light3So once upon a time I saw this pendant light on ‘Fixer Upper,’ and I of course fell in love with it. I told my mom we needed it in our house and this what came out of that thought. The light they had used was expensive and so I researched any way to make it myself and I figured out the perfect way. Instead of bending the wood into the round shape, use wood that was already round, so what would that be? Embroidery hoops! After I had figured out the exact way to execute this light, I made a video so here all the step by step tiny little details from the video.

Product List:

  • Embroidery hoops. I used 10″ from Hobby Lobby
  • 1″ squares from Hobby Lobby
  • Sandpaper/block
  • Hot glue or E6000
  • Light kit from Ikea
  • Lightbulb, I think mine was from Lowe’s
  • Acrylic paint or stain

To get started I unscrewed the embroidery hoops and threw the screw away, because it’s not needed. Then I took something flat, in my case a nail file, and popped the metal off the outer hoops. When I made my first light like this I didn’t do that and so it’s not a necessary step but it makes everything look uniform and clean. Screen Shot 2018-03-12 at 6.52.03 PM

Next I sanded everything which is obviously self-explanatory. You do it to make sure the paint has a smooth surface to stick to. Now I painted. Whenever I’m doing anything that is going to look worn or rustic, I always start with a grey base so it looks like the white on top had been a bit more weathered. Screen Shot 2018-03-12 at 6.51.53 PM copyScreen Shot 2018-03-12 at 6.52.23 PM

Once the layers of paint were dry on the hoops and the squares mentioned earlier, I sanded them to give them the weathered looked we’re going for. Obviously you could just go with a white light or a stained light and not worry about this, but this just happens to be the style I was going for. Screen Shot 2018-03-12 at 6.52.28 PM

Next I started attaching everything. Luckily in the Ikea kit I linked above, it came with a plastic piece to the base that screws on and I was able to use that to glue everything onto. It also came with little notches in the piece so double luck! I used hot glue to do this but you could also use E6000, the only problem with using it is you need to tape the pieces to the base just so they’ll stay still while the glue is drying. With hot glue it dries so fast you only have to hold it for a few seconds and then it’s good. And I will say the hot glue has held as well the E6000 version. Screen Shot 2018-03-12 at 6.52.49 PM

Now I glued the squares half down every other hoop and onto the very bottom and then thread the cord back through and screwed it on. Then I was done! It’s a super easy twenty-four hour project that’s inexpensive and a great statement piece.

I hope you guys enjoyed this and the video, and maybe you’ll make this for yourself. I’m planning to make so many more DIYs as long as y’all want them, so until then; stay inspired!

 

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DIY Pendant Light

Treat Yourself First

Ah, it’s once again Valentine’s Day, so much fun for a single person. Not. If you enjoy romance or not, it’s the day we have to see it everywhere and probably stay at home without plans. Which is what I want to talk about, no matter if you’re single or not you need to take care of yourself. It’s the most important thing for you and both your physical and mental health. And that’s what this is all about, self-health. Everybody needs to take a day to themselves and focus solely on them, so why not while everybody else is out on a date? Be your own date, because then there’s no pressure anyway. We all need a stressless night every so often and so I want to suggest some ideas for yours.

