Thursday, June 12, 2014

bigger and better things

so i've decided after QUITE the hiatus, that bobbles&lace had seen it's final post. you can now find me at bellabellaboston.blogspot.com

Thursday, March 28, 2013

the never being quest...

I don't know about you, but mascara is the one makeup product that I cannot get enough of! even when i think that I've found my holy grail, a new formula/review/brush/something will come out, and of course, I'll have to try it. Even though they all promise the same longer, thicker, fuller lashes, this one will make them the longest, thickest, fullest... you get the idea.

well- after my move back to the north end, I lost my makeup bag with all of my staple and favorite products. somehow, between my house and my apartment, it went missing- never to be seen or heard from again. I needed to pick up a new mascara and tried the Physician's Formula Organic Wear after watching this YouTube video. I liked it, but wasn't wow-ed. I randomly picked up this mascara from Maybelline, and it is amazing. I've had so many people ask me if I'm wearing false lashes, and a woman at work referred to me as the girl with the gorgeous eyelashes. all the credit goes to the mascara!

eye on the left has mascara- see the difference!


Monday, February 18, 2013

lots o' L O V E

well hello again! pardon the blog hiatus. I've been packing, moving, painting, decorating and all sort o' big girl stuff. so this little lady is writing to you from the north end once again- hallelujah! I will be updating soon with pictures of the apartment (so. much. color.) and some new makeup things I am LOVING! but for now, just a quick little post with some picture perfect valentine things. enjoy <3

how sweet are these rose gold heart studs? $1.50 at Forever21!

hot pink cardigan and a peek at my bedroom walls

v-day manicure (Nicole by OPI-Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi and Essie- Beyond Cozy)

hope everyone's day was filled with love, hugs, kisses, and candy

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

picture perfect

sometimes, if you're lucky, you're able to find someone who enjoys doing the same things you do, someone who wholeheartedly believes in you and your abilities, and someone who loves you unconditionally. but its the truly lucky ones who finds all those characteristics in one person. as a girl who was raised on romantic comedies, has planned her imaginary wedding more times than I care to admit, and has found herself single for the majority of her life- seeing the fairy tale come true for a real life person is necessary every once and a while. this weekend, at what I'd like to call "the best wedding- ever.", was one of those times. an amazing friend, who just so happens to be my former boss, invited a few her favorite work pals to be a part of this amazing day. her style, eye for creativity and the tiny details that matter, would have only allowed everything to be perrrrrfect. and of course, everything was.

location? amazing. the old captain's mansion in Watertown was the picture perfect backdrop for their vintage wedding. circus performers provided unique and wow-worthy entertainment all night. how cool!

delicious cake with vintage inspired pocket watches and brooches was the perfect touch!

hello gorgeous! every bride wants to be their most beautiful on their wedding day, and this bride did not disappoint. amazing.


while typical weddings have passed hor dourves and a big sit down meal, this couple decided to do something different that spoke truly to them. passed desserts allowed guests to sample a mix of chocolate and sweet treats throughout the night. so many to choose from, it was nearly impossible to choose a favorite, but with options like chocolate churros, cider donuts, apple crisp and chocolate mousse- who needs to!

there were also whoopie pie pops, pie pops, apple pie and of course wedding cake. dessert overload, but soo amazing!

the little details are truly what made this wedding amazing. from the vintage tablescapes throughout the mansion, to the cocktail napkins with fun facts about the couple and then striped paper straws at the two different bars- they added fun and quirky additions to the wedding. perfect for this amazing couple.

group shot of the best team papyrus has ever seen! :)

jillian- your wedding was just amazing as you are, and I wouldn't have expected anything less. thank you so much for having us there to celebrate with you and nick. everything from your dress, to his suit, to the food, to the decor was perfect; but it was the ceremony that truly blew any wedding I've ever been to out of the water. The Beatles, your vows, the sarcastic humor- everything was so you. Weddings of the future? You have some big shoes to fill. Huge.


Monday, September 17, 2012

drugstore dupes

so one of my absolute favorite things about cosmetic companies is their affinity for creating amazing products that their customers fall in love with, but discontinuing them or having limited edition collections. MAC is famous for their limited edition collections, and there was a time when it was necessary to know every new product that they would unveil. but when collections start coming out every week- it got to be too much to keep up with. one of my all time favorite eyeshadows, just so happens to be a member of one of these limited edition collections and I made it a personal mission to find a dupe before I used up the last of the product.

The original on the left (MAC "Glamour Check!" from the Starflash Collection) and the drugstore dupe (Revlon Satin "Shimmering Sienna") look different in the packaging, but when swatched both are a silky bronze amber shadow with fine shimmer.

it's basically impossible to tell the different between the two (Revlon & MAC)

this color will be gorgeous for warm smokey looks during the fall and winter. with a nice bright highlight on the inner corner and a matte deeper chocolate brown on the crease and outer corner, this shimmery shade all over the lid would really pop. run a bit of the lid color along the lower lash line and you have a smokey look that can look day or night. the bright amber will make blue and green eyes stand out, and make darker eyes glow. gorgeous!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

cotton candy nails

finding new and unique nail designs is probably one of my favorite ways to spend my time. I have so many polishes that I honestly get bored just painting them all them all the same color. That's why little switch ups, like my favorite glitter or accent nail, are ways to keep my nails fun. But, I recently came across a technique that allowed me to use a bunch of pretty colors together in a SUPER simple day that gave my nails the look of a gorgeous cotton candy sky or a Claude Monet painting- which just so happen to be two of my favorite things. Win, win!

how pretty are these?! Getting this look was easy-peasy! First paint you nails with a flat opaque white- I used OPI "Alpine Snow". Then choose 3 or 4 colors that will work well together. I went with a pastel look and chose a light/medium blue (Orly "Snowcone"), a pale mint green (China Glaze "Refresh-Mint") a light lavender (Essie "Lilacism") and a pale pink (OPI "Mod about you"). Using a variety of the colors, make blobs of nail polish on your nails, layering the different colors over each other. Then, while the polish is still wet take a plastic bag or plastic wrap and press down on the blobs, smearing the polish together. Then remove the plastic and allow the polish to dry. Once it's had a chance to dry a bit, apply your top coat. I've always found the best top coat to be Seche Vite- it's thicker than most and allows the polishes to blend together even better.

now this manicure is definitely messier than most, but if you tape off around your nails using normal Scotch tape, you just remove the tape once they're dry and you have clean edges. Use one longer piece to go along one side of your nail, around the top of your nail and back down the other side, and then another smaller piece to cover the base of your nail (as close to the cuticle as you can get). Then just take a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover to clean up any rogue polish.

super simple! And oh so pretty :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

tiny bubbles

the Internet has been FLOODED with pictures, outfits and posts dedicated solely to this little cutie from J.Crew. while I love the looks that different bloggers and fashionistas have been able to put together with this piece, the $150 price tag was just a bit too steep for me!

what's a girl who loves all things pretty and preppy, but can't rationalize dropping that much dough to do?! eBay of course! I was able to find an exact dupe for the beloved J.Crew "Bubble Necklace" for less than the sales tax on the original, with shipping included!

I've gotten oh so many compliments on this piece whenever I wear it, and it serves as the perfect pop of color for so many different outfits. With my hot pink dress from H&M, its a perfectly preppy combination of brights. but I can totally see it paired with a simple crew neck t and jeans as the weather starts to get cooler. get yours here!