Thursday, May 19, 2016

DIY Silk Cord Wrap Bracelet

The folks at endlessleather recently contacted me about another blog cooperative.  This time, they asked me if I'd be willing to try my hand at jewelry making--using one of their lovely silk cords.  My answer was a resounding, "Yes!"

I adore bracelets; so, it was easy to figure out what I'd select as my DIY project (smile).  Their selection of silk cords, Murano glass beads and closures was extensive, but I finally landed on this lovely pink/rose combo with a silver closure as the materials I'd use.

The items I used (courtesy of endlessleather):


What I loved best (aside from the look and luxury of the silk cord) was that I could easily tie knots on each side of the three Murano glass beads.  This firmly anchored them into place.

I tied the first bead into the center of the cord.  I wrapped the cord around my wrist, tied another bead into place, and wrapped again--before tying the last bead into place. 

Snipping my bracelet to size, the ends were then placed into both ends of the closure.  Household pliers were used to secure the closure securely.  The whole process roughly took me 20 minutes to complete!

I absolutely adore this lovely silk cord wrap bracelet!  I've got several quart pink items in my wardrobe that I cannot wait to don alongside this beauty!

Check out two prior DIY projects I completed using endlessleather products here and here.

Joy & grace, T.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

DIY Leather Cord Bracelets

A little over a year ago, I was contacted by the folks at endlessleather regarding a blog cooperative.  Until that point, I'd never ventured into jewelry making outside of a workshop setting. Nevertheless, I gladly accepted the challenge.  Happily, I was thrilled with the outcome! Check out the edgy/chic bracelet I made (in 2014) in this past post. It's a fave I proudly don on a regular occasion!

When I was recently contacted by endlessleather about a second blog cooperative, I jumped at the chance.  You see, their selection is, indeed, endless, and their products are top notch in terms of quality.  I know this because the bracelet I crafted last year is as beautiful, today, as it was the day I created it.  Plus, there's a true joy in doing it yourself! Featured above (in plastic bags) are the courtesy products I received from endlessleather for this second exciting bracelet-making endeavor. 

My "formula" for bracelet making is an easy one (I adore simplicity!).  The only "tools" needed are likely ones you'll have at home: a pair of scissors and a pair of pliers. I used a cord cutter on the second bracelet featured below, but a pair of scissors would have easily accomplished the job. 

I've always wanted a braided leather cord bracelet.  Now, I have one that I made--all by myself!  In making the sweet bracelet, below, I used the following items (courtesy of endlessleather):

Round, Braided Leather Cord 

To make this treasure, I simply slipped the smallest end of the connector onto one end of the leather cord and crimped it (using household pliers).  I then measured the desired length, and cut (using a pair of scissors).  I then slipped the leather cord into the larger end of the connector; again crimping the connector with a pair of pliers.  The whole process merely took a few minutes to complete!

Feast your eyes on the luxurious second bracelet I personally crafted (featured below)...

This one is made of a stingray leather cord, and includes Murano crystal beads.  Below are the courtesy items I selected and received from endlessleather to make this fabulous jewelry item:

Murano Crystal Beads (I used 6)

To make this gorgeous bracelet, I simply followed the steps above.  The only modification was to slip the beads onto the cord after I crimped the smallest end of the connector using a pair of pliers.  I then measured for size, cut, and finished by inserting the cord into the largest end of the connector; thereafter crimping (again, with a pair of pliers).

My second experience crafting bracelets using endlessleather products was every bit as fulfilling and successful as my first one.  These one-of-a-kind bracelets are pieces I'm proud and excited to sport!

Joy & peace! T.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Product Feature: Lindi Skin Products

The folks at Lipton Publicity recently invited me to try a few full-sized products from Lindi Skin--specifically their Face Serum (lavender), Eye Hydrator and Lip Balm.  After doing a bit of research on Lindi Skin, I was eager to indulge in this latest endeavor.  You see, Lindi Skin (established in 2003) came into being after CEO and founder, Lindy Snider, witnessed several friends and family members suffering from the toll that chemotherapy cancer treatments took on their skin.

Even though I don't have cancer or compromised skin issues, I am a long-time lover of skincare products that are gentle; yet effective.  Late this past November, I began using the Lindi Skin products featured below; switching them out with the items I normally use.  In fact, I'm still enjoying tthese Lindi Skin products at the writing of this blog post!

