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I've been promising you guys a new makeup tutorial, and here it is - a beautiful DIY mermaid mani! It's so perfect for Summer, and I promise you, it's quite easy to do. I was so inspired by the samples I recently received from Nail Social Nail Brand. I have to say, when I first saw the colors, I knew they were a little bit out of my typical comfort zone. Honestly, I haven't worn sparkly blue nail polish since college, which was quite a while ago for me. For years I've stuck with pinks, reds, and purples; with the most adventurous of my manis being hot pink (and only when hot pink was very on-trend). None the less, I was ready to try this "24K Mermaid" polish. Objectively speaking, as blue sparkly nail polishes go, it was pretty after all.

It was beautiful on, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that under different lighting it went from a true blue to a sparkly greenish blue that looked even more...mermaid-ish if you ask me. When it came time to take i…

DIY Fashion Print Wall Art for Girl's Room


I often use prints from art books and calendars to create DIY wall art that looks expensive but is actually very affordable. I've been redoing my daughters' room this summer from shabby chic to something a little more modern. As my oldest daughter inches towards her tween years, she is becoming more and more obsessed with fashion. When I saw this Barbie calendar at a home decor shop, I snatched it right up to turn it into matching fashion prints for her walk-in closet. The project took less than an hour and cost me a total of $15.00. To make your own prints simply follow the instructions below and refer to the supply list.

Supplies Needed:
  • four 8" by 10" picture frames
  • one art or photo print calendar
  • scissors and a pencil


Tip: Pick inexpensive frames. I got mine for a few dollars a piece. Sometimes it's best to invest in something that will last a long time. However, whenever you're purchasing something that isn't going to get daily wear (other than hanging on a wall), it isn't necessary to pay more for durability.

Instructions:

Start by taking the insert or mat out of the frame. Use that as a quick guide to trace over the images you've picked then cut each one out.






Clean the inside glass on the picture frame before placing the print inside the frame. Pick a frame in which the back rest lays flat behind the outer frame so the picture will hang perfectly flat against the wall.


You can use many different prints to achieve this low-cost artwork in other rooms of your home. Browse the clearance books at Barnes & Noble for large art books. I turned a $15.00 Gustav Klimt book into professional, expensive-looking framed prints, and in my bedroom I hung prints from an Alexander McQueen calendar I got at the Savage Beauty exhibit at the Met in New York. With this simple DIY project, you can add beautiful art prints to your home decor for under $20.00.



*Stay tuned this month for the reveal of their room and a guide on how I organized my girls' walk-in closet and how I finally managed to organize all of their books, toys, and craft supplies.

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