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. ;]

Hair How To: The Perfect Curls [Tutorial]

I learned a few great tricks while working as a receptionist at a salon. I got to spend a lot of my down time watching the stylists and absorbing some helpful tips. The best thing I learned? How to curl my hair correctly. I was the worst at curling my hair. Literally, the worst! My hair is naturally curly so I was always told after blow drying, my hair should be able to hold a curl. Well it never would. Not only would they not hold, I couldn’t even get a curl in my hair to begin with. I found out I was making a very common mistake that was embarrassingly easy to fix. Once I caught on, I was finally able to curl my hair like a pro. And with these helpful tips and instructions, you will be able to as well!

First, let me just tell everyone the mistake that I was making… I was holding the curling iron at the bottom of my hair, instead of at the top, towards the root. Fix this step and the rest quite literally falls into place. Let’s get started. :]

Here’s what you’ll need:

[Comb, clips, curling iron, and hair spray]

*Note: The larger the curling iron the looser your curls will be. I prefer an inch to an inch and a half iron. If the iron is too big your curls really won’t hold at all.

Start with day old blow dried hair. In this series of pictures I’m working with hair that had previously been flat-ironed. Truth be told, these curls won’t hold well or for very long. Flat ironing your hair takes most of the ability to hold a curl away. Next day blow dried hair is the best to work with for curling. It has a little grit in it and the texture is perfect for absorbing a curl. So let’s continue.

Step one: Section your hair into 2 parts; everything in front of the ear and all the hair behind the ear. Clip the front section on top of your head.

Step two: Separate the hair behind the ear into two sections as well. This time, everything from the top of the ear and up clip on top of your head. You’ll be working with all the hair from the top of the ear, down. See the image below.













Step three: From the back of your head working forward, take a one inch section and wrap it around the curling iron, closest to the root as possible working your way down with the iron.

Step four: As you work your way forward, alternate directions in which you hold the curling iron. In doing so your curls will be more separated and they won’t mush together and will actually have much more volume. Not sure how to alternate directions? Don’t worry, I thought of that too!

Watch this quick [literally quick] video! My hair is already curled and this curling iron isn’t actually on, but it’s all for instruction purposes.

The first step in this video is with the clippy part of the iron in the back. Hold it this way and curl it towards you. The next step; the clippy part is in the front. Hold the iron this way and curl your hair away from you. Keep doing this every time you curl a new section and viola! You are alternating directions. It’s so much easier to describe via video rather than trying to sit here and type out instructions. Mainly because I never really got it, until I actually saw it. So I hope that helps you! Let’s continue.

Repeat these steps in each section. I do the bottom section behind the ear, then the top section behind the ear. After I do the bottom section in front of the ear and the top section in front of the ear. When you get to the pieces around the crown of your face, curl your hair away from your head to create a wind-swept look.

Repeat all these steps on the other side of your head. When you’re done you’ll have a great head of curls! Be sure to spray with some hair spray. For extra volume, spray your hair with your head upside down.





Also, don’t be discouraged if as your night goes on the layer of curls on the bottom starts to fall out. The friction of your clothes against your hair basically eats away at all the hair spray and causes all the curl to loosen no matter how much you sprayed them. Literally, you could put a whole bottle of hair spray on that bottom layer of your curls and that son-of-a-bitch friction will still do its job. So no worries, you are not a curling failure! I hope these tips help you guys like they helped me! Try this on your next night out and let me know how it goes! Eventually you’ll become a pro and be able to curl your whole head in about 10 minutes, no jokin. Good luck! <3

Nail A.D.D

Ok, so my addiction to nail polish and ability to give myself manicures I truly hate has made it impossible to only post a manicure once a month. So here we go. This manicure is so, so easy! As long as you have a steady hand, there is no reason you can’t do this free hand. Take a gander.

What you need:
For this particular manicure I chose to use a base and a glitter top coat that were similar in hue.  I think it would look pretty cute with seriously contrasting colors and that may very well be my next mani. Until I get some other bright idea and try something else. I used Power Clutch by Essie and My Private Jet by OPI.

Here are the easy steps you need to follow:

Step 1: Paint your nails with the base color.

Step 2: Let dry completely.

Step 3: Apply a second coat of the base color.

Step 4: Let dry completely, again.

Step 5: With a very steady hand, paint a straight line up half the nail. Starting at the bottom of the nail and going towards the tip is the easiest.

Here’s another view. 

I like the subtle look of this manicure. You almost have to look twice before you even realize it’s not just the standard mani. Try this yourself with your own combination of colors and let me know how it works out!

DIY: Name Banner

I spent almost my entire college life in a Sorority, where we learn really useless skills for crafting. Since I’m all grown up now, graduated, and my littles are getting littles, I have fewer excuses to craft these days. One of my favorite crafts from DPhiE were the name banners that bigs usually (I say usually because my big never made me one) make for their little sisters. They’re super easy and would even be great for bridal showers or baby showers. Watch and learn.

What you will need:

Paint Brushes
Glitter (optional)
Wood Paint
Hot glue gun
Wood letters

All found at craft stores like AC Moore & Michaels.


1. First decide what you’re going to create a banner for. In this case, I made one for Matt’s little sister using her name. If you’re making one for a bridal shower, it can say “Here comes the bride” and for a baby shower it can say “It’s A Boy!” or even the baby’s name. You get the point. There are really a ton of possibilities when it comes to these. So plan out what it’s going to  say ahead of time so you know what letters to get at the craft store.

2. Next, choose a paint and paint each letter. The wood paint dries relatively fast so you won’t have to wait forever to do two coats. If you decide to coat your letters with a layer of glitter, like I did, apply the glitter before the second coat dries.

3. Let the paint and glitter dry. This should only take about 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Next, take your ribbon out and create a bow on one end of the ribbon. If you have trouble creating a bow right from the ribbon, cut a piece off, make a bow, and just hot glue it on to each end later.

5. Don’t cut the ribbon off until you know exactly how much you’ll need to be able to fit all the letter. Lay the letters out on the ribbon first. Make sure there is about the same amount of ribbon on each side so it looks even.

6. Once you have your ribbon laid out, start hot gluing the letters on. Just be aware, the hot glue will go through the ribbon so don’t do any hot gluing on a carpet, or anything of major importance like your great great great grandmother’s antique table. It comes off with a little scratching and elbow grease, but still.

7. Once you know you have enough room, cut about an extra foot of ribbon if you make the bow right out of the ribbon. If not, just cut it where it will match the other side in length then hot glue the bow on the end.

And there ya go! It’s all finished. See, that wasn’t so hard was it? Typically these are hung over beds, but they can pretty much go anywhere. Just a tip for my closest friends, I will want one of these whenever I have a baby shower, ok? Thanks! :] haha…. seriously though. I want one. Doesn’t this bring back memories sisters? I bet everyone gets the crafting bug now.