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Candle Container DIY

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After developing a love for candles earlier this year, I didn’t want these pretty containers to go to waste every time a candle completely burned out. I figured I probably wasn’t the only person that ever had this thought though. Luckily for me, Anthropologie had already written a post for this on how you could re-use your candle containers for other things you might need to store. Now many of you already know that I’m not much of a DIY girl, but I was very serious about my candles so I made it work. You can also do the same by following this very handy dandy tutorial that I did too. Basically, to reuse your container all you have to do is pour boiling water into it and let it sit for 5 minutes. Continue cleaning it out until all the wax is gone and here’s the most important tip though – when you rinse it out in the sink, there will be leftover residue so just make sure you clean the wax left in your sink too because it’s the worst.

There are so many uses for a candle container; you can use it for your bathroom, office space, garden, accessories, etc, but I took the bathroom route and now it is a very cute holder for all of my qtips and cotton balls! The possibilities are sort of endless.

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Five Favorite Pins: Pumpkins in 2015

  1. Give it a print! [Homey Oh My!]

My office is holding a pumpkin carving session this coming Wednesday and after reading the invite, it donned on me that I’ve only actually “carved a pumpkin” once. And by carve, I mean I watched my dad carve a pumpkin in front of me – your very standard jack-o-lantern. We weren’t all that big into Halloween growing up because let’s be real, all I cared about were them goodies. The candy bars, the lollipops, and mass amounts of sugar. I can only recall that one time where I watched my dad carve a pumpkin. My brother didn’t care about carving as a tradition either so I think my parents caught onto this and every year after that we just bought one pumpkin that we put out on our doorstep to signal to other children and parents that we had candy too. I think it’s great that people get into the spirit of Halloween with pumpkin carving and all of that, but here are some other ideas that I have for my future pumpkin:

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DIY Loft Kit

This is the kind of thing that terrifies me, but it doesn’t surprise one bit that it exists. If you’re living in your space and finding that things are getting a bit too crowded lately, but that you have high ceilings, why not build yourself your own loft?! Doesn’t this seem kind of dangerous? Just me? For just $3,115 you can purchase the DIY Loft Kit which includes all of the things you need to build your own loft. Uh, can we task rabbit a professional to do this for us?


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Oh Joy! Weddings

One of my favorite bloggers, Joy Cho, announced this week that she was collaborating with Kin to share some of her best wedding DIY tricks! With wedding season just upon us, many of these DIYs will come in handy for those about to be brides. They’re also just useful tips if you’re someone that likes to entertain and host your own parties. I thought this table number DIY was genius and so creative. It also doesn’t seem like something that would require a lot of time. Readers, what do you think? Is this something that you could see yourself incorporating into your future wedding?

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The Prettiest Easter Eggs You’ve Ever Seen

[Shop Sweet Things]

Growing up, Easter was probably one of my least favorite holidays. For one, Easter candy is just the worst! I hated those chocolate eggs and Peeps. I’d just rather be eating real marshamallows, please. However, two things that  I loved were Easter Egg hunts (the one time I was competitive as a child) and decorating Easter Eggs and getting my craft on. Here are just a few very pretty Easter Egg DIYs  that you can look forward to if you’re decorating this year!

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DIY Hot Cocoa Favors

On my first night back last night, I stopped by Nordstrom with Ashley to check out the Wit & Wonder pop-up shop. The area was jam-packed with gifts perfect for white elephant and secret Santa exchanges so naturally, I had to pick up something for my upcoming White Elephant. It’s getting to be that time where everyone is kind of scrambling about for Christmas shopping – a period of time that I prefer to avoid. Seattle was more crowded than usual as expected. So if you’re like me and would love to avoid that as much as possible, I definitely encourage taking the route of DIY gifts. I stumbled across this last week and am now just getting to post it. A DIY contributor from Green Wedding Shoes came up with this super cute idea to gift friends and family DIY hot cocoa mixes. How adorable is the cork stopper?!

For the full recipe click here.

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The Pumpkin Tap Kit

It’s around this time of year that everyone basically becomes obsessed with pumpkin everything. I stumbled across this Pumpkin Tap Kit last night on Cool Material and thought that one of you might find a use for it. Guys, are you looking for a seasonal DIY project for yourself? Take yourself to the patch, pick up a pumpkin, gut it out and insert this tap. Fill the pumpkin with your favorite beer and earn yourself the title as an awesome entertainer because who else is going to have a pumpkin tap kit like this one?! No one.

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Halloween Costume For The Win

Is this not the best thing you’ve ever seen? The best part about this is that it’s completely DIY…granted DIY for kids, but I’m sure you could turn this into a costume for an adult if you wanted to. For full details on how to make this exact costume, click here.

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Make It Hot: DIY Flameless Fire Pit

photo cred | Free People

I’m not sure when I started getting into the idea of DIY crafts. Believe it or not, I’ve never been a crafty kid or a DIY’er…but more so of “do it for me, please?” type of a kid. Here are a few reasons why I have come up with why crafts interest me these days:

  • I’m not in college anymore
  • I have the time
  • I’ve got the space
  • Personal satisfaction
  • It’s the holidays

Free People threw up this tutorial DIY’er today on making a flameless fire pit and all I really want to do now is put it in the middle of my living room and roast faux marshmallows for imaginary s’mores. Haters gonna hate.


