Outfit: Mint Sequins & Gold Dots at Monarch Workshop

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A few weeks ago, I ordered the most glorious pair of leggings ever from Shoptiques. They are mint and covered in SEQUINS. I discovered them during my hunt for pretty Lucite Green things. I knew the first time I wore them had to be super special…

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So I wore them to Monarch! I got tons of compliments on them (there were plenty of sequin-loving ladies in the room), and even felt up a few times. Ha!

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We were also asked to bring either a fun tchotchke or something special that we carry with us to talk about during our icebreaker introductions. I wore my Auntie Kathy’s ring because it has such a great story to go along with it (I’ve told it before, here). Kathy is like a mother to me, and this ring reminds me that I’m just as loved, beautiful, powerful, and sassy as she is.

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Oh, and these amazing photos? They were taken by Victoria of Victoria Gloria Photography, who had me cracking up the whole time. Above is my signature crinkle crooked grin.

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I love this shot. It reminds me of Amélie, possibly my all-time favorite movie character.

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The leggings are slightly too big for me, but that’s not going to stop me from parading around in them with pride. And oh! How awesome are those bow shoe clips?! I made them! More on those next week!

Outfit details: Pink Cardigan: New York & Co., gift from my Mom (similar, similar). Twinkle of an Eye top: ModCloth, $33 (similar). Mint Sequin Leggings: May & July, Shoptiques, $37. Beige Patent Wedges: Chinese Laundry Marcie Patent Wedge Pump via DSW, $40 (similar, similar). Bow Shoe Clips: Made with For The MakersOpal ring: gift from my Auntie Kathy.

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Recipe: Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Champagne Frosting feat

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Champagne Frosting feat

Remember those gold star-spangled cupcakes I made for New Year’s Eve? They’re also perfect for Oscar Night this Sunday! When I first made them, I used my Cuckoo for Coconut recipe for the cupcake, but this time I went for vanilla bean. Both are equally delicious, but I’ll share my vanilla bean recipe today.

NYE cupcakes via @poorandpretty

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream Frosting — makes about 16 regular cupcakes or 75 minis.

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 5 tbs butter, softened
  • 2 tbs agave nectar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeded (discard hull)
  • ½ cup milk

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 tbs champagne – any champagne will do!
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • edible gold stars

NYE cupcake closeup via @poorandpretty

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line your cupcake tin(s) with paper or silicone cupcake liners.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In a larger bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer), cream the butter and sugar for a few minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs into the butter and sugar mixture one at a time, mixing well and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  5. Beat in vanilla bean seeds and vanilla extract.
  6. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to your sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour, and blending in between each addition until completely incorporated.
  7. Scoop batter into cupcake liners until they are ⅔ full and bake for 10-13 minutes for minis or 16-18 minutes for regular-sized cupcakes.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Champagne Frosting via @poorandpretty

Frosting Directions:

  1. Cream butter with the paddle attachment on your stand mixer (or use a hand mixer) in a medium bowl, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times to get any devious clumps of butter.
  2. Pour in one cup of confectioner’s sugar and mix well, scraping the sides of the bowl. Then, repeat with the other cup of confectioner’s sugar.
  3. Mix in your vanilla extract.
  4. Mix in your champagne on low, one tablespoon at a time.
  5. Add more confectioner’s sugar if necessary.
  6. Frost your cupcakes and enjoy!

New Year, New Skirt + Scenes from our NYE Party

NYE Outfit - Ruche Sequin Skirt feat

Hosting our friends’ New Year’s Eve party this year (last year) was so fun! Of course, the day-after clean up is less fun, but totally worth it. I went for the glitzy silver and gold theme, starting with my new skirt:

NYE Outfit - Ruche Sequin Skirt via @poorandpretty

I picked up this Glimmer of Light Sequin Pencil Skirt from Ruche on sale for just $25! Score! I love how it fits and it was perfect for New Year’s Eve. I paired it with a simple black shirt, bedazzled black flats, and a DIY silver star crown.

