Lips and Brunch

As a recent Independent Distributor of Lipsense, one of my biggest fears was no one would want to have a party. So, instead of waiting for someone to ask me if they could host, I threw a party myself. Let's be honest, I was just looking for an excuse to brunch. 

I invited a few of my favorite gals over and tried to make it a no-pressure situation. We've all been to those direct sale parties where the seller puts so much pressure on everyone to buy something and that ends up being the entire focus of the party. That is not what I wanted. Instead, I focused on the relationships, making each girl feel beautiful and special, and of course, the brunching. 

For the center piece, I used a fake eucalyptus garland. I added a few other type of leaves I had left over from other floral projects to make the center piece more full and colorful. 

The flowers are fake as well, but you could easily add a few fresh flowers!

My placemats were made from kraft wrapping paper from the Dollar Tree. I just measured them and scalloped the edges. 

I also found these great mirrors from the Dollar Tree. They stand up on their own which was perfect! Some of the girls who don't normally wear lipstick kept catching glimpses of themselves in these mirrors and would smile. I loved making them feel beautiful for a day!

My set up was pretty simple. I used a small decorative table and used a giant lip print from Hobby Lobby as my background. I made my own in stock sheet so that everyone could easily see what they could go home with that day, and compare and contrast colors. 

I gave my guests about 10 minutes to peruse my color selection and asked them to write down their top three after swatching the colors on their hand. 

Obviously, I had to set up my glitter background so the girls could have a fun photoshoot with their new colors!

Fun Tip - If your looking for cute glassware check out your local second hand store. I found these adorable champagne saucers for $.50 a piece!

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Muffins, fruit, and a crockpot egg bake were on the menu with lots of Rosé.

So, if your an Independent Distributor who's nervous about having a party, throw a party yourself and get some practice! I gave all my gals a full discloser that I needed to practice and they were so receptive and willing to listen. And you know what? Almost every girl bought something, which I did not expect at all!

Have any questions? Feel free to ask me in the comments below! 

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Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String

With arctic temperatures here in Iowa this weekend, there wasn't much to do but stay indoors, drink hot cider, and anxiously await Christmas. I am way behind this year with my shopping. We just ordered the last of our presents on Friday and fingers crossed they will be here before we head home. With the few presents that we do have I thought I'd try my hand at wrapping and if you know me, that's not my strong suit. I have the most amazing memories of the presents my mom would wrap every year - fancy paper and ornate sparkly bows. Each present was decorated as fancy as my sister and I's matching christmas dresses. My tastes are slightly different, but I wanted each of my presents to feel as unique as the person they are intended for. 

I picked up these Merry Christmas cards from Paper Source a few years ago, and have yet to send a single one. Secured them with some left over yarn and a pom pom. I love how this present turned out. 

I have been obsessed with plaid this year, and this ribbon was a deal for $1 at the Target dollar spot. I used it to decorate my table as well this year. Check it out here. 

The idea of adding a miniature tree to your presents has been popping up everywhere on my Pinterest and I love it! I added my own twist with criss-cross yarn and a tag made out of card stock.

How did I do? What are some of your favorite ways to wrap presents? 

Happy Holidays! 

DIY Necklace - Legalized Pots

One of the things I love about my friends is they are as creative and smart as they are beautiful! This blog post is all about my friend Kristin, who I have known for 18 years! The thing I love about Kristin is she is your biggest cheerleader. She is one of the kindest and most supportive people I know and she genuinely wants you to be happy and accomplish your goals! She is always the first person I tell my whacky ideas to, because she has a way of making you feel like you are a genius and your ideas are the best ideas since sliced bread! 

I am so excited to be able to show my friend some love after all of her support! I am incredibly proud of her new business, Legalized Pots. I know I have mentioned her before in my blog and on Instagram, but I seriously can't get enough of her ceramic treasures. I think my goal is to have one of everything in her collection! However, her newest creation may be one of my favorites; DIY necklaces! 

As a lover of all things DIY, I got my hands on some as soon as possible! 

First of all, how adorable is this sticker?!

The kit comes with everything you need to complete your necklace, except for a pair of scissors. There is even an option to purchase extra beads or tassels, if you are feeling extra fancy! 

The instructions for assembly can be found on the Legalized Pots website, complete with step by step instructions with pictures and design ideas. 

The necklace only took me 10 minutes and I was thrilled with the results! 

Adorable, right?! Lightweight, versatile, colorful, and custom! 

 To see how I assembled mine, check out the Legalized Pots Website! 

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These necklaces make an excellent stocking stuffer or present for the DIY lovers in your life! 

Or you can grab your closest friends and have a DIY party and make necklaces, chat, and maybe enjoy a glass of wine....or two. 

Not a DIY-er? No problem. You can purchase an already made necklace! 

Either way, these necklaces are a must have! Enjoy! 

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