Earth Month: Kiss My Face

Apr 16, 2014 | 3 Comments

I’ve been a fan of Kiss My Face since high school when I tried out one of their lip balms, solely because of the name. (I totally cheated on Lip Smackers at the time!!) Since then, I have been converted and always have one of the SPF lip balms on hand for my beach days.

I live for SPF products, just because I’ll burn to a crisp without them, but tend to be a bit lazy with sunscreen application because it takes so long to apply. This girl is a whole lotta fair skin! So, the spray versions of sunscreens have become my more recent go-to over the past few years. Kiss My Face has this rad “bare naked body mist” which is SPF 30, filled with natural mineral sun blocking agents and “Antioxidant Defenders” (Vitamin C/E, Green Tea, Goji Berry Extract, Aloe, Olive Oil, Shea Butter), plus is free of parabens and other artificial fragrances.

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The best part is spraying it on because it’s so light. It reminds me of the consistency of an aerosol hair spray because the particles are so small.

 

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Sunscreenin’

I keep it in my tote for on-the-go application when I’m outside at the farmers’ market or hiking in the hills. It also gives a pretty sheen right after application without feeling thick, goopy, or super greasy. If Kiss My Face was a person, I’d totally kiss their face.

Kiss My Face
www.kissmyface.com
Price – $1+
Varieties – lip balms, sunscreen, moisturizer, deodorant, and olive oil soaps.

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Bali Week: Miu Miu Starfish Sandals DIY

Apr 16, 2014 | 10 Comments

This was one of my favorite projects that I worked on while I was away! Because the weather was hot and humid (oh, how I miss that humidity now that I’m back…) I knew that I was going to be in sandals and flip flops the entire time and wanted to craft a snazzy pair for the beach. I’ve been obsessed with these fab Miu Miu sandals since seeing them a few years ago…

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Miu Miu Starfish Sandals

…and got all the supplies to DIY my own!

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(Ocean) Supplies!!

Supplies:

- A pair of metallic Old Navy sandals (they’re on sale for $15 now!!)

- A vial of gold glitter I grabbed at Joann’s

- Red felt

- Mod Podge

- A paper starfish pattern (I grabbed mine online, here)

- Rhinestones (This assortment is from Darice’s Big Bag of Bling, aka the best name ever!)

- E6000 (I used a travel size version)

I started out by tracing the starfish pattern onto the red felt. I pinned it to the felt to make it easier to trace.

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Starfish template

With my felt cut out…

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Felt is cut!

…it was time to glitter bomb the starfish!!

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Time for glitter & Mod Podge

I painted a layer of Mod Podge to the felt piece, trying to leave a bit of red trim free from the adhesive to match the trim on the original pair. Then I poured on the glitter and “painted” it to the top of the felt.

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Glue and drizzle

I made three layers of the glittery/Mod Podge mixture (letting them dry a smidge in-between, just so I could see the spots where more glitter needed to be put) on the starfish and then let them sit overnight to fully dry.

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3rd coat!

Not such a bad view from the drying spot!

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PS, I was crafting on that little cushion right outside my door. Kind of a dreamy little spot to be creative!

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Nap Time!

Once the glitter/Mod Podge was completely dry, it was time to affix the rhinestones! I pulled a stash of big and little oval and circle shapes from my bag o’bling…

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Time to add the stones!

…and figured out a pattern that would cover the starfish best. I started to glue down my stones one by one until they were all attached.

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Travel sized glue!

Not too shabby!! It’s getting there!!

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Matching the original pair!

I let my stones dry for a few hours and then stitched the starfish to the top of the sandals. I stitched the top point of the starfish to where the “T” strap begins at the ankle (in photo below) and then connected the two bottom points to the strap by the toes.

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Stitching to the sandal!

After my sandals were complete, it was time to take them for a spin!

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My new sandals!!

I think the essence of the original sandals are totally there. And quite a refreshing cost difference too, as the Miu Miu’s were priced at $585.

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View from the top!

I took these to the beach in Jimburon where a BBQ feast of grand proportions was en route.

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Sunset dreamin’

While waiting, I had to get an ear of grilled corn from a dude peddling them on the beach.

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Beachside corn!!

That corn was legit. Like so legit I want the beaches in Southern California to pick up this trend :)

Dinner arrived and included fish and the biggest prawns I’ve ever seen and calamari and veggies and rice and more veggies and dipping sauce and watermelon and Bintangs (Indonesian beer). It seemed to be never-ending yet so amazingly delicious. I was the best kind of full after this meal.

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Feast made for a king!

The sunset was golden and magical…

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As the sun sets…

…and so were my new shoes!!

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Bali Week: Miu Miu Starfish Sandals DIY Teaser

Apr 15, 2014 | No Comments

This was one of my favorite projects that I crafted while away in Bali!

I was obsessed with Miu Miu’s starfish sandals that came out a few years ago that I had to DIY a pair for myself!

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Working on some new vacation sandals!

Full tutorial to come later on today!!

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Bali Week: Patterned Tunic Remake

Apr 14, 2014 | 10 Comments

I’m back in the states after a most incredible excursion to Asia. The two weeks were packed full of activities, small day trips within Bali, flights to Thailand, and lots of food, photos, and fun. (Had to get the “f” alliteration in there!)

I’m in serious jet lag mode, but couldn’t be happier to have it because the trip was just one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It was my first venture to Asia and I can’t wait to return. This week will be a fun recap of what I did and what I made while I was away! Thanks to all of you for your patience in my lack of posts over the two weeks – I had a bunch of things that were scheduled in advance and ran, however my internet connection wasn’t always top-notch in some of the places that I was staying. This week will be chock full of awesome remakes and DIYs as I was crafting all along the way! (Here’s a few teaser shots on Instagram!)

Today’s piece was this awesome patterned tunic that I scored at a swap party before I left on my trip.

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BEFORE

I loved the purple and white color combo with the rust trim around the arms and neck…

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Can’t help it. Just. Have. To. Dance.

…but knew that I wouldn’t ever wear it being as long as it was with the high, open sides.

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The button is choking me!

The cotton was so thin that I knew it would make a perfect piece to bring along with me.

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Flip time!

Time to get rid of that extra fabric and turn this piece into something that I won’t want to take off!

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Eliza’s NDAD Creation

Apr 12, 2014 | 24 Comments

Eliza submitted something fabulous my way and it’s a dress that she got for free! I love remakes that come from situations like this. One person’s throwaway is another person’s brand new, gorgeous dress!  The color is so fantastic too! Check out what she did…

I worked as an RA my junior year of college and one of the other RA’s in my building was given a bunch of bridesmaid dresses by a student’s mother. After they floated around her hall for a while she asked me if I wanted any of them.

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BEFORE

My mom taught me to sew when I was ten-ish and now I make a lot of my skirts and dresses, but had yet to refashion anything. This dress was free and so I decided to go for it. 

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What to do??

See how Eliza’s new dress turned out…

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