Bookshelf Revamp

As you all know, I have been into refinishing wood and wicker furniture. Over the weekend, I was able to go over to my friend's house and show her how easy it is to refinish wood furniture. Her bookshelf was in good condition, but it had nicks and stains - all it needed was a little sanding and painting!
The colors of her apartment are tan, red, and green. Very natural and neutral. This red bookshelf really pops and it is a wonderful example of what you can do to your existing furniture to give it a new look!

After we were done, we headed back into her apartment and I could see her imagining other pieces in her place being refinished. I am so excited to see what she wants to revamp next!!

The view while painting. It was a beautiful day!
This is the red we used. For the green, we used Ultra Cover Spray Paint from Rust-Oleum in Sage in a Satin Finish.

Happy painting!



One of those good freak out moments

Yeah, I just had one of those. I entered multiple photos into W Magazine and Hipstamatic's Transformation Photography Contest to find new street fashion photographers. I am very excited to say that I was contacted by W Magazine and this is what the email said:

That is why I just experienced this crazy, freak out moment. I did not expect to be picked by my favorite magazine in the whole world!! This is so great! I want to participate in so many more contests!

Here is my entry: 

You can vote HERE by signing into Facebook and clicking the yellow VOTE button on my photo!
Thank you!!!



Matte nail polish? How cool!!

Just read this article by The Beauty Department. I am such a huge fan of these girls! 
They are so fun! I love their new matte nails mixed with the shiny! 
This photo is from their website:

I believe they used O.P.I.'s Black Onyx and  Butter London's Matte polish. 
I adore this new look! So fresh!!

This polish is too expensive! It's $18+Shipping from Zappos! 
I don't like promoting something I would not buy, so I am going to grab this for $10 instead:

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! 
What is your new favorite nail look right now? Let me know below!




W Magazine uses Hipstamatic to find fresh, new photographers

Since the September issue is fashion's focus for fall, W Magazine has teamed up with Hipstamatic to celebrate 40 years of transformational photography and to have a contest to find themselves fresh, new, and fantastic fashion photographers!

The contest focuses on fashion's power of transformation and opens August 20th and ends on October 1st. In order to be considered, images must be taken with the W Magazine HipstaPack lens and film. You can visit W's Facebook page to see entries and vote for your favorites. 10 Runners Up will be announced on October 15.
The winner will shoot a story for W Magazine!! Enter the contest and see the details HERE.

You can also view the Fashion Photography Contest live stream right here from my website!



Jelly at the grocery

I was trying to buy jelly. But, I noticed different options: jelly, jam, preserves, and spreads. I know that Jelly, Jam, and Preserves are all made from fruit mixed with sugar and pectin. What are the differences?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration definition:
The difference is in the form of the fruit when the process begins

Jelly is made from fruit juice.
Jams are made from pureed fruit, pulp or crushed fruit.
Preserves are made from whole fruit.
Spreads are made from whole fruit and/or pureed fruit.

So, now you know the differences between jelly, jam, preserves and spreads. If you don't like chunks, go for a jelly. If you do, grab a jar of preserves. Either way, I'm ready for a PB&J!



Furniture Makeovers!

Lately, I have been picking pieces up and refinishing them! I have redone a desk, a cabinet, and a chair (even re-upholstered it!)

I think finding, sanding, and painting are my new favorite things to do! My new hobby: Refinishing wood furniture!


Dangerous levels of lead in handbags!

Attn: Vegans!! The plastic/faux leather handbags sold in lots of major retailers may contain lead! I never thought that the handbag and wallet I use have the possibility to harm me. Until the Center for Environmental Health came out with THIS REPORT. It is a report that states how we should keep these handbags away from small children and ourselves due to the high levels of lead in handbags. Scientists discovered the bags with the highest levels of lead were ones that were yellow and red - leaving them to believe the lead is coming from the coloring in the plastic and vinyl material used.

Then, I also found THIS video about how the Cosmetic Industry has no checks and balances when it comes to the chemicals they use in products. They found lead in lipsticks, too! We all know how little ones will find our lipstick and start putting it all over their little faces and bodies. To think my lipstick is just a tube of colored lead and toxins is scary! It's more than scary, it's terrifying! I thought the FDA controlled chemicals in cosmetics, but they don't!

This is very alarming, but we need to be aware of what toxins we are bringing home with us. We know what is harmful and what causes cancer, but without anyone regulating the marketplace, we have no way of knowing if what we purchase and bring home is safe or if it has lead and other toxins.

After reading these, I realize this has been an issue since 2009 and in 2010, Major retailers agreed to limit lead in handbags. But this issue it is BACK AGAIN with handbags from Tory Burch, House of Harlow, Guess, Nine West and even Charlotte Russe!



