OOTD: Embroidered Midi Dress

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I’m so excited to share this look with you all today! In particular, I’m excited to share the star of the OOTD this embroidered midi-dress, it’s one of my absolute favorite go-to dresses. I can seriously live in it, as it works for so many occasions; I can pair it with strappy heels for a dressier event, or throw on some gladiator sandals for the perfect causal brunch look. Not to mention it’s an exact dupe for one of my favorite, Free people dresses (I might even like the quality of this one a little more) and at only $36.99 vs $168.00 I really couldn’t say no.

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One of my my favorite colors to pair with black during the summer is camel. I love the contrast and warmth it brings to a black outfit, and the warm tone makes black summer appropriate. So I knew that my Steve Madden espadrilles, would be the perfect shoe for this look. Not only did they match perfectly with my, Jessica Simpson purse, but the wedge gave me some much needed height, to successfully pull off a midi dress. The finishing touch was to throw on my new hat obsession, this straw hat I indefinitely borrowed from my mom ( I mean does anything say summer like a straw hat)?

2017-06-15 06.54.37 3For jewelry I kept it super simple and minimal, layering my favorite Old Navy dangle necklace and a simple dainty gold chain, mom gifted me from her recent trip to Mexico. For earrings I kept with the dangle theme, throwing on these disc style gold earrings, that catch the light perfectly. On my hands, I went with my two favorite Madewell bracelets, my engagement ring (of course) and a bar Madewell ring as well. I wanted to keep everything simple, to not take away from the beautiful white embroidered flowers.

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This look, is something I will have on repeat so expect to see it in future posts hopefully you guys don’t get tired of it.

As always thank you for stopping by.

Share your favorite fashion, or beauty dupes in the comments below, I’d love to check them out.

DIY: Let’s make summer Clutches out of Placemats.

With Summer right around the corner, I’ve been looking for ways to add fresh new accessories to my summer style. And what better way to complete an outfit, then by adding a fun bag! So, instead of going out and spending $$$ on three new bags ( I spent under $10.00 for each one) I decided to revisit an old DIY I did a few years back, in which I turn placemats into clutches. Seriously you guys, this is such an easy DIY and the outcome looks boutique quality (even better there is no sewing!). With so many cute placemats out there, you have to give this DIY a try, I’ll be sharing three different styles in the tutorial (placemats are all from  Target)!

*Pro tip: When choosing out a placemat be sure it’s double lined meaning there is two pieces of fabric already sewn together; this allows you to skip adding a lining to the inside of the clutch ( Can you guys tell I like to do the least amount of work, lol) .

The Tribal Clutch

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For this DIY you will need:

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Step one:

Start by taking a seam ripper (in case an exacto knife lol) and cut all along the bottom and top seam, this will create an opening for the cardstock.

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Step two:

Next insert your card stock, making sure it is centered with the bottom and top seems. The cardstock will give the body of the clutch structure, and keep it from sagging once it’s filled with all your goodies.

Now lay your trim on top of the cardstock, at this point you should have a “sandwich” (placemat, cardstock, trim and placemat) add a generous amount of liquid stitch in-between each layer apply pressure to the edge to close everything up. 

Take the second piece of card stock and glue it along the opposite seam.

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*It should look like this, allow to dry for 5 minutes before moving on to the next step.

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Step 3:

The last step is to create the actual pouch area (the size of the pouch will be determined by how far up, you fold the palcemat).

Simply add a generous amount of glue to both sides along the seams, leaving enough space for a flap, hold everything in place with paper clips while its’ drying  (24 hrs).

*Pro tip: I used paper clips rather than pins, because pins tend to get glued making it hard to pull them out.

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Your  all done, the end result should look like this.

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Styling your clutch:

I love the bohemian vibe this clutch is giving off, I would style it with a pair of light denim cut-offs a simple white tee and my new favorite Steve Madden wedges. Keeping everything simple, and letting the print become the focal point for a relaxed boho outfit.

The Palm Clutch

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For this DIY you will need:

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Step One:

Start by taking in the sides of the placemat, do so until you can slide the bottom through the slits of the handle. Once I lined everything I used several clips to hold everything in place

*Pro tip: Hold off on adding glue, until you have everything set in place.

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Step Two:

The final step is to add a generous amount of glue to the pre-existing side seams, stopping an inch from the top. Add glue to the underside of the seam running along the handle as well.

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Step Three:

Line up the sides, and run your finger along the glued areas applying plenty of pressure secure everything with butterfly clips allow 24hrs before using. You’re all done!

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 Styling Tip:

I’m getting resort vacation vibes from this clutch, I would pair it with white denim skinnies, a white flowy top and an oversized sun hat for fun tropical weekend look. 

Fiesta Clutch

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For this DIY you will need:

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Step one:

Making all the mini tassels is time-consuming so…. I recommend watching an episode or two of you favorite show . For this size purse you will need a total of 14 mini tassels (one bundle of floss makes two tassels, just fold in half twice).

*I’m not showing this step, but will link a previous tutorial here.

