Festival Fashion DIY | Demi Flower Crowns

DIY Flower Crown

My recent obsession with festival inspired fashion resulted in a fun little project this past weekend. Last week I posted a boho festival look from Forever 21 and realized that a festival look is not really a festival look without a flower crown. With just fresh flowers, floral wire, floral tape, scissors and a wire cutter, I was able to create an adorable demi flower crown in just 20 minutes.

DIY Flower Crowns

How to Create Your Own Half Flower Crown

1. Cut your flowers so the stems are 1 1/2 inches long. 2. Measure the circumference of your head and cut your wire twice the length needed. Create your wire loop to the size of your head and use the extra length to wrap around the loop again for stability. 3. Place one of your center flowers on  your wire loop and use the floral tape to attach the stem to the wire. 4 Place another flower behind your first flower and tape that stem to the wire as well. Continue this process until you have that side completed. Repeat the process for the other side by placing a flower next to your center flower (the heads of the flowers should be facing each other) and working your way down that side of the wire. Cover the exposed wire in the back with floral tape, and voila you’re done!

DIY Flower Crowns

In case you missed it, you can check out my festival inspired outfit post from last week here. Forever 21’s festival collection is amazing and is available now in store and online.

DIY | Homemade Lip Lovin’ by Michelle Pino of Skana Spa


The Winter months can cause some unappealing beauty side effects such as nasty, chapped lips. Everyone loves a new lip balm but many of the products currently on the market contain a handful of chemicals that nobody should want near their mouth. However, there is a solution, with ingredients you very well may have in your kitchen that will be both natural and cost effective.

Why Most Lip Balms Don’t Work

The truth is, those lip balms we buy at the drug store don’t condition lips long term. They provide temporary relief, thanks to ingredients like camphor and methol. It was once thought that these ingredients healed skin, but in fact, they actually dry it out. Before you know it, you’re in for a vicious cycle of apply-reapply. That’s how people can become “addicted” to lip balm.

The Disgusting Truth

The bad stuff doesn’t stop there. Most store bought balms contain fillers such as synthetic wax, mineral oil, and petroleum. These ingredients sit on your lips and don’t penetrate the skin surface to moisturize. The worst part, many of these ingredients are also used for industrial purposes such as drilling and engine manufacturing. Who wants that near their mouths?

The Homemade Solution

Once I learned the real story behind store bought balms, I considered the idea of making my own at home. And surprise, it’s easy and fun! For less than $15 you can have all the tools and ingredients needed to make a long lasting supply.

What You Will Need…

1 Tablespoon – Pure Cocoa or Shea Butter (available at health food stores)

1 Tablespoon – Pure Avocado, Almond or Jojoba Oil (or all three combined)

1 Teaspoon – Honey, Agave Nectar or Cocoa Powder (optional, for flavour)

Jar or tin for storing lip balm

Begin by warming cocoa or shea butter in a small, stainless steel saucepan over the lowest heat setting. This may take 20-30 minutes, depending on the initial softness of the butter. Stir until melted and remove from heat. Add honey and oil(s), stirring until thoroughly mixed. Transfer to jar or tin and let stand for 4 hours in a cool, dry place. Voila! Your very own homemade lip balm with the conditioning of all-natural ingredients

About Michelle Pino…

Michelle PinoMichelle Pino is the Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise and all things related to skin care. If you have any comments or questions for Michelle, feel free to contact her at

DIY | The “So Sasha” Detox Water Recipe

So Sasha detox water

We have entered into the second week of the new year and by now, if you haven’t already, you are realizing your continued lethargy, puffiness and weight gain caused by excessive eating and drinking, in addition to sleep deprivation from the oh so joyous holiday season – a recipe for disaster in my books. I kid you not, I need an extra pair of hands and copious amounts of olive oil to squeeze into any pair of jeans in my closet. Let’s just be honest, most people have raced to their nearest Goodlife gym and signed up for a membership, vowed to quit smoking/cut down on drinking/eliminate carbs, etc soon as January 1st  hit as part of their New Year’s “Resolutions”, which I am now calling New Year’s “Delusions”. We have all heard it over and over again, that these things MUST be lifestyle changes not quick fixes and I have learned over the years, the hard way, that going full throttle by cutting all the bad stuff right away and immediately adding a ton of exercise (especially if you have not seen a gym for the entire previous year) you will just end up right back here at the beginning of 2014. One of things I would like to focus on is maintaining better health through my diet (I once used to be a Vegan and was at my healthiest during that time).  Take a time out and think about some of your lifestyle goals for yourself, not only for this year but for the rest of your life. Write them down so you are accountable and don’t get discouraged if you have a bad day and fall off track. Just make sure the next day is better.

Based on feedback from some of my followers, I have decided to share some of my healthy choices in hopes to inspire you to try something new and would love for you to share with me some of the things you are doing. Taking things slow, I am adding a 4 day detox this week, while still eating food… so nothing major. I don’t want to shock my system or doing anything too drastic just yet. This is basically a jump-start or rebound, if you will, from the last month of mayhem. Enter the So Sasha Detox Water recipe.

So Sasha Detox Water

So Sasha detox water

Not only does this concoction act as a detox but it also helps you maintain a flat belly…

What you will need:

8 1/2 cups of filtered water

1 Teaspoon of grated ginger

1 Medium cucumber (thinly sliced)

1 large lemon (thinly sliced)

12 mint leaves

So Sasha detox water

Mix all ingredients into a pitcher and refrigerate overnight

So Sasha detox water

The next morning, strain and drink all 8 1/2 cups. Repeat 4 days in a row

Why this works? Cucumber is a natural diuretic and helps release stored excess water. Lemon is a natural detoxifier  and ginger boosts metabolism while soothing the GI tract.



DIY | Empty Candle Brush Holder


My heart always sinks when I get to the end of one of my fav scented candles, which right now is my Costes candle I purchased from Black Caviar , the classic Diptyque candles and of course Jo Malone – knowing that not only do I have to go buy another $70 candle, but I also have to throw out it’s pretty jar. Well now I no longer have to and neither do you, by recycling the candle jar and using them as make-up brush holders which can also house your tweezers, eyelash curlers and other beauty tools, while making your bathroom or dressing table look a bit more classy and elegant.

This can be achieved in just three easy steps…

  • After there is little to no wax left in the candle, wait for the jar to cool down and simply use a pair of tweezers to remove the wick. If there happens to be a bit of left over wax, heat up the jar by placing it in warm water to melt the wax.

  • Using warm water and dish detergent, wash out the candle jar to remove all the soot. Be extremely cautious if there is a sticker on the outside of the jar if you want to keep it. If it gets wet, it may fall off.
  • Dry the jar and arrange the items as you wish! SO EASY!

Have you ever turned a candle jar into a make-up brush holder? Let me know in the comments section…




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