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How I Organize Toddler Snacks

I have always loved organization, but when it comes to small spaces, it can get tricky! My solution to everything is using baskets or bins, you can never have enough! Without a pantry, snacks can easily get messy, and unseen. I love having a system to keep them organized, so I know what we have, and makes an easy grab and go solution! It also makes it convenient while I’m at work, so Hudson’s snacks are all in one spot and are easily accessible. I buy baskets 10″ long, that fit perfectly in my cabinets. These are great, too!

I purchase his snacks in bulk, it’s cheaper and keeps us fully stocked! These are some of our favorites here, here and here.

For items in bigger boxes, I transfer them into baggies with the name and date and stick them in a basket, to eliminate unnecessary space.

In the fridge, I use fridge organizers for his yogurt, and juice boxes. If we have plans to leave, I’ll cut up an apple ahead of time and stick it in a bag with cheese and crackers for a healthy snack pack!

I love using reusable bags for snacks also! They’re washable, and I can throw them in my bag. I’d love to hear your favorite organization hacks!

Have a great week! xo Brittany

Dewy Summer Beauty

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When It comes to summer beauty, I go for lightweight simplicity, with a touch of dewiness. This shimmery based primer, gives my skin the perfect subtle glow underneath my foundation, and this lightweight spray foundation is perfect for a simply flawless look. The key is to spray foundation onto an airbrush style makeup brush, and then apply to face in circular motions, so you don’t overuse the foundation, or look “too done up.” This has been my go-to concealer for years. I apply it underneath my eyes in an upside down triangle. It blends most naturally by patting the under eye area with a beautyblender.

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In search of the perfect blush and lipgloss for my wedding, I came across this pair. The dual-intensity blush is perfect for taking your look from day to night, going super subtle or making a statement. This blush brush can be used wet for more intensity for dry for minimal color. The lipgloss is the perfect amount of pop, and my favorite lip plumper & glossy stain is essential.

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blush | wet/dry blush brush |  lip plumper/hydrator | lip gloss | foundation | primer | concealer | beautyblender | bronzer | airbrush brush

The Brow Down

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If there’s one makeup item I would choose to have over any others before leaving the house, it’s a brow product. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good mascara, but I have pretty naturally long lashes on my own. If I don’t have my brows filled in (in the parts I am still trying to grow out) I feel naked.

Until a couple years ago, I never filled my brows in at all, and looking back pictures, it makes the biggest difference. I wish I would’ve started much sooner. After a good almost 12 years of growing my brows back in after a bad pencil thin waxing experience, I’m almost fully there. The brow tools aid in the extra help I need for any sparse spots, and keep them shaped and clean.

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Benefit Brow Zings (in light) is my favorite brow product. Most days this is the only one I use. The hard angle brush and powder are the perfect tools to give your brows a polished shape. The wax and blending brush fill in any sparse spots, and blend the two products together well.

Benefit Gimme Brow (in light/medium) is a great product to subtly fill in your brows, and make them appear fuller, as well as work as a brow gel to keep them in tact.

Anastasia Brow Wiz (in taupe) is a great tool to quickly pencil in or shape your brows, or use along with Benefit Gimme Brow. The retractable ultra fine tip prevents looking too “pencilly” or thick.

Morning Links

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  1. 5 Recipes to get juicing  (TheResidence)
  2. Your lips can still be super soft with this cult (& personal) fave, but in a brand new hue (sephora.com)
  3. The Do’s & Don’ts of Shopping A Sale (WhoWhatWear.com)
  4. At-home beauty DIYs from VS beach beauties (byrdie.com)
  5. Not ready to commit to Birks? This trendy touch on a classic style brings the latest shoe trend in full force, on the cheap (target.com)
  6. Revive when your mascara goes dry, with something you already have in your handbag (thebeautydepartment.com)
  7. DIY your own beach tote for your next sun kissed trip (theglitterguide.com)
  8. These coconut milk based popsicles are the perfect treat to beat the heat (thisrawsomeveganlife.com)
  9. 3 Ways to Disinfect Your Makeup During Breakout Season (glamour.com)

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Last year a trip to the beauty department at Saks, left me with an obsessed with Armani Beauty. I came home with the serum, primer, foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, etc. (the whole shebang) and I’ve been loyal to every product ever since. Last month when I was traveling from LA, my new bronzer took a tumble and shattered. Determined to make it as good as new, I searched Youtube for tutorials.

