DIY Acrylic Nails at Home for Under $10!

What you need:

Acrylic Nails – $7.99
Nail Glue – $1.99
Scissors
Nail File
Nail Polish

First, match up the correct sizing for each nail and place a little bit of glue. Do one nail at a time because the glue dries fast. Hold down the nail for about 20 seconds to make sure the glue bonds.

Once all the nails are on, you are going to take your scissors and cut them down just slightly longer than you want them. You will be filing it down more so don’t cut it too short.

Next you want to file them down to the shape you like. I like a rounded shape or a more oval shape so this is what I did.

After all the nails are in the shape you want, paint your nails whatever color you would like. Finish it off with a top coat to make it glossy.

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Ta-Da! There are your final nails! They look salon worthy and for a fraction of the cost. Since the nails come in a pack of 500 you can do you nails over and over again for very cheap! My nails last about a week before they start to pop off. If you guys try this at home, tag me so I can see!

Holiday Cards with Basic Invite

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The holidays are coming in and they’re coming quick! I don’t know about you, but I love receiving holiday cards from people! I think it’s such a cute way to spread some holiday cheer! That’s why I wanted to introduce you all to Basic Invite. Basic Invite is a line of stationary that you can use for almost every major life event, and they’re perfect for the holidays! Whether you’re looking to create a holiday or Christmas card to send out to family or friends, or want to create an invitation for that holiday party you’re throwing, Basic Invite is the perfect place for you!

My favorite thing about Basic Invite is that you can really customize your card to whatever your heart desires! They have unlimited color options both for your card and even the envelopes that the cards come in. They really care about every little detail, which is amazing! Another amazing thing that Basic Invite offers is the ability to order a printed sample of your card before you place your final order. I hate those websites that just give you a small snapshot of what you’re ordering without letting you actually see it in person. Basic Invite allows you to get your own sample so you can see exactly what your invitation or card will look like before you order a bunch so you know you absolutely love it.

Another thing that’s really great with Basic Invite is that they have pre-made templates if you don’t want to create your own. You can look at their Holiday Party Invitation templates, or Christmas Party Invitations. They offer over 250 card designs for you to choose from, so you will be sure to find the perfect card!

Basic Invite is now offering you guys 30% off using the coupon code: HOLI30. That’s a really amazing deal, so if you are looking to make the perfect holiday card, or party invitation this holiday season be sure to use that code and save you some money!

Also, be sure to follow @basicinvite on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter for more information!

Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post.

How to Create a Gallery Wall

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“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde

When Becca and I moved into our new apartment, we discussed putting up art work in our living room. I had a gallery wall in my old apartment which was filled with a lot of personal photos as well as some other artwork. Sharing a common space, we decided to both pick out artwork that we love and tried to create a cohesive gallery wall. I’m absolutely in love with this gallery wall that we have, it’s one of my favorite parts of the apartment. We mixed quotes, with some of Becca’s sketches and other personal touches. My favorite part of the wall is the California board, which my friends back on the east coast put together at my going away party. It has random notes from all of the people I love back home. Having a gallery wall is a great way to display some of your favorite items.

Here are a few tips I have for those of you who want to create your own gallery wall:

1. Pick out your favorite artwork. Whether it’s inspirational quotes, drawings, pictures or whatever else you want, choose the items that mean the most to you.

2. Create a layout. Before you start hammering things onto the wall, lay out all of your pictures on the concrete floor and make sure each item has a specific location.

3. Choose a color scheme. This is optional, but I love having things look super cohesive. We decided to go with pastels and golds in our gallery wall. Everything, although different, looks very similar because the colors flow.

4. Hang it up. Bite the bullet and just start putting things up. If you don’t like it you can always remove it.

5. Enjoy!

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Make Your Own Dreamcatcher

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When I was in sixth grade, my step-dad’s mom, whom I didn’t know very well yet, asked me if I collected anything. She loved collections and was  known to randomly give gifts that made her think of you. As far as I knew, I didn’t collect anything, so she, being a lover of all things feng shui and mystical, gave me a dreamcatcher – the first of many – to start off my collection. Since then, I have accumulated too many to count and hang them everywhere, and anytime I see one, I have to resist the urge to buy more. The great thing about dreamcatchers, though, is that you can make your own! There are so many different ways to make them, and you can customize them with anything beautiful you’re looking for a use for – beads, fabric, jewelry, etc. Here, I show you how to make one with items you probably already have laying around.

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Directions:

1) Take your leather cording and make a knot around your metal hoop. I used an old hoop earring, which made it easy to tie the cord around the backing.

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2) Wrap the cord tightly all around the hoop. You may have to twist the cord around the hoop every once in a while to make sure it is tightly secured.

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3) Once you have wrapped the cord all the way around the hoop, knot it off. You can either cut the excess cord off, or make a loop with it to hang the dreamcatcher from later. I opted to cut it off.

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4) If the applique you chose is larger than the hoop, you can simply snip off any excess to make it fit inside the hoop.

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5) Once your applique is the right size, take your needle and thread and sew around the edges of the applique, connecting it to the hoop. I chose to double my thread to fill in some of the extra space, but this is optional.

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6) Finally, add your finishing touches! I cut strips of fabric with some added beads and tied them along the bottom. I also used the extra leather cord I had and attached feathers to the bottom with beads. I simply looped a piece of thread around the top to hang it, but you can also tie it to a twig for a more bohemian feel. Get creative!

 

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