Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Auburn

Well, guys, it took me a while, but I finally understand why there is so much hype around the Anastasia Brow Wiz.  I'd been using my Anastasia Brow Powder Duo for ages, but kept hearing and hearing about how wonderful this little guy was, and when I asked you guys about it, you all thought I should try it out, too!


Now, it is no secret that I struggle with my brows - I just don't really know what I'm doing with them, or even what they should look like half the time!  However, I will say that I think I'd gotten the color down fairly well with my Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, which I still use fairly often.  The Brow Wiz is so much faster, though.  The auburn shade maybe isn't exactly the shade I like to use, but man, it is quick, easy, and I don't have to mess with any additional brushes or anything like I do when I use the powder.


Plus, even though I prefer a more natural look to my brows, and use light, whispy strokes, you can easily just press a bit harder for a more dramatic or crisp look, so it's much more versatile than the powder.  As I've already said several times, I really do like the Brow Powder Duo, and as far as the actual product goes, I probably still like that one better, but the Brow Wiz has earned a spot in my collection, maybe even a permanent position.


I definitely see it as a convenience item that is easy to use to quick put on your brows and brush them into place, all in one item.  Hence, it is wonderful for days when you're running late, or maybe when you're on vacation and you don't want to pack a ton of makeup.  I know that's certainly how I'll be using it!  I also think it would be a fun item to use for those nights when you really want to amp up your makeup and go for bolder brows. :)


Overall, I have really been enjoying this little guy, and I love how compact it is for how much it really does!  As always, I'd love to know what you guys think, though!  You are honestly such a blessing to me, and have helped me out in the makeup department so much more than you know!  I'll talk to you again very soon.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Zucchini Bread Recipe

It seems like pumpkin has become the flavor of choice for this time of year, doesn't it?  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice lattes...but what about those of us that aren't really big fans of pumpkin?  Well, we can branch out into the other squashes, which can be just as sweet!  My personal favorite is zucchini bread, which is super sweet, and a definite dessert bread that not only tastes amazing, but you can heat your house a little while you bake it - a plus in my neck of the woods!  I hope you love it as much as I do!


Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cups oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cups chopped nuts

Preheat your oven to 350°F, and grease 2 loaf pans.  In a large bowl, beat sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla until well blended.


In another bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking soda, lemon peel, cinnamon, and baking powder.


Gradually beat into sugar mixture, mix just until moistened.  Stir in zucchini and nuts.


Transfer to pans.  Bake 55-65 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes.


So, for those of you wondering about that bit where I mentioned it heats your house a little while you bake...once the bread is out of the oven, and the oven has been turned off, we like to leave the door open a crack to allow any heat left over to escape into the rest of the house.  It's definitely not how you'll want to heat your house all winter, but it's a nice little addition, and doubles as an air freshner!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer

I've recently run out of my Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, which means I had to try another!  I did end up liking the Hourglass one in the end, but to be completely honest, I personally like this one a bit better.  I've mentioned previously that I'm not the biggest fan of runnier primers, which is completely my own preference, and had even said I was planning on picking up a gel primer, which I thought I'd liked better.  Well, then I saw the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, and decided to try it out.


This one is that happy medium between gel and liquid, and I've really been enjoying it.  It's a little stickier, which helps makeup stay on your face a bit better, and is easier to apply in general.  Applying it almost gives your face a light, breathable silicone-feeling mask, which may be a turn on or off for you, and I will say that if you're main focus is to even out your skin's texture, this may be a tough product to use. It is a very light layer, and while you could definitely build it up, I'm just not patient enough for that.  Plus, when it's just a few dry patches I'm dealing with, it's not as big a deal.


As the name implies, it is enriched with concentrated coconut extracts, which is supposed to form "a natural, vitamin-rich barrier between your skin and makeup.  The coconut water - derived from polysaccharide complex mirrors the effect of synthetic priming ingredients, allowing your skin to breathe without compromising the skin-perfecting benefits." (Sephora).  It also has a slight, slight coconut scent thanks to these extracts.  It is by no means an overpowering scent, and I actually would have preferred to smell it a bit more.  But, I imagine it appeals to more people the less scent it has, so I can't hold that against this product.


As for the staying power, I would say that this does a wonderful job of keeping my face makeup in place all day, regardless of how much I'm running around or how hot it is outside.  Keep in mind that I live do live in a cooler climate, so I can't say much to how it holds up in 90°F weather, but 75°F or so works wonderfully!


