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    DIY // Ombre & Lace Books

    I love old books.  They make for great decor pieces and sometimes you can find them for super cheap.
    Here’s how I spruced up a stack to suit my home decor needs.
    What You’ll Need: Stack of books, Paint Color of Your Choice, White Paint, Lace Ribbon
    Beginning at the bottom, paint your first book in the color you chose.  Be sure to paint the entire top size in case the book on top doesn’t cover the whole area. Working your way up the stack (stack them according to size ahead of time to avoid a mistake), paint each book a slightly lighter shade.  To do this, add more white paint before you move on to the next book.
    Once the books have dried, tie them together with the lace ribbon.  I added a bit a hot glue between each book just to insure they stayed together.

    XO, Kelly

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    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It: DIY Ombre Hair

    This is something that I have wanted to try for months now.  I have wanted ombre hair since I saw it popping up all over my Pinterest feed.  However, I don’t get my hair done often because it can be pretty expensive.  My mom came up with the brilliant idea that there;s probably a tutorial out there on Pinterest somewhere.  Duh!!  Why didn’t I think of that?!  
    Sure enough I found two that I thought had the best results and I would try one of them.  
    One using just some boxed highlights and one using a bleach kit.  

    I chose the box one.  I’m no stranger to dying my own hair, but the thought of bleach made me nervous.
    So my mom came over and we got to work.  
    Both tutorials were pretty much the same, telling you to start below the shoulder for the first round. Rinse and dry.  Then about the last few inches for the second round.  Rinse and dry.  
    Of course, if you have shorter hair, you’ll start higher for your first round.
    Well, unfortunately the box dye did nothing for my hair.  It looked vaguely lighter and that’s about it.  Turns out I had probably gotten the wrong product.  The tutorial had used a highlight kit and I had bought plain ole’ blonde hair dye.  I don’t know much about the make up of each product, but I’m assuming there’s a difference.

    Needless to say, we were very disappointed and I just couldn’t let it go down this way.  Off we went to get the BLEACH!  
    We went through the same process again and I am beyond happy with the results!  
    My only warning when using the bleach is that you READ THE DIRECTIONS.  Everyone’s hair is different.  Be it texture, color, length.  Follow the directions and watch you hair as it processes.  
    It’s a subtle change and I’m loving it.
    THIS is the bleach kit we used.

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    My Easter Nails: Ombre Mani

    I’ve been wanting to try an ombre mani for awhile but never wanted to buy five different shades of the same color.  So I waited until I had somewhat of the same color family and started experimenting.
    Here’s what I worked with:
    It’s not too difficult, you just have to be patient.  
    Mix your colors by adding alternating layers of polish until you reach your desired color.  
    Make sure you don’t let it dry until you reach your color.  
    In between the mixed color nails, do a solid color. 
    I gave my nails a matte finish to look like dyed Easter egg shells! I love NYC Matte finish top coat!