Monthly Archives: February 2014

How to save 100 dollars on haircare

Hello friends! Pesky gray hairs reminding you that you are nearing your 30’s? I have a very easy solution to DIY back to youthful glory. I have the secret how to save 100 dollars on haircare.

Step one. Go to Wallgreens. Select a box of hair-dye. It can help to purchase two boxes if you have longer or dye-resistant hair.

(Tip! To avoid dying your bathroom, get in the tub. You can feel out for when all your hairs get covered… Trust me on this one).

Step two. Go home and dye. If necessary, repeat.

For full salon effect, you can use scissors to trim. I recommend using sewing scissors over kitchen, but that’s just me. If your hair is long enough you can simply part down the middle in the back, pull each side forward (like a beard) hold and cut straight across. You-tube is chock full of tutorials for how to cut your hair. Watch more than once.

Boom. New hair dids. You only had to spend 10$. This is how to save 100 dollars on haircare. Be sure to use a decent conditioner. I promise… home DIY stuff soon. Working on a top secret project involving bleach. Meanwhile my hair is a tinge redder, the gray is gone, and my ends are freshly trimmed (and yes, we’re still keeping the bangs…).

xoxo- Nikki

Animal Pun Valentines

Holy Toledo, I feel like I have not had any time to do anything fun. I recently started a new job and the training process has been rather intense. I technically have not had a day off since Superbowl Sunday. Today is Valentines day and of course, I have no valentine and I have to work but I managed to make all my new coworkers animal pun valentines. They are hilarious, I hope everyone gets a kick out of em.

you have all of the KOALAFICATIONS to be my valentine...

you have all of the KOALAFICATIONS to be my valentine…

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I basically just used leftover paper and chartpac markers. First time in 4 years, that instead of a birthday/Valentines day with one person I have 20 people to spend the day with… I cannot wait for it to not be freezing outside. I miss running and finding alley treasure… THE BLOG NEEDS THE WEATHER TO GET BETTER, AMIRITE?

xoxo- Nikki

The Healing Power of Teal

There are two types of people in this world. The people who like teal and the people who don’t. Obviously Alexandra and I fall into the category of pro teal, and if you are one of those people who hates it, well, we don’t like you either. I think today is a good day to discuss the healing power of teal, and look how to integrate it into any decorating scheme.

New Sew Curtains

Click here to learn how to make no sew curtains!

It started inside our tiny little house. Perhaps (without doubt) this is where it all started. I’ve done a digital story about our favorite little house. We drove by it a hundred times, and when left with few options we actually went inside. It had the grossest carpet ever, but that carpet covered wood floors which our landlords let us paint “Truly Teal”. In our logic, “Truly Teal” was the only color that would look good with our orange couch. With “Dancing Green” walls we pretty much lived in a genie-bottle avocado.

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Saying that Teal has healing power is a bold statement. First, we need to loosely define teal. For Alexandra and myself, Teal is not one specific color, rather it is a range between blue and green. (Teal is a state of mind! jk..). While I think we gravitate towards pigment that has not been shaded or lightened, our scale for teal encapsulates most colors between mint or sea foam green, to pacific (or any water-based name) blue, with preference given to colors between cyan and turquoise. It may have been growing up in a house that featured cobalt blue, but I find my self tending to seek out “teals” with plenty of blue in them.

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The things I made in art school…

Ok, “What is the healing power of teal?” you ask. Have you ever found peace staring into the ocean? Have you ever pulled the perfect shade of blue-green ink over a screen for that perfectly crisp print? Has your skin ever glowed in the middle of summer while wearing your favorite teal shirt and for one day nothing mattered besides the people sharing the perfect afternoon? Have your walls/boring neutral furniture been crying for attention until you bestowed upon them The PERFECT ACCENT OF TEAL! HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN A DINGY HOUSE A NEW LIFE BY RIPPING UP THE CARPET, PAINTING THE FLOORS “TRULY TEAL”AND ALLOWED YOURSELF TO LOVE THE LIFE YOU ARE LIVING?

Ok, there I was getting all yell-y and nostalgic, but the teal band-aid effect is real and about as effective as “rubbing grass on it” for injuries that are not actually serious. Blues and greens are colors of water and life. Teals calm us and bring us serenity. It is the perfect (range of) color to complement our auras, whatever shades they might temporarily be. Life is long and hard, but teal is there in those moments between day and night were we attend sunset concerts with friends and family.  Teal can cover ugly floors and furniture, bringing water elements to woods (what am I writing here, a horoscope?). Teal can make an orange couch less offensive, or a grey bed less boring…

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The chairs that started the blog!

Teal is so easy to use! If you are afraid start small! Pillows, vases, other little accents like picture frames. If you are not afraid go bold! Curtains! Paint a wall or your floors (lease agreements pending!) Can’t paint your floor? Get a teal rug! Accents in the bathroom- mats and towels! It always has water- why not FIND SOME SERENITY…

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Do you believe me yet? There is something regarding the healing power of teal, or Alexandra and myself would stop using it as a go to color scheme. Right?

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I even sewed those chevron pillows!

Voila! The healing power of Teal! I promise more (new) projects soon once this crazy time is over!

xoxo-Nikki

Cross country moving: part two

This is the second installment of Alexandra’s epic, life-changing, move across the country. From a farm to Brooklyn and back again to start all over.

In part one, I narrowed down all the items that I had to have to survive as an artist in the Midwest.

As a New Yorker, many tasks are greatly complicated by city life… Buying groceries, for example. Buying a sofa to fit in your tiny not-up-to-code apartment, for example. Moving, too!

I tried to sell, sell, sell via craigslist and apartment therapy’s marketplace. Turns out I’m too cheap to just give it away.. It was not priced to sell, whoops! And I didn’t live in a neighborhood that was easily located for pick up. Anyways, I took what I could fit, left a lot behind, and found a convenient buyer for that sofa that never made me happy.

In NYC, you cannot really leave stuff sitting outside. I learned this moving technique from some friends that moved out of Brooklyn years ago. They taped off the exact dimensions of their moving van and began packing indoors, Tetris style, and then carefully replicated it on moving day morning. And that folks, is exactly what we have here.

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In these three photos you can witness one of the biggest decisions of my life take shape. See how having the flu for a week paired with a break-up of a 4 year relationship can really turn your shared apartment space into a hot mess!

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It all fits! My whole entire life in NYC (minus epic amount of baggage… That four year relationship, that unfulfilling job I quit after only 3 months, furnitures, street finds, city living stress, tangible objects that were not sentimental nor useful) fits into one regular size pick up truck.

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My move may have been overkill. I’m calling it the bandaid technique… Just make all the changes and get on with your life and happiness finding. It was not a light hearted decision and I had been pondering for quite some time before pull the bandaid off. It’s stinging only a little. I’m already healing. And all the fresh oxygen is really making me feel all tingly and ready for new adventures.

Cheers,
Alexandra