Archives for November 2013

Five Senses Friday: Episode 11

WHAT?! What is this madness? Five Senses Friday on the day we are supposed to be releasing Five Senses Friday? Yep! We got our act together and filmed a short little episode for you guys in honor of our Black Friday shopping madness we experienced last night.

Enjoy!

This Thanksgiving, we are grateful for all of you! Thank you to all of our loyal readers and YouTube followers who embrace us for all of our freakish gloriousness we have to offer. We love you all!

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Melt in Your Mouth Clean No Bake Bars

I’m so excited to be guest posting on my girl McKenzie’s blog! She is one of the coolest people I have had the privilege to meet in the blogging world! But if you’re here reading her blog then you are WELL aware of that! I am Andie (also McKenzie’s BFF at the gym) I blog over at Maybe I Will. I share healthy recipes, workouts, and heath/fitness tips to help you stay on track in meeting your fitness and health goals!

I am so excited to share this AMAZING recipe with you!! Even if you are not on the “clean” eating train you will still FLIP over how good these no bake bars are! No joke they are the BEST healthy eating treat I have come across to date (and that’s saying a lot). Besides being insanely good they are SUPER EASY to Make!

The BEST clean eating treat EVER! #chocolatenobakebars #cleaneating #healthytreats {www.maybeiwill.com}

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Looks inspired by People StyleWatch and InStyle

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4 Looks Inspired By People StyleWatch and InStyle Magazines

By now, you probably know that I love a good deal. RUN! Don’t walk! Go to Target today because my two favorite magazines, People StyleWatch and InStyle are on a super sale! When you buy both, you get a $5 Target gift card to use on your next purchase! Can I get an amen?! I used my $5 Target gift card to go towards a killer cute sweater that was on sale for $10.79, so I got it for a whopping $5.79! Thank you People StyleWatch and InStyle! The deal goes from 11/29-12/7.

I created 4 looks that are inspired by the gorgeousness that I saw inside these two magazines. First up, The Modernist.

The Modernist Look

I was so inspired by these gorgeous black and white goodies featured in this gift guide, I knew I needed to create a look inspired by it all. I am a sucker for black and white.

Next up, Party Look…

Inspired Party Look

I absolutely loved the sequin blazer featured in the magazine, but what if I wanted to step it up a notch? I love how this look all came together with these amazingly sparkly leggings! It is the perfect party look when you want to wear pants instead of a dress.

Speaking of party. Now for a look for New Years Eve…

New Years Eve Look

Can we all just agree that Jennifer Lawrence looks absolutely stunning? She is the cover girl on InStyle magazine and her spread is done with her wearing all white. She looks beautiful! I think this inspired look would be great for New Year’s Eve!

We all need a little something special for Girls’ Night Out, right? Here’s the look I created for it…

Girls' Night Out Look

This look was so fun to create because I was able to find so many similar items to the ones featured. They are all very affordable too so I could actually wear this look!

For more info on each of these looks, check them all out on my Polyvore page.

I love studying the pages of these magazines to create looks of my own inspired by the celebrities and designers featured. You need to grab these both at Target and get your $5 gift card to go towards some of your new winter wardrobe too!

Gift Ideas for Baby’s Second Christmas

 Christmas shopping for my daughter has been a lot of fun this year, but it can be hard to find her gifts that are a little more worth while, and not all just fun little knickknacks that she would like for a little bit and then forget about. When I was asked to collaborate with BabyThingz.com, I knew it would be the perfect place to find great Christmas gifts for baby’s first AND second Christmas! Since my daughter will be celebrating her second Christmas this year, I decided to compile a collection of items that I know she would love and I know would be a little more worth while!

Gift Ideas for Baby's Second Christmas

I was so impressed with BabyThingz.com and their high quality selection. They are shipping from the UK, but their prices are pretty reasonable, so paying the shipping on top of that isn’t too bad.

Baby's Second Christmas
Aren’t they all great? I can’t get over how cute that little bug to ride on is! It is darling! Those wooden toys are super cute too! When I was browsing, I couldn’t help but fall in love with these items too. They wouldn’t necessarily be appropriate for baby’s second Christmas, but I just HAD to share!
Baby's First Christmas
What are you getting your kids for Christmas?
This post was a collaboration with BabyThingz.com, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

7 Tips to Beautiful Family Pictures

Hey Girl Loves Glam readers!  I’m Courtney from Fry Sauce and Grits!  I’m really excited to be here today!  McKenzie and I have become kindred spirit friends and I love her blog because it’s as fabulous and glam as McKenzie is!  
 
