Saturday, January 11, 2014

FINISHED PROJECT: Fake-Broomstick Crochet Rainbow Cowl


I love Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn. Love it. LOVE IT. I already made one scarf with the Candied colorway and I knew that I wanted to do something different with the Parrot color. I browsed around for a while for some different stitch patterns, but ended up going very simple. I used the entire skein and just single crocheted across with 16 stitches in a row using a P hook. It took foooorever, but it makes a really cool fake-broomstick lace effect when you stretch it out. I can wrap it around at least four loops and it is so soft and rainbow-y cute. I have one more skein of this color and am not sure what to do with it. Any suggestions?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Cute Dollar Paper Goodies at Target


So, I fell in love in the Target dollar aisle on Wednesday. I was up in the suburbs and came across this - this thing of beauty. Bins and bins of the cutest paper goods accessories for only a dollar each. I couldn't stop myself! Those push pins are pink flags!! Those mini clips are sparkly blue! 

The only things that aren't from Target there are the two sets of Valentines washi that I got at Michael's. 

I grabbed what I wanted at Target and moved on to find some groceries with Mark, knowing that I could stop at the Target at home to pick up anything I had overlooked. BUT - the store across from my work, it had no goodies when I looked yesterday morning... 

Some things I didn't end up buying on Wednesday: cute string, thank you card sets, notepads, tons of other pens, different alphabet stickers, and more more more. Target across the street: please get this stuff in shipment soon! I ordered a Kikki K planner and I need to be ready.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Post Wedding Presents: Froodads in 2014

2013 was the year where Mark termed the word "froodad." A froodad, or fruity doodad, is the type of item that I'm drawn to. A cute little knick knack, a kitschy little mug, pens and stickers - anything, anything I want that I do not need is a froodad.

During the wedding, I had to put froodads on the back burner, but now that it is over, I was able to pick up two things that I had been thinking about for a while. One is wedding-related, so that should be totally acceptable!


The first item is this beautiful Kikki K 2014 Leather Time Planner. It just looks so so so cute. As much as I love my Filofax, I wanted a little change from that red. Baby blue and gold is a pretty cute fresh start to a brand new year. So much of the stuff at Kikki K is on sale right now, including this planner, so check it out. They are amazing - it was pretty hard not to add on and on and on to my cart before I clicked order.


After weddings, it's a pretty big feeling of relief - all the planning and to-do lists are pretty much done. Now it's just the name change stuff aaand - thank you cards! I had my FILL of writing my address on the RSVPs (both on the return label AND inside the return envelope), so I decided to treat myself with a personalized address stamp that I found on Etsy. It'll be good for two reasons: 1. I'll be excited to write my thank yous, and 2. It'll give me an excuse to wait to do them for a bit, since I have to wait for the stamp to come in the mail!

Have you splurged and bought yourself any post-Christmas gifts? xoxo, MaDonna

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

DIY Wedding Makeup Buys

For my wedding, I knew that I wanted to do my own makeup, but I also knew that I had to step up my game a little for the big day - my makeup had to last for over twelve hours, be professional-photo ready, and also wedding-day-weeping ready. Here are a few things that I found and liked!


Vera Wang LoveStruck
I had actually bought this in October with an Ulta gift card I got for my birthday, but the smell will always make me thing of the last few months of planning and errand running. For my actual day I wore Vera Wang Princess - I think that scent is more romantic - but for every day wear, LoveStruck is perfect. I love this little roller a lot more than I thought I would, but the cap is broken and leaks inside of my purse. See how crooked it is?!

elf Mineral Face Primer
Before this, I had only ever used primer for my eyes, like Urban Decay's magic potion primer. However, when I was researching wedding makeup tips, a lot of people said that a face primer was a must. I have noticed that my foundation does wear off and get a little splotchy as the day goes on, so I didn't want that to happen mid-ceremony. This primer was less than $10 at Target and I honestly really love it. I'll definitely use it proooobably most days. It takes about a second to apply - it's just a clear little goo that feels like silicon on your face. It didn't really look like anything when I put it on - some reviews say that they could tell it was evening out blemishes and pores - but I did notice that my foundation went on a lot smoother, less streaky, and lasted a lot longer.

Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy
This was the first wedding present we got on Saturday! My best friend and bridesmaid Claire picked this up for me and gave it to me while we were getting ready. The smell - Tarocco Orange - is delicious and was a nice little relaxing detail to all the preparation.

