years, I have heard all the silly interview faux-pas such as navy suits, nails, jewelry, etc. And do you know what? Most of it's rubbish! Here are some common things to avoid, from this article on Monster:

-Wild Nail Polish: This tip is for women or men. Extremely long or uncut nails are a real turnoff, too. Your nails should be groomed and neat.

**oops- I wore Nfu-Oh 54 (Google image)

-Jangly Jewelry: Don't wear more than two rings per hand or one earring per ear. And no face jewelry or ankle bracelets allowed.

**oops- wore two bangles on right hand with big flower (lia sophia Dahlia) ring:

lia sophia Bada Bling necklace:

And lia sophia Standing Ovation:

-Printed or Trendy Handbags: Purses should be conservative and inconspicuous.

**oops-very non-inconspicuous D&B Croco Tote:

-Red Briefcases: Briefcases, purses and shoes should all be conservative in color and in good condition.

**oops- see above

-Conservative colors in various shades of blue and gray are best. Wearing black to the interview could be viewed as too serious. If you do wear black, make sure another color is near your face to soften the look. Brown is still considered questionable as a business color and probably should be avoided. Change your outfit's look for a second interview by wearing a different color blouse, shirt, scarf or tie.

**oops- well I guess I didn't do so bad with this one. Bright shell under the jacket

-An interview is not the place to make a fashion statement, though those in the arts/design field and the very famous can be more adventurous. Everyone else should opt for a conservative look. "More and more companies are returning to traditional professional dress," Wildermuth says.

**oops-Whatever! Every minute of every day is the place to make a fashion statement. Within reason of course!!

-I didn't see anything on this article about hair, but I'm sure in pulled an interview "don't" with these rockin' curls:

Hey, why not have some fun at interviews, right? Takes the edge off!!