Saturday, July 19, 2014

galaxy postcards DIY

galaxy postcards
I've got another mail related post for you today! I am fascinated by galaxies (and anything having to do with space, really), and I think they are really fun to paint. I created these galaxy postcards after I was inspired by Elisa's galaxy notebook!

Elisa has great instructions for making a galaxy pattern, so check out her tutorial!

galaxy painting
To make these postcards, I cut out a postcard sized rectangle from watercolor paper (because it's stiffer than card stock). Then I applied different shades of blue and purple with a sponge, and added some white "stars" with a small paintbrush. I modpodged the top and drew a postcard design on the back with a black pen.

On the bottom, I wrote a line from one of my favorite poems by Andrea Gibson.

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

mail no. 1

mail no
I love creating pretty letters to send to my penpals, so I am starting a new "mail" series on my Youtube channel. Every so often I will gather together the mail I'm about to send and show you guys what's in the letters! As always, I'll post photos here that go along with the video.

So I present to you- Mail, no. 1
Check out the video at the end of this post to see an in-depth look at everything in these letters.






Tuesday, July 1, 2014

b&w basics // summer ootd

My wardrobe staples are basic pieces in black and white, and anything with stripes. I put together this short outfit of the day video to show you what I've been wearing lately. It's super simple, but there are so many different variations you could do with a plain striped tank or a pair of black shorts (which is why I love them so much!).

I really enjoyed making this video, so maybe I'll do more fashion videos in the future?

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

DIY surf wax candle

surf wax candle
My favorite summer days are those spent driving with the windows down, surf boards stacked on top of the car, staying all day at the beach, and coming home salty, tired, and ready to do it all again the next day. To bring some of these summertime vibes into my room (and to remind me of sunny days even when the weather turns cold), I created these surf wax candles.

These could not be simpler to make! And if you've never smelled surf wax- it pretty much smells like summer in a bar of wax (aka the best scent in the world).

sex wax
I picked up some surf wax from a local surf shop (Coastal Edge). I found that Sex Wax melts well (and the colors are gorgeous). I tried Sticky Bumps also, and it was thicker and harder to use (but the candle still came out all right!).

You'll also need glass containers for the candles (I found some at the thrift store) and candle wicks (I got mine from Michael's craft store).

melting wax
I melted my wax in a glass jar placed inside a pot of boiling water. (You could also use a recycled metal can- that way you can throw it away when you're done).

candle making
When the wax was completely melted, I removed the jar from the pot with potholders, and poured the wax into my candle container. I quickly placed the wick in the middle of the candle, and made this popsicle stick contraption to hold it in the middle.

After the candles were completely hardened, I trimmed the wick- and they were finished! (Note: next time I'm going to save a little wax to melt and pour over the top of the candle when it's hardened, to fill in the indentation around the wick).

aqua surf wax candle

surf wax candles

surf candle
I think everyone needs one of these rad, surf wax candles in their life. I kind of want to make a million of these now (don't be surprised if you get one from me for Christmas).

Have a lovely weekend- go out and enjoy the summertime weather! (And then come inside and make a few of these candles).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

going pink

going pink
I've wanted pastel hair for the longest time (I fell in love with Kelly Osbourne's lavender hair a few years ago!) but I never did it because I didn't want to lose my hair color. But I kept seeing photos on pinterest that really made me want to change up my hair, so I finally decided to do a light pink, ombre color- that way I keep my natural hair color up top, but still get to have pink hair!

pink hair color
I found the exact rosy-pink color I was looking for at a beauty supply shop. It's the brand "Ion Color Brilliance Brights", in the color "Rose".

pink hair
With some pointers from my aunt- who is a professional (thanks Vanessa!) and after watching a few youtube tutorials, I gathered together my supplies and went for it!

It surprisingly wasn't too difficult, and I really love how it turned out! I did not bleach my hair because I didn't want to damage my ends. My hair was already light enough anyway, and I think it blends in better without bleach. I call it "naturally pink" ;)

I'm so happy I decided to try out pink hair! If you're trying to decide whether or not to try it too, I would say go for it! And next time I do my hair, I might make a tutorial if anyone is interested!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

visual diary // creative journaling

visual diary // stellaire
I'm finally home after lots of traveling these past few weeks (I've got some photos that I'll share in another post!). I've got a sort-of DIY for you today. I have always wished I was the type of person who keeps a daily, written diary, but I've never managed to keep up with one. I have dozens of empty notebooks that I bought in the hopes that they would motivate me to start writing, but they usually ended up unused in a desk drawer.

So I recently pulled out one of these empty notebooks and decided to take a different approach to journaling, which I can't believe I never thought of doing before! I started a visual diary, because I feel more creative putting images and words together than just writing in paragraphs.

I started my diary by printing out some images from Pinterest and collaging them on the first few pages. I decided this diary is going to be for both documenting my life (I'll print some of my own photos and glue them in with captions) and just for collecting images that inspire me.

style inspiration
My first page was full of style inspiration (most of my photos are from this board).

style page

On the second page I put together some photos of places I want to travel (and I loved the pastel tones in all of them!).

I've only done the first two pages of my visual diary, but just doing those has inspired me to keep filling it up!

Do you have any tips for journaling or ideas for some visual diary pages? I'd love to hear!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DIY adventure fund jar // video tutorial

adventure jar DIY
You've probably seen pictures of these "adventure jars" all over tumblr or Pinterest. I was inspired to make my own, so I can start saving up for future trips and adventures!

To decorate my jar, I printed one of my photos from an adventure I had last summer in California. I attached it to the inside of the jar with washi tape, and created a dangly, beaded charm to wrap around the top. I really love how it turned out, and seeing it on my dresser definitely motivates me to keep adding money to it to save up for my next great adventure!

for adventures
I created a video to show exactly how I made my jar. I hope you enjoy!
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