Friday, July 11, 2014

Revamp old T-shirts

When I look in my closet I see plentiful amounts of T-shirts that aren't the most fashionable, but hold a lot of memories. I decided to revamp some of these to make them more wearable and trendy. This is the first one, with more to come!
All you will need is an old T-shirt, scissors, and a pencil.
Flip your shirt over so you can clearly see the seams. We are going to start by making our T-shirt a muscle shirt, so we have to cut off the sleeves and part of the collar. I recommend you use a pencil, I used a sharpie so you can see where to make your marks. 
Once you cut on the lines, the places where you cut will look kind of torn up. Simply tug both ends of the sleeve and/or collar to curl the edges a bit to hide the rough edges.
Next you want to cut a horizontal line up both sides of your shirt. Cut from the bottom up to until you reach the top and you can pull the waist seams away from each other (like the picture above).
On both sides cut about 1.5 inch long strips that are a little less than an inch wide. You can really cut these as wide or long as you want, as long as you can make a double knot with them.
 Tie the top layer of the strip with the bottom. Make sure you do a double knot, or everything will come undone (I speak from experience). When you finish, tug the bottom and top part of the shirt to stretch everything out.
I like using this type of shirt on top of my bathing suit because it is light and easy to take off. 

I am sorry for the all the typos in my previous post! I usually edit my posts the day after I write them, but I really wanted to post it after I wrote it! If any of you make either the biscotti or this T-shirt tell me what you think of it in the comments.
As Always,
xoxo Em

*This post is not sponsored, all opinions, pictures, and opinions are my own*

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Recently I have been addicted to making biscotti, and I have created the ultimate recipe. Each biscotti is about 85 calories, and is very low in fat. The ingredients you'll need are few and simple.
-3 cups all purpose flour
-1 cup sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 egg white
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon clementine or orange rind (I zest the entire clementine)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/4 teaspoon almond extract
-3/4 cup unsalted almonds
-1/4 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons of water
-1 teaspoon salt
-Extra Water
-1/4 teaspoon maple extract
- 1.5 teaspoons of poppy seed

Right off the bat you can see that there is no oil or butter. I also take away one yolk from an egg to eliminate some cholesterol. If you use a salted nut like pistachios add only a small pinch of salt. Now the orange rind is not optional, because I've tried it without, and it does not taste nearly as good. The maple extract is optional because it can be hard to find, but it just adds more depth to the dough. The poppy seeds add color, but not much taste. Now before you start, know that this dough will be extremely sticky. Make sure you are always flouring your surface and spraying your hands with nonstick spray.
1.) Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F
2.) In a mixing bowl, mix together your flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, poppy seeds, and almonds.

3.) Using a spatula or spoon give your dry ingredients a small mix.
4.) In a separate bowl, mix together your eggs (including egg white), water, clementine or orange rind, vanilla extract, almond extract, and maple extract.

5.) With the mixer on medium speed, slowly add your wet ingredients into the mixer.
6.) Mix until everything is mixed together and your dough is formed, like the picture below. 

It may take a couple of extra tablespoons of water for the dough to form. Add it slowly and wait and see if it helped.

7.) Flour your surface and hands and put the batter onto your surface. Remember, the batter will be sticky.
8.) Spray your hands with nonstick spray, as well as the surface you will be placing the dough on.
9.) Place some flour onto the same surface where you sprayed the dough. I ran out of flour so I used nonstick spray, but usually I only use flour.
10.) Place half of the dough onto the surface.
11.) Re-flour(or re-spray) your hands and take one half and place it on your floured surface. You want to make sure you re-flour it so that it doesn't stick to your surface. Apply more flour (or spray) to the top. Using your hands, press the dough into about an 8 inch log that is about 2.5 inches wide, and about 1/2 an inch thick. Put your log onto your cookie sheet (make sure your cookie sheet is sprayed with nonstick spray).

When you put the log onto the sheet it will not want to come off your surface. Use your fingers as a spatula and get under the log as best you can. When you place it onto the sheet simply reshape it to how it was.

12.) Repeat the same process with the other half, and make sure to re-flour(or re-spray) everything the same way you did for the other half.
13.) Make sure the logs are placed horizontally on the baking sheet, both separated from each other,
14.) Using a baking brush or paper towel, lightly brush off as much flour as you can off from the tops.
15.) Bake for 30 minutes and then take out of the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes.
16.) Place one log on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the dough horizontally into about 1in. thick biscotti's. Place the biscotti's onto the cookie sheet.

17.) Bake for 15 min, and then flip the biscotti's over to get an even cook time.
18.) After you flip them, bake for another 10 min
19.) Take them out of the oven and let them cool completely.

I'm telling you, these with a cup of tea are literally heaven. When you put the logs on the cookie sheet you may have to reform them a bit, and don't be discouraged by the dough. These are worth it!!!! I also love replacing the almonds with cashews and replacing the orange with lemon. The great thing about these is that you can make them however you want. If you're feeling fancy, melt some chocolate with water and drizzle it over the top.

I'm leaving on vacation tonight so I will not be posting anything on a schedule. I have some posts ready though and I I will post them throughout this month!
As Always,
xoxo Em

*This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own :)*

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Smokey Eye Tutorial

For as long as I can remember, smokey eyes have seemed to intimidating to even try. They look beautiful, but I felt as though if I did it I would end up with something that resembled a black eye. Although after watching several smokey eye videos on youtube, I decided to give it a go. I have attempted this look several times, and have come up with just the right look. It is easy, and is perfect for a night out. I apologize in advance for the horrible quality of these photos. My tripod moved each time I took a pic and made the photo blurry.
To do this look you'll need a matte white shadow as your base. You could also use light yellow, pink, etc. You'll also need a dark matte brown eyeshadow as well as a black matte eyeshadow. As for the brushes, all you need is a fluffy brush that you can use to blend as well as put on the shadow, and an eyeliner brush. You'll also need a piece of tape.

Start by priming your eyes. Then take your matte light colored shadow and apply it all over your lid and above the crease. When your eyes are open you should be able to still see some color.
 Next you want to take a piece of tape and put it on your hand. Rip it off once or twice to remove some of the stick. Then, place it under your eye, following your bottom lash line.
Using your same brush, apply the dark brown along the edge of your eyelid by the tape. Apply the same color to your crease and blend it all out. Make sure you don't put too much of the brown on the eyelid. In the photo below after I took this photo I then blended until my crease and edge of my eyelid were the same amount of dark as the inner part of my crease in this picture.
Next use your black eyeshadow and eyeliner brush and line your top and bottom lashes with a thin line. Go back to the brush you used before and smudge the liner out. This brush should still have some brown on it, so when you smudge the bottom lashes you will also be bringing some color down. The last step is to clean your brush and go back to the light matte color. Add a bit of this to the center of your eyelid. Only a little though, and then blend it out. To finish the look curl and add mascara to your lashes.

On my eyes I did two different types of smokey eye. On the left the brown is focused on the outermost part of my lid, and it continues off the lid. I did this by applying the brown eyeshadow right next to the tape. On the right I kept the color concentrated on the lid, and brought some of the brown onto the lid.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! It is almost July! This summer is going by quick...
As Always,
xoxo Em