Ok, so this may not be as fun as, say, making something that involves glitter and and a mason jar, BUT, it’s pretty helpful. As someone who has experienced her fair share of panic attacks and finals-week-induced anxiety, I’ve picked up a couple of tips on how to stay (somewhat) sane during this crunch time.
I hope these tips help a little bit, and feel free to add your own!
Since I can’t actually be at Coachella, here’s a playlist of some of my fest-best songs/artists. Listen on Spotify here - happy Music Monday!
Which Coachella performer would you like to see most?!
14 Apr 2014 / 33 notes / #coachella #coachella festival #coachella 2014 #indio california #music #music monday #lorde #bastille #foster the people #haim #flume #zedd #beck #captial cities #pharrell #mgmt #lana del rey #west coast #outkast #disclosure #solange #beyonce #kid cudi #empire of the sun #neutral milk hotel #cage the elephant #lohanthony #vodkacupcakes #kalifornia-klasss
BOOK CLUB PICK- PALO ALTO by JAMES FRANCO
I’m totally about to brag right now, but last summer I had the pleasure of meeting one of the most eccentric, multi-tasking celebrities of this generation— the one and only, James Franco. I met him at a book signing held at The Strand bookstore in New York City for another book of his called A California Childhood. After reading some of Mr. Franco’s work, I became very interested in his short stories.
Palo Alto is a book of just that— short stories. It’s a nice book to carry around or to keep on your desk for when you’re looking for something to read, but don’t have time for a whole novel.
Also, Mr. Franco recently released this trailer for his upcoming film based on stories from the book.
Side note: Is James Franco even a real human??? How does he do it all??? He’s on Broadway right now, teaches an acting class, makes films, writes, Instagrams 500 times a day… there’s no way he’s real. No. I must have met an adorable robot.
S U N D I Y - HOLOGRAPHIC NAILS
Disclaimer: There has been zero editing done to this picture!
Today has been a lazy, gray and gloomy Sunday, so to add some shine to this dull day, I’ve given myself one of the easiest manicures ever.
All it took to achieve this prismatic look were three things:
The nail polish I used is Layla’s Hologram Effect Nail Polish in Mermaid’s Spell — this brand is a bit on the pricey side (about $15 a bottle…) but sometimes you just need to treat yo’ self. Still think that’s a ridiculous price? Totally understandable. Lucky for you, hologram polish has become a bit of a trend and brands such as Sally Hansen, Color Club, and Milani (among many other brands) make this type of nail polish now at prices that won’t break the bank. Also, they can be conveniently found at your local drugstore or super center!
There’s not much that goes into this manicure other than the following steps:
That’s it! Post your manicures on Instagram and hashtag #HLWIM so I can see. Shine on!
30 Mar 2014 / 8 notes / #diy #nail arts #nails #nail porn #holographic nails #layla #sally hansen #color club #manicure #mani monday #beauty #girly #sparkly #glitter #easy nail art #reflection #shiny #prism #katy perry #let the light in #prismatic tour #lohanthony #kalifornia-klasss #vodkacupcakes #hlwim #hey look what i made #mermaid spell #mermaid #gypsy
W E D N E S D I Y - Girl$ Just Wanna Have Fund$ Mason Jar Glitter Bank
Now that spring break has officially come to an end (R.I.P), summer is making its way onto the horizon in my mind. Having said that, it’s time for me to start saving some cash for summer festivities. And what better way to save money? The old fashioned way— setting some change aside in a glittery mason jar bank!
A.C. Moore was having some crazy good sales that allowed me to make this piece for about $5. To make your own mason jar bank, all you need are the following supplies, and a dream.
What to Do:
I’d love to see pictures if you decide to make this yourself! Instagram it and hashtag #HLWIM so I can like it :)
Happy First Day of Spring!
To celebrate this surprisingly sunny first day of spring, I decided to make pastel tie-dye cupcakes with pink lemonade frosting! For about $5, you can make two dozen of these delectable desserts. And the best part about this is that they look complicated, but they’re actually one of the easiest recipes to make! Here’s how:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
What You’ll Need:
How to Make Them:
Pink: 1 drop red
Orange: 2 drops yellow +1 drop red
Yellow: 3 drops yellow
Green: 2 drops yellow + 1 drop blue
Blue: 2 drops blue
Purple: 2 drops red + 1 drop blue
4. After you’re done coloring, start by dropping about half a small spoonful of pink into the bottom of each cupcake liner. (The video above is helpful!!) Continue to do this with each color until the cupcake liner is a little more than 3/4 filled. NOTE: Do NOT worry about centering each layer or color, just scoop it in and the batter will take care of itself!
5. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and then spread on the icing. Enjoy! :)
There are many things I love about St. Patrick’s Day, but one of the things I love most is homemade Irish soda bread! This recipe comes from my ninth grade cooking class (yes, seriously!), and I’ve made it every St. Patty’s day since 2008. It is a favorite among family and friends, and it’s incredibly simple to make.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
How to Do It:
And wallah! Homemade Irish soda bread that’s way better than store bought.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day :)
Happy Pi(e) Day!!
3.14 is pi day for all you math enthusiasts. While I can’t say I’m a big fan of pi, I do love pie so here is a recipe that takes 3.14 minutes to make.
Pie in a Mug
What to Do:
P.S.: This video features my very loud family… they were pretty intrigued by this concept, haha!
It’s time for Spring Break!! This installation of Music Monday features songs that will make you feel like you’re on vacation— whether you’re actually on a beach, or just wishing you were. Listen on Spotify here.
S U N D I Y - Neon Nails!
If you haven’t figured it out from my “Book of the Month” post, I’m a huge fan of Demi Lovato. This past Friday I went to her Neon Lights Tour, and the occasion totally inspired this little nail tutorial! I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on this manicure.
I’m somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to my beauty routine, so going full-on neon with my nails wasn’t the goal. Instead, I opted for a nude base with a pop of neon and a surprise glow. This can take a little bit of patience, so unless you have quick-drying polish (I recommend the “In A New York Minute” line from N.Y.C. - really dries in a minute!), make sure you are either really bored or are looking to multitask while typing your homework— I’m doing the latter.
What I Used:
*Feel free to choose YOUR favorite colors and nail polish brands! You can definitely cop my style though if you like it ;-)*
P.S.: Yes, the glow-in-the-dark polish actually does light up! It looks so cool in the dark.
If you do this manicure yourself, post it on Instagram! Hashtag it #HLWIM so I can see your looks. And follow me @MichelleMeli :)