11/21/14

Winter Mulling Spices


What a week! I couldn't be more excited that today is Friday! And I have the perfect "recipe" to share with you to make over the weekend. I love mulling spices -- in both apple cider and red wine, yum! Today I'm sharing how you can make little bags of mulling spices to give as favors or to include with a gift to your friends this season. I'm including them in a little something I'm working on (more on that next week!). The best part of this "recipe" is that it's not really a recipe at all! Simply combine your spices in muslin bags and drop into a pot of juice or tea - simmering until hot and fragrant.

Images by Krista A. Jones

11/20/14

5 Entertaining Essentials For The Holiday Season


With Thanksgiving a week away the holiday entertaining season is finally upon us! This time of year can come with stress and pressure as you host dinners and parties - but it really doesn't need to! If you stock up on a few entertaining essentials you can guarantee any event will be a success. Here are 5 items I keep on hand all year which really impress guests and make entertaining on the fly a cinch. They also make great holiday gifts for those people on your list who love a good dinner party!

Wine Decanter: I have two and use them every time we have guests over - they look much nicer on the table than a wine bottle.

Golden Serving Utensils: I'm partial to these cheese kinves from West Elm - but I also have salad servers and gold flatware that add an instant dose of glam to your cheese spread or appetizer platter.

Linen Napkins: Invest in a set of linen dinner and cocktail napkins and keep them on reserve for when you have guests over only - this way they'll always look great.

Cheese Dome: The easiest way to make a cheese platter look good is to serve it on a marble cheese dome- it's also a great way to serve mini desserts or appetizers.

Taper Candles: I keep a collection of taper candles on hand and pick them up when I see them at Homegoods or on sale - I always go through white ones quickly since they go with everything.

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11/18/14

No Sew Linen-Like Napkins

no sew linen napkins osnaburg fabric faux linen

Today I'm excited to share the DIY for the easiest napkins that are so versatile you'll find yourself reaching for them all the time. My mother-in-law made 150 of these babies for our wedding! Can you believe that? They turned out so perfect and were such a special touch. Now I use them all the time! These napkins are made with Osnaburg fabric - which I first read about from Julie Blanner's post on Better Homes & Gardens here. It's so inexpensive and they have it at virtually every fabric store and even Walmart - you can also order it online. Read on for the simple steps!

Image by Krista A. Jones

11/14/14

5 Tips For Hosting Friendsgiving


It's about that time! I've always loved the idea of Friendsgiving -- spending time with your close friends before you celebrate the holidays with your family. I've partnered with Caricature Wines to share a few tips on hosting your own Friendsgiving this year. Follow my tips, have plenty of good wine on hand and you'll have a wonderful night!

Images by Krista A. Jones

11/12/14

November Beauty Favorites


It's been a while since I've shared any beauty finds so I thought I'd kick off a new series where I round up my top 7 products each month. I try a ton of products for my job at Glitter Guide which is fun but also can be overwhelming.  Here are 7 products that I'm reaching for over and over. 

1. bareMinerals Facial Cleansing Oil ($30): I am hooked on cleansing oils. I started with Tata Harper and then One Love Organics and this version from bareMinerals is light and doesn't leave your pores clogged. I'll be using it now on the regular since the weather is getting cooler and my skin a little drier. 

2. Perricone, MD No Foundation Foundation Serum ($55): This is the 3rd foundation serum I've tried and maybe my favorite. It lives up to the name, it doesn't look like you're wearing foundation at all and instead you just have a glowing complexion. Somehow it seems to match my skintone perfectly. 

3. Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift ($38): I'm always on the hunt for the latest under eye product and I love this instant lift from Trish McEvoy -- it has a slight pink hue which really opens up my eyes, even after little sleep. I apply it on top of conealer so it acts like a highlighter. 

4.  Sachajuan Hair Repair ($30): My hair is fried. I'm trying to go back to my natural color but it's going to take a while. I try to apply a hair mask or treatment weekly and am so hooked on Sachajuan. It actually works and leaves your hair silky and smooth and has an interesting scent I've come to love. 

5. Burts Bees Lip Crayon ($8): I recently collaborated with Burts Bees and am such a fan of their lip crayons that I discovered in the process. They are richly pigmented and so creamy when you apply - ideal for dry lips! 

6. bareMinerals Eyeshadow Quad in 'The Good Life' ($30): Such pretty colors for the upcoming holiday season - I especially like the top two for highlighting and the gray is perfect for every day. 

7. Essie's Winter Collection ($8): I just can't get behind wacky nail colors - I'm more of a pink/red/burgandy gal so this cheery collection from Essie is right up my alley.