 
Are you planning on getting family pictures taken this holiday or will be in the future?  If you’re like me, getting pictures taken can be really stressful.  I’m going to share with you seven tips that have become really helpful for my small family and I in making sure our experience is stress free because, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
7 Tips to Beautiful Family Pictures from FrySauceandGrits.com
There’s a lot that goes into family photos: picking out outfits, making sure hair and makeup look good, finding a photographer, and that all family members are in happy spirits.  Making sure all of these things are in order can cause a lot of stress and this stress can show up in your photos.  Then whenever you look at those photos on your wall you’re reminded of how crappy and stressful that experience was.  Ugh.
SO to avoid all of that, here are some tips I’ve found to be really helpful for my family:
1. Find a photographer you trust and understands your style 
While I was growing up my family always had a neighbor across the street who was an aspiring photographer, and she would take our pictures every year.  She wouldn’t take any payment because she did it out of the kindness of her heart.  I look back at those pictures and cringe at how awful they are.  Just because your photographer has a nice camera doesn’t mean that they know how to use it.  Just make sure if you do go this route, ask to see some of their work beforehand.
I’m a frugal person because I have to be and I can’t afford an expensive photographer.  Sometimes the more expensive the photographers are doesn’t mean they’re going to be the best ones for you.  You have to jive or have a connection with your photographer.  If your personalities don’t really mesh it can cause your experience to go sour.  Plus, every photographer has a certain style, make sure their style and how they capture people is what you like too.  If you have no idea what the heck you want, I’d recommend you to start a Pinterest board of all of the family photos that you like and that will give you an idea of what you’re looking for when it comes to your pictures.  When you find a photographer you like, send them the url to your board so you two can discuss what you’re looking for and seeing if it’s a good match.
I’ve felt really lucky because my favorite photographer I’ve used is super affordable.  I think what makes her my favorite is because I grew up with her and we’ve had a long friendship.  For those who live in Utah, her name is McKell and is an extraordinary photographer.  I love her laid back and natural approach to photography.  She gives off this chill vibe that really makes you feel at ease.  She’s all about capturing the real side of people and I think that’s what really drew me to her photography.  She’s such a sweetheart.  You can learn more about her and her photography at McKell Morgan Photography.
Ok, so what if you’re not lucky enough to have an awesome friend who’s a fabulous photographer?  I recommend you to ask your friends on Facebook, Instagram, or any kind of social media.  You could also check out your family, friends, and neighbors family pictures and if you find one you really like, ask them if they liked their photographer and get feedback.  Just remember to do your research on that photographer before you contact them to see if you’re a good match for their style and price.
 
