Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What I Wore: Baby, It's "Cowl"ed Outside

DivineMrsDiva.com - Lane Bryant Embellished Cowl Sweatshirt, Lane Bryant Deconstructed Skinny Jeans, Converse Sequin Sneakers

Sorry for the cheesy title, but it made me smile.  It is definitely cold outside as we've been busy running errands around the holidays.  I love any excuse to wear sparkly, embellished items.  (Y'all probably know this by now.)  Around the holidays specifically, I need all the sparkle I can get.  Casual, every day pieces with fun embellishments are the bee's knees to me!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Season's Greetings!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for reading the blog.  I appreciate all your comments and feedback and look forward to 2015, thankful to have all of you in my life!

No matter what holiday you are celebrating this time of year, I hope you are having a wonderful, relaxing time with people you love.  Today is Sean's birthday!!  I am making him cinnamon rolls for breakfast (gluten free) before we open presents.  Then we will head to his mom's to visit.  It is a super low-key celebration for us this year.

I wanted to share our card for this year with all of you.  I was able to design it myself and am pretty happy with how it turned out.  I have many posts to share from our Las Vegas Vacation in the coming weeks, but a little part of our trip made it on the card!  We love to do silly cards each year and try to top it as we go.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Sean and I to all of you!

Happy Holidays from DivineMrsDiva.com

Here are some of our past cards for those of you who may be new to the blog:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

My Holiday Home Decor

My Holiday Home Decor - DivineMrsDiva.com

I hope this post finds you enjoying your holiday and ready for the continued festivities.  It is  really hard for me to believe it is Christmastime already.  I feel like it all just snuck up on me so fast.  I will be wrapping some presents today, making gluten free peanut butter cookies, and then we will head over to our friends' house for a fun little gathering.

Let me take you on a little walk-through of my holiday decor!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Wishlisting: Guy Gifts

I asked my husband Sean to help me put together a list of some fun gifts for guys, just in case you all need some last minute ideas.  This list is definitely geared to the more nerdy, gadget-loving fella in your life, though I think there is something for everybody!

Most of this list is also last minute shopping friendly.  If it isn't a gift crate or monthly subscription box, I tried to make sure it was available on Amazon with Prime shipping.  If you aren't signed up for Amazon Prime, you can do the 30-Day trial and take advantage of the free 2-day shipping.  I did that last year before we figured out we could combine our accounts but maintain their independence.

Let's get shopping!

Holiday Wishlisting:  Guy Gifts - DivineMrsDiva.com
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

{Crafting Diva} How To: DIY Decorative Beaded Christmas Trees

Crafting Diva: Decorative Beaded Christmas Trees - DivineMrsDiva.com

As promised, today we are talking about a cute and easy Christmas craft you can do, even if you don't consider yourself super crafty.  These beaded trees make really pretty decorations and awesome gifts as well!

I finally made these trees after seeing some similar ones at Target last year for way more money than I was willing to pay.  After Christmas last year, I found some beaded garlands on clearance at Target (in colors that I really liked) and snatched them up. I had this particular craft in mind, so I'm happy I finally had time to make it a reality!

Crafting Diva: Decorative Beaded Christmas Trees - DivineMrsDiva.com

What You Will Need:
  • Paper Mache/Cardboard cones (You can do one size or multiple sizes.  This is up to you and your decorating needs.  They can typically be found at your local craft store or online. The ones I'm using are 14 inches high. You can find some for inexpensive here.  I bought items from this site when I was making wedding decor.)
  • Beaded garlands. (If you can wait to display these until next year, snatch up clearanced decor after Christmas.  It helps if the beads are similar in size and close together.  I used 1 and a half 9-foot garlands per 14 inch tree.)
  • Hot glue gun and lots of extra glue sticks.
  • Scissors
  • Modge Podge
  • Glitter.  I used a white glitter to give an icy effect, but you can use whatever color you like best.

Monday, December 15, 2014

What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Holiday

It is time again for Sartorial Medley, a monthly themed fashion post hosted by myself and Aislynn of Aislynn's World.  (Did you miss the previous posts? Check them out!) We welcome participation from anyone, regardless of your dress size.  Email me your photo and link to your blog post  - diva (at) divinemrsdiva (dot) com.  

To participate, even if you don't have a blog,  just Tweet/Instagram/Pinterest/etc. your photo with #SartorialMedley to be featured in the blog post.  We can't wait to see you rocking your outfits!  (Follow me on Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram @DivineMrsDiva.)

This month's theme is: Holiday.

