Handmade Gift Series 2017 - Gift #3 Beaded Headband

Hello Dear Readers.  I'm happy to present my third and final handmade gift for my 2017 Handmade Gift series for the holidays.  If you missed by first two handmade gifts you can check them out here and here.  With Christmas being just two short weeks away I am in a panic as I have not quite yet finished my gift shopping.  I usually am much further ahead of the game at this point and so I'm feeling nervous that I won't get everything done in time.  If you are feeling the same then this beaded headband is a great option for you as it comes together rather quickly and appeals to females of all ages.  Don't worry y'all, I understand you're running out of time so I'm keeping this intro short and getting right to the DIY.

Style Corner - Shoe of the Month, December 2017

Jolly Holidays Dear Readers!  The holiday season and all it's soirees are in full swing and nothing can make me happier!  I love the holidays and all the fun social events that come with it, not only is it great to spread the cheer with dear family and friends, it's also a great excuse to don a party dress and festive shoes.  In honor of this season of festivous, I decided to name my favorite party shoes, my Rockstud T-Strap Valentino's the December Shoe of the Month.  True confession, I scored my Valentino's for a whopping $6 on a random Friday off from work when I decided to swing by a tag sale in Bethlehem.  Bethlehem...could that be any more perfect for the December Shoe of the Month?!?!  It's like I am a wisewoman and the Valentino's were my North Star guiding me to fashion glory!  Truth is I was actually looking for a chair on the cheap that I could reupholster that day.  Instead, I ended up at a tag sale run by the nanny with barely worn designer duds on the cheap.  There was also $45 Chanel...I kid you not.  All in all a happy accident..but really the only key take away from this story is this...go to tag sales in Bethlehem for you Connecticut folk...or just replace Bethlehem with a rich town in your state for you Non-Connecticut folk...you just may get rewarded.  Anywho, lets get to the shoes.  Oh Rockstud Valentino's I love you so!  The leather is like butter...I know that is such an over used description of leather but there really is no other way to describe it.  These shoes are not the most comfortable, but I don't care!  The shiny black patent leather and the edgy studs more than make up for the discomfort!  Besides one or two holiday cocktails in and you hardly notice!  :-)  I decided to go all out here and pair them with fishnets and sequins...it is the holidays after all.  However, I've worn these shoes with everything, jeans, leggings, dresses and my pajamas.  Why?  Because they are Valentino's and I can!

Handmade Gift Series 2017 - Gift #2 The Clutch

Hello Dear Readers.  I'm back with the second installment of my Handmade Gift Series for 2017.  Next up is this chic clutch bag with leather handle, the perfect gift for any woman in your life.

How to Sew a Zipper Pouch

Hello Dear Readers.  A zipper pouch is a quick and easy project for any level of sewer, so please don't let the zipper intimidate you.  In fact if you've never sewn a zipper before, this is the perfect project to start.  Zipper pouches are so versatile as well and can be used as the jumping off point for so many projects.  So let's grab some fabric and get started.

Handmade Gift Series 2017 - Gift #1 Yoga Eye Pillow with Travel Bag

Hello Dear Readers.  I'm very excited to offer up another Handmade Gift Series this year.  I've been working away testing and creating some ideas for you.  I hope you find these gifts both fun to make and to give.

Style Corner - Shoe of the Month, November 2017

November shoe of the month picture courtesy of Anthropologie.

Hello Dear Readers.  The fact that it is November already is seriously freaking me out!  I don't know what happened to 2017...seriously it was just January like two sleeps ago.  The start of November always gets me excited because so many good things happen in November, the birthday of my darling Snugs (Ha!  Dave is totally embarrassed by the fact that I just called him Snugs on the Internet!), Thanksgiving, the official start of the holiday season and the reemergence of velvet, velvet, and more velvet!  As you could probably tell by that last sentence, I have a serious thing for velvet.  In fact I love it so much that I knew I wanted to feature a velvet shoe for this month's shoe of the month post.  I took to the Internet to search for the perfect pair, but I scoured page after page and the velvet shoe options all seemed typical, uninspired and left me feeling empty.  Then just when I was about to give up and dub oxfords the shoe of the month instead...EUREKA!  When I saw these adorable blush velvet and floral detail charmers "Eureka!" was exactly the word I called out.  "What the hell is that!?!?" were the words the came out of Snugs mouth and that was the most helpful thing he could have said to me because I knew these shoes were just the bit of uniqueness I was looking for.  And as Snugs pointed out, when it comes to shoes...I shouldn't care about his opinion anyway.  Finally, the November 2017 shoe of the month was chosen.

She Be 40 - A Fizzy Bourbon Cocktail

Hello Dear Readers. Today is my fabulous Sister, Karla's 40th Birthday!  To help her and my family celebrate, I decided to create a cocktail to honor this special occasion.  My Sister likes both prosecco and bourbon so I knew I wanted to incorporate both into her birthday cocktail.  Then I thought about it for a bit and decided that Grand Marnier would be a good compliment.  After a little experimenting and some volunteer taste testing, Karla's birthday cocktail, the She Be 40 was born!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we will!

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