Easy Crop Top Restyle

DIY cropped shirt from an oversized topHey, guys— it's Katie here! I'm sure you've heard me talk about this before, but I just love embellishments and alterations. I love taking something I already own but may not love, and turning it into something I frequently wear. It helps stave off my constant need to be shopping for new things... which my husband greatly appreciates.  ;)

I scored this cute top at my favorite thrift store at the beginning of spring, but haven't worn it. There is nothing wrong with it, I just never really loved the way it fit. I decided to do a pretty small alteration, and now it's one of my favorites! Here's what I did:

Turn a baggy shirt into a cropped shirtSupplies:
-a top you'd like to alter

-scissors or rotary cutter
-measuring tape
-elastic (I used 3/8")
-sewing machine

Baggy shirt to fitted cropped shirt (before)I suppose I should start with a "before" photo to give you a point of reference. Like I said, there was nothing wrong with this top. It was just another thing sitting in my closet that wasn't getting worn.

Measure and cut the bottom sectionCreating a cropped shirt from an oversized top (click through for tutorial)Step One: Measure up from the bottom how many inches you'd like to remove from your shirt. Keep in mind you will need a little seam allowance for your hem.

Iron the hemStep Two: Turn your top inside out and fold up the bottom. Iron the fold (mine was 1 1/4"). After you've ironed your hem, fold up a second time and iron again.

Pin the hemSew the hemLeave an opening for the elasticStep Three: Pin your ironed hem. This will ensure the hem stays even as you run it through your sewing machine. Use your sewing machine to stitch along the top of the hem, leaving a small section unsewn (the circled section in the photo above).

Attach a paper clip or safety pin to the elastic
Thread the elastic through the hem
Step Four: Measure your waist and cut a length of elastic to fit. Attach a paper clip or safety pin to the elastic. Thread the elastic strip through the hole of your hem and out the other side. Make sure to hold one end as you thread the elastic. Pin and stitch the elastic once you've made it through.

Turn a baggy oversized shirt into a sweet cropped top (click through for tutorial)Step Five (optional): Sew the small opening closed.

Turn your top right side out and you're all finished!

DIY Cropped Shirt (click through for tutorial)Great tutorial for turning oversized shirts into lovely cropped tops (click through for tutorial)Turn an oversized shirt into a cropped blouse (click through for tutorial)And that's it! I turned a shirt that wasn't getting any love into a top I absolutely adore! I love pairing my cropped shirts with high-waisted skirts and shorts... and more than that, I love breathing new life into things I already own. Happy sewing! xo. Katie

Credits // Author and Photography: Katie Shelton. Photos edited with Imogen from the Folk Collection.

How to Apply Lipstick & Make it Last All Day

Tips applying lipstickKeeping your lipstick on your lips is a challenge for a lot of us. There are tons of great long-wear lipsticks out there on the market, but here's a trick to make your lipstick long-lasting even if it's a traditional formula.
Tools for getting perfect lipsAll you need is lipstick, a similar or matching liner, translucent powder, a brush, and a tissue.
How to apply lipstickStep One: Define your lip shape with liner. I like to start by making an x at the Cupid's bow, a little u shape on the bottom lip, and arrows at the corner, and then connecting the lines. Don't worry if it looks silly, you're going to be filling it in anyway! 
How to apply lipstick
Step Two: Fill in your entire upper and bottom lip with liner. This is an important step. Lip liner is drier than lipstick and will adhere to your lips, which will help the color stay, even if your creamy lipstick formula wears off.
Step Three: Apply lipstick. I like to use a brush for precision, but you can also just apply straight from the tube. If I'm doing a super intense color, sometimes I will do two coats, blotting in between. 
How to make your lipstick last all dayStep Four: Take your tissue and pull it apart so you only have 1 ply. Lay it over your lips and powder on top of the tissue. This will let a small amount of powder set your lipstick without it looking dry or dulling the color! 
Tips applying lipstick Make sure you take your lipstick with you to touch up just in case! This trick will definitely help it wear longer. Try it out and see what works best for you! xo. AnnaRose
Credits // Author:  Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. If you use AnnaRose's styling tips, feel free to tag her on Instagram or Twitter @theannarose.

Vegetarian Spaghetti and "Meatballs"

Easy homemade meatball recipeI bet you didn't know that us (mostly) vegetarians dream of meatballs too. At least this gal does (points thumb at chest). 

OK, we've got to discuss this real quick. Who decided that these should be called "meatballs?" I mean, is it just me, or is that not the laziest name ever? Also, it's not the most appetizing description ever. Meatballs. Balls of meat. 

And if your inner-middle schooler is giggling right now, it's OK. Me too. Or, conversely, if you are a middle schooler, and you're way too mature to be giggling at this...well, you win. 

My favorite vegetarian meatball recipeFocus now. We've got some meatless meatballs to make. These may not have meat, but they are still full of protein.

Still giggling? Get it together, you guys. We've got dinner to make. 

Best vegetarian meatball recipe  Vegetarian Spaghetti and Meatballs, serves 2-3 (makes 14-15 balls)
Adapted from The Kitchn's guide, How to Make Meatballs

8 oz. tempeh
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup bread crumbs (I used panko)
1 egg
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons parsley
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 large jar of your favorite tomato sauce (or make your own)
salt + pepper
16 oz. uncooked spaghetti noodles

In a bowl, stir together the milk and bread crumbs. This is sort of a breakfast cereal moment. 

Use a grater to shred the tempeh so it resembles the texture of ground meat. To the bread crumb bowl, add the tempeh, egg, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, chopped onion and the minced garlic. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Best vegetarian meatball recipe Use your clean hands to roll the batter into small balls. (Insert more giggles.) If you aren't using them all at once, you can place them in a zip lock bag and freeze them.

Best vegetarian meatball recipeGet your pasta cooking in some boiling, salted water. While that cooks, cook the meatballs in the tomato sauce for 10-12 minutes until everything is hot. They don't need to cook for very long. You're mostly just making sure the raw egg in the batter cooks and the cheese begins to melt.

Vegetarian meatballs (click through for recipe)Once the pasta is ready, drain, and serve the meatballs and sauce on top. Garnish with a little more chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese. Devour. 

Yes, you must devour. That's just part of the recipe. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with Stella of the Signature Collection. 

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