Dia De Los Muertos Costume

Hi friends! Sorry this post is so late! I have been having terrible sinus issues and have been sick with a fever for 3 days straight! I have finally started to feel better, thankfully! So, I guess a late post is better than never, right? Today I’m bringing you a fairly easy costume tutorial! I put my Dia De Los Muertos costume together in about an hour on Sunday afternoon! Now, the face painting took a little longer… but more on that later. Let’s start with the costume first!

aIMG_8014

I made my own flower crown and flower choker! Let’s start with the crown first. You’ll need a headband (maybe one a little larger than mine), fake flowers, old fabric you don’t mind cutting up, and a hot glue gun! First, pull the flowers off the stems. Second, cut rectangular pieces of fabric and hot glue it to the bottom of the flower.

aIMG_8018

You will want to leave a little flap to be folded over the headband. Third, Start hot gluing your flowers around the headband. I tried mine on a few times before I actually got the look I was going for.

aIMG_8022

Next, you’ll want to make your choker. I cut a very thin strip of black fabric and folded it over. Then I pulled the flower off the stem, and hot glued it inside the folded over part. That’s it! Easy peasy!

aIMG_8024

After the costume accessories were complete, I painted my face! I wanted a very pale face, so I got some white grease paint (I chose that instead of a cream base so my other colors would not mix) and smeared it on my whole face with a sponge. I didn’t do much around my eyes because I knew I would be painting them black.

aIMG_8039

Once the white is done, get going on that black! I blacked out my eyes and the bottom of my nose! To be honest, you can do whatever designs you want! I got inspiration from several pictures on Pinterest!

aIMG_8051

You can stick to black and white or add some color in there! Totally up to you, and that’s the best part!

aIMG_7893

Now, I’m going to say it again because I feel it needs saying, I’m obviously not great at make-up. With that being said, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. So, I’m sending you a huge confidence boost because if I can do it (even if it took me 2 hours), so can you!

aIMG_7883

Lastly, you’ll need your actual clothing! I bought this skirt about 10 years ago when I went to Mexico on a mission trip. So, this pretty thing is authentic, but I’m sure you can find something like it or make it with a pattern.

aIMG_8084

I also wore a black lace top to add a little bit of detail, since my skirt is so plain. To complete my look, I wore my new favorite lace up heels in black! (Thanks Mom!)

aIMG_7891

This costume was quite fun to create and not too hard!

aIMG_7898

I hope y’all have an amazing Halloween tomorrow! Eat lots of candy and don’t get too spooked!!

❤ Abbie

I Love Lucy Costume Tutorial

Lucy you got some ‘splainin’ to do!! Aww Riickkkkeeeyyyy!! Did anyone else grow up on hearing that!? I Love Lucy is such an amazing and iconic show that it would be really hard for me not to make it into a costume! I grew up watching the show, so it was a blast to be Lucy for a night! The best part of this costume is that it’s so simple!

IMG_0968

First thing you’ll want to do is your hair! Luckily, it’s pretty easy to do also! First thing you need to do is section off the front bang part of your hair. You’ll want to curl it straight backwards and then roll it. It should make a roll right in the front of your head.

IMG_0931

Next, you’ll want to curl the sides. Once that’s done, take the sides and slick them back, then pin. It should kind of look like a curly mohawk going down your head. If you have any pieces sticking out in weird ways, spin it into a curl and pin it down. Easy, right?

IMG_0940

After your hair is done, it’s time for makeup! I made a cat eye and lots of mascara to open up those peepers! Add some blush and red lips and you’re good to go!

IMG_0952

For the clothing part you’ll need a polka dot dress and some pearls!

IMG_0985

To really give the Lucy effect, make a bottle of Vitameatavegimin and carry a spoon!

IMG_0967

IMG_0964

Make gross faces, but really try to sell that stuff! Remember to shout catchphrases like “Rickeeyyyy” and fake cry a lot! Bonus points if you’re a redhead!

IMG_0959

❤ Lucy for the evening

Viking Costume Tutorial

Happy Friday, friends! I’m here to bring you the first costume tutorial for this Halloween season! The tv show Vikings  has been an incredibly popular show this year, so I thought it might be fun to make a costume! I recently chopped all of my hair off, making it impossible for me to really do this costume well, because let’s be honest, the coolest part of being a viking woman is the awesome hair! I asked my friend Kate if I could use her (and her plethora of gorgeous hair) as my viking model! She excitedly agreed and we were all set! I’m going to take you through a step-by-step hair tutorial then share what we chose for clothing after!