Well, thanks to this primer, I may be rethinking my opinions on gel vs. liquid primers.  Oh, and I should mention, in my Birthday Sephora Haul, where I first showed this product, I think I mentioned that I thought it was a limited edition product.  Well, having looked it up again, I don't see anything on the Sephora site that would lead me to believe that is the case.  So, just in case you've been waiting to hear what I thought before running out and getting this before it's gone, don't worry!  It'll probably be there for a while, yet. :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser

Oh my goodness, you guys.  I think I have found my ultimate facial cleanser.  If you've been following me for a while, you're probably aware of how much I love Caudalie, despite their fairly steep prices.  Their Instant Foaming Cleanser is no exception.  It definitely blows the Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Water that I'd used previously out of the, well, water, though.


It suds up so nicely, and really removes almost all my makeup.  I do find that it has a harder time with stubborn makeup like eyeliner and mascara, but my Sonia Kashuk eye makeup remover can always go in and take care of that.  I also really like the scent!  Caudalie is one of those brands where you either love the way it smells or you hate it, and being that this smells like grape and sage, I would recommend smelling it before you think about purchasing it.


I originally shared this in my Birthday Sephora Haul, where I smelled this, and mentioned that I couldn't really smell the sage in it, but that it did have a slightly herbal scent to it.  However, while you are using it, the scent is much stronger, and you can definitely tell that it's there.  I find it really calming personally, and really enjoy it, though.


I do find that it dries out my skin a little, which is nothing a little moisturizer can't fix, but it maybe wouldn't be suitable for extremely sensitive skin.  Mine is typically drier, but I wouldn't say that there's much out there that really irritates it.  However, if you have oilier skin, it may be worth checking out.


Like I said, I really like this cleanser, and can certainly see myself purchasing this again.  However, I don't think that it's something for absolutely everyone.  It retails for about $28, which seems a bit expensive for a cleanser, but it does clean my skin very well, and doesn't have parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.  So, I guess it really just depends on the person.  What do you think, though?  Have you tried this cleanser before?  What are your opinions on it?  What is your favorite facial cleanser?  Let me know in the comment section!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Deer Silhouette Sweater Pattern


BACK
With size 6 needles, cast on 120.
Row 1 (RS): K2, *p4, k4; rep from * to the last 6 sts, end p4, k2.
Cont in k4, p4 rib as established until piece measures 4.5"/11.5cm from beg, end with a WS row.
Next row (RS): Knit, dec 30 sts evenly spaced across - 90 sts.
Next row (WS): purl.
Continue working stockinette stitch until piece measures 22 1/2"/57 cm from beg.
Armhole Shaping
Keeping pattern consistent throughout, bind off 2 sts at beg of next 6 rows - 78 sts.  Work even until armhole measures 8 1/2"/21.5 cm.
Neck and Shoulder Shaping
Bind of 8 sts at beg of next 4 rows, AT THE SAME TIME, bind off center 46.


FRONT
With size 6 needles, cast on 120.
Row 1 (RS): K2, *p4, k4; rep from * to the last 6 sts, end p4, k2.
Cont in k4, p4 rib as established until piece measures 4.5"/11.5cm from beg, end with a WS row.
Next row (RS): Knit, dec 30 sts evenly spaced across - 90 sts.
Next row (WS): purl.
Continue working stockinette stitch until piece measures 16 1/2"/42 cm from beg.
Next row (RS): k30, work row 1 of chart, k30.
Continue working chart as established.  AT THE SAME TIME, when piece measures 22 1/2"/ 57 cm from beginning, work armhole shaping as back.  Once chart is complete, resume working in stockinette stitch until armhole measures 3"/7.5 cm.
Neck
Next Row (RS): Work to center 26 sts, join a second ball of yarn, and bind off these 26 sts, work to end.  Working both sides at once, bind off 2 sts from each neck edge 5 times - 16 sts rem each side.  Work even until armhole measures same as back to shoulder.
Shoulder Shaping
Bind off 8 sts from each shoulder edge twice.

