Monday, August 21, 2017

Packaging and gift wrapping has always been one of my favorite things to do, thanks to my mom who always preached that your presentation is worth a thousand words. I love adding those personal elements to a gift that's thoughtful and unique, so your celebrant can feel extra special that day! A dear friend of mine just welcomed her first baby and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to put together a gift that was simply lovely & organic, with satchel wrapped goodies inside. Although I put this together as a welcoming baby gift, this packaging would be beautiful for birthdays, bridal and baby showers, house warming, and many other celebrations.  

To start, I love using market totes to dress up a gift, in lieu of paper gift bags. It not only makes the gift more exciting to open, but most are inexpensive and are made to be reusable. Believe me, your giftee will love a nifty tote they can use in the future for whatever they wish. 

I purchased this metallic gold polka dot market bag from Home Goods and thought it could serve double duty as a diaper bag alternative. The tote is made in a durable cotton canvas and the straps are faux leather, which is an easy clean up for those unexpected bottle spills.

As for packaging the gift items, these are the materials you will need:

Ivory Muslin Fabric {I purchased 3 yards for $5.38}
Hemp Twine or Velvet Ribbon
Washi Tape
Gift Tags
Paint (Optional)
Open your muslin fabric to measure and cut the pieces you will need to wrap your gift items.  For each piece or cluster of items you wish to wrap, cut a piece of muslin that's at least 2.5 times the length and the width of the items. I like to eyeball this measurement, but essentially you want to be able to wrap your gifts as shown above, leaving enough room to make a beautiful bow with excess fabric peeking through on top.  

Once all the pretties are wrapped, I like to secure the back using a piece of decorative washi tape. I'm a huge fan of this adorable tape and like to use it wherever possible as an added splash of cuteness!

To top off these darling satchels, use twine and organic embellishments to finish off the look. Here, I have it shown in two ways: one with hemp twine & flowers and another using grey velvet ribbon. As a tip on flowers, try to use flowers that have a longer shelf life out of water, such as wax flowers and carnations, which I used here. Seeded eucalyptus, baby's breath, and button mum flowers are also great alternatives. 

Pretty Additions

Add a hand painted kraft gift tag for a touch of handmade. 

Making this for a baby shower or baby welcoming gift? Add a separate mini bag, like the heart canvas bag below, filled with a few pampering beauty goodies for mommy to enjoy.

This packaging project was right under $15 (canvas market tote included), with left over fabric and twine to use for other gifts in the future. Your giftee will absolutely love the thought and care you put into your gift and I hope you give this a try for an upcoming celebration! 

Warmly ~


Simple Bronzed Makeup Routine

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I think I fell into the laid back charm of Summer, as I've noticed a transition to a more simplistic makeup routine. With the rain forest feel of the weather lately, something minimal with powder products have turned out to work the best during the hottest part of this Texas Summer. A bronzed look with a radiant glow is exactly what I've been loving ... universal for the end of the season and perfect for the upcoming rich colors that Autumn makeup brings. Keep reading to see the essentials that help me create a simple bronzed makeup look, with a makeup tip you have to try. 

1 . Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil:  I don't think I've ever written a beauty post without mentioning a Josie Maran product. I've been using argan oil for years as my daily moisturizer and it has helped to keep my skin clear, supple, and youthful. It's actually one of my beauty secrets for maintaining a youthful complexion because it's high in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Interestingly enough, essential fatty acids help to balance moisture in your skin, reducing oily skin. So, although I have dry/normal skin, this facial oil can be beneficial for even oilier skin types.  I like to press a few drops of argan oil onto my face and to my under-eye area to prep for the next step in this speedy makeup look.

2 .  Juice Beauty Organic SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizer: After my smoothing primer, I apply my new favorite base, that provides a radiant sheer glow with the benefits of SPF 30. I've been so impressed with this tinted moisturizer that I haven't put it down since I purchased it at the beginning of the Summer. It smells so good and it's an excellent base if you want a gorgeous "glow from within", before adding a touch of foundation. LOVE this organic skincare product so, so much!

