Monday, December 22, 2014

Easy DIY Marquee Sign

Easy DIY Marquee Sign

Want to brighten up your space with some festive decor? Make this easy DIY Marquee Sign to light up any word or phrase. I chose to do "Be Merry" for the holidays, but you could easily do a name or a work like "LOVE". Here's what you need and how to get this fun look.

- Paper Mache Letters (I used 8" ones, but you can pick which size you like best)
- Christmas Lights (Mini clear lights with at least 100 bulbs)
- Exacto knife
- Clear tape
- Paint (optional)

Easy DIY Marquee Sign

Step 1: Using your Exacto knife, remove the front panel of your letters - it's hallow, so cut along the seam of the edges.
Optional: I left my letters the color it came because I liked the natural craft look, but you could spray paint the letters at this time any color you like to go along with your decor. Gold or a bright red or even turquoise would look awesome!
Step 2: Take a pencil and mark where each light will go on each letter, you want it to be spaced at least an inch apart. Keep in mind how many light bulbs you have on your string lights and how many letters you have to space out accordingly. I put between 7 and 12 lights on each letter.
Step 3: Using your Exacto knife, carefully make a small X where each mark is on your letters and push the back of your exacto knife through to make enough room to slide in a light.
Step 4: Think of where you will plug this in, I knew I had my outlet on the left of where I wanted to display this, so I started with the end of the letters and placed my lights accordingly into each hole.
Step 5: Once all the lights are in place, use clear tape to secure some of the loose wires to the letters to make sure they don't show or lights pop out of their spot./
Step 6: Align and place your letters where you want to display them! Because the letters are pretty light, you may want to prop them up against something, especially to hide the wires behind.

Easy DIY Marquee Sign

Shine bright and be merry!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday gift ideas for everyone

Countdown to Christmas - We're just a week away, are you still trying to finish up that holiday list? Here's some holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list.

For the guys in your life... Dad, brother, best friend, boyfriend...
Anything techie or to do with beer and whiskey always make a good gift.

For the hostess with the mostest... do you have some one who love to entertain? Fancy drink coasters and cocktail vessels always make a great gift!
For your BFFs and sisters... The holidays are the best for amazing beauty sets. There's so much value in these little gift packs offered by Sephora and Ulta. Dainty jewelry is always another great option!

For your Momma... These skincare and makeup sets are perfect!

Happy Shopping!

Friday, December 12, 2014

I Love Warehouse Sales

image via fb.com/obey

There's lots of warehouse/sample sales happening this weekend in LA and OC! I'm a huge bargain hunter, so I'm always up for a good warehouse sale. Now is the perfect time to get those Christmas gifts and a little something for yourself. Here's some that I saw that would be worth checking out. I frequent the site warehouseweekends.com to see when there are sales in my area of brands I love.

Stila: December 13, 2014 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Stila Cosmetics Warehouse Sale @ The Doll Factory
1910 W Temple St.
Los Angeles , CA 90026
Deals of up to 80% Shop a wide assortment of makeup, skincare items, fragrances, and tools.
More info.
Brandy Melville: December 13, 2014 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Brandy Melville Warehouse Sale
664 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles , CA 90291
All items will be priced at $5, $10, or $15! Shop signature tees, fashion tops, sweaters, knits, skirts, pants, dresses, and more. CASH ONLY.

Obey: The one I always look forward to the most! They are returning with 2 weekends this time around. More info.

December 13, 2014 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
December 14, 2014 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

December 19, 2014 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
December 20, 2014 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
December 21, 2014 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Obey Warehouse Sale
2722 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
December 13, 2014 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
December 14, 2014 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Volcom Warehouse Sale
4271 Edison Avenue
Chino, CA 91710
More info.

Tips and Tricks for finding the best deal:
1.) Know before you go. Check out the company's websites to see what kinds of clothes you like and know the value. If you have time, go somewhere that you can try those clothes on to know your size.
2.) Be comfortable. Don't wear bulky clothes or carry a bulky purse that will get in your way of digging thru boxes. It's best to wear slim fitting clothes in case you need to try clothes on over yours (secretly, if they don't allow you to). I usually opt for skinny jeans or leggings.
3.) Don't go overboard. It's easy to caught up and throw everything in your giant trash bag. Make sure you have in mind at least 3 outfit ideas of how to incorporate your purchases into you waredrobe. And always remember, don't buy what you can't affort!

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Marsala - Pantone's Color of the Year 2015

Pantone just announced their 2015 Color of the Year, and it's Marsala! Read the announcement at http://www.pantone.com/coloroftheyear. This year was Radiant Orchid, and the year before was Emerald. What do you think of Marsala Pantone's Color of the Year 2015? I was a bit surprised at this color choice since the last few years have been such bold and bright colors. The color is definitely growing on me as I look and the many ways to incorporate this color into my life. 

Marsala is a bold neutral that picks up tones of brown and red reminiscent of Marsala wine. It is an awesome color when it comes to beauty products. As we all know, the nude and brown lip is totally on trend. The color is like a neutral with attitude! Click on the items in the photo above to shop the items.

More Marsala picks:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Threads :: Capes, Ponchos and Blanket Scarves

All this rainy weather has got me thinking about cozy fuzzy threads- especially Capes, ponchos and blanket scarves. These have been my latest obsession as the weather gets colder. These pieces are on my wishlist and look so comfy to snuggle up in. To make sure that you don't get swallowed up in these over sized pieces, pair them with skinny jeans or shorts and tights/over the knee socks. I love how effortless, stylish and comfortable this look is.

More Capes, Ponchos, and Blanket Scarves

Monday, December 1, 2014


Didn't get enough of the Black Friday sales? Here's your chance to get some major shopping in with these Cyber Monday Deals - the biggest online shopping day of the year! Here's some clothing, shoe and makeup deals out there I wanted to share with you. Happy Shopping!
  • Steve Madden: 35% off + free shipping with the code CYBER | Plus additional 50% off clearance with code OMG
  • Sole Society: 30% off all shoes and bags
  • ShoeMint: 60% off full priced items & 25% off sale items with code EXTRA25
  • Forever 21: Spend $60 get 20% off with code CYBER20, spend $100 get 30% off with code CYBER30 | Plus extra 30% off Clearance
  • ASOS: 30% off everything with code ILOVEMONDAYS
  • ROMWE: $5 off $50 with code CYBERMONDAY5, $15 off $100 code CYBERMONDAY15, $30 off $200 code CYBERMONDAY30
  • Urban Outfitters: $50 off $150, $25 off $100, $15 off $75
  • Express: 50% off everything
  • Lulu's: Extra 40% off Sale with code MONDAY40 and free shipping
  • J Crew: 30% off full-price styles & extra 40% off sale styles with code MONDAY.
  • J Crew Factory: 50% Off Everything. Plus, get an extra 10% OFF & Free shipping with code YOUVEGOTSALE.
  • Kate Spade: 30% off everything with CYBER30
  • Nasty Gal: Select items up to 50% off
  • Planet Blue: 25% off everything with MANICMONDAY
  • H&M: 30% off + free shipping with 2896
  • Victoria's Secret: $20 off $125, free shipping on $50 and buy 1 get 1 50% off bras
  • Sephora: $10 beauty deals
  • Ulta: Select deals plus 19 pc beauty bag w/ $60 purchase
  • Crate & Barrel: 15% off with SAVE15 plus free shipping

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