Hair mascara


Hair. To some people, it’s just a bunch of strands on their head and they do their best to avoid having to deal with it. But to me, it’s everything! That was only thing I ever wanted to do after high school was go to cosmetology school and learn to make people beautiful! And I wanted to experiment on my own hair as well of course! And that I did, I tried every color, cut it as short as above my ears.. do I regret it? I really don’t, it all grew back eventually. And the 20 pounds I gained there all came off too :-O! And I’m glad to say I tried it because I could never cut my hair that short again! And thankfully I don’t have the down time that I did in Beauty School to sit and eat takeout restaurant food every day.

If you are scared to try new things to your hair, but you have thought about it, I have found a solution! I recently put pink in my hair and it is washing out fairly quickly. So I looked around my beauty supply and found that they have professional temporary hair mascaras that wash out as soon as you shampoo your hair. I bought a pink and a teal because I do love those two colors! And now I can put a splash of color in my hair anytime I want, with no commitment! I just thought I would share the love with you guys, these come in many collors so if you are wanting to try a pop of color and your hair, try these first! No commitment, but lots of fun! Maybe you want to rock your red lipstick and put a couple strands of red in your hair that day as well, go for it! You can find these hair mascaras on Amazon here! They are called Colorme by Giuliano Professional.

I applied this after blow drying and curling my hair and I just kind of free-hand lightly applied the color with the mascara wand on the strands that I wanted. If you want a lot of it in your hair, pull each strand out that you want colored and hold it with a lot of tension and brush it on. Enjoy!!

Tulle dress-down


Those who know me know I dance to the beat of my own drum. Not in the rebellious way, I do like to follow the rules because I’m a bit of a scaredy cat-worrier at times. But when it comes to fashion, hair, makeup I have always loved to try new things. I do love to stand out in a crowd. They call it attention-whore in this generation, but why does wanting to stand out and make an impact make you an attention whore? I want to reach people, motivate them to dance to their own beat! You love blue lip gloss but scared to wear it? Wear that ish! Rock it at the grocery store even! It will feel invigorating.

I colored my ends pink the other day, and it is washing out at a fast pace. I wanted to embrace the last of my pink hair by wearing a sassy outfit today. If you follow my Instagram you will see I posted a couple pictures of tulle skirts recently, I have been on the search for the perfect tulle skirt! It was hard to find locally because it wasn’t exactly Spring yet, and I was too scared to order one online because I always seem to be disappointed when I try that.
I was shopping at the mall with my girls the other day and I was in Forever 21, and there were two tulle dresses randomly hanging on a rack. One was pink, and an XL. But I saw a black one that caught my eye, and it was in my size and super affordable at 34.99! We have a wedding in a couple weeks and I thought this would be perfect to wear! I can sport the tulle skirt I have been looking for for so long!

But today, I was looking at that that dress thinking why can’t I wear it now, why wait for a special occasion to wear something I so love! I threw on my Converse and my Mossimo jean vest. I even started digging through my hair accessories. I found a headband that I loved but when I put it on it squeezed my head so hard it made me look like I had a balloon on the top of my head. So I cut the elastic part of the headband off and just bobby pinned it in my hair. Perfect!

Don’t be scared to get all dolled up for no reason, it made me feel good today and it can do the same for you! And my girls had fun throwing some dresses on today too, I inspired them to be all girly and fun today!

Also, you can do this to a lot of dresses or skirts that you own, throw on some combat boots or tennis shoes with a jean jacket/vest, leather jacket or whatever and it will make it look more like day-wear rather than an evening look. Now go try something out of your comfort zone! It will feel so good, promise. xo

I couldn’t find the dress I bought in a store online, but here are some other options from Forever 21.

An Etsy Adventure!


I am not sure if any of you have been following me on this blogging journey..but it was my new years resolution to concentrate on ME this year (when my kids let me hah!), to concentrate on things that make me happy. It was January, a couple months into our new home, and we were finally feeling settled-ish (major ISH) and I had a some free time to take up a hobby. It wasn’t for a couple months that I saw the article on redbook on how to make a rope basket (I also blogged about this.) Well, that was a fun hobby, and I am still working on making a couple yarn-wrapped baskets, but my interest has traveled a bit (still in home décor) but on to vases. I basically just want to decorate vases all day. Like..I would all day if I could and the day gets away from me so fast now because when I am crafting..I am in craft heaven and time flies! I still have been forgetting to fit that workout in at the end of the day..hmm..oops! Need to get back on that. I got 2 days in last week that’s good right!? And scrubbing all that paint that Zola got crafty with out of my carpet all day Monday was like 10 days worth of cardio. So..yeah, I’m good.

