Happy Friday, friends! In this video I show you how to make three really cool, Anthropologie inspired jewelry pieces with just a few items from your craft closet. I upcycled a satin robe belt to make the bracelet/choker really pop with my DIY’d oven baked clay ring wrapped in simple embroidery thread. The earrings were both super easy to shape up - and I LOVE that they are NOT perfect! A simple wrap and tie of strong quilting thread was all I needed to make sure the handmade tassels and earring hooks attached to the earrings. It's so much easier than it looks! I just wrapped and wrapped until I like the way it looked and secured the earring hooks and tassels! I hope you enjoy this easy tutorial! What is your favorite modern boho style jewelry? I have a feeling these minimal jewelry pieces of stone and tassel earrings are going to be worn all summer long! So lightweight and summery!
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I'm going to be super honest. Some days filming videos for my channel feels soooooo natural and others feel forced, weird or like a total fail. Sometimes I go to edit a video and I'm like "what the heck am I even doing this for???". But then there are the fun videos - like this one. The music is perfect, the footage we got was pretty fun and overall, I'm stoked to have a video memory of my life in this moment. I can't even tell you guys how many times I can go from one extreme to the other of "yes, do you boo, I'm creating something from nothing and I am proud!" to "honestly what is this even for and how many people make fun of me for doing YouTube?". I know the latter is like "geez louise, calm yoself" but like, hello - I'm human.
I would love to consistently live the advice I give to my friends, siblings and husband. I tell them to “do you boo, don’t care what anyone thinks, do what makes you happy, you have so much to offer, keep going, rock that red lipstick, wear that outfit, be confident, you are amazing, valued, loved, and you are trying”. But I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t experience self doubt. I do try and work to not focus on those rough patches but it’s really easy to get stuck in my head about all the negatives that come with creating something from nothing. But, on the other hand, the joy I receive from finishing a video I am proud of, creating a graphic that I like and even simply accomplishing these things, is pretty great.
I’m only telling you guys this so that you know that just because I make videos, post on this blog, use all the #hashtags on my Instagram and work on growing my ~creative flow~… I still feel silly and I can more often than not, doubt everything. Am I good enough? Am I embarrassing myself? Is this silly? The things we put on the internet- the perfectly edited image, the happy videos, the blog posts… those things are beautiful, fun and lighthearted - but there is also a real person behind all of it. A real, insecure, and vulnerable person.
I tell you all these things because I hope you find encouragement from this. You can do anything you set your mind to. If you want to try making videos, start a blog, post pretty pictures on Instagram and join that creative and aspiring community, you totally can. And you will more than likely experience feeling down about yourself after scrolling too deep in someone’s perfectly laid out Instagram feed or how amazingly edited "so and so's" YouTube video’s are but at the end of the day, creating something from nothing is pretty impressive and if you are proud and it brings you joy, then do you, boo. This creative world is open to everyone and the amount of fulfillment I receive from this, even through the seasons of doubt, is incredible. I invite everyone to just freakin’ go for it. Do you, don’t worry what people think about you and pursue things that bring you joy. You have so much to offer, you are valued, you are made in the image of God and you can be a creative being in this world full of creative beings.
And that’s pretty beautiful.
P.S. I made a new video - it’s silly, it’s us. It’s something I am proud of and something that brings me joy. I hope it brings you joy, too ;)
This video is all about what’s in my makeup bag! From budget friendly makeup products, my ride or die favorites, fun lip colors for everyday and a few surprises, you’ll see piece by piece all the goodies that get me through my morning. My go to, makeup staples that have been with me for years (hello, anastasia brow wiz and revlon matte balm!) and even a new #oldie fave, you'll see it all. After receiving a box full of Glossier makeup products, I've tested and reviewed each product and found my favorites! Two Glossier products even made it to my makeup bag. Can you guess which ones? What are your makeup bag essentials?
