Tag: DIY

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

DIY: ‘One of Each’ Lavender Locks

Lavender Hair - Illustration - Amanda Shoemaker - Oneofeachblog.com

As promised, I’m letting you in on my until-now secret of my pastel purple hair. At what better timing might I add. As the color has faded out of my hair, it’s time for me to pass the torch and the legacy.

Also I thought I would show you guys another side of me. You know, my many ‘One of Each’ sides. Which happens to be illustration. I think I will start adding more to the blog on a regular basis, so I hope you enjoy them. šŸ˜‰

Now for the details on my hair color. It’s really semi-permanent which I think is great. You can go from color to color that way, once the last color washes out. What’s that you say? You don’t want your lovely new purple hair to wash down the drain? We’ll don’t you fret, I’ve got it under control. Just mix the hair color into your shampoo and conditioner and use it every time you shower, and presto! No fade outs!

STEP 1: Have your hair professionally bleached. Seriously. I did bleach mine myself, but it’s a risky move. After the 4th time of bleaching my regrowth I got a lot of breakage around my face and my part. So really you have to be careful. If I had bleached my whole head the last time, all my hair would have broke off. So that’s that. Go get your damn hair bleached at a salon. Also make sure to pick up a deep conditioning treatment to keep your hair soft and less likely to break. I use Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream from Sally’s Beauty Supply.

STEP 2: Prep! Time to make your conditioner concoction. It’s more like a toner, to add some life into the purple. To make your toning conditioner you will need; you Manic Panic semi-permanent hair color in Pretty Flamingo, a color mixing bowl, a color extend conditioner, and an extra bottle to put your new conditioner in.
Start with about half the bottle of conditioner in the mixing bowl. Now honestly you only need the tiniest dot of the Manic Panic. (Which looks like a hot pink-ish red color.) Start with a little dab, and mix. Continue adding more until you get a really nice pastel pink. If you add too much color, just add more of your conditioner. One you have your desired shade, add it into your bottle.

STEP 3: Shower! Wash you hair with a purple shampoo. I use GVP Conditioning Shampoo, which is also from Sally’s. I use a lot of shampoo when I do this step. Make sure to get all of your hair saturated, and let the shampoo sit for about 10 mins. Watch out because it’s messy and will look like you murdered barney in your shower. Also try not to lather it too much in the beginning. Wait at least 5 mins before you lather. After the full 10 mins, rinse with cool water and repeat if necessary.

STEP 4: Now I bet your hair looks short of gray-silver-purpleish right? Well unless that’s the look you where going for you’ll want to add your conditioning mixture to your hair. Again, make sure to fully saturate you hair with conditioner. Leave on for 2-3 mins and rinse with cool water.

STEP 5: Style hair as usual. I would suggest air drying though, since your hair is damaged from the bleaching process.

Ta-da! Now you have lovely lavender locks, mesmerizing mermaid hair, a tantalizing tress. Okay Okay you get the picture!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DIY: Velcro Changeable Trims

Cute trims on shorts are all over the place right now. I knew I had to think of a clever DIY that was different than just sewing on lace trim to the bottom of your favorite pair of denim shorts and loosing them to lace forever. And I did! So take that brain!
“Now with my Fabulous DIY Velcro Interchangeable Trim you can keep your fave cut-off shorts and Velcro on a cute trim anytime you want to spice them up, without changing them permanently.” (*in crazy infomercial voice.)
Pretty cool huh?!

I decided to get some trims from Jo-Ann’s, but I also thought I could reuse some of those adorable shopping bags you get from Free People.

* Trims
* Shorts (Denim or any kind really)
* Velcro (I got 2 packs of Velcro Fabric Fusion Iron On – In black)
* Iron
* Scissors
* Pins

STEP 1: With your shorts inside out, grab a piece of the looped side of the Velcro. (That’s the soft side. That way if you have no trim on your shorts it won’t irritate your legs.) Peel the Velcro from the plastic backing.

STEP 2: Place the stick side on to your shorts at the bottom.

STEP 3: Go all the way around shorts on both side. I did 6 on each leg. 3 in the back and 3 in the front.

STEP 4: Measure your trim by pinning it around the bottom of your shorts.

