The Determined DIY Diva – Circle of Light Hula Hoop Chandelier

“It’s all good until someone gets hurt,” is the old saying, and it’s an apt way to describe the initial enthusiasm behind DIY décor projects. They look so pretty online, and once you’ve read the tutorial you’re certain that anyone could pull it off. So, to the store you go. Alas, by the end of the day you’ve discovered that DIY is a true challenge and you’re staring at mess that was meant to be a thing of beauty.

Our advice? Don’t take no for an answer! Keep trying and eventually you’ll create works of art. Truly beautiful and unique projects are for those gals who don’t give up. Resist the urge to return to the world of retail in search of something lovely to add to the home. Forge ahead instead and you’re sure to find success eventually.

Cheery chandelier

If sleek, polished outcomes are your goal in DIY you might want to skip this project. Its intent is a whimsical, far less than perfect outcome that sells itself on its unique character. If you love whimsy and ambient light, though, you will love this idea. The perfect location is a teenage girl’s room or a party decoration for any age!

The only materials are a hula hoop (yes, a hula hoop!), several yards of pretty transparent ribbon, and white Xmas lights on a white wire. Buy a neutral colored hula hoop or one that is a color close to the color scheme of your room. Wrap the entire hula hoop in a layer of ribbon and secure it with hot glue. Tie one end of eight pieces of ribbon at an even spacing around the hula hoop. This is how it will hang from the ceiling.

When it’s time to hang it you will bring them all together at their ends, tie them in a knot, and hang the “chandelier” from a central point on the ceiling. To turn your ribbon hula hoop into a chandelier, wrap strings of white Xmas lights around it. Try the icicle style lights because they will dangle elegantly rather than look like tightly wrapped wires. When your hula hoop chandelier is complete, hang it up, plug it in, and gaze at it adoringly!

7 Unique Ways To Wear a Button-Up Shirt

The quintessential wardrobe piece for both women and men – the button up shirt! There is nothing as classic, stylish, and effortless as a button up shirt that’s worn to its fullest potential. Interestingly, however, it often gets overlooked. We often think of it as mainly appropriate for work or too masculine to look cute. But the truth is that there are thousands of ways to wear a button up shirt, and nearly never even have to wear it the same way twice. Check out these suggestions for ways to rock it outside of the norm.

  1. White button up shirt un-tucked, with skinny blue jeans, black leather bag, and animal print ballet flats.
  2. Dark blue denim button up shirt, tucked into yellow and white structured maxi skirt, cinched with wide brown leather belt dangling earrings, and brown leather flats.
  3. White button up shirt, under slim fitting camel colored sweater with shirt tails showing and sweater sleeves scrunched to elbow with white shirt cuff flipped back, chunky necklace, taupe suede bag, distressed straight leg blue jeans, black flats.
  4. Loose wispy white oversized blouse with sleeves rolled and buttoned up at the elbow – tucked in only at the front and back, highly distressed boyfriend jeans thickly cuffed to show the ankle, suede neutral brown leather bag, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces in gold or silver, peep-toe stilettos.
  5. Burnt orange thigh length oversized button up shirt slung low and slouchy with a tiny tie in the middle, black mini skirt, opaque black tights, black hip length cardigan with sleeves scrunched to elbow and orange shirt cuffs rolled back on top, large bold infinity scarf in colors that coordinate with orange shirt, brown leather booties.
  6. Form fitting white button up shirt tied at the waist with cuffs folded back to just below the elbow, dark khaki flared culottes, cream colored pumps, coordinated brown leather bag.
  7. Slouchy white button up shirt with cuffs loosely rolled to just below the elbow and tucked only in the front and back, pop color pink or coral skinny jeans, wide brown leather belt, large cheetah print scarf, black suede flats. 

Sunscreen Tips

Spring and summer are the seasons that people usually worry about protecting themselves with sunscreen. The truth is, sunscreen should be worn every day of the year! You should be staying on top of your sunscreen game to keep you and your family healthy.

