How To: The Sock Bun!

I know these tutorials are a dime a dozen… but I made this video for a friend of mine who has been asking for it for months now, haha. The sock bun is a huge trend right now, and it can be kind of tricky to pull off perfectly. The key with this, as is with anything, is practice, practice, practice! I had to do this bun about 15 times before I felt like I really had the hang of it. I love to wear the sock bun look for fancy occasions, like a great dinner party or holiday dinner. So check it out, try it out a few times, hope it helps!

DIY: Turban Headband

Happy Monday loves! I’ve always been obsessed with the turban headband look but could never find them in stores (without spending an arm and a leg.. for a little fabric, geez!) SO I found this really great tutorial on Pinterest, BUT, it was only pictures. It could get a little confusing. I figured I’d do one better and make it a quick little video. This headband involves NO sewing OR glue! Easiest thing out there. Enjoy!

 

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HOW TO: Make your own clip in hair extensions

Hello loves! Below is a (not so quick) video all about how to make your own clip in hair extensions at home. Like I explain in the video, clip-in’s are SUPER easy (but a little time consuming) to make and they will last you FOR-EV-ERRRR (said like the kid from the Sandlot, OF COURSE). SO! This is a relatively easy step-by-step video on how to make your own hair extensions. Hope it helps! Feel free to fast forward through any of the boring parts. :] If you have ANY questions please feel free to ask! Ciao babes.

Shopping for Maternity Clothes 101

Hello my loves! So I decided to make this video because when I first got pregnant I was super stoked about shopping for maternity clothes. I mean, let’s face it, it’s just an excuse to go shopping, right? I needed clothes I can fit into! The hubs can’t argue with that, haha. But to be honest, I had no idea what I was doing. It seems like a pretty simple concept, but it’s not. All maternity clothes fit differently, some better than others. These are just a few of my do’s and dont’s for young first time moms like me. I hope you find these tips helpful! Let me know if you guys have any questions. Peace, loves.

DIY: Glittery Shoes

Hey guys! So this post may seem a little out of place… perhaps it should have been posted closer to New Year’s Eve or something, but it’s not, so get over it. I have been on a serious DIY kick lately. The weather for the past few days has been less than beautiful and I’ve been stuck inside with lack of better things to do, so I figured I’d get all of these little projects out of my system now. I always wanted to try DIY glittery shoes, and I think they came out pretty sexy. Check it.

Now I just want to throw this out there… I didn’t choose red so that I would wear them and people would think they were Louboutins. A. I already have a few pairs and B. No one would buy it anyway, the coveted red bottoms are never glittery… hah. I picked red because I thought the glitter in the bottle looked the best. It was between this and silver glitter, but the red won out. Ok so! This project was literally laughably easy and took like all of 5 minutes, so let’s get started!

Here’s whatcha need:

A pair of high heels – (I used a pair that I rarely ever wear, just to test the waters first). I didn’t want to try this project on like a really pair of expensive shoes I wear all the time only to have it turn out like a disaster.
Mod Podge –  This is a water base sealer & glue that you can use for almost any craft project. I’m kind of obsessed with this stuff. It’s fun for making memory boxes and stuff too which maybe I will do a DIY for in the future! hah ok, moving on… You can find it at pretty much any craft store, I grabbed mine at AC Moore.
Glitter –  I picked up “Ultra Fine Premium Glitter” in red. I chose a finer glitter rather than a thicker glitter so the finish on the shoes would look a little more sleek.
Paint Brush – You can use pretty much any paint brush. I like to use these disposable ones from craft stores that cost about 38 cents because they get really messy working with mod podge and you really can’t do anything with it after.

I recommend doing this project in a well ventilated area, perhaps somewhere where you can open the windows because the glue can smell a little strong from time to time. I did this in the kitchen with all the widows open.

So! Here are the steps: 

Step 1: In a paper plate or paper bowl (something you can throw out after) mix together some of the glitter and the glue. – *Note: It will make a creamy appearance and change the color of the glitter, but only until it dries. Once the glue dries there is no trace of it, so don’t be alarmed!

Step 2: Using your paint brush, dip it in the glue and glitter mixture and begin spreading it along the bottom of your shoes. Depending on how much of each material you use, you may have to spread a little more or a little less. It doesn’t have to go on super thick, just enough to evenly coat the bottom of your shoes.

Step 3: After you’re satisfied with the amount of glitter on there, let it dry. And that’s that. I let my shoes sit for about an hour or two, but they dried much quicker than that. And this is the final look!

I think they came out pretty neat! I have no idea where I’ll wear these any time soon, but they’re fun to just have around just in case, hah. What I really love about this project is that there are so many options! You can literally use any color glitter on any color shoe and it would come out kind of neat. It would probably be fun to play around with this for the neon trend. Find a neon color glitter and slap it on a black shoe… boom. Thank me later. ;]

So I hope you guys found this helpful! It’s a seriously easy project and like I said, only takes a few minutes at most. Try it out and send me pictures of what your shoes look like! I’d love to see.