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Step two:

Thread your needle and sew on one of your handles to the placemat.

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Step Three:

Fold the placemat in half, use paper clips to hold everything in place, then line second handle to opposite side.

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Step Four:

Pull the paper clips out, and lay placemat on a flat surface.

Arrange the tassels into your desired pattern, using a ruler to help space everything evenly.

Once you are happy with the pattern and placement, lift one tassel at a time and apply a dot of glue to the backside. Allow tassels to dry for 10mins, before moving on to the next step.

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Step Five:

Apply a thick layer of glue along the entire placemat, then use several paper clips to hold everything down and prevent it from popping back up. Allow to dry over night and you’re all done.

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Styling Tip:

This clutch is so fun, that I would go full rainbow pairing it with this embroidered Zara button up, my favorite denim shorts and my pom-pom gladiator sandals. This is the perfect outfit for a summer backyard party.

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I’m so happy with how these turned out, styled outfit pictures to come very soon. If any of you recreate this DIY I please tag me on I.G @lifeinmauve and use the #lifeinmauvediy and while you are there don’t forget to give me a follow :).

In the comments below let me know which one is your favorite, how would you style it?

XoX Nayeli

 

70’s summer vibes.

20170604181341_IMG_2369-01This past weekend I was crushing hard on the 70’s, I spent a majority of my weekend grooving out to Fleetwood Mac, and The Mammas and the Pappas while frolicking outside. Luckily for my slight 70’s addiction (or maybe not so slight) I’m pretty stocked on all of your flower child essentials, all perfect for a spring outfit. 

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To start off this vintage Forever 21 dress, (totally joking about the vintage part) was a recent rediscovery from my closet, I’ve had it for a few years and can’t seem to get enough of it. The fabric is light weight flowy and breathable all musts for a hot California day . It cinches in at the waist creating a very flattering shape the slightly oversized bell sleeves come down at and angle for optimum frolicking action. Is it me or is anyone else getting major dessert flower child vibes from the print? 

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 I kept my accessories minimal opting for an oversized straw hat and wicker vintage clutch a match made in heaven. Of course I live in my Karen Walker Super Dupers  year round they Shapes frames my face perfectly. 

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These Steve Madden espadrille wedges are a new addition to my closet, I now know why they are the shoe of the summer. I found mine at DSW for only $59.99 and let me tell you I’m running back for all the other shades, they are absolute perfection. The brown suede against the light rope scream summer and the strap make them easy to walk in all day long.

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I’m sure this outfit this going to be on repeat, all summer long.

What is your current favorite outfit be sure to share in the comment below. 

As always thanks for visiting and don’t forget to follow me on I.G @lifeinmauve for daily inspiration posts.

Peace and love

Nayeli

 

Mother’s Day Gift Idea DIY Engraved Bracelets

The challenge of finding Mom the perfect gift, that says “Mom you’re the best, and you mean the world to me” can be well, a challenge. I struggle every year to find a meaningful gift for the most important woman in my life, BUT what do you DIY for Mom as an ADULT? This year I decided give hand engraving a go, and let’s just say the result is beautiful, these bracelets are so lovely and dainty paired with your very own hand writing it’s the perfect personalized gift. I love these!

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For this DIY you will need:

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Step One:

For a wrap style bracelet, measure and cut 3, 42″ strands of floss then fold in half. You will be left with 6, 21″ strands. Repeat, you should have two set of 6, 21″ strands.

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Step two:

Once folded in half take a pencil and place it right at the center of your floss make a small tight knot, you should be left with a small loop around the pencil (repeat).

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Step four:

Take a small piece of your stamping tape and place it right over the loop (this stuff is very strong it keeps everything in place, it’s amazing!). Then separate the strands into 3 groups like this.  (repeat)

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Step five:

Start creating a simple three strand braid, down the entire length, make a small knot at the end set a side for now. (repeat)

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Step six:

Take a pencil and write out a sample of what you would like to engrave. I recommend practicing on a separate bar or disc,  it’s not very hard to use but it does take some getting used to (make sure you have fresh batteries). Then simply Trace over the pencil, I did a set of two, one with my Mom’s zodiac sign the second with her name.

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Step 7:

Lastly take your jump ring and run it through the loop as well as through the bar, using pliers close jump ring, then take your toggle and attach it to the end. Repeat to the other side your are all done!

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Here is the finish product, as you can see I made a second style using a charm bracelet and stamping discs. These are perfect, I love how minimal and chic they are.

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Thanks for reading and Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Lavander-Rose Himalayan salt scrub.

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I’ve recently been obsessed with exfoliating, maybe it’s because summer is sneaking it’s way in and I can’t hide behind jeans much longer or maybe the colder weather left my skin in utter distress. In any case I’ve been pampering my skin a little extra, to get it looking fresh and smooth ready for all those sun dresses coming my way. While I own a few beloved body scrubs I always cringe at the idea of having to buy a new one, I tend to blow through them at an alarming rate (it’s not exactly the type of product you can stretch, well at least for me). So I set out to DIY my very own and I must say, it’s pretty darn amazing.  It’s very easy to make and totally customize-able to suit your scent preference, makes for a great gift, and its pink.

