DIY Ginger Rose Lemonade (Fancy, Huh?)

» September 18th, 2014 «

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I have this weird habit that involves ordering a lot of drinks anywhere I go. At breakfast I typically order a dirty chai, a fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, & ice water w/ lemon. If I am just stopping in at 7-11, I’ll usually grab a cold green tea, a sparkling lemon flavored water, & a grapefruit Pellegrino. I just like to have my options, ya know?

Back when we were in Copenhagen, we stopped in at the cutest lil’ cafe & I did my regular order three drinks thing. Starting with a fresh mint tea, then an iced coffee, & finishing it off w/ a ginger rose lemonade to go. The fresh mint tea was so yum, the coffee was ya know- iced coffee, but that GRL… seriously next level.

You all now know that I have a legit addiction to anything/everything ginger (remember- we went over this last week). So, kind of a no brainer that I was going to either a. find it back in the states & buy by the dozen or b. make it!! Searching for it was a bust, so naturally- I went w/ the latter.

It’s basically the most bomb ginger ale you’ve ever tasted, minus all the crap, plus some fancy additions (the rose & the lemons). Not to mention, those fresh squeezed lemons make it the most refreshing drink ever on this planet, IMO.

I’m actually planning to remake it again this weekend for my girlfriends bday brunch, but this time I am throwing some champs into the mix. Sounds amaze- right?

Try it out & LMK what you babes think.

xx, E

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The Ingreds:

» 1/2 cup Q Ginger Ale. Please please I beg don’t make this w/ Canada Dry!! Q Ginger Ale is the BEST! It uses real ginger, isn’t jam packed with high fructose corn syrup/sugar, is only 60 calories, & also is infused w. cardamom/ cayenne/ rose oil/ coriander/ & orange peel.

» 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used Meyer lemons).

» 1 tsp. Rose Water- but make sure it’s the kind meant for cooking, not the kind meant for beauty. It’s not the easiest to find in stores, but they have it for sale here on good ole’ Amazon.

[ SIDEBAR: Rose Water is actually FAB for beauty uses & I am a huge fan!! Read more about it here & be sure to check out my fave beauty DIY for an epic Rose Water smoothing serum. ]

» Mint leaves, fresh- if possible.

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» First, squeeze your lemon. Mix together your fresh lemon juice with your ginger ale. «

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» Add in one tsp. of your rose water! The taste can be strong, so start w/ one tsp. If you need more, go from there! «

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» Whip up some mint ice cubes using filtered H20, an ice cube tray, & your fresh mint (duh!) «

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» Serve it up & enjoy! Cheers babes <3 «

Fashionlush x F21: DIY Petite Polaroid Magnets

» September 17th, 2014 «

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Ready for a serious cuteness overload? The latest Fashionlush x F21 DIY collab ft. polaroids is one for the books, & your bookmarks bar- trust.

You can find all of the do it yourself dirty deets over at the Forever 21 blog, but before you do that… lemme give you guys a lil’ backstory re. this here project.

Warning: it’s about get a lil’ weird.

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Let’s flashback to when I was 10 years old & some of my hobbies included:

+ Walking my guinea pig, Moesha (remember that show?!), through the neighborhood. I promise you, she did like it!!

+ Only wearing high top Converse & overalls, which isn’t really a hobby… but it was a defining quality, so I am sharing.

+ Listening to hardcore rap, w/ thanks to my older sister. My parents weren’t pleased.

+ Taking Polaroid pictures of anything and everything, especially Moesha (yes, this one just dated me).

+ Reading books about Elvis & collecting various Elvis memorabilia (pre-drug days). I bet you didn’t know he was born with a twin named Jessie, huh? #FUNFACT

+ & also collecting fridge magnets.

Told ya it’d get weird, cause let’s get real, I was weird. In all honesty though, little has changed from then to now…

…I replaced Moesha w/ Bitzy, I still love rocking Converse & overalls, when driving solo I definitely bump the throwback rap on full blast, I’m never w/o my FujiFilm Instax mini, I may or may not have Elvis barbies in my closet (so embarrassing), & over the years my magnet collection has become quite impressive.


