Hidden Gems

IMG_4282{Superbowl XLVIII, Hoboken, New Jersey}

Having the Superbowl near our home this year was exciting and unique.  New York and New Jersey were hustling and bustling with Superbowl fans celebrating all things football.  The day before the big game, I headed over to Hoboken with my family to see the giant Superbowl XLVIII sculpture on the pier; It was stunning against the NYC skyline.    

Happy Wednesday!

IMG_4151{Mani time}

DSC_0818{The best candle: Eucalyptus Mint}

Amanda

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Liebster Award

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I am so happy to announce that the beautiful Bobbi from http://www.productdoll.com/ has nominated me for the Liebster Award! 

The Liebster Award Rules: 
(1) Link back to the blogger that nominated you
(2) Answer the 11 questions requested by the nominator
(3) Choose 11 nominees with small followings – about under 200
(4) You cannot nominate the person who nominated you
(5) You must let the bloggers know they were nominated

Answers to Bobbi’s Questions:

1. What is your most prized possession in your closet?
Right now it is my new Forever 21 shirt.  It is just perfect, so perfect that I have two of them.
2. Who is your style icon?
I love Miranda Kerr’s style.  She is effortlessly fashionable, I love that.
3. What is your favorite magazine?
Glamour & Self
4. Lipstick or lip gloss?
Lipgloss, but lately I’ve been all over the Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm‘s which I feel are a happy medium between lipstick & lip gloss. Love them.
5. Since it is almost Valentine’s Day, who would you want to have as your celebrity Valentine?
Since my boyfriend Brian is not a celebrity, I guesssss I’d have to settle for celebrity valentine James Franco.
6. What is your favorite movie?
This is a toughie, I have way too many favorites. But, one of my new favorites is the Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa  McCarthy, which I literally watched 5 times the first week I  saw it.
7. If you could go shopping with anyone, who would you pick?
If I could go shopping with anyone, it would definitely be Tim Gunn. He has such a good eye for style and just seems so sweet.
8. Who first taught you how to do your makeup?
The first time I learned how to do my makeup was when my mom brought me to the Clinique counter at the mall.
9. When was your last fashion purchase and what did you buy?
Oh goodness, let’s see… I believe it was a chain headband.
10. What do you love about being a blogger?
I absolutely love connecting with other new bloggers who are on the same journey as me.  It has been a lot of fun so far.
11. What are your dreams and goals as a blogger for 2014?
I would love to inspire others to find the hidden gems in life because life is a beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about.

My nominees:

1. http://jessisdesign.blogspot.com/
2. http://thelittlespork.com/
3. http://chuzailiving.wordpress.com/ (over 200 followers but totally worth nominating)
4. http://themakeupsaga.wordpress.com/
5. http://www.brittanysjoy.com/
6. http://simplysweetmelissa.blogspot.com/
7. http://the-fashion-blender.blogspot.com/p/about-fashion-blender.html
8. http://cityjulep.com/
9. http://www.sprinklesandstyle.com/
10. http://www.bellesinbows.com/
11. http://tastefullyprep.blogspot.com/

My Questions for the Nominee’s:

1. How did your blog get it’s name?
2. What are three things you cannot live without?
3.  Who is your role model?
4.  Gold or silver?
5. If you could travel anywhere in the world (and money wasn’t an issue) where would you go?
6. How do you make, or plan to make, the world a better place?
7. What is one thing you want to accomplish next year?
8.  Who is your style icon?
9.  What is your favorite dessert?
10.  What is one of your secret talents?
11. What are your blogging goals for 2014?
Amanda
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February Beauty Favorites

IMG_4255{February Beauty Favorites}

1. Shea Cashmere Hand Cream: Country Chic 

2. Dairy Association Bag-Balm  

3. Olay Night Recovery Cream 

I could easily move to Florida. The cold city weather goes right through my bones and not to mention leaves my skin so dry that half of my day is spent applying lotion (Ok I’m obviously exaggerating- but not really).  That is where my mid-winter, February, beauty favorites come into play.  Since I often fall victim to the winter skin dryness spell, I’ve pretty much become a moisturizer guru.