  1. Have a spa night. Now I know, this is the cliche for a girl but just listen to me, a good face mask and manicure can do wonders. I always do my own nails and so it gives me awhile to really zone out of everything else and only focus on the task at hand… no pun intended. But really there’s a million things you could do to focus on just your outer self to make you love what you see. A hair mask, pore strip, body scrub, anything that comes to mind when you think of a spa. Because really if we can focus so long just to look good for a date, why can’t we take that care on what’s underneath the makeup and curled hair.
  2. Have a movie night. If you know me really well, you’d know I’m a huge movie buff. I watch movies all the time so for me this isn’t anything special but to make it special I’d watch something I never get to see or binge my favorite series. Personally, I love having a night with some good homemade popcorn and getting to watch the whole High School Musical series or any other musical because they’re my favorite. Whether it’s rom-coms, musicals, or sci-fi, it’s always great to sit there all night and watch your favorite no matter what anybody thinks of it.
  3. Have a gaming night. Okay, here’s a secret most people don’t know, I love video games. I’ve always loved playing them but my total favorites are the Lego games where I get to destroy everything because goodness it’s a stress reliever. I think though video games is either considered such a geek thing or a guy thing not many girls take the time to just play something by themselves. Honestly I love when I’m home alone and get full control of the Xbox and get to play, so maybe you would too.
  4. Have a cooking/baking night. Once again another favorite of mine. I love baking specifically because it makes my perfectionist mind at ease for a little while. Everything has to be certain measurements because it’s an exact science unlike other things, so for me to take time to focus on it or cooking is so nice. Having something that I know has to be perfect is my form of self-care, because it’s something that I know I can make go right. That’s weird probably, but no matter what we all have to eat so take the night and make it yourself.
  5. Have a craft night. Coloring, painting, knitting, or sewing, no matter what it is they’re a great stress reliever. I can sit there and lose myself while doing a coloring page because it takes all my focus and I forget everything else. All of these suggestions though are things we claim we don’t have time to learn or just do, so take a night and ignore that thought and just do it. Learn how to sew, finally knit that sweater, or do that painting you’d been meaning to make.
  6. Have an exercise night. Don’t kill me on this, but like the spa idea it’s about making ourselves look good for us. We need to take the time to focus on physical health as much as everything else we do. Because exercise is great and not just for making you look good for yourself but for your mental health. So stretch it out, watch a video, and lose yourself in one of the best ways to get your heart racing that isn’t somebody who’s hot or makes you nervous.

The whole point to this, is to love yourself first. Focus on you, because how you feel about yourself is how you present yourself. And no matter if you want to admit it or not, when we express how we’re feeling inside into the world it isn’t always for the best. So it’s important we learn how to stop hating ourselves because it’s hard to love somebody who doesn’t love themselves. No matter if you’re worried about dating or not, nobody is really going to want to be friends with somebody who’s not proud of who they are. Taking care of yourself isn’t the end of the world, we should always come first in our own lives, so take some time for you. Don’t care about anybody else for the night, because it’s okay to be selfish when you realize you need a break and to focus on you. We need to learn how to focus on us a lot more, so start off with the one night that you may have to yourself, and then go from there.

Inspire yourself everyday to be a better version of yourself for you, not anybody else. And I don’t know where this quote is from but; “Fall in love with taking care of yourself,” because you’re the most important thing in your life until you have children. Relax with your animal if you have one and enjoy this Valentine’s Day no matter if you’re on a date or going to take the night to yourself.

Stay inspired, Emily.

Easy Super Bowl 2018 Food

Are you ready for some football??? It’s once again time for commercials, halftime, I guess a bit of football, and some great food. The Super Bowl is the time to pig out and not feel guilty as you watch the game. I’m going to be showing you how to make three different recipes that are easy to customize to what you like and will be a hit at your party. The whole video is on my youtube (click for link) but here’s all the nitty gritty details so are you ready?

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Ingredients:

  • Biscuit Dough
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Cheese
  • Pepperoni

These are super simple, all you have to do is roll out your biscuits on a floured surface till they’re completely flat, then fill, and finally close. Bake at 350F for 14 minutes and you’re good. The thing about these though, is there’s so many options! You could do anything from basic pizza toppings like I did to meat lovers, it’s up to you but here’s some options. Chicken, BBQ sauce, and mozzarella, do this for a different take on a classic. Taco meat, salsa, and queso, try this for a Mexican twist. And finally marshmallows, chocolate, and anything else sweet for a dessert take.

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Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Pretzels
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp. Butter (soft)
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. Milk

Start by melting your chocolate chips in thirty second intervals until fully melted while putting down cupcake liners and then fill the bottom of cupcake liners with the chocolate, this is to create a base for everything to have a stable bottom. Put the chocolate filled cups into the fridge to chill while doing the next step. Mix with a hand mixer the flour, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and milk all together until smooth and then chill if you think it’s too sticky, but otherwise just fill the cups with about a tablespoon of the dough. Congrats you just created eggless cooking dough. Not with a tablespoon or anything with a round bottom press into the dough to create a hole and this is where we’ll lay the crushed pretzels and then you just cover them with chocolate and once again chill in fridge. Then you’re done! To switch these up you could make chocolate chip dough, or snickerdoodle and add caramel, truly the possibilities are endless when it comes to mixing sweet and salty things.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can White Beans
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Curry
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

To start this one off, you need to drain the beans, but don’t drain them in the sink, put all the liquid in a separate bowl as we’ll be using it. Put everything in your food processor, add as much of the three liquids (olive oil, lemon, bean liquid) as you believe is needed and then blend. This recipe is big in changing to your tastebuds so add as much or little of everything as you want. You could easily change this by adding roasted garlic or peppers into the hummus, changing up the beans, or the spices, the choice is up to you. Make sure to keep it chilled if not being used and serve with pita or naan.

