YAY! Oh La Femme turns 1. Annnnd just like that…I’m celebrating 1 year of blogging! Actually, I didn’t realize it’s been one year until my husband mentioned it to me the other day. I guess time does fly when you’re having fun, huh?! Well, today I’m going to change it up and share my experience on blogging so far, some tips, and how anyone (no blog necessary) can sign up with Influenster to receive free samples.
Today I am sharing a DIY closet storage for babies/kids. I found this DIY system can be very helpful for those of you (like me) who may have limited space and/or are looking for a budget-friendly alternative to a closet/storage system. Our current situation is that we live in a tight-knit, one bedroom apartment in LA. It’s super cute, cozy, has a beautiful balcony view, but I don’t know how long we can manage here with a little baby. Gotta love LA for being so cramped for space (rolling my eyes). Annnnyways, in the meantime, I really needed to improvise with what I was going to do with all of my baby-to-be’s adorable clothes and accessories. We literally have ONE mid-sized closet, and that’s it. So after endless pinning, and searching for inspiration, ideas starting clicking in my head. One by one. I quickly got online and started searching Amazon and IKEA for things that I thought would work best. Next, I made a day trip to IKEA (so fun!) and after getting everything I didn’t need, I found items that worked perfectly with what I had in mind. Other ideas really started to flow into place after that, and I must say, I was very impressed with the final result. DIY projects can be sooo fun at times. 🙂
Have a look at what I paired up to make this DIY project work, at least for our space. Also, I have attached some links/pictures that will help you come up with ideas, or the direct links of the items I found, if you were wondering where to purchase them.
Oh, and I am so happy this project came together quickly since I’m on a short timeline here… less than two weeks away from my delivery date! tick-tock.
2 IKEA bookshelves used to organize and hold these items. See direct link below.
2 storage inserts used to hang clothes and hold blankets. See link below.
Oh, heyyyyy Miss. Sophie. Apparently, this tether is magic for babies. We shall see…
Shoe rack? Nope. I used a pot lid organizer from IKEA as a baby shoe rack. Link below.
Finally, I used glass cylinder vases to display these adorable hair bows!
They didn’t wrap around as nicely as I thought they would, so for easy access, I pinned them with hair clips.
IKEA storage systems:
- I got two of these bookshelves to make this work. You can find them here.
- I used two kitchen storage inserts to use as a hanging rack and storing blankets. Find them here.
- I found the pot lid holder worked best for a baby shoe rack. Find it here.
- I used glass vases to display these adorable hair bows, and pinned the, with a clip. Find the vases here, or at all dollar/art craft store.
Shop related items:
You have to check out Fawn Hill Co baby accessories. They are made of natural materials, and are absolutely adorable! I love the prints and feel of these styles. Also, these storage baskets are simply perfect. Click below for direct links, or check out more of their unique items here! I can’t wait to use them on my little babe.
So here I am, onto week 24 in my pregnancy, 15 weeks to go. This little babe is the size of a papaya and is really starting to make a grand appearance. A couple months ago I used to get the awkward stare and hesitating question, “Oh, are you pregnant?” With a look of uneasiness on their face not knowing if they blurted out the question before it was too late. Now there isn’t any hesitation. People just know. Now I get the question, “Aw, how far along are you?” or, “When are you due?” and many times I get a shocked reaction when I answer, “I’m only ___(24) weeks.”Some people think I’m well into my third trimester, but to their surprise I’m only a little over half way there! It has definitely been an interesting experience so far. So many exciting moments of anticipation of the unknown. After getting back from being home (Canada) for the holidays, this little babe started kicking like crazy! I was actually a little worried that I didn’t feel her kick by 20 weeks, but by the 21st week she started and hasn’t stopped since. Kicking and bouncing is very normal. But apparently, my doctors says that she has a lot of fluid movement in the belly, which may lead to sleepless nights and discomfort. This is all normal and very good signs of a healthy babe, so it’s moments like this that I have to remember to be grateful and praise God for a baby that appears healthy so far. 🙂
It’s true when people would tell me that I would feel better during my second trimester! I truly feel great! I can eat everything- and a lot of it, I also started eating foods that I would dare look at before pregnancy (like McDonalds being one of them-uh!). I really want to commit to a healthy diet but sometimes, the temptation is sooo real, I can’t deprive this babe. haha. My husband is definitely shocked by my eating habits, seeing that I was never like this before, it has been a shock to me too. But I am definitely trying to maintain a healthy diet even though I have some minor slips along the way. 🙂
I wanted to do this sooner, but time just flies! Below, I have listed my favourite pregnancy items up to date, which have significantly helped me! I will be posting and talking about where I find all my pretty pregnancy clothing. ‘Cause fashion does not stop at pregnancy! 😉
My Favourite Pregnancy Items:
Simply click on the picture and it’ll show you were I found them!
