lucky bandit: DIYs
Showing posts with label DIYs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIYs. Show all posts

Friday, September 09, 2016

DIY three ingredient scalp scrub

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We all know we're supposed to exfoliate to encourage blood flow and to remove dead skin cells and product buildup. I exfoliate a couple times a week, especially my face. What's one thing I always forget needs exfoliating, too? My scalp! Here's an easy DIY scalp scrub that only has three ingredients!

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You'll only need three things: coconut oil, coarse salt, and a lemon. Easy peasy.

I mixed about a half cup of coconut oil, 3-4 tablespoons of coarse salt, and the juice of one lemon together in a bowl with a lid. I crushed the salt a bit beforehand to make it easier to manage. Once it's all mixed together, here's a tip: I'd advise to do this in the shower or outside. It gets messy, especially if you have long hair. There was salt all over the place!

Dampen your hair, and just rub it into your scalp as you would a body scrub on your skin. Your scalp can be sensitive, so don't be too rough. I massaged it in for a few minutes, let it sit, then rinsed it out. You'll probably feel the coconut oil still in your hair, so if you want to let it moisturize for a while, leave it and shampoo later. Another plus to this scrub? It can be used as a body scrub! If you mix up a big batch you can do all of your exfoliating in one go.

The recipe can easily be altered to fit your needs. Swap out salt for sugar, or add tea tree oil, essential oils, or swap out coconut oil for something else. Just don't eat it!



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Saturday, July 25, 2015

thrifting vintage fashion tips

The "thrill of the hunt" is real! Do you thrift? Thrifting can have many rewards, both in the way of great deals and retail therapy. Heather from Spunky Real Deals, Ashley of Frugal Coupon Living and I teamed up to bring you some thrifted vintage posts this week!

If you're looking to start thrifting, here are some tips to get you started!

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You don't have to go to a vintage store or online to find great vintage pieces to add to your wardrobe. With a little time and patience, you can easily build your collection of vintage clothing and accessories at your local thrift store!

Here are some things I've learned:

Scope out local stores.

Chances are, you're probably surrounded by a lot of thrift stores, secondhand shops, or donation based stores. (If you're like me and not directly in the city, there are probably some within an easy driving distance.) The best times for clothing is around the change of seasons - people are cleaning out their closets. For vintage clothing, stores near elderly communities are usually more lucrative, as the clothing has normally been worn and just been replaced with newer styles.

Do a little research.

With a little studying, you'll be a vintage finding pro. Once you have a grasp of what to look for, it will be easier than ever to find items. Definitely check out The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping, it helped me a lot! Here are some basic tips I've picked up:


Get to know fabrics, structure, and colors.

Polyester was very popular for clothing of the vintage nature. Normally, this fabric can be picked out by eyeballing it. Thick knits, plasticky polyester, beaded and sequined pieces, and thin cotton fabrics can be picked out easily once you have the hang of it.

Older clothes weren't all made for "hanger look", meaning they were meant to look good worn, not on a hanger. The structuring is different. This one takes a bit of time to get the hang of, so really study photos and vintage pieces you may already have. Silver steel zippers are another thing - most newer items have plastic or colored zippers.

Colors can give away a piece as well, but since retro clothing has made a comeback, that's not always the giveaway it was. Once you've defined an era of which you're looking for clothing, you can usually get an idea of the colors that were popular then. I tend to float toward 70s styles, which have a lot of muted greens and purples, and rich oranges and reds.

Accessories are fairly easy to spot. Most of us know the styles of older bags, and I don't have many tips for those - I'll honestly say that I don't shop for vintage bags often, and I Google these mainly.


Check tags - and know their meaning.

Union tags are a fantastic giveaway for vintage clothing. You can find a list of union tags here for research on the different tags and how to identify the era the garment is from.

Designs on tags are often a big clue for vintage items - those kitschy, glittery, or retro looking one usually mean jackpot! A lot of times the tag in vintage items isn't at the back of the neck - be sure to check along the inner side seams!

Just like with any hobby, it takes time to learn something. Vintage fashion is no different, but can be easily learned!

Google is your friend.

If I'm in doubt of whether a piece is vintage, I instantly turn to Google. An item doesn't have to be vintage for me to buy it, but sometimes all I really want is to pick up older stuff.

Brand names can be gold. Normally, a quick search can tell you about the company in question and you can make a quick decision. If you're holding an item where the company is still around, it may take some quick sleuthing and clever keywords. Instead of 'brandx scarf' try 'brandx vintage scarf patterns' to quickly find older styles.

Location can give you a clue as well. I found a few Hawaiian shirts that were made in Hawaii - a quick search revealed they were true vintage, and in excellent condition.

Keep a list and have a goal.

Trying to find cigarette pants but keep forgetting when you get to the thrift store? Or a red scarf for the upcoming holidays but get distracted by the coats? Keep a list - just one in your phone will do.

I am guilty of this. I get so caught up in the search that I forget what I'm actually looking for. If I go in with a goal - say, a blue pencil skirt - I'll look for that first. If I don't find any (or do!), then I can resume my normal perusing.

