Home Decor: Bakers Rack Living Room Bar.

This is one of my easiest d.i.y. projects. Now my husband and I are not the Rockafellers by any means so a lot of our furniture is either donated by our parents or refinished from the thrift stores (hey, I have no shame in our game). One thrift store venture bestowed upon us a dusty bakers rack for $20. After some lysol and dusting it look as good as new! I decided to put it in our living room and turn it into a miniature bar…

Bakers rack turned miniature bar.

Bakers rack turned miniature bar.

I store bottles of wine and liquor in a wine rack hanging below the bakers rack. Some of the bigger bottles (we like to go big at Costco) are stowed down on the bottom shelf with a large box of wine glasses also found at the thrift store. The box of wine glasses is great for when you have more than eight people over and want to do a toast or sip wine with dinner.

Fall festive mini bar!

Fall festive mini bar!

I used a shabby chic style white platter I found at T.J. Maxx to house some dainty martini glasses as well as a festive mini pumpkin from a local farm we like to by produce from. Adding in a flame-less candle, a nice bottle of Canadian whiskey, some monogrammed engraved drinking glasses, some larger wine glasses, and a beaded wire pumpkin full of a variety of miniature bottles of liquor create the perfect user friendly set up! I just get a handful of the miniature bottles every time we go to the liquor store. Also, the pumpkin theme will work until Thanksgiving. Cheers!

 

 

Vampy Werewolf Halloween Costume.

vamp werewolf
I thought I would share with you all my Halloween costume since I wont be wearing it until Friday. This year I am going to be a… vampy werewolf! I originally was going to be just a glamorous, glitzy, diva vampire but I realized I look horrible pale and October 31st in Minnesota is never warm. Then I thought werewolves have fangs and there are vampire/werewolf hybrids in The Originals so why can’t I be one? I can! So here is what all entails my glitzy, Chanel-esque, hybrid costume…
  • Black leather leggings (faux)
  • Loose and thin black v-neck shirt (there may be candy I want to consume)
  • Black fur vest (faux)
  • Black leather crossbody wallet
  • Black suede platform maryjanes
  • My Betsey Johnson dark forest hoops
  • My Betsey Johnson dark forest cameo necklace
  • Fangs (I’m going to make my own using this tutorial)
  • Faux eyelashes
  • Vampy lips (Revlon Black Cherry)
  • Claw manicure (something like this but with a nude and vampy color)
  • Inexpensive, long wearing black eyeliner for a cute werewolf nose

I’ll be posting photos of my Halloween Friday on my instagram handle @goldenbonbons

What are you all going to be for Halloween?

Makeup Bag: Fall/Winter Skincare 2014.

fall/winter skincare

The ground is looking frosty in the morning, the Christmas commercials are starting up on t.v., and my summer platforms are being put in hibernation. The cold weather is officially here as well as my dry skin. I thought I would share my skincare arsenal right now that works for my sensitive skin which seems to be dry than oily each year. My arsenal doesn’t contain the most expensive brands right now but after a couple years working for different prestige cosmetic brands I have learned that price doesn’t always equate quality. Here is my routine…

a.m.

  • I rinse my face with warm water and then tone with Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris
  • I apply a thin layer of L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Facial Oil
  • I apply a thick-ish layer of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (it keeps my skin moisturized)
  • I use Vaseline slightly above my cheekbones, along my orbital bone, and on my lips for sheen

Beauty Tip: The Vaseline gives me the sheen of a luminzer without the shimmer for daily day wear as well as keeps moisture locked into my more dry spots.

p.m.

  • I use a gentle cleanser like Boots Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Lotion
  • I exfoliate 3 times a week with St. Ives Even and Bright
  • I apply an even layer of Egyptian Magic on my face (which is amazing!)
  • I use a bit of Boots Organic Super Balm on my lips and around my orbital bone

This routine has given my a dewy glow that even made my completely sound of mind grandma not remember how old I was when I saw her on our glamping trip. Her exact words when I told her my age where “You’re thaAat old?” (and I will let you all know I am not old per say, I am freshly 29). The only think I plan changing with my routine is trying a different toner when my Clarins runs out. I’m going to get the Finnish Lumene Bright Touch Refreshing Toner and/or the derma e Soothing Toner. I also need something a bit more moisturizing for lips because they get so dry during the day and at night. I’m hoping to get the Botanics Tinted Lip Balm in Sheer Pomegranate for the day to add a bit of festive color as well as moisture and the Botanics Organic Lip Balm next time I’m out and about. I have a couple of masks on my wish list to try as well and will let you know how they work if and when I get them!

What are your favorite fall/winter skincare products?