#DIY Clay Ring Tray

Thursday, December 2, 2021

These jewelry plates are so cute and you can customize they pretty much any way, and adding a little sparkle to this marbleized trinket tray with with oven baked clay is so so easy. I love combination of gold with, well everything. This project cost me less than 3 per coaster and your creative opportunities are endless. These also make great gifts for holidays and you can personalize them to the person you are giving them to.
What you will need:
Oven-bake clay ($3.99+)
Rolling pin
Baking Sheet
Parchment Paper
Gold transfer sheet $2.99
How to make it:
There is a lot of posts and videos of how to make clay coasters but I honestly just followed baking + rolling directions from the actual box and used paint I already had.
I have been using these on my bed side table and make up table.



OODT - Solid Split Thigh Cami Dress

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Red is my favorite color for the Holidays and this dress is so comfortable. I love the high sleet and it makes me look smaller than I actually am. I wore this dress to a work party (virtually) but still





dress: Shein

 


Five Books to Read This Winter

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

 The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson 

" A promise could betray you.

It’s 2008, and the rise of Barack Obama ushers in a new kind of hope. In Chicago, Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated black engineer, is married to a kind and successful man. He’s eager to start a family, but Ruth is uncertain. She has never gotten over the baby she gave birth to—and abandoned—when she was a teenager. She had promised her family she’d never look back, but Ruth knows that to move forward, she must make peace with the past.

Returning home, Ruth discovers the Indiana factory town of her youth is plagued by unemployment, racism, and despair. While her family is happy to see her, they remind her of the painful sacrifices to give Ruth a shot at a better future—like the comfortable middle-class life she now enjoys.

Determined, Ruth begins digging into the past. As she uncovers burning secrets her family desperately wants to hide, she unexpectedly befriends Midnight, a young white boy who is also adrift and looking for connection. When a traumatic incident strains the town’s already searing racial tensions, Ruth and Midnight find themselves on a collision course that could upend both their lives.

The Kindest Lie examines the heartbreaking divide between black and white communities and plumbs the emotional depths of the struggles faced by ordinary Americans in the wake of the financial crisis. Capturing the profound racial injustices and class inequalities roiling society, Nancy Johnson’s debut novel offers an unflinching view of motherhood in contemporary America and the never-ending quest to achieve the American Dream."

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

" Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance."

Survive the Night by Riley Sager
" It’s November 1991. George H. W. Bush is in the White House, Nirvana''s in the tape deck, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer.

Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. Both have good reasons for wanting to get away. For Charlie, it’s guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. For Josh, it’s to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine she’s named after, Charlie has her doubts. There’s something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesn’t seem to want Charlie to see inside the car’s trunk. As they travel an empty highway in the dead of night, an increasingly worried Charlie begins to think she’s sharing a car with the Campus Killer. Is Josh truly dangerous? Or is Charlie’s suspicion merely a figment of her movie-fueled imagination?
 
What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse played out on night-shrouded roads and in neon-lit parking lots, during an age when the only call for help can be made on a pay phone and in a place where there''s nowhere to run. In order to win, Charlie must do one thing—survive the night."

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
" To most people, Quan Diep is nothing but a surly-looking, underachieving playboy. The problem is he’s not any of those things. And now that he’s the CEO of an up-and-coming retail business, he’s suddenly a “catch,” and the rich girls who never used to pay any attention to him are looking at him in a new way—especially Camilla, the girl who brushed him off many years ago.

Anna Sun dislikes Quan Diep almost as much as germy bathroom door handles. Or so she tells herself. She will never admit that she has a secret crush on him, especially because he only has eyes for her charismatic and newly engaged younger sister Camilla. Over the years, Anna has worked hard to overcome her OCD, but she’ll still need to find a way to bury her anxieties and seduce Quan so he doesn’t ruin her sister’s engagement, and with it, a crucial real estate development deal.

