January 27, 2015

DIY: Glittered Mason Jars

Between all the craziness of last semester, I was so excited to finally get a little in my sorority (another one to cross off the 101 in 1001 list!).

My big spent a ton of money and time and energy crafting for me, so I knew I had to do the same for my little (and there'll be a blog post to come about saving money when crafting for your little because I tried my best not to burst my budget!).

I've always loved crafting but I'm not very good at it - so when I find something that's easy to do, looks great and is actually useful, I'm all for it! You may remember my gold glittered mason jars from last year, which were so easy to do and such a cute craft! I use mine to hold pencils (like this adorable Kate Spade set!), and my big uses the one I made for her to hold makeup brushes.

Continuing the fam line, I made a set of three mason jars for my little during big/little week and filled it with her favorite candy - but I did it a little differently this time.

I was actually in the dollar store looking for a princess crown for my little (it's a tradition that all of the bombshells - my family line - do) when I saw these mason jars, which were a little bigger than ones I'd used before. I loved the idea of decorating bigger jars for filling it with things, so I picked up three, handed the cashier $3 and left with tons of ideas.

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I can't explain to you how ridiculously easy this project was. Like, I literally made them in 15 minutes. Not only is it easy though, it just looks SO cute.

The last time I did this, I used thick glitter and I decided that I wanted a more delicate look this time, and picked up some extra fine glitter from Joann's.

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What You'll Need: 
- mason jars: like I said, I got mine at the dollar store - so $3 = not breaking the bank!
- glue or mod podge: the last time I did this, I used mod podge, and this time I decided to use Elmer's craft bond spray glue - it worked like a charm and I used it for everything! I 100% recommend this over mod podge! 
- glitter: gold or silver, thick or extra fine - the choice is yours..
- painter's tape: so you can get that perfect straight line.

Step By Step: 

Before you do anything, I suggest getting newspaper. Glitter, ESPECIALLY extra-fine glitter, is a pain in the a$$ to get rid of. I'm still finding glitter all over my room and it's been almost 4 months. I actually spent the night in a hotel with my sister when we decided to do this craft, and I feel really bad for the hotel staff because there were probably some remnants left behind at some point.

Once you're ready to go, put the painter's tape in a straight line where you want the glitter to start. I did mine fairly high this time because of how large these jars were, but that's just personal preference.

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After taping the line, use mod podge (or the spray glue, which I highly recommend) and spray below the line, sprinkling glitter once you've sprayed evenly. You may need to do a few coats to fill in the spots, but once you've done that, set them down to dry, and carefully remove the tape. I sprayed with sealer so that glitter wouldn't get everywhere, but that didn't really help. Still looking for something that'll prevent that from happening.

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And that's it. Literally the easiest craft ever, and it brightens up a whole room. Use it for makeup brushes, candy, pencils, anything really. 

Three steps: tape, spray, glitter. Done. 

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P.S. It's another snow day here in Connecticut.. thanks Juno! Off to craft some more :)

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January 06, 2015

It's Summer Somewhere

Lilly Pulitzer once said that, and it's 100% true.

I mean for me, it's true because it's always summer in Trinidad, where I'm from: something I remember in every Connecticut winter storm.

But I'm a firm believer that you can always make it summer, no matter how cold the temperature is outside. It's all about how you dress, one of the reasons I love Lilly Pulitzer. Between colorful designs, fun prints and the comfiest clothes you can find, Lilly is the epitome of summer.

So imagine my excitement when I was scrolling through my Instagram feed yesterday and I discovered this little announcement.
Starting April 19, both Target stores and target.com will launch the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection. Over 250 Lilly items including apparel, beauty, accessories and a home collection.

What I love about it is the new affordability of the collection. Gone are the days of spending $200+ on a Lilly shift, the collection's prices will range from $2 to $150, and over 200 items will be under $30.

Do you hear that? Lilly for all! I've officially stalked the entire Lilly for Target instagram and I'm obsessed already. Missed the sneak peeks? Check out some of my faves below and click on through Instagram to see the rest!

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Now if you don't mind me, I'm off to save every penny I have because on April 19, I'll be first in line at my local Target.

What are you hoping the Lilly for Target collection will have? 



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January 05, 2015

Cheers

Hey there.

Remember me? I hope you haven't forgotten about me like I've forgotten about you.



2014 has been a wild ride, I must say. In 12 months, I experienced more than I could have ever expected.

I collaborated with a few awesome companies, re-designed the blog, and tried my hand at fashion blogging (and loved it!).

I also packed up and moved to New York City, discovered that it's not all that it's cracked up to be - even though I still loved it, fought my way through my NYC bucket list and eventually a bigger bucket list, my 101 things in 1001 days.

I really tried my best to do it all in 2014.

The issue was that I couldn't do it all. Between an incredibly tough semester at school, my job as an RA, being involved in both my sorority and our Panhellenic council, dealing with some personal curveballs life threw my way, and managing a social life, I put this baby on the back burner.

And I'm glad I did. The last four months have been one of the most trying times I've experienced in a while, and I can't imagine how I would have managed blogging full time. After I moved back to Connecticut in August, a lot in my life changed - and although it took me a little while to adjust (we all know how much I hate change), I picked up the pieces and got through it. But August changed me as a person, and I think I like who I'm becoming. With the help of some amazing friends, and some not-so-great ones that showed their true colors, I'm moving on, and I'm taking The Caro Diaries with me.

No, this isn't the end of an era - it's the start of a new one. So I'm back. I may not post everyday - but I'm back and I hope you're ready for it.

2015, I'm ready for you. Cheers to starting on the right foot, and I'm so excited for you to see what's up my sleeve.

P.S. If you haven't as yet, head over to my Instagram - I'm giving away $400 to ShopBop with some fab friends of mine!

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