DIY

DIY Aquazurra Raffia Pom Pom Heels | Under $30

One of my favorite places to find a super stylish DIY is on LocksandTrinkets blog and YouTube channel. Sometime last year she had posted a video where she recreated the most amazing pair of shoes by Aquazurra. I instantly fell in love and decided that I would try it for myself. Shortly after I purchased a pack of pom pom balls and a pair of open toe wrap around heels from Madden Girl. This project took no time to complete and I couldn’t help but love the finished results. For comparison:

Aquazurra Raffia Pom Pom Stilettos | $825 USD vs. DIY Madden Girl Pom Pom Stilettos | $27 minus tax

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What you’ll need:

80 Pack Assorted pom pom balls | $1

2 Pack of Superglue | $1

Open toed strappy heels | Madden Girl | $25

When recreating this DIY I didn’t do everything exactly the same because 1. I couldn’t find my hot glue gun 2. I used one size pom pom balls and 3. I covered the whole strap in pom pom balls instead of focusing on the center.

This took no more than 20 minutes to complete because it is so easy. To help cut down on the production time I laid my pom pom’s out in a sequence that I liked so I wouldn’t have any difficulties when gluing them onto the shoe. This isn’t really necessary but I was going for a more uniform look considering I had eight different color pom poms to choose from. After this I glued the pom poms down and waited for them to dry. The dry time doesn’t take very long but you may want to wait a few minutes before wearing them out to make sure the balls set.

 

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Essentials for a Successful Spa Day At Home

We all have those days when we need a little “me time” to get away from our friends, family and responsibilities. These days are so crucial for some because they bring happiness and relaxation to a rather hectic week. I can attest to needing a nice amount of “me time” considering I’m a college student who has lived with different roommates each year.. that alone is enough to stress someone out. To rid myself of this unnecessary stress I have an at home spa day. I’ll paint my nails, do a face mask, deep condition, listen to my favorite tunes and tune out everything else.

To set the pace for the new year – a happy care free new year – I thought that this would be a great time to share a few essentials for a spa day at home. You don’t need to have these items to have a great spa day but it sure can help!

Essentials for an at home spa day

Face masks

Your favorite candle\hot oil | Set the mood for a relaxing spa day with your favorite scent wafting through the air

Hair masks | Treat yourself AND your hair to an amazing deep condition or hot oil treatment because you deserve.

A mani-pedi kit | This kit includes your favorite nail polishes, nail files, cotton balls, nail polish remover, a nail buffer and an exfoliator for you feet.

 Word puzzles, adult coloring books or a journal | Instead of watching tv or scrolling through social media you can use this time to unwind by writing in your journal, solving a few word puzzles or coloring. They now have so many cute adult coloring books that will bring you nostalgia and a good time.

 Your favorite music

Cute pajamas and a robe

Just remember that whatever you choose to do you must treat yo self! I hope you enjoy =)

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DIY: Puma Inspired Slide-On’s

Who doesn’t love to add a bit of pizzazz to something a little drab? Today I’ll be showing you how you can create your own puma inspired furry slides!

What you will need:

  • 1 Pair of plain slides
  • A hot glue gun
  • 2 hot glue sticks (or adhesive of your choice)
  • 6ft Feather Boa (in any color)
  • 1 Pair of scissors

The first thing that you will need to do is plug in your hot glue gun. The gun should have reached the needed temperature by the time you have taken the tags off of your shoes and unraveled the boa. Due to the boa being 6ft you can cut the boa in half to use 3ft of ‘fur’ on each slide. Please note that you may need a longer piece based on the size of the shoe. You will then glue the boa onto the shoe in any pattern to get your desired look. Voila! Your shoes will be ready for wear minutes after you finish gluing.

*Cut the boa on a solid surface or a piece of newspaper so you can easily clean up the fallout*

The final product

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Cute and Affordable Christmas Gift Guide Under $25

Not sure what to get your friends or family members for Christmas? I am here to help you with a cute and affordable gift guide under $25!

For those girly girls:

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These are great to help jazz up your keys or purse. You can create your own or purchase them at Target for only $9.99 in a variation of shades!

Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set

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What’s better then giving the gift of a beat face? If you know someone who loves makeup then I would suggest getting them a set of real techniques brushes for starters. You can find them at Target, Ulta and other retailers.

Colourpop Cosmetics Holiday 2015 Mini-gift set

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Colourpop Cosmetics has created three mini gift sets for the holidays. Two of the sets consist of their Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks and the other is a mini lippie stixs/lippie pencil set. These sets are $20 and can be purchased on Colourpops website – here!

For your music lovers:

Rihanna x Stance Socks

The famous sock company Stance has teamed up with Rihanna to create an exclusive sock collection ranging from 18-28$. The styles range from girly and sexy to festive and fun. If you know someone who loves a cute pair of socks and loves Rihanna just as much then this present is perfect!

A Custom Mixtape

I think we all know that person who is always looking for the newest “heat” that would really appreciate a present like this! You can create a custom mixtape or playlist with music you know they will love from different artists. Give the CD a creative cover and title using multicolored sharpies to show a little creativity.

Bluetooth Speaker

I know you might have read this suggestion and said “those things are expensive!” well I have some news for  you! There are a lot of good quality bluetooth speakers from the brand iHome that are under $25 they can be found at Target, Five Below and other stores.

Speaker ONE / Speaker TWO / Speaker THREE

For the self-proclaimed foodies:

Tea from Teavana and Festive Tin

There is nothing like a good loose leaf tea from Teavana! Gift your friends with a White Chocolate Peppermint Roobios Tea and a cute tin to ensure your tea stays fresh! Can be found online or in Teavana shops.

Tea / Dottie Tea Tin

Graze Box

Graze is a snack box that comes with eight different healthy snacks each box. You receive a new box each month and can gift a box to a friend (your first box is free). Can be found on Grazes website!

For those who love to read:

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Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

Barnes & Noble Giftcard

Not sure what type of literature they’re into? A gift card usually does the trick. Now you can go with your friend to check out a few new books!

& for those who seem to have everything:

Whipped Shea Butter

There is nothing like a gift filled with love. This year you can create your own whipped Shea butter for friends and family to enjoy.

Base for whipped Shea butter: Shea butter, coconut oil, vitamin E oil and almond oil. Add other oils for smell (peppermint, lavender, pumpkin spice etc.) and depending on your usage (hair moisturizer or body moisturizer).

I hope my gift guide will come in handy while you’re doing some holiday shopping!

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