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How to Make a Classy Holiday Wreath for $20

DIY, How To, Holiday, interior design, LifestyleCrystal JacksonComment

I’m alllllll about a good bargain. Being one who loves quality and value I’m constantly searching for ways to bring elegance into my lifestyle without breaking the bank. One of my favorite ways to accomplish this is through crafting my own interior projects and decor. Since I live in an apartment I do not have the luxury of decorating a front porch so my doorstep is the only option when welcoming guests. What’s a better decorating than a holiday wreath? I can’t think of much! Today I’ll show you how to make a wreath for about $20 that can carry you into the Winter months and used for years to come.

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You will need:

  • Wreath form (I prefer Grapevine forms)

  • Decorative sprigs

  • Wire Cutters and Scissors (you may not need the wire cutters)

  • Ribbon

  • Wreath hanger

The Materials

I begin usually by selecting a color scheme or theme. Since soft metallic hues and pastels are used in my home, I thought picking up a few sprigs of gold and rose gold would be perfect for the occasion. I bought everything at Michael’s which is one of my favorite places to go craft supply hunting. The key to keeping this project under $20 is to find sales or items that are $3 or less. I used a grapevine wreath (originally $5 but I bought it with Michael’s weekly 40% off one item coupon) because I like the natural look of the form and it’s an easy material to work with. I also prefer wire ribbon. I like to purchase it from Hobby Lobby in jumbo rolls of 100ft for $5 (on sale for 50% during the Christmas season). Wire ribbon is so much easier to shape than satin or grosgrain ribbon. I use the ribbon on my tree, presents and other decor around the house!

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Arrangement

Once you’ve gathered your materials you will want to begin with placement. I bought a few filler sprigs and then focal point sprigs to mix and match. I place the focal point sprigs strategically in a cluster to give the eye a place to focus on. Then, I filled in with the more basic filler sprigs to create a cohesive look. Play around with a few styles to see what you like best.

Process

Begin with your focal item and weave it into the wreath tucking in the ends to the back side of the wreath.

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Then add the filler sprigs alternating colors to fill in. I used gold and rose gold. You can also cut the sprigs into smaller pieces if working with a smaller form. I used a 16” wreath so I didn’t need to trim anything.

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Once your sprigs are in place cut a piece of ribbon about four feet long. You’ll want to tie a simple knot at the top of the wreath for stability.

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Then, tie a bow at desired height. I really love using the “Martha Bow" for a clean symmetrical appearance. Finally, you can trim the ends and hang!

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What DIY projects are you thinking about this season?

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Winter Skincare Guide

beauty, Healthy, LifestyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Winter can be grueling on skin with harsh dry cold air to snow or icy weather. If you live in the Southern part of the US you may find one day it’s warm and sunny while the next windy and chilly. For those up North you have to deal with snow, sleet, icy and sometimes into negative temperatures. As one of those in life who repeatedly deals with sensitive dry skin I’ve tried so many products and routines as possible. Over the past two years I’ve edited the following for what is used on a weekly basis. Keeping my skin moisturized and bright is the number one goal and these products consistently reflect results!

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Cleanser

I’ve gone back and forth for two years over these two cleansers. First Aid Beauty’s Cleanser ranges between $10-$20 and never dries my skin out. It’s a vegan product that has stood the test of time. I love several of their products (read below) and the cleanser is perfect for a morning and evening wash. Cetaphil’s Daily Cleanser is also a cleanser I am currently using. I’ve tried it for about 3 months now and it’s perfect for travel! It comes in a convenient $3 size that’s flying friendly. I’ll be sharing shortly more about flying essentials but a pocket size cleanser is a must have!

Toner

I’ve mentioned Neutrogena Anti-Blemish pads in my previous beauty regimen post on Drugstore Beauty Products. I’ve been using this product for over a year now and love the results. I use these every other day and sometimes in between washes if I am in a hurry and need to cleanse my face after a workout. They are also perfect for spot treatment if you are starting to breakout!

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Blemish Treatment

My favorite product for clearing up acne! I picked it up before a trip to Chicago last year and it works! Within 2-3 days a blemish is completely gone. Usually I see no redness or swelling after putting it on at night. It’s a nice size and sometimes I just keep it in my purse for on the go days where I’m away from home.

