MikayLove Accessories

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Christmas is nearing, folks. The weather in Los Angeles has been a roller coaster the last week year. We finally got more rain yesterday. I love the rain because we get the water we so much need and I also get my lawns watered for free, but I hate driving in it. Luckily, yesterday’s commute after work wasn’t too bad, at least for me, and I got see this pretty rainbow in the sky.

I was welcomed home after picking up my daughter with a package waiting with my mail. You ever buy stuff online only to forget you even bought them until they miraculously show up at your doorstep? That’s me. I couldn’t for the life of me remember what I’d bought recently so I was a little surprised. When I opened it, I found these:IMG_4180

The package included a handwritten note and two black pillow boxes tied with organza ribbons. They are from the lovely Christianne of MikayLove. MikayLove is a handmade accessories shop that features bracelets, necklace, and rings made out of various chains, beads, crystals, and lacing materials such as suede and velvet. The thing I love most about this company is that a portion of each sale is donated to fight child hunger. As we all know, the Philippines was devastated when it was hit by deadly Typhoon Haiyan earlier last month. My family originated from the Philippines as well as Christianne’s, and almost immediately after she created a Help the Philippines bracelet with all proceeds going to helping the victims of Haiyan. I was so touched by her generosity and desire to help those in need that I contacted her about sending her a Philippine flag inspired macaron. Out of the kindness of her heart, she was going to send me one of her Philippines bracelets. In the package I received yesterday, I instead found these.IMG_4181

Over the course of the year, I was all about stacking my wrists with bracelets but haven’t found the desire to over the last few months (you kind of lose that when you start working from home)… until now. The MikayLove bracelets are gorgeous! The chains she uses have a nice weight to them which I like– they aren’t as light as the aluminum chains that I’m used to receiving. She uses lacing materials with her chains to create a pop of color in each piece which makes them perfect for either wearing alone or with other bracelets. These are suede. The gold bracelet also includes a shiny gold bow detail that is AH-dorable and perfect for the holiday season.

Each bracelet also has a slide bar clasp closure which is secure and makes them easy to put on and take off with one hand. To finish them off, small acrylic tags are attached with “Mikaylove” written on them. I have used clear acrylic tags on previous jewelry pieces and while there are colored jewelry tag options out there like gold and silver, I actually like the clean look of clear acrylic tags. You also don’t have to worry about carrying them in different colors to match the colors used on your pieces ;).

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The quality of the materials and the construction are nice so I can see these pieces lasting for quite a while. I got so excited to wear them that I immediately put them on. I actually like this combination of colors.

Check out Mikaylove for handmade, affordable, and quality accessories. She has tons of color variations of the bracelets I pictured above as well as other different styles. If you aren’t following Christianne yet, be sure to follow her at @mikayloveinc for photos, offers, and giveaways!

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Mahalmade – Clay macarons

I’ve always loved making things by hand. It started when I was a kid—I beaded, I drew, I made random junk like Styrofoam houses and even tried to make flip flops out of paper. Yeah, really. Needless to say, the flip flops didn’t last very long. One of those hobbies was creating things like tiny animals out of polymer clay. I think that lasted all of a couple weeks before my mom told me I couldn’t use the oven anymore for non-food items. Well, guess what? I have my own oven now, HAH. So when Michaels was having an awesome deal on polymer clay, I picked up a few packs and went to work.

I was getting tired of making jewelry out of the same materials that everyone else uses so off I went crafting away. At the same time (not literally, but you get what I mean) I was also re-visiting baking macarons and I figured, heyyyyyyyy, clay macarons! Even if my real ones come out shitty, atleast I’ll have cute clay macarons to fall back on. And so my clay macaron obsession began.

I made large ones, tiny ones, heavy ones, light ones, round ones, heart ones…

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Macarons as charms, macarons as earrings, and (my favorite) macarons on keychains. Macarons paired with gold plated charms, paired with beads, and paired with printed cotton ribbon.

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The large macaron keychains are my favorite pieces. They’re bold but still pretty. They shine because of the rhinestones. The smaller macarons are dainty but fill the need for something cute.

The best part about clay macarons though? All the satisfaction of having one of these delicate, sweet confections without all the calories!

My favorite flavors that I’ve had (real macarons now) are passionfruit and salted caramel– maybe I’ll make clay versions of those. What are your favorite macaron flavors?

Visit me at my Etsy shop:
mahalmade.etsy.com

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I’m a lover of all things handmade so if you have an Etsy shop, leave your store URL in the comments– I’d love to visit you!

Review: R. Hobby Cosmetics – custom polish

Being on Instagram is awesome but it’s also a horrible, horrible thing. Horrible because it has refueled my obsession for nail polish. Pretty pictures of nail art and nail polish swatches are EVERYWHERE. I’ve always wondered how easy it would be to “make” my own polishes. The “easy” DIYs tell you to just use a clear nailpolish and good ol’ glitter. It’s not that easy, people, trust me– I’ve tried it. The glitter sinks to the bottom and if you added any color to it using other polishes you have, the colors separate and begin looking pretty… ugly.

After my failed attempt at making glitter polish the cheap way, I looked into the CORRECT way to make them… annnnnd it can get pretty costly to buy all the supplies– suspension base, solvent resistant glitters, empty bottles, mixing balls, etc. And that’s when my mission to find my perfect polish began. I looked through all the pictures on profiles of the custom polish makers that I follow on Instagram, asked for recommendations, then started looking around Etsy. That is when I found this pretty polish by R. Hobby Cosmetics, it was almost there but it wasn’t EXACTLY what I was looking for.

My “perfect polish” had different sizes of pastel glitters, white glitter, and hints of gold glitter all in a white or light muted jelly base. Rachel’s Hydrangea Cake topper covered the most important parts (the glitter) and it was a definite added plus that it had lots of different white glitter, including bar glitter! So I convo’d her on Etsy and she had a white base on the way! And so, in about a week and a half after our initial communication, I had my very own customized polish in my hands and on my nails. The great thing about indie nail polishes is how unique they are and how you can request for a custom polish.

My beautiful full-size polish came safely packaged wrapped in bubble wrap surrounded by packaging paper (is that what it’s called?).

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IMG_4081It is a customized version of Hydrangea Cake. It is filled with large and medium baby blue glitter, medium hexagon and square light green glitter, medium hexagon and square pink glitter, large and medium hexagon white glitter, white bar glitter, and small square and tiny hexagon or round glitter of all of these beautiful colors with an ever so slight gold shimmer all in a white jelly base. It’s a reeeally pretty polish in these pictures but it is absolutely gorgeous in person.

IMG_4080The brush is a pretty standard brush and the bottle contains a ball to mix the polish (not sure how many are in there but it’s definitely there).

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This is three coats of this polish, one coat of Revlon quick dry topcoat, and one coat of Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials to even it out and give it a high gloss shine. This is in natural light. Don’t mind my middle finger nail– it broke, just like my middle finger nail on my other hand. I have no idea how I broke both of them =(.IMG_4102

The polish applied easily and the brush came out chock full of glitter with no problem. As with most nail polishes with chunky glitter, I did need to fish out some glitter and place them where I wanted them. It’s a beautiful blend and if I hadn’t asked for it to be customized, I think it would have still been a great glitter topper on any other nail polish base. IMG_4101

Hydrangea Cake topper
customized with white jelly base w/ subtle gold shimmer
Price – $8.00

Shop: R. Hobby Cosmetics

New Spring pieces

Our family room has been a mess as of late with all of my jewelry supplies hiding in corners, in entertainment centers, and behind baby walkers. I’ve got TONS of supplies waiting to be made into something so I finally put some of them to use over the last week. When I think “spring” I think of flirty girly colors, lots of pastels, and LOTS of bling!

Here are a couple of the pieces I managed to put together while watching two AH-mazing Lakers games the last few days (go Lakers!):

The little birds hanging out in the pictures are from Michaels. I’ve actually got three of them– these two have cut outs on the sides, the third doesn’t have cut outs but has pretty rhinestones on the wings of the bird. I fell in love with them when I first saw them and I knew they were coming home with me immediately. My daughter is OBSESSED with birds and always points them out to me, “Mom, oh, a bee!” She calls them bees. She calls most things by their first letters– my purse is a “pee,” her diaper is a “dee”… Naturally, when she saw these little guys, “Mom, oh, a bee!” If you love them as much as I do, try your local Michaels store. I got them a couple months ago, I think they’re from one of the Spring collections. I saw them maybe a couple weeks ago and I’m pretty sure they were in the clearance section and they had other colors, too. So if you happen to still find any or if you bought them like I did, please share– I’d love to see them.