DIY Glitter Eye

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I have had this vision of a glam glitter eye for AGES! But I suck at makeup! Haha, so I was SO excited to have the talented ladies at the BeYOUty Bureau (the same ladies who helped do that awesome tiger eye for the Be Brave dinner) create this look for me!

It’s pretty easy to do…or at least they make it look that way! And I think it would be the PERFECT glam look for Spring in any pastel shade of glitter! Are you gonna try it?

And if you’re in the mood to watch more of my crap, be sure to check out the actual ALISON SHOW haha on my YouTube channel!


Spring Sugar Cookies: Edible Flowers


Last week I wanted to bake and decorate some VERY cheerful cookies. And in my opinion there’s nothing more beautiful than some Rifle Paper Co. looking flowers. So with that color palate and the shapes as my guide I had fun making some pretty intense cookies! Haha. It was also fun using my Valentine’s day flowers, which were on their last leg, to style the pictures.

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I just can’t get enough flowers lately!

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I always decorate my cookies late at night, so the behind-the-scene shots aren’t too glam! But here you can see how many colors it takes to even do something as simple as flowers.

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My royal icing recipe/instructional video is here, but I have learned SO much since then so I have so many other tips and tricks and my recipe is a bit different. But it’s still a really good basic recipe to get you started!

I have a fun sugar cookie project underworks right now (which is why I’m not giving step-by-step or too many instructions here) and I’m excited to share more details with you later! Until then I’ll be making lots of cookies in prep for that!

In other news I wrote a piece for Babble that I have A LOT of thoughts about, and these are just some of them! But I’d love if you let me know what you think of:

Posting Online Comments: How to Put the Best Version of Yourself Out There!

which was alternately titled:

5 Questions I Ask Myself Before I Post a Comment Online

Ha! I’m not sure which one I like better, but I like discussions like this where we become conscious of all our social media interaction, and how to keep it more coherent with how we conduct ourselves in our everyday lives! So in this post we have both food, and food for thought? Or maybe just food. BAH!

Gigi was PRETTY excited when I told her one of these fancy cookies was for her, and I was pretty excited that she wanted to share it with me Lady and the Tramp style.

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I love that girl!

Happy reading, happy baking and happy commenting! I love you all!


Be Brave Dinner for Bing at Alt Summit 2014

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About a month ago I was lucky enough to get to design a dinner sponsored by Bing, which was part of the Alt Summit blogging conference. (You might remember I did a dinner for Microsoft for Alt Summit last year!)

Modern Atelier helped make this awesome time-lapse video of the set-up! I think you’ll love it! Or at least I do. HA! I really wanted a video of the set-up and event because I think it does SUCH a better job at helping capture the space and giving you some dinner party ideas and inspiration for a soiree of your own!

Anyway, this dinner was TOO MUCH FUN! I hinged the theme around this really fantastic video that Bing put out about brave women of 2013. Kind of like a year-in review, you MUST watch it. I cry EVERY time (shocker).

These little sponsored dinners take place the night before the conference (a lot of brands host them and they usually have about 20-40 guests) as a way for people to meet on a smaller scale before heading into the giant conference. I LOVED the idea of a really positive night filled with a message we all need to hear before we head into a large room full of really beautiful, successful well-dressed women: BE BRAVE.

I decided the best way to do this was to have the guests greeted by a 6-foot cutout tiger, that Roxy Marj illustrated and I made, and a sign simply stating the theme.

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We used tiny cut-out tigers, that were glittered around the edges in the gorgeous floral vines that Lizy Bowden made.

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It’s hard to come up with swag that people ACTUALLY want and that is easy to take home in a suit case, so I was PRETTY pleased with myself for thinking of commissioning¬†Roxy Marj¬†to make us some custom glasses cases with the theme on them, and Natalie, my favorite human, and my contact at Bing! thought of filling them with fabulous sunglasses from Moorea-Seals beautiful shop!

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Also, these dinners are ALL about the Instagram, so the place settings also had some cut-out tiger masks, and little “ROAR” tattoos. I don’t like to do throw-away things for parties, but sometimes it’s worth it for a good photo-op!

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Don’t you love how sassy the tigers are? I love them leaning against the black taper candles. Also, how SEXY ARE BLACK CANDLES?! I know.

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People ended up using my jacket as a prop! Hahaha. This is Michael Wurm Jr. of Inspired by Charm, I’ve wanted to meet him FOR FOREVER so I was giddy he was at the dinner.

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This was the entrance table. Lizy did the lovely arrangement and I made a custom temp tattoo to put the #bingbebrave hashtag on the mirror.

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This is Natalie. The Bing babe of the century. Funny side note, Natalie took the tiger back with her to Microsoft! How, I do not know. She says that he’s in her office and people come in all the time to talk to her and DO NOT notice that he’s there. HAHAHA.

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Obviously I needed some really FANCY makeup, you know, as the event planner of the dinner. So the girls as the BeYOUty Bureau dolled me up. This is Ashleigh doing my tiger eyes, and Kayti literally took the earrings off her ears and gave them to me to wear.

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People got really into the theme and it was SO fun and not stuffy. I was SO so happy with the way everything turned out!

It was such a TREAT to work with Bing on this dinner! They are such an amazing company to work with and I sincerely respect them so much for being so behind this theme.





Dreamy Spring Craft Ideas

all picture sources here

See my 7 Pretty Craft Ideas That Will Have You Dreaming of Spring here!

Just last night some friends and I were talking about how we’ve just been ITCHING to craft! Usually I get my crafting fix! But lately my work-time hours have been filled with editing videos, filming, writing posts, returning emails, and some social media consulting on the side! BLAH BLAH BLAH! Gimme some scissors!

The inspiration above includes some of my past spring crafts and some other projects I think look great! Be sure to check out the full post on my Babble blog.

Has the season change been inspiring you too? We spent a couple of hours at the park today and it was BLISS! Rad didn’t even know what to do with all that sunshine.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! I have a lot of awesome things coming up next week, including two videos for my channel and some other fun stuff!


watercolor tutorial part 5: mediums and techniques

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I know I left you all hanging for Part 5 in Yao’s Watercolor Series! But the holidays and all that jazz just tend to take over! But now that Spring is in the air, it feels like the perfect time to bust out some color! So here you go!

This is part 5 of 5! If you need to catch up you can check out Yao’s whole series here.

And DO NOT miss Yao’s free downloadable stationary she did for us here!

Now take it away Yao!

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