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CW: 150 / Height: 5'5"
I want to be healthy. Yes, this is a blog to keep track of my weight, but it's more than that. I like to post pictures of outfits & cute houses. I used to have bulimia and I guess you can say I recovered, now I am taking on B.E.D. I'm not dieting, I am intuitive eating.

I am a sixteen year old girl and my vow is to never be unhealthy again. My whole life I've been the fat girl, I am changing that once and for all. My main hope is to be able to join my school's tennis team before I graduate in 2013. This is my battle, not yours - so please don't tell me how to run my life. Thank you.
SW: 175 / UGW: 130

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Have you ever wondered how to make these cute sailors knot bracelets? Well hopefully this post will teach you how! Click the x’s for images!

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 3.5 yards of twine
  • 14 ounce can for a smaller bracelet or a 20 ounce can for a larger bracelet. Any other round object that has the appropriate circumference for your wrist will do.

1. Wrap one end of the twine around the can to shape an X. Leave about a 4” tail. You will need this tail at the end to finish the bracelet. (x)

2. Wrap the long end of the twine around the can again and bring it up to the middle of the X. Then pass the long end of the twine under the right, upper leg of the X and pull the long end all the way through. (x)

3. Next, move the upper left leg of the X over the right leg of the X to create an oval shape. (x)

4. Pull the long end of the twine through the oval shaped opening you just set up. (x)

5. Turn the can a bit and you will see that the oval shape has created another X shape. Again, pass the long end of the twine under the right upper leg of the X and pull the end through. (x)

6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you get to the beginning of your project.

7. You will now find a three-stranded braid. Follow the twine you initially laid out and create a parallel second line. (x)

8. Continue around the can. If you find that it’s getting too tight to pass the twine through the openings, you may want to take the bracelet off the can and continue with the knotting in your hand. If you take it off, be careful not to pull the twine too tight, otherwise your bracelet will shrink on your wrist. (x)

9. Continue knotting the rope around the bracelet until each strand of the braid has one parallel line — a total of three passes. At this point you can stop or add another three passes to create the traditional pattern of three parallel lines, like the bracelet in the third picture in this step. (x x x)

10. To finish, just knot the ends together and weave them into the inside of the bracelet. (x x)

Ever since I ruined my hair by dying it so much, and straightening it every day, i’ve regretted it! I really long to have beautiful, flowing locks, but i’m stuck at a sort of, mid-point. I’ve compiled a list of tips (or rules even!) from various places that i’m gonna try to stick to in order to get the lovely hair I lust for! I thought i’d share them with you:

Avoid all heat treatments like the plague. Blow dryers, straighteners, curlers..all of them!

Reduce the number of times you wash your hair a week.

 No commercial dyes! These contain ammonia and break down the hair shaft. If you’re looking for another colour, try henna instead!

Never brush or comb your hair when it’s wet.

Do not use bad quality combs and brushes, cheap barrettes and hair accessories, and ponytail holders with metal joins. Instead, you should use wide-toothed combs, and even consider not using a brush at all!

Trim regularly to avoid split ends.

Your hair reflects the overall condition of your body! If your body is healthy and well nourished, your hair will be amazing.

You can maximize your genetic growth cycle through taking the proper blend of amino acids and B-vitamins, including B-6, biotin, Inositol and folic acid.

Eliminate or cut back on smoking and caffiene.

Have a weekly scalp massage to provide stimulation to the hair follicles.

Get plenty of rest and sleep to allow your body to grow hair (I like this method!).

Here’s what you need to follow my guide to achieving leopard print spots you won’t want to change:

  • three bottles of nail varnish (a base colour, at least one contrasting colour for the centre of the leopard spots, and a black polish to define their edges);
  • a bit of time; 
  • and a reasonably steady hand.

leopard print nails tutorial

Begin prepping your nails by removing any old nail varnish and filing them into your desired shape. Push back cuticles if required, and swipe a cotton paid bearing some nail varnish remover across the nail plate to degrease it before applying a thin layer of base coat. Lay down your main colour (I used Rimmel Sky High for this job). Two coats may be required, but if you’re using a reasonably opaque varnish you may actually find you can get away with a single coat, since the leopard print you apply later will be covering up some of this base colour. Now get ready to apply the colour(s) that will act as the centre of the leopard spots – if you have a colour that will be opaque in one coat, that would be ideal (I used Barry M Baby Pink, which wasn’t, and two coats were required for my spots).Be sure to remove excess polish from the brush as you remove it from the bottle. As you take out the brush, roll the stem around the inner neck of the bottle, and then carefully swipe both sides of the brush itself on the inside edge of the bottle’s neck to only leave a small bead of colour on the end of the brush. leopard print nails tutorial

Daub on your spots! Don’t worry too much about trying to get them all the same shape or size or even very rounded. Squared-off ovals or round-ended rectangles will still look like leopard print by the time we’re through. Just try to keep them as thin and as un-blobby as possible to minimise drying time.

leopard print

It’s time to define the edges with your black nail varnish. Remove all nail varnish from the brush as Step 3 above, but this time don’t even leave the bead of colour at the tip of the brush. Instead, lay down that bead and a few more drops too either on the rim of the neck of the bottle or on something like a piece of scrap paper (but nothing that’s going to immediately absorb them). You want to try and keep the tip of the brush as flat as possible – this will give you both a neat long edge and neat corners at the bottom of the brush which you can use for precision application of the black polish.

Dip the very bottom of the brush into your black nail varnish reservoir to pick up a small amount of colour. For larger spots, laying down the long edge of the brush will pretty much instantly take care of one side of the spot; use the corner of the brush to edge smaller spots or for greater control.

Don’t create a black border the whole way around the spot – leaving open ends and using three or four strokes to create the borders looks more leopard print and less polka dot gone awry. And again, there’s no need to worry if your borders look a bit irregular. It actually adds to the effect, hurrah!

Feather Manicure DIY Ingredients:

  • Bag of Feathers
  • A Base Coat
  • A Base Color
  • Thick Clear Top Coat
  • Tweezers

To recreate this look, first prep your nails with a base coat – I used Essie’s Protein Base Coat, followed by a base color. Color Club was nice enough to send me their Untamed Luxury Collection and I was so excited to use Pretty in Platinum. The pearly white silver contrasted beautifully against the exotic pattern and color in the feathers.

Next, top one nail with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat and press a feather into the nail using tweezers quickly before it dries. With a small pair of scissors, cut the feather around the edges that extend past the nail. Apply one more coat of Seche Vite to secure the feather onto the nail. Repeat for the remaining nails.