Dining Room Style

TheBudgetSocialite.comI put a loveseat in my dining room! And why not? Most people eat in the living room because the couch is so comfortable. Since the couch in my living room is white, eating in there is out of the question. And after I got done with my dining room loveseat, it quickly became my (and my guests) favorite place.

I found this piece on Craigslist for only $50 and paid an extra $20 to have it delivered by the owner. It doesn’t look like much because of the color, but the shape and size were perfect. The cushions were a bit to be desired and I had to do something about the height.

TheBudgetSocialite.comI used painter’s drop cloth to recover the loveseat. I liked the creamy cotton look that fit perfectly with my Shabby Chic theme and the price was great. I ordered mine online, but a quick online search will get you to a bunch of sites that offer drop cloths. (Tip: You will want to wash it first to remove the chemicals and to soften the fabric.) You can  also order a nice slipcover as well. Check out this one for a real country look on Amazon.

I purchased a new cushion from a craft store, added batting and sewed a new cover for it.

TheBudgetSocialite.comNext, just fit the rest of your drop cloth over your slip cushion, tucking in extra pieces.

TheBudgetSocialite.comTo raise the height, I used wooden risers so it was tall enough for the table.

TheBudgetSocialite.comThis was my inspiration!

Eclectic Dining Room by Arlington Heights Interior Designers & Decorators Cottage Industry

What do you think? Would you put a love seat in your dining room?



Co-founder | Scarlett Rocourt
Scarlett creator of Wonder Curl is a Marketing Maven, DIY Diva & Glamour Girl! Her affinity for style, organization & discount designer shopping makes her a true Budget Socialite. Her flare for creativity allowed her to translate that into a career in marketing.


Concealer Confusion!

concealer_picConcealer has mystified people from inception…what’s the right color? when should it be applied? what’s the difference between concealing and correcting? can concealer be used as a highlighter? can it be used as foundation? There are many different variables that have to be considered before deciding the answers to these questions. I’ve outlined them here, in hopes of clearing up the confusion.

Concealers cover up problem spots (i.e. dark circles). They also serve as color correctors which neutralize unwanted colors in the skin (i.e. hyperpigmentation). You can apply one or the other in most cases.

Pot concealers provide the heaviest coverage. Pencil concealers provide sheer to medium coverage and contain some moisture. Wand concealers are a fluid consistency and can be used as highlighter to brighten and illuminate. Tube/stick concealers provide medium to sheer coverage and may double as foundation.

Tip: Concealer is best removed from the container with a spatula, to minimize bacteria. It is best applied with a concealer brush or sponge. The shelf life is 6-12 months.

 Concealer for dark circles

Tip: apply eye cream to the under eye area so the concealer goes on smooth and doesn’t look cakey. Match the concealer to your skin tone (exact match or 1 shade lighter).  Apply concealer over the dark area. Blend with ring finger and smooth it into the area. Typically, do not apply foundation on top of the concealer. Set with a translucent powder that matches the concealer. Tip: Never overdo concealer – too much will look rough and add years to your face!

Tip: If you are using concealer as a highlighter, it can be 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone.

Color Correctors

Concealer can be used to color correct the skin. Color correctors target areas of discoloration to balance skin tone. Tip:  Only place color corrector exactly where needed.

Color Corrector for dark circles

If you are using a color corrector, for example, and you have a yellow skin tone and dark under eye circles, gently brushing an orange color corrector under the eye area will help neutralize the dark circles and you can add exact match foundation OR exact match concealer on top, as needed. Be careful because adding too much product can lead to quick creasing and caking. Using a color corrector can greatly reduce the amount of product and time it takes to cover discoloration.

 Skin tones

  • Pale skin – choose bisque or light pink color correctors.
  • Light to Medium skin tones – choose yellow, light peach, lavender and light green color correctors.
  • Darker skin tones – choose orange or darker peach color correctors.

