DIY

DIY Decorated Graduation Cap (5/9/2019)

Hey y’all! Today I am decorating my graduation cap which is something I’ve been procrastinating with. I’m not sure if it’s because I don’t want to confront the fact that I’m graduating from college or if adulthood is making me anxious. It honesty might be a mixture of both. But, I have finally got around to it and here we are. I wanted to write a DIY post about it because some people might be super lost when it comes to cap decorating.

Supplies:

• A graduation cap

• At least 2 pieces of scrap paper

• Decorative graduation cap stickers/ jewels etc.

• A pencil

• Acrylic paint in the colors you want

Step 1:

Sketch out what you want on your graduation cap on the scrap paper before doing it.

Step 2: Copy what was drawn on the scrap onto the cap. Use a dull pencil to sketch the drawing onto the fabric of the cap.

Step 3: Paint your design onto the fabric of the cap.

Step 4: Add any embellishments needed. Wait until the paint is mostly dry because you don’t want to ruin the design you just painted.

And you’re finished! Here is my graduation cap. I decorated it in calligraphy with the lyrics “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” from The Carousel of Progress in Disney. This means a lot to me because not only is it my favorite ride in Disney but it was my Pop-Pop and Grandpas favorite ride, and it’s also my fathers favorite ride too. I also love the meaning of the song.

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure you comment down below what quote you are planning on putting or put on your graduation cap!

-Stay Chic,

Ryan & I Upcycle: An Entryway Table (5/7/2019)

Hey everyone! This is the second post of the Ryan and I Upcycle series and I’m really excited to be starting so many new things here on my blog. I particularly love this series because it is not only something I do for content but also I am able to sell the pieces of furniture with Ryan and it’s our own little side business.

Ryan and I are super crafty people and we love to get creative. Ryan is really good with handy stuff and I am really good at decorating. So, together we make the perfect upcycling furniture duo. The last post I discussed an old end table we upcycled and I was obsessed with the end result.

This time around I will be talking about the entryway table we upcycled. We found a cherry wood entryway table on the side of the road that someone was getting rid of. Ryan and I quickly snatched it up and brought it home.

Luckily we got there just in time to get this beautiful piece of furniture. We then sanded the wood down, painted it with chalk paint and distressed the handles. It looks so amazing and I am obsessed. This took us about 3 hours to complete and I absolutely love the end product!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what your thoughts are on this piece of furniture that Ryan and I upcycled.

-Stay Chic,

Ryan & I Upcycle: Antique End Table (4/27/2019)

Hey everyone! I hope your day is going amazing. I am really excited because I’m going to be starting this new series called “Ryan &I Upcycle”. Ryan and I thrift a lot and we also pick up a lot of free furniture on the side of the road. One persons garbage is another’s treasure, I say! We love to pick up items and repurpose them, repaint them as well as completely Upcycle them. Recently, we Upcycled an old antique end table.

The table was a cherry wood but had some water damage, the finish was coming off, the edges were completely damaged and the inside was broken. We took chalk paint and upcycled the end table. The color we chose for the end table was gray because it was darker and we wouldn’t need as many coats for the paint to look even.

Here is the final product. I think the end table looks amazing and it has a farmhouse feel to it. After fixing the inside of the end table that was broken we were able to make it a lot more spacious. I really love the end product! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure you comment down below what your thoughts are on this post series.

-Stay Chic,

Sorority Gift Ideas (4/9/2019)

Hey everyone, considering that I am graduating soon this will be one of the last times I will be able to write a post on sorority life. I wanted to do a post on sorority gift ideas for those that have just been induced into a sorority or those who just got their first little!

I DONT OWN ANY OF THESE PHOTOS AND THEY CAN BE FOUND ON PINTEREST. I KEPT THE PHOTOS WITH THE PINTEREST BACKGROUND AND NAMES OF THE PEOPLE WHO UPLOADED THEM.

These are some of the super cute ideas I pound on Pinterest and I hope they helped you with choosing what to give your sorority sister! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment down below what your favorite idea was.

-Stay Chic,

Free Smartphone Wallpapers (3/3/2019)

Hey everyone! I wanted to drop in and share some wallpapers that I had made specially for smartphones. Not all smartphones are alike, especially when it comes to wallpaper sizes. So, I made them specifically for iPhone but they can be adjusted for other phones as well. Enjoy these free wallpapers!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Make sure to comment down below your favorite wallpaper. Also, make sure to @ me on social media if you use my wallpapers!

-Stay Chic,

DIY Jewelry Tray Gift (2/25/2019)

Hey y’all! I hope you’re all having a great day today. I wanted to drop in and share an awesome DIY project that I had done recently. As I am preparing for Ryan’s 21st birthday, I wanted to give him something special aside from other extravagant gifts. Sometimes you need a little sentimental to balance materialistic things. This is the perfect gift to do just that and it takes less than 20 minutes to make!