Slowly, Anna breaks down Quan’s dangerous and careless exterior while peeling off her own tough, protective shell. But when Quan discovers Anna’s true intentions, he’s forced to confront his own hurtful past and learn to forgive, while Anna must face her greatest challenge: truly opening herself up to love."

Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce
" 1925: Chicago is the jazz capital of the world, and the Dreamland Café is the ritziest black-and-tan club in town. Honoree Dalcour is a sharecropper's daughter, willing to work hard and dance every night on her way to the top. Dreamland offers a path to the good life, socializing with celebrities like Louis Armstrong and filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. But Chicago is also awash in bootleg whiskey, gambling, and gangsters. And a young woman driven by ambition might risk more than she can stand to lose.

2015: Film student Sawyer Hayes arrives at the bedside of 110-year-old Honoree Dalcour, still reeling from a devastating loss that has taken him right to the brink. Sawyer has rested all his hope on this frail but formidable woman, the only living link to the legendary Oscar Micheaux. If he's right--if she can fill in the blanks in his research, perhaps he can complete his thesis and begin a new chapter in his life. But the links Honoree makes are not ones he's expecting . . .

Piece by piece, Honoree reveals her past and her secrets, while Sawyer fights tooth and nail to keep his. It's a story of courage and ambition, hot jazz and illicit passions. And as past meets present, for Honoree, it's a final chance to be truly heard and seen before it's too late. No matter the cost . . "

OOTD - Holiday Season Ready In This Off Shoulder Split Thigh Dress

Monday, November 29, 2021

I love this dress, its perfect for holiday parties and after the last seventeen months we all deserve to attend a party, or few. I know we are all not on board with Shein but his dress was only $30 bucks and it has been made well, plus it fits like a glow.










dress: Shein
shoes: Christian Louboutin

#DIY - Marble Tile Tray

Thursday, November 25, 2021

After I made this tray last week I found this tile for $1.49 and I think its perfect for a jewelry or candle tray. 
I made 4 because these will be perfect gifts for my friends.

 
What you need:
A tile of your choice (or any concrete tile for that matter would work + the larger the better). $3.40
Cabinet hardware of choice $5.99 each
Clear sticky pads (or wooden legs if you choose) $5.99
Industrial strength glue (the strongest stuff you can find, home depot was mega helpful and recommended LePage glues (LePage PL 620 Granite and Marble Construction Adhesive specifically) $12.99
a ruler and marker $0

How to make it:
On the bottom of the tile place four felt pads or legs on each corner on the bottom of your marble
Measure where you will need to place your handles. I used a ruler and marker the spots (mind you first time I measured wrong).
Put a little glue on the marked spot and on the bottom of the handles before sticking them together.
Let it dry. The directions on my glue said 24-48 hours and I used a baking sheet with some books to press it down.


OOTD - Back in Black

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Since my birthday I have been working on feeling a little more confident so back in all black look. There is something about a head to toe look that makes me feel good, even if its just jeans and a shirt.



jeans: Levis
top: Zara
shoes: Poppy Barley
jacket: Bano eeMee

#DIY - Sparkle Resin Earrings

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

I have been having WAY too much fun with creating things, UV resin is amazing and can easily be used to create some AMAZING designs. I got this kit on Amazon and with it you can create a variety of holiday-themed earrings with epoxy resin and real pressed flowers, sprinkles, ribbon etc. Each earring design will be completely unique, and make perfect gift for the holiday season.
What you need:
UV resin + UV Lamp
molds
earing hooks
beads
wrapping ribbon

How to make it:
Pour just enough UV resin into cover the bottom of the mold. Set your UV lamp over the frame and heat for about a minute.

Now, place your beads inside your mold, add more resin to cover the beads and heat for another minute.

Cut a wrapping ribbon in small, place near the bottom, along the edge, of your mold). Add more resin to cover your ribbon as well as the previous layer and heat.

If needed, add a final layer of resin, then heat. If needed, heat for another time cycle or two until your resin is completely cured.


 

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