July 3, 2015

DIY FRIDAY: MY EVERYDAY MAKEUP + AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!

Merrick's Art | My Everyday Makeup Routine

Today for DIY Friday, instead of a clothing or sewing tutorial, I'm sharing a makeup tutorial. I get questions all the time about my makeup, so I put together a little video showing all the products I use on my everyday face.

And because it is so overdue, I finally created a YouTube channel! I've been debating for the last year whether or not I wanted to create one, and have finally decided to incorporate more videos into Merrick's Art. I hope you guys are as excited as I am!

Although this first video on my new channel is makeup, you'll see mostly sewing, styling, DIY projects, and refashions over there, and occasionally a little travel and beauty. I'm planning to begin creating regular video content, so make sure you hop over and click "SUBSCRIBE" so you get notified when a new video shows up!

And now for the makeup tutorial. Down at the bottom of this post, I've shared links to all the products that I used, and you'll find those same links in the video description over on YouTube. Also, the video is slightly blurry here on my blog, so if you want a sharper picture, hop over to YouTube to watch it where it's nice and clear. I hope you enjoy!




PRODUCT LIST:
BareMinerals Blush in “beauty” (but I also recommend “stellar” for a brighter, warmer color)

thanks to Liv Tanner for helping me produce and edit this video!


Happy  Friday, and happy Fourth of July weekend!

June 30, 2015

3 WAYS TO ELEVATE A BASIC OUTFIT

Merrick's Art | 4 pieces that will instantly elevate your basic outfit

Merrick's Art | 4 pieces that will instantly elevate your basic outfit

Merrick's Art | 4 pieces that will instantly elevate your basic outfit

Merrick's Art | 4 pieces that will instantly elevate your basic outfit

Merrick's Art | 4 pieces that will instantly elevate your basic outfit

Merrick's Art | 4 pieces that will instantly elevate your basic outfit
OUTFIT DETAILS: j.crew tee (old, more of my favorite graphic tees here and here) | old jacket, similar here (you can see me wearing it here and here) | black jeans (similar) | seychelles pumps c/o (so comfortable) | diy clutch (purchase similar here)

Sometimes a basic tee with your jeans is the perfect outfit and can stand completely on its own. However, other times such a simple outfit needs a little something extra to make it into an outfit. There are four easy pieces that I always turn to when looking to elevate a basic look: 

1. Statement shoes. I'm wearing these blue pumps to add a bright pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit, and the heel makes a casual outfit a little more dressy. But if you're looking for a more casual option, these pink sandals are a current favorite in my closet that have the same effect but are easier for running around. I also love these lace up flats!

2. Statement bag. My leopard clutch is one of my go-to's for statement bags, and it's an easy way to add some color or pattern without being too bold (since you can always set it down and then it's no longer part of your outfit). There are so many great clutches out there right now -- I'm in love with this embroidered one and this laser cut one, which is on sale for $13.50

3. Jewelry. When all I want is a pair of jeans and a basic tee, jewelry is my best friend. Throw on an oversized watch and a few dainty necklaces layered up, and you suddenly look put together. 

4. Outerwear. Although it's not always season friendly, layers instantly make your outfit look and feel more purposeful and put together. In the summer months, try a denim or khaki vest, in the fall and spring you can wear an anorak or leather jacket, and in the winter months a pretty wool coat is perfect. 

Now go be less boring than just a t-shirt and jeans!



June 26, 2015

DIY FRIDAY: LITTLE GIRLS DRESS (OR TUNIC) TO DRESS REFASHION







OUTFIT DETAILS: dress refashioned by me (original dress here, wearing an XL, tutorial below) | sandals | leather bag | sunglasses 

*photos by sara walk

A few months ago when I was walking through Target, I noticed this little dress hanging in the little girl's section. With the fresh white cotton and delicate neon eyelet sleeves and hem, I was instantly drawn to it and of course wished it came in adult size. 

After walking past it a few times over the next few weeks, I finally stopped and pulled out the XL and held it up to me. It could totally work as a tunic, right? So I took it home. But once I tried it on, I just didn't love it. It looked like I was wearing a little girls dress with jeans (not really what I'm ever going for...)

But I let it sit in my closet anyway for a few days, and suddenly as I opened my closet one day, the idea came to me. Buy a second one, chop them up, and make a dress. Perfect. 

The best part is that this refashion is really, really simple. Also, your closet options just got a lot bigger if you can shop in the little girls section!

Click the READ MORE below to find the step by step tutorial!
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