IMG_7590

The first thing I did was section out the top around the crown. This gives plenty of hair from the crown down for braids. You can leave that pinned up for a little bit because we are going to do the top last.

IMG_7479

After the top is sectioned, I sectioned the sides into two equal parts (top and bottom). I then braided the top half first so you don’t have any hair falling down while you are trying to braid the bottom. The key to this look is to braid toward the back of your head until you reach where your head starts to turn to the back. Once you get to where your head starts to become the back you can braid down so you have some braids showing with your half up-do.

IMG_7483

After you do one side, do the other. You can switch it up and maybe have one braid on one side and two on the other. It’s totally up to you! I did two rows of braids on each side of her head. After the sides are done you can start on the top!

IMG_7485

First thing you’ll want to do for the top is to tease all but about a half inch in the very front. I knew I wanted the front to have a pouf, but Kate has a very distinct side part. So I actually sectioned off a little in the front and made a large swooped pouf to give her the height I was wanting. If you don’t have a prominent part, you can just start the top braid.

IMG_7490

I decided to do a wide braid (almost a braided mohawk) down the back. Make sure you really tease the middle part. (Call it all sorts of mean names and make it cry!!)  You want a lot of volume for this braid! Once it’s sufficiently teased, start doing a wide braid. I usually do it a little tighter at first, then once it’s braided and in the rubber band I pull it out a little bit to give it the width. If you have little pieces sticking out, you can bobby pin them down.

IMG_7495

After that, I just slightly waved the ends with my wand. You don’t want lots of curls, just some loose waves. Once that’s done, you’re viking hair is complete!!

IMG_7513

For makeup we just did a very dark smokey eye and some nude lipstick to give her a little color. You don’t want anything really bright, neutrals and dark tones are best for this look!

IMG_7600

 

For clothing, we decided on a dark green peasant top with black pants. You might recognize the fur from my previous Little Red Riding Hood costume. If you don’t know already, you can go to Joann’s or Hobby Lobby and buy some fur pretty inexpensively. If you want more details about lengths to buy and prices you can check out the link to my other costume above.

IMG_7525For accessories we added a woven belt, lace-up boots, and a hatchet! With that, your viking costume is complete!

 

IMG_7542

IMG_7504

A huge thanks goes out to Kate for being my model! This costume is actually super easy and inexpensive! I feel like most people will already have something in their closet that will work!

IMG_7549

I hope y’all have a fantastic evening and happy October!!

❤ Abbie and Kate

Feelin’ 25… I Guess…

Hi friends! So I recently celebrated my 25th birthday… which feels unreal. For some reason I feel like I am more like 20. Young at heart, I guess. I have some advice if you’re turning 25, just tell everyone you are excited to rent a car for your birthday. They will look at you strangely and ask “why?” To which you reply- “Because I can!” Trust me, it cracks people up. I don’t know why, but the age restriction on car rentals has always stuck with me as some sort of goal. I’m weird, I know.

IMG_7457

Today I get to share one of my loveliest birthday gifts from my sweet Momma! I had my eye on this beautiful Piper and Scoot dress for awhile, so my Mom bought it for me! I’ll tell you what, if you haven’t checked out Piper and Scoot you are really missing out! They make some of the most beautiful (and modest!) dresses out there! They have a ton of other really cute clothes too, but I’ve recently been in love with the dresses! This dress is called The Parkland Dress.

IMG_7248

Ok, aren’t you just dying!?! I love it so much! They make this dress in beautiful mauve and charcoal colors as well!

IMG_7302IMG_7299

I adore all of the embroidered detail! It’s so feminine!

IMG_7363

I wore my wedge sandals as a good neutral.

IMG_7259

I also wore my wedding earrings that are made out of old buttons.

IMG_7337

A huge shout out goes to my Momma for this lovely dress! THANK YOU!!! Another shout out goes to my husband who rocks at photography and never ceases to amaze me at his skill! Love you handsome!

IMG_7270

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! I’m looking forward to having a fantastic girls weekend with my Mom!! To say I’m SO EXCITED is an understatement! Goodbye lovelies!

