10 Luxe Lip Balms Worth The Price Tag

Thought this was a cool post . Especially since I feel like I’ve been sampling a lot of lip products lately . Must have something to do with the cold weather. Cheers!!

Happy Wordless Wednesday…

…from a cute black cat!


Happy Flip Flop Friday! DIY Jeweled Flip Flops.

Happy Friday everyone!  I wanted to share this fun DIY for jeweled flip-flops project with you all.  I realize it’s more wintery now– but really– who can’t use another pair of flip-flops to wear around the house? It’s not snowing yet, right? At least not here in southern California anyway.

Have fun and Happy Friday! Anyone who makes these– send me pics!


  • 1

    Lightly sand the straps of the flip-flops with sandpaper or use steel wool to  roughen them up and make it easier for the glue to adhere. Wipe the straps clean  with a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol.

  • 2

    Place dots of glue onto the flip-flop strap in the pattern you want the rhinestones to be placed. Do just a few dots  of glue at a time. Make the dots of glue just large enough so that when you  press the rhinestone into them, the glue will also come around the edges of the  rhinestone. This requires some practice.

  • 3

    Pick up a rhinestone by lightly touching it with the tip of the applicator,  then press the rhinestone into the dot of glue. Repeat with the next rhinestone  crystal and continue until the straps are covered.

  • 4

    Let glue fully dry, usually 24 to 72 hours. For optimal adhesion, add an  extra day or two.


  • Rubber flip-flops work best, and you may not have to roughen the straps with  sandpaper. Vinyl or polyurethane flip-flops will require sanding.

  • Do not use cheap flip-flops. They sometimes have an “oiliness” to the plastic  that  makes it difficult, if not impossible, to glue your jewels on to.

  • Placing wadded up newspaper or a rag under the straps may make them easier to  work on and help to catch stray glue drips.

  • Work in a well-ventilated area because the fumes from many glues, especially  industrial strength glues, can be harmful to your health.

Read more:  DIY Jeweled Flipflops | eHow.com

Celebrate Flip Flop Friday with Wine!

to each, their own: ten individualistic wines

Happy Flip Flop Friday everyone! I had no idea there was such a thing as a flip-flop brand of wine. I found this wine earlier in the week at the grocery store.  Really cute label and a fun way to celebrate Friday!

Better yet,  a portion of the proceeds from sales of flip-flop wines benefits Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity dedicated to providing footwear to those in need.

Cheers and Happy Flip Flop Friday! Remember to celebrate responsibly.


mini apple pies

mini apple pies.

Retail Therapy for me – Forever 21 – everything under $15 (who knew??!)

Open Knit Scarf – Forever 21 – $9.50

Knit Gloves w/ faux fur – Forever 21 – $10.80

Frayed Color Block Scarf – Forever 21 – $10.80

Open Knit Beret – Forever 21 – 2/$10

Embossed Faux Crocodile Clutch – Forever 21 – $14.80

Ombre Flower Hair Clip – Forever 21 – $2.50

Rose Pendant Necklace – Forever 21 – $1.50

Cross Stripes ID Case – Forever 21 – $4.50

Floral Dome Ring – Forever 21 – $1.50

Okay– it’s hard to stop shopping! I was on the Forever 21 website tonite looking for a few fun accessories– wow– look what I found.  Everything here is pretty close to being UNDER $15 per item. Pay-Day-Friday never looked so good!  Happy Shopping!!Maybe all your shopping won’t have to be for other people this weekend with so many fabulous accessories priced right.  (I know I’m ready for a little retail therapy)




4 Cool Looks That Distress Me

4 Cool Looks That Distress Me.

How to Make a Cookies Galore Smoothie

How to Make a Cookies Galore Smoothie

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Smoothies and milkshakes can get boring. Here’s a yummy recipe that combines great flavors with protein powder. It’s an easy treat with a gourmet taste. Keep reading for ingredients and steps to make a Cookies Galore smoothie.

Top chocolate smoothies with chocolate syrup or pieces of biscotti for a gourmet look.


  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 4 ounces milk (which ever type desired)
  • Approximately 3 shots or pumps of Torani Chocolate Biscotti Syrup
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons whey (egg) protein powder, if desired
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 cup Ice (Less if you would like a richer flavor)


  1. Combine the liquid ingredients and blend for 10-15 seconds to combine.
  2. Add the quick oats and protein powder and blend for another 30 seconds to remove lumps.
  3. Add ice and continue blending until ice combined and drink is smooth.
  4. Serve immediately in glasses.
  5. Top with piece of biscotti, if desired.


  • Mix all ingredients before adding ice.
  • Add more or less chocolate Biscotti syrup depending on how sweet you want it.
  • Look for other flavors in the coffee section of higher end grocery stores and gourmet food stores.
  • Protein powders have different flavors. Try vanilla, chocolate or unflavored for best results.
  • Chocolate Biscotti syrup can be ordered online if unavailable at a store near you.
  • Make it healthier by adding skim milk, a sugar free syrup and natural peanut butter.

Things You’ll Need

  • Blender
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoon
  • Serving glasses

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Swimsuit Shopping in December? Is this even possible?!

Tonite I find myself shopping for a swimsuit– online, of course. (No super well-lit fitting rooms for me!)  Especially since it’s December there are precious few swimsuits in the actual stores right now anyway.

Right now I’m searching the Victoria’s Secret website, Nordstrom website, and Spanx (yes, they make swim wear!).  So far, just a whole lotta shopping. With any luck at all I will be in the hot tub soon– in a new swim suit!  Readers– if you have suggestions on where to find cute styles in the middle of the winter, I am all ears.

Research shows that women struggle to find bathing suits that flatter (Big surprise).  According to ShopSmart magazine:
* The average woman owns 3 bathing suits. Compare that to 7 pairs of jeans and 17 pairs of shoes. (To say nothing of handbags.)
* On average, women pay $47 for a new suit.
* 31% of women say the most offensive swimsuits are those that are not age appropriate. Thongs are next, with 28% calling the dental-floss look offensive.
* 61% of women go swimsuit shopping alone.
* Bikinis are the least popular style overall, except for women age 18 to 34, who love their itsy bitsies.
* 33% like how they look in a suit; 18% don’t.

Find flattering jeans that fit your body type – AllYou.com

Find flattering jeans that fit your body type – AllYou.com.