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{ Gift It } DIY Hand Warmers

Forget Valentine’s Day and remember Galentine’s Day. It’s the fictional holiday created by Amy Poehler’s character on Parks & Recreation and it’s a day to celebrate your gals. Here’s a gift idea the ladies in your life will LOVE. The tutorial linked was found via Pinterest and created by graphic designer/mommy blogger Rae Ann Kelly, but I originally got the idea over the holiday when my friend stayed with me and had a set of hand warmers that someone DIYed for her – so thoughtful!

People go nuts for DIY gifts, especially when they’re awesome and these are. They don’t stay warm quite as long as a purchased heat pack but do the trick and cost little money and time to create. They’re great cold AMs on the commute or chilly PMs on the couch.

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DIY

{DIY Holiday Decorating} Anything Can Be An Ornament

Over the weekend I started holiday decorating and let me tell you, it puts you in the best mood. So do decorate, don’t put it off. And don’t feel like you have to spend a lot. Save your dollars for presents (though those too can be DIYed, ahem, Sharpie Mugs) and use what you got.

Here’s a few things I did over the weekend to deck the halls without even leaving home. These ideas pertain to trimming the tree. Mine happens to be a fake one of the slim variety and came with lights.

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{Cloak With Glitter}

Glitter is gold for DIY holiday decorating. I covered floral decals that attach to shoes I don’t even own any more and bam, ornaments.

{Rework Old Jewelry}

As a vintage jewelry hoarder curator I do have some unrepairable pieces, plus I randomly save pretty things that I think may be able to turn into something. An old wreath pin missing stones becomes a wintery wreath ornament thanks to some nail polish, glitter, and a pipe cleaner for the hook. A tarnished dove necklace now hangs from one  of the higher Christmas tree branches. It’s only took some silver nail polish and shortening the chain. A star charm from a necklace and twine make another easy and unique ornament.

DIY-ornament

{Wrap It Up}

Presents under the tree instantly add the holly-jolly vibe. Since I was on a quest to fill up the bare branches and haven’t really shopped yet, I wrapped up a tiny case that earbud headphones came in and strung from the tree. (insert noise of the “That Was Easy” Button)

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{String Things}

Got garland, a costume string of pearls, or even ribbon? Wrap around the tree. Or make your own. Paint popcorn with nail polish, let dry, then thread and string with care. Or even try a pasta garland. Or add string to something you’d to have for an instant ornament. I used some thread to turn my little macaroon trinket box into a Christmas decoration.

Have a tip you’d like to share? Comment below or tweet me @JessieHoleva!

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DIY

{Steal Of The Week} DIY Sharpie Mugs

Okay, gift-giving season is now in full swing. Teachers, friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and more – there may be a lot of people on your list. Here’s one super-simple DIY anyone can do and bonus, it’s pretty darn thoughtful too. It’s also quite easy and inexpensive. Keep this idea in your back pocket for the next time you’re in need of a cool gift on the cheap.

It’s personalized mugs thanks to the help of permanent markers. Judging from Pinterest, DIY Sharpie Mugs are a present idea you can do a lot with. Try a quote, a print, or even a cute drawing. Write a nickname or term of endearment. Sketch then bake to seal the deal.

Here are few designs to get you inspired. Pin now, craft later.

{Made With Love}

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{via PopSugar.com}

{Gold Prints}

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{via ABubblyLife.com}

{Bat Your Lashes}

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{via JustinaBlakeney.com}

{Silent Night & Glitter}

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{via NestOfPosies-Blog.com}

{Miles Away}

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{via TheCozyOldFarmhouse.blogspot.com}

{Oh Deer Dear}

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{via Pinterest}

{His & Hers}

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{via LauraRahel.blogspot.com}

{The Gift Of Courage}

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{via MelindAnneFaulk.wix.com}

Ready to craft it? If you clicked on any of the links above, you’ll see that each site gives their own preference on markers and baking specifications. Results vary by the marker and mug, but after reading a slew of tutorials I’d say to opt for oil-based sharpies and then bake the mug at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.

