Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DIY | Stenciled Logo Parody Tee

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you courtesy of Forest and Lakes. 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. 

The lovely Nina at Forest and Lakes sent over some plain white tees for me to play around with in return for a blog feature. Since Forest and Lakes is a wholesale apparel company based in China, I was initially skeptical about their website and products as a whole. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the shirts they sent me were of excellent quality. I got two white tees in adult size small and fairly well-made, seeing as they're not super thin and see-through like many others these days! While an adult small is still a bit large for my small frame, I found that the tees do shrink slightly after washing (which is actually perfect for me). I have no complaints about the products so far and I'm very pleased with Forest and Lakes.

I love how versatile white tees are because they go with just about everything and are the perfect canvas for DIYing! I did have a hard time thinking about what I wanted to do though and stumbled upon some of Brian Lichtenberg's Celine/Feline and Hermes/Homies parody tees. I love parodies but the Feline one didn't particularly speak to me since I'm neither much of a cat person nor affluent enough to justify a $50+ tee, so I opted to feature Celine Dion instead (~fangirling~).

Monday, October 6, 2014

Man Crates | Man Cave Makeover

*Disclaimer: This post was inspired by Man Crates and I am receiving no compensation for this article. 

I was approached by Man Crates asking me to curate some items that would make great gifts for decorating a man cave! To be honest, I don't know much about man caves...it probably has something along the lines of permanently merging with the couch and having the remote + snack shrine within arm's reach...

Anywhos, I visited Man Crates and found it pretty rad! They have these themed crates (for the gamer, meat or sports lover) that you open via crowbar with lots of cool little knick knacks inside. It's sort of like one of those subscription makeup/jewelry kits for women; it's really refreshing to see one geared towards men. I particularly love the zombie survival one!

Here's a couple items that I personally liked from Etsy (support your local makers!) that I think would make a man cave look more sophisticated!

1. Interesting wall art/prints: show your love for sports, games, etc!

Football Patent Wall Art Poster
2. Bookends: steer away from the typical TV-centered man cave with this lovely set of bookends!

Modern Walnut Bookends with Edison Bulb Lamp
3. Light fixture: just because it's a man cave doesn't mean it has to be as dark as one!

Himmeli Light Diamond Edison Style Cage Lamp
4. Throw blanket: great for the more chilly days!

Vintage Wool Plaid Blanket
5. Sofa tray table: totally genius idea; great for holding onto the remote, drinks, and snacks!

Couchmaid Classic Original Multipurpose Sofa Tray

I wouldn't mind having a room like this for myself! What would your ideal man cave look like?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

DIY | Leather Cord Organizer

I'm lucky to be close enough to home to commute back on weekends for a good meal, laundry, and the creature comforts of being home. (#firstworld) Problem is, I gotta lug all my phone, tablet, laptop chargers...in addition to my earphones, external hard drive, portable battery pack, flash drives, etc. Something's bound to be forgotten so I desperately needed something to keep them all together...rather then throwing everything in my bag and spending hours detangling them all later.

Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY | Metallic Typography Notebooks

It's back to school season and I found myself wanting some fancy new notebooks to ease myself back into the study mood (cue groan).

Can you believe how expensive some of the notebooks are these days? I saw a 5-subject one going for about $4 and cringed...it didn't seem to be part of the back to school sale. I ended up finding a pack of 6 wide-ruled 1-subject notebooks for, wait for it...97 cents! SCORE!

I've been really into minimalism and typography lately so I decided to just keep it simple by just using the subject name. :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

DIY | Leather Wrap Crown Bracelet

*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.

Behold my fourth (!) project for Endlessleather.com! If you missed my last three tutorials and review of their products, you can find them here.

This time around, I made a different type of bracelet using one of their adorable crown charms. I also had a hankering for a blush-colored bracelet but never found one to my liking. Like all my other tutorials, this one is (hopefully) super easy and dare I say, somewhat Juicy Couture-esque (minus the velour and neon colors)?

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!

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