I'm Afraid I Just Blue Myself.

Probably one of the most impulsive hair dye decisions I've made in a long time, but, hey - no regrets. 

I've been getting a lot of questions on how I achieved this navy blue color and I figured the best way to explain my complete unprofessional way of getting there would be to write a blog, haha. Let me repeat, I am not a hair professional. I did this at home, at my own risk. 

This is what I started with. These photos were taken a few days before I dyed it. A mixture of Arctic Fox Hair Color (Sunset Orange + Cosmic Sunshine) for anyone who's wondering. It wasn't that old, maybe 2 weeks or so. I know I definitely could have faded it out a little longer before switching it up so drastically... but, you know when you're having a bad day and you just need a change? That's what fucking happened.  

Before:

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Note: The answer is no, I did not bleach or pre-lighten my hair before I dove into the blue. I just slapped this color right over the orange just how it is in the photo.


After:

Here's what I used and here's what happened:

Mixed in a bowl: 3/4 Arctic Mist Diluter, 1/4 Transylvania + a tiny dash of Purple Rain.

30 minutes.

It came out to a dark smokey blue/purple. Which was gorgeous, but I definitely was going for a navy blue feel. So, the next day:

Mixed in a bowl: 100% straight Arctic Fox Poseidon.

30 minutes.


And boom. It turned out exactly how I wanted it to. By some miracle. Again, you can now see why I'm not a hair professional, it's all about trial and error and I have no shame in admitting that, haha. But, for someone who's been dying their hair at home for 10+ years, I gotta say I'm super impressed by Arctic Fox. Not only does the color last and is vibrant, it doesn't dry out my hair, it smells great and it's super affordable. Kudos Arctic Fox fam.

Anyways, I definitely think when it fades I will just mix Arctic Mist, Transylvania and Poseidon. That's what I've learned. That's the magic formula I feel.

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Everyones hair is different. This is just how the stars somehow aligned in this scenario. Please know this post was NOT sponsored by Arctic Fox Hair Color. I was not paid to write this review or anything. I hope this answers everyones questions! Please feel free to comment below if you're still curious about something. Cheers!

DIY Life Hack ft. Hats

First, let me just say what everyone is thinking - I'm sorry I've been so MIA lately, I am a horses ass. If you follow me on social media you'll know it's been for a good cause - the shop. Spencer and I have been working our tails off on new fun stuff and restocking items in a timely manner... making sure everything is perfect and full of tasteful profanity. You know me.

That being said, I have a quick fashion life hack that I must share with you! This has been another result of me having an oddly shaped head and refusing to give up when something doesn't fit. There's always a solution, you just have to dig around a craft store to find it. 

Exhibit A: a beautiful Brixton Messer Fedora (one of the best fedoras I've ever owned, just saying...)

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Here's a little back story, I've bought Brixton hats before, did I mention how great they are? I was a size medium in my other hats and this one the reviews said it ran large, so I safely assumed that I would be a small. (Tip: Don't assume, ever) I digress. It's still, for my oddly shaped head, half an inch big and just wobbles when I put it on. I probably just don't have enough hair, but that's my own fault. I refused to let this beat me down and I couldn't return it, so I headed to the craft store for a solution. 

PSA. This isn't a crazy hard tutorial by ANY means, so don't be scared. I'm sure there are more practical ways to fix this situation but this is just my way. I figured I'd run you through the short steps anyways because well, it's easier. What I'm saying is, it's freakin' easy. 


What you need:

  • Hat 
  • 1 sheet of regular black felt (or whatever color the interior of your hat is)
  • 1 tube of super fabric glue 
  • Scissors (preferably not the ones pictured, they were horrible... mistaaake)

Step 1. Cut 2 vertical strips of felt that are relatively the same width as the inner lining of the hat. (The part that hugs your head the tightest) This doesn't have to be perfect by any means, but just around the same size.

Step 2. Run some of that super fabric glue on the pieces. Be generous but don't go overboard. Be an adult now, this isn't play time. These are expensive hats! 

Step 3. Carefully place the strips of felt on the inside of the hat. Pressing down hard and making sure it sticks. Do the same with both strips. Two should cover one layer (One on the left, one on the right) You understand.

