DIY Jean Short Revamp

If you’re anything like me, you’re addicted to Pinterest. If you’re also anything like me, you see those cute DIY shorts and tell yourself you’re going to that this summer. And then you don’t. Whoops.

I actually attempted this on an old pair of jeans last summer to DIY for July 4th. It was an epic fail. However, with how gross and cloudy this weekend has been, I decided I wanted to try again. I remembered a pair of jean shorts I had bought in 2011 for a Ke$ha concert. Yep. A Ke$ha concert.

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Here they are in 2011. We were very committed to embracing the Ke$ha experience.

They are already glittery and fabulous, but I wanted a boost. Plus, if they were another epic fail, no love lost, right?

If you want to attempt this DIY, you will need:
– jean shorts
– sequin trim/lace trim/any cool trim you like/fabric
– studs
– fabric glue (I used liquid stitch)
– craft pliers
– scissors
(Sorry in advanced, I did not take pictures of the process as it went. I didn’t have much faith at the time, silly me).

Cut your material to the length you are using. Put the fabric glue wherever you want to place the trim/fabric/etc. Squish said materials on the fabric glue. Have faith that it will dry and hold, ’cause it will. Let dry. Drink some wine, do another project, nap, whatever. Now, figure out where you want your studs. I placed mine along the pockets so that they wouldn’t poke me when I wore them. Poke your studs through the fabric where you want them. I did two at a time and placed them a studs-width apart. Next, use your craft pliers to bend the ends of the studs so that they will grip on your clothes. You can also add a touch of fabric glue for extra security. Let dry.

Now put em on and work it girl! You are crafty and you deserve it.

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I also crafted a few other things this weekend:

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If you’d like to learn how to make the necklace and ring, click here : http://www.ehow.com/ehow-style/blog/beach-style-make-a-seashell-pearl-necklace-and-ring/?utm_source=kirstennunez&utm_medium=contributor&utm_campaign=blognetwork

Ipsy bag July 2014, “Sensationally Sunkissed”

Another month, another Ipsy bag! You guys know the drill. $10 a month and you get some sweet samples, plus a really cool bag to store your own make up essentials in!

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1. bareMinerals 5 in 1 BB eye shadow cream in Barely Nude ($18 full size)- Y’all know I love bareMinerals. I already use their powder on a daily basis. I wasn’t sure about this product, because I haven’t used cream eyeshadow in a long time, and the color didn’t thrill me in the bottle. Boy, I was wrong. It goes on smooth, has major staying power, and the color created a classic smoky effect. This is going into my beauty routine.
2. Clear Clinical Laboratories Spot Remover ($35 full size)- I love that this spot treatment comes with its own applicator for no mess application. It’s also clear, so it can easily be put on under make up. I actually have two zits I’m trying to get rid of currently, so I’m hopeful this will speed up the process!
3. Elizabeth Mott Tint and Sass ($22.99 full size)- I’m not a big fan of liquid lip/cheek tint, and this is no different. It’s quite sticky, even after it dries. I will not be using this product.
4. Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil ($11.99 full size)- I love tanning oil. Save me the speech. I know skin cancer is awful, and melanoma is the leading cancer among 20-something females. I totally get it. That being said, I love tanning oil. I am very excited to use this on a day when it’s not overcast (like it is today!).
5. Nailtini in Mangorita ($13 full size)- I had high hopes for this product. I loved the color in the bottle and on my nails. It’s cool when you get a product from Ipsy that you would never pick for yourself. However, immediately after putting it on, it started to chip. And today, the polish on two of my nails pulled off in chunks. I will not even consider this product. What’s worse is the price; Essie and OPI don’t even cost that much!

Does anyone else out there subscribe to Ipsy? If anyone is interested in trying the Tint and Sass or the Nailtini, I am more than willing to trade. 🙂 Just leave a comment in the box!

Couponing 101

I’ve been trying to decide if I should write this post for a while, but after one of my wonderful readers commented last night, I decide to go for it. I’ve touched on this subject before, but this post will detail how to get involved in couponing, instead of being completely overwhelmed by it. I know a lot of people don’t know where to start, where to get coupons, and are turned off by shows like “Extreme Couponing.” DON’T BE! It’s easy. Once you get started, it’s a total addiction

Where can I get coupons?
Coupons are easy to get ahold of, especially in this day and age. You can find coupons online (coupons.com is a big website, but companies like P&G, Johnson and Johnson, and Kelloggs have their own if you sign up ), in the Sunday paper (There’s no need to subscribe; just go buy one Sunday morning, but check that the inserts are in there.), from friends (there are websites dedicated to hooking people up with other couponers to trade), specific retail stores wesbsite’s (Target), Facebook (just “like” the company for offers, including free samples), and from the company itself. I have written to companies and told them how much I would love to try their product, but I can’t afford it full price. Many will send you coupons to use, with long expiration dates.

If you have a smartphone/tablet and a wireless printer, you can download the coupons.com application to print coupons from those devices. The best part is that you can print 2 coupons per device. If you have a tablet, a smart phone, and a computer, this means you can print 6 coupons for the same product. Most websites, including target.com, will only let you print 2 coupons per device. If you really need a certain product and there’s a great coupon (think baby food, shampoo, etc.), having more than one computer comes in handy; or phone a friend!

How do I combine coupons?
As you all know, I love Target. Their coupon combinations are unmatched. You can use 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 Target coupon (it will have the red bulls-eye on it, and you can find them on target.com under the clearance tab) together for better savings. For instance, if you have an item that is $3 and you have a manufacturer coupon worth $1 and a Target coupon worth a $1, you can combine the two. The product will be a $1. Make sure you check the store’s coupon policy as well to see how many of the same like coupons you can use in one transaction. At Target, you can only use 4 like coupons in the same transaction, aka 4 of the same Target coupon and 4 of the same manufacturer coupon.

