How 2 Make Custom Sunglasses This Summer.

image1Ditch those pricey designer sunglasses and turn your inexpensive pairs into custom works of art with this fun tutorial using $16 glasses from TopShop and supplies from Michaels Arts & Crafts

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Get “Leid” This Summer With The Perfect Flower Necklace.

How 2 Get Leid This Summer! Watch this video tutorial I made while I was making a lei for my step-daughter’s graduation and learn how simple it is to make this beautiful necklace out of flowers!

Celebrate The Derby In Style! The Hats, The Cocktails & The Roses.

Sport and fashion are coming together once again for one of my favorite days of the year, The Kentucky Derby. I always get super excited for the derby because of all of the tradition that it offers. From the hats, to the roses and mint juleps, The Kentucky Derby in my opinion is the most fabulous event of the year! Most of us aren’t lucky enough to make it to the worlds most famous horse race itself but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in style at home! It’s time to dry those tears and recreate the derby magic with your friends and family. Check out this segment I just filmed and learn How 2 make the hats, the drinks and the flowers! Followed by the recipe below.

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What sets the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks apart from other sports and entertainment events? Is it the world-class horses? The Hollywood stars? The romantic Twin Spires? Well, first and foremost, it’s the hats!!

Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby hat parade is much of what makes “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” one of the greatest people-watching events in the world! From the fantastic to the sublime, there are no rules or limits when it comes to choosing your Derby hat.

The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon is privileged and honored to be a part of that tradition.

Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.

TheReady-to-Serve Cocktail is a staple at the track the rest of the year as well. You can also find the Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail at your local retailer. The commemorative bottles have become collectors’ items for many, capturing the mood and spirit of the famous Churchill Downs track and Kentucky Derby race. If the Old Forester Ready-to-Serve Cocktail is not available from your local retailer, you can make your own with this time-honored recipe:

The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe

Old Forester Mint Julep

  • Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon
  • Silver Julep Cups

rosesThe roses were first established as part of the Derby celebration when they were presented to all the ladies attending a fashionable Louisville Derby party. The roses were such a sensation, that the president of Churchill Downs, Col. Lewis Clark, adopted the rose as the race’s official flower. The rose garland now synonymous with the Kentucky Derby first appeared in the 1896 when the winner, Ben Brush, received a floral arrangement of white and pink roses.

In 1904 the red rose became the official flower of the Kentucky Derby. The tradition was strengthened when, in 1925, New York sports columnist Bill Corum, later the president of Churchill Downs, dubbed the Kentucky Derby the “Run for the Roses.” The garland as it exists today was first introduced in 1932 for the 58th running won by Burgoo King.

Each year, a garland of more than 400 red roses is sewn into a green satin backing with the seal of the Commonwealth on one end and the Twin Spires and number of the race’s current renewal on the other. Each garland is also adorned with a “crown” of roses, green fern and ribbon. The “crown,” a single rose pointing upward in the center of the garland, symbolizes the struggle and heart necessary to reach the Derby Winner’s Circle.

Each year the Governor of Kentucky and other dignitaries also present the winning jockey with a bouquet of 60 long stemmed roses wrapped in 10 yards of ribbon.

VIPsmalllogoThis year I am VIPinking my Annual How2Girl Kentucky Derby Ladies Luncheon turning it into not only a fun, girls only social event but we are having raffles and the proceeds go directly to Bright Pink Org. A leading non-profit that raises awareness and funds for breast and ovarian cancer. To learn how to incorporate giving back to Bright Pink and entertain for a cause for your next event go to www.VIPINK.org and you can learn more about Bright Pink at www.BrightPink.org

 

Get My Exclusive Offer On The Hottest New Watch Of The Season For Under $50!

coachella-street-style-08-gigi-hadidUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve been seeing loads and loads of killer Boho looks this season. From the runway to Coachella every fashionista is bringing out their inner hippie and I just love it! From Fergie to Gigi Hadid at Coachella to Kendall Jenner rocking the the catwalk it seems everywhere you look: magazines, fashion blogs and everywhere on social media the boho babes have taken over.

treeThere’s no place better than a festival to bring out your inner hippie. I’ve been going to Coachella the past 10 years and I always get inspired by all of the creativity girls exute when putting their ensambles together.