IMG_7465

❤ Abbie

Please Respect

Hello lovelies! It’s been a bit since I’ve written. To be honest, I’ve been lacking motivation and time so sometimes these things get pushed to the side. This past weekend I traveled into Atlanta and got to explore around Krog Street tunnel and the market! Both will be on another wandering post, so stay tuned! It was such a nice day outside! Here in Georgia it’s starting to feel a lot like fall and my little heart is ecstatic! The mornings and the evenings have been in the 60s and it warms up during the day. In my last fashion post I talked about how to manage the hot/cold temperatures of the workplace, and for this post I’m taking some of that inspiration!

aIMG_0836

I was so excited to wear this outfit because it’s really easy, comfortable, and works with several different temperatures! I just got these black jeans from Target for $15! They really are a dream. When it comes to black jeans it’s almost impossible to find any that are truly black, most of the time they are faded. I bought these jeans because the tag said that after washing they would still stay solid black, so I thought I would give them a try. I’m happy to announce that they did stay solid black after washing!! So if you are looking for solid black jeans (that aren’t leggings) check out Target! I rolled these jeans because during the day it was warm, but in the evening when my ankles start to get cold I could just unroll them!

aIMG_0833

adore this grey striped t-shirt from Aerie! Grey is just the best color, don’t you think?? It goes with everything and it’s just a very flattering color! I tied my chambray shirt around my waist because I knew in the evening my t-shirt just wasn’t going to be warm enough. I have to say that tying shirts around your waist is one thing from the 90s that I’m actually glad came back! It’s easy for girls who get chilly like I do!

aIMG_0835

I wore a simple statement necklace to dress up my t-shirt. I also wore my favorite red tennis shoes, also from Target. Sometimes when you have a very monochrome outfit adding a pop of color really helps! I love my red tennis shoes for that very purpose!

aIMG_0837

I had such a fun day walking around the graffiti tunnel of Krog Street! I can’t wait to share it with y’all! Have a super weekend!!

❤ Abbie

Ps- 20 points goes out to whoever figures out why my post is titled this way! 😉

Smartphone Photography Tips!

So, does any one else get super bummed out when you have a picture perfect moment, but you don’t have your camera? I definitely do. But thankfully we live in a time when our smartphones can do just as well as our regular cameras if we know how to use them correctly! I have partnered up with a super cool company called Aura Frames to give you some of my smartphone photography tips! I’ve given examples of my own phone photography below to show that it is possible to take fantastic photos on your phone!

Processed with VSCO with x1 preset

1. Lighting is everything!

I decided on this one first because I feel it’s the most important! If you are trying to take a photograph of something, but even on the screen it’s blurry, you need more light! To be honest, I am not a huge fan of using flash. Most of the time when you use the flash it’s too harsh on your photo. I suggest natural lighting. Are you indoors? Take your subject close to a window! Now, if it’s crazy sunny, you probably aren’t going to get a good photograph either because now it’s too overexposed! Shaded places are the best places!

Processed with VSCO

Now for night photography, make sure to stand very still and use an image stabilizer (should be under your settings). You also want the subject of your photograph to be well lit, so the camera has something to focus on!

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

2. Use the Rule of Thirds.

Now you may be sitting there thinking, how am I supposed to use the rule of thirds if I don’t even know what that is?! Let me fill you in! Imagine your frame has two horizontal and two vertical lines spaced in the frame. The goal is to line up the subject of your portrait with the lines or where the lines meet. See the picture below as a reference!

Processed with VSCO with acg preset

3. Get creative!

I can almost guarantee you that something in your immediate area would make an amazing picture. Say it’s your first cup of coffee in the morning, take a picture of it! Is your cat perched by the window? I bet he wants you to take his picture! One of my favorite things to do is look around at the ordinary and try to make it look extraordinary! I promise that if you start noticing the texture of objects or the way the light hits something just right, it will change your outlook on everything! You’ll start to see things and know what will make a good photograph. Train your eye to see things in a different way!

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

4. Change your perspective!

Don’t get bummed out if something isn’t turning out the way you thought it would! Change up the shot! Move your phone closer and change the perspective! (This is just a side note: Don’t use the zoom on your phone camera. Get closer to the object! By using the digital zoom your photo will look blurry and pretty pixelated. For a clean photo, get closer!) The picture below was taken by me literally kneeling on the ground and putting my phone about 5 inches away from the flowers. Don’t be afraid to get dirty!

Processed with VSCO with acg preset

5. Have fun!

Do you know how many times it takes for me to take a picture and find one I actually like?! It takes a lot of pictures! Thankfully we live in a digital time, so if you don’t like the first 10 pictures you take you can just delete them! Just remember to always have fun! Get creative! Expand your horizons by looking at the texture of objects! Change that perspective! Enjoy looking at the world around you and use every opportunity to explore it!

Processed with VSCO with b1 preset

I hope that this guide has been helpful! These are just some of the main points of phone photography (and I guess regular photography, too) that I use on a daily basis! Aura Frames has come up with a handy infographic to help you with your smartphone photography!

