DIY Spike Headband

Having fun with my "tiara".

Hello! I made this spiked headband today, and it has a little tiara vibe going on, doesn’t it? If I can get away with wearing a tiara all day, albeit made of spikes, I’m going for it! It might even have a hint of Statue of Liberty. I probably won’t sport this head piece at work, but I would definitely rock it for the weekend. I decided to style my hair in soft waves to balance out the edginess of the spikes, and I think it looks pretty sweet. Read on for the tutorial. Continue reading

DIY Beaded Elastic Hair Ties

I posted an elastic hair tie tutorial back in August, but I decided to glam them up a little by adding large hole beads. I found these inexpensive Pandora-like beads at Joann Fabric in the jewelry supply section. The hole is large enough to thread your fold over elastic right on through! Cut your elastic to 9.5 inches long, string the bead on, fold the elastic in half, and knot at the end. This would be really cute for an elastic headband also, no? To see my original DIY elastic hair tie tutorial click here. To purchase elastic by the yard click here.

DIY Glitter “UGG” Boots

Here I am with my glitter yet again. So I’ve had these plain brown Target “Uggs” since 2007, and they were looking a little ratty and stained. I usually don these boots for late night grocery store outings when the weather gets nippy. I’ve been seeing the new sequin Ugg boots lately, which gave me the idea to paint my poor boots happy by “glitterizing.”  Continue reading

DIY Flower Sunglasses

image via vogue.co.uk

Over the summer I stumbled upon these awesome floral sunglasses featured on Vogue UK’s site. Now would I actually wear them? No, probably not. I started to see some handmade dupes on Etsy that were actually quite wearable and very cute (with a little less flower power). I got busy and fashioned my own pair, turning my old boring shades into fabulous, feminine flair. Hey, that rhymed! Read on for the tutorial.

You can do a little or a lot of flower flair! I added my flowers just on the left because symmetry scares me, but you can customize it to suit your style. Continue reading

DIY Glitter Peter Pan Bib Necklace

Here is another statement necklace that is easy to create and customize yourself. I know, enough with the glitter already. I have a problem people! I can’t help myself, glitter (my BFF) makes everything better. Peter pan collars add an element of youth and sweetness to your outfit. Combined with sparkle, we’ve got it all – glam, fun, youthfulness, femininity, Neverland, Tinkerbells, etc. Let’s go! Funny side note: Joe saw this necklace laying on the bathroom counter and thought it was a bra for a baby.  Continue reading

DIY: Glitter Tattoo

Temporary heart and leopard print glitter tattoos. Yes please!

Pretty cute, no? The pictures really don’t do them justice – these little tatts REALLY sparkle! I’ve been wearing them all day, and now that it is night time, I can’t stop staring at them in the light. Yep, that’s me in the grocery store parking lot, turning up my spots toward the lamp post, tilting my arm back and forth to see them twinkle. I can see this being very popular for kids/tweens/teens (or grown-ups young at heart), especially with Halloween coming up! If glitter is your thing, you NEED to try this tutorial.
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DIY: Sliced Agate Necklace

I’ve been looking for an affordable sliced agate necklace for the past year now, but I’ve found that most of them are way too pricey ($50 – $100). I just think they are beautiful, with no two that are the same. Agate has long been associated with protective and healing energies, so wearing the stone may bring you good luck. I was wandering around Joann Crafts, and I happened to stumble upon a pack of two pre-drilled sliced agate pendants for $4!!! I snatched them up quick and made two beautiful necklaces. Here’s how: Continue reading

DIY: Elastic Hair Ties

Hey guys, it’s another hair DIY! I received an Alex & Isabelle hair tie in a Birchbox a few months back, and I loved it so much that I bought a few more in different colors. They are less damaging to the hair, not to mention cuter on the wrist. They are becoming increasingly popular, popping up with a glittered version at Anthropologie that sells for $12 for a pack of 5. This whole time I’ve been thinking how easy they must be to make, and I finally did some researching to figure out where I could find colorful elastic.
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DIY: Painted Bobby Pins (with nail polish!)

Normally I would want my hair pins to be strategically tucked into my hairstyle making them inconspicuous, but these bobby pins are too cute to be hidden! Just paint with one or two coats of your favorite nail polish, let dry, and they are ready for show. I even sprinkled some glitter on a few to satisfy my need to make things sparkly. This is so easy – you cannot mess this up! Hmmm…what else can I paint with nail polish?

DIY: Studded Denim Shorts

Studs and spikes are everywhere these days! After I saw a picture of Rihanna wearing a spiked denim jacket, my distressed denim shorts became insanely jealous. You can purchase your studs online (try studsandspikes.com, Etsy, or Ebay). They come in many shapes and sizes and are relatively inexpensive for a small pack.Now let me warn you – it is not as easy as it looks. My poor little thumbs! You’ll see what I mean, but if I can do it, you can do it! I tried to use a flat head screwdriver to bend the prongs down, but it was NOT easier. The second prong is more difficult to bend down than the first, and for most of them, I had to push down on the head of the stud against a hard surface to completely fold the prong down. Once you are all done though, you can wipe the sweat off your face, and be certain that you have the cutest, edgiest shorts at your neighborhood BBQ.

DIY: Mineral Veil Face Powder

I used to be obsessed with Bare Minerals makeup products for years, especially their mineral veil face powder. Three years ago, I glanced at the ingredients, and I was surprised. It was basically cornstarch with parabens (eek!) and iron oxides for color. Since then, I’ve been refilling the same powder container with my own mineral veil concoction, and it works EXACTLY the same (if not better) as the brand name powder. I still love Bare Minerals products, and they have now taken out the parabens, but I will stick with my own mineral veil, thank you. THE RECIPE:  In an old powder container, shake together one tablespoon cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon baby powder. You can add a sprinkle of powder foundation or cocoa powder for color, but this is optional. Congratulations, you just saved yourself $20.HEALTH TIP:  As with all powder makeup products, please do not inhale your makeup! Those tiny particles could enter the lungs, possibly leading to inflammation, scarring, and disease. When I use any kind of loose face powder, I hold my breath while tapping the excess powder off the brush and during application. Tap the brush away from you, and use only in a well-ventilated area. Try to keep it tidy – don’t let it fly all over the place. Because the more you know… (cue shooting star with rainbow).


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DIY: The Statement Pillow

I had a few people asking me about the 20 X 20 “Go To The Gym” felt pillow on my bed in the sausage ponytail tutorial video, and I am proud to say that it was made by yours truly! I saw a similar pillow on Etsy that was $100, and I was determined to copy it. My broken sewing machine has been stuffed away in a closet somewhere for years, so I stitched the whole darn thing by hand. It was actually easier that I thought, only taking a couple hours. I ended up making the “let’s make out” pillow the next day with the leftover felt.

To follow the same basic pillow tutorial that I used, click here. To make the letters, I cut them out of paper first, then I placed the paper letters wrong-side-up on the felt and traced around them with a sharpie. That way when you cut them out, the marker will be on the underside of the felt letter. I hand sewed the letters onto the pillow, but you could easily just glue them on with fabric adhesive. If you have an old throw pillow that you no longer use, you could just cover it, or take the filling out to stuff your new cool pillow. Have fun!