Sometimes You Gotta DIY

This post comes from the indie coffee shop a few blocks from my new home. It comes after my things arriving from Spokane, Washington yesterday evening and me being bent on unpacking as much as possible last night, but especially my bed. I was over the air mattress life. As I looked at the box with my brand new box spring there was a picture with two people and the wording read “team lift.” I told myself that it was a good thing the box didn’t need lifting because i was teamless. I mangled that box and within a half hour my bed, the frame, box spring, and mattress (mangled that packaging too) were assembled. I am not anti team but I also know that sometimes you gotta DIY. So this week I hope you get over the hump with a few DIYs to take care of yourself!

DIY Mani Pedi courtesy of The Every Girl

I used to be one of those manicure pedicure every two weeks types until I realized that was a waste of time and money. Seriously, It was upwards of $70.00 a month and depending on the wait, easily two hours a visit. Now I didn’t abandon them altogether. Not in the least bit. I just did my own in between visits. I also made sure to get the good polish, like Essie and Ten Over Ten. By the way, you can score Essie polishes at half the price at Marshalls and TJMaxx.


Photo courtesy of Play

DIY Hair Hacks courtesy of Brit + Co

I have six signature hairstyles. Probably five and a half (I don’t know if a bun to the side counts as it’s own hair style as opposed to being at the nape of my neck) if I am honest. But I have been venturing out recently trying a few new things all with one real goal- keep the hair out of my face. It’s summer and I just want my locks to look lovely and not annoy me. So all the things I have been trying have been doing just that and perhaps you too could use some new hairstyle mojo.

off face hair pop sugar

Photo courtesy of Pop

DIY Facial courtesy of Refinery 29

I learned early on that my best accessory is my smile and runner up is good skin. I don’t care whether you are #TeamMAC #TeamSephora #TeamCovergirl, putting on loads of makeup will NEVER substitute taking care of your skin. Part of taking care of your skin is being sure to give yourself a good facial. Cleanse, exfoliate, tone, moisturize, massage, etc. You don’t have to hit up the salon or stalk Groupon for a coupon to the upscale salon to get one- although every now and then I say go ahead and treat yourself. Until then you can absolutely DIY. Might I recommend heading to Lush for some of their products? You will love them  (or at least really really really like them.)

Photo courtesy of Photo Editor

DIY Taco Tuesday courtesy of The Food Network

My aunt introduced my siblings and I to tacos. They were on the list of foods my dad didn’t eat which usually (not always) meant my mom didn’t cook it at our house. So when we would sleep over my aunt’s she would make them and I love them. I could eat them or any Latin or Spanish influenced food morning, noon, and night. Not to mention they are so festive. So much color and taste, God bless the creator of tacos. Oh right and Taco Tuesday. I think that’s a national thing but I know it’s a west coast thing and well I may be back to living on the east but my heart still beats west coast.  Next time it’s Tuesday and you don’t know what’s for dinner, might I suggest Tacos. Heck, next time you’re hungry, might I suggest Tacos. Might I also suggest inviting friends. The more the merrier!

Photo courtesy of Brit +

DIY Sangria courtesy of The Nest

What better way to complement tacos than with sangria? I know someone read that and thought tequila. Lo siento! I love a great glass of sangria, all of its color, flavor, and enticing cool. It’s like upgrading a good wine and every now and then who doesn’t want a good upgrade? Just be sure to let the sangria sit for a bit. It taste better that way. As per my suggestion with the tacos, I recommend sangria with friends. Tacos, sangria, and friends- oh my!

Photo courtesy of Sally’s Baking

LIVE-ing for the Weekend- Celebrate DIY

Cause weekends are perfect times to celebrate and celebrating does not have to break your bank. There are plenty of ways to get creative and acknowledge the milestone moment in your life and the lives of those you love. Here are a few ideas and websites that offer some great DIY ways to celebrate, from decor, to favors, drinks and food, to gifts. Celebrating can absolutely be crafty and budget friendly!

Sweet Treat Single Serving Desserts                                                                       Real Simple

Photo courtesy of Nicole Hill Gerulat

Photo courtesy of Nicole Hill Gerulat

Light Up The Night                                                                                                   HGTV

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Center Stage Centerpieces                                                                                       Kara’s Party Ideas

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Fagerlund

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Fagerlund

Backdrop It Like It’s Hot                                                                                             Glitter Guide

Photo courtesy of Lisa Leftkowitz

Photo courtesy of Lisa Leftkowitz

 Drink And Be Merry                                                                                                  Honestly Yum

Photo courtesy of Honestyl

Photo courtesy of Honestyl

Feelin’ It Friday

Let’s start by me totally feelin’ a four day work week and starting the day with a New York Times, fresh squeezed orange juice, and a sweet spot at the Starbucks downtown. Inhale and exhale peaceful goodness. But then let’s also take a look at all the other things I have been feelin’ all week. Until Monday! xxoo

Photo courtesy of Say Yes.comEaster Eggs get a makeover!
Photo courtesy of Necessary
It’s like the LBD’s little sister. Cute and necessary!
Photo courtesy of Sarah Wirthlin
I hear travel and I am currently swooning over place like India (pictured here) and Morocco. 
Photo courtesy of Julio Cortez
The Black Girls Rock Awards aired this past week and well it was absolutely awesome to see Michelle Obama,
our first lady here in the US as a Black woman who rocks supporting Black girls. 
I have had this song on repeat all week. Loved the movie and the song!