Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sale at one of my favorite online shops: Ruche

I simply adore everything in this shop. Sadly, they're not in the Uk, but that of course does not stop us :-). Click here for my christmas wishlist (basically everything:)

The Blair Waldorf Blog

Truly obsessed with Blair Waldorf's style from Gossip Girl?
Make sure you visit the blog What Would Ms Waldorf Wear

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tutorial: How to make your own deodorant

Commercial deodorants contain all kind of nasties, it often stains clothes and above I almost never like how the smell. I actually found a recipe that works perfectly for me (better than any commercial deodorant). Given that it's so cheap to make it, why don't you give it a go to see whether it works for you too. And it's extremely easy too!

Here's what you need VNNB3YCP55T9:

1. Shea Butter (refined)
2. Vegetable Oil (sunflower, almond, jojoba, grapeseed, peach or apricot kernel)
3. Sodium Bicarbonate (also called baking soda, NOT baking POWDER or WASHING soda - that's something else)
4. Essential oil or perfume oil

First step:
Take two tablespoons of shea butter and melt it (using the two container method I described in another tutorial).

Second step:
Add two tablespoons of the vegetable oil to the shea butter and mix well. Let it cool down a bit.

Third step:
Add one teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (it's a white or off-white fine powder). Mix well.

Fourth step:
Add a few drops of essential oil (I wouldn't recommend tea tree, for example, as it might be too agressive) or perfume oil. Try tangerine, orange or lemon - I think they smell lovely.

Last step:
Fill the mixture into a container. Leave it standing at room temperature overnight. You've now got a deodorant cream. If you prefer a stick, use more shea butter than vegetable oil (maybe leave the oil) and fill it in an appropriate container.

Note that deodorant is anti-smell but not anti-stain, it doesn't block or minimizes pores or anything like that.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Set: You make me feel so indigo

DIY: No-Sew-only-glue Alice band holder that looks a bit like modern art too

After boyfriend nearly destroyed my favorite alice band yesterday I decided to craft something where the little pieces of fashion art can feel safe and secure. Here's what I did:

I used:
1. Something similar to a thick cardboad
2. two pieces of elastic band long enough so the fit around the cardboard
3. a piece of cotton fabric, approx 2 cm bigger on each side than the cardboad.
4. glue gun (I got a new mini version from ebay for £4 including shipping)

Step 1
I glued the overlapping fabric of the short sides to the cardboard, then folded the edges and glued the long sides too.

Step 2
Now I glued the first elastic on the cardboard. Not in the middle but a bit further down. The elastic has to be tensed so I glued one side of it first - hold for 30 sec - then I glued the other side holding the elastic strongly tensed.

Step 3
I repeated step 2 using the other piece of elastic positioning it a bit below the first one

This is how it looks like on the right side of the board

Step 5 and final Step
I measured where the middle of the long side of cardboard is and glued a piece of ribbon (formed into a simple bow) to the end that is further away from the elastic bands.

This is now the construction looks like now that I've stuck the alice bands to it

Hope you're safe and happy now, little friends