bento boxes and end of summer

I have an obsession with anime and I always wanted to try the amazing looking bento boxes shown in a lot of anime. I have dozens of pins saved on Pinterest for ideas. This was my first one, so I didn’t go with to many elements. I made sushi, bok choy, some fruit, these tomato cheese kabobs, and rice shaped as a star. I also tried to make the carrots look like lotus flowers, but I think I missed the mark. Next time I want to try adding fried shrimp. IMG_6968IMG_6970

As for the picnic itself I had an amazing time. I laid under a tree with my boyfriend and after we went on the swing set at the park. The weather was so nice and considering it’s now cold I’m wanting another day like that.

 

 

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DIY Fall Decor

All of these DIY’s are fairly simple and I was really happy with how they all turned out. You can get the majority of the supplies at a craft store or you can order it online. This is actually my first time decorating for fall and I probably went a little over board, but I am in love with the decorations and probably won’t want to take them down when spring comes along.

 

Leaf Garland

Supplies:

  • Fake Leaves
  • Gold Paint
  • String
  • Tape

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Step 1- I taped the leaves to cardboard to make them easy to paint and gave them all two coats of paint.

Step 2- Once dry attach the leaves to a string. I just tape them to an existing garland I had to make it feel like fall. If you want to know how to make the garland you can read about it here.fullsizeoutput_a32

 

 

Water Marble Coasters

Supplies:

  • White outdoor paint (you could also use acrylic paint and a sealant)
  • Coaster
  • Nail Polish
  • A container
  • a small wooden stick fullsizeoutput_a2a

Step 1- Paint your coaters white and let dry overnight fullsizeoutput_a29

Step 2- Fill your container with waterfullsizeoutput_a24

Step 3- Slowly pour nail polish into the water and let it spread, but don’t wait to long or it won’t move around easily. fullsizeoutput_a25

Step 4- Using your wooden stick use a light touch to move the nail polish around until your happy with it. Their will probably be some trial and error. Once you have you design ready dip your coater into water and using a cutip pick up all the nail polish that hasn’t gone onto the coater, so it doesn’t ruin your design. fullsizeoutput_a26fullsizeoutput_a27fullsizeoutput_a28

Step 5- Allow to dry and your done. If you want you can also seal it. fullsizeoutput_a53

 

 

Leaf Print Pillow

Supplies:

  • White fabric or a white pillow case
  • Stuffing
  • Gold Paint
  • Fake leaves
  • Hot glue gun or something to sew with
  • Black pom pom’s (optional)fullsizeoutput_a50

Step 1- Fold the fabric over and cut out the size you want. I used a pillow I already had to help measure the size I wanted. Since I wanted two I used the first one as a guide foe the second. fullsizeoutput_a3c

Step 2- Glue or sew around the edges, leaving a small whole at the bottom to turn it inside out and. to stuff the pillow. fullsizeoutput_a3d

Step 3- Paint a fake leaf and press it down onto the pillow case. Be generous with the paint and use something like a piece of cardboard to help push the leaf down. Repeat this using different sizes of leafs. fullsizeoutput_a40fullsizeoutput_a43fullsizeoutput_a42fullsizeoutput_a45

Step 4- Stuff the pillows and glue or sew the whole at the bottom. I also glued on black pom pots because I thought it looked really cute. fullsizeoutput_a58fullsizeoutput_a59

 

Hope you found this post helpful x

 

My Fall Essentials

fullsizeoutput_791Most of my fall essentials are just things to keep me warm as I hate the cold.  Though the cold is almost worth it when I get to see the trees change color, it’s unbelievably beautiful. This will be my first Fall and Winter to get colder than the 40s in about six years, so I’ll be hiding under under blankets for the next few weeks. I am loving Fall decoration and fashion though.

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation- I like to wear as little makeup as possible, but in the winter my skin looks red and just all around not great, so foundation is a must for me.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer- I use this for my under eyes and I absolutely love it. I don’t use it for my spots because it causes me to break out really badly, but other than that it’s an affordable concealer that works really well. The only bad thing about this product is they never have my shade at any of the stores that I go to, so I have to order it online if I want the right shade.

