Author: Hanna

DIY Fairy Light Tree

I absolutely love DIY projects both seeing them on Pinterest and admiring them (even if they’re things I’d never do myself) and actually doing the DIYs even if they’re super simple. This one is kind of a mid range one, that I’m not quite sure is complete, and I’m absolutely in love with the results. I actually thought of it because of my Bright Baum tree, that years later I’m still loving, and wanted to recreate on a larger scale without the cost. The first step is picking out a branch that you like, you can do this at any local park especially after a storm. Just make sure it’s tall and full enough! Then spray paint it, I went with white but you can do just about any neutral color to match your room. Then add glitter spray and let dry. Then get a planter’s pot and add what’s basically junk to the bottom making sure the hole at the bottom is covered. I taped this before adding other things and then put some …

Anjou Dead Sea Mud Mask, Review

In my beauty routine one of the most important things is skincare. While I don’t war makeup everyday (especially if I’m just going to school) I’m always sure to do my full skincare routine. I have separate day and night routines as well as those things that I do weekly. Some of these are things to get rid of and keep away acne, some to reduce scars, and some for moisturizing and some to reduce signs of aging.  I’m especially fond of products that can check off more than one of these needs and was very happy to review a dead sea mask that claimed to be able to do so. This dead sea mud mask is from Anjou (you can find them on amazon)  who were nice enough to send it to me for review.  The price is about $18 and has free prime shipping, and is 17 oz.  When it came in I was immediately happy that it was safety sealed with plastic both around the box and inside the container of the dead sea …

Outfit: Ruffled + Striped with Jeans

This semester has been crazy, but luckily it’s almost over. I still have no idea what I’m doing. I’m completely unsure of what I want to do when I get out which might be even more stressful than my classes. Regardless of what I do I’m going to have a little bit of a break which is for sure needed. Until the end of the semester I can’t guarantee regular posts but I do have one to share today. So here it is my #ootd. I wasn’t originally going to share it but after wearing it and getting a ton of compliments on the shirt I though I could take a few outfit photos. Shirt – I actually got this blouse off of amazon, and when I saw it I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but as soon as I put it on I loved it. Not only does it have a lot of fun details but it’s super comfortable and modest. Jeans – Like a lot of my outfits I went with …

Recipe, Shish Taouk w/ Tahini Sauce

It’s been a little while since I shared a recipe with you guys and I thought that I could get back into it by sharing this Middle Eastern one. I’ve shared a few others like Making Syrian Casserole + Recipe and Arabian Gulf Style Baked Chicken & Vegetables Recipe that were super popular but I think this one will be even bigger of a hit.  This recipe is  incredibly easy to make and tastes great, even for those not as accustomed to the typical mid east cuisine. So lets get started with the Shish Taouk with Tahini Sauce.  Ingredients: Shish Taouk  2 Chicken breast  plain yogurt (1/2 cup) olive oil (2 tablespoons) vinegar (tablespoon) 1/2 lemon Spices (this is to your specific taste) garlic, black pepper, curry, salt, cumin, cinnamon, chick spice mix First cut the chicken into cubes, and place into a bowl. Mix in the spices yogurt, olive oil, and vinegar. Then put the refrigerator (this can be done overnight, but at least an hour) so the chicken absorbs everything. Once this is done warm a frying pan, …

Portrait Revolution, Book Review

Portrait Revolution, by Julia L. Kay Inspiration from Around the World For Creating Art in Multiple Mediums and Styles About the Book: Based on the popular international collaborative art project, this guide to creating portraiture in multiple mediums and styles teams hundreds of portraits with tips and insights on the artistic process. The human face is one of the most important subjects for artists, no matter their chosen medium. Pulling from 50,000 works of portraiture created by the artists of the international online collaborative project Julia Kay’s Portrait Party, Portrait Revolution presents a new look at this topic—one that doesn’t limit itself to one medium, one style, one technique, or one artist. By presenting portraits in pencil, pen, charcoal, oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, digital media, collage, and more, Julia Kay and co. demonstrate the limitless possibilities available to aspiring artists or even to professional artists who are looking to expand creatively. Along with works in almost every conceivable medium, Portrait Revolution shines a spotlight on different portrait-making techniques and styles (featuring everything from realism to …

