5 Cute & Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is quickly approaching – do you have your costume yet?  I’m not the craftiest person when it comes to anything that involves sewing.  I literally failed the “SEWING ON A BUTTON” test in Home Ec.  Pathetic, right?

At any rate, every year, I like to find cute & easy DIY  Halloween costumes.  A) They make me think I’m actually crafty.  B) They save me lots of money.  C) They usually fit better than the plastic and pleather costumes from retailers.

This year I’m going as Minnie Mouse – more to come on that – but I love perusing the web to see all the creative costume ideas of others.  Here are 5 of my favorite costume ideas:

Diet Coke Cans

These are SO cute, aren’t they!  All you need is some felt, scissors, fabric glue 0r Stich Witchery, and a cheap gray or silver tube top dress.  This would work for any canned beverage – heck, any canned food.  How funny would it be to go as a can of pumpkin?

Loofa

When I first saw this, I had one of those “I wish I thought of that!!” moments.  Actually, I think that’s the title of my Pinterest Board I originally had this on haha.  I think it’s brilliant and adorable, and lucky for us, I found a great How-To from E-How Style.  Just be prepared for people to make awkward jokes about showering with you…

Toddlers in Tiaras

Singer Fergie rocking a Toddlers in Tiaras costume.

I can’t say I’ve ever watched the show, and don’t even get me started on how much I DESPISE the Honey Boo-Boo spinoff in all of it’s disgusting glory.  However, this costume is too cute, current, and quick to put together that it’s one of my all-time favs.  All you need is an old or thrift store prom dress, a plastic tiara, a sash, and a pacifier.  Add is some seriously big, curly hair and wild make-up, and you’ll be good to go.  You can also take a nod from Fergie and carry around a stuffed animal all night, but that could get weird.

Taco Bell Hot Sauce

It’s probably because my bff and I are in love with the clever sayings on the real packets (and the entire taco bell menu,) but whatever the reason, I’m obsessed with these costumes.  Starting-to re-think -the- whole -Minnie -Mouse- idea obsessed.  Again, a cheap tube top dress, some felt, some glue, fabric you can print the logo on, and a sharpie is all you need!

Witch

You absolutely can not go wrong with dressing up as a witch.  It’s like the LBD of Halloween costumes… Quite literally! A sexy LBD, some striped or fish-net stockings, your favorite black heels, and a hat from the Halloween store.  Throw in some bright red lipstick, some long fingernails, and you’ll be the hottest witch in town!

I also found a MUST-HAVE tube top dress tutorial.  It’s so easy, I think that even sewing-challeged me could do it, and it would work for so many DIY costumes.  It’s from the Rock, Paper, Scissors Costumes tutorial from LaurenConrad.com (another of my favorite costume ideas).

What is your Halloween Costume going to be?

XO – Stephanie

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Wedding Wednesday: Recycle Your Wedding

Happy Wedding Wednesday Peeps!

I don’t have much time to chat today, but wanted to show you something pretty cool that I discovered in my Pinterest travels.  There is a blog called Ruffled, and it has a section that allows you to Recycle Your Wedding by selling your wedding items.  It’s a must-have bit of info. for every bride and groom out there!

On the site, you can sell (and buy!) everything from votive candles to wedding gowns!  What else are you going to do with 15 custom-made tablecloths, huh?  You might as well get some money out of it!  Put it towards your honeymoon 😉

Check out the rest of the Ruffled Blog while you’re there.  There are great Real Weddings, DIYs, and a shop where you can order custom gowns.

Enjoy!

XO- Stephanie

P.S.  If you don’t have a Pinterest account, you should probably get one.  It’s too fun!  Send me an email at thetwentysomethingblog@yahoo.com, and I’ll send you an invite 🙂

Wedding Wednesday: Bridal Shower Bliss

Happy Wedding Wednesday Pretty Peeps!

I’m excited to get to share with you something personal to me for Wedding Wednesday.  A couple Sundays ago, my Mom, the bridesmaids, and I threw a shower for my beautiful, wonderful, bride-to-be sister!  It was everything I wanted to give her, and more, and it went SO quickly.   After two years of thinking about it, a few days of busily getting everything ready, an hour of semi-frantic decorating and set-up, and 3 fast hours of seeing my sister smile ear-to-ear in bridal bliss, I can’t believe it’s over!

Sister, Me and LOTS of her presents 🙂

Do you recognize my dress from anywhere?  Yesterday’s post perhaps? 😉

The decorated room. I like details 🙂

We had the shower at the Hampton Banquet Hall, and I could not have been happier with the personal customer service and fantastic meal they provided.  They were on top of EVERYTHING, even offering up the catering manager to help hang some paper poms from the ceiling, and graciously dealing with my last-minute changes to the seating arrangement.

