Arm Band DIY


I've got a feeling I'm going to be wearing this piece just about every day this summer. This is my first go around, but I'm sure I'll make a whole lot more of these in different looks and styles, and I'll be sure to share the process with you. When making your own, be creative with the chains and placement; there's no wrong way to do this!

supplies: different strands of chain, jewelry pliers, thin elastic, and needle and thread.

Begin by choosing the base chain. This is the piece that will wrap around your arm. Next, take other chains and with the jewelry pliers, attach them to the base chain. I chose to attach three chains in the form of a U shape, with the outside chain being the longest and the inner chain the shortest. Lastly, attach the chains together with the thin elastic. The elastic will prevent the chain from sliding down throughout the day.

Coffee Diaries // Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans


Chocolate covered espresso beans are a life saver when you're on the go especially when traveling and camping in the summer. Don't get me wrong, I can survive without a cup of coffee in the morning, but I'm much more pleasant to be around after I've had a cup or two. ;) This recipe will be a go to over the next few months as wedding season starts to pick up.

Here's how you can make your own!

1 cup organic espresso beans
3/4 cup organic chocolate chips
1 tbsp organic milk *optional
cocoa powder *optional

Begin heating the chocolate and milk on the stove top on low heat. Continually stir the chocolate to prevent it from burning. Once it's completely melted, stir in the espresso beans. After the beans are covered in chocolate, take them out one by one with a fork and allow them to cool on a sheet of wax paper. I prefer mine to just have plain chocolate, but for an extra chocolatey flavor, roll the beans in cocoa powder before the chocolate has dried. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until chocolate completely hardens. Store in a sealable container in a cool place.

Clean Living // Organic Foundation Recipe


Whipping up homemade makeup concoctions have been one of my favorite parts of this clean living series. What's nice about this particular recipe is that it's ideal for absorbing oil, which is helpful as the weather starts to warm up. Plus, as always, there are no chemicals that are harsh on your sensitive skin.


Arrowroot Powder
Cocoa Powder
Green clay
nutmeg (optional)

Begin by mixing together equal parts of arrowroot powder and green clay. I did half of a cup of each. Then, mix in a small amount of cocoa powder. This is to determined by your own skin complexion and how dark you'd like the foundation to be.

To use, apply with a soft makeup brush evenly throughout your face, highlight your T zone, and work outwards.

*This recipe produces a 'green' tint when first applied, but will disappear once it's set onto your skin.