Craft Ideas, DIY, Fashion, Holidays, Home Decor, Summer

Summer Holidays

Happy 4th of July, lovelies!  I hope you’re having a fabulous day spending quality time with friends and family!

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Check out some of my previous 4th of July posts below!

4th of July Week: Centerpieces

4th of July Week: Snack Time

4th of July Week: The Outfit

4th of July Week: Rice Candles

4th of July Week: For the Kiddos

For the Love of the Game

Show Your Spirit

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Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays, Home Decor

Snow Candles

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s get crafty!  I found this winter craft idea on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to recreate it!  You’ll need a mason jar, window clings, Epsom salt, and a small candle.  Attach the window clings to the mason jar however you would like.  You could even start with some Christmas ones and change them to winter ones once Christmas was over.  The possibilities are endless!  Next, pour a thin layer of Epsom salt onto the bottom of the mason jar.  Then, add the candle to the center of the jar and pour more Epsom salt into the jar.  I filled it about a third full, but whatever suits your taste is fine.  Add some glitter for a fancier look.  Finally, light the candle and bask in the glory of a job well done! 
Recipe Style:
Winter Decor – put a candle and “snow” (Epsom salt) in a pretty glass jar like this one below.
Source Unknown

My Style:
How cute are those penguins, right?  Would you make these snow candles?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Winter crafts window clings snow candles holidays
Fashion, Holidays, My Style Monday

Christmas Morning

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PJs pajamas stylish comfy flannel Christmas
Christmas is only a week away!  Can you even believe it?  It’s crazy to think how quickly time has flown by!  With Christmas drawing closer, it got me thinking about the joy of Christmas morning.  What a beautiful morning!  Lounging around opening gifts or having a leisurely breakfast.  We don’t have any kiddos, so our Christmas morning is spent sipping coffee cuddling with the puppy.  Whatever you do on that special morning calls for a super cute pair of pajamas.  This never really crossed my mind until I saw the inspiration photo.  Everything else gets a spotlight on Christmas morning, our pajama outfits should too!  My go-to pajamas are these flannel PJs from Menards (yes, Menards.  Trust me they’re awesome!).  Find them here.  They are so soft, warm, and comfy, plus the patterns are so fun!  What PJs are you wearing Christmas morning?
Recipe Style:
From Sarah and Elizabeth

My Style:

 

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Holidays, My Style Monday, Travel

Holiday Outfit Ideas

My Style Monday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Comfy stylish chic holiday outfit ideas
Today, let’s talk holidays.  What should we wear?  My criteria are comfy, layers, and festive.  We’ll be eating a lot all day long.  I require leggings or a dress or something that isn’t tight around my waist.  That pecan pie’s gotta go somewhere, right?  Layers are critical when travelling to see family.  It may be freezing or it could be sweltering in their place.  Layers leave you looking cute and ready for any situation.  And, of course, we want to have some fun and be festive!  Once you pop on a cardigan sweater, the inspiration photo lends itself nicely to all three criteria.  If you’re not into the red and green, black and white would also look very chic.  For my restyle, I paired some maroon leggings with a white shirt and brown boots.  In one option, I added a greens scarf for a festive look.  In the other option, I added a brown cardigan and gold necklace.  Either would be a great holiday outfit idea, leaving you comfy and stylish all day long!
Recipe Style:
Legs For Days Leggings - Burgundy – UOIOnline.com: Women's Clothing Boutique
From UOI Online

My Style:
What are your holiday outfit ideas?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays

The Must-Have Christmas Craft

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

The holidays bring out all kinds of emotions.  Many a table are filled with tales of Christmases past.  It’s a wonderful time of year to remember those who are no longer with us.  That’s where today’s must-have Christmas craft comes in.  When I saw the inspiration photo on Pinterest, it instantly brought tears to my eyes, but it’s so beautiful.  I knew I had to recreate it for everyone on my list.  I love the look of the poem etched into the blocks.  This wasn’t exactly feasible to recreate.  Instead, here’s an easier route.  You’ll need clear frames (I got mine from the Dollar Tree), a dollhouse rocking chair, and a photo of the Christmas poem.  To make the Christmas poem photo, I wrote the poem on a photo editing app, added a background, and made the words fancy.  Then, I printed them out as pictures.  Simply add the poem photos to the picture frames and place the chair next to the frame.  That’s it!  I love how they turned out!  
Recipe Style:
From Fenzyme

My Style:
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Budget Shopping, Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays

Crafting the Holidays: A Quick and Easy Homemade Gift Idea

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk homemade gift ideas.  I love the thought of putting my creative juices to work this time of year with a good ‘ole homemade gift.  Problem is, sometimes (okay maybe most of the time) I way underestimate the amount of time it takes to actually make the said gift.  This gets me into trouble and I end up rushing out to buy something Christmas Eve.  No more, my friends, no more.  I took to Pinterest in search of a cute and easy homemade gift.  Specifically, I was looking for something to make my co-workers.  Since they are all women, this made the search easier.  When I came across the inspiration photo, I knew it was the one!  It looked easy, cute, and even functional!  Score! 