Morning (all day) Sickness Candy
- Developed by healthcare professionals to provide relief from morning sickness
- This is a special formulation of essential oils, aromatherapy and a unique delivery method, now with vitamin B6 (which helps with nausea)
- I would bring these candies with me everywhere, they were so helpful when I felt the onset of symptoms
Belly Balm– to prevent stretch marks
- A unique, safe, and effective blend of butter, essential oils, and botanicals to help prevent stretch marks, improve skins elasticity, and hydrate your skin
- Made with all natural ingredients including Chamomile and Comfrey, this effective and safe balm will deeply hydrate and improve your skins elasticity and help skin naturally stretch while providing relief of dry and itchy skin (this was me a couple weeks ago, it works like a charm!)
- 100% natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals, free of preservatives and artificial fragrances
- I like to use this product along with coconut oil on a daily basis
Pregnancy Bras- a must!
- As a result of a changing body in pregnany…and I mean life changing, I really needed something comfortable and supportive. I am so happy I came across this bra set. Most days I don’t even feel like I am wearing ta bra- which is awesome! ha
- Supportive, yet super comfortable
- Great price for 3!
Pre-Natal- highly rated
- It was really important for me to find the top of the line pre-natals, after much research I thought these to be the best fit for me based on what I was looking for
- RAW means no high heat, synthetic binders, fillers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or additives commonly used in tablets. Whole food means RAW Food-Created Nutrients are blended in a base of 23 fruits and vegetables together with food cofactors
- This pre-natal vitamin was rated top 5 on multiple websites for leading vitamins during pregnancy
- Not harsh on the body, and I often take them on an empty stomach
Iron Supplement- highly rated
- After getting blood work done, I was Iron deficient (like 99% of women it seems) so I wanted to find the best and most effective supplement on the market and on my wallet 😉
- Floradix contains an easily absorbed form of organic iron with extracts of carefully selected herbs, delicious fruit juices, and vitamins C and B complex- iron is best absorbs with Vitamin C, which it contains
- My doctor told me to purchase any iron that was labeled “slow release”. Which simply means it’s slowly released and absorbed in the body and will not cause constipation. This brand is actually rated on the top 5 iron supplements for pregnant women based on my findings.
I hope this helps you, I did a lot of research to ensure the best safety for my baby and myself during pregnancy. Make sure to do the same!
Baby Shower Details
I know I’m a little overdue, but I really wanted to share some of my special moments, and details from my baby shower when I was back at home for the holidays. I felt so blessed to have been showered with the amount of gifts and love from all the friends and family that attended! I seriously have enough clothing items for my baby’s first year- and I’m not just talking about clothes, I got so much more. <3
I got this beautiful illustration done by my talented fellow blogger, Joanna who does such a great job to customized the illustration to your expectations. I absolutely loved doing this for my gender reveal, “It’s a girl!” and I also used this illustration to make electronic baby shower invitations. It was perfect, and exactly what I wanted.
Be sure to check out more of Joanna’s work here!
You can easily make free electronic invitations by downloading an app, any would do. If you don’t want to pay for it- simply screen shot it and customize it yourself! (that white blotch is the white out for the contact info 😉
Of course, I ended up making/designing my own dress. I will be talking about that soon. SO stay tuned.
Here are the pretty details of the party decorations. I think the desserts were my favourite. hehe!
Many people asked where I got these adorable realistic rose gold cutlery from- well you can find it here!
Everything turned out so pretty, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my friends and family. <3
Make sure you let me know what you think! I love hearing from you.
Happy New Year! 🙂 I know I’m a little late, but better late than never. 😉 It has been a busy time for us after we spent the holidays back home (Canada) for about 3 weeks. But now that we are back, I am really trying to get myself motivated and get back into the swing of things. Although I have to say, with this pregnancy and my belly growing by the day (22 weeks!) all I want to do most days is lay around, research all my pregnancy questions, and scroll through Pinterest until my fingers are numb. So much for my New Years resolutions? Ah!
Anyways, while I was back at home (which I like to refer to as Canada) I posted an Instagram picture of home-made soaps that I made with my mama and cousin for my baby shower. This was our first time attempting home made soaps. But they turned out perfectly, and we had too much fun in the process. I must say, they did look INSTA-worthy! 😛
So if we first timers can do it- so can you! Not only will you enjoy it, but it is effortless since it’s a matter of 3 steps, with 3-4 ingredients. You can stick to the basics, or add your own ingredients, but follow my how-to on making the perfect homemade soaps.
Soap making is so basic, it only has 3 steps!
