Jewelry Tray DIY

3-6-2015 12-55-35 PM There’s nothing better than the smell of 1,000 candles all burning at once! Ok – slight exaggeration but I do love putting my apt alight when I get home after a long day! Sometimes, I’ll strategically light certain scents at the same time so that I can get the perfectly blended, custom aroma that I love. One of my current fave scents? Anything pear w/ sandalwood and spice. I’m trying to embrace for as long as possible before I feel forced by the onset of Spring to move to more floral options. Anyways, if you’re like me, you know that a good candle can be a decent investment. That’s why being able to repurpose the gorgggg things can make all the difference! I use old candles to hold mints & gumballs on the coffee table, to arrange flowers in, and especially to throw loose rings/jewelry into! The one pictured here is from Anthropologie. All ya gotta do? Once your candle has burnt all the way down, stick it in the freezer overnight. The frozen wax bits will chip right off and BAM – good to go. It’s pretty amazing how effective this is! (Just make sure to rinse thoroughly if using for anything edible!) IMG_0670 IMG_0674 IMG_0746IMG_0764 IMG_0753

Some of my favorite candles??? Click to shop!

Jo Malone Lime Basil / Diptyque Tuberose / Voluspa Eden & Pear / Anthropologie Pineapple

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Blog Love + FASHIONLUSH

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Our favorite part about blogging is connecting with other blogger beauties! There’s something so motivational and supportive about the blog community! Recently, the babe behind FashionLush sent us a package of bloggy goodies that totally brightened our week! Take a look at a few of our favorite items below. Hope you like them — we’re obsessed with the new Skinny Confidential book & Erica’s (FashionLush boss lady) hand painted arrows!! Also newly drooling over the Prana Headband & all their cute athletic gear!

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At Home Inspo Canvases

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Last weekend was my beautiful friend Brittney’s birthday! It was so much fun! We had the best girl’s day that started with a hike through a forest oasis of super-tall trees and waterfalls. Afterwards, we headed back to her place and painted inspirational life quotes on canvases. It was so relaxing and fun to just forget the real world, sip beer, and paint!

Brittney bought canvases at JoAnn’s fabrics for less than $7 a pack (talk afforadable!), and threw around some fun paints, glitters, and metallic pens for us to craft with. It was the perfect afternoon! We chatted about upcoming weddings (why are all of my friends getting engaged?! CRAZY!), ate salad, watched How to Get Away With Murder, and were pretty much as girlie as it gets! Such a fun afternoon, and definitely one to replicate for any east-coasters stuck in the snow! Check out our photos below for some inspiration! Think mason jars, Martha Stewart glitter, and salad-while-you-paint (aka.. excuse the salad bowl remnants in our shots! Girls gotta eat!)

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^^ My canvas? “Friends, lovers, and glasses of wine. 3 things that should never be counted.” AMEN SISTAS! (+ a little teal glitter heart – it looks like a blob here because I was waiting for the glitter to dry!)

Below: Pic from our hike! How pretty is that waterfall!?

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DIY Coconut Scrub

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Why not start the new year with your brightest, freshest face? Along with the rest of the world, I have fallen in L O V E with the magical qualities of coconut oil! It’s super soft and nourishing and is a cheap, easy, natural fix for dry skin & damaged hair. Recently, I’ve been using coconut oil as a bi-weekly facial scrub. The results have been outstanding!! By mixing coconut oil with salt, I’ve seen my complexion even out and have eliminated the dry patches that used to drive me nuts! There are tons of options out there for purchase that combine the nutrient-rich qualities of coconut oil with the exfoliating element of a salt scrub, but why BUY when you can DIY? This option is beyond simple, and is super effective!

This is what you’ll need:
♥1/4 part pink himalayan salt (ideally… but table salt works just fine!)
♥1 part coconut oil at room temp

〉〉Just mix the salt with the coconut oil until evenly distributed & store in a cute, air-tight container! Use twice weekly by applying to your face and body in slow, circular motions. Wash off with warm water and love the results!

No time? Click to buy the pre-made formulas below!

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What are your New Year’s beauty fixes?? Share below!

All Gold Everything

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The new year is a perfect time to liven up your home decor! Gold is warm and glittery, a great accent color for any area in the house. I love paring gold with soft pastels, bold blacks, and white walls! Here’s my inspo for each of the items above (plus, lots of blog inspired DIY options):

1 – Bar Cart! Bar carts are big news right now, esp for the yuppie generation that loves the idea of having a mini bar, but doesn’t have an apartment equipped with a built in. A bar cart is a super cute, stylish way to display cutesy bottles, glasses, straws, mixers, etc! Check out this article by Camille Styles for inspo on how to make your bar cart beautiful!

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2 -Faux Antlers! Faux is everything! Faux antlers are beautiful and decorative without the cruelty that we H A T E. Use these as jewelry hangers for a multi-purpose storage / decor option! For an awesome DIY tutorial, check out The Blissful Bee.

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3 / 4 – Gold dipped vases & lamps! Start with simple glass bottles or jars and DIY these boys into sparkly little gems. Two twenty one has a superb step-by-step guide! Check it out:

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5 – Vintage inspired gold mirror! Try your local thrift shop, then follow HGTV’s guide on how to antique a mirror.

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6 – Golden long stemmed silverware! We haven’t reached the point of DIY on these kids, but they do pair marvelously with every table setting… ever. Just go buy some.

DIY Shabby Chic Bridal Shower

Here it is! Take a look into my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s shabby chic bridal shower that we threw for her! My aunt and the bridesmaids teamed up to try to make this the most beautiful, chicest, memorable bridal shower ever! I think we achieved it!