So, now that you have some history on the situation, I am hoping it makes more sense to why I am getting all nostalgic. This project includes three of my all time favorite things from the past to the present: Polaroids, magnets, and (this one developed later in life) disproportionately small things.

It’s just too good & too damn cute.

Stick ‘em all of over your fridge, use them as wedding save the dates, include them in a baby shower game, decorate your cubicle and/or locker. The options are endless, but whatever you do with them, I can guarantee you’re friends are gonna beg you to make some for them. My tip to you- make doubles!

Happy crafting my DIY lushes & remember- all the how to instructions for this DIY can be found at the F21 blog.

xx, E

P.S. Don’t forget to tag #FashionlushDIY on any projects you do… I love to see the results!!

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++ be sure to check out my DIY eyeball mani tutorial here! ++

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+ Got leftover magnets? Peep this post for another rad magnet DIY here. In the DIY mood and need some inspo? Scope all my exclusive F21 DIY collabs here. ++

Endless Summer

» September 16th, 2014 «

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You may have heard, cause I know I haven’t stopped hearing about it from everyone & their Mom, that San Diego is suffering from a serious heat wave.

It’s true & it’s getting old.

It’s not like a nice go-the-beach kinda heat. More like, take the long way home & listen to the same song on repeat while going around the block a few times cause the only relief you can get is from the AC in your car kinda heat.

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Don’t get me wrong, I always appreciate a good summer. But this one is like a bad story that never seems to end. This heat & humidity just isn’t doing it for me.

My hair is OUT of control, dreaming of hot showers before bed, poor Bitzy wants to go on a walk- but I am pretty sure we will both pass out, I have the cutest outfit to wear w/ my black shag fur, and I am sleeping with an ice pack on my head.

Good times.

Honestly, even this look was pretty hard to wear, but my new Jeffrey Cambell Oriley boots really needed their big debut. I have been eyeing them for months now, & the second I saw they were 30% off… they were mine. That whole no wearing white after labor day thing? I’m calling a bluff. White all year long, thank you very much.

… & now that my new babes got their 15 minutes of fame, it’s time to stock up some mumus (aka my current fave #OOTD).

xx, E

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++ Get the Look: Jeffrey Campbell Oriley boots (30% off) ||  Striped V-Neck Crop Top || Blk Denim Skirt high-waisted skirt (sold out), really loving this one & this one too! || Round Metal Ray-Bans ||  Silver Coin Handpiece || Crocodile Crossbody (sold out), similar babe here. ++

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++ ahhh, aren’t they amaze. Ankle cleavage is where it’s at. ++

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++ Photo Cred: Natalie Sypkens ++

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This & That + A Sexy Lil’ Fashionlush Exclusive Deal

» September 15th, 2014 «

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++ Just snagged this cutesie mini photo album for all my Instax Mini snaps! ++

This weekend I was (& kinda still am) feeling a lil’ under the weather, so I kept things pretty mellow. Resting up, chugging green tea/H20, afternoon snuggle fests w/ Bitzy, drinking ginger shots, & OD-ing on this yummy fruit salad… ya know, the reg weekend things for when a nasty cold is sneaking up.

The main highlight though, was definitely the fact that I finally got to sit down (sans phone and computer) to watch Frozen w/ my girlfriends!!! Typically, Disney movies aren’t my thing, but I gotta say- this one is a gem. I meannnn… can Olaf can just come live with me & be my personal joker 24/7 already? I have a personal flurry awaiting his arrival (if you’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about).

I may or may not have even subscribed to the Frozen soundtrack on Spotify & am listening to it on repeat every time I am in the car… It’s just too good.

Have you seen it? Have you heard it? Are you as obsessed me… & every 5 year old girl on the planet?? If not & you’re judging me right now, no biggy, but ya just gotta let it gooo & see the damn movie. Trust.

xx, E

P.S. If you are in a Monday slump, keep reading… cause I’ve got a Fashionlush exclusive that’s about to change your lip game for life.

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Lately, I have been all over that “I woke up like this” beauty look, which means my signature dark lippys have been replaced w/ my latest obsession/addiction/dependency- City Lips clear lip plumper (AKA liquid gold).

