December 2012

Friday Fingers // Gold leaf nails

I absolutely love gold leaf. It turns anything and everything fancy & shiny! But lately I've been curious to use it on my nails. Turns out it is one of the easiest manicure's I have encountered. Add this to your lazy lady's guide of fast & fancy manicures because those gold sheets will last you forever. The best part is all the color combinations you could do. For New Year's sake I did Black & Gold but I will def. try some rose gold!


#1. Gold leaf. 
You could purchase this from any craft store or online.
#2. Black nail polish
#3. Top coat
#4. 30 mins of your time

Step one: Paint your nails black, or any color that will let the gold pop!

Step two: Now is the time to add the gold leaf. Make sure your nails are dry, but in that stage where its still kind of sticky. I recommend lightly touching your pinky nail for this. Then dab the sheet over your nail. Do this until you get the desired pattern.

Step three: Add top coat & your done!


A few lovely 2013 printable calendars

The new year is approaching and theres nothing I love more than calendars. Wait let me rephrase that, FREE calendars. Something about them just make me feel instantly prepared and organized. Here I've gathered six of my favorite calendars, one of which will organize all those birthdays, and some that are totally giftable. Enjoy!

(Links are down low)

#1. A splendid geometric way to view 2013.
#2. This ones aztecular!
#3 Have yourself a sweet year.
#4. Choose me for an inspirational year!
#5. Year round chalkboard calendar.
#6. Get your birthdays straight.

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D.i.y Felt Gift Bow

Happy christmas eve! Can not believe christmas is almost over. To be honest it didn't really feel too christmasy this year, I know school had a lot to do with that as well as running around all the time. So to save time I thought I would make gift wrapping easy with these felt gift bows. They are a perfect way to top any small package. But I must say my favorite is wrapping one around a wine, and the best part is you can use these all year round. I make enough to save me throughout the whole year. That way when a birthday or special event comes up and I have nothing to give, I grab me one of these, head to the market & done. Oh and they are totally reusable!


#1. Glue gun
#2. Glue sticks 
#3. Scissors
#4. Ruler 
#5. Felt
#6. 20 mins of your time

Step one: Choose the type of felt you'd like to use.

Step two: Use these measurements for length and width.  I was to lazy to cut each strip so I just guesstimated.

Step three: Glue each strip into criss cross ribbons (similar to breast cancer awareness ones).
& leave that little piece shown below alone. You'll use it later.

Step four: Pile longest ribbons on the bottom (3 of them) and so on. 
3 strips, 10 1/2" x 3/4"
3 strips, 9 1/2" x 3/4"
2 strips, 8 1/2" x 3/4"
1 strip, 3 1/2" x 3/4" 

Step five: Now its time to use that small strip and form a circle. This will go on the top of the pile of ribbons.

I made a burgundy one as well!

I also decided to add elastic to tie around a bottle of wine for a quick gift wrap!

Just hot glue the elastic to the bottom of the bow, then glue a piece of felt to secure it. 

Or turn it into a pin! Perfect for holiday parties or simply to be festive.

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Friday fingers /// Ikat nails

These past two weeks have been more hectic than usual. I've been dealing with grad school applications, which is really killing my printer. But its been both exciting and nerve wrecking. All I can say is, I can't wait for it to be over and done with! Today seriously better not be the end for us because my work needs to pay off. Anyways believe it or not stress leads me to painting my nails, and this week I feeling a bit katty (Ikat to be exact). I've done this tutorial before but my instructions weren't just right so redoing it was a must. 


#1. Teal nail polish
#2. Bright orange striper brush
#3. White nail art pen
#4. Black nail art pen
#5. Top coat
#6. 25 mins of your time

Step one: Paint your nails with your teal polish. Then let it dry.

Step two: Paint some chunky splotchy dots with your orange striper brush.

Step three: Once your orange droplets are dry, top them with some white polish. To be honest, I even love the way this pattern looks. Simple but vibrant!

Step four: Add a black dot to each of your dots. They should look like eyeballs at this point. Remember to make sure your polish is dry as you take the next step.

Step five: This is the tricky part. With your black nail art polish you will now outline your orange eye pattern. Now when you do this you will make a jagged like pattern around it. Perfection is not the key here. Lastly top coat them up & done!


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D.i.y Lemony lip scrub

Winters almost here & I'm stoked because I love everything about it, but I really could do without the chapped/cracked lips. Don't even think about cracking a smile, cause they literally will. So rather than buying myself a lip scrub I decided to make it. I love the way organic products feel, perhaps its the fact that I made it at home, but I really do feel a difference than store bought. Not only that but they are so simple to make at home. If you have a kitchen then you'll have the ingredients. 


#1. A small container. 
I used a leftover product container.
#2. 1/4th tsp of Lemon or lime
#3. 3 tsp of white sugar or brown sugar 
#4. 3 tsp Unfiltered/Raw honey
#4. 1/4th tsp olive oil
#5. 15 minutes of your time

Step one: Add your honey and Suga. I used a chopstick to mix the ingredients because seeing as I am a klutz this is the safest alternative for me. In other words no mess. 

Step two: Now add the olive oil and lemon juice. If you find the lip scrub to be a little bit to liquidy, you can always add more sugar. 

When you apply this delicious edible lip scrub you will move your finger in a circular motion for about 1-2 minutes. You could either wipe it off with a damp washcloth or eat it all up. Remember that Keeping this lip scrub in the fridge will make it last longer (about two weeks). There you have it a lip scrub to fight against those nasty chapped lips.

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Friday fingers /// D.i.y Strawberry nails

I know summer time is over, but I still like to have it at my finger tips. It makes the gloomy days brighter! Plus I just couldn't wait, the second the idea poped in my head I had to leap for it. For those of you that decide to try these delicious strawberrys, I just want to warn all you nail biting lip pickers to hold back on picking the seeds off. At first it feels glorious but then you'll look at what you've done and regret it. I don't recommend it.    


#1. Top coat
#2. Green striper nail polish
#3. Red nail polish
#4. Gold microbeads
#5. Metal tool similar to toothpick
#6. Nail glue
#7. And 35 minutes of your time

Step one: Paint your nails with a red polish. I did two coats on mine.

Step two: With your striper green nail polish make stripes from down to up. Make some longer than others, as strawberry leaves aren't even. Which means you don't have to make them perfect!

Step three: Once you finish adding the leaves to all your nails begin to add your seeds! For this step you will need gold micro beads, nail glue, and a metal tool. Originally I used a tooth pick but the wood just absorbed the glue. 

Step four: Add a drop of nail glue onto a plastic surface. I used the lid of the nail glue and worked off there (p.s. this is still technically step three). First you will add small drops of glue where you'd like the seeds to be (In the photo above I place the dots of glue on my ring finger). Once the glue is on there begin to pick up the micro beads with the dotting tool. What makes this step easy is picking at the super glue first, that way the seeds latch on. Then apply one seed at a time! Continue this step until all your nails are done. **Remember you need to do this one nail at a time.

Step five: Once the nail glue is dry, you may now add your top coat.

Happy friday!

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