What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Holiday - Kiyonna Posh Ponte Peplum Top in Toile Print

I've  been doing a lot of holiday outfit posts lately.  It has just been really fun putting together looks for various functions and events.  Most of my holiday gatherings are very casual in nature, so I love having an excuse to get all dolled up.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cheers! - A Holiday Blog Party

Cheers! - A Holiday Blog Party - DivineMrsDiva.com

Welcome to our virtual holiday party hop!  For this festive post, Liz from With Wonder and Whimsy and Nina of Curvy Mod and myself, teamed up to bring you posts full of holiday fashion, styling and decorating tips, recipes and more!  We each have different party-ready frocks that we've used to inspire our own party themes.  Liz is wowing in SWAK at her Rustic Elegance party, while Nina looks posh in Simply Be at her Glam on a Budget festivities!  After you attend my party, make sure you swing by theirs too!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What I Wore: Peg Bundy Realness

 DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Party Ponte Peplum Top, Lane Bryant Genius Fit Capris

If you are younger than a certain age, you have probably never heard of Peg Bundy.  I'm pretty sure most of you are around my age group, so I may not even have to explain.  Peg was a character, played by Katey Sagal, on a show called "Married With Children".  The show ran from roughly 1987 to 1997.  I was never a huge fan of the show because I was a goody goody who thought the entire Bundy family was just awful.  But Peg inspired many people with her loud, skintight fashions.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

In The Fitting Room: Maurices

DivineMrsDiva.com - In The Dressing Room: Maurices

This past weekend, I finally had time to meander through a Maurices store for the first time.  Actually, I have been to a Maurices once before; But being on the larger end of a 26/28 at the time, I was pretty sure nothing they carried would fit me.  Now that I'm a size 24, I figured it would be a good time to check them out and see how things fit.  Liz from With Wonder and Whimsy has found some really cute items at Maurices and has been encouraging me to go check them out myself.

Friday, December 5, 2014

What I Wore: Black Cat

 DivineMrsDiva.com - X-Two Velly Cardigan via Gwynnie Bee, Lane Bryant Genius Fit Skinny Jean

I hope you are all having a great week!  Today's outfit contains a couple reviews and a little introduction to the brand X-Two.  Formed in the Netherlands in 2000, X-Two provides simple but fashionable pieces in sizes 14 to 30.  You can read more of the brand spotlight on the Gwynnie Bee blog and visit the brand's website.  This sweater is the first item I have tried from the brand.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ipsy Bag Review - November 2014

Ipsy is a monthly box subscription service ($10 a month) that sends you about five samples and/or full-size products that could be makeup, skin care, hair care, or nail care in a cute little bag that fits the theme of the month.  Based on your answers to a short Beauty Quiz, you are sent the best products for you geared towards your skin tone, hair color, eye color, and other beauty concerns.  You earn points by reviewing the products and those points can be redeemed for selected items.

This month's theme was "Girl Meets Glitter".

Ipsy Bag Review - November 2014  DivineMrsDiva.com

Ipsy Bag Review - November 2014 (Be A Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive) DivineMrsDiva.com

Be A Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive - This eye base can be worn on its own or under other shadows.  Sometimes you need a little something extra for your shadows to cling to to get them to pop.  This shouldn't be used in place of a primer.  I have only worn it with primer and haven't had any issues with creasing.  The color is a soft, shimmery, bronzed gold that blends out and is easy to apply. Full size is $14.00.  See swatch below.

Ipsy Bag Review - November 2014 (Elizabeth Mott You're So Fine Eyeliner in Glitterati) DivineMrsDiva.com

Elizabeth Mott You're So Fine Eyeliner in Glitterati - I've said this before, but I am very picky about eyeliner and never expect any I receive to meet my standards.  I have been proved wrong before and this Elizabeth Mott liner is pretty great.  I've only worn it a couple times, but it glides on smooth.  The color is a dark black with multi glitter that stays in place.  Once dry, this liner stays put.  I didn't have any smudging and had to remove it with a makeup remover.  When I swatched it on my hand, I had to scrub it off until I used makeup remover (or alcohol) to remove it.  That is pretty awesome in my book!! Full size retails for $17.99 and can be found mostly online. See swatch below.

GLAMGLOW PowerMud DualCleanse Treatment - I've heard great things about GLAMGLOW and have wanted to try it for a while now.  This product claims to achieve deep cleansing in a gentle way.  It goes on as an almost gel-like mud mask and turns into a cleansing oil treatment as you massage it and wash it off.  I'm definitely a fan of the fruity apple/pear/papaya-like scent.  It appeals to my nostrils in a lovely way.

The mud mask dries to a smooth, not too crispy stiffness.  I wet my fingertips with warm water and gently massaged the mudded areas in a circular motion.  The consistency became a very silky feeling cleanser that foamed just a little bit.  Once I felt I had achieved cleanliness, I gently wiped off the cleanser with a damp washcloth and patted my face dry.  The result is super soft and silky skin.  :-)
The 1.7 oz full size product is $69.00.  

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray - This hairspray contains argan oil, keratin, and grape seed oil to help nourish, strengthen, and condition as you style.  It is non-water based, fast drying, non-sticky, and claims to shield your hair from humidity and protect it from the sun.

