July 27, 2017

Etsy Shop of the Month: LirikaMatoshi

Lemon Blossom Fishnet Tights

If the first thing you think of when you hear the word 'fishnets' is an unfortunate Halloween costume, then you haven't yet had the pleasure of seeing LirikaMatoshi's etsy shop. Colorful tights, socks, gloves and necklaces come to life through the painstakingly applied addition of flowers, embroidery and gems. Every shade you can imagine is ripe for the picking in her beautiful wares, which are almost more pieces of art than clothing.

These accessories are the kind of fun, whimsical types you'd expect to find in an editorial photoshoot, yet could still be styled for your average special event or even regular wear. I particularly love her eye for detail placement, as some of these tights give the illusion that perfectly blooming florals just so happen to be sprawling down your legs. Every detail is perfection!

I can't imagine how much time these pieces take to create - most feature quite a few beads, big and small, and attaching them to fishnets must be no easy feat. The results are gorgeous, and honestly probably too perfect to wear, but I can't help dreaming that they were in my closet anyway!

Here are some of my favorite picks from LirikaMatoshi:

Floral Embroidery Gloves

Emerald Embroidered Fishnet SocksField Flowers Tulle Socks
Wooly Embroidered Socks

Roses Fishnet TightsFruity Fishnet Tights

Have you ever seen these tights before? Can you believe the details? 
How would you style them?

July 21, 2017

Friday Faves Vol. 8

This adorable yet sassy "Smash the Patriarchy" t-shirt!

These brand new Wet n Wild highlighters!

This beautifully written essay from David Sedaris, "Why Aren't You Laughing?"

These fancy little DIY paper flower cake toppers!

This seashell-inspired velvet chair!

This perfect pastel stripe manicure from @thenailtrail!

These amazing cat ear bluetooth headphones!

This real estate listing for the Grey Gardens property - it's up for sale for just $18 million!

This pineapple-shaped cross body bag!

This chic as hell pink eyelash wallpaper!

What cool stuff have you seen lately?

July 18, 2017

Trend Alert: Embroidered Flowers

Embroidered Drop Waist Dress  /  Floral Embroidered Leather Biker Jacket

Have you noticed that almost every fashion item is embroidered lately? I have! It's been building steadily for months, and now I can't do any online window shopping (browser browsing? make it happen, guys.) without spying a vast selection of floral stitching.

I'm intrigued simply because I embrace any reason to add a slew of colors to a look, but also because flowers are just so damn cheerful. I haven't officially jumped on this trend yet, but I've been doing a lot of browser browsing (whoa, guys - is this, like, a thing now?) and wanted to share some of my favorite embroidered pieces in case you want to join this stitching soiree!

Rose Embroidered Joggers  /  Floral Embroidered Knit Cropped Sweater
Embroidered Wrap Dress  /  Plus Size Floral Bomber Jacket

Embroidered Satin Bomber Jacket  /  Striped Embroidered Skirt  /  Embroidered Tie Waist Dress  /  Embroidered Smock Dress  /  Mini T-shirt Dress in Embroidered Mesh  /  Sleeveless Embroidered Tank with Lace Up Back

Embroidered Kimono Jacket  /  Flower Embroidered Sneakers  /  Embroidered Belted Dress
A Cross-Stitch in Time Heels  /  Plus Size Embroidered Bodysuit

Are you yay or nay on the embroidered trend? Do you have any favorite embroidered clothing of your own?

July 13, 2017

You Need to Make This Super Moisturizing 3-Ingredient DIY Lip Balm

Any other lip balm addicts in the house? You'd never find me without at least one balm within grabbing distance, as I like to apply whenever the mood strikes. Once I'm aware I need/want to slick it on, I can't focus on anything but the lip balm until I get it. I've chosen to not think of this as a problem, and instead think of it as being highly moisturized at all times. I like to be smooth!

As a certified fanatic, I've tested and tried make balms. My simple, go-to choice to keep in my purse is the classic Burt's Bees variety (no other iterations, please!). My slather-on-before-bed bestie is Nivea Lip Butter. At times I'll pop on a Vaseline Lip Therapy to really seal in that sweet, sweet moisture all night. I've done my research; I know my lips.

Once on a whim, I grabbed this locally-made, small batch lip balm at a little variety store. Just to see, you know? A true student of the game is never done learning.

Turns out it was the best lip balm of my damn life.

That should be great news, but reality struck when I realized it was not available online and was not stocked in any stores near me, as I'd picked it up on a vacation. The universe can be so cruel.

Fast forward to this balm running reeeeeal low, and me scrambling to try to DIY my own replica based on the ingredients listed on the package. I've finally found a formula that, while not an exact duplicate, is great enough to satisfy my lip balm addiction and keep me from weeping over what could have been.

Wanna try it too? Read on!

How to Make DIY Lip Balm

The three ingredients I used in my lip balm were:

Shea Butter
Cocoa Butter
Sweet Almond Oil

I also used an empty tin from an old Nivea Lip Butter that I cleaned out. You can buy empty tubes and tins for lip balm pretty cheaply online, but why not use what you have?

Okay, here's where we get into it! I ended up with a simple 3-2-1 measuring method:

3 Parts Sweet Almond Oil (I used 3 teaspoons)
2 Parts Cocoa Butter (2t)
1 Part Shea Butter (1t)

Bring an inch or two of water to a gentle boil in a small saucepan. Place your ingredients in a heat-resistant glass measuring cup inside the saucepan until all ingredients melt to a liquid.

Melting, melting, melting...

When you've got all liquid, pour the mixture into your tin or container and let it cool.

Once cooled, you'll have a soft, but solid lip balm full of natural and moisturizing ingredients. 
It looks pretty plain, but it gets the job done spectacularly.

Once it warms up it might be too soft or hard for your preference, but you can easily repeat the melting process to add more almond oil (to soften) or more cocoa butter or even skin safe beeswax (to harden). It comes together so quickly, it's really no problem to adjust as you'd like. Even pop it in the freezer to speed up the solidifying process!

Your lips will thank you. 😀 💋

What's your ride-or-die lip balm? Have you ever made your own?

July 7, 2017

Friday Faves Vol. 7

This gorgeous glitter lower cat eye!

This serene and vaguely midcentury bedroom!

This adorable Gumby beach towel, that I just really, really want! Doesn't he look like a pinup?!

This dog's owner made him a tiny bedroom under the stairs!

This hilarious article on LDR from one of my fave writers, Samantha Irby!

This simple and yummy vegetarian pad thai recipe!

This 'Boardwalk Skater Skirt' comes in sizes XS to 4X!

This walk down memory lane about what was hot at Sephora in 2007!

This fried egg phone wallpaper is perfect for showing off at brunch!

This beautiful handmade pasta is full of color and design!

What cool stuff have you seen lately?

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