Bare Minerals Original Foundation Fairly Light
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 20
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe
Glossier Boy Brow
Glossier Cloud Paint in Haze
Revlon Matte Balm in Standout and Passionate
NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken
Milani Matte Lipstick in 65 Matte Glam
Axe Styling Messy Look Flexible Paste
Young Living Essential Oils in Peppermint and Lavender
Yup, I'm now over half-way through my twenties and it hurt just a little bit. Anyone with me on that one? I know it's silly because, hello, I'm still in my twenties but also, hello, I'm that much closer to 30. Lord help me. Just kidding but not really. People love their thirties, right?
This weekend my sistahs (aka bffs) came to Dallas and spent two nights with me in a hotel for #girlsnight during my bday weekend. After a hiccup of an insane Texas storm and a little bit of flooding on the ROADS where people DRIVE, they got to our apartment safely and we popped open a bottle of wine - #birthday. It's always a long, interesting decision as we try to figure out where to take everyone to eat, but since it was my birthday, they happily obliged to go to the slightly weird mexican-ranch style restaurant "Mariano's" and we all ate just a bit too much. We loaded back up in the car and sang to Plus One (v old school Christian music) and went straight to Target. We needed snacks. And more wine.
We had so much fun just hanging out and laughing - pretty much all we do anytime we are together! And - you guessed to - we DID get sister tattoos. The idea to get them this birthday weekend was super last minute but we've always wanted to do it. We all settled on this circle idea and love the fact that we can add a fourth one for our brother if he is willing to get them with us! *wink face* AND we all decided adding an asterisk at the end for our bud Sean would just be the icing on the cake. TBD on this. #oooo*
This marks my second tattoo and I am obsessed with it! Funny enough, I've gotten both tattoos on my birthday and with people I love. For years I bounced around the idea if I thought I could (or if I wanted to) be a person with tattoos. But when I got the first tat idea to get a matching tattoo of our handwritten middle names with my husband, it was an absolute no brainer. Same with this past Saturday night! When I decided where I wanted this sister tattoo, it was an immediate #hellyes. I love that my tattoos are for people I love and done with people I love.
The rest of my birthday was just spending time with my favorite people (minus a few), eating at some of my favorite spots, drinking wine with my favorite people and making hilarious memories. When you're with the Broun's (ps that's my maiden name) you are BOUND to have a weird/hilarious/amazing/crazy time. We just function that way.
On Sunday, my actual birthday, Daniel made everyone breakfast and I forced (not really but kinda) everyone to watch a "what's on Alyssa's iPhone picture gallery fiesta on the apple tv" movie. It honestly just ended up happening and we all laughed at some of the amazing stories that come with them.
On June 4th at midnight, Daniel face-timed me (because I was staying in a hotel with my sistah's for #birthday weekend) and sang happy birthday to me with little Marble in her birthday hat. It was so dang cute. I love my family.
Last week Daniel and I went on a casual date night to drinks and a movie. Here is what I wore! I paired my trusty, Old Navy clearance romper with a thrifted denim vest, TJMaxx Steve Madden espadrilles, a thrifted purse and handmade jewelry. Our first stop was in front of this crazy western place right off Lamar Street. I've always wanted to stop and take pictures at this fun mural but have never had a reason! After some joking around and filming some outfit footage, we drove a few minutes down the street to The Cedars Social. I really love this spot! It has a really cool vibe and has great cocktails. There is a little library nook in the bar area that is a total 1960's throw back (I of course made a b-line for it). I'm not one for a super fancy, well made drink but this one hit the spot. I had a delicious, spicy jalepeno & green bell pepper drink but for the life of me, I can't remember what they called it! Super delicious. Daniel stuck to a bourbon neat. Without planning on it, we caved and got the kobe & pork meatballs and they were soooooo yum. With just enough time to catch our movie, we headed back down the street to Alamo Drafthouse and saw Guardian's of the Galaxy. It was great. V much recommend. V much recommend Alamo Drafthouse. It's the best.