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation
I usually don't wear liquid foundation, but in the same researching that recommended using a face primer, I also found that a lot of brides swore by the quality of this brand. Again, I really loved it, and will probably even switch over to using this on a more frequent basis. It was a lot easier to apply than I remember other liquid foundation to be (and a little goes a long way). The shade was perfect, it didn't fade or get blotchy and streaky, and it didn't look cake-y like I was ready to go on stage.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner
This is my favorite! I love wearing white eyeliner on my water line - I think it adds a cute, uh, "eye-popping" effect, but I felt that the stark white might be a little weird for my otherwise neutral look for the day. Someone posted this product on Pinterest and I knew I had to have it. I found it at Target for around $5 and I'm in love. It makes your eyes look larger, but without the bright white.

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara
This brand of mascara is the queen of drug store finds. This stuff was great, what can I say? Basic, sturdy mascara - it didn't go on too clumpy, but it was wet enough to coat all of my lashes. Plus, the heart-shaped wand really is the cutest.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette
As you maybe guessed from my Christmas photos, Markie gifted me with the amazing Naked3 palette - my very first of the Urban Decay eye shadows. I love this thing. And thanks to my elf face primer, my foundation, and my Too Faced eyeshadow primer, and - ohh yeah - a layer of white eye crayon on my lids - this eyeshadow lasted all day and looked perfect until I fell asleep. I used Strange on my brow bone, Dust all over my lid with Buzz on the outside halves - then I used Limit and finally Nooner in the eyelid crease. I didn't use anything darker than Nooner - my eyeliner itself was Sonia Kashuk's gel eyeliner in black, and I didn't want to have to smoky of eyes for my wedding day.

 Here, have a grainy iPhone photo from that day to show you what my face looked like!

The only other makeup I used besides the items I listed here was blush from elf (which I think rivals Nars Orgasm and is only $3 and comes with a bronzer), Burt's Bees chapstick, Sonia Kashuk gel liner in black, an off-brand eye crayon in white that I bought for a dollar at heartbreaker (I think it is similar to Nyx jumbo eye pencil), and Revlon's Color Burst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum (the name totally fit with my Nutcracker winter wedding).  I bought an elf concealer/highlighter but didn't end up needing it. Also, you can see my manicure! I got my very first gel polish manicure at Aveda the Thursday before and I love it - they used OPI Bubble Bath, I believe.

Let me know if you have any questions! I was so happy to do my own makeup - I wanted to look like me walking down the aisle. I don't regret it at all. It was also pretty special to get to doll myself up for Mark.

xoxo, MaDonna

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Christmastime at MeMaDonna

As most people know, I love Christmas. Mark and I both do - that's why we chose to get married right after the holiday. We love how festive and pretty and happy everything is. This Christmas was a little different than other years, since it was crunch time for the wedding (it was on the 4th!), but we definitely got to enjoy it as much as possible.

reindeer antler cats

This was on Christmas day - I tried so hard not to torture the kitties with those antlers ever since we unpacked them with all the rest of the Christmas decorations, buuuuut - the holiday spirit got the best of me. Chester seems to have accepted his fate, but Sonny is not happy about his headpiece.

vintage bird christmas ornaments

christmas tree lights

big christmas trees

fuzzy bath and body works socks

These little lamby/sheep socks are amazing. They were from Bath & Body Works and they are the only socks I've ever wanted to wear inside and even - gasp! - to bed. They're shea butter infused, so they're mega soft, and they have cute little stickies on the bottom so I don't slip in the kitchen. 

minnesota holidazzle

 Mark and I made it to the last season of the Minnesota Holidazzle Parade! I am so sad that they decided this is the last year of it. It's a huge Minneapolis tradition, but it's also a tradition that is special to us. I had never been to the parade before until our first Christmas together, and we've been to the parade every year since. It's definitely a rite of passage to stand outside for an hour in the Minnesota winter night air to watch the floats go by. At least you can get some lobster bisque from the Macy's marketplace afterward, though.

wrecking ball tree topper

Our wonderful tree topper at work.

urban decay naked3

cute wrapped christmas presents

I had so much fun wrapping presents this year. I bought this paper at Target and I fell in love. After I ran out of that big blue ribbon, I substituted in some black yarn. 

christmas kandi

snowflake sugar cookies

How awesome do these cookies look? Mark's sister made them for Christmas - the best sugar cookies I've ever had, plus the cutest sparkly edible glitter spray on top. They were so tiny and delicate!
christmas video games
And this one is from just yesterday. We've been stuck inside every since the morning after the wedding. It's been averaging about, ooooh, -30 to -50 degree windchills in Minnesota, so we're enjoying our newlywed status bundled up with video games, coffee, kitties, and each other.

As more and more pictures roll in from the wedding, you can be sure that I'll start posting them here. It went great!

xoxo, MaDonna