Turn blue jeans cuffs into DIY cell phone pockets

Have a loved purse that would be a perfect purse if it JUST had a cell phone pocket? I have more than one of these great purses that has the perfect shape, size, look and fabric but has either inadequate or no cell phone pocket. Take my Trades of Hope Sonia purse – this purse is so beautiful in quality and looks. It’s a lovely bag with no extra pockets.


Now I’m not much of a sewer, but I cut off some capris the other day because I didn’t like the style of the legs anymore to make them into shorts. Then I had these cuffs left, just lying there staring at me.

jeans cuffs to diy cell phone pocket

So I cut even more fabric off till about 1 1/2″ from the cuff and button. So much of the work is already done for me. I simply turned out the inside flaps of the bag and zig-zagged the cuff onto the flap.

jeans cuffs to diy cell phone pocket

jeans cuffs to diy cell phone pocket

I had to tuck the fabric in a bit so it didn’t flop outward from the weight of the phone.


Then it flipped down into a cellphone pocket. Perfect size and I preserved the detail of the button.

turn blue jeans cuff into cell phone pocket diy

It’s amazing how much more organized my purse is with just this one additional pocket.

I think I’ll put one on the other side for keys or sunglasses – it was so easy. After all I still have the other leg! 🙂

BTW, the shorts are cute, too. 🙂


Comparison of Two Roundbrushes – CHI Turbo and Comare

best tools for round brushing and straightening hair, comare and CHI

The brush on the left, the Comare 100% boar’s hair brush, I’ve had for several years. It’s a great brush and I’ve always used it for round brushing my  hair and blowing it out.

Just recently when I got my new extensions in, I picked up a CHI Turbo roundbrush. My hair is shorter so I felt the size of the Comare was a little too big. I was glad I was willing to try something new.

The bristles of the CHI Turbo are further apart, which means more air flows through your hair while blowing, and the blow dry is faster. But they are not the really spacey plastic and metal bristles, which I’ve never liked and which are not as gentle on the hair. The holes in the brush also help the air flow through instead of around the hair, reducing frizz. The barrel is smaller so it’s a little easier to work with on a shorter angled bob.

This brush is a great investment and I’m confident people who like to round brush blow dry their hair will love it.

The further apart spaced bristles also aid in a sleeker finish while straightening the hair.

To buy:



Did you know? I’m doing a Trades of Hope Nepali Aqua Scarf Giveaway! You could win this beautiful scarf. 🙂 


Trades of Hope Sonia Striped Bag and Silver Strands Necklace


Guess what just came in the mail? My Sonia Striped Bag and Silver Striped Necklace – generous gifts from Trades of Hope and the compassion entrepreneur I hosted the party for. I had my eye on both of these beauties and think they go so well together! The bag is amazing quality – you won’t find this sort of thing at Target, Macy’s or Kohl’s. The fabric and stitching are gorgeous. I’m going to do a more detailed post of each of these items. But for now – thank you Trades of Hope and KarieLee, and all my customers who bought from the party – these items are so beautiful and it was great partnering with you! I’m excited about what Trades of Hope is doing and I will be a continuing customer and promoter of this Brand and Organization. Incredible quality and products with a purpose!


My Real Techniques Brushes – love.

My favorite brushes. Brings me joy every time I wash and use them. There is no bristle fallout and they never stop being their soft usable luxurious selves. I use Mrs. Meyers Clean Day laundry detergent and it works like a charm. Like Rockafeller (or was it Carnegie?), when I ask myself when I will have enough brushes, the answer is – just one more. Now he wasn’t into makeup brushes, but you know what I mean. 🙂

my real techniques brushes sam chapman pixiwoo my real techniques brushes sam chapman pixiwoo
Some of my makeup in my little bathroom. Some good stuff here. Paula’s Choice, Tarte Cheek Stain – things that make me feel comfortable and secure – like an old friend that you can expect to be there for you. Foundation and tinted moisturizer that won’t melt on hot summer days and cheek stain that won’t look fake and powdery.

Attention Real Techniques and Pixiwoo Fans!! Sneak Peak at new tools.

Sam Chapman Real Techniques Sneak Peek
Attention Real Techniques and Pixiwoo Fans!! Sneak Peak at new tools.  Go to their facebook page (links above) and link to their signup for their sneak peek. Can’t wait to see what it will be! 🙂

Bzz Agent!!! – free stuff in the mail

Who doesn’t love free stuff in the mail? My BzzAgent box came today! I signed up to be a BzzAgent and accepted the campaign for Schick Hydro Silk razors. Currently I use Gilette. Lotsa blades, lotsa hydration – I’m in!!

