Copycat Target Christmas Tree

So I have this thing with DIYing. I love it! I know that most people would much rather just buy something but if I see something that I like I immediately ask myself, “Could I make that?” Most of the time the answer is yes but what really depends is how hard will it be and would it cost me more to make it then if I just bought it? 
That didn’t change a few weeks ago when I was in Target buying toothpaste but walked out with $200 worth of things I didn’t really need..or did I? 
While there I spotted these trees…
DIY Target Copycat TreeKnowing that in our garage we had a stack of shims I knew I could make a version of this and that’s exactly what I did. I grabbed a hold of the shims along with some leftover chalk paint and a box cutter.DIY Target Copycat TreeThe thing about shims is that one side is pretty thin and the other rather thick so using a box cutter I just starting cutting the thin side into the pieces I would need.DIY Target Copycat TreeDIY Target Copycat TreeNext I painted the pieces. I wasn’t trying to be perfect by any means just getting a coat on.DIY Target Copycat TreeDIY Target Copycat TreeThen, using a tree form I purchased at Michael’s and a hot glue gun I started layering the pieces all around starting at the bottom. There often were spots that needed a filler so I cut a shim to make it work.DIY Target Copycat TreeOnce that row was done I started with the next row and then the next row making sure to overlap.DIY Target Copycat TreeThis next part was a blogger fail because I finished the whole thing and didn’t take a picture when I got to the top but the finished product should give you an idea of what I did. When I reached the top of the tree I used pieces that were cut triangular so that the top came to a point. Once I finished I took some metallic paint and roughly painted the bottoms of each shim.DIY Target Copycat TreeHere’s the finished product. Not to shabby if I may say so myself! Now I know that it doesn’t look identical to the Target one but DIYing isn’t about perfection, it’s about making it your own!
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Buffalo Plaid Christmas Chargers + Tablescape

During this time of year I love to browse through Pinterest for some inspiration. While going through my holiday pins I came across this photo which for whatever reason just stood out to me! Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeSource
I loved the combination of the buffalo plaid print and the natural elements. It totally inspired me to create my tablescape with that print in mind and the first thing I thought of was buffalo plaid chargers! These were something I had never seen before so I knew I’d have to make them. I went to Michaels and got a hold of some cheap silver chargers which were on sale for $1 each and I ordered this fabric from Fabric.com.

I gathered all the materials I would need which was simply the chargers, the fabric, spray adhesive, and scissors.Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeKeep in mind, when ordering fabric it will depend on how many chargers you’re looking to cover. I ordered way too much because I didn’t measure. It’s a good thing I love the print! In order to get started I quickly cut out a square shape around the charger and then drew a circle about 2 inches away from the charger and then cut it out.
Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeFor the next part I took the chargers outside and sprayed the entire front and just the edges of the back with the spray adhesive. I laid the fabric down and pressed it with my hands smoothing it out and then turned it around and smoothed out the edges.Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeTo keep the print going I ordered these napkins as well. I absolutely love how the table came out! Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeThe table is all ready to go for hosting Christmas! Now to work on the menu! 

DIY Gold Leaf Ornaments

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’re soaking in all that this wonderful time of year has to offer! I decided to extend it by putting up my Christmas tree shortly after Halloween and I’m so happy I did! When I mentioned it to my husband he was so excited it was a no brainer. I knew I married him for a reason ;). 

I try to change up my tree each year. I’ve done green and white a couple years ago and all white last year but this year I went with gold and because I have the white I tossed some pieces in there as well. DIY Gold Leaf Ornament

I am a huge fan of tree fillers but I also love classic round ornaments so I wanted to add some more. When I was going through my bins I found a bag of  clear ornaments and went to my craft drawers and grabbed some gold leaf and white paint and decided to make some ornaments of my own! DIY Gold Leaf Ornament

DIY Gold Leaf Ornament

The first thing I did was pour the paint inside the ornament to coat it. I added a little drop of water to make it spread easier. Make sure to hold the ornament open side down to let out any extra paint. DIY Gold Leaf OrnamentOnce that was complete I used my gold leaf pen to apply the adhesive all along the bottom of the ornament. I wasn’t careful by any means, I just spread it all around just making sure to cover it. Once it was tacky feeling I laid the gold leaf sheet on it.DIY Gold Leaf Ornament At first I was using a brush to wipe off the excess paper but then I switched to my fingers and found that to be easier. DIY Gold Leaf OrnamentI continued this same process with all the ornaments and then added ribbon to the tops for hanging!
Another fun thing I did was after filling an ornament with paint I used a sharpie and some adhesive letters to make a We said “I Do” 2016 ornament! I love how they all turned out! DIY Gold Leaf OrnamentDIY Gold Leaf OrnamentDIY Gold Leaf Ornamentdsc05484dsc05487Anyone else change up their tree each year? What’s been your favorite color scheme yet?
Thanks for stopping by! 

M2S in the Kitchen: Minestrone Soup

It’s Fall ya’ll!! Ok I’m not sure if I can really pull off saying ya’ll being the New Yorker that I am but I am so excited for the cooler temps! Although these days it’s more like sweater mornings and tank top afternoons! Either way there is a lot to look forward to and one of my favorite things about the Fall is Fall cooking! Mainly lots of soups, stews, and hearty food! 

