January 5, 2014

DIY: chain loop earrings




More Catbird lovin!  I can't get enough of their jewelry pieces - so delicate and simple, and right up my alley these days.  This chain loop earring was inspired by their Chained to my heart and Ballerina earrings.  It's all in the details - I love how the delicate chain loops to the back of the ear.  That little smidgin of unique without gettin too wild and crazy.  If you're diggin the earrings, this DIY is just too easy to pass up.  I used some old studs laying around, and you just need a couple more materials after that to make them. 

Also, for your pursuing pleasure - another noteworthy designer I've been lusting over with somewhat of a similar style is Jennie Kwon.  She's got some great stuff that I've been googly eying for some time now.  Caution when viewing - this can quickly turn into a costly obsession!



Materials:
  • one pair of studs (I used a simple pair of gold round studs I've had for a while)
  • two gold connector loops (Michaels, $4)
  • gold chain (Michaels, $4)

Instructions:

1.  Measure out the length of chain you want to loop to the back of your ear.  I used roughly one inch for each earring.

2.   Add a connector to one end of the chain.  Then, add the same connector to one of the loops on the earring back.

3.  Slip the other end of the chain onto the stud post.  Repeat for the second earring.  And that's it - you're all set!!



Happy crafting!
xoxo, NB

January 2, 2014

DRINK: green juice detox



Finally breathing a sigh of relief now that the holidays are over.  There's so much to love about that time of year - but there's also so much going on between shopping for gifts, traveling, holiday parties, family time and all that merriment that just takes a toll on you.  And let's not forget the damage that inevitably happens to your waistline.  This year (like most), I ate incredibly well - and the proof is in the pudding (literally?) when I'm trying to squeeze into what I normally deem my fat jeans.  Sad…oh so sad.  

My favorite way to get back into "healthy" mode is by replacing a meal (usually lunch) with a fresh fruit and veggie juice.  It doesn't have to replace the entire meal - sometimes I'll have a light lunch along with this green juice.  All the ingredients that go into it packs a mean green nutritious punch, so even if you're not focused on losing weight it's a great way to get a ton of vitamins and minerals for the day.

I've had my juicer for about 3 years now and it's been a great investment.  The model I have was an entry level one and fairly priced.  You can also play around with the ingredients - add more or use less based off of your favorites.  The apple and carrots add sweetness to it so it actually tastes good (contrary to how it looks)!




Happy juicing!
xoxo, NB