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Nail Polish Upgraded Necklace

Hello lovelies!  Well, summer is here!  Not on the calendar, but this heat wave is more than welcome if you ask me!  We’ve been having a ton of fun here in the city, with patios and beaches and baseball games.

I love how summer makes bright colours appear, both in nature and in fashion.  And one of my favourite fashion accessories is my blue statement necklace.  If you’ve read any of my Style posts, you’ve definitely seen it before, but here it is again.img_1713202_zpsgai4cwwp

I always get compliments on this pretty necklace, and I love how awesome it looks with a cute dress or a t-shirt.  However, I’ve always wished I had a pink one – seeing as it’s my favourite colour.  So recently I broke out my favourite pink nail polish and decided to make my sweet necklace *~reversible~*.

Super simple:  I used white nail polish (Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On) as a base to avoid the colour bleeding through the translucent blue discs.  Then once that was dry, I used my fun pink (Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Pink Punk) to carefully cover the white.  Here’s the end result!img_1715_zps20diixua

And in case I’m feeling a bit whimsical, I can wear it blue with a pink accent teehee!img_1714_zpsm0dkycy9

Have you tried any little upcycles with nail polish?  Let me know in the comments 🙂sig_zps80d391d4

Naturally Lovely: DIY Foot Powder with Essential Oils

Welcome back!  Today I’m tackling a subject that’s a bit less glamorous.  In fact, it’s downright stinks.  I’m here to talk about… smelly feet – and more importantly how to cure them.

Smelly feet are not something that goes well with being a lady, but they are a simple fact of life, especially if you wear shoes like heels or flats with no socks or stockings – yikes!  I went into the drugstore to buy some foot powder, but found that it was over $10 for just a small amount.

Luckily, I found a cheap and remarkably effective DIY remedy that takes care of the problem beautifully.  Here’s what I do – in a small resealable sandwich bag, I mix together the following:

  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup baking powder
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 5-6 drops of your essential oils of choice (suggestions – grapefruit, lemon, lavender, peppermint)

To mix it well, seal the bag leaving a bit of air in it, and give it a good shake.

Pro tip: Make sure you label your bag, or else you’re walking around with an unmarked baggie of white powder, which might look a bit odd.

That’s it!  When you’re about to head out, sprinkle a little bit of powder into your shoes, and then gently knock the shoes against a wall or each other to disperse the powder.  Sprinkle some more if needed throughout the day, though I’ve never needed to.

I use this all year.  I first made it in the summer, since I was wearing flats and heels with no stockings, and I found those little footie stockings you can buy would stick out awkwardly.  In the winter, I need it just as much.  I usually wear high heeled boots all day with thin stockings, so it works wonders there too.

The only downside that I’ve seen is that sometimes if you take off your shoes, your feet might have a bit of white powder on them (mainly the soles), or your stockings, if you’re wearing those.  Of course, that’s to be expected with pretty much any foot powder, and much preferable to smelling and feeling icky.

So there you go, darlings!  This is how I keep my toesies daisy fresh all year 🙂

Any tips for giving your feet some love?  Or cheap DIY beauty hacks? Share here!

 

 

DIY Whitening Mouthwash with Essential Oils

Few aspects of the human face are as meaningful as the smile.  That’s why keeping your pearly whites clean and bright is so important 🙂  So today I’ll be sharing a super easy DIY you can do to make your own cleansing and whitening mouthwash.

I first started being interested in this when I started trying to clean up my beauty and grooming routine, in an effort to live a more natural lifestyle.  Needless to say, seeing that I was swishing with a bunch of chemicals that I wasn’t at all familiar with made me really interested in switching up my mouthwash, and I’m so glad I did.  Here’s how I make it at home.

In a glass jar or container, simply mix together half water, half hydrogen peroxide (3%), and 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil.  Close it up tight, and shake to mix well!

And that’s it, really!  I promised you it would be an easy one.  Now there are, of course, variations you can try.  You could add trace minerals to this if you have them, so it would be a remineralizing as well as whitening mouthwash.  You could also experiment with different essential oils, such as citrus, cinnamon, or even blends like vanilla-mint, or use some liquid stevia for sweetening the taste a bit.

Have you guys tried making your own mouthwash?  Or using hydrogen peroxide for personal care?  Share your ideas here!

 

Naturally Lovely: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Hello lovelies!  You may have noticed that it’s been quiet for a few days longer than usual around here… what can I say?  Life happens, and life gets in the way, and there will probably be lots more posts to fill you guys in!  In the meantime, I bring a peace offering:  My delicious (figuratively AND literally speaking) pumpkin spice sugar scrub, perfect for a luxurious exfoliation while infusing the amazing scents of the season.

My recipe is based on this one at The Idea Room, except I made some tweaks.  Here goes:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil

Directions

  1. Mix together the sugars and spices in a bowl.
  2. Slowly pour in the oil and mix well.
  3. Keep adding more oil if desired (I like mine to be more of a wet sand texture as opposed to a paste).
  4. Empty in a sealable container (I used an empty 3-wick candle holder), and keep either in the fridge or tub-side.

