My Free Lip Exfoliator

Do you really need to spend $18 on a tube of Smashbox Lip Exfoliant? The answer’s no.

There’s an exfoliator already in your bathroom drawer! After each brushing I graze my lips with a toothbrush for one minute. I then immediately coat with lip balm or gloss until they’re smooth and moisturized for the nighttime or prepped for lipstick application. See for yourself the next time you brush your teeth.

Be Inspired,

Chains and Jewels

I do not purchase jewelry often so when I do I wear my new pieces to death.

Last week I found this Floral and Butterfly Necklace buried amongst the 75% off clearance jewelry at Target. I didn’t NEED it, but something kept me clinging to this piece. I bought it. After a few tweaks, like clipping off the baubles and string of pearls, it has become a necklace that better fits my style. It’s a little Anthropologie and a little J. Crew. And I’ve been wearing it every day.

 

Live simply yet fashionably,

 

 

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

These decadent chocolate-dipped treats can be so expensive at sweet shops and bakeries. But surprise – they are actually very affordable to make. A batch of about twenty chocolate-dipped strawberries comes in at around a whopping $4.50 (accounting for only chocolate used); that’s about the price of two pieces at a specialty shop.

I prepared a batch for dinner with friends last night and they were an instant hit. They’re easy to assemble, affordable, require only three ingredients and look so pretty (though I need to perfect my drizzling technique).

Enjoy!

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries (makes approx. 20)

Ingredients:

  • 3/4      cup semi-sweet (or milk) chocolate chips
  • 1/4      cup white chocolate chips
  • 1          lb. fresh strawberries, washed and dried

1. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low or a simmer.

 

2. Set the semi-sweet chocolate chips, placed either in a heatproof bowl or a smaller pan, above the simmering water. Allow the chocolate to melt (about 5 minutes).

3. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (I used tin foil).

4. Holding a strawberry by the stem, twist into the chocolate until it is covered. Set on paper/pan. Repeat.

5. Melt the white chocolate. With a fork drizzle the chocolate on the strawberries.

6. Allow 30 minutes for the chocolate to set. Place pan in the refrigerator.

Just a couple pointers/notes: I have only the supplies to melt one chocolate at a time, and this is reflected in the recipe above. Too, after washing and drying the strawberries I recommend placing them in the freezer for a couple of minutes to harden before dipping in chocolate. Lastly, you can eye the proportions and be perfectly fine.

Being Wasteful is Unfashionable

I cringe when I see somebody break off a fresh paper towel, dry their hands, and proceed to toss the damp, clean cloth into the trash.

My husband recently told me of a family he read of that spends $1,000 a year on paper towels. You do the math.

I understand this isn’t a very fashionable post, but let’s all save some pennies and help the environment simultaneously. Reuse paper towels and napkins. If you use a paper product to dry your hands, hang it on a rack and let it dry for the next time; or even better, use a cotton hand towel.

A Mishmash of China

After seeing LB’s “china” post, I was inspired to start my own mix-matched collection of China. There’s something so delightfully inspiring about a collection of vintage pieces. And at $0.99 to $1.99 a piece, it’s a hobby that I can afford.

Compiling the right assorted Chinaware and pieces is no easy feat, as it takes much searching to find the right plates, saucers, cups and bowls. My China assortment as of now is small, but I’ll get there.

Be Inspired,


“Rain Supreme” – Vogue’s Steal of the Month

Kudos to Vogue US for featuring an affordable item, and a staple piece at that, in their October ’10 issue. The page below is a nice example of high-low dressing with an item that, I think, looks very similar whether purchased from Kmart for $30 or Barneys for $995.

(See more affordable trenches here.)

The trench is available on macys.com and as of 9/24/10 is on sale. And if $109 isn’t low enough for you, there’s another version at Dillard’s that’s priced at $99; the color is darker, which I prefer.

Live Simply and Enjoy Your Weekend!


Kmart’s Black Sparkle & Details

Recall the backlash that ensued when Vogue placed Wal*Mart fashion ads on their pages, sandwiched between ads for Louis Vuitton and Prada?

In fashion magazines it is now commonplace to market whatever is fashionable, no matter the price point. I spied this Kmart ad for Jaclyn Smith’s 25th Anniversary Collection in my Vogue US October issue. I will admit: I’m a bit excited. The Design Director for the line states that the limited collection is “about everyday elegance. It’s about classic styling with a touch of fashion.” You can watch the video here.

Silver, black and white are dominant colors in the line. I am particularly attracted to the black pieces. From the blouse sprinkled in circles woven throughout like petals to the cardigan with sequin pockets, I am really enjoying the marvelous details. And the prices aren’t so bad, either. Will you be purchasing any of the pieces?

Live Simply!




Sleeveless Beaded Neck Dress, $39.99 *

Woven Circle Ruffles Blouse, $29.99 * ;V-Neck Sweater with Sequin Pocket, $34.99 *