How can I figure out deals?
There are blogs dedicated to finding deals and doing the dirty work so you don’t have to. Totallytarget.com is my Bible in this case. Otherwise, you can match up your coupons with local inserts (Redners, Rite Aid, etc.). Don’t be afraid to put together matches with your Target insert, either. You may have coupons that will give you decent deals on products that you use all the time. Remember, you don’t have to get every single thing for free; you just want to save yourself some money.

Other things to know about:
Target has a program called “Cartwheels.” You can add percentages off certain items to a list and either print it or scan it from your smartphone. This adds an additional percentage off your purchase after coupons. I love to use it for fruits and vegetables. You can also get mobile coupons sent to your smartphone for extra savings. You can sign up for that on their website as well.

The Budget Babe is a great blog to follow to notifications for companies that are offering free samples of their products. I’ve gotten everything from lotions to K-Cups through her website.

Above all else, have fun with this. I truly enjoy couponing and providing for my family. We’ve been able to stock up on a lot of necessities through coupons, and for that, I am very thankful.

You guys, I f*cking love Target.

I know this will shock the shit out of most of you, but I love Target. It’s the shit. And my favorite thing. One of the best things about Target is that you can make purchases in which you receive a $5 gift card for next time. I’ve been stockpiling mine for a big (selfish) purchase. I had a $25 gift card from Christmas (that my dog was so sweet to give me); coupled with my Target gift cards, I had $50 in gift cards to spend.

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I bought:

-cotton balls (on sale, had a coupon)
-Starbucks refreshers (damn near impossible to find a coupon for)
-Skinnygirl snack bars (also difficult to find a coupon for. Expensive, but freaking delicious)
-Pants that came from the Junior’s section, but they’re awesome so I don’t care.
-Honey Maid Peanut Butter and Chocolate bars (had a coupon…that came in a Kohl’s purchase)

This purchase retailed for about $40, but didn’t cost me anything. And I mean, how awesome is that?!

Warning: Personal Post ahead.

I am a firm believer in doing the best you can to let things go. Of course, this is after you scream, cry, analyze every little detail, drink margaritas, and wallow just a little bit. But whatever. It’s a process, people.

This time last year I had met and was dating the person I truly thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was in love, but the type where you kind of forget you were a person before this guy entered your life. It was, sadly, the first relationship I had in my adult life that was relatively healthy. Before, I had dealt with a total domestic violence relationship (where he probably would’ve seriously ended up hurting me if I didn’t walk away) and one where I tried to fix someone from their plethora of fucked-up-ness. I threw myself into this one. I worked long hours just so I could get off early on Friday and go see him. I never saw my friends. I didn’t spend time outside and tan (I know; what the fuck). I spent money on him when he didn’t seem to have any. I didn’t spend time with my family. This is after we were together every day for the academy, mind you. And looking back, it was terrible.

Interestingly enough, when we graduated and went to our offices, things changed very, very rapidly. He decided to be married to the job (word of advice for anyone considering a career in law enforcement: don’t go down that road/don’t date a fellow employee). He became mean spirited; I was no longer beautiful or the best thing that ever happened to him, and I was this awful person because I come from a wonderful family who is very supportive of me, both financially and emotionally. We fought every time we turned around. And I’m talking screaming matches (me) and shutting down and slamming doors (him).

However, I didn’t recognize this until after we broke up. When we did, I was so incredibly devastated. I cried all the time. I couldn’t eat (the Lord blessed me with having no appetite when upset, but being hyperglycemic. Double edge sword), but I drank plenty of wine. Luckily my best friend was there for me, even though I had totally deserted her. I couldn’t have gotten through it without her, many of my other friends, and my family. And luckily, it got better. Even after he blocked me on Facebook (immediately), sent me a check for $10.99 after googling the market value price of a bottle of wine I wanted back (by the way, that bounced, so I get a certified check for $30.99), took forever to give me all my stuff back, and was a dickhead to my family.

I was surrounded by people that loved me. I had time to reflect on things that I did wrong and could’ve done better. I live 45 minutes from the beach and got some late season sun in. I cried. I got angry. I let myself go through the motions and emotions. To me, a bad break up is like a death. You have to mourn the loss.

And, gradually, I realized that I had to forgive him. There was still a huge weight on my chest about it. Being angry with him was doing nothing but making me bitter. So, part of my New Year’s resolution was to let it go. And I did.

Fast forward to July 5, 2014. I was walking back to my friend’s house last night after dinner to put my sunglasses away before we went out for a little while. My phone went off, and when I checked it, there was a MD number I didn’t recognize. And then I did. 10 months after one of the worst break ups of my life, I had what I wanted. An apology text message. He wanted me to know he was sorry he had hurt me and for the way he treated me. And he was sorry that he had broken up with me the way he did (a phone call after I was with him all weekend. YEAH.).

I didn’t answer right away. I had a million questions, but wasn’t sure I wanted him to know that. I had to mull it over. So then, today, I answered and told him that I appreciated the gesture, but I had forgiven him months ago. I wasn’t holding on to any negative energy. And I wished him good luck.

That was one of the most satisfying moments of my life. For someone who did me so dirty to realize that they did not have any hold over me. That my life is wonderful regardless. I must be growing up. And it feels damn good to know that it may take a while, but karma comes around. And you get what you deserve.

Hey by the way, do you think he could see the “fuck you” in the fine print? 🙂