Friday, July 25, 2014

Slipshod Alterations and Vintage Mod Minis

Outfit details:
Ray-Ban #5226 glasses
modified vintage dress
Cole Haan "Pinch Penny" loafers (c/o Cole Haan) 
perfect Miku (c/o unicorns and rainbow magic)

I got this vintage housecoat the day before we went on our road trip, and in my utter lack of patience I decided to bring it with me. That wouldn't be much of an issue, except it required quite a bit of reworking - it was much longer and wider than I wanted. I wanted it to be less of an oversized housecoat and more of a mod mini, but I also wanted to get more than a couple of hours of sleep. So, I did a slipshod alteration job in a matter of ten or fifteen minutes, ripping seams and sewing hems without bothering to pin or measure. Despite the fact that it looks like the hem doesn't line up, it actually (and surprisingly) does, at least more so than the pictures let on. It's far from perfect but until I feel like pulling out the seam ripper and redoing it, it will work! Now, I just have to finish the rest of my "to mend" pile, which grew from one basket to two. I'll get around to it, one of these days...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Five Things About Me

It's time for another five random things about me (see the last post here). Please share some random things about yourselves, in the comments! I would love to know more about you all.

1) There is no food I hate more than water chestnuts. I've always disliked them, but I have a really bad memory related to them that makes them even worse.

2) When I was little, I had three names picked out for any future horses I would get: Aurora, Maleficent, and Merrylegs. Aurora and Maleficent would have preferably been Arabian mares, Saddlebreds, or National Show Horses (a mix of the two) - light and dark, respectively. Merrylegs would have been a Shetland pony, because they're adorable. Clearly I wasn't too creative, because those names come from Sleeping Beauty and Black Beauty. It didn't matter, because all of our horses already had names when we got them. And they were none of the breeds I mentioned (though Spanky was Anglo-Arab), but I couldn't possibly have loved any other horses quite as much as I loved them.

3) Much to my mom's chagrin, I used to refuse to get pedicures. The idea of anyone touching my feet kind of freaked me out; it wasn't because of being ticklish (I'm not ticklish, at all) but because I'm prone to ingrown toenails and also because I just have weird anxiety issues about new, unknown territory. I was forced to get one because of a shoot (about four years ago), and realized that they're the best thing in the world. What was I thinking?

4) I used to ride my purple Huffy bike around my block and play "Maneater" by Hall and Oates on my walkman, over and over. Keep in mind that this was a tape, so it required me to stop and rewind it whenever the song ended. I thought I was so cool...and I totally was. I wasn't allowed to go past my block, so I basically lived my life in a small, continuous loop.

5) One of my cats, Kitty Boos, sleeps on my shoulder with his face resting on mine. He wakes me up by purring very loudly, burying his head under my neck, and licking my face. It's really cute, and also really difficult to breathe, sometimes. Thanks for the smothering love, Boobear!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Makeup Monday: Watermelon Nail Tutorial

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(I used Kiss Nail Art Paints for the details)

It seems as though lately, I've been having a bit of a fruit obsession. From my strawberry nail tutorial to my new watermelon dress and watermelon clutch, I've got a bit of a theme going - so I figured I would top it off with another nail tutorial. It all started when I got a manicure, with my niece. Less than 24 hours later, the tips were already starting to chip, so I decided to give them a little makeover and make them into watermelons. Here's how to do it:

1) Start with red nails.

2) Paint the tips white.

3) Paint a skinnier stripe of green at the very tips.

4) Use black polish to paint the seeds. That's it!

It doesn't have to be perfect (clearly, mine aren't) but if you're a perfectionist or don't have a very steady hand, try using these french manicure guides for the green and white tips, and a nail dotting tool for the seeds. Have fun!