I love holidays that require you to dress up. It’s so fun to play along and wear something with a specific theme. I’ve always loved going all out for Halloween and making sure every detail of my costume was just right but other holidays that call for outfits fitting a general theme can be just as fun. Everyone knows that you have to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day and red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July. It’s nice to see everyone dress a little over the top and have fun with it. Red and pink are perfect for Valentine’s Day and I love adding a little cheesiness with lots of hearts and love-themed accessories. It’s never difficult for me to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit.
I love pink. Love it, love it, love it. Pink was my favorite color growing up and then I went through a few years where I wouldn’t be caught dead saying I liked it. But now I love it again. I consider bright pink to be my signature lip color, light pink to be my go-to nail polish color, and I love sneaking any kind of pink into my black and gray winter wardrobe. Needless to say, Valentine’s Day fashion is super easy for me.
Lately I have been all about sweet potato casserole. I usually only like sweet potatoes in small doses- I love the taste but they are so dense that it’s hard to eat an entire one. Sweet potato fries are okay and I can probably eat half of a baked sweet potato but that’s about my limit. However, when they are mashed and sweetened, I’m able to eat as much as I want. I love the flavor of the sweet potatoes and they’re even better when topped with crunchy, gooey marshmallows. When I found this recipe which also adds a layer of candied pecans, I couldn’t resist trying it out for Thanksgiving but it would be absolutely perfect for Christmas as well. I altered the recipe a bit (making it a hybrid between the above recipe and the one found here) and also cut it in half since we were also making mashed potatoes.
I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but we are so ready for Christmas! We’ve started to pull out a few of our Christmas decorations (too soon?) and this year I’m adding this super easy DIY advent calendar to the mix. I wanted to post about it early so you had time to order the supplies if you wanted to make one for your home. Growing up, Stacie and I had candy cane Christmas advent calendars that hung from our mantle. Basically, every day in December we got to eat a candy cane. I have to be honest, I don’t even really like peppermint but it was always fun to see them disappear from the calendar as Christmas got closer and closer! G is a HUGE fan of Christmas (I mean, singing Christmas songs in July, that kind of superfan) so I thought it would be fun for us to be able to open a small gift each day and countdown the days until Christmas.
Orange lipsticks can be intimidating to get into. Orange isn’t a traditional lipstick color but it’s been very “in” in the last few years. It’s a great bold color that can replace red as a statement color but it can also be soft and natural. Orange is a really fun color to wear but it does take some getting used to and there is definitely some trial-and-error involved in finding the perfect color. I typically think of my lipstick stash as 90% pink with a few berries, a handful of nudes, and a couple oranges thrown in but I was surprised by just how many orange lipsticks I pulled out when I wrote this post. Turns out, I own a lot of oranges! Today I’m swatching several different shades, just in time for Halloween.
I really like nail art but I don’t always have the patience for it. I can handle an accent nail and some polka dots or stripes, but much more than that and I find myself running for the remover and starting over. That’s why I love nail decals so much. They are super easy to use and make a mani look much more intricate than it is. When Lizzie from Vinyl It Up sent me these cute St. Patrick’s Day decals, I couldn’t wait to use them. And what better polish to pair them with than Julep Lucky, a kelly green and gold coin glitter?