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  1. DIY Concrete Lamp

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    As an interior decorator, I know that so much of the dimension and personality of a space comes from the lighting. But sometimes there’s no lamp that fits the space correctly, or has the right aesthetic, so I decided to take this common design dilemma into my own DIY-ing hands. Let’s hack ourselves a lamp!

    Check out the video above and the steps and images below to get all the dirty deets (and fair warning, you do get a little messy doing this one!) to make an industrial, minimalist-chic cement lamp. The best part is, once you conquer this DIY, there are so many different lamps you could make with the same steps! Just find different molds for the lamp bases and go creatively crazy!

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    PREP IT!

    Milk carton (make sure to save the cap!)

    Light cord kit

    Filament lightbulb

    X-acto knife

    Ruler

    Sharpie

    Water

    Fork

    Scissors

    Electrical Tape

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    Do It!:

    1. Measure your way around the milk carton using a ruler and marker. I measured mine 5 inches. Using the x-acto knife, carefully slice along this line, removing the top of the carton.
    2. Tape around the exterior of the carton with the electrical tape to reinforce the shape and structure. Before you tape down to the bottom, use the x-acto knife to slice into one of the corners, creating a flap that you can pull back.
    3. Pass the plug of the light cord through this flap and keep pulling the cord through until the bulb end is at the top of your carton. Now finish using the electrical tape to reinforce the carton, making sure to tape securely around the flap and seal it as much as possible so no cement leaks out.
    4. Secure the bulb end of the light cord by taping the milk cap over it, so no cement can get in! Then, use thin strips of electrical tape to create a plus sign over the top of the carton, securing the bulb outlet.
    5. Now it’s time to mix up some concrete! Add 1 part water to 4 parts concrete powder and mix with something strong and disposable like a paint stirrer. Mix until fully saturated, adding a little more water if necessary.
    6. Use a fork to scoop the cement into the milk carton, working around the tape strips and light cord. Every couple of scoops, tap the carton on the table to even out the cement and raise any air bubbles to the top.
    7. Fill 3/4 of the way, so just the bulb outlet is uncovered, and let set for 24 hours.
    8. To release your new light base, first remove the tape strips and milk cap from the top. Then, use the x-acto knife to slice into the carton, creating strips you can peel away slowly.
    9. Remove the lamp from the carton completely, screw in a beautiful filament bulb, plug in and voila! Light it up!

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  2. Valentine’s Day Style, 3 Ways

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    #VDay3Way, whoooo!

    Before you get too many ideas about the content of this post, let me assure you it’s actually all about how to put clothes on your body — not take them off. As you’re plenty aware by the general rosy hue of the world around you, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Which means it’s almost time to have a crisis about what to wear on whatever event (or non-event) awaits you on that fateful day of the 14th. But don’t panic yet! There are ways to do this right and even if you don’t look like Gigi Hadid. Shocking, I know.

    In the video above and the pics below, I’ll show you how to style for your notion of sexy, whether you’re painting the town red, (head)banging the night away at a concert, or embracing your cat lady tendencies and spending the night on the sofa with some Netflix.

    Style Studio Outfit Deets:

    Shirt: Free People
    Skirt: Brandy Melville (similar here)
    Shoes: Stella McCartney (similar here)

    Outfit 1: Dinner Date

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    Learn how to DIY a Sock Bun here!

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    Outfit Deets:

    Dress: Aqua

    Jacket: Boutique on Melrose (similar here)

    Shoes: Topshop

    Purse: Vintage (similar here)

    Mr. Kate Accessories: Meteor Cuff, Forest Horizon CuffGeo Diamond Cocktail Ring, Feather Cuff Ring, Cable Chain Ring, Rope Chain Ring

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    Geo Diamond Cocktail Ring

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    Outfit 2: Outdoor Concert

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    Outfit Deets:

    Shirt: H&M (similar here)

    Jacket: Zara (similar here)

    Pants: Zara (similar here)

    Shoes: Bucket Feet (similar here)

    Mr. Kate Accessories: Phases of the Moon Necklace, Starburst Necklace, Geo Diamond Cocktail Ring, Feather Cuff Ring, Cable Chain Ring, Rope Chain Ring

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    Shop the Look!

    Feather Cuff Ring. Unisex. Various Colors.

