Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Glitter-Dipped Cups

    These DIY Glitter-Dipped Cups from Evite Gatherings are perfect for adding some glitz to your MTV and Emmy Awards viewing this weekend!  We also love this DIY for a Birthday or Bachelorette party!


Materials:

Step 1: In a well-ventilated area, spray the bottom of your cup with adhesive. We recommend wearing latex gloves, to prevent your hands from getting sticky and covered in glitter.

Step 2: Pour glitter onto the sprayed area of your cup. 
Step 3: You only need to let your cups dry for about three to five minutes before they’re ready for use.
To see the original tutorial, visit Evite Gatherings!

LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Friday, August 15, 2014

Classic!

We were so flattered to be asked to take part in The Classic Brand's: "5 Days of Coca Cola: The Classic Drink by the Classic Brand" campaign!  It was an easy sell...cute top, great drink, we're in!  So without further ado, Day 5!
This already adorable and super soft tank didn't need much embelishing.  It was all about simple and easy for this day at the beach. 
 
 
 
Tank: The Classic Brand // Leggings: H&M // Shoes: Chucks by Converse // Sunglasses: Fossil

Cheers!


LLLove,
Jen

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back to School Party Ideas

Well, it's here…school!  So let's send the kids (or almost grown-ups) off is style.  Here are some of our favorite back to school party ideas...

The Cake:
images via here

 The Dessert Table: 

 The Goodie Box: 

Smart Sweets:

Some Colorful Decor:
images via here

No matter what your age, if you're starting school…you should have a party.

LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Monday, August 11, 2014

Old-Fashioned Baked Mac & Cheese #CookingUpGood Giveaway

    We were thrilled when Kraft asked us to review one of their recipes, especially when we heard that macaroni and cheese was involved!  It was one of our favorite dinner's growing up, and let's be honest, it still is.  And thanks to Kraft's Old-Fashioned Baked Mac & Cheese, we have a new grown-up twist on an old classic! 

Old Fashioned Baked Mac and Cheese

OLD-FASHIONED MAC & CHEESE:



INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pkg. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 20 Ritz Crackers, crushed

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Cook Macaroni in saucepan as directed on the package; drain.  Stir in milk, butter, and Cheese Sauce Mix.  Pour into 8-inch square baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Mix tomatoes and dressing; spoon over macaroni mixture.  Mix butter and cracker crumbs; sprinkle over tomato mixture.  Bake 15 minutes or until heated through and crumbs are golden.


    You can even serve your mac and cheese in mini individual cast iron skillets! Anything mini is adorable. ;)

    We thoroughly enjoyed crushing up all those Ritz crackers, and the addition of sweet and zesty tomatoes and italian dressing, as well as the salty Ritz crackers made the perfect additions to the mac and cheese!

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LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Day At The Beach

   Today's style/beauty post is about a towel! Yep! But it's an awesome towel.  It may be August, but that sun is still out!
Our friends at Sand Cloud asked us to tell you about their brilliant towel/pillow/sarong in one, and so I hit the beach! "Bare" with me...

   Sand Cloud was started by three best friends, right here in sunny San Diego.  It's a specialized beach towel that includes a removable pillow! Genius! And the brilliance doesn't stop there.  They found a handwoven, Turkish cotton, eco friendly, material that's...wait for it...sand repellent!! 

And if that isn't reason enough to love this idea...Sand Cloud has a strong passion for giving back and protecting the Ocean, which is why they are donating 10% of net profits to several foundations that support the preservation of Marine Life. 

I think I fell asleep...
Then when you're ready to go...turn your towel into a sarong and wear it home!
Towel: Sand Cloud {kick starter $30 pledge gets you your own Sand Cloud} // Suit: Victoria's Secret {on sale ;)} // Shirt: Old Navy // Sunglasses: Fossil 

So, buy a towel, help a new company, and some marine life, and then take a lovely and well deserved nap on the beach.

LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

End of Summer Party Ideas

Somehow it's August already.  I don't know how it happened, and I'm not exactly happy about it, but another Summer is fading with the sun.  So let's send it out in style!  Here are some of our favorite ideas...

Backyard picnic
photo via here
Get some cinder blocks and wood planks and make yourself a long picnic table.  If it's a larger party you can even have the guests bring different plates and food, so the decor and dining are potluck.  We love the idea of eclectic parties that showcase your friends uniqueness, as well as the party's.

BYO Kiddy Pool
photo via here
We have been wanting to throw a BYO kiddy pool party for a little while now.  The idea of a bunch of grownups having a block party with kiddy pools just makes we smile from ear to ear.

Beach Picnic
photo via here
What better way to say good-bye to Summer, than to soak up some sun, and take in the sunset at the beach?  (Picnics are pretty much always a good idea, wherever you are.)

Drive-in Movie Night
photo via here
You can say good-bye to Summer with a party just for two if want.  But do something different and creative, that says summer to you.  Drive-in, Camp-out, whatever you wish as long as it's fun!

Game On! Lawn Games Party
Crochet, bocce ball, water balloon toss, giant twister, corn hole, ladder toss, you name it!  Let the games begin!! 

Ice-cream for more summer!
photo via here
Ice cream…always a good idea!  Make your own, and have an ice cream bar, or sundae bar.  There really isn't a more delicious way to bid a sweet so long to summertime. 

Summer's not over yet!  Don't let to leave without a little celebration.


LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Happy National Watermelon Day!

    Happy National Watermelon Day!  If you're looking for a refreshing way to cool off from this summer heat, try making this DIY Watermelon Keg!  Carve out a watermelon just like you're carving a pumpkin for Halloween, drill a hole for your spigot, insert spigot, pour your mixture into your watermelon, and refrigerate until you're ready to serve.  To see the full tutorial from Evite, click HERE!


    Try this Minty Melon Breeze cocktail for your watermelon keg! To see the original recipe, click HERE.

MINTY MELON BREEZE:

    INGREDIENTS:
  • Watermelon
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 2 liters soda water
  • 5 oz. fruit-flavored liqueur
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
  • Ice cube tray

    DIRECTIONS:  Puree your watermelon insides in a    
    blender, and sieve into a large pitcher, reserving 1 cup.  
    Pour the pitcher of watermelon juice into your watermelon 
    keg, add the vodka and fruit-flavored liqueur, then stir in 2 
    liters of soda water and refrigerate over night. Display keg 
    when guests arrive, and supply mint as a garnish.

    MINTED MELON CUBES: Pour the reserved juice into 
    ice cube trays and sprinkle with chopped mint.  Freeze 
    overnight.

    Make sure to elevate your watermelon keg on a footed pedestal or cake stand so guests can fit a glass underneath the spigot to pour themselves a drink.  Try making a watermelon keg for a summer BBQ, Pool Party, or Picnic!  



LLLove,
Jen & Jess