E.L.F. HD Setting Powder- When it’s cold outside I’m really bad about touching my face, so I need all the help I can get keeping my makeup in place.

 

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Boots- Since it apparently snows where I’m living right now my usual canvas shoes aren’t going to cut it. I actually got these at Charles and Keith awhile back, but it was always so hot where I was I did not want to wear them, but now I get the chance to.

Scarfs and Sweaters- The more layers the better during fall. It just started getting cold where I live and I’m already wearing three layers every-time I go out.

Hoodie- I can’t stress enough how much I hate the cold, so anything to keep me warm will be a favorite of mine. I’m seriously considering getting an electric blanket.

Sweatpants- I currently only have one pair that I bought off amazon cause I had no warm clothing and I wear them constantly. I think it’s time to buy another pair.

 

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Face Masks- My skin gets really dry during fall and winter, so I try to give it extra attention this time of year.

Books- Most of my free time during fall is spent under lots of blankets, reading, and drinking something warm.

 

 

I hope you liked this post and if you have any tips on how to stay warm please leave them in the comments below x

 

 

Daiso Haul

fullsizeoutput_768When I lived in Asia I used to love going to the Daiso, but when I moved back to the states their weren’t any. When I heard that the Diaso was now in the states I was really excited and wanted to go immediately. It looked and smelled just like the one I used to go to and honestly made me miss Asia a bit. It used to be that everything their was two dollars and I’m not sure if it’s because tax or shipping, but the prices tend to vary a bit more here. Most of the stuff I got was two dollars, but I got one item that was four.

fullsizeoutput_777fullsizeoutput_769I got this to use as a makeup bag. I’m not really sure if that is it’s intended use, as I can’t speak whatever language was on the tag, but it works really well as one.

fullsizeoutput_76afullsizeoutput_776I got a few things for my office. The first thing I got was these really cute gold paper clips that say love. I also got folders to help keep organized. I know it’s no longer summer, but the gold pineapples were so cute I decided to get the folder anyway.

fullsizeoutput_773I don’t have a lot of fall or winter clothes, so I got this hat. It was only four dollars and I thought it would be a good idea to have one as it snows in the winter where I currently live. I have been looking for a hat like this for about a year and a half and I guess I was looking in the wrong places. Now I really want winter to come so I can wear this hat, but at the same time I hate the cold and wish it would be warm year round.

 

I hope you liked this post x

No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

fullsizeoutput_72eCarving pumpkins has always been a big deal in my family. The older my siblings and I became the more intricate the designs became. Unfortunately I am allergic to pumpkins. As of early last year all my siblings have moved out, leaving no one to carve pumpkins, so I needed a new idea. I decided to do no-carve pumpkins; it was a way to still decorate pumpkins without it ending with hives. I basically just paint and glue stuff to pumpkins instead of carving them. I did this last year and I really liked how they turned out, so I decided to do it again this year.

 

The Confetti Pumpkin:

Supplies:

  1. Confetti
  2. White Paint
  3. Glue or Mod Podge
  4. A Pumpkin

Instructions:

  1. I painted all the pumpkins I bought white and let them dry overnight. It took two coats of paint.
  2. Glue the confetti to the pumpkin. Their is no real technique for this, but I found doing one layer, waiting for it to dry, then doing another layer of confetti worked the best.