I love TheBeautyDepartment.com

I love THIS nail tutorial where they show us how to have the nail color fade. It is so pretty!!

Love them!




Make it Monday: S'mores on the gas stove!

Don't have a grill? Do what I did and make s'mores on the stove instead!!



Obey Sample Sale - CA Jun 2012

My favorite sample sale is going down. Have fun!!

Obey Sample Sale - CA Jun 2012

June 16-17
Saturday 8-5
Sunday 8-2

17462 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92614



Just a reminder:

Be happy to be alive.
Your life is truly a gift. 
What you do with your life is your gift back.



Winner! Winner!

Oh how sweet it is to win! 
I won LA Canvas Magazine's tweet to win contest for two tickets 
into the Swatch Art Rules event where they were announcing the design winner 
for both the TTR World Snowboard Tour Trophy and Official Swatch Tour Watch! 

New Swatch Watches - The yellow is my favorite from this group

My favorite new watch design - wood band with pink face!



April Art, Batman Is Real, and I found an Easter Egg filled with LA Street Art at the Art Lab

That's right! I have been painting a lot and I found out about a man who dresses up as Batman and visits children in the hospital. He is a very wealthy man who spends his time as a volunteer. How wonderful!! Then, I went to LA Art Lab's Red Bull Curates event last night and did not make it in! But, I found an Easter Egg with stickers, confetti, and gum! Horray!


Have you heard of Cotton On yet? Now you have! Let the love begin!

Shopping at Cotton On!! Tell me where you love to shop!!




Gorilla Glue To The Handbag Rescue

I purchased a few damaged handbags and I am showing you that you 
can use Gorilla Glue to repair handbags easily!

Shop thrift and do your own repairs! Stay green!


Two Point Oh! Pre-Los Angeles Fashion Week Party 2012 (Part 1)

The Two Point Oh! Pre-Los Angeles Fashion Week Party 2012 was held at the Cement Studio in Los Angeles. It was a beautiful night! Beautiful people, great vibes, and amazing bloggers! I have so many fantastic photos that we have to make it two posts! This is Part 1:

The treat table

View from Cement Studio

Eleven floors up and a window at the party is wide open without a screen. I can touch the cement art on the outside of the building! It was nice to have fresh air, though. It got hot in there!

 Gina McFinch - A beautiful pin-up punk style blogger. I seriously ADORE her style.

Chilling out for a minute with a beverage from Hard Luck.

 Love AKeeneSenseOfStyle's bright red lips against her jet black hair! The color combo is perfect!

I had so much fun at Two Point Oh!'s Pre-Los Angeles Fashion Week Party 2012
at the beautiful Cement Studio in Los Angeles.
I was able to connect with so many great fashion bloggers! I met up with
from , , ,
and with my photographer @thelaobserver!
Part 2 of the party coming up next post!




OlloClip, LAFW and RED Cinema Cameras Video

I just love my OlloClip! What if I could shoot Los Angeles Fashion Week using just my iPhone and my OlloClip? That would be so fun!

I went to REDucation at RED Studios in Hollywood last Wednesday. It was inspiring!

I want to have solid, attainable goals. I want to shoot Los Angeles Fashion Week with RED cinema cameras! Gotta get on the forums!



REDucation Open House Fun Times

My first time inside Stage 5! Hopefully, not my last!

Inside Stage 5

Amazing Lights In The Bathroom

Metta and I!

Never Seen A Square Toilet!

4K and 5K Projectors! So Beautiful!!

 RED STUDIOS 40 ft. Screen!!

 Inside Stage 5 - With One Person. Can You See How Huge It Is?

 Random Large Chair Spotted On The Way Home

 I was excited when I was there. Can you tell?

 Street Art found on Melrose. Love the bleeding camera.

Overall, the REDucation Open House last night was so fun! Free admission and we were able to see student videos and see trailers for upcoming films using the RED cameras. I want one! Can I be anyone's Assistant DP? PLEASE!! Or, how about a scholarship for the dreamers like me to attend REDucation!



Smart Art Doesn't Cost A Bunch Of Green

Smart Art doesn't cost a bunch of green! In this video, I show you where to pick up cheap art materials. Where do you go for cheap art materials? Share!!



No jean pants = corduroy pants are OK!

No Jeans February Continues!! 

I am having so much fun with this challenge! Not wearing jeans for February has been so challenging! It was very cold and I could not wear a dress. So, I wore my OBEY pea coat, a white lace tank and a yellow tank, Joe'sJeans corduroy pants, yellow bead bracelets, Target beaded necklace, and brown polka-dot Anchor Blue wedges.

Start your own outfit challenge! Try it for a month! It is so fun!!

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