DIY: How to Make a Beautiful Vertical Garden Room Divider Using Ikea PS 2012 Plant Stands

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You might think that if you live in an urban apartment or low-light space you can’t have a green wall or vertical garden of your own, but weve got a new DIY Ikea hack makes it as easy as 1,2,3.  All you need to make a living room divider like the one you see above is a few (we used 3, but you can use less or more) Ikea PS 2012 plant stands, some potted plants and about an hour of your time. The best part about this DIY is that everything is modular so you decide how many stands you want to use, and you can make your vertical garden as long as you like – you could even make it span your whole apartment. Another great perk is that the stands are all easily moveable so you can take your plants closer to the window during the day if you like and move them back at night or you can use them to create different configurations depending on what you need – a verdant dining nook, a wall around where you sleep or an herb garden in your kitchen. Scroll down and click on the pages below for the full tutorial.

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DIY: How To Make Homemade Fortune Cookies for Valentine’s Day

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While fortune cookies may seem as commonplace as Chinese restaurants are ubiquitous, they’re actually quite intriguing. No one really knows where they came from, except that wherever it was, it wasn’t China. Some speculate that they are the modern day descendants of the Japanese omikuji cookie, which also contained small slips of paper with fortunes written on them, and though many people have tried to claim that they created the famous treat, an official ruling has never been made. No matter where you think fortune cookies really came from, there’s one thing that most people agree on – they don’t taste very good! That’s why I decided to try my hand at making a homemade version for Valentine’s Day. Not only is this DIY version so much more light, crisp and delicate, it’s also a lovely way to show the people you love how “fortunate” you are to have them. Read on for the recipe!

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HOW TO Organize All Your Shoes by Creating a Pinterest Shoe Collection

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Have you ever gone last-minute shoe shopping for a special event like a wedding, a date or a vacation because you felt that you simply did not own a pair of shoes that would be suitable for the occasion? I have, and over a hundred pairs of shoes later, I realized that I really didn’t need that many shoes – no one on earth does. But what was making me feel that I did?

A little “sole”-searching (I’m sorry for going there) led to an understanding of my behavior patterns and a solution that seems to be working for me. The main problem was that my mental inventory of what kinds of shoes I already owned was very foggy because many of my shoes were stored away in boxes and I just couldn’t recall that I even had them. The issue is very similar to the one that we tackled with the fridge triage box – if you can readily see what you have, you can use it to its fullest potential. But unlike with food, it’s not like I could just pile all of my shoes in one giant box; well, I could, that would drive an organization freak like myself bonkers. So I decided on the next best thing – a Pinterest shoe board collection showing all of my shoes right at my toetips! This simple idea is saving me a ton of time getting ready because there’s no need to rifle through all of your shoeboxes searching for a pair that will match your outfit, and it also saves you from needlessly buying yet another pair of silver, strappy sandals because you forgot that you already own 3 of them. If you are an avid Pinner, you probably already know how to create such a board, but just in case you’re not, read on to see how you can create your own money-saving, time-saving, waste-saving Pinterest shoe collection.

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How to Make a DIY Storage Bed Using an Ikea Bookcase

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When I first moved into my tiny apartment, I knew that I really wanted a storage bed but had a lot of trouble finding one for cheap. Then I remembered that my old bed in my childhood home was not a real bed frame at all but an old bookcase with a mattress on top and thought hey, why not just do the same thing and build a DIY storage bed in my new place? This would work with almost any kind of bookcase as long as it’s sturdy and the right dimensions, but since Ikea Expedit bookcases are in abundance and can be gotten for super cheap second hand on craigslist, I recommend you use those. The Ikea Expedit also has a built in grid system that’s great for organizing all of your junk and is a nice height as well. On top of all that, it’s really easy to take this “storage bed” apart when you outgrow it so you can effortlessly return the bookshelf back to its original purpose or sell it. Read on for the full DIY tutorial.

