It seems as though I am still getting a lot of viewers on this blog even though I have not posted in a very long time! Since it is acquiring so much traffic, I am deciding to share a few more links with you all.

  1. The first is my new blog site(yes, again!). Please go here to see new posts each week.
  2. The second and third are recent additions, but are still relevant to the things I blog about. I now have jumped on the Tumblr train! See mine here. I post everything from fashion, to the arts, and anything that catches my eye and makes me laugh.
  3. I now also have a LOOKBOOK account! See my outfits here. Make sure you leave some love…I could really use some encouraging feedback/advice about my posts.

-M<3

After giving some thought about switching blog websites, I have decided to continue my blog on Blogspot. It seems like it would suit my topic of fashion better. If you would still like to be updated about my posts, please subscribe to it here!

-M

Dealing with the heat is never an easy task. Summer requires a change in wardrobe, hair, and makeup routine. Even then, the hot temps still manage to sometimes degrade our well-planned, and cute summery looks. Living in the Arizona heat(try highs of 114+), getting your makeup to stay on is a difficult task I faced daily. I finally got tired of wasting my makeup with retouch after retouch, so I looked around for some “anti-sweat” products to help keep my face on. Out of the few that people said actually worked, I decided to order MAC‘s FIX+ Spray:

At only $10, it is $3 cheaper* than Urban Decay’s “De-Slick” oil control spray(At Sephora*. Online-$29). However, with tax and shipping, my total came out to be slightly over $15.

I did my normal makeup routine this morning, but skipped my usual primer. After all my makeup was finished, I sprayed three small pumps across my face, making sure it set everything. Two hours later at lunch, and after driving through the heat with no A/C for about 15 minutes, the majority of my makeup was still on. I decided to touch up just a little, but did not use the setting spray this time. I finally came home three hours later, and about another 20-30 minutes of driving in the heat, and my makeup looked just as fresh as is it did right after my touch-up! I have only used this product for one day, but I think I can safely say I will definitely be purchasing this for months and months to come.

Verdict?: BUY!

What “beat-the-heat” products do you use that help keep your makeup on during the summer months?

-M

As promised, here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your very own customized and cute laptop case. This can be great gifts for friends or to keep for yourself.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 yard of semi-durable/thick fabric of your choice
  • 1 yard of batting
  • measuring tape
  • 1 spool of coordinating thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • hand-sewing needles
  • 5 inches of velcro (non-stick back preferably)
  • 1 roll of coordinating trim (optional)

You will first need to take the measurements of the laptop case you are designing for. This includes length and width. Keeping your 1 yard of fabric folded in half, measure out the length of the case, and add an extra 2 1/2 to 3 inches, then mark it on the fabric. Do this for the width as well.

Fold out the fabric.

Lay out the fabric onto the batting and cut to match. I would suggest only using one layer of batting if you plan to line the inside of the case with fabric as well, because the layers add up and make it hard to sew through. However, if you don’t plan to line the inside and are okay with having the batting show and want your case a little more sturdy, cut your batting on the fold. If you are lining the inside of your case, cut two of these.

Fold your fabric and batting in half again, this time backwards, so that the “right”(the side you want showing for your finished product) sides of your fabric are back to back, and the batting is on the outside. Pin all around, except for one of the shorter sides. If you are lining your case, match up the fabric on the other side of the batting with the right side facing you.

Sew the edges, leaving a 1/4 of an inch clearance all around.

Before you flip your case back to right side out, take the short side that is not sewn and fold down the opening towards the inside of the case(lining) and sew it. No more than 1 inch.

Now you can turn your case right side out. Check to see if you missed any sections on the seams.

To create your flap that will keep your case closed, take your width measurement and shorten that by 1 1/2 to 2 inches. How long you wish have it is up to you. Repeat the same cutting and batting process as the sleeve.

Take your trim, if you wish to have any, and line the edges of your flap and sew them down. For the case, I only lined the opened ended side.

Now, you will need to attach the flap to the outside of your case. Make sure wherever you sew it on that it is evenly folded in half and will match up on the other side when you close it.

I only sewed the inner edge along the trim onto the case, but you can sew both sides of the trim down for extra measure if you’d  like.

You’re almost done! Now, take your pieces of velcro and attach them to the inside of your flap, and the outside of your case. I would suggest placing the soft piece of velcro on the laptop case.

I unfortunately had sticky-backed velcro on hand, and has to slip stitch around the edges for it to stay on. Avoid this if possible; very time-consuming and painful! The needle likes to gather the sticky buildup and makes it hard to push through.

Once the velcro is attached to both part of the case, you are now done! Here is what your finished product should look like:

-M

(Shirt, Skirt, and Necklace-All F21. $12.99, $7.50, $5.50. Sandals-Wal-Mart. $Unknown. Total Cost-About $40.00)

For the Holiday on Monday, I met up with a couple of friends to watch the fireworks, eat watermelon(with Tajin of course!), play with sparklers, and went bowling(which I kicked butt at!).

What did everyone else do to celebrate?

-M