Kids are the most difficult when allowing you to apply sunscreen to every inch of exposed skin. They are impatient and will put up a fight to keep from having the cream applied to their skin. It can be a real struggle to apply sunscreen around and under the eyes. This area is where the skin is really thin and delicate. This delicate skin burns easily and needs to be protected from the sun. Purchase a tube of lip balm that has at least 25 SPF and is waterproof. Apply the lip balm under and around your child’s eye. This kind of sunscreen will not drip or burn the eye. It will stay on great and is super easy to apply.

The non-toxic spray-on sunscreen is popular for the kiddos. If you use this type of application, make sure you rub it in after spraying it on the skin so that the entire surface of the skin is protected evenly.

Sunscreen that contains zinc works the best. Zinc reflects the sun rays rather than allowing your skin to absorb the sun’s damaging rays. This ingredient can be found in many adult and baby sunscreen products.

Look for sun protection contained in makeup products. Everything from foundation to lip balm or lipstick now contain sun protection.  Many mineral makeups include 15 SPF or higher, and the mineral powder will not clog your pores.

Remember to wear sunscreen every day in any season. If you or your children are out in direct sunlight, make sure you re-apply sunscreen every hour. Play safe in the sun and have fun all year long!

Ways To Update Your Space

Is your interior tired looking? If so there are some easy ways you can spruce it up! You do not necessarily need to redecorate the entire space.

Rearrange shelves, china cabinets and book cases. Simply rearrange the items. If you like you can add or remove items to give your space a more updated look. Play around with various mixtures of items while rearranging.  This will ensure that the end result is your favorite.

Re-evaluate your color palette. You may need to streamline your colors by using white or another monochromatic color with only one or two pops of color. Use patterns with care. If you are using a bold pattern, keep other patterns and textures more subdued.

Emphasize vertical lines. This will elongate your ceiling height and make your space feel larger. One way to achieve this is to hang mirrors vertically. Install drapery that hangs down to the floor. This will give the appearance of a higher ceiling and a polished look. Once hung, you can let the drapery hang naturally or use interesting tiebacks. This method can also be used for shower curtains to produce a new look in the bathroom.

Organize your stuff. If you have items sitting out, find a particular place for them. For example, keep smaller items in decorative baskets or boxes or use a tray to keep television remotes together. Once you have organized clutter, your space will look updated and clean.

Switch around your accents. For example move smaller tables from one room to another and see how they look. Swap out accent pillows and throws from one room to another. Move rugs around within the room. Play around with your furniture layout. This is a great way to achieve a fresh look!

Hang new artwork or switch out artwork from one room to another. The end result of these exercises is to breathe new life into a tired space. It is much easier to do than one would imagine. Have fun and think outside the box, then enjoy your new interior!

Simple Guide to Cleaning Out Your Closet – Part 3

Part 3 – Functionality, Appropriateness

In this final installment we are discussing whether or not your clothes are functional and if they are appropriate to the current demands on your life.

Does it need repairs? For how long has this been the case? If it’s gone unrepaired for more than three months it isn’t likely that you’re going to bother. Or, if you love it, then get it repaired right away so you can put it back in rotation. Just don’t leave it hanging and waiting. This includes tailoring, buttons, hole repair, seam tightening, professional stain removal, re-heeling shoes, and polishing shoes.

Is it worn or tattered looking? No matter how much you like the style, it’s not a keeper if it looks old and dingy. This includes snags in silk or sweaters, pilling, holes, unraveled threads, stains, loose seams, over stretching, and dull color.

Is it appropriate to your lifestyle? By this we are referring to life changes that aren’t likely to be reversed. One example is transitioning from being young and single to caring for children and running a household. In this case a closet full of nightclub dresses isn’t likely serving you very well. Another example is transitioning from raising a family to reentering the workplace. In this case the comfort clothes such as yoga pants and sweatshirts need to give way to suits, slacks, and blouses.

