How to Care for Your Henna

Two summers ago I taught myself to do basic henna designs and spent days doodling up and down my arm/hand and on my legs. It was so much fun to learn the different techniques and it was so soothing as well (a sort of meditation-y vibe). As the time progressed, I got busier and found little time to continue. This past weekend I attended the Renaissance Festival in Pittsburgh with my fiance’s family and when I came to the henna booth I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

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It was so peaceful getting this done and I am obsessed with the artwork so it should come as no shock that I want to keep it intact for as long as possible. I asked the artist what were her tips for caring for your henna so it lasts as long as possible and this is what she told me:

  1. Clean the area you are applying the henna and make sure that it is completely dry.
  2. Apply the henna design and let it dry for 30 min to an hour.
  3. Once dry apply a sugar and lemon mixture to the hand (this helps the design to stay on the area better).
  4. Once the mixture is set, leave the henna paste on your hand for 3-4 hours (wrapped lightly and left on over night will give you the best results!). When you are ready, take the paste off. Your design will initially look lighter. Allow up to 24 hours for your design to look darkest.
  5. She also suggested that anyone who is a hairdresser, bartends, or works in water all day, should apply coconut oil to the henna if it is placed on your hand or lower arm.

If you follow these few steps, your henna has a better chance of lasting longer and keeping its color more uniformly.

 

As always,

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16 Outfit Ideas for this Football Season

If you have been following along with us these past few months on here and on Instagram (@fourofakinddiaries) then you know we are BIG football fans. Blame it on our Uncle being in the league and our parents taking us to dozens and dozens of games to us growing up in the best professional football town around (HERE WE GO STEELERS!).

Here is a little throwback of some outfits that we thought were so cute at the time.. Painted t shirts may I say more…

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Now on to some cute outfits that will make you feel like the big winner when it comes to cheering on your favorite team!

1|Off the shoulder top, jeans, espadrille flats, and statement earrings

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 2|Halter football jersey and white jeans

We received this jersey from our aunt so many years ago but love it so much. Anyone up for a little DIY???

3|Vintage T-shirt and High Waisted Shorts

4|Simple Tank and Jeans

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5| JERSEYSS!!!!

This should come as no surprise and most of the time they are not flattering on me, but if you pair it with the right things they are so totally cute.

The jerseys we are wearing are from Mitchell and Ness and are so soft and figure flattering.

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I’m wearing my jersey with neon tassel earrings and dark skinnies. Hope is wearing a jersey t shirt with light skinnies. Noelle is wearing her jersey with white shorts. Sophia is wearing her jersey t shirt with overly distressed jeans.

6| Custom Crewneck

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While the football season starts when it is nice, sunny, and warm outside, once the season progresses the weather is anything but pretty. These crewnecks from @belleandwhistles are everything! Soft, warm, and stylish.

Check them out here: belle-whistles.com

7|T shirt, shorts, and a flannel

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This shirt is from belle-whistles.com as well!

8|Boots, skinnies, belle and whistles long sleeve, and a jacket

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9| T shirt and bright tassel earringsFullSizeRender(216)

Earrings: borntobedesigns.com

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This seasons hottest slide on sandals and espadrilles make the perfect accessories!

12| Ball Caps

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16|White Jersey and Bright Shorts

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Do you guys have favorite game day outfits? Let us know in the comments down below!

As always,

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Best Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe!

So I didn’t always love brussels sprouts.  In fact, as a kid, I hated them.  My mom would boil them until they were squishy and she seasoned them with butter, which didn’t exactly mask the awful smell of them boiling.  As I got older, and more adventurous with my food, I began trying several different recipes.  I found that roasting in the oven or grill was the best way to enjoy them.  Until yesterday, I always coated them in olive oil, salt and pepper, and threw them in the oven for 30 minutes.  While still delish, this new recipe is to die for.  I found the recipe on Pinterest and tweaked it a bit, see below for details:

Prep Time:  5 minutes

Cook Time:  30-40 minutes

Total Time:  35-45 minutes

Yield:  5 servings of melt in your mouth brussels sprouts

Ingredients:

2 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 tbsp. sweet red chili sauce

1.5 tbsp. chili garlic sauce

3 cloves of garlic, minced

Juice of 1 lime

Salt

Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425º
  2. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, sweet chili sauce, chili garlic sauce, garlic, and lime juice.
  3. Add brussels sprouts and mix until sprouts are fully covered in sauce.
  4. Roast until slighlty charred and tender. (Sprouts were good at 30 minutes, but I like them more charred so I left them in for 40 minutes)
  5. Serve 🙂

That’s it!  So easy and delicious!  If you have any picky eaters in your house (self included), try this recipe.  They will be sure to love brussels sprouts after just one bite.

