DIY agate pen cup // Twin Stripe

A few weeks ago One Kings Lane had a lucite sale that I poured over – mainly because many pieces mixed lucite and agate stone – I was in heaven! I almost shelled out $50 on a beautiful lucite pencil up with a piece of agate on the front until I had the realization that I could DIY it for a fraction of the cost.

Agate Slices // Twin Stripe


The hardest part of this project was selecting what piece of agate to use – I ordered five pieces and hard time choosing just one. I ended up selecting a bright blue stone to glue on the lucite pencil holder. Once you have removed any dirt or finger prints, carefully add a small amount of strong adhesive to the back of the agate. Place the stone on the lucite cup and hold it in place for a short time while it begins to bond. One the agate is in place, lay the cup on it’s back and add a small weight on top of the agate. Make sure it stays in one place. Let it dry over night and then your new pencil cup will be ready to go!

DIY Agate Pen Cup Suppies // Twin Stripe

With the seasons changing, I was ready to update my desk for fall and this modern pencil cup was exactly what I was looking for. You can also use the cup in the bathroom to hold cotton balls or make up brushes. They also make great gifts filled with pencils, makeup or treats!
DIY agate pen cup // Twin Stripe

Anyone have any exciting weekend plans? Chad and I have a date night in the works tomorrow – we’re going to try out a new local restaurant. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with yard work, I’m going to plant some fall flowers, and fun Twin Stripe projects. I hope your weekend is filled with some rest and relaxation!


DIY Caramel Apple Kits or Oubly // Twin Stripe

Today I’m over on the Oubly blog sharing a tasty and fun DIY Caramel Apple Kit. When Oubly reached out to me and asked me to create a fall inspired DIY, I thought back to one of my favorite things about fall – crunchy apples. And so I put together DIY caramel apple kits, which are perfect for favors at dinner parties, birthdays and more.

Also, if you aren’t familiar with Oubly, be sure to take some time visiting their site. I can’t wait to order their premium business cards with a colored edge. They also offer Blogger Perks, so you can get a 50% discount on new cards!

I hope you have a great rest of the week!


stephanie-plaToday I am honored to have a special interview with Stephanie Bass, the founder of (PLĀ) Beauty. I had a chance to meet Stephanie when I was in Atlanta for #SBScon and she was amazing and so is her story. I truly think it proves you can do anything you put your mind to.

Also, be sure not to miss the giveaway and discount code at the bottom!

How did you decide to start a makeup line?
For years after losing my first daughter Bella in In June of 2004, my daily goal would be to get out of bed and find a way to smile. One of my best therapies was going to the mall to have my makeup done. For that moment I would smile and forget how heartbroken I was.

During our stay at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, I relied not only on the strength of my family but also on the amazing and giving staff that offered words of encouragement and hope at a time when I felt like I couldn’t go on. So as years went and after reinventing myself time and time again, I decided to pull all my passions together- Giving back, Children’s Healthcare and makeup!

What is your favorite (PLĀ) product?
My favorite product I cannot live without with my BELLA lip gloss. I wear it all day, every day. When I formulated my lip glosses, I wanted to make sure the texture and wearability was perfect because I am a lip gloss junkie!

What products would you use if you have three minutes before you have to run out the door?
Just the basics! The LIQUID TO POWDER foundation is a must have to balance your skin and give a perfect flawless skin. My most proud product to date is the new HOLY GRAIL mascara. It is a deep black that lengthens and builds your lashes so you can (PLĀ) all day (especially in Thailand where I am living). And of course, the GLAM GLOSS- for me the color BELLA and the cult fave is SHEER DELIGHT. :)

What are your favorite looks for fall?
I love a bold burgundy lip with plum cheeks, and natural eyes- all reflected in our collection. Burgundy matches beautifully with the natural colors of fall – the changing leaves & darker days. I also love a royal blue smokey eye like our GROOVEY BABY with a gold shimmer such as DISCO to highlight paired with a nude lip and a slight blush on the cheeks. I also like to swipe a bit of bronzer over every look to make the transition from summer to winter more natural. Our (PLĀ) OPULENT collection was inspired by these shades present in past nobility – the rich fabrics, gilded gold, and flowing burgundy wine.

How do you decide what colors will be in each season?
Creating the collections and naming the colors are two of the most fun and memorable things to do with (PLĀ). When I launched the company, I invited my sister and friends over for an evening to reminisce about our favorite high school stories, music or inspirations; and from that (PLĀ) was launched. As the company has grown, we have kept the personal touch but now invite our team of makeup artists & beauty experts over to our offices to (PLĀ). We consult magazines, beauty bloggers, and the runway to get inspiration for our seasonal looks. We then build formulas and colors to apply on each other and wear ourselves to find the perfect shade & formula for each season. And at the end, when we have finalized our collection, we of course celebrate with a glass of wine… Burgundy that is!

(PLA) lipgloss giveaway! // @TwinStripe

Want to try (PLĀ) Beauty? Enter to win four Glam Lip Gloss in (from top) Sheer Beauty, Eye Candy, Bella and In the Nude. Stephanie and her team have also been kind enough to provide Twin Stripe readers with a discount code: TWIN20 for 20% off any purchase of $40 or more.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Comment on this post to enter and get up to five additional entries by following Twin Stripe and (PLĀ) Beauty on social media.
  2. The giveaway is open until Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at 9 p.m. EST. One winner will be chosen at random within 48 hours. The retail value of the prize is $88.
  3. Open to U.S. residents only. Must be 18 years of age as of Sept. 28, 2014.

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Thank you to Stephanie for sharing her inspiring journey and her amazing line, (PLĀ) Beauty!