DIY Catch All Bowls

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hello there!
A few weeks ago, me and my bestie Hilary saw a post on The Small Things Blog for some DIY catch all bowls.  We thought they were absolutely adorable, so we decided to make our own!  I'm really happy with how mine turned out, and I think they will bring some life to the top of my dresser!

For this project, you will need:
Ceramic bowls
Ceramic paint-we used Americana Gloss Enamels brand
Paint Brushes

We found an assortment of adorable ceramic dishes at Tai Pan!


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Summer Maxi Dresses

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hello there!
For today's post, I teamed up with my adorable new friend, Jensyn from Stripes In Bloom!  We had so much fun putting together these summer time maxi dress outfits!  This post was the first time I was able to sit down and have a conversation with Jensyn, and she is so adorable!  We were instant friends.  I love blogging because I've had the opportunity to meet so many fun friends!!

I love maxi dresses!  Especially in the summer.  Maxi dresses are a great way to look a little more dressed up while still being really comfy. (Let's face it, they're like the yoga pants of dress up clothes, am I right?)  Maxi dresses are great for a day running errands, or for a summer date night!

Be sure to check out Stripes in Bloom for Jensyn's outfit details!

When Jensyn and I planned on doing this post together, we didn't plan a color scheme, but we both showed up with blue/turquoise nails and accessories, and gold watches.  We must be accessory soul mates :) (Plus check out that amazing hand modeling hehe)

Dress:  Charlotte Russe
Jacket: American Eagle
Shoes: Forever Young
Sunnies: Charming Charlie
Watch: Charming Charlie

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Lily Collins Inspired

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Today's hair how to was inspired by this AMAZING picture of Lily Collins,  SHE IS SO GORGEOUS. I loved how simple, but put together this look is!  Slight curls and loose half up, I love it!  Here's my take on Lily Collins' half up hair.

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Tayler and the Amazing Technicolor Kimono

Friday, June 13, 2014

Ya see what I did there, with the title? :)

I have seen so many gorgeous kimonos on Pinterest!  And I think they are a-mah-zing!  So I thought it was time to do a blog post about this one! I love that I was able to go color crazy with this kimono!  A HUGE thanks to my bestie, Hilary for taking these pictures!

Kimono: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Clutch: Charming Charlie
Shoes: DSW
Midrings: Forever 21
Gold ring: Bohme (thanks to Hilary!!!!)
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I like big books and I cannot lie

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hey there!

Today's post is all about my first love, books.  I've loved reading for as long as I can remember! When I saw this picture on Pinterest today, it sparked the idea for a post all about books!  I love to get lost in a good book!  I love to become obsessed with story lines, and getting overly attached to my favorite characters.  I love being WAY too invested in books, and experiencing the "book hangover". Basically, I LOVE READING.  Let's talk books. These are a couple of my all time favorite books and a couple of books I've read recently!

First, and most importantly, Harry Potter.  I am IN LOVE -obsessed- with this book series.  When I started reading this book, I was in 2nd grade.  And it was the most wonderful book I'd ever read (and still is, let's be honest!)  I grew up reading Harry Potter, waiting the endless months until the next book came out, when I could finally go back to my "real life" at Hogwarts.  If you've never read Harry Potter, you must.  You must become obsessed with the magic!  If you have seen the movies, that will not do these books justice.  You're missing out if you've only seen the movies.  The way things all end up working out and fitting together is insanely well planned out. I could talk for hours on end about these books! It's an addiction.  Harry Potter was a huge part of my childhood-adult years.  And Harry Potter is a huge reason me and my bestie, Hilary, became friends.  I'm not even kidding when I say that.  The first real conversation I had with Hilary was about our shared fan girl crush on the always dashing Danielle Radcliffe. sigh. Read. These. Books.  It will change your life.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book. Ah.  This is one of those books I will read over and over and never get sick of.  The style of writing in this book is different from any book that I have read.  It is a gorgeously written book,  people don't write like this very often, and it's incredible.  The Night Circus is about just that, a circus that appears almost magically in different places in the world. You don't know it's coming, it just appears.  The way the author describes elements of the circus, you feel like you are there.  You can practically taste the caramel corn.  Morgenstern is incredibly descriptive, and paints such a beautiful picture!  The book is centered around two young magicians that are in a competition with each other.  There are a few other story lines as well, following the creator of the circus, an avid fan of the circus, a clock maker and a few others.  In the end all of the story lines connect and twist together.   It's incredible and so well thought out.  From the magical clock in the circus to the countless tents to be explored, you will be homesick for this circus.  And it's not a real place, so you'll just have to be depressed about it like I am. :) hahah  but seriously.  Read it, fall in love with Le Cirque de Reves (the Circus of Dreams).