One swipe & it legit looks like you just left a lip filler appointment… minus that whole needle/pain/break the bank situation. Unlike most lip plumpers I’ve tried in the past- it actually REALLY works, doesn’t burn like a total b*tch, & doesn’t dry out your lips. It delivers some serious hydration & is a totally enjoyable plump (no pain, total gain).

Plus, it fills in all those unwanted fine lines & lasts for a super long time. Actually, I’ve realized that throughout the day the plump just grows & grows. Magic in a tube.

anddddd…. it’s your lucky day, cause I scored 2 exclusive to Fashionlush deals for all you plumped-up lip lovers!!::

+ Click here for a lipgloss BOGO offer.

+ Get 40% off sitewide w/ the coupon code FASHIONLUSH!

Or… you can always combine the two for a double whammy of discounts.

Really wanna know what you guys think, cause I can pretty much guarantee you’re gonna be blown the eff away.

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Sunday I decided to put my overgrown basil bush to good use w/ a DIY pesto dip for my Mom’s friends while they watched football (p.s. how cute are they?!).

Handmade pesto is seriously so much better tasting than the store bought crap & so easy to make that it’s kinda a no-brainer. Just throw 1/2 C. pine nuts, a couple handfuls of basil leaves, a sprinkle or two of shredded parm, & a drizzle of olive oil into a food processor.

You can use it on your pasta, as a sandwich spread, or my preference- make a three layer cracker dip w/ a thin layer of light cream cheese & some sundried tomatoes. So fresh and so delish!

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++ The Target Dollar section, my go-to for stocking up on the cutest thank you cards!! ++

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++ Currently drinking: Trader Joes new Matcha Green Tea latte. Iced or hot, this stuff is my jam! ++

A Cheeky Lil’ Nail Art D.EYE.Y

» September 12th, 2014 «

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I’ve got a thing for eyeballs.

Which yes, I 100% realize how creepy that sounds, but hear me out before you close out & never come back cause you think I am a total psycho w/ a fetish for eyeballs.

I’m not talking about the ones in your head, although I am sure they are lovely, & I’m not into them like I watch the movie “The Eye” on repeat (sidebar: NEVER watch that movie- you will literally sleep w/ your EYES open the rest of your life).

Remember that eyeball dress #OOTD I shared a while back, yea- that’s the kinda eye I can’t get enough of.

My Mom, aka the baddest B I know, totally gets my obsession & gifted me with the best eye-phone case ever (similar one found here). Once I got that bad boy snapped on, I knew it needed a matching mani to go along with it.

Which brings me to this here tutorial. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but it turned out SO effing cool & 0% creepy or weird… more like 100% chic & bad ass. Don’t ya think?

Happy nail-painting! xx, E

(…oh, & for those of you who were actually looking for a more creepy/Halloweenie inspired eyeball, this mani right here will be right up your alley.)

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+ Base color of your liking– although I do recommend something light enough for the black to show up, but bright enough for the white to show up. Pastels work great for this!

+ A solid white polish.

+ Your eyeball color of choice… brown, blue, or green- up to you.

+ Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in black.

+ A dotting tool & a small brush tool, which I got from the Butter London Nail Art tool kit.

+ Sally Hansen Miracle Gel topcoat aka the best topcoat to ever exist…ever.

The How-To:

1. Paint your nails w/ your base color & let dry.

2. Using a small brush tool & white polish, paint a small half moon at the base of your nail & fill it in. Let dry.

3. With the black nail art pen, outline the top of your moon shape. Let dry.

4. Grab the color of polish you are using for your eyeball & paint a dab onto the tip of your dotting tool. Dot that bad boy onto the center of the white. Let dry.

5. Lastly, add the pupil, which you can do using either your nail art pen or your dotting tool w/ black polish. I personally prefer the dotting tool method because I feel it’s a bit more clean & precise.

6. Once the whole thing is COMPLETELY dry, you can paint your topcoat. Beware, if it’s not fully dry to the touch, it will smear!!

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++ & If patience is an issue, Models Own Quick Dry drops will speed up the drying process big time. I am talking like 60 seconds flat… which has been a lifesaver for me since I am always in a rush & smudging my manis. ++

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