Aura Frames_Photo Tips

Check out their website to see all of their beautiful digital frames that will help showcase all of your fantastic smartphone photography! And friends, they have also partnered up with Charity: Water, a non-profit organization that provides clean and safe drinking water, in hopes to build three wells in developing nations! Be sure to check out this fantastic company and get to snapping some pictures! As always, I hope you have a lovely evening!

❤ Abbie

That’s Fall Folks!

These punny titles are becoming harder and harder to come up with! I hope y’all are having a lovely Friday! Today I’ll be sharing one of my favorite fall looks! I had so much fun setting up this mini shoot, because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love fall? You get to mix leather and suede, plaid is everywhere and hats are all the rage. It’s literally the best time of year. So let’s enjoy this cozy picnic-inspired Fashion Friday!

img_0053

First things first, I’m dying over this lipstick. It’s currently my favorite shade I own! It’s called “Verve” by Mac. Their matte lipsticks are amazing! I’m also really into statement necklaces lately. They really can spice up an outfit! Mine was given to me by my wonderful Mother-in-Law! I just love it!!

img_0063

I was going for a boho-chic look. I love the long vest over a chambray button down. The vest is from Aerie. I’m also loving my burnt orange hat from American Eagle. It seems like the perfect shade for fall!

img_0081

I wore my new chukka boots to kinda make this look more outdoorsy. With some cute booties you could easily dress this outfit up for a date night. My chukka boots are off Amazon by a company called Sebago. You will definitely be seeing more of these boots!

img_0090

Here’s my little picnic basket! It broke while I was taking the picture…  wahh waahh.

img_0117

Jackson got this mug from a Poler pop-up shop while we were in New York on our honeymoon. It’s the perfect little tin cup! Definitely check out their other stuff too, it’s super adorable and perfect for the outdoors! You can find them at http://www.polerstuff.com

img_0056

seriously loved doing this mini fall shoot. I wish I were able to do shoots like this more often! I hope you enjoyed it and get to go on a little fall adventure of your own!

img_0071

❤ Abbie

Yzma and Kronk Costume

Hello friends! It would be terrible of me to not give you at least one costume! Jax and I got the opportunity to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party again this year and we love to dress up for it! The  hard part is finding a unique costume, so you’re not going as the same character as everyone else! Last year we went as Mary Poppins and Bert, which was original and comfortable!

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

But this year we wanted something really unique. We got to thinking about it and we realized we love the movie “Emperor’s New Groove.”  If you haven’t seen it, go watch it IMMEDIATELY!! It’s on Netflix! If you have seen it, you know that Yzma and Kronk are two of the most lovably hilarious bad guys in the Disney film collection! We couldn’t think of anyone else we’d rather be! So today I’m going to share a quick tutorial on how to make a super easy Yzma and Kronk costume!

81761fc62bf3e50683db241d7ff4eccb

We’ll start with Kronk because his is the easiest! I got a blue shirt from Walmart and Rit fabric dyed some cotton shorts to be purple. Next I got some yellow felt and cut out the shape of Kronk’s shirt. I hand-sewed the felt to his shirt! Easy-peasy!

img_9295

Hobby Lobby has foam hats for kids, but they can fit adults heads too! I got a construction worker foam hat and just cut it to make a round hat. I poked a hole through the top and attached a bendable metal wire with another piece of yellow foam at the top, to make his little antenna. I then got fake doll hair (also from Hobby Lobby) and hot glued it to the back of the hat, so it looked like Kronk’s wavy hair!

img_9301

I made some cuffs out of foam sheets and just ran yellow shoelaces through to lace them around Jackson’s arm! That’s it for Kronk! Super easy!

img_9297

Now let’s get working on Yzma! I got a plain black dress (which happened to look Aztec-ish) from Papaya. I got another little hat from Hobby Lobby and cut all of the reindeer parts off of it. I then put black duct tape around the hat and molded it in the shape of Yzma’s hat. I made a giant feather out of poster board and stuck a short, skinny piece of dowel rod in between the poster so the feather would stay up straight.

aimg_9296

img_9299

For Yzma’s feather collar, I got a headband and hot-glued fake feathers all around the outside. I then hot-glued some fabric around the outside of the headband, so it looked more like a collar!

img_9293

Next, makeup! Yzma is super pale, so I got white face paint and spread it on my face, neck, and arms. I didn’t do too much paint on anything but my face because walking around Disney covered in body paint is not fun. It’s also hot… and sticky. I drew some old lady wrinkles on my forehead, and under my eyes. (When I tell you I am not a makeup artist, I am not lying. So, I know that my makeup doesn’t look all that great, and I’m sorry! Just know, that I know. Haha!) Also, please don’t get too scared when scrolling down, I have a wig cap on and I look a bit scary if you’re not expecting it. Lol.

aimg_9310

I also gave myself some crazy purple eyes and attached some wild fake eyelashes! Another good thing is that Yzma is supposed to look crazy! So go all out!

a20160911_140837

And when completed?! You have Yzma and Kronk!