Have you tried this DIY before? Comment below!

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DIY, life

{Pin It} Divine Holiday Cocktails

Blow away party guests or just please your own palette. These yummy holiday cocktails that will do both.

There’s peppermint eggnog, a martini that tastes like pumpkin pie, fall-fabulous sangria, sparkly spritzers, coffee that’s more heavenly than dessert, and more. So which of these festive drinks would you fancy? Peruse and pin these divine holiday cocktail recipes that I curated over at The Fashion Spot. Your guests will thank you later.

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{Images via}


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DIY, Fashion

{DIY} Turn Your Old Tee Into a Crop Top

When I attempt a DIY it’s gotta be an easy one. Too many steps or lots of directions mean I won’t be participating. But when this shirt was headed to the trash (sleeves looked gross) I had to save it and thought to try a little tailoring. So I hacked into my boyfriend’s old tee to first shorten, then chop the sleeves. I tried it back on and knew the neckline needed a little work so I cut a V shape and slipped it back on.

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This shirt may be a little revealing so wear with a pretty bra, over a bikini, or with a vest over it, like I did for a recent Dare to Wear post.

budget-fashion-style-tips summer-outfit-idea  {Photos by Audrey Gallagher}

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Beauty, Celebrity, Hair, trend hungry tuesday

{Lighten Up} How to Achieve Subtle Ombre For Summer

The last few summers more and more heads have hopped on the ombre bandwagon, including mine. The gradual color fade blends tones into each other, graduating from light to dark. A subtle ombre should mimic the the natural highlights you’d typically get from the sun and are most dramatic at hair ends, since hair is typically lighter at ends from being exposed longer to the environment.

This ‘do is so popular because it’s universally flattering since we’re simply copying/enhancing what the style Mother Nature would provide if we had all day to stay outside. It’s also low maintenance, so no monthly touchups are required because it’s a gradual fade and color was applied starting at the ends, not the roots.

Justin Bieber recently lightened the tips of his hair and his now on-again girlfriend, Selena Gomez has been rocking a subtle ombre for months and there are lots more famous people with lightened locks.

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{image via}

Fabulous ombre styles can be seen on the heads of Lauren Conrad,  Lea Michele, Jessica Alba, and Jared Leto … just to name a few.

Are you ready to lighten up your locks? To achieve on the cheap you’ll need a little skill, as results really depend on the application. Try Loreal’s Feria Ombre kit for $12.99 at your local drugstore and be sure to watch their How To Get Great Ombre video tutorial online before you begin.

If you’re not the DIY type, then this is one trend that I recommend seeing a professional for, as botched attempt could result in a bigger bill to get fixed that the ombre service itself.

Or take a time machine back to 1994 and use some Sun In by the pool. Just kidding. Sun In is still on the market and works like how you remember but BE CAREFUL! There are tons to negative reviews on this product so proceed with caution and don’t try if your hair is already damaged. This girl did on YouTube got awesome results so it may be worth trying.

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Beauty, DIY, Hair, Nails, Skin

10 Coconut Oil Beauty Recipes

Ladies, let’s prep our hair & skin for spring! Chrissy wrote about understanding the chemicals in your cosmetics and, I agree with her. It is SO SO SO important to know what you put on your skin and hair. One product I’ve been obsessing over is coconut oil (I’m even cooking with it!). Coconut oil is natural and can give you soft, hydrated skin and is pretty much a beauty lifesaver.

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Considering its many uses, organic coconut oil is inexpensive. I bought a jar from my local Whole Foods for $14. It’s also found at Trader Joe’s and most grocery stores. The DIY beauty recipes below only use 1-2 ingredients. The jar is huuuuge and I’ve been experimenting with its never-ending beauty uses.

Here are 10 ways you can get spring-ready hair and skin by stirring up beauty recipes in your own kitchen. 

1. Lip Scrub

Mix coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

2. Face & Body Moisturizer

A one-ingredient wonder. Simply apply generously to your face and body. It’ll feel super greasy, but the oil absorbs fast.

