DIY Feng Shui
Posted on October 2, 2017.
True adulting happens when you finally have your own space to enjoy (and be responsible for). Whether it’s your freshman dorm room, or your first apartment, you now have free reign to eat dinner in bed and leave your clothes wherever you please. Another awesome thing you now get to do? Create your own feng shui. That’s right, decorate away and make that space your own.
It can definitely be hard to create a vibe at your place when you’re just starting out, and don’t have the money to decorate to your heart’s content. As much as we all want to go all out at Pier One, it’s just not a financial reality for many of us. That’s where DIY ideas come in! It’s kinda more fun to create it yourself, isn’t it?
To get your creative juices flowing, check out this easy to make DIY wool wall hanging. Looks super fancy, but very cheap and easy to make (it takes about 45 minutes)… now that’s what we call win-win!
Here are the supplies needed, which are all pretty much available at any craft store or on Amazon:
Here’s how to make the wall hanging:
1) Use scissors to cut dowel rods down to these sizes: 24”, 15”, and 10”
2) Then, time to cut your wool down to these sizes: 44” (x3), 32” (x4), and 16” (x6)
3) Attach the longest wool (44”) to the shortest dowel (10”). Working one at a time, fold a piece of the 44 inch wool in half and place it on top of the 10 inch rod, leaving some space at the top. Loop the bottom of the wool through the space you left at the top, creating a loose knot around the rod. Tighten and fluff the knot.
4) Add the remaining 44” wools to the 10” dowel rod until it has 3 across.
5) Attach the medium wool (32”) onto the medium dowel rod (15”). Using the same process as step 3, knot the wool until there are 4 across.
6) Attach the shortest wool (16”) to the longest dowel (24”), and yep, you got it, repeat step 3 and knot the wool until there are 6 across.
7) Arrange all 3 dowels on a flat surface. Place a ruler in the middle of your top rod so that it’s sticking out vertically. Before cutting the twine, tie twine to the left end of the top dowel rod. Pull the twine to the center so that it lines up with the 12” mark on the ruler. Bring it over to the right end of the dowel rod, cut, and tie. Repeat process with each layer, using ruler for each layer so that all layers hang at correct length.
Your 3 separate wall hangings can now come together on your wall to create a gorgeous little DIY detail to your place! Enjoy!
Pumpkin Season Has Finally Arrived!
Posted on September 28, 2017.
Starbucks adding back PSLs into their offerings was the very official beginning of pumpkin spice season, and this is important because there is no other taste (or smell) that fully embodies autumn quite like pumpkin spice. Something about it is warm and fuzzy, without being too heavy (not to mention that it’s irresistible). So without further ado, these are the pumpkin spice treats we absolutely cannot live without this fall.
-Pumpkin Spice Joe Joe’s by Trader Joe’s: Okay, this has to be the most heavenly thing we’ve heard of in a while. Trader Joe’s has come out with pumpkin spice cookie sandwiches with pumpkin cream filling. Just in case you don’t have anything to nibble on while sipping your PSL… https://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/1910
-Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato has pulled all the stops, including ingredients such as pumpkin puree, pie crust pieces, and brown sugar. We are eternally grateful that this is a thing... unless we’re dreaming? https://www.talentigelato.com/products/pumpkin-pie
-For your on-the-go fix of pumpkin goodness, Sugarfina’s pumpkin pie caramels are a moment of pure sweetness, all in one little ball of yummy caramel. https://www.sugarfina.com/shop/pumpkin-pie-caramels/
-For your other senses, there is the aromatic Pumpkin Cupcake candle from Bath & Body Works, which is sure to transform your space into a pumpkin spice dream. http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/p/pumpkin-cupcake-3-wick-candle-023518852.html
Of course, the pumpkin spice market is on fire, and there is lots more deliciousness out there. Dig in and enjoy the spice… it’s finally fall! Countdown to Thanksgiving and actual pumpkin pie, but until then, these treats are sure to satisfy our cravings.
Beauty, Riri’s Way
Posted on September 22, 2017.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is here, and as Naomi Campbell has said of the beauty line, it’s about time. Riri’s super-inclusive line features 40 different shades of foundation, some of which have already sold out. Her line has been especially popular with women who have darker complexions, as most mainstream beauty lines have yet to cater to their skin tones, and have struggled to find makeup that matches their skin. Rihanna is changing all of that. As the tagline says, “beauty for all.”
Everyone from celebrities to Riri’s own fans have praised the line, which consists of her mass array of foundations, a universal nude lip color for all skin tones, and MatchStix, a fun stick that highlights, blushes, and bronzes, among other products. Her line is available at Sephora, as well as on her website. Praised for its diversity and the quality of the product, Fenty Beauty has garnered compliments from celebrities such as Gabby Sidibe, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Mindy Kahling, to name a few. Rihanna is definitely changing the beauty game and stepping up where most makeup brands have fallen short, and we wouldn’t expect any less from her. Cheers to beauty for all!