The first thing that stood out to me about this hairspray is the great Sweet Tarts smell when you spray it on.  Even my husband noticed the fruity scent.  As someone who doesn't like to wear much hairspray, I appreciate the more flexible hold and the fact that I can still run my fingers through my hair after applying this.  I've used it a couple of times and think the conditioning is there because it doesn't dull my hair, but I can't speak to the volume.  I have heavy, thick, coarser hair so that may be an issue.  I usually need an arsenal of products to give me my desired volume.  It isn't super sticky and doesn't feel like a residue is over your hair when you use it.  I really enjoy this hairspray and will probably purchase a full size product.  This product can be found at Walgreens for around $8.29 for 9 oz, as well as many other retail locations.

Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Guys and Galaxies - I own a few shades from this brand already and think they are quality polishes that do what a polish is meant to do.  This shade is an Ipsy exclusive with bigger iridescent sparkles and silver glitter. I love how sparkly this shade is.  It can be worn on its own or over other colors and will go with pretty much anything.  Love it!  Nicole by OPI can be found at various retailers for about $6.99. See swatch below.

Ipsy Bag Review - November 2014 (Nicole by OPI Polish in Guys and Galaxies) DivineMrsDiva.com
Ipsy Bag Review - November 2014 (Swatches) DivineMrsDiva.com

You can sign up for Ipsy using my referral link.

Have you tried any of these products?  If you already subscribe, what did you get that you want to rave about?  I'd love to hear about your favorite products! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What I Wore: Hello Moto

DivineMrsDiva.com - Lane Bryant Faux Leather Moto Vest

Today I bring you two looks with the Faux Leather Moto Vest.  I first posted about this vest in my Dressing Room post when I initially tried it on.  It was one of those random things I decided to try on, even though I didn't expect it to look good on me.  I didn't buy it in-store because the price was pretty steep.  Continuing to think about it, I bought it when it was on sale and have tried to wear it with varying looks since then.

You may remember seeing it with my plaid Foxcroft shirt in a recent post.  I think that look was so fun!  I love the bright colors with the vest.  When I first tried the vest on, I paired it with a striped tee that didn't fit me to my liking.  I spent quite a while looking for a similar top to recreate the look.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Lane Bryant Faux Leather Moto Vest

I found this top from Avenue online.  I couldn't believe how hard it was to find a grey and black striped top out of all the striped tops out now!  This one has a hood, so it lends itself to a more casual look.  However, I love the gradual point in front and back and the looser fit in the hips.  It is cute on its own, as well as with the vest.  The material is a stretchy knit, so it is very comfortable and easy to wear.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Lane Bryant Faux Leather Moto Vest

I added my fall/winter uniform of jeans and boots to round out the ensemble.  I felt really cute in this outfit, running errands and going out to dinner with the husband.  The vest actually kept me warm so I didn't need a jacket. (The vest is lined with a grey knit material.)

DivineMrsDiva.com - Lane Bryant Faux Leather Moto Vest
Faux Leather Moto Vest - Lane Bryant (I'm wearing a 24)
Miter Stripe Hatchi Hoodie - Avenue (I'm wearing a 22/24)
Talia Stretch Back Riding Boot - Avenue
Denim Jeggings - Torrid (similar) (I'm wearing a 26)

For my second look, I went for a more 90s inspired ensemble.  I bought this skater dress from ASOS Curve back in the spring/early summer.  It was a little bit tighter then, so I was hoping that when cooler weather arrived it would be cute with leggings and boots.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Lane Bryant Faux Leather Moto Vest

Once I bought the vest, I knew I had to wear it with this dress.  I thought it would be such a fun look!  It was so, so comfortable to wear!  I love the fuller skirt of the skater dress in this stretchy material.  Seriously, it is kind of like wearing pajamas.  I felt so cute and confident in this outfit, adding my rhinestone teddy bear head necklace for a bit of whimsy.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Lane Bryant Faux Leather Moto Vest
DivineMrsDiva.com - Lane Bryant Faux Leather Moto Vest

I attended a paleo cooking class that a friend of mine was teaching at our favorite local grocery store.  After the class, I was sashaying through the store with a pep in my step.  I just really loved this look!

DivineMrsDiva.com - Lane Bryant Faux Leather Moto Vest
Faux Leather Moto Vest - Lane Bryant
Skater Dress in Ditsy Floral Print - ASOS Curve  (I'm wearing a US22)
Active Leggings - Lane Bryant  (I'm wearing a 22/24)
Talia Stretch Back Riding Boot - Avenue

Had to do an old school 90s pose with peace signs!

DivineMrsDiva.com - Lane Bryant Faux Leather Moto Vest

What do y'all think of the moto vest trend?  How do you style yours? 

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