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DIY Olympics Edition: How to Make a Sparkly Patriotic Flag Clutch Out of an Old Video Tape Case

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The Olympics are in full swing, and in addition to watching the games, isn’t it so exciting to see folks donning all kinds of patriotic fashion from star-spangled outfits to union jack nails? I, too, wanted to show my support for team USA and team Japan but I didn’t want to end up buying random tsotchkes that I would only wear once, so I decided to recycle myself a DIY flag clutch out of an old video tape box. This DIY is uber easy (if you start now, you might even have it ready for the next event), and the best thing about it is that you can rep two different teams if your nationality is hyphenated like my own. When you’re at the pub rooting for team USA, just flash the American flag side and when it’s time for your other team to strut its stuff, just flip your clutch to show the other flag!

For the full DIY tutorial, scroll down and click page 2.

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How to Make a Korean Dosirak Box Using Your Leftovers

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If you’re not yet familiar, a dosirak box is to a bento box what Kourtney Kardashian is to Kim (just indulge me for a sec here) – just as delicious, just as well put together, but just a bit less famous. Essentially the dosirak is a Korean bento box, and the idea is completely the same except that instead of filling your tiny compartments with crunchy and tart sunomono, you would use a form of kimchi or other pickled veggies. In the end though, it’s really all up to you what goes in your dosirak box – it doesn’t even have to be Korean (hey, I used halal in mine). It’s just a simple and smart way to use up your leftovers, and present them prettily so that you’ll want to eat them again.

Click page two below to see the ingredients I used for mine.

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DIY: How to Make a Geometric Neon Bib Necklace to Add a Pop of Color to Your Wardrobe

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So before I get into this DIY, I just want to make it perfectly clear that the design you see for this bib necklace is not my own. It’s actually inspired by the Andean Collection’s Honeycomb Necklace, which I’m absolutely in love with, and the only reason I decided to make my own version instead of purchasing one is that I wanted a particular colorway – neon pink with a spot of tangerine – that they didn’t offer. So I have to give credit where credit is due and lead you to their website if you like this necklace because they’re a company that not only creates striking modern pieces of jewelry, they do it in a way that helps women and men who need it. So purchase this necklace from them if you can!

OK, if, for some reason you’re still here after I said my piece, I’ll show you how I made my own DIY neon version of this bib necklace. Scroll down and click page 2 below for the full DIY tutorial.

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Krissy’s “Napa in NY” Themed Wine-tastic Bridal Shower!

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We bridesmaids breathed a collective sigh of relief when Christina walked through the door and looked all kinds of excited, happy and ready to party at her “Napa in NY” themed bridal shower! I hope you had a wonderful time Kris – we love you!

And shoutout to JJ, Helen and Ember Room for hosting this very special event. Here are a few highlights:

The radiant bride-to-be wore a colorful one-shouldered frock that echoed the wine-y decor.

Custom made signage stating the law that we live by.

Blow girls, blow!

You had me at “Merlot”

Recycled cork placeholders!

Halmohnim could not be more proud of her radiant granddaughter.

Hope you had a “grate” time!

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6 Items Fashion Diet Day 5: The Angry Snowman’s Revenge

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It’s Day 5 of my fashion diet and it’s hot as Hades, so I decided to don my Clossette angry snowman dress. Why is he angry? Well I think that’s obvious, but I’ll leave it to you to come up with your own back story.

Day 5 Outift: An Angry Snowman’s Chance in Hell

Angry snowman reversible mini dress: Made from a $4 t-shirt following these DIY instructions.
Coral bib necklace made of tagua: A gift from The Andean Collection
Wooden bangle: Purchased in the Bahamas
Nautical wedges: TOMS Shoes

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Wondering what my 6 Items Fashion Diet is and why I’m doing it? Click here to get the whole scoop.

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6 Items Challenge Fashion Diet Day 1: Kaleidoscopic Kimono Flow

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I’m officially on a diet! If you think that’s pretty uncharacteristic of me, hear me out. For this diet, I’ll be counting clothes instead of calories. For the whole month of July, I’ve pledged to wear only 6 items of clothing to show that true style isn’t about having more clothes; it’s about having a curated closetful of quality garments – and knowing how to make a little go a long way. Follow me and my fellow fashion dieters as we challenge ourselves to mix and match our 6 items and get creative to craft 30 different outfits using our limited garb.