Let’s start with my first favorite which is 1) Shea Cashmere Hand Cream by True Blue Spa.  This stuff is like silk… or I guess you could say cashmere, and moisturizes so well without being greasy. Double win.  My next favorite is 2) Bag-Balm.  Originally this salve was used to soften cow udders- yep, I said cow udders.  I use this stuff on really dry skin, for example, chapped lips, elbows, knees, and even my hands.  This salve is not only good at moisturizing within minutes it helps heal very dry cracked skin too.  My last favorite is the 3) Olay Night Recovery Cream.  Every night in the winter I use the Olay Recovery Cream as a way to hydrate my face while I sleep.  Many face lotions just don’t cut it in the winter but this works wonders.

Three cheers for moisturized skin in the midst of winter.  Hydrate away little gems.

Don’t forget to comment and follow below.  What are your February beauty favorites? 

Amanda

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DIY Monogrammed Wine Glasses

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{DIY Gift Set: Monogrammed wine glasses paired with red wine}

Valentines Day is coming up and it is my favorite holiday. Don’t ask me why- it could be because when I was little my mom and dad always seemed to include my sister and me on their Valentines Day “date night.” So, from a young age it was less of the romantic holiday and more of a holiday to express how much we love the family and friends in our lives.

Last week I was in a super crafty mood and made the cutest DIY Valentines Day basket:  monogrammed stemless wine glasses paired with a bottle of red wine.  Etching the wine glasses puts a personal touch on the gift set and was so easy that anyone can do it, pinky promise.

What you’ll need: 2 stemless glass wine glasses (my local dollar store had them- crazy),Glass Etch Cream, paintbrush, stencil, and rubbing alcohol.  Since I couldn’t find any monogrammed stencils I liked in particular, I printed a monogrammed letter and taped it to the inside of the glass and used it as a guide. So if you can’t find what you’d like in stencil form…do what I did, simple as that!

collageNext, following the directions on the class etching cream, I rubbed glass surface with rubbing alcohol, then carefully painted the monogram using the paper guide behind it, let the cream dry for 15 minutes, then washed it off.

I am positive a valentine will love this thoughtful gift set- I mean who wouldn’t.  Don’t forget to comment and subscribe below. Happy Tuesday!

Amanda

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Hidden Gems

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{New Years Day, 2014}

Every New Years Eve we ring in the New Year at our family beach house.  For those of you who are new to Gems and Gelato, I first talked about our beach house experience here, way back when I first started blogging. Celebrating the New Year down the shore has turned into a great tradition and amazing memories.  And as for waking up to the beautiful beach on the first day of the New Year- well, it doesn’t get much better than that.

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{Fresh coat of Essie “Bobbing for Baubles“}

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{Winter breaks over- back in the swing of school, NYC}

Amanda

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January Beauty Favorites

January Beauty Favorites

{January Beauty Favorites}

1. elf Studio High Definition Loose Face Powder

2. Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask

3. Maybelline New York Fit Me! Powder, 120 Classic Ivory

Happy New Year! 2013 had been an amazing year and I could not have been more blessed.  I feel very fortunate for all my beautiful family, friends, and followers who never cease to amaze me with their continuous support.

A few weeks back, I went to Target and stocked up on a ton of beauty items. Necessary? Probably not, but totally worth it.  The first item I found was the 1) E.l.f High Definition Loose Face Powder. I always set my makeup with a translucent powder (I normally use this) but I happened to run out.  While I was aimlessly wandering around Target, which seems to always happen when I walk into place, I found the E.l.f High Def powder. Since I am an E.l.f fan to begin with, I figured why not give it a try.  Seriously, this product is awesome. I used it for New Years Eve and my makeup did not budge! 

My next favorite is the 2) Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Mask.  I love hair masks, and this one is great. It is smooth and leaves your hair extremely silky.  On a side note, last week I put coconut oil in my hair (another Pinterest inspiration to say the least) and I literally had to wash my hair 3 times in 24 hours in order to get it out.  I probably went coco-crazy and over did it- I will  attempt the coconut oil mask another time with much less of it. But in the mean time, let me spare you the time and trouble coconut oil brought me- leave the coconut oil in the kitchen and buy the Organix hair mask.

Lastly 3) is the Maybelline, Fit Me! Powder. It blends very well, lasts forever, and they have every skin color imaginable. I normally use some foundation, then blend some Fit Me! powder over it for extra coverage.  What are your January beauty favorites?