2. Look your thinnest by wearing dark clothing, heels, angle your body, and use good posture
When I say, “wear dark clothing,” this doesn’t mean you have to show up looking like a goth.  Darker clothes are more flattering on people’s bodies than light colored, thin, and bold patterned prints are.  If you’re into stripes, be careful to which direction they run. If you have a small chest or hips, wearing horizontal stripes will make enhance them.  If you want to minimize your chest or hips, go for vertical stripes because they will elongate your body.  Who doesn’t want to look taller?  Also, wear clothing that is comfortable and avoid wearing something that you’re constantly going to be tugging at or adjusting.
One of my favorite beauty bloggers, Maskcara does a great job showing how light and thin clothing can make you look heavier and by wearing dark clothing can make you look thinner.  Check out the post here.
Pictures taken of people head on are some of least flattering pictures.  To avoid this, slightly angle your body by either crossing one leg over the other, bending one leg and pointing it out.  Another way to look your thinnest is to avoid flattening your arms against your sides and legs together. To get perfect posture, stand up straight, stick your chest and neck out a bit.Here’s some great examples of how the combination of wearing dark pieces, posture, and angles can make everyone look their thinnest!
What to wear for family pictures from FrySauceandGrits.com
how to pose for family pictures from FrySauceandGrits.com
How to look thin in your family pictures from FrySauceandGrits.com
3. Wear your makeup heavier
It’s so important to wear enough makeup on your face when you take pictures.  If you don’t wear a lot of makeup, make sure you have enough color on your lips, cheeks, and eyes.  My sister Melanie who is a makeup artist wrote this awesome article about how to get the perfect makeup for brides, but this can apply to getting pictures taken too.
Some other thoughts: Apply makeup in natural light, avoid shimmery or glittery makeup, go for more matte, apply a second or third coat of mascara, line the eyes of eyeliner, and don’t forget to put on extra blush and a colored lipstick or gloss.  I always bring my makeup bag with me to the photo shoot just in case I need a touch up.  Bring your lipstick or gloss in your pocket while your getting your pictures taken so you can quickly add some color to your lips after you do any kissing pictures.  Melanie recommends this in her post too, but my best trick for getting to smudge free and perfect looking makeup is wearing a foundation primer.  One last tip, learn how to highlight and contour your face, check out this tutorial on MaskCara! This foundation primer from Smashbox is my favorite and it’s oil free!
Smashbox Oil Free Foundation Primer
4. Get your beauty rest and do something active that day
Duh! This is no brainer, if you get enough sleep you will have the stamina and energy to look your best for your pictures.  I find when I do something active that morning or afternoon of the pictures, I feel better and I look better. Go on a hike, a walk, rollerblade, play with your kids, do housework, go to the gym, ride a bike, just get up and move!
Try to schedule your picture appointment around your kids naps. Well rested kids are happy kids.
5. Eat well, drink your water, and bring extra snacks 
If you eat well that day you’ll feel good inside. DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF!  I did this before and let’s just say it was a disaster.  I was yawning, I had dark circles underneath my eyes, and had zero energy.  Pretty much I looked like a zombie.
If you have small kids make sure to bring some snack and drinks so you can keep everyone hydrated and something in their stomachs.  After the pictures are taken, go treat yourself and your family!  You deserve it!
6. Don’t parent the kids, don’t get caught up in the small things, and don’t strive for perfection
I asked McKell what tips she has for a smooth and stress free photo shoot and these are her thoughts.
 
Lower your expectations! (Not your expectations with your photographer, just your kids). This may be true in a lot of situations involving children. You just got to go with the flow.  
 
Don’t yell at your kids! It makes the kids unhappy and you frazzled. Just doesn’t make for a happy situation. Bring some snacks and some water, it is okay to take a few breaks during a session.


Recently I photographed my own family (While that is difficult on many levels being behind and in front of the camera) I understand the stress of wanting those perfect photos. You just got to let. it. go. 

 
For me as a photographer, I want to capture you interacting with each other. I want to see you playing and snuggling. When that happens the smiles will come. And that is what families are about. Not perfectly posed photos but REAL ones. 
 
7. Don’t match, coordinate
When you’re picking out what everyone in your family is going to wear for your photos, strive for coordinating, not matching. When I was deciding what our family was going to wear I didn’t have any extra money in our budget to go buy new clothes.  So I went into each of our closets and picked articles of clothing I liked.  I did the same for Amelia and McKay.  I found there was a common theme going on: white, black, brown, patterns, and a hint of pink.
The three of us are wearing different patterns in our pictures, but not one of them is overpowering because I kept them all in the same color group.
I’m happy that I only spend $3.99 on Amelia’s black turtleneck I got on clearance at Baby Gap, and that was the only thing I had to purchase for our pictures.  Try to use what you have, this will prevent the extra stress of having to purchase new clothes for everyone.
I hope these tips help you to have a stress free experience the next time you get your family pictures taken.  They’ve really helped my family and I.
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Must Have Holiday Sweaters

I am obsessed with sweaters when it starts getting cold outside. I am also obsessed with finding new shops that I love! I recently found a shop called She Inside that I am LOVING! I almost didn’t want to share this with you because I want it to be my little secret! While I was browsing through some of their sweaters over the weekend, I thought I should probably share my favorites with you so you can get them to wear to all of your upcoming holiday parties! This isn’t a sponsored post. I just want to share some of my favorite sweaters and sweater trends with you fashionistas!

