Saturday, March 3, 2018

Urban Outfitters Velvet Hair Scrunchie DIY

I can't believe I'm even typing this, but...scrunchies are back, in a big way. 

The 90's retro trend has officially come full circle. Since Mansur Gavriel incorporated them into their New York Fashion Week runway show, they're being spotted everywhere. 

As an old person born before 1990, I was straight-up horrified at this news until I saw how frigging cute they are this time around. Were they ever not cute? Maybe they were only un-cute when used for side ponytails? Idk. 

But now Topshop, Forever 21, Francesca's and Brandy Melville are all selling versions of this ugly-cute hair accessory. This pear-dotted version actually sold out at Anthropologie! But the holy grail of them all seems to be this set of velvet hair scrunchies in deep jewel tones from Urban Outfitters:

Now, I learned how to make hair scrunchies back when I was ten years old (*cough cough in 1994  *cough*) and not wanting to pay full price for these luscious velvet scrunchies, yet still wanting to know what all the fuss was about...I decided to make my own. Check it:

Well, they turned out amazeballs. Not only that, but they were SUPER DUPER cheap to make, and I kind of made, well, a lot of them. Each scrunchie takes about 5-10 minutes to make, start to finish. 

And I used scraps of fabric I already had, and repurposed old clothes to make these, so they cost me about zero dollars. 

Eat my dust, Urban Outfitters (j/k, I love you, please take all my money).

Aren't they pretty? And I'm giving you all the instructions you need to make your own! And you should, really. Your street cred alone will increase by +5.

And by the way, if you don't have any sewing skills, you can totally buy a pack of 16 velvet scrunchies for just $11.99 on Amazon.

Here's me, jumping face first on the scrunchie bandwagon:

To be honest, I sort of loved them. My hair definitely thanked me for using a soft, squishy scrunchie instead of cramming it mercilessly into an elastic hair tie like usual.

The only drawback I can see is that I did kinda feel like I was 12 again.

There was some initial stress when I realized that although I knew how to make scrunchies when I was 10, I did not, in fact, actually remember how. But after making about 15, and experimenting with different lengths of elastic and widths of fabric, I've nailed down the perfect stretchy : scrunch ratio for you. 

My daughter stole all but two of them, so I can say it's definitely worth clicking through to get the full instructions:

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Healthy Greek Yogurt Curried Chicken Salad

So, it's totally not spring yet here in Boise (there's snow outside...for real). But all the spring style and decor inspiration I've been seeing on Pinterest has me craving lighter foods already.

And since it's no secret that I freaking love Indian food, I decided to add my favorite flavor to a healthy chicken salad: Curry. I've already tried yogurt marinated curry chicken and curry-crusted top sirloin. A lighter, summer-y dish was next on my list.

This Curried Chicken Salad is made with Greek yogurt instead of mayo, making it extra light while still packing a powerful amount of flavor.

Get the full recipe after the jump!

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Monday, January 22, 2018

13 Amazing Ideas for Making this Valentine's Day the Best Ever

Did you forget something? 

Not yet you didn't! But Valentine's Day is only three weeks away, so now's the time to get your romance game plan on before the big day. Check out these DIY ideas for making this the most romantic Valentine's Day ever:

1. DIY a "gold-dipped" heart jewelry dish with supplies from the dollar store.

2. Make this amazing tulle gown without sewing a stitch.

3. Frame your kiss to give him a gift he'll keep forever.

Get the rest of the ideas after the break!

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Men's XL Sweatshirt to Scalloped Crop Top DIY

Cropped sweatshirts are everywhere right now, and I was a staunch hold out in true old lady fashion. 

Until I thrifted a giant lavender Izod sweatshirt and cropped it, and now I'm in love. I am now cropping all. The. Things.

I literally can't believe I can, like, get away with actually wearing what amounts to PJ's in public and still look "cool" or whatever the kids are saying these days. 

After cropping the hell out of several 90's vintage men's sweatshirts, I decided to up my game and make this cropped scalloped version, which to me seems just a little bit cuter and more feminine. 

Click "read more" for full instructions after the jump!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

5 Lazy Girl Tips for Workout Motivation (When the Couch is Calling Your Name)

I don't know if you've noticed, but this girl loves food.

This girl also really wants to keep myself in shape, but when you'd rather sit and crochet (or eat that fourth gluten-free waffle at midnight) workout motivation can seriously lag.

In honor of January and New Year's Resolutions, here's my top 5 lazy girl tips to stay motivated to work out when the couch is calling your name:

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Best, Most Perfect Dinner Roll Recipe Ever

A dinner roll recipe might seem strange coming from the blogger (me!) who specializes in gluten-free food and baking. And it totally is. 

But I got a Kitchenaid stand mixer for Christmas this year, and I've been making all. The. Bread. 

Don't worry, I'm still making tons of gluten-free and healthy goodies! It's been a bit of a bread-splosion at our house lately. 

All that practice has yielded this, the Best, Most Perfect Dinner Roll Recipe Ever. I made these for Christmas, then again for NYE, then again just family and friends wolfed them down.

You need to make some too. This recipe is foolproof and yields delicious, buttery, soft fluffy flaky dinner rolls people will swear you bought at a bakery.

full recipe after the jump!

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

If You're Not Buying These 18 Things at a Thrift Store, You're Throwing Away Money

Stop shopping at the mall, right now.

If you love quality, designer duds and don't like throwing away your money, drop that Starbucks and run (don't walk) to your nearest thrift store.

Let me convince you: Here's my list of 18 items you should never, ever buy brand new.

1. Shoes

True story: I've found Louboutins with a PRISTINE RED SOLE at thrift. For $9.99. My feet have never felt so cool.

2. Sweaters

Don't bother spending a gazillion dollars on that Anthropologie sweater--buy them by the dozen at thrift stores instead. I've found Anthropologie sweaters (tags still attached) for only $6.

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