Step 4. Wait for it to dry. It shouldn't take too long but I'd give it an hour or two, just in case. Your hat should look like so. Like, basically the same because we're sneaky fuckers.


Step 5. Your head is now being softly hugged by a glorious hat. Go live life to the fullest.

or Step 6 if needed. If your hat is still a little bit loose, you can always double up and do another layer of felt on the inside. I recommend doing one layer at a time though, just because you can't really predict how it'll fit afterwards until the glue dries and you try it on. And let's be honest, we are people who bought hats in a size that doesn't fit us. We're not so reliable at this point when it comes to assumptions. Better safe than sorry.

I've done this magic trick now on 2 Brixton fedoras I own. It's seriously amazing and it actually stays on BETTER being grasped by felt instead of the original inner lining. No offense, Brixton. But I'm so in love! I had to share this hack with you, even if all it is is gluing more fabric on the inside of a hat. I'm no innovative genius, just a determined hat lover. 

I hope you all learned something and I hope there are hats in your closet that can now love you. xo Enjoy

DIY T-Shirt Bodysuit

This has been a DIY I've been dreaming about for years.. YEARS. I somehow knew a size XXL tee would fall into my lap in the year 2016 and be perfect for such a easy dreamy craft. Literally somebody at my mom's work gave her this t-shirt and she immediately handed it over to me because she knows me so well. Fate, I tell you, fucking fate.

This project was probably the easiest one I've done so far, so prepare yourself for not that many steps. 

What you need.

  • Oversized t-shirt
  • Good pair of scissors
  • Needle and thread 
  • At least 4 sew in sew-on snaps
  • A very good friend (optional)

Step 1. Cut the sleeves off of your t-shirt, however thick or thin you want them, it's completely up to you. Obviously you can opt out of this step if big sleeves are your thing. I ain't here to judge your style, girl. 

 

Step 2. Put the t-shirt on and safety pin the crotch to what is most comfortable for you. Find a good friend who's willing to help you cut out the hip shape and the back, or you could simply chalk out some lines for yourself and do this solo. I personally found it easier to get these lines perfect while standing straight up and having someone else cut. The struggle of having a long torso is so real. 

ps. thank you ashley, i love you so.

Step 3. Once you have the basic front and back shape cut out, take it off and finish the job. Again, this comes down to personal preference and how Bay Watch you wanna expose those hip bones. 

Step 4. Taper in the sides to your personal body shape/comfort with some pins. You can either cut and pin or fold and pin. I chose to fold, as it's the easiest for me. Flip the t-shirt inside out and sew them shut to your liking. I honestly didn't even use a sewing machine for this, I just did it quickly by hand in less than 30 minutes. It could just be because I am extremely lazy, but it doesn't matter either way works. Do you.

Step 5. As for the crotch, don't sew this. I had a very white girl moment and sewed it shut, stood in my living room ready to try it on and looked at it like, "Yeah, I didn't really think this one through" because I had no way to put it on. Good job, Michelle. Don't do that.

Step 5 Plan B. Find some sew on snaps, that they typically use for baby onesies. You can find them anywhere, Michaels, Joanns, etc. Sew 4 on. You've got a snap crotch, baby. 


Boom. Quick and easy t-shirt bodysuit sewn perfectly to your shape. Slip on some high waisted jeans and you're good to go. Or strut around your house like a god damn boss.

Either way, I support it. 

DIY Lace Up T-Shirt

This whole DIY idea came to me at 4:00am this week, while I was forcing myself not to fall back asleep because I had a horrific dream and didn't want it to continue. Anybody else have those nights? The. Worst. So I found myself surfing the internet on my phone and I came across a regular t-shirt but it had a laced-up center. Whaaaaat?! Two of my favorite things. I must have it! I kept searching and searching to find the source, of course, just my luck, a PLAIN lace-up tee was $108. Yes, I'm not even kidding you. Do people really drop that kind of money for a t-shirt? Uh, not in my world, I like to eat and pay my rent on time thank you very much.

The more I looked at it and the more screenshots I took... I was determined, "I can totally fucking do that and not spend $108." I woke up the next morning, thrifted two tees from Salvation Army, picked up what I needed at the craft store and went to town. Well no, I went home but you know what I mean. 


I made 2 lace up tees and spent a total of $31.00. Yup. That happened. 