A lot of thrift store tip guides will say to quickly scan the whole store for gems before really looking at racks. If that's how you want to do it, go for it! I personally take the 'fate' route. I'm a very habitual person. I start at one part of the store and make my way around. If I find something, great! I'm meant to have it. If someone snatches up something before I get there, I wasn't.

You don't have to wear everything.

There are so, so many uses for vintage clothing and accessories! Don't limit yourself to just wearing them. If you find a fantastically printed secretary dress that has a irreparable hole or stain but is in otherwise good condition, scoop it up! You can upcycle the fabric into a wall hanging (throw it in an embroidery hoop or staple it over a canvas!) or sewing project. That skirt's too big? Refashion it! If you find a skirt for $4 but it's a few sizes too big, you'll still have less in the garment with tailoring than if you bought one new, and most likely a one of a kind piece.

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Finding vintage items can take some time to perfect, but it's a rewarding and interesting experience. You're finding history! With every piece you'll fall more in love with the eras from which the clothing came. Have fun with it!

Be sure to check out Heather's thrifting vintage fashion post (what a great dress!) at Spunky Real Deals, along with Ashley's vintage inspired post (love those pumps!) over at Frugal Coupon Living!

Monday, February 09, 2015

guest post: mia @ the chronicles of chaos - how to unwind

Today I'm happily welcoming fellow Virginia blogger Mia from The Chronicles of Chaos to the blog! She has a fantastic guest post on unwinding for everyone. Take it away, Mia!

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Hi everyone! I'm Mia from The Chronicles of Chaos. I'm a self-proclaimed nerd extraordinaire and blog about books, writing, and life in general. Katelyn was kind enough to let me invade her blog today, so thank you, Katelyn! :)

I want to talk to you today about unwinding. Goodness, these days it seems like we're always moving at the speed of light, doesn't it? The hustle and bustle of every day with work, significant others, pets, blogs, trying to eat clean and work out - I'm exhausted just thinking about it all! With our busy lives, sometimes we lose sight of how important it is to slow down and take care of ourselves and recharge. Without further ado, here are 5 Ways to Unwind.



Read a book.
OK, so I already told you I was a book nerd, so this shouldn't come as a big surprise. Sitting down to read a book, even if it's during your lunch break or before you go to bed, can help you relax. So pick up that book that's been on your shelf for months and dig in. If you need any recommendations, I bet I could help you out!

Take a bath.
I don't know about you, but there's nothing more relaxing than a nice soak in a warm bubble bath. Or maybe you're more a bath oil or bath bomb person - whatever floats your boat. Maybe light some scented candles. Drink a glass of wine, even. And just sit and let your aches and pains and stresses melt away.

Listen to music.
One of my favorite ways to unwind is to listen to some mellow, laidback music and relax. I like to lie in bed and close my eyes and sing along. Something about comforting music just makes me feel right at home.

Enjoy nature. 
Go to the park and find a bench and just take in some fresh air. Look at the birds and squirrels. People watch. Or take a leisurely walk around your neighborhood. Even just sitting outside in your backyard can be relaxing.

Take a nap.
I realize this sounds overly simplistic, but really - sometimes the best way to unwind is to take a nap. A power nap, a long nap, whatever. Your body needs to recharge every once in a while. And when you wake up, you'll feel so much better!

Anyway, I hope you utilize one of these methods of relaxation and feel refreshed! If you have some tips to share, leave a comment below! And thanks again to Katelyn for letting me "borrow" her blog for a bit. :) Feel free to come visit me anytime! Ciao!

-Mia


The Chronicles of Chaos

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

diy t-shirt dog toy

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First, let me say that I did not create this DIY. I just want to show you my version. For the original tutorial, check out She Knows. I thought this was a great, quick little DIY for those old t-shirts and tennis balls that most dog parents inevitably have lying around.

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You'll need a few supplies. I grabbed this t-shirt out of our donate bin, my fabric scissors (these babies cut fabric like a hot knife in butter), and an old tennis ball that was under the tv stand (yeah, that's how we roll in our house).

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Make a few simple cuts. You'll end up with a super crop top and some fabric tubes. Unless you want to rock said crop top, toss it, and cut your tubes so they're strips.

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"Ma! Pet me! Why are you paying more attention to that t-shirt?"

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

This part is especially hard if you have a tennis ball fiend and an attention lover at your side. Kaine stole the ball twice and Jeffery kept walking all over everything trying to get me to pet him. After you have your strips, make an X and wrap the tennis ball in them and secure with your little piece of fabric. I wrapped this a little differently and wrapped three times, made a knot, wrapped it opposite and made another knot, then triple knotted it again on the opposite side.

You'll end up with little tails - make a few cuts, braid them, snip the ends, and you're all set!

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

Kaine is our resident toy enthusiast. He loved it.

**Remember to always watch your pets with any toy you give them. If any part of a toy is tattered, broken, or coming apart, throw the toy away.

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