SLEEVES (Make 2)
With size 6 needles, cast on 48 sts.  Work in k4, p4 rib as on back for 4"/10cm, end with a WS row.  Work stockinette for 10 rows, ending on a WS row.
Inc Row (RS): k2, inc1, k to last 2 sts, inc1, k2.
Continue working in stockinette stitch, repeating inc row every 6th row 14 times more - 78 sts.  Work even until piece measures 21" from beg.
Cap Shaping
[Bind off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then bind off 1 st at beg of next 2 rows] 7 times - 36 sts.  Bind off.


FINISHING
Sew the shoulder seams and set in sleeves.  Sew side and sleeve seams.
Neckband
With circular needle, pick up and k 128 sts.  Join to work in rnds and pm to mark beg of rnd.  Work in k4, p4 for 9 rounds.  Bind off ribwise.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ralph Lauren Riding Boots

If you guys saw my Capsule Wardrobe Retirees post from a while back, you'll know that I was looking for a new pair of riding boots, since they're essentially all I wear in the fall/winter.  Well, I finally found a pair!  These are the Maritza boots by Ralph Lauren, and I found them on Amazon.  The silhouette on these is very similar to the ones I had from Target last year, but they feel a bit sleeker to me.


Rather than edgier details like bulky buckles and zippers, these instead have simple, sturdy golden buckles with the 'Lauren' name stamped on them, and a really pretty pleated strap towards the toe that looks rather feminine.  I'm definitely going for a warmer, cozier look this year that still looks nice and polished, so these will fit right in!  Speaking of my fashion choices for this season, make sure to follow me on YouTube if you are curious about my capsule wardrobe for this next season.  I'm hoping to get a video on that particular topic up next week.


I'm definitely still breaking them in, so they're not the most comfortable pair of shoes I've owned, yet.  But, I'm one of those people that will wear my boots to the point of destruction, so they've all gotten to that super comfortable point at one time or another.  I imagine the same will be true of these.  Other than being a bit stiff, though, I find that they are true to size, though many of the other reviews I've read claimed they were half a size too big, so I really couldn't tell you which way to go on that, but being from a climate that gets rather cold, I wouldn't care too much if they were a little big.  That would just mean I could wear thicker socks!


As I've mentioned, I absolutely love the way these look, and can't wait for them to get broken in.  So, to speed up this process, I'll be wearing them every single day until they're comfortable.  I have a decently high pain tolerance, so even if they give me blisters (which I have felt a little on the backs of my ankles), I can work through that easy.


I am getting so excited for these colder months with each step I take to complete my fall capsule wardrobe!  Joe and I have some really fun things coming up this winter (I think - I don't want to talk about it yet, just in case that jinxes things, though...).  So, if you're interested in what these things are, make sure to follow this blog and my YouTube channel, vlog channel, etc.!  I've been posting all over the place, and would love to share them with you!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

LaVanila Healthy Deodorant

I've used the Secret Scent Expressions deodorant for the longest time, but then I heard about the LaVanila Healthy Deodorant, and thought I'd give it a try.  As I'm sure you can guess from the name of this product, it is a natural deodorant.  It doesn't have aluminum or parabens, and claims to be a natural deodorant that actually works.  So, does it?


Well, I had to give this deodorant a little bit of wiggle room at the very beginning, because my old deodorant was also technically an antiperspirant, and I've heard from several different people that there's a bit of a transition period between switching from one of those to a natural deodorant.  Essentially, your body has to readjust itself from what I understand, and you can end up a little stinky under there until that adjustment happens.  Since I didn't want to smell, all I did was reapply it a few times throughout the day, and was a little more insecure about the way I smelled.  But, I didn't get any complaints, nor did I notice anyone moving away from me, so, take that as you will.


Now, my body has gotten used to these a bit more, and I think I can give you a better review of them.  So, one I really like, and the other I'm kind of 'meh' about.  The first, the one that I really like, is the Vanilla Lavender one.  Personally, I absolutely love lavender.  I diffuse it, use it in my laundry detergent, on my dryer balls, use lavender lip balm - I just think it's a really nice, relaxing scent, and it's a nice, natural fragrance that just smells pretty.  But, I will say that I can't really smell any of the vanilla in it.  I guess that's not completely surprising, since lavender does seem to overpower any other scent it's paired with, and certainly isn't a deal breaker for me.  Plus, the scent does last pretty much all day.  I do find that I like to reapply it at least once a day, but it's probably not necessary.