So that’s it, three easy and customizable dishes for your Super Bowl party or your next snack. Most of the ingredients you probably have in your kitchen already, or if not they’re super inexpensive. I hope you guys enjoy these recipes and any that I have to come in the future, until then.

Stay Inspired, Emily.

DIY Floral Mobile

 

YOUTUBE VIDEO FOR VISUAL INSTRUCTIONS

So let’s make a floral mobile… chandelier? Whatever you wanna call it, here we go! I got the idea for this while we were getting ready to decorate for my cousin’s first birthday and I was browsing on Pinterest and saw a few things similar, but of course I decided to go in my direction with it. If I remember correctly I used a 10” and 6” inch ring for this project along with obviously flowers, the flowers were definitely the most expensive thing, so if you’re going to make this check for sales. Here are the links for all the products:

Now to get started I taped down the ring after measuring the perfect distance between the rings. I originally was going to use fishing line to connect the rings but because of fishing line being so thin and slippery, it didn’t work out so I ended up using twine which worked way better. Fishing line is typically ideal when you want to make objects appear like they’re floating and when decorating for parties it’s typically what I use but sadly it just didn’t work out so I had to go a different direction, which happens all the time in DIYs, you have to change your original plan. In case you’re wanting to use my exact measurements I used about 6 or 8 inches of twine and tied them off, hot glued them down, and also in some places taped them down. The downside to using a metal ring is how slippery they are so if you don’t mind using something thicker, I’d suggest an embroidery hoop, I’ll explain another reason why that may be ideal in a second.

Time to clip the flowers, now I do suggest doing this beforehand just so the project doesn’t take even more time, but honestly clip them all at once so you’re not doing it after putting each individual one on the ring. Here’s where I may suggest using an embroidery hoop again, because of the metal on the ring when I simply glued on it the flower moved around and popped loose on me, with an embroidery hoop since they’re wooden I don’t believe that would happen but I did find a solution. Using floral wire, I cut a piece about 5 inches long and twisted it together till a loop formed at the top, then I put the loop around the stem of the flower and hot glued it down. If you don’t secure it with the hot glue it’s very likely to have the wire slip off the flower since it’s hanging and not being used like a typical flower arrangement which would be secured into foam and not dangling in midair. I hate I didn’t get a closeup of doing this, but if you have any farther questions on that I can personally tweet you something if need be. But after gluing all the floral wire to the flowers I twisted the wire around the ring and even glued it onto that, because once again the metal was slippery and it didn’t want to stay directly in place. Even after doing so though, I still had to adjust the flowers when I finally did hang everything. But I repeated this process with the flowers, leaves I added, and the lavender I hung until the whole ring was covered then I repeated again with the smaller ring. To actually hang the whole thing, I did end up using fishing line and tied four different strings to different areas of the ring and then tied them all together so they could hang on a hook from the ceiling. Once you’ve done that, you’re done! I hope you enjoy watching the process and that this step by step may have explained things better, but I also hope that maybe you’re inspired to make this yourself. Tweet or Instagram me pictures if you do end up making it, don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe to both here and my Youtube. I’m hoping to finally start posting more content so I will see y’all soon!

Wait, What Do I Need to Take to Prom?

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Prom, it’s something we either look forward to going to or dread. Some may have great memories, some may have horrible memories, but no matter what you typically remember your prom night. Now though even if prom night is great, getting to that night can be stressful; you need the dress, the shoes, the date, the hair, the makeup, and soon enough you may have forgotten other things you’ll possibly need for that night to remember (High School Musical 3 reference, anybody?). After going to two proms, I’m here to help you remember specifically what you may need for the night of in your handbag… at least beyond the obvious phone and possible charger. So here we go, my list of things you might forget to bring, that you might need for prom night.