You’ll never have to buy soap again! And you can rest assured that the ingredients are safe, and harmless. I am planning on making a big batch for my baby. Stay tuned! But as basic as it may be, it’s always best to go through a step-by-step guide to ensure a perfect outcome.
If you’re wondering where to find soap supplies, I’ve listed some of my picks below (keep scrolling), that are affordable and also a good choice if you want to invest in quality ingredients. You can also buy them at your local craft store.
Homemade Lavender Lemon Essential Oil Soap (See full recipe below)
Supplies you need: You can buy these from the dollar store
- Microwaveable glass
- Spatula for mixing
- measuring cups/spoons
- Soap cutter/knife
1. Melt: cut the soap base into cubes, and melt in microwave.
2. Mix: Add Lavender and Lemon essential oils, dried Lavender, and foaming base (optional).
Foaming base: this is totally optional, this base will make your soaps more bubbly, so it up to your preference.
3. Pour: Pour soap mixture into molds, and let it sit up to one hour.
Done. Pretty perfect soaps.
Here I have listed where you can find all the ingredients and supplies you need to make these amazing soaps, thanks to Amazon. Simply click on the picture, and it’ll take you right to the site! Or, you can buy everything you need at a local craft store like Michael’s or Joanns. 🙂
Soap Base: (2lbs will make about 8-10 soaps depending on the size of your moulds)
Soap molds: they come in all shapes and sizes!
“Hand-made” label stickers:
Today I am sharing a post of my second fashion design project. This project was unique because I made it specially for my maternity photo shoot. (Thank you for all your sweet comments!)
I felt terrible during my first trimester while experiencing all-day nausea and lack of appetite. And I thought I wouldn’t have enough time to design and sew the dress before the shoot. So I started shopping to find a dress instead- but after endless searching, I found nothing. And that’s when I realized I better get to sewing because the date was coming up quick! Thankfully as the weeks went by and as I was entering into my second trimester, I started feeling better! I was able to finish the dress on time (even if it meant finishing the final touches the night before ha!) and I felt great during the shoot…although I experienced some pregnancy cravings kicking in! (Keep reading to find out!)
My Inspiration behind Project 2:
I already conceived a design well before I drew it out. I knew I wanted something special, unique, and feminine. So I quickly sketched out some ideas, and gathered more ideas from Pinterest– my ultimate inspiration! I became very found of the 3-D fabric-look. And I noticed it was becoming a popular trend in wedding dresses and runways. I thought it would be more efficient to buy a 3-D fabric piece butttt it was a very pricey- no wonder it’s used for wedding dresses and runways! So instead, I decided to make my own personalized 3-D look. I drew a simple flower, cut it out and traced it onto the fabric I was using. I took a while, but I would say it was totally worth the look I was going for. 🙂
Here are some of my favourite designs I found that helped gather my final sketch:
*NOTE: These pictures ABOVE are not my own, for direct linking and credits, you will be able to find these photos on my Pinterest page, under the “Fashion Inspo” board. While you’re at it, check out my pins!
The Final Look
If you know me, you’ll know that I love tulle and chiffon fabric. They make any piece of clothing lovely. These fabrics can really dress up a “look”…if that’s what you’re going for! My bump is hardly noticeable unless I place my hand under the bump. But believe me, it’s there! 🙂
If you notice, on the back side of this dress I created a pleat that would allow for adjusting the waist size of this dress. In case I decided to wear it again once my bump grows.
Here are some close-up’s of the handmade flowers, and intricate design.
This is the front of the dress. I thought the chest pleats would give this dress a perfect touch.
Coming to the end of the photo shot I was desperately craving a BL.T. sandwich. So after the shoot, we stopped by the nearest Panera Bread, and my craving was totally satisfied. Their B.L.T.’s are ahhh-mazzz-ing! This B.L.T. craving lasted for about a week, lol!
A perfect end, to a perfect day.
Let me know your thoughts!
There is definitely a first for everything…Especially when you move half way across the country! This year I celebrated my 23rd birthday in Pasadena, California. My husband planned an evening out town, and I was very impressed. 🙂
Pasadena is a small-ish town northeast of LA, known for the shopping and dining district, along with their beautiful Victorian and striking architecture buildings. It really has a European feel, which made site seeing and picture taking… #instaworthy. 😉
The restaurant we went to was called Cafe Santorini. It was so fun and the food was delish!
So to start off the day, I had these adorable champagne gummies from Sugarfina because I thought they were totally suitable.
Many people asked where I got my outfit from, as if was going of that flappers look, lol…I actually wasn’t, frills are just so fun, and so in, and I just felt like wearing something fun for my birthday! After all, I couldn’t let this adorable dress just sit in my closet forever! Anyways, I got this dress for a steal a couple months ago when Zara (my favourite store of all time), had it’s semi-annual sale on (which is currently still happening if they have any more items left!).