Supplies:

• 1 Wooden Tray (I got mine at Michaels for $1)

• Mod Podge (They sell small bottles at the Dollar Tree)

• A paint brush (Also purchased from Dollar Tree)

• A printed picture on regular printer paper

• Scissors

Step 1:

Take your wooden tray and measure the inside square. Next, print out the picture you want in the tray. Cut the picture to the measured size.

Step 2:

Take the mod podge and apply a thin layer of mod podge to the bottom (inside) of the tray. Make sure the product is evenly spread and reaches all corners.

Step 3:

Take printed photo and place the photo inside of the tray with the photo facing outwards. Press the photo down completely in the tray and make sure to press down the corners. Insure there are no air bubbles. Next, apply mod podge on top of the photo in the tray.

Step 4:

Spread the mod podge on the bottom of the tray with the paint brush. Make sure to do this step evenly and let dry for at least a couple of hours before using. Mod podge usually dries quickly but the picture might still be too soft to be used.

Finished Product:

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-Stay Chic,

Galentine’s Day Must Haves (2/10/2019)

“What is Galentine’s Day!? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas.” -Leslie Knope, Parks and Rec S02 E16.

Of course I celebrate Galentine’s Day, most specifically because I love my gal pals but also because I am a huge fan of Parks and Rec and Leslie Knope. So why celebrate Galentine’s Day? Well, if you want to have a special day for just you and your girl friends celebrating friendship– this is it. It’s the perfect time to kick back and have fun with your amazing best girl friends.

There’s a recipe for success when it comes to a Galentine’s Day party and I have some of the ingredients that will make it even better.

Girls Night Out Table Topics

These are cute questions to get the party started. Some are fun and some are deep but one thing they definitely are is cheap! (Yes, I’m in the rhyming mood today). You can grab these beauties online at Francesca’s https://www.francescas.com/product/table-topics-girls-night-out.do

Assign Secret Admirers

Assign secret admirers (like secret Santa) and this will keep things fun but also will cut the costs of gift giving! Set a spending limit and give each attendee a Galentine to secretly admire. You can print cards or make mobile card through the app Poster Maker: Poster Maker App

Be My Galentine Banner

Make your Galentine’s Day party pretty with these banners from Amazon:

Galentine’s Day Banner

Xoxo Banner

For other decor like table cloths, cups, paper plates etc. just pick up some pink or red items from your Dollar Tree.

Galentine’s Day Party Favors

Grab these cute Galentine’s Day themed tote bags and a bottle of wine (if you’re of age) and give them as cute party souvenirs. You can get them here:

Galentine’s Tote Bag

Prosecco Pong

A perfect drinking game for you and your gal pals! Use champagne or apple cider if you don’t/ can’t drink. You can get this here:

Prosecco Pong

Prize Table

For each game you play have one prize set aside for the winner. It makes the games much more fun and competitive. Here are some ideas for prizes under $20:

Opal House Candle

Kate Spade Tumbler

Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Zoella Bath and Shower Milk

Fun Printable Valentines

These will definitely have everyone laughing out loud! Just search on Google Images: “Funny Valentines” and you will find some good ones! I searched Funny Parks and Rec Valentines and Funny Star Wars Valentines for my examples. As a game throw one of these Valentines in a random gift bag and whoever finds it in their bag wins a prize!

Inflatable Unicorn Horn Toss Game

This would be a perfect game to play and win a prize for at your Galentine’s Day party! You can get it here:

Unicorn Horn Toss

Printable Game

Get this super cute printable game for your party at EmmyDoesDesign Etsy Shop

These ideas will definitely make your Galentine’s Day party one to remember! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment down below what your favorite idea was!

-Stay Chic,

Quick and Easy Last Minute Costumes (10/22/2018)

Hey everyone! With Halloween just a week away it seems a little to late to order a costume online and there’s probably slim pickings at the costume stores. So I complied a list of last minute costumes that would be perfect for anyone to throw together! They are easy to throw together so don’t worry if you don’t have a costume yet, you might have an idea after this post!

1. Cat Burglar

You can totally be a burglar for Halloween. All you’ll need is a black and white striped shirt, black jeans, black gloves and you can DIY a mask by buying black felt or even using an old black tank top and cutting holes for eyes!

2. Minnie Mouse

Take out those Minnie ears (OR DIY THEM WITH FLET AND A DOLLAR STORE HEADBAND) and throw on a red shirt, white gloves and black jeans. If you have colored ears from Disney (I have the rose gold pair) you can even throw together a unique Minnie outfit according to the ears you have. I am rose gold Minnie this year for my quick costume.

3. Farmer

I took this idea last year and wore a flannel and a pair of overalls with a straw hat and Ryan wore a flannel tucked in his shirt and a hat as well. This is easy to throw together and you can find these items just about anywhere.

