Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts

Monday, July 31, 2017

Ikea Hemnes Buffet Makeover

Hello friends! Hope you all had a great weekend. I will be going on vacation in just one week and I am so ready! I did some major reorganizing and cleaning around the house getting things ready in the guest bedroom for my mom and some relatives that will be staying with us next week.  While I was at it, I decided to give my buffet a little lovin' because it was looking kind of sad...  
This bad boy was jam packed with crap that I absolutely did not need anymore and it was starting to overflow... So I said enough is enough you are getting a makeover! 


This was my inspiration photo and I fell in love with it! Marissa from Lilly and Cedar did such an amazing job transforming this piece. 
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I found these pulls from a local hardware store but wasn't really feeling the gold finish.


So I  gave them a coat of oil rubbed metallic spray paint and it was perfect. 



All I did was clean the buffet thoroughly with rubbing alcohol, sanded and directly applied the water based paint taping off the top. 


I initially wanted to spray paint it as I have seen many DIY bloggers use this approach but it just didn't turn out right. It started dripping and it looked uneven...I'm sure I wasn't applying it correctly but I just preferred switching to the good old fashioned paint and paintbrush technique ;-)


That TV is ridiculously heavy so I left it on there and when I went to stain the top I just moved it to the side and waited for it to dry and stained the other side.  It worked fine for me. I used a water based stain that dried very rapidly. 

Ready for the after pic??


I added those two baskets from Ikea in which I stored extra wires, chargers et cetera in the middle basket and magazines in the lower basket. I cleaned out all the drawers and cabinets organizing everything and throwing unnecessary things away. It feels sooo good to get rid of crap you don't need. 


Here is the view from the family room now. I think the space looks so much brighter now. I love it. 


I'll leave you with another before and after 'cause we all love those..I know I do!


I would love to do a post soon sharing a complete tour of the house. I'm doing some redecorating in the bathrooms and changing things up in the kitchen as well so when I get that done I'll share it here. I like to document the changes I make around the house.  It's funny how taste in home decor changes throughout the years don't you think? 

On Instragram I shared a peak at my upstairs gallery wall.  I have been adding beach themed wall art for a while now.  It's very different than my downstairs living/dining room area. This space is right above the stairs and it connects the three bedrooms and bathroom. I guess you could call it a little reading nook. I'm on the hunt for a cozy arm chair to put in that corner where the lamp is.  I still am quite unsure of what to do here. It's kind of a strange area and I feel like I never know what to do with that that little window for a window treatment.  Any suggestions are more than welcome! 


I know I haven't been sharing any good recipes lately and that's mostly because I haven't been cooking anything particularly share worthy. Hopefully I'll be more inspired soon... 

Until then, I wish you all a fantastic week ahead!

xoxo, 


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hair Care Tips for Bayalage

I've always loved changing hair styles and color since I was in my teens. I am naturally a pretty dark brunette but with very fair skin. I never really liked my natural hair color on me because I always thought it washed me out...kind of like Morticia Addams...I don't know. I have always preferred going lighter...like a lot lighter... and anyone who knows a thing or two about color can tell you that the darker your hair is, the longer it takes to process and therefore the more damage it does during the bleaching process.




For many many years I highlighted my hair at professional salons using foils and I remember it taking four hours from the time they started to the time I was finally done. It took me half a day to do my hair simply because it took forever to process.

I would have to go about every three months because my roots would be so dark and the contrast with the blonde was super evident and I hated seeing those dark roots. Needless to say my hair never grew past my shoulders because the tips were so fried that they would break off and I would have to trim it.


This was the lightest I have ever been. 

I loved my blonde hair but it was just taking a toll on my ends and it was way too much maintenance. Since I work during the week the only time I could go get it done would be on Saturday mornings and my whole morning was shot because it took FOREVER. 

At one point I wanted to grow my hair out longer and my hairdresser told me that until I kept bleaching my hair, I woud not be able to keep it long.


This was at my brother's wedding. My ends were pretty bad at this point and you can see the strong contrast with my roots underneath. 

I decided I wanted healthier longer hair so I went dark. And it was... meh... but I wanted it to grow so I just dealt with it.

