Shirt: DIY (but original shirt from Michael's) // Shorts: Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply (old) // Boots: Cavenders Corral
Today there will be two Memorial Day posts. One was the Patriotic nails from this morning and now not only do I have an outfit but I also have a DIY. So this shirt was originally a huge short sleeve tshirt from Michael's. I was going to dye the shirt myself, however they had a huge sale and it was actually less expensive to purchase the shirt with the American flag print already on it. So unfortunately I wasn't too creative with this, but I did cut it up and make it a fringe tank top. This will be my 4th of July attire this weekend. I cannot wait to celebrate America's birthday! Not only because there's a lot of festivities and fireworks involved but because it's a reminder of the independence we were able to win back in 1776. I feel like people need this reminder. I don't like to bring up controversial topics, but with everything going on in the news and all of the arguments/discussions on what is or isn't offensive this will remind everyone why we are all here. We are here for our freedom. We are here because this isn't a third world country, yes lately it has been a little tough and the economy did crash, but the opportunities that are here, I definitely wouldn't have back in the motherland (aka Poland). Don't get me wrong there are things that I don't agree with, but at the same time I am very lucky.
My parents came here with nothing and made something of themselves. They built a life that they wouldn't be able to have in Poland and for that I am thankful for this country too. I'm the first one in my family to be born anywhere but Poland, and I couldn't have picked a better country to be born in. I'm proud to be American AND Polish. So let's move on to the DIY shall we?
What you will need are a pair of scissors and some ribbon whether you want patriotic or just a regular ribbon.
cut the sleeves and also cut a little bit from the back too. Make sure you try it on while you are cutting so that you don't cut too much around the bust area. It's very easy to do that but if for some reason you do, just wear a cute bathing suit top and you're safe. After you cut that, cut a bunch of straight pieces for fringe.
I tried to get a good picture of this but all you do is take two pieces knot them. Keep doing that all around the shirt. Once you finish that part, you have to cross them and knot them like the above picture.
Once you finish the fringe and knots, take your ribbons and finish off the tshirt in the back so it looks like a halter and racerback. Then you're finished!
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Here is one of my favorite nail art designs to date. Go figure, it's one of the easiest one's I've done. It was really easy, all you do is put on your top coat. Then you take a nail art pen or one that has a skinny brush on it. Just make it look like a firework. Once that is finished you just add the gems on and you are finished! Stay tuned for everything this week that is patriotic in time for the 4th of July!
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Today kicks off my 4th of July special on the blog! Yippee! 4th of July is LESS THAN a week away. Happy early birthday America! The reason why I’m so excited is because this year I have so many fun things planned for the holiday. Of course it’s Independence Day which is the most important holiday in America, but we get to celebrate and celebrating means I get creative. This will be the first year I actually get down to decorating and making lots of baked goods. I’ll be in upstate NY this coming weekend but before I go away for a much needed mini vacation I wanted to share some 4th of July themed posts and ideas. Today I’m going to show one of the most basic things to do for 4th of July, actually it’s a good idea for summer as well.
Most of us use ice cubes in our drinks especially in the summer time, it’s a nice way to cool down. For those of us who drink water (me!) sometimes you want a little flavor to that water. I thought of this really fun idea of adding fruits to ice cubes. I added strawberries and blueberries and throughout the whole water drinking process I had a slight taste of strawberry. I’m pretty sure it overpowered the blueberries. Then once you are done you have some fruits to munch on. I thought it was the perfect idea for the holiday because it’s red and blue and I guess the white can be the water, um yea, close enough!
Stay tuned for this whole entire week I have lots of fun things planned here on the blog!
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Blogger Meetup Recap
On Wednesday I talked about my blogger meetup that I hosted on Saturday. It was a blast! I got to see some familiar faces, and met some new ones as well. It was such a great time and I can’t wait until I get to see these ladies again! Thank you all for coming out even in the gross weather, thankfully it didn’t rain when we were taking pictures after lunch!
4th of July special starting Sunday
Next weekend is 4th of July so of course I have a theme goin’ on the blog. It’s going to be all about patriotic things and stars and stripes! I’m extremely excited because it’s going to be jam packed. I actually had to cut some posts out because there were too many!
Tomorrow I am going to a baby shower of a very dear friend and blogger friend of mine. We met through the cyber world then physically met at Lucky FABB 2013. We’ve kept in contact ever since. We’ve even had a slumber party! We were the obnoxious girls who stayed up all night laughing for no reason. I’m so excited for her and this new journey that she will be going on in about two months. She is going to make a great mother.
Countdown to Poland
My countdown is now at 36 more days! You guys it’s sooooo close! I can’t wait to go and visit my family. I also, will not be active on social media for two weeks which will definitely be worth it. Sometimes you need to just relax. I’m going to have some fun things scheduled for all of you to see and a few of my blogger friends will be taking over my blog so make sure to check back regardless of if I’m on vacation because I still have some fun posts for y’all!
Another theme in the works
Ok, so everyone knows I’m all about themes here on the blog. I love it because it gets my creativity going. I can’t tell you what this next theme will be because I don’t want to spoil the surprise but I want to tell all of you so bad! I’m really bad with surprises especially when I’m super excited about one. Let’s just say it’s really putting my creativity to a test. That will be finished by the 4th week of June, so I really have a lot of work to do!
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So for Father's day I decided to make my dad Carrot Cake Cupcakes since Carrot Cake is one of his favorites. These cupcakes came out amazing and I think they are my best cupcakes to date! I got the original recipe here, however I altered it slightly because I don't use as much sugar as a lot of recipes call for. I usually use about half the sugar. Since I was in such a rush to make these with the blogger meetup being on Saturday, I couldn't take pictures of me making these, but I promise you I did follow the below recipe and made them myself. Also they even taste good without icing.
- 2 cups of sugar (I used 1)
- 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 3 cups grated carrots
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
For the frosting:
- ¾ pound cream cheese at room temperature
- ½ pound unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 pound confectioner’s sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I usually wait to do this because my oven heats up really quickly.
- Beat the sugar, oil, and vanilla in a bowl of an electric mixer. Add the eggs 1 at a time. In another bowl, add the flour cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add ½ of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Add the grated carrots, raisins, and walnuts to the remaining flour, mix well, and add to the batter. Mix until just combined.
- Line cupcake pan with paper liners. Scoop the batter ¾ full. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes. The recipe calls to reduce the oven temperature to 350 and bake for another 35 minutes but I don’t like dry cupcakes so I left it as is. A few of them were still a little raw so those were put back in for a few minutes later on but the rest of them came out just fine.
- For the frosting add the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a bowl then later add the sugar and beat until smooth.