When redecorating our extremely outdated ski condo, I knew I wanted to incorporate plaid. I wanted to keep the color scheme black and white, so I thought a Buffalo Check Plaid would work the best! We also LOVE this storage cabinet and thought it worked out perfectly! We got the SKI letters from hobby lobby.
Tools you need:
1. Paint Brushes
2. Drop Cloth
3. Step ladder
4. Painters Tape
5. Four paint colors
Step 1: Paint 6" horizontal stripes with Tin Lizzie or the lightest gray you have. If your wall does not add up mathematically, you can make your top and bottom stripes smaller. Ours was 5.5" on top and 5.5" on bottom. Remove tape.
Tip: Before you paint the stripes, make sure the tape is SECURE. Press them down good to minimize paint seeping through. You want to put two light coats. If you goop it on, you will get uneven lines. Also paint along the tape. So for the horizontal stripes, move your brush horizontally.
Step 2: Tape of 6" vertical stripes. Notice that when taping the stripes you are taping only the part you want to paint. So you have one wide, one narrow "taped" stripe. I pointed arrows to all the narrow stripes. Essentially you measure 6" from the edge of the wall to the first part of the tape and 6" between the edge of each tape. If you account for 1" width of blue tape, essentially between tapes, it is 6", 4", 6". Make sense?
Step 3: To keep myself on track, I put blue tape on the stripes I was going to paint Grizzle Gray or your darker gray.
Step 4: Only paint the white squares along the stripe. There is no need to paint the whole stripe. Let dry. NO NEED TO REMOVE THE TAPE after this step.
Tip: Again, make sure you press down and secure the tape to achieve a clean line. Make vertical brush strokes along the tape in two thin coats. The key is to paint along the tape, not against it.
Step 5: Tape the squares where the light gray meet the dark grey.
Step 6: Now paint in between the squares Black Magic or your black. Of course my husband painted this step and did not get a photo. But you get the idea! Let dry!! Remove the tape and VOILA!
Tip: Paint two thin coats and follow the tape line.
I finally did my makeup tutorial! All the products I use are listed are below. This is an AMATEUR video, so don't judge. LOL. Also check out my post on the facial skin care products I use! The look I did is for a Night-Out. So, if you guys want to see a day to day look, let me know and I can work on it!
My day to day beauty products... What should I use to wash my face? or What should I use as a moisturizer?
I had quite a few of you ask about the products I use. Right now I'm not at the point where I feel I should drop hundreds of dollars on beauty products, but maybe in 5 years I will be. Here are a couple of my philosophies when it comes to make-up and creams. Just like medication there are generics. So I am a big generic cosmetic shopper. Loreal is the "generic" of Lancome products, so I use a lot of Loreal moisturizer products. I also spend a little bit more on night cream then I do on a day moisturizer. Skin repair occurs mainly at night, so I like to invest in night creams as opposed to day creams.
Here is my face wash routine as of right now. Your body and skin builds resistance to products that you use often. Just like I change my toothbrush AND toothpaste every three months, I also change my beauty products. When I run out, I don't buy the same one again. So let's start with the basics. Face wash.
1. Face wash and acne medication (salicylic acid for blackheads, benzoyl peroxide for acne). I don't know about you, but I'm still waiting for the day I don't break out anymore. So with that being said, here are the three face washes I have used for the last 6 months. I always purchase two at a time. One for acne that I use in the morning, and one that is not as abrasive at night.
2. Moisturizer and eye cream
I have combination skin, but I don't believe there is a perfect moisturizer made for combination skin. Therefore, I use one for dry skin on my cheeks and one for oily skin on my t-zone. I know this sounds like a chore, but my skin is one thing I want to make sure I take care of. So again, generics during the day, the more expensive stuff at night. Also ALWAYS use a day moisturizer with SPF!! I feel like these products last at least 3-4 months so I'm not switching my moisturizers out as often.
I also wanted to highlight this AMAZING feel good cream. It just feels good. TRUST ME! I use this day and night under my moisturizer.
3. Masks - once a week I'll steam my face and use a mask. My favorite easy DIY mask is an egg white mask. Here are a few linked here.
Now on to the fun stuff - MAKE UP!
4. Brows and eyes
5. Face and Cheeks
6. Another deserving product I use everyday - lashboost by Rodan and Fields every night before bed. My lashes are crazy long and I can't believe the before and after. I can get you in touch with my R&F specialist if you are interested. LOVE the product to pieces. So that's all folks - my daily, crazy, beauty routine.
What do I buy my husband? What do I buy my sister? What do I buy my mom? What do I buy my mother in law? What do I buy my brother? What do I buy my coworkers or employees? It's crazy to think that the holidays are right around the corner. What stresses me out the most is holiday shopping. To make my life a little better, I like to buy gifts before Thanksgiving so I'm not walking around like a mad woman trying to buy last minute gifts.