STEP 5: Cut off any extra trim, but leave a small overlap. Repeat for both legs.

STEP 6: Peel plastic backing of hooked side and place onto the trim. Start to remove the pins and place as you go.

STEP 7: Remove all trim. Heat iron, following the directions from the Velcro instructions.

STEP 8: Iron on the looped Velcro to your shorts.

STEP 9: Iron on the hooked Velcro to your trim.

REPEAT! Iron on Velcro to as many different trims you have!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Personal Style: Denim Lace Details

Truly Madly Deeply After Death Tunic Tank – Urban Outfitters // Denim Lace Trimmed Shorts – One of Each DIY // Armor Cross Cuff – Urban Outfitters // Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell

DIY’s are so much fun. This is my first look with my new awesome shorts! What do you think? Check out the DIY HERE!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Beauty: Extended Lengths

Hair Extension Tutorial - One of Each Blog

Hello loves! I have always promised hair tutorials for you guys…and BAM! Here is my first one. Awe good old clip in hair extensions. Next time I’ll show you guys how I curl my hair, and some fun braids will be coming up too. Let me know if you guys have any questions!

STEP 1: Start out with dry straight hair and have your extensions ready. *Note brand new hair is extremely silly and smooth. So unless you hair is the same texture, I would HIGHLY recommend washing them first. I use Redken shampoo and conditioner. This makes them a bit more natural feeling and easier to style.
Also, I use 2 packs of hair.

STEP 2: Put your hair up on the top of your head, and pull down about a 1 in section of hair. Spray hair at the part with hairspray.

STEP 3: Tease section of hair with a rat tail comb. This will help the extension clip have something to grasp onto.

STEP 4: Grab one of your extension wefts. I normally start with a smaller one.

STEP 5: Hold weft up to the part, and center it. Then starting with the middle snap, clip extension into place.

STEP 6: Continue these steps until you reach the top half of your head. *see photo. This is the order I place extensions, from the bottom up. Small, small, long, long, small. (All with 3 clips)

STEP 7: Part hair on the side, and clip in the very small wefts. The ones that only have 1 clip. Repeat on other side.

STEP 8: Marvel at you new lovely locks!

Monday, June 04, 2012

DIY: American Flag Fringe Shirt


step 1

ta da

step 6

finished shirt

finished shirt

Just in time for 4th of July!!!

What you’ll need:
* American Flag Inspired T-Shirt
* Scissors
* Ruler
* Cloth Marker/Chalk

Step 1:
Mark shirt along the front and back of the collar for more of an “off the shoulder” type look. Make sure to mark the front deeper than the back. Also mark the bottom of the shirt. Crop it shorter if you’d like. I cut right above the stitching.

Step 2:
Cut along marked lines on the neck and the bottom of the shirt. Remember not to cut the front and back of the neck at the same time.

Step 3:
Start about 5-6 inches from the bottom of the shirt, and mark a horizontal line. This is where the fringe will start and your stoping point when you being to cut. Then mark 1 inch vertical strips along the bottom on the shirt. This will be the fringe.

Step 4:
Cut along vertical marked lines until you hit your stoping point. For this I cut through both sides of the shirt at once.

Step 5:
Once strips have been cut, pinch the top and bottom of a single strip and pull. This should stretch the strip and cause the sides to curl in. Repeat!

Step 6:
Put on and go find a bbq.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Jane by Design Style Challenge # 2

Jane By Design Style Challenge

Who is your style icon? That was the question posed to us bloggers competing in the Jane by Design Style Challenge. Not only were we to write about our style icon, but we had to take the plain white tee from our trunks and create a design inspired by that icon.

