Sunday, November 25, 2012

DIY Caviar Manicure

Texture lately is all the rage. So when I came across this "Caviar Manicure" by Ciate, I knew I had to find a way to give myself one. I wasn't up for spending 25 bucks on the kit, so I searched around for cheaper DIYs and came across a simple solution. Microbeads. 
You can buy them at pretty much any craft store. The ones I found were Martha Stewart brand and came with a set of 12 colours. There are other brands and sets, so search around a bit. (the how to is below, next to the third picture!: ) )

How to:
-First apply one coat of nail polish and then a thicker second coat.
-Sprinkle the beads onto the wet second coat and press them into it. You can put as many beads as you want and as many different colours too!
That's all!
I didn't use a top coat because I heard that it took the colour out of the beads, but I'm not really sure if that's true or not. I guess it could depend on the topcoat.

Give these nails a try, they're super simple and are reallllly cute! And a little bit weird. : D
(Nailpolish: Essie Exotic Liras, Beads: Martha Stewart Microbeads Garnet and Blue Topaz)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Beach Hair Spray

So this summer I was searching all over for ways to give your hair those perfect beachy waves. Since I live nowhere near the ocean, I had to find a way to get that wavy.. well.. messiness (yeah, okay, so I love messy hair).
I came across something called True Blue Malibu Waves Spray at Bath and Body. So of course.. I had to get some.
And it does work pretty well, giving your hair that scrumptious summery island smell as well.

However, if you don't want to spend anything, you can make a spray that in my opinion, is just as good.
I found several recipes on the internet for beach hair spray, and ended up just making my own spin of it.

There are three basic ingredients:
-coconut oil
(oh and a spray bottle!)

Start out by filling the spray bottle about 3/4 of the way with water.
Then put 1 tablespoon of salt in. You can add more if you want. The more salt, the more waves (and also the drier your hair will be, so keep that in mind).
Now I didn't have any coconut oil sitting around, but I did have coconut scented oil (ha ha). I put a couple of drops of that in, mixed it up, and wala!
It takes hardly any ingredients, is easy to make, and makes your hair smell and look like you just came from the sea! So give it a try! (even if it is almost winter, I still love it)

< here's my crazy messy hair after I used the spray!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


I went on a hike through my woods on Sunday, and emerged into an empty cornfield. There was nothing around for miles, just a long stretch of land and behind me, trees upon trees. The weather was chilly and cloudy and all I could think of was the song Holocene by Bon Iver. Everything was so beautiful.
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from my hike, but here are some from the rest of my day.


Holocene - Bon Iver



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall Tunes

I love fall. But with the change in weather comes a change in my music playlists. I put away Girls and Beach Boys for awhile, and settle in with some other favourites. I love listening to Lana Del Rey and Bon Iver. They both have such beautiful, haunting voices that to me, fit autumn perfectly.

    Blue Velvet - cover by Lana Del Rey 

    For Emma - Bon Iver 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Red lips

I love red lips. It's a pop of colour and something different.
I'm only wearing red (Certainly Red by Revlon) in these pictures, but bright pink and
coral are some other colours I like to wear to spice up these
chilly days.