You’ll need some clear frames (I used 5×7 ones from the dollar store), sticky notes in assorted colors and sizes (again, I got mine from the dollar store), ribbon (you guessed it, from the dollar store), and scrapbook paper.  First, cut the scrapbook paper to fit your frames and place the paper inside the frame.  Next, secure ribbon to the top of the frame using some tape.  I simply wrapped the ribbon around the frame, but you could tie a bow or do something fancy here if you so desired.  To give it a little something extra, I added their initial to the ribbon.  Finally, attach the sticky note pads using glue dots.  I tried tape, but that didn’t work at all.  Glue here would be the best choice.  That’s it!  Now you have a cute and functional homemade holiday gift!

Recipe Style:
Clear Frames + Scrapbook Paper + Post-It + Ribbon and Tag = Cute and Inexpensive Gifts
From Nadine’s Treasures
My Style:
Do you make homemade gifts?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Holiday homemade gift idea crafting easy crafts dollar store
Budget Shopping, Fabulous Finds Friday, Holidays

REPOST: 10 Tips for a Successful Black Friday Shopping Experience

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

For those of you in the U.S. Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you are having a fabulous day eating delicious food with friends and family.  What a great holiday!  Also on tap, this weekend is the biggest shopping day of the year…Black Friday.  This is almost a holiday in itself for my family. After our bellies are full of turkey and pie, we await the joyous sound of “The paper’s here!”  Our faces light up with delight.  We ready our notepads and pens and get ready to make our lists and check them twice. We proceed to happily spend hours scouring the dozens and dozens of ads for great deals laughing and joking as we go.  Once our lists are made, we get down to business making a plan for the next morning.  This is the not so fun part.  That’s where these tips come in handy…

This post is based on an article by The Krazy Coupon Lady called 34 Brilliant Black Friday Hacks for 2016.  While there is a lot of great and super useful information in this article, 34 tips are more than I can handle.  Let’s break it down into 10 tips for a successful Black  Friday shopping experience!
Recipe Style:
34 Brilliant Black Friday Tips for 2016 by the Krazy Coupon Lady

My Style:

  1. Scout your go-to stores the day before Thanksgiving.  Most of the displays should be set up by this time.  For people who travel for the holiday, this may be difficult, but it can help save time at the wee hours of the morning for sure!
  2. Make your final list by store and order the items by importance.  In my family, we have several drafts of the same list before we get to our final.   It’s a process.
  3. Remember to not only stock up for Christmas but birthdays, weddings, baby showers, etc. as well!
  4. Look for door-buster guarantees.  This is mostly a Wal-Mart thing, and Wal-Mart is not my favorite place to go on Black Friday.  Actually, I avoid it at all costs.  However, if they have a TV I want for cheap, their door-buster guarantee is a life-saver.  All you do is go in during the advertised time-frame, buy a voucher for the item you want, and pick it up before Christmas.  That I can handle!
  5. Avoid wearing red, especially if you’re going to Target.  Do wear bright colors or an easily recognized shirt so your group can find you easily in the crowd.
  6. Leave the kiddos and hubbys at home.  Unless your hubby is my brother in which case he may come along.  My brother is a great shopper!
  7. Shop with a group, but not a large group.  Two to four people is a good number.
  8. Ditch the shopping carts and use reusable bags instead.  This of course only works if you’re purchasing smaller items. If you must get a cart, have 1 cart and 1 driver for your group.  The other people are runners and bring items back to the cart.  This avoids having to drive the cart through the crowded aisles, which will only slow down your progress.
  9. Shop online.  My mom and I discovered the joy of this last year when a winter storm decided to plague our town on Black Friday morning.  You can expect everything, except door-busters, to be available online.  If you hate crowds and getting up before dawn, this is the option for you!
  10. Use gift cards for purchases.  As The Krazy Coupon Lady mentions you can go to Raise.com and buy discounted gift cards.  This can save you more money on top of the awesome Black Friday deals you’re already getting!
  11. BONUS tip!  JCPenney and Menards are my favorite stores for Black Friday (and all year round actually).  You are guaranteed to find great deals for everyone on your list at both of these stores.  Every year, these are the 2 places we go for sure.  
Hope these shopping tips help you have a fabulous Black Friday trip!  Leave me a comment down below and let me know how your shopping experience turned out!
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays, Home Decor

