Friday Favorites in Five

October 31, 2014

Hey, hey Friday!

I don't usually 'celebrate' Halloween, but I do think it's kind of fun thinking of costume since it's Halloween I'm going to share my favorite costumes that I've seen lately. If you need any last minute ideas, take a look!

1. A strawberry. Now that's creative.

2. Dog as a dog would flip out...but this is hilarious!

3. I've seen this deer costume pop up around Pinterest, and think it would be really fun to try.

4. Mary Poppins - I can't believe I've never thought of this, but it would be super easy to do.

5. The cutest of them all has to be Carl from Up. Adorable!

Have a great weekend, and a safe Halloween! I'm going to eat some chocolate now... :)

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth.

It Cosmetics - Naturally Pretty Palette Vol. 1

October 29, 2014

I have owned the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 palette for quite a few months now, and have been testing it I thought it would be an appropriate time to share my thoughts on it!

What first caught my attention is that the shades are all matte, which just opens up a lot more possibilities. The Transforming Pearl is basically sheer when applied lightly, and it adds shimmer to any of the colors. You can either mix it with the color or apply it over (I usually apply it over). I love that it gives me the option to pick where I want to add shimmer.

The colors in this palette are really rich. I actually think it's less neutral than others I own, but I like mixing some of these in when I'm looking for something a little different than the every-day neutral I do all the time. Even the shades I would consider "neutral" have just a hint of color (like the Sunset, All Heart, and Iconic shades).

As for the quality of the shadows - amazing. They apply SO  well, and blend effortlessly. Each color is really pigmented, so it doesn't take much. I didn't think a powder could be creamy, but that's almost the best way to describe it. Velvet! The shadows are paraben-free, fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty free. I think this is pretty standard for the It Cosmetics brand, which I also like.

All of the shadows in this palette can also be used wet or dry. Again, even more possibilities! They're actually infused with Hydrolyzed Collagen, Acai, Green Tea, antioxidants, and Light Technology...I mean, can we say high-tech?

They now have the Naturally Pretty Celebration palette, which is a limited edition, and it looks like the same concept - all matte with a transforming shimmer color. They revamped the colors a little and named them all 'holiday' names. I just don't know that it's different enough for me to purchase. 

Have you used any of the It Cosmetics products? With each product I try, I continue to be impressed with the quality. Maybe they'll launch a Vol. 2 soon!

This Little Non-Seamstress Made a Pillow

October 27, 2014

Sewing kind of scares me...I do not feel comfortable using a sewing machine for big projects. So, if I can make a pillow with a zipper in it, so can you. It took a couple tries, and some hair pulling, but once I figured it out it went okay. I won't say it went smoothly, but it was okay. :)

Measure the pillow you want to cover. In this case, my pillow measured about 18 inches.

Cut two squares of fabric about 2 inches larger than your measurement - I like having plenty of fabric to work with in case I mess up (which I usually do at least once). I cut my squares 20 inches.

Start by folding your fabric along the edge where your zipper will be placed. You can also iron it into a fold if your fabric is thin enough. Mine needed to be ironed on low heat, but it wasn't quite enough heat to keep the fold. I just have to do it the difficult way!

Lay your zipper and fabric "right" side up to position the zipper. I like my fabric to overlap just slightly so it hides the zipper a little bit. Then pin the zipper in place on the "wrong" side. 

Don't freak out. This is the scary part, but it'll be okay. Once your zipper is pinned and looks all happy in it's place, start sewing.... I don't have a zipper foot for my sewing machine, which honestly would probably make this process so much easier, but I have found that as long as sew slowly, it seems to work fine. Maybe if I start doing this more often I'll invest in one!

Repeat the process with your second square of fabric and pin the other side of the zipper in place. Sew it in, and make sure you leave the zipper 'zipped' so it doesn't get out of line.

I've done this two ways - 1) sewing the seam of my pillow together a few inches in on each side to make an envelope for the zipper then inserting the sipper, and 2) closing the seam after the zipper is in place. I personally think you can do it either way. 

I chose to close the seam after I had my zipper in place this time. It can be a little trickier to get a tight seam once you reach the zipper, so if you've never sewn a zipper before, choosing method #1 might work better. If you do this, just lay your zipper on the fabric and mark where it will start and end to make sure you don't sew in too far.

Turn your fabric over, and sew across the ends of the zipper. You should have a stitch along all four edges of your zipper at this point. It shouldn't be going anywhere!

Double check your pillow size and measurements, then finish sewing the other three sides. It might be a good idea to actually 'unzip' your zipper before doing this. I made this mistake once and it's really hard to get it unzipped when the pillow case is inside out. :(

Trim off the excess fabric and turn the pillow case right side out. Start stuffing!

Now you can zip it up and show off your new pillow cover!

Linking up with Liz Marie Blog.