Today I wanted to share with you one of my absolute favorite recipes and is pretty much a staple in this house. Minestrone soup! It’s chock full of veggies and so incredibly tasty! I’ve seen minestrone cooked a few different ways but this is a fool proof way to get a delicious warm bowl of goodness in your hands.  Now every once in awhile I like to be naughty and add some bacon. I mean why wouldn’t you add bacon to it? Bacon is an extremely flexible ingredient and often can be a major part of a recipe. In this case the bacon creates a beautiful base that saturates all of the veggies and gives it the perfect kick that it needs! 

The beauty of this recipe is that you can throw just about any vegetable that you have in your fridge into it! 

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I’m cooking for a crowd tonight so I’m doubling the recipe but here’s the normal one! 

2 cloves of garlic
2 large onions
2 celery stalks
2 large carrots
2 large potatoes
2 large handfuls of green beans
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
2 tbsp butter
1/4 c. olive oil
2 strips of bacon
6 c. vegetable or chicken broth
2 tbsp. tomato paste
3 1/2 oz. small pasta (I use Ditalini)
salt and pepper
freshly grated parmesan cheese
Remember, you don’t have to use these specific veggies.  If you wanted to throw in some kale or white beans you absolutely could!

Instructions:

1. You’ll want to chop the garlic, onions, celery, carrots, potatoes, green beans, zucchini, squash and bacon.
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2. Heat the oil and butter together and then add the bacon.  These three work beautifully together to make a coating for all the veggies. Cook for about 2 minutes.Minestrone Soup I Made2Style

3. Add the garlic and onions and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the celery, carrots, and potatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the beans, zucchini, and squash for 2 minutes.
Make sure you are mixing the veggies you add into the bacon butter goodness!
Cover the pan and cook all the veggies for 15 minutes.
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4. Add broth and tomato paste. Bring to a boil the lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour.

5. Add your pasta to the pan and cook for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

6. Serve in a large bowl, because you’ll want a lot, and sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
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Here are some links to some other favorite soups I love!

White Bean and Kale Soup
Carrot and Ginger Soup
Hearty Lentil Soup
Butternut Squash Soup

Let me know what you think if you give it a try! 

Skin Care Routine

After sharing my current hair routine I thought I’d come back and share the skin care products that I have been using lately.  This cold winter has been wreaking havoc on my skin! Usually I am a normal/combination skin kinda girl but once the weather gets colder my skin becomes so dry.  It’s always this time when I reevaluate my skin care products.  What works for me during the warmer climate is certainly not what’s going to work now.  My goal with my skin care right now is focusing on keeping hydrated but also working on evening my skin tone. My skin is far from perfect but I have definitely seen an improvement! Some products have remained in my routine from the last time I posted about my skin care but I have switched up a few products.

First let’s start out with my tried and true:

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleClarisonic Mia
I use my Clarisonic about once to twice a week.  Too much use can irritate my skin so I stick to using it when I know I need a good deep cleaning. 

Skin Care Routine @ Made2Style Neutrogena Face Wash
I’m still using my Neutrogena cleanser. I love how simple and gentle it is yet it completely cleans off all my makeup.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleSkin Ceuticals
Sometimes I will use this Skin Ceuticals cleanser when I feel like my pores need some deep cleaning. The Salicylic Acid works well to help prevent any breakouts.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleBiore Pore Strips
These stripes have always worked so well for me so whenever I feel it’s necessary, I’ll lay this right on any trouble spots.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleMario Badescu Facial Spray
This facial spray has been a life saver with my dry face! I spritz it all over right before applying my moisturizer, both day and night. I’m not the biggest fan of the rose smell but it doesn’t linger so I deal. It is so refreshing and I love that my skin isn’t so dry before putting on my moisturizer.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleNia 24 
I read a ton of reviews on this product right here and so many people said that they saw immediate results. I had to give it a try and while it was a bit pricey I’m so glad I did.  I didn’t see immediate results but I definitely have seen a change in my skin as I have been using it.  I’ve noticed that my dark spots have lightened and my overall skin tone has begun to even out. I only use this product in the morning underneath my makeup.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2Style Cerve
For night I chose the CeraVe PM lotion.  I didn’t want anything too heavy on my skin while I sleep. I feel like I just need a lightweight product to allow my skin to really breath and this does just that. I always shower at night and once I am out I spray my facial spray all over apply this to my face and neck.

Skin Care Routine @ Made2Style Glycolic Acid Pads
These have been new to my routine.  I’ve been using these pads for about 2 weeks now. If you’ve ever heard of a glycolic peel these pads are pretty much the at-home version of that.  My best friend got me into these and I really love them.  I use it 3x times a week. Each pad has exfoliating benefits to it so it really scrubs and gets rid of dead skin as well as minimizing pores and fine lines and works at reducing sun damaged skin.  I use this after I’ve cleaned my face, leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse off. After 3 weeks of use there is no need to rinse off and as long as you build your skins tolerance you can up the % in your next jar. It does have a little tingle when it’s on your face but that just makes me feel like it’s working!

s1121797-main-Lhero Josie Maran Argan Oil
Whenever my skin is in need of a little more moisture I will squeeze a few drop of this into my moisturizer and mix it before applying to my face.  I know what you must be thinking, oil on your face? Trust me guys, this stuff is lightweight and doesn’t clog pores or cause any breakouts. It simply adds a soft glow and your thirsty skin will absorb it right up! 

