How (Not) To Dye A Synthetic Rug… And How I Painted Mine Instead

Hello friends,

I come to you today with a story. A story of a very frustrating polyurethane rug. So you see, this beautiful white and grey geometric rug came into my life a few months ago an it looked just perfect under our living room furniture. I was weary of choosing white for the living room as we often eat there and often spill, but this particular rug was supposed to be completely stain resistant. It was not. I found myself trying to remove stubborn stains at least twice a week which became rather tiresome.

Eventually, I decided that something needed to be done. Not only was the upkeep exhausting, the rug looked terrible. So, I scoured the internet for inspiration and landed on the rug dying method. I did my research and picked up Rit Synthetic Fabric Dye in the colours Midnight Navy and Graphite. I unrolled the rug out outside, boiled the dye with enough water to saturate the rug and put it in a watering can to disperse easily. I then thoroughly scrubbed the rug dispersing the colour. I let this sit for 30 minutes aaaaand… nothing. I rinsed off a test patch and the colour didn’t take at all. Frustrating. Red wine and pasta sauce seemed to take just fine. Why not the synthetic dye whose job it was to stain this thing??? I guess it is stain resistant after all.

I let the rug dry overnight and brought it inside at which point, the boyfriend suggested abandoning the project. Being rather stubborn, I refused and began to research a way to salvage my mess. Rug painting came up. Acrylic paint mixed with a mixing medium and water. I had acrylic paint, but not much left in the colours that I wanted to use, and I had water. I had no mixing medium but I was feeling bold. I mixed up my acrylic paint and water, running out of paint before I reached my desired colour and opacity so I added some watercolours I had lying around – what could go wrong????

I started in one corner painting on the mixture and rubbing it in with my hand. To my surprise, it worked fabulously. I had the entire rug painted in about an hour. It dried quickly too. It’s now been sitting in my living room for about 3 weeks and going strong. The colour looks vibrant and the stains are unnoticeable. My rug has a very low pile and the paint hasn’t changed the texture at all.

Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/w2zctRsYCt4

Moral of the story: don’t dye a polyurethane rug. Paint it instead. I would suggest getting the proper tools for the job (unlike me). I’m sure if I had a higher pile rug, the mixing medium would have helped me out.

Before – preparing for the Rit dye

After – currently sitting in my living room

xoxo,

Caitlin

Easy Vegan Curry Noodle Soup

Hey friends!

Thanks for stopping by. Today I’m here with a tasty little recipe for a super quick and flavourful weeknight dinner option. I love this recipe so much because you can literally use whatever you have for vegetables and protein and cook them up with the tasty soup base and your noodle of choice. Heres how I make mine:

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • protein of choice (I used tofu puffs)
  • 1tbs neutral tasting oil
  • 1 tbs minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs yellow curry paste, or to taste (red works well here too)
  • veggies of choice, chopped in bite-sized pieces (I used onion, carrot, broccoli and peas)
  • 2 cups veggie stock (or boullion)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1.5 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs sweetener of choice (I used coconut sugar)
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt and pepper of choice
  • noodles of choice (asian noodles work best as they generally cook in a few minutes)
  • fresh cilantro to garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1.  Cook your protein and set aside.
  2. Add oil to a large pot over medium heat and toss in garlic and ginger. Cook until lightly browned and fragrant. Add curry paste and mix.
  3. Add veggies and cook for 3-5 minutes or until half cooked.
  4. Add coconut milk, veggie stock, soy sauce, sweetener, lime and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer
  5. Add noodles and cook until soft.
  6. Top with cilantro and enjoy!

Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/P36Ub38jCCw

xoxo,

Caitlin

How I Balayaged My Dark Brown Hair At Home

Hi friends!

I recently had the urge to change up my hair, so naturally I went to youtube to find out how to do it myself. What I found was loads of at home balayage tutorials, but very few of them were on hair that was a dark as mine. Soooo… I made my own! Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/7QzLq52Rygk

Before

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After

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I used a combination of the teasing method and my own method of choosing small pieces and bleaching them for a more effortless and dimensional effect. Here are the steps that I took:

  1. Section hair off into 3 chunks – one on each side of your face and one in the back of the head.
  2. Mix up your bleach powder with developer according to the packet instructions. Add Ion Absolute Perfection Booster.
  3. Starting with the front sections, take small slices of hair and tease them.
  4. Apply the bleach to the hair left out of the tease.
  5. Process according to packet instructions, wash and dry hair.
  6. Asses where your hair could use some additional lightness and apply bleach to small pieces of hair, blending it well where the bleached part of the strand meets the unbleached part of the strand (see video for clarification).
  7. Process, wash and dry hair.
  8. Mix up root smudge colour with developer and apply at roots, blending a couple of inches down into hair.
  9. Mix up end toning colour. I used wella colorcharm demi-permanent hair color in 6N and 7A. Apply liberally to remaining hair.
  10. Brush hair from roots to ends using a wet brush or wide tooth comb to bend the dark colour into the light.
  11. Process, rinse and apply colour protector treatment.
  12. Rinse and style as desired.

