Monday, August 25, 2014

DIY | Magnetic Wood Frame

I'm moving into my new apartment soon so I've been looking for some non-permanent ways to decorate the walls. Problem is, I get bored easily and can never settle on just one piece of wall art hanging there for a long period of time. I came up with this minimalist magnetic wood frame (made out of wooden paint stir sticks!) so you'll be able to change up your art, print, or poster as often as you want!


Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY | Leather Phone Strap

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you courtesy of Endlessleather.com. I received samples of their products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by their company. 

This is my third tutorial for Endlessleather.com! If you missed out on the last two Endlessleather tutorials or want to read my review, you can find them here and here.

I have a habit of going out the door and not finding enough hands to hold my keys, phone, purse, etc... Of course I could throw everything in my purse but as I may have mentioned before, my purse is quite a dark abyss of mumbo jumbo. This leather strap is a great way to hang on to your phone, keys, camera, or wallet for quick access.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

DIY | Interchangeable Studded Hair Combs

As you may know, I'm always a fan of interchangeable/multi-wear/multi-use things. I just love the idea of having one thing that can be non-permanently customized millions of ways! I got a couple clear plastic hair combs a while ago but couldn't decide on how I wanted to decorate them, so I turned my indecisiveness into a whole new project!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

DIY | Leather Chain Crossbody Bag Strap + Turn Any Clutch Into A Crossbody!

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you courtesy of Endlessleather.com. I received samples of their products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by their company. 

As promised, this is my second tutorial for Endlessleather.com! I purchased this lovely Kimchi Blue crossbody purse from Urban Outfitters but within a few months, I got frustrated because the chain began to kink up. I couldn't figure out how to fix it so I opted to replace it entirely. Sadly I couldn't find a strap that I liked, so I DIY'd my own with some chain and flat leather lace! This is a great project if you're frustrated by kinked chains, chain straps that dig into your shoulder, or simply find that your crossbody is too long for your liking. I'll also teach you how to make an instant crossbody out of any clutch!

Photo credit to Urban Outfitters | my kinked chain | DIY crossbody strap!

Friday, July 18, 2014

RECIPE | (Vegan!) Chocolate Espresso Pot de Creme In A Mug

It's summer. It's hot. I'm craving pot de creme but I don't want to turn on the oven in this sweltering weather. While I'm neither vegetarian nor vegan, I actually don't consume a lot of dairy in my house so I don't keep heavy cream on hand. I wasn't specifically looking for a vegan version, but a strategic web search yielded this awesome recipe, credited to the Detoxinista, that introduced me to the *magic* that is cashew cream! Since I'm pretty much the only one who eats sweets in my family, I opted to adapt this recipe for a single serving in a mug!



Friday, July 11, 2014

DIY | Leather Bracelets

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you courtesy of Endlessleather.com. I received samples of their products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by their company. 

I received an e-mail from Endlessleather.com offering to send me a sample of their products in exchange for an honest product review. EndlessLeather is based in Germany with an amazingly huge variety of leather laces, cords, and accessories. I'll be starting off a series of DIYs using their products so stay tuned for more posts brought to you by EndlessLeather!

To be honest, I was at first skeptical about the website as it was foreign and I had no knowledge about the company...plus the website didn't seem legitimate. I'm pleased to say though that after some research and after receiving my samples, that this Endlessleather's products are of the highest quality and I think very highly of their customer service.

Here's a sampling of all the products I chose:

Left: double stitched | Right: recycled leather
Review: I chose a selection of double stitched and recycled leather cords, each 1 meter long, 7mm wide x 2mm thick. I was actually surprised because I wasn't expecting these leather laces to be such high quality. All of them were beautiful, stitched perfectly, and very durable. I got the double stitched in black, light beige, and powder, and the recycled leather in black, patent black, camel, beige, silver, and gold. Most of the colors were accurate compared to the pictures shown, although it'd be useful if they showed the cords to scale...I was expecting them to be wider. Oh how I wish they had the double stitched in mint!

Left: various findings | Right: leather clasp
I was also pleasantly surprised that their jewelry findings were also of really high quality; the sterling silver findings are super shiny and durable. Nothing flimsy here! I was a little disappointed that they didn't have more gold findings available but I was impressed with what I received. I chose two stainless steel crown charms, two gold lobster clasps, two gold cord ends, two gold spring rings, two silver spring rings, two silver lobster clasps, four square cord ends, three silver lever clasps, and a couple packs of silver jump rings. I have nothing but high praises to sing about EndlessLeather's quality.

Alright guys, so finally now onto the DIY! This is one of the simpler projects that I made using materials from EndlessLeather. You can't really go wrong with a classic leather bracelet. This also makes a great unisex gift; I could totally see both men and women rocking this!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

RECIPE | Banana Nilla Wafer Pudding

Great as a quick single serving dessert or for a large crowd, this delicious 3-ingredient dessert is super easy and no-bake! I especially find myself craving this during summer because it's nice and cool coming straight out of the fridge. Don't mind me if I just eat the whole pan in one sitting...




Sunday, June 22, 2014

RECIPE | Pandan Honeycomb Cake (Banh Bo Nuong)

Guess what guys? I'm about to post a semi-failed recipe. Bánh Bò Nướng is another chewy (pandan optional) Vietnamese snack/dessert. Its most distinguishing feature is its honeycomb-like texture...which I unfortunately failed to reproduce here :( It was still delicious, however, so I decide to share the recipe with you anyway along with some tips in the hopes that one of you will have luck making this! This recipe is from my Chinese tutor's father, who worked as a Vietnamese pastry chef in France.

*Note: I was making a double batch when I took photos, so don't flip out if your ingredients are significantly less!

Honeycomb-less honeycomb cake? :(

Sunday, June 15, 2014

DIY | Father's Day Bowtie Jar

I was asked to help think up Father's Day presents to give out to all the fathers at my church. Since I wanted to keep the gift simple yet meaningful, I decided on a jar chock full of healthy goodies: a dried-fruit-and-nut medley. To decorate the jar itself, I used ribbon to make it look like a little tuxedo with a color scheme of black and white.

Don't limit yourself to just Father's Day though; these also make great quick birthday gifts all year round or wedding/party favors!


Friday, June 13, 2014

Can't see any images?

It has come to my attention that a lot of my images are being circulated around the web so my bandwidth for my photo hosting site as been exceeded :(

I'm in the process of reuploading all my pictures now so please be patient!

Thank you in advance to my readers for understanding!
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