For Auld Lang Syne! Happy New Years everyone! We wish you all the very best this year!!
I think everyone knows that we enjoy sparkles. Almost every DIY we have posted thus far has contained glitter or sequins in some form or another. However, when it comes to my wardrobe, one could say that the sparkle is missing. I am more of a simple girl, usually wearing neutrals and solids. Therefore, when I started to ponder my outfit for New Year’s Eve, since we actually plan to go out this year, I immediately decided that I needed some sparkle.
Of course I have not done any shopping yet, but I have big aspirations to go to the mall and find a sparkly skirt or dress. Or maybe the whole outfit of either of these girls. Have never thought to put a huge bow on my head but maybe it is what my life is missing??
Maybe a sparkle skirt with a blazer? I have been meaning to purchase a black blazer for about 5 years. Maybe now is the time. They always make an outfit look so put together.
And obviously there will be something sparkly in my hair. In my dream world I would be wearing these Kate Spade shoes. I love them so much that I almost purchased them for the wedding but decided they would be too busy with my flowery, lacey wedding dress.
What are you guys planning to wear for New Year’s Eve? And also, does anyone know where I can find a beauty sparkle skirt?
Happy Friday and Happy New Year!Love, Colleen
When I was younger I felt like New Years Eve was very exciting and glamorous. As I have gotten older, I can’t help but feel a little differently about it because it is a holiday that is specifically about noting the passage of time. Which in many ways makes me a little melancholy. With each passing year, time seems to be more and more in hyper-speed mode. The other day, I was watching an episode of “My So-Called Life” (as I often do) that was about New Years resolutions when I realized it was time to make one again.
So this year, my resolution will be to try to slow down. I am going to try to spend more time doing things I enjoy and with people I love. Most of all, I am going to try to stay in the moment. I went to a yoga class a month or so ago and my instructor Grace (at Charlotte Yoga) was talking about time. She said that we always feel like we are too busy to fit all the things in that we want to do, however, we should remember that time is what actually allows us to do things. And if we create an intention and we really really want to do something, there will always be time for it. I agree with this and vow to this year, try to look at time in this positive light.
Megan’s resolution was so well-written and thoughtful, I might make it mine too! I’ll also have one more. I have always had the tendency to take life too seriously. I am a perfectionist and I constantly get upset about things that I have no control over. I have to admit that even on the honeymoon, I was still thinking about the wedding and all the things I should have done differently. Luckily, now that I have some distance, I can see it for how perfect (for us) it was.
My New Year’s resolution is to live positively and let the little things go. To realize how lucky I am to be living this life and stop getting angry (or sad. or upset.) about things that are actually unimportant in the grand scheme of life. Because (as a quote I saw on Pinterest so eloquently says), “Every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.”
Here is the episode “Resolutions” from “My So-Called Life” as our New Years present to you. Hopefully it works.
Talk about passage of time. Here is to remembering that even though something has age, it certainly doesn’t mean it’s not still relevant.
Happy New Year!Love, Megan and Colleen Image Credits: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
The truth of the matter is, while noisemakers are a fun New Years Eve addition, there is nothing particularly newsworthy about them. Colleen and I decided we were unhappy with this state of affairs. We wanted fancy noisemakers for a fancy New Years. I have to say this was one of the most enjoyable DIYs we have participated in in recent memory. Since we are going bananas and giving ya’ll two DIYs today, I will give you the photos and instructions one at a time so as not to confuse you.
What you’ll need:
1) Craft paint- whatever colors you like
2) Plain noisemakers
4) Glittering glue (you can probably also used Elmers)
5) Sequins (if you like)
6) Paintbrushes (we also used those paint sponge applicators)
7) Streamers (we used the loose kind that comes in a bag)
8 ) Glue gun
Please keep in mind that you can make your noisemakers look however you would like. You certainly do not have to use all these things.
What you’ll do:
1) Brainstorm a design. It is important that you do this first because it is much easier to apply glitter to any areas you want to be glittery first and foremost. If you apply your glitter last, you are more likely to get it stuck to places with plain paint where you did not plan for it to be. In the grand scheme of things, this is not such a terrible problem to have I suppose. We definitely broke this rule ourselves.
2) As previously stated, apply your glue and glitter first and then go about painting. You may obviously choose any design you like. We went with stripes and chevrons.
3) Lastly, we used a glue gun to apply some sequins and streamers to the inside of the horn for some of the noisemakers.
What you’ll need:
1) A round white paper lantern. The lanterns we bought were quite small (9″). If you are only doing one lantern, we would suggest a larger one.
2) Cheap silver glitter. It is important that you buy a cheap kind because you will use a lot of this. We used some larger glitter called “paillettes”
3) Glittering glue (again)
4) Foam brush applicator
What you’ll do:
1) Paint on your glue in large sections around the lantern. This is easier if you have an extra set of hands to hold the lantern open and taught but can be managed by yourself.
2) Sprinkle on your glitter to the section you have glued. Shake it around.
3) Repeat until the entire lantern is covered.
4) Hang to dry and enjoy its glittery beauty.
This is the kind of thing that looks different depending on the lighting.
Excellent substitute for a disco ball if we don’t say so ourselves. It would really be perfect to use as an easy decoration if you happen to be having a New Years soiree. For staging and fanciness purposes, we bought some number stickers to put on Colleen’s champagne flutes for a countdown. We also used some items we already had including decorations left over from Christmas to create a little New Years vignette to show off our noisemakers. You could certainly use a similar idea for a centerpiece.Love, Megan