Sunday, October 19, 2014

Confessions Of A Jewelry Hoarder | 5 Minute DIY Jewelry Organizer

Hey Loves! 

It's safe to say that I have a MAJOR costume jewelry problem. I have been working on organizing my jewelry since my teenage years. I have come up with a few DIY solutions here and there for storing my baubles but NOTHING sticked. When I lived at home and not with a boy, it was never a big deal. Since I now live with my amazing boyfriend and i'm tired of hearing him complain about finding necklaces and earrings everywhere, I had to come up with a solution. 

I took to Pinterest one day and found some DIY solutions I wanted to try. I wanted something that was minimal work and still pretty when displayed. Here's what I came up with! 

I don't have any before and after pictures because I did it in one day and wasn't sure how it was going to come out. After it was done, I was pretty impressed so I kept it. Normally when I do a DIY, I do a trial run and then do it for real. Unfortunately for you guys, everything went according to plan. 

Here's What You'll Need:

Necklace Holder
  • Cork Board with or with out border (similar here)
  • Glue Gun w/ Glue Sticks 
  • Fabric of choice
  • Push Pins
  • Scissors
  • Wire for Sunglasses
I first measured the fabric around the cork board and cut it a little bigger than the board. I basically wrapped the cork board with the fabric (think birthday present wrapping). I used the glue gun to seal the fabric around the board. I used an old piece of wire from the back of a picture frame I found in the trash (yea, I like finding things in the trash). I glued the wire down to the back of the cork board. DONE! Use the push pins to hang your jewels. 

Earring Holder
  • Empty frame 8x10 -I found mine at the Dollar Store. (similar here)
  • Glue Gun
  • Mesh 8x10 -I picked mine up at the local hardware store and they cut it a little bigger than 8x10
  • Fabric of choice
I used the frame empty. No glass or backing. I did the same thing with the frame that I did with the cork board. I measured the fabric, cut it a little bigger and glued it down. I placed the mesh over the fabric and glued down the four corners. I then cut little triangles out of the same fabric and glued those down to cover up any noticeable glue. DONE! 

The big denim bow was an impromptu design- I felt like it looked too plain. I made the bow by flipping the fabric inside out and gluing down the edges. It was almost like making a mini pillow case. I used an old bracelet that I no longer wore for cute embellishment and to cinch the middle.

This is my favorite thus far of the things I have made. I didn't realize how easy a DIY Jewelry Organizer could be! I still don't have a solution for all my rings and bracelets but at least I started somewhere. One step at a time...right? How do you store your baubles? 

Until next time........................

Monday, October 13, 2014

Autumn Days Are Here To Stay

Hey Loves,

As the title of my post says, this chilly weather is here to stay. I have to be honest, I still wake up and say "why is it so cold out" and I remind myself that it IS October. Even though it's getting very close to "wearing a heavy jacket everyday" weather, I still like to give myself other options to stay warm. One of my favorites is my fur vest, which is always on trend for this time of year. It's easy to style and perfect for layering! I love to pair a casual femme look with a cute pair of boots. I picked my new pair from Le Bunny Bleu to add some edge.

Check out my latest look! 

I love tiny details- you know, the ones that make a difference in your eyes? What I like about these boots are how comfortable they are but mainly the turn over flap in the front. I can't forget the pink detail! 

Speaking of "tiny details", how vibrant is that purple in the inside of my vest? 

Hat: Cotton On/ Vest: Hot Topic/ Shirt: H&M/ Jeans: YMI/ Boots: Le Bunny Bleu here
Necklace: Mandee/ Ring: H&M/ Nails: Wet n' Wild Matte Fall Collection

How do you stay warm during Autumn weather? Until next time..........................

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lipstick Review: Wet n' Wild Megalast Matte Limited Edition Fall Collection

Hey Loves,

I have been DYING to share this lipstick collection with you guys. When I heard Wet n' Wild released Limited Edition Megalast Matte Lipstick's for fall, I went on a HUNT. You wouldn't believe me when I say I went to over ten different drugstores to find the entire collection. I even had my brother, mother, aunt and friends looking for them. On one fine fall day, I walked into a Rite Aid and stumbled across a FULL display. So I grabbed them all, plus an extra set. I guess you would believe my ridiculous story.

Moving on.............

We all know that Wet n' Wild is known for their affordable drugstore beauty products and the past few years has held it down, strong. I personally love their Megalast Matte formula. Even the polishes are amazing. After wearing them for years now, I can contest to the fact that they have an amazing matte formula. None drying and long lasting. These limited edition colors are the same!

Top to Bottom Swatches on Lips:

  • "Sweet Cream"
  • "Bordeaux Boulevard"
  • "Urban Night"
  • "Sunset Siren"

Here are some more swatches with and without flash.

 With Flash (I feel like my hand looks super dry, please excuse that)

Natural Lighting

I had a really hard time finding these babies but if you do decide to look for them, they are on a tiny display. The lipstick tube is made of a matte rubber material. It will probably be on a shelf with all the halloween stuff. I'm glad I picked up two sets because they are in full rotation in my beauty looks. If you can't find this collection, at least try some of Wet n' Wild Megalast Lipsticks- they are totally worth the money!

Until next time and next lipstick review.......................

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall Drink Specials: TFBJ Way

Hey Loves, 

I know I never post anything like this but I thought it would be fun because what grown up doesn't love a perfect alcohol beverage every once in a while? These amazing recipes were shared with  me and I wanted to share them with you guys! The moment I read the ingredients I just pictured a cool fall day sitting on my couch sipping on them, any of them (to be honest).

