Friday, August 1, 2014

My Favorite Wall

Sometimes there is beauty where we least expect it.  Like a parking lot in Downtown San Diego.  I stumbled across this wall and filed the cross streets away in my phone so that I could find it again when I had the time to really look at it.   
 A little bit like these pants.  I wouldn't normally gravitate toward oversized, slitted, palazzo pants, but I thought I'd give them a try.  
 And I'm glad I did.  They are fun, flowy, and different.

Palazzo Pants: Lulu's {$39} // Necklace: Stella & Dot {$168} // Bracelet: Free People // Tank: Target {$9} // Heels: Zara (old but also love these {$99.90})

Keep finding beauty where you wouldn't normally look, and surprise yourself.


LLLove,
Jen

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Punjammie Slumber Party! Featuring the International Princess Project

Looking for a great girls night idea, for an even better cause?  Look no farther!  International Princess Project has you covered..literally and figuratively.  
We were honored to be asked to be part of International Princess Project's slumber party campaign!  When parties, line up with adorable clothes, and causes we believe in...you are speaking our language on every level.
International Princess Project employs women rescued out of the sex trade in India, teaches them how to sew, and gives them a way to support themselves and rebuild a new life with hope.  
According to their website: In India, the average age of a girl entering the sex trade is eleven.  A majority of those girls are kidnapped or lured into it with false promises of a job that would provide money for their family.  The estimated 20% that enter willingly, do so because of extreme poverty.  200 women and girls in India enter the trade each day.
The proceeds from your purchase of Punjammies go directly back into the organization to teach and empower these women to create a life they can be proud of...and that is something to celebrate.

The wonderful ladies at International Princess Project sent us these beautiful (and so comfortable) Punjammies, LVX nail polish, and 2 yummy Prosperity Candles. We have three new favorite companies as a result!
Just add some much needed sister time, and we had a spa slumber party that we could be proud of.

LVX is a cruelty free, and vegan nail polish line!  They are devoted to providing you with top quality, socially responsible and vegan-friendly luxury products without compromising quality, durability and finish.  

We loved the polish, and getting to play salon in the comfort of our Punjammies.
Prosperity Candle began in Baghdad, working with women survivors of war to create handpoured pillar candles. Today, Prosperity Candle works with resettled women refugees in western Massachusetts. The mission remains the same: every Prosperity candle is artfully handpoured by a woman earning a living wage.

We even made a Brown Sugar Lip Scrub, just to add to the spa night.  Tutorial here.


We can't thank International Princess Project enough for inviting us to share this cause, and these amazing products with you.  If everything we bought did a little bit of good, how different this world could be.


LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY: Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

    We recently discovered how easy it is to make a DIY brown sugar lip scrub at home, that we had to share!  This scrub only calls for three ingredients, and you can also use it to exfoliate the rest of your body, which makes it a win win! 

What you will need:

  • brown sugar
  • coconut oil 
  • honey



    In a small mixing bowl, mix the honey and coconut oil together, and then add the brown sugar.  If you like your scrub a little rougher (like we do) use 2 parts brown sugar, 1 part honey, and 1 part coconut oil.  


    Our mixture made filled 5 small glass jars, and we gave them out as gifts!  For added cuteness, tie a favor tag that reads "Kiss Kiss XX" onto your jars! 


    We hope our scrub helps you beat this summer heat and perfect your pout!


LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer School

Striped and dotted in one of my favorite places in San Diego.  Our new downtown public library.  9 stories of stories, and one of the best views in the city.  If you haven't been, you should change that.

Blazer: Zara (on sale now in stores only) // Tank: Banana Republic (old but similar here) // Skinny Jeans: Bullhead Denim Co.  // Shoes: Keds // Key Necklace: The Giving Keys


LLLove,
Jen

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Evite and My M&Ms teamed up and dreamed up!

Our very own Jess has been dreaming up some fun favor ideas for Evite and My M&Ms! This one is our favorite and we just had to share!  


Inspired by magnetic spice racks, this favor idea can be used for any party! Just cover a magnet board with chalk board paint, and glue magnetic strips to the back of little tins! So simple, and so unique and fun!  Click here for the full tutorial.
My M&Ms lets you upload photos and write messages to customize delicious M&Ms for any occasion! (Look closely and you'll see that's Jess and her husband JJ!!)  Because what's more fun than eating chocolate?...eating customized, adorable chocolate!

Try this for your next shower, or birthday!  We know it will be a hit!


LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Monday, July 21, 2014

"Summer Showers" DIY: Plastic Coated Rain Shoes

It's been a rainy Summer for some of us, and what do you wear when it's hot and rainy?  Boots are too much for the Summer heat, and anything else will get soaked.  Soooo, I thought I'd use the same plastic dip I used for the toe dipped Keds (tutorial here), but instead of just dipping a toe in, I'd dip the whole thing and make coated rain shoes!  These will keep your toesies dry, but the rest of you dressed for Summer.  


What you will need:

1) Create your Color "Plasti Dip" - I found mine at Ace Hardware.  It comes with 5 colors and you can mix the color you want.
2) Slip on shoes.  The less elastic the better.  
3) A paint brush...one that you are not attached to, because it will meet it's maker after this DIY.

Step One:
 Stuff your shoes with paper.  Fill them as tight as you can knowing that the plastic coating will keep whatever form these shoes are in when you paint them.  So make them easy to get into, and tight all the way around.

Step Two:
 Mix the color you want. (I went with blue, so there was no mixing required.)  Use your brush to paint on a thick layer of Plasti Dip.  Try to go in one direction, and not paint back and forth.  Be smooth and even.  Start at the back of the shoe and work your way to the front until you get a good rhythm going.  Let dry for 30 minutes. *TIP: Wear rubber gloves.  This stuff is really hard to get off! 

Step Three:
 Once your 30 minutes is up, paint on a second coat.  Remember to make it a thick coat, and really focus on covering all the edges and seems.  Let dry for 4 hours.

Step Four:
 Decorate! I made little rain drops.  (Learn from my mistakes: I let the white sit for too long and it started to dry, which made it very hard to paint with...so work fast, or keep the dip covered.)

 Tada!

 Then splash around all you like!  Now you can wait out the storm, and be able to walk home cool and dry.

So jump in a puddle...I dare you!

LLLove,
Jen

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kindness is always in fashion

Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to yet another amazing nonprofit.  Unlock Hope provides health care, and education for girls in Uganda. 

"In Uganda, young girls aren't given the same chances as boys. Without access to education they often marry young, have large families that they are unable to care for, and are forced to work difficult jobs for very little pay. Unlock Hope believes educating these girls is the first step in ending a seemingly never ending cycle of poverty in Africa. "


"When you buy one of their products you are helping to cover every single expense necessary for supporting these girls in their pursuit of an education. Health care, food, housing, utilities, transportation, support staff, school fees, clothing, uniforms, toiletries, school supplies, books and more!"

They have an apparel line of positive tees and a beautiful line of key necklaces.  I chose the "kindness matters" tank...because it does.  Always.
"Kindness Matters" Tank: Unlock Hope // White Blazer: BCBG // Skinny Jeans: Rich & Skinny (distressed by moi, tutorial here) // Necklace: Isadora Accessories // Heels: Zara (old)

Help these girls unlock hope, by unlocking their ability to learn and create a better life for themselves.


LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Mini Bar": Kids Ice Cream Party

    In honor of National Ice Cream Month, we put together a kid's ice cream party!  Cool off on these hot summer nights, and invite friends and family over for a summer white party, complete with an ice cream "Mini Bar" for the kids!  We love mini ice cream bars and thought they would make an adorable "Mini Bar" for a kids ice cream party, so we invited some of our favorite mini people and threw one!

    Our "Mini Bar" featured little gold and white takeout boxes, mini ice cream bars set on a tray of ice, mini marshmallows, salted caramel sauce, vanilla sprinkles, napkins, straws, and mini mason jars filled with milk.

    The kids placed their ice cream bars in small takeout boxes and poured toppings over their bars.

    The kids were able to get toppings with every bite, using their dipping takeout boxes!

    The ice cream went pretty fast! And the mini marshmallows were a close second! ;)


    We paint-dipped wooden spoons with white acrylic paint to add a little special touch and to tie in the party theme!

    Make serving guests a breeze by pre-pouring milk into mini mason jars, and placing them in the fridge the night before the party.  When guests arrive and are getting ready for some sweets, set out the mason jars in a tub or tray of ice, and the kids can serve themselves!


    Thank you to our fabulous photographer, Brooke McDougal of Brooke Aliceon Photography, for capturing the day, and allowing us to feature her adorable daughter and son! And thank you to our wonderful friend Ashley, for letting us borrow her little daughter!

    Life's short, eat dessert first!

LLLove,
Jen & Jess

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