DIY Makeup Brush Roll-Up

I’ve been wanting to make my own makeup brush roll, but wasn’t able to find fabric that I loved. Then thanks to Pinterest (as usual), I saw that people were making roll-ups for their makeup brushes using placemats…YES! Genius, the edges are already finished and the place mats typically have some type of structure to them. So off to Pier1 Imports I headed to find a fun placemat, and goodness they had quite the selection. It was hard for me to decide, but I went with my faves teal and coral. This is a super easy project and took me about 30-45 minutes to make from start to finish. Enjoy!

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MATERIALS

  • Standard placemat
  • Coordinating thread
  • 1/2 yard coordinating ribbon
  • Makeup brushes

INSTRUCTIONS

  • With the right side of the fabric laying face down, fold up three inches from the bottom and pin.
  • Fold your ribbon in half and tuck the folded edge into the left side of the folded up placemat.
  • Sew the left and ride side of your placemat along the edge to create a “pocket”.

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  • Next lay out your makeup brushes on top of your fabric to decide how many pockets you’ll need. Then measure your pockets, making sure to leave a bit of room on each side for seam allowance, so that the brushes will slide in/out easily. I used 3, 2 and 1 inch pockets.

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  • Sew a straight line where you’ve pinned each pocket from the opening of your fold down to the crease .
  • The final step is to roll your brushes up, tie the ribbon in a bow, decide the appropriate length of your ribbon, and snip of the remaining ribbon “tails”.

Good luck! I hope you enjoy this quick and easy project as much as I did. Let me know if you have any questions about the project.

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DIY Red, White & Blue Dress

Happy 4th of July, y’all! In the spirit of Independence Day, I thought I’d share with y’all a little DIY post on making your own red, white & blue dress. I was inspired by this dress that I saw on Pinterest. After I made this maxi dress, I figured I could make this red, white and blue dress, but with a shorter skirt … so I did. And well, if you don’t want to be all decked out like an American flag then you could really make this dress using any color and pattern combination of your choosing.

Here’s a little preview pic of the final product …

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MATERIALS 

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  • Favorite tank top :: 1 inexpensive tank top. Keep in mind that you’ll only use the top portion of the tank top so what it looks like on the bottom and the length doesn’t really matter. I purchased this one from Old Navy for under $8.
  • Fabric :: Enough fabric to wrap around yourself twice about 2-3 yards. I used a cotton fabric from JoAnn’s.
  • Elastic ::  2 inch wide white elastic
  • Thread :: Thread to match the fabric for our dress. You don’t need coordinating thread for your tank top.
  • Additional Materials :: Safety pins, straight pins, large/extra large safety pins, scissors, measuring tape, iron and sewing machine

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash your tank and fabric :: It’s always best to wash and dry your fabric before you start any project.
  • Cut your tank top :: Try on your tank top, mark a line and add about 1/2-1 inch below for seam allowance. Take off the tank top and cut along this line. For the maxi look, I marked my cut line just above my belly button.

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  • Cut the skirt :: Wrap the fabric for the skirt 1 and a 1/2 times around your waist where you want the skirt part of your dress to start.  Cut off the remaining fabric.

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  • Sewing the skirt :: Fold the skirt fabric in half with right sides facing each other, pin the edges and sew up the long side. Once complete, you’ll be left with a big “tube”.

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  • Creating a waistband :: With the fabric still with the right sides still facing each other, fold down the top edge of the skirt about 3 inches and pin along the way to create a tunnel for the elastic.  Be sure that you leave about a 2-3 inch opening where you don’t pin so that you can work your elastic through the waistband after sewing. Now sew along the edge of your fold to create the tunnel all the way around your skirt. Remember again to leave a 2-3 inch opening that you don’t sew at this point.

