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DIY Confetti Tray Posted on 30 Aug 11:30 , 0 comments

This summer, I've been entertaining a lot. And as you know, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for confetti themed DIYs like the Confetti Dipped Champagne Bottles. So once I found this Confetti Tray DIY from Delineate Your Dwelling, I knew I had to try it. The perfect accessory for any summer party, this tray is guaranteed to brighten up your decor. Use for food or drinks while entertaining and for storage when not. After all, these stylish trays make playing hostess so much more fun!

confetti tray

Here's what you'll need:

- Mod podge dimensional magic glue

- Push-pop confetti

- Wooden tray

- White acrylic paint and brush

- Mod podge

 

Directions:

1. Apply a generous layer of regular mod podge to you wooden tray surface.

2. Pour your confetti!  This was a fun step.  I had two confetti push pops from a previous project, so I popped them open and filled my tray.  I also added just a little bit of gold glitter because brightly colored confetti clearly was not enough bling for this project.

3. Once the tray was full of confetti, using my hands, I patted/smashed down the confetti so that most of it stuck to the mod podge bottom.

4. Open your mod podge dimensional magic glue and slowly fill up the tray.  Note, do not shake before using as this will cause air bubbles in the glue.  I ended up using two bottles of the mod podge glue to cover all my confetti.

Note: The glue changed the color of the papers but once it all dried the original colors came right back!  Also, the glue comes out a cloudy white color but dries clear.

5. Set your tray on a level spot and allow it to dry for 24 hours.


DIY: Crystal Planters Posted on 26 Jul 14:00 , 0 comments

Each summer, I always have a friend or two who decides to move. And with every move comes a housewarming party. If you're like me, it's only natural to bring a present. Tired of my usual gifts which were a bottle of wine or candle, I decided to head to Pinterest for some new gift inspiration. There, I found this super easy DIY crystal planter from Jojotastic. So simple, yet beautiful, these crystal planters are sure to make the perfect summer housewarming gift!

diy crystal planters

 Here's what you need:

- Large-sized geode

- Mini crystal

- Mid-sized air plant

- Small succulent that will fit comfortably in the concave area of your crystal

- Floral adhesive

 

Directions:

1. Dab a small amount of floral adhesive to the bottom of your air plant and press gently into place on the geode. Hold for 10-20 seconds until it begins to dry.

2. Add a small amount of soil to the concave area of your geode and carefully plant your succulent. Add extra soil as needed.

3. Finish by adding another small crystal


8 Eye-Catching Minimalist Nail Designs Posted on 05 Jul 13:00 , 0 comments

Whoever said less is more is completely right. Especially when it comes to nail art. A little bit of design can go a long way.

As a long time fan of rocking "ballet slipper" and nude-colored nail polish during summer, I thought it was time to start venturing out a bit and experiment with minimalist nail designs. From colorful stripes to polka dots and glittery accents, check out some of my favorite ways to elevate an otherwise demure manicure. This summer, try one or try them all!

summer nail art

1. Stripes- Add a strip of color to all your nails or to a select few. Mix and match contrasting colors or double up on the stripes for a more modern look.

2. Tribal Print- Rock a lightly etched ethnic print on all your nails for a unique design. I prefer white polish but a colored one would do as well!

3. Stickers- A bit of sparkle goes a long way, especially in the form of a gem-like nail sticker. I love the simplicity of the star but other fun shapes include hearts and lightning bolts.

4. Polka Dots- A simple dot on each nail gives off a contemporary vibe. Although I've only seen black dots used in this manicure, a bright color like turquoise or yellow would be fun!

5. Eyes- The evil eye design has been quite popular these past few years so incorporating the design onto nails only seemed right. Sure, the eyes look intriguing but since I'm all about the lip at Kiss & Wear, I prefer to sport pairs of lips over eyes.

6. Glitter- Since I love anything that sparkles, adding sparkles to anywhere on the nail works for me. Whether you like to cover your entire nail with glitter or just a small portion, that's fine with me. As long as there's sparkle.

7. Half Moons- If you prefer to rock a little more nail color, try this clean look by painting half moons in the color you desire. Remember, pastels AND neons are the color families to wear during summer.