NYE Outfit - nails via @poorandpretty

I painted my nails to match, of course, using Essie’s Licorice (black) and the ultra-glam Studio nail 54 polish by 100% Pure.

NYE cupcakes via @poorandpretty

I made coconut vanilla cupcakes using this recipe topped with champagne buttercream frosting.

NYE cupcake closeup via @poorandpretty

… And I sprinkled them with edible gold stars. So cute!

NYE champagne jello shots via @poorandpretty

I also served up champagne Jell-O shots from my NYE Cocktails Roundup post. They were delicious!

NYE gold wrapped numbers via @poorandpretty

As for decor, I made those gold fringe numbers from my NYE Party Essentials post. They actually took way longer than I expected, but that’s probably because I was wrapping them one gold tinsel strand at a time.

NYE gold wrapped numbers hanging via @poorandpretty

They did look really fun hanging though!

NYE confetti on Dave

And of course, I tossed up some confetti from The Confetti Bar at midnight, which our friend Dave promptly rolled around in. P.S. Have you seen The Confetti Bar’s DIY confetti soap, inspired by my Crafternoon?

NYE confetti candle holders via @poorandpretty

Speaking of confetti… remember those conversation heart candle holders I made for Valentine’s Day last year? I updated them with confetti and glittery votives for the occasion!

I hope your evening was as fun as ours! Happy 2015! ♥


15 New Year’s Eve Party Essentials to Buy or DIY

NYE Party Essentials feat

NYE Party Essentials via @poorandpretty

How was your Christmas? Mine was lovely, laid-back, and technology-free (almost). My laptop stayed closed all day and I barely touched my iPhone. I focused on family and gave and received some awesome gifts. Now on to New Year’s Eve planning! Here are a few party essentials you can buy or DIY.

Confetti via The Confetti Bar

1. Confetti via The Confetti Bar. What’s a party without confetti? A somber gathering, that’s what. I plan on tossing confetti all over the house! Photo Credit: Victoria Gloria Photography.

NYE Party Crackers via Handmade Mood

2. DIY Party Crackers. Make sure you’ve got something to pop! at your New Year’s Eve festivities. These crackers can be made with rolls from toilet paper or paper towels and wrapping paper. Stuff them with candies or confetti. via Handmade Mood.

DIY Confetti Crowns via Best Friends for Frosting

3. DIY Confetti Crown. Or if you’d rather wear your confetti as a crown, Jessica of The Confetti Bar shared this confetti crown tutorial over at Best Friends for Frosting.

Party Headband Buy or DIY

4. Buy or DIY Party Headbands. Speaking of headgear, these are so cute! You can make them with this tutorial from Brit + Co or buy them from Ban.do — P.S. Ban.do is giving you 15% off sitewide today only. Sweet!

Tassle Cardboard Numbers via Ruffled

5. DIY Gold Fringe Numbers. Okay, this tutorial is obviously a bit dated, but all you need to do is swap out that last 2 for a 5 and you’ve got 2015! Get the instructions and other NYE party ideas via Ruffled.

DIY Metallic Brush Stroke Balloons via Design Love Fest

6. DIY Metallic Brush Stroke Balloons. I love the pairing of colorful balloons with a dash of gold. Tutorial via designlovefest.

DIY Straw Garland via Oh Happy Day

7. DIY New Year’s Straw Starburst Garland. Here’s a great way to upcycle straws into art! via Oh Happy Day.

Gold Fringe Curtain Photo Backdrop

8. DIY Gold Fringe Photo Booth. This might be the easiest photo booth setup I’ve ever seen! Just hang up a few gold fringe curtains (maybe a few leftover from your numbers). Thanks Brit + Co!

