Cheap Trend: Tassels and Pom Poms

8 May

Tassels hand pom Poms have long adorned clothing and accessories.  From the ends of strings on a peasant blouse to decorating the perimeter of bohemian style cushions. For the past three springs and summers  tassels and pom poms have been out  in full force, dotting otherwise mundane items with dots and splashes of colour and texture. I actually thought this trend was winding down but look and behold it continues to be ever present from runway to the racks of fast fashion stores.

Tassels bangles by Aqua Lilith  $41 US, Pom Poms and Tassels hat by Eric Javitz $250 US, Pom Pom sandals by Elina Linardaki $225 US.

This trend is easy to wear. You can make any look fun and bright with tassels and pom poms, going from zero to vacation mode in seconds. You can shell out some serious coin for a designer item or pick up something more affordable from off price retailers or fast fashion boutiques. OR, you could DIY!

That’s exactly what I did. I decorated a pair of espadrilles, a cross body bag and made a necklace.

Necklace

WHAT YOU NEED 

Length of leather, rope or chain.

Embroidery thread or floss.

Jump rings

WHAT TO DO 

1. Take a length of the thread and wrap it around three fingers multiple times. The more you wrap, the thicker the tassel will be. Alternately, you can use a square of card board, the with determining the length of the tassel.

2. Cut a short piece of the embroidery thread and tie it approximately 1/4 way down the tassel. Make a few wraps then tie off.

3.Thread a piece of the embroidery thread through the top loop and tie off. Add a jump rings and knot.

4.Cut off all the loose ends, then trim the bottom loop to create the fringe.

5.I repeated this twice using different colours and creating varying length fringes. I also combed through the thread with a fine toothed comb to make it fluffy.

6. Slide onto faux leather and tie ends together .

Shoes

WHAT YOU NEED 

Shoes- I used a pair of espadrilles with laces. You can use gladiator sandals or any other shoes with laces.

Pom Poms-These can also be easily DIY’d using yarn but they are very cheap and accessible from craft and stationary stores.

Eye pins- These are the small metal pins with loops at the top. They can either be bought from jewelry supply stores or you can make one yourself with jewelry wire and a round nosed pliers.

WHAT TO DO 

1.Push the eye pin through the Centre of the pom poms.

2. Cut the excess length off the eye pin and using pliers make a loop at the other end. Note, it must be large enough to slide over the laces.

3. Slide the completed pom poms onto the laces at varying points.

An alternate way is using jewelry bales and gluing the pom poms on then sliding those on to the laces.

Bag Charm

WHAT YOU NEED 

Bag- any style you wish, I chose a black square crossbows.

Tassels- you can make them the same way demonstrated above or use inexpensive  ready made ones from a craft stores,  like I am. 

Pom Poms

Thread- I used embroidery thread since it was at hand. You can use rope or ribbon if you like.

WHAT TO DO 

1. Make a loop and knot it.

2. Add an eye pin to the pom poms.

3. Slide onto thread and knot after each addition.

4. Add a jump ring to the top loop then add a keyring to the jump ring.

 

Bonus

I made this little cutie as a bonus. I’ve been seeing pom poms bag charms with eyes all over. This is great for a kid’s bag or for an adult with quirky taste.

I used a larger pom poms, added an eye pin and a jump ring at the top, then a keyring to that and glued on the googly eyes.

Whether you chose to DIY or buy, you’re sure to feel festive and trendy wearing tassels and pom poms.

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Beginners Baking Kit 

30 Apr

For all you new bakers out there who aren’t sure where to begin, this is a guide to get you going. This “kit” is geared towards someone who doesn’t bake regularly or who is just getting into baking.

Bowls

You will of course need bowls. Multiple ones of varying sizes. You will need at least one large bowl to hold your batter, a couple of small ones to hold small portions of ingredients and a couple medium sized ones.