Be sure to stick around for the bloopers. They are my FAVORITE part.
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I thought it would be fun to film a healthy grocery haul to share with you guys! I found so many interesting, healthy grocery snacks and odd items at my local health food store and wanted to share them with you. A few of these items are (or have become) rotating staples in my pantry. Since this was filmed two weeks ago, I can confirm that everything I bought was SUPER tasty and worth my pennies! Check out the video to see healthy cookies, crackers, roasted beans and my favorite drinks I have every day!
A few items from the video:
I literally don't even know where to begin. I have been the biggest fan of this girl for years. Nikki Phillippi has a YouTube channel focusing on lifestyle, music, & beauty. She has the cutest little family and biggest heart. I remember stumbling upon her YouTube channel in 2013 and immediately thinking "this girl could totally be my friend". She's a young, kind, Christian gal married to her best friend. She loves singing, fashion, being kind and giving beautiful advice/encouragement that this world needs. I found her at a time in my life where I was feeling down and lost and (even if it sounds cheese) I really felt like God brought her into my life for a reason. She's been a sounding board in my life and I feel like she always puts her best out there as her truest self and loves on others immensely. I'd love to meet her one day and give her the biggest hug. Everyone needs to give her channel and instagram a look and just soak in her encouragement and realness!
SWEETS: Chameleon, Simple Mills + RawMio Chocolate goodies
Guys. The chocolate cravings (and literally all bad foods) have been so real this week if you KNOW WHAT I MEAN *WINK WINK*. I got home from a 5 day work trip on Sunday and Daniel was picking me up from my boss lady's house. I texted him that I was desperate for the Simple Mills chocolate chip cookies from our pantry but he told me he'd already left the apartment. THE DISTRAUGHT. It's okay though, we rushed home and I scarfed down more than I am proud of (10). People, I need you to understand. These delicious little cookies taste JUST LIKE CHIPS AHOY but have only the best and cleanest ingredients. Even Daniel was super surprised! You've got to check them out! It's been soooo helpful having these sweet treats around the house when I get that hankering. I'm so glad this week is over though because I'm feelin' it! I've been a fan of the Chameleon Cold Brew Mocha flavor for several years and it's literally one of my absolute favorite things. I like to just add a splash to a huge cup of ice water if I want a little hint of flavor. I purchased the RawMio chocolate bar on a whim while I was out shopping Monday and crampin' like a mad woman. The bar was like $6 but let me just tell you - it was worth it.
Things: JustFab Sandal + Slip-on
These bad boys came in the mail on Wednesday and you could say I'm in love. I've wanted a slip on shoe similar to Brother Vellies for a while and several companies have their own versions of them. I have an authentic pair of babouche nude slip ons from First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas but haven't worn them yet because I feel like they need to be jazzed up a bit! These were a nice neutral option for a great price. I purchased both the sandal and slip on through their first timer VIP program - so the two were only $39. I probably won't keep my membership due to the fact I don't buy new shoes each month but I am glad I've tried out JustFab. The shoes are a pretty nice quality and the fit is great! The slip ons are a little short for my foot but I can totally still make them work. I wore the black sandal all day Thursday! Love the simple embroidery and lace up detail.
Music: HOlly Maher
I remember in 2013 sitting at my old job, at my old desk, reading Love Taza's blog and seeing this precious video. Yes, people, I did read a blog at that job. It was a pretty boring desk job and I got my work done early so often!! Anyway, I just loved the song they paired with this video and for some reason lately, I've had it on repeat. It's sweet & simple & lovely. Naomi is a precious NYC mom with the cutest family and style. You need to go check out her blog if you like this video!
I'm Alyssa, thanks for stopping by! A few things: I enjoy laughing, making youtube videos and thrift shopping. Currently listening to "Last Night" by The Strokes. I like my coffee black and my preferred method of maxin' & relaxin' is with my husband and pup.