Get Spooky With Flaming Cocktails!

FlamingCocktail2The best way to spend this holiday is to entertain in style and frighten your guests with flaming cocktails. Love this recipe I found courtesy of Drink Nation. I will be making these cocktails on Halloween for my guests, I love them and know you will too!

Pumpkin Pie

1/3 shot Kahlua
1/3 shot Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/3 shot Tequila (white)
1 dash cinnamon

Carefully layer this shot with Kahlua on the bottom, Bailey’s in the middle, and tequila on top. Light the tequila on fire and sprinkle with cinnamon. Down it. It’s just like warm pumpkin pie.

 

It’s That Time of The Year Again! My Annual How2Girl Pumpkin Carving Contest!

painted_pumpkins_booFasten your seat belts because its finally my favorite time of year again!!! I always love seeing all of you’re creativity and the passion you put into your pumpkins. I’m constantly blown away at the fabulous designs you come up with! Please send in your creations to info@how2girl.com before the end of the month for some killer prizes in the form of gift cards to Michaels Arts & Crafts!

Spooky Wine Glasses.

This project is an oldie but a goodie! I wanted to do something a little fun and different with the wine glasses we have… I decided to paint the stems and bases with black chalkboard spray paint. This makes them not only look cool and spooky but allows you to write your guests name on the glass! No one will misplace their drink at this party! Plus they look cool all year around, no need to only use them for Halloween!

 

 

Here’s what you will need:

Wine glasses. I used ours from Crate & Barrel $5 a piece.

Chalkboard Spray Paint $5 -Home Depot.

Latex or plastic gloves.

Painters masking tape.

Chalk

Start out by taking a small piece of painters masking tape and taping around the top of the stem. You want to make sure it is even and flat so you get a nice line once your paint dries and you remove the tape. Continue adding more tape working your way up the glass about an inch or two. This makes sure that when you spray you are only spraying the stem and base.

Put on plastic or newspaper and spray the stem and base at close range (4-5 inches away) Cover it where it is even but don’t overspray or it will start dripping. Let dry for 10 minutes and repeat.

 

Let dry for an hour then remove the tape.

You’re almost done! Now you can write your guests name on them with your chalk and you’re all set and when you want to remove the name just use a dish towel with a little bit of water and it will come right off. Enjoy!

How 2 Turn Your Walls Into Suede.

cn_image_4.size.hotel-zaza-dallas-dallas-united-states-104751-5I was recently lucky enough to stay at The Hotel Za Za in Dallas, Tx with Nikki on tour.   If you ever get a chance to go, do it!!! This hotel is drop dead gorgeous. The room I was staying in had these killer suede walls. They were so beautiful I had to go over and touch them, but when I did I was surprised that it was in fact paint! Not suede. So sneaky! I couldn’t believe how much it really looked like suede, they must have saved so much money replicating the suede look rather than upholstering suede which would cost a small fortune. After speaking with an expert painter friend I found out how to do it and I want to share this easy and fabulous paint technique with you! Nikki and I recently moved and will be using this same technique for our bedroom walls.

 

 

Ralph-Lauren-suede-paint-colors-tipsThe suede paint finish provides the soft, grainy visual texture of real suede and makes any room feel very cozy. Suede-finish latex (water based) paint contains a special additive that produces a grainy appearance. If you want to go with a more traditional suede appearance it’s great to pick a color with earthy tones like browns, creams, tans and reds. I love the look of sided walls in libraries, offices, bathrooms, dining rooms and even bedrooms. With this technique  you really feel like you’re getting the steal of the century because it looks exactly like suede without the hefty price tag.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Painters tape

Drop cloths

Primer, tinted to the top coat color

Paint roller with tray

Suede finish latex paint

Small paintbrush for cutting in

A Foam roller

A 4in paintbrush

*All available at The Home Depot

1. Prep the walls for painting. Make sure they are clean and tape off all of your edges with your painters tape and lay your drop cloth.

2. Apply the tinted primer to all of the walls and let dry completely.

3. Using your small paintbrush and the suede paint cut in around the room. For a video tutorial on how to do this click here.

photo 14. Using your roller and tray cover your walls rolling in a zig zag pattern working in 2 ft by 2 ft sections.

5. Continue onto the next 2ft by 2 ft area and repeat the process until the wall is filled with your beautiful suede paint.

6. Using your foam roller dipped in paint slowly go over the painted section making sure it’s nice and smooth.

7. Repeat until the entire wall is covered and allow to dry completely.

photo 38. Using the 4in paintbrush, apply a second coat of paint in crosshatch stroked along the entire wall beginning at the upper corner working from the top to the bottom, then left to right.

 

This technique will give you the soft shading look on the wall.

9. Let dry and that’s it. You’re all done, such a super simple painting project with amazing results! Enjoy.

 

 

 

Steal The Look This Fall!

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 11.54.50 AMLast weekend in Las Vegas I was the beauty ambassador for the Wet n’ Wild Cosmetics #StealTheLook beauty event at the iheartradio village festival. It was so fun being their special guest and helping bring awareness to their revolutionary new app allowing you to snap a picture of your favorite makeup look and recreate it at home and on a budget. As you can guess when I first tried it out I was super excited because it was right up the How2Girl alley. I stole Taylor Swifts look. After meeting her at the iheartradio festival I was obsessed with those red lips and I found the perfect shade for me. The Steal The Look App lets you lift any look you love from a high fashion celebrity on a magazine cover to your bestie down the block. All you have to do is just snap a pic of a look you love or grab one from your phones camera roll. Next you can use your finger to find the identical lipstick shade and eyeshadows. Pick your skin color and watch Wet n’ Wild make a perfect match and customize all of the products you need to steal the look just for you! You can even share the look via twitter and Facebook or purchase the products right then and there! The best part is every Wet n’ Wild product is under $6 so it works on every How2Girl’s budget! For more info follow Wet n’ Wild on Twitter and Instagram @wetnwildbeauty and go to your app store and download the app for free!taylor