Everyday Starlet


DIY 3D Christmas Cards

DIY 3d Christmas Holiday Cards

Truth be told, I don’t really send a lot of Christmas cards.  I have a few people in my life that I give a gift with a card, and a few friends who I mail cards to.  But overall, it just doesn’t seem like enough people to justify buying a pack of cards.  So a few years ago I started making my own cards.  I like to keep it simple because this time of the year is stressful enough.  I got the idea for these from a Boston Bloggers event I went too.  Kate from DomestiKated Life showed us how to make gift tags with stripes made from double sided tape and glitter.  I was playing around with the idea and I came up with this cute 3D card.  It’s so versatile, you can make them in any color with any size/material ribbon.  I chose green because I think it’s an underrated Holiday color.  Red gets center stage, and it has Valentines Day too.  I wanted to give green some attention.  Here’s how I made mine… (more…)

Holiday Party Look: Teal Midi Dress

Holiday Party Look Teal Midi Dress gold pink earrings strappy heels Forever 21 Ivanka Trump

The abundance of Christmas decorations and Christmas made-for-tv movies being forced upon me reminds me that holiday season is here.  It has inspired me to try out some new party looks for the massive (if 1 or 2 is considered massive) number of party invitations I receive every year.  I found this teal midi dress at Forever 21, and I loved that it was a modest length with coverage on top but yet still managed to be sexy.  It is so sexy in fact that my mother dubbed it too “hoochie” to wear to meet my boyfriend’s grandparents…. (I wore this dress instead).  I paired this teal number with pink and gold earrings (also from Forever 21), and a metallic gold bow purse that I’ve had for years.  All that combined with my Ivanka Trump strappy heels (also seen here) make this a sexy yet comfortable holiday look…. (more…)

Holiday Playlist

Holiday Christmas Playlist

I have to admit, I have a real problem with listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving.  I have always been someone who started planning the holiday season early, and I like to get my Christmas shopping done in advance…. but I just don’t like the Christmas explosion that goes on before I’ve even purchased a Thanksgiving turkey.  To be totally honest, I usually don’t listen to Christmas music before my birthday (which is this coming weekend).  However, I’m doing a Christmas play this year, and I need some Holiday spirit.  So I decided, now that Thanksgiving is over, I would make myself a Christmas playlist for my long car rides to play rehearsal, and the occasional shopping trips (although I do most of my shopping online because crowds make me angry and very un-Christmas Spirit-y).  Here are a few favorites that get me in a Christmas-State-Of-Mind…. (more…)

Vegan Pecan Maple Rice Krispie Treats

Vegan Pecan Krispie Treats

When I was little, at holiday time here in New England there always seemed to be maple-pecan candy around (I use the term “little” ironically, because the way I ate made me a very not-little child).  The original recipe calls for a lot of ingredients that are not friendly to the waistline.  So I decided to make this vegan version of pecan candies in rice krispie treat form.  The recipe is a variation on a marshmallow-less krispie treat recipe that I made here (this is the original recipe).  Full disclosure: the ones I made are with honey so they are not technically vegan, but you can easily substitute agave if you are a strict vegan. (more…)

Modern 1930s Jean Harlow inspired Makeup Tutorial

Modern 1930s Jean Harlow inspired Buxom Bombshell Makeup Tutorial

With holiday party season upon us, makeup is getting more festive.  So I have a modern take on a 1930s Jean Harlow liquid gold makeup look that is perfect for the holiday season. Using Cover Girl Bombshell shadow in golden goddess, and a Buxom gift set from Sephora, I created this super versatile and easy Buxom Bombshell makeup tutorial.

To see the full look, check out my Recipe For The Perfect Thanksgiving Outfit

….and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel


Recipe for the Perfect Thanksgiving Outfit

Recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving Outfit

Thanksgiving is all about food and family… so it can be easy to forget about fashion.  But I have to recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving outfit so you can cook, entertain, and still look fabulous (how good you feel may depend entirely on how pleasant your family is).


1 easy and chic updo to keep your hair out of your face (and the food)… mine is just clipped under for a 30s inspired bob, but you can try my quick and easy bun tutorial (more…)

Rustic Glamour Thanksgiving Tablescape

Rustic Glamour Thanksgving Tablescape

I wanted to design a Thanksgiving tablescape that was affordable, easy, and glamorous.  So I did what I always do when I need inspiration: I make a date with Pinterest.  After what seemed like hours of Pinning (probably because it was…. Pinterest is so distracting.  “Who cares that I’m not planning a wedding… I can on Pinterest”) I found inspiration.  I decided to go with a rustic glamour look because it felt very Fall, and it mixed a modern look with a vintage glamour… and that’s what ES is all about… (more…)

A Little Nuts- Easy Spiced Nuts for Holiday Parties

Spiced Nuts for Holiday Parties with 5 spice powder for Fall Thanksgiving Christmas

Holiday season is quickly approaching, and that means spending more time with friends and family.  Some gatherings are planned well in advance, but some end up as last minute affairs.  So it’s always great this time of year to have a few quick and easy recipes for impromptu company.  These spiced nuts fit the bill.  The ingredients have a long shelf life so they are easy to have on hand, and they’re super easy but obviously homemade, so you guests will feel special.  They have a kick but are not too spicy (you never know if your guests have a sensitive palate or not)… but you can experiment with other spices if you prefer (and any type of nuts you like as well).  The 5 spice powder has a very Fall/Holiday scent so it will make your house smell fabulous as well.  (more…)

1 2 3