So you're in luck, I rounded up my favorite items this season that won't break the bank.
I always try to be as thoughtful as possible when it comes to buying gifts. Anyone can run out and grab a gift card. So for me, the first thing I think about are the simple conversations I've had with them one on one. Thoughtful gifts always take the prize. Here are a few questions I ask myself when buying for a person.
1. What do they like to do and what are their hobbies? (working out, rock climbing, beer crafting, sports)
2. Are they going through a hard time in their life? (Maybe an inspirational book? or quote framed?)
3. What can make their life easier? (wireless buds, an external charger, etc)
4. What is something that I love that I think they might enjoy? (Pajamas, slippers, beauty products, a gift certificate to the spa or their favorite restaurant, expensive shampoo)
5. Do they need anything? (socks, boxer briefs, a new tea kettle, a new french press)
If you can't think of anything here is a list of several options I have put together for you.
Check out my Gifts for Him and Gifts for Her. All ranging from $10-$250
I will never forget during middle school when they do scoliosis screenings. Scoliosis is a sideways condition of the spine. Its uncomfortable and embarrassing. We don't have to rehash the screening process, but you all have been there. Three years in a row I failed the test. I continued to see my pediatrician for screenings and as the years passed they kept telling me it was just a mild case of scoliosis.
Of course when you hit your growth spurt you either grow straight or sideways. I grew sideways quickly and almost overnight. I went from a standard 12 degree curvature to a 45 degree curvature within a matter of 6 months. The curvature was so severe it was not correctable by wearing a brace. I had to have surgery.
Two titanium rods, dozens of screws, and fourteen hours later, I was corrected to a 19 degree curvature. I lost two ribs but gained two inches in height. They closed my incision using staples which looked pretty rad I'm not going to lie. I had to stay in bed the entire summer. Do breathing treatments to get my lung function up to par. And I perfected the log roll out of bed.
Going back to school was fine. I had to quit gymnastics, no big deal. But the aftermath that my scar left behind stayed with me forever. No bikini tops, wore my hair long, I was obviously self conscious about it. But over the years, I forgot about it. I don't even remember that it's there. And I feel like all the scars that you live with (whether it's a physical scar or internal scar) they are a part of you. They make you who you are.
It's time to shimmer and it's time to shine with this Bella top. Shop 218 did it again with their unique trendy selections. I am in love with the versatility of this top. I can see it paired with a gold pleated skirt (like this one),a black pencil skirt, or just plain jeans like I did for a more casual look.
I wish you could see the gold and silver embroidery detail. Simply to die for.
I don't like sweaters that are itchy. I don't like sweaters that are too heavy. I don't like sweaters I can't fit under a jacket. And I don't like sweaters that cost an arm and a leg.
What I do like - are sweaters that are soft, the perfect under layer, fashionable, and at a reasonable price. This jumper can't be beat at only 18 euros. Get it now!
A lot of people ask me, "How do you keep up with everything that you're doing?"
Sometimes I ask myself that same question. I don't have it all figured out, but I think I am getting there. Practice makes perfect. That saying comes to mind when I think about how I keep up with everything.
Origami. That was my favorite. It took patience and a lot of practicing to get a small square piece of paper look like a beautiful crane. I will never forget the hours I spent making little origami figurines. But at the end of the day, I loved what I created and I didn't feel like I wasted any time. I think that's the key to getting things accomplished - the prize at the end.
I spend HOURS and I mean HOURS on my dental practice and my blog. But at the end of a long work day, I see the reward. I have to put time into my practice to keep it afloat and keep it growing and the same holds true with my blog. For me, if I put time and effort into something I am hoping there is the reward at the end.
So keeping up with my schedule doesn't come without sacrifices. I would LOVE to sit on the couch after a long day at work and grab KFC and watch nonsense tv shows. But I don't have that luxury right now. I am 1000 miles a minute every day. So doing what I do isn't a piece of cake. It does take time. It does take effort, and it does take practice.
So here is my typical schedule:
6:00am-6:00pm is the time I devote purely to my practice. As much as I LOVE working on my blog, I have to focus on my career. Lunch is devoted to my to do list at work. There is always something to do. It is hard for me to focus on two separate things at a time and really do them well. So I decided early on, those hours are reserved for my dental practice.
6:00pm - 8:00pm is home time, me time, doggie time, and dinner time. So typical things would include a quick trip to the grocery store on the way home, an episode of some random tv show, making dinner, and working out.
8:00pm - 10:30pm I devote to my blog. I know - long day right? But practice makes perfect. I am learning new things everyday. How to improve my website, how to edit photos, how to engage with my audience and keep them happy. I LOVE the time I devote to my blog and I look forward to it everyday. So for me, it's not work at all.