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In the News…


Joseph Gordon Levitt for Playboy Magazine [Source]

Condé Nast lets you play model in their new video game, Fashion Hazard, available on both iPhone and the iPad. [Source]

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas  puts her hair in the hands of celeb stylist Ted Gibson. [Source]



Spin Magazine has cancelled their Nov/Dec issue. [Source]

Record label, Fueled By Ramen, is raising money to support The Academy Is… band member Andrew Bishop Mrotek AKA The Butcher. Andrew was violently mugged at the end of July and has been in and out of the ER undergoing several surgeries. He is also without health care and FBR has said that any support that fans can provide will significantly help towards his bills. [Source]

Remember that brawl between Chris Brown and Drake not too long ago? The nightclub is allegedly suing them for $16 million. [Source]

Lady Gaga x Kendrick Lamar collaboration on the way! [Source]

The Jonas Brothers will come together again for a one-time concert. [Source] I want this. 


TLC taps into a new reality “looking for love” show called “Secret Princes.” [Source]

ABC’s Revenge has decided to make a re-cast decision for Emily’s mentor, Satoshi Takeda. [Source]

Teen Mom’s Farrah Abraham released a new music video. Apparently, auto tune is her best friend.  [SourceToo awful to actually post the video on my blog

ABC Family has cancelled “Jane By Design.” [Source]

NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ has laid off 20 employees. [Source]


The city of Bremerton will re-name a street for Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian. [Source]

Amazon Local will begin delivering Capitol Hill’s Eltana bagels. [Source]


Lauren Conrad made a huge mistake by releasing a new DIY video on her YouTube account today that showed her slicing up Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events and turning it into a storage project.  Fans of the series were not very happy and her video has since been deleted. [Source]

Top Chef Cruise 2013 [Source]

Could a men’s birth control be in the works? [Source]

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Snowpocalypse 2012: Nomz & DIY

I should probably work on my food photography a little bit. There’s no better way to bare the snow than to share a meal with friends. Veronica and I decided to make some stir fry tonight with chicken, vegetables, and udon noodles.

I’ve always been a little bit skittish when cooking meat so I usually let her handle that. We used both oregano and lemon pepper for seasoning and our sauce is typically made with brown sugar, soy sauce, and corn starch.

Ta-da! It kind of looks like brains, but I promise it tastes a lot better than it looks.

Still a little hungers, we decided to whip up some of our favorite “Eggs-in-a-basket.” This does not look visually pleasing, but hey – it’s hard to get it right sometimes. As we were making them (or as Veronica was actually making them,) we started to ask ourselves why we never strayed away from the original recipe. Why didn’t we add different ingredients ever? So this time we did. After making two standard ones for us, our third one included honey drizzled on top of it. The look on Veronica’s face indicated to me that I would not be sampling that one. Next, we used the leftover circles to make our version of “mini french toast.” However, it wasn’t until she had completely made them that we realized our batter of milk and cinnamon was missing one key ingredient – eggs.  As you can imagine, that didn’t end well either.

We also worked on a DIY project I found while perusing blogs not too long ago.

Perfectly concealed and organized! As you can see, I don’t tie ribbons very well, but it’s the effort that counts. I couldn’t be more thrilled about my box of tech!

What a wonderful two days off school we have had due to the snow! Whether or not Seattle University decides to open tomorrow does not directly affect me that much, but still the students continue to heckle the school’s Facebook page for yet another day off. I’ve also seen some statuses from students who just want to return to school because this affects their learning.

This is why we can’t have nice things. I’m grateful for the days off, but I also appreciate the Seattle University marketing team for keeping us updated on the news whenever they get any and for having to deal with the unruly responses. They really don’t deserve that – we should all learn to be a little nicer from this. For a laugh, click here.

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Song of the Day

Keep Shelly in Athens – DIY

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Trend to Try: Shirts Turned Skirts

This morning, I woke up and decided that maybe I didn’t feel like throwing on my usual go-to outfit of cardigan and jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about that classic style and all, but summer in Seattle is the one time where you get to actually be creative. Once winter rolls around (beginning in fall and lasting through spring) every outfit is hidden underneath some big burly coat or jacket. Instead, I pulled up some inspiration that I had found the other day perusing my favorite Free People blog in which one of their employees at their home office turned their over-sized shirt into a lovely little skirt!

All you have to do is button up the shirt halfway starting from the bottom, step into it, and tie the sleeves around your waist towards the front (but not sloppy like Kurt Cobain.) I started to realize that this was a bad idea from the get go once I started contemplating the idea because the shirt that I decided to try out was a sheer blouse from Urban. BIG mistake. Even bigger mistake to consider wearing that outfit to work. So I took it off straight away and thought – okay maybe next time. Maybe next time the shirt will actually be over-sized and not sheer. Even though it didn’t work for me, it could work for you so give it a try and let me know how it goes! Post pictures whatever because I wanna see how it’s actually done right! Meanwhile, I’ll make a trip to the thrift store so I can make a second attempt soon.

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Boyfriend Shirt Turned Girlfriend Skirt

I could have sworn that I saw Ashley donning a shirt turned skirt on this week’s latest episode of Greek. This is a look that I have been wanting to try for some time now, but unfortunately, I don’t have the perfect boyfriend shirt just yet. In a new how to: by Doornob, they are teaching their readers how to make this look stylish instead of sloppy in the most effortless way possible.

Think you can pull off the trend? Try it now.

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Root Beer Float alternative

Kevin and I on the search for root beer floats.

Kevin: I heard ice cream was sold out everywhere!

Me: Where did you hear that?

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