Fitness Friday: 5 Tips for (Healthy) Weight Loss

I’ve always been someone who’s weight fluctuates but with school I’ve seen it rise quite a bit into an area I’d rather it not be. I think that it’s a combination of stress and lack of time to exercise but up into December I was my heaviest weight (still within the “heathy” BMI though) . To kick start my weight loss I was lucky enough to get to try two weeks of Jenny Craig food which helped me lose about 5 lbs during the time period and since then I’ve been going it myself and decided to share with you guys my five tips for losing weight. 1. Measure I know a lot of people go back and forth about if they should be weighing themselves every day or not, but for me personally it has been a huge help. The best way to do so is at the same time each day (I like to do it just after I get up in the morning) and keep track of where you are. For me a …

Cherry Blossom Inspired Outfit

*GIVEAWAY at bottom of post. It’s officially cherry blossom season which I’m sure you’ve seen if you have any type of social media. I’ve personally been bombarded by the photos, but that isn’t a bad thing. From this I wanted to put together a cherry blossom inspired outfit. The look is an everyday casual but still feminine look with a few trends that are in right now. Shirt – This beautiful blouse was actually what I centered this whole outfit around I love the cropped length and the lace details are so much fun. The bowed front and trending sleeves are really what make it perfect for the Cherry Blossom inspiration, along with the pretty color of course. Jeans – Whenever I wear a crop top I’m always sure to pair it with a high waisted pair of pants. I’m loving the looser fit on this pair and the cuffed hems which make it perfect for wearing with a variety of shoes. While I’m normally not into light pairs of jeans, for this look with …

TanMeBox Subscription, Unboxing + Review

I’ve tried a lot of subscription boxes. Some are great (like the Popsugar Must Have Box) and others not so much (like the BoxedWingman Date Night Box), which is why I love sharing the subscription boxes with you guys so you can be sure to avoid the bad and know which boxes are good. So on that note I want to introduce you to my latest subscription box the TanMeBox. It is a little different than most subscription boxes because it is a one at a time box that you can buy as you need it instead of being automatically charged each month, and each of the products will be the same each time. It’s kind of like a tanning essentials box.  They offer three different sizes ranging from prices of $62-$82 and I was sent the midrange box for an Instagram post (they aren’t associated with this blog post in any way) and promptly went away at trying it. Inside my box contained two kabuki brushes, gel self tanner, bronzer spray and shimmer bronzer. …

DIY Baby Rag Quilt

DIY projects are always fun, but since I like to do more complicated projects also tend to take me quite awhile to finish, especially when it comes to sewing. Luckily though over the weekend I found a bit of extra time (maybe when I should have been studying) and lots of small pieces of fabric so I made a rag quilt for a baby. Originally it was going to be a baby present but it turned out so well that now I’ve gotten pretty attached to it.  The total time to make it was 4 hours. The first step is cutting out the fabric pieces into squares, 100 total. I used an AccuQuilt die to get the fringe texture. I then placed all the squares into groups of four and then sewed them together. Then I matched them with basic pink squares into the same size as the grouped multi fabric pieces to create a 5 x 5 and then sew together, and do this again so you have two sets. Put in a backing …

Vibrant India Cookbook, Review

Vibrant India Cookbook By Chitra Agrawal Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn About the Book: Lifelong vegetarian and chef Chitra Agrawal takes you on an epicurean journey to her mother’s hometown of Bangalore and back to Brooklyn, where she adapts her family’s South Indian recipes for home cooks. This particular style of Indian home cooking, often called the “yoga diet,” is light and fresh, yet satisfying and rich in bold and complex flavors. Grains, legumes, fresh produce, coconut, and yogurt—along with herbs, citrus, chiles, and spices—form the cornerstone of this delectable cuisine, rooted in vegetarian customs and honed over centuries for optimum taste and nutrition. From the classic savory crepe dosa, filled with lemony turmeric potatoes and cilantro coconut chutney, to new creations like coconut polenta topped with spring vegetables ‘upma” and homemade yogurt, the recipes in Vibrant India are simple to prepare and a true celebration of color and flavor on a plate. Chitra weaves together the historical context behind the region’s cuisine and how she brought some of these age-old traditions to life …