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  • Cinching it up :: Place the large safety pin on one end of your elastic. Slowly begin to weave the safety pin into the tunnel you created at the top of your skirt. Keep in mind that you don’t want to lose your elastic inside the tunnel, so be sure to hold on to the end of your elastic as you make your way around your skirt. Once you’ve got the elastic through the entire tunnel, use safety pins to hold the elastic in place on at both openings. Now, turn the skirt right sides out and put the skirt on, and hold up to where you want it to start. Remove one of the safety pins and begin gently pulling the elastic to cinch the waistline to your designed fit. Note that you’ll need to make sure you leave enough room to get the skirt on and off over your head. Once you have your desired waistline created, pin the two sides of elastic together with a safety pin and take the skirt off. Turn the fabric so that the right sides are facing inward. Sew the elastic together at the point where you pinned and then cut any of the remaining elastic. Now you’ll want to sew close the entryway you left open to feed your elastic through.

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  • Adding the tank top :: Now you are ready to add your tank top to the skirt. With your skirt fabric still facing wrong sides out, slide your tank top in to the top hole of your skirt. Make sure your tank top is right sides out, and slide in so that the straps go in first. Line up the back of the tank top with the long side seam of your skirt. In other words, the long side seam that you created will be running down the back of your dress. Using your straight pins, begin to pin the cut edge of your tank top to your skirt just at the top of the waistband you created with the elastic. Start pinning at the back seam and back of your tank top, divide skirt edge and tank top edge into four equal parts, and pin to get equal distribution of gathers and for ease of sewing. Then sew the bottom of your tank top and top of your skirt (where you just pinned).
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  • Ready to hem :: You are so close to being finished! Now you’ll want to turn your dress right sides out and try it on. With the help of another person, hem your dress to the desired length using straight pins. Take off your dress, turn your fabric wrong sides together and sew your hemline. Trim any excess fabric.

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AND YOU’RE DONE!  One thing to note, hang your dress by folding it over a hanger instead of hanging by the straps, which will cause the tank top to stretch.

Here’s another pic of the dress in action at a Washington Nationals baseball game. That’s me, Teddy and my FSIL! You see, this dress can be worn other than on July 4th and still look cute. 

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Do you think y’all will try and make little number? If so, let me know if you have questions or comments!

Beauty Bogus or Girlie Genius

So I’ve got a few beauty, lifestyle and style products that I’m not convinced just yet that they are the most genius invention or totally bogus and not worth the money. Here goes, y’all give me your opinions, please.

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Eyelash Curler – Is this beauty tool really necessary? I used to use one, well only because my mom did. But after years of using one, and more often then not, pinching the skin of my eye lid, I threw the tool away. Since then, I’ve not bought another one, and honestly not missed the tool or the lengthening that this tool did or did not give my lashes. Recently, I’ve seen the eyelash curler on several lists of must-have beauty tools. Which got me thinking, do I need to be using one of these. Will I have long, gorgeous, noticeably different lashes as a result. You weigh in, do you use one? Do I need to add this back to my daily routine?

Daily Lemon Water Cleanse – Lately I’ve read several posts online about drinking a glass of warm lemon water each day. Like this one, this one and this one. I’m just not sure I believe it. I guess this is one of those try it and see if you notice a difference. I don’t have the best track record maintaining any type of healthy habit. So the odds aren’t in my favor for me trying this long enough to see results. Does anyone drink a glass of lemon water each morning and notice a difference? Is it going to make me gag? I already gag when I take my daily vitamin, blah!

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BeautyBlender – Apparently this ergonomically designed make-up sponge is the best thing since sliced bread. The claim is that this tool gives you a flawless, airbrushed look with your foundation. Really, a pink sponge that costs $19.95 is going to make my skin foundation look airbrushed? What do I know? I use BareMinerals foundation, no sponge needed there. Anyone out there use this BeautyBlender? Is there a reason to jump on the bandwagon?

Are there any beauty, style or household products that you think are completely bogus or genius?

