Time to make some foot scrub for your tootsies, I hear it’s almost Spring somewhere out there. I wouldn’t know, it’s frigid here with no outlook of Summer anywhere on the horizon (or calendar, or weather report) ever again. I’m not bitter, I just think The Groundhog is a big fatty liar who’s so far underground his little claws aren’t anywhere near the pulse of real life. And I happen to think he’s a little jerk who likes to mess with those of us who have hopes and dreams for beautiful sunny weather.
I’m not bitter, not at all. But let’s pretend for a minute the groundhog was right (he wasn’t, I’m holding him accountable for his BS) and there’s Spring in the northern hemisphere. While we’re pretending, let’s get serious about exfoliation. There’s nothing worse than dry, cracked, nasty feet in a pair of sandals. I mean, there are worse things, obviously. But in the world of exfoliation (it’s a thing) it’s kind of a big deal, much like yourself. So we need to make some exfoliator and get our (collective) feet with the program.
This foot scrub is so easy to make. 3 ingredients, about the same number … >> find out more…
How to make your very own pencil polkadot tshirt scarf, using an old jersey tee. A craft for the ages. You guys! Stop throwing out all your old basketball tees (shut up, you totally have old basketball tees hanging around. Don’t you?). *ahem* Stephanie is a recycling, re-purposing ninja, so grab an old tshirt and your trusty scissors, pull up a seat, and learn how to whip up your own unity scarf. – (note from Allison)
One of my favorite things about spring weather is scarves. Because one of my least favorite things is wearing a coat. (Somehow I managed to survive winter without ever buying one – I do live in Nashville though.) Scarves are perfect for adding warmth on a chilly morning and a touch of chic all day long.
And the best kind of scarf? One you don’t have to pay a dime for! I made these scarves from my dad’s t-shirts that were about to be tossed out. Seriously, don’t people know never to throw anything away without checking with the family crafter? The bigger the t-shirt you can start with the better.
How to Polkadot Tshirt Scarf
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Time to create some cool rustic jewelry and learn how to create and style the perfectly messy updo because friends, The Croods movie coming out. Have you heard of it? It’s an adorable animated movie about the story of a cave family at the beginning of time, and a little rebellious daughter (my favorite sort or daughter) who opens their whole world. It’s super cute for the kids, and I’ve got some sneak peeks of fun to keep you on the inside loop of magic while we wait for the release. What kind of magic you ask? It’s me, Allison here, which means we’re here to talk some cave-lady beauty and serious fashion. You know I love me some of that.
In fact, I’ve got an entire Pinterest board dedicated just to The Croods with all sorts of cool animal print style + beauty. You should go check it out and get inspired. And stuff.
Dreamworks teamed up with some talented peeps to create a whole plethora of sweet rustic style DIY’s for you and yours to make at home. Like this super rad crystal necklace you can create in the span of a snack break on your kitchen … >> find out more…
Washi tape! Have you hopped on board the washi tape bandwagon? I’ll admit I’m a late comer to this fantastic trend, but now I can’t get enough! Who would have thought there would be so many uses and adorable things you can make with these little sticky strips of colored printed paper?