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    Outfit 3: Netflix & Chill

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    Mr. Kate Logo Hat

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    Outfit deets:

    Sweater: Free People

    Socks: Urban Outfitters

    Mr. Kate Accessories: Freckles BeautyMarks

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    Pussy Panties (set of 2)

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    What do you think of these looks? How do you feel sexy? Comment below! xoxo

  3. Welcome to the Wild: Party Animals Release Lookbook

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    Hey guys! I’m so excited to release the Party Animals out into the wild, where they belong. For those of you who have read A Hot Glue Gun Mess, these rings probably look familiar — that’s because they were inspired by a DIY in the book! (And for those of you who haven’t read it, get a signed copy here!) I just loved the playful spirit and personality of that project so much I had to make them part of the Mr. Kate jewelry collection full time. As follows with such fun pieces, we had a blast putting together a lookbook and video for the release. Check them out and head over to shop.mrkate.com to get your hands an Elegant Elephant, Posh Pig, Turnt Tiger … or all three!

    Major props to our hand model for the pictures, Cecilie Larsen, and the amazing tut hand dancer, Lindiwe Rose who showed off her hand dance moves in the video! (P.S. She’s Tiro’s sister! Talent runs in the family, obvi.) And always, crazy thanks and love to our magical photographer, Taren Maroun!
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    Turnt Tiger

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    Posh Pig

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    Elegant Elephant

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  4. OOTD: Jedi Chic

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    No spoilers for those of you who haven’t seen Star Wars (which, btw, if you haven’t — it’s actually quite good and way girl power friendly), but those Jedis have got powers far beyond their mind-control, lightsaber-wielding and force…fulness. They’ve got mad style skills. I mean, was there anyone who left The Force Awakens and didn’t want to rock Rey’s triple buns (which I have a tutorial for!) or abandon their skinny jeans and tees for white drapey robes and edgy leather accessories?

    Funnily enough, before I even saw the movie, I rocked a mighty similar look when visiting Joey’s family in Florida over the winter break. There is always a way to infuse that Skywalker-spirit into your daywear without going full on costume. A white gauzy romper, leather belt, and statement gladiator sandals were all it took! Plus, this outfit was so comfortable and easy to move around in, I felt ready for an impromptu confrontation with the dark side if it happened to arise! Check out the outfit deets below, lightsaber not included.

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    Outfit Deets:

    Romper: Forever 21 (similar here)

    Belt: Free People

    Shoes: Free People (similar here)

    Mr. Kate accessories: Marquis Crystal Necklace, Starburst Necklace, Worm Cuff

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    Marquis Crystal Necklace

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    starburst necklace. various colors.

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  5. Unconventional Valentine: DIY Puzzle Card

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    MRKATE_2016_Q1_DIY_PUZZLE_PHOTOS_Blog (31 of 31)Ready for some metaphors? Love takes work. It’s all about the right fit. Sometimes things just come together. Kind of like … a puzzle? Never one for a traditional Valentine’s Day card (as I am no traditional Valentine), I wanted to make this year’s message something extra special and simple. So I decided to forgo the visual theatrics and write my message, “We fit together like puzzle pieces,” on an apropos white cardboard jigsaw set.

     For those who don’t believe Valentine’s Day cards need to have pink and red hearts, or for those who simply might not have the time for more elaborate DIYs but don’t want to resort to dollar-store sticker packs, this simple but sweet DIY might be the one for you!

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    White cardboard puzzle
    Calligraphy pen

    Do It!:

    1. Write your message on the puzzle, whether it’s “We fit together like puzzle pieces,” or another punny saying. Break it apart, frame it, get creative with packaging, and give to your loved one!

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  6. DIY Hearts On Your Sleeve Sweatshirt

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    I think most people’s most vivid memories of Valentine’s Day are from elementary school. Decorating a brown paper bag with your name, collecting grocery store valentines from the sometimes begrudging kids in your class, saving the *extra special* ones in your pack for your besties and the boy or girl who caught your eye. And the fashion!! I don’t know at what age it fell out of style to wear big red hearts on your sleeve (and the rest of your shirt) but here and now I’m bringing it back!

