Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spring Cleaning

Today was my day off and of course, the weather has been rainy/cold all day, so I decided to get some Spring cleaning done and organize my jewelry.

Now, I would love to be able to buy something like this:

Available at Amazon.com for around $115

Or this:

Available at homedecorators.com for around $289

However, both are out of my price range at the moment, so I decided to do a bit of DIY organizing. Also, I wouldn’t mind taking a crack at this DIY from Martha Stewart (good ole Martha) for converting a vintage medicine cabinet into a jewelry cabinet, but I figure a vintage medicine cabinet may be hard to find/expensive.

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DIY Canvas Art

I recently moved into a bigger place and my bedroom walls were completely bare! I wanted to do some decorating but I couldn’t really afford to spend a fortune on any artwork and didn’t really want to coat my room with posters. So, I decided to make some DIY artwork! Sounds intimidating right? No worries it can be easy and there are endless options when it comes to making your own canvas artwork. I decided to do a paper mache, newspaper background piece with an all black, painted silhouette. Here is what I did…

1.) Create a paper mache paste using Elmer’s glue and a splash of water. You can also use Mod Podge if you don’t want to make your own. Rip strips of newspaper and completely submerge the piece in the paste then lay it on the canvas. You really have a lot of control when using this strategy, you can place the strips where ever you like to get your desired look. Each strip of newspaper I placed on the canvas I put a little extra glue around the edges to make sure it was going to stay down and in place.

2.) After the canvas was completely covered in newspaper and dry, I sketched out the tree branches with a pencil. You will want to sketch lightly in case you make a mistake and need to erase. If you do not feel comfortable sketching free hand, there are many stencils available at craft stores or even online for you to print out. Or, if you want to avoid drawing completely, use letter stencils to write out your favorite song lyric or poem. The options are endless! After you have everything sketched out, start painting! I decided to go for a silhouette look so I stuck with black, but depending on what you decide to paint you may have many colors!

3.) I did about 3 coats of paint just to make sure that everything was evenly covered and there wasn’t any text coming through. After the paint was dry and I was finished, I sealed the paint and newspaper with a clear varnish. The varnish ads an extra shine to the artwork and makes sure the newspaper won’t curl up over time.

This project was fairly easy, and I had a lot of fun doing it! The final cost of the project including the canvas, paint, paint brush and varnish all came to around $30. A little more expensive than a poster, but will last a lot longer and it’s custom made by you!

For my next DIY canvas artwork I’m thinking a paper mache postcard background, with a Palm tree silhouette and a sepia lacquer to finish it off! Will post pics soon!

Let me know what you come up with!

x.

m

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Photos from my week

My past weekend was filled with motorcycles, the beach and Black Lips. Took some pics along the way so I wanted to share…Hope you enjoy!

The whole trip was so much fun, and if you haven’t heard of the Black Lips you should definitely check them out!

Photos taken by myself and Brandon Rau!

x.

m

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Happy Spring!

It’s official, today is the first day of Spring. We’ve been counting down for the past couple of weeks, so we could not be more excited that it’s finally here! We wanted to do a little recap of everything Spring we’ve commented on to make it easy for us all to get our Spring style right.

Spring Fashion:

Colors

Pastels

Neons

Silhouettes

Layered Neutrals

Floral Prints

Athletic Chic Style

Gradients

Spring Shopping

Spring Beauty:

Hot Mess Hair

Exaggerated Cat Eyes

Red Lips

Neon French Manicure

And of course we can’t forget our Spring playlist! Now that we’ve covered all the basics to Spring style, we’ll hopefully be getting some posts up about how we apply these looks to our own style.

What look are you most excited to try? Are there any that you’d rather not see on people? Let us know!

x

m and c.

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1 Day…Hot Mess Hair

Spring is the season for natural beauty and minimalism. So what’s better than an effortless hair style that looks like you just came back from a day outdoors to match?

The relaxed hair style looks simple and elegant at the same time. So how do you achieve this just came back from the beach look? From curling, twisting, scrunching, and braiding there are many ways to reach your desired wave.

Living in Florida, this is my go to hair style. My hair has some curl to it so in order to tone it down a bit, I use argan oil. It’s a little heavier than mouse which helps tone down fly aways. It also has some great benefits to protect and nourish your strands. I put the oil in after I get out of the shower in a scrunching motion, then let it air dry. I also like to pull it half way up in a clip to give it some added volume.

Another way to instantly add a little wave to dry, straight hair? Try throwing your hair into a lose braid starting at the nape of your neck. After that, run a straight iron across the braid to get an instant wavy look.

Pull your hair into a messy bun for an instant, romantic feel.

I love this look because of the minimal effort that comes along with it. It’s great for an easy everyday look or even a night out!

x.

m

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2 Days…Spring Colors

We’ve already commented on the fact that pastels and neons are supposed to be popular this season, but there are a few colors in particular that are also standing out for Spring/Summer.

Mint for Spring

As much as I love mint chocolate chip ice cream, I’m loving mint green for Spring. It’s on trend with pastels and seems just as pretty and flirty as wearing pink. I think this color would look best with white or nude colors. And for some reason, I’m really wanting a pair of mint green shoes.
Wearing white from head-to-toe doesn’t sound very functional when I’m constantly drinking coffee, but I am loving this look. I’ll probably hold off on testing this look out until a little later in the season when I have a bit more of a tan, and it’s definitely a change for me considering my go-to color is always black, but I am really excited about this look. Extra tip: when wearing white, nude undergarments is a must (white often shows through white).
Tangerine

And then there’s the color of the year, Tangerine or as Pantone named it, Tangerine Tango. This color is definitely not one I’d wear from head-to-toe, but I think it’s great as a pop color or mixed in a print. I do really want a tangerine colored belt or maybe a cross-body purse.

Will you be wearing any of these colors this Spring?

Let us know and feel free to share pics : )

x

c.

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How do you wear your green?

St. Pattys
Looking good while showing holiday spirit on St. Patrick’s Day can be tricky. However with mint as a color must have this season things could be looking up! This holiday try pairing mint jeans with a white, cropped tank. Or belt a green tank dress with some flats. I know I’ll be at the beach in my green bikini!! Show me what you have on this St.Patty’s day! Email us at barexbones@gmail.com and we’ll post your green get up. It’s a great day to have some fun with your green, but you can still look good while doing it!
x
m.
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