Money in the Bank: A Metallic DIY Makeover

Hello Lovelies,

I’ve finally decided on my decor scheme for my dorm in the fall. I’m thinking dark blue and marigold with white, gold and silver accents. Sort of Parisian meets eclectic.  This is a huge leap from my grey and white with lavender, black and avocado scheme from last year and I’m on a budget.  Needless to say, I’ve got some major DIY-ing ahead of me.

I started today with transforming this little pot bank I got in middle school to something a little more grown up. It used to have a star handle on the cork top, but it came off ages ago.  I decided to paint the little pot silver and decorate the top with discarded broken jewelry and a few pretty buttons.

First I took off the lid and wrapped it in a plastic bag, I twisted the bottom so it would be pulled tight and wouldn’t cover the areas I’m trying to paint.



Then I dusted off the little pot and gave it two coats of  Krylon Indoor Silver Metallic spray paint. What I love about Krylon is it’s super fast drying. I waited about five minutes and it was done drying and I took it on inside and got out my handy dandy hot-glue gun.

Before I glued anything down I tried out a few different positions for the jewelry and planned out the best way to arrange and glue it. The topping is just a broken pearl american eagle necklace, a lonesome rose forever21 earring, one lonesome gold rose button, a raised disco-esque lone button and the heart pendants from another broken ae necklace. I’m considering monograming it, but I’m a bit worried about my shaky hands ruining it. :( All in all I’m smitten with the turnout, I wish I could get a better picture of the finished project.



Tutorial Tuesday: DIY Emergency Kit

Hello Lovelies,

This is the introductory post of a new feature: Tutorial Tuesday. Each Tuesday I will offer a clever found how-to, or muster up one myself! Since I’m blogging from my sister’s apartment for the next few days (helping her out with the new baby) today’s TT will be found. :)

In the clutch: An emergency pot-holder kit.

We’ve all been there, out somewhere when we find we’re missing the singular thing that we need so desperately. An Advil for our post-party headache, the spare key you lent to your roommate, a fem. product to fend off our friend who arrived early, a band-aid for the blister about to form on the back of your heel… the list goes on. Well thanks to Jennifer, Jamie and Jodie at Eighteen25, I have a simple fix.

It’s a too-freaking-cute clutch made from a pot holder, button, ribbon, some snack sized zip lock bags and a tiny measure of elbow grease.

First find or buy an attractive pot holder (preferably with a handy outer hand pocket). Tip: Target always has a good selection of home goods.

Second, get out your sewing kit ( or machine ), a button and some ribbon. Sew your button in the center of the outer front of your soon to be emergency kit. Then loop your ribbon, crossing the two ends, and sew a simple line across, securing the ribbon.


Now lay the pot holder flat, inside up and grab your zip lock bags. With the zip edge on the outside, place one bag on one side of the pot holder. The other edge of the bag will probably overlap at the center or the pot holder. Tape the outer edge of tha bag down to keep it from sliding.  Repeat on the opposite side. Continue alternating sides with the bags until you’ve used ten bags. Next sew a line down the middle of the pot holder, securing all ten bags where they overlap.


Now fill your baggies with your emergency kit necessities.
Suggestions? Advil, Tylenol, fem. products, bobby pins, an extra hair tie, mints, a small compact, band aids, tweezers, an extra two bucks, a pen, a mini bottle of mouthwash, a mini sewing kit. Whatever floats your boat. :)

And there you have it. An emergency kit for your post-party pull it together, your  interview saver, the on the go medicine cabinet.

Hope you like and special thanks to eighteen25!


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Intense Color: Covergirl OutLast Color Stain

lip color, makeup, stain, Hello luscious lip seekers,

Last week I picked up a new covergirl lipstain in Everbloom Kiss. Usually such a vibrant pink isn’t my style. My make-up bag is packed with nude, peaches and rose pinks. All colors that highlight my natural hue instead of disguise it. I simply never believed I could pull of a bolder color.

Well, now I feel like I’ve been missing out. Don’t get me wrong, I will never give up the subtle sexiness of a barely there lipstick, but this is a new-found love. It goes on just like on would expect, similar to a paint pen, but not as gaudy, and super easy to use. It doesn’t stain drinking glasses, but will budge some when you wipe it directly. Definitely a good buy in genera. I can’t wait to try out my new stained kissers in action ;) Plus, this look is such a quick fix! Maybe I will actually make it to my morning classes on time next semeseter…we’ll see.

I keep  the vibrant color with simple and classic black eye liner, mascara and a sunkissed bronzer in place of my normal rosier look as well as retro waves or a sweet side braid.

bold pink lipstick  bold pink lip  bold lip makeup



blue mid calf striped socks

Hello Folks,

I guess somethings don’t change. In middle school your day was golden if you had the coolest socks at the sock hop. Now, I’ll have a pretty fantastic weekend if you participate with me in the WordPress Weekend Blog Hop!  :) Click the link to join, or see who else is participating. You can even snag yourself a snazzy button.  Like so…

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Update: Working Girl No More

Hello Lovely Readers,

I promised I would explain why the posts have been a little lighter lately. Well you see, last week a major shoe malfunction on my way to work forced me to the conclusion that my commute was extremely too long and  therefore inconvenient.  I turned right back around, got back on the train and went home. I curled my hair, put on my go-get’em outfit topped off with my black pumps and went to town, literally. I picked up a few job applications, scheduled a few interviews, went to F21 for a new go get’em outfit (that always lifts my spirits) and then headed home.

By the time I got home my feet were killing me. Did I mention it was like a thousand degrees outside? I had a reese sized blister on each foot. I had sweat an amount equal to that of a lengthy sauna visit and I had sat next to a woman going through a stolen purse. (If you’re reading this lady; who works at apple, whose purse was stolen: you’re welcome)

Well anyways, the next day, I set out in my new go get’em outfit and heels, only to find myself lost with bigger blisters, resumes and applications damp from the humidity and rain, make up smudged and morale very low. When all seemed on he brink of a major crumble, I got a call from my mother telling my sister was in labors. At  this point, lost in the city maze, blocks and hours past my interviews, I threw my hands in the air.

If you hadn’t connected the dots already, I’m home. Quit my job, no longer a city girl (for now). It’s a sad fact.  I would be ashamed of having ever gone, but damn, how many nineteen year olds do I know that would go 9 hours from everyone they know to live alone for the summer? None (incase you’re wondering).

It looks like my summer won’t so much be discovering myself in the city (although  I mostly enjoyed doing so), it will actually be getting to know my new nephew, tackling DIY projects hands on, and hopefully working on my tan. Strange, this might be my first summer since I was fifteen not working.

I hope y’all will stick with the new direction.

picture source (this cute etsy store!)

Fabulous Faux Wood DIY

Hello ladies and gents,

I’ve been a bad blogger the past few days, but I promise I will get better! In the mean time, take a look at this super simple and cheap DIY project by Josie from Fine and Feathered.

She takes super cheap  wood grain contact paper from the dollar store and gives her tired laptop an awesome makeover. Are you taking your scratched up tag-along laptop to college? Are you looking for an easy way to standout among the sea of mac pros or dell inspirons? Do you just want to add a little flair? This might be the DIY for you. Check out the link for the guide!