Mask

I’ve tried all of L’oreal’s Clay Masks and settled on their Purify and Mattify Clay Mask. Although I joke about feeling like I’m part of the Blue Man Group when I use it, I try to apply twice a week. I find this is refreshing and it helps fight breakouts as well. I usually leave it on until it’s completely dry and then use a warm washcloth to remove before rinsing. It exfoliate and cleanses the pores deeply without stripping it completely of moisture.

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Night Cream

This is one of the most important steps! If you can’t purchase every product I recommend cleanser, toner and moisturizer are the absolute bare minimum. I’ve used Olay Whips and really liked the results. Currently I’m using Pond’s Anti Wrinkle Cream. This is another one that comes in travel size from stores like Wal-mart, Walgreens or Target.

Eye Cream

Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel Cream is refreshing and helps so much morning or evening to give the most delicate skin on your body the much needed moisture it needs. I like this product so much that I use it daily and find it really helps soften any lines and puffiness under the eyes.

Serum

I’ve been using First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Serum for over a year. I alternate it with two other products I’ll share with you in an upcoming post, but this one is part of my regular routine. I use it on days I feel my skin gets tight while alternating brightening serums and a dark spot remover serum. Always put your serum on and let the skin soak it in before applying moisturizer.

Oils and Moisturizer

Okay there are two oils I absolutely love! The first is by Tarte and I use it on my face, cuticles and to smooth away fly away hairs. It’s lightweight and so soothing on the skin. My face usually soaks it up pretty quickly and I find it’s a good base for makeup to be applied a few minutes later. The second product was a gift and now I use every single night. I love the soft warm vanilla scent and it’s kept my body smooth after a long soak. Also, if I’m on the run you’ll almost always find First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream in my bag. It’s perfectas a hand cream, body cream or facial moisturizer!

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Well, there you have it! An entire skincare regimen with half of the products you can find at a drugstore. The rest are easy to purchase by clicking any of the links in this post or the pictures below.

What are your favorite moisturizing products for Winter?

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Cozy Winter Pajamas

Fashion, Holiday, Style, LifestyleCrystal JacksonComment
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As soon as it drops to 50 degrees at night I find myself reaching for cozy pajamas. When I was younger I usually slept in whatever comfortable clothes I owned, but as I’ve reached adulthood I’ve found there is such a satisfaction from finding a soft pair of pajamas to slip into after a long day. Confession: Sometimes I take an afternoon or early evening bath to and reach for a cozy pair for an evening at home. For Christmas morning I always buy a pair for my daughter and I to wear first thing to open presents. There’s something wonderful about having a new pair as you drift off to sleep dreaming of sugarplums dancing. Today I’ve rounded up some of the best styles and so many of them are on sale for under $50 right now.

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Christmas Inspired Plaid, Prints and Stripes

As soon as Thanksgiving is over you’ll find me immediately reaching for all things holiday related such as a pair of plaid or striped pjs. This style is the most classic and looks great in pictures against a sparkly tree in the background. Here are a few styles whether you are in a warmer climate or cooler one!

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Classic Leopard

A satin, crepe or silk pair of leopard pajamas never go out of style. Although my pair is on the warm side (identical Ralph Lauren version here under $40) and I can only wear them during chilly nights, you can find shorter styles (like this one for under $25) below if you get hot when you sleep. Leopard works great with pops of red so it’s only fitting to wear a pair throughout the winter season.

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Sugarplum Pastels

You can’t ever go wrong with the soft hues of pastels. With more and more Christmas decor and trees dressed in softer colors these days grabbing a pair of lighter pajamas can carry you through the rest of the year. I love the simple shirt and short style and longer pair of joggers paired with a long sleeved top. I really love this pair for under $16 with a gray and white reindeer print. They are very similar to the ones I’m wearing with clouds. You can also opt for a soft pink or pale winter blue.

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Infamous Onesie

My sister gave me this adorable pink and black onesie last year for Christmas and although when I opened it I was puzzled it quickly became my go to for a cold night to cuddle up in. On days I don’t leave the house you’ll oftentimes find me wearing this simple style all day to work, write and watch movies. I found a gray one very similar and also a great price point. Onesies are no longer reserved for just children! They make them in all sizes and any teenager or college student would love a pair even if they don’t know it!

Well, there you have it! A complete guide to finding perfect pajamas for all! Being one of the most utilized items I own I encourage you to build your own pajama collection this season. Not only do they make great gifts for others, they make a lovely purchase for yourself. You’ll feel put together either during deep slumber or having your morning coffee or tea.

What is your favorite pajama style?