Here are the yummy recipes! 

Hot Pumpkin Spice Tequila
  • 1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ part Torani® Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 3 parts cream
  • 1 part sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  •  ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 parts freshly brewed hot coffee
  • Whipped Cream and additional cinnamon (for garnish) 

Preparation: In a saucepan, combine cream with pumpkin syrup, sugar, vanilla, spices and coffee until hot. Pour into mug, add Sauza® Blue Silver and stir. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon. 

Cider Tequila Hot Toddy
  •  1 part Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½  part JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 8 parts apple cider
  • 2 parts cranberry juice cocktail
  • Lime slice (for garnish)
  • Dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • Dash of nutmeg (optional)
 Preparation: In a saucepan heat the apple cider and cranberry juice just until steaming hot (do not let the liquid boil) and remove it from the heat. Stir in Sauza® Blue Reposado and liqueur. You can add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg if you want a bit more spice. Serve Hot Toddies in mugs, garnished with lime slices.


Crisp Apple Cooler
  • 1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
  • ¾ part apple juice
  • ¼ part agave syrup
  • Green apple slice for garnish
Preparation: Stir agave syrup with vodka in the base of a shaker until the agave syrup dissolves. Add apple juice and shake thoroughly with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a green apple slice.

Fall Festival-tini           
  • 1 part Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka
  • 3 parts apple juice/cider
  • ½ part light rum
  • Lemon wedge for garnish
 Preparation: Mix ingredients in a shaker, and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.


I am normally not a fan of tequila but the Sauza Tequila is so smooth and when mixed, it's perfect. Which one is your favorite? Do you have a fall drink you love? 

I have tons of new fashion and beauty coming up, so stay tuned! Until next time....................

Monday, October 6, 2014

Field Of Dreams

Hey Loves! 

What's a better day to wear a hat, you ask? When your hair is messy and gross right? I agree. That's exactly what I decided to do. I picked up this wide brim fedora from Cotton On awhile back and was totally unsure about it. So, it basically hung on my hat wall. I finally found the perfect outfit to wear it with this past weekend! I kept my look cool and casual, as always! Check it out!

Jacket: Old Navy/ Dress: Target/ Hat: Cotton On/ Shoes: Lips from Little Black Bag

What I like to do when I am putting together my outfit is think what the "focus" will be. The focus of this outfit was my funky hat. I kept everything else VERY simple. I never like to over do my look or go over the top with my accessories because sometimes you come off as if you are trying too hard and no one wants that!

How do you style your statement pieces?

Until next time..............

Friday, October 3, 2014

Far From Muted {Beauty Look}

Hey Loves! 

I'm honestly enjoying sharing my beauty looks on TFBJ. It's much easier than just blabbing on about a product. I like being able to babble on and show you the product in action. This week, I played around with The Makeup Show NY Special Edition Palette. I was gifted this palette when I attended The Makeup Show from the lovely people at Ofra. We chatted about makeup and out of nowhere, I was handed this limited palette that was being sold at the show along with their mosaic powder. I was totally excited because I heard that they were selling this palette and I wanted it anyway- so they kind of made my day.

The colors in this palette have the perfect range of fun and everyday in it. Since it's magnetic, you can add or move around the shadows. I was impressed with how pigmented every shadow was. A little went a long way. Below is a closer look of the palette. 

I used the Mosaic Powder in the color "Roman 3D" as my blush. It was hard to pick the colors I wanted to use for my look. I knew I wanted to do a bolder fall look AND I knew I wanted to add that blue in the upper right hand corner SOMEWHERE. Here's my look in detail.

*Photos were taken in natural light without any flash. Colors were not enhanced nor edited. Vignette was added to the corners to blur out the background*

 Full Details: 
Eye Primer: Senna Cosmetics
All Shadows: Ofra Cosmetics find it here
Lashes: Gorgeous Cosmetics "Madam Lash"
Blush: Ofra Mosaic Powder "Roman 3D
Foundation: Gorgeous Cosmetics Base Perfect Foundation
Lips: MAC Liner "Nightmoth" + Limecrime "Wicked" 
Headband: Le Bleu Bunny
Shirt: Target

If you haven't heard about Ofra Cosmetics, you can check out their site here. The palette is still available and runs for about $59. Since the palette has some extra space, i'm think of depotting one of my palettes and adding it to this palette to gain some space.

Until next time.....................

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Urban Exploration

Hey Loves!

I'm not sure how many times I can talk about this weather before someone gets annoyed. I mean, it's now October and NYC's weather is so "flip floppy". Regardless, I have tucked away (most) of my summer gear and even though I know I might break out in a sweat, I REFUSE to wear maxi dresses, sandals or anything summer-esque.. Sorry guys, but it's time to let go. I have been using the layering technique just incase because you know, I don't want to pass out from a heatstroke either. Sweating is one thing, a heatstroke is a totally different story. 

Moving on..............

There are a few things in this post that I absolutely love. My denim jacket, my nameplate AND my cut-out booties. Just to mention the main focus here. Cut-out anything is always fun because it adds that simple flair to any outfit. I picked up a pair at Necessary Clothing and have been trying to work them into my work week, every week. So here's my latest look! 

Jacket: H&M/ Tee: Marshall's/ Skirt: Hautelook/ Shoes: Necessary Clothing/ Nameplate: 9th & Elm/
Long Necklace: Prima Donna/ Bag: Philip Lim for Target 

These pictures were taken under the Whitestone Bridge in the Bronx, which for those of you who don't know- it's illegal. Hence why I am standing in the same spot! Until next time.....................................


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