Measuring spoons and cups

These are a must. They are useful for measuring liquids and powders and fortunately are very easy to come by. Most supermarkets, hardware stores even craft stores sell them and they can be extremely affordable.

Scale

A digital scale is a personal must have recommendation. I did not own one of these when I first got into baking, I actually ended up buying it at the suggestion of my nutritionist but it came in handy for so much more than measuring servings of almonds. Scales can give exact weights which is necessary for successful baking. Make sure your scale can convert between units (oz/kg).

Mixers

Hand Mixer

This is where you can end up spending some big bucks, but you don’t have to. For someone who is now beginning or maybe doesn’t plan to do a lot of Baking I recommend a hand mixer over a stand mixer.  Stand mixers are fabulous but they are a big commitment. They typically cost at least a couple hundred dollars, they require care and maintenance and they take up lots of space. So start small. Hand mixers are typically affordable,  portable and easy to store and they get most baking projects done with ease.

Whisk

A whisk is a must and you probably already own one. If you can’t afford a hand mixer a whisk will work nut obviously requires more effort. Moreover, whisks are useful for more specific techniques where you may not need ingredients beat together. Whisks are affordable and easily found in supermarkets and hardware stores.

Utensils

There are numerous baking utensils you can find yourself buying. But for the basics you really only need three things. A spatula, a spoon and a palette knife or offset spatula.
Spatula

A spatula is useful for scraping down batter, getting batter out of bowls and for folding ingredients.

Spoon

The need for a spoon is self-explanatory and most people have spoons laying around.

Off set spatula 

This nifty little tool comes in handy for decorating. If you are Icing a cake it helps to smooth the icing over the top and around the sides.

Baking ware

One cannot bake without baking ware. Lol. The type of Bakeware you chose to buy depends on what you plan to bake. For example,  if you plan to make bread and loaves you need a loaf pan and if you are a muffin lover you’ll need a pan for that too. I have a few basic suggestions.

Circular tin

For your basic cake making you cannot go wrong with a circular tin. My one pro tip is get a spring form tin, one you can release and remove the bottom out of for easier removal.

Square pan

This is useful for baking brownies, blondies and other bar type baked goods.

Cupcake tin 

Cupcakes and muffins are also pretty basic baking territory and for that,  you’ll need a cupcake tin.

Baking sheet

This is great for baking cookies and other flat baked goods.

These are the basics for getting started in baking. Let me know if you have any other basic baking essentials that I left off and have an awesome day.

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Tomato Tart

17 Sep

Today I bring a delicious end of summer beginning of autumn dish. A tomato tart. Note, I use the term tart rather loosely.  In this case it’s pastry with a topping, some might call that a tart like myself, others may call it a pie, crustini, pizza (without sauce), foccacia and more. Regardless, it’s a delicious dish combining naughty flour-ey goodness with clean fresh produce.

For this tart I used a mix of tomatoes which not only lent to the taste but made it look that much more “instagrammable”, yes that IS a word. I used small red tomatoes on the vine, yellow mini plum tomatoes and the beautiful kamato tomatoes(thde brown-green ones).

I cheated a bit by using ready made frozen pastry. This took some effort out of the process for sure.

WHAT YOU NEED 

1) Tomatoes of your choosing 

2) Pastry– I used Pilsbury croissant pastry which came as a square sheet of dough.

3) Assorted herbs– This is to add to the dough to give a bit of extra flavour.

WHAT TO DO 

1) Add seasonings to the dough and knead it in. You NEED to KNEAD!

2) Roll out the dough 

3) Add cut/sliced/diced/smashed/whole tomatoes onto pastry

4) Pinch edges to create a bit of a pastry pouch and sprinkle with seasonings and add a bit of olive oil.

5) Bake until dough is golden brown. 

6) Slice and it’s ready to be served!

This tart is delicious! The tomatoes become soft and the juciness intensifies once baked. The crust is crispy on the edge and softer in the second centre with the great taste of pastry and herbs.

