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So as you were getting ready for work this morning, you rebellious elbow decided to knock over your blush compact and now the powdery make up inside is broken deeming it worthless.  Until now.

I was searching eHow.com but I didn’t have to go far for this tutorial.  (It was on the front page as a featured article.) 

So here’s what you need:

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Eyedropper
  • Your Broken Makeup

Directions:

  1. Fill the eyedropper with the rubbing alcohol.
  2. Slowly, one drop at a time, add the alcohol to your broken makeup until it is a pastey consistency.
  3. Using your finger, smooth out the makeup so it is fairly flat again.
  4. Allow the make up to sit untouched until completely dry.
  5. There you have it!  It may not look pretty, but you can use it again without making a total mess!
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I’ve seen this done many times on craftster, and I feel this would be a perfect first official sewing project to do.  The materials are cheap (all you need is a giant tshirt that you probably already have and never wear), the instructions are simple, and I think the whole idea of making and cutting patterns intimidates me, so this will definitely be more approachable.

And if you’re not much of a dress person, here’s a cute top out of the same giant t-shirt.

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So I’ve been on this shoe buying frenzy lately, but can you blame me?  My mind is racing with all the dresses and skirts I want to make, and I do need a few pairs of awesome shoes to match.  This time though, I decided to lay off zappos.com for a little bit and check out an old time favorite that’s afforable!  Payless Shoe Source.  And for these prices, I can afford to get vibrant colors.  (I like to save my money for more classic pieces.)

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Yellow shoes…who doesn’t need this in their Spring/Summer wardrobe?  I love the classic shape.  No one will ever know it’s only $20.
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The part I love most about this shoe:  the thick at the top, thin at the bottom vintage style heel.  And the color?  I can just image how it will add a splash of needed color to a white eyelet dress worn on a hot summer day as I indulge in my ice cream.  I love summer.

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Working at a fashion showroom, I get a lot of buyers that walk into the confusing, revolving door at the front.  There are the ordinary L.A. women who walk in with their knee high boots, pleated mini skirts, and off the shoulder tops.  There are the N.Y. women who come in with their ankle boots, stockings, and chic jackets with cropped dark hair.  But today, I met a humble girl, dressed as the most stylish Muslim girl I’ve ever seen.  Her name is Jamesa and she runs a Couture Islamic Apparel website catering to those girls that don’t want to have to sacrifice style for the religion they are devoted to.  Clothing offered at ReBirth of Chic include clothes that cover arms and legs as well as fun layering pieces to create your own unique looks.  Even if you aren’t Muslim, you’ll find great chic items that will soon become staples in your wardrobe.  And to top it all off, if you sign up to become a member, you’ll receive 15% off your purchase.  It’s as easy as that.

For more information and to see their inventory of fun and fashionable clothing, visit rebirthofchic.com

After surfing the web with my dad, we discovered [I’m sure every but us have heard of him] the designer Franco Sarto.  I’m in love with his simple but elegant designs.  These two are my favorite, but at the moment, above my budget which would be $Free right now.  But a girl can keep dreaming!  Besides, I can wait for the sales.  I hope.
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 These shoes have a great chunky heel for more stability but it’s shaped so that people will never guess that you’re comfortable.  This would look great with a tasteful minidress paired with stockings for a cozy winter look.
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I am in love with these shoes.  I love the vintage inspired shape and the heel just looks perfect.  These shoes will do all the talking for you making your ordinary slim jeans looks amazing or turn a cute summer dress flirty.  I can’t wait to get $82.95. 

Through the wonderful world wide web, I’ve met a lot of amazing people.  This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Tynie who writes a great blog with helpful articles about everyday things that people don’t think about, but should.  Including, losing that turkey stuffing that just does not seem to melt away like that extra square of butter you put on your baked potatoes (mmm…).  Oh, I’m going to miss the holidays.

“My ass is the size of a meteor set to vanquish the solar system and my love handles are getting out of hand. I’m not obese nor am I overweight (according to my BMI, which you can compute here) but my fat is distributed unevenly making me look… uneven (especially in unforgiving dresses). …

Now controlling your weight or losing weight shouldn’t be painful. Here are some small tips in your quest to trim off that excess baggage…”

[Read the rest of the article]

For more tips, visit Tynie.

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Sweet Tart Apron – goes kiss kiss bang bang $65

Skip Victoria’s Secret.  We all know the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so seduce him this holiday with a super sexy ruby satin apron made by Allison, over at theCookieJar just in time for Valentine’s Day.

There’s a special place in my heart for clothing.  Maybe it’s that my dad is heavily involved in the fashion industry.  Maybe it’s that it’s another form of art.  Maybe it’s the designs I admire.  TIMBER! is one of my favorite clothing sellers in Etsy and it’s hard not to like him with his inventive designs and artistic ability.  Luckily, I got to know him in just 10 Questions.

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Lumberjack on Deep V Neck $18

1. Have you always been involved in making or printing apparel?
Not really, I have been screen printing for 8 years now. I’ve always been into art though.

2. Do you have any other hobbies?
Yes… I am the king of hobbies. All of my hobbies involve producing something, whether it’s woodwork, fine art, toys, dragging home trash and turning it into something fun… I always like to make new things. I suppose I have nothing but hobbies, some of them just happen to make money.

3. Are a majority (or all) of the t-shirts illustrated by you or your team?
TIMBER! is a one man show. All pieces are illustrated, printed, and sold by one person.

4. Where do you get the inspiration for new designs?
Everywhere. I don’t know, it’s hard to say. I love art, picture books, anything visual really. I draw and paint non-stop, and a lot of times it’s my old drawings that inspire the new ones.

5. How much time out of your week is dedicated to working on your t-shirts?
TIMBER! takes up most of my free time… it is a never-ending process. My art ventures are always all consuming, but it’s what I love to do.

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[Where all the magic happens…his workspace.]

6. Describe the creative process you take to make each shirt.
I like the idea of wearable art, so it starts there. I draw constantly and from the pages and pages of sketchbook illustrations, I usually get a t-shirt idea and develop it further. Unfortunately, going from sketch to design is a very lengthy process of drawing and re-drawing.

7. How did you begin selling t-shirts and apparel?
This really started from nothing. All I wanted to do was put a lumberjack on a t-shirt. I never set out to make a business of it. People wanted to buy it, so I made more.

8. Is Etsy the only place we can find your shirts right now?
Yeah, I like Etsy. It’s easy to keep track of orders and payments and stuff when it’s in one place.

9. You’ve been a member for only about 3-4 months now. What do you credit your success to? Do you have advice for others trying to make it selling their crafts?
Gosh, I didn’t know I was that successful.  I think that buyers can tell that a person loves what they’re making. It just shows in the work somehow. The only advice I can give sounds simple, but make stuff that you want to own. There’s a good chance other people will want to own it too.

10. What do you see and hope for the future of Timberps in the next 5 years?
I’m pleased with TIMBER!’s success so far, and I don’t ever want to be so big that I can’t have the level of control that I have now. I just hope to have some really great designs out.

Well, maybe no save the Earth, but I don’t think that these shoes would hurt it either.  I’ve seen their ads in ReadyMade for quite some time now, but after searching through all of Zappos wonderful shoes, I found Simple.  I am loving the Women’s Atire hightops [$75.00]. 

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I was searching how to make some jewelry (I’m not much of a jewelry wearer, but I know some people that are, and I just like to keep my hands busy) when I came across this at craftypod.com.  It could make some great gifts or you can go pretty crazy with them and layer them to make an eclectic, Anthopologie looking necklace.