Rosewater Toner DIY

rosewaterdiyRosewater Toner benefits:
– Great for all skin types.
– It’s soothing and nourishing.
– It’s an awesome toner it can help balance your skin.
– Great makeup setter, helps you get that dewy finish.
– Rose water helps tighten pores and helps with redness.

What you will need:
– Rose Petals
– Spray Bottle or Glass Container
– Distilled Water

Directions
1. Place your petals in a pot and put in water until it covers the petals
2. Let the water and petals sit for approximately a half hour on low heat (most of the color should be removed from the rose petals)
3. Remove the pot from the burner and cover, let it sit to cool. This should take about an hour.
4. Strain your rosewater in a glass container or spray bottle. (I like to do both, so I have one to use as a toner, and then I use the spray to set my makeup.)

Remember, since your toner is natural and doesn’t have any preservatives make sure to keep it in the fridge and use it within a week or two!

Enjoy! xo

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Local Lovin’ | Rose Water Designs

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GUYS, I’m so excited to share with you Rose Water Designs, she’s a local jewelry artist right out of Spring Lake, Mi and her designs are absolutely beautiful! She supplies to 20 upscale boutiques across Michigan to Florida! I had the privilege to collaborate with her, and In these photos I’m featuring one of her statement necklaces!
Below are some questions I asked Lauren (the artist) to get to know her and her shop a bit more!

Make sure to check out Laurens Etsy shop here and her Facebook and Instagram

How did you decide you wanted to become a jewelry designer?
This happened very naturally. I started designing and making jewelry for myself about nine years ago. This turned into designing for brides and bridal parties as well as commissioned gifts. My skill and knowledge grew as I went along and two years ago I found myself in a position to create Rose Water Designs into a full time business.

Where do you find your inspiration to make your pieces?
I find inspiration all around me. I love to flip through the pages of fashion magazines and page through pinterest. I’m constantly looking at fashion trends on TV as well as in the real life around me.

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How did you get to where you are today?
A lot of hard work and networking. Especially in the beginning, I would spend weeks creating seasonal lines. I then spend even more time researching the very best boutique matches for my jewelry. It takes courage to approach these shops but it has always been worth it.

What advice would you offer anyone who wants to build their own jewelry line?
Really take the time to find out your personal look and niche. Plan out how much time you can commit to your art and what direction you want to take it in. Take the plunge! If it fails, you will know that you are one of the few to chase your dreams. If it’s successful, there you have it, your dreams have come true.

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What is your vision for the shop in future?
I would love to continue to grow into boutiques around the US. I love visiting the towns that support my business.

Best Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Network and connect as much as possible. You should literally always be thinking of new angels to take your business in and new ways to get there. Meeting new people expands your network in amazing amounts.

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Cauliflower Rice Vegetable Sauté

vegSo I’m doing a cleanse (More on that later) But it consists of A LOT of veggies and A LOOOT of will power – lol! I found the original recipe here and honestly I was a little skeptical of the taste and substituting cauliflower for rice but surprisingly I think I’d prefer it over rice, the consistency is very much like rice and it has more flavor in my opinion, plus the herbs and spices you use, make this whole dish very flavorful!

Ingredients (2 Servings)

• 1 1⁄2 cups cauliflower florets • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
• 1 onion, thinly sliced
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
• 1⁄4 tsp. salt
• 1⁄4 cup water
• 1 yellow, 1 orange and 1 red peppers cut into thin strips • 2 cups broccoli florets
• 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste • Chopped green onions

Prep

1. In a food processor or blender, pulse the cauliflower florets until they resemble grains of rice.

2. In a large skillet, warm 1 Tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the 1⁄2 of the onion to the olive oil and sauté for about 3 minutes or until the onion becomes transparent. Add 1 clove of minced garlic and sauté for an additional 30 seconds.

3. Add the finely chopped cauliflower to the skillet and season with a pinch of salt and add the 1⁄4 cup of water. Cover and allow the cauliflower to steam for 5-6 minutes. Transfer to a separate bowl and set aside.

4. In the same skillet, warm the second Tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the remaining onion and sauté for 3 minutes and then add the remaining garlic  sauté for an additional 30-60 seconds.

5. Finally add the peppers, broccoli, and sauté for an additional 5-6 minutes. When the vegetables are tender, season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste.

6. Serve the vegetables over the cauliflower and garnish with chopped green onions.

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Winter Whites

letote14H&M Jacket, Le Tote Top, Le Tote Bracelet, Le Tote Earrings, Gap Jeans, Express Clutch, Madewell Heels

I feel like almost every post I write I start out by saying how crazy and hectic my life has been.. But seriously guys, it’s been crazy! Our wedding is just 3 months away. WHHAAT. So insane. It’s all becoming more realistic now that we’re working on the invitations, meeting with our florist and next weekend is cake tasting and today we did our registry at Tar Jayyy so that’s purty exciting! I hope you’re having a terrific weekend! xo

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Meghan Trainor | HP x360 Laptop GIVEAWAY!

hpHey guys! Happy Wednesday so today’s post is super super exciting because I’ve teamed up with HP for That Bass Tour | Bend the rules with Meghan Trainor project.