8. Flowers- A floral design is the epitome of a girly summer manicure. I love to get daisies due to their simplicity in color but I've also been known to rock some hot pink flowers with rhinestone as their centers.


DIY: Festive Cactus Centerpiece Posted on 31 May 14:30 , 0 comments

Last night, we celebrated my boyfriend's birthday the way we've done the last 5 years- with a soiree at our apartment, of course! This year we opted for a Taco Tuesday theme which included mini piñatas, fresh guacamole, and margaritas. Although figuring out a menu was a no brainer, coming up with fun decor ideas was not. So, in my quest for decoration inspiration, I stumbled upon a Christmas Tree Cactus DIY by Sugar & Cloth. So cute and easy to make, this cactus made the most perfect little centerpiece, festive enough for any celebration (not just Christmas). Don't believe me? Try it out for yourself!

cactus christmas tree

Here's what you need:

- Pom pom trim

- Hot glue gun and glue sticks

- Felt balls (and any other decorative pieces you see fit)

- 4 inch flower pot

- Fake (or real) cactus...it's completely up to you!

 

Directions:

1. Plant the cactus in the planter by pressing it snuggly down into the empty planter.

2. Hot glue the the pom pom trim around the cactus and top each small point with a bright felt ball.

3. Enjoy!


Glossy Eyelid Tutorial with Make-Up Artist Kris Jung! Posted on 10 May 14:00 , 0 comments

Last week, we featured California Bay Area make-up artist and stylist, Kris Jung. This week, she shares an exclusive video tutorial with us on how to achieve "The Glossy Eyed" look. The secret to getting a gorgeous beauty look featuring gleaming eyelids starts now!

Glossy Eye Tutorial from kris jung on Vimeo.

 


Cherry Wrapping Paper DIY Posted on 19 Apr 14:30 , 0 comments

It's spring so we're gearing up for a whole lot of celebrations; weddings, Mother's Day, bridal showers, birthdays and housewarmings. With all these celebrations come gifts and with gifts, come cute packing. So on our quest to find fun, new, ways to wrap gifts, we found this adorable cherry paper DIY from Katelyn Wood, stationary designer and blogger behind Love. Luck. Kiss & Cake. After all, we can't resist a good pom-pom!

cherry wrapping paper

Here's what you need:

- Pink paper or wrapping paper

- Thin black marker or pen

- Mint green washi tape (you can also use white washi tape colored green with a marker)

- Mini red pom-poms

- Household scissors

- Hot glue gun

 

Directions:

1. Wrap your gift in the paper before creating this fun design. You don't want the cherries to fall at awkward places.

2. Take a thin black marker and draw spaced-out stems where you'd like your cherries to be.

3. Cut small leaf shapes out of the mint green tape and adhere to the top of the stems you have drawn.

4. Using a glue gun, stick the red pom-poms to your package.

5. Give your cherry-wrapped gift to someone special!


Bright Stripes Nail Art DIY Posted on 12 Apr 13:30 , 0 comments

Here at Kiss & Wear, we're constantly looking for the latest fashion and beauty trends. So when we wanted a fresh new manicure idea for the spring, we turned to Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador, Madeline Poole. Her suggestion? Bright stripes, a rainbow bright manicure with big impact. According to Madeline, "tons of bright colors revived the'80s this spring 2017 season. There was no shortage of saturation. So Madeline followed suit with a manicure to match this runway trend.

sally hansen spring 2017 manicure

Get Madeline's look by following her step by step guide to achieving this mani right at home below!

