Paint with Me | Natural Bliss

Throughout this project/ piece of art, life has drastically turned, which is crazy to think about. When I first started this project, we were not on lockdown and people were not going crazier than normal. Let’s be honest, people were crazy before, there just weren’t as many people as there currently are. No, I am not going to be talking about my opinion on any of the issues that are consuming what we used to call the “normal” day to day. Just a quick side note to respect each other in terms of space and tongue. If you cannot spread anything positive do not say anything.

Moving on, this project started before the whole pandemic and it was requested by my soon to be mother-in-law. She was giving this wooden somewhat shiplap frame, which has been a real trend, and I was given creative freedom on it, it was just preferred that I do some type of floral piece. This was one of those projects where I worked out it a little on and off throughout the week and really took the time to enjoy the process. Painting or crafting shouldn’t stress you out but it may take some reminding, so do not be discouraged. If it does make you tense every once in a while, simply walk away from it and come back when you feel ready. My favorite thing to do is put on my headphones, brainstorm and then just go forth.

As seen in the video below there were a lot of times I painted over things I did not like which is all a part of the process. It does not need to be perfect either so try new techniques like I did, some may work some may look completely awful. Just to clarify a bit of my process I did use multiple reference photos of flowers and nature and complied them all together. I hope you enjoy the time lapse of me creating this piece and are inspired to start on those projects in that craft closet that you always say you do not have time for.

Stay Safe & Keep Crafting,

XOXO Faith

How to: Clean White Shoes

Spring is coming, which means it is the official season for white shoes. Mine get used all year around but now especially they will be starting to rack up some heavy mileage. So… it’s time to take them out of storage but they do not look as good as you remembered? Before you jet off to the store for a new pair take a moment to revive some life back into them.

For a little reference, as to if this really works, this specific pair of white Converse has been in use for about two to three years. Yes, parts have worn done, however, unless they suddenly break a hole there is no need for them to be replaced. When I first received these shoes, I did spray them down with DetraPel, yet they still get, well a bit gross. Don’t worry, these tips do not require you to first use DetraPel in order to receive lasting results. It is never too late to show a little love to your favorite shoes. Plus you probably have all the items in your house right now. No, special products or gimmicks here.

Step #1: Baby Wipes

First unlace each shoe and remove the laces to allow full exposure of the base of each shoe. Baby wipes are gentle yet effective for removing that first layer of nastiness. No, this will not immediately make the shoes white, but it is the first step to having great results. Don’t have baby wipes, no problem, simply use a wet paper towel with a drop of soap.

Step #2: Clorox

This is a harsher product; however, it is very effective. Watch the rubber sides of your shoes magically turn white. You can also wipe the canvas of the shoes with this, but if you are cleaning shoes that are not, wipe test it on the inner part of the shoe first.

Step #3: Bleach (NO!)

You may be thinking why don’t you just use bleach,  it makes whites whiter right? Wrong, it all depends on the chemistry of the fabric; it may end up turning the fabric a yellow or brown color. Eww!! White Converse are not a fan of bleach, I tried it. You will see in the video parts of the shoes turned colors where I tested the bleach. Try the inner side or the tongue before you go crazy, it took a while for mine to turn colors so wait for the test area to fully dry before moving further.

Step #4: Rubba Dub Dub

Toss them in the washer, before you say eww no, remember you’ve already taken off a majority of the nastiest parts of the shoes in the other steps. If you cannot stomach the thought of washing your shoes where you wash your delicate items simply wash the washing machine afterwards with a machine cleaner,here is one by Tide (this is not an affiliate link). Also throw in the shoe laces to get them nice and clean as well.

Step #5: Drying

No, the shoes do not go in the dryer, simply stuff some paper towels or a cloth inside each shoe and make sure it is packed tightly. Set them aside for a couple of hours or overnight to dry, to speed up the drying time replace the paper towels or cloth every couple of hours to allow maximum absorption.

Lace up your shoes and they are ready to be worn with a fancy dress or well anywhere because they look pretty darn new.

 

Watch the full tutorial here!

XOXO Faith

 

 

The Truth Behind | Fashion Hauls

Magazines, Pinterest, YouTube, and even the various people we cross paths with on the street spark inspiration for new trends, different styles and all things fashion. Recently, it has been brought to my attention that several famous youtubers and social media gurus spoke up about the fact that they buy items simply to use them as content. Fashion hauls are a huge part of this massive consumer issue of want, want, NEED. Titles such as “spending too much at Target” or “massive summer hauls” draw in a large crowd but why?

Easy Curly Hair Hairstyles

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.

Gym Shark First Impressions | Spring Haul

For a while now I have been keeping an eye out on a couple of brands that I have yet to experience myself. After watching a couple of review videos online for the brand Gym Shark, it seemed to be a bad idea to try as most of them harped on the fact that most of their items were not squat proof and were prone to camel toe. Two qualities no one wants from their apparel, especially their active wear. Now that the company has been around for a couple years I was hoping that things would improve which is why I decided to give them a shot.

Included at the bottom is of course an in depth review of each item in “real time”, kind of.

The reason this was not a try on haul was mainly due to the fact that pieces did not fit or were too see through to show.

The Details…

ITEM PROS CONS Size KEEP – RETURN
Fitted Cropped Leggings Gel StickyCompression Aesthetic Tight at Ankle(could wear, not squat proof) XS Returned

Gym Shark $30.00

Color Block Sports Bra DurableComfortableRemovable PaddingAesthetic No StretchTight(could wear) XS Returned

Gym Shark $35.00

Color Block Leggings Thicker Material Aesthetic No StretchTight(not fit past calf…) S Returned

Gym Shark $45.00

Knot Front Skater Dress BreathableDouble Lined Bust & WaistAesthetic See Through Skirt Hard to Button S Kept

Roxy $60.00

Menswear Set ComfortableDurableAesthetic Top- Not AdjustableSkirt- Real Buttons         -No Stretch S Kept

Abercrombie $65.00

As what is one item you recently added to your collection or are hoping to purchase for this new season?

XOXO Faith

Bizond Clothing Steamer | Review

If you are a true diva fashionista you check the tag prior to purchase to receive the full run down. One of the most important factors of course is the materials and care instructions. Does the dreaded word iron appear or not? While I attempt to stay away from fabrics that are prone to wrinkling, it seems as if there are always a couple of pieces that wrinkle up from time to time. If you are anything like me and dread dragging out the iron and ironing board, it is time to make a change.

Peel Off Face Mask Review | Bliss

For those of you that have seen my what I got for Christmas post/ video, you saw this product that I received for Christmas. I told you in the video that I wanted to do a review on it and I finally did! After watching those painful charcoal mask videos I was curious if this would be the same type of experience, since it states that it has moroccan lava clay in it.

Was it painful ?

Was the peel off satisfying ? ha

Did you have an allergic reaction ?

Is it worth the time and money ?