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DIY: Bleached Jean Shirt


Feeling creative? Here’s a fun DIY how-to on creating a short-sleeved, bleached jean button up. This trend has been pretty abundant this summer and now you can make your own!

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Step 1: Find a long sleeve jean button up shirt of any sort to get this process started. (Try this one.)

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Step 2: Place a plastic bag over the top half of the shirt (or bottom depending on which part you want bleached).

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Step 3: Tie the bag extremely tight to protect the top half (or whichever half you are bleaching) from being touched.

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Step 4: Submerge the non-bagged portion of the shirt in water with 1 cup of bleach.

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Step 5: Obtain a short sleeved shirt that fits you well and use it as a guide to cut the sleeves off of your new shirt using scissors or a razor blade.

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Step 6: Use an emery board to fringe the edges of the sleeves on your shirt.

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Step 7: Take selfies and look amazing in your new creation!

– James

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DIY: Revamped Jeans


I’m so pumped for today’s post. Its been a looong looong time since I’ve been creative with a DIY project, and I especially love this one. It’s great for all those extra pairs of jeans or shorts just sitting in your closet. Also, it lets us feel like fashion designers for the day. (Yes, there’s sewing involved.) 🙂

But don’t panic! You won’t need crazy sewing skills, just a basic hand stitch with a needle and thread. If you’re not comfortable with a needle and thread, click here for simple sewing tutorial, or just grab some fabric glue. On the other hand, if you’re a sewing master then go ahead and use a sewing machine.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– Denim jeans or shorts
– Decorative trim (I got mine from my local fabric store)
– A needle
– Thread that matches your trim
– Pins

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Step 1:
Pick any old jeans or shorts. I chose a pair of faded black skinny jeans and rolled up a cuff, which is where I’ll be placing my trim.

Quick Tip: Iron the cuff to make the stitching easier.

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Step 2:
Measure the trim by placing it on the cuff precisely where you’ll soon attach it. Cut the trim to those measurements.

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Step 3:
Pin your trim to the cuff.

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Step 4:
Start sewing! Or gluing. 🙂

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That’s it!

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Now you’ve got yourself a brand new pair of pants. I adore this project because you can choose any sort of trim to create something personal and one-of-a-kind.

Let me know if you enjoyed this post. I would love, love, love to see how it works for you. 🙂 Remember to use #NordstromBP if you post pics on Instagram!

xo ॐ – Amber

 

 

 

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I’ve recently been obsessed with avocados. I find myself putting avocados on almost everything, like eggs, toast and pizza, or even eating them alone with a little salt and pepper. Not only are avocados super tasty, but they’re also amazing for your skin.

So today I have a yummy, quick and easy avocado face mask!

Ingredients:

– 1/2 avocado
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 1/2 cup uncooked oats
– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
– 1 teaspoon lemon juice

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The only step here is to mix and mash up all your ingredients.

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I love this mask, but I’ll admit it ain’t the prettiest sight. It kinda looks like guac gone wrong???

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But now all you have to do is apply the mixture to your face!

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Once you’ve applied this green goodness to your face, wait 20 minutes then rinse with warm water.

I’d love to hear how this mask works for you! Use #nordstrombp so I can see all your beautiful avocado faces!

xo ॐ – Amber

 

 

 

 

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DIY: Spring Room Decor

It’s the plain truth that I am one DIY diva. I love creating new fun things for an affordable price. I mean, who doesn’t? I recently created these crochet-doily pom-pom balls (boy, that was a mouthful) that are perfect for adding a li’l springtime pizzazz to your room.

Supplies:
-Paper doilies (I got mine in a cute packet from Michaels)
-String
-Hot glue
-Scissors

1. Start by cutting a long piece of string and glue it in the middle of a doily. We’ll call this our main doily.
2. Then take four other doilies and fold them into quarters.
3. Take your hot glue gun and place a small dot of glue on the point of each folded doily. Glue each one to the middle of the main doily.

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4. Pinch your quarter doilies in the middle and fluff them out, makin’ them look all voluminous!

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5. Repeat steps 1-4, but don’t glue the string onto your second set of doilies. You should end up with two different main doilies, one with a string and one without a string.
6. Now glue the two sides together, creating one giant, fluffed-up doily ball! it’s best to glue them down the center as well as around the edges to ensure that they’re super secure.

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And that’s it! You just made these adorable pom-poms that are perfect for springtime. The only thing left to do is hang them from the ceiling with a push pin and your room will be instantly spring-ified!

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To see more spring decorating projects, check out the latest DIY video on my YouTube channel!

Yours truly,
Caroline

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Aaaannd Pinterest strikes again. It seems I have a serious addiction but I just can’t, and don’t, want to stop. So on today’s episode of Satur-DIY, I’m going to show you how to make this glowing Mason-jar-candle-thingy-ma-bob. Ahhh yea, get excited!

What you’ll need:

-Mason Jar
-Glass stones
-Hot glue gun
-Ribbon of choice

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Plug your glue gun in to heat it up, and lay out some of your glass stones while it’s warming. This project is extremely easy—all you do is take your stones and glue them one by one to the jar.

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When gluing your stones, make sure to go from to to bottom. It makes things a whole lot easier and your stones will fit together better.

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Now repeat these steps until your whole jar is completely covered in glass stones. It can take a while and get kinda repetitive but trust me, it’s worth it. Then you can tie it off with a cute li’l ribbon and you are finished!

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If you try this out, make sure to post a pic including #nordstrombp because I’d love to see it!

