December 24, 2015

NAILS | SWEATER NAILS TUTORIALS




It's finally sweater weather!!! We recently got some snow this weekend in Montreal, but unfortunately it'll all be gone by Christmas...sigh no white Christmas this year. But no worries it's still just as chilly as if it were to snow so it's totally acceptable to wrap yourself up in sweaters and blankets.

Let's cozy on up with some warm knits and pair it with matching sweater nails. I think I've finally nailed down how to do it with just regular nail polish, granted its a bit finicky but the end result is a sweet cable knit texture on the nails. I didn't get a chance to snap tutorial pictures but it's pretty straight forward.

Steps:

  1. Paint nails two coats in base colour and let dry
  2. Take some of the same nail polish and place it on a plastic top, take a dotter tool and swirl the nail polish till it thickens. This thickened polish will act like the 3D gel polish used in the original tutorials online.
  3. Apply thickened nail polish with the dotter tool to the nails in cable knit pattern, repeat this a few times to make it super 3d!
  4. Apply a matte top coat (matte just hides all the imperfections)


This will probably be my final post before the New Year so Happy Holidays to everyone and I'll see you all in the New Year!

December 20, 2015

DIY | ADULT HOT COCOA



Everybody loves chocolate.

Everybody loves booze.

Everybody will DEFINITELY love you for giving chocolate + booze. 


Stumped for a gift? Yea, I got you covered; we all know you left it to the last minute so why not give them an adult hot chocolate mason jar? Easy to make in under an hour and super quick to pump out multiples of these if you need to gift a whole bunch of people at once! I made these myself for a couple of super close girlfriends (hope you guys liked them!!) and even the boyfriend "borrowed" the idea to make some for his supervisors.



WHAT YOU'LL NEED
  • mason jars (The ones I used were from the Dollarama with a little chalkboard label so you can write the receiver's name on it)
  • candy canes
  • mini marshmallows
  • hot chocolate mix
  • mini Bailey's sampler (local liquor store should carry these, also Khalua would be a good alternative if you can't find Bailey's)
  • string
  • tags (optional: I used these to write messages/instructions from the hot chocolate mix jar)




STEPS
  1. Wash the mason jars and dry thoroughly
  2. Spoon the hot chocolate mixture into the mason jar until it's around half full
  3. Fill the remainder of the jar with mini marshmallows loosely packed
  4. Set aside a non broken candy cane for later and unwrap the rest, and bash. You will want the candy canes to be crushed into small pieces and/or candy cane dust.
  5. Sprinkle the crushed candy cane on top of the mini marshmallows so it trickles down between the cracks of the marshmallows
  6. Add more marshmallows to the jar to pack it in and seal.
  7. Take your string and tie both the mini Bailey's and candy cane to the jar.
  8. Add label/tag. Done! 

December 16, 2015

INSPO | SUPER CHUNKY KNITS






Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit on clouds? Feel their plush and pillow-y softness? Well this is probably as close as you can get to a fluffy white cloud with these blankets created by Anna Mo. 

These blankets are absolutely gorgeous and would be a perfect gift for any home owner who wouldn't mind getting a bit more cozy this winter. Its a great statement piece with its enlarged knit pattern making it a focal point in any room. I would love to own one of these in a white or cream colour for my bed, snuggle in it on a cold winter's day curled up watching the snow fall. Can't get enough of these images either... great execution of the whole project. 

You can purchase a blanket here, or even better yet for those of you who are eyeing the blanket with a "hey, I could make you!" you can purchase the merino wool from Anna Mo's etsy shop, Ohhio to make your very own blanket!

Images by Anna Mo

December 12, 2015

DIY | SNOWFLAKE GARLAND



Time to break out the Christmas decorations! Having moved this year to a new city I don't have any Christmas decorations on hand so I thought why not whip up something quick and easy with some holiday sparkle.

I spotted these plastic snowflakes at the Dollarama the other day and was surprised at their quality, obviously this meant I had to get them. Once at home I was humming and ha-ing over what to do with them and my boyfriend actually suggested to make a garland out of them! It turned out SUPER pretty and I want to run back to the Dollarama to get more snowflakes! I have this strong urge to cover my whole apartment with this simple yet festive garland (Cost less than $2 to make, looks like you paid wayyyyyyy more)

Who wants one? I'll make one for you because they are way too pretty to keep just to myself!

Note** not all Dollaramas carry these plastic snowflakes, hopefully you can find something similar at your local craft store!


Supplies: (all from the Dollarama! A one stop shop!)

  • Plastic Snowflakes
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Ruler (helps with spacing)




Steps:
  1. Take your embroidery thread and make a slip knot to tie onto snowflake
  2. Tie a knot to keep it in place
  3. Measure distance between each snowflake to start a new knot
  4. Repeat until complete

December 9, 2015

INSPO | FRINGED SWEATERS








A little boho mixed with some coziness. A super sweet way to change up the classic cable knit sweater this season, add some movement into the bundles of layers and some fun fuzziness. This is definitely a DIY I would love to try out just to add a little something to make a typical sweater a bit more unique!

Images from Pinterest

December 3, 2015

NAILS | BLACK MARBLE NAILS






Can't ever go wrong with a bit of black and white. Ever since Alexander Wang showed those marble surfboards seasons back, I feel like marble has been THE rock of choice for a chic touch. Whether it be a marble vinyl to make-over a table, or marble studs; marble is always in style, so why not wear it on your nails?

Now that it's cooler and I've been breaking out the darker polishes, I thought it would be fitting to do a black based marble. I think it turned out pretty well for a first try, super easy and basically fool proof, I can't wait to try the white version of these in the near future.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED.

  • Grey Polish: Ciate Polish in Cream Soda
  • White Polish: Deborah Lippmann white polish in Amazing Grace
  • Black Polish: Revlon Black Polish in Black Magic
  • Toothpick or dotting tool
  • Saran wrap cut into small pieces
  • Base Coat & Top Coat of choice ( I used Sally Hansen & Seche Vite)

STEPS.
  1. Prep nails
  2. Paint 2 coats of a black polish and allow for this to dry
  3. Take the saran wrap pieces and scrunch it up and dab grey polish randomly onto the black base
  4. With a toothpick or dotting tool, draw random white lines 
  5. Finish with a top coat

November 26, 2015

NAILS | SWEATER NAIL ART





Welcome in the cold weather with these cozy looking nails! So far tutorials are using 3D gel sculpting polish but I'm thinking there's probably another way to achieve this look for people like me who aren't a huge fan of the gel polishes. Keep your eyes out for a tutorial soon! In the mean time, bundle up and keep warm with some hot chocolate ~~~

Images from here 
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