And that’s it!  A simple recipe for wonderful bathtime exfoliating.  Also, I did taste it, and it’s pretty good – kind of tastes like pumpkin spice candy!  A fair warning, though, the oil can make your tub a bit slippery, so just be careful with it, no dancing and scrubbing in the tub 🙂

How are you guys enjoying pumpkin spice mania?  Anyone doing at-home beauty treatments?

DIY Phone Cover

Do you ever have those moments when, maybe out of boredom or a hare-brained idea, you try something new and kooky?  That’s pretty much what I did recently (I blame the neverending winter), and made my very own (custom!) smartphone cover.  But let’s back up a bit to see how we got here.

A while ago, Nick and I decided to get some good smartphones.  With how much we’re running around the city, it made sense.  Coincidentally, our provider Mobilicity (we ❤ you guys!) was having a sale on some of their phones, including the HTC Amaze.  We were pretty impressed reading the specs, and decided to go for it.  I can’t remember the exact price we paid, maybe about $300 for each phone?  Anyways, we went in and got our swanky new phones.

I figured since we’d be hoping to get a lot of use out of them, getting the rubbery case and screen protector would probably be a good idea.  I really wanted a pink case for mine.  Are you surprised?  Didn’t think so.  Well, they only had black and white cases available.  Womp womp.  So I got a white case, and Nick got a black case.  Our phones are otherwise identical, so we wanted to be able to tell them apart.

Well, over time, my white case started to get kind of dingy.  So, a little while back I said “hmm…. I’ve used nail polish for other stuff, wonder if it would work here”, and I went to work.  I used Personal Accents Bubblegum Nail Lacquer, because I loved the adorable candy pink shade.  I just basically painted on an opaque layer without even taking off the case, and left it to dry and cure on a table overnight.  By morning, it was fully cured, and had the feel of a candy coated shell, so I was very happy about that.  To be extra sure and seal the colour in well, I also topped it, predictably, Personal Accents Quick Dry Top Coat the next day.  This is a prime example of use what’s on hand, I guess.  So now I have an adorable pink phone that makes me smile every time I use it.  What do you think?

 

I might do a design or stencil down the road, but for now I’m loving the solid colour.  Have you guys done any little crafts lately?  Or used nail polish for non-nail painting fun?  Let me know 🙂

 

 

I Love… Lists

Hello, dear readers!  How are we all doing on our New Year’s Resolutions?  If you’ve still kept yours, you’re likely one of the few haha 🙂  One common resolution people make is getting more organized, and anyone who knows me well in real life knows that I’m a little crazy for organizing.  Like twisted.  I find great joy in labelling things, organizing things, and don’t even get me started on file folders.  I have been known to jump around wide-eyed, squealing “file folders!” like a little child – a little quirk that started when we were planning our wedding, and I realized my wedding planning kit had colourful, labelled file folders.

I love filing so much…. and lists.  I actually have a spreadsheet in Google Drive called Organizing Lists, which never ceases to amuse Nick.  But seriously, that spreadsheet kind of runs my life.  It’s got the master shopping list (yes, I keep a perpetual shopping list), master to-do list, mailing list for Christmas cards, a tab where I plan out our weekly menus and grocery lists, books to read, restaurants we’ve liked or want to try, wines we’ve liked or want to try, coffee flavours for our Keurig we’ve liked or want to try, packing lists for various occasions…. it’s pretty awesome.

Anyways, since we’ve been having so much fun in the new place, I thought I’d share my home list with you guys, and then we can revisit it later to see progress – yay!  So, I give you, our home list, organized by room, and showing what’s been done as well, and also ideas we’re currently mulling over.

Hallway & Entryway

  • install entryway art (move over the Chicago canvas), wall shelf, and wall hooks to create a mini-mudroom
  • buy a sleek looking key catcher dish and piggy bank for the aforementioned shelf
  • procure and install art (likely a canvas) to cover old intercom speaker
  • look at some different options for shoe storage (something wall mounted and closed?)
  • buy iron & ironing board (this would likely be stored in an entryway closet)

Bathroom

  • fix ugly towel wall – with some semi-gloss white paint
  • install pretty towel rings or hooks for face towels
  • secure bathtub hardware to wall
  • buy bathtub headrest
  • find a cute standalone way to store extra toilet paper rolls – we’re thinking cute basket on a shelf, yet to be installed
  • buy cute toiletries dish to put on top of toilet tank
  • buy cute seashells/stones for toiletries dish, use to display mini toiletries for guests
  • spray paint cabinet hardware (currently in the running, chrome and oil-rubbed bronze) – maybe?
  • install instant granite countertop (yay renter solutions) – maybe?
  • find some cute art for bathroom, maybe a skyline or beach scene
  • frame the mirror – an idea/maybe item?
  • find cute covers for light bulbs – again, a maybe item?