Sister requested having cupcakes at the shower quite awhile ago, so I enlisted my talented friend Katie of Kake Pops and Cakes by Katie.  We devoured four flavors of beautifully decorated, and divinely delicious cupcakes.  Her chocolate with chocolate icing made one bridesmaid exclaim “With this – who needs a man?!”

Beautiful and Delicious Cupcakes from Kake Pops and Cakes by Katie

Something that was important to me, when designing and planning the shower, was to make it special and personalized.  Too often, bridal showers become run-of-the-mill, and I wanted my sister to have a shower that truly belonged to her.   That’s how I ended up designing the monograms that hung off of each chair and centerpiece.  The centerpiece vases were from all the flowers her fiance had sent to her while he was away at college.  My mom had saved them, and it worked out perfectly.  I also added a picture of her when she was a little girl playing dress-up as a bride to her Bridal Bingo.  I loved all the “awe’s” from the crowd when they saw it.  There was another game played, that was a rhyme and scrapbook all in one, but that’s a whole post in itself!

Personalized Monogram

Silk Hydrangeas are a simple and elegant centerpiece

We also created Reserved signs, so all the family and friends would be able to sit by they women they knew.  Since Sister got engaged at Disney World – in Cinderella’s Castle over dinner, with the ring sitting in an engraved glass slipper – the picture of the castle was only fitting – as was the quote.  These little, simple touches made it all about Sister 🙂

Reserved Signs

In all, I couldn’t have been happier with how everything came together, and seeing my sister basking in the glow of soon-to-be wedded bliss, was all I wanted and more!

Have you ever planned a bridal shower?  What fun things did you to? Tell me in the comments section below.

XO – Stephanie

Wedding Wednesday: Bridal Survival Kit

Happy Wedding Wednesday!  I can’t believe it’s that time again already!  Today I’m here not only as your friend and blogger, but as your concerned wedding planner, with some words of wisdom for your wedding day: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BRIDE SURVIVAL KIT!

Avoid THIS with a Bridal Survival Kit!

This handy-dandy box full of disaster-averters will keep you prepared for anything, and help you avoid unnecessary stress on your big day.  I take a stocked survival kit with me when doing events, but incase I’m not there to supply you, here’s what you’ll need to include when making your own:

  • Extra Make up – LIPSTICK
  • Waterproof Mascara
  • Eye-makeup remover – in case of tears!
  • Q-tips
  • Hand mirror
  • Hairspray
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hair Brush
  • Tweezers
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Breath mints
  • Lotion
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pain Reliever
  • Antacids – Pepto Bismol is my Go-to!
  • Static Guard
  • Band-aids and/or Liquid Bandage
  • Lint Remover
  • Tide-To-Go Pen or White Chalk
  • Baby Wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Emery Board
  • Super glue
  • Extra nylons if wearing
  • Razor
  • Tampons
  • Sewing Kit
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Double-sided tape
  • Tissues
  • Bottle of Water
  • Drinking Straw

You may also want to include:

  • Curling iron
  • Straighter
  • Steamer
  • Slippers and/or Dancing Shoes
  • Extra batteries if someone is snapping pics on your personal camera
  • Your perfume
  • Champagne to celebrate with your bridesmaids…. aaand take the edge off!

I’d suggest getting the travel bottles of these items, so don’t have to lug a Walgreens around the entire day.  You may also want to consider purchasing a kit online.  Ms. and Mrs. sells kits for Brides that include almost everything I’ve listed above for just $49.00.  They also have bridal mini-kits, and kits for Grooms, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen and Moms.  They come with a sample-size of each item, probably enough to get you through, and are neatly packed in cute cases:

Wedding Day Survival Kit by Ms. & Mrs.

Ms. and Mrs. Wedding Day Survival Kit for Bride

Whether you’re making your own, buying one online, or borrowing mine, being prepared with a Bridal Survival Kit will be a God-send on your big, busy day!

Did I miss anything YOU would include in yours?  Please tell!

XO-Stephanie

DIY Christmas Decoration: Snow Covered Vase

Happy Cyber Monday!

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving Day and a great weekend!  Did you snag any good Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals??

Today’s DIY post is inspired by my own sheer panic.  I have ZERO Christmas decorations. ZERO. Not, “oh I haven’t put them up yet”  I mean I don’t have a single thing!  An attempt to raid my mom’s oldies but goodies this weekend came to an abrupt stop at the overwhelming sight of 30 years worth of Christmas piled into the back corner of her basement.  Along with zero decorations, I also have zero patience for digging through boxes.