    Check out this super fun, simple and playful DIY above, and get all the dirrrrrty details (or not) below! Xoxo
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    Prep It

    Sweatshirt
    Red fabric paintHeart stencil (totes DIY-able!)
    Small foam roller
    Tape
    Scissors
    Cardboard, newspaper, or other thick, flat sheets

    Do It:

    1. Start by drawing a heart on a piece of paper and cutting it out, creating your stencil. You can make the heart as exact as you want (I liked the idea that mind would look like candy hearts) or asymmetrical and slanted … or a mixture! Up to you.
    2. Tape up the seam in your stencil so no paint seeps through.
    3. Dab out some fabric paint on a flat surface and roll the foam roller through it, covering it evenly. Do a few test rolls to make sure it’s the consistency you’d like.
    4. Stuff newspaper, cardboard, or other thick sheets in the body of the sweatshirt to prevent the paint from bleeding through to the back.
    5. Place your stencil, and start rolling! Create any pattern or design you’d like! I covered the front of one sleeve and the body, to make a play on “wearing your heart on your sleeve.”
    6. Let it dry for a couple hours (or overnight) and voila! Wear out on the town, or on the comfort of your sofa, and enjoy!

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  7. Upcycl’d Vintage Suitcase Bar Cart

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    Upcycling is all about weighing the pro’s and con’s. For example — you know what no one needs? An old piece of luggage. You know what everyone needs? A new bar cart. It was that easy to decide to transform a well-past vintage suitcase I found at a flea market (errr, from my future grandma self) into a tropical-chic 192os-inspired DIY bar cart. With a little color palette prompting from some favorite cocktails (and maybe a few sips to kick start the creative process, too), I whipped up this upcycled project in a very … eventful afternoon.

    Watch the video above to see what I’m talking about, and check out the DIY instructions below!
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    Prep It:

    Vintage suitcase
    4 Wood table legs
    4 Table leg top plate brackets
    Fabric (I got mine from an interior decor store, as it’s thicker and heavier)
    2 Strips of leather
    Flat white spray paint with primer
    Gold spray paint
    Black spray paint
    Painter’s tape
    Power drill
    Hot glue gun

    Do It!:

    1. Start by ripping out the interior upholstery of your suitcase. You want to strip it down to just the shell, if possible. If there’s tough glue, scissors can help!
    2. Using the white spray paint, coat the inside and outside of your suitcase fully. You might need more than one coat, depending on the color and texture of your suitcase.
    3. Spray paint the bottom of your table legs gold. Once dry, use painter’s tape to section that off and spray paint the top of the leg black. Make sure to section the same amount off on all of the legs, or they’ll look uneven!
    4. Screw on the table leg brackets to the bottom of the suitcase, and use them to secure the legs.
    5. Now, it’s time to work the inside! Start by gluing the leather strips in the corner between the bottom and top, to act as hinges. This bar cart display looks best if the top is open at a 90 degree angle, so situate your leather strips as necessary to keep it upright.
    6. To upholster with the fabric, start by gluing it to the base of the suitcase, so it lays flat and even. No weird pockets here! Then, work it up the sides, making sure to tuck the edges under before you finish, to give it nice, clean edges.
    7. For the corners, don’t try to maintain the angular shape. Create puckers of fabric, and glue into place. These look so much nicer once the bar cart is full, and leave a lot less room for error while gluing!
    8. For the top part of the bar cart, glue a piece of fabric along the base and down, leaving the edges exposed. Make sure to hem those edges by tucking under, though!
    9. And voila! Fill in with flowers, glasses, your favorite alcohols, other fun accents, and enjoy!

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  8. Grocery Store DIY: Valentine’s Bouquet

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    MRKATE_2016_Q1_DIY_MANFRIENDLY_BOUQUET (2 of 93)There’s a reason flowers and chocolates are the archetypal Valentine’s Day/ Anniversary/ romantic gift. Everybody loves them! I mean, everybody loves pizza too, but I guess that doesn’t look as good on greeting cards. The only problem is, these offerings are so easy to find, in pre-arranged cheesy packaging at the grocery store, that they’re stripped of any sentiment or style.

    But hear me now, your days of Russell Stover are over! We took the obvious grabs from the grocery store (red roses, some tulips, and a couple candies and truffles) and DIY-ed them into February’s Bouquet of the Month. It’s a great gift for any lad or lady in your life … or to yourself! So pass this story along as a not-so-subtle *hint*, and we’ll do the rest of the work for ya. Check out the full DIY below!

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    Prep It:

    Red roses
    Tulips
    Stock flowers
    Heather
    Truffles
    Gummy candies
    Skewers
    Twine
    Brown Paper Bag
    Scissors

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    STEP 1. Of course you gotta start with the roses! Since these aren’t big, statement flowers on their own, I recommend following the rule of 3. Start by bundling together 3 of the most beautiful roses with a few leaves of foliage. Voila! This baby will be the center that you build your bouquet around.

