Centerpiece

Centerpiece

Yes, these boots were made for walking! Truth be told, after some miles every pair earns its rest. That’s why we are changing it to some boots were made for decorating! Our next DIY project is about taking a pair of cowboy boots and transforming it into a killer centerpiece.

We can’t think of a cuter centerpiece for a number reasons – not that you need one! Amongst our favorite themes are: Wedding Day, Rustic or Country Wedding Theme, Outdoor Barbecue, Graduation Party, Picnic, and more.

If you are always looking for ways to add a little country cowgirl touch in anything you do, this simple project does the trick. Just grab your favorite pair of cowboy boots and stuff with some filler such as paper or craft foam.

Add fresh or faux flowers that represent any season or event and make something to click your heels on about. For extra customization, accessorize with bandanas, bales of hay and a few horseshoes.

The boot centerpiece in the picture was made from scratch for Lauren’s niece’s graduation party, which was an outdoor barbecue-themed party, as you might remember from our previous post. We used Sunflowers in all colors, shapes, and sizes mixed with greenery and Cattails we arranged inside the boots.

We then sprayed mason jars with gold glitter spray paint and rolled with extra glitter for more sparkle. You can set the glitter by spraying with hairspray. Remember: there is nothing as too much sparkle!

For our centerpiece, we also added faux flowers and some burlap, although jute also works for the ties. These type of accessories are also great when used for fall decor. If you find yourself stumped for ideas, head over to Pinterest for more inspiration.

Time to grab your boots and start preparing your next centerpiece. Don’t worry if don’t have a special occasion around the corner, no one needs and excuses to show off an original DIY decoration project.

The time of year for campfires, football season kickoffs, and loads of crisp air, is here!  We have food-related ideas to help you embrace Fall: it only takes four simple ingredients to make an instant crowd pleaser, S’mores Pops!

Marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers and pretzel sticks or lollipop sticks are all you’ll need for our grab and go version of s’mores. Instead of making the traditional ones by the fire this season, try this simple and quick recipe that will have both kids and adults craving more.

They were the perfect complement to the dessert tent during the graduation party for Lauren’s niece, which was a country western backyard barbecue. Using her choco-maker, she melted Giannos’ Milk Chocolate.

While the chocolate was melting, she placed a pretzel stick into each marshmallow without poking entirely through the other side.

With help of a food processor, Lauren crushed her graham crackers, dipped each marshmallow into the chocolate and then into the graham crackers. The next step was simply lining a baking sheet with parchment paper for cooling and displaying on a festive serving tray or cake tower.

Made indoors in a few steps, these amusing S’mores Pops have all the campfire feeling without the campfire hazard! 

S'mores

S'mores

S'mores

To make S’mores Pops you will need the following:

•Marshmallows
•Chocolate
•Graham Crackers
•Pretzel Sticks or Lollipop Sticks

For the 2 Orchids Youtube Video on how to make:

Smores Pops, Backyard BBQ & A Little Shopping/ Lauren’s Vlog

S'mores

S'mores

OC Dream

LASplash Cosmetics + Vicki Gunvalson OC Dream

Colors: Newport Nude & OC Dream

OC Dream

OC Dream

You know we love ourselves some good reality TV, especially when it gets out of the screen to meet real life beauty products. The Real Housewives of Orange County has just released The OC Dream Collection with Vicki Gunvalson, known as “The OG Of The OC”.

This lipstick line, made in collaboration with LaSplash Cosmetics, includes Whoop It Up Lip Gloss and WooHoo Liquid to Matte Lipstick. There are 18 shades in the collection, all made in the USA and cruelty-free.

We tried a couple of shades of this luxurious cosmetic line in the colors OC Dream, a pink shimmer, and Newport Nude, a pink matte. Both are long-lasting and will wear for several hours. However, the gloss may transfer onto glass.

The Newport Nude is an innovative, ultra high-pigment liquid lipstick with a smooth, ultra-matte finish, lightweight enough to provide comfort all day. To apply it, begin by outlining lips with the tip of the applicator, fill in high pigment color as desired. It will dry completely after 3 to 5 minutes.

As for the color OC Dream, it comes as a high-impact lip gloss with lots of shine and without the heavy feel of traditional lip-gloss. We applied to the center of the top and bottom lips for a sophisticated, light-reflecting effect that makes lips appear fuller.

This was a fun line to try out. Alongside with other names like Fashion Island, West Coast Diva, and Laguna Sunset, the OC Dream Collection makes us believe that anyone can also live the OC Dream. Knowing that each shade was handpicked by the Real Housewife herself certainly makes a difference!

Diorskin

Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 35

Diorskin

Diorskin

Dreaming of luminous matte finish, flawless correction, and excellent comfort all in one foundation? Dior promises 16-hour foundation coverage and broad-spectrum SPF 35 protection from day to evening with Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation and it delivers.

This is a non-oily, medium-to-full coverage, fluid foundation. It masters balanced color correction and comes in an egg-shaped container with a beveled side for a meticulous application.

Karen was inspired to try the Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 35 following the YouTube video Get Ready With Me with Kim Kardashian and Jaclyn Hill. For this review, she grabbed the color Honey Beige: Medium, with neutral undertones (040).

The foundation is medium to full coverage depending on how you build it up. Karen, for instance, applies it with her BlendSmart Rotating Foundation Brush for a flawless finish: satin-like, smooth, and soft.

The formula is enriched with Poreless Effect skin care essence, leaving the skin’s texture looking more refined with each wear.

Besides staying on all day without creasing, this product leaves Karen’s skin looking like skin! Beautiful, natural skin, with minimized pores. Now, tell us that is not worth the splurge?!

 

*Dior Tip:  The Forever Perfect Foundation can also be applied with the new fluid foundation sponge applicator.