20160911_141531

We had so much fun walking around Disney and seeing other people’s costumes! Halloween is just the best! Here’s a Disney hint for you: If you have a really unique or elaborate costume, Disney employees can give you stuff for free! We got some free churros because people loved our costumes!! And they gave us a TON of candy!! I hope y’all have a fantastic Halloween!!

20160911_160909

❤ Yzma… I mean Abbie

Shaaawl-Right, It’s Fashion Friday!

Feliz Fashion Friday my friends! Last month Jackson and I traveled up to Louisiana to see his sister Julia graduate. Well, on the way home we got to stop for the night in Pensacola. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hit some historical sites the next morning, so stay tuned to see more about this super cool fort and lighthouse we visited! You are going to get to see a sneak preview today because Jackson took some pictures of me for today’s Fashion Friday while we were there! This outfit has quickly become a favorite of mine, so I’m excited to share it with you!

Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

I got this adorable shawl from Aerie! It’s very lightweight and perfect for hot Florida days! I belted it with my favorite bow belt from New York and Company. It’s amazing what a belt can do for an outfit! Nothing like a good belt to give you your shape back!

Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

I paired the shawl back to some medium-wash jeans and some brown sandals! I love the unevenness of the vertical stripe pattern in the shawl. Vertical stripes are almost always more flattering than horizontal. It’s all about elongating and not widening!

Processed with VSCO with b5 preset

 You also can’t really tell from these pictures, but I didn’t belt the shawl all the way around. I belted the front and around the inside of the shawl so that the back just hangs straight. It becomes more cape-like. I really enjoy this outfit and I hope it gave you a little inspiration! Thank you to my sweet husband for totally rocking it with the pictures and giving this post the punny title! Have a happy Friday y’all!

❤ Abbie

Little Red Riding Hood Werewolf Hunter: Part 2

Hey everybody!! I am finally finishing up this tutorial and just in time for Halloween!! Tomorrow I will post pictures from our Halloween party last Friday, because everyone’s costumes were so adorable! But for today I have the tutorial for the wolf vest and a makeup tutorial for Little Red! Let’s get started on the vest! When I went to JoAnn’s I looked in the fabric section for fur that I felt most resembled werewolf fur. I was lucky enough to get the fur for 50% off! So the vest cost me $7! I got a yard and a half of fabric.

First thing I did was lay the fabric out length-wise. I took the fabric and centered it around my shoulders. I decided that I really didn’t want to have to sew the vest, so I took a pen and made marks on the inside of the fabric where my arms would come through. Once I marked the spot on each side, I cut a 10ish inch line down the fabric to fit my arms though. Then I tried it on!

Now onto the makeup! I started by applying a smoky eye. I wanted something harsh and heavy feeling. For a full tutorial on a smoky eye you can check out the link here.

Next thing after your makeup is applied, we will do the scratches! There are 2 products you need for this tutorial: Rigid Collodion and Bloody Scab. Both products you can find in the makeup and prosthetics section at your local Halloween store! And they are like $5 for both!

Rigid collodion is the first thing you are going to apply. This stuff is so cool.  It’s perfect for making fake scars because it sucks your skin in and makes actual indentations in your face. BEFORE YOU APPLY it’s important for you to know that it’s going to sting a little and it has a very strong smell.  Your face is literally going to feel like it’s stuck. But don’t worry after it dries you can move around and that stuff isn’t going anywhere!

So what you do is paint it on your face like you would paint your nails. I did 4 long lines down my face to look like claw marks.  The key to using the rigid collodion properly is to wait for it to dry then add more layers on top of the previously dried section. After 2 or 3 layers your face should really look sunken in. Next I took a purple-rose color eyeshadow and put some color around the scar to make it look bruised.

Next, take a paintbrush and your bloody scab gel and start putting that in the creases over the rigid collodion. I like to bunch it up in some places and thin it out in others.

Once that’s all done  apply your lipstick and your makeup is complete!

After that put your costume on and bask in the glory!!

I wore a belt from Fossil with some hunting knives looped in. My boots are from Fossil as well, and I love them. So much.

I wore all black underneath just to keep things simple, because I have a lot going on with the vest, cape and scars.

Well this is it for Fashion Friday Halloween edition! I hope you all had as much fun as I did! I hope you all have a fabulous Halloween tomorrow!!

❤ Little Red Riding Hood