Now, here's what you need:

  • Any tee/sweater/whatever of your choice.
  • A pack of silver or gold metal eyelets. 
  • Matte black trim. (I got 2 yards.) 
  • Matte black string of your choice. (make sure it's small enough to fit through the eyelets!)
  • A hammer.
  • Scissors.
  • Black thread & a needle. (I chose to sew these by hand because I don't own a sewing machine, but this can easily be done either way.)

Step 1: Lay out your shirt. I put a flat surface inside of it, (Example: I used a random flat rate shipping box I had lying around.) Please note: I was not aware this was a band, I found it in the children's section of the Salvation Army for $2.15... so... sorry guys, whoever the hell you are.

Step 2: Mark how low you want the cut-out to be and make sure it's straight. Use anything as a straight line, even season 5 of The Walking Dead.

Step 3: Cut it out as best as you can. Nobody is perfect, we ain't here to judge. 

Step 4: Hand sew (or use a machine) the black trim around the edge of the shirt right where you cut it. Make sure both laters are on top of each other. It doesn't have to be pretty, you can't even see it, mine is super messy. I chose to leave the collar, whether or not you want to cut it out or leave it is entirely up to you. 

Step 5: Place the metal eyelets where you want them. You can do however many you want, I just knew I didn't have much string so I went with less than the reference picture above. Besides, you don't really need THAT many, they went a little string crazy if you ask me.

Side note: I bought 1 set of eyelets and 1 "starter kit" of the same eyelets. It came with a tool to help pound them in better. I highly suggest getting it. Though, these things were a royal pain in my ass to put on, I can't even imagine how difficult it wouldn't been without these little helpers. (you can see them on the righthand side of each photo above.)

Step 6: Cut tiny holes/slits where you want to place the eyelets and pound those suckers in. Trial and error is key here, folks. You want to make sure it goes all the way through both materials until you can see all the way through it. Also, when you pound them in with the hammer, make sure your tool is straight or else they will get pounded in all crooked and the hole will be half it's intended size. (see below to know what the hell I'm talking about.)

After awhile you do get into a rhythm with it and it gets much easier. My second shirt took me half the time than my first did but that doesn't mean I didn't yell "oh my god! WHY!" every time I messed one up and had to take it out. But we must persevere because the end result is so badass.

If it makes you feel better, here's how many I fucked up while doing both tees. 

Step 7: Lace 'em up! It's just like lacing your shoes. Nothing fancy or difficult about it. When you get to the top, you can either have them hanging out the front or you can make them go inside and tie a knot at the end. (which is what I chose to do.) but hey, you do you girl.

Aaaaaand you're done! It's literally that easy. 

Congratulations, you just saved $71.00 and you'll have the pleasure of telling people "oh, I made it myself" when they ask where you bought it. Mwahaha. Or I guess, you could link them here. That's probably the most neighborly thing to do. ;) 

I'd rather get my hands dirty and chip a few nails and feel proud of myself than not have enough money to put gas in my car for the sake of one t-shirt. I mean, we've all got bills to pay here. Pizza doesn't just order itself OKAY.

Felt good to get crafty again with you guys, let's do it again sometime soon. 

xo Girrlscout

The Not-So Welcoming DIY

Here we are again, being crafty little fuckers. 

I've been living at my loft for over a year now and am STILL decorating it one step at a time. There's a lot of wall space believe it or not for 700sq ft so I'm doing my best! But, I've been wanting something cute for my exterior. A door mat. Something... me. 

I searched around on the internet and it seems that the trend with door mat's is either something to do with beer/wine or something to do with dogs. While, I do like beer as well as dogs, I don't care to advertise to strangers about it at my door step. Nor do I wish to drop $30 on something people will step on. So, I took matters into my own hands with another simple-as-fuck DIY project. 

You will need the following products: 

  1. A plain black/brown/whatever door mat. I purchased mine from Target for $9.99 
  2. A can of white spray paint. (or whatever color you want) You really don't need much, so I got a baby sized one. $3.75
  3. Plain white paper to print out whatever stencil you want on it. 

That's literally it, you're done.

The only tedious part about this DIY is cutting out the stencil. I had a split second thought after printing it out of "ain't nobody got time for that" but I sat on the floor and forced myself. This is probably why I picked such a simple word, haha. 

