Monday, November 25, 2013

Sweater Weather Tag

Hi guys!  For today's video, I decided to do the Sweater Weather tag!  I was tagged by two gorgeous girls here on YouTube, Siri (from SirisLife) and Carrie (from 615carebear).  They're absolutely amazing, so once you get done watching this video, definitely head over to their channels to see their versions of this tag, too!  It was so much fun to do, and really, who wouldn't like filming videos curled up in their favorite sweater with a cup of tea?



If you haven't already done this tag, you still have a little bit of time, so I tag you, even if you just want to do a blog post!  Just make sure to let me know that you've done it in the comment section so that I can go check it out!

THE QUESTIONS:
1. What is your favorite candle scent?
2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
3. What's the best fall memory you have?
4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?
5. Best fragrance for fall?
6. Favorite Thanksgiving food?
7. What is Autumn weather like where you live?
8. Most worn sweater?
9. Must-have nail polish this fall?
10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
11. Skinny jeans or leggings?
12. Combat boots or Uggs?
13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
14. Favorite fall TV show?
15. What song really gets you in the fall spirit?

Love,
Megan

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Matte Grey Manicure

A while ago on Pinterest, I saw what I decided was one of the prettiest, simplest manicures I'd ever seen.  It was just a matte grey polish on all the nails, but it looked so fitting for autumn, and I fell in love with it.  Unfortunately, it was towards the end of winter when I saw it, so I didn't feel like it would have been an appropriate manicure to wear.

Original Inspiration

Now that it's fall again, though, I decided I had to try it out, and I'm so in love with it.  Matte polishes just seem to add such a unique element to a manicure.  The specific colors I used are L'Oreal's Greycian Goddess, which is a darker grey with just a slight, steel blue undertone, then finished it off with Revlon's matte top coat.  Yes, it is an incredibly easy manicure, and these colors are really easy to get your hands on.  No limited edition nonsense here.

I'm sure this isn't the most interesting post for you to read but I really cannot stop looking at my nails, which is reason enough to write about it.  They look almost cold like concrete, but at the same time, it also reminds me of a cozy cashmere sweater.  I love it!

My version

What is your favorite manicure to wear?  Let me know in the comment section below, even if you think other people would find it boring.  The one I'm sharing with you today certainly isn't decked out with rhinestones or studs or anything.  Though, I can see studs being really pretty with this.  Hmm...

Friday, November 1, 2013

Cabled Sweater Pillow Pattern

I have been looking forward to putting up this post for what feels like such a long time!  Some of you that have been with me since the very very beginning may know that I do, in fact knit.  Yes, I have some "grandma" qualities in me, but when I can make something that looks like it's straight out of Pottery Barn for about $8, I have to say that doesn't seem like a bad quality to me.  I've also been planning on doing some re-decorating around my house, so this not only serves as a pattern for those of you who also knit, but also as my first decor post!  I don't know where I want to put this, yet, but I absolutely love it!


Materials:

  • 2 skeins Caron Simply Soft in Burgundy
  • Size 10 needles
  • 3 - 1 1/2" buttons
  • Yarn needle
  • 16" pillow form

Pillow Cover:
Body:
Cast on 86 sts.
Row 1 (RS): {(k1, p1) 4 times, p1, k4, p1, k6, p1, k4, p1} 3 times, (k1, p1) 4 times.
Row 2 (and all WS rows unless specified otherwise): {(p1, k1) 4 times, k1, p4, k1, p6, k1, p4, k1} 3 times, (p1, k1) 4 times.
Row 3: {(k1, p1) 4 times, p1, cf4, p1, k6, p1, cf4, p1} 3 times, (k1, p1) 4 times.
Row 5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 7: {(k1, p1) 4 times, p1, cf4, p1, cf6, p1, cf4, p1} 3 times, (k1, p1) 4 times.
Repeat Rows 1-7 until piece wraps fully around pillow form.  Do not cast off.

Button Band:
Row 1-8: work k2, p1 ribbing.
Row 9: continue ribbing pattern for 15 sts, (cast off 4 sts, ribbing pattern for 22 sts) 3 times, omitting last 7 sts on 3rd repeat.
Row 10: continue ribbing pattern for 15 sts, (cast on 4 sts, ribbing pattern for 22 sts) 3 times, omitting last 7 sts on 3rd repeat.
Rows 11-17: continue ribbing pattern.
Row 18: cast off ribwise.

Finishing
Wrap pillow cover around pillow form to determine where buttons should be sewn on and attach buttons.  Slip buttons through button holes, then turn pillow cover inside out.  Line up the buttons so that they are in the center of the pillow, and sew up the left and right sides of the pillow cover, making sure to sew through all 3 layers once you reach the overlapping portions.  Weave in all loose ends.
Undo buttons, and turn pillow cover back rightside out.  Slip pillow form into pillow form, and redo buttons.  Enjoy!