Tuesday, February 9, 2016

You've Got Nail 61 // Scratch Power Crystals

Scratch Monthly Mani Box and Power Crystal Wraps — Mini Penny Blog
Well I'm leapfrogging over December's box (whoops) and sharing January's Scratch Mini Monthly Box! I opted for the Power Crystal wraps and immediately wanted to pair them up with a purple color. Click through to see the three manicures I made using this month's box!

Monday, February 8, 2016

California Dreamin'

Little Black Dress in Los Angeles — Mini Penny Blog
My trip to California three weeks ago was the perfect way to recharge after a rocky start to 2016. I made my way around LA, San Diego, Palm Springs, and Joshua Tree with a good friend of mine that I knew from Philly. All of the sunshine and burritos made it hard to come back to Chicago, but looking forward to more west coast visits in the future.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mini Penny is back!

Yippee! After a week long vacation to California and a week of moving and unpacking, I feel so refreshed and excited to get back to writing and styling! I took a short hiatus to focus on getting all of these things finished (and there was a lot of work with the apartment!), but I have so much to share from the California trip. Starting Monday, I'm going to be back to my regular posting schedule and content, so stay tuned!

Monday, January 25, 2016

DIY // Hand-Lettered Notebooks for Back To School

January means it's back to school time for kids everywhere! Whether it's high school or college, having the right tools to keep a student interested in learning is important. Today I'm teaming up with Sharpies and Staples to share how to make a DIY hand lettered notebook for your kids (or in my case, my niece!). Click through for the full how-to.

Who doesn't love Sharpies? I always have a slew of these things around.

First, you want to start with all of the right tools. I went to Staples and picked up a boatload of them! During the week of January 24th, Sharpies are all 35% off while supplies last, so it's a great time to stock up on your favorites! I made sure to grab lots of colors and sizes, as well as some other supplies to complete my project.

Here's what I bought:
❖ Sharpie Fine
❖ Sharpie Precision
❖ Sharpie Gold
❖ Sharpie Pen
❖ White notebook
❖ Duck clear adhesive laminate
❖ Masking and washi tape in purples and gold.

To being, I used the tape to "line" the notebook and make a border. My niece's school colors are purple and white, so I chose to make it a purple, gold and white theme. By framing the notebook with tape, I was also able to cover up any logos that were on the front cover.

This is one of those perfect notebooks with the front pocket. I used to love these when I was in high school! I think I probably went through a million of these. These folders are perfect for kids to keep their assignments, papers and notes organized in the new year!

Next, I practiced some lettering and phrases. I wanted something positive that would help keep my niece in good spirits every day when she would use it. I had the idea to play off of the gold marker and landed on the phrase You have a heart of gold. What a great compliment, right? :)

Once I had my design and phrase down, I hand lettered them on the front cover with the Sharpie Fine and Sharpie Gold. I did these free hand, but a lot of these plastic notebook covers are sheer enough that you could easily use a lightbox and "trace" your design you've already laid out. Once I had my letters complete, I added some black accents with the Sharpie Precision in black.

After the lettering was complete, I layered the front of the notebook with the Duck Laminate. This keeps from the marker from getting too beat over with use. Be careful to try and get this laminate on in one smooth motion, otherwise you could mess up your design!
I need up sending this to my niece with a motivational note, a set of Sharpie Markers and Pen, and some of these cute giant paperclips. I hope she enjoys using this notebook everyday in her high school classes!

What's your favorite use for Sharpies?


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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Making Time For Myself in the New Year!

Me Time and Relaxing in the New Year - Mini Penny Blog
There are so many ways to relax. Personally, I can really get down with unplugging, cleaning, reading, and listening to music. I didn't make any resolutions this year — but I have a busy schedule and I enjoy taking some "me time" every now and again.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Pantone 2016's Rose Quartz and Serenity

Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz and Serenity — Mini Penny Blog
I really love that this year, Pantone decided to include two colors for Color of the Year — Rose Quartz and Serenity. Last year we had Marsala and the year prior was Radiant Orchid, so it's a nice change of pace to return to softer hues. I have a soft spot for dusty pastel combos, and these two fit together so very nicely that they are hard to resist! Click through for all of my favorite Rose Quartz and Serenity picks for homes, beauty, and style.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

You've Got Nail 60 // Utagawa Hiroshige Inspired

In Monday's post, I mentioned that I spent some time pulling inspiration from the Art Institute of Chicago for nails! During my visit, I was particularly drawn to the Japanese woodblock prints from the 17th century. These nails in particular were inspired by a color woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) depicting Mount Fuji from across the sea at Miho Bay in Suruga Province.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Review // Ion Color Brilliance Rose Gold Hair Color

To this day, an old post I did about Ion Color Brilliance Lavender Hair color is still very popular. I've used Ion Color Brilliance hair colors for quite some time (I have a PPD allergy and this is one I find that works very well for me) and was sick of Manic Panic colors fading so quickly. After shaving my head late last year, I decided to let it grow out a little bit and start dying it again. I went through the teal and blue and mint phases (all Ion!) and was on the hunt for purple dye on a recent trip to Sally's. That's when I saw their Metallic Rose Gold color and found myself immediately curious.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Pinstripes + Snakeskin // Corso Como Bootie Giveaway

Snakeskin Boots and Pinstripe Longline Blazer - Mini Penny Blog
I love spending winter days inside Chicago museums. I went to the Art Institute of Chicago to see the Krishna exhibit before it ended yesterday. I love the space of this building — it's so beautiful and clean and filled to the brim with inspiration. To reflect, I wore a minimal outfit highlighted with these leather Corso Como snakeskin Simba boots. Luckily for you, Mini Penny Blog and Corso Como are partnering to giveaway one pair of these to a lucky reader! Click through for more info of the outfit, the giveaway, and to see a few of my favorite shots of the museum.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Those Glitter Boots

I had a really unorthodox Xmas this year! The best part of it all was that I though (key word: thought) it would be a great opportunity to dress up in some sparkles. I normally go to Chinatown on the holiday, but this year me, the boy, and his family went to a casino.

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