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megan kramer

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Sunday, 28 April 2013 23:31

Triple Braid, Triple Fun!

Triple Braid, Triple Fun!

 

 By Megan Kramer

I've been showing you guys a bunch of braids lately; I'm still seeing them everywhere (and I'm not over them yet) so I'll keep showing you tutorials until we move onto the next trend!  To keep myself from getting bored, I'm always trying to practice different twists on the standard braid.  My good sported friend was patient with me while I tried about 8 things on her; some that were not so cute, until we tried one that was.  Point being that you can always come up with a different way to style a braid.  They are completely versatile and with a little creativity, can have people wondering, "how the heck did she do that?"  So get creative, and I would love to see what you come up with!

 

What you need:             triple braid

  • small rubber bands

What you do:

  1. Start by putting your hair in a pony tail where you want the braid to begin.
  2. Separate the pony tail into 3 equal sections.
  3. Braid each of the sections and secure with a small rubber band (I think it looks better when the braids aren't too tight).  You will have 3 separate braids. 
  4. Braid the 3 separate braids together to make one big braid.
  5. Secure with a rubber band. 
  6. Use your hands to pull the braid a part just a bit and make it a little bigger.
  7. Take out the top rubber band and the 3 rubber bands that were holding the separate braids together, but leave the one holding the main braid together.

Xo,

Megan

 

Sunday, 21 April 2013 19:51

Wine Cork Trivet

Wine Cork Trivet

 

 By Megan Kramer

I'm sure that plenty of you ladies, like me, love a glass of wine after a long day.  Turns out those glasses add up, and we have a lot of corks!  I always throw them in a bowl that sits on our wine shelf.  When the bowl starts to overflow, it's time for a project.  This weekend it was that time again, and I ran into a cute tutorial on Apartment Therapy.  They made theirs into coasters, but I decided to make mine into a trivet-which is good because I recently realized that until now, I only owned one trivet.  So I used up my corks and can now serve 2 hot dishes at once without the aid of a dish towel; win win!

What you need:             cork trivet

  • wine corks(I used 37)
  • ribbon
  • glue gun

What you do:

You can cut the corks to whatever size you like.  I left mine full size.  If you are going to cut them, you can use a mini hacksaw or even a knife(be careful).  You can sand them a little if you need to.  Then start gluing.  I started with the center cork and then glued around it, and then did 2 more rows around.  Once that part is all set, glue a ribbon around it.  Now that your done, go get a glass of wine and start replenishing those corks for the next project!

Xo,

Megan

Sunday, 14 April 2013 21:54

Fishtail Bangs

Fishtail Bangs

 

 By Megan Kramer

You love them, I love them, who doesn't love braids?  I'm so happy that the trend is still hot!  Braids are fun to do, there is always something new you can create, and they are one of the best ways to easily get your hair out of your face, but still have it look cool.  Not to mention, it's a great way to stretch a blow out one more day!  The fishtail is one of my favorites, so my friend Anna let me try a few things on her last week.  It was a rainy disgusting day that made good hair nearly impossible... unless you fishtail your bangs that is!

 fishtail bangs

What you need:             

  • small rubber band
  • bobby pins

What you do:

Section off the hair that you want to be in the braid and clip it away from the rest of the hair.  It's cute to create a deep side part with this style.  Now clip the rest of the hair out of the way and then take out the clip from the bang section.  We are doing a french braid, but will be using 2 strands (a fishtail).  Take two little sections of hair right next to the part.  Cross one over the other.  It doesn't matter which way you go, but for the sake of explaining, let's say right over left.  Now take another little piece from the left side and cross it over the piece that you just brought over to the left side and join it with the hair on the right side.  Now take a little piece from the right side and cross it over to the left side and join it with that hair.  Continue this pattern until you reach the end.  Secure with a rubber band.  Next just see where you want you braid to be and pin it there.  I usually use at least two bobby pins and criss-cross them so it stays in.  You can take the rubber ban out now if it's showing.  Cute hair in under 5 minutes!

Xo,

Megan

 

Happy hump day! Spring is finally showing her lovely face and I could not be happier about it.

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As the weather gets warmer, Colleen and I both crave lighter, zestier meals. For me this usually means leaner meat and rosé instead of Pinot Noir, but this year I thought I would finally dive into the world of quinoa. This is a great salad for lunch and can be made to be a little bit heavier with mini turkey meatballs mixed in.

Enjoy!

Stephania

 

Quinoa Salad with Cucumbers, Tomato, and Mint
by Stephania Stanley (adapted from Bon Appetit)

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What you need:             

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, chopped into 1/4" pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup mint, roughly chopped
  • 2/3 cup parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

What you do:

Combine olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. Whisk together. Stir in quinoa. Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix. 

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Sunday, 07 April 2013 19:53

DIY Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

DIY Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

 By Megan Kramer

I love the idea of natural DIY beauty products; knowing just what you are putting on your skin and being in control of how many chemicals go into it.  Whenever I find one that sounds semi interesting, I always try it, but I often find myself disappointed.  It doesn't work, leaves a weird film, makes a huge mess... but I have been hearing so much about coconut oil lately, that I had to try yet another.  This one... amazing.  Totally, completely amazing.  I don't know about you guys, but I'm always on the lookout for that one magic product that will be life changing.  Apparently coconut oil comes kind of close.  It has tons of uses.  It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, fights wrinkles, is a natural moisturizer, can reduce cholesterol... the list goes on and on.  But back to my DIY.  I made a scrub with it and it really is my new favorite!  It left my skin so soft and smooth, plus my legs were shiny for hours!  This is the perfect way to get ready for summer.  Now if only the DIY self tanner I tried a few weeks ago had worked, I would be totally set...

coconut oil scrub


What you need:             

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

What you do:

Combine all ingredients.  Mix Well.  That's it.  Now you're ready to exfoliate.  I started out using it on my legs.  Wet them with warm water and apply the scrub in circular motions.  Give yourself a little massage and work the scrub in until you feel like you've exfoliated enough.  You can let it sit for a bit, 10 minutes or so, so that the coconut oil absorbs.  It's a good reason to relax and just do nothing for a few minutes!  Rinse with warm water and pat dry.  If you want, you can apply straight coconut oil (without the sugar and lemon juice) as a moisturizer.  Trust me, you won't be able to stop touching your legs! 

Xo,

Megan

 

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