Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Yellow Pinwheels

**I was paid to review this website, but all opinions are my own.**

Who doesn't love throwing a party right? You get to pick a fun theme (Halloween, tea party, travel, etc.), invite a bunch of people, buy delicious food, and you get excited every day that the date is coming closer and closer. We all know that having a party is fun, but without a doubt there's always something that you forget to buy. Why is it that I always forget to purchase extra napkins? 

If you're the type of person that wants things done for you easy-peasy (and who isn't?), then you should check out Yellow Pinwheels. I really wish I was planning a party right now because they do all of the work for you. 
How does it work? You pick a theme (and they have a bunch of cute themes to choose from), you pick either the "straight up" party package or the "with a twist" party package, and then they send it to you. They also have "petite" party packages. 

What's in each package? The "straight up" party package has your decorating essentials (cupcake liners, tablecloth, napkins, plates, pom poms, and twine), while the "with a twist" package has fun extras to really wow your guests (such as lanterns, glass trays, drawstring favor bags, etc.) Each party package is different based on the theme that you pick. The "petite" party packages only have cups, plates, and napkins if that's all that you need. 

How much does it cost? Each party package a little different, so the prices vary, but generally the "straight up" packages are about $50 to $70, and the "with a twist" packages are $120 to $200. If you want something simple, the "petite" packages are only $15. 

Halloween is next week (Yay! Are you dressing up?), so if you're planning a party I suggest you check out Yellow Pinwheels' Halloween packages: they have a cute Halloween "petite" package for $15 and an awesome "with a twist" package for $70. 

Don't want to get a specific party package? You can get all of the party accessories separately. How cute are these polka dot straws, and these glitter candles?

Get 25% off all Halloween party packages this weekend only 
with code TRICKSOVERTREATS25 at checkout. 

Are you throwing a Halloween party this year?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag {October 2014}

How pretty is the color of October's Ipsy bag? Teal is a great color and I'll be using this cute bag to store all of the hand creams I've gotten from these beauty bags. Since the theme is Beauty Candy, all of the products or packaging is light and pastel-colored, or it smells like candy itself. And who doesn't love that?

What I got this month:
 Skyn Iceland's Glacial Cleansing Cloths (full size $15, sample $5)
 Figs & Rouge's Hand Cream in Rose Berry (full size $7, sample $5)
 Starlooks' Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure (full size $12, sample $4)
 ECRU New York's Acacia Protein BB Beauty Balm for Hair (full size $12, sample $4)
 Jesse's Girl Mineralized Baked Eye Shadow in Plum Forest (full size $4)

This month's bag is worth $22.

Skyn Iceland's Glacial Cleansing Cloths

These cleansing cloths smell amazing! The scent is subtle but very fresh and natural, and I like that the cloths aren't too wet or too dry. My skin feels smooth and clean and didn't leave any kind of residue behind. I've been keeping these in my gym bag for after a workout. 

Figs & Rouge's Hand Cream in Rose Berry

Oh my god, guys, this scent; it's floral-y and sweet and I wish I could eat it. The packaging is also too cute for words. It's very moisturizing; it soaked into my skin quickly and isn't greasy. The two other scents (vanilla pistachio and mango mandarin) also sound delightful.

Starlooks' Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure

I'm not a lip gloss girl, so this is a dud for me. I don't like having something on my lips that feels sticky or that my hair will get stuck in. I do like the muted rosy color, but I won't be using this. 

ECRU New York's Acacia Protein BB Beauty Balm for Hair

I've only used this twice, but so far it seems like a great hair balm. The scent is light and nice, the balm is lightweight, non-greasy, it doesn't make my hair crunchy, it contains jojoba, and it has no parabens. I'd have to use it more to say if I really like it or not, but so far so good.

Jesse's Girl Mineralized Baked Eye Shadow in Plum Forest

I think the metallic dark pink color is really lovely and it would be nice for all eye colors, but it's so sparkly. There's isn't a lot of fall-out and it stays put very well, but it does need a few layers to really show the pink color. I only touched a side of it a few times to show the color, so if anyone would like this eye shadow sent to them for free just comment below

What did you get in your Ipsy bag?
Have you tried any of these products?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Outfit: Plaid It Up

I fell in love with everything plaid way back in January and the obsession has resurfaced again twice as strong because I've been wearing this plaid top and super soft, super warm scarf over and over. This scarf is huge, so it's like a scarf and a blanket in one. 

