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Fab Friday: DIY Pickles

There are few food moments as rewarding as pulling a chilled pickle spear out of its jar and biting into it as it makes a loud crunching noise. It’s crisp, refreshing, slightly tangy, a little spicy and very salty. You can compare my passion for dill pickles to a pregnant lady’s…or Snooki’s (yes, I just did that). They are delicious on their own, and I can’t imagine a burger/sandwich/hot dog without them.

A few weeks ago, I was going down the chilled aisle at our local market and as I reached for a fresh jar of Claussen pickles (my favorite store brand), I stopped, not only because they were over five dollars (eek, but so worth it), but also because I remembered that pickles are easy to make from scratch. All you need are cucumbers (as fresh as possible), white vinegar and spices.

For these I used plenty of fresh dill, garlic and some red pepper and black peppercorns for a little spice. Celery seed and mustard seed are also great flavor additions. I suggest this recipe. Boil vinegar, water and salt in a pan. Put the spices into a jar with the sliced cucumbers. Pour the heated liquid mixture over the top of the jar, leaving some room at the top. Seal the jar and put it in boiling water for a few minutes (about five). Then, put the jar in the fridge and let them soak for at least a few hours, overnight is ideal. They are perfect for Fourth of July BBQs and will last for weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend! xx

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How To: Sock Bun

As promised, here is a tutorial for the sock bun seen in my latest outfit post. Buns have always been my favorite everyday updo. They are sophisticated, classic and super easy to create. I especially love the sock bun because it gives the ballerina-inspired hairstyle an oversized, voluminous look.

To start, take a sock (in this case tie-dye blue) and cut off the foot and top band of it. Fold the remaining tube part of the sock over a few times so that you are left with something that looks like the above (about one and a half  inches wide).

Then, put hair in a ponytail (as high as you want the bun) and slide the sock onto the ends of the hair. Pull the folded sock down until you have just enough hair to fan out over the sock like a spout.

Begin folding the hair over the sock and tucking the ends under it. Continue this as you roll the sock down, tucking the hair under with each flip.

Tuck and shape the hair into a bun as you flip the sock and hair together until you get to the head and it feels secure.

Ta-da!

The bun is a statement on its own, but you can add a headband or sparkly clips for a dressier look.

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Fab Friday: DIY Personalized Wine Glasses

DIY personalized wine glasses

I’m a bit of a germaphobe and one of my least favorite things is sharing my drink with someone, which usually happens unintentionally. Whenever I am out with friends or hosting people, I’m usually focused on the conversation and not on guarding my drinking glass. At some point in the night, I inevitably grab whatever glass is in front of me, take a drink and notice a guest/friend watching me. “Oh, is that your glass,” they ask. “I think so,” is my first response as I put it back down. Then, after further investigation, “no, this is definitely not mine,” followed by me apologizing profusely. Hence my new favorite DIY how to: personalized stemmed glasses using chalkboard paint.

Supplies:

Chalkboard paint $10

*I bought this small container of chalkboard paint from Amazon and it comes in several fun colors including hot pink, black, blue and green.

Stemmed wine glasses or goblets

Paint brush

Total cost – $10 – $15

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Paint the base of the glass as far up on the stem as you want. Let the first coat dry fully. Repeat this step three or four times until you’ve reached the desired opacity.

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Once the glasses are completely dry, finish by using white or colored chalk to write names on the paint.

My new glasses are in regular rotation and the paint has yet to chip or scratch. I have even washed them in the dishwasher multiple times.

Have a great weekend! xx

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DIY Time: Succulent Centerpiece

I love having plants in and around my apartment. Unfortunately, I have two problems with this: a) somehow I manage to kill them quickly and b) fresh flowers are too expensive to buy on a regular basis since mine usually only last a few days. This is why I decided to create my own unique arrangement with durable (read: hard for me to kill) plants – succulents.

Supplies:

Planter $15

*If you plan to keep your cactus garden outside all the time, make sure there is a hole in the bottom of your wood planter for water drainage or drill one yourself and do not cover with plastic. If you want it to be an indoor house plant part or all the time, you will need to cover the bottom with plastic – even a plastic bag will suffice.

Small rocks $6

Soil (I recommend a cactus soil which has more of a sand base) $4

Succulents (three medium-large, one medium and two small) $2-$4 each

*You should be able to get these supplies in one trip (my kind of DIY) to your local nursery, garden supply shop or hardware store.

Total cost – $44

Total time – about 30 minutes

Here is a simple step-by-step how-to:

Place your plants, allowing for room around each to grow. Dig a hole for the first plant and cover most of the way. Repeat with the remaining.

Pour in more soil so that the planter is evenly filled almost to the top, ensuring each plant is secure.

Add more rocks to the top of the soil for a prettier finish.

The project supplies were inexpensive, it didn’t take long to complete and the plants don’t look like they are going anywhere anytime soon (they look healthier than when I bought them two weeks ago). The planter is just as lovely as a centerpiece on our table inside as it is out on our porch step. This would make a great Mother’s Day gift which is just around the corner (May 13th). I plan to try another planted centerpiece in the near future (quirky, pretty arrangement of wildflowers maybe).

*A quick note about succulent care: if you chose to keep the planter inside and cover with plastic, you only need to water the plants once the soil becomes completely dry to the very bottom. Make sure they get plenty of sunlight or artificial light.  If it is an outdoor plant, the same things apply except you don’t have to be as concerned about the soil drying all the way through or overwatering because of the drainage hole.

What do you think of my first DIY project?

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French Braid Half Ponytail

Since I rarely change my hair much (it’s almost always the same layered length), I like coming up with new, simple styles for something different. I used my little sister as a model for a french braid half ponytail. To create the look, I gave her a side part. Then, made two sections of hair for the braids by going from the side part, about three inches back from the top of her forehead and moving across and down along the head almost to the nape of the neck. I did this to both sides, french braided each and secured the two ends together with an elastic (a clear band would work better) at the back of her head. The loose hair was smoothed down with a comb.

Hope you are all having a great weekend! I am going to Disneyland for the day and could not be more excited.

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