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10 Fall Nail Colors for 2017

As much as we love the summer, nothing excites us more than entering a new fall season.  Summer nails are fun, but we cannot wait to transition into autumn nails.  To follow the Pantone Trends of Fall 2017, below are 10 nail colors that you must try this season.

  1. Pantone Color: Shaded Spruce

Try:  Fur Green by. Yves Saint Laurent

Shaded Spruce

  1. Pantone Color: Golden Lime

Try:  Sew Psyched by. Essie

Golden Lime

  1. Pantone Color: Marina

Try:  Truth or Flare by. Essie

Marina

  1. Pantone Color: Navy Peony

Try:  CIA by. OPI

Navy Peony

  1. Pantone Color: Tawny Port

Try:  Vintage Vamp by. MAC

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  1. Pantone Color: Ballet Slipper

Try:  Ballet Slippers by. Essie

Ballet Slipper

  1. Pantone Color: Neutral Gray

Try:  Take It Outside by. Essie

Neutral Gray

  1. Pantone Color: Butterum

Try:  Perennial Chic by. Essie

Butterum

  1. Pantone Color: Grenadine

Try:  Adventure by. Dior

Grenadine

  1. Pantone Color: Autumn Maple

Try:  Very Structured by. Essie

Autumn Maple

Below is a helpful chart that we found on the Pantone Trends for Fall 2017.  Check it out for more inspiration!

Fall 2017 Pantone Colors

What are your favorite colors?  Let us know in the comment sections!

Xoxo,

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Bachelorette Party in the Vineyards

To say this past week has been insane would be an understatement!

In the span of seven days I traveled 2 hours north to Erie to celebrate one of my best friend’s bachelorette party (what this post is about), then I came home for a few hours Sunday and at night I hopped into the car with my fiance and his family to head to St. Louis to meet his grandmother, I came home Wednesday around 7 am and then headed to work, and Thursday am I got into the car again and headed to Canton, OH where we watched our uncle become enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame! Whew.

I’ll get to all of these trips one by one and tell you why each was so special and so much fun. Today we are going to start from the beginning and I’m going to tell you all about my trip to the Erie Wine Trail.

 

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My best friends Ashley is getting married this October and for her party she wanted to do something not so crazy and a lot more intimate. We all decided that instead of taking to the city and all the clubs it has to offer, that we would instead drive the two hours to Erie, PA and spend the day at the many wineries it has to offer. This was my first time visiting the wine trail and I was not disappointed in the least bit.

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Before  I even start talking about the trip I want to talk all about the shirts! My best friend Nikki and a co-bridesmaid in Ashley’s wedding owns Belle and Whistles, an apparel company that focuses on the sports lover. Her shirts are so cute and comfortable (I am currently wearing one while I type this!). In the last year, people that loved her sports shirts wanted her to help them with shirts for other big life events. Bachelorette parties being the biggest hit! Nikki asks all about the bride and where you are going for the party and creates the perfect shirt. She made wine squad goals shirts for us and everyone stopped and asked about them. If you want to get your own bachelorette shirts then Nikki is definitely your girl.

Back to business…

We got a room at the Holiday Inn Express right at the beginning of the trail and ubered our way down to the first winery, Arundel Cellars!

This was the first one we went to and hands down the best. Not only was the wine excellent, but the staff was so helpful during our tasting and extremely nice while we explored the vineyards on their property! We laughed non stop and may have taken a few too many pictures (don’t worry i’ll spare you all!).

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The next winery we visited was Penn Shore Winery.  We opted to do a tasting here too and their staff was young and a ton of fun. We laughed for hours, pretended to be from someplace far away, and even came away with a few souvenirs. As the evening progressed, the winery set up for a live show outside and the place became a mad house! People were coming in from all over and we decided this was the best time to make our exit. It was time for some food!

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We headed closer to town and stopped in a sports bar where we pigged out of fries, crab cakes, chicken tenders, and a few vegan options for my bestie Nikki!

 

We had all intentions of staying up all night and drinking wine until the wee hours of the morning. However, after traveling and drinking wine all day, we passed out by 10 o’clock…

This trip was so much fun in so many ways. We laughed and cried and the friendship between some of my best friends got only closer.

As always,

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