At any rate, I started thinking about what I’d like to put up in mine and sister’s little apartment, and took to the web to find something pretty I could make for pennies.

Enter: Snow Covered Bottle Vases!

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Here’s what you need:

  • Wine bottles or any glass bottle/vase
  • Epsom salt
  • White primer or spray paint
  • Spray adhesive

Here’s what you do:

  1. Wash and dry bottles completely
  2. Spray with coat of primer until completely covered; let dry
  3. Pour Epsom salt onto newspaper-covered table
  4. Spray bottle with adhesive
  5. Roll in Epsom salt until covered to your liking
  6. Let dry completely
  7. Fill with branches or glittery foliage (like shown)

Sounds so easy, and since you can use the bottles you have, it won’t cost much at all!  I really like the glittery ornaments sitting next to it.  Hint: you can make those the same way I made the glittery pumpkins!

What is your favorite Christmas decoration?

XO Stephanie

Wedding Wednesday: DIY Personalized Wedding Gift

Buying a nice wedding gift can sometimes be difficult, especially if you’re on a budget. I went through this recently when shopping for a coworker’s wedding.  He’s a special guy who’d do anything for anyone, and he’s been a great friend to me since we started working together.  His new wife is equally wonderful, and my fantastic hair dresser, so I wanted to give them something as special as they are.  I took to Pinterest to find something speical I could add to the items I purchased from their registry.  I was specifically looking for something I could make mysef that wouldn’t break my bank.

I hit the jackpot with this Wedding Invitation Ornament by From Glitter to Gumdrops

                    Picture from From Glitter to Gumdrops

 It was SO easy to make and cost me (shh!) roughly $7 to make!

All you need is:

  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Clear glass ornament
  • Wedding Invitation
  • A little hot glue

Directions:

1) Cut the wording lines of the invitation into strips, approximately 1/4 inch high.  Mine were a little bigger – just eyeball the size of the ornament’s opening to see what will fit.  You can also continue cutting the blank places for added color and/or filling.

2) Curl the strips around a pen. Easy as pie. They should look like this:

                                              Image from From Glitter to Gumdrops

3) Fill the ornament with the strips.  You don’t have to do this in any particular way, because you can shake the bulb when it’s completely filled to move the strips around for better viewing.

4) Put a little hot glue on the inside of the ornament’s cap to secure.

5) Tie a loop and bow around the hook holder.

Done and done! Follow the link above to see the great step by step pictures and the full post by From Glitter to Gumdrops, as well as other great recipes and projects!

Here’s how mine turned out!  (I’m sorry for the picture quality, my iPhone can only do so much.)

Image from Steph's Old iPhone 😉

As you can see, packaged mine in a white cardboard gift box I picked up at the craft store.  I embellished it with my leftover ribbon, and placed the ornament in a bed of leftover tissue paper from their gift bag.

It was so simple and pretty, and a big hit with the Bride and Groom!  They sent me an excited “thank you” text right after they opened it, and I was so happy they loved it. 🙂

Do you have any great DIY wedding gift ideas?  If so, please share them with me in the comments below.  If you’re feeling really ambitious, write up the DIY in a blog post format and email it to me at TheTwentySomethingBlog@yahoo.com. You can be our next guest blogger!

XO Stephanie

TypeF.com

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a fun weekend! I spent mine playing wedding singer at my coworker’s wedding on Saturday, and had WAY too much fun with my crazy colleagues! I spent yesterday recuperating 🙂

Last week was a busy one, and I missed blogging regularly.  Ever dedicated, I kept on researching fun things to share with you, and came across something I’ve been dying to tell you about.  It’s called TypeF.com – a groundbreaking website offering women personalized beauty and fashion tips from the one, and only, Tyra Banks!

The website was started as part of Ms. Banks tireless efforts to redefine beauty. TypeF is a ” is a community built on the celebration of diversity and the ideal of  empowering women to be their very best.”  Sounds fantastic, right?  — It IS!

When you sign up, you start creating your personal profile by defining your face shape, skin type, hair type etc. – You’re provided with descriptions and celebrity examples to choose your exact look, so it’s really easy! Once your profile is completed, you end up with a library of articles based off your profile.  For instance, I mentioned I have dark circles under my eyes, so I now have 5 different articles to teach me how to reduce them!  It doesn’t just end there… my homepage reads that I have 2,693 articles and 384 videos at my disposal, personalized just for me!