Sequin Tablecloth

9. Buy or DIY Sequin Tablecloth. Don’t forget to deck your table! Grab a sequin tablecloth from Sparkle Pony Shop or I bet you could make your own pretty easily with sequin fabric from your local craft store.

Wedding shower gold teacup candle via @poorandpretty

10. DIY Sparkly Teacup Candle. Remember these teacup candles I made for Jordan’s bridal shower? Half of them were made with gold glitter, which would add a fun sparkle to any NYE bash. Get the instructions here.

Golden Wine Glass Buy or DIY

11. Buy or DIY Gold-Painted Wine Glasses. I love the idea of sprucing up regular wine glasses with gold spray paint or glitter. These cute striped Oh Joy! wine glasses from Target will do, too!

DIY Tinsel Swizzle Sticks via Odessa May Society

12. DIY Tinsel Swizzle Sticks. Swizzle sticks are always a good idea. Add a touch of tinsel with this tutorial from Odessa May Society.

Gem Speaker via Bando

13. Giant Gem Speaker via Ban.do. Keep your favorite party tunes rockin’ all night long with ban.do’s Giant Gem Speaker! I had this on my Christmas wishlist this year, and my Dad got it for me – yay! I’ve got it playing music from my iPhone as I type this. :)

Gold Painted French Macarons via Miss Renaissance

14. Gold-Painted French Macarons. Let’s not forget about treats – and hey, with edible glitter and gold dust, even your desserts can dazzle. Inspiration via Miss Renaissance.

Ball Drop Cake Pops via I Spy DIY

15. Ball Drop Cake Pops. 3, 2, 1… yum! Recipe via I Spy DIY.

Happy partying!


Maker Takes: Veritas

For the Makers Veritas feature

For the Makers - Veritas

Veritas, the latest For the Makers collection, is all about back-to-school marbling. But I have to be honest: I’m not really into the marbled look. I think it’s a beautiful art form, but it’s not really my thing. So, I color-blocked everything in my kit instead.

For the Makers Veritas - finished projects via @poorandpretty

This may come as a shock to you, but I’m more into pink than blue. (Who knew?! ;) So I did a lot of color substitution.

For the Makers Veritas - color block honor society notebook supplies via @poorandpretty

For the Honor Society Notebook, I mixed together magenta and white acrylic paints (actually, I think the magenta is a fabric paint) for a lighter pink color.

For the Makers Veritas - color block honor society notebook painting via @poorandpretty

I taped off the section I wanted to paint with washi tape and used a foam brush to slather on the pink. Don’t forget the spine!

For the Makers Veritas - cork stamp via @poorandpretty

While I waited for the paint to dry, I made a heart cork stamp using leftover supplies from the Toketee Collection.

For the Makers Veritas - color block honor society notebook via @poorandpretty

After affixing my label, I dipped my stamp in the paint and stamped little hearts all over the front of the notebook. Cute! Here’s a tip for stamping: it’s better to apply the paint to the stamp with a brush, rather than dipping it in the paint. As you can see, I have a few half circles from the cork getting into the paint.

For the Makers Veritas - color block pencils via @poorandpretty

I liked the pink color so much, I decided to color block the pencils with it! I also used the gold fabric paint that came with my tote bag Brit Kit I picked up during my road trip! I did 3-4 layers of gold because it was a bit more translucent.

For the Makers Veritas - color block aurelian locket supplies via @poorandpretty

Occasionally, For the Makers will share an alternative way to make one of their projects on their blog, The Source. They suggested painting their Aurelian Lockets with nail polish for an enameled look. So I grabbed a hot pink OPI color and painted away! You can see the finished locket below:

For the Makers Veritas - Dalton Pennant Create via @poorandpretty

I squeezed the word “CREATE” on my Dalton Pennant, which of course is also very pink. I love how it came out! So inspiring. :)

For the Makers Veritas - finished projects via @poorandpretty

I went a bit outside the box, but I really love how everything came out. Yay creativity!

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