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When the guests arrived, they were directed to a name tag table, where they wrote their name and relationship to the lovely couple. We used clothes pins to attach the name tag. IMG_2871

After getting a name tag, the guests were led to the next area, where they filled out advice cards and provided date night suggestions. I thought the date night jar was a very cute idea – the guests wrote down fun date ideas on a popsicle stick and placed it in the decorative jar. When the couple finally gets hitched, they can choose random date night activities from there, keeping it fun and spontaneous! I’m pretty sure I had the worst advice and date night suggestion… what a single girl to do?? haha. 
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Below is how we decorated the guests tables
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We bought all the bird cages and filled them with moss and flowers, which served as the main center piece decoration.

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We put together bridal shower favors with ‘Wedding Day Essentials’. Mostly all of the items in the bag were customized – chapstick, lotion, mints, kleenex, mints…
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This was the bridal party table.

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We rented this chair for the bride to add to the Shabby Chic theme!IMG_2867IMG_2883

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Homemade cake pops/balls – red velvet and vanilla! The vintage piece the cake balls are placed on can also be used as a jewelry rack! IMG_2898IMG_2895

Customized mints!

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I am just going to end on the cupcakes… let that soak in for a bit

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LA Arts District Flea Market

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE hunting for treasures. Flea markets & farmers markets have quick become my favorite places to visit on the weekends due to their super low-key, earthy, peaceful vibes. I’ve been frequenting the Brentwood Farmers Market forever but just went to the downtown LA Arts District Flea Market for the first time and was so impressed that I couldn’t help but share!

The Arts District Flea Market is as artsy-crazy as the Arts District itself. The market is hosted inside a warehouse in DTLA, and stepping foot inside is like stepping foot into vintage wonderland. If you’re looking for an impossible-to-find antique fridge, typewriter, sewing machine, table, lamp….. ETC! this is your place.

There’s also a whole mess of eclectic art, jewelry, clothing, and home decor! Prices are a little higher than an average flea market, but considering the quality of the gems you find here, I’d say it’s well worth it!

Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, the Arts District Flea Market is a ton of fun to stop by and walk around! There’s music, a super fun crowd, and occasionally there are games to play too! (Check out the vintage arcade basketball set below!). When you’re done at the market, go have dinner at one of the many eateries in the Industrial / Arts Districts of DTLA.

The market is open 11AM – 7PM every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Happy treasure hunting!!

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DIY Cork Pinboard

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I’ve been wanting to make a wine cork pin board for pretty much forever. I thought I drank more than enough wine to make this a reality, but making a decent sized pin board actually takes a TON of corks. Get drinking, my friends.

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Here’s what you’ll need:
♥A foam board or piece of cardboard as your base. I used a small piece of foam board that I had laying around! (If you want to get really fancy, you can buy a frame and fill it in!) This was my first cork board though, and I wanted to keep it simple.
♥Glue. Soooo much freaking glue. I only bought one tube of tacky glue, then resorted to using two backup Elmer’s glues, and STILL didn’t have enough. Just get a shieeeez ton of glue… You worked hard drinking all that wine! The least you can do is make sure those corks are well attached to your base.
♥Corks. Needless to say, enough to fill your canvas.
♥An old paintbrush to spread glue

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Tips:
♥Get creative with patterns! There are so many online / on Pinterest! I really liked the simple tiled approach, which is pretty much fool-proof for noobs like me!
♥Cutting corks in half would really help in terms of affixing them sturdily to a base, but it’s sooo hard to cut a cork in half! I have super sharp knives and still couldn’t slice these suckers. (I even almost lost a finger. Not down.)

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And you’re done! So easy and such a cute pin board for photos, recipes, calendars, and more! :)

DIY Lip Scrub

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Summer weather seems to be in full swing, and I’m thankful that I can finally start to kiss away my dry, chapped lips. Speed up the process to soft, supple lips with my homemade lip scrub, below! 

I’m a sucker for trying new beauty fixes from Sephora, and there’s a whole spectrum of lip scrubs and rejuvenating lip balms out there — most of which come at a hefty $ considering the small size.

This DIY option is a great alternative. It’s made pretty much entirely of items that you likely already have at home, and you can create a fresh batch whenever you’re craving super soft lips!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

♥ 1 teaspoon coconut oil at room temp
♥ 1 tablespoon brown sugar
♥ 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (white sugar works fine too)
♥ 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar

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Mix it all up and massage into your lips for 30 seconds. Wipe off with a cloth and rinse face.

When you’re all done, layer a generous amount of vaseline over your lips and let it soak up! For an extra glow-y, just-back-from-vacay look, pair this lip treatment with our sugar face mask, and finish it all with our favorite blush & lip tint supertrick! You’ll look like a glowing goddess straight off the beaches! Winter dryness: be gone!

Happy glowing everyone! ;)

DIY Twist Bands

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I’m obsessed with twist band hair ties, but let’s cut the crap. These things go for like $2 a pop at the cheapest which is completely absurd. Follow the simple tutorial below to make your own and save some dollas.

What you’ll need to make 4 bands:

♥ 1 yard fold over elastic, any color (find this at any fabric store)
♥ Craft scissors
♥ Ruler

The how-to:

First, gather your supplies. You can get a yard of fold-over elastic for $2-$3. Cut roughly 9.5″ sections.

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Once you’ve cut the elastic into sections, fold one of them in half.

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Loosely tie the whole thing into a knot, then slowly tighten, pushing the knot upwards towards the tip of the elastic.

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Voila! You can make a bunch in just a few minutes. Notice how some of the edges may fray? Trim the lose ends down and top off with a light coat of clear nail polish.

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The best part of all? These bad boys are super good for your hair and double as an adorable accessory. Check out our post here to find ways to pair your bands with your fave watches and jewelry!