I Hate Clothes Shopping

You read that right, I hate clothes shopping (and no, Mom you can’t disagree with this statement). I don’t know what it is about shopping that I’m starting to loath. Lately (or probably for longer than I’d like to admit), I just don’t like shopping because …

  • I’m not happy with my body – I’m not overweight, but I’m not in shape. I carry my weight well, but I don’t workout at all and therefore, as I like to describe it…I’ve got things strategically placed so that I look “thin”.
  • I’m a frugal monster – Or call it cheap. I just don’t want to spend the money. Or better yet, when I am ready to spend money on clothes, it never fails, I can’t find a darn thing.
  • I’m style blind – Since I got married and bought a house, it seems as if all fashion sense that my pre-married self had has gone out the window. Unless the items are on the same rounders at the store together, I can’t manage to put an outfit together to save my life.
  • Too tall – I’m almost 6 ft tall and finding clothes in-store is discouraging. What some stores consider “tall” or “long” aren’t long enough for me. And most stores, if I’m lucky and they carry clothes for tall women, they only carry pants, not tops. It’s as if they think we have these freakishly long legs, but regular arm and torso lengths. There’s always the option to shop online, but the hassle of wondering if it’ll fit, be too big, bla bla bla is too much for me.
  • Dressing room lights and mirrors – No explanation needed.

I love the idea of clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. But when it comes down to actually having to go out and buy these things, I hate the process. What’s a girl to do about this? I need clothes for work and play. Can’t the magic shopping fairy show up at my door with new clothes, preferably already paid for by the Bank of Magic Shopping Fairy so that I don’t have to deal with this anymore? A girl can wish.

Anyone else out there in the land of females feel the same about shopping? Any recovery tips for getting over this love-hate relationship I have with clothes shopping?

Bella Luna – Boutique Beauty

I love little boutiques, and one of my faves is Bella Luna located at the Rehobeth Beach boardwalk. I stumbled upon this shop last summer and now look forward to each visit to peruse the lovely little things that this tiny boutique has to offer. Last month on our visit to the beach, I only had a little time to walk through my favorite store, but during my short visit I found a laundry list of things that I’d love to have. Here are a few of the lovelies at Bella Luna…

And they don’t just have fabulous jewelry, they have home accessories, clothing and more! How about these cutie-patootie place card or picture holder…adorable, right?!

If you’re ever on the Eastern Shore and on Rehobeth’s boardwalk, be sure to make a stop in to Bella Luna. You won’t regret it, promises. Now I didn’t purchase anything on this visit, not enough time in the store to make a decision. You can bet your sweet tushes that I’ll be planning an extended trip to Bella Luna the next time I’m at the shore.

DIY Maxi Dress

Well lovelies, after many teaser posts and pictures, I’ve finally got it together and am ready to unveil my first DIY maxi dress project. For starters, my FSIL and I pinned this maxi dress on Pinterest as our inspiration and modified these instructions to make our dresses.

I must apologize up front, for not taking a lot of step-by-step pictures. Sorry! I was intimidated by the project, the lack of pattern and without my mom there for guidance (she’s an incredible sewer and quilter). DIY ultimate FAIL, I know! Next time, I promise…this was just a little intense.

MATERIALS

  • Favorite tank top :: 1 inexpensive tank top. Keep in mind that you’ll only use the top portion of the tank top so what it looks like on the bottom and the length doesn’t really matter. We purchased ours from Target for under $8.
  • Fabric :: Enough fabric to wrap around yourself twice about 2-3 yards. We used a cotton fabric from JoAnn’s.
  • Thread :: Thread to match the fabric for our dress. You don’t need coordinating thread for your tank top.
  • Elastic :: 1/4 inch wide white elastic
  • Additional Materials :: Safety pins, straight pins, large/extra large safety pins, scissors, measuring tape, iron and sewing machine (duh!)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash your tank and fabric :: It’s always best to wash and dry your fabric before you start any project.
  • Cut your tank top :: Try on your tank top, mark a line and add about 1/2-1 inch below for seam allowance. Take off the tank top and cut along this line. For the maxi look, I marked my cut line just above my belly button.

