Brusha Brusha…clean those brushes!

Whether you have spent a little or alot of money on your make-up brushes
it is SO important to keep them clean!

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Make-up and bacteria build up on the bristles and that can be bad for your skin….so a once a month cleaning is a great idea!

I am just not willing to spend $10 – $15 on make-up brush cleaner when making my own is so easy and economical!

Here’s how you make it!
1 cup water
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1/2 Tablespoon Liquid Dish washing soap
(I used Method…a grease fighting formula helps to break down the make-up)
1/2 Tablespoon Mild Shampoo
(I used baby shampoo)
1 Tablespoon leave in conditioner – this makes your bristles so soft!
(I used Lucy’s No More Tangles 🙂

Mix all ingredients together gently so you don’t create too many bubbles
Pour into a small squeeze bottle to store

To clean your brushes:

Pour some of your cleaner into a dish
Dip your brush and gently tap and swish…do not mash it around or you will damage your bristles
Wipe your brush back and forth on a clean OLD towel to remove makeup

(depending on how dirty your brushes are you might have to repeat this step several times, changing out your dirty cleaner)

For larger brushes (powder and bronzer) I find it works better if you put some of your cleaner in a spray bottle and spray the bristles…if you dip these brushes in a bowl of cleaner they just suck it right up!

I ended up making 2 batches of this cleaner to clean about a dozen brushes…my foundation, blush and bronzer brushes used up alot of cleaner


When all the makeup has been removed from your brushes lay them FLAT on a clean towel to dry
(don’t store them upright when they are wet, you do not want water to seep down into the shaft of your brush)

If you haven’t cleaned your brushes in awhile, I think you will be pleasantly surprised how soft the bristles are!

xoxo~Dawn

Mother’s Day Gift Guide with The Outlet Collection/Seattle

Hey Mama’s!!!  Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I get asked a lot about gift ideas. So, I partnered with The Outlet Collection/Seattle to share some things that I already own and love, and some fun ideas for the “Mom, Nana, Grandma, Sister” on your list!
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Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

The best part about all of the gifts listed here…they are under $25…so you could get Mom 2!!
 
#MomLife Tee/Francesca’s – I love this tee!  It is super soft and flattering.  Let’s be honest if you’re a Mom, #MomLife is crazy and beautiful, but we wouldn’t give it up for anything!
Mini Succulent/Francesca’s – I’m a sucker for succulents.  I have a new-found love and appreciation for the faux ones especially!
Mom Mug/Francesca’s – Coffee addict right here!!  Oh, and a mug addict.  This one had me sold at white and gold!
Sandals/Old Navy – These flip-flops are $12 and so comfortable.  They have the softest straps, and look a little dressier than your basics….at this price get her a couple colors! (I own the nude!)
Stud Earrings/Nordstrom Rack – I have owned at least 4 pairs of these earrings!  No, they are not real but I guarantee no one will know!  When you turn your head just so and your hair moves, they add just that perfect hint of sparkle!
Palm Mug/Francesca’s – Not only is the saying on this mug so cute…but the palm leaves and gold just make me happy!
52 Lists Projects/Fuego – I have had the opportunity to hear Moorea Seal speak and visit her store in Seattle.  I love the meaning behind her 52 Lists Project.
Robe/Nordstrom Rack – I actually bought this robe for myself I love it so much!  It is the PERFECT robe for Spring and Summer.  It is lightweight so I wont sweat to death while doing my hair.  And, honestly, it looks like it cost more than $20!
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While shopping the mall, I could have easily picked up so many cute things!  Below are a few other ideas from stores in The Outlet Collection/ Seattle that caught my eye!
Loft – How adorable is this hat?  I love a big floppy hat in the Summer and I love this trend of having fun sayings on them!
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Gosanko’s Chocolates is a locally owned handmade chocolate company.  Their store is full of amazing chocolates and wine!!!  Sold!  I fell in love with these chocolate bottles and tulips, and think they would be such a sweet gift for your girlfriends, teachers or just tied on to a bottle of wine for the wine lover Mom!

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Now, I know not every Mom wants kitchen gadgets for Mother’s Day, BUT when they’re pretty, how can you say no!