What you need:

1 cup: pure Himalayan salt

2 Tbsp: pure Coconut oil

15 drops: Lavender essential oil

10 drops: Rose essential oil

5 drops: Tree Tea essential oil

medium bowl

spoon

fork

8oz container with lid

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Step one.

Measure out 1 cup of Himalayan salt, and pour into a clean dry medium sized bowl.

Continue reading “Lavander-Rose Himalayan salt scrub.”

Drybar review

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Buttercup retail $195.00

Ok, I have a confession to make I recently splurged big time, on a new blow dryer…I gave into the charming yellow paired with promises of flirty bouncy hair, cool beach girl waves, or for those extra sassy days, hair so high it can practically knock on heavens door. I bought Buttercup, and I have to say she is my new best friend!

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Good Hair for all Kit (QVC) $179.95 (Drybar.com) $199.00

While the price is steep at $195.00 for Buttercup alone (that’s her name) I softened the blow by going with the “Good Hair for All” kit. Which offered a few of their best selling products and a wonderful introduction to the brand. The kit includes a full sized Southern Belle volumizing mousse, a Full sized Triple Sec 3-in-1 spray, two Hold Me hair clips and two concentrator nozzles for only $199.00! let’s just say I was sold. I purchased mine through QVC  they had the best deal offering free shipping, $5 off for new customers and I even opted for flexpay which really made it a softer blow on my pocket book (P.S QVC currently dropped the Kit price to $179.95). There is also a Baby Buttercup, which claims to have the same power as the regular one and kits start at $135.00 (kits available at Sephora, Drybar.com) 

So you maybe asking yourself what makes Buttercup so special well here is my full review. I have medium length hair and used to spend 25-30 mins drying my hair, I now fully dry my entire head in under ten mins (as a busy mom that alone is worth the price). Buttercup has Ion technology that helps seal the cuticle, and leaves your locks smooth, shiny and frizz free. She’s also a very quiet gal, even though she is packing an ultra-powerful 1875-watt motor (Professional grade), I can dry my hair with-out disturbing nap time. She has two heat settings (I usually set mine on high) and a cool shot which is supposed to help set your style in place if you are are doing your own blow-out. My only con is that she is that the barrel can get uncomfortably hot, which means I can only use the handle ( I find I have more control when doing my own blow-out if I hold the barrel).

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Hold Me hair clips set of four $16.00, Half Pint round brush $36.00, Lemon Drop $16.00

Since buying my kit I’ve also added a few tools, which surprise I also love! I bought an additional set of the Hold Me hair clips, (includes 4) they are flexible towards the center and have the right amount of teeth to hold your section securely. I find that the flexibility prevents kinks on already styled  hair, and are easy to release with one hand.

My next addition is Half Pint (round brush) which is  ULTRA light and it’s bristles offer a nice tight grip on the hair. The ceramic barrel heats up as you dry which speeds up the drying process lastly the handle has a rubber coating to ensure a slip free grip.

I also purchased Lemon Drop, this is by far my most used tool aside from Buttercup of course. It’s a great detangling brush, it’s bristles are very flexible so the don’t rip the hair out yet strong enough to get through the toughest of tangles. I also love it to distribute styling product.

Tip: since these tools are also pricey I buy mine at Ulta I use the $3.50 off coupon (coupon only works on tools) or use any accumulated points.

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The Chaser $29.00, Southern Belle $26.00, Hot Toddy $30.00, Triple Sec 3-in-1 $26.00

I’m also a fan of the Drybars’ styling products they work really well, feel luxurious and have the yummiest sweet scent ( my boyfriend is a big fan as well) that lingers in the hair throughout the entire day.

The Chaser is a great finishing cream, I use it on dry hair for days I’m rocking a piecey undone look or beach waves. After my hair is curled I take a small amount work it in-between my fingers and run my fingers throughout small sections twisting as I go.

Southern Belle is my second favorite product, It’s a light weight mousse that gives my hair a ton of volume. I use a decent sized dolp and work it throughout my entire head while the hair is still damp concentrating on the roots for extra lift. I then blowdry it in, I’m left with the perfect amount of texture and volume. Southern Belle also protects the hair from breakage, making it a must in my styling arsenal.

Hot Toddy is my favorite of the bunch, it’s an amazing heat protectant and aside from Buttercup number one must have. It’s luxurious cream that wraps around the hair with out weighing it down. I apply a small dime size to wet hair and work it from roots to end it the first thing I use when applying heat to my hair. 

Triple Sec is good but probably my least favorite, it claims to be a 3-in-1 however I find its really only a good texturizer and it’s overly sweet scent is a little much. I use it as a last step and spray it upward into my locks adding a decent  amount of texture ( I love texture). I don’t see myself repurchasing this product.

I also buy my styling product from Ulta, I like to use any points I’ve racked up and save a few extra bucks.