Dip-Dye Ombre Shorts

Bloggers! Apologies for the long break between posts! Let’s take a poll shall we? Who doesn’t like to tie dye? …Exactly, NO ONE!

Back to the point…while walking through the local Urban Outfitters last week I spotted a gorgeous pair of dip-dyed shorts. The price tag: $50! but but but but…WHY!??? They were so simple looking almost as if I could make them…(lightbulb goes off) MYSELF! I ran to the nearest Forever 21 and got a pair of white denim shorts and picked up some RIT dye at the craft store. I was on my way to becoming the world’s newest dip dye expert!

Materials:

  • Plastic Gloves (You don’t want blue hands, eh?)
  • Bucket
  • Mixing Stick or Clothes Hanger
  • Tablespoon
  • Sink
  • Hot water
  • RIT Liquid Dye (I used Royal Blue because I’m fancy like that)
  • White Denim Shorts (preferably a cotton/poly blend or 100% cotton)Image

Procedure:

  1. Fill your bucket with 1 gallon of hot water
  2. Put on your gloves on (snap! snap!)
  3. Pour two tablespoons of liquid dye into the water
  4. Mix the water and dye (I used a plastic clothes hanger as a mixer which is questionable…but hey at least it worked!)
  5. Dunk the shorts entirely in the dye mixture and soak for 15 seconds REFER TO DIAGRAM ABOVE
  6. Wring out extra dye from shorts and hang them up temporarilyImage
  7. Approximate and add half the bottle of liquid dye to the dye mixture (Don’t freak out it will not be perfect…but then again nothing’s perfect ;)
  8. Use your mixing device and make sure the dye is swirled into bucket
  9. Hold the hem of the shorts and dunk the shorts in until the end of the zipper hits the dye mixture and hold them there for 45 seconds (Don’t complain, just do it. Sing a song to pass the time along. Wait…did I just quote Mary Poppins?) REFER TO DIAGRAM ABOVE
  10. REPEAT STEP 6! Wring them out, and HANG THEM (That’s right… SEND THEM TO THE NOOSE!…just kidding)
  11. Now add the remaining liquid dye to the bucket and mix it in
  12. Hold the shorts by the hem and dip just the top of the shorts in (until the tip of the pockets hit the dye) and leave them in the dye for 5 minutes REFER TO DIAGRAM
  13. REPEAT STEP 6!
  14. Let the shorts sit (hang them by the hem like pictured above) for 5 minutes to let the dye set a little bit before you rinse them out under cold water until the water runs clear
  15. SMILE :) because you are now the proud owner of a spectacular pair of shorts!
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I hope you have an un-dyeing adoration for your new shorts! Next time your friend is about to buy a pair of overpriced dip dye shorts just pull up this link and wag your finger at her/him.

Amount I could have potentially spent on Urban shorts: $50

Amount I spent on shorts and dye: $25

Amount I saved: $25 (cha-ching!)

How are YOU going to spend the money you saved by making these shorts? Decisions…decisions…

With love,

SEM

P.S. Stay posted for a dip-dyed button-up tutorial!

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Nail Art: Contrasting Colors, Shapes, and Textures

Hiya bloggies!

For our third nails tutorial, I decided to make things super easy. In addition to being easy, this tutorial is also really versatile, making it perfect for everyone, no matter what your preference!

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To give some basic information, the design above is based on the simple idea of contrasting opposite or nearly opposite colors on the color wheel to get a nice pop on your nails. However, I took it one step further by not only using contrasting colors, but also adding different textures of polishes (matte and glitter) as well as some interesting shapes.

Here’s what you’ll need: two contrasting colors of nail polish (I used a matte deep blue from L.A. Colors and a glittery gold from Milani, both procured at my local drugstore), a couple of Q-tips, and, in my case, some nail polish remover.

ImageTo start, I just painted two coats of the blue matte polish onto all of my nails. As always, make sure to let the first coat dry before painting on the second. Depending on how opaque your polish is, you may want to do more than two coats.

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After, I took out my Q-tips and painted some gold polish onto the end of the Q-tip.

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Then, using the Q-tip, I just dabbed the polish onto each nail in an inverted triangle shape. If I did too much gold, I just added some blue over it until I got the look I wanted. See the picture below!

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As you can see, my painting is kind of messy, but it didn’t matter because afterwards I just took another Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover and dabbed at the messy paint parts until they disappeared! :)

Hope you enjoyed this new post, and remember that you can and should take this idea and make it your own with your own polishes!

Much love,

SEM