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Bed Bath and Beyond//  Cutting board/measuring cups/measuring spoons

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The Banana Republic Factory Store is filled with their new Spring and Summer collection!  How about getting Mom a cute clutch and a scarf with darling fringe detail?  And, while you’re there, do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of my favorite Sloan Ankle pant, you’ll thank me later!

Francesca’s is new to The Outlet Collection/Seattle and there is something that would suit every Mom on your list!  Their Mother’s Day display is filled with some of the cutest mugs, trinket dishes, and candles…

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and if you need something to wear to brunch, there are tons of cute ideas from casual to dressy!

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For the Mom who has everything…you can never go wrong with a little sparkle!  Zales Outlet at The Outlet Collection/Seattle has an amazing selection.  I fell in love with this Bolo Tennis Bracelet…it’s perfect if you have a small wrist, like I do, because it adjusts!

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There is a fabulous Shop for Mom Event going on now thru May 14, 2017.  For every $100 you spend at Kay Jewelers Outlet, Piercing Pagoda, and/or Zales Outlet you can enter to win $100 Outlet Collection gift card.

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So there you go…if you are looking for stress-free, one stop shopping for your Mother’s Day gifting needs, head to The Outlet Collection/Seattle.  I promise you are going to find something your mom is going to LOVE!  Who knows, you might find a little Mother’s Day gift for yourself, like I did!

xoxo~Dawn

A special thank you to The Outlet Collection/Seattle for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  

Belly up to the Bar(Cart)

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I love mixed metals, whether I’m wearing them or styling them.  So mixing them on my bar cart was an easy YES!  I am in love with all the copper barware items that are available, so I used some of my favorites and styled up this baby to kick off some (hopefully) sunny weather on its way to the PNW.  Below I’ve linked some of my favorite “bar cart styling items” AND a coupon code to the Copper Mug Co!!

Copper Tumblers/Copper Shaker: c/o  Copper Mug Co (next on my list is the bucket, and straws!) **Coupon Code>>>> PARTYTILDAWN for 15% off sitewide!!! **

Wine glasses (these are my fave!  The long elegant stem is ALL the things!)

Geometric Terrarium (so many possibilities with these!  I collect matchboxes, so this is a fun way to store them.)

Bar Cart …I will forever love my bar cart!  If you’re not into using it for drinks, it makes a great side table or a fun display for books etc!

Black/White Dishtowel LOVE LOVE LOVE the stripe on these towels, and they not only look great but are amazing quality!

I also love adding fresh flowers or greenery, and of course, pretty bottles of sparkling water, wine and some pretty coasters.

Feeling a little inspired to get your cart set for Spring??  Don’t forget to grab the coupon code above for the Copper Mug Co.!

xoxo~Dawn

I received free product for this post, however all opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links and I may receive compensation when links are clicked.

Jewel Toned Wedding Tablescape {Styled Shoot}

Jewel tones are some of the most vibrant and luxurious of colors. Some might think of a jewel toned wedding tablescape as one for the Fall or Winter months, but by adding in pops of yellow or coral, as we’ve done here, definitely makes the color palette spring and summer appropriate. This beautiful table with its watercolor hand-lettered place cards and touches of gold, is elegant, beautiful and so easy to recreate.

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I reached out to Rachel from The Brightline Studio to create these amazing watercolor and gold embossed place cards.  They are so beautiful and added the touch I wanted for the table.

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I love a layered table, so by layering two different types of plate chargers and a few different plates it creates the depth and interest that I was going for.

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One of my best tips when creating floral arrangements for your table, if you are not a florist like myself, is to buy a pre-made bouquet in the color scheme you’re looking for and then cut and arrange into a container.  This is such a great way to save money, but look like you spent much more!

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This is a sweet and simple DIY to create Fern Chair Decor.

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Watercolor DIY coasters were a fun and easy addition to the tablescape.  I used the place cards as inspiration and love how they look!

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Every guest needs a party favor and who doesn’t love a little chocolate at the end of a meal??  These Decadent Chocolate Orange Truffles are so good and only require three ingredients!

Jewel tones…not just for the months at the end of the year!

You can read all the details at the links below!

