#HairInspo: Easy Rope Braid Tutorial

❤ By Hannah Blu

When the weather gets hot, sticky, and humid, the last thing you need is a high-maintenance hairstyle making things even more unbearable. If you’re anything like us, you may have resorted to throwing your hair up in a messy bun or ponytail every day this summer. As a matter of fact, we now have permanent dents in our hair from wearing it up all season long (*sigh*).

If you’re so over the typical up-do, try this seriously cool runway-inspired twist! This easy-to-achieve style keeps your hair off your neck while looking effortlessly chic and polished. Plus, it’s totes work-appropriate and perfect for working up a sweat on the dance floor with your girls. Talk about versatile!

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Get the look by following these 5 easy steps!

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Step 1: Brush hair back into a high ponytail and secure with a hair tie.

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Step 2: Run a smoothing styling cream through the ponytail, then separate the ponytail into two symmetrical sections.

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Step 3: Twist both sections in a clockwise motion.

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Step 4: Wrap the strands around each other in a counter-clockwise motion.

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Step 5: Secure the end of the braid with a hair tie. Voila – you’re done!

Perfect Pout: DIY Lip Scrub

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Whether it’s a summer heatwave or harsh winter winds, chapped lips can be painful and are never a good look. Maximize the impact of your lip products (especially matte lipstick!) by applying an easy lip scrub. This DIY is done in minutes and gets rid of flakes on dry lips for a baby-smooth pout…

What You’ll Need:

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  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

 

What You’ll Do:

Mix coconut oil and honey together. If your coconut oil is solid, pop it in the microwave for five seconds to soften.

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Blend in sugar and water. Then apply on your lips in a gentle circular motion for a few minutes.

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Rinse with warm water, and voila! Soft, smooth lips.

Summer Treat: DIY Watermelon Popsicles

❤️ By Jenn Shin

No one wants to mess with a complicated dish during a heatwave. Try this foolproof recipe to create a refreshing, healthy, and delicious popsicle. If you’re feeling adventurous, we’d recommend a few of the following additions: mint, fruit chunks, and (for 21+ readers) vodka!

What You’ll Need:

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  • 1 pound watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Water or fruit juice
  • A blender
  • Popsicle molds

What You’ll Do:

1. Slice the watermelon into small chunks (discarding the rind), and put them in a blender with the sugar and lime juice.

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2. Process until smooth, adding enough water (or fruit juice) so that the mixture liquefies. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

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3. Voila… A frozen treat!

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Write On: Easy DIY Marbled Paper

❤️ By Jenn Shin

Marbling paper with nail polish? We were skeptics until we tried it. Luckily, it’s a total cinch to achieve beautiful swirling patterns on your stationery. You know, to upgrade your thank you notes to the next level. Keep reading to try this foolproof and totally addicting DIY!

What You’ll Need:

  • An old cake pan
  • 2-3 nail polishes
  • Toothpicks or skewers
  • Blank, heavyweight notecards
  • Paper towels

What You’ll Do:

1. Find an old cake pan or dish that’s larger than your stationery. Fill it with one or two inches of water. Prepare paper towels for holding the wet cards.

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2. Shake up your nail polishes and drizzle a little of each polish into the water.

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3. Quickly drag a toothpick or skewer back and forth to create swirls. (Don’t wait too long! The nail polish will start to set on the surface of the water and can become a sticky mess.)

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4. Start dipping your paper into the water immediately. Submerge it for only a second, then put it face up on a paper towel and blot. Repeat with as many notecards as possible. FYI, your first notecard will be the most pigmented!

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5. Sandwich the damp notecards between paper towels and leave under a stack of books to prevent warping. Voila, simple handmade stationery!

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Summer Sips: Bey Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

❤️ By Hannah Blu

Who doesn’t love the tart, sugary-sweet, golden elixir that is lemonade? The ultimate warm weather refreshment earned some major street cred when Beyoncé released her groundbreaking sixth studio album last month. As a result, we think it’s safe to say that lemonade is gonna be on everyone’s lips this summer…literally!

As hot summer days approach, we wanted to remix our favorite citrus beverage with a fresh, fruity twist and a splash of 21-and-over fun. You know what they say… When life hands you lemons, make our Bey Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail and blast Queen Bey’s new album on repeat!

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What You’ll Need:

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(Makes 2 servings)

  • Cocktail shaker
  • 4 ounces fresh seedless blueberries
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • 8 ounces lemonade (fresh or store-bought)
  • Sparking soda
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish

What You’ll Do:

  1. Muddle the blueberries in the cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice cubes.
  3. Add vodka, St. Germain, and lemonade.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Pour over ice.
  6. Add a splash or two of sparkling soda and garnish with mint leaves.

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#WorkFlow: Cork & Fabric Mousepad DIY

❤️ By Jenn Shin

It’s possible we may have been using a boring, ergonomic mousepad… Yawn. (Don’t judge us, okay?) So we decided it was time for an upgrade. This ridiculously simple DIY is the easiest way to dress up your desk with something fresh and chic!

What You’ll Need:

  • Cork tile
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Fray Check (optional)
  • Foam brush
  • X-Acto knife or razor

What You’ll Do:

  1. Trim the cork into your shape of choice (we used a 9″ x 7″ piece).

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2. When cutting your fabric, leave approximately one or two inches of clearance.

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3. Glue the fabric to the cork base with a thin layer of Mod Podge using the foam brush. (Caution: A heavy application of Mod Podge could bleed through a thin fabric.)

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4. Place a piece of plastic on top of the fabric and weigh down the mousepad with a heavy book. Allow to dry completely (we left it overnight).

5. Run your razor around the edges to trim off excess fabric. Seal sides with Mod Podge or Fray Check to prevent threads from coming loose.

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And voila! An easy mousepad that can be customized to fit any mood or theme.

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