I had to cut the box open with scissors and squish it out of my mailbox. Why do they let the mailboxes have “in” slots bigger than their door openings!

Thanks for the idea, chicmum!

Chicmum gave me this idea – what a space saver! And I’m sure they’ll dry well with their heads down. 🙂

Here’s the original post here! Check out her fun site!


Real Techniques by Sam Chapman of Pixiwoo – my best find of 2012

real techniques brush collection

As some of you may have realized, I am both a budget shopper and a “don’t stop until I find the perfect, healthy and most high quality product” shopper. It’s a difficult task. It’s almost schizo of me.

That’s why when I DO find the “right product” at the “right price,” I value it so much and it gives me so much joy. You understand the kind. The “I got something really beautiful/special/useful/perfect-and-it-won’t-take-my-budget-months-to-recover-kind of happiness we women get about our shopping.”

When I berate myself for making bad purchasing decisions and returning too many things or spending too much, I think of my brushes, and think, “Well, at least I was smart enough to purchase those.”

My best find of 2012 is the Real Techniques Brush line.

Beauty lovers there is no need to pay more! These super soft ultra plush Taklon brushes have the density, the softness, the ability to create any look you need to create. They can be used with creams, loose powders and pressed powders. They create all kinds of finishes, from ultra sheer, to whatever coverage you want. The expert face brush, stippling brush, and buffing brush are all great for foundation application, but can also be used respectively for other purposes, such as cream blushes, powder blushes, highlighting, powdering. They are both stiff and soft, and their density makes it possible to really work products into the skin. And they are a STEAL. The purple eye set cost $18.00 and the gold-colored Core Collection cost the same. I’ve added one eye brush to the purple set and a stippling and expert face brush to the gold set  (both purchased separately, ranging from $6.99 – $9.99).

Other noteworthy things:

I have actually never seen a brush case that lets you add more brushes. But the sets you buy from Real Techniques all include places to hold those extra must have brushes you bought. You would think this would be obvious, right? Well apparently it’s novel, because Real Techniques is the only brush line that I have seen with this feature. After all, brush set sellers assume you are going to use these 4 and only these four brushes, right? This is a huge plus for me.

The versatile cases, used both as closed cases and as stands, really are incredibly practical and a wonderful idea. I use the stand feature every day and close them only for travel.

The brushes are cleverly color-coded AND labeled permanently so you always know the purpose of each one – but really they are multi-purpose so you don’t have to stick with its purpose or color. Color code: Purple for eyes, Gold/bronze for base, and pink for finish.

The line was created by Sam Chapman of the Pixiwoo girls – their website and youtube channel is totally worth checking out! I’m a fan. I love their fun tutorials and their sense of humor. (http://pixiwoo.com, http://www.youtube.com/user/pixiwoo?feature=g-all-c)

You can find more out about the line here:


The brushes can be purchased at ulta.com, realtechniques.com, and I’ve heard Walmart, but couldn’t find them.

I am planning to do a tutorial soon. But more on why there are no videos as of yet on wearyourvitamins.com later. It has something to do with lighting, faces, and spinach. I think I’ll do a whole post on why there are no videos. (And since I couldn’t post a tutorial today, I just got carried away with photography instead).  In the mean time, here is one of the best tutorials using these brushes available, by Sam Chapman herself! There are all kinds more on the website.


I will DEFINITELY be talking more about these brushes in times to come. They are the most amazing brushes out there!

Ipad Accessory Bag? Try “cosmetic bag”.

Office Max. Besides the lip balm they sell at the checkout, there is no makeup related stuff here, and I’m sure my husband didn’t think I could find anything skincare or cosmetic related.

Behold Carolina Pad. A display of gorgeous quilted tablet cases and….cosmetic bags?

I’m guessing they were made to hold mice and power cords. But their fashionable exteriors and quilted fabric could not be passed up. If this HAD been billed as a cosmetic bag, it would have cost twice as much.

Not bad for $6.99, and easy to toss in and take out of my purse. Holds much more than the little zippered shell bag I had up until now.

So what’s in my bag? Clinique spot gel, my pomegranate Nuance lip gloss :), Palladio lip gloss, two Sonia Kashuk lipsticks (in nectar and pink punch), Yes to Blueberries lip balm in berry, a Thirty One compact mirror, Tarte maracuja creaseless concealer in light for emergencies, mini Bare Escentuals Flawless Volumizing mascara, tweezer and nail clippers.

I’m excited that this bag could also probably hold brushes. I’ve never had room for brushes! 🙂

Quality things for bargains bring me joy. What little purchases have brought you joy? I’d love to know!