Jewel Toned Wedding Tablescape

DIY Fern Mr and Mrs Chair Decor

DIY Watercolor Coasters

Decadent Homemade Truffles

Vendor Credits: 

Watercolor Place cards : The Brightline Studio

Party Supplies:  Oriental Trading

xoxo~Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  All ideas and opinion are my own.

Bunny Napkin Tutorial

Are you hosting Easter this year?

Need a cute napkin ideas for the table?  I did these for my table(s) last year, and they were so darn cute, I’m doing them again!  This is all over Pinterest, but I thought I’d share it with you here!  Now, this is a little easier with paper napkins, but I’m a white cloth napkin girl when it comes to holiday tables…so it’s a little trickier folding these, but it works!

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Fold your napkin in half and then half again..so thirds!

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Take one end and bring it straight down the center.  Do that again on the other side.

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Take your corner and fold it back up to the center.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Take your two outer points and fold them in to the center…you’ll see that you are creating the ears here.

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Flip your whole napkin over….

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Fold up the point to create the tail.

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Turn the napkin over and tuck one corner into the other.  This is where it gets a little tricky with the cloth napkin because it’s thicker, but just keep adjusting, and it will hold.

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Cute huh??  Even if you add nothing else to your place settings, these make your table look adorable!

Happy Easter!

xoxo~Dawn

 

Spring Fashion Trends {I’m all in!}

Happy Spring Friends!  Ready or not in your neck of the woods, Spring fashion is in full swing!  Over the weekend Lucy and I attended a fun Spring Fashion Event with Macys and my friends at Gossip & Glamour and Styled Seattle. 

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One of the “perks” of getting older and being an over 40+ blogger, is that people don’t expect you to follow all the trends.  Some trends….well they need to stay with the younger girls,  and then there are some that can be left to interpretation for anyone which is a lot of fun.  The Spring trends for this year are perfect for any age in my opinion and some of my favorites!  So let’s get started!

Leather Jacket / the color Blush

One of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe is my black faux leather jacket.  I have had mine for 2+ years and it’s a staple (see what I wore to the show..not kidding)  It was on the runway again over this gorgeous Blush (IT color for the season) dress.  So don’t stick that baby in the back of your closet…keep it front and center and pair it with everything!

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The Bomber Jacket / Pattern Mixing

The bomber jacket is another great ageless piece this year.  You can find them in solids, satins, florals and lace!  Pair it with jeans to skirts they look adorable.

Pattern mixing is one of my favorite trends, and I have been doing for years!  As Jennifer Lovin from Jenniferlovin.com shared, the key is to find a common color palette and it naturally binds the patterns together.  In the photo below the theme of black and white in the stripe skirt and the floral bomber makes this outfit work perfectly!

The Utility Jacket

Again, another trend that I’ve been wearing non-stop!  Olive green is a perfect neutral and works with everything.  The utility jacket is light and gives the perfect additional layer to a jeans and tee outfit.

Statement Sleeves

I love this one!  I have a few tops in my closet with amazing sleeves, and they are so fun!  They look great with a simple skirt, jeans or a great pair of trousers like the ones below.

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Florals Florals Florals

Enough said?  Dresses, blouses, bomber jackets, shoes…florals are everywhere!  I have yet to get anything in this print, but I know there will be something!

So, what do you think?  Are these some trends that you can see yourself working into your wardrobe and style??

xoxo~Dawn

*All photos by Jenna Lynn Photography*

 

 

 

Easter Basket Ideas for the Tween/Teen

In our house we are past the days of toys in Easter baskets…don’t get me wrong, my 20 something boys still love a good Nerf gun!
 Gone are the days of wind up bunnies and bubbles…so I thought I would put together a few basket ideas for the little girls (ahem…the big girls 😉 in your life.  My daughter, Lucy, will be 13 this year, and I know all of these things would be a huge hit with her!
Tween/Teen Easter Basket

sunnies

purse

robe

notebook

feather pens

lotion 

lip gloss

You could always add in gift cards and books!
This age really is so fun, as the girls are wanting to be treated older, but still love the idea of getting an Easter basket…I mean seriously, I wish I still got one!
xoxo~Dawn
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