4. Loofah (and Soap)

This one you’d definitely need to break out the hot glue gun but a friend of mine and I had dressed up as loofah and soap. I already had everything to make the outfit so it took me a total of 5 minutes to throw together. I threw on a pink dress and took thick waxy braided string I got from the Dollar Tree and tied it across my body. One string was tied across my chest, the other was around my ribs and the other was around my hips. I then took large wired pink tulle I had previously purchased from Michael’s and weaved it around the string. I then took more string and loosely tied all of the string together on each side of my body (front, back, and sides) and then I took a white piece of yarn and made a loop around the first waxy string that was around my chest and made it long enough to tie behind my neck. I then took a real matching pink loofah and hot glued it to a head band. If you have another person they can be bubbles and tie white balloons around two sets of strings around their hips and wear a white shirt, slippers and hot glue a rubber duck to a headband.

5. Winnie The Pooh

Get a mustard yellow skintight dress and a red crop top and throw the red shirt over the dress. Then go to the dollar store for a headband and grab some mustard yellow felt and cut ears out and glue them onto the headband. I do this by drawing the ears onto the felt and folding the felt in half and cutting out the felt ear while it’s folded. Make sure to not cut off the mirrored ear and glue the ear together on the headband.

6. Hippie

Grab a pair of your bootcut jeans and a tie dye t-shirt and wear that with a pair of round sunglasses and an elastic headband around the top of your hair. This is the perfect hippie costume for a quick thing to toss together.

7. Cat

Of course I will mention the cat because it’s a classic last minute go-to costume. All you need is a pair of cat ears which can either be DIY or bought from the dollar store if they still have some left and an all black outfit. You can even go further by drawing on a nose and whiskers.

8. Unicorn

Unicorns are so in right now and it’s a quick outfit that can be made in an instant. Wear an all white outfit; I suggest a white shirt and white jeans. Then make a unicorn horn which can be made out of construction paper or glittery scrapbook paper by simply cutting out an equilateral triangle and rolling it into a horn, hot glue it and you can decorate it with ribbon, pompoms or anything else you want.

9. Deer

All you have to do for this costume is wear an all tan outfit and a tan fur vest and do your makeup like a deer. Instead of antlers you can put your hair in two buns like ears.

10. Tooth Fairy

All you need for this outfit is a white dress a DIY star wand and a DIY crow with a tooth on it. Such a cute costume and so easy to put together!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what your thoughts are on these costumes.

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Cheaper Ways To Send Fall Greetings (10/12/2018)

Hey everyone! It’s that time of year where you’ll be sending family, friends and co-workers seasonal and holiday greetings cards. These can become super pricey– especially if you get the pictures done professionally and you buy their cards! It becomes too expensive and it’s such a hassle. Luckily I’m here to help, I really wanted to find a cheaper way to do this and I have a few options!

Option #1: Walgreens-

This is cheaper than the professional cards and you can use phone photos (which can look just as professional) for a quarter of the price. Walgreens has an app where you can pick from a template and just print them to a local Walgreens store for pickup and usually they have an online code to take off a certain percentage which will make it that much more affordable.

Option #2: FreePrints-

FreePrints is an app that can be downloaded on both Apple and Android products. When you sign up with an account you get up to 80 free prints per month. If you spend some time making the photo with graphic apps like PhotoGrid, PhotoShop and PicLab you can print a bunch of free and/or discounted photos on this app. If you are interested in downloading this app feel free to use my referral link for five extra free prints: https://fpus.app.link/invite?friend=srussell272&end=end

Option #3: Shutterfly-

Shutterfly is a website where you can use their templates to make seasonal and holiday cards (even wedding save the dates, engagements etc.) for a pretty affordable price. Shutterfly also sometimes has coupons that can be used for a discount.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what your thoughts are on these seasonal and holiday cards! What did or do you use?

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

DIY Brandy Melville/ Victoria’s Secret College Cropped T-Shirt (8/8/2018)

I’ve seen the trend of cropped college shirts everywhere! I personally had seen them through different social media influencers but once I googled cropped college t-shirts I saw that they were being sold through Victoria’s Secret and Brandy Melville! I decided I didn’t want to spend the $30-$40 on a college t-Shirt so I wanted to share my DIY for this!

Materials:

– Measuring Tape

– Scissors

– Chalk

– College T-Shirt

Step 1: Put the t-shirt on and measure where you would like the shirt to end. Mark it with chalk.

Step 2: Make a light straight line with the chalk or mark the chalk on each side and cut along the line.

Step 3: Try the shirt on to make sure it’s a good length and that it’s straight and trim accordingly.

Step 4: Pull and stretch the bottom of the shirt so the cut isn’t as harsh.

Final product: Viola you have a cropped college t-shirt!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content! Comment down below what you think about this DIY!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell