DIY: cactus in a cup

Recently I bought a very ugly cup in thrift store out of pure oh-this-costs-only-a-euro euphoria. The color was terrible but I saw some potential in it. So with a coat of white and two coats of baby blue I have now a very cute cactus in a cup.

After you spray it, be sure to let it dry (I say this since I am an anxious person and didn’t let my cup sit overnight) what happened is that the soil stuck in different parts of the cup. Not cute at all.)

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This can definitely be a nice idea for a gift too 🙂

My self-tanning routine

I try to avoid sun bathing as much as possible and that is why I did my best to find my go-to products for a home self-tan.

I must warn you though; there is a fine (microscopic) line between looking like you spent 2 days in Barbados and resembling Julio-Iglesias-rolled-up-in-Doritos tan. So be careful which products you use and follow carefully the steps to a nice self-tan.

(Last Summer I went and got spray tanned professionally and I must say I did love it. It lasted for ten days and I was really happy with the result.)

Steps

  1. Shave / wax a day before (I say a day before because when I wax the same day my pores tend to soak up all the tanning lotion and the polka dot look is not cute at all)
  2. Exfoliate the areas you want to tan (DIY idea: 1 cup sugar + 1 cup honey + 1/2 cup water) Do not use any kind of oil-based products because it will ruin the tan process)
  3. I use a tan applicator mitt to apply the product all over. Be very careful with your elbows and knees because those are dry areas and they tend to soak up a lot of product. (Tip: put a little moisturizer in those areas before tanning.) My all time favorite self-tan products are St. Tropez but the St. Moriz ones works absolutely fine as well (they are cheaper but the tan doesn’t last as much though).
  4. I normally do this at night and let the product sit while I sleep and take a shower in the morning. Be sure to use black loose clothes if you don’t want to stain your sheets. Don’t be alarmed by how crazy the tan looks while it sits on your skip, after a shower it regulates to a nice glow.
  5. For the next couple of days use moisturizer every day. Do not to use very hot water and do not scrub because it will scrub away your tan.

I also tried the Lancaster self-tanning gel but I prefer to use it after two days of the other tanners for a small touch up to keep my tan going a little bit more.

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If you don’t like the long commitment idea of a complete self-tan then you can use the ones that wash away after one use. The Sally Hansen airbrushed legs ones work marvels: you just spray the area and it is an instant tan for a night out.

🙂

Microscopic office

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I remember having a comfortable office back in our old apartment. Remember this post? Well I am going to show you my new tiny workspace.

We bought this desk at Ikea and it was resting in our bedroom. I adopted our dining table as my office and everyday I had to move my things when we…well…dined. So I moved the desk from the bedroom to our living room (since there was an available space now that the Christmas tree was gone) and now I have a lovely view from where I am now writing this post.

I added my office supplies so it felt more like a workspace. Before you go all judgemental on me for the little uncomfortable pink chair, I am going to buy a proper sitting chair so I won’t turn into Quasimodo before the year ends.

I am also going to add some more things…but for now…here it is:

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What do you guys think?

 

Advent calendar: 24 days of kindness

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My parents always told be to be kind: they showed me how with little details everyday. Nowadays, I rarely see acts of kindness but when I do, I smile because I believe that there are still some good people out there.

It takes so little effort to be kind and yet we decide not to be. I understand why, I know pretty well that specific feeling that we experience when we do something nice for someone and it goes by unnoticed. But it’s ok, we can still sing our song even if no one can hear it. Kindness is not about having an audience, it is about having you own private little happiness show. 

So the other day I was strolling down the aisles of the supermarket and I saw they were selling advent calendars. I suddenly remember how much I always wanted to make one and I had a fantastic idea (yes, I tend to have them sometimes), I should make one.

So between this lovely advent calendar I found on Pinterest and some list making, I made the “Kindness Advent Calendar”. If you need some inspiration you can find ideas here and here.

Since this is going to be my first Christmas in Madrid, I wanted to make it different and special. I will let you know after I finish the calendar’s list how it went.

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Do you guys use advent calendars?

 

 

 

 

Gift idea: brownie mix in a jar

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When I saw this the other day I immediately knew what I would give as a homemade gift for a friend. He loves good food (well, who doesn’t?) and rarely has time to cook, so I though this would be a lovely and original idea for his birthday present. Plus I know I will be making some of these for holiday season.

I followed this recipe and I have to confess I had to test it before I handed it out: it was heaven. Jimmy loved the brownies and I am planning on making some more to store in the freezer for our future sweet cravings.

This post falls into the Culinary Tuesdays category but I am going to go ahead and post it too in the OCD Thursdays because it is also a DIY gift idea.

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Layer carefully your ingredients so they look pretty (mine look kinda weird, but I made the effort)

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Don’t forget to add a little tag with the instructions and the rest of the ingredients to add when making the brownies. I bought my paper and tags at Tiger. 

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Feeling a little creative

Since I came back from my vacation, I am feeling artsy. Yes, that happens to me sometimes. As I got home, I cleaned, organized everything inside and did a lot of laundry. Then I looked around and got into that let’s-give-a-little-makeover-to-the-house mood. So I gathered five DIY tutorials that I will try soon.

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-The first one I am going to try is this tutorial from Harpers Happenings. I have a frame that I bought two years ago and it has been moved from place to place with no specific purpose. This is a lovely idea.

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-I will spray paint an old rock I have in the balcony and I am going to use it as a book holder like Bri from “Design Love Fest” did in her office makeover.

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-There is something about gold spray paint that makes any object feel pretty. It’s shiny and glamorous. Hey! That is why I used it in my blog’s name. Smart girl right? 🙂 I used it in this tutorial too. The picture above is from the Style Me Pretty blog.

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– My balcony needs this. I can’t wait to try it! Found this tutorial at www.bloomize.com.

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– I would love to try this in the hallway. Let’s see Jimmy agrees to it! Picture and tutorial from http://www.laurenconrad.com.

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I would love to know if you guys have any ideas too add to my inspiration board? Let me know!

 

 

Home idea: repurpose a ladder

I bought a bamboo ladder two years ago thinking it would be great for hanging towels in our bathroom. Problem was that the ladder was to big to fit comfortably next to the shower and it was too thick for the towels to hang. Fantastic. So the ladder went back and forth from our living room to our bedroom not fitting anywhere. Yesterday I found these pictures that inspired me to do something with the poor thing.

Fotor0418230713So I hanged my scarves. Not all of them, but the ones I use the most. Now I have them in display and they are easier to grab in my room. (I took this picture in the hallway so you can have a better look.) Sorry for the terrible light in the picture above. I promise I will get better lights for future pictures.

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So what do you guys think? 🙂

DIY: red Easter eggs with Kool-Aid

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I don’t drink Kool-aid. I know it is delicious because I tried it as a kid. My current situation is that I can’t have any food coloring because it can trigger migraines but even if it didn’t I would not drink it. But this is not a post about if Kool-aid is healthy or not. This is a post that gives you a nice-smelling Easter egg dye. You can use any color you like but remember the stronger the color the brighter the egg dye.

The instructions are really simple. Boil your eggs, let them cool. Pour a packet of Kool-aid inside your bowl of choice with cold water and a drop of vinegar. Put the boiled egg inside and wait two to three minutes per egg. I used a bowl big enough for four eggs at a time. Let dry.

Things to consider:

-If it’s not bright enough pour another pack of Kool-aid and let sit for another minute or two.

-At first they will look orange. Don’t panic, as they dry they get red.

-They will smell amazing.

-Careful with your fingers, try to use some plastic gloves if you have them. (I didn’t and my fingers looked like I had a first degree burn. Not nice).

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Neon hair: bright pink ends

Ok, so here is the deal: I went crazy when I saw this trend last year. I am aware that it is not everybody’s cup of tea.

Todays inspiration is for the little rebels out there that think this look is fun. Let me tell you that if you like the look but are afraid of a permanent change, there is always pink hair chalk and semi-permanent looks. (Am I convincing or what?)

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I wanted a fun twist to my blonde ombre so I bought some pink dye and went for it…at home. I was terrified but excited. I knew that the worst thing that could happen was me not liking it so I would top it with brown dye and go back to normal.(Considering I could also go bald).

My attempt was successful. I did like it…for a while. I kept it for three months, had fun with it and eventually went back to my last look. Got it off my system.

Here is a picture I took last October of my new pink dip dyed hair (see how smart I am that I did it near Halloween? Just in case.)

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As easy as it gets: jar decor

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The first time I found this tutorial on Pinterest, I was obsessed and made tons of golden jars. Since my apartment was resembling a jar store, I baked miniature cookies and put them inside as gifts for friends. Smart right? I have a few at home where I store my craft buttons and other different small items.

You will need:

– Gold spray paint (or any other color you like)

– Glue gun

– A jar with a lid

– Plastic little animals (I used an old Barbie’s teddy bear)

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Glue the plastic animal to the lid and spray paint.

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There you go: fun and useful.

potecito 3(Just so you know, the turquoise frame behind the jar is now gold. Yup, more spray paint.)

 

Let us shine: statement necklace inspiration

I’ve realized that I have a tons of extremely big necklaces. They are a wonderful piece that can change a simple outfit to a fabulous one. If you are going to wear a big necklace be sure you keep your earrings to a minimum, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree.

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I usually post links for you to find the product online (you are welcome), but this week I am going to change things a little and share with you some tutorials on how to make your own fabulous necklace.

1) Neon statement

2) Here you can find tons of ideas

3) Brass necklace

Let’s master them: useful beauty tutorials

Don’t we all love when we find a tutorial on a certain beauty trick we didn’t completely master? Well we all know it’s a fantastic feeling. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to that. Today I will share my favorite ones with you.

1) Master the oh-so-loved smoky eye from this blogger. Photo thanks to “Signed by Tina”.

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2) How to contour and highlight tutorial from “Once Wed”  here

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3) Dry shampoo recipe here. This recipe from “Small home big start” is one of my favorites. I keep a small jar and a brush near my vanity for second day hair. 

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4) I love ballet fashion and this trend was one that stuck with me after the ballet days. I find it as a smart idea for bad hair days. Thanks to “Made in Pretoria” for this tutorial. 

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5) No curling iron? Well good news…you can curl your hair with a flat-iron! Thanks to “The fixation files” for this how-to

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(All photos belong to the blogger stated in each tip)

Did you find this helpful?