This is a great appetizer for a dinner party or a more bougie (that’s a buzz word now right?) Alternative to pizza for a night of Netflix. Be sure to try it and be sure to have am awesome day!

(Drugstore) Makeup brush Essentials

10 Sep

So you have your Drugstore makeup collection. Great. What are you going to put it in with? Drugstore brushes of course! This is a guide to the basic brushes you need and all affordable drugstore options. It is not exhaustive by any means but if you have these brushes you will be able to create almost any makeup look you want.


FACE

(l-r : Real Techniques Stipple brush, Real Techniques contour brush, Moda large face brush [comes in set of four], Real Techniques buffing brush, Real Techniques fan brush)

Stipple brush– This is excellent for blending out liquid or stick foundation. It tends to give an even finish.

Fluffy face brush– This works for application of powder products to the cheeks i.e blush/bronzer/highlight.

Flat, dense Face brush– Excellent for blending out liquid or stick foundation as well as for application of face powders.

Buffing brush– This thick, dense slightly rounded brush is the right tools for blending out blush/highlight/contour/bronzer as well as applying all over setting powder. (Kabuki brush which tends to have a flatter top can do the same)

Fan brush– This is perfect for applying a narrow amount of product e.g highlighter over the cheekbone or along the nose.

EYES

(top: e.l.f flat, shadow, crease brushes, bottom l-r: Real techniques slanted brow brush, Real techniques base shadow brush, Real techniques crease brush, Real techniques accent brush) 




Flat thin brush– This type of brush is useful in applying highlight to the brow bone,  for applying concealer if sculpting the eyebrows and for applying eyeshadow to line the upper or lower lids.

Dense rounded brush– Perfect for packing on eyeshadow especially all over the lid.

Dense brush– This type of brush works well when applying product to the outer corner of the eye and it allows for easy blending.

Angled flat brush– The angle referenced here is the angle in the bristles not so much the handle although that helps. This is the ideal type of brush to use when filling in brows with pomade or powder.

Fluffy brush– This is an all purpose eye shadow brush great for adding colour in the crease but can also pack on product on the lid or blend.

Dense fluffy brush– Another all purpose brush but this one can apply colour all over the eye and can also be useful in blending.

Small rounded brush– This is the brush you use to get into small spaces like adding a pop of colour on the inner corner, smudging out the lower lash line or even to add highlight to the brow bone.
I hope this guide is useful for anyone trying to expand their brush Collection. Are there any must-have brushes that I left out? Let me know and have an awesome day!

(Affordable) Decor: Your Vanity

3 Sep

Hello. This post is about easy, affordable and functional decor ideas for your vanity or side table or bathroom countertop or wherever you keep your cosmetics and trinkets.

I’m showing five ideas:

1) Picture frame tray

2) Cake stand display

3) Candle jar jar

4) Jelly jar storage

5) Framed postcard

Picture frame tray

Get an inexpensive picture frame that matches your aesthetic. Remove the back of the frame but leave the glass secured with the bits at the back (I tired googled what they are called with no success)

Place the “tray” on your surface and add your items, I place my perfume bottles because I think they look beautiful on a reflective surface.

Cake Stand Display

This is so easy it should be criminal. I find cake stands are coming more and more elaborate and beautiful. I also think cake stands add variation of height which is always interesting to look at.

Get a cake stand that fits with your decor. The one I use is a replica of mercury glass.

Then add your bits and bobs.

Candle jar jar

If you’re a candle fiend like my sister and myself, you’ve burned through your fair share of “Marshmallow Fireside” 3 wick candles. Instead of tossing the jar reuse it.

I place the jar into a bowl of warm water to melt and loosen the remaining candle. It also melts the glue which attaches the metal bottom of the wick. After that I just give the jars a good scrub and I’m done.

I place all sorts of things I’m these jars from mini perfumes and hand creams to makeup brushes.