The other scent that I picked up is the Vanilla Coconut, and I'm not sure if I maybe got a deffective one, but it does not smell like vanilla or coconut to me at all.  In fact, it smells a little like Pepto Bismol.  I really just don't like it at all.  It is better when I'm wearing it, but certainly not my cup of tea.  Like I said, maybe I just got a bad one.  I haven't tried them enough to really know better, and if you've tried them, please let me know what you thought in the comment section!  I really don't like to give something a bad review, but you know, sometimes it happens.


That being said, I really do like the lavender vanilla one.  I'm not convinced that it's the best natural deodorant ever, but it'll do for now.  I am already eyeing up a particular natural brand that has been experimenting with essential oil deodorants, but as far as I know, they haven't released it to the public.  I'll do some digging around, and if that comes to fruition, you can count on a review of that one for certain!  Until then, I'd love to hear your opinions on this deodorant as well.  Let me know what you think of it in the comment section, or let me know what other natural deodorants I should try out!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Oversize Lace Sweater Pattern

MATERIALS
  • 4 skeins Baby Bee Sweet Delight Pomp in Angel
  • One pair size 6 circular needle 24"/ 60 cm long
  • Stitch Markers

CHART

BACK
With size 6 needles, cast on 120.
Row 1 (RS): K2, *p4, k4; rep from * to the last 6 sts, end p4, k2.
Cont in k4, p4 rib as established until piece measures 4.5"/11.5cm from beg, end with a WS row.
Next row (RS): Knit, dec 30 sts evenly spaced across - 90 sts.
Next row (WS): purl.
Begin chart, working Row 1 five times across.
Continue chart as established until piece measures 22 1/2"/57 cm from beg.
Armhole Shaping
Keeping pattern consistent throughout, bind off 2 sts at beg of next 6 rows - 78 sts.  Work even until armhole measures 8 1/2"/21.5 cm.
Neck and Shoulder Shaping
Bind of 8 sts at beg of next 4 rows, AT THE SAME TIME, bind off center 46.


FRONT
Work same as back until armhole measures 3"/7.5cm.
Neck
Next Row (RS): Work to the center 26 sts, join a second ball of yarn and bind off these 26 sts, work to end.  Working both sides at once, bind off 2 sts from each neck edge 5 times - 16 sts rem each side.  Work even until armhole measures same as back to shoulder.
Shoulder Shaping
Bind of 8 sts from each shoulder edge twice.


SLEEVES (Make 2)
With size 6  needles, cast on 48 sts.  Work in k4, p4 rib as on back for 4"/10cm, end with a WS row.
Rows 1-34: knit.
Row 34 on: k3, work chart 3 times, k3.
Continue working in patt.
AT THE SAME TIME
After 10 rows have been knit, work inc rows as follows:
Inc Row (RS): k2, inc1, k to last 2 sts, inc1, k2.
Rep inc row every 6th row 14 times more - 78 sts.  Work even until piece measures 21" from beg.
Cap Shaping
[Bind off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then bind off 1 st at beg of next 2 rows] 7 times - 36 sts.  Bind off.


FINISHING
Sew the shoulder seams and set in sleeves.  Sew side and sleeve seams.
Neckband
With circular needle, pick up and k 128 sts.  Join to work in rnds and pm to mark beg of rnd.  Work in k4, p4 for 9 rounds.  Bind off ribwise.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

GlamGlow Youth Mud Tingle Exfoliate Treatment

I love face masks, and how they tend to make my skin feel afterward.  Unfortunately, I am also one of those people that tends to forget to actually use my face masks.  I suppose in a way it could be a good thing, because I don't often purchase them, but I digress.  I'd received a sample of the GlamGlow Youth Mud Tinge Exfoliate Treatment a while ago, and loved it so much that I decided to pick up a full size.  


It's primary ingredients are French Sea Clay to help absorb impurities and toxic substances while leaving essential natural oils and minimizing pore size, Volcanic Pumice Rock to provide multi-level surface exfoliation to clear dead skin cells, smooth out fine lines and soften the skin's texture, and Green Tea Leaf Pieces to help deliver fresh Super Squalene, EGCG super antioxidants, and Polypenols into the mud from real pieces of tea leaf (information from Sephora).


