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Welcome to the first full week of December! This year I wanted to try something new to me, holiday gift guides. In fact, I have almost a whole week of them, each with a different theme. Maybe a little narcissistic on my part, but each list is inspired by a idea or hobby that holds a special place in my heart. I had an absolute blast making these and I hope you enjoy perusing the selections. To kick things off, one of the great fashion loves of my life: Sparkle. Very few things make me happy the way a little shimmer or glitter can. Rough morning? Put on a pair of sparkle shoes. Want to feel a little fancy? Swipe on some eye shimmer. Giving someone like me sparkle is like giving them happiness in a box. It’s a pick-me-up just waiting to be deployed.
- Vetto Bag – Aldo
- Champagne Drop Earrings – BaubleBar
- Aquarium Glitter Makeup Brushes – Urban Outfitters
- Wanderlust Liquid Eye Shadow – Stila
- Yabina Sunglasses – Amazon
- Odyssey Sequin Low Top Sneakers – Free People
- Lights Out – I Love Nail Polish
- Iridescent Glitter Makeup Bag – Forever 21
- Glow Waterfall Case – CASE.MATE
Now I know many people like sparkle, but hate how glitter can get EVERYWHERE, so I tried to pick items that would have minimal glitter fallout. I hope you enjoyed my first gift guide and stay tuned to see what I have in store for the rest of the week.
I’m trying so very hard not to jump the gun and go all out on the Christmas insanity. After all, I am not quite ready to bid farewell to fall in favor of a winter wonderland. The appeal of changing leaves and light layers cannot be denied. The internet, however, is trying to very hard to change my mind. Just the other day I was doing some online Christmas shopping and I found myself on the Keds website, and I was so very tempted to forget those convictions and go ahead and buy myself my holiday sparkle sneakers, a tradition that I started in college. I mean, the Holiday Sparkle & Shine Collection is just so damn beautiful! How am I supposed to say no?
Usually I go for straight up glitter kicks, but the more subtle shimmer and gilded patterns are really speaking to me. Actually, not so much of a “no” as a “later”. Later, with the hope that maybe they have a sale between now and Christmas so I don’t have to feel guilty about the price tag. A little more than I usually invest for something that only get worn a few times a year, but it’s tradition, right?
I saw this amazing DIY on Studio DIY a while ago, and I knew I HAD to make one for myself. Heck, I wanted to make one for half of the people I know, but that seemed a teeny bit ridiculous and a lot of bit expensive. Then life got really busy, and a lot of recipes and diys I’d been planning got set aside. This past weekend I hosted brunch for a few of my friends, and I knew this was the perfect opportunity/excuse to finally give it a try. Added bonus, my lovely bosses gave me a VISA gift card for Administrative Assistant’s Day, and that, plus an Amazon gift card I already had, paid for the bulk of the supplies I needed.
- Clear Photo Tumbler (You could also do this with a travel mug.)
- Glitter, Sequins and/or Metallic Confetti (We used a combination! Raid your stash or the craft store!)
1. Make your glitter mix. We mixed a bunch of different colors, shapes and sizes. You don’t want anything too big (it won’t fit inside the tumbler).
2. Unscrew the bottom of the tumbler and remove the papers from inside. Sprinkle or spoon in the glitter mixture.
3. Fill the compartment with water, as full as you’d like. I filled mine up as much as possible. Tightly screw the bottom back on and that’s it! Obviously, do not unscrew the bottom again unless you are over a sink, but you really have no reason to! Hand wash only!
- I tweaked the DIY just a bit. I used distilled water to fill the cups, which will theoretically keep things from growing in the sealed cup, and we super sealed the bottoms with a bit of E6000 because two or three of them weren’t getting a tight seal.
All and all, this was an amazing project. All of my guests loved making them, and they were easy enough that we all ended up absent-mindedly picking out sequins and confetti while we caught up with one another. It was also really cool to see how different all of the final products ended up. We all had the same supplies to choose from, but no two looked alike. I am considering making another two or three of these to send to out of state friends for birthdays.
All images, except for the first, are from Studio DIY.
I am so sorry guys; I know my posts have been few and far between, but I am completely worthless these days. Things have been so intense at work that by the time I make it home I have no inclination to do anything. I didn’t even check facebook last night! Hopefully I’ll be able to pull my act together this weekend long enough to do laundry and go grocery shopping, but anything other than that? Probably not. I hate when I feel like this, and sometimes, so I don’t feel like a complete loser, I come up with little projects for myself to do. Something that produces tangible results and can be done easily in one sitting. Something like this feather tutorial.
Over the past six months, we’ve turned our second bedroom from a storage space to my office. Now that it’s finally cleared out I have lots and lots of wall space to fill, so I decided to create some of my own artwork. Gold dipped feathers seemed like the perfect thing to conjure magic when I’m feeling uninspired — and, in total, this project costs less than, say, a poster from Ikea.
To make your own you’ll need:
– 5 white turkey feathers
– Gold craft paint
– A jar or small cup
– An ice cube tray
– Gold glitter
– 1 spool embroidery floss
– 1 pants hanger
– White floral tape
1. Pour some gold paint into a cup or jar. Dip the end of a feather into the paint, then immediately cover in glitter. Rest on an ice cube tray or, really, anything that will allow the feather to balance while it dries. Repeat for four remaining feathers. Allow to dry.
2. Take the end of a feather and hold a piece of embroidery floss up against it. Secure the feather and floss together using floral tape. Continue with four remaining feathers, making each piece of embroidery floss a slightly different length.
3. Tie each feather to the pants hanger.
4. Hang somewhere visible. Have all house guests marvel at your artistic talents.
Quick and easy, and probably something that we have to be hung waaaaaay out of the cat’s reach.