Saturday, May 10, 2014

Braided Bun Updo

Hello! I've been really busy and not feeling very inspired lately, with school winding down and working 9 to 5 y'all (actually only sometimes part time w/e), but I had my lovely friend Sara K. over for a few days, and she inspired me to do this hair tutorial! It is a really easy thing to do and can be done on short and long hair. Make it messier for an even cooler style. 

Start by french braiding a section at the top of the head. Tie off that section, and this will be your first bun.

Fishtail braid to the end and tie off. Pull the braid apart from the inside and make it a bit messy.

Coil your first braid up and secure with a few bobby pins. 

Pull out a new section of hair for the second bun. You can french braid the roots of this one as well if you wish. Braid down to the end, coil, and pin just like the first braid. Do this one more time with the last section of hair until you have three buns. Pull out a few little hairs and spray with some hairspray for more hold if you like. 

Here's what it looks like finished. I would've liked to have braided the roots of the second two buns in hindsight, but I still think it looks really pretty. 

What a cute booger! :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

New Vintage Items

I have a couple of new vintage pieces in my Etsy shop! I especially love these 1970's "style jeans" that I found recently with the tags still intact, in true 70's colors orange and brown. They are so cute, if they only fit me! Take a look around the shop today. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

DIY Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Today is May 1st, and Mother's day is quickly approaching (it's the 11th I think). I'm sure all mother's who are loving and good would appreciate a lovely handmade gift, versus something you just picked up at the store. While you're at it, make mom a pretty card. Not into mother's day? Just make any cool lady in your life a little DIY gift. She will love it. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Happy Spring

I've been trying to cultivate a little "garden" outside of my apartment, even though I can't really plant anything in the ground. I went to Lowe's the other day and picked up a few lovely outdoor plants, and I also planted a few wildflower and lavender seeds that I had. I hope they all grow and make the front porch lovely. I think there is something really soothing about looking at plants and greenery. It makes things feel as though they have some simplicity and order. They're also a pretty inexpensive mood lifter. Invest in some plants today for indoors and outdoors, and find comfort in them. 

I don't know what this is yet, but I like the shape it's taking. And it's growing out of the ground!

These azalea bushes have been beside the house since I've been here, but they just started blooming! The flowers are so pretty.  

Purple salvia.


My little lavender plant is finally sprouting!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lilac and Matte Turquoise Nails

This is a quick and easy springtime nail, that looks cool even if it isn't perfect. All you need are a couple of pretty shades of polish, and some washi tape. 

I used a lilac essie color and a matte turquoise color by Maybelline. The matte color really adds a cool dimension to the tips of the nails. 

Start with your base coat, and add a second coat if it is still a little sheer. 

Tape off the tips of your nails, after they have dried, in little triangle shapes. 

Be sure to take the tape off just as the paint is drying, but before it is completely dry. This will keep your lines more clear. The matte nail polish dries really quickly, so you will need to remove the tape almost as soon as you finish painting. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Y'all

I hope you all have a beautiful and happy Easter, or just a lovely Sunday if you're not celebrating. I'll be heading down to my family's house today to eat delicious food and catch up with everyone I haven't seen in a while! I haven't been able to dye any eggs this year, but here are a few lovely ones that I've had my eye on lately. Perhaps if you get a last minute crafty whim you could whip some of these up!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Agate Pendant Necklace

I love agate slices. I really love gemstones of all kinds, and the healing properties they boast. I don't really buy into all of the lore of gemstones, but the stories and feeling they give off add a nice something to wearing them. I mostly love them for the effortless earthy beauty they add to any look. This necklace is incredibly easy to make, so if you're just starting out with jewelry making, this is one for you. 

You need: Scissors, a chain, various sizes of jump rings, a lobster claw, pliers, and mini agate slices. I purchased mine from amazon here, and they already had the little holes drilled in the top. You can also buy all of the other necessary supplies in any craft store, or on amazon.

First choose your agate slice. I chose this pretty purple one, and I also made a lovely blue one for my friend for her birthday. :)

Add one or two jump rings to the hole. If your slice doesn't already have a hole, you can drill one in.

Cut your chain to an appropriate length. Add a jump ring to the end of the chain, and a lobster claw. Slide your new pendant onto the chain. 

Add one more jump ring to the other end of the chain, and your necklace is finished!