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    STEP 2. Now add your second group of flowers! I used the stock flowers this time, continuing with the rule of 3 and layering them evenly by the roses.

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    STEP 3. Add filler flowers and greens throughout, in sets of 3! Your bouquet will be starting to fill out now. If you think it looks all one height, layer the depths of the flowers to give dimension.

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    STEP 4. Pull in your last few flowers for how you want your core bouquet to look. It’s all repetition from here out. I chose 3 gorgeous tulips, as their vibrant colors balance the red of the roses brilliantly. Don’t worry about the stems being uneven lengths! You’ll end up trimming them anyways.

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    STEP 5. Okay, time to repeat! Start over with the roses and follow the exact pattern you just went through until you’re happy with the size of the bouquet. I used all of mine because bigger is better, eh?


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    STEP 6. Time to wrap it up. Use twine or other thick string to gather and tie your bouquet. At this point, if any flowers start to fall out or look superfluous, you can pluck them out.

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    STEP 7. As if this bouquet could get any sweeter, you’re now going to sugar coat it with some super cute candies. Use wood skewers to poke through your candy pieces, making lollipop-like fixtures. We used some gummy candy in the shapes of hearts and kisses.

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    STEP 8. This bouquet wouldn’t be complete without some chocolate! Cut a long piece of twine and tie it around some wrapped truffles, making a garland to wrap around the bouquet.

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    STEP 9. Time to put it all together! Trim the bottom of your bouquet now to get it nice and even.


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    STEP 10. Place your candy-topped stems and other sweets in the bouquet. Just push them in carefully between the flowers.

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    STEP 11. Can’t let that grocery bag go to waste! Reuse it by cutting off a strip to act as the sleeve of your bouquet.

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  9. DIY Negative Space Neon Nail Art

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    I love the idea of neon in winter! Just a pop of color in combo with one of the hottest trends in nail art – the negative space manicure – and you’ve got yourself something exciting and chic. It feels good to see just a slice of something bright on a dreary winter day.

    This look takes two of the most bold nail looks — neon and nude (because not doing your nails is definitely a statement look, too!) — and marries them in a modern, geometric way. Best of all, it only takes a few minutes! By the time you’re done reading this post, you might have unlocked the secret to #manimondays for the rest of your life, just saying. Have fun!

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    Prep It:

    Office tape or painter’s tape
    Neon Coral Nail Polish
    Nail Polish brush
    Gel base coat
    Gel top coat
    UV Light Kit

    Do It:

    1. Prep your nails by shaping them and applying a base coat.
    2. Once the base coat is dry, use small (about 1 inch long) pieces of tape (could be clear paper tape or painter’s tape) to section off the parts of your nails that you’d like to stay bare. It’s important to use the straight edges of the tape, as opposed to the ridged edge where it was torn. But, if you’d like an edgier, rougher look, playing around with the line texture could be cool!
    3. Make sure the tape is tight on your nails, and there are no visible air bumps around the edge. It helps to press it down and rub it a few times. I chose to place my tape in varying horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines on each nail.
    4. Now let’s bring in the color! Use a nail brush to paint on some of the neon (or whatever color you’d like) polish. Make sure to always paint in the grain of the tape edge — down and away, never up and towards. I found it helpful to use the nail brush because it’s more exact and doesn’t hold as much polish, so the chances of goops or some stray seeping under the tape are minimized however the tape does allow you to be sloppy so don’t get stressed!
    5. Let this color dry and remove the tape to reveal a nice clean line. Seal with a coat or two of top coat to prolong the life of your manicure.

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    Cable Chain Ring

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    Shop the Look!

    Feather Cuff Ring. Unisex. Various Colors.

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  10. Mirror, Mirror DIY Valentine’s Day Card

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    Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or 75% all candy on February 15th, you can’t deny, this time of year is all about spreading the good vibes. I like to channel my loving energy into some cute DIY cards. Thinking not just of romantic love, but my friends and family too, I made a graphic to say the things I’m always thinking. Never thought I’d quote a One Direction song but it’s time to celebrate what makes you BEAUTIFUL babes!

    All this card needs are some mirrors to give it a pinch of pun and a glamorous glimmer and you’re set! Fly like cupid! Spread the love and positive reinforcement! Valentine’s Day vibes for everyone!