Since everyone's getting sick right now (I got a cold a few days ago) I thought I would share a tip that shortened my cold by several days and made it less horrible: Korean Citron Tea. I've been telling people about it at work, so I wanted to tell you guys about it here. Korean Citron Tea is made of three things: citron peels, honey, and sugar. You take a spoonful or two (it has the consistency of jam) and swirl it in a cup of hot water, and voila tea! It's delicious and healthy because it has a lot of Vitamin C. Go grab a jar asap!
Plaid Shirt: Kohls | Top: Walmart {similar} | Scarf: Target | Jeans: Old Navy
Bracelet: Fifth & Mae {similar} | Shoes: ShoeDazzle {plaid loafers}

Are you into plaid right now?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Looks I Love {Fall}

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Since I can't get enough of fall and could talk about it forever, here are some awesome fall outfits that we can all "oooh" and "ahhh" over together today. Which outfit is your favorite?
Embracing Fall Trends With Nordstrom Rack!
Perfect fall outfit: hat, plaid scarf, blazer & tall boots!

Working Girl
Loving white for fall & winter!

The Wool Ride
Lovely layering (plus everything looks cooler on a blue bike!)

sweater over a dress with tights and booties
Feminine and work-appropriate

Goodnight Macaroon
Pretty fall colors & prints

How Bethany Mota Went From Bullied Kid To YouTube Superstar #Refinery29
Plaid + layering = so cute!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Every Idea is a Good Idea

**I received this book for free to review, but all opinions are my own.**

★★★ (5 out of 5)

Let me start by being honest: For a long time I thought creative self-help books were for people who just liked trying various different hobbies, and something I would never, ever need. However, during the past year a doubt has seeped its way into the back of my mind, preventing me from writing. Sure, I've been writing down notes and inspiration, but since graduating in December of last year, I haven't written any actual narration. 

But now that's I've read Tom Sturges' Every Idea is a Good Idea: Be Creative Anytime, AnywhereI've come to see that inspiration isn't something that you wait for. Creativity may be in all of us, but you have to actively pursue it. That moment of inspiration that we all want (no matter what type of creativity you work towards) can happen every single day if you cultivate it. 

There are a few things that I love about this book:

1. The Structure

This isn't the most important part of the book (obviously that's the content), but how this book is broken down makes it easy to digest and understand. The chapters are called "Creativity In Action," "Creativity And History," "Creativity And You", and more. You know exactly what each section is about in case you're looking for something specific. 

Within those bigger chapters are smaller sections that are only a few pages long at the most. These smaller sections are stories about real people that give you an option for your creativity (ie. how other people are creative, so that maybe you'll get an idea for how you can be too). At the end of (almost) every chapter are brilliant creative exercises and I can't wait to do them myself. 

2. The Content

I'm mostly talking about the smaller sections within each chapter: the stories about people alive and dead. What I really enjoyed about this book the most was reading about how other people cultivate their creativity, from songwriters to scientists, from painters to hip hop rappers. We all have our own way of digging down deep to access our creativity and inspiration, so it was fascinating to read about how others do it. 

But not only were these stories engaging, but they gave me so many ideas. Creativity is unique to everyone, but now and then it's good to try something new, a new way of accessing that inspiration. I got numerous ideas from this book that I'm excited to test out to see what works for me and what doesn't. 

3. The Creative Exercises

At the end of the first five chapters are creative exercises that I think are brilliant. They're short enough that you're not overwhelmed by the ideas, but still intriguing enough that you want to do them instantly. I'll share my favorite one with you: Reductions and More Reductions. In short, you start by telling a story in a paragraph, then a sentence, then a headline, then a word, and finally an onomatopoeia (words that are a sound, like bam). 

I have nothing bad to write about this book. I devoured it in two days, highlighting sentences and paragraphs that spoke to me about creativity, and highlighting the exercises of others that I could see myself doing. If you're in need of inspiration yourself or you're not sure where to start, give this book a try. You might just discover something about yourself that you didn't understand when you first started this book. 


"Creativity is a gift, from life to us. It exists in varying degrees, measures, and amounts in each of us, but we all have it inside. There is as much creativity in our lives as we allow there to be." (p. 4)

"Suppose that instead of forcing the issue when trying to create something, we let it emerge. Instead of demanding that the subject matter bend to our will, we let it bend our will." (p. 115) 

"Just create. Be thankful that creativity exists in your life and move on from there. When you have an idea, capture it. When you find a solution, remember it." (p. 163)

Buy the book: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Would you read this book?
Have you read it? 

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