  1. Jewelry, at least if you’re anything like me this is something you purposely forget BUT, it is what completes your outfit so you may not want to forget it. Plus it’s always a good idea to bring a spare in your bag if you have a malfunction with what you’re already wearing. 
  2. Makeup, no matter how much setting spray you use there’s always that chance you need a touchup. Make sure to bring your concealer, powder, mascara, and lipstick/gloss they’re mostly likely what you may need to make adjustments to during the night.
  3. Hair products, from bobby pins to a comb to hairspray you never know what you may need on that bathroom trip during the night. I highly suggest packing at least five bobby pins though especially if you’re wearing an undo and have thick hair like me, it’ll save your life… trust me.
  4. Nail file and possibly clippers, it doesn’t matter if you got acrylics or your natural nails, there’s always a chance your nail could get broken or uneven and you don’t want that to put you in risk of being able to get caught on your dress.
  5. Pads and tampons, pack at least one of each. You never know when a friend or yourself might need it. I myself was on my period both years at prom and so being caught without something would have been a nightmare, especially since I had a white skirt my senior year!
  6. Deodorant, hand sanitizer, lotion, disposable toothbrushes, and gum. To be totally honest, these are just things you need in your bag no matter the event because ultimately you never know when you may need any of them. Just bring them and be safe rather than sorry.
  7. And finally, pain killers and bandaids. Now the bandaids are in case you forgot to break in your shoes and get blisters, but the pain killers… well they’re in case you not only forgot to break in your shoes but are in heels and don’t wanna take them off, too much dancing makes you hurt, or you just get a headache from the loud music. Really though, pain killers saved me at prom both years and so I suggest taking some with you.

Now of course this is just what I personally suggest taking, and I highly do recommend it, both years I went to prom I was the only person who thought to bring a handbag and ended up helping more than just myself because it’s something a lot of people don’t think about. Did I forget anything you need to bring? Do you have any suggestions for people? Leave me a comment or tweet me them! Until next time, have a safe prom and don’t worry if it isn’t exactly what you expect it to be like, no matter what you’ll never regret going.

Fall 2016 Lookbook

Ah fall… here in the south a time when the weather really doesn’t change too much until later on and it still only gets to 70, unless there’s a cold front. I picked my outfits with that in mind since that’s what I deal with. So here we go with outfit details.

Outfit #1- 

  • Short overalls; Target last year. A great idea for the warmer fall days but still able to be worn at night.
  • Light sweater; Charlotte Russe two years ago. Once again the perfect thing that works during the day and night of fall in the south or any other warm climate.
  • Tank; Rue21.
  • Combat boots; Target many, many years ago. Combat boots are so uber comfortable but still really fashionable. Who says you have to sacrifice comfort for fashion?

Outfit #2- 

  • Jeans; Aeropostale. A good basic pair of jeans is the base to any great fall outfit, even if you’re like me and hate jeans.
  • Shirt; Rue21. A tank can be worn during the day and be comfy on a nice autumn day, while not being too heavy like some fall clothing can be.
  • Jacket; Marshall’s. An army style jacket is great for fall. The green is such a great color and can be worn with almost any color without an issue. You can throw it on as a nice day transitions into a cooler night, and still be comfortable.
  • Shoes; Target years ago. Nude flats are a stable in my closet. One because I’m tall. Two because I just had knee surgery four months ago. But three, because it’s just something that will go with every outfit, every season, all the time. I personally believe they don’t go out of style and are forever something you’ll be thankful you have.

Outfit #3-

  • Plaid shirt; Old Navy. A plaid shirt is another great stable for the fall season, and a boyfriend style is something so comfy you’ll probably wanna sleep in it. I love wearing my shirts like this though with a skirt to add a girly touch to the casual shirt.
  • Tutu skirt; Rue21. If Carrie Bradshaw can wear a tutu as an adult then so can anybody as long as you style it correctly. Find a top like the plaid one that balances it out, while still making the look appropriate for an event like a wedding or church.
  • Booties; Aeropostale two years ago. Booties are something I love wearing. They can be worn with jeans, skirts, or whatever. Plus for me if I’m wearing a shorter skirt I love wearing them with knee socks as something quirky and different.

I hope you got some fall outfit inspiration from these looks. These outfits are honestly some of my favorite that I’ve worn recently and I hope you like them just as much I do.