Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Principessa Wedding Series: How-To Make Treasure Chest Bridal Shower Favors!

Ciao dears,
        I know I missed a few days in my effort to post every day this month.  I made it to about halfway through the month and then got too busy.  Working as a substitute teacher and at my father’s restaurant, going to graduate school, and finding time to pay attention to my boyfriend keeps me very very busy lately.  I like it though but it is stressful.  I’m still going to try to post as much as possible.  Maybe this week/weekend I’ll finish a bunch of posts.  Keep checking back; I’m not going to disappear for too long any time soon.  Anyway I’ve mentioned that my sister got married this summer to you guys before and that I’ve been wanting to do a wedding craft tutorial/DIY series showing you all the pretty things I made for my sister’s wedding festivities.  Wedding preparations took up a lot of my summer, which was fine with me since it’s so fun and girly.
        Here’s a short tutorial on how I made these cute little treasure chest/box bridal shower favors!  They could be wedding favors too if you wanted.  I just bought the wooden boxes (they were wood colored before I painted them but I forgot to take a before picture…oops!) and all the supplies at a craft store (AC Moore) and came up with a cute way to decorate them based on the wedding and the bride.  Customize your own according to you theme/bride.  I bet gold ones would be really cute as well. 
Tutorial: Treasure Chest Bridal Shower Favors (Or Wedding Favors) 
Supplies: (All can be found at most craft stores like AC Moore or Michael’s…Always bring a coupon!)
Wooden Boxes
Silver Metallic (or any color you prefer) Spray Paint
Newspaper or trash bags (anything to cover the table or wherever you are painting)
Bag of plastic pearls
Bag of plastic “diamonds”
Butterfly stickers, decorations (or anything else you prefer to decorate with)
Candy (to put inside)
Tulle (to tie the candy in)
Small ribbon
Hot Glue Gun and Glue sticks
Paper/Cardstock in whatever color you wish (for the inside)
Step 1: Lay down newspaper (trash bags or anything you don’t mind getting paint all over) on a table (or outside possibly).  Spray paint the boxes, making sure to get all sides and into all the creases.  Wait ten minutes and spray a second coat if it looks like you missed spots or if you want the color darker. (I did 2 coats.)       
Don’t they look pretty, all shiny and metallic?!
Step 2: After allowing a day (overnight) to dry, decorate your treasure boxes!  I used hot glue to glue a pearl decoration onto each corner and two “diamonds” onto the top of the boxes.  I also glued butterflies (because they have special meaning to my family and are pretty) to the front of the boxes.  Of course, you should decorate your boxes according to the wedding/bride and her taste.  These are just ideas/suggestions.   
Step 3: Wrap whatever little candies you chose in a small piece of tulle.  Tie a ribbon around the top in a bow.  (I forgot to take a picture of the inside.  Sorry.)
Step 4: Cut out a rectangle of paper (the size of the inside of your boxes, make sure it fits!) for each box.  Write the names of the couple getting married and their wedding date in nice handwriting and with pretty colored pens/markers (for a bridal shower) or whatever message you choose for the occasion.
That’s it!  Here’s the finished products!  I had fun making these with my mom and 2 nieces.  I hope someone finds this idea useful. Smile  
Here’s the table where we set up the favors at the bridal shower.  they make a cute decoration for the party as well.
                                                                                                                       ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Maxi and Mini Summer Skirts/Dresses: 4 Outfits!

Ciao loves!,
        I’m sorry I missed posting anything this weekend or Monday.  I was busy with homework (yay graduate school…) and family and my boyfriend.  I’ll try to post an extra few posts soon to make up for it.  Here are some more summer outfits!  I love skirts and dresses in every season, but I did wear a lot of them this summer.  They’re more comfy and cooler in the summer than pants.  Plus I’m just super girly most of the time.  Enjoy!  Which do you like best?  Would you wear any of these in the Fall or Winter?  I’ll wear the black maxi dress and the blue skirt in the colder seasons with tights or sweaters/blazers/jackets, but not the other two.  They’re a bit too summery for that.
1.) Comfy Basic Black Maxi with Hints of Orange
I wore this dress quite a few times this summer (at least 4-5) because it is so easy to throw on and add a different belt, a pair of shoes, and a few accessories if you want and change the look a bit.   I wasn’t having the best hair day but it was a simple look anyway. 
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Dress w/Belt: Forever 21, Wedges: Avenue
2.) Hippie Princess
I was taking a little trip to an old record store one day with my boyfriend.  So I decided my theme for the day would go along with that and be very floral and hippie-esque.  The flower earrings and little headband across my forehead compliment the floral maxi-dress for a perfect “hippie princess” or 70’s girl look. Smile
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Dress, Headband, & Flip-flops: Forever 21, Earrings: Kohl’s, Belt: Store Downtown?, Shrug: ??
3.) Pretty Skirt…Evil Eyes!
I liked this outfit when I wore it.  I only manage to somewhat salvage 2 pictures of it.  I accidentally took the pictures too far zoomed out and it made my eyes red.  I tried fixing it, which usually works, but for some reason it wasn’t working.  So my eyes look terrible, but my skirt is cute…oh  well.   
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Skirt Tank Top, & Sandals: Kohl’s, Shrug: Dots (maybe?)
4.) Pleats and Vaguely See-Through…

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My love…  <3

Skirt: Forever 21, Top: Francesca’s, Wedges: Sketcher’s, Eyelashes: Kiss Ever Ez Lashes (click for my review!)
                                                                   ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Friday, September 13, 2013

Short Cinderella Dress! Date Night Pretty!

Ciao dears,
        I’m a bit late with today’s post, but I still got it in before midnight, so I’m still on track with my promise to post every day this month. Smile  I need to find time to set up all the rest do I don’t have to rush at the last minute.  Anyway, I saw this dress in Arden B. and knew I had to have it…immediately!  I rushed to the dressing room to try it on and was thrilled to twirl in this silver sequined and pale blue Cinderella-inspired dress!  It has a very very low back, which made me a bit nervous at first, but I love it still and think it looked nice.  I wore it out to dinner at a fancy, pretty restaurant (Bella Tori in Langhorne, PA) one night this summer with my boyfriend (Thanks Dominick!).  I will wear it again sometime this Fall or Winter with tights and a nice sweater or blazer as well.
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Dress: Arden B,  Heels: Avenue, Earrings, Bracelet, & Ring: Forever 21
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How handsome is my Dominick in a suit?!  I always love when a man dresses up! <3  Mine!
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Isn’t this place pretty?
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                                                                             ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella