05, 10, 2015

DIY Iced Coffee

Three weeks later, and hello everyone!

Long time no speak.
I’m very excited to be sharing this post today since I have been badgered since the birth of my blog to write about coffee. Even though my blog is called Coffee and Sunday, I am not an expert at coffee whatsoever. I definitely couldn’t tell you about all the rich flavors of coffee or tell you the different espresso drinks you should try.  But one thing I really love is iced coffee. My go to drink is a venti iced coffee with 5 pumps of white mocha at Starbucks! It has the coffee kick, but with delicious sweetness embedded.

Ever since I started nursing school, I’ve been so sleep deprived. Usually I’ll result to getting my iced coffee from Starbucks as a morning pick me up, but I have classes at 8:00 A.M. sharp and have absolutely no time to wait in the long lines at Starbucks. As a result, I had to learn to make my own coffee. I have created an easy, 5 minute routine to making a delicious cup of iced coffee.

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To start off, you will need: a kettle, a french press (fantastic one here), ground coffee of your choice and your choice of sweetener if you desire.

Follow these 6 simple steps for a perfect cup of iced coffee:

  1. Boil 5 – 6 cups of water.
  2. Add 6 tablespoons of your choice of grounded coffee into french press.
  3. Add the boiled water into the french press to one inch below the top of the press.
  4. Leave the mixture to sit for 24 hours in the fridge.
  5. Pull the press from the fridge, and push down all the way on the press.
  6. Pour your coffee into a cup of ice and add your choice of sweeter to taste, and enjoy!

 

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Hopefully this was useful to my iced coffee lovers out there. Making your own coffee definitely saves a lot of time and money. I’d love to hear of any of your own coffee tips. Until next time!



30, 08, 2015

DIY Tie Dye T-Shirt Dresses

Hello lovelies!

One of my favorite pieces of clothing, if not my absolute favorite, are t-shirt dresses. They are so comfortable and casual, yet they can make you look more put together than a normal pair of shorts and tee. My favorite place to get t-shirt dresses is Brandy Melville – the material is so soft and comfy, but their clothing can be quite pricey for something so simple. I found the inspiration to try to make my own t-shirt dress while browsing through Instagram a few months back. I saw a post of a girl wearing a tie dye t-dress from LF. Knowing this, the dress probably was a bit pricey. It looked so simple to make that I thought I should give it a try.

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So today I present to you, DIY tie dye t-shirt dresses! These are super easy to make and very affordable. A store bought t-shirt dress would usually cost between $15 – $50. With this DIY, you could make 9 different t-shirt dresses for less than $15. All you will need is:

  • Large Men Crew Neck T-Shirts (9 for $12.47 at Walmart)
  • Tie Dye Kit – includes gloves, rubber bands, and dyes (on sale at Micheals for $2.47)
  • extra rubber bands if needed
  • trash bags for protected surface

Please not that this DIY may work best for shorter people. Since I am using T-Shirts as a dress, some may not be able to pull off a t-shirt as a dress simply due to height differences.

Before starting to dye your t-shirts, make sure you have a good setup that will protect your belongings and surfaces from the dyes. Using plastic trash bags, tear them in half to create easily disposable protectors.

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There are many different designs you can do with tie dye. I personally love the spiral look, but feel free to look up tutorials on various designs. This is your chance to get really creative with your dress!

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When you’ve finished dying your shirts, leave them to dry in their tied positions for 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove the rubber bands and air dry your shirts or throw your shirts in to the dryer for a few minutes to remove wrinkles. You may see that the colors from the dye are too bright. If you’d like to mute the colors, or give your shirts a fading effect, leave your t-shirt out in the sun for a few hours.

Almost there! Now it’s time to cut off the sleeves. This is definitely optional and just depends if you like the muscle tee look. I decided to cut the sleeves to my shirts that had bolder colors, and leave the sleeves on my t-shirts that were more faded. Cutting the sleeves off the t-shirt may take some practice. If you have an old t-shirt at hand, I recommend using it to practice on. Once you get the desired shape, use the practice t-shirt as a template to cut the sleeves on your newly dyed shirts. Make sure to fold the final shirt in half to ensure the sleeves are even.

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And you are done! Here are three of the t-designs I made. You can really dress the t-shirt dresses up or down simply by using make up and accessories. The dresses may be short when you lift your arms, but just wear shorts underneath and you’ll be fine! You can easily tuck the dresses into a pair of shorts too to give a muscle tee look.