3. Face Wash

Combine equal parts of coconut oil & baking soda.

4. Cuticle Oil

Melt the oil and use as cuticle oil when doing your nails.

5. Body Scrub

Combine coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

6. Hair Mask

Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil  with 2 tablespoons of honey.  Apply to your hair in the shower, coveryour hair with a shower cap, and wait 15 minutes before shampooing and conditioning.

7. Hair Conditioner

Apply a small amount (as needed) of coconut oil to your ends prior to shampooing.

8. Lip Balm

Dab some on for soft glossy lips.

9. Hair De-frizzer

Add about 1 teaspoon to your hair for instant shine and frizz free locks.

10. Makeup Remover

Use like a regular make up remover and apply with a cotton ball or swab. I think this works better than most make up removers (especially with stubborn eye makeup).

 

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty routine? Is there a beauty use we should have included? Do tell in the comments below!

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Celebrity, DIY, Steal The Style

5 Quick, Cheap, Easy Halloween Costume Ideas – You’re Welcome!

Halloween always seems to sneak up. I usually start brainstorming costume ideas in the summer (I know, crazy), but don’t take any costume-creating until the day of a costume party – bad habit, but I know I’m not the only guilty one.

So, since I too am in a costume bind I’ve compiled some quick, easy Halloween costume ideas that don’t really require buying – cause who has time for that?

1. Robbers

quick and cheap halloween costumes

{image via PopSugar}

Hilary Duff and her hubby went the robber route in 2011 when Hil was preggers. Use a pillow case as a money sack and dress in dark colors. A toy gun also makes a great accessory. Notice they used black face makeup instead of the mask route – more comfy and also inexpensive.

2. Daria

Daria-Halloween-Costume-2 {image via Penny Chic}

This classic show’s leading lady is a costumes you can easily DIY. Our budget-blogger friend Shauna from Penny Chic shows us how to craft this costume with ease and affordably.

3. Britney Spears Circa 2003

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{image via Lauren Conrad}

Lauren Conrad‘s impression of the pop princess calls for high socks, pleats, and furry hair ties.

4. Holly Golightly

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An oldie, but a goodie – all you need is a LBD, some bling, and a bun. Now you’re ready for Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

5. Wayne’s World

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{image via Huffington Post}

Wayne & Garth are easy to create. Get a wig or wear your hair down. Add glasses if you’re Garth, and don’t forget the plaid.

What costume are you craving? Share your faves and your ideas below!

 

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Beauty, DIY, Featured, Features, Skin, Uncategorized

Fall Beauty DIY: Pumpkin Face Mask

Put down those Pumpkin Spice lattes and prepare to be pampered by everyone’s favorite fall fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!). Fall really translates into pumpkin everything, so why not add skin-saving, gold mine to the long list of yummy uses?

I’m here to introduce you to your new favorite face mask, perfect for replenishing skin after the brutal summer sun. “The Pumpkin Pamper,” as I have so cleverly named it, contains only four ingredients and can be made in seconds. Let’s get started.

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What You’ll Need and Why:

  • 3/4 cup of 100% pumpkin puree (it’s much easier to just buy a can of this stuff, but be mindful to check the label and only buy if there are no added chemicals or ingredients). Why? Pumpkin is bursting with Vitamin A, C, and Zinc, which help replenish and heal damaged skin.
  • 1/4 cup “live” yogurt. Why? Enzymes in live cultured yogurt kill unwanted bacteria, which helps to unclog pores and treat acne.
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Why? EVOO is rich in Vitamin A & E which help to soothe and smooth tired skin
  • 1 tbsp organic honey. Why? Honey is full of antioxidants, which help to reverse sun damage by eliminating free radicals caused by overexposure to the elements.

Mix all ingredients together (by hand) in a small bowl. Pumpkin is best absorbed when used on moist skin, so I recommend applying this mask right after the shower while your skin is still damp. For better results, hop out of the shower and crank the hot water to create a steamy bathroom. The humidity will open up pores, which will allow for best absorption.

Apply mask and wait 10-12 minutes. The longer it stays on the better!