There are over 500 professionals contributing and utilizing the “platform,” so they’re able to know what we women are searching for and can address individual needs (like those awful black circles!) The site is complete with “Beauty School” where there are tips and DIYs to get your favorite looks in hair, makeup, nails and skin care, endless fashion tips and articles and so much more to empower us to feel BEAUTIFUL.

I’m still searching and learning my way around the site, but you must check it out!  It’s like having Tyra as our own personal beautician.. and love her or hate her, you can’t deny that with over 25 years of experience in the modeling and entertainment world, she’s gotta know what she’s talking about!

Let me know if you try it out!

XO Stephanie

Make Way for Ombre! Part III

Happy Friday Lovelies! I hope you’re having a great one!

Today is the last installment of Make Way for Ombre, and today it’s all about great fashion ombre looks you can get for yourself (or put on your Christmas list of course)! Yaaay!

Let’s get right into it, eh? (Eh? When did I become Canadian? I’ve been watching too much Penguins hockey haha). Anywhooo, this first two looks are from Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s. 

The first pink tiered dress is what turned my attention to this shady trend.  Though the light chiffon fabric and pale color palette definitely summons summertime thoughts, I think it could be sported all winter long with some chunky black jewelry and a classic black blazer. It features a keyhole and button accent in the back.  Right now, it’s on sale for $41.60 on the Kohl’s website!

I’m in love with the polka-dotted take on ombre.  I think this dress would be perfect for Christmas, don’t you?  It also features a keyhole accent in the back, complete with a bow.  Lauren suggests wearing it with black platform heels. It too is on sale for $44.20 at Kohls.com. Gotta love sales!!

I think every girl should have a sparkly mini-skirt for special occasions. Including me! I’ve got my eye on this ombre-fied mini from H&M.  It looks great paired with a light loose cami or tucked in cotton blouse.  And guess what?! ITS ONLY $19.95! God bless H&M and they’re super affordable prices!

And speaking of great deals.. this ombre crochet tank is only $7.80 at JcPenney.com. WHAT? It also comes in aqua and black!

 

If you’re feeling especially crafty, check out this fantastic DIY from Michael Ann Made on how to creat your own ombre looks like these:

Check out these awesome ombre accessories too! 

Clockwise from top left: Long Jet Ombre Necklace from White House Black Market; $78.00 / Raspberry Pleated Scarf on Amazon.com; $18.99 / Ombre Bauble Ring from White House Black Market; $24.49 / Vintage 1940s Umbrella from Benelei on Etsy; &78.00 / Blue Pendant from Combustion Glassworks on Etsy; $16.00 / Purple Pearl Cluster Bracelet from AMIdesigns on Etsy; $28.00 / Lime Green and Polka Dot Clutch from bellefiore2009 on Etsy; $46.00 / Vintage Rhinestone Drop Earrings from ParisenneGirl on Etsy; $17.00

There are so many ombre options in all major retail stores right now and as you can see, you don’t have drain your bank account to get this trendy look! If you find a picture of something you love, please share it with me in the comments section!

What’s your favorite ombre look from this post?

I hope you enjoyed Ombre Week, and I wish you all a safe and happy weekend!

XO Stephanie

Make Way for Ombre! Part I

Make way for what??

Ombre is a French term meaning “shaded” and is being used in the fashion and home decor world on just about everything! According to fabsugar.com, it is usually done as a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. The color effect is woven into the fabric and is generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

Ombre is also a favorite fashion trend of yours truly!  I can’t get enough of the shaded glory, so in honor of its gorgeousness, and my addiction to pinning the crap out it on Pinterest, I’ll be dedicating a three-part post this week to all things Ombre-licious!  There will be ombre beauty DIYs, lots of fashion finds, and a complete ombre inspiration board on Wedding Wednesday.

Let’s get started shall, we?

Part 1: Ombre Beauty

This shaded trend keeps popping up on everything from manicures to hair color.  You have probably see it on some celebrities heads without even noticing it.  It’s a precise combo of highlights that have suddenly taken dark roots from tacky to spectacular!

Stars like Drew Barrymore, Mila Kunis, Hilary Duff & Sarah Jessica Parker are rocking ombre locks!

This doesn’t mean you can get away with growing out a bad dye job though ladies!  As you can see, these looks are meticulously accomplished by a professional stylist who know just how to get the right look of subtly fading from dark to light. Also, did you notice how the low highlights really accentuate their faces? Perfection! Sidenote: As a super dark brunette myself, I’m happy to see Mila pulling off this look just as well as the beautiful blondes!