604-357571-indulgentcoconutmilk_tripplebuttersBW_300x300 St. Ives Body Wash
Let’s talk body now! I love this St. Ives body wash! It smells like the beach and doesn’t leave any type of residue on my skin. I’ve used other body washes that leave my skin itchy and crying for lotion afterward but this stuff is so moisturizing! 

beautycounter-glow-sugar_scrub-495x650Glow Sugar Scrub
I love me a good body scrub. Anything that is going to get rid of dead skin while leaving me feeling so soft I am down for! This particular scrub is from Beauty Counter. If you haven’t heard of them you need to educate yourself! Beauty Counter creates products that are toxin-free and only have the safest ingredients! It’s pretty scary to think about all the chemicals that go inside the products we use! Lucky for me one of my really good friends is a consultant so I can order straight from her and lucky for you so can you! Just click here to read more about their amazing products and to order some of your own!

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleHydrate Body Lotion
I’m loving this body lotion! It has a great citrus smell and is so lightweight! It goes on so easily, and is quickly absorbed which is key for me.  I don’t know about you but I hate when I put a body lotion on and then try to put on my clothes and everything sticks to me because the lotion is too creamy. This leaves my skin feeling soft and definitely moisturized! 

Skin Care Routine @ Made2StyleTan Physics
Last but not least let’s talk sunless tanning, a must have if you ask me during the winter months! I’ve been using Tan Physics for about two years now and I really love it.  It doesn’t leave me orange rather a nice bronze and it also doesn’t have a strong smell like most sunless tanners do. The other great thing about this product is that it seriously makes my skin so incredibly soft! I even apply it on my face and have had absolutely no issues with it.  It lasts roughly about a week and spreads perfectly without any blotchiness!

So there you have it! Every lotion, moisturizer, oil and what have you that I slap on this face and body! Now tell me, what are your go to skin care products? Have you ever tried any of these and had success/failure? Anyone else feel like they are constantly working toward an even skin tone? 

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Christmas 2014

Happy Holidays everyone!! What an amazing holiday season! It’s been jam packed and I feel like I’ve been going non stop but I love every second of it! My hope was to get a little Christmas tour going awhile ago but cloudy days and early sunsets made it almost impossible to get any shots and then time got the best of me. Believe it or not my decorations went up the day after Thanksgiving which has now become a tradition of mine.  I am not a colorful Christmas type of person, my colors consist of silver and gold. I kept the tree silver, white, and green for a second year. We also hosted Christmas this year. I love to cook so I was excited to host everyone at our house but we also decided to redo 3 rooms right before the day…what were we thinking! We gave the hall bath a makeover, the guest room got all new crown and base molding as well as casings around the windows/doors and the kitchen got a much needed paint job. Everything turned out great and now we can finally sit down and enjoy it all! I’ll of course be sharing all the details but for now let’s still enjoy a little of Christmas! 

A little entry table fun.

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I had attempted a Christmas craft by spraying these styrofoam balls with fake snow but when I forgot about them outside and then it rained they were ruined so I just threw them in the basket as is haha.

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The living room…

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Oh and just about the best smelling pine candle ever! Your entire house will smell like you’ve got a real tree! 

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My favorite part of this tree is how when it’s lit at night the twinkling lights reflect off of the windows to the left and right.

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The above photo proves you can’t have 3 cats and a tree skirt! 

For Christmas day we connected two tables since there were 10 of us and I went with a simple tablescape.  For dinner I made prime rib with a roasted garlic rub and a horse radish sauce, a mix of veggies that were roasted (carrots, parsnip, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, cauliflower), and hasselback potatoes. I sautéed garlic and then threw in about 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary and brushed the oil on the potatoes before tossing them in the oven…so good!  My dad also brought his lasagna. There was so much food, let’s just say after all the appetizers and dinner I’m not sure how anyone had any room for dessert! 

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And a daylight shot of the outside.

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DSC_0374I have to admit, the bright red on the wreaths outside has me thinking I might add some more in the house next year.  Hope you all enjoyed this holiday season and thank you so much for stopping by! 

Posts of Christmas Past

Hello beautiful people! I hope everyones December has been off to a good start! Does anyone else feel like the past few months have been flying by? I mean Christmas is only 21 days away!! Crazy! But with that in mind it got me thinking about past Christmas projects and I thought I would do a little round up for anyone who’s in the middle of decking their halls and are looking for some inspiration! Just click on the number below the photo to bring you to the post! 

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I’m hoping to get a few more crafts done this season so stay tuned! 

A DIY Christmas I Made2Style

Are you DIYing any holiday decor? I’d love to hear about it!