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    Prep It:

    Mr. Kate Printable Valentine Graphic

    Craft Paper

    Scissors

    E6000 Glue

    Glue

    Twine

    Mirrored Tiles

    Optional: 5×7′ canvas

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    Do It!

    1. Download and cut out the Valentine graphic.

    2. If you want to back it on a canvas (which is sturdier and better for hanging), wrap and cover the canvas in decorative and colorful paper. Glue into place.

    3. Glue the graphic onto its backing. Arrange the mirrored tiles into one big heart, a few smaller hearts, or an abstract shape. Like love — it’s different for each personal, and equally beautiful each way!

    4. Use the 3600 glue to secure the mirrored tiles into place.

    5. Measure a length of twine and glue (using the E6000) to the back of the Valentine, securing into place with another piece of craft paper.

    6. Hang up, give to a loved one, and spread the good Valentine’s vibes!

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    Why Not Ring Set


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    Download this hand-drawn graphic here!

    And some other layout ideas… I free-form heart shape or three small hearts…

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    Treasure Cuff


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  11. DIY Beauty Oasis Bathroom Makeover

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    Show of hands — who has ever found themselves shoving their beauty essentials into a zip-top baggie with the intention of making themselves up at red light stops during a stressful commute? I know I have … and I know I never want to again. Taking care of yourself and making yourself up should feel special. Treat yourself well … you’re the only you you’ve got!

    That’s why I decided to make over my guest bathroom into a total beauty oasis. The space, which had been an odd combination of bare, yet cluttered, was given all new decor, and I gave myself some new good-for-you makeup and beauty supplies to round the experience out. A total refresh, if you will. And it feels fantastic.

    The key: is identifying a color palette but not being afraid to mix patterns and textures like I did with the floral shower curtain, black and white rug and a variety of towels. Watch the video above to see the full transformation!

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    Decor deets:

    Marble Toothbrush holder
    Decorative Gold Box
    Gold Foil toothbrush holder
    Nate Berkus Textured White Vase
    Nate Berkus Woven Hyacinth Basket
    Fringe Woven Stool
    Woven Tray
    Soap Dispenser
    Black and White Accent Rug
    Waste Basket
    Glass Jar
    Antler Decor
    Anchor Hooks

    Beauty Supplies:

    Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner
    African Black Soap
    Pixi Glow Tonic
    Laneige BB Cushion
    Laneige Skin Brightening Cream
    Sonia Kashuk Brush Set
    Method Hand Wash

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  12. Let’s Get Physical: Fitness Tracker Review

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    As my fitness tracking bracelet became a prominent feature in my life, so too did it start to make regular appearances in my Snapchats, Instagrams, and other social media. A lot of people have been asking me about the particular bracelet I use, so I thought it would be good to give you alllllll the dirty deets. An exercise exposé, if you will!

    Here is my review of the trackers I have experience with…

    1. The Jawbone Up2 My first initiation into the world of fitness tracking was with the Up 2. Though I’ve upgraded to the Up 3 recently, the Up 2 was the perfect entry-level bracelet. It’s very thin and low-profile, which can be nice if you want to have a more upscale look on, but with the amazing color options (hello, eggplant and gold!) this piece is practically jewelry itself. The price is nice too since it retails for under $100. The charge lasts for 7-10 days (someone get iPhones that technology) and my experience syncing it with the app, Up by Jawbone, were great. The reason I got the Up2 over the Fitbit was all the reviews I read saying the app was super easy to use. The Up2 doesn’t have a screen but since I’m on my phone alll the time anyways, it’s easy to check in on the app to see my step progress. I loved that I could be on a team with my friends on the app so we can see each other’s steps and virtually cheer or comment. I also became obsessed with the sleep tracker, an automatic part of the band/app, that lets you know how long you slept and how much of it was REM vs. deep sleep etc. (although the Up3 tells you more about your sleep – more on that below). The band itself has three little light icons that tell you a minimal amount of info, for example there’s a little running man that glows halfway if you’ve only walked half your goal steps. Overall, I really loved the Up 2! Its accurate counting, easy function, and low-key fashion all got me addicted to the world of fitness tracking.

    2. Which is why I needed to upgrade! Enter the Jawbone Up 3, which both Joey and I currently have. This design is slightly thicker than the Up 2, but it has more features — namely the heart rate monitor. At first I was confused because I thought it was going to function like the heart rate monitors that you wear when you work out – that reads your active heart rate and shows you instantaneously on a watch or workot machine screen. The Up3’s monitor does not work like that, instead, the tiny sensors on the inside of the band take random, periodic readings of your pulse thus letting you know (on the app) what your resting heart rate is throughout the day and night. This can help you determine environmental stressors or dietary changes that are benefiting or bullying your body. You’ll notice what effect caffine or stress has on your heart. Interestingly, my heart rate goes up at weird times of the night when I’m sleeping – maybe I’m having some scary-ass dreams?

    You have to wear the Up3 band tightly to register your heart rate though, which can leave some painless but visible little indents when you take off the band. Joey and I love using the Smart Alarm function that allows you set alarms that will wake you up at *precisely* the best time for your brain because it gauges when you’re in the lightest level of sleep. The wake-up is pretty chill too because it just buzzes on your wrist and doesn’t make a sound. You just tap it to turn off the alarm. The charge doesn’t last as long as the Up2 but still around 5 days, which is a lot. Oh yeah, and if you input your diet into the app, your Up 3 will buzz to remind you to drink more water, or if you’ve been idle for too long, etc. It’s basically your mom … in a fitness bracelet. Overall, I’m really happy with the Up3 and it’s really changed the way I approach fitness and sleep. I am getting a little sick of the color that I have and I wish I could change out the band, like you can do with the Fitbit.

    3. The Fitbit – Mr. Kate team member, Sofia has the Fitbit. Her Swedish aesthetic senses appreciate the simplicity of the design, but she thinks it’s not as jewelry-like as some of the other brands. One of the most famous traits of the Fitbit, which is also one of the best, is that you can tap it to see your steps and progress throughout the day by the little dots. No need to pull out your phone to check it! But if you do pull out your phone, the app (which, like Up, can be used without the corresponding bracelet) has challenges you can participate in, and food, water, and sleep monitoring.

    4. Some other fitness trackers. These, I haven’t had direct experience with but have some friends who have them or have read other reviews – basically this is a list of reasons why I didn’t get these. The Apple Watch, which Joey likes for its super sleek design, but doesn’t hold a charge for much more than a day, also I’m not down with the size of it always on my wrist. The Mira, which is well-loved by bloggers for its jewelry-like design and the one I allllmost got, but was dissuaded by the reports of inconsistent step tracking, and the Up 4, which you can sync with an American Express card to pay in stores – maybe a little too high-tech for me at the moment.

    So, tell me, do you have a fitness tracker bracelet? If so, which one? What do you like or dislike about it? Let’s have a kiki in the comments!

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    Bonus! I have so much fun styling my Up 3 with lots of different Mr. Kate jewelry looks. Some of my faves to layer it with are the Forest Horizon Cuff, Treasure Cuff, Worm Cuff, and WEIRD Cuff!

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    Treasure Cuff

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  13. We’re Nominated for a Shorty Award! We Need Your Vote!

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    IMG_4196Go shorty, it’s … not your birthday, but it’s a very exciting day nonetheless! The Mr. Kate team has been nominated for a Shorty Award!! We’re honored to be recognized in the DIY Category, along with some of our favorite bloggers, YouTubers and creators.

    How do we win, exactly? Well, that’s where you come in!…

    mrkate_shorty_awardsFollowing this link, you can vote for Mr. Kate once a day until February 18 11:59 PM EST (plus an extra vote if shared on Facebook or Twitter!) and do your civic service as my favorite people ever!! Seriously speaking, it’s such a joy to be able to live my creative dream every day and do all these fun DIYs. And without all of you, wanting to read, share, and do them, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun or possible at all! One big group of creative weirdos, as I like to say.

    I’ve rounded up 7 of my favorite DIYs, which you can see in the collage above and check out below!

    1. DIY Decoupaged Coffee Table
    2. DIY Jewelry Roll
    3. DIY Hologram Nail Art
    4. DIY Geometric Air Plant Cages
    5. DIY Jeweled Socks
    6. DIY Cat Print Pants
    7. DIY Hair Bow Bun

    Vote for Mr. Kate here!

  14. Fashion Risk: The Color Nude

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    MRKATE_2016_Q1_NudeOOTD_Blog (101 of 158)For today’s fashion risk, I’m taking a cue from the great Lady Godiva. That’s right, I’m going NUDE!