  • Cut the skirt :: Wrap the fabric for the skirt 1 and a 1/2 times around your waist where you want the skirt part of your dress to start.  Cut off the remaining fabric.

  • Sewing the skirt :: Fold the skirt fabric in half with right sides facing each other, pin the edges and sew up the long side. Once complete, you’ll be left with a big “tube”.
  • Creating a waistband :: With the fabric still with the wrong sides facing out, fold down the top edge of the skirt about 1/2 inch and pin along the way to create a tunnel for the elastic.  Be sure that you leave about a 2-3 inch opening where you don’t pin so that you can work your elastic through the waistband after sewing. Now sew along the edge of your fold to create the tunnel all the way around your skirt. Remember again to leave a 2-3 inch opening that you don’t sew at this point.
  • Cinching it up :: Place the large safety pin on one end of your elastic. Slowly begin to weave the safety pin into the tunnel you created at the top of your skirt. Keep in mind that you don’t want to lose your elastic inside the tunnel, so be sure to hold on to the end of your elastic as you make your way around your skirt. Once you’ve got the elastic through the entire tunnel, use safety pins to hold the elastic in place on at both openings. Now, turn the skirt right sides out and put the skirt on, and hold up to where you want it to start. Remove one of the safety pins and begin gently pulling the elastic to cinch the waistline to your designed fit. Note that you’ll need to make sure you leave enough room to get the skirt on and off over your head. Once you have your desired waistline created, pin the two sides of elastic together with a safety pin and take the skirt off. Turn the fabric so that the right sides are facing inward. Sew the elastic together at the point where you pinned and then cut any of the remaining elastic. Now you’ll want to sew close the entry way you left open to feed your elastic through.
  • Adding the tank top :: Now you are ready to add your tank  top to the skirt. With your skirt fabric still facing wrong sides out, slide your tank top in to the top hole of your skirt. Make sure your tank top is right sides out, and slide in so that the straps go in first. Line up the back of the tank top with the long side seam of your skirt. In other words, the long side seam that you created will be running down the back of your dress. Using your straight pins, begin to pin the cut edge of your tank top to your skirt just at the top of the waistband you created with the elastic. Start pinning at the back seam and back of your tank top, divide skirt edge and tank top edge into four equal parts, and pin to get equal distribution of gathers and for ease of sewing. Then sew the bottom of your tank top and top of your skirt (where you just pinned).
  • Ready to hem :: You are so close to being finished! Now you’ll want to turn your dress right sides out and try it on. With the help of another person, hem your dress to the desired length using straight pins. Take off your dress, turn your fabric wrong sides together and sew your hemline. Trim any excess fabric.
  • Belt it up :: The last step of your maxi dress is to make a coordinating belt using the extra fabric. Measure your fabric around your waist where the skirt and tank top meet and cut to the desired length. Determine the width of your belt, double this amount and cut off any remaining fabric. Pin right sides together along the long edge and one of the short edges and sew. Turn the fabric right side out and gently fold the raw edge of the fabric on the remaining open end inward, pin and sew. AND YOU’RE DONE!  One thing to note, hang your dress by folding it over a hanger instead of hanging by the straps, which will cause the tank top to stretch.
All-in-all this DIY maxi dress was pretty easy. In fact, I have plans to make a shorter version very soon, similar to this dress for the fourth of July! Don’t worry, my second DIY sewing project will include more pictures!
Do you think y’all will try and make this maxi dress? If so, let me know if you have questions or comments!

Target Trend :: The Webster Collection

I can’t walk into a Target without browsing the clothes section, and recently I stumbled upon the new Webster collection and have fallen in love.  The looks are so classic and the colors are adorable melons, greens and navy blues for a chic summer look.  Here are a few of the looks that I’m loving for work and play.

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This is my first piece from the Webster Collection. The fabric is very forgiving and so soft.  I can dress it up with wedges for work or dress down for an afternoon of shopping with some cute sandels.  Thanks Target for adding affordable, adorable styles to my summer wardrobe.