Must Have Holiday Sweaters

Aren’t they all fabulous?! I love the geometric and Aztec patterns that are so popular right now, but I love the other colors besides just black and white that are now becoming available! I absolutely adore faux leather accents on holiday sweaters too! Can we all just agree that these are all amazing?!

What sweater trends are you totally crushing over right now?

Once again, this is NOT a sponsored post. I just want to show you the trends I’m crushing over.

Your New Favorite Blog: Minted’s Julep

I’m sure you have all probably heard by now about Minted. It is this awesome website where you can get custom business cards, wedding decor, artwork, and holiday cards too! I love their modern, clean designs. Their holiday cards are totally amazing right now, so you need to check them out for sure for your holiday cards this year! I absolutely love the one that looks like an info graphic! Instead of having a long family newsletter, you can put all of the basics about your year in an info graphic instead! That is just one of the many amazing designs they offer.

Minted Holiday Cards

I am so excited because I will be getting my new business cards from them! If you see me next year, you need to ask me for one because they will be pretty amazing.

This isn’t the only reason why I love Minted though. I think I have found my new favorite blog to read… Julep! It is full of great indie designed products and amazing DIY projects! One of my favorites is this scratch off activity advent calendar for Christmas!

Minted Julip Scratch Advent Calendar

I think it is the cutest idea! I love advent calendars!

Take a look at their blog and tell me what your favorite post is on there!

Free printed photos from your phone!

I’m so excited to tell you about this awesome app I was just able to try out! It is called Free Prints. It is an app that is available in the App Store, Android Market, Google Play, and Windows Store. There is no excuse not to try it because it is available for nearly every phone on the market. You can also find it on www.FreePrintsApp.com. The cool part about it, is that you can get 85 free 4×6 photos a month! You can access your photos straight from your phone so it makes it quick and easy. You just pay shipping, but that isn’t much at all. They also offer different sizes too if you are willing to pay a little for them. they started printing square images too that are perfect for Instagram photos. I am really impressed with the quality of color and how nice the free prints are that I got!

Free Prints App

Free Prints is owned by a company called Photo Affections who sells custom photo products too. Each time you order prints from Free Prints, your photos are automatically uploaded onto your Photo Affections account so it is easy to make various photo products on their site too! I chose to have one of our new family photos printed onto a canvas done by Photo Affections.

Canvas from Photo Affections

Isn’t it gorgeous?! I wish you could see the finish on the photo a little better, but it is beautiful! It almost has a pearly finish to it so it looks so professional and SO great! I highly recommend ordering from them! I love that I can get pictures printed for free now!

I was given these products to review for this post, but was not otherwise compensated. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

DIY Gifts for Friends and Family!

Hi Girl Loves Glam readers! I’m Jamie, and I blog over at C.R.A.F.T. C.R.A.F.T. is a nifty little acronym for Creating Really Awesome Free Things. I make things for your home (peace sign wreath), wardrobe (painted shoes), kitchen (fried Oreos), and kids (crazy circle art)!

Creating Really Awesome Free Things

The holidays are right around the corner… and obviously I love handmade! So, today I’m sharing hare 9 DIY gifts you can whip up in no time for friends and family this year!

1. For the sentimental gardener: Stepping stones

How to make stepping stones

2. For the puzzle lover: A puzzle cube Creating Really Awesome Free Things
3. For your quirky BFF: A dino planter
Creating Really Awesome Free Things
4. For the game playing kiddo: foam board memory game
DIY gift guide
5. These guys are sure to make anyone smile: dino magnets
Creating really awesome free things
6. For the lover of metallic: cookie tin garland

How to make cookie tin garland

Creating Really Awesome Free Things
DIY gift ideas
9. For the organized jewelry lover: DIY necklace organizer
DIY necklace organizer
Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Do you love paint by numbers? If you like the puzzle cube, dino planter, and dino magnets… here are lots more C.R.A.F.T. projects for you to check out! Oh and if you’re looking for some clever Christmas tree themes or festive Christmas party treat ideas, I’ve got ya covered! Happy holidays!
Thank you so much for sharing these great projects with us Jamie!