Because I’m so enamored with this cute little tape craft supply, and since Spring is right around the corner, this week’s project is a quick and easy to way to make some cute decorated “eggs” to add to your Easter and springtime decor! Keep reading to see how to make these Washi Tape Egg Decorations: >> Read More
Do you know how to wear white pants in the Winter, and straight into Spring? It’s for real, we’re wearing white in the cold months now. This whole “no white pants after Labor Day” thing has got to stop. Winter whites are just so chic, you can’t pass them up just because of a silly rule, don’t you think? Now I’m not saying to wear your whole summer wardrobe during the winter. I know that’s not realistic. But you can totally wear white pants any time of year, even in the winter, as long as you alter your look based on the season. As like as you winterize the outfit, you can’t go wrong. Here’s how I wear white in the Winter:
The key in how to wear white jeans now in the Winter is to, well, winterize the look. Rather than wear a light blouse with your white pants as you might in the spring or summer, keep the look cold-weather friendly with a thick sweater. Stick to winter hues as well, like neutrals or jewel tones, to (show the world you know how to) keep the look season appropriate. It’s also important to have a sturdy pair … >> find out more…
// Trip to London for the weekend? Hey, a girl can dream. I’m dreaming, always, of England. (Okay, let’s be honest, sometimes, a lot of times, I’m dreaming of Costa Rica). But guest travel blogger Gemma lives in Sweden and travels wherever she can, whenever possible, lucky girl, and today Gemma lays it all out for us: exactly what to pack for a weekend trip to London, and why. This is the business. // (Editor’s note from Allison)
Have you ever suffered from “vogue shock”? You step out of your hotel room, thinking you’re a foxy lady… Until you realize you’re surrounded by a million modelesque European women that have a natural taste for exquisite style. All of a sudden, you’re stuck on Oxford Street wearing your “comfortable shoes” that are covered in grass stains, and a baggy “I heart NYC” sweatshirt. You feel totally self-conscious and want to dump your luggage into the Serpentine or secretly desert it inside of a double-decker bus.
I feel ya. I travel quite a bit. I took a break from university life and currently live in Stockholm, making spontaneous weekend trips to random cities, thanks to low-class airfare and my … >> find out more…
Here’s how to make a jeweled collar necklace: find a picture of your favorite expensive collared necklace, then go make one of your own for five thousand dollars less. Easy as pie.
Have you jumped on the collar necklace trend? Yep, I’ve tried a peter pan version and even a chain one. But not long ago I was ohhing and ahhing over a Kate Spade necklace that was shaped like a triangle, like the points of a shirt collar. What a fun shape! Lucky for me (and you!) it’s easy to DIY your own.
Here’s the how to make your own jeweled collared necklace:
This necklace won’t break the bank either because you only need a few basic materials.
Supplies for collared necklace:
- Black felt
- Plastic gems – mine are from the scrap-booking section!
- Black ribbon
- Jewel glue
First decide how you want the necklace to look like (see above Kate Spade), and what colors you want. I went with black and clear gems because black and white is a huuuuge trend right now. But a single color, neon or even emerald would all look great. You can easily customize your colors by painting the gems with nail polish, (that’s … >> find out more…
Our master bathroom is kind of a nightmare. Was kind of a nightmare I mean, right before we ripped it all out.
It all started when we bought our house, almost ten years ago. The master bathroom and (attached) walk-in closet were part of the reason we loved the house; the jetted tub was my closer. What we didn’t notice, or know to notice, was all the water damage in the bathroom.
The floor next to the bath was so soggy I could push down the linoleum with my toes. When I ripped the green ivy wallpaper down a few weeks after moving in, (no really, ivy wallpaper to match the turquoise counters and spotted turquoise linoleum) I discovered more water damage in the form of smushy walls and peeling drywall.
We didn’t have any extra cash, so I did what anyone else would do: I peeled back as much bad drywall as possible before I painted over the whole thing.
The water damage in the master bath got worse, much worse, but honestly who has an extra five thousand dollars laying around for a bathroom remodel? We didn’t.
Chipped up counter, who cares?
Rusted out sink? … >> find out more…
Today: 3 great organic cleaning + bath products for your pleasure. Get excited. You know I love me some good bath products, and even though I haaaaaaaaaate cleaning my kitchen and bathrooms, there is a great smelling delicious organic cleaner to ease my pain a little so you probably want on that train.
Where does one find such magic? The Honest Company. You’ve heard of Jessica Alba, yes? Me too. She seems like a girl I’d want to have lunch with, talk about the horrors of sleep-training and picky eaters, maybe have a girls night on the weekend when the boys are away. So Jessica Alba, pretend girlfriend of mine, started having children a few years ago and discovered that even though there are a hundred billion products on the market for babies, there weren’t a lot of great products she could trust to be safe around her littles. Boy do I feel that. My babes
sadly were lucky enough to inherit my allergies to the world at large, and baby products were a landmine from the get-go. All sorts of hidden toxins and allergens are everywhere and Miss Alba said, ‘Eh, nope, we can do better than … >> find out more…