21 Ways to Wear a 60″ Long Strand of Pearls

Pearls are a staple that every woman should have in their jewelry box.  Whether it’s single strand, double or triple strand, I love them all.

There are many many ways to wear a 60″ pearl necklace, but here are 21 ways.

You can double or triple around neck, add a brooch, add ribbon, tie in a knot, add flowers, twist and more.  The good thing about adding the ribbon or brooches is you can always change the colors.  Nothing is permanent with these styles, so you can play around as many times as you like,  This gives you so many options with just one necklace.  Play around with your pearls, layer them with other pearl necklaces for a super chic look.

**make sure your strand of pearls are knotted in-between each pearl for best results**

(pic credit to Stylish Petite on Bloglovin)

Pantone 2017 Fall Color Trends and Fashion

This years 2017 Fall colors are some of my personal favorites!!  Most of the color titles we may call something different, but they’re all just beautiful to me.  You can mix and match these colors.  You can include several of these colors in one outfit.  Most of the fashion you’ll see in stores will be shades of the colors below.  As you can see below, many accessories are being produced in these fabulous colors.  I have listed the color names and some examples of fashion in these beautiful colors.

**BONUS** – The color Marina will also serve as Denim.  You will see Denim accessories and fashion pieces quite a bit this Fall.  Prada has even produced a denim line of purses for this Fall.


PANTONE 17-1558 Grenadine

A powerful, evocative, dynamic red, Grenadine is a confident and self-assured attention-getter.

PANTONE 19-1725 Tawny Port

Taking the Red family to new depths, Tawny Port is elegant, sophisticated, and tasteful.

PANTONE 13-2808 Ballet Slipper

Descended from the Red family but with a softer touch, Ballet Slipper is always flattering and reminiscent of the rosy glow of health.

PANTONE 16-1341 Butterum

This snug, warming, and toasty shade is evocative of drinking a glass of Butterrum by a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.

PANTONE 19-4029 Navy Peony

A mainstay for the season for both palettes, Navy Peony is a dependable and an anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.

PANTONE 17-4402 Neutral Gray

The standard bearer of all neutrals, Neutral Gray shares the anchoring role with Navy Peony in this palette. It can be used as an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade.

PANTONE 19-4524 Shaded Spruce

This is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees.

PANTONE 16-0543 Golden Lime

Earthy tones with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall classics.

PANTONE 17-4041 Marina

Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool color in the fall palette that brings with it freshness and brightness.

PANTONE 17-1145 Autumn Maple

A quintessential autumn color, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.


DIY Glasses/Sunglasses Storage

Some of us have a fetish with sunglasses and or glasses.  After purchasing several pair we need to find a way to store them.  In this blog you will find several ways to store your sunglasses or glasses.  Most of the DIY projects need very minimal supplies.  Take a look below to see which best fits your space and amount of glasses.  There are several ideas for if you own 6-30+ pairs of sunglasses/glasses.


Supplies:  Clothesline clips and Velcro tape

Measure how far you want clips apart, measure tape to fit back of clip, stick pieces on wall and a piece on clip, stick clip onto Velcro tape on wall or board.  Clip glasses onto clothesline clips



Supplies:  Piece of wood (you determine size based on number of glasses), Picture hanging hooks, nails and paint

Paint piece of wood, nail picture hooks into wood spaced out, hang glasses



Supplies:  Hanger, ribbon and thumb tacks

Tie ribbon as a bow at top of hanger, place glasses on hanger then hang on wall with thumb tack


Supplies:  Ribbon (color of your choice), Blank canvas (color of your choice) and picture hooks

Take ribbon and tie in back of canvas, place glasses on ribbon and hang as a picture on wall


Supplies: Ribbon (your choice of color), thumb tacks (and a large cork board

Place thumb tacks into ribbon on cork board at least 2-3 inches apart, hang glasses



Hope this helps with storage of your sunglasses/glasses.  There’s nothing like your favorite glasses getting all scratched up from not storing them properly.

2015 Pantone Color of the Year – Marsala

It’s redder than chocolate, browner than burgundy, and not quite maroon.

This color kinda reminds you of a rich, tasty glass of red wine.  This color has been seen so far in weddings, households, fashion, etc. since the beginning of the year.  I believe we will see more of this color now that the fall/winter has arrived.

You will see it everywhere!!!  From fashion to inside the home in decor.  It’s actually one of my personal favorites.  I love it in lipstick, especially.

Below see some of the colors to pair with Marsala this fall and how the color has been used to bring a vibrant hue into your life.











