An Ode to Orange
I was flipping through last month’s issue of InStyle magazine and they did a little spread on the color of the moment and it was Tangerine! Orange is so bright and vibrant with a million wonderful shades, orange can bring life to any outfit. I fell in love with every piece on that page, and yearned to fill my life with orange. But I quickly realized I had already accumulated many orange pieces not only in my wardrobe but in my home as well.
My sweet food dishes I painted for my lovely orange cat.
Fluffy orange towels brighten up my bathroom…and yes that is a table of elements shower curtain (I know, we’re nerds!).
I swapped out my usual cherry red lipstick for a Tutti Frutti orange this season. And I have to say the orange is an odd but lovely change, even if you aren’t on the crazy-orange-loving train I would still recommend giving orange lipstick a go.
Lastly, I have this lovely orange fame that I picked up from the thrift store a few years ago. I keep it by my coffee maker so it is one of the first things I see every morning, not only because the gorgeous colorful frame but also because of the photo I keep inside. See that’s my beloved late Grandmother with bright red hair, and my charming Grandfather. She’s the reason I started to collect orange things, it was her favorite color and having orange everywhere reminds me of her, not that I need much reminder, she had a lasting impact on my life and I think of her daily. You know she was alot like the color orange: vibrant, fun, warm and she filled the room with her presence. My Grandfather said the moment he met her was the moment he knew there was a God. So, I guess this is really an Ode to my Grandmother, who I owe for introducing me to the color orange and all it’s splendors.
We can live like Jack and Sally if we want…
I can’t believe Halloween is tomorrow! The Hubster and I are totally unprepared this year again, but last year we did end up looking great though and it only took us 30 minutes to throw our costumes together. We went as Jack and Sally from a Nightmare Before Christmas.
The Hubster made an excellent Jack Skellington. For his cotumes he wore a black suit, sprayed his hair white, painted his face white and his eye black, then added the details around the mouth and nose. To complete the look he took bristol board and drew a bat neck tie, then cut it out and attached with black ribbon.
It is a super easy costume, only costs $10 in supplies and only took 30 minutes to put together.
I loved going as Sally, although I feel like it is a less recognizable costume if you don’t have a Jack too. To make this costume, I cut a sweater in two and cut the arms all jagged. I took an old dress, cut it and did some quick stitches on some patches (although you could hot glue them if you can’t sow). This did take about 15 minutes to do, the faster the better because the quicker you go the messier and raggidy it will look.
For the makeup I brushed on a combo of white and pale blue eye shadow powder over my exposed skin. Then with a liquid eye liner added stitch marks in every place possible: chest, neck, face, and legs (I forgot my arms though). Then overdraw your lip line so it’s a little wonky. I also added some false eye lashes, but it isn’t really necessary.
I think these costumes turned out great for only having 30 minutes to get ready.
But if you have a little more time may I suggest being a Greek Goddess.
Happy Halloween Everyone! I can’t wait to see your costumes!
Greek Headband DIY
Hello Dahlings! I had been staring at this boring old headband for quite some time looking for something special to jazz it up a bit. Nothing interesting enough was coming to me. I mean, I could have covered it in feathers, or ribbons or sequins, but I really wanted something new for my collection of hair pieces. However, what I ended up doing was something very old instead.
I decided to make my own felt version of a Greek headband. This was really easy to make and cost next to nothing.
Supplies —> Felt (beige or white), hot glue gun, flat headband, scissors, and gold spray paint.
Step 1 —> Spray paint one side of the felt. Let dry.
Step 2 —> Cut a template out of a piece of cardboard. I just cut out a few leaf shapes until I found one that I liked. Then use the full sheet of felt to make the leaves.
Step 3 —> Lay out all the leaves onto some cardboard, use straight pins to keep them in place. Spray paint the other side of the leaves as well as the sides of the leaves.
Step 4 —> Start gluing your gold leaves to the side of your headband. Start by gluing one on an angle at the base of the headband. Glue the next leaf on top of the first leaf you already glued down. Continue this until you reach the centre of the headband. Start up the other side until you reach the other leaves at the centre of the headband.
I know this headband might seem a little over the top, but I think it looks great with a beautiful summer dress. I like that because it’s spray painted felt it’s not too flashy or shiny, but a little more earthy. I was really thrilled to wear it.
I hope everyone is having a good week and enjoying some sunshine.