Christmas is such a wonderfully festive time! Certainly not a time to be stressed out. I know it may seem like there’s a lot to do – dinners, holiday parties, gifts for family, friends, co-workers, prepping the home, decorating etc.
But just remember that those things should be FUN, no one is (I hope) forcing you to do any of it. It’s up to you to choose what to partake in. Now, if you do choose to participate and plan on gifting to large crowds, let me make your life easier by introducing 2 words – GIFT BASKETS.
I never realized how easy, effective, and cheap these can be. Read more
The main thing I learned, by reluctantly doing my makeup in the morning (nope, not a morning person) is that in order to look put together in a short amount of time you must touch every surface. What I mean by that is don’t leave any part of your face out! It’s just not fair. Even though you don’t have a lot of time, applying foundation and simple barely-there eyeshadow will do wonders!
Here are the simple steps I take to achieve a simple 5 minute look (& a few tips and tricks along the way):
Beauty in the most unexpected places brings a smile to your face. If you use binder clips, whether at the office or at home, decorate them with Wahi Tape for a fun pop of colour that is sure to brighten your notes!
Here is my beautiful and final headband from Pink Pewter!
Sometimes simplicity is key. This headband is so beautiful, that I chose to keep my hair super simple by just pinning back my hair. This look makes me feel super girly and dolled up just by popping this sparkling beauty in my hair! Read more
Every year for Christmas at work we have a girls’ gift exchange where you have to either make or bake a gift for the entire team of girls. As you can imagine you need to get creative and original and of course watch your wallet. The girls I work with are insanely creative so I thought I`d share some of the crafts with you to give you a few ideas for lovely hand-made gifts anyone on your list is sure to appreciate!
I`ve mentioned the beauty of DIY before, but let me just add that a pack of plain ornaments and a case of mason jars can go a long way in creating pro looking beautiful gifts!
1. Garlic, Rosemary and thyme olive oil:
This is such a lovely idea! Not only does it look beautiful but it`s a very useful gift. It can be used as a drizzle or a dip, and the little gorgeous bottles can be found at Michael`s
TIP: Make sure to get a spout/funnel to help you pour the oil into the bottles:
The awesome thing about weekends is you can let loose! You don’t have to look corporate and mundane. You can experiment with colour and do whatever makes you feel good! You want to try out new shadows? Eyeliner? Different colour lipstick? Go for it!
Here’s a bit on inspo to get you started:
What I used:
To create this look I started with a primer & foundation combo. I didn’t apply bronzer like I usually do because I wanted to stay with the pinks, and apply a cozy pink blush, and light pink lip-gloss.
Pretty much everything I do is simple, and as the saying goes “Necessity is the mother of invention“. What is necessary for me is to be able to have a shower in the morning and wash my hair before work but not spend a million hours straightening, or curling, or styling it, because that’s not what mornings are for.
What I’ve been trying to do is come up with simple ways to put up my hair instead of just sporting a ponytail all the time. Although my hair is dry below (it’s second day hair), I will often wash my hair and blow dry just the roots. If I then braid it, or put it up, I look put together, I don’t have to leave my house looking like I just ran out of the shower, my hair dries nice and smooth, and it takes no time at all!
The good thing about this hairstyle is you only need 1 elastic, and it will still hold marvelously! Believe me this is key for those of us with thick hair. If I can put it up and not have it come down, I’m a happy camper. You can do this quick little bun on the go or after you’ve left the house, because it’s that simple. I did mine in 30 seconds but I’m sure with a little hairspray and a few more minutes you can dress this baby up, and make yours neater than mine.