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com
I came across this Youtube Video, and the simple steps saved the day. Since the video is pretty lengthy, I broke down the steps for an easy quick fix.
Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com What You Need:

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • sealable sandwich bag
  • flat knife
  • a spoon
  • a tissue

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Pour the contents of the compact into a sealable sandwich bag, let out the air and seal.

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Using the spoon, flatten the broken pieces of the compact to form a smooth powder. (It may not come completely smooth)

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Put the smoothened powder back into the compact.

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Add a small amount of alcohol to the compact, gradually, reaching all areas of the compact.

Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Using the flat knife, mix the alcohol throughout the compact, to form a paste and smooth out the mixture evenly.

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Let dry for one hour.Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

Once dry, use the tissue to blot the compact, absorbing any excess alcohol. Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com Weekend DIY: Fix a Broken Compact | TheSubtleStatement.com

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

When it comes to building the ultimate versatile wardrobe, knowing when to splurge and when to save is key. But, when you’re able to save on quality wardrobe staples, you hit the jackpot. Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is the ultimate event to building basics that will get you through the entire season. The rest?.. Is a piece of cake. The fashionable event happens once per year where select Fall and Winter items actually go on sale, (for a limited time) before they are full priced. That time to splurge?.. is now.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Brush Set | Manicure Set | Palette | Pink Lip Set | Vest | Trench | Coated Jeans | Skirt | Watch | Tote | Pouch | Sunnies | Scarf | Ankle Boots | Moto Boots | Over the Knee Boots Riding Boots

Scoop up the key items you’ll  sport all season (or even better, all year) long. Here’s the rundown on my favorite staple pieces from this year’s sale. Check out the website for an abundance of options, way too good to pass up!

Weekend DIY: Housewarming Gift

DIY Housewarming Gift

If you opened a storage closet, you would find a vast amount of apothecary jars. I love to use them to display goodies for parties, decor for holidays or use them for simple storage solutions (statement necklaces, makeup brushes, etc.) I thought it would be the perfect way to display a housewarming gift, because it could be put to use in any kitchen, bathroom or laundry room and can easily fit any style.
I filled this one with decorative hand soap and dish towels. It’s an easy DIY that not only looks great, but most importantly is really useful.

Neapolitan Rose Cake

Neapolitan Rose Cake

I love baking, but I love baking for birthdays even more. I have always loved rose decorated cakes, and decided to try a neapolitan version that I saw on I Am Baker.

Neapolitan Rose Cake

Visit I Am Baker for her talented techniques. (A first timer still ranks me amateur status.) I’m hoping to improve, since I plan on making this my Spring celebration staple.. (thinking yellow, pink & purple possibilities!)

Neapolitan Rose Cake Neapolitan Rose Cake The homemade layers consists of chocolate with chocolate buttercream icing, strawberry with strawberry buttercream icing, and vanilla with buttercream icing.
Neapolitan Rose Cake

Happy Baking! xo

How to Host an Oscar Party

Add Sparkle #Oscar #Party

An Oscar Party isn’t complete without a little glitz and glam. Add bits of sparkle throughout the decor.

Popcorn Bar

I adore the idea of a “PJs & Pearls” themed Oscar party, featured on LaurenConrad.com. Dress up your fave movie snacks in a chic setup, like a stylish popcorn bar.

Star Studded Desserts

No need to break the bank for a lavish dessert table. Get creative. My favorite thing about baking is the endless creativity.

Get Tagged #Oscar #Party

Everyone deserves to feel like a star for a night. Whether it’s Jessica Chastain or a Best Dressed nom, it’s your night to shine.

DIY Backdrop #Oscar #Party

Get your DIY on by creating a simple (but impressive) backdrop for all of your “Red Carpet” snapshots.

Rock The Vote #Oscar #party

Have fun voting for your top predictions. Whoever is dead-on wins a fabulous prize.

Dress the Part #Oscar #party

Who doesn’t love an excuse to get go glam? Go black-tie or wear your PJs while sporting old Hollywood waves and statement jewelry.

The Mess-Free Manicure

Key to a Mess-Free Manicure I love sporting deep hues during the Winter months (right now I’m loving navy.) Unfortunately, they aren’t the easiest to apply. This Pinterest found beauty tip is key for a fool-proof manicure in just minutes.

  1. Using a Q-tip, apply Aquaphor (a must-have multifunctional healing ointment) around each nail, making sure not to get the lotion on your actual nail
  2. Apply base coat, polish and top coat (letting each coat dry in between)
  3. Once dry, rub in the Aquaphor onto cuticles

Key to a Mess-Free Manicure The end result: A mess-free manicure (no need to spend time on touch-ups!)