Yes, I’m going to be completely stereotypical for this Father’s Day D.I.Y. only because this is something mine would actually use. No matter if you make this for dad or for yourself, it is very affordable. I came across this idea when I was searching for a tool roll store after store and kept coming out empty handed.
Don’t worry a beginner sewer can tackle this one with little to no experience. Figure out how many pouches to customize the roll to. Measure the widest part of each tool, mark off sections with a pencil. If you need the extra room, like I did, simply take a seam ripper to remove the middle seams that come on the apron. Once all the dimensions are sketched out start sewing. DONE
Tips from trial and error:
Note of caution; if the tools being used exceed the height of the apron brainstorm if it is worth adding extra material to the top. A normal tool roll ties are usually located in the middle of one side so they can be tied together to secure the tools. Simply cut off and resew the apron’s ties to the middle of one side to fix this issue.
Recently, I have been obsessed with shopping the clothing section at Costco. The deals are unbelievable but what about the quality overall? Whenever you shop no matter what the price tag says, there are a few things to check to make sure the tag matches the item’s quality worth. The type of material, origin it was made in, stitching and dying process all contribute to the actual garment’s quality rather than just paying for the brand itself.
As a wholesale warehouse Costco charges members to shop their store. This means Costco can charge a lower price point by partnering with brands and capitalizing on the wholesale cost rather than creating a retail cost. Watch my review below of my latest Costco finds to see if it is really worth it to shop the clothing section at Costco.
Have you ever shopped the clothing section at Costco?
Since summer is almost here which means road trips and vacations it is time to start taking care of your car. Since meeting my boyfriend my car knowledge has grown to the point where I am amazed that others do not know the basics for keeping their car healthy. It was not too long ago that I too would wait for my car to scream for help before taking action. For this post I interviewed my boyfriend since working on cars is his favorite thing to do. By keeping up with the basics cars are more likely to be dependable as well as run more efficiently.
How often should a car’s oil be changed?
Well this all depends on what kind of oil you are using. For conventional oil it is recommended to change it every 3,000 miles but for synthetic it goes up to every 5,000 miles. If you rarely drive your car do not wait to hit the milage, instead opt for every six months. When the oil is changed make sure to also change the oil filter.
How do you know what kind of oil to use?
There are a couple of ways to find out what kind of oil each car needs such as the oil cap, the owner’s manual, google or even a booklet at the store in the oil section. Exceptions to the recommended oil for each car is if the car has high mileage or is leaking oil. In both cases opt for a thicker oil, for instance a 5-20 instead of 0-20.
It does not take an expert to realize that if the tire is bald it needs to be replaced but do you rotate your tires regularly? When a car’s tires are rotated it helps the tire’s tread wear down at an equal rate by moving around the pressure points. Wherever you purchase your tires they most likely provide this service for free, so take advantage of it every 6-8,000 miles or six months.
What is a Tune Up?
A tune up includes changing the oil, air filter, spark plugs and spark plug wires. Every 15,000 miles or three years maximum a car should be treated to a tune up. Change your air filter more often (every year) as well as your oil as previously discussed. Both of these are included in the tune up process because it might as well all be done at the same time.
Honestly there are multiple things anyone can do on their car by themselves, if you want to save money but are scared to mess something up start small. Changing the air filter and the oil are basic, head to youtube for guidance. Depending on the car, the oil may be a daunting task as well as the spark plugs and wires so investigate it first. I’ve done an oil change, air filter, brakes and more with assistance but it honestly is a lot easier than I thought it was.
Road Trip Upkeep
Before hitting the road make sure to check all your fluids this includes coolant, oil, and transmission fluid. Other things to consider is taking the car in to rotate it’s tires, this verifies that your tires are healthy (no nails and decent tread). Predict if the vehicle will max it’s oil change mileage on a road trip, if so get it done.
If you missed part one where I discussed key things to watch out for when buying a used car, click here. Where are you going for summer vacation?
As a member of the curly hair club I wanted to share with you five trendy hairstyles. These will all work no matter what your hair type is however, I am trying them all out on my natural curly hair. All of these styles were experimented on day two hair. Dirty hair is easier to work with than day one when it comes to styling at least. All of these looks are practical since each one keeps your hair out of your face while still being effortlessly on trend.
Why am I, a fashionista writing about cars? Good question, well since my website is about fashion as well as lifestyle, my goal is to be informative. This falls into the lifestyle aspect and I fear a lot of people overlook many details when purchasing a car. No, I am by far not an expert but with the help of some friends I have gained a grasp on car knowledge. It has become a confidence booster and to be honest fun to take charge of my exploration on vehicles. You should feel empowered to make this large purchase and not put your trust in the seller.
With summer barreling around the corner some of you may be headed out to find a new car. If you’ve saved up enough to buy a brand-new car good for you! Here is why I will probably never buy a new car from a dealership myself. Not only are off the lot cars expensive but they also depreciate as soon as you drive them off the lot. Instead I would rather invest the time looking for a slightly used new car.
What does this mean? Sometimes cars will come back to the dealership for whatever reason. For instance, an elderly person who bought a car and recently lost their license or simply someone who was not happy with the car. These types of situations mean the car has low mileage, is in practically new condition, but also has a nicer price tag. Offers like this are hard to find but definitely out there. Since these offers are rare let’s discuss what to look for when purchasing a used car either from a dealership or the internet with confidence.
It is nauseating to make a large purchase so break it down beforehand; start with how much you can afford. Don’t just stop there, instead look out for future expenses such as how much parts for that type of car cost, some can be crazy expensive. Eventually it will need work done on it so save yourself the headache now by being prepared. Look at the tires, are they slightly used or are they balding? See much tread is left on the tires otherwise you’ll need to add into your budget a new set. Test the brakes too!
