Sprucing up my office (Part1)

I like pretty things.. who doesn't??
I feel like I always need to take an average item and make it spectacular! 

I got darling new cards from Tiny Prints, and I knew they couldn't just sit in my drawer! 
I found a few of these little dishes in a clearance spot in Tai Pan (a home decor store).. but they were blue, and nothing in my office is blue!
So I broke out my gold leaf and enhanced it's natural beauty!

Stay tuned for some other small ways I am sprucing up my workspace.


"Welcome to the World of Art and Culture Through Travel” — The World’s Best Child-Friendly Museums

Despite the fact that kids look forward to family holidays because they can escape school, this doesn’t mean to say their learning should stop. In fact, travelling can open up a child’s mind to all manner of historic subjects and cultural delights.
The thought of going to a museum might not be that appealing at first, but there are numerous institutions all around the world that cater for the wants and needs of children. Once they’re there, your kids are bound to have an interesting yet thoroughly enjoyable time.
With this in mind, here are some of the world’s best child-friendly museums.

Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York
This particular attraction “celebrates the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life.” But in addition to marveling at innovative and imaginative pieces of art, kids can see how they’re made as well.
At its family days, MAD has a range of hands-on workshops and fun-filled activities for kids to participate in. And a day at the museum can be an inexpensive day out too if you have a Museum of Arts and Design voucher.

National Gallery, London

With audio tours and printed trails, the National Gallery goes the extra mile when it comes to accommodating families. Kids can listen to the audio tours “Teach your Grown-Ups about Art,” “Art Detectives,” and “A Right Royal Tour” to make their visit that bit more entertaining.
Alternatively, follow one of the printed trails, which look at some of the gallery’s most important paintings and the secret meanings behind pictures of flowers.

Jardin des Plantes and Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Sometimes the most beautiful and beguiling pieces of art aren’t actually created by man. At the Jardin des Plantes botanical garden, kids can discover various exotic plants on show and get lost in the mazes of topiary.
While here, you can also visit the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, located in the park’s grounds. Although the interactive displays will be well liked by children, the installation of stuffed animals is sure to amaze and astonish.
Even if your kids aren’t that keen on the idea of going to a museum, all of these attractions are guaranteed to provide lots of fun. All the while, they’ll educate children about how important and interesting art and culture is.


Fun with Tulips by Andrea Queen B

 Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, and although they look amazing by themselves
I thought I'd have a little fun with them and add in some Lepto {Leptospermum}
The only drawbacks about Tulips I have are, that they just don't last :(
They are a bit pricey for having such a short life span.
Easy at-home flower arrangement
Can you tell I love Black, White and Hot Pink!?
Don't be afraid to add another color or texture in with your tulips..

..or they always look incredible all by themselves!
 Come join my party on instagram.. I blog here, but I micro-blog almost everyday there! 
Plus, I am always giving random stuff away, and chances of winning are always good!

Photos taken by: Sarah Anderson


Brave and Beautiful - Share your Light!

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!
I am all for the hot pink lips, anytime, anywhere! ow ow

Stripped bare, no makeup, no jewels, no shoes..
and I am still me, beautiful me.
Let's face it, I like to wear makeup! I mean for heavens sake I have been obsessed with makeup since I could talk, and trained professionally in makeup artistry for over 15 years!
I love to enhance a woman's (or my own) natural beauty with makeup, but we don't NEED it.
Society tells us we do, but we don't!
I am very lucky to have a husband who tells me that when I am in sweats, and no makeup.. it's his favorite. .. cue the AWE's  ;)

I have found that is is SO important to approve of yourself, love yourself, respect yourself, and be downright kind to yourself. 
Look in the Mirror and tell yourself you LOVE you!
Seriously! YOU are the BOMBDIGGITY!!!
Look no further than yourself for everything you have ever wanted in this life.
Happiness, success, health, and wealth are all a state of mind.. and you are the only one in control of your thoughts... So make them good ones!!


Favorite Lip Color Combinations


Boy, I have missed my readers!
 It's a darn good thing Pinterest keeps giving my site high traffic rates!
{Thank you Pinterest!}

I thought I would jump in and share my 2 favorite Lip Color Combos!

I got these first two at ULTA!

oh and P.S. The Lip Injection is pretty powerful, so don't cake it on your lips OUCH!

 These two were purchased at a MAC counter {that's pretty obvious I guess}
Have fun playing with your makeup, start mixing what you already have!
 I bet you come up with some dynamite colors!!


Makeup Tutorial by Andrea Queen B ~Yellow and Green~

Those of you who know me well, know that I wear MANY hats!! LOL
One of which is Makeup Artist/Stylist!
I have been in the makeup and beauty industry professionally for over 15 years, 
and I LOVE IT!
It is one more way that I get to CREATE!
I have prepared this tutorial for you by the request of many.. 
I hope it is helpful, and I am already working on more!