Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Will you be my bridesmaid?

My BFF Laura, who lives all the way in California just got engaged. Its about stinkin time since they have been dating for 7 years. Anyway, I love her and her fiancée to death and am so happy for them.

Imagine my surprise when I got this awesome little package in the mail. So, let me set this up for you. I had just gotten home from Hawaii. 15 hours of flying, 3 hours in a car, super tired and jet lagged. I knew Laura was sending me my birthday gift and couldn't wait to get it. So when I saw 2 packages waiting for me I was stoked. I opened my awesome scarf first. It is an orange and white chevron scarf with my initials monogrammed in burgundy. Best Hokie scarf ever!

So I opened my second box. I was like "what the heck is this?" When I opened it, and saw the wine bottle, ring pop, and the note on the box, I got all teary. I felt like I was getting proposed to. It made me feel better from my tiring trip. After I had time to get all excited and text Laura, I had an epiphany... I am going to be the oldest bridesmaid ever! I was reassured by the bride that I will always be 29 to her. That made me feel a little better!

Anyway, this is such a cool idea that I had to share. I loved it. She sent them out to all of the bridal party. We are all on the east coast so it was pretty special.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The All American Mushroom

I have found the perfect recipe for stuffed mushrooms. Seriously they are to die for! I have yet to have anyone who doesn’t like these and the best thing is that they are super simple to make with almost no prep time! Even My boyfriend Mike liked these and trust me he doesn’t eat stuffed mushrooms…. With that being said here it is I hope you love them as much as I do…. (Side note, sometimes when we make them at home and not for guests I like to add extra hot sauce, the extra kick is nice)


·         1 (8 oz.) Cream cheese softened

·         ½ cup Parmesan cheese

·         1 Clove Garlic Crushed

·         Dash of Tabasco

·         1 lbs. Fresh mushrooms, stems removed

How to:

Blend Cream Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Garlic and Tabasco to a smooth consistency. Wash and de-stem mushrooms then stuff with mixture and place in baking dish cover and refrigerate for several hours.  Bake at 350 for 10 min then broil until cheese in lightly brown.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Bare Escentuals Daily Eyes

My bosses went to Las Vegas for a hair show and brought me back this amazing Bare Escentual boxed set. It has an eyeshadow for each day of the week. Soooo cool! I was psyched to try them out, and they were fabulous! I use all Bare Escentuals make up anyway so I was all about this.

Here they are in daily order!





What's cool is that all of these colors, as different as they are totally go with my hazel eyes. Of course, some are more flattering than others. But it goes to show that you can wear any color!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Twine and felt wreath

I was definitely feeling the late winter/early spring blahs the other day. It is hard to decorate outdoors when the wind is still whipping and it is snowing. I thought I would brighten my front door with a new wreath. All of you know how this girl loves making wreaths, right?

I have seen these wreaths all around and thought I would make my own with a twist. The materials were easy enough, foam wreath, twine, felt and glue gun. I like the twine better than the yarn version because I thought it would make it more durable and rustic.

I attached the twine to the wreath with glue and wrapped the twine all around the wreath until everything was covered. I glued every so often to make sure it stayed attached. After that was completed, I began working on the flowers. I cut circles in various sizes with 6 different colors of felt. Then I just layered the felt until it looked like a cute flower and the color combo was good.

Then glue the flowers on the wreath. You can do as many or as few as you like. There are no rules. I attached another piece of twine to the top to hang the wreath. Soooo simple, and cute! Take that expensive wreaths from the store!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Broken Makeup Magic




We have all had our favorite makeup fall off the shelf or bust in our makeup bag…and want to cry because that shade of blush or eye shadow doesn’t get made anymore. You think to yourself how can I save my “JUST TO DIE FOR TEAL” shadow? Well I broke my Bare Minerals (If you haven’t tried the new pressed powder DO!!! It’s so much less mess with awesome coverage) compact the other day and well to put it mildly I’m cheap and didn’t want to spend the money on a new one just yet.


Recently on Pinterest I have been seeing how easy it is to fix any broken compact/ shadow/ blush. So I decided I would give it a shot. First I broke down all the already broken pieces into a fine powder. I used the handle of my kabuki brush to do this. Then I added a few drops of alcohol, be sure not to add too much or it will become runny and messy in the next step. I used alcohol because it evaporates and leaves the compact clean where water could produce fungus, causing breakouts. Next I covered the compact with plastic and pressed down with a quarter to flatten and compact the powder back down.


Tada! Now I can carry it my makeup bag again without making a mess and I saved myself from having to pick up a new compact!!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Perfect Brows


We always want the perfect eyebrows and we have it ingrained that our eyebrows should always start at the edge of our nose and end at the edge of our eye.  Well I have found this awesome YouTube that will change the way you wax/pluck/thread FOREVER!  Check it out!!




