08/19/14

I like big bags and I cannot lie

Do you ever go searching for something on Instagram, and then fall down the rabbit hole, for…oh, I don’t know…WAY too long? I try not to let it happen. But let’s face it, sometimes, it’s unavoidable.

Case and point, the #whatsinmybag hashtag. I am so fascinated by what people carry around with them in their purses.

So, I thought I would join the party! I partnered with my friends at Tic Tac to share all of the things that I (honestly) have in my big, giant bag right now. I even included the things that I probably shouldn’t have in my purse, but do. If it was in there, it was fair game.

The only thing I didn’t include? Receipts. As in piles and piles of receipts that are always, ALWAYS, in my bag. Why do I hold onto to all of these?!

What's in my bag, right now / Paper & Stitch

Jeff bought me this Clare V. bag for my birthday earlier this year and I love it. Do you remember me talking about it on Insta?

It’s pretty large, so I can fit tons of stuff inside. Some necessities, some luxuries, and some absolutely random items (like that yellow velvet ribbon and lilac purple yarn).

bag Clare V. // sunglasses case Anthro // sunglasses Celine

DIY llama keychain

My little llama keychain… I actually just recently found my DIY ‘party animal’ ornament in a random box of supplies, so I removed the string and added a keychain loop. Viola. Llama keychain.

What's in My Bag / Madewell Jewelry

I’m always forgetting where I last put this ring or that necklace. So, I keep some of my favorite jewelry pieces in my bag. That way, I always have them with me.

necklace (the back is showing in the photo FYI) Madewell // two smaller rings Madewell // raised ring (old) Forever 21

Bag Essentials #tictacpack

I like to keep a handful of items in my bag to keep me entertained. Just in case I’m stuck in a long line at the post office or find myself out to lunch alone.

So, I keep a notebook with me (I DIYed this one) and a pen, my phone, and a book. I just bought #Girlboss a couple of days ago, so I’m a little late for this train. But oh well.

I also keep Tic Tacs in my bag as a little snack / candy / breath freshener. Freshmints and Spearmint are my fave flavors…Jeff likes the orange ones. So, usually I have those too, for him.

green mini notebook DIYed by me // super awesome pen (that I bought for Jeff, but then stole because I loved it so much) CW&T // Tic Tacs // iPhone // #GIRLBOSS

What's in your bag? Beauty products, jewelry, etc

I usually carry a handful of beauty products too. Nail polish, dry shampoo (Is that normal to carry around in your purse?), hair ties, powder, lotion, my favorite lipstick, and mascara. And don’t forget the other random accessories…like scarves and polka dot hankies.

sunglasses Celine // nail polish // hand lotion Barr-Co // eucalyptus dry shampoo Alder // hair ties // hankies Madewell // lipstick // mascara Smashbox // powder Bare Minerals // mobile charger Bando

What’s in your bag right now? Better yet, what’s the most random item you have in your bag right now?

Don’t be shy. I want to know.

This post is in partnership with Tic Tac.  All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

08/18/14

7 DIY Ways to Make S’mores Even More Delicious

Okay, okay. I swear I’m going to get s’mores out of my system. But just not today.

After last week’s s’more ice cream sandwiches, I had a handful of additional ideas that I wanted to tackle.

So, I put them all together in one post. And I may have one more teeny tiny s’mores ideas I want to share, but after that, I swear I’m done. If you’re over s’mores, though, feel free to let me know. I can stop, I swear. Haha.

Here are 7 more DIY ways to make s’mores…

Chocolate Cookie Strawberry S'more Sandwich

1. Chocolate Cookie Strawberry S’more Sandwich

The only s’more idea hat involves fruit! Toast up some marshmallows, cut up a few strawberries, and sandwich them between two soft chocolate cookies.

Caramel S'mores

2. Traditional S’mores with a Caramel Kick

These are one of my favorites. It’s just like a traditional s’more, but instead of regular chocolate, use caramel-filled milk chocolate pieces. It’s delicious!

Brownie S'more Sandwiches

3. Brownie S’more Sandwich

Okay. These are seriously decadent. The brownie acts as the chocolate ingredient..Cut a brownie in half (like when you’re slicing a bagel), add a toasted marshmallow in between and top with crushed graham crackers.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup S'mores

4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup S’mores

This one is easy enough…Peanut butter cups, marshmallows, and graham crackers. Yum.

Biscoff S'mores

5. Biscoff S’mores

If you like Biscoff cookies (the ones that they serve on the plane), you’ll love these. Spread chocolate frosting onto two Biscoff cookies and sandwich them in between toasted mini marshmallows.

Blueberry Pie S'mores

6. Blueberry Pie S’mores

This is the strangest one of the bunch, but I love it. It’s a good summer meets fall kind of s’more. All you’ll need are marshmallows, graham crackers, and a small slice of blueberry pie. Chocolate optional.

Chocolate Chip Cookie S'more Sandwiches

Chocolate Chip Cookie S'more Pockets

7. Chocolate Chip Cookie S’more Pockets

I love these little s’more pockets and they’re so easy. Toast some marshmallows and sandwich them between two soft chocolate chip cookies. Push down and pinch the back of the two cookies, to create a cookie pocket. You don’t need any additional chocolate since the chocolate chips are in the cookies already. Easy peasy.

What are your favorite ways to eat s’mores? I’d love to hear your fave combo in the comments below.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

08/15/14

aug15-diy-projects-weekend

It’s been pretty rainy and stormy here the last couple of days. Which, in my mind, is the perfect weather for doing DIYs – watching the rain from the window and just kind of unwinding with a project or two.

So, I thought I would roundup some extra projects this week, in case you’re staying in, like me. Here are 8 DIYs to try this weekend…

1. mini donut chocolate candy DIY

2. dotted denim skirt DIY from I Spy DIY

3. paper wall art DIY from Sugar & Cloth

4. easy throw cushions DIY from A Pair and a Spare

5.  tree slab side table DIY from Emily Henderson

6. DIY stamp carving / stamped tote project

7. checkered shibori tablecloth DIY from Tuts+

8. how to make triangular jump rings from Fall for DIY

Hope you have a great weekend.

-Brittni