We’ve gotten together and on behalf of HP they’re going to give a laptop away to one of you!! All you have to do is head over to my Instagram, give HP a follow on Instagram and comment on my Instagram post telling me how you’d “bend the rules”

I’m super excited for this project and am super PUMPED that I get to give one of you guys a new Laptop! YAY!!

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This Giveaway is on Instagram Only
I hope you’re having a terrific week xx

hp1hp8hp6hp5hp9hp3FTC – Sometimes I get lucky enough to work with fun brands but only accept the opportunities if I think the fit is right for my blog and readers. Thank you HP for this fun sponsorship!

Parmesan Garlic Kale Chips

kalechipsHappy Wednesday guys! In honor of yesterday’s Fat Tuesday, I thought I’d throw a little healthy post at ya! I heard the rave of Kale Chips all over Pinterest but was very skeptical of it. Now that I’ve tried it, oh my gosh guys, they’re freaking AMAZING. I’m obsessed!! I promise you, you just need to give them a try. I found the recipe from the blog, Tastes Better From Scratch so if you would like the break down on how to make them, make sure to check her blog out it’s super simple!!

So other than Kale chips being super tasty, here are some benefits of kale, in general.
High in Vitamin K
– Vitamin K so I’m not a doctor, but I’ve read that high levels of vitamin K can help prevent certain cancers. As well as helping with blood clotting.
High in Vitamin C
– Helps your immune system and metabolism
High in Vitamin A
– Helps your skin and vision
High in Calcium
– More calcium than Orange Juice!
High in Iron and –
Helps to be an anti inflammatory
If you’d like more information on Kale benefits, you can read this article here IMG_0926-2kaleIMG_0933-2IMG_0942-2IMG_0944-2IMG_0959-2

Downtown Market | Local Lovin’

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H&M Sweater  |  Aldos Purse  |  Gap Jeans  |  Target Booties  |  H&M Rings  |  Target Necklace

Yesterday Sara from Project Soiree and I spent the afternoon at Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. This was my first time at the Downtown Market, and I can honestly say I’m obsessed and a little sad I haven’t found it until now! They pretty much have anything you might need, from fresh produce, kitchenware, florals, baking goods pretty much anything. They also have yoga classes and different programs. I’m so obsessed you guys! You must go give it a try!

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Valentines Day Wishlist

valentinesdaywishlist1. Lingerie Top, Bottom  | 2. The Balm Nude Dude Palette | 3. NARS Jungle Red Semi Matte Lip  | 4. The Mix Clara Dress  |5.  JCrew Tassel Earrings  | 6.  Valentines Day Card  | 7. NARS Ithaque Polish

Well, we might as well stay on this little Valentines Day train so I put together some of my favorite Valentinesish Day Items! In complete honesty, as fun as it is to dress up and look all pretty, Matt and I will probably spend our Valentines day eating take out and watching Family Feud because that’s just how crazy we are. (Which seems like the perfect night to me.)
Anyways, I hope you guys have a terrific Valentines Day/Night! Do you have any fun plans?

10 Valentines Day DIY Inspiration

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Valentines Day is one of my favorite days to do a fun a cutesy DIY. I’m not a huge DIYer (I’d like to do more) but over the last couple years these DIYs have been my favorites! Since Valentines Day is right around the corner, I thought I’d share them with you!

Heart DonutsThe Alison Show Mini Heart Shaped Donut – Image & Recipe Via

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heartclutchA Beautiful Mess XOXO DIY Heart Clutch – Image & DIY Via

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Leanne Bakes Chocolate Covered Valentines Day Pretzels – Image & Recipe Via

 

My Everyday Uniform

IMG_0357-2Houndstooth Cape – Sparrow Boutique | Boots – DSW | Hat – Threads on 8th | Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag

Woah woah woah.. 2015 you can slow down a little.. Holy Hannah has it felt like this month has completely flown by?! I feel like it was New Years Eve yesterday, and now it’s the end of the month. So insane!! I hope you all are doing well, and I hope 2015 is treating you well so far. I hope you are still going after those 2015 goals, and if not, I hope this post was a little reminder to do so!

So this houndstooth cape has been my absolute go-to. If you look a few posts back, I talked all about it, and it’s defiantly a staple in my closet. I think it’s super stylish and sort of gives the vibe that you tried but really, all I did was throw it on over a black top!

Anyways, I hope you’re doing well and hope you’ve had an amazing start to the new year!

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