So why are we paring down our wardrobes like this? The 6 Items Style Challenge was started by Labour Behind the Label, a campaign that supports garment workers’ efforts worldwide to improve their working conditions through awareness. Most people don’t know how little these women, men and in many cases children get paid so that you can buy a skirt for $12 or a shirt for $10, but if you’re reading this, I hope the one thing you take away is that our desire for cheap, fast fashion is hurting people around the globe. Although having just 6 items to wear might be on the extreme side, the point of this exercise is to show that it can be done and also hopefully will make people see that we simply don’t need that many new clothes!

Check out my very first outfit below and if you’re interested in learning more about the cause, read an interview about why I decided to take on the 6 Items Challenge here.

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Day 1 Outift: Kaleidoscopic Kimono Flow

Multi-colored sheer top: Thrifted for $6
Mom jeans: Thrifted for $4
Eat a Dick heart pendant necklace: $40 from In God We Trust
Tory Burch flip flop sandals: Gift from Krissy on her bachelorette party
Plaid purse: Rugby by Ralph Lauren
Sunglasses: Chanel

The sheer top and mom jeans are 2 of the 6 garments I’m allowed to wear this month so I’m sure you’ll see them again…

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RECIPE: Irresistibly Savory Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

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We all know that no one goes to Red Lobster for the seafood – we go for the cheddar biscuits! But if you’d rather not wait half an hour with one of those giant beepers to be seated just to get your mitts on some irresistibly flaky and cheesy morsels of delight, here is my version of Reb Lobster’s top secret cheddar biscuit recipe. I’m not going to front like these are “healthy” (c’mon now), but I will say that at least you know exactly what’s going into them and you can even tweak the amounts of butter and cheese to make them a little less calorific. My version is actually extra cheddary and extra buttery so you can probably afford to decrease those two ingredients a bit if that’s how you roll. Read on for the recipe.

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HOW TO: Make Your Boyfriend’s T Shirt into a Cute New Tank Top

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Step 1. Steal your boyfriend’s shirt. I’m just kidding. Don’t steal. But if you notice that your boyfriend (or husband, brother, friend, dad, guy on the couch) has an old t shirt that they hardly wear anymore, they should be fine with you taking it as long as you ask nicely. And this project will work just as well with any oversized t shirt you already have in your own closet too. There are only a few steps and when you’re done, you’ll have a cute tank top just in time for summer. Read on for the full instructions!

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24 Bright and Bold Summer Outfits to Wear on a Beach Vacation

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The Bahamas – check, the beach – check, the beautiful bachelorette – check. My girlfriends had all of the ingredients to make our friend Christina’s final hurrah nothing short of LEGEND-ary, but the question remained – what should we wear?! After frantically asking one another for outfit advice, we were finally able to stuff our suitcases full of 24 bright and bold beach vacation looks for sitting by the pool, walking around the Cove and taking Christina out for a simply cray cray time. Click through the pages all the way at the bottom of the post to see each one and get some fashion ideas for your own resort wardrobe!

Outfit details from left to right: On Yuka: black and white sequined dress by Parker (borrowed from my very generous friend Diana) + black sandals by Prada, on Amy: flowy white dress with flower print by Halston Heritage + wedges by Charlotte Ronson, on Ruth: chartreuse Herve Leger dress purchased from Paula Abdul, black heels (still waiting on the other deets so stay tuned).

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Don’t Need Extra Bra Padding? Repurpose Those Pads as Shoe Inserts

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Some women just have naturally large breasts and while the rest of us hate you, we still wanted to share this easy fashion DIY idea showing how to repurpose those extra bra pads that you clearly don’t need (again, damn you) with you. It’s pretty straightforward – just pop the pads out of your bra and stick them in your heels to use as shoe inserts. Not only will you save money by not having to buy shoe inserts – they’re not cheap, you know – your feet will be nice and comfy. Total cost for this DIY? $0.

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