Holiday gift wrapping joy!
For those of you who know me know, I love gift wrapping, especially during the holidays. This is my first Christmas gift wrap(first pic only) inspiration for you.
Using brown paper may seem dull, but you can dress it up anyway you like. It’s simple but absolutely gorgeous way to gift wrap your Christmas presents this year. I have painted these in the past with gold or silver dots and tied with a colorful bow. It will definitely make your gift stand out!
It is the thought that counts, but it’s even better when the recipient can take one look at your gift and know it came from you.
My boyfriend and I hosted our first Thanksgiving Brunch! And it’s safe to say, it was a hit. Any cocktail that’s socially acceptable to drink in the morning is always my favorite. Cue the mimosa! The highlight was our Mimosa bar and Nacatamals. A Nacatamal is a Nicaragua Tamal. They are typically bigger than your average Mexican Tamal and stuffed with much more juicy ingredients.
Next time you’re planning on serving mimosas, create a mimosa bar instead of just serving juice and Champagne. Mimosa bars are affordable and fun, and, if done correctly, they will be the hit at your next event.
It was a great day with family and friends. Thanksgiving is much more than amazing dessert and Turkey. We can’t forget to give Thanks! Hoping everyone had a chance to reflect on all our many blessings. I am always thankful to God for my family and friends, for my health and theirs, and especially thankful to the love of my life. Looking forward to more holiday parties this month! Let the celebrations continue!
Apple Cider Cocktail: Spiced Apple Cider with Flor de Cana rum
Super delicious, trust me!
Another day, another manicure: Feeling blue! But in a good way. I love how a fresh mani can make any day a good day! Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous fall day! xo Orly-blue suede, OPI-Bare it in Trafalgar Square & Motives for LaLa-Confetti #iheartma @motivescosmetics www.motivescosmetics.com/vanessaurbina
Last -Minute Halloween Party Ideas
One of my favorite Holidays is Halloween! I love dressing up, face painting, passing out candy and decorating. This year I kept it simple, but I still wanted to do something festive. Here are a few pics of a last minute party I threw.
Mummy Dogs Recipe:
Click here for steps. I cut my hot dogs in half and skipped the cheese. I also tried this recipe using pre made cheese dogs.
Healthy Apple Snack:
Pumpkin Dip Bowl:
For a fun and festive veggie dip bowl scoop out the insides of a pumpkin and pour in your dip. This is a great way to add some pumpkin cheer to your veggie tray. You can also carve a large pumpkin and use it to hold beer and ice.
One of my favorite recipes, Pumpkin Dip, that I didn’t get to use.
- 4 oz soft cream cheese (I always use Neufatchel Cheese)
- 1 cup (Half of a 15 oz can) pumpkin puree
- 1.5 tea pumpkin pie spice (or your favorite combo of cinnamon/ginger/nutmeg/allspice)
- .5 tea ground ginger
- .5 tea vanilla
Gradually add 3/4 cup powdered sugar and beat until smooth. You can keep this in the fridge for about a week, covered tightly.
I like to add pomegrante to my dip and use apples or cinnamon chips to dip. Hope you enjoy!
Mexican Sugar Skull Tutorial for the Makeup Novice
This look took me about 10-15 minutes. If you want a more detailed look or your entering a contest, you may want to take 20-25 minutes. It’s all about patience. Take your time making the designs and just play around with it. There are many different looks you kind find on Youtube.
Step one: I used a face primer by Motives Cosmetics. (Best primer out there.)
Step two:Using a makeup sponge I put white creme makeup all over my face. You find these pallettes at your local Halloween shop or drugstore.
Step three: Draw a circle around the eye socket. You can use a black pencil, but I went with a purple color using the same creme pallette. When using creme based makeup, make sure you are using a synthetic brush.
Step four: Draw flower petals all around the eye. This is where you want to take your time to get them as even as possible. My petals are not perfect, but just showing you an easy look.
Step five: Fill in your nose bone using gel liner.Should look like a spade.
Step six:This is where you can get creative. Look online for different designs. I went with a simple heart on my chin using Black Gel Eyeliner by Motives Cosmetic. I made a small heart in the middle in between my eyes. Then outline forehead to make a cobweb. Draw the lines in between.If you mess up, no need to frete! Just use white makeup with a synthetic brush and clean it up. It may take a few times to get it just right.
step seven: Using a liquid eyeliner draw vertical lines through your lips. You want the top and bottom to match up. Then draw lines on the side of your mouth and draw a few lines across that.
step eight: Using either a dark color(I used a black shadow mixed with light pink) and a blush brush highlight your cheekbones.