Holiday Party Makeup Look

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Let the holiday parties begin! It is fun to dress up a little for holiday parties and it is time to have a perfect makeup look to go with your gorgeous holiday look! Adding the perfect makeup can bring your entire look to the next level. It can make you feel fabulously confident so you don’t have to worry about anything but enjoying your holiday fun!

I was given some Younique makeup to create this holiday makeup look by cute AnnieMarie of Cozy Couture Boutique. I am obsessed with these products! They are really high quality and they are jam packed with pigments so the color turned out just as vibrantly as I hoped they would. The makeup also stayed on all day long with the help of the amazing primer too!

Younique makeup Holiday Look

I used…

Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Moonstruck Minerals Pigment Powder in Infatuated, Heartbroken, Curious, and Gorgeous

Moonstruck Minerals Blusher in Seductive

The Moonstruck Glorious Face and Eye Primer

Lucrative Lip Gloss in Lovesick

I am totally obsessed with these products! I can’t tell you enough how impressed I am by the quality of these Younique products. For the price, they are completely affordable and are a great deal! When I created my holiday look, I used my own foundation, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, and an additional red lipstick color that is totally optional depending on how bright you want your lips to be.

Now for creating the look…

For your facial makeup:

1. Apply moisturizer

2. Apply primer to your entire face. I used the Younique Glorious Face and Eye Primer. It’s totally amazing.

3. Put your foundation on.

4. Put blush on the apples of your cheeks. I used the Younique Minerals Blusher in Seductive. For this look, I didn’t do any other facial contouring because I like to keep the face looking more naturally colored during the winter. Because there isn’t much sunlight to get tan, I stayed away from the bronzer. I wanted it to look like my cheeks had gotten a little rosy from the cold weather. When you use the Younique blush, be sure to put a little on your brush and then tap most of it off onto your hand. The pigments are so powerful, you can get too much on your brush pretty easily.

5. Pencil in your eyebrows.

For the eyes:

Holiday Party Eye Makeup

1. Apply eye primer to the entire eyelid. I used the Younique Glorious Face and Eye Primer.

2. Brush the dark brown eye shadow in the crease of your eyelid from the outside edge of your eye in about halfway across your eye. I used the Younique Infatuated color.

3. Brush the reddish pink colored eye shadow below the dark brown eye shadow. Brush it from the crease down to the lash line. I used the Younique Heartbroken color. This is one color you won’t find anywhere else. I’m obsessed with this color!

4. Brush the gold colored eye shadow from the inside edge of the eye into the previous two colors. Brush from the crease down to the lash line. I used the Younique Gorgeous color. This is another color I haven’t really seen before. It is SO gold. It is really beautiful!

5. Brush the gold colored eye shadow under the bottom eyelashes along the lash line.

6. Apply cream or white eye shadow from the crease up to the eyebrow. Brush into the previous colors just a little bit so you can blend them together. I used the Younique Curious color.

7. Apply a thick line of dark eyeliner. come out a little past your eyelid so you can create a small cat eye effect.

8. Finish of the eyes with some mascara. I used the Younique 3D Fiber Lashes. This isn’t just any mascara! This is kind of like wearing false eyelashes, without all of the hassle of applying false eyelashes. It is just two different tubes that look like mascara tubes that you use to create the perfect eyelashes.

For the lips:

1. Put some pink or red lipstick. This is optional depending on how bright you want your lips to be. I used a red Kat Von D lipstick and then kissed most of it off onto a tissue. I just wanted to add a bright color, but didn’t want it to be overwhelming.

2. Apply lip gloss on top of the lipstick. I used the Younique Lucrative Lip Gloss in Lovesick. Adding the lip gloss helps make your lips look fuller and more glamorous for your party!

Easy Holiday Party Makeup Look

Now it is time to go knock the socks off of all of those party goers!

Be sure to go like Cozy Couture Boutique on Facebook to get more details about ordering these Younique products and to see all of the other cute stuff AnnaMarie has! She has some great deals going on right now! The Younique eye shadow pigments are $10 each or 4 for $35! These pigments will last you a very long time too! The pigment is so high in them that you don’t have to use very much each time you apply it. She is also offering free boot socks with any purchase over $20! Holla! Perfect Christmas gifts!

Don’t forget to get my book, The Busy Girl’s Guide to Makeup for your Christmas gifts too!

I was compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I really do love these products!