 I think my favorite ombre look is on a perfectly polished set of nails.  It’s a little daring, but oh so chic, and can be done with any of your favorite colors!

DIY time! All you need to accomplish this look are 5 different shades in the same color family OR, one light color and one dark color in the same family.  You can mix the two colors until you get the perfect shades.  All you’ll need is a paper plate to pour the colors on, and some extra polish brushes. (Any small tipped paint brush will work.)

Ombre Nails from MTV Style

You can also create an ombre effect on each individual nail.  My favorite way of doing this is using a glittery nail polish.  You simply paint all nails with a base color and let them dry completely.  Then, starting at the tip of your nail, brush the glittery polish toward your cuticle until you reach the desired effect.  Hopefully, they turn out a little something like this:
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Lastly, how about some smoky eyes?  Did you realize they are ombre at its finest? The trend is red hot, because the shading from dark to light draws dramatic attention to your peepers and is super sexy!  I have a lot of girlfriends who look amazing in a smoky eye, but have no idea how to do it themselves.  My dears, the video below is for you!

It’s a step-by-step tutorial from my fabulous friend Jackie, author of YourBeautyBestFriend.com.  She is a licensed esthetician who shares the latest beauty tips and tricks, with product reviews and makeup how tos. Check out her website for more great videos and tips. She’s fantastic!

Here she’ll show us how to get a great smoky look using purple shadow, but as she says, you can use her steps for any color you like.

These are my favorite smoky eyes:

As you can see, there are SO many ways you can use ombre to spice up your beauty regiment.  Whether in  your hair, on your nails or on those pretty peepers, it’s a fun and easy way to stay trendy and look great!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for tips to make a wedding ombre-licious!

Have a lovely day dolls!

XO Stephanie

DIY Chic & EASY Halloween Decorations

Happy Friday!! I hope you’re all having a good day! Since there is a little over one week till Halloween, I think today is good as any to show you some really fun, easy and chic DIY Halloween and fall decoration ideas! Enjoy!

Glitter Pumpkins

This is the only DIY I’ve had time to try out for myself, but goodness are they E.A.S.Y. and pretty!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pumpkins – real or styrofoam from local craft store
  • Clear-drying Glue – I used Mod Podge but Elmer’s would work just as well. It just needs to dry clear.
  • Loose glitter in fall colors – I picked gold b/c that what I could find.
  • Paint brush or foam brush
  • Paper plate or newspaper

The ones pictured are from DIY queen Martha Stewart, and she used real pumpkins. According to her, they will last for a few months.  I opted for the foam ones you can buy at Michael’s Craft Store, because I want to be able to bring them out year after year.  To try, I bought two medium-sized pumpkins.  One orange and one white.

Okay are you ready for your super easy steps?

  1. Cover pumpkin in glue.
  2. Sprinkle loose glitter on pumpkin over plate/newspaper until it is covered to your liking.
  3. Let dry

Done, and done! You now have super chic and divalicious sparkly decorations!

Candy Corn Vases

candy-corn-vases

I found these thanks to my Pinterest obsession. They are also ridiculously easy and so cute!  I think some big sunflowers and wheat stalks would look great in these.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A few vases or glass bottles from the dollar store or around your house
  • White spray paint*
  • Orange spray paint*
  • Yellow spray paint*

*I’d suggest using gloss coating to get the shiny effect pictured above.

  1. Wash bottles/vases and let dry completely
  2. Spray the whole bottle with a white base coat and let dry completely
  3. Mist the middle section with the orange paint, allowing for a faded effect on the top and bottom.  Let dry and apply another coat.  Let dry completely.
  4. Spray the bottom section with two coats of the yellow paint, and let dry.

Tip:  If you like the vase with the dot pattern shown above, but can’t find one to buy, you can make your own using Elmer’s glue.  Just draw whatever pattern you’d like and let it dry completely before painting

For the original posting and step-by-step photos, visit The Sweet Life blog.  Author Alexa has some fantastic Halloween decoration ideas!

Cinnamon Stick Candles

These are so simple and elegant and require 4 things:

  • White pillar candles
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • Twine

Place the rubber band around a candle.  Slide cinnamon sticks underneath the rubber band.  When the candle is entirely covered, wrap the twine around the rubber band to camouflage. DONE!

These will look great for the winter months as well, so a few short minutes and you have a centerpiece for months!

Check out more pictures at Home Stories A2Z.

If you try any of these ideas, please send me pictures! I’d love to see them!  What are your favorite fall decorations?

Have a safe and happy weekend loves!!

XO Stephanie