Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cover Inspired: Glamour 11/2012

Am I the only one who got in a serious party mood looking at this month's Glamour cover? Gotta love these curls on Taylor Swift!

Cover Inspired: Glamour 11/2012


How to Make Swiveled Beach Curls


I admit I'm usually quite lazy about learning new ways to fix my hair. While watching through my outfit posts I realized I just have to do something about that... so, I bought a curling wand! It is a Remington Pearl, the one with the larger curls (1-1 1/2 inches) and it came with a glove so I won't burn myself while experimenting. Excellent!

Today I made these big swiveled beachy curls, and here's how:


1. Protect your hair! I love this got2b guardian angel heat protection spray, since it smells soo good! The spray bottle is black in Finland, so at first I was worried they don't have it here in the US... :)


2. Put the top half of your hair up so it doesn't get in the way while you curl the bottom half. Notice from which angle I'm curling my hair (I've wrapped it upwards and over the wand, not over the wand and downwards). Do this on both sides, but the other side "mirrored" so to speak.

3. Take down sections of your hair and curl them from the same angle as the top half.

4. Wait for the hair to cool down. Then ever so lightly swivel all the hair from one side in the direction of the curls.

5. Spray it. Repeat on other side. Let dry, and then gently "bounce" the hair from underneath to loosen a bit.



6. Enjoy your day!

PS: If you're wondering how to get these awesome root-effects in your hair, just don't go to your colorist for 5 months ;)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DIY Yellow Stone Necklace


So Very Simple How To:

Use naturally shaped stone beads for most of the necklace, put the bigger ones down front and smaller ones up the sides. Then put round stone beads in the same color to be at the back of your neck (more comfortable than the clunky stones). I used clear "illusion cord" from Supplemax (like a fishing line).

Beads are from JoAnns, the background paper is from Hobby Lobby.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Outfit for Mission&Marina

I got this fun "Orton Effect" on the photo with BeFunky.

Yesterday's outfit concisted of my new Nine West boots (which turned out to be too hot for the weather up in SF!), leggings, a black lace skirt by LOFT, a white tee by Vila and a yellow necklace I made myself.

How she wears it: Scarf 5 ways


Yesterday I told you about going to 31 RAX, and that I found a cute owl scarf there.  I'm thinking about ways to wear it. These I like:

1. As hairband in a messy do

Photo from here

2. As a belt for a jacket or at the waist

 Photo from hipgirlie

3. As a hairband in a pony tail

 Photo from gal meets glam

4. As a belt for skirt or pants


Photo from here

5. As a bow on bag handles


Well okay, this is not exactly "wearing" it, but I think this is the way I'll be using the scarf.
Scarf from 31 RAX, bag is old from Mango.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

31 RAX

Today me&Husband found ourselves walking around Mission. We checked out 31 RAX, a boutique with handpicked thrift and vintage clothes as well as photo backdrops for photo shoots. I found a cute scarf with owls, but I'll get to that one in a later post... Soo sad they had a everything-for-5-dollars-sale yesterday, I bet I missed out on a lot of cool stuff! They're making room for new stuff, though, so better head on out there soon.

Lovely owner Stephanie Madrinan told us about Green Festival coming up (San Francisco Nov 10-11th), can't wait to check out the fashion show!


You'll find 31 RAX at 3309 Mission Street, San Francisco.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Outfit: Summery October Day

Going really simple today, have to run out to get stuff for my Halloween costume for tonight...
It's so warm&summery outside, I got a chance to wear my beachy turqoise maxi skirt (from a trip to Riga with my bridesmaids). Paired with a simple white tank (Vila) and a black shell necklace (Pieces), I'm ready to head out the door.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Cover Inspired: Marie Claire 11/2012

Anyone who knows me knows I'm not the biggest fan of blue, unless it is in the form of denim or turquoise jewelry. The cover of the November issue of Marie Claire got me not only craving a blue jacket (AGAIN!), which I'd mod with silvery buttons to get Ashley Greene's look, but also to combine it with orange! Who would have thought?

Cover Inspiration: Marie Claire 11/2012


IKEA Wide Storage Stencil Mod


We desperately needed some storage space in our living room, so we went for another IKEA modification. We bought this untreated hardwood TARVA drawer chest and HEDRA knobs for this project.
I stained it with Minwax WoodFinish in the shade Special Walnut. Remember to wipe off any excess stain with a clean cloth before you let it dry.

After letting it dry for a day I would have treated it with wax, but I was still not quite done...

After attaching the knobs it still needed something, so I made stencils with the names of different areas in San Francisco. You can make your own custom stencils too:

* Print out the text/pattern/figure you want in the size you want
(make your text light gray, so you won't waste as much ink as with black)

*Put clear cover (adhesive plastic film) over your stencil pattern

Note: You don't necessarily need to use the plastic clear cover on there, but I want to keep my stencils "sterdier" in case I need them again. In this case, friends of ours wanted to have a drawer chest stenciled like this so I was glad I had them ready!


*Carve out the letters/pattern etc carefully (I used a precision cutter and had a cutting board under)


* Place the paper where you want your stencil to be, and secure it with some tape


* Dab paint on carefully with a sponge/sponge brush, not too much paint at once since it may leak under the stencil

* Immediately remove the stencil paper when you're satisfied with how the paint looks (I used a few different looks, a couple with really good coverage, other with less, and one where I dabbed outside of my stencil paper)

(If you want you can carve the clear cover directly (while the protective film is still attached), and then attach it directly onto the surface you want to stencil)

* After stenciling was dry, I treated the whole thing with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax





Metal bowls from IKEA, 
B&W bowl is by Marimekko (a wedding gift from a friend), 
fun bottle from some "Missisippi Mud" Husband drank.

Update: Realized I need to stain the supporting piece at the back as well!

E-mail me or comment, if you want me to send you the word document with the stencils I used :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Craving Pieces Booties

Even though we've been in the US now for over two months, I still subscribe to newsletters from Pieces (and Vila, Vero Moda and Only). Silly I know, but I love keeping track of what they come up with. And some stuff you actually can find at for example asos.com. But they don't have the shoes... So here are my favorites (clicking on them will take you to their shopping site):

BEATE LEATHER BOOT
BELINDA LEATHER BOOT
BENNEDICTE LEATHER BOOT
BEGITTA LEATHER BOOT

So, you lucky ladies in Europe, shop away! 

Photos from pieces.com