20 Makeup Tips and Tricks

With a few tips and tricks, you don’t have to be a professional to have fabulous looking makeup. It’s taken me years to learn my face shape, what colors flatter me, how much to apply, and how to apply it so that it looks beautiful and natural. But, I think I’ve finally perfected my morning routine! You don’t have to spend hours doing it, either. Once you have the know-how, you’ll see just how much makeup can accentuate your best features and hide those that aren’t as favorable. Here are a few makeup tips and tricks that you’ll wish you had known a long, long time ago!

1. Repurposed Plastic Spoon

Use a plastic spoon to easily apply mascara on your bottom lashes without getting any on the skin under your eyes. It also helps you to accomplish a much thicker coat.


2.   Scotch Tape Eye Stencil

This unconventional beauty aid will help guide you when applying eye liner and shadows, especially if you’re going for a more daring look such as the “cat eye”. It will also help you achieve an even and balanced look for both eyes.



3.  Disguising Under Eye Bags

Most of us tend to just sweep a layer of concealer to the entire under eye area, but to really conceal bags, it’s best to highlight the crease and then apply a darker shade to the actual puffy area.



4.  How To Fix Clumpy Mascara

Let’s face it, this happens to every tube of mascara over time. The problem is it dries out and then starts to form unattractive lumps. To help prevent this, don’t pump your mascara trying to get more on your wand; you’re basically pumping air into the tube causing it to dry out even faster.

Although mascara should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, I use to replace mine much sooner just because it dries out so fast and creates undesirable results. But, there’s an easy fix for that! Add a drop or two of Visine (or any brand of eye drops) into the tube, and then rub the wand around inside. The Visine softens the mascara liquid, making it apply as if it were a brand new tube!

5. Lipstick Ready

Use a baby toothbrush to exfoliate your lips. To really get the job done, you can make a homemade lip exfoliate with sugar and coconut oil, or easier but not as effective, cover your lips in lip balm or petroleum jelly before scrubbing.

6. Make The Best Of Your Eye Shape

As important as your color choices are, the placement of your shadows and liners is just as critical; you can create just about any illusion that you want. With careful placement, you can make your eyes appear wider, closer set, more prominent, deeper set, etc. Determine what shape of eyes you have, and then accentuate them accordingly.



7. Make Eyeshadows Pop

Have you ever purchased a vibrant color of shadow that once applied appears rather dull? The key to making those colors pop is a white base. Use a white eyeliner and cover your entire lid before applying the color of your choice.



8. The False Eyelash Look

False lashes can be a pain, not to mention time consuming! Here are a few ways to get the look without the hassle:

A. After curling your lashes, apply a thin layer of powder before applying your mascara. I just sweep a small blending brush across my compact and apply it to the top and bottom of my eyelashes. I’ve also heard that some people use baby powder, although I think they both have virtually the same effect; creating a base that makes them appear much fuller.

B. Apply two coats of mascara to the bottom and TOP side of your lashes, but wait 3-5 minutes in between each coat, otherwise they tend to get clumpy (not cute).

C. When applying your mascara, you don’t want to just move your mascara wand from the base of your lashes up. Make sure you are moving the mascara wand back and forth while going up. The left and right motion will make sure every lash is covered entirely, all the way to the tip.

D. Almost done! Now, check your lashes for any gaps. Use the tip of your wand to apply another coat of mascara to individual lashes where they look sparse. Even better, use a fine tipped liquid eyeliner to fine tune and fill in any gaps.

9. Heat Your Lash Curler

Hold a blow dryer up next to your lash curler for about 3-5 seconds. The heat works the same way as it does with your curling iron, giving you those flirty lashes that will last all day.

10. Business Card Trick

When applying mascara, hold a business card behind your lashes and apply it in a back and forth motion starting at the roots. You can really put it on this way, coating every lash fast!



11.  Secret Eye Lift

Sweep a light pink matte pencil across the entire length of your brow bone to create the illusion of a higher arch, and then blend, blend, blend! It should not be detectable.



12. The Line Saver

I’m always checking my eye makeup in the case that my eyeliner isn’t in it’s original place. Certain eyeliners are more prone to this, especially those that aren’t water proof, but I don’t like using waterproof makeup because it’s so darn hard to get off! I always feel like I’m ripping my lashes off in the removal process. To keep your liner behaving, sweep loose or pressed powder right under the eye liner on your bottom lid. It creates somewhat of a barrier, preventing your eyeliner from traveling downward.



