Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY Gift Guide :: Kiddos

As the holidays approach, we are all thinking about how we can show the people in our lives that we appreciate them. We all know that I love to DIY, and putting effort into creating a handmade gift always means so much. Every week until Christmas, I'll be posting a DIY gift guide with ideas for things you can create that people actually want.
This week, I found so many fun ideas for things to make for kids! Boys or girls, toddlers or almost pre-teens, there are so many cool tutorials for the little bambinos. When I was a kid, my favorite gifts were either books, or things I could DIY. If you are gifting an older child, you might consider just giving them the materials and letting them create for themselves! Whether you're making gifts for your own kids, or for someone else's (Or even yourself! There are some really cool ideas!), there is something here for all of the little angels in your life.

1. Tee Pee's can provide hours of fun, whether it be a home base for imaginative adventures, or a sweet reading nook. [tutorial]

2. I loved playing dress up with my dolls when I was little. If you can do some simple sewing, follow THIS tutorial to create a doll that looks just like the little girl she'll be gifted to. [tutorial]

3. These homemade bath crayons look like so much fun! Pair them with a rubber ducky, a bottle of bubble bath, and a terry-cloth robe to make the next bath time one they will look forward to! [tutorial]

4. This I-Spy Bottle is a great way to keep a kiddo occupied and quiet, and the little treasures can be changed out every now and then to keep things interesting! [tutorial]

5. Print THESE free paper dolls on card stock, and put them in a small box or repurposed tin with some scissors. [source]

6. Create a science experiment kit! Pick up some simple materials and a bucket to keep them in, print off THESE experiment directions, and let the kids have at it! Bonus points for being educational, as well ;) [tutorial]

7. This Glitter Flubber stuff is just awesome. [tutorial]

8. Marshmallow Shooters are fun to give to your friends kids, and if you are daring, your own. Don't forget a bag of mini marshmallows to get the game started! [tutorial]
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For more DIY gift ideas, check out my DIY page and find more things to create for the wonderful people in your life. And this is the last one! I hope you enjoyed my DIY holiday gift guides!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Van

Photographer: Andrew Casey
Production: Nick Mansfield
Photo Assistant: Carlos Chavez
Wardrobe: Holeh Zargarian
Its hard to believe this photo shoot was an entire year ago. This shot was a one-off from a collection of "missed moments" that was never completed. We drove up a backroad mountain in San Marcos with a van borrowed from some guy that parks on Nick's street and ten bouquets of supermarket flowers. Teenagers kept driving through the background of our shot and hiking into the canyon to smoke weed. It took upwards of two hours to set up the shot, and then, once the sun began to set, we had about a ten minute window to get the perfect shot. And for some reason, I had Elton John's "Rocket Man" stuck in my head the entire time.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DIY Gift Guide :: Guys

As the holidays approach, we are all thinking about how we can show the people in our lives that we appreciate them. We all know that I love to DIY, and putting effort into creating a handmade gift always means so much. Every week until Christmas, I'll be posting a DIY gift guide with ideas for things you can create that people actually want.
This week, we're looking at gifts you can create for the hardest people to shop for-- the men in your life! Guys always seem to be the hardest to read, and the hardest to please, when it comes to presents. I've sifted through all of the Pinterest tackiness and rounded up a few things that your dad, brothers, man-friends, or boyfriend would actually use and love-- even more so if it was made by you!

1. This Jack Daniel's Soap Dispenser will rid your man of any excuses to run out of soap in his man cave bathroom! Use an empty bottle of his favorite liquor, and pair it with a gallon-sized bottle of refill soap. [tutorial]

2. Get the guy in your life to actually want to use coasters by creating these Natural Branch Coasters for his bachelor pad. [tutorial]

3. Help your man-friend make travel more convenient, and keep his side of the bathroom counter organized, with a dop kit. Use this tutorial to sew one yourself, or buy one and personalize it with his monogram. Go above and beyond by filling it with his man-scaping essentials and favorite toiletries. [source]

4. Put together this Guy's Survival Kit for your man to keep in his car. Use the this tutorial to sew your own, or use a simple pencil bag or toiletry case, and fill it with kleenex, hand sanitizer, mints, floss, or whatever else your dude might need in a pinch! [tutorial]

5. If you are feeling really ambitious, try building this Ammo Can Toolbox from scratch. I've also seen this done with tool and tackle boxes! [tutorial]
For more DIY gift ideas, check out my DIY page and find more things to create for the wonderful people in your life. And keep checking back for more DIY holiday gift guides!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

[diy inspiration] Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the decorations-- especially the beautiful Christmas trees, dressed up in majestic lights and colors. My family's tree is an eclectic mix of well-loved and meaningful ornaments, collected over time from my parent's first Christmas together until now. Our tree definitely shows our family's personality, but I love looking at the gorgeous perfectly-styled trees as well. I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY ornament tutorials for anyone looking to create a beautiful tree of their own.

