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Skirt Triks: Simple Holiday Decor

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Snow Globe Apothecary Jars (DIY via)
Items Needed
Empty glass vases or apothecary jars
LED Christmas lights
Artificial snow
Christmas decorations of your choice

1. Layer artificial snow and LED Christmas lights in apothecary jars of varying sizes.
2. Add Christmas decorations of your choice, adding artificial snow as needed.
3. Position on the surface of your choice and enjoy!

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Cranberry Floral Arrangements

Items Needed
One bag of cranberries
Faux florals of your choice (we love classic ivory!)
Tall cylinder vase

1. Layer cranberries in tall cylinder vase, filling about halfway.
2. Add faux florals and top off with cranberries, ensuring the stem is not visible.
3. Add to your dining table or mantle for a festive touch!

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Marble Is The New Black

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Remember how in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the Portokalos family believed the answer to any problem was a little Windex? That’s me with marble contact paper. I recently moved into a new apartment and have tapped into DIY skills I didn’t even know I had. From painting furniture (seriously, much more fun than I thought it would be) to building extra bathroom storage (#beautyjunkie), sister was doin’ it for herself. As marble accents are a huge trend right now (see here and here) I figured I would share a simple project you can recreate in a snap.

SUPPLIES
Marble contact paper
Credit card
Surface of choice (This tends to work best with rectangular or square items)

INSTRUCTIONS

Measure your paper, leaving a bit of wiggle room. Make sure to take note of any edges that need to be covered, too! Cut as precisely as possible.

Line the paper up to one edge of your surface. Slowly peel back the sticker and use the edge of your credit card to get rid of any air bubbles. Continue until the entire surface is covered.

Note: For any surfaces that have edges, simply fold the corners as you would a gift. This takes a bit of trial and error and is up to your preferences. For the vase pictured above, I simply tucked the excess paper inside the vase – it doesn’t look perfect when empty, but once you add flowers, it looks luxe!

Have you attempted any DIY projects lately?

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How to Make The Perfect Fruit Smoothie

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Smoothies have been a mainstay in my diet for the past two years or so. I rely on them to give me a much-needed boost in the morning and help me recover from a tough sweat session. I love testing out new recipes and ingredients and seeing what tasty concoctions I can come up with.

Side note: I firmly believe the Magic Bullet is a godsend. It’s by far my favorite kitchen tool and has traveled with me from four cities in the last four years!

Here’s what you’ll need to build the perfect smoothie that’s nutritious and delicious:

Greek Yogurt: I seriously consider Greek Yogurt to be its own food group in my diet; I eat some version of it every day. Typically, I toss in an entire Dannon Oikos 5.3oz. serving in my smoothie for the protein component. You can go plain or vanilla, whatever you prefer.

Greens (Handful): Got to get your veggies in somewhere. I alternate between spinach and kale.

The Extras: I love adding in slivered almonds or oats along with flaxseed and chia seeds for fiber. I always top my smoothies off with a touch of cinnamon, too! Feel free to toss in a tablespoon or two of your favorite protein powder to keep you feeling fuller, longer.

Fruit (1-2 cups): Strawberry and banana is usually my go-to flavor combo, but if I have blueberries I like to toss them in there for some added antioxidants.

Liquid (1/2 cup – 1 cup): I go through phases here. One month I’m feeling vanilla soy milk, the next month I’m back to the real-deal skim milk, and right now I’m on a coconut milk kick.

The Layering Technique: I toss the yogurt in first, followed by the greens, then the extras and finish with the fruit and the liquid. Press blend and enjoy!

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Skirt Triks: Isabella’s Luscious Lash Recipe

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There is nothing I love better than full, thick, eyelashes! I’m a huge fan of false lashes and even eyelash extensions (these are life-changing, but expensive). But for my everyday routine, when I don’t have the time or energy to fool around with strips and glue, I use my fool-proof secret to get the luscious look: Layering!

Though it might sound over-the-top, I use three different eye lash products in the morning to make sure my lashes are nice and plump, and it really only takes a few minutes!

Step 1: Apply Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
Layer this amazing lash primer over clean lashes. It helps to create a base on your lashes so that you can get an even coating of mascara, plus it actually contains proteins that promote long-term lash growth!

Step 2: Before the primer dries completely, swipe on Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
I’m a huge fan of Benefit Cosmetics. Everything from their packaging to their product innovation is always on point. This new release comes in the cutest tube and helps to separate and curl your lashes.

Step 3: Immediately after step 2, finish with two coats of L’Oreal Voluminous in Blackest Black
I’ve tried almost every hyped and expensive mascara on the market and none of them compare to this drugstore find. This makes your lashes look super thick and coats them with a very pigmented color, leaving your lashes dark and full.

Give lash layering a try and be ready to hear, “Are those your real lashes?!”

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Three Shows to Watch on Netflix

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With the season finales of some of our favorite shows around the corner (please, don’t get us started on “Mad Men”!), we’ve been thinking about what we’ll watch on those hot summer days that call for a hearty binge-watch session. Here, we’ve put together a quick guide for your viewing pleasure:

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If you like… “30 Rock” | Watch “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Helmed by Tina Fey and starring key players from both “30 Rock” and “The Office,” this show is a cheeky comedy you’ll breeze through.
Highlights: The theme song. Tituss’ “Peeno Noir” music video.

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If you like… “Revenge” | Watch “Bloodline
Yes, it takes a couple of episodes to get past the whole “Coach Taylor isn’t in Texas coaching football anymore?” aspect of Kyle Chandler’s new Netflix series. But once you do, this show is full of mystery and twists that will keep you on your toes.
Highlights: The beachfront scenery.

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If you like… “Orange Is The New Black” | Watch “Weeds
Jenji Kohan’s cult-favorite show centers around a suburban mom-turned-dealer. Sounds dark, right? Much like OITNB, the nuances of Nancy Botwin and her rotating band of misfits lighten even the darkest subject matter.
Highlights: Nancy’s ever-present iced coffee drinks. An appearance by Mary-Kate Olsen.

What shows do you think we should at to our Netflix queue?

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