December 27, 2012 by Emily
Tis the season to dress festive! With holiday parties of all kinds happeneing every weekend I need to look fancy! While my wardrobe can work it, my go-to ponytail doesn’t make the “fancy” cut.
Being the rough and tumble tomboy most of my life I’ve had chopped pixie hair cuts for most of my life, so it’s no surprise that I’m pretty terrible at styling my now shoulder length hair. What’s a girl to do when they have no idea how to do anything beyond a ho-hum pony tail? Dress that pony tail up!
Just like when I had short hair, I ususally dress up my normal hair style with a glitzy hair accessory! Headbands are your friend…especially when they’ve gotten a facelift.
Here’s how to jazz up a regular headband with a few dollars worth of supplies from the craft store:
Option 1, ORNAMENT headbands:Here’s a quick, cheap and easy option. I took a quick look in my local craft stores clearance section the day after xmas, and what did I find? These glittery golden snowflakes and ribbon wracking up a grand total of $1.50! I wrapped a headband I already owned with the ribbon, being careful to hot glue the ends down, then I glued the two snowflakes slightly off centered on the headband. A total of 5 minutes of work for a super cute and festive hair piece!
Take a look around you the next time you’re out scouting for supplies you may find your crafting inspiration in surprising places!Option 2, Rocking some Rhinestones:What you’ll need:HeadbandLarge “Rhinestones” (I found these in the jewelry section for $2)1 piece of felt in the same, or similar, color as the stonesScissorsHot Glue GunMethod:1-Cut the felt into the size and shape you would like your adornment to be, I like the way the football shape tapers on both ends and made it about 6 inches wide.2- Arrange your stones on top of the felt, allowing a little bit of space around each stone to allow it to bend over the headband. Once you’re happy with the arrangement hot glue them securely to the felt.3- carefully trim the excess felt from around the stones, I got fairly close (1/8in) to the stones.4-Glue to the headband.Now I have a pretty, sparkly accessory to wear to my parties without having to stress over how to style my hair. I can swoop my hair into an easy bun or ponytail, add my headband and run out the door!
December 23, 2012 by Jenn
We all have that one item of clothing that we wear the same way. It’s not a fashion rut, just stalled for new styling ideas. Instead of wearing the same thing the same way, why not switch it up? Push how far you can stretch your closets contents by seeing your wardrobe with fresh eyes.
December 15, 2012 by Emily
1. One of the most soothing face mists I’ve ever used. It makes my skin really soft and has a sweet coconut smell that isn’t overwhelming. Super by Nicholas Perricone Hydrating Facial Mist – $38
2. One of the worst moments is when you are almost finished with your make up and then, WHOOPS, you smear your eyeliner. This make-up correction pen cleans up tiny mistakes without you having to reapply your entire face. Personally, I draw in my eyebrows so I like to use this pen with the help of a q-tip to create a more dramatic arch. Loreal Make-Up Correction Pen – $7
3. This is probably my most expensive make-up purchase but I can’t help myself. This is, hands down, the best bronzer on the planet. It is a perfect shade for day or night, lasts all day, and never looks caked on. Mac Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze – $29
4. Let’s talk moisture. One of the main reasons our skin begins to sag/age is due to skin dehydration. It’s always best to drink a ton of water, obvs, and ALWAYS wear moisturizer with an SPF (sun damage is also a huge factor in aging). This moisturizer is effective without being too heavy. It has an SPF of 15 and also soothes rough, uneven skin. It barely has a smell which is one of the main selling factors since I hate smelly stuff on my face. It’s oil-free and really just the most wonderful moisturizer ever. Like, EVER. I could go on for days, but I won’t. It also won’t hurt your wallet. I apply in the morning and before bed. (You will love it!) Purpose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion SPF 15 – $7
5. I love Essie. You love Essie. We all love Essie. Unfortunately, I can’t really afford to spend 9 dollars on nail polish. I like to have an arsenal of colors and this polish gives me that option. Sally Hansen’s is great because it lasts a long time, doesn’t chip, and strengthens my nails at the same time! Target has the most colors!! I just picked up a lemon yellow so I can dream of Spring in this cold, cold, winter. Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Polish – $3
