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When I was engaged, my sister gave me the best no-snag hair ties. They were awesome, but there’s only so long a married girl can rock fabric hair bands that say “I do” and “bride to be.” In search of post-nuptial hair bands, I found that they are quite expensive. Anthropologie has adorable color combinations, but they are $12 for 5 bands. I just couldn’t pull the trigger. 80 hair bands! Now the question is: what the hell am I supposed to do with eighty hair bands? Materials: stretch elastic (I purchased mine here) (I used 5/8″ elastic on the glitter and “fold over” elastic for the rest) Instructions: Measure elastic equivalent to wrap around the circumference of your wrist, leaving an extra inch on each side Cut the elastic (a sharp scissor is best to avoid fray; cut on a slight angle)Hold the two ends of the elastic together and wrap them around one finger. *Clarification required: By purple hazing, I just mean rocking out. ** Not going to make them? *** Are you a fellow Blogger?

Re-purposing: Tshirts into 5-strand-braided-headbands I was walking through Target a few weeks ago and noticed this little knit fabric headband that was not just braided together…….but woven. I decided they were charging way too much for something that could be made with t-shirt scraps. And that means free. So there you have it. A nice and easy project to give my bad-hair-day head some love. (Or you may need one for working out. I kinda love it on my little girl . She always has little hair fly-aways that get into her face…….and this helps with that problem. It even works great with her hair down…..and keeps that hair tucked behind her ears. And yep, good for me too. Thanks little t-shirt scraps. Want to make your own? First, find some old t-shirts. Then, cut your fabric into long strips. Next, stack your 5 strips on top of each other and sew together at one end. Now, pull on each strip of fabric so that they kind of curl on the edges. But let me explain a little better. First, you’ll work on the left side. And that’s it. This post is sponsored by:

book page fabric I love the look of old book pages. The toasty brown edges and pale centers of the pages pair perfectly with the stark black type. Simple design with such a vintage feel, but so fragile and brittle. CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Materials paper of choice (old book pages, decorative paper, newspaper, etc.)household silicone sealer (must say “silicone” on the package)scrap piece of cardboard to use as a small spreaderscrap newspaper to protect work surfacesewing machinescissorsspray adhesivescrap fabriclarge piece of paper (at least 15 x 21)piece of heavy poster board or chipboard with dimensions larger than above Instructions For all projects except writing pad: 1. 2. 3. For the tiny notebook: 1. 2. 3. 4. For the envelope: 1. 2. 3. For the writing pad: 1. 2. 3. 3. 4. 5.

Directions for Pro Hair Tinsel | Hair Flairs Fold tinsel in half. Hold 3" inches from fold, creating a 'loop' and a 'tail'. With opposite hand, reach into the tinsel loop and pull the 'tail' through the loop. You now have a slip knot. Slide the slip knot on to 2-3 strands of hair. Take both ends of the Hair Flairs strands in one hand and the hair in your other hand and tie them together. Pick up each end of the Hair Flairs strands, one in each hand and pull gently in opposite directions until tight and secure. Tie a simple knot using each end of the Hair Flairs strands.

How to Make a Simple Bow These little bows are so simple and fun-- I make them all the time. They are so versatile-- you can wear them as shoe clips, hair clips, broaches, whatever you want! I've also attached them to headbands. (Photo from last year when I was obsessively watching Mad Men and attempting the bee hive hairdo. How to Make Simple Bows: Step 1: First you need to cut a rectangle of fabric with a little sliver of fabric to set off to the side. Step 2: Next you need to fold the fabric onto itself, lengthwise. Step 3: Now fold the fabric in the other way to to middle. Step 4: Stitch those bad boys together. Step 5: With a curling iron, straightener, or iron, press the sides of the little sliver of fabric together. Step 6: All done!

