Quick Deal: Nautical Bracelet

If you know me at all, you know I love pretty much anything nautical!  It apparently doesn’t matter that I’ve spent most of my life living in the desert (literally).  I still just love the classic and preppy look!

One of my friends shared this deal with me, and I quickly scooped up one of the navy bracelets.  I just thought I would pass the information along!

Ashley Bridget nautical bracelets – They come in navy, black, tan, and white!

Click this link to see the deal and order your bracelet(s): http://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-ashley-bridget-nautical-bracelets

These bracelets have a classic look, and should be pretty lasting.  I was especially impressed by the 14-karat yellow-gold plating!  It seems like a pretty great deal, too.  The bracelet is normally about $50, but with the Groupon you get it for less than $20 and don’t have to pay shipping!  I can’t wait to get mine in the mail!

Just make sure to hurry, Groupon deals expire quickly!

Do you have any good deals that you want to share?  Please let us know in the comments!

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Easter is almost here! Don’t forget about this fun Bunny Cake if you’re looking for a sweet treat for the holiday!

Class and Creation

Since I was little, my mom has made a Bunny Cake for Easter most years.  A couple of years ago, she taught me how to make it.  This year, I couldn’t be home with my family for Easter.  My law school family, though, celebrated together.  It was fantastic!  We had a potluck dinner, and when they asked me what I’d like to bring, this was the first thing that came to mind.  I was so excited to share a tradition with others, especially when it meant bringing a part of home with me!

What you need:

  1. cake mix – I used Funfetti, but you can use whatever you want!
  2. frosting – it works best with plain vanilla
  3. coconut
  4. food coloring
  5. sprinkles
  6. candy for the eyes and nose
  7. either candy or colored frosting for the mouth and whiskers
  8. a really big flat pan or board to build the cake on – I…

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Make Your Hair Silky

I have been growing out my hair, which can be a difficult process.  Especially considering that I also highlight my hair, it’s tough to keep it healthy enough to grow enough to make up for the necessary trims.  I’ve found that keeping my hair as healthy as possible is really helpful.

I recently found an inexpensive product that makes a big difference: Organix Coconut Oil Weightless Hydrating Oil Mist.  You can find it at a few places, but  Walmart has it the cheapest I’ve found for less than $6.  I love that this product makes my hair silky, soft, and smooth without weighing it down or making it oily and greasy, like some leave-in conditioners and oils.  I noticed a difference in how healthy the ends of my hair were after less than a week of using it.   Oh, and it smells pretty, too!

Anyway, I highly recommend it!  Do you have any tips or favorite products to help hair stay healthy?  Please share them in the comments, I can use all the help I can get!

Hair Chalk

Have you wanted to try something new and funky with your hair without the commitment?

I’m in law school, so it’s difficult for me to do much crazy with my style or appearance.  I’m a professional individual, but I’m an individual nonetheless!  Sometimes, I just want to try something fun, like putting purple streaks in my blonde hair.  But I have to go to class, I have interviews, and I’m an adult.  So how can I do both?

I saw the idea for hair chalking in a few places.  Lauren Conrad mentioned it on her blog some time ago, and I’ve also seen it on Pinterest.  I happened to be near a beauty supply store, and I stopped in to see what they had available.  I picked up Beyond the Zone Color Buzz Party Purple hair chalk, and I was anxious to see how it would turn out.

Pros:

  • It washed out pretty easily.  Some spots took two full washes, but most of it came out in the first shower.
  • It looked pretty cool!
  • You can put the streaks wherever you want.
  • It was fun to do something different for one day/night.
  • Hair chalk comes in a bunch of colors.

Cons:

  • IT GOT EVERYWHERE.  Definitely do not do this to your hair without covering up everything you don’t want covered in chalk dust.  I’m still finding it in my bathroom months later.  Absolutely cover your clothes with a towel or something similar, I recommend wearing gloves if you can, and maybe do it in the shower or something so it doesn’t land all over counters, sinks, and floors.  If you’re wearing your hair down, do NOT wear a light color shirt!
  • When I ran a brush through my hair, it blended the color and made the streaks less pronounced.
  • I expected the color to come out in the first wash (with two shampoos), but some of it didn’t.  I wouldn’t recommend this technique if you have something important to do the following day.
  • It was a little expensive (about $8) for something I don’t foresee using very often.  If it wasn’t SO messy, I would probably consider using it more frequently.  But like I said, my entire bathroom was basically covered in purple dust.

