It's time to shimmer and it's time to shine with this Bella top. Shop 218 did it again with their unique trendy selections. I am in love with the versatility of this top. I can see it paired with a gold pleated skirt (like this one),a black pencil skirt, or just plain jeans like I did for a more casual look.
I wish you could see the gold and silver embroidery detail. Simply to die for.
I don't like sweaters that are itchy. I don't like sweaters that are too heavy. I don't like sweaters I can't fit under a jacket. And I don't like sweaters that cost an arm and a leg.
What I do like - are sweaters that are soft, the perfect under layer, fashionable, and at a reasonable price. This jumper can't be beat at only 18 euros. Get it now!
A lot of people ask me, "How do you keep up with everything that you're doing?"
Sometimes I ask myself that same question. I don't have it all figured out, but I think I am getting there. Practice makes perfect. That saying comes to mind when I think about how I keep up with everything.
Origami. That was my favorite. It took patience and a lot of practicing to get a small square piece of paper look like a beautiful crane. I will never forget the hours I spent making little origami figurines. But at the end of the day, I loved what I created and I didn't feel like I wasted any time. I think that's the key to getting things accomplished - the prize at the end.
I spend HOURS and I mean HOURS on my dental practice and my blog. But at the end of a long work day, I see the reward. I have to put time into my practice to keep it afloat and keep it growing and the same holds true with my blog. For me, if I put time and effort into something I am hoping there is the reward at the end.
So keeping up with my schedule doesn't come without sacrifices. I would LOVE to sit on the couch after a long day at work and grab KFC and watch nonsense tv shows. But I don't have that luxury right now. I am 1000 miles a minute every day. So doing what I do isn't a piece of cake. It does take time. It does take effort, and it does take practice.
So here is my typical schedule:
6:00am-6:00pm is the time I devote purely to my practice. As much as I LOVE working on my blog, I have to focus on my career. Lunch is devoted to my to do list at work. There is always something to do. It is hard for me to focus on two separate things at a time and really do them well. So I decided early on, those hours are reserved for my dental practice.
6:00pm - 8:00pm is home time, me time, doggie time, and dinner time. So typical things would include a quick trip to the grocery store on the way home, an episode of some random tv show, making dinner, and working out.
8:00pm - 10:30pm I devote to my blog. I know - long day right? But practice makes perfect. I am learning new things everyday. How to improve my website, how to edit photos, how to engage with my audience and keep them happy. I LOVE the time I devote to my blog and I look forward to it everyday. So for me, it's not work at all.
Fridays I don't work in the office. So the entire day I spend on my blog (unless I have work to catch up on). In essence, there's work and there's play. Work is Mon-Thurs and play is Fri-Sun. Friday's include:
1. Setting instagram and blog posts for the entire week
2. Scheduling outfits and photoshoots
3. Researching the latest trends and beauty products
Saturdays and Sundays if we aren't traveling, I do things around the house, work on unfinished projects, and do photo shoots. It's game time all the time in my world. So "How do I keep up with everything I am doing?" I stay focused, I keep my eye on the prize, and I go go go 100% of the time.
When you look online and see that this dress is now 60% off!! What?? It is a steal at only $80. This is such a great dress. But I will say, if you're petite like me, you'd have to belt it like I did to pull it up and make it a bit shorter. Love the rich burgundy color and love the ruffle detail. This dress has Fall written all over it.
I am a Halloween Baby. I am not a Halloween fanatic per say, but I do appreciate creative Halloween costumes. I am known among my friends for always making my own. This year we decided on soy sauce and sushi. Below you can find a DIY tutorial on how I made our costumes. It only took two hours to complete.
Things you'll need: DIY Soy sauce costume
Printer to print out the logo
Sewing machine or no sew tape
Yellow duck masking tape
You can also use yellow duck tape - but not sure if you'd be able to see the logo underneath
Hot Glue Gun
White Craft Paint ($0.50 at walmart)
Foam Paint brush ($1.00 at walmart)
Red plastic dog bowl (I found the one I'm wearing at the dollar tree)
One yard of black fabric
One yard of salmon colored fabric
I purchased the following clothing items: I had red heels so I wore them, but you can also wear black heels.
