I teased last week that I’ve been up to something and I wanted to give you a bit of a sneak peek. I’ve been experimenting all with colors and a few different techniques this past week, doing my research and doing more research until my brain was mush. I’ve posted my inspiration board above, just because. I will have more updates the closer it gets! I’m so excited!
A ponytail might seem like it’s something too easy, but before I went to beauty school most of mine were worn to the gym or just to get may hair out of the way. I was constantly having to re-do my hair because it was always falling. Not to mention, I rarely wore ponytails because it gave me cheer flashbacks and the thought of them gave me headaches.
I love the way a polished ponytail looks, but it’s not so easy to pull one off without looking like you didn’t have time to do your hair. Here are three steps that I think make a perfect ponytail.
Step One: Gather the top section and use a small rubberband to tie it up. This is my favorite part, this is where you can add volume to the top, slick it down, get creative. I like to give a teeny bit of volume and run my fingers through the top to give it a slightly messy texture.
Step Two: Tilt your head back when gathering your hair for your ponytail. This part, you might think is better done by flipping your hair over and gathering it upside down. WRONG. Thats how you get saggy diaper butt hair. You know what I mean. By tilting your head back, you are ensuring the backside of your ponytail is clean and that makes all the difference. Meet your pony tail to the rubberband used for the top section and tie together.
Step Three: If you want to go the extra step, take one small section of hair and wrap around your ponytail. I like to wrap a few times and then shove it back through my hair tie, but you could also use a bobby pin underneath the ponytail.
Spring is just around the corner. It would probably be a bit more exciting if snow was melting, slowly showing a promise of summer, but alas, in San Francisco, Spring, is a mere extension of a foggy winter. I tend to refrain from shopping in the spring, it’s a good place to start saving for summer vacations and excursions out of the city, but these few things have me rethinking my spending fast.
I have had my eye on the Heath Ceramic Coupe Dinner Set for a while. Right now, we have are rocking the cheapest dishes from Ikea, circa 2008. They are scratched and chipped and the work fine, but the more I look into Heath Ceramics, the more I want to give them my money. Is that weird? Take a look at their responsibilities page. It makes me so happy! Okay that was a longer tangent than I planned.
Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you are planning on having a great weekend!
I’ve been holed up in my apartment for the last two weeks working on some exciting projects, fueled by caffeine and my Zone Out Don’t Stop Working playlist. I’ve never knitted a full blanket before, I was a little worried at times, but I loved the way it turned out. I totally have something sneaky up my sleeve and I can’t wait to share it with everyone when it’s ready :)
One of the biggest struggles when redecorating is budget, and while I’d love to say DIYing your way through a room saves you money, that’s not always the case. Here are some amazing tutorials I found while browsing online that look so close or better than their source of inspiration!
1. Dodecahedron Pendant Light $440 vs. $10
View Along the Way is a great blog with wonderful, well designed DIY projects! I am obsessed with the dodecahedron pendant light. I think that Kelly’s DIYed version is much cuter than the original.
2. United States Chalkboard Map $168 vs. $8
Stephanie Lynn has a wonderful tutorial of this chalk board map for a much more affordable price. Her method is so easy, it looks professional.
3. Reclaimed Octagon Mirror $348 vs. $50
Kelly from View Along the Way made the mirror for free using a wood pallet and a used mirror. The only thing that cost money was a digital protractor used to measure angles. I am determined to do this one!
4. Kilim Floor Pouf $249 vs. $24
Erica from Retropolitan figured out how to makes these gorgeous floor poufs from West Elm for 1/10th of the price! Not to mention it’s a very doable tutorial.
5.Veneer Spheres $29 vs. $5
I love these spheres and love the price even more! I don’t like to spend too much on decorative pieces because I change my mind so often, but this tutorial from Hill Country Homebody is easy and inexpensive, so it’s a must try!
6. Chain Rib Throw $79 vs. $22
I love knitting my own blankets, but sometimes the cost actually surpasses the store brand item. This is a very simple tutorial, and can be cost effective if you have the right yarn. I suggest getting a less expensive yarn like this one and washing it first in a lingerie bag to soften it. For a throw as large as this, I’d also suggest doubling the width of the pattern and knitting for 10 skeins.
7. Factory Cart Table $995 vs. $150
Tom and I have had our eye on this coffee table from Restoration Hardware for quite some time, but the price tag so so off-putting! I was super excited to find this tutorial from The Blissful Bee!