Good Vibes

It’s the final stretch!  Two final papers handed in and just three final exams to take and my first semester of senior year is OVER!  What the heck?  Where did time go?  It feels like yesterday I was the timid freshman on campus and now I am a big shot senior.  Putting all that aside, I decided to put down my philosophy notes for a bit and write a new post for you all.

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         So for today’s post I am switching things up a little bit and first going to talk about my infamous Charming Charlie Good Vibes necklace that has made many appearances on my blog.  In fact, this is one of my favorite necklaces so I had to dedicate the title of this blog post to the influential message behind the necklace.  The saying “Good Vibes” has been my motto for this past week, especially when I have been bombarded with exams and assignments, but it also has become my motto throughout this semester and continuing onto the next.  I am a big believer that your attitude determines your experiences, so I am making sure I spread those good vibes throughout my last year of college to ensure I fully enjoy senior year and continue to spread those good vibes in my upcoming adventures after graduation.  I promise when you change your attitude and at least try to be positive, because let’s face it, some days it is harder than others to remain positive, you will see all that the world has to offer you.  Ok, enough with motivational Liv, back to LivForStyle.

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         When any outfit needs a little more pizazz, throw on a faux fur vest to instantly transform your outfit. My white faux fur vest from Cotton On totally makes my simple, hunter green Forever 21 sweater a little more stylish.  I love the deep green shade of the sweater contrasted with the frost white color of my vest.

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         As you all know, I am very into the half tuck look, just to give any outfit a little more shape and definition, so I tucked in my sweater a “messy” way into my new favorite pair of distressed skinny jeans from Zara.  If you are looking for a place to buy a new pair of jeans to add to your denim collection, I highly recommend Zara.  At Zara you will find a variety of styles, washes, and fits.

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         Of course, on one of my recent shopping trips to Marshalls, when I was suppose to be Christmas shopping for others, I found these perfect taupe color booties from the brand Blowfish.  Such a simple and versatile bootie, it was a must buy.

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         Oops, can’t forget about the other necklace I am wearing that goes perfectly with the “Good Vibes” necklace.  I love layering a shorter, delicate necklace with a longer statement necklace.  So I decided to pair my Charming Charlie necklace with this far from boring Forever 21 necklace.  Layering necklaces is the perfect way to incorporate two of your favorite pieces into one outfit.

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Only one more semester until graduation and this girl will enter the working world.  I am not sure what the future holds, all I can wrap my brain around is the fact that I have so much studying to do and Christmas is in 8 days and I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet.  Are there any last minute shoppers out there like me?  Let me know in the comments below to ease my anxiety.  Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. See you all next time!

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Jeans: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sweater: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Vest: Cotton On (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Blow Fish (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Charming Charlie

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DIY: Wine Cork Reindeer

By now I am sure everyone’s home (or in my case my apartment on campus) is already decorated for the holidays.  The Christmas tree is up with the ornaments strategically placed, the holiday lights outside are twinkling in the dark, the garland is sparkling from every corner of the wall, and so on.  Although, your holiday decorating might be complete for this season, I’m sure there is still a place in your home that needs a little more décor.  Or are you still searching for that perfect trinket to add to a gift?  Well there’s still time to get in touch with your crafty side this season.

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Say hello to my little friends!  My wine cork reindeer are not only fun to make but look great in any small place or placed with your favorite holiday decorations.  They also make a great gift.  Keep on scrolling to read the step-by-step guide on how to make these adorable holiday reindeer.

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Supplies:

  • Wine corks
  • Razor craft knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Twigs (some with forks)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Green or red pipe cleaners
  • Small red pom-poms
  • Jingle craft bells 

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Step 1:

Take one cork and carefully cut it in half.  I used a knife but I was super careful when cutting the cork because trouble could easily follow if you are not paying close attention.  If you have a razor craft knife use that.  Or if you have an easier and safer way to cut the cork go with that. 

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Step 2:

If you have not gathered your twigs yet, go outside and explore your surroundings.  I am sure you will find branches of all sizes.  Make sure to find branches with forks to be used for the antlers.

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When you gather all your twigs, start cutting your twigs so they are all the same size, about 2 inches long.  I found that the twigs on the thinner side work best because they are easier to cut and stick into the cork. 

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Step 3:

Take your regular sized cork and use a screwdriver, a nail, ice pick, or any object with a sharp tip, and punch four holes into the cork, two in the front, and two in the back.

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Stick the twigs into the holes as legs, thus constructing the body of your reindeer.  Once the four twigs are in, make sure your reindeer can securely stand up.  If your reindeer body needs to be adjusted try trimming the twigs.

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Before you move on to the next step, safely punch another hole on top of the body so we can use a twig to connect the reindeer’s body to its head.

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 Step 4:

Next, it is time to work on the reindeer’s head.  Using the half cork, punch a hole that is closer to the center so your reindeer head will stand at an angle.

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Now insert a twig into this hole and then connect it to the hole on the reindeer’s body.

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What’s a reindeer without antlers? Punch two holes on top of the reindeer’s head and then add two twigs (preferably twigs with forks). 

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Step 5:

Your reindeer is starting to look good, but it is time to add a little style to your reindeer.  Take a green or red colored pipe cleaner and cut a little piece and wrap it around the twig between the head and the body. This will act as the reindeer’s scarf.

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To let your reindeer jingle, I attached a jingle craft bell to the pipe cleaner using a hot glue gun.

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Finally, you can’t think of reindeer without thinking of Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.  So I took a small red pom pom and a glue gun and applied the pom pom to the tip of the reindeer’s head.

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Now your reindeer is complete and ready to be showcased throughout your home.

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Next time you finish off a bottle of your favorite wine, make sure to save the cork, because a throw away piece like a wine cork can be transformed into a cute holiday decoration.  There is still time to get all the supplies you need and to sit down and craft while listening to your favorite holiday tunes.  But move fast because the countdown to Christmas is ON!  Only 19 more days!  Hope you all enjoyed this DIY post.  Let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite holiday DIY’s.  Happy Holidays!

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