Now, I've mentioned before that I really should get myself a bit more familiar with the ingredients in the items I'm putting on my face, but they sound quite nice, and my skin feels so soft, smooth, and even after using it!  However, I would like to point out that, as the name implies, it is one of those products that do tingle a bit, which can be really hard on people that have sensitive skin.  I know a lot of people that can't go near anything with 'tingle' in the name, and believe me: this one tingles.  After I wash it off, I have to apply moisturizer immediately or I feel like my skin is going to fall off, but it's worth it for me.  I just don't think it's suited to skin that's much more sensitive.


Speaking of different skin types, and how this may work, I have had some minor breakouts on my forehead that I've been dealing with, and this in conjunction with another makeup product I plan on talking about soon has really helped calm my skin down, and I have read other reviews that have essentially said the same thing about acne-prone skin.  I imagine the fact that it's a bit drying helps in this particular case - just make sure to moisturize afterward and only use it 2-3 times a week, as I think it could be easily overdone.


The product itself is definitely a clay consistency - sort of slimy while at the same time gritty, and feels like it should be absolutely disgusting to put on your face.  But, the scent is a lovely, luxurious, herbal one that it really transforms the entire experience.  I do find that the bits of tea leaf are a bit large, and would have preferred them to be broken up a bit more, as when the mask is drying, they have a tendency to just fall off, which can be a bit annoying, and I will say that it is quite expensive for the amount you get.  For me, I think it's worth it, but I hesitate to recommend it to just anyone due to how differently it seems to react to different skin types and the fact that it may be out of some price ranges.  Either way, I hope this little review has helped, and you guys are smart - you'll know if it's right for you or not! :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Nexxus Therappe and Humectress Shampoo and Conditioner

Oh my goodness.  I've been wanting to try the Nexxus Therappe and Humectress shampoo and conditioner for quite a while now, so when my last shampoo and conditioner ran out, I finally took the plunge and picked up a couple of bottles.  Now, I've gotten nicer deep conditioners and such, but most of my shampoo and conditioner has fallen more around the $3-5 range.  So, being that this shampoo runs around $11 and the conditioner even more, it was definitely odd spending that much.


However, right from the get go, I could tell how much smoother and softer my hair felt, to the point where I figured that if I added a leave-in conditioner to the mix, it would be overkill.  Which, was a good thing, because my Toni & Guy Leave In Conditioner had just run out, I hadn't found a replacement for it, and didn't want to repurchase it because of issues with the ingredients.  Now, rather than get a new one, I'm just skipping the step entirely, and my hair really doesn't seem to have any qualms about it.


Diving a little deeper into each of the products themselves, I really don't have much to say about the shampoo other than it works into what I feel is a nice, luxurious lather, though I've read reviews that complain that it doesn't lather very well, so I'm not sure if that's just a difference of opinion, or what it going on there.  It also has a very sweet, sugary coconut scent that can either smell really nice or I imagine it could be way too sweet, once again depending on your preferences.  Personally, I really like it, but it is definitely strong.  The last thing I wanted to mention about the shampoo was that several people that have reviewed this product also felt that it was incredibly drying on their hair.  I've only tried these as a set, so I haven't noticed this quite as much, but it does definitely remove any product build-up from my hair, so there may be some truth to that if you're just using the shampoo on its own.


As for the conditioner, that's my favorite part of the set.  It also has a fairly sugary scent, but I can't quite place it exactly - maybe a cherry almond?  Either way, I love it, but I could see where it may be off-putting to some.  Also, because it is quite hydrating, it can build up in your hair, making it look/feel a bit greasy.  But, this seems to be common for a lot of conditioners, so once again, I do not find this to be a deal breaker.  It tames my frizzy hair, and from everything I've read, it seems to work on many, many different hair types.


Personally, I love this little shampoo and conditioner set, even if they cost a bit more than I'm used to.  Are they my holy grail?  I don't know.  I think I'll have to try some other shampoos and conditioners before I make that decision, but I would definitely recommend trying them out, particularly if you've gone the deep conditioner and leave in conditioner route, and want to try and simplify your routine a little.  However, I would also suggest smelling each of them before making a final decision, as they are very sugary smelling.  If you've tried this shampoo and conditioner before, please let me know what you thought in the comment section below, whether good, bad or indifferent!  I'd love to know your opinions!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Vouge Knitting Scoop Neck Pullover

Are you ready for this?  The season for knitting has arrived in my neck of the internet, and I'm starting with a pattern from Vogue Knitting's Fall 2015 Magazine.  It's a slightly oversized sweater that is definitely going to be a staple in my closet this year!  There are just so many things you can do with these oversize sweaters!  Wear them with a pair of nice jeans, leggings (this one does cover your bum!), even a little black mini skirt and tights!  Plus, they're just so incredibly cozy, and I would love to curl up next to a fireplace in this guy and maybe read a book, watch a movie with the hubby, or something similar!