Anyway!! Phew..always get off topic. I started wrapping yarn and twine around vases and wine/beer bottles and was super loving it. But one day at Michaels I found myself wandering around the paint section..and thought what the heck, let’s buy a bottle of chalk paint! So I get home and set up my brush, paint, vases, newspaper and what have you (no idea what I was doing but how hard can painting a vase be right!?) and I started painting a vase. WHOA! This was fun. The gliding of the paint across the smooth, glass vase was like therapy! And for 1.49 a 2oz bottle of paint, this is CHEAPER than therapy! Isn’t it funny when you are passionate about something how amazing you can make it sound. Like accountants that love their job could probably make it sound more delicious than an ooey gooey chocolate fudge brownie from TGI Fridays. That sounds so good right about now… Anyway, painting this vase was so fun that I grabbed 2 more and started painting them too, not even knowing what was going to happen after this. Well, that painting extravaganza turned into this right here.

I  have been having a lot of fun playing around with different colors and just making a lot of different vases that way I can reach a wide variety of people! I know not everyone likes bright yellow and turqouise, so I will have some neutral options too. Also, I would love for people to know I love making custom items as well. Example: someone likes a purple vase I made but their bathroom is coral instead..so they can message m and ask for this same type of vase but in coral. And I will say, YES..YES I would love to!! I would love making a piece knowing someone will be enjoying it in their home or as a centerpiece for a party they are throwing. Or maybe someone is having a baby or a housewarming party..or whatever! A custom vase would be a great gift. I love homemade, thoughtful gifts like that. And I love giving them to the people I love as well.

Moral of this story is, the new year has brought me 2 hobbies that I love, blogging and crafting. If nothing more comes of it than it just being a hobby, then I will still be fulfilled..because I truly found something to do with my spare time that makes me HAPPY And that is really what is important in life.

Therr are a couple of projects that I have been working on this week, they will be up on my etsy site soon! To see what I already have on there visit http://www.craftybeachdecor.etsy.com

 

Save the dram-a for your blog-a (said in Italian accent)


You know how you have some days where you just feel like you are slaying everything, you are just going to kill it no matter what you do? Well yeah, today was the complete opposite of that. My almost 3yo daughter decided instead of sitting and watching Mickey Mouse quietly like an angel sent from heaven to me.. while I was in the basement, that she would creep into my craft room and become a famous painter. I am talking acrylic paint all over the door, my vases, and all over my brand new carpet. Oh yeah, it was all over her too! So since it is water based paint, it came off her no problem! The carpet was a whole another ordeal. I tried everything under the sun to get the stuff out and I only got it about 75% out. I just feel like a major #momfail today! Definitely need to start baby proofing the house again now that she is at that age that she wants to get into everything! I could have sworn she was quietly watching Mickey the whole time too haha! Luckily it happened in the craft room, which is a spare bedroom that nobody sees. I guess it could have been worse, she could have gotten it in her eyes or eaten it right?! My husband is all “don’t stress, lesson learned” and…umm NO… I am over here for hours scrubbing my carpet with everything under the freaking sun. The guy had to come home and peel my away from scrubbing the same areas over and over. I had so much water and solution in this carpet that my Mom had to come suck it out with her carpet cleaning machine! ( I know there is a real word for said machine, but my brain is fried today! Inhaled too many cleaning agents.)

Anyway, when something like this happens I just have to blame myself. It is our job to keep things away from my kids so they don’t end up hurting themselves or making a mess that we are going to spend 12 hours cleaning, and I right! I just had a meltdown today after the past few months not being used to all of these unexpected things happening! One of the girls cuts the other ones hair, spit all over the TV and smeared around with their hands thinking it’s funny, spitting on the couch, writing on each other’s face with pen…hat’s when I just have to pick the kids up in the car and drop them off at one of the grandparents house so I can have a couple hours to breathe!

Staying at home, and being a homebody has its perks but its downfalls as well! The longer I am home the more chances we have of making huge messes around here! And it is easy to obsess over trying to keep it clean. Don’t get me wrong I loooove being home!! I just am not a fan of chasing my kids around with wet rags, a vacuum, and a broom. And hearing myself nag at them all day “why do you have to spill everything, please wash your hands, why are you doing that, stop taking toys from your sister, stop dumping all of your toys in a pile just to grab one and walk away from the mess” (the list goes on and on until I cannot stand the sound of my own and seriously ponder how my husband can stand the sight of me) (please hubby, still love me..the girls just make me crazy please hang around long enough for them to grow a bit so you can see I can still be a normal, sane, happy, and fun human being). Thank goodness warm weather is here and we can start getting out more! They can go be reckless in a public place that I don’t have to clean afterwards! 😀 and being in public reminds me that other people’s kids are little animals as well. Maybe the only advice I need at the end of this is to just learn to BREATHE. Oh and drink more wine. Cheers!

fresh hair, new kicks


Today started off a little rough. My daughter didn’t want to go to gymnastics and we ended up leaving with her kicking and screaming. I couldn’t force her to go back in to her class, but I could take away the afternoon of fun I promised her afterwards: a day at the outdoor mall. It was hard to take that away because her little sister and I were really looking forward to it too! Why do we have to suffer for her bad fortune dang it!!!

