DIY Summer Shell Hippie Wall Hanging

wooden stick (store bought or scavenged - at least 12")
5-10 shells

Time: 20 minutes

Although summer is in its final swing there's no need to let go of the memories of sun rays and ocean mist. One of my favorite things to do on the coast is collect shells, and over the years I have found that sticking these pretty little wonders in containers isn't doing them any justice. Instead, I decided to display them right up on the wall for all to see - and to remind me that summer is always right around the corner.

1. I was lucky enough to have the help of my dad to drill small holes in the top of each shell. It can be done with a small drill bit - just drill slowly so that they don't shatter.
If power tools are not your thing or not available you can use a dab of hot glue or super glue to adhere the fabric strips to the shell.

2. I used an old tie-dye tshirt for this DIY and cut it into as many thin strips as there are shells about 2 cm each and 14" long. Cut a 2" thick strip to hang with. Since the fabric was t-shirt material I pulled on each end to roll the hems which makes them look more like rope and tied them onto the stick roughly 1-2 inches apart (for extra security dab each knot with glue).

3. If you have beads now is the time to add them! Tie a knot before and after each bead to keep in place and add more texture to the strings. You can also glue on feathers and other knick-knacks that remind you of summer bliss. Thread the ends of the fabric strips through the drilled hole of each shell and secure with a loop knot. Mix up the lengths of each string to add more movement.

...And that's it! Hang your new creation with pride! I hung mine above my mirror and it frames it quite nicely.

Happy DIYing!

DIY Clay and Oatmeal Facial Mask

ingredients: bentonite clay powder, colloidal oat powder, apple cider vinegar, water

Calcium Bentonite has been widely used for detoxing purposes, especially it's pore cleansing benefits for skin. It has deep purification and pore refining qualities unlike any other product I've used. My favorite bentonite based product was Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask but I prefer a natural homemade remedy to a store bought one filled with chemicals! I bought pure bentonite clay powder a while back and found I don't use it too frequently because of the process of mixing it up every time (I am a very lazy when it comes to beauty regimens). When I use bentonite clay or oatmeal masks I'm always left with soft glowing skin and smaller pores, so creating a ready made batch to grab on days when my skin needs some deep cleaning is the perfect move!  

The recipe I used is based off the basic mixture used with Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay which simply calls for bentonite and apple cider vinegar (a wonderful natural skin and hair cleanser).
For an extra boost in soothing qualities I mixed in colloidal oatmeal - a fine oat powder that lowers inflammation, has antioxidants, balances PH, moisturizes, softens and cleanses. Packets of the powder are sold as bath treatments and can be found easily in stores (my favorite is from Från Krämer because it's from a small Etsy business and 100% organic!) 

To mix I added apple cider vinegar and water to equal parts bentonite and colloidal oatmeal and mixed in my Magic Bullet until it was a thick and smooth paste as shown. 

When adding the liquid begin with a few teaspoons and go from there until the desired consistency is reached. Then package it up in a small mason jar to store. Its that easy! To use just apply a thin layer on problem areas and wait for it to dry. When it dries it must be removed with warm water and towel.  Not too sure on the longevity of this mask but I'll be keeping it in the fridge till I notice any changes. 

Can't wait to use it all up and mix some more!

DIY Free People Inspired Pointed Hem Maxi Skirt

The other day I walked into my favorite little Indian shop where I found some of the most incredible dresses. They were on the brink of fairytale and hippie heaven and every one of them had the most marvelous hemline. Somewhat like the items above from Free People (without the price tag). I realized how easy it would be to cut into an existing maxi dress or skirt to give an existing item more movement and pop so here are five hemlines to do just that.

Although they may seem a little "out there" these hem alterations only take basic sewing skills (measure twice cut once!) and add so much body and movement to full skirts. I cut the downward triangle on this tie dye jersey maxi skirt and love the results. Keep in mind the fabric when deciding whether or not to finish the hem with a sewing machine.

 Whether you want to channel your inner fairy or are following some of the latest runway trends the asymmetrical hemline is right for you. This wispy wonder is perfect for shorter girls because it doesn't cut bluntly across the legs and the style also looks great on all shapes and sizes. You have seen the high low hem time and time again so do something different and experiment with this fall ready trend.