Monthly Archives: May 2012

DIY Inspiration: Clothing Rack

I once lived in an apartment that had a huge walk in closet. And by huge, I mean slightly larger than the average apartment closet. Since then, my closets have gotten smaller and smaller and my wardrobe larger. I now share a 2×2 ft. closet and a dresser so full the drawers don’t shut with my husband. It’s time for a new solution.

1. Weekday Carnival

2. Love Aesthetics

3. Apartment Therapy

4. You Have Broken the Internet

5. ReadyMade

DIY: Easy Jute Clutch

I thought this jute envelope clutch would be a nice summer accessory! Not to mention it was ridiculously easy to make! It took a few episodes of True Blood (I hand sewed it) and two dollars.

What you’ll need:

Half yard of jute

Half yard of fabric to line (I used an old t-shirt)

Scissors

Needle and thread

Paint and a paintbrush

Step One: Figure out what size you want your clutch to be. I used a piece of paper to measure. Triple the length of the clutch cut accordingly. You should now have one long piece of jute and a matching lining piece.

Step Two: Pin your edges together leaving the top free. Sew the edges of the jute and lining together and turn inside out.

Step 3: Fold your fabric to form your clutch (use your piece of paper if you need to). Leave some room at the top to fold over. Sew the edges to create a nice pouch.

Step 4: Cut your top section into a triangle (or whatever shave you’d like).

Step 5: Sew the edges together and your clutch is complete.

Step 6: If you are so inclined, decorate as you please. I used tape to create a chevron pattern and painted over it with white.

Step 7: Pull the tape off and you have yourself a super simple envelope clutch.

Hair Product 101

When I was working at the salon, a lot of clients scoffed at the mere mention of product. And I get it. Product pushers leave a bad taste in your mouth and the wrong products leave you feeling like you wasted money. For that reason, I always felt bad about up-selling product, I was horrible at it.  On the flip-side, when you look at a picture of a celebrity with great hair there is a 99.9% chance they have product in their hair. It takes a rare, lucky SOB to wake up and roll out of bed with fantastic hair. Product gives you the ability to fake great hair, but only if you use it properly.

I like to think of product in 3 phases and plan accordingly; prep, style and finish. I never have less than 3 products in my hair, mainly because my hair is an unruly beast that needs to be tamed multiple times a day. Not everyone needs the same products or the same amount I use, but hopefully breaking down what products make your life easier will help you on your ever-evolving quest for hair happiness.

Prep
My go-to prep product adds back in moisture and detangles. I use anything that makes combing and brushing easier. This is extremely important with thick, dry or long hair. While, this step is vital, don’t expect it to transform your hair. While, it can smooth and really help, it should be used to make your hair healthy and protect it.

My favorites include:
Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion

Aveda Style Prep Smoother
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In 

Biolage Leave in Tonic

 

Style

Products used to style will depend on the look you are going for. I tend to go for anything that smooths and protects from heat, even if I wear my hair curly or wavy. Also, just because a product says curling or straightening, don’t expect that to be a result of using it.

My favorites include

Bumble and Bumble Grooming Cream

Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment

Kerastase Ciment Thermique

 

Finish

When people think product they usually think of hair spray. This is not always true. Also, not all hair spray is created equal.  I like to use a light weight for little hold. This is also where your anti frizz serums and pomades would come it.

My faves include:

Aveda Air Control

Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

Bumble and Bumble Sumo Tech

Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip

 

Napa Valley Wine Tour

Yesterday we had the pleasure of going on a tour of Napa Valley! It was so much fun, despite the craziest bus drive known to man (At one point he told us that if we weren’t quiet he was going to pull the bus over). But other than that, it was great! We stopped off at Nicholson Ranch, which was absolutely beautiful. The views were amazing, the staff was nice and there was the cutest dog playing catch! It by far was my favorite winery of the day, mostly because you got the chance to enjoy your wine in the sunshine and it was a really nice day.

We then stopped off at Madonna Estates which had great wine! I ended up buying a Muscat that was delightful and the wine there was quite reasonable priced. We stopped off in Yountville for lunch. We had the best Sandwiches at NapaStyle and then finished the day off at Sutter Home.  It was a great day…..I’m super happy about it :)

Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences

I went to the California Academy of Sciences last night! It was so much fun, I don’t know why I have never gone before. We had amazing cocktails, saw some adorable chubby penguins, touch starfish and got totally creeped out in a chamber of horrors (aka the section where they had piranhas, electric eels, a huge snake and some seriously fug creepers).  I’m thinking I might need to go back next week, apparently the theme is 80′s Earthquake. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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