Sunday, 22 March 2015

Sewing a simple beach skirt.

                   Summer's warm weather is fast approaching, so it is time to start shopping for lighter clothing.
  If you know how to stitch a straight line, you can also try making this cool and colourful beach skirt.  It will be a convenient item that you can tie over your swimsuit.

Here are the items that you will need:

   
 
 
 

 
Sewing machine
2 - 3 yards of lightweight fabric  (I used fabric that is generally used for curtains and tablecloths in my country)
thread
pins
tailor's chalk
1 inch width ribbon (optional)
pair of scissors
measuring tape
pencil and paper to mark measurements
I used a mannequin (this is also optional)


So let's begin.

- Measure your waist and divide this number by two. 
- Measure from your belly button to your knee.  This will be the length of the front of your beach skirt. 
-Measure from your waist in the back to your ankle.  This will be the length of the back of your beach skirt.
-Add half inch for seam allowance to the sides and hem area of the beach skirt.
-Draw out the front and back of skirt on your fabric.  

 
 
 
-Fold your cloth in half so you would get symmetrical pieces.
-Cut out the front and back of the skirt.
 
Front piece.
 
 
 
-Add 24 inches to each half of waistband measurement that you calculated before.  Those will be the lengths of the two strips of binding for the waist.
 
The photo below shows the measuring tape lying along the waist area of the front piece:
 
 
 
You can also use the ribbon as a waistband, but I made binding from the fabric for the waist.  If you want a waistband an inch thick, then you need to cut the strips four inches in width. 
 
 
-Iron the strips into half (seen in the lower part of the photo below), then into quarters (seen in the upper half of the same photo)
 
-Iron a half inch hem around all sides of the front and back of skirt EXCEPT the waist area:
 
 
-Sew around the sides and hem of both front and back parts of skirt.
-Pin the waist of the front and back parts of skirt to the middle of the binding.  The raw edge of the waist has to fit between the binding like a sandwich.
-Sew the binding to the waist of the front and back of skirt.
 
 
The finished product will look like two aprons, as shown in photo below:
 
 
Photos of the finished product on the mannequin:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A short video clip shows the finished skirt on the mannequin:
 
 
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Green Skittles vodka for St. Patrick's Day?


I decided that I should at least make something green for St. Patrick's Day: green Skittles vodka.  This recipe was seen on the 'Tipsy Bartender's YouTube channel.

It's quite easy to make.  You get your ingredients together as seen below:

  



  Separate the green Skittles and place them into the empty glass bottle.  Add enough vodka to cover the skittles.  Do not put too little vodka or you will end up with syrup.

        
 
 
The Skittles dissolve in the vodka pretty quickly, however you can leave it for up to 24 hours if you wish. 
 
You will need to strain the liquid.
 
Then you have the finished product.  Perfect for your next St Patrick's day event.
 
 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

DIY Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Monday wear

                 




  Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is an extravagant street parade which occurs every year.  People don colourful costumes and parade the streets for two days before Lent. 
                     In recent years, masqueraders are beginning to wear additional casual outfits instead of their costume on Carnival Monday.  These outfits are called 'Carnival Monday wear' or simply, 'Monday wear'.

                   These Monday wear outfits can also be costly because masqueraders may want a one-of-a-kind design.  So yours truly decided that she would design a very simple and affordable outfit which can be worn while cavorting through the streets.

                       The materials needed to make this Monday wear item are as follows:


A swimsuit in any style that you wish.  You can also decide to have a plain or printed swimsuit.


                                   
 
The other materials and tools are pictured above.  Clockwise from the top: a hot glue gun, beads of different sizes and colours, stringed beads, stringed sequins, coloured gems, lace.
 
 
This 'Megabond' glue was also used. 
 
I placed the swimsuit onto a mannequin and set out to work by gluing the materials to the swimsuit. 
 
If you would like to see how I made the Monday wear, you can click on this link
 
 
 
Here are some other close-up photos of the finished product:
 
 
 
 
 
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Be sure to visit my blog again for new posts. 
 
You can also have a look at my YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMonearla/videos
 
 
 
                   

Saturday, 7 March 2015

February bargain makeup products!

                                           


It's funny how a leisurely stroll at the mall could suddenly turn into a mini shopping expedition. 
 That is exactly what happened to me when I visited my favourite shopping mall this week - my curious gaze was thrown onto a few 'treasures' that I couldn't bear to leave behind.


  I excitedly bought two Jordana baked eye shadows:  Green Mist and Purple Perfection.  I got the green one because I would like to do a St. Patrick's Day makeup tutorial in the near future.

                                   The two eye shadows are pictured below.

                    

And here is the St. Patrick's day makeup tutorial, in case you missed it:



NYX has become one of my brands for eye makeup because of the vibrant colours that seem to give out a clubby-glam vibe.  My selection consisted of Indigo Child and Aurora.  These two shades would be wonderful to use in some smoky eye makeup tutorials.

                                       Here are the NYX eye shadows.

            
 
 
I found a lighter shade of LA Girl Pro Conceal (Almond), so the darker shade that I bought previously could be possibly used in a contouring tutorial.
 
This is the LA Girl product.
 
 
 
 
Due to an out of stock product, I had to buy an alternative makeup remover.  I decided to buy DT cold cream.  It removed my makeup so easily, without leaving a greasy film on my face. 
 
This is what it looks like.
 
 
My basket of approximately 40 bottles of nail polish was quickly forgotten as I spied a bright yellow green colour produced by Jordana.  Although it is quite affordable and therefore easier to chip, I simply use a Revlon base coat.  This makes the chip-ready polish last that much longer. 
 
The name of this nail polish is 'Lemon Tropic' and it is pictured below.
 
 
 
 
The last two items were lip products.  The first is a Lip balm called Fresco Lip Gelato.  I had never seen or tried it before, but the name was so appealing!  I couldn't resist.  When I tried this lip balm, I realized that it would be sticky unless it was used with another lip balm (I use Blistex religiously).  In addition, the Lip Gelato does not leave an icky residue.  Wonderful.
 
The Fresco product is pictured below.
 
 
 
The last item is a Rimmel Lasting finish by Kate lipstick.  The sheer pink that greeted me when I swatched was enough to convince me to make the purchase.  Despite the fact that the Rimmel counter was.... difficult.  If you want to hear a little about the 'difficult' Rimmel counter experience, you can check out my February 2015 haul video here 
 
 
 
 
The Rimmel lipstick is pictured below.
 
 
Stay tuned for upcoming makeup tutorial videos featuring some or all of the aforementioned products!
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 28 February 2015

MAC attack?!

                                    My first MAC cosmetics experience.

                                
 
 
One day last week, I finally decided to buy my first MAC product.  I heard about the brand multiple times, however its 'interesting' price and intimidating stores both helped to keep me safely in my NYX/Revlon zone.
 
 
I breezed into one of their stores and was most relieved to see an old classmate working there.  She answered my questions and I was then allowed to examine the products.
 
After much deliberation, I decided on MAC's Violetta Amplified Crème lipstick.  I chose that colour because it was not like any of the burgundy, orange and dark pink lip products that I currently own.
 
I 'swatched' it and fell in love.  Wow.  The colour was rich, vibrant and I quickly quelled the thought that I was overspending during Lent (but that's a whole other blog post right there).
 
 
 
 
When I got home, I tried it and kept it on to see how long it would last. 
 
I kept it on for four hours, having meals and snacks. 
 
This was wonderful!  I would definitely buy more lip products and can't wait to try their eye shadows!
 
I also filmed a YouTube makeup tutorial using this lipstick.  If you want to see it, here is the link:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06rXATX5oTo

                  Stay tuned for my next MAC adventure!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Trinidad and Tobago Traditional Carnival character parade 2015 photos.

               Trinidad and Tobago

    Traditional Carnival character parade    2015 photos



Dame Lorraine



 


Riddim section
Truck on de road


 

 
Sailors



 
Dame Lorraine



 
The Bookman



 
Blue Devil


 
Moko Jumbie
 
 

Warao boat people



You can also look at a collage tutorial on another character, the Pierrot Grenade, here:

 
 
 

















 

Sunday, 15 February 2015

I made Bbq Bacon Sushi...well, sort of.

I made Bbq Bacon Sushi...well, sort of.


I spied this recipe on a friend's fb page.  The video was found on COOK WITH MEAT'S You Tube account. 

My ingredients:  turkey bacon, tuna, seasoning, ketchup, a sushi mat, cheese.

1.  Lay the bacon strips parallel to each other on the sushi mat.

 
2.  Spread the seasoned tuna on the bacon.
 
 
3.  Add cheese on tuna.
 
 
 
 4.  Roll everything up carefully with the use of the sushi mat.

 
5.  Place roll to bake for 20 minutes at 365 degrees Farenheit.  Baste roll with ketchup or bbq sauce.  Place in oven for 5 more minutes.
 
 
6.  Remove roll and allow to cool.  Cut each piece carefully to about an inch width.
 
 
7.  Serve.  Gobble.  Repeat. 
 
 
This was a heavenly dish.  The bacon flavor seeps into all the other ingredients allowing for a divine experience.  Tuna could be replaced by other minced meats such as chicken or beef.  Different cheeses can also be used. 
 
And noooo, I did not share!