October 25, 2012

Bad blogger! BAD!

Well, obviously I've been away for awhile. Working part time, two internships, and school full time (not to mention my lovely relationships with my hubby and friends) have taken up most of my time. Maybe I'll find my way back one day, but for now, enjoy the posts I worked on up until my great escape! :) Thanks for all the views!

July 23, 2012

Top Down Curling Technique

Recently, I found what I'm deeming a revolutionary new curling technique that has worked WONDERS on my hair. I, like Cara in the tutorial on Maskara, have no clue if this is actually new and revolutionary, but I have still deemed it so! Take a look at the video and try it.
What's different about this technique is that you curl from the top down, instead of rolling your hair up from the bottom on the curling iron, you roll it from the root down. Then you hold the curl up while it cools a bit, and then twist it. This creates a long lasting shape.

Watch this and go visit her amazing site!

July 18, 2012

Orange You Glad...

...for birthdays?! I sure am! The hubby came home on Friday with a bag full of goodies for us and lots of presents for me. That's right. He cooks and brings me presents. Yes, he is the best! I'm one lucky lady.

Not only did he bring me presents, the hum-dinger being these gold hoops, he also brought me presents from friends and family in the states.

A special thanks to Mary Lee for this sweater, Dancy for all the cosmetic goodness sent my way, Judy for my lovely bracelet, John's friends for spending some quality time with him, and all my in-laws for spoiling John with this special trip!

What I wore:
Sweater – Anthropologie
Jeans – Target (US)
Loafers – Nine West
Hoops – Nordstroms
Glasses – Prada

On another note, I tried a new hair curling technique that I will share with you next week.

July 16, 2012

DIY Colored Bobby Pins

Want to add some color to your do? It's easy! You'll need bobby pins and nail polish.

1) Slide your bobby pins over a piece of scrap paper.

2) Paint the tops with your favorite shade of nail polish.

3) Let them dry and put another coat on if needed.

4) Let dry at least 6 hours (to completely set) before using them in your hair.

Tah dah! Done.

July 10, 2012

DIY Curtain Rod Coat Rack

Need a coat rack? Have $6? I've got you covered, friend!

Head to IKEA and pick up 3 extendable curtain rods that extend to the height you require for your coat rack (make a measurement or test them out at the store to make sure they extend long enough). I found these for $1.98 each!

You'll also need some masking or duct tape, some yarn, two large beads (or anything nickel-sized and round), and a hot glue gun.

To prep your rods extend them to the height you need (all the same), run a bead of hot glue on the seam where the two sections of rod meet. While it's hot slide the two sections together slightly so that the glue gets pulled into the seam. Let it cool and the rod should stay stuck at that height.

1) Arrange your three rods in a tee-pee formation and run a long piece of masking tape around where the meet. To keep the rods from collapsing, place your large beads in the middle of the rods above and below the tape and pump hot glue around them.

2) Tie a very long piece of yarn around the tape and start wrapping it around tightly.

3) Keep wrapping long pieces of yarn around the taped bits.

4) Completely cover the tape. Remember to keep the yarn tight as this is actually what hold the rods together in the long run. The tape is just a temporary helper.

Hang your coats and your done!

July 08, 2012

Best of June: In case you missed it!

Here are a few of my favorite posts from June, just in case you missed it. I'll do it Letterman style with the best for last. Just imagine me wearing men's glasses and colorful tie during this. Also, it's my birthday...let's not go into it...I've found three bright silver hairs this week.

4) Churros...oh they were good.

3) Shiny door stripes.

2) Removable shoe tassels.

Drum roll please, Paul!

1) Turning a too short dress into a skirt!


July 05, 2012

The Tortoise and the Hare

Or the turtle neck and the cheetah sweater...and my new tassels!

Ooooo! Swishing tassels! The little preppy chic that lives inside my head, ironically right next door to the moody rockstar in my head, loves the sound of swishing tassels. That's how cheetah print and tassels get worn on the same day.

What I wore:
Turtle Neck – Target (US)
Jeans – DKNY
Sweater – H&M + My own paint job
Wedge Loafers – Target (US)
Bag – Oryany

July 03, 2012

DIY Glasses Case Recover

Okay. I know. This is the second time I've done this tutorial, but I think this one is much clearer and it doesn't have anything about painting the case, like this one. This is how to simply recover a glasses case.

1) Carefully remove the plastic insert if possible.

2) Peel off the current covering if possible (you could cover it).

3) Make sure the fabric you are going to use is spotless and wrinkle-free.

4) Brush a very, very thin layer of white glue over one side of the case.

5) Smooth the fabric over the glue.

6) Trim the fabric to about 1/2 inch extending past the side of the case.

7) Use an Exacto blade to trim the fabric at the hinge. Slice it along the hinge. At the end of the hinge slice the fabric straight from the hinge to the end of the fabric.

8) Hot glue the fabric tightly down around the inside of the case starting at the sides and then doing the corners.

Make sure to pull through and glue the fabric closest to the hinge down tightly.

9) Hot glue the plastic insert back in.

10) The last step is to lightly brush a small amount of clear-drying glue (most white glues do the trick) across the cut fabric edge by the hinge.

Repeat steps 3-10 to the other side of the case. Enjoy your new glasses receptacle.

July 01, 2012

Three Days A Week

Well, I have good news and bad news. Good news is not only am I starting a great internship for school soon, I just started a part time job as a support worker – my first job in the care field. It's a marvellous start to what I'm sure will be a very fulfilling career.

The bad news is with the new internship, my volunteer job, my part time job, nannying, and school (not to mention my lovely hubby and friends) I've suddenly reliezed I can't keep 5 posts a week up on my blog. There is only 24 hours in a day and I like to sleep for at least 8 of them, folks. AT LEAST.

So, I'm cutting back to about 3 posts a week. Give or take a post here and there. I might be able to amp it back up again one day, but that day is not today kids.

I doubt many will notice, but there are a few diehard fans (mostly fam) that will wonder what's up. Good talk!

June 28, 2012

Shot Glasses and Baby Spoons

No shot glasses or baby spoons here! When I travel I take home a souvenir that is indulgent, yet useable. Perfume. Plus, you can get great deals in the duty-free section of airports.

It the only time I buy it and I write where and when I got it in sharpie on the bottom. In just a couple of years I've created quite a collection!

What do you collect when you travel?

June 26, 2012

Organic Lip Care (use less, spend less, feel better)

When I leave the house there are four ingredients I MUST have in my bag or pockets: my wallet, my coin purse, my glasses, and some sort of lip care.

Today I put forward three non-petroleum, organic lip care products that I've had great success with and share how my move to non-petroleum has changed my lips.

1) Yes to Carrots ™ Conditioning Lip Butter – This 100% natural balm comes in four flavors, but I prefer the pomegranate because it is the only flavor with SPF. It has a heavy duty consistency that reminds me of the old Burt's Bees SPF lip balm, but it doesn't turn your lips white (which I hated). This balm works great under lipstick too.

2) Eco Lips® – This smooth formula is 87% organic (the only part not organic is the SPF 15 sunscreen) and comes in berry, mint, original, and bee-free versions. I've tried the berry, which I love, and the mint, which I hated the smell of. With the consistency if Carmex, this stuff is soothing, but don't wear it beneath lipstick as it's too slick.

3) Balm Balm Lip Balm (and more) – This is a great lip balm for around the house, as it doesn't SPF. It's fragrance free, 100% organic, and can be used for multiple uses. I use it on the go when I don't have lotion and have a dry spot on my hands. It works well under lipstick if you don't load it on.

All of these items are available on feelunique.com (free shipping!) or you could check your local pharmacy or health food store.

The reason I switched to these products instead of my old stand-by (Chapstick) is because I got tired of reapplying and reapplying. Eventually I started to feel as though my lips got worse rather than better in the long run when using Chapstick. And it's true! Though the myth that petroleum products can make your lips 'addicted' to them is false, it is true that when petroleum-based products dry on your lips they end up sapping more moisture away from your lips than they added. So why not put something on your lips that actually conditions them in a positive way?!

The first couple days after I switched my lips were a bit angry (feeling drier than normal), but with some gentle exfoliation and continuing to put the non-petroleum products on them, within about five days they felt better than ever. In fact, I don't find myself putting lip balm on at all during the day unless I go outside (for the SPF). Most days, as long as I'm drinking enough water, I put a good amount on in the evening before bed and that is it. I use less, spend less, and feel better!

Try a non-petroleum lip balm and see if you like it better!

June 25, 2012

Check Out Those Churros

Live in or visiting Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, or Perth? Want a cute and yummy place to grab some coffee and a treat? Hit up San Churro Chocolateria! The hubby and I went to the Glebe location on Sunday.

We had the churros and dipping sauces for two...and if I believed in sin, I'd say it was sinfully good. Their coffee was also quite good, though I'm no coffee officianoto, so go check it out yourself. You will also get a free chocolate truffle with your coffee if you stay in the café to drink it.

I believe you can also get a free coffee if you like them on Facebook.

I swear this isn't a paid ad, it was just gooooood and I thought I'd spread the love.

Excuse the iPhone photos, the hubby is in the states and has our Canon, so I'm improvising for the next three (lonely) weeks.