Emmy Fashion Favorites
Posted on September 21, 2017.
This past Sunday marked the 69th annual Emmy Awards, and what a fashion show it was! From the glamourous to the flashy to the delicately detailed, we saw a little bit of everything at the Emmys. And while we liked most of what we saw, some gowns definitely stood out and shined above the others. We really liked simple lines and subtle glamour; these are the gowns that pulled off the less-is-more vibe:
-First up is Shailene Woodley’s gorgeous forest green dress by Ralph Lauren. This velvet number featured a (very) deep V neckline, spaghetti straps that cross-crossed across her back, and a delicately pleated bottom half of the dress, underneath a cinched waist. This dress was perfect because it brought out Shailene’s natural beauty while still showing off her inner glamazon.
-Then, there was Yvonne Strahovski’s gorgeous Julien Macdonald number. This beautifully hued red dress featured clean and simple lines, a deep neckline cutting down to her midriff, and a layered slit that showed off her legs. The open spaces created by the cut makes this dress unique, but the regal red color and delicate accent jewelry keeps this look perfectly classic.
-Evan Rachel Wood mixed things up a bit by pulling off a classic look in a flared white pantsuit rather than a gown, and she looked every bit the star you would expect. Her Moschino number was a complete hit, and featured layers in the form of a little white waistcoat and a beautiful white blazer. To finish, her pants were fabulously flared. Like a true star, she finished her look with a simple, pulled-back hairstyle and dangling earrings, her style speaking for itself.
Of course, these were our favorites, but bravo to all of the women of the Emmys for their amazing fashion, this year and always!
Send Love to Texas
Posted on August 31, 2017.
As we speak, Texas is reeling from what has been called “the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade,” otherwise known as Hurricane Harvey. Thousands of Texans have been affected by the flooding and sea level rise, and currently do not have access to basic necessities, like food, shelter, clean drinking water, and electricity. Animals have been affected too, as many pets have been displaced from their owners and left on their own in rising waters. It is a disaster in the truest sense of the worst.
We know you want to help, and we want to share some resources local to Texas with you that you can donate to directly, in support of hurricane victims. Here are some organizations where donations will make an immediate impact:
-The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which has been organized by the mayor of Houston: https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/
-Red Cross is making it super easy to donate: text 90999 to instantly donate $10. You can also donate other amounts by visiting the Red Cross online at https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey
-Food banks, including the Galveston County Food Bank (http://www.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org/), the Food Bank of Corpus Christi (http://www.foodbankcc.com/), and the Houston Food Bank (http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/donate)
Sending hope and love to Texas, from Blush <3
Labor Day Perfection: Recipe + Outfit
Posted on August 28, 2017.
Labor Day is that last glimpse of the sun before we head into colder months, and the perfect time to celebrate all things summer. In honor of that last long weekend of the summer, we thought we’d share some gems for that mandatory Labor Day bbq: a refreshing, easy-to make salad recipe, and our go-to outfit to kiss summer goodbye in.
Let’s start with the food! Try this fun recipe we found for a Mexican Corn & Quinoa Salad, which takes almost no time to make, and hits the spot for a light, flavorful summer salad.
-1 cup quinoa
-4 ears worth of corn, cut from the cob
-1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
-2 green onions, sliced
-1 handful cilantro, chopped
-1 lime, juiced
-2 tablespoons crumbled cotija cheese
-chili powder to taste
-1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
-salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook quinoa (directions should be on package)
2. Combine quinoa and raw corn in a large mixing bowl with the chopped jalapeno, green onions, cilantro, lime juice, cotija cheese, and chili powder. Toss to combine.
3. Remove the avocado’s skin, and discard the pit. Place avocado flesh in a blender with a little lime juice and blend until smooth. Add a few tablespoons of water to smoothen the mixture – it should have a mayo-like consistency.
4. Toss the avocado mixture with the corn and quinoa mixture, and top with the shredded jack cheese. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Done!
Now, onto your outfit. We have just the dress for you, Blush girl. Check out our red gingham Off The Shoulder Midi Dress, which features ruffled, layered hems, and an elastic waistband for a pretty silhouette. This dress is perfect for an end of summer gathering, with elegant lines and sun-kissed shoulders out! We love.
We hope you're having the best summer! Xo
Super Fierce: New Brand Lioness
Posted on August 24, 2017.
Blush has always been about fashion-forward, unique pieces of clothing that stand on their own. The Blush girl is a trendsetter and a trail blazer, always decked out in pieces that express exactly who she is. We couldn’t be more excited about picking up super-trendy brand Lioness, an Australian brand that is already loved by celebrities and everyday fashionistas alike, and a brand we are sure all Blush girls will love as much as we do!