Yours truly,
Caroline

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Valentine’s Day Donuts

I saw these DIY donuts on Pinterest a couple months back and nearly squealed at how adorable they were. And since Valentine’s day is coming up, I couldn’t think of a better excuse to try out these fun, yummy desserts.

What you’ll need:
-Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits (they do NOT get flaky)
-Vegetable oil
-Bottle cap

My toppings of choice:
-Chocolate frosting
-Festive V-day sprinkles
-Cinnamon
-Sugar

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Step 1:
Start by taking your biscuits and laying them out on the counter. Then take a bottle cap and place it in the middle of your biscuit, pushing down until you’ve made a hole, just like a donut!

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Step 2:
Now take a medium-sized frying pan and heat it up over your stove, because this is where the fryin’ begins. Pour some oil into your pan and VERY carefully pick up your biscuits with some tongs, placing them in the pan.

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Step 3:
Cook your biscuits, now turned donuts, until they look nice’ n’ brown and make sure the middle is done.

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Step 4:
Now comes decorating! I wanted a variety of donuts so I went with chocolate and cinnamon sugar.

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Since I’m making these treats for Valentine’s day, of course I had to cover them in pink and red sprinkles. Heart-shaped ones also included!

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Yours truly,
Caroline

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The past weekend I found myself scrolling through Pinterest yet again, and came across this DIY decorative bowl. It’s an interesting concept that leaves a lot of room for personal creativity, so I figured, why not try it out?

Supplies:

• Mod Podge
• Gold glitter
• 1 balloon
• Safety pin
• 2 bowls
• 1 paint brush

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I started by mixing some Mod Podge and glitter together in one bowl, then blowing up my balloon to about a medium size and setting it in the other bowl. I coated my balloon with a thick layer of the glittery Mod Podge mix. (Mod Podge dries clear, so it’s totally okay if the balloon is not completely covered with glitter. When it dries, it will be!)

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As you can see, some of the mix drips down the balloon but when it dries you can easily peel it off. After I finished painting my balloon, I let the Mod Podge dry for at least 24 hours—then I popped it. Yup, that’s right! Once your glitter is completely dry, you’re going to take a safety pin and pop the balloon.

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Ta daaaaa! My final product was totally chic and completely DIY…and it matches my décor perfectly.

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Let me know in the comments if you guys are planning on trying this DIY bowl out. And let me know if there are any DIY projects you’d like to see me do in the future.

Yours truly,
Caroline

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In these last months of winter, the cold wind and bizarre weather changes make my lips sad and chapped. No matter how much lip balm I apply, my chapped lips seem here to stay. Fortunately, I found a miracle cure that is extremely easy to make—and you probably have all the ingredients right at home!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

• 1 tablespoon of sugar
• 1 tablespoon of honey
• 1 teaspoon of olive oil
• a drop (or two) of Vitamin E oil
• measuring spoons
• a small container

1. Now all you have to do is mix these ingredients together.

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2. Just scrub-a-dub-dub to say goodbye to chapped lips.

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xo ॐ – Amber

 

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DIY: Personalized Monogram Letter


I have been absolutely obsessed with DIY crafts lately and this one is by far my fave. Recently I made some of my friends these personalized letters for their rooms, and judging by their reactions, they were a hit! The best part? This project costs less than five dollars to make. I mean, cute and cheap—not much that’s better.

Supplies:
• Wooden letter (found at any craft store)
• Scissors or an Exacto knife
• Glue (I used spray glue but any will do)
• Pictures

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Step 1
Collect your pictures and lay them out how you want. The number of pictures you need depends on what letter you use, but somewhere between 10 and 12 should be enough. I chose a “beachy” theme for this project, so I used pics of me and my friends, as well as some beachy pics I found on tumblr and Pinterest.

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Step 2
Now it’s time to start gluing! Place the first picture you want to use on your letter, then roughly trim off the parts that stick out. Then glue that picture down and trim it to exactly the edges of your letter. This is where an Exacto knife really comes in handy; it’s much more precise than scissors.

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Step 3
Repeat step 2 with the rest of your pictures, gluing and trimming until the entire letter is covered with gorgeous pictures.

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And there ya’ have it! You are left with an adorable customized letter for under five dollars! You can decorate your room with it, or, like I did, give it to a friend. Just beacuse the holidays are over doesn’t mean you have to stop giving gifts. V-Day is coming up, so what better way to show your friends you love and appreciate them then with this? Haha. 🙂

Like always, I hope y’all enjoyed this post and I’ll see you soon…via blogaverse, of course.

Yours truly,
Caroline

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Doily Holiday Cookies

When it comes to cooking, I can fry an egg, but thats about it. When I saw these doily holiday cookies, I knew I had to at least try making them. To make sure my cookies were edible, I decided on store-bought cookie dough. If you’re looking for a last-minute, super easy, fun recipe, this one’s for you!

Heres what you’ll need:

– Cookie dough (I used pre-made sugar cookie dough from the store)
– A Doily/Anything you can create an impression with

Step 1: Prehead the oven to 170 degrees C or 340 F.

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Step 2: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

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Step 3: Roll out dough on parchment paper

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Step 4: Press the doily onto the dough with a rolling pin and roll.

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Step 5: After carefully peeling away the doily, cut out your cookies with cookie cutters

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Step 6: To help keep your doily pront, freeze your cookies for 15 minutes just before baking.

While waiting for the first batch in the fridge, my mum had an idea to use a crystal snowflake to make an impression on one big cookie. It turned out pretty cute!

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Step 7: Bake for 12-15 minutes (follow the instructions on your dough package) or until edges are a golden brown.

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Happy baking!

xo ॐ – Amber

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