    Okay, so maybe that was a little misleading. What I meant is that I’m letting the most fearsome color, a just-off-your-skintone beige, lead the way in my OOTD. Most people (myself, prior to this excursion, included) are weary of nude. It’s not always flattering, can wash you out, and is not easy to wear. But if the Kardashians can make skintight nude latex dresses a legitimate option for evening wear, I can certainly try my hand at styling this high-risk, high-reward color.

    The 3 keys to styling the color nude:

    1. Choose a nude with a slight pink hue over a yellow hue which is universally more flattering.
    2. Go with a bold solid black to bring contrast to your look, like I did here with the black tights.
    3. Layer your nudes. Nude is a subtle color so play with that and add different shades of nude in your lip color, shoes, bag, etc.

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    Outfit Deets:

    Dress: Love Culture (Similar here)

    Belt: Forever 21

    Tights: Not Too Tights

    Shoes: Dolce Vita (Similar here)

    Sunglasses: Madewell

    Purse: DIY Leather Envelope Clutch

    Mr. Kate Accessories: Treasure Ear Cuff, Geo and Spike Earrings, Rope Chain Earrings, Geo Diamond Cocktail Ring, Dreamcatcher Lattice Ring, Cable Chain Ring, Colette Mini Rose Ring, Basics Mixed Metal Rings

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    Geo and Spike Earrings


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  15. Best Places Ever: Bahamas House Tour

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    My vacation in the Bahamas, as incredibly fun and full of adventure as it was, presented me with a conundrum I’d never encountered before. The house we were in was just so beautiful, I was remiss to leave its flawlessly decorated interiors to travel to the beach or out to dinner. Here I was, on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, and all I wanted to do was stay indoors!

    Well, with a house like that, can you blame a interior-design-obsessed girl? I decided a beauty like this deserved its own dedicated video. Click play above and let me be your tour guide through this inspiring abode, and check out all the pictures below for some prime Pinterest game.

    PS the amazing design was done by Christina Murphy Interiors

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    To see more of the island where this house is located, watch our Travel Diary here!

  16. DIY Geometric Air Plant Cages

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    Time for our daily Swedish lesson! These geometric cages are commonly called Himmeli, which comes from the Swedish word himmel, which means sky or the heavens (we have an in-office Swede in Sofia, our DIY, graphic designing, photographer fairy who translated). What a fitting name! They’re light and airy, and once DIY-ed and decorated with air plants, crystals, or other ethereal accents, look absolutely divine.

    I was so excited to try my hand at sculpting some of these angular angels … and they came out amazing! This DIY isn’t difficult, but it’s definitely methodical, so make sure to watch the video above and check out the instructions and diagram below!
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    PREP IT!

    Thin gold tube, Ruler, Sharpie, Fishing wire, Thin nose pliers, Wire cutter

    DO IT!

    1. Cut 9 pieces of tubing, 3 long and 6 shorter. They don’t all have to be the same lengths, though! Play with proportions to get different shapes and angles.

    2. String the wire through 2 of the longest pieces and a shorter piece, then tie, forming a triangle.

    3. Add a second shorter piece, and the last of the long ones. It should be shaped like a V at this point. Tie together at the bottom.

    4. Add two of the shorter pieces to the top, hinging from the mouth of the v and facing the opposite direction of the long pieces. Tie together. Your cage should now be taking more substantial shape.

    5. Use the excess wire from the previous step to add the two final pieces — one piece to complete the tip of the cage, and one piece to connect the two sides.

    6. Make sure everything is tied tightly, then add a long wire to the top to hang the cage from. Fill with an air plant, crystal, or other decorative piece, and hang!

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  17. Upcycl’d: DIY Wide Striped Wicker Bookshelf

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    MrKate_2016_Q1_UPCYCLD_NO1_striped_shelf (59 of 78)Introducing:

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    Upcycl’d!

    I’m so excited about Upcycl’d, our first new series of 2016. It’s all about being generous with that refreshing spirit, and giving new life to furniture and home decor pieces that have, to put it gently, seen better days. Basically I’m the DIY fairy godmother and this wicker bookshelf is my Cinderella. There might not be princely smooches or midnight fleeing from grandiose estates (in this episode, at least), but I can promise a stunning transformation and a fairytale ending that’ll make you believe in magic. The magic of upcycling, that is.

    Click play above to watch the transformation, and get all the DIY deets below! Also stay tuned for more fun transformations from the Upcyl’d series!

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    Wicker bookshelf (I found mine in a thrift store!)

