No Sew Accessories

Even though I’m encouraging everyone to learn how to sew during this month’s affirmation, I also understand that not everyone likes to sew or wants to sew. Not being able to sew doesn’t mean you can’t make your own accessories or take on projects from time to time. If you don’t sew, there are plenty of ways to make items for your wardrobe! As I found in my Pinterest searches for upcycling clothing, there are also many tutorials for how to make your own accessories without using a sewing needle. If you’re looking for a few ways to refresh your accessories, consider a few of my projects below. Continue Reading ›

Ideas to Upcycle Clothes

At the end of every semester, I take on one specific task: Go through my belongings and give away items I don’t use or wear anymore. Recently I had a few clothing items I knew I wouldn’t have the time to adjust or resize, so I decided it was time to give them away. After setting my affirmations for this month, however, I decided to pull out some items and see how I could repurpose them into something else. My Pinterest literally exploded as I searched for ways to upcycle my clothes! Here’s a short list of the projects I used to update and revitalize my wardrobe. Continue Reading ›

Sewing Tips for Repairing Clothes

When I tell people I used to sew for a living, I get two different reactions: “That’s such a great talent. I couldn’t even sew on a button” or “You must sew for yourself all the time!” In past blogs, I’ve addressed these common attitudes in posts about my former career in costuming and showed why those who make our clothes deserve more respect. I’ve even shared some common sewing terms to amuse people and show them that sewing isn’t a strange concept. What’s missing from all of this is some simple tips you can learn to repair your own clothing. So, before you think about tossing out a clothing item that has a missing button or a torn hem, consider a few of these simple sewing techniques you can learn to keep your clothing. Continue Reading ›

DIY Beauty Products

This month’s affirmation challenged me more than I anticipated. The issues surrounding palm oil and cruelty-free beauty products were much more complicated and with a limited budget, I wasn’t sure I could afford products by recommended companies. Until I have a more substantial paycheck, I decided the best bet was to make my own toiletries. I’ve done this before when attempting to make my own conditioner, but I found it only made my hair oily. Since then I was hesitant to give it another shot. However, I didn’t want to continue buying beauty products, so I did some more Pinterest and Google searches to find other recipes. Not all of these are 100% vegan, but making my own allowed me to have some say in the ingredients that go into my everyday toiletries. I’m going to continue to experiment, but so far, here are a few of my favorites. Continue Reading ›

Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

When you pick up a tube of mascara or find some colorful eye shadow on sale, do you think about its connection to animals? I’ll admit, the thought didn’t always cross my mind. I saw purple eyeshadows with sparkles or a tube of raspberry lipstick and was excited to experiment. I hardly ever wear make-up, but I found it something I could entertain my imagination with. After learning some of the truths behind my beauty products, I was discouraged to learn that my seemingly harmless purchases may cause more harm than I would like to admit. Researching ingredients like palm oil made it only more problematic and then I was introduced to the complexities of cruelty-free. Why is it complex? Let’s take a look at the cosmetic industry and animal testing . . . Continue Reading ›