22 December 2015

DIY String Art Wall Decor

Hello, lovely people! I am here with you today with a DIY! It's something that can be done (very) last minute for a Christmas present or for just a wall decoration you would want to hang on your wall. It gives off a rustic yet elegant look to your room. The DIY itself is super easy and can just really allow you to blow off some steam because it does take some time (half a day tops)! 

Without further ado, let's get started! Here are the things that you will need:

Optional: If you want to do the same exact string art as what I showed here, you'll need two large flower heads to act as the deer head.

1. Cut out a template of a picture you want to "stringed." In this case, I printed out an antler template. 

Optional: If you're following my guide with the antlers, place the template wherever and however you want it on your wood piece. Hot glue on the flower heads at the end of the wood piece.

After you cut out the template, hammer nails around the picture into your wood slice (I got my wood slice from Michael's!). There's no specific amount of nails you need; it's really just your preference of how much space you give when you hammer the nails in.

2. I used 2 different colors of strings just for thickness, but you can just use one color. Tie the end of the string at the end of one of the nails. Don't cut the string because you won't know how much you'll be needing.

3. Create a zig-zag pattern between the nails. There's no real pattern or routine, as long as you make sure the space between the nails is filled up to create the image. 

4. Go back and make sure that there's no space between the nails left on the outside. Remember, you're trying to fill the space as much as possible. 

5. Once you think you have finished filling in the spaces between the nails, work you way back to the end of your nails where you first started and tie off your finished piece. If you missed a space, you can just tie a piece of a string near the area you missed and work your into the missing space to fill it up!

6. Lastly, nail this hook into the back of your finished product. 

And there you have it, a very elegant and rustic wall decor made with love and patience. If you have any questions at all about this DIY or need help with it at all, please feel free to contact me!

I hope you guys liked this DIY! If you do decide to create one, make sure you post a picture of it on Instagram and tag me in it! (My IG is @allthingsvanessa. Follow me!) I would love to see what you came up with. Happy blogging and have a happy holidays, my loves! I will talk to you next time!
Xo, Vanessa.

18 December 2015

winter essentials 2015

Hello, lovely bloggers! How are you all doing today? I'm doing great, considering it's the weekend now and winter break is finally here. This whole week has been hell for me, but I'm just glad it's all over. Time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the moments I have with my loved ones.

Speaking of winter, I've put together a blog post featuring the things I thought would be essential to surviving the winter. We've got a list of clothing and miscellaneous items and I hope this will help any of you at all! Let's get started, now shall we?

Clothing-wise, I am a huge fanatic for a good cozy sweater. Lately, I've been loving turtle necks, generally everything that involves a high neckline. These are so essential during the winter because, of course, you can always layer them up to keep you nice and warm. My favorite way to wear these sweaters are with high-waisted pants, tucked in the front, and paired with a loose cardigan/jacket for that extra warmth. 

To go for extra comfort, don some booties with cute socks peeking over the top a little. Very cute, very warm, very essential for the winter.
Now on to the miscellaneous! Here are the top 10 things on my winter essentials list:
1. Fuzzy blankets--absolutely a must-have. I know my winter break is all about relaxing, so I know I'm going to be surrounded by blankets at all times. 
2. Face masks-- I don't know about you but my skin tends to get dry during the colder months of the year. Putting on face masks, coupled with face moisturizer, will help keep my face retain its smooth complexion!)
3. Lip scrubs/ lip butter-- As my face gets dry, so do my lips. These two together are like angels sent from above. I highlight recommend Lush's Mint Julip lip scrub.
4. Candles-- to get the mood of the holidays spreading. My favorite is Mahogany Teakwood from Bath and Body works!
5. Body Moisturizer
6. Books/Magazines-- to help keep me entertained during these few weeks of relaxation! I'm currently reading The Bell Jar and Handmaid's Tale.
7. Fuzzy house slippers
8. Cute mugs--for those delicious hot cocoas/teas/coffees
9. Kodak film camera--to document those memories, especially for the times spent with my loves during the holidays
10. CDs--to get my X-Mas jam on!!

I've also put together two outfits I thought would be really cute and cozy for the winter (especially since California winters aren't really winters... Just really cold wind.)

And there it is, your winter essentials of 2015. I hope you guys liked this kind of inspirational blog post and take a thing or two from it. Tell me, what is your winter essential? I want to know! I hope you all have a lovely holiday, spent with the people you love most. I will talk to you soon! Expect a DIY in the next post, coming this week! Happy blogging, loves! 
Xo, Vanessa.

12 December 2015

TPD: New York (Pt. 2)

And this is what you have been waiting for, lovely bloggers! HellooOo, new viewers and old viewers/pals. I am back and running! I am typing this on a Saturday night (I actually edited all of these Friday night because it was the first night I've been free to do so!! I'm also sick and sniffling my nose while I'm typing this...). I hope you are all well and looking forward to the holidays coming up! 

I know this blog post has been long-awaited, but alas! It is finally here and I hope you guys like them. Of course, these photos don't give New York any justice at all, but these pictures are of just a few places I visited while my stay there back in August :'). In this TPD, I've shared some food-stuffs, sight-seeing locations, and bits & pieces of my family. 

New stuff and more projects are coming your way! Stay tuned. Love you all. Happy blogging!
Xo, Vanessa.

p.s. Have you seen the first part of my TPD: New York? If not, click [here]!
p.p.s. Have you seen my TPD outfits from New York? If not, click [here]!

11 December 2015

TPD: New York (Pt. 1)

--August 11 to August 18, 2015--