Kitchen

  • buy and install wire shelving add-ons
  • remove kitchen doors into main room
  • spray paint cabinet hardware (currently in the running, chrome and oil-rubbed bronze) – maybe?
  • try growing food from scraps/urban farming
  • install instant granite countertop – again, renter solution – maybe?
  • figure out some sort of bar/beverage storage – maybe DIY?
  • buy leather parsons chairs for kitchen table
  • get a kitchen table
  • receive our Nutrafarms shipment and freezer

Bedroom

  • make & install custom headboard – need wood, foam, spray adhesive, batting, vinyl (in chocolate?  cream? black?), staple gun
  • find and install tieback hooks for curtains – a maybe item
  • hang up guitar on wall for Nick
  • create bedside vanity for Delia
  • look into creating a coffee nook with a Keurig machine, coffee accoutrements, and a mini fridge
  • find/make some art for the bedroom
  • hang a large mirror facing the bed (likely flanked by art on each side)
  • review & clean out under bed storage
  • review & clean out closet
  • buy, assemble, start using Ikea Malm dressers
  • install ceiling-hung curtains
  • drape archway in white Lill curtains
Living Room & Office
  • build custom desk with storage – paint desk semi-gloss white, cabinets TBD
  • upgrade filing box on desktop – paint a pretty colour, get new hanging folders in one colour, label folders – or maybe get a new pretty one?
  • review & clean out filing cabinet
  • review & clean out electronics box
  • wall mount our TV
  • organize stray CDs into a CD Binder
  • get opaque liners for curtains – a maybe item
  • find and install tieback hooks for curtains – a maybe item
  • create a pretty picture frame setup on a wall
  • spray paint doorknobs in chrome/ORB – or replace – maybe?
  • save up for a massage chair
  • spray paint serving tray, vases in chrome
  • install ceiling-hung curtains
  • buy 2 Ikea Poang chairs
  • set up home phone

Whole Home

  • install some gorgeous mirrored wall sconces  and decorative items
  • replace generic light fixtures with something nicer in entry and kitchen

Balcony

  • get balcony hanging table for patio chairs
  • sell/get rid of gumball machines
  • find cute outdoor table to eat out on balcony

So, there you have it, our ginormous list of stuff that we’re planning, but who knows?  It might change – we had our hearts set on an Expedit TV stand for a while, and now we’re going to DIY something that will fit even better.  You can see that progress is definitely happening, it’s just taking its sweet time.

What about you guys?  Tackling anything around the house?  Any organizational freaks like me?  Tell me I’m not the only one.(Picture of lady with list from From Sarah With Joy at http://fromsarahwithjoy.blogspot.ca/2014/01/how-lists-might-be-enabling.html )

White Wedges, the Second Coming

This is another post about shoes, a bit like my black patent heels post here .  This post is about my beloved white Aldo wedges, which have experienced a rebirth twice now.

I first acquired these lovely white leather wedges when I was about 15 years old, I think.   Tough to remember that far back.  Anyways, they were gorgeous, and once again remarkably comfortable at a 4 inch heel height.  I wasn’t always too crazy about the winding straps with a belt buckle closure, but it added edge and style to the shoes, so I loved that.

Over time, they remained a favourite shoe, worn repeatedly every summer as a staple.  And over time, those straps became frayed, and it became increasingly difficult to close them.  So one day I decided to simply snip off the straps and have them as slip-on wedges.  It worked perfectly!  Clouds parted, choirs sang (okay, not really), and my shoes had a second life as casual cool slip-on wedges.  All was well in the shoe world.

Until, the unthinkable.  Walking down the street nonchalantly one day, I feel a strange loosening sensation in my right shoe.  Within moments, the strap pops out.  Not only that, but the sole is gaping away from the wedge itself.  I rush to Joe Fresh in search of emergency flip flops, and lament my lovely white wedges.  There may have been loving stroking and whispers of “I’ll never forget you”.  *sniffle*

Why all this fuss over a pair of shoes, you ask?  Well, because they feel as if I’m walking on a cloud.  Because although they provide all the flattering benefits of 4 inch heels, they have the stability of a wedge.  And because they’ve been a staple in my closet for at least 8 years at best guess.  And unlike many ladies, I’m not big on shoe shopping, so I really hadn’t planned on shelling out $80-100 for another pair of summer shoes anytime soon.  So, I prepare to give these beloved shoes a proper burial (in the garbage), when an idea strikes me.  I remember my father repairing my shoes as a little girl, using a C-clamp and contact cement.  I pull out the same supplies, and carefully run a thin layer of contact cement along the fallen strap.  Gingerly, I place it in its place, and clamp down the sides together.  I let the fallen shoe rest for two days, allowing the cement to cure fully.  With bated breath, I remove the clamp, and try on the shoes again.  Good as new!  Well, good as second form new 🙂

So there you have it, another shoe love letter, and also how to fix straps that have fallen out (and save yourself the $100 for new leather wedges in my case).  Anyone else playing cobbler these days?  Just me?  Okay 🙂