Skin types

Ruddy skin (skin that’s red, wind-burned, or Rosacea):  apply yellow or green color corrector to the affected areas.
Sallow Skin (skin that has a yellowish hue, i.e. Jaundice):  apply purple (mauve) color corrector to the face.

Applying Color Theory to correct discolored areas

  • Orange neutralizes blue veins and brown spots also known as hyperpigmentation.
  • Green neutralizes redness in lighter skin tones.
  • Mauve or light pink brightens and conceals dull skin.
  • Light yellow corrects under eye circles and purplish/blue discoloration.

Tip:  You can make your own color corrector by mixing a lipstick or pigment with your concealer.

There you have it, concealer confusion demystified! Below are some of the best concealers to hit any price point. Go forth and be flawless!

Top rated concealers:

L’Oreal Paris True Match concealer, $9.

MAC Studio Finish, $18.

Cover FX Cream concealer, $27.

Giorgio Armani Precision concealer, $37.

Make Up Forever Camouflage cream pallette, $38.

YSL  Touche Eclat (highlighter) concealer, $40.



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Holly Byrd Miller, owner of Makeup By Holly is a 15 year makeup artistry veteran. Located in Richmond, VA her services include Bridal, TV, Runway, Fashion shows and Photo shoots. Holly also freelances for Giorgio Armani and is a Certified Makeup Instructor
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Lemon Bars

Lemon Bar Recipe | www.thebudgetsocialite.com

Fall is almost upon us, but that doesn’t mean we have to leave all our summer treasures behind. One such treasure is lemon bars! This is tangy goodness on top of a buttery crust. This all that is good in the world. This is highly addictive. You have been warned.

Consider this my farewell to summer. If I were you, I’d make these bad boys, crank up the heat and lounge in your bikini just for old time’s sake.

And, lemons are good for you… They are cleansing and alkanzing, right? Plus it’s fruit. Fruit can’t be bad. Shhh… Just go with it. It’ll be worth it. I promise.

Lemon Bars for the Win

For the Crust

  • 1 ¼ cups flour (spooned and leveled)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ⅓  cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the filling

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • ¼  cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅔  cup lemon juice (About 4 juiced lemons)
  • 1 lemon zested

Lemon Bar ingredients | www.thebudgetsocialite.com

I keep wheat berries on hand and mill flour as needed in my VitaMix. If that’s your thing too, 1 cup of wheat berries will yield the 1 ½ cups of flour you need for this recipe.

  1. Put all the dry ingredients for your crust in a food processor. Process for a few seconds to get the sugar, salt and flour mixed up. Add the small pieces of butter and process until moist crumbs form (this may take up to 1 minute).
  2. Sprinkle mixture into a prepared pan (either line the pan or use cooking spray). Press the dough firmly into the pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Freeze crust until firm, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Check after about 10 minutes if your crust starts to puff up prick it with a fork to let the air out.
    Note: if you are using a ceramic or glass pan, DO NOT put the pan into the oven straight from the freezer. Let the pan come to room temperature before putting it into the oven. Instead preheat your oven after you take it out of the freezer instead of before.
  5. In bowl, whisk together 1 ½ cups sugar and ¼ cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice.
  6. Pour the filling onto the warm crust (not hot but still warm) and reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  7. Bake for about 18-20 minutes until the filling is slightly firm.
  8. Let it cool to room temperature. The bars will firm up as they cool.
  9. Optional but awesome: Sprinkle with powdered sugar
  10. Cut those babies into bars, Instagram your greatness and enjoy!

Lemon Bars | www.thebudgetsocialite.com

My go-to crust recipe comes via Martha Stewart. You can’t go wrong with Martha. I use this crust for everything. I’ve even made it for a vegan friend using vegan butter and it’s still pretty tasty. The filling is adapted from this recipe. I made it a bit more lemon-y because I’m crazy like that.

 What’s your favorite summer dessert? Let us know in the comments!


Co-founder | Trinidad Pena
Trinidad Pena is a blogger, foodie, and design superhero bent on helping others kick-ass online, world domination and convincing the world that wine belongs in the fruit food group since it’s made from grapes.