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Brit + Co x Target: Metal Stamp a Necklace Kit

16 May

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ve heard me talk about Brit + Co before. I was a part of the Brit + Co-Op when they had one and also had the opportunity to meet Brit herself a few years ago.

When I saw the Brit + Co was partnering with Target to launch a line of craft kits, I was super excited. I love how the company makes cool craft sets for grownups and couldn’t wait to see what kinds of kits they would offer. I reached out to Brit and she was nice enough to send me one to try:

That’s right, they sent it over with cute little puff-balls inside. Adorable!

The kit they sent me is the Brit + Co Metal Stamp a Necklace Kit and retails at Target for $24.99. The kit contains: 2 necklace chains, 2 gold bar pendants, stampers, stamping block, hammer, practice piece, tape, pliers, and instructions.

I started out by practicing my stamping skills on the practice piece and I highly recommend lots of practice before you try it on the gold bar pendant.

Here is my practice piece:

Once I felt confident I wasn’t going to ruin the final necklace (spoiler: I totally ruined my first one), I taped my gold piece down to the stamping block.

I wanted to line my letters up to the right, so I started with the last letter and worked my way backwards. As I mentioned, I ruined my first one…I accidentally held the “e” backwards. So, my recommendation is to stamp a letter on the practice piece and then go ahead and stamp that final letter once you know it’s perfect.

This is my second try:

Once I completed “Joules” with no mistakes, I used the included set of pliers to open the jump rings and slide them into the pre-drilled holes in the bar. I really love the way it turned out and I’m kicking myself for ruining the other one, because I want to make like a million of these now!

The cool thing is that now I have the equipment I need to make as many necklaces as I want. All I need is some more stamping blanks and chains. I found some assorted blanks on Amazon and also on etsy, so I’m going to have to re-stock up soon to keep stamping. I’m also thinking I want to try a cute project like stamping a spoon (I found a cute tutorial here).

What word or name would you stamp on your necklace?

 

Disclaimer: Brit + Co provided me with a kit for no charge. All thoughts, comments and mistakes on stamping letters backwards are all mine. This post contains ShopStyle affiliate links. This means that clicking on a link may help me earn a small commission at no cost to you.

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T-Shirt Dye DIY

4 May

I finally did the winter-to-summer clothes switch in my closet the other day and I came across a t-shirt that I had purchased but never wore.

I absolutely love South Parade t-shirts because they are super flattering on and also really insanely soft. True&Co carried their tee’s for a bit and I was able to use some referral credits to stock up. Unfortunately, I kind of hate white t-shirts. I much prefer colors or black, so this one just sat in my drawer until I packed it away last fall.

Lately nothing in my house is safe from purging and anything I don’t love gets either sold or donated, so I figured I might as well try dying this t-shirt to see if I like it better in a different color. I had some teal Rit dye sitting in my office, so I decided to put it to work.

By the way, my ugly green bathtub was the perfect fit for this DIY! I probably could have just filled it up with water and dye, but I grabbed a handy dollar store bin. I filled it with hot water and then dumped in the entire container of dye.

Then, I poked it with a stick.

I’ve learned NOT to put my hands in the dye, so I was careful to stir it with a random stick that was sitting in Jack’s bathroom (#boymomlife). I left it in there for an hour or so and then rinsed and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed until the water finally ran mostly clear. When it was mostly clean, I added it to the load of laundry that I had going in and gave it a nice wash and dry.

And I LOVE IT:

The color turned out so pretty and as soon as I pulled it out of the dryer I wore it that day AND wore it to bed that night. So yeah, I’m a regular Martha Stewart now.

Do you dye your clothes?

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April Wrap Up: What I Wore

1 May

It’s time for my monthly wrap up where I show you the outfits I wore throughout the month.  My reasoning behind doing the wrap up is that whenever I check out other bloggers wrap ups, I’m always inspired by the different ways they style the same items over and over again. So, hopefully I can help someone else out of a wardrobe rut!

I typically work from home two days a week (Monday and Friday), so each week will usually only have three work outfits. This month, I included a ‘bonus look’ of what Jack and I wore for Easter brunch.

Here are all my April looks:

I put little hearts next to my most popular outfits according to my Instagram friends. I appreciate all the love! It was basically a month of dresses, skirts and booties! Perfect for that in-between season weather of not too cold and not too hot (yet).

New in Rotation for April:
Red floral thrift store skirt (from this post) – row 1, outfit 1
Anthropologie dress bought off eBay (from this post) – row 1, outfit 2
Gold belt from Old Navy (find it here) – row 2, outfit 3 and row 3, outfit 3
Black thrift store skirt (from this post) – row 3, outfit 3
Gray booties scooped up for $29 at the Nordstrom Rack sale (see here on IG) – row 5, outfit 1

So, what do you think? Are you digging the monthly wrap up for some outfit remix ideas?

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Red Door Spa: Eyes Wide Open Eyeshadow Trios

28 Apr

{Disclaimer: I am a Red Door Spa #GalSquad Ambassador and receive products & services at no cost.}

This month’s Red Door Spa ambassador product was a fun surprise: their new Eyes Wide Open eye shadow trio and Lasting Impressions mascara. They sent me two different palettes to try out, Oh So Pink and Not So Nude.


Have you ever wanted to see a video of me first thing in the morning when I haven’t brushed my hair or put my contacts in? You’re welcome.

 

Reader Bonus:
The Red Door Spa has partnered with BeeRoll and they are looking for videos of how you enjoy the spa or Elizabeth Arden products. Here is how to play along: download the BeeRoll app in the Apple App store; find the Red Door campaigns in the app and film the requested shots; select your best shots and submit it. If you participate, your videos may be edited by pros and posted on the Red Door Spa’s social media. In return, you will get a 50% discount on any spa or salon service once you upload the required shots.

So what do you think… more videos or never, ever again?

 

Disclaimer: I am a Red Door Spa #GalSquad Ambassador and receive products and services at no cost.

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