Sunday, March 24, 2013

Kin's manly meatloaf

My husband, Kin, loves him some meatloaf. He is always searching for the perfect recipe. After many years of trying out recipes and tweaking them, he decided to make his own. I think he has it perfected so I thought I would share.


  • 1 lb ground deer meat
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • A couple pinches of sea salt
  • 4-5 shakes black pepper
  • 1/2  of a fresh green pepper- diced
  • 3-4 shakes oregano
  • 1/2 of a small fresh onion- diced
  • 1/2 jar or mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup marinara sauce

Heat skillet and put onion, green pepper and a tablespoon of olive oil. Heat onion and green pepper until soft, remove from heat and let cool.

Mix all ingredients (except marinara sauce) in large bowl, shape into a loaf and place in casserole dish.

Bake at 350 for one hour. Remove from oven and soak up excess grease and fluid. Pour marinara sauce over loaf until covered. Bake for additional 15 minutes.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Rubber Duck Punch



So my sister Micah was expecting her first baby and I wanted to give her a rubber duck themed baby shower. I found this brilliant super easy rubber duck punch that was perfect for the theme. The blue Kool-Aid made it look like cool water and the ginger ale and sherbet made for a frothy bubble bath…. Add a few rubber ducks and rubba dub dub…..Cute Cute CUTE!




·         1 packet blue, unsweetened Kool-Aid (Look for Ice Blue Raspberry

·         Lemonade or Berry Blue flavors)

·         1 (2 liter) bottle Ginger Ale

·         1 (64 oz) bottle White Grape Juice

·         1 cup sugar

·         8 scoops pineapple sherbet

·         2-3 Rubber Duckies (make sure they float - bathtub toys)


How To:


        Chill ginger ale and grape juice over night

        Remove sherbet from freezer about 1/2 hour before serving punch to


        In a large bowl, combine Kool-Aid packet, sugar and chilled juice.

        Stir to blend.

        Slowly add chilled ginger ale.

        Float 8 scoops of softened sherbet on top

    Add Rubber Duckies (don’t forget to wash before using)

Monday, March 11, 2013

10 Hair Myths Debunked

I know all of you have heard all of these hair myths at one time or another. Some of them make me want to laugh out loud. It is crazy what people think is true.... I digress. So, as a hair stylist for 18+ years, I am here to spread the truth!

1- Hair grows faster when it is cut.

Myth- Hair does not grow faster when it is cut. It does however get rid of any split or dead ends. If left uncut, the hair will split all the way up and the hair will not grow. It also makes the hair look healthier as it grows out.

2- Being blonde when you were a child means you are a natural blonde.

Myth- This is the one that drives me crazy! Just because you were a blonde or had lighter hair as a child does not determine your hair color as an adult. Children have less melanin than adults. Melanin increases with age, therefore darkening the hair.

3- You can have just one or two layers.

Myth- There is no such thing as just one or two layers. Layers cannot be numbered. You can decide how short you want the shortest layer to be, then all other layers fall under that. You can have choppy or more defined layers, just not "one".

5- Updos are best on dirty hair.

Myth- While wet, freshly washed hair isn't ideal for an updo, it is better than day old, greasy hair. Day old hair is usually oily and makes the hair more flat. Most people want volume when they are getting updos. I would rather have clean hair to work with. Trust me, we can make it dirty with hairspray and other products to get the style to hold.

6- Store bought hair products are the same as salon products.

Myth- Really? Really? Would you get a prescription from the street instead of the pharmacy? That may be over dramatic but that's how serious this is to me!

Salon brands have a higher quality of ingredients and gentler soaps that protect your hair and color from fading. Salon brands also have more proteins, and vitamins your hair needs to stay healthy. Store brands contain more parabins or wax to make the hair appear more shiny and silky. Over time this dulls the hair and produces a wax buildup. Store brands also have more water in it that makes you need more product to produce a lather, which means it wont go as far as salon brands.

Just because there is a salon brand for sale in a grocery store, etc., doesn't mean it is the same what you buy in the salon. Usually it is old or after market stock that has been purchase in bulk. Sometimes they are counterfeit and not the same brand at all. That's why professional products are not guaranteed unless they are sold in a salon. I could go on about this forever, but I will stop before I go overboard.

7- All hair color is damaging to hair.  

Myth- Usually hair color makes the hair healthier. Damage from hair color can occur if the instructions are not followed or not performed by a licensed stylist. When bleach is applied and timed properly it is totally safe on the hair. It will usually give the hair more volume also. Permanent and semi permanent color acts as a conditioner and coats the hair, leaving the hair in better condition that before color.

8- A haircut and a trim are the same thing.

True- No matter how much is getting cut off the hair it is the same thing. It takes the same steps and time to cut and trim the hair. Usually a cut means more is coming off versus a trim, but still the same thing. People like to think that a trim isn't as expensive as a cut, again, it is the same.

