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    The Summer Drink You Need to Make ASAP

    Fall might be right around the corner, but for now, the heat index and my lifeless hair say otherwise. On days when it’s hotter than hot, all I can think about is getting my hands on something cool and refreshing. You, too? Well then, you’re in luck! Happy hour is starting early and today’s special is the Ginger Mint Pineapple Margarita. It’s sweet and spicy and so good, you’ll wonder how you ever did Taco Tuesday without it. Now, the important question: salt on the rim or sugar?

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    My friend Max introduced me recently to Karate Cowboy, a white whiskey infused with sake. I realize this sounds like an interesting combination, and that’s because it is. But it works. Instead of the traditional margarita made with tequila, the Ginger Mint Pineapple margarita is made with Karate Cowboy’s Ginger Mint flavor — a refreshing combination of crisp ginger and cooling mint. The ginger, mint, lime and pineapple juices blend effortlessly together like one big happy boozy family. The flavor explosion is so good, I’d like to see you try to stop at one.

    Here’s how to make this delicious summer drink at home:

    Ginger Mint Pineapple Margarita

    • 2 oz Ginger Mint Karate Cowboy
    • 1/2 oz key lime juice
    • Top with pineapple juice
    • Serve over ice
    • Coat rim with sugar or salt (optional)

    Karate Cowboy

    Karate Cowboy is the brain child of Columbus, Ohio-based Revolution Experiment. It’s basically brand new to the spirits market, and I have a feeling it’s going to be Fireball huge. If you live in Ohio, you can find Karate Cowboy at various bars and liquor stores across the state. Visit their website to find a location near you.

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    DIY to Try: Marble Plates and Bowls

    I am so into the marble trend lately. Laptop cases, cutting boards, shirts, bags. So into it.

    DIY Marble Plates_NWHWhen I moved into my first place, I made a trip to IKEA and came home with a very blah, very IKEA dinnerware set. The six sets of plates and bowls have held up nicely over the past year, which is impressive considering the $30 price tag. But now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I decided it’s time to step up my style game. I’ll blame my Anthropologie catalog for the sudden shift in perspective…

    DSC_0275I wanted to revamp my set but didn’t know where to start. And then I saw this project…marbleized mugs using nailpolish. Brilliant! GENIUS. Mind-blowingly awesome. Seriously, why didn’t I think of it before?

    Suddenly, my sad little dinner plates and bowls had so much potential and I finally had a serious plan in place for their much-needed makeover.

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    You Will Need…

    • White ceramic plates and bowls
    • Nailpolish (I recommend you don’t use a quick drying or gel formula like I did…it can get more tacky)
    • Toothpick
    • Bucket
    • Warm water
    • Non-Toxic waterproof sealant (I prefer to use ModgePodge)

    1. Pour nail polish into warm waterDIY Marble Plates 3DIY Marble Plates 2

    2. Gently stir to swirl colors together

    Make sure you work quickly because the polish starts drying almost immediately.

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    3. Dip into the water and remove, let dry

    Wait for the polish to dry and continue repeating the process until the desired amount of marble effect is reached. *Optional: use a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to remove the marble effect from the center of the plate.

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    4. You’re done!

    Coat with your waterproof sealant and follow curing instructions before using.

    Now just try to refrain from marbleizing everything. I dare you.

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    Please keep in mind these are not really dishwasher or microwave safe. But they sure are pretty, aren’t they?

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    Cheap and Easy Way to Update Your Fireplace

    One of my favorite features of my charming (and very old) apartment is the amount of fireplaces it has — three, to be exact. Now, three fireplaces for one person might be just a tad bit excessive, but I love how they add character to each room.  If you take a look at the “before” photo below, you’d probably agree that the brown tile was downright u-g-l-y. I wanted to brighten things up a bit, but didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a place I don’t own (the struggle is real).

    The solution? Paint, of course!

    Before

    Really take in the ugly here, guys. The tile was dark and blah. Talk about depressing.

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    After

    See ya never, dark tiles. With a coat of white paint, this fireplace transformed into a focal point that’s bright, fun and inviting.

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    Speaking of paint, see how I turned this plastic toy into a chic jewelry stand here.fireplace3 fireplace

    Supplies used:

    • Behr paint in “Ultra Pure White”
    • Paint brush
    • Painter’s tape
    • Paint tray

    And that’s it! What do you guys think of the transformation? Have you done anything similar? Share in the comments!

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    DIY to Try: Jeweled Beanie

    DSC_1641_edited4I’ve had this little project planned for months. But before I knew it, it was March and I figured it was too late to talk about beanies. Then it snowed and I remembered that winter is stubborn and won’t go away just yet.

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    I’ve had my eye on jeweled beanies all season (love this one), and wanted to try designing my own version — because why not? The project was pretty simple overall, and requires just a bit of time (hand stitching takes patience and serious finger strength). Scroll below to see how you can make your own in a few easy steps!

    Full disclosure: I’m currently writing this post in Florida wearing shorts and a tank top. But don’t worry, the beanie will be in full force when I get back to Ohio. 