 The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner.  This series is written in a younger style of writing.  Which there is nothing wrong with!  It is also written from the perspective of a teenage boy, which I don't read a lot of.  So that made this series a really fun read.  One piece of advice, make sure you have access to all three, because you will not be able to stop reading once you start!   The Maze Runner series starts off with Thomas appearing in a box, in the middle of a field, in the middle of a maze.  There is a small community of other teenage boys there, that all appeared the same way that Thomas did.  None of them have any memories before coming to the Maze.  All they want is to get out of the Maze.  Which becomes Thomas's goal. The walls of the Maze change every night, and there are horrible predators that get in the boys' way.  The day after Thomas shows up, a girl come through the box. Then everything changes and they are all in danger and HAVE to find their way out of the Maze.  The first book makes you think, and I like that in a book.  The Maze runner is suspenseful and keeps you guessing!  I don't want to give too much away about the last two books, but they're great too!  Just a warning, these books get gory and creepy, in the best way.  If you're into zombies and end of the world themed books, this series is for you!  Dashner sucks you in right away, keeps you guessing, creeps you out, and breaks your heart with the loss of some characters and the twisting story line. Great books if you're looking for something interesting and action filled!

Last, but certainly not least, The Host by Stephanie Meyer.  First of all, ignore that it was written by the same person who wrote Twilight.  Just erase that from your mind.  I feel like I am constantly having to defend The Host!  It comes with a bad reputation because of Twilight, but don't go in with that attitude. Because it's a great book!  It's got si-fi, romance and action.  The Host is set in a time where the planet has become so evil that aliens come down to correct the mistakes made by the humans by taking over their minds.  There are a few humans who caught on, and they are trying to stay alive.  The main character, Melanie, gets captured and becomes a host for one of the aliens.  However, she doesn't disappear like she should.  Eventually Melanie convinces the alien sharing her brain, Wanderer, to go and find Melanie's family.  Through Melanie's memories, Wanderer feels her own love for Melanie's loved ones.  There is so much more to the story than that, but I won't keep rambling! *please oh PLEASE if you read this book, do not see the movie. Horrible, awful, worst thing ever. And if you have already seen the movie but didn't read the book, read it. They're so different, you'll forget you even saw the horrible movie.

I hope you enjoyed this (very long, hopefully not too rambling) post!  I am always looking for new books to fall in love with! So if you have a book that changed your life, please share it with me in the comments!!

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May Favorites

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Where in the world did May go?!?!  It's June. We are in the 6th month of the year already!  You guys.  I was at Hobby Lobby with my mom, they have CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS OUT.  I'm not lying.  Chirstmas already?!
 Any whooo, here's a video of my favorite products from the month of May!

Products Mentioned
Treseme Dry Shampoo
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play- The Small Things Blog
Sally Hershberger Glam Waves
VS Pink Sun Kissed
Maybelline Coral Crush
Loreal Lip Butter Creme Brule
Lancome Wannabe
Bath and Body Works- Coconut Leaves, Pineapple Palm Grass, Carribean Escape

As always, thanks for watching!!! :)
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#ManicureMonday: Starry Night

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hello lovlies!
Obviously, it's not Monday, so #manicuremonday came a day late!  My blog wouldn't upload pictures yesterday. (How rude!!)
Today's post is a tutorial for how to do some cute starry night nails! This is a super easy tutorial, and because you're just sponging on polish, you cannot mess these up!

For this nail look, you will need:
-Black polish for the base
-White, blue and purple polish for the sky
-Glitter top coat for the stars
-Q tips and a paper towel for dabbing

Step One: paint your nails black, and let them dry completely.
Step Two: start with your white polish and use a q tip to dab it on your nails.
Step Three: (forgot to number it, oops!)  dip your q tip in a dot of nail polish and dot it onto your paper towel a couple of times, so that it isn't completely opaque. This helps so that you can see all the colors you're adding to your nails, rather than covering them up!
Step Four: repeat with blue polish
Step Five: repeat with purple polish
Step 6: Add your glitter top coat

Clean up the edges, and TADA! The night sky is now on your fabulous finger nails!
I love this look, and it's so simple to achieve!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Be sure to follow me on instagram so I can see your amazing starry night nails! Use #gndmanicuremonday I would love to see your nail creations!

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