9- Hair grows an average of half inch a month.

True- This is the average rate of growth for most people. Some people's hair grows faster and others grow slower. Factors such as health, medicine intake, temperature, etc. can make a difference in the rate of growth. This why we ask how long it has been since your last haircut, to get an idea of how much is has grown.

10- If you pluck one grey hair out, 2 more grow in its place.

Myth- If this were true then wouldn't people with thin hair do this to make their hair thicker? It makes no difference if the hair is pulled out or is naturally shed, it is one follicle and one hair will grow back out of it. Grey hair tends to be more wiry, so when it grows in, it may be more noticeable and stick up some. That's the only difference.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Monogram Picture Frames

Creative credit: Jennifer Caldwell
Here is a cute and simple way to brighten up your home with some cute decor. These frames are so easy to make. They also make great gifts.

All you need is pretty picture frames ( these came from TJ Maxx), coordinating scrapbook paper, and felt stick on letters. Cut the paper to fit the frame and add your monogram. These three have the last name initial and the two first name initial. Super easy and adorable!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Birthday Candy Bouquet


Need a quick and cute little something for a gift? I made these super cute candy bouquets with supplies all from the Dollar Tree. Woot Woot!

      • small pot
  • foam floral inserts
  • glue
  • stick on letters
  • colorful paper
  • gift wrapping ribbons
  • candy of your choice
  • popsicle sticks or drink stirrers

For my friends 40th birthday, I made one that says " Birthdays Suck". I put the foam insert in the pot, and added Dum Dums (40 of them) to the foam to form a ball. Then I cut out a circle with decorative paper and stuck the letters and numbers on it to make sign. I then glued the sign on a drink stirrer and inserted it into the foam also. Then I added the ribbons around the pot to decorate.

My nephew is turning 13, which is a big deal since he is an official teenager ( tears!). Of course I couldn't say birthdays suck for him. One because her is young and they really don't suck, and two, he's not allowed to say suck. So, "Birthdays Rock" it is.

I followed the same format as the other bouquet except I used Pop Rocks instead. I glued the Pop Rocks to the drink stirrers, and inserted them in the foam.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tutorial- Faux Hawk

We have all seen celebrities with their faux hawks, aka Miley Cyrus. If your hair is short enough it is pretty easy to accomplish. Here is our video tutorial on how do give your self a Mohawk. Candice is the model, and I am the stylist!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Jewelry drawer... Before and After!

I have a little bit of a problem.... I have way too much jewelry. I cant help it. I have a pretty plain and basic wardrobe so I dress it up with my jewelry. I have a jewelry armoire in the guest room with my classic pieces that I don't wear as much and my keepsake jewelry. I keep things in there like my class rings, pearls, etc.

So, in the bedroom I have a drawer dedicated to my jewelry I wear often. I have a lot of random pieces from all over and I sell Lia Sophia jewelry so I have tons of it too! It was a total mess. All of my necklaces were tangled up. I couldn't find half of my earrings, you get the point. I have been meaning to organize this drawer but never got around to it. The other day, I was at Michaels and they had jewelry organizers on sale 60% off. It was a sign from God, telling me to clean my crap up.

I got 3 organizer trays and went to town. In theory, I could have used another drawer but I have to put my clothes somewhere. I was happy the way it turned out. I actually don't mind picking out my jewelry now. Its like a display piece, I would keep my drawer open if I wasn't so OCD!



Monday, February 11, 2013

Burlap Wreath

Time for me to make a new wreath. I mean, I have to keep up with my wreath a month habit. I admit, I am addicted to making wreaths. They are just so easy to make and can brighten the front door. My door needs to be brightened up right now. I hate when all of the holiday decorations come down. I fee like my porch and front door look naked. So, time to snazz it up.

You will need:

2 yards burlap
1 yard different color burlap
1 wire wreath form
hot glue gun

I started with cutting my main color of burlap in 6 inch by 1 inch strips. Cut a lot of them, it will take them all. Once they were cut, I tied them on to the wire wreath. I went back and forth tying them, making sure to compact them together. You want to be sure that there are no bare spots or holes. Just keep tying until the whole wreath is full. I then went through and cut all of the loose strings off of the burlap. I forgot to mention this is really messy. The burlap makes a crazy mess with all of the strings.

Now to the flowers. I used the different color of burlap. I cut it into 2 inch strips approximately 36 inches long. Plug in your glue gun and get gluing. Fold the burlap in half lengthwise, then begin rolling about 10 times, gluing each roll. After you have your initial roll, begin folding the burlap around the roll. This will make the flower get larger and take on a more flower look versus just a roll. Continue folding and twisting the burlap around the roll, gluing often to secure, until you get to the end. I tried to take pics of the steps but it is hard to show. I also make a flower out of the coordinating ribbon to brighten things up.

