Category: Fashion

Link Round-up: Upcycling, Thanksgiving Dishes, Gingerbread Rice Krispies Treats, and More

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 by 4 Comments

Today’s link round-up has upcycling, delicious Thanksgiving dishes, gingerbread Rice Krispies treats, and DIY gifts in jars.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make slow cooker mashed potatoes.

Our Secondhand House showed us how to upcycle pajama pants into scarves.

Homemaking Hacks shared 22 slow cooker recipes that call for five ingredients or less.

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Tomfo shared a free calendar to help the kids count down the days until Christmas.

This Mama Loves shared a recipe for gingerbread Rice Krispies treats.

Kids’ Activities Blog shared tips for making the most of the crunchy and the smooth times during the holidays.

Domestic Mommyhood shared ideas for DIY gifts in jars.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Tomfo

Easy Christmas Nail Art

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by No Comments

It can be fun to celebrate the holidays right down to our fingertips. For the Fourth of July I got together with a bunch of girlfriends and their daughters and we did pedicures with red, white, and blue.

Now I’ve started to gather some easy Christmas nail art for a party in December. We break into twos and do each other’s nails after we pick the nail art we want. I learned it’s best to keep it less complicated since the kids take part in the effort.

Here are a few ideas I think are winners:

Santa Hats

This Santa hat pattern is very easy.

  1. Just cross two pieces of clear tape over your finger nails, leaving a space the shape of a triangle.
  2. Paint a protective clear coat over the exposed triangle.
  3. When it’s dry paint with red. Wait 30 seconds and peel the tape off carefully. This creates a red triangle with even edges.
  4. With a large dotting tool, create a white pom-pom at the point of the triangle. With a smaller dotting tool, create a row of connected white dots at the bottom of the hat. Add a second row above it. When dry, apply a fast drying clear top coat.

Christmas Tree Nails

You can use the same triangle art to create Christmas tree nail art. Start by painting the nail with a background color like gold. When it is dry, tape off the fingernail and paint a green triangle.

You can use glitter polish, or a matte green and then decorate with white, red and gold dots for ornaments using the dotting tool. Top the tree with a star nail decal or just add a red large red dot with the large dotting tool. When dry add a fast drying clear top coat.

Christmas Nail Art

For something even easier, you can just paint your nails in Christmas colors and then add nail art from snowflakes to Christmas trees or Santa. This is a really quick way to get that festive look.

Photo credits: Amazon

Size 10 Is Plus Size – Really?

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 by No Comments

I know that the fashion industry promotes thin, but when Calvin Klein kicked off its new “Perfectly Fit” campaign with model Myla Dalbesio I was stunned to find she was labeled as a size 10 plus size beauty.

You heard me right. Size 10, according to fashion industry standards is plus size.

Size 10 might be plus size for really short people, but Dalbesio actually looks healthy and fit. In an interview with Elle.com, the 27-year-old model admitted, “It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl. I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating.”

However, once she found herself at the center of a controversy she defended Calvin Klein when she appeared on the Today Show. She told co-host Savannah Guthrie, “It’s really unfortunate because Calvin Klein has done something that’s really groundbreaking. There’s not a lot of spots for us to fit in the fashion industry. They released the campaign with me right alongside all of the other girls of varying shapes and sizes, and didn’t make a fuss about it.”

In defense of Calvin Klein, they aren’t the ones who used the label “plus size” for this campaign. They were actually trying to be inclusive and just concentrate on the women as a group.

The Perfectly Fit line is intended to cater to the needs of different women, and it was actually the article written by Elle where the plus size label came up. So I do applaud Calvin Kline for trying to do the right thing.

I can’t help but wonder why a size 10 girl is considered so big that she is an exception to the rule if she is in the fashion industry. Why not have everyone represented. Let’s face it, those of us who buy the clothes off the rack come in a variety of sizes including 10 and up.