Frosted Crystal Ornaments, by Sarah Barksdale Design
 This frosted ornament is super simple and so beautiful! Just roll a clear ornament in glue and then salt for a snowy crystal finish.
Rustic Macrame Ornament, by Decoholic
 I love the nautical feel of this macrame ornament! You could create so many styles depending on the ornament you use, or the kind of string you tie around it.
Mini Snow Globe Ornaments, by NoBiggie
 These bottle brush trees look so elegant surrounded by a pretty glitter snowfall. Change the bow or add beads to the glitter snow to match your Christmas decor.
Photo Ornament, by Fynes Design
 I love this twist on the classic keepsake photo ornament. Use two photos for a double-sided effect, or use the back to display the year and a message.
Paper Punch Snowflake Ornament, by The Ornament Girl
 This paper-punch ornament is really easy and inexpensive to make-- all you need are styrofoam balls, a snowflake paper punch, sequins, and straight pins. It would be a great project for older kids stuck inside during winter break.
Starry Night Glitter Ornament, by Colin Cowie
Paint simple ornament bulbs black and sprinkle just a little glitter, or use a toothbrush to splatter metallic paint, for a blinged-out look that isn't too over-the-top. The gold flecks will reflect the light and add shimmer to your tree!

Melted Crayon Ornaments, by One Cup at a Time
These melted crayon ornaments are another project that would be fun to do with kids! This is a great project if you want to create something more colorful, and is less messy than the "paint-drip"technique.
Gold Leaf Monogram Ornaments, by Sugar & Cloth
No inspiration post would be complete without some sort of monogram. Try this one with pretty gold leaf for a sophisticated look.
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Will you be trying out any of these DIY ornament's for your tree? Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

Friday, December 5, 2014

[crave or save] Snow Boots

Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots ($168), from J. Crew
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Merona Neida Winter Boots ($45), from Target

Ever since my trip to Arrowhead last winter, I've been dreaming about a pair of snow boots to give me an excuse to frolic around in the snow. As someone who is perpetually cold, faux-fur lined snow boots sound like heaven when its chilly outside, and as someone perpetually clumsy, the rubber soles sound like extra protection from potentially slipping and falling on my face. The Sorel version has much more attention to detail-- I especially love the hardware on each of the tabs, as well as the fact that there are tabs at the top of the boots to help you pull them on. While the Joan of Arctic's are gorgeous boots, the Target version doesn't fall far behind, mimicking the contract stitching, tabbed D-rings, and real leather upper and thermal rating.
As much as I love snow, we don't get much of it here in Southern California. I adore the Sorel boots, but I don't make the trek up to Big Bear enough to justify a big purchase. I do, however, love clothing that can keep me warm this time of year, so I know I would get some decent wear out of boots like this for days that I need something sturdier than my very old, very loved, and very floppy UGG boots. This time, I'll be choosing the bargain and hunting down these Merona boots on my next trip to Target!


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Do you live in a climate cold enough to justify snow boots? What's your top pick of warm-weather wear for chilly days?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DIY Gift Guide :: Best Girl Frannnds

As the holidays approach, we are all thinking about how we can show the people in our lives that we appreciate them. We all know that I love to DIY, and putting love and effort into creating a handmade gift always means so much. Every week until Christmas, I'll be posting a DIY gift guide with ideas for things you can create that people actually want. 
This week I'm starting with the lovely ladies! Whether its your mom, your sister, or your best girl frannnnnds, these pretty little things would be perfect to show any wonderful woman that you love having them in your life!

1. Print a sweet quote on card stock and use mod podge to add a little glitter. Frame your design to create a pretty accent for your BFF's bedroom. [source]

2. Recreate this adorable ring dish, originally inspired by one from Anthropologie. [tutorial]

3. Cover a large wooden or cardboard cutout of your friend's first initial with silk versions of their favorite flower to create a pretty monogram[source]

4. Bring out your inner chemist and whip up some homemade bath bombs in your bestie's favorite scent with THIS recipe. [tutorial]

5. Use jewelry glue and rhinestones to embellish a pair of gloves or a scarf and add a little bling to some lucky lady's life! [tutorial]

6. Gather everything a girl would need for the perfect mani-pedi, or some simple beauty products for a special day, and throw it all into a mason jar. Create a pretty label for a personal touch. These would be great to keep around for unexpected guests! [source]

7. Make a mini-emergency kit! Grab a small makeup bag, or repurpose and decorate a little tin box, and fill it with all the little things you wish you always had in your purse, like hand sanitizer, bobby pins, mints, tylenol, a nail file, etc. [source]

8. Add one more thing to your emergency kit with this super cute tutorial for emergency glitter pills that will brighten your friend's day with some sparkle! (Careful if your friend has a little one that might try to swallow them!) [tutorial]
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For more DIY gift ideas, check out my DIY page and find more things to create for the wonderful people in your life. And keep checking back for more DIY holiday gift guides!

Monday, December 1, 2014

insta love :: November

Finally ordered my new planner! I love the adorable "free gift with purchase" clamshell mirror!
I love the little bits of wisdom on the Yogi tea bag tags: "The greatest tool you have is to listen."
Date night at Karl Strauss in downtown San Diego.
Vintage striped blazer at Organized Grime.
So obsessed with these lifesavers! This is my second pair or etymotic research earplugs. I lost the first pair and finally replaced them!
Shameless selfie.
My favorite bartender likes to decorate my water :P
Too bad the Tazo teas don't have "wisdom" on their labels, but they're still just as good! Especially when you drink them while reading a sweet card from friends.
I didn't choose the snuggie life. The snuggie life chose me.
I love offsetting some of my integral photos! Keeps people on their toes!
Lots of pretty flowers this month! 1. Leftover blooms from one of my cheerleaders' moms after our first competition.
2. Mom's birthday flowers. 3. After mom's lilies finally bloomed.
Flowers always seem to make the days brighter.
and my "November Moments" compilation video…



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