Once the flowers were complete, I glued some decorative buttons on a few of them. Now, time to attach the flowers. Figure out where you want your flowers. In that area, I knotted the burlap one more time to make it more of a base. Glue the heck out of the flower and the base and hold it on until it is dry. Continue gluing the others on, making sure to glue the sides so the flowers attach to each other.

Last step is to cut your ribbon. Thread it through the back of the wire wreath and tie a bow at the top. That will be your hanger. Enjoy your wreath. Of course you can do different color combos and accents on it for different seasons.

Monday, February 4, 2013

String Art

I keep seeing string art everywhere and I thought I would give it a whirl. It wasn’t hard at all. The most difficult part was getting the map out after I had everything strung together.
First step was to print out a state map. I did Virginia because that’s where we live, (hello)! Then I just followed the outline hammering in tacking nails as straight as possible all the way around. Next, I made a heart shape over Blacksburg area (where I live) NOTE: If I do this project again I would make the heart first then follow the outline around the state…it would make it much easier.
After I had all my nails in, I started stringing. I just made a knot and the cut the loose ends off. I wrapped back and forth from the heart to the outer edge. I did ombre colors but you could choose whatever color or colors you wanted. My final step was to pull the map out. I used tweezers to get under the strings and pull the paper out, and then I pained the nail headed for extra pop!
So I officially now have string art!
Things Needed:


Monday, January 28, 2013

Upcycling 1 Sweater, 3 Uses

I know that you have some old sweaters laying around that you have not worn in forever. I sure do. I keep them around thinking that I might wear them one day, but I don't.

If you follow my instagram (click link on left),  you notice that I wear a lot of leggings and boots. Its my fave. I needed a little something something to jazz up an outfit the other day. I have been wanting to crochet some boot cuffs but have been too lazy to make them. So, I did the next best thing. I cut some off a sweater!

I had an old turtleneck sweater just laying around. I cut 1/4 of the sleeves with the cuffs. I just wanted toppers because I sweat way to much for them on my whole leg. That was easy, but what to do with the rest of the sweater? I could not waste it! I decided to cut off the neck off to make a cute cowl neck scarf. It is loose enough to wear for fashion and also warm.

I still basically had the rest of the sweater left. It looked kind of cute cut up. Like an off the shoulder sweater. But it was frayed around the parts we cut off and didn't look too great. I decided to make a cute slipcover for a pillow. It was super easy. I just cut the front and back into squares, flipped it inside out, and sewed it up.

I would definitely say that was upcycling at its best!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Zebra Rocking Horse

 This was Candice's nephews first Christmas, so she wanted to give him something special just from her that she made. She went to Michaels and picked up a non-finished rocking horse. They usually run about $30 but one of the things that is best about shopping there is that they always have coupons, so it was $15. Woot Woot! 
 Then she had the vision of having it look like a zebra but with a twist. No black and white Zebra for him, so she picked up off white spray paint and light and dark blue acrylic paints. 

 Start off  by spray painting the entire thing , taking extra care to get every side and angle. Then wait a few days to make sure the wood is good and dry. Next is time to hand paint the zebra stripes…..
 These don’t need to be the same on both sides because we all know that no two zebras stripes are the same! The final step is to paint over the muzzle and tail with the dark blue.  The painting of the eye was for me the most difficult but it turned out pretty well. What do you all think?
Things needed:
Rocking Horse
Spray Paint
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes

Monday, January 14, 2013


If you follow our instagram, which you totally should because the link is right here on the side ------>
Anyway, I am trying to do some outfits of the day, or ootd in the style world. I tend to wear more subdued clothes, and make my pops with jewelry. So here is my attempt at doing ootd, and also hairstyles of the day.

I will try to remember to keep up with this daily, or when I actually get out of gym clothes, lol. On work days I always look presentable. I cannot be held accountable for my days off. So this gives me incentive to do my hair, makeup and try to look cute!

I also add some other cool photos from work on instagram. All of my clients hair looks awesome. I mean, hello, look who is doing it! I will put my fave styles and colors on her too.

So please follow The Plaid Owls on instagram, you wont be sorry! Here is a preview.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Burlap Planter

Looking for something cute to jazz up your front porch? I was so I decided to get my crafty pants on and do something different. I came up with this super cute burlap tub that can change with the seasons.

Materials needed:

Galvanized steel tub from your local farm supply store, different sizes
Burlap material from fabric store
Glue Gun
Whatever decoration you want in your tub

First step is to cut the burlap to the appropriate length and width to wrap around the tub. Then I place the stencil I want to use on the burlap and paint. After the paint has dried, I attach it to the planter with the glue gun. And.... that's it. Not too difficult.

Since it was winter, I filled it with pine cones. You can change it our with the seasons. Leaves in the fall, grass and eggs for the spring, etc. Super quick and easy décor!