Lora Kelley, one of our lovely Snippet & Ink Select vendors, is back with another lovely updo tutorial, this one a simple twisted bun. I’m totally hairdo-challenged, but I think even I could manage this one! Photos by Select vendor, Eric Kelley.
1. Start by mixing the Black Ebony eye liner and Activator to create a paste that resembles shoe polish. To make your lashes look full (and to prevent the white space between your liner and your lashes), line your lashes with the eye liner brush, placing the paste inside the lash bed.
2. With your finger, apply Platinum Creme eye color all over the eyelid up to the brow bone.
3. Line your eye with the Black Violet Kohl pencil, continuing along the crease and orbital bone, and stopping about a centimeter from the inner corner of your eye. With the eye color brush, smudge along the lash line, then smudge the pencil into the lid, fanning as you go.
4. Diffuse the color by applying Noir shadow in the crease with the Pony Tail brush (make sure to keep it in the crease so the lid stays light).
5. To intensify the look, line your bottom lashes and inside the waterline with the Black Violet Kohl pencil. Keep it fresh by rubbing Platinum cream shadow along the bottom liner to make it smudgy and shimmery.
6. Always finish by curling your lashes and adding mascara!
1. Start by creating two ponytails directly on the top of your head, one thicker and one thinner ponytail. You want the ponytails very close together and high on your head – closer to your forehead than to the nape of your neck. Spray with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray to give texture and hold. 2. Fishtail each ponytail and tie off with a small elastic band. For a slightly different look, you can also braid them, if that’s easier. 3. Lay the first, thicker fishtail across the front of the hair. Wrap it around, pinning as you go, and tuck the elastic end under the side of the fishtail. 4. Take the second, smaller fishtail and wrap that around the base of the first section, pinning as you go. 5. Spray heavily with Frederic Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray, to keep the bun in place, but also allow it to look fresh and loose.
When one of my good friends had her bachelorette party in her home town of Chicago, a $600 plane ticket was just not feasible for my budget. Instead I made a mini “Bachelorette Party In A Box,” hoping to contribute to the festivities even though I couldn’t be there in person.
DIY Bachelorette Party in a Box | Snippet & Ink
I love the idea of a Glitter themed Bachelorette party – just imagine all your ladies dressed to the nines in sparkly dresses, using the fun props found in this box for an impromptu photo session. (Or you could go all out and surprise the bride by arranging for a professional photographer to do a mini-session with her bridal party in all their sparkly glory!)
For a fun game, Sparkles + Secrets is a sparkly take on Truth or Dare. Print out some cards filled with fun ways to draw a little attention to the group when you’re out on the town. Since you make them yourself, you can control how wild they get based on the temperament of the bride and her ladies. Dares (“Sparkles”) like Arm Wrestle A Sexy Stranger, or Unexpected Photo-Op, are fairly harmless yet fun. Or if you opt for a Secret, tell the group something about yourself that they don’t know – big or small, it’ll be a bonding experience, especially if your bridesmaids don’t know each other.
If you’re thinking about putting together a Bachelorette Party In A Box for someone you know, consider these general tips:
Consider Color: No one says you have to use hot pink. Think about your bride, the location and any theme you might already have decided on. Less is more, I promise: Coco Chanel famously said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” I think this is great advice for almost anything. Clean, simple lines and shapes almost always work better for boxes like these, as opposed to an overdose of bows or other wrapping. Make it Work: The items in your box should try to work off the same theme. Although it’s a perfectly nice little gift, it wouldn’t have made much sense to include a silver sleep mask in the box above. It would make sense, however, in a spa-inspired box. A little thought goes a long way!
Today, Margaux from Harmony Creative Studio is sharing three fun DIY projects with us to help make your wedding celebrations even more special with some fun gift boxes…
Sometimes distance keeps loved ones from attending the events surrounding your wedding, such as the engagement party or bridal shower. My husband and I met live across the country from his family, and the women of his close-knit extended family were super sweet and threw me a “Mail-Away” shower, where they purchased gifts from our registry and coordinated them to arrive at my house on a certain date. I felt so honored that they had gone to the trouble to welcome me to the family from afar, and it inspired this DIY – a book themed “Mail-Away” shower.
The idea is simple: everyone contributes a book that the bride can put to use during the first year of her new marriage. I asked friends to contribute to this DIY to see the range of books that might be included, and in addition to the usual cookbooks and bestsellers on relationship advice, there were books on Pilates, stress relief, monetary concerns, and an inspirational children’s classic. The books are mailed to the host of the shower (or the Maid of Honor, or other designated person), and then presented together to the bride at the shower. With Amazon and other e-retailers, this is just as easy as purchasing and mailing from an online registry.
We decided to use a crate – perfect to support the weight of the books!
One way to add continuity to the books without totally wrapping each one is to add a belly band. Any scrapbook paper will work – we used strips out of a super pretty piece of Belle and Union gift wrap, then wrapped colorful yarn around them. We finished off the crate with w simple tag printed with For Your 1st Year, tied on with the same yarn.