Monday, August 18, 2014

Organized & Pretty

Life can get a bit cluttered at times and even your everyday cosmetics can become a nuisance.  Organization is key! I've been living in my Brooklyn apartment for close to two years now and there is still much improvement to be done. I have plans for curtains, decorative pillows, a good full-length mirror, and a small office area in my room, but first its good to start small and with the basics: organizing my everyday cosmetics!

I am a Maxxinista at heart and i knew i would find what i needed at TJ Maxx.  I had several options of lucite makeup organizers to choose from and picked up the one displayed here for $12.  It was a great buy!

As i brought it home i knew i also wanted to spruce it up a bit, which is what inspired this next DIY idea (if you can even call it that). You know me, i am all about the super-easy DIY projects. Pasting a little decorative wrapping paper on the bottom of the lucite tray really gives it a little pop! I now have all my favorite cosmetics prettily displayed and accessible minus the fuzz of a dirty makeup bag or junk-draw. No more wondering where my favorite liquid eyeliner went... i honestly still can't find it.

So what do you think lovers?  I'm so damn clever don't you think!? Ha!

What you will need: A lucite makeup tray, wrapping paper of your choice, scissors, double sided tape, and a pencil.

Trace the shape of the tray on wrapping paper.

 Cut and paste to fit.

Pretty neat, eh!

* All opinions are my own. I was not contacted or compensated by T.J. Maxx to conduct this post.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rent the Runway at Your Fingertips

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. 

I'm really thrilled to be part of Rent the Runway affiliate program.  Rent the Runway has transformed the retail industry by making the designer dress and accessory experience more accessible. Women can rent dresses for a special event or just add game-changing pieces to their everyday style. It's the perfect way to stay up-to-date on your fashion without committing to an outrageous price tag. I have friends who swear by it and are always happy the results (i'm looking at you Kristin).

Dresses come in sizes 0-22, and customers can choose a free backup size. Rent the Runway also has more than 25 stylists on hand to help women find the perfect look. Designers include Vera Wang, Opening Ceremony, Narciso Rodriguez, Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka and much more. Plus, shop the Clearance Sale and buy incredible designer dresses up to 80% off. Hurry, select styles available for a limited time and while supplies last!

Have a great weekend lovers and happy shopping!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Wedding + Americas Sweetest Town

I spent this past weekend celebrating my little brothers' wedding in the town of Clewiston, Fl - Americas Sweetest Town.  It was three days of the most relaxed and uninhibited fun i've had in a very long time.  To be amongst family celebrating a new beginning and gaining a new sister well, i'm tickled pink (that was my souther slang...i think).

It was a very laid-back wedding, the kind you can expect from a small town and i loved every minute of it! Nicaraguan inspired home cooking was served at the reception dinner to the delight of my stomach. You would not imagine my joy to eat home-cooked meals all weekend. Sigh.  

After the reception dinner and in between a quick change of clothes, we all moved to my Dad's back yard to continue the celebration.  There was Bar-B-Q, a homemade keg, more food, a piƱata because why not, and just a general good time.  I was happy to be home.

Congratulations to lovely couple!
I love you both.  May your life together be everything you've wished for and more.

Mr. & Mrs. Leo Hooker

Por Favors

Beach Theme

A bit of NYC for the locals

*Scenic Shots*
I miss you most

Flower-Crowns for the babies


Because this is how you Bar-B-Q in the South.

My little brother Kevin has a hammock in his backyard! He's officially my favorite brother. 

Battle wound. A slightly twisted ankle. Signs of a good time had at the wedding celebration.  Oh, and i also stepped on a frog that day.  Don't ask because i'm still not okay with it. Ugh.

Lake Okeechobee  

 Buddy + Rocky

 Camp WTF. Sign me up!

My handsome baby brother Kevin.  He's up for grabs for the right price. 


Endless John Deere Trucks  

Peace Clewiston Florida.  Until next year.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Legend In Robin Williams

I'm incredibly sad over the news of Robin Williams passing.  Like many i grew up with Robins' many eclectic characters such as Mrs Doubtfire, What Dreams May Come, Patch Adams, Hook, The Birdcage, Aladdin... i honestly could go on and on.  We lost a legend.  Life is so precious and short - find your happiness and live it the way you want to live it.  And if you find yourself in a dark place, please seek help!  You are never alone. 

Robin, you can now Rest In Peace sweet angel. You no longer need worry about the demons, chaos, and loneliness in your heard.

*Nanu Nanu*

You're only given a little spark of madness.
You mustn't loose it.
- Robin Williams

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