At a certain point the color started fading and my hair became a mousy ugly greenish color and I dyed it again...brown...and it was fine in the beginning because it was a change but as time went on I started to hate it.


I did this a few times.  I would alternate periods of brown and then go back slowly to blonde by highlighting often. One time I decided to go completely blonde from root to tip and my hair turned bright orange. Yeah... that was a disaster...


So last year I went dark again after a long period with highlights. I took care of it, trimmed it often, deep conditioned and my hair became healthy again.


And as always I liked it for a while but then wanted to go lighter and  at that point I decided to get on the Bayalage band wagon.  Bayalage is all the rage now and I think it is absolutely gorgeous. It's natural and at the same time lightens giving you this stunning sun-kissed look that many brunette celebs have opted for and I think it's fabulous.
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After watching 10,000 YouTube videos on the technique I found that many beauty gurus have been DIYing it and you can see for yourself that the method that they use is really pretty simple. So I decided to try it out for myself and I love how it turned out. I also saved a crap ton of money by doing it myself. I have been getting so many compliments so that's why I decided to write a post on it.  I'm not a beauty expert whatsoever so I'm not going to explain the process in detail.  Just look up "DIY bayalage" on YouTube and there are bunch of great tutorials available. There are a few tips to getting it right that I'll share here if you want to try this out.

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The photo above is not of me by the way but it shows the technique well I think.  Basically what I did was divide the hair in strands and saturate the ends well while "feathering" upwards either with a brush or your fingers and in this way you don't get a harsh line where the bleach ends but rather it's a gradient transition.  I did use foils to process better but you can opt not to.



This is my hair now. 

 There is an important step that I found out about later because it wasn't really stated in many of the videos and that's the toning process following the bleaching.

If your hair is very dark like mine is, you will most likely turn brassy the first time you do this.  This is not a great look (i.e. my orange hair pictured above).



You need a blue or purple color to tone the orange because the opposite of yellow on the color chart is purple and the opposite of orange is blue. 

Many people use a DIY toner that I tried and it worked pretty well and that's mixing a deep conditioner with a drop of semi-permanent purple or blue hair dye.  This will not turn your hair purple it will just tone it getting rid of the brassiness. It also conditions your hair so win-win. I left that on for an hour and then rinsed it out.

You should also use a purple shampoo and conditioner and this will help with the brassiness as well.

This is what I use. It's pretty inexpensive, it works well and smells like grapes. :-)

The bayalage technique lets me keep my roots dark while giving me a lighter more natural look.  Unfortunately I do have some grays so I just touch up the roots and keep the ends blonde. I don't have to redo the blonde as I did with the highlights every three months frying my hair so I can just keep deep condition and my hair grows longer and is healthier. 



In order to grow my hair longer I have been taking a Hair, Skin and Nails supplement and I really think it has been helping a lot. 
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Once a week I'll use this coconut oil based nourishing hair mask and it leaves my hair feeling great. 
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Another thing I have been careful about is protecting my ends when I go to the beach because salt water, chlorine  and the sun can also greatly damage your hair especially if it has already been bleached. 

This stuff is a little expensive but it's worth every penny in my opinion. I think Kerastase is an amazing brand for hair products. 

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I hope I was able to share some helpful tips if you are thinking about doing this.  I have really found it beneficial for me and I feel like I can grow my hair longer while keeping a lighter color. 

I hope you are all having a great weekend and enjoying summer so far.  It has been super hot here lately! I will be on vacation in just a couple weeks and I am sooo looking forward to that!  God Bless <3

Annnd I think I'll end this with a selfie filter...cause why not?



xoxo,


Sunday, June 18, 2017

To My Father

Dear Daddy,

You carried me on your shoulders and showed me the world.


You taught me how to ride a bike and drive a car as I was your favorite little girl.

You pushed me to never give up and keep going when I was ready to quit.


You even created my very own math computer program to help me appreciate the subject I hated the most (LOL...true).


Every moment I spend with you, you teach me something new.


You manage to lift up my spirits whenever I'm sad and blue.


I may not need you to hold my hand anymore, but I will always need you to hold me in your heart.

Happy Father's Day.