6. Speaking of this cold winter, once the temperature drops my skin gets DRY. My knees, elbows, hands, and feet all become dull and ashy. I use this scrub to help combat the season. It has the most amazing honey smell and the Almond and Aloe oils soften the roughest skin. Sugar is better for exfoliation than salt in that it removes less moisture. This winter treat yourself to the softest skin! (These also make great gifts! Wink, wink.) Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub – $13
1. I was using conditioner to shave my legs until I found Trader Joe’s Honey Mango shaving lotion….DON’T JUDGE ME!!! I just never cared all that much until I found this….consider me CONVERTED. Not only does a little go a LONG way (one container lasts about a year for me..what?!) but it smells awesome, and adds great moisture to my skin, no more itchy ashy legs for me! In a pinch I’ve even used it as lotion (and conditioner…shhhh don’t tell my stylist!) — $7.60
2. I’m not an everyday lipstick lady, but I will have a full blown panic attack if I can’t find a chap stick or moisturizing lip balm when I need it. These little lip butter pots from the body shop are really nourishing and smell amazing. The grapefruit scent is my favorite during winter time because it gives me a little zing that reminds me of warmer weather — $6.00
3. Now that my hairs growing longer I try my best to keep it healthy, I can’t just chop it off every time it starts to get scraggly. One of the things that helps my keep my hair healthy and happy is skipping daily showers. I tend to only wash and blow out my hair twice a week… and what keeps my hair looking fresh and grease free is suave dry shampoo. A couple of spritzes on my roots at night and again in the morning bridges the gaps between styling my hair, and it doesn’t hurt that my boyfriend loves the smell! — $2.54
4. Did you know you’re supposed to toss and replace your mascara every 6 weeks?! I’m all about fancy cosmetics, but mascara isn’t one of them . Covergirl lash blast length gives me defined, long lush lashes without the price of department store makeup — $7.79
5. Mac Paint in Bare Canvas is one of my priciest beauty products, but I use it almost every day. Primer, highlighter, eyeshadow I put it everywhere on my lids to give me a brightening pop that opens up my eyes and gives me the appearance of being awake when I’m really not – $18.00
6. NYX jumbo eyeliner in gold is my go to when I’m too tired to actually do my eye makeup, just a swipe over the lid is liner and shadow all in one. Bingo-bango makeup is DONE! –$4.50
7. Coconut Oil… ok, ok I know this is mainly used in the kitchen but this makes a delightful hair and skin oil, I rub this into my dry skin about once a week to add extra moisture to my abused winter skin. Also, just a little bit will hydrate and protect your ends during a blow out and add shine as a finishing products, BONUS you smell like candy all day.
December 5, 2012 by Emily
We’ve always been partial to making gifts for people, and while we have a few ideas rattling around in our noggins (you’ll see them soon!) We just like everyone else, turn to our fellow DIY bloggers for ideas, inspiration and sometimes just to oggle at how crafty and creative they are!
Take a peek at what DIYs are on our “must make for presents” list, and have been making us oooh and aaah lately!
Hmmmm..what to get for the conflicted vegan who wants to rock some Mad Men style fur wraps? What about a DIY “fox stole” scarf! Prudent Baby shares the pattern to make a furry friend to keep them stylish and cozy!
For the Kiddos:
How about a modern spin on matryoshka nesting dolls for the munchkins in your life?
This also works for all people in your life that are of russian heritage and were always fascinated by their grandparents nesting doll collection… oh, that’s just me? moving on…
For the Readers:
Book worms need love too! I’d be a smitten-kitten if someone made me one of these to gussy up my book collections! The same post has a tutorial on making a leather feather headband as well!
For the Art Lover:
Is there an art lover on your list but you can’t afford a Picasso? I’m a huge fan of anything wood grain and this DIY is a fantastic addition for any home. The Happier Homemaker lays out this tutorial that is a cute and easy project for any one on your list.
For the Foodie:
Wine is a welcome gift for that person on your list with great taste… get it? Taste. (I’m a dork) This wine bottle cover from Pocket Change Gourmet is inexpensive and looks adorable. It’s a great way to recycle those old winter sweaters you aren’t using!
For the Creative Type:
I AM IN LOVE. Ornaments make thoughtful gifts and gives your friends and family a keepsake for future tree years. Blow them away this year with these adorable animal ornaments from Voyage of the Creative Variety. I may or may not be making these for some artsy folks on my list, Wink.
Stay tuned for more Holiday ideas and DIYs!