Here are some photos:

purple hair chalk

 

purple hair chalk

 

purple hair chalk

 

 

purple hair chalk

 

purple streaks

Hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have any questions or recommendations in the comments!

Accessory Trend: Stacking

One of my new favorite things to do to spice up a classic outfit is to add a little pop with bracelet stacking.  It’s great because if you buy a few pieces (and they can be pretty inexpensive, too!), you can mix and match to create new looks.

Here are a couple of my recent favorites:

Both of these are from Target... Christmas presents from my mom!

Both of these are from Target… Christmas presents from my mom!

My Michael Kors watch and LC bracelets from Kohls.  This one's my favorite!

My Michael Kors watch and LC bracelets from Kohls. This stack is my favorite!

The same two LC bracelets and a Pura Vida bracelet stack for Valentine's Day

The same two LC bracelets and a Pura Vida bracelet stack for Valentine’s Day

These are just a few of my recent favorites.  I’ll try to update this post as I come up with new combinations and additions!  Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments!

Friday Favorites: My New Lilly Agenda

Happy Friday!!!  And even better… Happy spring break!

This week, my favorite thing is my brand new Lilly Pulitzer agenda!

lilly agenda

Lilly Pulitzer had a fantastic sale, so this soft cover agenda that is usually $26 only cost me $12!  Even better, two-day ground shipping was free, so I ordered my agenda on Tuesday morning and it was on my doorstep on Thursday morning for less than $13 including tax.  I am super excited to get organized now!  Not only is the outside fun and bright, but the inside is adorable and makes you want to see what tomorrow will bring!

Lilly agenda inside

The tabs make everything easy to find, and each month provides a new upbeat theme.  Basically, I’m in Lilly-love with my new agenda!

What is your Friday favorite this week?  Do you have any good organization ideas?  Please feel free to share in the comments!

 

Family Favorite Recipe: Pink Applesauce

Two words: comfort food.

My grandmother used to make this for family dinners when I was very young, and my mom made it occasionally growing up after we moved away.  Now, my generation, my cousins and I, make this for family gatherings and for fun.  When I just need something deliciously comforting, this is the best easy thing to make.

The best part is that you can make it the easy way or the REALLY easy way.  For the really easy way, just use all store-bought applesauce and skip all the steps before adding the “secret ingredient!”

What you need:

  1. 2-3 Apples (whatever kind you like best)
  2. 1 jar of store-bought plain applesauce
  3. cinnamon
  4. sugar
  5. 1 package of red hot candies
  6. water
This is all you need!

This is all you need!

Peel the apples and cut them into small pieces.  Dump them into your pot with cold water to keep them from turning brown while you work.

Peel the apples and cut them into small pieces. Dump them into your pot with cold water to keep them from turning brown while you work.

 

pink applesauce

 

Boil and simmer the apples in the water until they are very soft.  Add cinnamon to the mixture and let simmer another couple of minutes to let the apples soak up the flavor.

Boil and simmer the apples in the water until they are very soft. Add cinnamon to the mixture and let simmer another couple of minutes to let the apples soak up the flavor.

 

Drain the water and smash the apples with a fork.  I took them out of the pot I was using so I didn't scratch it with the fork, but you don't have to if you're not using nonstick.

Drain the water and smash the apples with a fork. I took them out of the pot I was using so I didn’t scratch it with the fork, but you don’t have to if you’re not using nonstick.

 

Mix the smashed apples, the jar of applesauce, and the entire package of red hots.  Simmer on low, stirring frequently, until all of the red hots are completely melted and incorporated.

Mix the smashed apples, the jar of applesauce, and the entire package of red hots. Simmer on low, stirring frequently, until all of the red hots are completely melted and incorporated.

 

Add a little sugar at a time, to taste.  You may not need to add any at all, it just depends on the apples you used and the kind of applesauce.  Stir, and viola!  Chill in the refrigerator until it's cold, and it's ready to serve!

Add a little sugar at a time, to taste. You may not need to add any at all, it just depends on the apples you used and the kind of applesauce. Stir, and viola! Chill in the refrigerator until it’s cold, and it’s ready to serve!

 

This cinnamon flavored applesauce is absolutely one of my favorite things in the entire world.  I hope you enjoy, too!  Please feel free to comment with your favorite family recipes!