Friday, November 29, 2013

oh deer! part one of the holiday collection

Now that the turkey has been stuffed and we have stuffed ourselves with said turkey. Thanksgiving is now over. You know what that means, right? It's time to shop, bitches! So string up the lights, Get the carols a playin, and bust out the laptops for some online shopping! It's time to get festive! If you're looking for additional holiday decor and or the cutest stocking stuffers, look no further my friend. I bring to you part one of the holiday collection from StarrJoy16  Be a deer and check it out!

                             Pink deer and flowers acrylic canvas painting available for $25.00

Deer Jewelry boxes $8.00 each
Deer necklaces $8.00 each
What can I say? I adore me some deer. Hope you are loving part one of my holiday collection. Stay tuned for part two coming to you very soon! If of course you can't wait to see what I have in store for you (haha pun not intended) you can always check out the shop for the latest!
Black Friday SALE! Use coupon code: THANKS35 for 35% off your entire purchase now through Saturday, November 30th 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with good food, good alcohol, good music, and good times surrounded by your loved ones! Cheers from StarrJoy16! xoxo

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

10 things I'm totally and seriously grateful for

In honor of Thanksgiving I thought I would share with you some of the top things in my life that I'm oh so grateful and thankful for. Besides my obvious family and friends who are like the BEST things a girl could ask for. Totally goes without saying. So without further ado, here are the top ten things in my life that I truly appreciate (in no particular order).

1. My dog Gidget:
She's friggin' cute and totally awesome. She loves food and loves to cuddle. Plus she barks at potential male suitors that she doesn't approve of. (It's always a red flag when your dog doesn't like your dude). This being said, she also barks at the pizza delivery man...until she realizes that he's bringing us food, then, in her eyes, he's alright.


2. The Goo Goo Dolls:
Yup, I'm a 90's alternative music lovin' whore. I go totally goo goo gaga for these dolls. The lyrics and voice of Johnny Rzeznik and the boys make me swoon. Seriously talented and overlooked poets here. One of my all time favorite songs is "Name" from the album "A boy named goo". Bonus points for my name actually being in the song "name". Coincidence? I think not. Besides being crazy talented, Johnny Rzeznik is simply hot, I just want to curl up and take a nap inside of the butt dimple on his chin.
3. Ripped jeans and the "Boyfriend" look
Thank you Fashion Gods for making it totally acceptable and appropriate for me to go out of the house looking like a homeless little boy. Sometimes a girl wants to get her hobo on and throw on some ripped jeans and a baggy sweater to cover her bloat and be done with it. If it's good enough for Britney, it's good enough for me!

4. McDonald's coffee
I'm lovin' it. Seriously. I'm addicted to coffee. Correction, I'm addicted to McDonald's coffee. It's really quite delicious. I'm a fan of the Vanilla Iced Coffee. It's cheaper than Starbucks and Coffee Bean and I don't even have to leave my car to get it. Score. Oh McDonald's Coffee, you had me at "Can I take your order?" Why, yes, yes you can!
5. Tabloids:
Nothing makes me appreciate my own life more than tabloids. I mean can you imagine what it's like for said Kardashian of the week to be plastered all over the headlines with whatever drama is happening or not happening that week? She's pregnant, The wedding is off, Her new man, She's such a fatty, She has a zit!... yada yada yada. I enjoy a ridiculously ridiculous tale as much as the next girl. Plus it's always good to see the fashion choices of these bitches while dealing with the trauma that is currently going on (or not going on). I'm just sayin' where there's smoke there's fire and I think we the public deserve to know what brand of deodorant these celebrities are using as a reminder to us not to sweat the small stuff in life.


6. Vanilla candles
They smell like heaven in a dish. A vanilla scented room is like icing on the cake for me- without the calories.

7. Redken hair products
Some of you may not know this but, I'm not a natural blonde. Whaaaat?! Shocker right? I know I know... Ok pick your chin up off of the floor. I have spent over a decade bleaching, frying, straightening, curling, and chemically torturing my hair to make it oh so pretty. I've used many a products in my day but Redken is always my go to. It's essential for making sure my hair doesn't fall out. Without it, I swear my hair would be more damaged than that little baby giraffe Taylor Swift.

8. Glitter
It sparkles. It shines. It jazzes up just about anything. Really, throw some glitter on a vase and your friends will be like "Wow that's amazing!". Put some in your lotion and watch people become attracted to the awesomeness that is your skin. It simply makes me happy. Actually, we could all use more glitter in our lives.

9. Etsy
It's my crack. I love the community of handmade artists. It's an amazing platform for the many talented people out there doing and creating what they love. Need a photograph of a rotten apple or a crochet owl chewing bubblegum? Guarantee you'll find just what you're looking for on Etsy. Honestly, there's nothing better than seeing someone put their heart and soul into what they do and being able to purchase it for yourself.


10. Duck Dynasty
I'm a sucker for a manly beard and a good laugh. Plus the wisdom of uncle Si should be taught in schools.