Jelly Jar Storage

We’ve all seen mason jars and jelly and jam jars used to hold kitchen supplies like flour and sugar and as vases, but what about using them for storage. They are cute and very inexpensive and work for just about anything.
Get your jelly jar

Fill it with your small miscellaneous items such as hair clips and ties. I placed some expandable scrunchies in this one.

Framed postcard

This is an oldie but a goodie. Placing unconventional items in a frame is a great way to tie together your decor and add a nice touch without breaking the bank.

Get a postcard and an appropriately sized frame. I got this postcard from a cute giftstore called Sugarboo. I liked the sentiment.

Place the card into the frame and that’s it!

Arrange your beautiful yet functional and super affordable items and you’re set! Wishing you great inspiration and an awesome day!

Pineapple Pops

27 Aug


Hello. Today I bring a recipe that I think is fun and different…pineapple pops. The idea for this recipe came from my sister’s last birthday when I suggested she serve some pineapple slices. She didn’t end up doing that (she never listens to me) so I decided to try it out myself.

This recipe takes the delicious tropical fruit pineapple and adds a spicy, tangy flavor making it a great treat. For anyone familiar with Trindadian cuisine you will find this recipe similar to that used to make pineapple chow but served in a different way.
WHAT YOU NEED

1) A pineapple (mine was fairly small) cut into slices

2) Lime juice -I used half of a medium sized lime

3) Red pepper– I used a scotch bonnet (habanero) pepper

4) Spices– I used salt and black pepper. You can also add cilantro or shadow Beni.

5) Cake pop sticks (or popsicle sticks)

WHAT TO DO

1) Cut the pineapple into preferred size and place in a bowl

2) Squeeze juice of the lime over the pineapple.

3) Add black pepper and salt.

4) Add red pepper and any other flavourings.

5) Stir ingredients and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. I left mine overnight. You can take it out intermittently and stir and add a bit of water.

6) Once your pineapple is well seasoned add the sticks to the slices.

And you’re ready to serve!

For hygiene purposes you can cover your pops.

Like this!

Or this!
This is an awesome party snack. It takes something familiar and gives it an unusual twist. The sweetness of the pineapple melds together with the spiciness and acid. The salt brings out all the flavours and enriches the juciness of the pineapple.

Have an awesome day!

(Drugstore) Haircare

20 Aug

Hello and welcome to my drugstore hair care! My hair is natural, course, thick and very curly meaning it is constantly desperately craving moisture. This means my routine is focused on hydration. Hair care products can really add up even at the drugstore but especially if you use higher end products. For me, my core products are all more affordable drugstore ones and I will share my current favs.

Shampoo and Conditioner

As someone with such thirsty hair, I use shampoo very sparingly as it does strip the oils (along with dirt) from the hair. I oscillate between the Garnier Fructis and Tre Semme formulas specifically for hydrating curly hair as they are both effective and both affordable.

For conditioner, I do switch around quite a bit depending on the state of my hair at the time. Classic favourites are again Garnier Fructis and Tre Semme but right now I’m using a Kukui oil one by Ogx. This is a recently popular brand known for infusing lots of oils and essences in their products. I way say the price point for this brand is at the top of drugstore pricing but still very reasonable.

Moisturizers


Here comes Garnier Fructis again smashing the drugstore hair care game. This moisturizer is a thick cream that really drenched the hair and gives good slip.

The Aussie 3 minute Miracle is the MVP of my hair care. First, it’s really affordable, like bordering on dirt cheap. Secondly, you seem to find it everywhere!. Lastly, they were not exaggerating when they called it “miricle”. This stuff is thick and heavy and can moisturize the driest, crunchiest hair. It’s marketed as a deep conditioner meant to wash out after 3 minutes but I actually use it as a leave in and it really defines my curls.

