Chic DIY: Super Simple Mason Jar Makeup Brush Holder

It doesn’t get any easier than this. I picked up this bright blue mason jar from Walmart for a whopping 98 cents. Fill halfway with glass stones (I used a mixture of clear & silver from Pier One). Lastly, put your brushes in.


Mason Jar

Mason Jar | 98 cents
Clear & Silver Stones | $5
Total Price Tag |$5.98

Stay Chic, Suzy


Weekend Warrior

Saturday Style 1

Saturday Night Cali Style

Forever 21 Turquoise Necklace | $6 | New

Forever 21 Floral Dress | $8 | New

Papaya Denim Jacket | $15 | Last year

White Converse Chucks | Christmas Gift from Mom & Dad

 Kate Spade Cobble Hill Minka Bag in Gray | Christmas Gift from Hubby

Total Price Tag | $29

Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery 2

Had a wonderful time with our friends Addi & Reza who hosted a gourmet cupcake party on Saturday night! We sampled cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery in NYC (you can order online), Sprinkles Cupcakes (they have vegan and gluten-free options) and some yummy treats from Gold Bely (gourmet treats from around the world) The verdict, I loved the moistness of the cupcake from Magnolia, but the frosting from Sprinkles takes the prize. Kudos to hostess with the mostess Addi who came up with this creative, party idea!

Sunday Style 1

Easy Breezy Sunday

Out and about in North Park at our favorite grocery store Sprouts!

Closet Love Potion Sweater | $10

Thrifted Black Yoga Pants from Thrift Trader | $4

Reebok Sneakers |$45 | Last year (so comfy, definitely worth investment)

 Tortoise Shell Glasses | Kate Spade | last year

Total Price Tag | $59

What are your fave weekend style musts?

Stay Chic, Suzy

Sunday Style: Wrapped

Gap Scarf Revised

Picked up this cute Gap scarf today at Thrift Trader in North Park. Love the mixture of the blue tones on this print. Perfect for when I work at the Azul office. It’s also super lightweight, which is fantastic for breezy San Diego weather.

Gap scarf | $2.50 from Thrift Trader

Looking to remix some of your scarves? I found some fab scarf styling resources on Pinterest.

12 Ways to Tie a Scarf

WhoWhat Wear

I love this watercolor print scarf from Gap via WhoWhatWear. Click on the link for some additional styling ideas.

Vintage Scarf

Saw this vintage scarf on Etsy and I’m digging this unusual pattern. Great place to purchase affordable scarves.

Check out this video tutorial below |25 Ways to Tie a Scarf in 4.5 minutes via Wendy’s Lookbook

I would love to see how you style your scarves! Please share your style!

Stay Chic, Suzy

Chic DIY: Terra Cotta Transformation

Terra Cotta Pot Edit

Today I wanted to show you a quick & easy DIY to makeover your standard terra cotta pot. The terra cotta pot was free as I got a succulent from ProPlants a while back. You can also purchase cheap terra cotta pots from the dollar store.

I was looking for a creative way to incorporate the chalkboard paint I used for the wedding. I recommend Martha Stewart Crafts: Multi-Surface Chalkboard Acrylic Craft Paint in the color Tableau Noir. I think I got this at Michaels.

Chalkboard Paint Edit

Simply take the terra cotta pot and paint it. I did two coats to get the dark chalkboard look. Let dry for an hour and voila you’re done! I tied a piece of black and white bakers twine around the top for some contrast. I repurposed my revamped terra cotta pot to hold utensils when I entertain, but the possibilities are endless. There you have it, a simple & chic DIY with a $0 price tag!

I saw some other ways to jazz up terra cotta pots on Pinterest. Check them out below!

Colorblock Terra Cotta Pots_A Beautiful Mess

Color Block Terra Cotta Pots via A Beautiful Mess

Gold Lead terracotta pots

Gold Leaf Terra Cotta Pots via Happy Solez Organics

Message Flower Pots

Message Terra Cotta Pots via Inspirations by D

Styling Note: I love how you can personalize this Message Terra Cotta Pot! This would be a creative and affordable gift idea. You could incorporate a fun quote or saying.

How would you style your terra cotta pot?

Stay Chic, Suzy

Welcome to Five & Dime!

Welcome to Five & Dime, a blog dedicated to simple and chic living! My name is Suzy and I’m a PR professional living in sunny San Diego with my wonderful husband, Kellen. I love writing, fashion, food & wine and all things crafty. I’m a firm believer you can enjoy what life has to offer without breaking the bank. In this blog, I will post about fun things to do, places to nosh and where to score those fashion deals we all love. I love pandas, Pinterest, anything rustic and enjoy making the community a better place!

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  – Leonardo DaVinci

I hope you enjoy my blog!


I live life with passion and zest!

I live life with passion and zest!