Jane By Design Style Challenge

Mine was a no brainer. ChloĆ« Sevigny is my ultimate style inspiration. She is always pushing fashion limits and it seems as if nothing will hold her creativity back. Not only am I inspired by ChloĆ«’s sense of style, but also by her range of talent and her many accomplishments. I would have to say that ChloĆ« is the definition of a “One of Each” girl. She’s an actor, model, fashion designer, and an all around “it” girl. Her style really encompasses all of her identities. From red carpet glam to 90’s grunge inspired looks, ChloĆ« Sevigny embodies today’s fashion chameleon.

chloe sevigny

chloe sevigny

As I starred at my blank canvas in the form of a white tee-shirt, I began to brainstorm what I believe exemplifies ChloĆ« style. Then it came to me. My creation needed to be versatile, fresh, edgy, with a hint of her signature 90’s flare. I got to work and decided to crop and distress my shirt. I wanted to keep it simple to help go from day to night – office to evening out. I cropped it to touch on the 90’s feeling while also giving it that young and fresh vibe. Then to distress, I shredded patches up the sides of the shirt to create a really edgy finish. (Be careful doing that btw. I totally stabbed my finger with my seam ripper and almost added a nice red spatter to my shirt!)

Jane by Design Style Challenge

Jane by Design Style Challenge

Jane by Design Style Challenge

Jane by Design Style Challenge

Jane by Design Style Challenge

I love the fact that my creation could be kept casual with jeans, dressed up with a high waisted skirt, thrown over a dress, or paired with a flannel. You could even wear it to the office with a blazer and high waited trousers. With all that versatility, I think nothing could embody ChloĆ«’s style better.

Now I will ask you the same question. Who is your style icon? To help me out with the contest and post your answers HERE on the Jane by Design Facebook page!



vacuum belt flip flop diy

Whoever said nothing good can come from a vacuum, well besides clean floors, was wrong. I recently got inspired by Chiara of The Blonde Salad and her cute Valentino flip flops.
The cost: $295.00
One of Each Blog DIY cost: PRICELESS…or about $20.00 (maybe less if you have some black flip flops laying around)

What you’ll need:
* Vacuum Belts – 4 total (Wal-Mart)
* Black Duct Tape
* Silver Square Brads (Michaels / Craft Store)
* Nail Polish Remover
* Q-Tips
* X-Acto Knife
* Super Glue for Rubber
* Black Flip Flops

Step 1:
Open up your vacuum belts. They should come 2 per package, and you will need a total of 4 belts. I used Hoover Style 190. Take a Q-Tip dipped in nail polish remover, and remove any white text that is on the belt.

Step 2:
Cut belts in half. You will need 2 strips measuring 8 1/2”, and 2 strips measuring 7 1/2”. (Keep extra scraps for later)

Step 3:
With the strips laying horizontally, slice holes vertically every inch for brads to fit in, leaving a spot open in the middle. The small strips should have 4 brads, while the longer strips should have 6.

Step 4:
Insert silver brads into cut slices. Then flip the belt strip over, and pull the legs of the brads open, to lay flush with the belt.

Step 5:
Using a small piece of duct tape, tape belts into small bows. They should look the the infinity symbol or a figure 8.

Step 6:
Using another thin strip of duct tape, tape the small and large “bow” together for each flip flop. I did mine a little bit diagonal, instead on directly on top of one another, to be able to see both bows.

Step 7:
Repeat Steps 3 & 4, with the flip flops. Space slices evenly. I managed to fit 8 brads on each flip flop.

Step 7:
Place a drip of glue on the flip flop where you are going to place the bow. Then with a long piece of thin duct tape, wrap bow in place.

Step 8:
With the left over scraps of the vacuum belt, make 2, 2 1/4” strips. (Also make sure this fits over the duct tape that is holding the bow to the flip flop.)

Step 9:
Add one brad to center of strip, like in previous steps.

Step 10:
Add glue to small strip and place over bow. Hold in place until glue drys. (approx. 1 min)

Step 11:
Put on your fancy new flip flops and head out on the town. You’re done! TA-DA!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Cute Cake Topper DIY

Cake Topper DIY

Amanda Cover

I’ve been peeping at the wedding blogs again, which was once a dangerous addiction, to inspire me in crafting my friends wedding centerpieces this weekend. That’s when I stumbled upon this cake topper! How cute is that? To follow this DIY project, head over to Arizona Bride Magazine for all the steps.
…Oh fancy that! I just so happen to be on the cover of Arizona Bride. Yes, I’m beautiful enough to be a part-time model. (Hopefully you caught that reference) But, like I was telling my friend the other day, I’m just a career woman over here. šŸ˜‰