Monday, April 28, 2014

Mani Monday | Flowers of Lilac

I am loving 2014s color of the year! Lilac is such a beautiful color and I knew that I had to get it onto my nails ASAP! I've seen this pastel color come-spring every year but I love that it is finally making it's red carpet appearance! This time's inspiration definitely had to be the Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume packaging! The flower cap is so cute and adorable.

What is your favorite spring color!?



Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Hunt Treats | Easter

Happy Easter! Easter is always such a happy time of the year, I feel. Before and after! The feeling of spring, renewal and birth is just so lighthearted. Since my birthday just passed, on Good Friday, I got many Easter-like gifts! In addition to this, I also got more delicious candies afterwards as well! I wanted to share with you all the Easter goodies I got! Are there any in my bunch that you got as well? (p.s. You see that huge bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs? Well it's just about the same size or bigger than my head! p.s.s. Thanks Kai! They're awesome!)
Ferrero Eggs: Cocoa and Hazelnut filled
Cadbury Creme Egg
Cadbury Lil' Scoops: Vanilla & Kinder Mini Eggs
Hollow milk chocolate chick filled with mini Smarties
Cadbury Mini Eggs
M&M Speckled Easter Eggs
M&M: Easter Edition

What is your favorite thing about Easter!?



Friday, April 18, 2014

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! | Birthday

Everyone loves birthdays! At least I would hope so. There is just something special about turn a year older (this is rather stressful for older people as they begin thinking of aging...but let's not think about that), you get to eat cake, and most importantly you have an excuse to celebrate and gather lots of people together! It's not about the presents (although, I did get some pretty awesome ones!), its about the bonding experiences and this year is exactly what I got to do! After a delicious dinner with my family and friends, we headed off to my house and had a get-together! (This wasn't big enough to be classified as a party haha). I'm not the type of person who likes to go clubbing and to the bars to get wasted. It isn't really my thing and hasn't ever really been something that has been appealing to me. When I do go though, it is always the experience of being with my friends that makes it worthwhile but anyways. The get-together I had was definitely a very memorable and FUNNY one! If you haven't played The Game of Things or Cards Against Humanity you should! We played both games and it lasted us hours of laughter! This year was one of the years I really enjoyed my birthday. Is it weird that you don't get as excited or sad that your birthday comes and goes anymore? I remember being a child and so excited the night before and the day of my birthday, then when it was over I would be so sad. Nowadays, it doesn't seem to phase me as much. Is this normal? If you haven't seen my Get Ready with Me: Birthday Edition video go ahead and check it out! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Macarons + Desserts | Easter

I can't believe that Easter is next week! (and my birthday!) I've always admired what spring has to bring, expect for unexpected and unneeded snow. I enjoy the colors, the new birth and the warmth that returns. There is nothing better than being able to go outside with just some sandals and a t-shirt. I had recently gone to the farmers market and sweet Susan made me my own little box of treats!! (THANKS SUSAN YOU'RE THE BEST!) Might I say that they were so delicious that I almost forgot to take pictures of them before I gobbled them down!

What are some special desserts that you have during the Easter season?



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DIY Floral Letter | Do It Yourself

Spring is finally rolling in and I found the perfect DIY to kick start the season! I saw this cute inspiration when I was just browsing through the internet and couldn't resist but recreate the idea for all of you! This is a perfect piece of decor to decorate your room with and can really be customized so that it fits who you are! (You can even customize this for a boys room!) What I loved most about this DIY is that it can be used for all ages, genders and any kind of event! I think this craft would be beautiful as wedding initials of a bride and groom! Oooooo. How excited I get when I think about the endless possibilities there are!

- Faux flowers: I bought some of these from Michael's craft store and my local dollar store! (p.s. The larger flowers that I purchased from Michael's did cost a bit more ($3-$4), so to lower the cost of this project I chose a few accent/larger flowers and the rest were just cheaper "filler" flowers!)
- 2 Soft Cork boards (or you can get a wooden letter, which would be ideal!)
- Printed stencil (Times New Roman, Size 888)
- Scissors (X-acto knife would be better!)
- Hot glue gun w/hot glue (E600 is an alternative you can use!)
- 3 pieces of 15 inch string (optional)

Step 1. De-stem the flowers! For most of these fake flowers you should easily be able to pull the flower off the actual stem. If it is too difficult then use your scissors to cut the stem off. I usually try and make sure the base of the flower is as flat as it can be so that it will stick down on the letter.

Step 2. Cut out the letter that you printed off the computer! (Note: What I did to get the perfect stencil was: I typed out the letter that I wanted in Microsoft Word at size 888 in the font of my choice (Times New Roman). Then I copy and pasted that into paint. After it was in paint I just traced a square around the letter with the dashed line thing..I think it's used to select images..succeeding this I went ahead and copied the image/letter in paint and pasted it back into Microsoft Word. To make this less complicated I'm sure you could have just went on google and found a picture of your letter to print off)

Step 3. Take your cork board, place the stencil you cut out on top of the cork board, trace around the stencil then go ahead and cut it out! (I did cut out the cork board with a pair of scissors but obviously if the cork was too tough or soft it would be much easier to cut it out with an X-acto knife!). REPEAT THIS ONCE MORE, TO MAKE YOUR CUT OUT STURDY! (note: if you are using a wooden letter, you can skip this step!)

Step 4. Pre-place your flowers onto your letter before you glue them on. This will allow you to see what arrangements you might like and what you might not like.

Step 5. Glue your flowers into place. (Although I pre-placed my flowers before gluing, I found that I kept changing my mind up until I actually glued down the flowers!)

Step 6. If you are going to be using a string to hang your letter. Cut out three 15 inch strings! To make sure the string won't break I just braided the string to make it heavier duty.

Step 7. Glue or tape the string to the back of your letter

Step 8. Hang your letter!

I hope you enjoyed and followed along with this little adorable DIY! I think it is so cute and gives a simple personalized touch to whatever space you need.

If there are any other DIYs you'd like for me to recreate go ahead and leave them down below or tweet me them @jennsphilosophy!

Best of Luck!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Mani Monday | The Magic of Spring

There are a lot of changes to this Mani Monday! Almond Shape Nails. Floral. Color Changing Polish. Yes! You heard me right! My nail color changes constantly! Whenever I'm warm it turns pink and whenever I'm cold it turns purple. How cool is that?! I know right? I have found myself showing off my nails more often than not this time around! I have included a quick little video if you want to watch! It's pretty cool if I do say so myself! It's like magic! :) p.s. You can watch the video of my nails changing colors below!!

Are there any other kinds of cool nail polishes that you've seen around!?