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Again, Happy New Year!

Amanda

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My Past Month Via Instagram

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1. Surprise Birthday get-together with our college friends

2. My dog, Rolex, on the beach. Get it? He’s a watch dog.

3. Brian and my friend at his family bakery picking up Thanksgiving pie orders

4. Mexico, makes me depressed thinking of how I’m back in the cold weather- let’s not talk about it

5. Brian on the jetty at the beach

6. Brian and his puppy Mumford- Mumford’s face is just the cutest!

Amanda

December Beauty Favorites

December Beauty Favorites{December Beauty Favorites}

1. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Forever Eau de Parfum

2. EyeStudio Maybelline shadow Makeover Mocha

3. Jordana Easyliner For Lips: Cabernet & Plush Plum

4. Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eyeliner: Black

I cannot believe how this month is flying by! I am really excited to share this month’s beauty favorites because they are awesome! So my first pick is 1) Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Forever Eau de Parfum. It is fresh with sweet undertones- totally love it. Next, 2) the Maybelline Shadow Eye Studio.  This one is limited edition so my store had very few left. I love how this quad set has a slight shimmer and is highly pigmented which is hard to find in drug store shadows.  Then comes 3) Jordana Easyliner for lips. These little pencils are amazing, they are retractable so you never have to sharpen them and not to mention they are ridiculously cheap ($1.99- I kid you not).  In the picture above I have showed the Cabernet & Plush Plum colors but another one of my favorites is Tawny.  Tawny matches my lip color exactly so I use it as an everyday look.  Lastly, 4) Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eyeliner.  This liner is a felt tip that glides easily and doesn’t make a mess.  Also,  if you are not the best at applying liquid liner but want the look, this is definitely a great liner to buy in order to get the hang of it.  Like the Jordana lipliners, this one is also ridiculously cheap- double win.

What are your December beauty favorites?

Amanda

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Personal Struggles Against the Internet

We probably have all been there at some point. You open your laptop, go online, and find yourself doing exactly opposite of what you went on there to do.  You enter the unforeseen layers of the internet and sometimes never return.  Here are just some battles I always lose to the internet:

YouTube

Youtube how to [fill in the blank]

Get distracted by the suggested videos on the side

[Click]

Enter the black hole of YouTube

Watch cute babies laughing and kitten videos for the next hour

Babies Laughing

How cute, though?

Living Social/Groupon/ Every other deal site on the internet

Look for a great deal, because why pay full price

“Oh look a Costa Rica vacation for 7 nights. Looks great, pictures are persuasive, tempted to book the flight right now.”

On second thought I should probably save my money.

Buy 5 other local deals instead to fill my hearts empty space of sans Costa Rica sadness

Costa Rica

Google

Attempt to Google “Government Shutdown Aftermath”

Accidentally type “google” into the google search bar. [backspace]

Start typing and Google suggests something ridiculous

Now I’m interested. [Click]

What was I googling again?

Oh right… Bernese Mountain dog puppies.

Pinterest

“Let’s see what kind of cake I can make for Ali’s birthday”

Repin 357 pins onto my style inspiration, kitchen inspiration, and backyard inspiration boards.

Am I serious with this amount of pins? Style? Ok whatever, I let it slide. Home ideas? Who am I kidding… I’m not an interior designer and I still live at home. Ugh.

Shut computer.

Still no cake recipe.

Pinterest

Amanda

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Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Under $100: For Kids

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1. Seedling Design Your Own Super Hero Cape

2. Melissa & Doug Cloe & Zoe Dress Up Dolls

3. Doodle, reusable, 4-Piece  Placemat

4. Finger Printing Set: Fairy Tales Edition  or  Monsters Edition

5. Fortune Cookie Baby Booties 

6. Seedling Make Your Own Snow Globe

Day 5: The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Kids.  I have found the cutest gifts for kids, gifts I kind of want to try out for myself- minus the fortune cookie booties. Gifts like: design your own superhero cape, dress up dolls, reusable/washable doodle placemats, finger printing set (fairy tales & monsters), fortune cookie booties (I died when I first saw these), and a make your own snow globe kit.  Just click the links above to find out where to buy them.

I hope this made your holiday shopping a little bit easier. Happy holiday gifting!

Amanda

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