Are you a boss with ambition to save money by doing little jobs yourself such as oil changes? Do a work inspection, see if there is enough room to do the job with ease. Smaller cars such as a PT Cruiser are a headache as everything is so cramped together they make the easiest job a nightmare. Companies will upcharge if there is limited working space too so even if you opt to send it in to a licensed mechanic expect a higher bill on all front-end maintenance.
The Little Things
Bring out your inner child and press all the buttons! It seems silly but once you experience purchasing a car with a broken glove box or a button that does not work you’ll be glad you did. Is the glove box locked? Ask to see verification that it actually works, it may be locked because the hinges are broken. Roll down all the windows, turn on the AC, turn on the heater, play with the windshield wipers, turn on the radio, EVERTHING. When you are purchasing a car off the internet not everyone will be as transparent as you hope, so bring a friend to help uncover any secrets.
Be inquisitive, if this is the first owner the car will most likely have been babied which is good for you. Are they a car flipper? What work was recently done on the car, most likely this information will be shared as it adds value to the car.
Since many people often buy a car and simply wait for it to break, next Wednesday I will be discussing how to take care of your car to prevent roadside issues. I hope these tips helped you feel more confident as you prepare to go car shopping. Let me know what your first car was down below or your dream car.
Once the page loaded and all my favorite items from the Vineyard Vines Target Collab were sold out of, literally every size, I debated if it was even worth it to drive down to the store before the doors opened. Since most youtubers had their videos posted within hours of stores opening I wanted to add in my thoughts as to why a business as large as Target would make the “mistake” of running out of product that is clearly in demand.
To start off the review, watch the video below to see me try on all and quality review.
Alright let’s talk business
If you were having deja vu from Target’s Lily Pulitzer collab and puzzled as to why they would still fall short on offering a proper stock order to fit the demand here is why. No, I cannot speak for Target nor will I attempt to, this is merely a hypothesis based on my university studies on the fashion industry. First and foremost, the quantities or lack thereof is in no way a mistake. A collaboration has one purpose, to publicize both brands which is why the sale was heavily advertised.
Why the low quantities? Well in order to create a hype it is yet another marketing strategy to keep people engaged on both ends. Ever heard of the brand Supreme? They thrive based on the fact that they only offer limited stock which makes their customers feel exclusive and special. That being said most of their consumers are reselling the items online for double or triple the original amount. There are even videos online about simply how to purchase items from Supreme since people thrive off simply reselling their items.
Although it may not have been Target’s original concept for people to use this collaboration as a gain of profit it seems unlikely they did not foresee it happening before the launch. The limits were five of one item per person. I don’t know about you but not many people want five of the exact shirt or dress, unless you are planning some kind of team outfit.
Aside from Target customers being mad, Vineyard Vines regular customers would be a bit miffed if they suddenly started carrying the brand at Target long term. Why? Well the average Vineyard Vines product is a higher price point which means most of their customers are expecting a level of exclusiveness as the general public is not willing to spend around $100 – $200 for a summer dress for instance. By offering limited quantities it instills the exclustivity that their customers expect while promoting their brand. Plus the frenzy ended up on the news and broadcasted across several news sites so it is unlikely people have not heard of the collaboration.
The Products Quality
While many people were interested in the collection I believe it was for too many reasons, the classic colors, styles, and the exclusivity. If you shopped online versus in stores you would expect the items quality to be higher since it is a branch from a higher end company. Nope! Each of these products were created for the collaboration which means they are not technically a Vineyard Vines product at all.
Most of the items for the home department were lacking in quality; the plates were plastic, and the materials were on the cheap side. I wish they would have kept a higher end focus for some of the items since the demand was clearly already there. Most of Target’s home decor does not feel cheap so I don’t understand why they did this, unless it was to focus solely on the backyard summer parties.
The dress I purchased was good quality, however, other dresses and cloth items were made almost too cheap for Target’s standards. For instance the dress I discussed in the video, in that sense Target has high priced clothing items so why not increase the quality and price? ha I have no explanation for this besides them being greedy knowing people will purchase the items anyway.
If you purchased something for the collaboration let me know what you got as well as if you purchased it from a third party or Target directly.
Trends in swimwear go across the board from expensive to cheaper alternatives. When clothing is more expensive it does not mean that it is higher quality. Some of these dups are better then their counter parts so keep that in mind when shopping this season.
The Two Parter
One of my favorite trends this year is this two part swimsuit or bikini suspenders? Its unique flare adds something extra to this season’s selection. I would much rather add the yellow set to my collection. Plus it is not really two parts, it just looks that way. The lines are horizontal but since they vary in size it still has a sliming effect. In addition the color’s contrast which is a fun effect. On the right side the diamond swimsuit is cool but lacks vibrancy and a shape aid.
Colorful stripes are in this season and so is the open tie back; both of these options above have beautiful color scenes. Slimmer horizontal stripes appear well slimmer. However the right side has contrasting lines to portray a more flattering shape overall. By adding more lines to the back closer it creates a slimming effect compared to the pink hue that has less and appears stretched.
Leopards, tigers but no bears guys. Animal prints are all over the place this season! Comparing these two is a bit tricky since I could not find one that was super similar in the type of bikini it is. Simply by comparing spots the more flattering of the two would be on the right. Larger spots are better for a smaller chest but the smaller spots are better for those with a larger chest.
Who wore it best? hmm… To reveal the belly button or not? The high leg on the right helps petites appear longer as does the cut out in general. A higher waistline helps keep the midsection under wraps, the top cut helps those with a busty chest as well (the left). Compared to the the high rise top that has the illusion of a larger chest and longer waist with the midsection being exposed. Both are the same trend but for vary different body types.