Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Letarte Inspired Crochet Shorts

after repeatedly stumbling upon pictures of kate hudson on the beach wearing these crochet shorts.  

 i had to attempt to make my own version.

 i am very pleased and a bit surprised admittedly with how well they turned out.

probably one of my most complex and challenging projects i have tackled to date.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

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Finished Project: Pinwheel Skirt!

okay wow i just noticed this post has been half written, well more like 1/4 written in my draft box for well over a month...basically i fail at posting.

since i can't seem to only work on one project at a time, i need to be working at least 5 at all times. while still in my head planning future projects i need to attempt. i got to thinking i should share finished projects as well as the random work in progress posts(cause that makes the most sense right?). this is a pinwheel skirt that i recently finished. i kept repeatedly coming across this PATTERN and every time i saw it i kept thinking that skirt is so cute and chic and i need to make it.

so i went searching through my fabric stash and came across both this navy linen fabric and a black. i contemplated for awhile which to use. but i always was leaning more toward the navy so i of course went for that one.

i also really like the idea of adding some type of trim or lacy accent details onto the skirt. i then rummaged through my ribbon stash and decided on using a basic white 5/8" lace ribbon so not to make the skirt too overwhelming and keep with the more sophisticated chic look i wanted to achieve.

for the waist band, i decided i really liked the look of the longer waistband, the the girl used in her pattern. i believe she used a 4", i decided to go for a 4.5". i am very happy with the length of it and i think it really adds to the sophisticated or chic look i was going for. while also being very flattering because it accents your waist to give a very slimming effect. which is always a plus!

as for the zipper i went for just a basic exposed zipper in the back because i thought it would look best with the style of the skirt and i am just kind of a fan of exposed zippers in general. i like the look they give. besides with the pleats and layers in the skirt trying to add a invisible zipper seemed pretty impossible.

as for the length i decided on wanting it to be on the longer side so i made it about slightly past the knee.

i love the look of this skirt and am sooooooooo happy with the way it turned out. i adore the layered look, the pleats and the overall shape of it. i think it definitely has an eye catching look to it. i only wish my pictures could do it justice.

now if only i could find a place to wear this gorgeous skirt!!

also for the record i definitely wouldn't wear it with the yellow cami i was wearing in the pictures... i was just so excited when i finished it i took pictures immediately and happened to be wearing a yellow cami that day and also neglected to clean the typical of me.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Plarn=Plastic Bag Yarn

it occurred to me a few days ago while i was for the zillionth time re-stuffing all these random overflowing plastic bags into yet another (this time giant paper)bag beside my vanity that i had to do something with them. i had thought about this before, thinking the only thing to do with them would be throw them away. but couldn't get myself to do it cause i felt guilty because of the environment and all that the manatees!

so getting to the point i remembered something i saw at one point on pinterest about "plarn" or making/turning plastic bags into a sort of thread to then crochet things with it and since i was i guess in an active mood. i decided right then was the time to attempt this. so i ran upstairs(seriously it was a semi sprint...) and grabbed all the plastic bags i could easily find in my room. which i then brought downstairs and dumped on the floor in the tv room(pictured above). ohhh i forgot before i brought them downstairs i sorted out some of the plastic bags i found because they were made of that super crunchy crinkly plastic and left them behind.

so i went about folding the bags in half, then in half again. then cut the handles off and then cut them into roughly 1 inch strips. i realized through trial and error that if you fold them more nicely, like tucking in the sides of the bags before you fold them. when you cut them they turn out a lot neater and not all jagged or crooked(might or might not be common sense). i also realized i had an unhealthy amount of plastic bags from target...

i then went about connecting them together and rolling them into a ball. i guess i could attempt to explain how you connect them together...

so they are  all cut into loops now. taking an end of the "new loop" aka the one your adding, and pull it up through the previous loop and over(around that loop) and back through the other end of the "new loop". then pull both of the loops to tighten the knot so they are now connected, basically the same way you would tie two rubber bands to each other. try to make the sides of the loops as even as possible to each other so they can all chain together nicely. then roll them into a ball for convenience and to avoid tangles.

then ta-da, you now have made plarn!