Would you buy it today if you didn’t already own it and you saw it for sale at the store? In most cases all of the aforementioned advice will be enough to make a judgment call. But if you encounter a garment that still perplexes you (meaning you’ve had it hanging in front of your face for more than five minutes,) use this test. If you wouldn’t buy it, then that means you don’t really like enough to keep it.

Simple Guide to Cleaning Out Your Closet – Part 2

Part 2 – Style

Ok now that we know if your clothes are relevant to your life, let’s talk about personal style and functionality. These additional tips will be immensely helpful with your closet purging project!

Is it my style at this point in my life? This one is especially important. Dressing is a way of making a huge statement about who you are. No matter how well something fits or how expensive it was, if it doesn’t feel like “you,” let it go. The only thing worse than it not showing the world who you are, is when it actually detracts to the point that you don’t feel like yourself at all while wearing it. 

Along those same lines, ask yourself – Do you feel good when you wear it? Clothing has a massive impact on the way we convey outward confidence. If it makes you feel average at best, toss it. Even if it’s you still consider it “your style.” Buy new stuff that makes you feel like a million bucks.

Is it a classic that will always be in fashion? If so, and it’s your size, and you love it, keep it. Timeless style looks chic and effortless and should always be a staple part of your wardrobe.

Has it gone out of style? If so, is it a style that will likely be en vogue again in the future? Keep in mind that nearly all styles resurface at some point. Except for uber trendy period pieces. So if you think it’s a safe bet to hang on to it, just make sure it passes the size test we mentioned above.

Next read Part 3 – Functionality and Appropriateness

Simple Guide to Cleaning Out Your Closet

Part 1 – Is it currently relevant to your life

Women are notorious for closets that are bursting with apparel, but in most cases they are only wearing about half of it on a regular basis. We’re all guilty of saying, “I don’t have anything to wear,” while staring at a closet chalk full of clothing. The problem lies, in part, with not knowing what needs to replaced or filled in.

If you were to get rid of all of the garments you don’t actually wear you’d have a much better of idea of what you need to buy on your next shopping trip. Here’s a handy list of questions to help you clean out your closet fast, so you can create an immediate excuse for saying, “I simply must go shopping! I don’t have a thing to wear!” What woman doesn’t want to be able to say THAT good conscience?

Does it fit? If it’s within one size either direction you can keep it because our weight fluctuates all of time. For example, if you’re a size 8, and you have things you like and will wear when a size 6 or 10, go ahead and keep them. But get rid of anything that’s off size more than that.

Have you worn it within the last 12-18 months? A lot of organization experts recommend making this judgment based on just the past year. However, there are events and occasions that happen less frequently and they often require a specialty garment. So give yourself and 18 month window, but then be strict with getting rid everything you haven’t worn for longer than that.

Does it have sentimental value? If so, but you don’t actually wear it you can still keep it. However, it now belongs in a box with your other keepsakes. Not clogging up your closet and brain when you’re trying to get dressed for the day.

Now read Part 2 – Style and practicality

13 Awesome Tips For Decorating a Teen Boy’s Room

It seems that decorating a teen boy’s room is bit more challenging than a teen girl’s room. Perhaps because teen girls are often attracted to things easily translated to décor. Boys, however, frequently like things that don’t necessarily bring decorating to mind. The trick to decorating a boy’s room lies within his hobbies, not unlike a man cave, which typically contains interest-based accessories.

In order to pull off this project with finesse, we suggest focusing on ways to rethink the obvious. For example, one of our suggestions below incorporates a sports jersey. Rather than simply frame it though, we offer the idea of using it to make a pillow! The more creatively you can use the things your teen boy already likes, the more impressed he’ll be. They’re naturally appreciative of innovation so you might even get lucky, and hear the words, “Mom! This is SO cool!”

