Many apologies for my lack of posts recently… apparently Wellington (my mothers house) is still in the dark ages when it comes to internet access. But all is fixed and the world can keep spinning!
Like many girls, I was given a charm bracelet when I was younger and over the years it has become increasingly full! Pretty much all my charms have a story, whether it be birthdays, overseas trips, or academic accomplishments! Unfortunately as my bracelet got bigger, it became more uncomfortable to wear – so I stopped wearing it.
Then my brilliant brain came up with the idea to turn it into a necklace! This way I can wear it wore often, and the charms are much easier to see! Plus it’s something most people don’t have! Bonus.
I don’t really wear short pendants, so I got the bracelet attached to a longer chain so it sits on my chest. Love love love.
Who doesn’t love a sneaky DIY? I have 5 easy-peasy beauty tips to get the most out of your products and most importantly, your budget!
[ 1. Get instant 3D lips by adding frosted eyeshadow! ] Add a soft coating of shiny eyeshadow over the top of lipstick or lipgloss for a fuller look
[ 2. Instant ‘plumping’ lipgloss ] Just add peppermint oil to any of your favourite lipglosses for that plumping tingly effect! Easy as pie
[ 3. Touch up french manicures with… anything! ] Any smooth, long, bendable surface can be used to touch up a french manicure! I’m talking tape, rubber bands, even paper! Just hold sturdy in place and paint!
[ 4. Banish split-ends between hair cuts! ] Simply separate hair into sections, twist, and cut any hairs that are sticking out!
[ 5. Coloured lips using eyeshadow ] Coat lips with a sticky lipgloss (thin lizzy lipgloss is crazy sticky) and apply any eyeshadow on top! Get creative! Today I’m a mermaid…
I love me some DIY, but I seem to come up with 101 ideasbut never actually get around to getting it done! A good friend of mine is crafty craftsman when it comes to leather, (I’m talking wallets, pouches, book covers and even a pair of leather boots)!! Its crazy genius. He ended up leaving Dunedin and let us less skilled plebs rifle through his leather off-cuts! Yay! Rather than writing ‘DIY’ in my diary and hoping it will magically happen, I decided to actually make something! My first creation? A headband – not as fancy as boots, but it totally still counts!!
[ I went with a blue leather, and both small and medium sized black pyramid studs ]
[ What you will need: A headband (around 2cm in width), fabric shears, a hot glue gun, leather or thick fabric, studs (I used 3 medium and 4 small pyramid studs ]
[ Measure the leather to fit the size of the headband and cut to fit. NOTE you don’t want the leather to overlap under the band as it will feel uncomfortable! ]
[ Measure and mark where you want your studs to sit! Stab them through the leather and fold down backing. If any look dodgy, add some glue! ]
[ Glue along the top of the band, pressing each stud in place at a time. Fold under and lightly glue along the underside. NOTE for a clean look add felt or ribbon on the underside to hide the raw edges ]
BOOM and you have a new accessory made especially by you! xo
Exam time wreaked havoc on my nails! They were being constantly chewed, picked at, and broken – never having time to actually remove my tragically chipped 3-week-old nail polish, one of my friends forced me to remove it and repaint them at the study table as the chips were starting stressing her out! Tops friend. And great procrastination!
To give my nails (and my mind) a pampering, I decided to try a splatter effect with all this new free time I have! This turned out to be super fun – and super messy! But that was the best part… Follow my easy steps and give it a try!
Step 1: Gather your essentials! I used two straws, cue tips, tape (or post-it notes in my case), nail polish remover, and your choice of nail polish colours! I also made sure I did this on a washable/disposable surface (my old uni folder). I used AVON ‘midnight plum’ for my base colour, and for my splatter colours OPI ‘the “it” color’ and Revlon 017 ‘shear heaven’. Plus a Cutex top coat for the finishing touch!
