Sunday, August 10, 2014

90's vibes

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So I've noticed 90's styles have slowly been creeping back into fashion, and my feelings on this go back and forth. While there are some 90's trends that I think should stay in the past, I've started embracing the few that I do like.

A while ago I came across a tutorial for a stretchy, choker necklace, à la 1990's. I remember having so many of these when I was younger, so the nostalgia made me want to create a new one to wear now. I actually ended up loving it, and it inspired this entire 90's themed post. I made a video showing you the DIY choker, and some 90's beauty and fashion ideas to go along with it. I hope this provides some inspiration for bringing some of the 90's into a modern wardrobe.

90's style c3 levis summer

Thursday, July 31, 2014

College Roadtrip 2014

Hello everyone! If you've wondered why I've been so absent from the blog world lately, it's because I just moved back to college! The last two weeks have been spent shopping for dorm supplies, packing up my entire room, and making the trip back to my school!

You may have some questions, so hopefully this will answer them!
I attend the University of Alabama, and even though school doesn't start for another 3 weeks, I had to move in early for RA training (yes, I'm an RA this year!). I'm a sophomore and I'm majoring in Art and minoring in French and Entrepreneurship.  My dorm is more like an apartment: I have three roommates and we share a living room, kitchen, and two bathrooms, but we each have our own bedroom. I will do an in-depth dorm tour when I have everything unpacked and set up!

I made the trip to move in on Tuesday. I had to have two cars to fit all of my stuff (so much for trying to pack light), so my mom drove with me. She left late that afternoon and then I was on my own! It's always hard saying goodbye to my family, and although it was slightly better than last year, it still wasn't easy. At least this year things are more familiar for me, and I don't have to figure out and get used to everything.

Since I had to move in early, I'm the only one in my dorm for a while. It was a little strange being completely on my own (because last year when I moved into college, all my roommates were already there)- but I'm actually enjoying it. I spent my first day alone unpacking. I took a break in the afternoon to walk around campus and go to the mail center to pick up a letter. I ended the day by going to visit some friends on campus that night.

I made a short video (like I did last year) to document moving in!



ps.  I have a packed schedule for RA training the next few weeks, so I might not be blogging as often as usual (but I do have a few pre-made posts that I might share). I'll be back as soon as I can! xoxoJordan

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!

postcards
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.

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

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!
xoxoJordan

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

mail no. 1

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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.

elisa

elisa

maria

sarah

aline

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

b&w basics // summer ootd

basics
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?
xoJordan

ps. Check out my Youtube channel ♥

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.

candles
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!

pink
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!