  1. A headboard made of t-shirts featuring favorite sports teams, music artists, etc.
  2. Lampshade painted to look like a car race track.
  3. Well-made paper airplanes hanging from the ceiling with invisible thread.
  4. A rock climbing wall in a room with high ceilings.
  5. DIY bookends comprised of two pieces of wood attached at a right angle, with a baseball glued to the base.
  6. Mount skateboards on the wall to replace standard shelves.
  7. Pillow made of sports jerseys (the back of the shirt should be the front of the pillow).
  8. Large wall transfer of an admired icon, for example, a poet or scholar.
  9. Mount multiple flat screen TV’s so he can enjoy a movie in the background while playing video games, or watch more than one televised sports event at once.
  10. Attach rope to balls that are no longer being used (soccer, basketball, baseball) and hang from the ceiling.
  11. Aerospace accessories such as vintage crop dusters suspended above the bed.
  12. Paint a small racetrack that curves along an entire wall and then attach little toy cars.
  13. Hang plants and vines from the ceiling then suspend stuffed jungle animals from the ceiling.

9 Tricks For Traveling

There is SO much to think about when getting ready to go on a trip! We can’t cover it all in one blog post but we can help you along with a few really great ideas to make it a little less of a headache!

  1. Place a bar of hotel soap in your dirty laundry bag, it will fight odors for duration of trip (you could also pack a dryer sheet ahead of time).
  2. Even if you depart during the day, use a nighttime moisturizer on flight day because they are typically much more hydrating.
  3. Use a pot holder or heat resistant carrying case to transport your hot hairstyling tools; if they’re completely cool wrap the cords tightly around the hot tools then use a strong rubber band to hold them all together so they take up the least amount of space.
  4. Take along a multi use beauty product to save space, instead of separate products try an all-in-one, such as one that is blush, brightener, and lipstick.
  5. Bring along a couple of infinity scarves, their uses really are seemingly infinite, for example, as light sheet if you get a chill on the plane or a light diffuser over your eyes while you’re trying to sleep .
  6. Store your headphones and a pen in old sunglass case so you don’t crazy looking for them in your bag, and so the headphones aren’t an infuriatingly tangled mess when you need them.
  7. Skip taking your hair dryer, it takes up way too much space and hotels nearly always have them.
  8. Pack several pairs of leggings, they are crazy versatile, and choose a weight appropriate for the climate.
  9. Pack bags in your bags, your carry-on might not be the ideal way to transport your laptop once you’ve arrived at your destination.

Rooms That Benefit From Renovation

If you are thinking of renovating a part of your home, how do you decide which rooms to make over? It can benefit your family now and later for re-sale value, if you renovate certain spaces and keep them up to date!

Start in the kitchen if you can. Having an up to date kitchen benefits all members of the family because typically kitchens are the headquarters of the home. This is where we cook, eat meals, do homework and DIY projects. Other families feel the same benefits you do when the kitchen is up to date and accommodating. The kitchen is the first thing perspective buyers look at, even if they don’t cook. They want to have a modern up to date kitchen no matter the circumstances.  New appliances and fixtures are the quickest way to give a boost to your kitchen!

The master suite is the next amenity that all perspective buyers analyze.  Whether the buyer is single or married, the potential new owners of the house will want a generous space to claim as their own. The bedroom should be large and spacious. His and hers closets are a hit in any master suite.

The master bathroom should also be spacious with a double vanity, where two individuals can prepare for their day. A separate room for the toilet is ideal. A spa tub with an accompanying shower is always a hit with perspective buyers.

The remaining bathrooms should be updated if possible. Other members of the family and guests appreciate a nice modern bathroom. Out of date bathrooms turn off possible buyers who don’t want to buy a property that needs immediate work.

The living area is also important to buyers. This space makes a big impression on guests and is also the location where the family relaxes and spends much of their time together. This room should have ample space for the television – an item that will likely be upgraded over time.

By keeping your home updated, not only will you get more enjoyment out of your home, so will the next family!  If you have any questions about where to start, Arizona Wholesale can help with plenty of ideas.