Soy Sauce Costume:
1. Remove the pockets on the apron with a seam ripper. You can also buy a plain black apron without pockets, but I wanted a bit more of a girlier look, so I went with the ruffle one.
2. Print out these two items
3. Place a layer of yellow craft tape over the logo, Kikkoman and Soy Sauce lettering until it gives you the brightness that you want. I put three layers of tape. One layer horizontal, one layer vertical, and the third layer horizontal.
4. Flip the paper over. You should still be able to see the outline of the logo and letters so you can cut around it with sharp, small scissors. Cut the logo and each individual letter out.
5. Once you have them all cut out, use a hot glue gun to first place the logo centered. Then Kikkoman, Naturally Brewed, and then soy sauce. The edges may peel up so make sure you put enough glue to get to the edge, but not too much that the glue will seep out.
I didn't feel like cutting out the "Naturally brewed" letters individually. Instead I decided to glue it on in one piece. You can laminate it or put clear packaging tape over it and hot glue.
Tip - If you get hot glue that seeps out from the edges, you can place a paper towel over the affected area and use a hot iron over top to get the excess hot glue off. The excess hot glue should seep into the paper towel.
6. The logo was probably the hardest thing to cut out, but you can do it! Glue it on and be proud of yourself for being crafty. Another method which I think is more time consuming. You can laminate the logo, Reverse cut it, and use it as a stencil and hand paint it. For me, I didn't have time to wait for several layers of paint to dry, so I went with duck tape. I have used that method with mod podge and glitter. Works nicely that way as well.
7. Note, this apron had pleats. In order for the letters to not get lost in the pleats, I made sure to pinch some areas of fabric together and glue the letter over the pinched fabric. As you can see, you can't really tell and the letters still stood out. Voila - the bulk of the costume is done!
8. For the hat, I had my husband do this, but he drilled a hole through the bottom of the dog bowl. It was big enough so that I could use bobby pins to keep the bowl in place.
And that's it - you're done! I would recommend winged eyeliner, red lipstick, a side bun, and chopsticks in your hair
Salmon Sushi Costume
1. Take the one yard of salmon colored fabric and fold horizontally. I used a white piece of fabric for reference. Cut accordingly to size. My husband is 6'5" so I ddin't get any off the top or bottom. If you're making this for a child you may want to size it accordingly. Cut the four corners off to get it a more rounded piece of "salmon" look. Sew or use sewing tape to hem the opposite edges together. Leave a decent size hole in one of the corners so you can stuff it.
2. Once you have them "sewn" together, flip right side out so seams are now inside. Stuff. Use enough to make it full. Once you have it stuffed to how you like it. Use the sew tape or hand sew the hole together.
3. Use the white paint and foam brush to paint the white lines. Let dry for at least 30 minutes.
4. For the sash, use one yard of black fabric. I had to cut it horizontally and sew the two pieces together to make it long enough. Tie from back to front. The wider the sash, the more stable the sushi. If I were to do it all over again, I would have just sewn the pillow to the edges of the shirt and not used a sash to hold it in place.
I have overlooked Ann Taylor Loft for quite some time. But I tell ya what, they are making a comeback. Maybe I'm just getting older and I like a more casual sophisticated style. Regardless, what can't be beat are their incredible sales. I am in LOVE with this midi pleated skirt in midnight forest. It shimmers in just the right light and makes a casual turtleneck feel elegant.
Other Loft Picks
You remember when it was Summer and I was going Florazy? Well the same holds true for this Fall season. I am still going googly eyes over this floral trend. I do not want this floral frenzy to stop. So I wanted to share with you all my favorite Fall floral tops, dresses, and skirt that don't break your budget.