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Unicorn Pumpkin:

Supplies:

  1. Glue
  2. Glitter (two different colors)
  3. Hot Glue Gun
  4. White Paint
  5. Paper
  6. Black Acrylic Paint or Black Paint Marker
  7. Foam sheets, the color doesn’t matter
  8. Pink Jewels (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Paint your pumpkin white

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2. Cut four triangles out of the foam sheets. Two big and two small, the size of them should depend on the size of your pumpkin. You will also need to cut out this weird sort of triangle shape from paper; it will be the horn. fullsizeoutput_72b

3. Cover the ears and horn in glitter. I made the big triangles gold and the smaller ones silver. fullsizeoutput_727

4. Once dry, glue the triangles together. Roll the horn and glue it using the hot glue.

5. Using hot glue attach the horn and ears to your pumpkin.

6. Using black paint or a paint marker, paint the eyes and mouth. fullsizeoutput_728

7. This step is optional, but I took some pink jewels and glued them on to give my unicorn rosie cheeks. fullsizeoutput_731fullsizeoutput_73a

 

Melting Silver Pumpkin:

All you need for this one is white paint, metallic paint, and a paint brush. Then just take your metallic paint and drip it down the sides of your pumpkin. Use the brush to paint the top of your pumpkin. This one is definitely the easiest. No-carve pumpkin ideasfullsizeoutput_737

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I hope you liked this post and happy halloween x

Small Ikea Haul

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Recently I went to Ikea with my mum. The plan was to get a few things for the new place, but that isn’t what happened. For the most part I stuck to my list though I got a few small items that I found while walking around.

The first item I got is a light bulb. I have wanted this since the first time I saw it and I finally decided to buy it. fullsizeoutput_6ea.jpeg

The second item is a cactus. I got multiple plants and pots, but the rest will be in a separate post.fullsizeoutput_6e0

I also picked up a plain grey pillow for the chair in my bedroom. The last item I bought is a blanket. 

Fall is here and although it is still warm where I live the cold is coming and I’m preparing. I do not like the cold, so the more warm stuff the better. fullsizeoutput_6e8

Everything looks really cute in my room! I hope you have a great day x

DIY Room Decor

My family moved about two weeks ago and my room has been looking quite bare, so I decided to do some DIYs to add more of my style into my room. I tried to keep it simple, because with school and moving I haven’t had a lot of free time, but I still wanted everything to be really cute. For most of these I just used supplies I already had, but you should be able to find everything at a craft store or online. DIY Room Decor 4

Tape Headboard

All you need for this one is tape. I found some different designs on Pinterest and then took inspiration from those to create my own design. I used black masking tape, but washi tape will work just as well.

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Garland:

❤ Twine

❤ Yarn

❤ Small clothes pins

❤ Polaroids (you can print these if you don’t have a polaroid camera)fullsizeoutput_6901. I started off by making tassels. If you don’t know how to make them their are lots of tutorials on Youtube fullsizeoutput_6a1fullsizeoutput_6a22. Next cut your twine to the length you want and hang it up 

3. Tie the tassels to the twine, add your polaroids, and you done!fullsizeoutput_6a3

 

Cork-board:

Supplies:

❤ Paint

❤ Tape

❤ Thumb tacks or old stud earrings

❤ Chain or stringfullsizeoutput_6911. Tape off the section you want to paint with making tape.fullsizeoutput_6922. Paint and let dry completely.fullsizeoutput_6933. Cut the chain to the length you want and attach it using thumb tacks or stud earring(I lost a bunch during my last move): I don’t recommend hot gluing the chain on as it won’t stay as well.fullsizeoutput_69dfullsizeoutput_69e4. Hang up and pin whatever you want. Mine will end up covered in reminders.fullsizeoutput_6a6fullsizeoutput_6bd

 

Shelf bracket lamp:

These have been all over Pinterest for awhile and I have been wanting to get one for over a year now. I finally went to Ikea and got a shelf bracket, a light bulb that I thought was really cool, and a cord. I’m not sure if this is Really a DIY, but I wanted to include it.

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Hope you found this helpful x

5 of My Favorite Bloggers

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I’m really bad about taking time to check out new blogs, but one way I do is by reading peoples post about their favorites. I find those post so helpful so I decided to do one myself. I am currently moving, so this post is going to be shorter than usual. None the less I hope you enjoy it and find this post helpful.