These are just some of the things that I truly appreciate and that make my life just a little bit fuller. It's important to appreciate the good always, not just on the day of Turkeys. Happy Thanksgiving all. What are some of the things that you are thankful for?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

How to host a Girl's Night In

My girlfriend Amanda decided to throw together a little girl's night in. Except it wasn't just ANY girl's night in, it was probably the most thoughtful and the most unique girl's night EVER! Amanda always being the hostess with the mostess created one exceptional night for the fortunate ladies lucky enough to be in attendance of the festivities. Take a few cues from the fabulous Amanda to host your own unforgettable girl's night in:
Step 1. Decorate
Create a fun environment for your guests to feel welcomed. Set the tone with festive flowers, plenty of seating, appealing glassware, and complimentary accessories like aprons (we'll get to that part later).
Step 2. Music
Pump up the jams and get the 90's music ablastin. Britney Spears and Michael Jackson should always be in attendance to any event that I'm involved in.
Step 3. Food and Beverage (aka Adult Beverages aka Booze)
Have plenty of options such as chips and dip, sandwich wraps, cookies, candy galore, and what ever your heart desires. If the alcohol is flowing correctly (aka overflowing) you will want your guests to have something to munch on.
Step 4. Entertainment
Activities such as drinking games and or drunken baking are a must. There is a fabulous drinking game "shoots and ladders" that requires taking shots and is waaay more fun than I remember the old school board game being. Bonus, it's also guaranteed to get you good and tipsy for some jolly baking!
 Step 5. Party favors
What's a party without a goodie bag? Amanda put together these awesome gift bags that were the perfect touch of delightfulness. Along with the adorable aprons she gifted us, she filled a matching polka dot bag with treats. Such items included a girly gem of a wine cap in case we ever decide not to finish a bottle of wine, face blotting papers so as not to blind others with our rays of shininess, a cute flower oven mitt for our own protection, and insanely cute panties. (The perks of having a girlfriend who works for a lingerie company).
All in all I'd say our girl's night in was nothing short of a success. Follow these simple steps for creating your own memorable and fun girl's night in.

Lastly and most importantly is the company you keep and the special people that you surround yourself with. The food, music, and baking is important but no girl's night in can be complete without the amazing group of girls who partake and relish in it with you. Cheers to having the best girlfriends ever!

Friday, November 15, 2013

New goodies at the shop!

I've been so busy getting ready for the holidays that I've been slacking off on this here blog. So sorry for my lameness! But I seriously feel like a little elf in Santa's workshop. I have some exciting things in the works for the holiday collection at StarrJoy16. I can't wait for you all to see it! Until then, here are some of the treasures that are already available for purchase :)

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Feel Good Friday

Fridays are my favorite day of the week. There's something exciting about knowing that it's the start to a few days of being able to stop what you HAVE to do and to giving yourself permission to be able to do what you WANT to do.

Although I can't stress how important it is feed your soul and spend some time EVERY day doing something that you love and enjoy purely for yourself. Whether it's gardening, taking a candlelit bubble bath, diving into a favorite book, or eating ice cream while watching "The biggest loser", it's essential to tend to your joy. When I mention this to people, the common response goes something like "Oh I don't have any time to do what I want to do just for me".

I get that we all have responsibilities like full time jobs (or in some cases a hefty commute on top of overtime on top on top of a full time job), Babies to take care of, Dogs who are like babies to take care of, and Boyfriends who are sometimes like dogs and or babies to "take care of". Keeping all of that in mind, let's not forget that it is also a responsibility to see that your own needs are being met as well. You are significant too!

So on this feel good Friday I am allowing myself to sip some of my favorite vanilla iced coffee while lounging about and reading the latest tabloid gossip. Yup, tabloids and coffee dammit! Because it simply makes me feel good! It's my perfect way to kick start my Friday!

What are you doing today to make you feel good and to jump start your weekend?

Friday, November 1, 2013

My latest purchase from Z HOVAK

I was stumbling through Instagram looking at pretty fashion pictures when I came across this awesome cross poncho by ZHOVAK. I of course hearted and couldn't resist commenting "Obsessed".
The proud owner/designer commented back to me that I should check out her shop on Etsy. So I did and I totally hit the mother load!

I pretty much fell in love with everything in her entire shop! I am one of the most indecisive chicks that you'll ever know... but I did manage to scoop up the fabulous cross poncho that I had my eye on as well as this black sideways double cross bracelet.


I love shopping online because it's kind of like getting a present TO me FROM me. Oh, you really shouldn't have.. Anyway, as you can probably tell I couldn't wait for my delivery and anxiously tore into the package when it came. (Super fast delivery by the way). I am so happy to say that ZHOVAK did not disappoint! Along with my beautiful poncho and cross bracelet, that was exactly as pictured in the photos, was a gift of a matching pink double cross bracelet! The bonus present and thoughtfulness turned me into an even bigger fan of ZHOVAK!

I of course emailed her on Etsy thanking her for everything and my special bonus gift. Her enthusiasm for what she does and awesome customer service just made me think that I had to share her shop with you all!

Z HOVAK is a LA based Fashion Designer with a serious passion for designing and creating. She stems from 5 generations of seamstress and designers using bright colors "Colors that makes the soul dance" (Right up my alley!). She is a big supporter of handmade artists and says she "loves being a Etsy seller because its a certain customer that supports handmade items. And a particular human that is attracted to my labor of love." Might I add that I am that particular human :)

So if you haven't already, you should check out ZHOVAK stat and also check into following on  Twitter for free Z.HOVAK Giveaways. I promise you'll quickly become a fan!