Fridays I don't work in the office. So the entire day I spend on my blog (unless I have work to catch up on). In essence, there's work and there's play. Work is Mon-Thurs and play is Fri-Sun. Friday's include:
1. Setting instagram and blog posts for the entire week
2. Scheduling outfits and photoshoots
3. Researching the latest trends and beauty products
Saturdays and Sundays if we aren't traveling, I do things around the house, work on unfinished projects, and do photo shoots. It's game time all the time in my world. So "How do I keep up with everything I am doing?" I stay focused, I keep my eye on the prize, and I go go go 100% of the time.
When you look online and see that this dress is now 60% off!! What?? It is a steal at only $80. This is such a great dress. But I will say, if you're petite like me, you'd have to belt it like I did to pull it up and make it a bit shorter. Love the rich burgundy color and love the ruffle detail. This dress has Fall written all over it.
I am a Halloween Baby. I am not a Halloween fanatic per say, but I do appreciate creative Halloween costumes. I am known among my friends for always making my own. This year we decided on soy sauce and sushi. Below you can find a DIY tutorial on how I made our costumes. It only took two hours to complete.
Things you'll need: DIY Soy sauce costume
Printer to print out the logo
Sewing machine or no sew tape
Yellow duck masking tape
You can also use yellow duck tape - but not sure if you'd be able to see the logo underneath
Hot Glue Gun
White Craft Paint ($0.50 at walmart)
Foam Paint brush ($1.00 at walmart)
Red plastic dog bowl (I found the one I'm wearing at the dollar tree)
One yard of black fabric
One yard of salmon colored fabric
I purchased the following clothing items: I had red heels so I wore them, but you can also wear black heels.
Soy Sauce Costume:
1. Remove the pockets on the apron with a seam ripper. You can also buy a plain black apron without pockets, but I wanted a bit more of a girlier look, so I went with the ruffle one.
2. Print out these two items
3. Place a layer of yellow craft tape over the logo, Kikkoman and Soy Sauce lettering until it gives you the brightness that you want. I put three layers of tape. One layer horizontal, one layer vertical, and the third layer horizontal.
4. Flip the paper over. You should still be able to see the outline of the logo and letters so you can cut around it with sharp, small scissors. Cut the logo and each individual letter out.
5. Once you have them all cut out, use a hot glue gun to first place the logo centered. Then Kikkoman, Naturally Brewed, and then soy sauce. The edges may peel up so make sure you put enough glue to get to the edge, but not too much that the glue will seep out.
I didn't feel like cutting out the "Naturally brewed" letters individually. Instead I decided to glue it on in one piece. You can laminate it or put clear packaging tape over it and hot glue.
Tip - If you get hot glue that seeps out from the edges, you can place a paper towel over the affected area and use a hot iron over top to get the excess hot glue off. The excess hot glue should seep into the paper towel.
6. The logo was probably the hardest thing to cut out, but you can do it! Glue it on and be proud of yourself for being crafty. Another method which I think is more time consuming. You can laminate the logo, Reverse cut it, and use it as a stencil and hand paint it. For me, I didn't have time to wait for several layers of paint to dry, so I went with duck tape. I have used that method with mod podge and glitter. Works nicely that way as well.
7. Note, this apron had pleats. In order for the letters to not get lost in the pleats, I made sure to pinch some areas of fabric together and glue the letter over the pinched fabric. As you can see, you can't really tell and the letters still stood out. Voila - the bulk of the costume is done!
8. For the hat, I had my husband do this, but he drilled a hole through the bottom of the dog bowl. It was big enough so that I could use bobby pins to keep the bowl in place.
And that's it - you're done! I would recommend winged eyeliner, red lipstick, a side bun, and chopsticks in your hair
Salmon Sushi Costume
1. Take the one yard of salmon colored fabric and fold horizontally. I used a white piece of fabric for reference. Cut accordingly to size. My husband is 6'5" so I ddin't get any off the top or bottom. If you're making this for a child you may want to size it accordingly. Cut the four corners off to get it a more rounded piece of "salmon" look. Sew or use sewing tape to hem the opposite edges together. Leave a decent size hole in one of the corners so you can stuff it.
2. Once you have them "sewn" together, flip right side out so seams are now inside. Stuff. Use enough to make it full. Once you have it stuffed to how you like it. Use the sew tape or hand sew the hole together.
3. Use the white paint and foam brush to paint the white lines. Let dry for at least 30 minutes.
4. For the sash, use one yard of black fabric. I had to cut it horizontally and sew the two pieces together to make it long enough. Tie from back to front. The wider the sash, the more stable the sushi. If I were to do it all over again, I would have just sewn the pillow to the edges of the shirt and not used a sash to hold it in place.