This whole parenting thing is tough..and my oldest has tested me since birth..she is super full of emotion and uses it to test my every nerve right until bedtime. She is in for a rude awakening come Kindergarten…people aren’t going to be catering to her every move. Anyway..she promised to make up her class on another day this week and we will give the mall another go. Wish us luck!

Since I had my afternoon free, I decided to touch up my ombre a bit. If that sentence confuses you, I added some brighter highlights to the ends of my hair…hahaha! Sometimes I need to freshen the hair up, especially for a new season!! I also added in a select few rose.gold pieces that no one will notice..I will need to add a few more pink pieces in soon..which will be easy because I color my hair myself!!! I am my pickiest client 😀

Target had their shoes buy one get one 1/2 off yesterday..which was perfect because my youngest girl and I needed some new kicks! I found these awesome slip-on sneakers in gray and they are super comfortable..especially at the ankles. I can’t wait to rock them all Summer with shorts. They look great with pants and yogas too! Of course I had to buy some gray shirts to match them (I have a matchy matchy problem). Luckily clearance had some cute options! I realize the tank is meant for St. Pattys day..but I am gonna sport it all Summer anyway! I love the shorts too because they are that perfect length..not too short not too tight! You can find the shoes here. Their shoes are still bogo half off right now too!! The hats I am rocking in the pics are from last Summer. The gray one is from Target, and the black one is Express. As you all know I bargain shop so I found the Target hat on Poshmark and the Express one at a second hand store. Target has a ton of cute floppy hats, check them out here!! My shorts can be found here. Happy shopping! I wish you all great hair and shoes for the season!!

Here is a side profile of my hair color..if you’ve never tried ombre before..try it! I keep my roots natural so I only touch up my hair when I WANT to.

Bargain Shopping


Once a season I like to shop around to find some good deals on clothing and/or shoes for the upcoming season. In this case…I need to prepare for Spring! Usually this involves me checking out Target (especially clearance rack) and Salvation Army. I dont know if any of you are above consignment stores. I am such a fan of resale shops! I actually intend on finding more near me that I can pick through. And I don’t say that lightly..you have to PICK through so many racks of clothes before finding a gem. I found a lot of great summer clothes for my 5 year old at a couple resale shops around me. I am talking like 10 skirts and 10 shirts for 99c-1.99 each! People get rid of some great stuff and I love finding it! I don’t get as lucky when it comes to finding clothing for me though. I found one dress and one shirt that I love and will wear over and over this Spring.

Target will be my go-to for shorts and sandals this season. I found my signature black and white flip flops to get me through to the end of Summer.  Every once in a while you have to toss your old ones and replace..am I right! The black flip flops are Mossimo and the white ones are Sam & Libby. The black sandals I purchased last Summer from Sam & Libby killed my feet..so I am hoping for the best with these white ones! I like the material because they can get wet and can be washed easily. The black ones on the other hand I have to be more careful with.

The floral dress is Divided from H&M and the striped dress is Rue 21. I am iffy about this one..it’s at a weird length for me. It makes me look shorter than I am..and it’s a bit form fitting which did not serve me well tonight after downing my homemade Calzones! (so worth it though) The tank top I am wearing with my pink Under Armour leggings is also from a resale shop. It is Old Navy active wear. I found both of my new tanks in the kid section at Salvation Army! How funny is that! The multi colored tank is Mossimo brand. I paired it with the blue skirt (Delia’s brand but also found at Salvation Army for only 1.99!) I think they purposely sneak in tanks for the moms while in the kid section to make us happy as we are sifting through hundreds of kids clothes…ha!

I am pleased with my finds but have a lot more searching to do! I will probably hit up Target and H&M before the weather breaks to make sure I am ready for warm weather!

Before you guys go splurging on Summer clothes..take an afternoon to check out your nearby resale shops..there are some hidden gems in them! I do admit the thrill of the chase is the fun part..but if you find even one essential item for the season it will be well worth it!