DIY Soft, Silky Hands Treatment

Have you ever been to a Mary Kay party? One thing the host always does is a Satin Hands treatment. Although I’m not a fan of these parties, I do love how this treatment makes my hands feel: super soft and silky.

I wanted to create a similar treatment but with everyday items – no kit necessary. You are going to love my DIY Soft, Silky Hands Treatment!

DIY Soft, Silky Hands Treatment

Continue Reading

Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

Happy Friday! Did you survive the week? Mine has crawled by, and I’m ready for the weekend. Can you believe that it is November already?

My husband’s out of town this weekend, so it’s all Ginnie, all the time! I’m looking forward to some me time. We’re talking Lifetime movie marathons (the best!), a DIY spa day, catching up on my favorite fashion/design mags, and maybe even a mini-feast with foods the hubby won’t eat (anything with olives or capers).

In the meantime, here are some things that piqued my interest this week:

Apple TartsMini apple tarts that I made for Joel. Recipe coming soon!

It’s getting colder, so reuse that old sweater to make mittens.

OK, this totally cracked me up: a twenty-something party vs. a thirty-something party.

I love the idea of keeping candles in an unused fireplace. My fireplace actually works, but we don’t use it (fear of burning down our building). The neighbors below me do use their fireplace though, so I’m wondering if the heat would make our candles melt. Hmm …

Central Park Reservoir ViewA beautiful fall day in Central Park!

Check out these inexpensive agate slices from Urban Outfitters. I’d use them as coasters or frame them individually for artwork (pick up a cheap white frame from Target).

Design Sponge had a great Bayfield, WI city guide this week. Bayfield is one of my favorite little towns in northern Wisconsin. My husband and I spent a long, relaxing weekend there a few years ago, and I’d love to return one day.

Are you a fan of blue and white decor? Then check out this gorgeous blue and white West Village apartment. The bathroom is to.die.for.

Pretty fall leaf.I found this colorful leaf on a walk earlier this week.

I love this longer, fuller ponytail tutorial – perfect for us ladies with fine hair!

15 ways to amp up your eyeliner game – who knew?

Did you know that you can remove sticker gunk with cooking spray? Genius! I have a few things I need to try this on.

Central Park ViewAnother gorgeous day in Central Park – the views makes exercise more fun!

Continuing my quest to consume as much pumpkin as possible, I made these Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies this week, and they were amazing!

What could make these healthy Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tostadas even better? Creamy avocado dressing!

Have you heard of creativeLIVE? They offer free (!!!) workshops – and these aren’t dinky 1 hour webinars – in photography, design, business, etc. You watch online and can interact with the instructors. I took one last week on using color in design with Tobi Fairley, and it was amazing!

Halloween Decorated HouseOur neighbors really went all out when they decorated their house for Halloween!

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! How about a cherry whiskey smash?

What is your favorite thing to do when you have a little alone time?

P.S. Follow me on Pinterest to keep up with everything that catches my eye!

Continue Reading

Warm Up Your Home with Fall Accessories

I like to make small, seasonal changes to my home. Nothing too elaborate, but it’s fun to make a switch from cool summer colors to warm fall colors. The easiest way to do this is through accessories like throws, pillows, other decorative elements.

When decorating for fall or winter, it’s important to consider:

  • materials (think cozy wools, soft faux-furs, and rich velvets)
  • colors (I like warm golds, earthy burgundy, and rich jewel tones)
  • textures (rustic woods, chunky knits, and thick wovens work well)

Here are four ways you can warm up your home for fall with just a few accessories.

Warm Up Your Home with Fall AccessoriesRich Texture & Pattern

Warm colors and textures (hello, velvet!) scream fall.

Winter White & Gold

There is something so glamorous about a winter white home – even more so with the addition of gold accents.

Earthy Oxblood

Oxblood, or burgundy, is very popular in fashion and interiors right now.

Bold Gem Tones

Jewel tones are a fall classic.

Do you switch up your decor on a seasonal basis?

P.S. Do you remember my posts about updating a boring beige living room? This is the perfect way to do it for fall!

I’m linking up to Remodelaholic’s Anonymous Party, Cheerios and Latte’s Saturday Show and Tell, and Tater Tots and Jello’s Link Party Palooza.

Continue Reading

Fall Fashion Faves: Walk on the Dark Side

When I was unpacking my fall wardrobe last week, I noticed there was a lot of black and gray. My summer clothes are fairly bright, but when fall rolls around I definitely start to crave darker clothing. It just seems to fit the season better.

I thought it would be fun to pull together some of my favorite fall finds that are on the darker side. This is the kind of outfit I’d wear for drinks and dinner with my husband.

Fall Fashion Faves: Walk on the Dark Side1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13

I love the skirt’s fun bow and metallic color, and I let it inspire the rest of the look. I’d pair the skirt with a simple blouse with a sweet detail, like the lace on this shirt. Tights and suede booties warm up the outfit, but if it was really cold out I’d add a black cardi.

I’m in love with this wool coat, a trench with moto-style zippers. Very cool! The foldover clutch also has a little edge and a hidden strap if you want to keep your hands free. I would keep the other accessories fairly simple and add some sparkly studs, a stack of black rings, and, just for fun, a dancing legs cover for my phone.

Makeup is the perfect place to add a punch of color. Start with your nails. I love both of these colors – a frosted concrete gray and a deep dark red creme – from Julep (one of my favorite polish brands). Create a subtle cat-eye with black Stila liner – it’s my favorite!

Finally, red lipstick will brighten your lips. Here’s how to apply it if you’re color-shy: apply the lipstick, blot your lips with a tissue (the red should stain your lips), and apply neutral lip gloss.

What are your favorite fall colors?

P.S. Sign up to be a Julep Maven and get a monthly box of beauty – your first one is free!

P.P.S. I’m linking up with The Life of the Party’s Fashion Informant, Style Elixir’s Friday’s Fab Favorites, and Simply Lulu Style’s What I’m Loving Fridays.

Continue Reading