DIY Pom-Pom Jean Shorts

DIY Pom Pom Shorts via @poorandpretty feature

DIY Pom Pom Shorts via @poorandpretty title

I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination. So if I can make these super awesome pom-pom shorts, I know you can too! I had a pair of hand-me-down jeans that fit me perfectly but flared out at the bottom and weren’t really my style. I also had pom-pom trim that I was saving for just such an occasion. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? Let’s do this.

DIY Pom Pom Shorts - Materials via @poorandpretty

Here’s what you need:

  • a pair of jeans or pants
  • pom-pom trim – you can find all kinds of fun colors on Amazon!
  • a good pair of scissors
  • needle & thread
  • a few pins
  • iron

DIY Pom Pom Shorts - Step 1 Pin via @poorandpretty

Step One: Pin your jeans/pants where you’d like the new length to be. I left mine a bit long because I wanted to be able to wear them to work.

DIY Pom Pom Shorts - Step 2 Cut via @poorandpretty

Step Two: Cut your jeans/pants about an inch below where you’ve placed your pin. This will become your hem. 

DIY Pom Pom Shorts - Step 3 Iron Hem via @poorandpretty

Step Three: Turn your jeans/pants inside out, fold up your hem, and iron flat.

DIY Pom Pom Shorts - Step 4 Sew Trim via @poorandpretty

Step Four: Sew on your trim! If you have a sewing machine, awesome. If not, just do regular stitches by hand. That’s what I did and it took me about half an episode of Reign (about 30 mins). That is how I mark my time now. 

DIY Pom Pom Shorts Oufit via @poorandpretty

Wear ‘em loud and proud, even when your co-workers tell you it looks like you stole them from a 1970s low-rider. ;)

 

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How to Make & Use Dry Shampoo

How to Make and Use Dry Shampoo via @poorandpretty ft

How to Make and Use Dry Shampoo via @poorandpretty

At the Bridgeport Arts Fest last weekend, I had a really great conversation with a shopper about natural haircare, and the pains of having super thick, unruly hair. “I want to wash my hair every other day, because I know that’s healthier for it, but it can get pretty oily on non-washing days.” Ah yes, I used to have this problem too! Then, I started making my own dry shampoo. I shared this recipe with her, and now I’ll share it with you! It’s very easy and I bet you have these ingredients in your kitchen already:

Dry Shampoo Recipe for Dark Hair:

  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • ½ tbs cinnamon
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)

Dry Shampoo Recipe for  Light Hair:

  • 4 tbs cornstarch
  • ½ tbs cinnamon
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)

Not sure how exactly to use it? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered there too:

How to Make and Use Natural Dry Shampoo via @poorandpretty

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The Condo Project: 12 Minimalist White Desks to Buy or DIY for Under $250

minimalist desks via @poorandpretty

It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately. Stan and I are waist-deep in our remodeling project! We’ve torn down walls, put up new ones, expanded closets, created storage space where there previously was none…  Needless to say, it’s crazy town in our condo right now. But I am exploring desk options for when we finish my new office. I’d like to keep it under $250 and possibly even make it. Here’s what I’m looking at:

1. Altra Parsons Desk via Amazon, $68.

2. White Caché Desk via The Container Store, $189. I love the pop of color in the drawer!

3. Shoal Creek Computer Desk by Sauder via Amazon, $102.

4. Josephine Desk via Cost Plus World Market, $200.

5. Prepac White Floating Desk via Amazon, $151.

6. DIY IKEA Hack Floating Desk via Apartment Therapy, $30-$40 estimated cost.

7. Convenience Concepts Designs-2-Go Trestle Desk via Amazon, $101.


8. Threshold™ Windham Desk via Target, $162.

9. Hamilton X Slat Office Desk via Target, $124. 

10. Retro White & Grey Writing Desk via Overstock.com, $223.

11. Klimpen / Nipen Desk Combo by IKEA, $190. 

12. DIY Parson Tower Desk by Ana White, $20-$50 estimated cost.

Bonus standing desk option: Public White 42″ High Dining Table via CB2, $400. Okay, I know this is a bit outside the $250 limit, BUT I had to include it because I think it’s a really neat option for a standing desk or craft area. Or I suppose it can be used as a dining table as intended. ;)

Got any desk suggestions?

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How to Get Beachy Waves with my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray

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A few weeks ago — after months of testing — I launched the newest addition to the Poor & Pretty Apothecary lineup: Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray. This lightly texturizing spray gives you beachy waves, without the sand! ;)

Rose Salt Hair Spray Dead Sea and Pink Himalayan Salts add body and minerals while Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, and Rose Water hydrate and smooth. Like everything else in the Poor & Pretty Apothecary, my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray is 100% natural and vegan. Get yours here!

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Celebrate Week of Making with 23 DIYs

Week of Makers 23 DIYs via @poorandpretty

The White House declared June 12-18 to be a Week of Making! I can promise you I spent most of the past 4 days making products for all of my upcoming summer shows. If you’re looking for a little creative inspiration, here are 23 of my favorite DIY projects I’ve blogged:

DIY Beauty:

Make Your Own Body Spray via @poorandpretty

1. All-Natural Body Sprays & Perfumes

DIY Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty

2. Mineral Foundation & Tinted Moisturizer

avocado hair and face mask via poorandpretty 843x843

3. Avocado Hair & Face Mask.

Homemade Natural Face Wash

4. All-Natural Homemade Face Wash.

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5. Strawberry Face Mask.  

Home Decor Projects:

Yarn Pom Pom Garland in living room via @poorandpretty

6. Yarn Pom-Pom Garland.

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7. Framed Pegboard Organizer.

Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

8. Teacup Candles.

DIY Mason Jars - Candle trio

9. Mason Jar Soy Candles.

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10. Painted Pot Succulents.

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer via @poorandpretty

11. Framed Jewelry Organizer

DIY Cupcake Stands - Poor & Pretty

12. Cupcake Stands.

 

Food & Drink Recipes (cooking totally counts!):

white sangria via poorandpretty

13. White Sangria.

matcha green tea ice cream via @poorandpretty

14. Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream. 

Chocolate Dirt Cupcake via poorandpretty

15. Chocolate “Dirt” Cupcakes.

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries closeup via @poorandpretty

16. Chocolate & Salted Caramel Dipped Strawberries.

Infused Coffee Vanilla and Lavender Oils via @poorandpretty

17. Infused Oils (for cooking and beauty).

Just for Fun Crafts:

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY - five straps2

18. Timex Weekender Watch Dip Dye.

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19. Tissue Paper Pom-Poms.

DIY Play Dough via @poorandpretty

20. Homemade Play Dough.

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21. Glittery Shoe Upgrade.

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22. Confetti Nails.

Nautical Nails DIY 2013 poorandpretty

23. Nautical Striped Nails

What are you going to make this week?

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