Cut out your stencil and place on the mat where you want it to go. I used masking tape for some pieces just to make sure they didn't move. Use 'em if you got 'em.

Take it outside and just simply spray paint within the stencil as best as you can. It doesn't have to be perfect, this is what makes it fun. I pulled off my stencils immediately when I thought it was covered enough and left it to dry overnight and there you have it... the most non-welcoming door mat in the cutest way. 

I hope this inspires your little anti-social heart to create something as equally non-welcoming. ;)

Haha, have a kick ass friday you guys.

 

DIY Leather Harness Belt

You know me, I see something that I want but it's wildly overpriced so I just say "fuck it" and attempt to create it myself. 

I'm best friends with Michael's at this point. We're close buddies.

Now you all might be familiar with the random trend that arose, the leather harness belt. I'm sure it's been around longer than I think it has, but I just recently noticed it popping up everywhere and I loved the look it brought to a rather plain outfit. A plain white tee, a solid color dress, etc etc. 

All things unique intrigue the shit out of me. So I went online searching, free people, urban outfitters, everywhere seemed to have them. But the cheap ass that I am felt weird spending $75 on three skinny pieces of leather. Now, I understand that the pricier ones had braids and chains (like above) and I admire the skills in putting those together, I understand why those are priced the way they are... but the plain ones, didn't really make sense to me. Us poor folks can't be running around spending that much cash on something so little and so simple. 

I saw that Forever 21 was selling one, $10.80... with 2 horrible 1 star reviews saying it was a piece of junk that wasn't flattering. Well, that's what you get when you bargain shop sometimes, too. Junk. So that wasn't an option for me either. 

I went to Michael's in search of the materials I'd need to just make one on my own, and keeping track of my spendings to see if it was worth it. If it was going to cost me $50 in materials, I might as well just buy one.

  1. 1.5' black genuine leather strip // $9.99
  2. 1/4" double round spots // $3.99
  3. a pack of 10 regular sized key rings // $1.79

The leather strip was rather wide so I knew I could cut the whole thing in half and have plenty of wiggle room for the back and the sides without any problem. 

So I cut it and started attaching the rings. I found that pounding a nail through the leather in the correct spots for the holes made putting the round spots in way easier. (R.I.P. three of my nails though...) 

If you are doing this on the floor like I so lazily did, make sure you lightly tap the nails placed on the cracks, you don't wanna be putting tiny little holes in your floor. I made that mistake a few times, don't judge me.

Measuring the back was probably the hardest part, I had to keep cutting it and reattaching it a few times to make sure it didn't bubble on my back, it has to be tight so it lays flat. And since the leather is new, know that in time it will wear down and not be so stiff. The more you wear it of course ;) 

And there it was, the finished product. I am so pleased! Took around an hour to get everything just right. Best thing about it?

Total Cost: $15.79

Talk about bang for your buck. 

I'm now freakishly tempted to go buy some brown leather and make a second one. The possibilities are endless!

If you guys have any questions, you know where to find me. ;) 

 

DIY Unif FF's

You all know how I feel about passive aggressive tee's, flannels, jackets and literally everything. I love them to pieces. Probably too much. So when I came across these UNIF FF's... let me give you a visual. see below.

Yeah, these babies. 

Instant heart eyes. 

Until I saw the price... $110 (on sale!) 

Ain't nobody have cash like that to throw down on a pair of sneakers. I know I don't. I was super bummed out. 

That's when I thought to myself, that's simple enough I think I could totally recreate that but obviously with different wording. being cautious. 

So this afternoon, I went out on a small mission.

  • All black vans, $40.00 
  • White acrylic paint, $1.75
  • Individual letter ink stamps, $9.99

Let's do this. 


A little magic and probably 10 minutes of my time, and you have the final product:

I cannot tell you how much I loved doing this. I might be a little addicted and make more... but for now, these will most definitely do. And you know you'd much rather spend $51.75 instead of $110.00 >> Let's be honest here.

I'm just so in love and I hope this sparks your creative DIY spirit. As much as I do love most of what UNIF puts out, this was something I had to take into my own hands. Literally. Or feet. You know what I mean. 

Mwahaha, I did a thing.

Enjoy!!