    Supplies needed:

    suppliesBeanie | Gemstones | Needle & Thread | E6000 Adhesive

    Step 1: Arrange gemstones on the beanie. I’d recommend taking a picture of the design with your phone or camera to use as a reference.

    arrange gemstonesStep 2: Using a small dab of super glue, adhere the gemstones to the beanie.

    photo (1)Step 3: Hand stitch the gemstones to the beanie to keep them secure.

    stitchStep 4: Wear!

    finishedHappy DIYing!

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    DIY to Try: Re-Dying Faded Black Denim

    PicMonkey Collage2Let me just tell you about my love affair with this pair of Gap jeans (P.S. on sale!). I might have been guilty of wearing them every. single. day. They’re my go-to on date nights, weekend trips and lazy Sundays. It’s love, guys. To say I’m obsessed with them would be the understatement of the year.

    But unfortunately, daily wear caused them to fade a bit. I know, I know. The obvious solution here is to just order another pair. But because I was craving a little challenge (and wanted to save a few bucks), I grabbed a bottle of Rit and went the DIY route. And it totally worked.

    Follow the steps below to see how you can breathe a little life into your favorite pair of black jeans:

    DSC_0972_editedSupplies needed:

    Jeans
    Rit fabric dye
    Hot water
    Large bucket
    Gloves (strongly advised. I learned the hard way)
    Dish soap
    Salt
    Paper towel
    Old towel
    jeans_editedStep 1: Fill large plastic container or dishpan with very hot water (140F), enough for the fabric or item to move freely (about 3 gallons for one pound of fabric). I heated some water on the stove, but you can use tap water if it’s hot enough.

    Step 2: Add dye to water and stir well.jeans2_editedStep 3: Fill a measuring cup with 1 cup of salt, and set aside 2 cups of hot water.

    Step 4: Because my jeans were cotton, I went with salt (If you’re working with silk, wool or nylon, use 1 cup of vinegar instead). Add salt/water mixture to dye bath. Add squirt of dishwashing liquid and stir well.jeans3_editedStep 5: Using a paper towel, test dye color to make sure it’s the shade you want. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.

    Step 6: Make sure to pre-soak your item in regular water before adding it to the dye bath. Once added, stir constantly for about 10-30 minutes. P.S. – gloves are definitely advised for this part.

    After your item is finished, remove and rinse with warm water. To wash, add to the washing machine with an old towel.

    And now you’re ready to wear!

    DSC_1013_editedHave you ever dyed clothing at home? If not, you should give it a go and let me know how it turns out!

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    DIY to Try: Polka Dot Gift Wrap

    DSC_2018_edited2My mom always told me it’s the thought that counts. Even if that thought was a sweater with “Grandma Loves Me” knitted on it. A handmade gift always goes the extra mile and is something people remember.

    So, this year, instead of buying wrapping paper like a normal person and saving myself loads of time, I wanted to make my own to add a nice little touch to my (mostly) handmade gifts. I’m a girl who loves polka dots (last seen here), so I was determined to create my own (perfectly-unperfect) polka dotted wrapping paper.

    DSC_0019_editedYou will need:

    • Easel paper
    • Ribbon
    • Watercolor paint + brush
    • Hot glue gun
    • Bells
    • Sparkly leaves
    • Twine (to attach bells to ribbon)
    • A sweet and thoughtful gift (obviously)

    DSC_0020_editedDSC_0022_editedDSC_0025_editedNote: You can put your own unique twist on the gift wrap by choosing different ribbon and added embembellishments.

    Step 1. Paint polka dots on paper. I was striving for imperfection here,  and I love that each dot is unique. That’s always more fun.
    Step 2. Let dry. Once dry, wrap your gift.
    Step 3. Wrap ribbon around your gift and tie into a bow.
    Step 4. Loop twine through bells and tie tightly to ribbon.
    Step 5. Use your hot glue gun to adhere sparkly leaves.
    Step 6. Admire and give to someone special.

    DSC_0031_editedHappy gifting, friends. And as always, thanks for tuning in. I’m going to take the next few days off to be with family, binge watch my favorite Christmas movies and indulge in every comfort food imaginable (like these).

    Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!DSC_2025_edited

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    DIY to Try: Giraffe Jewelry Display

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    I wish I could tell you guys that I’m organized, but that would be a bold-faced lie. My apartment is rarely tidy. I’ve misplaced my keys too many times to count. And when it comes to my jewelry, there’s a necklace in my car, earrings in the bathroom, and on any given day, you can find bracelets on my kitchen table.

    I needed to buy a jewelry organizer, but didn’t find any I liked. Then, just when I thought all hope for organizational success was lost, I stumbled upon this project. I’m always up for a good DIY, and if it takes me less than two minutes to complete, I’m so in. I swapped the dinosaurs out for a giraffe and opted for spray paint instead of nail polish, which is a little easier in my opinion.

    Here’s what you need:

    • Animal figurine (Michael’s has a lot of options)
    • Spray paintDSC_0806DSC_0807

    Directions:

    1. Place your figurine on a protected surface and lightly coat with spray paint

    2. Continue to add coats until the figurine is evenly covered

    3. Let dry

    Done! This project was simple and inexpensive, and I’m obsessed with the finished product. Finally, I can keep my jewelry in one place, which is a major win in my book. Now I just need to restrain myself from spray painting everything in sight…

    What do you guys think?

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