ALSO! I will be posting a Tunesday Tune today!! It’s been weeks!!!! I have a very new song stuck in my head so I’ll probably be posting that later. Enjoy. Bye loves!! xo.

DIY: Earring Hangers

Last week when I posted the pictures of my new room someone had asked that I put up how to make these earring hangers that I made. They are super easy and quick to make. Let’s get started.

Here is all you need:

1. Picture frames (I found these at HomeGoods, they were between $7 and $12).
2. Lace eyelet ribbon (available at any craft store from between $3 and $10).
3. Hot Glue gun & glue sticks (I already had these, but you can find them at any craft store; the gun itself can go from $2 to $20 depending on how nice you want it.
4. Picture hangers (any hardware or craft store….. or even WalMart or Target, anywhere really).

Step One: Measure out the ribbon on the back of the frames. Hot Glue the end of the ribbon on each side of the frame.

For the top layer of ribbon that will rest along the top of the frame, I hot glued the whole ribbon so I could hang heavier earrings from there without fearing that they’ll pull the ribbon down.

Step two: This is the fun (or frustrating) part. After the glue dries (make sure it dries all the way so the earrings don’t pull on the ribbon) start hanging your earrings!

This is the end result:

Now the wonderful thing about these earring hangers is that they really allow for some amazing organizing. My jewelry box was the biggest disaster ever. Like I said before, I was housing half of my collection mini zip lock bags and kept all those in one big bag that I brought back and forth when I would go home for weekends or something. Now that I am all settled in one place (home!!) I can finally lay everything out and stop carrying my ish around in plastic bags. I wish I took some before pictures of my absurdly messy jewelry box so you guys could reaaaalllly get a feel for how well these earring hangers actually worked for me.Unfortunately, I did not, but you can kind of get the gist of it.

Check out how clean and organized my jewelry box is now! All three of these drawers were previously dedicated to earrings which meant all of my other jewelry was tangled together in the rest of the box. Now I have a ton of room open for my delicate necklaces to be by themselves, my watches, my bracelets. Everything has a place now and it makes accessorizing THAT much easier.

So making this jewelry hanger has literally like… 3 real steps; measuring out the ribbon, hot gluing, and hanging. Also, I feel like this is obvious but I should say it anyway just in case! I hung my earrings on this thing before I hung them on the wall. Just making sure we are all on the same page. hah

So this whole project took me like 15 minutes and it’s really easy and honestly just very beneficial for me! You should definitely make one of these and it will make your life so much easier. Do it up and let me know how it goes! Hope this tutorial was helpful for you guys!

 

Nails How To: Leopard Print

Recently I got jungle fever with my nails. And come to find out, the very same manicure was apparently on Lauren Conrad’s blog recently too! Now I got this inspiration from the Sally Hansen nail decals, not from LC. But her manicure looked pretty sweet too, obvi. Nothing that girl does ever looks less than amazing. Here is my fierce manicure.

 

So let’s walk through this shall we? I opted for a light pink for a base color. Fiji by Essie is my absolute favorite color in all the world. As soon as the temperature hit 60 degrees I whipped this bad boy out. It was between Fiji or Sew Psyched but I am so over the fall colors.

 

Here’s all you need: 

A solid color to use as your base.
I used Fiji by Essie.

Nail art pens/polishes in black and white.
I used Sally Hansen nail art pen in white and Milani nail art polish in black.

 

 

 

 

Step one: Paint your nails with your base color, in this case, Fiji.

Step two: Let nails dry completely.

Step three: Apply a second coat of your base color.

Step four: Let nails dry completely.

Step five: With the black nail art pen/polish make little black leopard spots. Leave some of the spots open as if you’re making little curved less than and greater than signs, and close the others to make little black dots basically.
* in this case less is definitely more. The first picture is of my left hand. I got a little carried away with the spots. On my right hand (which you’ll see next) I didn’t do as many spots and I am definitely liking my right hand more.

Step six: Let the black leopard spots dry completely. *Completely, this is very important as they will smudge in the next step if you don’t! 

Step seven: With the white nail art pen fill in some of the open semi-circles, leave some of the other ones open and empty. Draw around the closed in circles to make it almost look like a halo.

Step eight: Let your nails dry completely and cover them with a top coat.

And that’s that! It’s pretty easy but for your other hand you’ll need a pretty steady hand. I’m a righty and oddly enough my right hand came out better than my left. Luckily this manicure is pretty abstract in itself so if you can’t create perfect looking semi-circles and leopard spots you have nothing to worry about. The lines in this mani don’t have to look perfect. So take a stab at it and let me know how they come out! later gators. ;]