since, this was my first attempt making or using "plarn" i was very skeptical of it in general and decided not to plan what i wanted to make. partly to avoid disappointment if it had turned into a disaster. so i just started crocheting it in a circle and i am just going from there basically.

i still have no definite idea what it is i am making yet, i am semi thinking i should make it into a rug. its currently a bit larger than it was in the first picture now(foot and a half, give or take).

as for the whole "plarn" color scheme making strands that are a singular color could be used to add striped details. although i really like the multi-color effect it looks kind of like splattered paint!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Herbal Salvation - Green Malay (Kratom)

So what the hell is this stuff? I didn't have any idea and still don't at the moment really. This afternoon my dad hands me this packet and says have you seen this before look it up(google) and take some. So me being semi irritated about being nagged to do something in the middle of watching a supernatural episode take my time before looking it up(my laptop is sitting next to me on the couch).

I then decided to look at the back of the packet and see in a bigger print "pure kratom leaf powder all natural & organic. 50 states legal" and now i am thinking like ughhh is this some kind of stupid natural energy supplement thing.

so i bring up google on my laptop and search "herbal salvation green malay kratom" because my dad wants to know what it is(i am still wondering if he knew beforehand) and i click the first link that seems relevant. and it gives me some boring history about kratom about it being tropical tree leaves from some places in southeast asia. i then keep skimming the page and its about how its used today as a powder, crushed leaves, capsules and mixing it with your favorite drinks.

i continue to skim the page and all the sudden i read this sentence and i am like wait a second, rewind, what?! okay it was something like "effects of kratom are an opiate like pain relieving effect, stimulant effect giving you energy and light euphoria" so im now thinking, wait are we still talking about these pill things i am currently holding. i read this aloud to my dad and he just starts laughing and tells me again to take some. so i ask him where did you get this? he told me they gave them to him at work(he works at a tobacco outlet store).

okay so my interest is completely absorbed by this now, i really want to know what the hell this stuff is. after looking it up for awhile i deducted that this is the lowest "dosage" of this particular kind(being 10 pcs). also that the other kratom pills called "maeng da" from this brand "herbal salvation" is apparently the preferred/better one. beyond that i have searched and came up with practically nothing. except some random things from some junkie forum but they were talking about the powder or leaves in tea and irrelevant things.

honestly i am skeptical about these pill things. i feel like they are most likely a bunch of random completely harmless herbs put into a pill capsule and then sold to make money....aka a scam.

so i have therefore decided i should do the sensible thing and take them myself. i will be the judge of this....

when i find out what i think of these(meaning after i take them) and come to a conclusion about them(not expecting much or anything really). i will either make a new post or just edit this one and make it longer.

EDIT: so its days later, but basically it was all i expected from it really. all i noticed was that it made my stomach hurt badly. not into it.
(how many times, did i write "it" there jeez!)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Collective Haul (Ulta, Rite Aid, Ebay, Target, & More)

over the past month and a half i have acquired quite a bit of new products from many trips to different stores or multiple trips to the same store. so i thought i would do a haul on the items i have picked up. but of course i am now remembering another item i completely forgot until right now, so no picture of that one.

anyways where to start, i think i will start with one of my multiple trips i have to take to rite aid each month. so hence being there so often i inevitably end up buying way too much...

so the first time i went to rite aid i bought my necessary beverage(s).

the picture above are the total zero red bulls, which i grabbed on accident. they are actually my least favorite i meant to grab the sugar free....but it's okay i survived.

the last few items i got on this trip were, 2 of the Carmex lip balms they were BOGO FREE....SCORE! i picked up 1 in lime, and 1 in pomegranate. i have had them a few weeks and am loving them! i hadn't seen these before until recently. are they new?

the other 2 items i picked up were 2 of the coveted Revlon kissable balm stains. the 2 i purchased were honey, and cherish. they were BOGO 1/2 off and if you spent over $10 you received $4 revlon up rewards.

the next stores items i picked up were from Marshalls. i LOVE the philosophy 3-in-1's and while browsing i saw a few that caught my eye. okay, let me put this out there so this makes sense. its FREEZING where i live, so me being me am particularly attracted to to "summery scents" right now. i'm assuming its like i think if i smell those types of scents it will lift my mood, but then again that could also really backfire as well...