Dalbesio is proud that she has become an inspiration to others. She told Guthrie, “I’m getting these emails from 15-year-old girls in the middle of America that are saying, Thank you so much, I’ve never seen myself represented in this way before.”

Photo credits. AUMediaGallery

Link Round-up: Thanksgiving Ideas, Cake Pops, Boo-Boo Bags, and More

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a few Thanksgiving ideas, plus fun cake pops, boo-boo bags, a DIY crochet cowl, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make Thanksgiving turkey snack bags.

Mind Body Green talked about five relationship problems that are totally normal.

Pint Sized Baker showed us how to make cute Marie Antoinette cake pops.

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Homemade Interest taught us how to make a Thanksgiving turkey sign.

Living Chic on the Cheap taught us how to make boot socks.

A Mom’s Take inspired us to make some boo-boo bags.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make our own crochet cowls.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Homemade Interest

Link Round-up: Stress, a DIY Necklace, a Foam Snowman, and More

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has signs of stress you could be missing, a DIY looped clay necklace, a foam block snowman, and more.

Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make pilgrim Thanksgiving napkin rings.

Mind Body Green talked about the 10 signs of stress you probably ignore, but shouldn’t.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make a foam block snowman.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a beaded, looped clay necklace.

A Cup of Jo shared eight questions to ask a potential babysitter.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a recipe for glazed pumpkin spiced bundt cake.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to make an adorable penguin ornament from a glove.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Superheroes, Churro Bites, Date Ideas, and More

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has date night ideas, churro bites, a cute Superman and Batman craft, and more.

About Family Crafts showed us how to make duct tape bracelets.

A writer at Mind Body Green shared how she found the clarity to leave her unhappy marriage.

Tone It Up shared fun date night ideas you can do with your significant other or girlfriends.

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Muslin and Merlot showed us how to style two scarves at once.

Living Well Spending Less kicked off a challenge—31 day to a clutter-free life.

Around My Family Table taught us how to make churro bites.

Crafts by Amanda shared some comic book craft ideas.

Photo credit: About Family Crafts and Muslin and Merlot

Link Round-up: Pumpkin Pudding Cake, Caramel Apple Pudding Cups, a Bronzer, and More

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has caramel apple pudding cups, a bronzer review, Halloween projects and food, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make gooey pumpkin pudding cake.

Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed The Balm’s Bahama Mama bronzer.

Crafty Journal showed us how to create a cute mini Halloween pocket book.

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Kenarry shared a recipe for caramel apple pudding cups.

Frugal Coupon Living showed us how to create Halloween mummy hot dogs.

Crafts by Amanda showed us yarn crafts you can do even if you don’t know how to knit or crochet.

Cupcakes and Cashmere showed us six rooms that will make you want to use wallpaper.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Makeup, Burlap Wreaths, an October Outfit, and More

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a makeup review, burlap wreath projects, a cute outfit idea for October, and more.

Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make Batman wrist cuffs.

Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed the Brooke Shields Gravitas palette from MAC.

Crafty Journal taught us how to make an arachnophobia wreath.

Frugal Coupon Living showed us a cute October outfit idea.

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Kenarry showed us 3 different fall burlap wreaths to make.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared a recipe for Tuscan kale and pumpkin seed risotto.

A Beautiful Mess taught us three ways to create a cute leather bracelet.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Jean Repair, Hair Tutorials, Creamy Coconut Hummus, and More

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has hair tutorials, oatmeal, jean repair, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a yummy baked oatmeal recipe.

Mind Body Green shared a recipe for a vegan salad bowl with creamy coconut hummus.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared 11 enlightening facts you never knew about bedding.

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A Beautiful Mess shared 32 of their favorite hair tutorials.

Create Craft Love provided some Thanksgiving dinner cheats.

Make It or Fix It showed us how to repair a favorite pair of jeans that has holes in it.

DIY Inspired showed us how to make a cute hanging fall wreath.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess