Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Original Beauty Blender Review

When I hosted a beauty workshop with my sister last spring, she swore by the beauty blender. I kept wondering what all the hype was about, isn't it just a sponge? Apparently not. This five-time Allure winner evenly distributes your foundation or concealer, leaving your face looking smooth, even, and airbrushed. First you wet the sponge and it expands, doubling in size. Then you let it sort of bounce off your face as it distributes your foundation evenly. It really is worth all the hype. I feel as though I'm not wasting foundation by using my fingers to rub it in (I never really used a brush to begin with, so I can't compare it to that). I use a smaller amount of foundation and have better results blending it in since half of it would end up on my hands before. Cleaning it is so easy. I simply use bar soap and squeeze it all out. As soon as it dries, it retains it's original size. It's a little pricey but worth the investment. I use every single day and it's already paid for itself. No streaks and no missed spots. Great applicator!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Framing Cards

What good is a treasured card in a box? Framing special cards is one of my favorite and easiest DIY projects. My friend Shannon sends the most beautiful and thoughtful cards and I hate to clutter my fridge with things so I simply find a frame at the thrift store and place them around my house. We did this with some of our engagement and wedding cards too.

A few things to remember:

  • Research what your favorite retail stores are selling. Framed lyrics and quotes go for at least $20 at places like Target and TJMaxx. Make note of what appeals to you and try to replicate it at home with some of your cards. You can even buy your own cards! There are some seriously cute ones out there. 
  • Frame cards with poems, quotes, lyrics or one of a kind images.
  • Cards with larger fonts work really well.
  • Add dimension to your frames. I like to frame 5x7 cards in 8x10 frames. They look less DIY-ish that way. But some cards look just fine in a smaller frame.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Cozy Oversized Sweater

Between the hat, boots, and off-the-shoulder sweater I felt like I stepped out of a 1990s Real World episode in this outfit. I am loving all the 90s vibes lately. This was one of those ah-ha! outfit moments for me. As much as I love fall fashion, it requires much more thought for me than summer. June through August I live in easy, breezy maxi dresses and skirts that require no effort at all. Because this took ten minutes to throw this on, this outfit helped me realize that fall can also be just as easy if I have the right pieces to make it work. So I made a list of fall essentials - my own wardrobe capsule if you will: oversized sweaters, hats, loose long-sleeve tees, skinny  jeans, layering flannels, and a couple of ponchos. All of which you will see more of on the blog soon.

If thrifting hats isn't your thing, look for the new goods section at both The Village and Goodwill. These items are priced a bit higher since they are new and never used. The Village has a fantastic collection of new fall hats in stock right now, like the one I'm wearing. If used hats don't bother you, simply spray them with Lysol spray.

If you're a regular blog reader, you may have noticed that I'm down to blogging once a week. This frees up time to focus on the pop-up rack, being a newlywed, and several community projects I'm involved in. I invite you to follow my micro-blog on Instagram, (@dinasdays) for daily updates. 

Outfit Details:
Sweater | Thrifted - Village Discount Outlet | $6
Jeans | Target | $13
Hat | Thrifted | Village Discount Outlet | $13
Boots | Thrifted | Village Discount Outlet | $0.75

Friday, September 18, 2015

Goodwill Akron Taste of Vintage Event

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I'm going to "model" (heavy emphasis on the quotations in model) in the Goodwill Industries of Akron annual Taste of Vintage event. If you aren't familiar with this event or Goodwill's vintage collection, you're in for a treat. Goodwill of Akron has a mind blowing collection of true vintage clothing, and showcase part of this collection every year at their Taste of Vintage fundraiser.

Though I'm familiar with both the event and the vintage collection, I was basically having heart murmurs during my fitting in the vintage room. I had the opportunity to pick out the piece I am going to wear for the show. The beads! The sequins! The maxi dresses! The prints! I thought I'd never be able to make a decision, but as soon as I laid my hands on a 1970s gem, I didn't need to try anything else on.

I encourage you to bring a friend to support Goodwill's event, learn about their impact in the community, while enjoying a fashion show and good local eats. Plus, you'll get to see the piece I picked out to model in the show!

Event information:
Goodwill Akron Taste of Vintage
November 5, 2015
6-9 pm
Quaker Station | 135 S. Broadway, Akron
Register: tasteofvintage.com

Monday, September 14, 2015

HallowMeme: But That's None of My Business Costume

Between memes and Emojis, the Internet and technology have really shaped the way we communicate.  I have about ten different memes saved in my phone under favorites and I use them to communicate with my friends and family on a regular basis. Sometimes nothing really drives the point home like a picture of a stunned cat or dog. The Kermit meme exploded on the Internet scene over the last year and its easily become one of my favorite pictures to post, so I decided to do something different and be the Kermit meme for Halloween this year!

This costume was extremely easy to put together. Here’s what you need if you don't already have a Kermit costume.
 A green sweatshirt with a hood (I bought mine from Goodwill on Waterloo Rd for $5). You can also get them on Amazon.
Optional: green pants or tights. I got mine on Amazon.
A green piece of felt (craft stores sell them in pieces like scrapbook paper for 25 cents)
A glue gun
2 table tennis balls or 2 cotton balls (I found a pack of 6 table tennis balls at the craft store for $1)
A black marker
White foam board
X-acto knife or regular knife
A glass tea cup ( I bought 4 for 50 cents a piece at Goodwill on Waterloo Rd)
A tea bag

To make Kermit’s costume: 

Trace triangles with a marker on the felt
Cut out the triangles
Place them on your sweatshirt around the collar
Use your glue gun to glue them to the sweatshirt
Use your black marker to draw Kermit’s eyeballs on the table tennis balls
Don’t glue your eyes to the hood until after you put the jacket on (do this carefully and with assistance, don’t burn your head!)

To make the meme board: 
Write the saying with a black marker
Trace a rectangle in the center of the board
With an X-acto knife, carefully cut out the rectangle, creating a window.
Brew some tea, put on a smug face and get ready to have a Happy HallowMeme! (Obviously don't brew tea if you're going to party!)

For more inspiration, check out my costumes from prior years, including The Devil Wears Prada and Carmen Miranda.