Oriana’s Notes– This is a lifestyle blog. Their are post about fashion, hair, food, and DIYs; I find that I don’t get bored of this blog because of the large variety of content. This is one of the first blogs I ever followed. I’ve been reading it for around a year and I still love it.

Olive and Clo– This blog has some of the most beautiful pictures. Most of the post have to do with fashion and travel. She is based in Australia and the scenery in a lot of her pictures is absolutely beautiful. While most of he post are about fashion their are also post about recipes, advice, and just things that interest her. Their no front when you read her blog, their’s no gimmick or character, just her. I love reading this blog and I also highly recommend following her Instagram as her pictures are stunning.

The Southern Palette– I ended up following this blog a few months ago because of a post she wrote called My Five Favorite Online Boutiques. I ended up really liking the content and it has become one of my favorite blogs to read.

Lids and Tricks– I usually put a lot of focus on pictures when I’m reading blog post, although with this blog I focus more on the writing. I enjoy her post so much; her writing and content are both amazing.

 

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I hope you liked this post and if you have any blog recommendation please leave a comment I’m always looking for a new blog to read x

2 DIY Lip Scrubs

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So recently I binged watched a ton of YouTube videos and discovered lip scrubs. I honestly have no idea how I’ve never heard of them before. After I found out about them I started trying different recipes, altered them slightly to my preference, and ended up with too that I really like. 
Ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp Brown sugar

1 tsp Coconut oil or olive oil

2 drops of honey (optional)fullsizeoutput_635I used way to much honey in the batch I made for the pictures, but on the bright side the pictures turned out pretty.

Take all your ingredients and mix them together; once everything is well mixed put your mixture into a small container and you have lip scrub.fullsizeoutput_636IMG_6383fullsizeoutput_637

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp Sugar

1 tsp Coconut oil

1 drop of lemon essential oil

fullsizeoutput_63dMix everything together, put your mixture into a container, and your done. fullsizeoutput_63afullsizeoutput_63bfullsizeoutput_63cfullsizeoutput_65e

 

Their was a really cute bunny in my backyard while I was taking photos for this post!fullsizeoutput_638

 

Hope you like this post x

DIY Notebooks

School is about to start:( Their are great things about back to school like seeing friends and of course stationary! Here are three DIY notebooks

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Supplies:

  • Notebook
  • Stencil
  • paint
  • Jewel’s
  • Makeup sponge
  • Sealant if your notebook has a glossy finish
  • (Optional) Masking tape

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Instructions: 

1. Start off by packing your stencil where you want it it tape it down with masking tape. fullsizeoutput_5f8

2. Use a makeup sponge or paint brushy to dab paint on to the stencil and then take the stencil off. If you want a cleaner look lightly dab and do thin layers of paint. If you want the paint to bleed hold the sponge down for longer and only do one coat.fullsizeoutput_5f9.jpeg

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3. Add little jewels and your donefullsizeoutput_5fb

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Supplies:

  • Notebook
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue (I used hot glue, but elmers glue will work as well)

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Instructions: This one is probably the easiest. Just take some scrapbook paper, cut it to size, and glue it down. fullsizeoutput_60b

 

Supplies:

  • Notebook
  • Paint
  • Cross stitch thread and needle
  • Pencil
  • Sealant

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Instructions: 

1. Paint your notebook whatever color you want and then once it’s dry seal itfullsizeoutput_5fd2. Their are actually two ways you can do this next step. 1- print out the picture provided, tape it to your notebook, and using a needle poke a hole anywhere their is a dot.

2- Using a pencil lightly draw a pineapple on your notebook and put a dot where your going to go through with the treadfullsizeoutput_603.jpeg3. Then thread your needle and create your design. When I did the outline of the pineapple I went around twice and did every other one. Their isn’t any pacific way you have to do this, as long as it looks like a pineapple you should be good.

4. Lastly I took a black paint marker and wrote hello. fullsizeoutput_5ec.jpeg

This one reminds me so much of summer and is my favorite out of these three notebooks.

Hope you liked this post x