I love you,

Silvana


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gardening and Spring Cleaning

I have been quite the busy bee these past few days, as my Grandmother used to call me. I did  a lot of general house work, cleaning, decluttering, etc. Basically all (or most) of the tasks that have been put on the back burner.  I just haven't really been home that much because of work and trips away etc so I'm happy to say that many of the things that have been bugging me for some time got done and I feel quite accomplished as I type this albeit full of muscle aches because of the yard work, but they're good aches if you know what I mean. 


For me personally gardening is more therapeutic than running because I tend to think a lot about my problems and what I have to do later in the day when I run whereas with gardening all I'm focused on at the moment is what I'm doing with my hands so my mind just turns down the volume, if you will, and relaxes. I know I got a good workout because boy was I sore the next day..


I'm quite embarrassed to be showing you these before pictures because my yard, although small, really needed some work...I mean REALLY ... 


So I put on my gardening gloves and started weeding...and weeding some more.  I initially wanted to call a gardener to do the dirty work for me but it was a beautiful day out and I thought to myself, why do I have to pay someone when I am perfectly capable myself? Plus, it'll be good for me! So I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. 

Why did I let it get this bad you ask? It's just not an area of our house that I'm particularly happy with I guess.  I don't do anything to the yard in the winter months and I wasn't home enough to deal with it since Spring arrived.  I just finally got around to it now.  I am definitely more of a flower person and when we moved in there were already all these fruit trees and its not like I want to uproot them but unfortunately there's not that much room for flowers so this is it for the time being. I guess this little area is still a work in progress. So for now... I just pulled out all the weeds. 


And it looks a whole lot better :-)


 While I was weeding, I did however find either a really thorny weed or a wild rose bush. So I just left it there. Who knows, I may get some flowers after all in my garden!

On another note, my kumquat tree is full of fruits! Don't really know what to do with them so I might just make a pie or some jam. We shall see. 


That pretty much covers the yard area. Now let's move onto the patio which I am quite happy with. 

We brought out the patio furniture and I stained the bench just to freshen it up a bit since it was looking rather weathered down. Here it is before.


And after two coats of stain voila'!


It looks much better now as the stain matches the other outdoor furniture. I also planted some beautiful red roses that I bought. I love adding flowers to the outdoor space but I'm not the best at watering so I just hope they don't die... Mental note: I need to be better at keeping my plants watered.  


Then I added some white geraniums by my front door and I love the look. Now that's a flower that doesn't need much TLC! Geraniums  smell beautifully and if you forget to water them once or twice they won't mind too much. So you know I stocked up on those LOL.


Here's my little helper holding down the fort  :-) 


We put up the gazebo but still have to get around to covering it. I can't wait to eat outside more now that the weather is nicer. 


Aren't those flowers pretty? Not too sure what they're called but they are gorgeous. I know they need a lot of water because by the end of the day they were already starting to wilt a little but as soon as I gave them some water they perked right back up. So I need to make sure to water them every day. 

Another project I've been putting off for way too long was deep cleaning my oven. I took care of that as well this past weekend and am super proud! The glass on the front door was BAD.  I would scrub and scrub but the grease and grime would just not budge! 

I found some tutorials online for removing the oven door and it really wasn't that hard. There are two little clamps at the bottom that you unlock and the door just comes right off. 


I was always so embarrassed about my dirty oven door and didn't even know where to begin on how to clean it thoroughly. I happened to have a can of this stuff lying around that I think my aunt bought me and it was fantastic. 


Here's a close up of the dirty oven glass. I am telling you that stuff was NOT budging no matter how hard I tried. 


So I followed the directions on the can and let the stuff sit for about an hour.


 I tried it without turning on the oven the first time but it didn't really work too well.  So I redid it again with the oven preheated and that's when the grime really started coming off. 


When I finished wiping everything down with a damp cloth, some water got in between the double glass door so I just took a yard stick wrapped with a clean towel and got in between the glass through the bottom and that took care of any streaks that were left in between the glass.  


I love how it turned out and it actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Now I know exactly what to do so I'm not going to let my oven get so grimy. 


It feels great to get so much done and while sometimes all you want to do is sit on your bum and veg out other times it's good to roll your sleeves up and do the dirty work! I also find that it's much more rewarding if you do it yourself. 

Hope all is well with you all! Be back soon.

xoxo,