In Other Shoes

Here in Minnesota the weather has been inconsistent to say the least. The one thing I do know is Spring is here and its going to stay; eventually it’ll be summer… right?!

My friend Mandy and I decided the perfect way to be prepared for the sunshine and rooftop happy hours was to throw a Spring Makeover Party.  This included clothes from Lularoe and makeup from Mary Kay.  It was the perfect excuse to hang out with friends and get pampered all at the same time.

First, let start with clothing!

LULAROE 2

Lularoe is a direct sales company out of California and the rep I work with here in the Twin Cities is amazing.  I love that each piece of clothing is such a statement in your wardrobe.  The best part of this, Lularoe is more like a pop-up shop where there is not a big speech before you start.  This was a perfect combination with Mary Kay which has more of a presentation.  This allowed people to shop for clothing and eat before it was time for makeup.

LULAROE CLOTHES

There are so many clothes to choose from and since it’s designed to be more like a pop-up shop there are plenty of different sizes of clothing you’ll want.  This isn’t just for adults; they have clothing for kids too.  The prices range from $26- $60 and that includes leggings, tunics, skirts and dresses.

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It was a blast to try on the clothes and get those honest opinions from your friends.  Kate, LulaRoe Rep, did a great job helping pick out sizes and what would look good on your body type.  This was the such a great way to get the party started.

Since I’ve already mentioned food… let’s talk about the menu!

Mandy and I split the food duties.  We made it easy on ourselves sticking to finger foods that are easy to make or quick to pick up.

FOOD DISPLAY 1

From the left, the tray of mini-brownies is from Costco.  If you’re looking for an easy dessert to feed a crowd, pick these up; they’re delicious!

Then for the main dish… chicken salad! One of my favorite places in Minnesota to get this dish, once again is Costco.  I loved that Mandy gave you options either a sandwich (we used croissants) or you could make a lettuce wrap.

Next up, my most requested dish I make and an old family recipe… Pepperoni Bread.  This is so easy to make and is loved by all. All you need is pizza dough, pepperoni and cheese!!  The recipe will be at the end of the post.

Then a go-to artichoke dip with homemade crustini.  You can make this the night before and pop it in the oven 20 minutes before people arrive.  (This recipe will be posted at the bottom).

Last but not least hummus and olive tapenade with veggies and pita bread.  Honestly, I haven’t found a hummus recipe that I love yet, there are a million out there for you to try.  The olive tapenade came from a friend as wedding gift (sorry, I’m simply not ready to share it yet).

This was the perfect amount of food for the party and just enough leftovers for me to bring to work the next day!

Now that we have great clothes and we’re fed (plus enjoying some cocktails) let’s play with makeup.

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This isn’t your mama’s Mary Kay. There are so many options and it’s all about skincare.  Erica (our Mary Kay Consultant) walked through what your beauty routine should be.

MARY KAY 1   MARY KAY 2 

It was great that you got to sample every product she talked about.  What a treat to be able to try before you buy.  After feeling pampered it was time to check out all the great options for lips, blushes and eye shadows.

It was a great night with fun fashion, great beauty and even better  friends!!  Leave me a message if you’re interested in having a party for LulaRoe or Mary Kay!

Here are the recipes:

Pepperoni Bread

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough (You can just use the pillsbury stuff or sometimes I get crazy and make my own)

Pepperoni

Mozzarella Cheese

Italian Seasoning

Olive OIl

Directions:

Preheat oven to 420 degrees.  Roll dough out… layer pepperoni and then cheese. Roll up (I put a little bit of water on the ends and where the end of the roll meets the rest of the dough just to “seal” it).  Then drizzle olive oil over the top and spring Italian seasoning over it.  Put in the oven for 20 minutes.  Just be careful to watch that the bottom doesn’t burn.  Every oven is different so if yours runs hot then just check at 15 minutes.  Then let cool for 5 minutes.

You can make it the night before then just reheat it and serve with marinara sauce.  Or you can prep it the night before and then just toss in the oven before you’re ready to serve.

Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Mayo

2 Cans of Artichokes

1/4 Cup of Mozzarella

1/4 Cup of Cheddar

1/4 Cup of Swiss

pinch of Onion Powder

Pinch of Garlic Powder

French’s Fried Onions

Instructions:

Combined all the ingredients except the fried onion in a large mixing bowl.  Add to an oven friendly dish than sprinkle the fried onions over top and put in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the sides are bubbling.  I serve it with crustini but pita chip and veggies work too.

Have a happy shoe day!!!

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