Step 2: Place the tape around the edges of your nail – this will stop your hands getting so messy! I painted my base colour the night before to make sure it was SUPER dry.
Step 3: Dip one of the straws into your first splatter colour. I let it drip back into the pot once before beginning the splatter to make sure I didn’t get a big gob of polish on my nail.
Step 4: BLOW BABY BLOW. This is the fun part! Blow the crap out of the straw, re-dip, and blow again until you get the amount of splatters you want. Use a clean straw if you want to add a second colour.
Step 5: Remove the tape, and clean up any polish with a cue tip – Top coat time!
Hair bows are the perfect accessory for winter! While the clothes become darker and we cover up our cute outfits with tragically oversized coats, a hair bow is an easy-peasy way to add some colour and texture to your outfit – plus there are countless ways to wear them!
Here are some of my go-to hair dos featuring some of my own hair bows – you can’t tell me you’re not at least a little impressed..
I’ve been looking for decently priced velvet (or velour) for a while now. One trip into town revealed that most fabric stores sell velvet for around $35-$40 a metre! And being a university student, I just can’t afford that. Feeling down and mildly frustrated, I headed into an op-shop to find some uplifting charity.
Then I found it – a blue velvet bean-bag cover… for $4!! My day was pretty much made. My first creation? A velvet headband!
Follow my easy instructions and make one yourself x
Step 1: Measure the circumference of your head – my cranium turned out to be 58cm! Step 2: Add 10cm onto this measurement – this will give room for seam allowances and for the headband knot. Step 3: Select your width and add 1″ for seam allowances. I went with 10.5cm
Step 4: Pin down seam edges ready to sew. Leave several inches at each end so the extra width will cup the back of your head Step 5: After sewing down the edges, tie a knot in the middle of the fabric Step 6: Sew the ends together!
This is a super fun, and effortless look. It makes me feel flirty and a little 90’s! Complete these four easy steps the night before and wake up ready to go x
What you’ll need: Three hair ties, a heat protective spray and a hair-dryer
Step 1: Separate the top layer of hair and form a plait down the back of your hair. Step 2: Braid the lower layer of hair into two more plaits – I chose to do regular braids rather than french braids as it allows your hair to fall into the waves, rather than starting right at the scalp. Step 3: Spray the crap out of them with your heat protective spray! I use GHD Style. This will wet the hair allowing it to take the shape of the braids, while protecting it for step 4… Step 4: Blow dry the braids until all moisture is absorbed
Wake up and undo the braids and you’re good to go!
This adorable vintage scissor pendant was sold to me at the Wellington Underground Market – not as a necklace but as a bookmark. What a waste! The scissors were attached to the page marker by some ribbon, and at a mere $3 the decision was obvious. Once I got home I found an old necklace and replaced its pendant with my cute new scissors.
Genius I know…
This has now developed into an obsession to find old chains to put new fun things on. I can’t seem to find any worth paying for in the shops, and I’m too impatient to by them at wholesale and wait for them to arrive from China. The chain is 33″ in length so it sits perfectly in my center, I might just end up wearing this same chain and alternate pendants – for now.
I bought a nail art set off ASOS a while back but gave up on using the pens as they seemed to just damage the bottom layer of polish – either that or I’m just too spastic to wait for the polish to dry. The set also came with a few coloured nail gems which I decided was time to put into use, and get a little ghetto chic! In an attempt to not to look too over-the-top, I only decorated two nails on each hand.
Step 1: Paint a base coat and allow to completely dry. I left mine overnight Step 2: Using a piece of tape (or in this case a plastic post-it note) stick to the nail on a diagonal angle Step 3: Paint in the gap using a colour of your choice. Apply liberally Step 4: Peel the tape away gently and allow to dry Step 5: To apply gems or rhinestones to nails, first apply a generous layer of top-coat polish – this will behave like a glue Step 6: Apply gems carefully with tweezers Step 7: Apply another layer of top-coat to set in place