In a nutshell, Lioness is all about fun, flirty patterns (think lots of polka dots), need-to-touch textures like silk and velvet, and bold cuts, creating inviting silhouettes along the body. This ultra-luxurious brand’s pieces are sure to make you stand out from the crowd, whether you’re in one of their silk rompers or one of their velvet wrap dresses. Deep jewel tones mixed with neutrals complete the Lioness vibe.
Get ready to see these gorgeous pieces on our site, coming soon. We know we can’t wait to let our inner Lioness out!
Treat Yo Self: Cute Beauty Rituals
Posted on August 21, 2017.
We all have moments where we could use a little lift. Whether it’s preparation for a big night out, or coming back to life AFTER a big night out, there are some easy and soothing ways to pamper yourself. We’ve compiled a list of a few non-expensive products that will do just that, and make you absolutely glow:
-Pucker up! We’ve found an All-Natural Collagen-Infused Lip Mask that promises to plump, hydrate, and smooth your lips from the inside out. It doesn’t hurt that the packaging is adorable! This is definitely princess-level pampering… check out KNC Beauty to get ahold of this magical mask, in your choice of a 5 or 10 pack!
-Treat yourself like gold and get yourself this 24k Gold Collagen Eye Mask, which is sold in a pack of 10 on Amazon. This glitzy eye mask promises to keep the skin around your eyes pristine, free of wrinkles, and perfectly rested. These gems are a must-have for bringing out your shine before a big celebration.
-Try Sephora’s Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask, which fizzes dirt and make-up out of your skin, and features black bamboo charcoal, green tea teaoxi, and essential amino acids to rejuvenate your lovely face! A must have after a night out with the girls.
Late Summer Florals
Posted on August 17, 2017.
We are in the home stretch of summer, and it’s time to say goodbye to our favorite summer fashions for now. That’s right, get ready to set aside your favorite jean shorts, flowy crochet dresses, and crop tops. To ease you into fall, we’ve selected some floral pieces that are slightly more sophisticated than the summer florals you’ve been rocking, but still show lots of shoulder! These pieces are a little darker, and a little more subtle than summer florals, and they will get you psyched for fall fashion, which, let’s admit, is something we all look forward to (knee-high suede boots, anyone?). Here are our favorite florals, just in at Blush:
-Our Off The Shoulder Romper is super elegant and has a gorgeous, oversize floral pattern. This piece shows full shoulder, and features a delicate self-tie neckline with a key-hole cut out. The long bell sleeves are a perfect contrast to the short length of the romper, making this piece sophisticated enough for a night out – simply add a tall pair of stilettos.
-Our Off The Shoulder Dress has the perfect floral print, in subtle shades of pink and yellow. This dress features a smocked chest and fabulous layered bell sleeves, making it a fall must-have for those early September days when you long to show off your sun-kissed shoulders, but also want to look seasonally appropriate! Try this dress with a dangly pair of earrings.
-Try pairing our matching Off The Shoulder Crop Top with our Flowy Shorts for a sweet look. Featuring an adorable mini flower print, this smocked top pairs perfectly with our flared shorts of the same pattern. This is the perfect outfit for late-summer gatherings, and the best part is, you can pair both the top and bottom with other pieces.
We hope you’re having the best summer! Xoxo Blush
Back To School Must-Haves
Posted on August 11, 2017.
Summer is sadly coming to an end, and you know what that means: school is about to start! That’s not all bad news, though; it means you get to start doing some serious shopping for your back to school wardrobe! Everyone knows that this is the most important time of the year to come back with a bang, so we’ve picked a couple back to school essentials that are must-haves for ringing in the school year:
-What is the beginning of the school year without a denim jacket? We don’t even want to know. That’s why you’ve gotta check out our Shark Bite Jacket by Blank NYC. It features really cute buttons and pockets, but the kicker is the adorable frayed bottom hem, with some areas cut out slightly higher than others, making for an edgy twist to an old favorite.
-Classic button downs are never a fail, and we’ve got lots of them to satisfy your preppy girl look this fall. Whether you go for our Button Down Blouse (a pretty light blue with white stripes), our Short Sleeve Button Down (a white button down with super-cute pinned sleeves), or our Pocket Button Down (a plaid piece, if you’re feeling a little bit grunge), you can’t lose with these classics. We’d recommend getting them all, and mixing & matching your heart out!
-For an irresistibly casual-comfy look, check out our olive Cargo Pants. Almost a sweatpant, but with pocket detailing and elastic at the bottom hems, these pants are as dressed up (or as dressed down) as you want them to be. You can mix and match these babies with anything, which definitely qualifies them as essentials in our book.
Head on over to our website, or any of our 6 Miami locations, to snag these looks before they’re all gone!