Along with the fact that I was looking for a nice, oversize sweater pattern, the other bit that drew me to this particular pattern were the large cables all over the front and back of it.  I love cabling, but hadn't tried something this big before.  Doing just one turn of these large cables actually takes a full six rows, and if you're thinking about doing this project, make sure to have a cable needle handy.  I never actually use one, so even when I have them around, they just kind of remain tucked away, but I could have used it on this!


For the most part, I stuck to the pattern pretty well - there is a typo in the main cabling chart, so watch out for that.  It starts out telling you the inside of half the large cables is seed stitched, but it's not.  It's supposed to be garter the whole way.  I did switch out the yarn for Yarn Bee's Baby Bee Sweet Delight in Toy Elephant, which is a super soft baby yarn that I've found myself reaching for a lot lately.  It's fairly inexpensive from Hobby Lobby, but incredibly soft and relatively matte compared to a lot of yarn I've worked with.


 I did lengthen the sleeves a bit - about two inches or so - simply because if you know me, you know there's nothing I like more in the fall and winter that some nice long sleeves!  Honestly, you can say goodbye to pretty much all my phalanges in the winter.  I don't know why I even bother with manicures and pedicures, all I do is cover them up!  The other nice thing about a slightly longer sleeve, though, is that if you decide that you don't want it hanging over your fingers, you can cuff them, and personally, I really like that look.


All in all, it's a very comfortable sweater, and if you're an avid knitter, I would definitely recommend checking it out!  With all the cabling, it did take a little longer, but wasn't incredibly difficult by any means.  Also, if you're a knitter, make sure to follow this blog!  I'm going to be putting up a pattern every week this month, or talking about a new knit project I've completed.  It's going to get intense, but will be so worth it when the weather turns!  If you're a little newer into knitting, make sure to check out my knitting playlist on my YouTube channel.  I've done a couple beginner projects there that teaches you the basics while making a scarf, hat, etc.  I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you'll come back for the next ones!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

DIY Monogram Bracelet

 It's time for a DIY!  This blog may start looking more and more like a DIY style blog, but those of you here for the makeup needn't worry.  There will be more makeup reviews and such on the way!  As for now, I wanted to share with you a little fashion project that I've been wearing quite a bit recently (if you watch my vlog from yesterday, you may have seen it!): it's a monogram bracelet!


Now, Joe and I have been married almost a year next month, and I'm still in the new-bride phase of "Monogram all the things!".  I imagine some of you may be, too!  Or, maybe you want to use your own first initial - either way, I think this bracelet has turned out beautifully, and I wanted to show you guys how to make it. 

You'll Need:
  • Some 18 guage wire in your choice of color
  • A Pair of round nose pliers (preferably wax coated to prevent knicks)
  • A Wire Cutter
  • An initial to use as a pattern
  • E6000 glue or similar


The pattern was probably one of the more difficult items to come up with, but I have included a copy of the one I worked off down below that you can print out if you happen to also want a bracelet with a 'B'!  Otherwise, it can serve as a guide to determine how large to make your letter.

Click for full size

Then, using a round nose pliers, follow this pattern with your wire until your letter is complete, and trim off any excess wire with the wire cutters.  For the actual bracelet itself, I essentially copied the length of the other piece of my pattern, folded the wire in half, and twisted it until it looked the way I wanted.  Then, I added a couple tiny little loops at the very end to make sure there weren't any sharp ends that would cut into my skin.  This is easier to see in a picture further down this post.


Finally, I shaped the bracelet using a bottle to get a nice, round shape, then pressed down on it to give it a slight oblong, cuff shape.  All that was left from that point was to glue my initial onto the bracelet by dabbing a bit of E6000 onto the center of the bracelet, and pressing the letter into the glue.  I allowed this to dry while gently resting against the olive oil bottle pictured below so that it would dry at a 90° angle.


I really have been loving my little monogram bracelet, and I hope you guys like it, too!  If you try making one of your own, please send me pictures on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, wherever you guys want to talk to me!  Also, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below!