A Wallet I've had so many great comments about my new pretty wallet that I wanted to do a tutorial for all of you that would like to make one of your own. Thanks SO much for all of your sweet words. They mean so much to me. Here is what you will need: Outside fabric 9 x 14 inches Front flap 9 x 7 1/2 inches Inside pockets 9 x 14 inches Interfacing (half the size of the outside and flap fabric) Button Hair tie Take your outside piece (9x14), and your front flap piece(9x7 1/2) and fold in half. You will fold it width wise (top to bottom) not length (side to side). Take your flap piece, and sew your button on to the side with your interfacing. Take your large piece for your pocket, and fold to make your card holder slots. Here are the sizes of mine. Now you are ready to put it together. Next you will lay your pocket fabric down, with pockets face down, on top of the back of your flap piece. Lastly, lay the other side of your outside fabric piece right side down. Flip your fabric right side out now.

HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN YOUR HAIR BRUSH photos/post: Kristin Ess This might seem pretty obvious to some people, but you’d be surprised at how many lovely ladies don’t clean out their hair brushes. Too often I walk into a friend’s bathroom, see a brush full of hair and I can’t help myself, so I clean it out. Within the next couple days I usually hear about how much it changed the way their hair looks. It may not seem like a big deal but hair brushes are total traps! Grab any brush that’s gathered a visible amount of hair. I like to shampoo my brushes each time I clean out the hair. Tags: at home, bathroom tips, beauty, brush, clean, cleaning, DIY, flat brush, hair, hair tips, how to, kristin ess, kristin ess hair, maintenance, paddle brush, round brush, sanitary, the beauty department, thebeautydepartment,, tip, trick, tricks Related posts:

Vintage Pillowcase Apron - Tutorial!!! So I’ve been trying to think of cool things to make for my blog giveaway. I have a list of ideas, and I’m still trying to decide between them for each day, but I really liked the idea of making an apron out vintage linens. I’m a little bit apron obsessed (this is just a portion of my vintage apron collection!). I was imagining a white pillowcase or runner with floral embroidery on it, and I KNOW I have some, but the thought of digging around in my crawlspace for one was NOT inspiring at all! So I dug through my more recent purchases, and came up with this funky patterned pillowcase instead. I love the stripes and patterns, it seems like an older version of some of the current big name fabric designers! So I set to work, making the apron, photographing each step, writing myself notes, and it’s really coming along nicely and all of a sudden I think “wait… didn’t Betz White JUST do a pillowcase apron tutorial? Vintage Pillowcase Apron Start with a vintage (or new, but vintage is more fun!)

Vintage Brooch Necklace! Anthro-Inspired Vintage Brooch Necklace! Gorgeous for the Holidays!!! Here's Anthro's Majorelle Necklace. I don't know what original cost was...because they are SOLD OUT! But they are on ebay for about $70 Here's how to get the look for less! You will need: *twisted rope cord (mine is a champagne color) *pinch bails/end caps and a lobster clasp *3 brooches or jewels of some kind *E6000 glue *Pearl Strand (optional) I had everything on hand! Wrap tape around your rope before cutting to desired length. Mine's 16 inches. Cut in the center of the tape to prevent fraying. Because my rope wasn't as thick as the Anthro rope...I used a string of pearls to add awesome. I tied the string of pearls off at the top. Then twisted around the rope. Like this... I set the brooches on the rope just to see if it was good or not. I used pinch bails on the ends...because that is what I had. The necklace part is finished! Set your necklace on a surface that is flexible, in case it gets glue on it. Done! Gorgeous!

Waterfall Twist | Beautiful Teen Hairstyles We have received a lot of attention for our Waterfall Braid hairstyle tutorials, with over 18 million YouTube views between our first two videos alone! What I hear from some girls, is that they are not very good at French braiding and as such they can never get the braids to look right. We want everyone to be able to get that awesome cascading waterfall look, so… About six months ago, Kori, a good friend of mine from Princess Hairstyles, posted a simple “cheat” for the Waterfall Braid that used a twist on the side, rather than a braid. For this tutorial, we carried the twist all the way around the head and we think it turned out super cute! Items Needed: Brush or rat-tail comb, 1 bobby pin, hairspray {if desired}. Time Requirement: 5 minutes Skill Level: Medium Step-by-Step Instructions: Enjoy!