anyways i bought 1 cabana girl 3-in-1(guava coconut type scent), 1 beach party 3-in-1(island colada scent), lastly i noticed they had a cabana girl body lotion. which made me extremely curious because i haven't tried their body lotions before.

randomly on a trip grocery shopping i happened to notice they had aussie products on sale. i picked up 2 of the 3 minute miracle deeeep conditioners, i think they were like $2.35 or something really close to that each and i happened to have a aussie manufacturers coupon that was buy 2 get $1 off. so i of course needed to get them.....

i keep meaning to do a review on the 3 minute miracle. i never got around to doing it on my former blog, i am going to make sure i do one here in the near future!

next i will go through a few recent ebay purchases. after a lot of browsing and looking into sellers and what not, i found a few items that i really wanted.

the first being the skin 79 super + blemish balm triple function (BB cream) the hot pink one. i haven't gotten a chance to try it yet, but am really excited to. after seeing all these americanized versions of bb creams being made, its really made me want to try the real thing even more.

before i talk about the last 2 items i got from ebay can we just take a moment and just say awwwwwwwwwwww! so cute!!! anyways i had been eyeing these for awhile they're the tony moly petite bunny gloss bars. the 1st one is #5 juicy peach, and the 2nd is #1 juicy strawberry.

i think i might end up needing to review both the tony moly bunny gloss bars and probably the bb cream as well.

one of the other places i visited recently was ulta and i bought entirely too muh stuff. i finally bought the benefit lemon aid color correcting eyelid primer, which i had been eyeing forever. i also picked up 2 of the smashbox lipglosses. i love their lip enhancing glosses, i already have a few to i decided to treat myself to another its one sheer color ones in the color "afterglow". i also picked up one of their limitless  long wear lip glosses in boundless. i hadn't tried this particular type of lip gloss from smashbox before, but it didn't let me down and i am really like it!

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i am going to switch over to another trip to rite aid real fast before i finish my ulta items. so after i yet again bought my necessary beverage(s)....

i noticed that all the revlon was 40% off i almost lost control...but it was starting to really snow out so i had to be quick so i knew i needed to get the revlon colorburst lipgloss in bellini that i had heard so much about, but could never seem to get my hands on. it was the last one....fate maybe?

well seeing as i had the $4 up rewards for revlon and the products being 40% off, get ready for this........i spent a total of .49 cents for it.....SCORE!!

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the last 2 items i bought from ulta(minus the one i forgot to picture) are 2 cans of batiste dry shampoo in the fresh scent, they were BOGO FREE, so i of course needed them! i actually did need more dry shampoo for real anyways...

the item i forgot to picture was a maybelline color tattoo metal cream shadows in silver strike. its gorgeous, i can't believe i forgot about it!

the last place i picked up anything as far as i can remember was at target, its one sonia kashuk brushes. the small multi purpose powder brush and its actually one of my all time favorite brushes. i already own one. but i found it on clearance and it was the last one for $7.55. which is great to get it for a lower price, but makes me worry that it might be getting discontinued! it is seriously the most amazing brush to apply under eye concealer, trust me.

so thats all i bought recently cosmetic/haircare wise that i can think of. i might do a collective clothing haul soon as well. but only time will see on that one.

Schick - Hydro Silk Razor

i have always been a loyal user of the gillette venus razors. i have never even owned any other razors!! i always bought another "newer" version of the venus razor when mine i was previously using became old and unusable or lost. trying a different brand honestly NEVER crossed my mind! which is really strange cause god knows i love to try new things and am always looking for the newest/prettiest/best working product of everything under the sun....

the reason i think i never strayed away from the venus razors is that when i started shaving(10 or 11-ish? hey, i was a swimmer and hairy legs aren't cute! ya get me?) and literally everyone i knew was using the venus razors. by everyone i mean, family(mom, cousins, and then a few years later my lil sis), all of my friends at the time and all my friends in the years to follow. plus there was a zillion commercials for them back them. it wasn't a choice really everyone i knew used that brand and i needed to use it as well.

anyways now that i have given you some background history on my experience with shaving razors, i will get on with the point for this post.

awhile back i got a campaign invite from bzzagent to try the Schick Hydro Silk razor. which immediately caught my attention because it finally alerted me to the fact that i had never tried or even considered trying a different razor than the gillette venus and i had also remembered hearing good things about the schick hydro silk razor. so i was very excited to be part of this campaign and try out the hydro silk razor and you know broaden my horizons, well as far as razors go.

so when mu bzzkit arrived it included a hydro silk razor(which comes with 2 refills in it!), my bzzguide, and 8 coupons for $5 off a schick hydro silk razor!

