leopard peplum top

A couple weeks ago, Cole and I woke up early and decided to wander down to the Quay for a coffee since it was so nice out. The Quay is basically a medium-sized indoor market full of food vendors and handmade goods right on the shoreline, so it’s the perfect place to go sit on a nice sunny morning and have a coffee together! This was my first opportunity to wear my new leopard peplum top that Riffraff sent me and I loooove it. It’s so comfy but makes me look dressed up and the back is SO cute- it’s got these strappy parts/cut-outs on the back that I’m stupid and didn’t get a picture of, but next time I post it on the blog I will for sure. I dressed it down for this outfit but I can’t wait to pair it with heels and my high-waisted leather pants for a night out! #riffrafflove

 

leopard top

leopard topleopard top c/o Riffraff + sunglasses + black jeggings + cardigan (similar) + flats (similar) + bag (similar)

 

The cherry blossoms have come out in full force and it’s making everything look beautiful! I love them.

 

cherry blossom tree

 

If you’re looking to stock up on some summer goods, Riffraff has so many new arrivals that I have on my wishlist. This white striped peplum top is on there, as well as this ADORABLE coral crop top (it’s seriously a must have for me this summer. I will get it!!!) Their stuff sells out super fast though, so make sure you check in for their eight new arrivals everyday and snag something quick if you love it!

5-minute everyday makeup tutorial

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It’s no secret that I like to get things done quickly- especially when it comes to makeup. I like to look good but not have to spend 20  minutes every morning doing it, so when I find a brand that works for me, I stick to it. Rimmel has been one of those brands for a really long time, and they continue to come out with more and more great products. Everytime I go to Walmart, I scope out their little section in the beauty department to see what’s new- and their stuff is always so affordable at Walmart that I usually end up leaving with at least a couple of new items (their lipsticks are my weakness).

 

So, for this everyday makeup tutorial, I’m using pretty much all Rimmel products. A few of them are some of their newer products that I really love and am excited to share with you! One of those favorites is the Stay Matte Foundation which goes on SO smooth and blends in really well. I’m super pale so finding foundations that aren’t too orange on me can be difficult, but the Stay Matte in Ivory is the perfect drugstore foundation for me. I’m also loving the new Scandaleyes Retro Glam mascara which has a big, fat wand that gives you great volume. I am all about that length and volume when it comes to mascara because I have little invisible sticks for eyelashes (to complement my invisible sticks for eyeBROWS, of course), so I really do think it’s the best cheap mascara! You can also find coupon inserts for each of these products in the Sunday paper for the rest of April, as it’s Rimmel’s 180 year anniversary (is that not crazy? 180 years!).

 

Now, let’s get onto the Instagram video tutorial! Instagram only gives me 15 seconds to do a 5-minute look so excuse the un-detailedness of it all. You can keep scrolling down for a more full on tutorial below!

 

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Products used (all available at Walmart):

- Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in Ivory

- Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Light

- Rimmel Stay Blushed in Apricot Glow

- Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara in Extreme Black

- Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner in Black

- Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Pink Blush

 

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Everyday makeup tutorial #BeautyInspiration #shop #cbias

Everyday makeup tutorial #BeautyInspiration #shop #cbias

Everyday makeup tutorial #BeautyInspiration #shop #cbias

Rimmel makeup tutorial #shop #beautyinspiration #cbias

Everyday makeup tutorial #BeautyInspiration #shop #cbias

Everyday makeup tutorial #BeautyInspiration #shop #cbias

Everyday makeup tutorial finished look #cbias #beautyinspiration #shop

 

And because it’s their 180 year anniversary, Rimmel is running a gift basket sweepstakes! You could win one of 25 prizes that includes $50 worth of popular Rimmel products for you to try out your own makeup looks. I honestly wish I was entering!! I hope you enjoyed this blog post tutorial and gooooood luck, friends!

 

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DIY decorative hangers

Ever since Cole and I moved into our apartment last November, I have been slowly putting together my little closet office that you’ve probably heard me talk about before. I still haven’t done a full, detailed reveal of it yet, because I only just got a few finishing touch pieces that I had been waiting on- so that will be coming soon. It’s all gold and sparkly and black and white and pink… it’s just beautiful and I love it. It’s definitely become a space that I enjoy being in and working in.

 

One of the “finishing touch” pieces that I have done recently is a couple of pretty hangers. I’ve seen these alllll over Instagram, Pinterest, blogs and all that jazz so I thought I’d try my hand at a couple of decorative hangers myself. It turned out to be relatively easy, and that is coming from someone who definitely isn’t the most crafty chick around… that’s for sure. Keep reading to find out how to make your own DIY decorative hangers!

 

decorative hanger how to


 

To start, you’ll need a hanger (I bought wooden ones because they are nice and flat for the most part, and I knew the glue would stick well to them), some super glue, some sort of ribbon that you’d like to use on your hanger (I picked leopard and sequins, because… leopard and sequins) and a metallic Sharpie is handy as well if you have a part of the hanger that is harder to cover with the ribbon. My leopard and sequin ribbons are both from Walmart and ended up costing like $3 each or something like that. For the sequin hanger, I used two rolls and on the leopard hanger I used one.

 

decorative hanger how to

 

Once I had everything laid out, I started at the corner of my hanger with the leopard ribbon and glued down the ribbon using some fancy foldover technique that I made up on the spot (haha, I told you I am not skilled in the crafty department). Make sure that part is nice and secure so it doesn’t come undone- because then basically everything else will come undone too.

 

decorative hanger how to

 

From there, I just wrapped the ribbon around the hanger until I got up near the top middle part, and I started gluing as I wrapped around this part as it would’ve slid back down the hanger otherwise. It took forever at this part to get everything glued down flat because the ribbon wanted to fold in the wrong directions… so just be patient and get gluing because the end product is worth it ;)

 

decorative hanger how to

 

Glue and glue and glue some more. Continue wrapping. And gluing. If you have run out of ribbon (or glue, like I did) then instead of covering the bottom piece of the hanger with ribbon as well, you can be lazy and color it with a metallic Sharpie. It looks cool like that too. Annnnd… end product! Aren’t they beautiful?!

 

decorative hanger how to

 

The sequin ribbon definitely blends together way more easily than the leopard ribbon, but I wanted both so I powered through. These DIY decorative hangers are definitely do-able, even by the crafty-impaired like myself. Feel free to pin any of the graphics to save this craftiness for later, too. Have fun!