DIY: Cold Shoulder Sweatshirt

Today boys and girls, we will be knocking off this lovely UO cold shoulder sweatshirt. I read some of the reviews on this sweatshirt, and apparently the holes appear to be made with scissors. So save your $30 (originally $44) and do it yo’ self! Grab an old sweatshirt, making sure that it is fitted, not oversized. You can eyeball the shoulder holes and start snipping, or turn the shirt inside out, take a small round plate or bowl, and trace a half circle starting on the sleeve seam or wherever you prefer your hole to start (see photo below). Cut your shoulder holes out, and BAM you’re done. Don’t worry, sweatshirts typically do not fray, so no need to sew anything.

 

NOTD: The Leopard

Painting leopard print onto your nails is easier than it looks. You just need three different colors of polish – one is the background color (gold), and the other two make the spots (copper and black). The spots should be ultra-blotchy and not completely outlined. My black nail polish pen made the rough outlines a cinch, but you could dip a toothpick, pencil tip, or tiny paint brush to do the job just as well.

MOTD: The Dance Recital

Red lips used to intimidate me for the longest time. I remember being six, getting ready for a dance recital backstage – you know where they force kids to wear gaudy makeup and sequins – and this lady took a grubby old tube of red lipstick and started to aggressively apply it to every little ballerina in my class, one after the other (eww gross!). She applied it with so much sloppy force that everyone had red teeth. Now that I am an adult, I have finally repressed that memory and embraced the red lip look (hopefully making it classy). The makeup:
Boots No.7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation in Almond
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine
Bare Minerals Liner/Shadow in Onyx with ID Weather Everything Liner Sealer
CG Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple

DIY: Wire Rings

Hi guys! You can probably tell by the pictures that this DIY is a personal favorite of mine. Yes, I seem to have cranked out a “bazillion” wire rings in the past few days. I started out just wanting to make one little bow ring, but after that took two minutes, I decided to see what else I could do.

You will need some wire, scissors, pliers, and a chapstick tube. I chose pink silver-plated copper wire (~ $3 for an 8 yd. pack at any craft supply store). Eight yards will make a “bazillion” rings. I used the chapstick tube as a ring mandrel which you can wrap your wire around to form the ring band. There is no real trick to making these rings- just basically trial and error. I never measured anything, nor did I follow any tutorial. I think the easiest one to start with is the rosette ring (pictured to the right of the bow). Click here to see a step-by-step on how to make it. The bow ring is not a true bow, but just merely a bow shape.

Once you make a few, it gets easier and easier. If you mess up or make one that you aren’t happy with, just try again with a fresh piece of wire. After making the rings pictured above, I moved on to the rings below (click picture to enlarge).

 

To add a pop of color, simply string a bead or stone on the wire and wrap the wire around. I didn’t follow any specific instructions, but HERE is a thorough tutorial on one way to make them. The possibilities are endless! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. These would make great little gifts, no?

NOTD: The Tuxedo

Hey fancy pants! My nails are all dressed up in their formal attire, complete with a pink bow tie and gold buttons (click photo to enlarge). To make the bow and buttons, simply take a dull pencil tip and dip it into a little puddle of polish and make your dots (the bow is three dots together). This looks cute with a black tie and buttons, too. Well, I’m off to the Oscars now…I wish…

MOTD: A Hint of Lime

The makeup:
Boots No.7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation in Almond
Benefit Bella Bamba Face Powder
Coastal Scents Metal Mania 88 Eyeshadow Palette (see arrows)
Bare Minerals High Shine Eye Color in Ice
Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner in Sapphire Strength
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait

DIY: Teacup Candles

I’m thrilled to share my homemade fancy candles with you! I politely asked my mom for a teacup out of her beloved collection, and she generously, yet reluctantly, gave me these three vintage teacups, knowing that I would defile them with wax. I reminded her that she hasn’t used them in over 25 years and that people don’t use dainty little cups for tea anymore -except maybe the Queen, and she probably won’t stop by.

I used 1 lb. microwaveable soy wax flakes from Michael’s (1 lb. will make 3 teacup candles), but you could use chunks of old candles or bar wax and melt it down in a double boiler. You will want to stabilize your wick by taping two sticks together with the wick passing in between (I used stretched out paper clips in lieu of sticks). For one teacup, toss 1/3 of the flakes from the 1 lb. package and a few crayon shavings for color – a little goes a long way- into a microwaveable container. Microwave on high until the flakes melt (directions said 30 seconds, but it was more like 3 minutes), then stir, so the melted crayon shavings add color to the wax. For a scented candle, add liquid scent to the melted wax. Pour into the teacup and let it solidify. As it solidifies, you will see the wax color lighten up quite a bit, which was a relief because the liquid wax resembled dark Kool-Aid when I poured it in the cup. After the candle has set, remove the “sticks”, cut the wick down, and enjoy being fancy!

NOTD: The Minnie Mouse

Today’s “Nail of the Day” is all about FUN – white polka dots on classic red. What’s the best way to make dots? Take a dull pencil and dip it into a small swipe of polish and dot away! Wait until the dots dry completely before you apply your clear top coat. Feeling the love? Turn those dots into hearts for V-day!

DIY: Sequined Heart Headband

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and hearts are appearing everywhere! I was wearing my sequined red felt heart headband from Old Navy the other day, and after examining it to see how it was made, I decided to DIY another one, a different color, with smaller hearts. Then I kicked myself for buying the store bought one, when I could have just made it myself.

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OOTD: The Jay Leno


Hi everyone!

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. Today I am sporting Jay Leno’s signature casual look (H2T denim) with some colorful, eye-catching accessories.

Top: Old Navy
Bottom: Express
Shoes: MRKT
Bag: Forever 21
Necklaces: Vintage from Etsy
Watch: Xhilaration for Target