    White spray paint with primer

    Black spray paint

    Painter’s tape

    Protective paper

    Faux flowers

    Hot glue gun and glue sticks

    MRKATE_2016_Q1_Upcycld_Supply_GluegunMrKate_2016_Q1_UPCYCLD_NO1_striped_shelf (3 of 78)Do It!:

    1. Get your bookshelf ready for its glamorous transformation with a coat or two of white spray paint with primer. If you can, remove the shelves for this step and paint them separately.
    2. Using a handy combination of protective paper and painter’s tape, cover the areas of the bookshelf that you’d like to stay white. It helps to put the shelves back in for this step, so you can tape them off and plan for them as they will be seen.
    3. Stripe it up! Using black spray paint, work carefully along the exposed parts of the bookshelf. Make sure to paint the insides, underneaths of the shelves, and outsides! There are a lot of spaces to cover here, so make sure you’ve hit them all. If the back of your bookshelf is going to show, carry on the striping all around. If it’s not, there’s no need!
    4. Wait until the paint is dry and remove your tape and paper.
    5. Gather white faux flowers, either in bunches, or as individuals. Cut the stems off the flowers and start grouping them on top of the bookshelf, imagining how you’d like them to be placed.
    6. Once you have an idea in mind, plug in that hot glue gun and get to work! I wanted my flowers to have a cascading effect, so I bundled the larger blooms on the top and had the smaller ones drip down the sides.
    7. And you’re done! Fill it up with shoes, books, or any stylish object you’d like to put on display.

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  18. Beauty Tutorial: Not Your Mother’s Neutrals

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    MrKate_2016_Q1_Makeup_SmokeyEye (50 of 53)Wearing neutral makeup is by no means a new concept. It’s a well-loved, and often-utilized trick by beauty bloggers, Kardashian-Jenners, and pretty much everyone with a face because … it works! But just because the colors aren’t edgy or shocking themselves doesn’t mean they can’t be used in innovative ways to produce jaw-dropping results. It’s all about the power of imagination and in this case, metallics!

    The look I’m showing you today, is a take on neutrals that’s a little more dramatic. Using metallic shadow and unexpected eyeliner techniques gave my makeup enough oomph to stand out, without overpowering my casual, daytime ensemble. It’s the best of both worlds, really! And since this is the time to refresh and try something new, why not experiment with your beauty game?

    Prep It:

    Smashbox Shadow Primer
    Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
    e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner
    Sigma EO5 Eyeliner Brush
    Sephora Lash Curler
    Eyeko Mascara
    Ardell Lash Accents
    Hourglass Arch Brow Shaping Pencil
    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit
    Mac “Please Me” Lipstick
    Sonia Kashuk Lip Definer in Natural

    Do It!:

    1. Prep your eyelids with some Smashbox shadow primer. This really helps the pigment stay put all day, and gives the color a boost. Make sure to set your primer with a little translucent face powder.
    2. Give your skin a glow with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, which gives tones to both contour and highlight. I use the bronzer under my cheekbones and around the perimeter of my face. Then I use the pink blush on the apples of my cheeks and some highlight on the tops of my cheekbones and brow bone.
    3. Using the Naked 2 Palette, apply Bootycall all over your lids up to your brow, Verve in the inner corners on the ‘v’ of your tear duct, and Pistol in the crease, on outer top lid, and smudged along lower lash line. A trick to intensify the pigment is to wet your brush with water before dipping into the eyeshadow, giving it an almost liquid metal effect.
    4. Line your eyes with e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner, using the Sigma Eyeliner brush to apply. The combo of cream eyeliner and this sleek brush gives a smooth, dark line. To grunge up the look, gently line down to the very inner point of your eye as close as possible to your tear duct without actually poking your eye out. I did a cat eye (you can see my tutorial here!), but this look would work with lots of different eyeliner options
    5. Now, for the lashes! I curled mine with a Sephora curler, then applied Eyeko mascara and then some accent lashes on the outer edges to add drama and dimension. I love the accent lashes because they bring my down-turned eyes up and out.
    6. Gotta focus on the eyebrows next. Fill them in with a pencil, I used the Hourglass Brow Shaping Pencil, but leave them a little natural by feathering the pencil lines with the attached spoolie brush.
    7. Finish it all off with the lips. Line with a nude color (I really like Sonia Kashuk’s Lip Definer in Natural) and fill with a muted pink like Mac’s Please Me. And voila!

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    See the difference the accent lashes make? Left eye has them the other doesn’t.

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