Have fun with your Sugar Skull look!
Another year younger, another year wiser
I recently celebrated my Birthday with a thankful heart. I believe that birthdays are a chance to take a step back, reflect, and fully appreciate the miracle of being alive. At its very core, birthdays are a celebration of life itself. On my Birthday, my dear friend, received terrible news about her father. I will admit that I do not pray everyday, but on that day I prayed and prayed for my friend and her family. They were in my thoughts all day and night. A brief moment in time can change your life forever. Too many times we get caught up with what we believe is important in life when really they aren’t. It takes something dramatic to happen in our lives to put things back into perspective.
All throughout the day I prayed and I was present to a very intense feeling of gratitude for the gift of life and for the blessings in my life.
I made these balloons for my Libra soul sisters, Tiffany and Jen. Love how festive and easy these DIY ballons are. Tutorial below.
Supplies for Pom-Pom Balloons
- Helium grade latex balloons - I used clear.
- Small pom-poms - I found some fun glitter ones at my local Michaels store.
- Hot glue - Use low setting.
My positive affirmation for the day: I celebrate every day like it’s my birthday!
Life is too short to be anything but happy and grateful! Please keep my friend and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you!
It’s a plaid affair!
Plaid is always a fall favorite. The general rule in wearing plaid is pair it with a solid color. Black will always look good with all colors and types of plaid. With black, plaid becomes the focal point of your entire outfit. Of course, there’s always an exception to the rule. Plaid, just like any printed fabrics, can also be worn with a similar print design. Plaid on plaid can work as well.
Whether paired with denim, a lace mini or leather skirt the pattern will always be one of my favorites! How do you wear your plaid?
Black on black on black
Who doesn’t love black? It’s a timeless classic look that oozes chic and sexy, and makes you look thin. New Yorkers have mastered the all black look. Wondering how to pull it off without crossing into boring, dreary or moody? Here are a few ways how to pull it off.
1. Don’t be afraid to mix different textures. Add a leather or lace top to all black jeans. Wearing a skirt? Make a statement in polka dotted or lacy tights that will keep the cold out while adding a dash of chic.
2. Depending on the top, you may want to add a belt so your waist doesn’t get lost..
3. Wear Jewelry (bracelets, necklace,etc.). Adding bits of baubles will add joy to an all black out ensemble.
4. Try a statement shoe. A spike or studded shoe will definitely not be boring!
5. Show a some skin, but not too much. All black is one thing but to be covered head to toe is a little much. Wear a mini leather black skirt with a black top. Showing a little leg never hurt anybody.
and my favorite..
6. Add a bright lip. Add a bit of brightness with a pop of a rouge, berry, or pink lipstick.
Black on Black on Black is always chic, yes, but it can be boring! So make sure to mix it up.
Hope you enjoy!
Upside-down French braid.
I have been seeing this style everywhere, so I decided to finally give it a try. This look is great for an evening or casual day look. I think I’ll be do this more often.
Step by steps below.
1. Flip your head upside down and brush your hair out.
2. Grab a small chunk of hair and start braiding from the nape of the neck until you’ve gone two-thirds of the way up your head. Fasten the braid with a thin pony holder.
3. Then form a pinned bun (or sock bun), spray away fly aways and voila!
My version is just a bit messy as it took me just a few minutes to do. Take a look at these pictures for more inspiration and give it a try! I would love to see your upside-down French braid, so send me your pics.
H M sweater, $24 / H M mini skirt, $32 / Maison Martin Margiela cut out leather boots / MICHAEL Michael Kors tote bag / MICHAEL Michael Kors buckle watch / Bowie bracelet, $12 / Essie clear nail polish, $18 / Essie nail polish / essie nail color, midnight cami 0.46 fl oz (13.04 g) / Necklace
White after Labor Day? …Yes!
Last night I met friends for dinner and drinks at Paladar Rum bar. I broke all the rules—white out after Labor Day! The notion that white must be retired after Labor Day no longer applies. I threw that fashion rule out long ago. I never liked this to begin with.
What about you? Do you follow “no white after labor day” rule or break it?
Click here for more ways to wear white after Labor Day.