 

rs_634x1024-150411101124-634.fergie.cm.41115 It’s so crazy, all of these outfits have been planned for literally months in advance. The festival circuit is basically one big fashion show, for girls at least. I wasn’t able to make it to Coachella this year because of my work schedule and flying out to see my husband Nikki on the road with his band Sixx: AM but I just attended The Stagecoach Country Music Festival for the first time ever! I’m super excited about this because it’s basically a country music version of Coachella. This weekend my inner Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader finally came out! I had the white leather fringe jacket and everything.  While I didn’t go as far to plan my outfits out months in advance I did plan out my accessories because every How2Girl knows the right accessories can dress up and give much needed pazazz to even the most basic outfit. As I was searching and searching I came across the hottest new product!

 

HippieChicLet me introduce you to Hippie Chic. It’s a watch and a bracelet in one. Super affordable, very bohemian yet can be worn with jeans and a t-shirt too. When I stumbleled upon this I thought what a clever idea! It’s one size fits all, it’s totally on trend, it’s affordable and is great for any age. I bought one for my mom, a few for my girlfriends and one for my stepdaughter for her middle school graduation present. Long story short, I’m so in love with these that I got ahold of the company and have teamed up with them with an exclusive How2Girl offer. I even gifted them to the top female artists at Stagecoach like Cassadee Pope. This is a limited edition set from Hippie Chic, and the first time that the product is being made available in the US. So get em while they’re hot!

 

Hippie Chic is your perfect fashion accessory – a quirky and feminine watch with a bohemian vibe. Its leather strap is adorned with wooden beads and charms. With a vintage face and braided cord bracelets complimenting the “stacking” trend, Hippie Chic will add a BoHo feel and laid back style to your outfit.

Be the envy of all your friends. Get yours today before they’re all gone. (limited quantity available)

Watch Details:

Case Size: 22mm x 22mm x 7mm

Strap Width: 11mm

Weight: .7 oz

Materials: Leather, cotton rope, wooden beads, alloy charms

Movement: Seiko PC21S

Water Resistance Depth: 1

To order this adorable and affordable watch click here to go to HippieChic’s page.

My Top 3 Simple & Fabulous Yogurt Facial Mask Recipes!

aab45b790a8f7cfa_50282661.previewEvery girl knows that regular washing, exfoliating and moisturizing are all essential for your complexion but when there’s other skin issues at hand such as acne and excess oil, most of the time they can be only be cured by facials.  If you’re experiencing mishaps with your complexion or you just want to get your skin bright, glowy at beautiful this Spring, it’s essential to include facial masks in your beauty regimen.

susan-sarandonWhenever I’m lucky enough to go to a spa which is usually for my birthday, I always get the 411 on all the hottest new treatments available. I recently was at the world famous Ojai Valley Spa & Inn for my wedding anniversary when I stumbled upon three fabulous masks on the menu. Surprisingly the ingredients were all organic and super simple. So I thought, why not recreate these at home. Famous celebrities like Madonna Photo 2013Madonna and Susan Sarandon have splurged on these facials in Ojai but lets face it, we all can’t go to the spa religiously to take care of our skin.

So today, instead of using up all your savings to buy high-priced facials, why not make your own? Now without further a due, here are my top 3 How2Girl Yogurt Mask Recipes to get your skin fabulous this season.

 

imagesYogurt and Oatmeal Facial Mask 

If you’re looking to sooth and hydrate your skin this mask is for you. Just combine one tablespoon of organic yogurt and one tablespoon of finely ground oatmeal in a bowl. Mix the ingredients well. Dip the spoon into hot water for a few minutes then pour a small amount of honey. After warming the honey in the microwave, add to the mixture and stir well. Apply the facial mask on your face and leave it there for about ten minutes. To remove the mask, rinse your face with warm water then wipe using warm cloth.

 

1394646927_eggsYogurt and Egg White Facial Mask 

If your skin could use some tightening and firming you’ll love putting your eggs to good use with this mask. Mix up two egg whites with 2 tbsp of plain yogurt in a bowl. Making sure to mix well before applying to face. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe the face with warm cloth.

 

HoneyYogurt and Honey Facial Mask 

Do your pores need some tightening? Then you’ll love this mask! Just combing 2 tbsp of yogurt and 2 tbsp of honey and squeeze of lemon into a bowl.

Hope you love these 3 easy and quick recipes as much as I do. For more DIY for the girl on the go follow me @How2Girl on Twitter and Instagram and tune into How2Girl Radio only on iHeartRadio.