And as for the shoes… yup you guessed it… #Zara ! I got these again, when they had their 2016 winter sale just this past January. I couldn’t resist when I came across these! They are just drop dead gorgeous.
So I pieced it all together by working with what I had in my closet.
Earrings: Hudson’s Bay
Buuuut I have to say, I had a little dilemma with the choice of earrings, which would you have picked?
You know, it doesn’t always have to be new, but thats something I just recently learned. I used to always buy a new item for random events; girls night out, date night, wedding, shower, church, and so on. But eventually my husband caught on and said that had to stop, lol. But there is always something you can work with in your closet. Like that little black dress, or that plain tee, or even dressing up your plain outfit with those fancy shoes that you never wear! Im telling you, re-discover your closet, there is more in there then you may know. 🙂 I’ve helped some friends that needed tips on “what to wear” and they were surprised with what they had in their closet once paired up with something they never thought could work. Anyways, thats my little rant for the day, he he. I hope your day was as special as mine was. <3
Designing my dream wedding has always been a passion for me growing up. As long as I could remember I have been a hopeless romantic, dreaming of prince charming and having the wedding of my dreams. Ha! I would have to say, most of it came true… I ended meeting my prince charming, who I can happily say is my husband now, and I was able to plan and decorate my wedding with the help of my husband, family, friends, and great Pinterest ideas! Also, I was able to custom design my Vera Wang wedding dress all in…ONE month! Crazy huh? Well, I did it. And so can you! Now it was a little stressful at moments considering the time factor, but somehow it all came together.
My husband proposed on July 3, 2015, and we decided to get married September 13 of 2015. We thought…why not? I’ve planned and decorated many events in the past, and I thought this was going to be a piece of cake. We were right for the most part, and although a little hiccup(s) along the way, we definitely made it work.
So anyways, back to the dress…because of the short time frame, I had to buy one “off the floor”, ordering was just out of the question (ummm ya, I really didn’t think of this when we decided to pick the wedding date)! After checking out a few places, I felt out of luck. I was so disheartened and thought that I would have to settle for anything and that designing/custom styling was no longer an option. So I tried something else…shopping online. I almost considered making a purchase, but there were so many risks; the picture not looking the same as in person, the quality, the details, the sizing, and the list went on! So I had to keep searching for my ideal dress. And I finally came across it…the Vera Wang “White” collection at David’s Bridal. Unbelievable. I didn’t even think that would be possible. I thought I would come across a cute little boutique located in a cute little old town, but no, I found this dress at David’s Bridal. As soon as I put the dress on, it felt it was perfect. The fit was almost exact, the style/frame was what I was looking for, and it was a brand new dress that just came in a couple days ago (bonus!). It was somewhat plain, but I started getting so many ideas because now that I had a dress to work with, I was able to custom design it without all the hassle of starting from scratch.
And that’s what I did. After looking at many Pinterest ideas, wedding magazines, and different styles, I put together a look that I wanted. And it was so easy! (Obviously, it does help having an AMAZING seamstress)
Now the details…
Oh…and my cute Mischka Badgley shoes
- Sleeves: There is something classy about wedding dress sleeves; the sleeves were made from my wedding dress skirt.
- Appliqué (flowers/beading) on the sleeves: This was unique because I wanted to make sure the sleeves had the same texture as the dress, so my seamstress decided it was best to cut out of the skirt of the dress to make the sleeves and use some of the appliques to add onto the sleeves. This ensured that the sleeves looked like it was part of the dress, she’s a genius, it worked out perfectly.
- Shoulder beading: I found at a small boutique in Hamilton, but the easiest place to find them is on Amazon.
- Took off the white sash
- Cut around the neckline
And there you have it. It was done just in time, and it was exactly what I wanted, without paying a fortune.
However, shortly after, I did come across other ideas such as buying separate pieces of a dress and making your personalized style that way. Here are a few examples:
This skirt is from David’s Bridal:
Vera Wang Tulle Skirt
You can top it with a piece from BHLDN to get a complete wedding dress look (the wedding edition of Anthropologie)
Also, don’t forget to check out Amazon for their great selection of beaded appliqué that really gives the dress a nice touch. These were my favorite finds. (I wish I discovered this before I spent time looking for appliqué in different shops.)
Or you can get creative and put it on your sleeves, headbands, shoes, and/or anywhere your little heart desires. 🙂
I love BHLDN! Everything on their website looks so magical. If you’ve never come across their website… you will get instantly hooked after seeing the stuff they have.
These are just some ideas. But you can get creative and not have to spend a fortune. If I could do it over again…I would. It was so much fun! 🙂