**looking through the bzzguide i immediately noticed that they claim that woman prefer the hydro silk over the venus embrace razor, which was actually the razor i was using at the time!

Facts & Claims:
so i will paraphrase the things i think are most relevant, and later in this post give my own thoughts and experiences. to help anyone who might read this out with deciding if this razor is a fit for them, if they've heard of it before or a just stumbling upon this post.

-each of the cartridges is filled with water-activated moisturizing serum, that's infused with marine extracts and shea butter and hydrates better than any other razor.

-has 5 curve sensing blades that move independently from each other to get a very smooth shave, with efficient shave and blade guards to help protect your skin from getting irritation(having to use fewer strokes helps reduce irritation!).

-the contoured oval shape of the razor cartridges allow you to get a closer shave around the harder to reach places, like ankles, knees and underarms.

-has an erogonmic, soft touch handle with rubber grips to give you the ultimate control while shaving.

-says for best results, use with your favorite shaving cream/gel/foam, although you can use it just on its own.

-claims to moisturize for up to 2 hours after shaving.

so some awards this razor has won(may not interest everyone, but i always like to know these type of things).

-won best razor in the 2012 Cosmo Beauty Awards.

- named best hair remover in the 2012 beauty awards for Fitness Magazine, Prevention Magazine, and Ladies's Home Journal.

Pricing(the Schick Hydro Silk razors are sold at grocery stores, drug stores, and mass retailers(meaning, target, walmart, kmart, bed bath and beyond, ect.)

-starter kits sell for averaging price of about $9.50.

-4 pack refill cartridges retail for about $15.11

***hint, hint!: the best/cheapest places to buy razors in general are drugstores. they always have store rewards programs, weekly sales, then add coupons to boot!

My Thoughts/Verdict:
honestly i was skeptical about the whole water activated moisturizing serum, i was like yeah sure.....cause the venus embrace is supposedly its rival and i was using that before getting the opportunity to try the hydro silk and the embrace was just like any other razor i had from the venus line. so when i first used this razor, i held it under the water for a bit to activate the alleged moisturizing serum it was supposed to contain. i swear to you i would not lie about this, but i used it without shaving cream(or shower gel like i typically use) and it shaved so nicely easily. the moisture serum i am assuming doubles as a sort of shaving cream as well. it gave me an very gentle close shave, and was a easy smooth shave as well, the combination of the razor itself and the cartridge worked amazingly together and it was true about their claim that it makes shaving the harder-to-reach places a close shave and plus no cuts! i occasionally used to get some nicks in harder-to-reach spots partially my ankles.

now heres the real kicker, never did i expect this to actually be true....the whole moisturizing serum aspect like i said a bit ago i was skeptical about. so it really caught me by surprise, when toweling off how nice and moisturized my legs felt. they stayed very nicely moisturized for a few hours afterwards. i was honestly surprised or more than that shocked cause as far as i have seen products never seem to come through with all these types of claims they make. i always chalked it up to embellished product advertisements!

ohhh, i almost forgot to mention! the starter kit for the hydro schick also comes with a handy suction razor holder to stick to your shower wall, to hold the razor.

since the hydro silk razor and embrace razor are supposedly comparable, i can say flat out they are NOTHING alike. the embrace just seems like any other razor i had ever had in the venus line and i never expected it to be anything but that. no wonder woman prefer the hydro silk to the embrace!

overall i am honestly 100% converted to the schick hydro silk razor from now on! i am completely wowed by it, i mean i expected to like it...but i honestly wasn't expecting it to be this great. i guess it got all those awards for a reason........

**disclaimer** i received this product for free from bzzagent for testing, reviewing, & sharing purposes. all opinions are always 100% my own.