3 . Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Medium Neutral: I first discovered this product during one of my yearly Summer visits to California and it has been a staple in my makeup bag ever since. It provides a hydrating and creaseless result that I haven't found in any other product, making it perfect as an under-eye concealer. I feel sometimes that finding the perfect under-eye concealer is like finding the perfect pair of jeans. I don't know how many concealers I've tried before zoning in on this makeup gem. For the best results, take the tiniest amount (a little goes a very long way), and warm it onto your fingertips or on the back of your hand, before pressing it onto the under-eye area. I tap and press the product until it melts right into the skin and I use any excess to conceal other areas I need to.   

4 .  Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow: Often, I've seen a single bronzer as a quick multi-tasker for contouring and eye shadow application. However for more dimension, I really like using a combination of two bronzers to get that sexy sun-kissed look. Trust me, you'll love the results, especially with this combo! I use the TF Chocolate Soleil Bronzer for contouring my cheekbones and sides of my forehead. I then follow with CT's Filmstar Bronze and Glow to lightly contour the sides of my nose and as an eye shadow combo. I apply the highlighter all over the lid and the bronzer to the crease and outer corner of my eye lids. The highlighter in the Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette is also AMAZING! It gives the prettiest glow to my cheekbones & cupid's bow and I love using it with my fluffy fan brush from EcoTools!

5 . Charlotte Tilbury 'Cheek to Chic' Blush:  With a swirl & pop, this duo colored blush in Ecstasy has been my go-to this month. It's a pretty peachy pink shade with a touch of shimmer that looks blissful on the apples of my cheeks. Makeup tip: To create a seamless look between your bronzer, highlighter, and blush, gently buff a light layer of translucent power in circular motions, over your cheeks and all the way up to your temples. The key is to use a soft brush like this from Wayne Goss, to achieve an air brushed, ethereal look.  This is a makeup tip definitely worth trying!

What I love most about a bronzed look, is that it's so neutral to go with any nude or colorful lip. A great transitional look for the Fall. For now, this is the lip pencil and lipsticks I've been using lately:

My daily lip pencil in Iconic Nude, 
Lipsticks, here in Stockholm, and this 
Mac lipstick in the color Doe.

I've also linked a couple of other makeup products that I love and use, but have been optional for everyday lately.  Have you tried any of these makeup products? Are there any makeup tips you'd love to share? 

Warmly ~ 



Friday, August 4, 2017

Welcome to August friends! I can't believe how quickly the months have been passing by. I can barely catch up with time right now, as this past month has been full of many changes with a very unexpected schedule. I've been missing you all so dearly and I hope you're all having a fun-loving and relaxing summer thus far. In between all the chaos, I've been doing a little shopping here and there, finding more casual and cotton blend pieces. With Houston's hot & humid temperatures, light and airy have been top priority. I've also put away the wedges and heels, so sandals and converse can embrace my closet. Together with a simple 5 minute makeup look (coming soon to the blog), these easy going vibes are exactly how I love to spend my summer days.

It wouldn't be me if I didn't add a splash of "feminine & pretty" to this look with a combination of stripes and florals. They're two prints that you imagine wouldn't work well together, but somehow they make the perfect couple.    

The moment I saw this Santa Cruz 1979 graphic tee, I knew it was meant for me. I grew up in Northern California and believe it or not, I was also born that year too. So, this tee was quite fitting, personally and was a fun addition to my wardrobe. It's incredibly comfy and the stripes make this tee perfect with any bottom. Here, I complimented it with a boho floral maxi skirt from Anthropologie, and I couldn't have asked for a lovelier look.   

I've also been growing pretty fond of graphic tees lately. They're starting to make a serious presence in my closet and they're so cute to wear over your swimming suit too! A definite Summer essential, I'd say! I've linked this tee below, along with a similar skirt and I hope you check out a few other pretties (striped, floral, and/or feminine), that fit this dreamy combo perfectly!  Have a great weekend ahead and I can't wait to chat with you again soon!   

Warmly ~


by mlekoshi