Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DIY Corkboard Jewelry Hanger

As part of my room makeover, I really wanted to utilize the empty space on my closet doors. I thought that DIY-ing a simple corkboard jewelry hanger would be the perfect to solution to add a piece of "art" in my room while also making it extremely functional and convenient. After scouring the internet for simple design ideas, I settled on this dandelion image in silver and white because it is simple, achievable, and impactful. Also, the necklaces and bracelets are the main focus, so I didn't want a busy background detracting from them.

What You Need

wood-framed corkboard     acrylic paints     clear push pins     command strips     paint brushes
 (I got everything from Michael's)

What You Do

Because I didn't want to cover it in fabric or paper, I had to paint several coats of white paint to cover the corkboard entirely, and even then it still wasn't completely white because the cork is so porous and absorbent. 
Then, I followed this tutorial to achieve the dandelion image: http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/tutorial-for-painting-dandelion-wall/

I decided to add the pushpins on the ends of the dandelion buds for the attempted "floating away" effect. Decorative handles work as well, but I didn't want to go through the effort of buying them. 
Overall, I am extremely proud of the result, especially because it was affordable and easy to do!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Nails!

I have recently been obsessed with nail art, and I will be posting more designs for inspiration in the future, but I wanted to first start with two of my favorite floral summer nail designs. 

Tropical Floral Nails

  1. Base coat and 2 layers of white polish
  2. Large neon purple flowers on each nail (or whatever color you want)
  3. Small yellow flowers on each nail
  4. Neon pink centers on the purple flowers
  5. Orange centers on the yellow flowers
  6. Yellow lines/dots/whatever you want on top of the neon pink using a toothpick
  7. Mint green leaves 
  8. Dark green leaves on top of the mint using a toothpick
  9. Wait for the design to dry, then two layers of top coat
Inspired by: http://www.chalkboardnails.com/2012/05/china-glaze-summer-neons-nail-art.html

Daisy Nails

  1. Base coat and 2-3 layers of mint green polish (light blue looks nice as well)
  2. Using a striper, or I just wiped off the brush of a white polish and trimmed the brush to my desired width, paint 3-4 daisies on each nail
  3. Dot the centers of the flowers with yellow polish
  4. Wait for the design to completely dry and add a layer of top coat

Do you love floral nail art as much as I do?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Full of dancing, friends, and (my favorite part) makeup, junior prom was more an extravaganza than merely a dance. The festivities began with a manicure and a sleepover with my good friend, which turned into a day-long effort to get ready with hair, makeup, and the most challenging part of all--fake eyelashes. Here are some pictures from the big day:

with my friends at pre-prom

I went with a friend yay


Diane Von Furstenburg Gold Gatsby Glimmer Clutch
Nicole Miller Magnolia Flower Earrings

I got my dress (Reem Acra Florence Gown), earrings, and clutch from Rent The Runway. From the moment I opened the package, I fell in love with each item. Although I was afraid that the dress wouldn't fit because they couldn't send me the backup size of 6L, the 4L was absolutely perfect with 2" heels.

Hair and Makeup

I wanted to keep my hair down to not only show off my short hair (woot woot), but also to counteract the extreme princess vibe my dress was giving off. Don't get me wrong, I loved that I was royal-esque, but I did not want to go overboard and play dress-up by adding an updo to achieve the Belle-from-Beauty-and-the-Beast look. 

Because my dress lacks color and my accessories give it that slight pop, I really wanted to elevate my look by adding in a red lip (also to tie into my red corsage). I didn't want to touch up all night so I used the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso, which really did stay all day! This red is really bright and bold so I stayed light on the eyes, with natural eyeshadow, but adding another pop with fake eyelashes. 

Overall, Prom was definitely a memorable addition to my overall high school experience and I am so glad that everything turned out perfectly!