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

We’re finally back to crafting on Wednesdays!  As promised, we have a lot of great holiday craft projects lined up for you and today is no exception!  Need a quick Thanksgiving centerpiece to wow your guests?  Look no further, we’ve got you covered!
For this project, you’ll need a plastic pot, black paint, ribbon, fall decor (leaves, acorns, small pumpkins, gourds, things of this nature), and a hot glue gun.  First, paint the pot black.  Mine took 2 coats to cover completely.  Once the paint has dried, turn the pot upside down and tie a ribbon around the base of the pot.  Secure the ribbon with hot glue.  Now the fun part.  Decorate!  Using the fall decor and the hot glue, arrange the leaves, acorns, gourds, and whatever else you picked up to your liking at the base of the upside down pot.  Let dry and you’re done!  Wasn’t that easy?!?!
Recipe Style:
Dollar Store Thanksgiving Hat Centerpiece – Hip2Save
From Hip2Save

My Style:

I can almost taste the turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and cranberry sauce now.  What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Thanksgiving décor craft centerpiece holiday
Holidays

Great Gift Ideas for Her

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, we’re giving a shout out to all the guy readers.  Big thanks to the hubby, my dad, my bros, and my bro-in-laws for reading this every day despite the content being geared toward the ladies.  This post is for you guys! 
The holidays are quickly approaching, and it’s never too early to start thinking about what to give that special someone.  In my mind, guys are so hard to shop for.  I don’t know what drill bit or hacksaw or power tool they need.  Conversely, I’ve heard the guys in my life say women are the ones who are difficult to shop for.  Well, not anymore, gentlemen!  Let’s dive into some great gift ideas for her!
Gift Card
This may seem like a copout, but hear me out on this one.  The hubby always gets me a gift card to my favorite store for my birthday.  This says two things to me.  One, he knows what my favorite store is, which is pretty cool.  Two, he knows enough to understand that there’s no way he could pick out exactly what I want from said store.  I applaud this knowledge and understanding and look forward to my gift card every year.

Jewelry
No woman in her right mind is going to say no to any piece of jewelry.  This is a fact.  You can’t go wrong with this choice.


Weekend Get-a-Way
How sweet are you to plan a weekend get-a-way for that special woman in your life?  She’ll think it very sweet indeed.  It shows you took the initiative to think of an idea that the two of you (or your family) could enjoy together.  That’s a great gift and something to look forward to once the holidays are over!


Subscription Box
No, we’re not talking about those fruit of the month clubs (not that there’s anything wrong with those). We’re talking more sophisticated boxes covering any genre you can think of.  There are tons of subscription box choices out there these days.  Just Google it and you’ll see what I mean.  Let me offer some suggestions, so you don’t get lost in the depths of the interwebs.  For the makeup lover Ipsy, Glossybox, or Birchbox are all great choices.  For the jewelry lover, I would suggest RocksboxFabFitFun is my pick if you’re looking for a variety of makeup, jewelry, and lifestyle products.  (This is totally not sponsored, but feel free to use my link to get $10 off your first box!)  A subscription box is the gift that keeps on giving all year long!
Bath & Body Works
Every girl wants to smell amazing and every girl wants to feel pampered.  Enter Bath & Body Works.  This one’s easy.  Simply stroll into the store and pick out anything.  Seriously, anything will work.  If you want to up your game, ask the sales associates to help you pick something out.  This is sure to please any girl on your list this holiday season!
Ladies, help these guys out!  What did I miss?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Women gift guide for her gift ideas for her

Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays, Home Decor

Falling for Vases

Easy and Quick Fall Decorations

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Are you ready for some more fall crafts? I know I am. Let’s get into today’s project, shall we? I’m not much into centerpieces, but I do have a beautiful glass vase sitting on my dining room table. It could use a little dressing up for fall, so I took to Pinterest to get some ideas. Using leaves either around the vase or tucked inside were my top contenders. Off to the dollar store I went to find supplies. Now we all know I love the dollar store, but their leaf garlands left a lot to be desired. The garlands were about 3 feet or so long and had less than 10 leaves total. #notimpressed For the sake of the project, though, I bought 3 and went home. Because the garlands were so sparse, I ended up tucking 2 of them inside the vase around a candle and arranging 1 outside at the base of the vase. I gotta say, I’m not totally mad at the end result. For more options, you could use flowers or pretty much whatever fits inside the vase. Even better, this is another project you could easily adapt to the changing seasons or holidays. Don’t you just love versatile decorations? I know I do!
Where’s your favorite place to buy fall decor?
That’s all for today. See you Friday for another installment of Fabulous Finds Friday! It may or may not be about skin care, and you may or may not be astounded at the results. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this one!
lylas,
MissyAnn