Here's what you need:

- 2 bright nail colors, we love the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shades, $4.99-$9.99

- A top coat, we like the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, $9.99

 - A toothpick

sally hansen manicure

Directions:

1. Apply two thin coats of your nail polish of choice and allow to dry. (We used Tipsy Gipsy by Sally Hansen)

2. Use a toothpick to paint one fine stripe on each nail with a contrasting color. (We used Fish-Teal Braid by Sally Hansen)

3. Apply a top coat of your choice to seal your manicure. 


Confetti Dipped Champagne Posted on 22 Feb 00:00 , 0 comments

Whether it's a housewarming, birthday, work promotion or holiday, a bottle of booze is always welcome. Take every celebration to the next level by adding some pizzazz with this super easy DIY we found from This Heart of Mine. Festive and cute, this is one bottle that won't be overlooked at your next soiree. We love the look on champagne bottles but a little glue and confetti look great on anything from white wine to whiskey...depending on your poison of choice.

confetti dipped champagne

Here's what you need:

- Confetti

- Glue

- Champagne or Wine Bottle

 

Directions:

1. Using a foam or regular paint brush, add a coat of glue to the bottle.

2. Firmly press the confetti onto the glue. Shake off the excess and allow to dry. For thicker coverage, repeat the glue and confetti. Let dry for an hour

3. Add a gift tag.

Note: Dip a couple bottles to have on hand and don’t be surprised at the very ordinary things you find worthy of celebrating.


Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls Posted on 25 Jan 01:30 , 0 comments

I've always been a fan of cinnamon rolls and funfetti cake so when I found this recipe on Pinterest from The Little Epicurean, I had to try it. Fun, pretty, and tasty are just a few words to describe this breakfast/lunch/dinner treat. After all, with cream cheese frosting and rainbow sprinkles topping off a delicious dough, what could go wrong?

funfetti rolls

Ingredients:

Funfetti Dough:

  • 1/2 cup warm water, about 110 degrees F
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large yolk
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confetti sprinkles (I used pastel colors)

Cinnamon Sugar Filling:

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch fine sea salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • additional confetti sprinkles, to garnish

 

Directions:

1. Dough: Sprinkle yeast over water and milk. Add 1 Tbsp sugar and stir to combine. Let sit for 5-7 minutes to allow mixture to bubble and active.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together yeast mixture, remaining sugar, egg, and egg yolk. Whisk salt into flour. Add 2 cups of flour to mixing bowl. Use the dough hook attachment to mix together. Add another 1 cup of flour. Continue to knead on low speed, add softened butter 1 Tbsp at a time. Add remaining cup of flour and knead until the dough is smooth and cleans the sides of the bowl. Add confetti sprinkles and mix until evenly distributed in the dough.

3. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rest at room temperature for about an hour until double has doubled in volume.

4. Punch down risen dough. Transfer to a lightly floured working surface. Roll dough into a 20 x 14-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup softened butter over dough.

5. Cinnamon Sugar Filling: In a bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Distribute cinnamon sugar filling and gently press into dough. Sprinkle sea salt.

6. Roll dough into a log, starting at the longer side. Slice the log into 12 equal parts. Place rolls in a greased 9 x 12-inch baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rolls rest for 30-45 minutes at room temperature to allow rolls to rise.

7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap and bake rolls for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top and the internal temperature of the rolls hit 185 degrees F. Allow rolls to rest for 5 minutes to slightly cool.

8. Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat together cream and butter until smooth. Add sifted powdered sugar and beat until smooth and thickened. Spread over warm cinnamon rolls. Top rolls with additional confetti sprinkles, if desired.


Disco Ball Headband DIY Posted on 04 Jan 01:30 , 0 comments

This year my boyfriend and I hosted New Year's Eve at our apartment so I decided to get a little creative. When browsing the internet for hat ideas, I stumbled upon this fun, disco ball headband DIY from A Subtle Revelry and fell in love. Not only is this accessory cute enough to don for NYE but it can be worn all year long! 

disco ball headband

 

Here's what you need:

- 4cm Disco ball ornaments with a polystyrene base

- Plastic headband

- Glue gun

 

Directions:

1. There will be a small hole in the polystyrene where you removed the clasp, carefully fill this hole with hot glue.

2. Once dry, fix the disco balls to the head band using hot glue, and hold in place until firmly stuck.

3. Stick the first ball in the middle of the headband and work outwards to keep it symmetrical.

4. A small drop of glue between each disco ball will stick them to each other, and make the headband more stable.

5. When the whole thing is completely dry, snip off any excess glue strands and it is ready to wear.