For the Makers

I LOVE crafts. I could spend hours perusing Pinterest looking for a good craft project. But one of my biggest pet peeves is buying the supplies.  Let’s be real I don’t have a craft closet in my teeny tiny Manhattan apartment. I’m lucky to have a closet at all! Having extra supplies lying around  just isn’t something I want. That’s why I’m so thankful for my new find: For the Makers! It’s like Birchbox for crafters. I’ll let the experts do the explaining:

“For the Makers is a space for sharing ideas, skills and inspiration. Simply sign up and every month you’ll receive supplies for four projects. For $29 we source the best materials and deliver them to your door, letting you skip straight to the fun part. Shipping is always free. We’ll walk you through each project with a fun how-to on our website but also encourage you to explore the creative potential in each package. Once you make something, share it with friends and fellow Makers.”

What’s not to like about that! I just received my first box (August) in the mail and my crafts are:

  • Marshall Street Raffia Belt
  • Navy Yard Studded Bangle
  • Vinegar Hill Hair Elastic
  • Plymouth Brass Bar Necklace

Can’t wait to share how everything turns out! Be sure to check out their website as well as their Facebook & Twitter accounts!

xox L

DIY: Piñata Notebook

 

I’ve been dreaming (literally) about making a piñata notebook. I love piñatas (and notebooks) so this just seemed like the prefect way to put them together! I was also totally inspired by Chanel Dror’s post “Want to Get Hit On via CamilleStyles.com. (check it out!)

You’ll need:

  • A Notebook (I used a composition notebook because it had a sturdy cover that could support hot glue)
  • Colorful paper (I used card stock paper and chose three solid colors and one metallic)
  • Hot Glue Gun (and glue!)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

I started by cutting the card stock into strips (the length of my notebook and about 2 inches thick). I cut vertically up the strips of paper to create a fringe effect  (I cut about 3/4  the way up). Once all of the strips were ready, I laid them out in the order I wanted them to appear on the notebook and started gluing them to the cover. NOTE start gluing from the bottom of the notebook and build up. It’s much easier to layer them on top of one-another than try to put them underneath one-another. Lastly, try to keep all fringe on top of the cover. This will eliminate the chance of snagging a fringe strip! Once you’ve finish the front, flip your notebook over and repeat the same patter on the back.

If you think this notebook is ‘too much’ for an everyday notebook, try using it as the guest book at a party!

 

xox L

Quick Fix: Mascara

I don’t know about you, but I don’t go anywhere without mascara. It’s one of those things that takes 1 minute to apply and I swear it makes a world of difference. But because I use my mascara all the time, I find it dries out quickly. I’m pretty religious about throwing it out every 3 months (really, anything that close to your eye shouldn’t be staying around too long) but I still find the formula ages quickly. And believe me, I’ve tried just about every mascara out there. So I came up with what I think is a brilliant technique to get that “fresh out of the package application” with a mascara that is less than new. My secret? HOT WATER!

Before you apply your mascara, turn on your hot water and give it a second to warm up. The water doesn’t need to be scolding, just hot. Make sure your mascara is sealed tight, and hold it under the running water for about 10-15 seconds. When you’re done, open it up and voilà! Your mascara is good as new.

xox L

Glitter Nail Polish

I know, another nail polish post. I can’t help it! I’ve had an OPI Gel manicure for the past 3 months and just got it off over Easter weekend. Since I haven’t been able to experiment with polish for so long, I’ve kind of gone crazy recently. Just bare with me, I promise there won’t be many more!

My all time favorite nail polish is Mint Candy Apple by Essie and ironically enough I can never find it anywhere! So, I used my best detective skills and found a similar shade at the drugstore (Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mint Sorbet). When my nails were finally free of gel I wanted to give them a fresh coat of my “Mint Candy Apple look-alike.” While  perusing the aisles of CVS I came across Milani Jewel FX Nail Polish in Gems. It immediately caught my eye because the polish is full of different sizes and colors of glitter making it (almost) like confetti! Anyways, I thought it would be fun to layer over Mint Sorbet so I gave it a try and loved the results.

If you want to try this glitter polish at home remember that a little goes a long way so stick to one coat. Also, if you ever have a super chipped manicure, it’s great to throw on as a topcoat. The glitter will distract people from your chipped polish and it dries in seconds!

xox L

Nailed It.

 

So it’s not breaking news, but nail art is in. In fact, the Spring/Summer 2012 runways were swimming with colorful varieties of nail art. From Aztec prints to minty stripes, artistic manicures are hot this season. But let’s get real, some of you (not including myself in this) may not feel comfortable sporting a crazy manicure. If this is the case, you’re in luck! I’ve come up with a fun (inexpensive) way to spice up your manicure for a day or two.

First of all, if you haven’t seen the amazing post from the beauty department about DIY Nail Stickers, you should check it out. If you’re like me and don’t have quite enough willpower to paint nail polish on tape, you can try the next best thing… washi tape! For those of you who don’t know, washi tape is brightly colored or printed paper tape that comes on small rolls. You can use it for just about anything (warning: once you buy it you’ll start putting it everywhere. My roommate currently replaced all of the magnets on the refrigerator with washi tape).

SO, if you want to sport a fun yet simple print without a long-time investment, try washi tape. It’s simple, first paint your nails with a solid color. I used Mint Sorbet by Sally Hansen (my drugstore version of Essie Mint Candy Apple). Next, select your print/color of wash tape. I chose neon pink but there are thousands of other options here and here. Pick your poison!  Cut the tape into thin strips using good scissors. I suggest cutting different widths to add dimension to your manicure. Lastly, lay the strips on your nail. Use a wood cuticle push to smooth out any uneven areas. (NOTE: You may find it hard to lay the strips down on your opposite hand so it can be handy to have a friend or a roommate around!)

The tape will last for about a day and can peel off without damaging your nail. So give it a try, and let me know what you think!

xox L

Hearts, Rainbows and Popcorn.

Pintrest has recently changed my life. I know I’m not alone on this one, but really… what did we do before it? I kept my creative endeavors to myself and had a folder filed away called “things that inspire me.” A manila folder clearly isn’t the way to find insipring recipes, layouts, or crafts BUT PINTREST IS!

A good friend of mine was having a party for the 2012 Academy Awards {PS did you see J.lo’s nip slip?} so I wanted to come up with a cute dessert to bring. A friend had recently ‘pined’ a recipe for party popcorn from shewearsmanyhats.com. Not only is it totally adorable, but it’s SO easy to make. I followed her exact recipe and chose to melt the white chocolate chips in a glass measuring cup in the microwave on POWER 50% for a minute and a half. Once I drizzled on the white chocolate, I let the popcorn sit out for about an hour so the white chocolate could harden.

In order to have some sort of portion/self control, I decided to make individual bags of  ‘party popcorn’ for each guest. Knot & Bow has some amazing glassine bags  and neon heart stickers that gave the project a cute final touch {and matched the rainbow nonpareils on the popcorn}.

And voilà! They were a hit.

Clockwise from top left: Party popcorn, Knot & Bow bags and heart stickers, final product!

I hope you try and enjoy!

xo Lo

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