DIY Wrapped Beach Dress

It has been POURING cats and dogs all week in Hawaii.  So, in my dreaming for beach weather back, here is one of the simplest yet most awesome clothing DIYs ever—the Wrapped Beach Dress, via a pair & a spare.

via a pair & a spare

 

This would be really cute for beach days!  Especially if you’re in Waikiki–then you can jump into the ocean and wrap yourself up stylishly before grabbing a bite to eat or doing some quick shopping.   I usually just slip on a tank and a pair of shorts after the water so I’ll be on the hunt for a cute wrap so that I can change things up.  Thanks a pair & a spare!

I absolutely love these sarongs by Borneo Batikcraft

Borneo Batikcraft

Borneo Batikcraft

Borneo Batikcraft

Borneo Batikcraft

 

Something Blue: Topaz Earrings

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

I think I’m going to start with something…blue.  So far, I’ve seen people sew cute little blue hearts into their dresses, paint their nails blue, wear awesome blue shoes…  I don’t know.  Those aren’t really me…

But any of these Blue Topaz Earrings definitely are!  I probably won’t be able to pull these off anyway, since my color is green, but a girl can dream, right?

PS: Topaz is the birthstone for November, am I right?  So lucky!  I love your birthstone way better than mine. D:

Blue Topaz Earrings in 18K Gold – RockRhapsody

Blue Yellow Gold Topaz Drop Earrings – JudyGallery

 

Blue Topaz Earrings with Silver Petal Accents – LiliaNashJewellery

 

Cluster Pearl and Blue Topaz Earrings – LillyputLaneDesignCo

 

Blue Topaz Briolette Earrings in Sterling Silver – Jeweljunke

September 2013 Birchbox – Anniversary Edition

September marks the 3rd anniversary for Birchbox, which I think is pretty awesome!  Birchbox was one of the first subscription box services I ever heard of and I’m so glad that I decided to try it out.  I really enjoy getting interesting beauty products in the mail each month, it’s an awesome pick-me-up!    This is what I got this month:

1. Ruffian Nail Lacquer
2. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel
3. Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo
4. Beauty Protector Protect & Condition
5. Soak Rinse Free Wash

I first thought, “Meh….” but changed it to a “Mm, not bad,” as I looked at the items a little closer.

I’m still using a Beauty Protector Product–the Protect & Detangle Leave-in Conditioner and it. is. GREAT.  It protects my hair, gives it have a wonderful smell, and I gives me soft,weightless locks that swish around ALL DAY.  Can you tell I’m a big fan?  I’m pretty sure that I’ll like the shampoo and conditioner but I can’t see myself buying these products.  I tend to buy my hair products at Costco…(especially because I know B uses my shampoo.  But not the conditioner so it runs out unevenly.  *SIGH*)

But, peels!  I welcome skincare with open arms.  (Does anyone know of a skincare sample program?  I’d definitely be interested!)  I’ve liked most of the things I’ve tried from Juice Beauty, especially the fruity products.  They’re so refreshing!

And yep.  Soak Rinse Free Wash.  That’s laundry detergent, but the extremely gentle kind.  I will test this out with all of my random/delicate lace pieces.  I can’t see myself buying this either but maybe I’ll fall in love and buy this in large quantities?  We’ll see.

PS: Have you guys been reviewing your products at the end of each month for Birchbox points?  I’ve racked up almost enough for new eye cream!

September 2013 NatureBox – Discovery Box

My first Naturebox came in the mail. 😀  Hurray!

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Tah-dah!  Every month, NatureBox can send you 5 nutritionist approved snacks that taste great!  These snacks are all made without high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors/colors, and trans fat.  If you’re like me and are looking for less processed snack options, this box might be a good fit for you.   So far, I’m loving it!  This month, I got–

1.  Lemon Tea Biscuits

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I absolutely love that these cookies are bite-sized—it really does help with portion control.   These cookies have just enough buttery and lemon-y flavor to make them delicious and not too heavy.   I’ve been popping 3 or 4 of these babies after lunch to finish off with something tasty but not too sweet.

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Calgel Nails – A Review

I know Calgel has been around for a while but I just tried it for the first time! Here’s what mine looked like–

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What is Calgel?  It’s a gel that is painted on your nails like a polish then cured by a UV light.  The main reason why I wanted to try Calgel is because the I’ve been having issues with my nails tearing.  The gel is supposed to protect your nails against breakage and it’s not supposed to lift, peel, chip, or go rubbery.  Its also supposed to last for weeks!

After oogling pictures of beautiful nails at local nail salons, I decided to go with a Japanese salon because they are known for their cute embellishments and meticulousness! I ended up choosing a pink design with glitter and a cute bow on my ring finger.  My technician shaped my nails, cleaned up my cuticles, then started painting the gel on.  The gel was cured under a UV light and I could feel a warming sensation from the chemical reaction but it wasn’t unpleasant, just different.  After the clear coats, she applied some glitter and applied each of the larger pieces of glitter by hand.  YES.  INDIVIDUALLY.  The bow is a little charm that was rather expensive but reusable!  (She said it was like jewelry)  It’s stuck on by several extra layers of Calgel on that nail.  Overall, it took an entire hour.

This is wear and tear after a week–

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My first impressions of Calgel are that it’s AWESOME!  Why?  Because it was–
– Super low maintenance.  No chipping or peeling.
– Lasts forever!
– My nails were protected against breakage and tearing
– Cute design!  I got lots of compliments. 🙂

However, I do think there are cons to having Calgel done.   Mainly that it was–
– EXPENSIVE.  My set was $60+, not including tip.  (The little bow charm was extra)
– A little bit tricky to remove, may make thin nails

After 3 and a half weeks, I took the Calgel off.  The removal process worked like this–the technician sands the top of the gel so that it’s kind of rough and then soaks your fingers in a clear liquid called “Calaway,” which is made to ‘lift off’ Calgel nails.  The liquid is cold but you feel the same warming sensation all over your fingers!  It took me by surprise but it wasn’t that unpleasant.  Then, the technician sands off whatever else is left.  That’s it, you’re done!

Afterwards, I felt that my nails were thinner then usual.  This might just be me, especially because my nails aren’t the strongest to begin with.

Overall, would I do it again?  …Maybe.

– Yes!!!  No nail peeling and really pretty nails, especially for special occasions

– No.  A bit expensive to upkeep and I prefer my nails short.

I trimmed my set after two weeks and got scolded–you’re supposed to wait until the refill to trim.  Otherwise, you could damage the gel with clippers.  Oops!