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I know the dresses may appear short on me, but I do have a very small torso and long legs. These dresses fit nicely on me, and are so easy for me to throw on when I need to go out for a little bit. I hope you found this DIY useful!
I also start nursing school tomorrow! So please be patient with me and my blog. I am trying my very hardest to have a new post up every Sunday, but adjusting to nursing school will definitely be a challenge this semester!



23, 08, 2015

Oil Based Skin Care Routine

Happy Sunday everyone!

If you are a lover of beauty products like myself, you cannot forget how important it is to take care of your skin! You only get one body during a lifetime, and it’s very important to take care of it, including the skin!

I have had dry skin ever since I was a little girl. I remember I would scratch myself so much to the point of scabs forming. My mom even had to give me lots of oatmeal baths because my itching was a huge problem. Now, this could have been something more than a dry skin issue, but as I grew older I learned the importance of moisturizing my skin. That included my face. I use to have dry patches quite often, or even flakes of skin showing through my foundation. This was a HUGE insecurity of mine, and I knew I needed to resolve the problem right away. Soon enough I discovered the wonderful effects of oils.

Oils are usually related to shininess, acne, and problematic skin. But using oils in your daily routine can make a huge difference. I would definitely classify my skin as normal – dry skin, so oils do wonders for me. But even if your skin type is combination or oily, definitely give these oil treatments a try. Here are 4 easy access products that you can use in your daily routine to have healthy glowing skin!

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1. Argan oil

I love argan oil. It’s the first type of skincare oil I was introduced to and I swear by it. I got my bottle of Nature Republic’s Argan Oil during my trip from Korea. One of the greatest things about oils, besides its amazing effects, is that it lasts forever. I got this bottle in March, and 5 months later, it’s still more than half full. I use my argan oil as a night cream. Right before I go to bed, I take 3-4 small drops of oil in my hand, warm it in up by rubbing my palms together, and start to massage the oil onto my face. The oil starts sinking into the skin within a few minutes. When you wake up the next day, you’ll have cheeks as soft as a baby’s bottom! A good alternative is the Josie Maran line of oils.

2. cleansing oil

Like most people, I use to always take my make up off with a make up wipe. I never really enjoyed this method, as I was always tugging on my skin to get the last traces of make up off and my skin felt so stripped afterwards. And then I discovered cleansing oil. All you have to do is take 2 pumps of oil on your dry hands, rub your palms together, and start rubbing the oil on your dry face. Your face and eye make up will start to dissolve within a few seconds. Splash your face with warm water and you’re done! If you’re new to cleansing oils, I highly recommend the Garnier Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil. This is a fantastic oil that melts all my make up away, even waterproof mascara, and leaves my skin moisturized. You can find it at any drug store for $5 – $8, maybe even less with a coupon. I’m currently using the Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Rich Oil, which feels much lighter and smoother on my skin. Taking my make up off has never been so easy and quick. It literally takes me less than 2 minutes to go from a face full of make up to clean, bare skin.

3. baby oil

I actually learned this trick from Niomi Smart. If you hate lotion like me, you might like this oil alternative. But again, maybe you won’t since most people do not like the oily feeling after applying lotion. Baby oil is so affordable though, and again, it’s a great oil to moisturize your skin with! After you shower, rub some of the baby oil across your arms, legs and shoulders. I highly recommend using the baby oil after a night time shower. The oil will take some time to fully absorb into your skin, and what better way then while you’re sleeping. You’ll wake up with velvet smooth skin.

4. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a super versatile oil. Of course it’s a healthier alternative to use when cooking, but it’s also a miracle worker for your beauty regimen. You could use the oil for your skin, but it does wonders for your hair! Although this isn’t part of your “skin care routine”, using coconut oil as a hair mask once a week will keep your hair well conditioned and silky soft. Before a shower, melt some coconut oil and apply it towards middle and ends of your hair. You want to avoid your roots since most of your natural oils are in this area already. Tie your hair up in a low bun, and leave the oil in for 20 – 25 minutes. After time is up, hop in the shower and wash the oil away. You’ll be left with beautifully soft hair that smells super lovely.

I hope these tips were of some use to you! Again, if you’ve never tried using oils before in your skincare/hair care routine, I highly recommend it! Until next time!




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