13. The Lip Cheat

As it turns out, we weren’t all blessed with Angelina Jolie’s lush lips. Now, there are a few tricks to making them appear larger (a glossy lip being one), but for a more dramatic effect, don’t be afraid to line your lips just outside of your natural line. When I say just outside of your natural line, I mean slightly. You don’t want to look like a clown by over doing it!



14. Eyebrows & Face Shape

A lot of us ignore our eyebrows (or have over plucked them into non-existence) not realizing how important they are in defining our face. There isn’t one shape that is the best, it really just depends on your unique facial features and shape. Just like contouring, your eyebrow shape and thickness can help soften your face shape.



15. Wash & Save Your Wands

Instead of tossing them in the trash when your mascara expires, wash and repurpose those wands! You can use them as an eyebrow brush, even applying a bit of color before sweeping across your brows. Or, spray with hairspray and use them to brush and keep your eyebrows in place.



16. Clump-Free Lashes

It may seem like a waste, but if you want clump-free lashes (so hard to achieve, right?!) , you have to wipe your mascara wand off on a tissue before each application. This way you can apply several coats seamlessly.



17. Soften The Line

Although I like liquid liner and it’s ability to really define the eyes, I’m not really a fan of the harshness of it. And, if it’s not applied perfectly, imperfections really stand out. To soften the look, sweep a metallic brown shadow over the liner. This not only diminishes the hard-line, but also helps hide imperfections.

18. Make It Last

Keep those lips kissable by sealing the deal. After your lipstick is applied, hold a tissue over your lips and apply powder over the tissue. This creates a matte look that lasts much longer.

19. The 3-D Lip Effect

So simple and stunning! Use your finger to stamp a little bit of frosted blush or eye shadow to the center of your bottom and top lip.



20.  When To Toss It Out

As much money as we spend on our beauty products, it’s hard to let it go, but at some point your makeup becomes unhealthy for your skin and eyes. This is especially true for anything that gets applied around your eyes, so it’s important to give your makeup drawer a good clean out every once in a while.





Rain boots…

I know I wear mine a lot…I thought this was such a GREAT idea I had to share.
Gather together the following materials: 
Your boots (duh.)
A length of ribbon.  I used about 1/2-3/4 of a yard for each bow.
2 grommet sets for each boot (so FOUR total.  A front and back piece.) and a grommet maker
Scissors for making a hole in the rubber
Use fray check solution along the cut edges of the bow.  Let dry.
boots CollageStart by figuring out where you want your two grommet holes on each boot.  I pushed the round part of the grommet (that goes into the hole you cut) against the rubber to make a sort of “imprint,” and then cut that out roughly with my scissors.  **BE EXTRA CAREFUL ON THIS PART**  You don’t want to cut a huge hole, just one large enough to push the grommet through eye through. (watch out for your thumb)Follow the instructions on the grommet packaging to complete the grommet process.  If you’ve never done this before, try it out on a scrap of fabric first so you can get the hang of installing grommets.Thread the ribbon through and tie in a neat bow.  Trim length if needed.

Use fray check along the cut edges of the bow.  Let dry. (Which obviously, wasn’t done before the pics)


Pantone’s color of 2014 is . . . Radiant Orchid

Get ready to see Radiant Orchid everywhere!!!!  I love it…do you?






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“Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014.” For over 10 years, the Pantone Color Institute, a company dedicated to studying and forecasting color trends, announces a new color of the year. I’m always excited to see what each year brings.

The color for 2013 was Emerald and in 2012, it was Tangerine Tango, which was similar to a crate blood oranges.  The color for 2014 is called Radiant Orchid, and it’s . . . absolutely lovely.

I’ve already seen varying shades of Radiant Orchid in Spring/Summer 2014 runway shows, and I could see it becoming a popular paint shade for feminine boudoirs.

I wonder what Pantone’s prediction for 2015 will be….

some info used from Boston Globe

DIY Gel Manicure without the UV light

You will need GELOUS Advanced Nail Gel Coat from Sally Beauty Supply, ANY nail polish color of your choice, and ANY clear top coat of your choice.

1. Apply one coat GELOUS onto clean, smooth, dry nails. Let it set for a few minutes.
2. Apply another coat GELOUS. Let set.
3. Apply one coat nail polish. Let it dry.
4. Apply another coat GELOUS. Let it set for a couple minutes.
5. Apply another coat nail polish. Let it dry.
6. Apply one layer clear top coat. Let dry. DONE.

To remove your gel nails, use acetone nail polish remover, and it’s a breeze. Enjoy your beautiful nails!