Beautiful and Cheap Easter Basket Ideas

cheap easter basket ideasIn a few days, Ella will celebrate her first Easter. She is just starting to toddle around, so I am looking forward to hiding brightly colored eggs in the yard and doing all the fun things that happen on this special holiday. Of course, she is only 11 months old, so spending a lot of money is totally unnecessary.

Cheap Easter Basket Ideas

I love the Dollar Store for holiday decorations; this lovely Easter basket with all the trimmings was only $7!

cheap easter basket ideasPutting this basket together took maybe five minutes. A handful of Spanish Moss in a cute little tin bucket topped with silk flowers, chocolate and plastic eggs with little treats (her favorite yogurt drops) is all it took to create an adorable Easter surprise! I also found a precious pink headband to go with her outfit (see the middle photo above).

I think it turned out really cute, and I can't wait for her to wake up to this colorful basket on Easter morning!

 

Find more recipes, crafts and other Easter themed posts in the link up below!

 

I was not compensated for this post.

Outfit| The Wilma Leopard Print Dress

"Hey, there Wilma!" Every time I wear this dress it always draws this same comment from my darling husband. Yet I love it.  The leopard print and bright blue background always make me smile.

Last weekend was so beautiful here in Florida, and we took Ella to the pool for the first time this year. We had a wonderful time, and this outfit perfectly matched the fun, laid back feel of the last few days.

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A Target clearance find, these white crop pants seem to pop up in a lot of my outfits. I love white pants for Spring – so bright and fresh.

My sister actually thrifted these nude, strappy sandals, and I snuck them from her. Having a sister who wears the same size in clothing and shoes is amazing!

On my wrist – a turquoise wrap bracelet paired with a rose gold watch. I absolutely adore this color combo.

 

I was not compensated for this post.

Couture Gel Nail Polish Review: Gel Nails at Home

Couture Gel Nail Polish Giveaway

One winner will receive the Couture Gel Nail Polish Kit with everything needed for a beautiful at-home gel manicure!

 

I am generally a fairly low maintenance gal – not the type to frequent salons. Unfortunately, after receiving a gift card for a spa manicure, I fell in love with gel polish. It's unfortunate because my spa of choice charges $40 for this service. Gel polish is so appealing to me because, as a new mom, regular polish doesn't hold up more then a day. A gel mani stays shiny and chip-free for several weeks, and there is something about a great looking manicure that makes me feel "put together."

So what's a thrifty girl with a passion for gel manicures to do? Well, she finds an at-home gel polish kit. After some hunting, I came across Couture Gel Nail Polish. What intrigued me about this brand is the absence of compounds such as formaldehyde, toluene or phthalates. Meaning: it doesn't have the strong smell of traditional polish. I can finally paint my nails next to my husband and not be relegated to a far corner of the house!

Couture Gel Nail Polish Review

The Couture deluxe kit comes with absolutely everything you need: 3 Couture Gel Nail Polish colors, base coat, top coat, LED lamp, instructional DVD and brochure, cleanse and remove products, plus a bonus salon quality manicure tool kit and cosmetic case.

Doing gel nails at home is easy, although it does take some practice. It's basically like using any other nail polish except you cure your nails under an LED lamp after each coat.

Each kit comes with your choice of three polishes. I chose: In the Spotlight (red with subtle shimmer), Off the Shoulder (bright pink), and Million $ Tweet (lovely, light blue shade).

  • Your choice of 3 Couture Gel Nail Polish colors
  • Base Coat
  • Super Shine Top Coat
  • LED Espree Salon Lamp with 30 second dry time
  • Instructional DVD and brochure
  • Exclusive Cleanse and Remove Products
  • And a bonus salon quality manicure tool kit
  • Zippered Cosmetic Case
  • - See more at: http://www.couturegelnailpolish.com/products/deluxe-gel-nail-polish-kit.html#sthash.hE5dZJd8.dpuf
  • Your choice of 3 Couture Gel Nail Polish colors
  • Base Coat
  • Super Shine Top Coat
  • LED Espree Salon Lamp with 30 second dry time
  • Instructional DVD and brochure
  • Exclusive Cleanse and Remove Products
  • And a bonus salon quality manicure tool kit
  • Zippered Cosmetic Case
  • - See more at: http://www.couturegelnailpolish.com/products/deluxe-gel-nail-polish-kit.html#sthash.hE5dZJd8.dpuf

IntheSpotlight

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 I love the glossy finish of the Couture polish and the long-lasting wearability. Look at the photo below. This is my Million $ Tweet mani on day one and then on day seven. They are basically identical!Couture Gel Nail Review

Buy Couture

The Deluxe Gel Nail Polish Kit can be purchased for $129.00 at couturegelnailpolish.com.

Also check out the different colors and nail designs on their Facebook page.

 

I have a material connection because I received items that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this review. No monetary compensation was or will be received. All opinions expressed are my honest thoughts.

Mixed Metallics Featuring Lush Watch

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It is my firm belief that the art of fashion lies in the accessories.

For me, choosing an unexpected accessory or combination of accessories brings creativity and uniqueness to an outfit.  I've always been a fan of metallics. For years, I've been mixing gold and silver and have always loved the combo. But for this look, I tried something I had not dared before – a metallic trio.

The lovely Ambi watch from Lush was the inspiration for this ensemble. From yellow gold rings and necklace to the silver jacket and rose gold watch; this outfit definitely has a lot going on. To tie everything together, I played off the beautiful pink hue of the watch and chose a complimentary burgundy dress and shoes (notice the silver buckle detail here – maybe I am crazy?)

Lush Watch

NewlushcollageLush is a new company that believes luxury style should be affordable for everyone. The Ambi (or ambitious) watch with it's shiny rose gold band and pink face is undoubtable lovely and is a watch that fits easily into many outfits.

Recently, Lush has also come out with a gorgeous pair of vintage sunglasses that I am absolutely loving (see here).

Buy Lush

The Ambi watch can be purchased for $19.99 on the Lush website.

Lush Giveaway

Come back next week to win your own Lush watch!

I have a material connection because I received items that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this review. No monetary compensation was or will be received. All opinions expressed are my honest thoughts.

Orange + Mint: An Outfit Idea

DSC03317 outfit idea outfit idea DSC03315Typically, gift cards don't last long in my wallet. For some reason though, the spa manicure certificate I'd been given when my little girl was born had lingered with me these past 10 months. Last week was Spring Break for my husband, so I took the opportunity to get my long awaited mani. The Spa Royale in Gainesville, Fl was beautiful and had such a relaxed atmosphere. I got my first gel manicure in a gorgeous, coral color. Not quite sure how I missed the gel polish bandwagon – this stuff is awesome! Anyway, about the outfit…

Mint + Orange Outfit Idea

My shiny orange manicure was my inspiration for this outfit, and I think mint and orange has become my new favorite color combination. This outfit is so cute for the warmer weather we've been having here in Florida. The classic, white pencil skirt and lightweight, lace blouse are feminine and professional while the orange wedges, flower ring/earrings and purple scarf are fun accents.

Talk to me: What is your favorite color combination?