Somewhere in your closet there lies a long sleeve top that’s begging to be revamped, repurposed and worn to death. Help a shirt out with this DIY project that requires no sewing or mechanical skill whatsoever.

1. Fold the top in half vertically so that the fold is down the middle of the front and back. Align the side seams so you know you have an even fold down the front of the shirt.

2. Now, cut the front of the shirt in half from the top of the shirt to the bottom, using the fold as your guide. Try to cut it as straight as possible. If your top has a thick neck, cut off the neckline as well. Voila…you now have a cardigan, but let’s spice it up a bit.

3. Time to crop the back a little bit. With the inside facing the table, spread out the shirt. Draw a slight arch from one side of the bottom to the other (I used a fine-point Sharpie), so that the middle of the back is a couple inches shorter than the front.

4. Time for some fringe. With the shirt still spread out, cut roughly half inch wide vertical strips that go up into the cardigan as far as you prefer (or about three inches). Do this all along the bottom edge.

5. Now tie a small knot at the end of each strip. This weighs the fringe down and gives it a more finished look.

Done. An easy, breezy comfy cardigan you can throw in your bag, wear over a tank or dress, that also gives you a reason to bust out the cha cha.

TIPS FOR A SUCESSFUL AIR-DRY. 

Being able to take the time to actually attempt a blow out on my tresses is a luxury. I like to think of it not as being lazy or a result of procrastination, but a way to relate with my ancestors who were alive before electricity.

Anyways, by rarely getting to blow dry my hair, and frequently hopping in the ocean,  I’ve discovered a few fun ways to still control how your hair looks, that amazingly enough turn out deceptively well styled.

Air Drying style tips:

*a good leave in hair conditioner is recommended. I love Moroccanoil or biosilk.

1: Tuck the hair around your face behind your ears until it is dry. When it’s dry, untuck and you will have a natural face framing curl. (This works insanely well. Total life saver.)

2: Part hair in the opposite direction you normally do, let dry, then flip to your normal part. Va-vavoom! easy volume.

3: Tie hair in a knot on top of you hair until it dries, undo knot. Oh, hello natural wave.

4: Put hair in a loose French braid. Tie it as loosely as possible at the end (or not at all). Let hair dry and comb through with fingers.

5: Go to bed with wet hair. You will wake up with great bed head and unpredictable style :)

Air drying: Save time, save energy, save your hair. High five.

GROWING LONG & HEALTHY LOCKS

Something about long hair just screams “BEACH!!!” So, in case you ever feel like omitting a bikini top and opting for long, mermaid-esque locks that will supply adequate coverage…

Here are a few tips on growing or maintaining some long, healthy, shiny locks.

1. Flintstones vitamins aren’t just for kids, the right vitamins also are key for helping hair grow. At the very least, make it a habit to take a good Multi-vitamin each day (I like centrum for women or what I can find at Costco) **Zinc, Iron and Folic acid in the multi-V are an added bonus.

2. Get familiar with your Omega 3’s. An omega 3 complex pill, taken consistently, (2-3 times a day totaling about 2,000mg per day) will have your hair brushing the small of your back before you know it. These fatty acids are a fat everyone should write a love note to. If they had an address, or publicist.

3. Find a leave in conditioner that suits you, and make sure you take care of your ends when your hair feels frizzy or dry.

4. Use a sulfate free shampoo. Just trust me.

5. Get a good hair stylist who knows that if they cut off more than the 1/4” needed on your maintenance trims, things might get a wee bit ugly.

I love being bronze, I love looking bronze, but I don’t like little bronze specks known as sun spots. Enter the wonder product, bronzer. Problem, I also am wierded out by all the unpronounceable ingredients in a lot of bronzing powders. So I was rather giddy when I I found this intriguing recipe on crunchybetty.com for homemade bronzer. It works, is customizable to your desired lever of bronzification, looks natural, and if you have a craving for something cinnamon-y, you just figure out a way to lick your face.

Here is the how-to, try it out and let me know how it works:

HOMEMADE BRONZER. SAVE MONEY AND YOUR FACE.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp nutmeg powder
2 tsp cornstarch
15 drops rose otto, lavender, or rosemary essential oil

A few tips on the color: Cinnamon = glow, cocoa = depth and darkness, and nutmeg = a sunkissed brown. Cornstarch spreads it all out and lightens it. Essential oil keeps it together and thickens. If you want just a loose powder, leave out the essential oil.

Adjust the levels of ingredients to your shade and mix well in a small bowl, and break up any clumps until it’s smooth. Place the powder in a clean, empty compact and pack it in firmly

Try it out, but don’t go overboard, or you’ll look like this.

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audrey hepburn, classic beauty

10 Ways to be Beautiful without Spending a Penny

1. Get Plenty of Beauty Sleep. Sleep may be for the weak, but friends, it is also for the beautiful. Sleeping Beaty didn’t get her name for nothing. Your skin renews itself as you sleep so too little can lead to dull skin and those infamous dark circles. Let’s hear it for a good eight hours of shut eye!

2. Drink to Your Beauty. To keep your skin hydrated and fresh, drink plenty of water. Sure, we all need the occassional glass of wine or our daily lattes, but the rest of the time it’s all about the H2O. And here’s a little supermodel secret: drink ice water which requires your body to expend calories to get the water to body temperature. Every little bit helps, no?

3. Breathe. Alright, so you are on your way to an event and the traffic has you running a few minutes behind. Do you rush in a big frazzled mess? Or do you arrive collected and offer a kind apology? Take a deep breath and hold yourself with grace and dignity. Beauty is more than the products you put on, it’s the way you carry yourself. Speaking of which…

4. Practice Good Posture. Good posture can instantly make you more beautiful. I know, I know: it is also difficult and annoying. We should practice together. Let’s all be lovely ballerinas at our computers–stomachs in, back flat, chin up. Look at that. We are prettier already.

5. Exercise. It’s amazing what a regular workout can do for your body. In addition to overall body fitness, which always makes me feel and look better, improved circulation makes skin and hair look brighter.

6. Smile. A simple and straightforward beauty tip that is twice as attractive when it’s genuine.

7. Edit. It’s time to implement the old adage: less is more. Go through your closet and get rid of all the items that make you feel frumpy, that are worn and outdated, and that simply don’t fit. It’s far better to work with a limited, tried-and-true wardrobe that makes you feel good than have an endless supply of shabby items that just don’t work.

8. Be Classic. It’s terribly expensive to constantly be updating your style to align with the ever-changing trends. Remember: there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being classic. Take a look at Audrey Hepburn, a perfectly timeless example of elegance. Her simple, understated wardrobe would be just as stylish today. When you are about to charge an outrageously trendy item on your American Express, ask yourself: What Would Audrey Do (WWAD)?

9. Know that you don’t have to be perfect, to be perfect. The flaws, oh, the flaws. We all have them (well, except maybe Elizabeth Hurley). The wrinkle here. The pimple there. The frizz, the freckle, the scar. Too thin, too wide, too small, too large. There’s a reason the models in our magazines are airbrushed. It’s simply impossible to be perfect! So, it’s time to let it go. Seriously. Accept the imperfections, whatever they may be. This is probably the hardest item on the list, so make a resolution to make peace with your flaws in 2011.

10. Build Your Confidence. Ladies, you are beautiful. Believe it. Radiate it. Confidence is beautiful.

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