Products used (all from Sally’s Beauty Supply):

– wella color charm demi-permanent hair color (3N, 7A, 6N)
– salon care 30 vol developer
– salon care 10 vol developer
– l’oreal super oreal blanc professional bleach
– ion after color treatment packette
– ion absolute perfection booster
– ardell unred
– plastic bowl and brush
– rattail comb (for teasing)
– latex gloves

xoxo,

Caitlin

Basics: Must-Haves To Make Dressing Simple – PT 3 LOUNGEWEAR AND WORKOUT GEAR

Hey everyone!

I’m loving sharing my thoughts on wardrobe staples and honestly, I couldn’t get through this series without including the ultracasual comfy clothes that I can be found in at least once a day.

Let’s be honest here, we all love our sweats and we don’t always keep them in the house. Whether you need to run some errands or you’re heading to the gym, a cute outfit will make you look and feel more put together.

Lounge and sportswear will look different for everyone based on lifestyle. For me personally, this part of my wardrobe MUST consist of at least: a few good pairs of high-waisted black leggings (the Gap ones with “blackout technology” are my faves – see below for more on that), a handful of sports bras and crop tops and a number of matching jogger and hoodie lounge sets in neutral colours (black and grey especially).

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Leggings

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Hoodie 

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Joggers

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Lounge Set

Now, I know my selection of “must haves” sounds a little sloppy. But, let me tell you why I chose these pieces in particular. First of all, comfort and function – I work out every day in high-waisted leggings, a sports bra and a crop top. It’s just the comfiest option for me. Second, theres a little thing (no – a massive thing) called the “athleisure” trend going around right now. This is brilliant because it means including athletic clothing into everyday outfits for cute, comfy and functional sporty looks!

I’ll give you a little run down of how I love to pair these items for everyday wear. Leggings with a loose black tee, a black leather jacket and black sneakers is an effortlessly cool look. The same leggings and shoes can instead be paired with a white or grey tee (sub the tee out for a cute hoodie if you’d like) and top it off with a jean jacket and sunnies. OR! swap out the leggings for some cute grey joggers and wear them with those last couple of outfits I described.

For a slightly less casual, but super cool and chic look that I love to wear ALL. THE. TIME. I love to wear and heather grey hoodie with a grey wool-style coat and jeans in any colour. I finish this outfit off with some sleek heeled booties for an effortlessly cool (and comfy) look!

I hope you guys are enjoying reading this series as much as I’m enjoying working on it!

xoxo, Caitlin

 

 

WARDROBE REFRESH: How $112 at Boohoo Buys a Bunch of New Outfits

Hey friends!

I thought it might be fun – since we’ve been talking so much about basics over here – to show you how I love to mix and match those pieces with stand-out statement pieces to create endless amounts of fresh, new outfits. Once you have your basic wardrobe down, its SO SO easy to create loads of different outfits with just a few new statement additions. I think I’ll do this from time to time with pieces from different online stores and call it the “wardrobe refresh” series. Today, I went to boohoo.com and found a TON of cute pieces to play around with. For this post, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 different pieces for a total of CAD $112. Heres what I came up with…

First, this flirty summer bodysuit is just adorable. The halter neck and ruffles keep it super light and fun while the white colour makes it SO easy to wear! Pair this with black, blue or white jeans topped with a cute jean or army jacket, a jean skirt and sandals or a leather skirt and heels for a night time look.

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Bodysuit ($27)

Next up is this gorgeous embroidered mini skirt. This would pair perfectly with the bodysuit above and a cute pair of heels. It can also easily be dressed down and worn with a black, white or grey t-shirt and a jean jacket with some cute scrappy sandals. Another idea is to wear it with a black lace cami and top it with a leather jacket and black heels or booties for a going out look.

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Skirt ($43)

Finally, we have these cute little gingham sandals. I love these because 1) they have a low block heel which will make them comfortable and practical and 2) the gingham print will add a little pop of interest to an otherwise basic outfit. The wrap around tie detail will also add a fun, flirty vibe. I’d wear these with the bodysuit above and any pair of jeans or a jean skirt, I’d wear them with a little white dress and a jean jacket, or even with an all black look for nighttime.

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Shoes ($42)

Whenever I shop, I love to think of all the possible ways that I can wear an item before I commit to it. My rule of thumb is that I need to be able to wear it with 3 different outfits that I already have in my wardrobe in order to buy it. This ensures that I get the most bang for my buck (and a bunch of new outfits!).

Let me know what you think of my little series!

 

xoxo, Caitlin