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I'm back with a quick & easy DIY that will take your flats from 'meh' to 'mah'velous! I don't know about you, but it's about that time in the season where I'm kind of sick of everything. If I could go out and buy a whole new wardrobe, I would, but this DIY will satiate my craving for newness for now.
I used the DAME flats (which we will be getting in new colors very soon!) and added some bows with fabric that I cut off an old t-shirt that I had in my 'to donate' box. It only took me about 25 minutes and now my shoes feel brand new and I'm excited to style up some new looks!
Here's what you need:
hot glue gun
two strips of fabric (you can use an old tshirt, scarf, or whatever fabric scraps you can find)
a pair of flats
1. Cut out your fabric strips
2. Tie them into bows. (I messed around with mine for a bit to get them the right shape.)
3. Glue them on to the front of the shoe.
4. VOILA! You're all done. Check yourself out, pat yourself on the back, all that good stuff.
Will you give this a try? Comment below!
We're totally obsessed with this new cut out trend that's going on. On the same page? We've got a few booties for spring with the cut out details and it's only left us wanting more. Apologies to all of you living in this so-called 'polar vortex', these probably won't serve you well in blankets of snow, but here in California- they've been pretty perfect. Don't fret because spring is just around the corner and we have some styling tips for you!
1. Cute socks are underrated.
Remember when you refused to wear socks without ruffles? Well, I sure do. There are cute socks galore out there, and the AUGUSTA booties give you the chance to let them shine in all their ruffly glory! Pair them with shorts or a skirt & a sweater and you're ready to rock. Shop the look, here.
2. Funky tights are all the rage.
Polka dots, chevron stripes, glitter, and every color under the sun. Seems there's no color or pattern that hasn't made it's way into tight form these days. Our BRIMHALL booties, with the wedge are the perfect pairing for your favorite pair of fance tights. Just throw on a long tunic or dress and you're ready for a day at the office or a night out on the town! Shop the look, here.
3. Leggings are a girl's best friend.
After a month of binging on cookies, I've been wearing a lot of leggings. What's amazing is leggings are more fun than ever these days. I'd even argue, they're more fun than pants. We love this astrological pattern pictured below, but go for whatever you fancy... floral, stripes or a solid color. Pair it with a flowy top or a chunky knit sweater and you're ready for a cozy weekend. Shop the look, here.
Since I've given up alcohol, sugar, dairy, gluten and soy this month, I've been having a lot of fun experimenting with new meal ideas. I've been doing a lot of fresh juices, veggie soups and salads. This one salad I've been eating has been so delicious and keeping me full throughout the day, so I thought I'd share the recipe! It whips up in a snap, so if you're a busy one, don't fret! This recipe is for you!
greens (i've been using mache rossettes, super random and equally delicious. but, any greens will do)
1 tbsp. flax seeds
2 tbsp. salsa (pick your favorite!)
1 small avocado
A pinch of salt, pepper & tumeric
It may not sound like much, but the combination of avocado and flax definitely fills you up more than you'd think. Feel free to add some toast or a glass of green juice if you need a little extra munch.
Do you have any healthy lunch ideas to share? Comment below!
So, beauty products are expensive. Am I right? I've tried a bunch, and am usually less than thrilled with the results. This year I'm on a mission to find the perfect skin care regime using all natural products. In order to do this, I've been doing a lot of research and experimenting with different methods. Every Sunday, I like to paint my nails (I only paid for one mani-pedi in all of 2013!), give myself a facial, and moisturize my whole body with natural oils. I sip on tea throughout the process and it is heavenly. Like a spa night, but in the comfort of my own home. (If you haven't realized I'm a hermit by now, well, the gig is up.)
Here's what I've tried recently:
Apple Cider Vinegar: I've been using apple cider vinegar as a cleansing agent this month and mixing in a few tablespoons with my water every morning. In researching the health benefits of this concoction, I discovered it also works wonders when applied directly to the skin. You can use it as a toner by putting a bit on a cotton swab and rubbing it on your face and you can also leave it on overnight to heal sun spots and acne scars. I have a few popped blood vessels on my face that drive me crazy and I've been using this for the past couple days and I already notice a difference. If you're using it as a toner, don't be alarmed if you feel your face tingle and feel free to use your regular moisturizer on top! I also tried mixing the apple cider vinegar with some indian healing clay to make a clay mask this past weekend. I tend to break out about once a month (who can relate?) and I noticed doing this mask as a preventative worked wonders and my breakout this month was very minimal. I'd definitely recommend giving this a try!
Almond Oil: So I got some almond oil to make a nutmeg beauty scrub for one of my besties as a birthday present. So naturally, I started researching other uses and turns out it can work wonders for your hair and skin. I read that it can reduce dark bags under the eyes if you apply it to this area before bed so I've been trying this out over the past few days. I haven't noticed any significant results yet, but sometimes these methods take some time to work their magic- so I'll keep you posted!
Almond Oil & Brown Sugar: Aside from skin & hair, almond oil is also supposed to be one of the best things to use to moisturize your lips. I've been mixing a little bit with some brown sugar and using it as a lip scrub. This has been leaving my lips smooth and soft & this is definitely one all natural trick I'm going to stick with!
Do you have any all natural beauty tricks? We'd love to hear about what works for you, so comment below!
So remember when I claimed I would not deny myself a single cookie over the holiday season? Well, I followed through. And... of course, by the time the holidays came to an end, I felt a little crappy. I couldn't remember the last day I went without a sugar splurge and my pants were getting so tight that I was resorting to leggings on the daily. Oops! Turns out, you can't eat cookies for a month without any consequence.
So starting on January 2nd (Why not January 1st you ask? Let's face it, a hangover is no way to kick off a cleanse)- I gave up alcohol, coffee, sugar, dairy, meat, gluten and soy. I've been stocking up on healthy juices, fruits, veggies and seeds. I decided to go the first two weeks on mostly fresh juices, fruits and veggies, then after two weeks I am going to add in beans, nuts and whole grains. I'm on day 5 and I'm already feeling lighter and more energetic. I haven't totally balanced out yet- still getting some headaches and huge surges of energy at bedtime, but I expect the longer I continue, I'll find more balance. Over this past weekend I was put to the test while dining out with friends as they drank margaritas and ate burritos... I ate my bowl of guacamole sans chips. Although it was difficult, I was really proud of myself for not breaking down.
So if you're interested in cleansing, here's what I've been doing:
- Kicking off the morning with a fresh juice. (Today I started adding in a nibble of dark chocolate because I read the combination of greens and dark chocolate helps with the absorbtion of nutrients. It's also high in antioxidants, sulfur and magnesium. Who knew?)
- Then I drink water with lemon juice, vanilla, and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in the morning. The apple cider vinegar is great for detoxification, the lemon is great for alkalizing the body and the vanilla has calming effects.
- For lunch I've been having another juice along with some carrots, greens and avocado. The fat in the avocado is cruicial for absorbing all the nutrients!
- In the afternoon I've been filling up on green tea and water. Green tea is great for a little extra burst of energy and also has powerful antioxidants that help prevent cancer and aid in weight loss.
- Dinner has been primarily roasted veggies topped with some tumeric and flax seeds.
- And I've still been getting my desert on with a serving of prunes before bed. I know the stigma behind dried prunes is that they are solely for old ladies, but let me tell you, they are delicious and the fiber in these puppies is great for digestion.
- Lastly, before bed I have a cup of dandelion tea with vanilla, cinnamon, cardamon, vanilla and honey. This concoction is not only delicious, but super good for you. The vanilla extract is great for reducing stress, the honey is great for digestion and if you have allergies and the dandelion is perfect for cleansing.
When choosing what fruits and veggies to eat- I've been getting really into researching how foods create different responses in the body. I've been focusing on getting a lot of alkalizing foods (lemon, garlic, leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, and root veggies) and foods that posess anti-inflamatory properties (papaya, beets, dark chocolate, greens), as the holiday gluttony made me feel a bit bloated (that's an absolute understatement). Not only are these foods making me feel better, but I love learning about how different foods can cause such positive reactions.
On top of clean eating, I've also been making sure to stay active, excercising at least 4 days a week. I've been doing lots of hiking and walking on the beach, and my goal is to wake up early for some yoga this week! It's definitely not easy, but as I feel my body transforming and my mood stabilizing without the sugar highs and lows; I know by the end of the month I'm going to feel amazing and it will all be worth it.
Before starting a cleanse, remember to do your research and consult your doctor if you have any health issues that may pose a problem when altering your diet.
Sticking to our resolutions isn't easy, but remember to post pics of your progress all year with #BFRESOLUTIONS for your chance to win free shoes!