6 Ways to Wear a Maxi Skirt

There was a lot of interest on the original post I did for multi-ways to wear a maxi skirt, so I decided to get a little creative and turn it into a fun video for you all. I mentioned that this skirt is great when traveling light but not until I was putting together the outfits for the video did I realize how great it really is! You can create (at least) 6 completely different looks with just a handful of items.

On a side note, I feel like I’ve been MIA from the blog lately, but the plan is to get back on the bandwagon next week. Things have been extremely busy the last month, so I’m taking a break and ending work a little early today to head to LA to celebrate my 30th birthday with some of my favorites. I promise to come back refreshed and with a bunch of new content (and a little older…)! Happy Friday!

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Summer Entertaining: The Goods

Summer Entertaining Essentials
  1. Blue Mason Jars – I stocked up on the limited edition blue mason jars. These blue beauties have multi-uses as vases, drinking cups, infusing alcohol (see #8), etc.
  2. Drink Tub – The tub makes it easy for guests to serve themselves.
  3. Pitcher – I prefer this stainless steel pitcher over a glass one, never have to worry about it breaking.
  4. Large Wood Cutting Board – Another multi-use item in my kitchen. I recently bought one of these and have used it as a serving piece for appetizers, part of a bar setup and as a center piece on a table. 
  5. Ikat Bowls – Add a pop of color to the table with these bowls.
  6. Ice Cream Attachment – This KitchenAid attachment has been on my wish list for awhile now. I have a bunch of recipes saved for the day when I actually get one.
  7. Kraft Paper – If you haven’t noticed I like to use kraft paper a lot. It’s a inexpensive material with endless uses.
  8. Jalapeno Infused Tequila – I’m attempting to make my own version this weekend. I’ll post the recipe on the blog soon!
  9. Myspace – I’m still trying to figure out the new Myspace interface but still digging it. Here are the songs I have on repeat this summer.

Wedding DIY: Welcome Bags

I can’t think of a better way to thank guests for sharing in your big day then to create a welcome bag upon their arrival.  This week’s video will show you some easy ways to customize the bags based on your wedding’s theme or destination.

Tip: Include specific notes for your guests such as a weekend itinerary, area attractions, transportation details or other visitor information.

Resources:

  • Target – $1 section for toiletries
  • World Market – miniature versions of food and drinks
  • TomKat Studio – favor bags and twine
  • Michaels – colored paper bags with handles

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French Bag

Mexico Bag

Polka Dot Bag

DIY Custom Name Hangers

I’ve seen so many brides purchase these personalized hangers lately, so I decided to take a stab at creating my own. The craft is easier then you think, check out the tutorial and let me know how yours turns out. Thank you to my bride-to-be friends for letting me use their names for the hangers! Oh, don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube Channel, the goal is to get to 1,000 subscribers!

Materials:

Tools:

  • Wood Glue (Gorilla)
  • Power Drill w/ 3/16 drill bit
  • Ruler
  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • (1) 8 x 11 piece of paper
  • Sharpie

Total cost: $5 for each custom hanger

Time: 1 hour

Steps:

  1. Create a template. Measure out the length of the hanger and then leave 2.0 inches of space on each end. This will act as your guide as you create the name when wrapping the wire.
  2. Take you wire and measure out 2.5 inches on the start end.
  3. Start to shape the letters. This wire is really flexible so you can just use your hands. If additional help is needed, then use the pliers. I suggest using lowercase script for beginners. 
  4. Drill hold bout 1 inch from each end of the hanger.
  5. Trim access wire, add glue to hole in hanger and secure wire into place.

Tips:

  • Your first time trying this craft will take you about 1 hour. Once you get the hang of shaping the wire, you will cut down on your time tremendously. It’s okay if they craft has a more rustic/handmade feel, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
  • Paint the hanger (before you start the craft) to match the wedding colors.

Other Uses:

  • There was wire left over so I used it to make “place cards” for the bride and groom.  Leave a comment and let me know if you have any other ideas for how to use the wire to personalize your big day.

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Beauty Essentials {Tools}

I use to be a Freelance Makeup Artist in college working for Paula Dorf and Chanel but haven’t really worked on other people since then. I recently got asked to revive my skills for my college roommate’s wedding. I tackled 8 of the beautiful bridesmaids pictured below (photo via the insanely talented Melissa Young Photography). I have another wedding lined up in 2 weeks and wanted to share the tools I can’t live without in order to complete a flawless finish.
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Face:

  1. Chanel Foundation Brush
  2. BeautyBlender
  3. ELF Stipple Brush
  4. Paula Dorf Blush Brush
  5. MAC 184
  6. MAC 224

Eyes:

  1. Paula Dorf Sheer Crease
  2. MAC 217
  3. ELF Contour Brush (new favorite and only $3!)
  4. Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner

BridesmaidsPhoto via Melissa Young Photography

DIY Tissue Tassel Garland

The Likehearted YouTube Channel is live! I had a blast being a content contributor and getting to share my craft ideas. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that Sitewire has given me, and the beautiful work Snapfactory did on the videos. It’s definitely nerve-racking being on camera for the first time but I’m really proud of the videos and hopefully you all enjoy them too!! More videos to come, so make sure to check out all the tutorials by subscribing to my channel: http://www.youtube.com/iamlikehearted.

Materials:

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Total cost: Under $10

Time: 2 hours

Steps:

  1. Fold one sheet of tissue paper in half width-wise, then fold it over length-wise.
  2. With your scissors, cut strips of fringe about 1/4 inch wide along the unfolded long edge of your folded tissue, leaving about 2 inches of uncut tissue at the folded edge.
  3. Unfold your paper and cut the tissue in the center, creating two halves. Set one aside.
  4. You should have a sheet of tissue with fringe on either side and a solid section down the center. Using the solid center section, begin to roll the tissue paper up, being careful to keep the fringe untangled.
  5. After the entire section is rolled, twist the center tightly. Then curl it in on itself to create a loop, and secure with a small dot of hot glue.
  6. For a finishing touch, place a small dot of hot glue under the loop and wrap twine around the base, secure with another dot of hot glue.  Trim the ends if desired, and string your tassel onto your cord.

Tips:

  • One sheet of tissue paper makes 2 tassels.
  • I suggest about 16 tassels for your average size garland = 8 sheets of paper.
  • To make tassels with longer fringe, during step 2 cut along the short edge of the unfolded tissue instead of the long edge.

Don’t have time to make your own? Purchase the one I made in the video on my Etsy shop.