Oils


Oils/serums are the newest addition to my hair regimen. Basically, they add extra moisture and I’m all about that. I also find they tend to leave the hair silky and polished looking.

I’m not specifically loyal to one brand of oils meaning I’m still in the testing phase. However, a great place to start is with the Ogx brand as it has an array of oils to chose from as well as Garnier Whole Blends. Both ones I currently use contain coconut which is a favourite these days.

Dry Shampoo

For anyone with textured hair, you KNOW you can’t wash it daily or even every other day… I personally wash my hair once a week. This means by day 5 and 6 things can get a bit messy. Enter…dry shampoo. I actually didn’t think dry shampoo was meant for textured hair but it works, making my scalp dry and clean feeling and stretching my hair an extra couple of days.

That’s my current affordable hair care regimen. What are your favourite drug store hair care brands? Let me know and have an awesome day!

Summer Playlist 2017

13 Aug

One of my fondest memories of summer when I was in university (many moons ago) was driving around listening to summer hits. Back then, we used CDs and we had one friend who fancied himself a bit of a music connesieur (we referred to him as DJ Poison…) who would compile these playlists and burn them onto the CD. His style was distinct because the music was always in alphabetical order, no attention paid to which songs sounded good with others. Lol

Anyway, for the past four years I myself have been compiling my own summer playlists (I do mine on YouTube) and this year I will share it.

1) Wild Thoughts– DJ Khaled ft Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

2) Me Enamoré– Shakira

3) Feels– Calvin Harris ft Pharell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean

4) The Way I Are(Dance with Somebody) – Bebe Rhexa ft Lil Wayne

5) Mama– Jonas Blue ft William Singe

6) Real Life– Duke Dumont X Gorgon City ft NAATIONS

7) Symphony – Clean Bandit ft Sara Larsson

8) Malibu– Miley Cyrus

9) Down – Marian Hill

10) Secrets – The Weeknd

11) Summer Bummer– Lana del Rey ft A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti

12) It Ain’t Me– Kygo, Selena Gomez

13) I Would Like– Sara Larsson

14) You Don’t Know Me– Jax Jones ft RAYE

15) Swish Swish– Katy Perry ft Nicki Minaj

Hope you found some inspiration and have an awesome day!

How to dress when travelling

6 Aug

There was a time when I felt I had to really dress up when travelling. I would make sure my hair was well coiffed, full face of makeup and dressed to impress: nice jeans, cute top, chandelier earrings…basically I did the most.

As I progressed in life and began travelling more frequently my need to look dressed up dwindled and was gradually replaced with functional dressing until I reached the point I’m at now…comfortable.

TIPS

Comfy pants– For me, that’s leggings but joggers or sweatpants can work.

Layer – I usually wear a tank or other lightweight top so I can keep cool if I’m running from one gate to the next but then I carry a long sleeve button down to bundle up in when it gets cold.

Easy shoes– After travelling in flip-flops and sneakers, I’ve finally found my sweet spot… slip-ons. Let me tell you why. Slip ons are comfortable and durable like sneakers BUT super easy to get on and off when going through security.

Change of clothes– This is for when you travel from one climate to another e.g. going from a colder to a tropical climate. I would toss a change of shoes and bottom in my carry on luggage.

Limit jewelry– All the bangles and rings look fantastic especially for selfie purposes but become a bulky chore both when going through security and trying to get comfy in your airplane seat.

Bare your face– This was my personal “AHA” moment. Despite dressing down I would still make an effort to have my face done, so as to look presentable. But guess what, nothing and I do mean NOTHING feels better than travelling sans makeup save for a bit of SPF (except that moment you take your bra off …but I digress). If you’re on a long flight your skin gets a chance to breathe and you won’t have to worry about touching up after half of your makeup comes off on your neck pillow.

That’s my 2 cents on how to dress when travelling. I find when I go this route I feel relaxed and I have one less thing to stress about when travelling. Have an awesome day!

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