Three Colorful and Functional Ways to Customize Your Planner

I have been in love with my Raspberry Saffiano Filofax, as you probably know if you've been sticking around with me for a while.  Planning, for me, is something that is practical.  I don't do a lot of stickers, I don't do a lot of decorating....I do a lot of functional stuff in my planner.  I scrapbook in my Project Life albums.  I love black and white and don't like too much clutter in my planner.  I designed my own inserts because I knew what I wanted and I couldn't find it in inserts I found online.  However, I do like to see a little color and be inspired by my planner....after all it is where I keep all my creative lists and blog plans, so it has to inspire me.
Today I want to share with you three ways you can be creative, yet functional in your planner.

Washi Tape
You don't have to go overboard when it comes to washi tape.  I don't decorate, for the most part, my weekly pages.  I write in the things I need.  But washi tape is great for me when marking things on my monthly calendar.  I can mark when I will be home, when there are birthdays, when bills are due, what goals I will accomplish, etc.  I use it as a big highlighter rather than as a decoration.  It adds color and function.  However, if I do have something special - like my two days off this week!! - I mark them with washi tape too.

Project Life or Pocket Scrapbook Cards
I've mentioned how I use these types of cards in my planner before (peep this post) but I wanted to offer it up again and show you two ways to insert them into your planner.  I love using the 4x6 cards as inspiration in my planner.  Some of them have really inspiring quotes on them so seeing that in your weekly spread can really motivate you.  So I usually punch those and insert them right into my planner since I don't tend to use 4x6 cards in my Project Life spreads.  If you do like to use your 4x6 cards you can either do the tip below or find free scrapbook cards and print them on card stock, then punch.  That way you're not wasting your good scrapbook cards!
The smaller 3x4 cards I love to use in my Project Life albums so I don't want to directly punch into the cards.  I often write down my list then slip it into my album for the month - sometimes it's favorites, sometimes it's a wishlist, etc.  Just something to document what is actually going through my mind in that month/week.  So I take some page flags, snip them in half, punch the flag part, and put the sticky end on the back of the card.  Now I haven't ruined the card and the flags are removable!

Colorful List Pads
I loooove going to the Dollar Spot in Target and scooping up their list pads.  I also find some at places like TJ Maxx & Marshalls.  These add a bit of color to the black and white look that I love but also serve a function.  I like to make running lists and I always make a Sunday list to do things before I start the week.  So colorful lists pads add a bit of inspiration and color.  This neon pink & kraft paper one I got from TJ Maxx.

So there you have it, three easy ways to customize your planner with out sacrificing function.  The biggest thing I've realized since falling down the rabbit hole of planner stuff is that the only way it will work is if you use it.  If you're not into stickers, decorating, or having multiple planners...that's great, because you don't have to be! The only way a planner will work is if it is a reflection of you so don't be intimidated by the other planners you see.  You can draw inspiration from them but you don't have to do something that's not a reflection of you.  It took me a while to realize that, though I like to take pictures and share my planner on instagram, I'm not planning for anyone else....I'm planning for me.

How do you keep your planner functional?  Are you a decorator, or do you like just a little bit of color?

xoxo, Moe


Beauty Review // Physicians Formula Matte Eyeshadow Quads

I have a whole crap ton of products I want to review here on the blog but I feel like I keep putting them off.  Today I want to share with you some matte eyeshadows from the drugstore from Physicians Formula.  I've had these for a while and have been meaning to do this review since probably like July!  Let's just get into the review!
Classic Nudes, Canyon Classics, Quartz Quartet
From the Website
A silky smooth formula that is easy to blend and safe for sensitive eyes/contact lens wearers.  Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, dermatologist approved.
claims taken from the Physicians Formula website here.

First Impression & Application
The packaging on these is different than any other packaging at the drugstore.  It's rather simple but I don't consider it sleek.  The four pans come in a gray, hard plastic compact with a see through top and small sponge applicator.
These shadows apply easily and aren't powdery.  They blend smoothly and they are quite pigmented.  I used a flat shader brush to apply the shadows to my eyelid and they built up and applied nicely.  Additionally using a fluffy brush doesn't kick up a lot of powder in the pan and you are able to blend out the shadows easily.  They don't seem to all blend into one muddied shade, either.

Wear Time
I find over the course of the day, if you have a good primer, these eyeshadows will last all day.  I didn't find that these creased or wore off over the day.  Sometimes matte shadows from the drug store don't start off very pigmented so then through the day they tend to fade away.  I didn't notice this happening with these shadows.
Classic Nudes, Canyon Classics, Quartz Quartet
Overall Impressions & Recommendations
Overall I would say that these are a great drugstore shadow collection to have.  I initially picked up Classic Nudes because the orange-brown shade reminded me of the Salted Caramel shade in my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette.  I do think that if you're going to pick up one of these shadow quads I would recommend Classic Nudes because it has three matte blending shades that would allow you to combine this palette with a lot of the shimmery palettes that come from the drugstore.  However, if you're a fan of all matte eye looks picking up these three quads would probably benefit you a lot as you can get different effects with the different shades. You can find Physicians Formula at CVS often for BOGO 50% off they also are known for printing so-many-odd-dollars off your Physicians Formula purchase.  However, Target does a BOGO free on Physicians Formula stuff during middle-ish of Summer so that would be a great time to pick these up!

I looooove these eyeshadows and think they are a great formulation from the drugstore...it isn't often that you find highly pigmented matte eyeshadows from the drugstore.  If you want a quick comparison  of quality - the matte shades in the Maybelline the Nudes palette are subpar compared to these matte quads.  You are getting, in my opinion, at least double the color pay off from the Physicians Formula quads.  

What are your favorite drugstore eyeshadows?  Any mattes you could recommend?

xoxo, Moe


Make it Monday // DIY Mixed Metal Pennant Necklace

I haven't had a Make it Monday on the blog in forever it feels like!! Today I want to share with you a super easy DIY that is inspired by a necklace I saw somewhere online.  I can't remember exactly where I saw it, but when I saw it I instantly thought I can do that!  Let's get started:
Supplies - needle nose pliers, wire cutters, assorted metal jewelry head pins or pin with a loop (15 to be exact), assorted metal jump rings (8 to be exact), thin metal jewelry chain, clasp (I used a lobster clasp), assorted tube bead and accent beads.
I used a lot of my current jewelry making stash to make this necklace so I didn't have any of the head pins with loops.  Instead, I used my wire cutters to snip off the flat end of the head pin and made my own loop.  Start by doing this if you need to, you'll need 15 of these pins.
Next, start beading.  I just used some purple tube beads and copper accent beads to create different patterns.  Once you've finished one pin, make another loop at the end so the beads don't fall off.  Repeat for all your pins.
Now, make a triangle with three of the beaded pins by opening the loop on one pin and joining it to the other.  Once you get three in a line, open the loop on the last pin and flip the first pin on to that loop.  Close the loop and you should have a triangle.  This is a bit tricky so work carefully and be patient.  Repeat until you have 5 triangles.
Lay the triangles out side by side so the top points match.  Open a jump ring and attache the first two pennants together. Open another jump ring and attach the second triangle to the first triangle.  Continue until they are all connected by their top two points. 
Put a jump ring at each end of your pennant chain to attach your thinner chain.  I measured ____ inches for each side, attached the chain to the jump rings then added the clasp with two more jump rings.
Now the necklace is done! I love the dainty look of this necklace and it would make the perfect gift for a friend or a sister.  I had so much fun seeing this idea come to life and can't wait to wear this out.  I think it would also be fun to wear to a little holiday party...of course you can wear it year round as well!

xoxo, Moe