The Sock Bun

I’m obsessed with curling my hair, probably since I have naturally straight hair, so when I came across this video demonstrating how to put your hair in a sock bun to get perfect curls without heat, I was ecstatic. I finally had some time to experiment last night and tested it out.

I slightly wet my hair and rolled it upĀ  using a leg warmer, since I didn’t want to sacrifice another sock. Unfortunately, and probably due to several factors including; my hair didn’t dry all the way, the bun was very messily constructed, and that the legwarmer was too large, I did not get curls and ended up with poofy hair to the max.

However, I love the look of the sock-bun, so I just put in a large legwarmer bun and went to work. It held up until the end of the day:

Here’s the video to learn how to make the bun:

I’m going to try it out later this week with a smaller sock and try to make the bun less chaotic on the inside. It’s a little tricky to get down when you have layers.

Happy bun-ing.

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Sparkle Glitter Nails

I was at CVS today and I saw a bunch of shiny, fun nail polish. I don’t paint my nails very often, and when I do, I usually stick to black. But the glitter caught my eye and I couldn’t help myself.

This brand ‘Spoiled’ by Wet n’ Wild is awesome; they are only $1.99 a pop and they have a huge assortment of colors. Next time I’m in CVS, I might just have to buy a few more fun colors.

Anyway, to get the fun white & glitter look, you need a bottle of “Correction Tape” (white) and “Trust Fund Baby” (glitter):

  • Apply a thick layer of Correction Tape and let it dry completely. (The nail polish is pretty thick, so I only needed one coat)
  • Apply 1-2 layers of Trust Fund Baby. It might take some finagling to get the glitter just right.

Add Fabric to your Boots

I found this awesome post on A Beautiful Mess blog for how to add fabric to boots! It gave me all sorts of ideas of what I could add fabric to.

Check out her blog and how to make them for yourself here: http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/01/floral-boots-diy.html

I’m seriously obsessed with these boots. I can’t wait to try it on some other shoes!

Vintage Tea Candle Holders

These are so easy to make and they look great on my dresser! You can make as many or as few as you would like; four ended up fitting perfectly for my room. These also make great gifts or table center pieces.

You Will Need:

  • 3 to 6 Clay Saucers (the bottom part that goes under a potted plant and catches water– they are only $0.89 each at Michael’s, and I grabbed the smallest size)
  • 3 to 6 Tea Candles (depending on the above)
  • Flat Paintbrush
  • 1 Can Spray Paint for Base (fast drying, ultra-cover Metallic Alumium by Rust-Oleum works great from Home Depot)
  • 1 Color Acrylic Paint for Top Coat
  • Drop Cloth

STEP 1: Spray Saucers

Put down your “drop cloth” (a Trader Joe’s bag is totally acceptable) and spray one side of the saucers. Wait for them to dry completely, flip them over, and spray the other side. May need 2 coats.

STEP 2: Top Coat

Take your flat brush and dip it in the paint. Before applying to the saucer, dab it off a few times. Getting rid of excess paint allows for the streaky, vintage look. Also, older, bristle-y brushes work best for this, since they are already somewhat frayed at the ends.

When applying paint, go lightly at first to make sure you have the right amount of paint. If it gets too dry, dip it back in the paint and blot, as needed.

Go around the outside of the rim first, and wait for it to dry. Then put paint on the face of the saucer.

*Note: For the outside of each saucer, I dipped & blotted about 3-4 times, and for the inside, I dipped and blotted about 2 times. However, it really depends on the individual and how much paint you like and how much coverage you want.

STEP 3: Dry & Add Candle!

Let the paint dry completely, then put the tea candles in, light, and enjoy!

OTHER COLOR IDEAS:

  • Gold Base + Red Top Coat (oooh, romantic)
  • Silver or Gold Base + Black Top Coat
  • Silver or Gold Base + White Top Coat
  • White Base + Black Top Coat