Lindi Face Serum (Lavender)

Use of a facial serum is a MUST for me, and has been for some time now. This product's scent is heavenly (I ADORE lavender)!  Lindi Face Serum also lived up to its promise of being both "non-oily" and able to "glide on silky smooth."  I used the face serum on my neck, under my eyes and on my forehead twice a day, and these areas felt extremely soft to the touch all day long.  Despite having somewhat sensitive skin, I had no adverse side effects whatsoever.  

Lindi Eye Hydrator

For some time now, I've used an eye hydration product twice a day--without fail. The gel shown above was applied to the areas around my eye each morning and evening--post washing my face and using my daily or nightly moisturizer (dependent on when I'm using it--smile).  Lindi Eye Hydrator did a beautiful job keeping the skin around my eyes moisturized.  And, like the Lindi Face Serum, I had no adverse reactions to it, either.

Lindi Lip Balm

I always have some sort of hydration on my lips--even when I'm sleeping.  Lindi Lip Balm had tremendous staying power and kept my lips fabulously soft.

What I totally fell in love with, however, is the use of this product to soften my cuticles.  Prior to this, I had already been using a product on my cuticles (It's rubbed in nightly after bath time and before I go to bed).  Lindi Lip Balm beat out my other cuticle softener-BIG time.  In fact, I'm planning to make Lindi Lip Balm my new "go to" for cuticle softening from this point forward.  

Tickled Pink Woman readers can enjoy free shipping and 25% off all Lindi Skin products by using code BLOG25 (for use at through December 31, 2015. Lindi Skin will also make a donation to the American Cancer Society's "Look Good, Feel Better" program for every purchase made through this date.

Joy & grace! T.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Product Love: The Emjoi Micro-Nail...

The folks at Lipton Publicity recently sent me a courtesy sample of the Emjoi Micro-Nail to test and feature on the blog.  This past summer, I reviewed the Emjoi Micro-Pedi and adored it.  At the time I agreed to try the Micro-Nail, I couldn't possibly imagine I'd like it nearly as much as the Micro-Pedi. Then, I tried it...

This woman indulges in a home mani weekly--with several nail polish changes taking place throughout the week.  I always thought my nails looked pretty good once they'd been polished.  Testing this product, though, made me realize my nails should look good even without polish.  Unfortunately, this wasn't the case.  The truth is my bare fingernails were discolored, ridged, dull and even cracked in places (Yes, the photo above was taken before I used the Emjoi Micro-Nail).  

The Micro-Nail was super-easy to assemble and use.  After cutting my nails and washing/drying my hands, I used one of the two Micro-Smooth Rollers (gray) to address my nails' imperfections.

Without applying pressure, I let the roller glide over each nail for a few seconds.  The photo below was taken immediately afterwards...

Next I switched out the gray roller for one of the two Micro-Shine Rollers (white).  Thereafter, I repeated the process...

The photo directly above displays my nails immediately after using the Emjoi Micro-Nail.  Post use, my nails were noticeably smoother, shinier and even less discolored.  They felt great to the touch, too (gone was the roughness!).

MY ASSESSMENT: My nails look MUCH better both with and without polish following my very first use of the Emjoi Micro-Nail.  What's truly fascinating is that the polish seemed to glide on more smoothly and evenly after using the Micro-Nail. Amazingly, they even felt smoother and still looked shiny a couple of days later when I removed the old polish. 

I first tried out my Emjoi Micro-Nail last week.  Since then, I've used it three times (every time I've changed polish colors).  Given that it appears to be improving the condition of my nails each time I use it, it's now going to be a permanent part of my nail care regimen.  

The Emjoi Micro-Nail is sold at the Emjoi website and through QVC (.com).  In my opinion, it would make the perfect gift for you or someone you know (man or woman!). 

Joy & hugs, T.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Kushyfoot Product Review

Recently, the folks at Lipton Publicity asked if they could send me road test samples of tights from Kushyfoot to try out, and subsequently feature on the blog.  Being a frequent wearer of tights (and already owning several pair of Kushyfoot tights myself), I welcomed the opportunity to take this challenge... 

Kushyfoot Rib Fashion Tights: I love incorporating pattern into my outfit with tights.  The ribbing on this black pair translates into a variegated vertical stripe pattern (that's both fun and elegant). Of course, my favorite thing about Kushyfoot tights is the massaging soles. They are so cushy and comfy.

Kushyfoot Fishnet Fashion Tights: Tis nearly the season of holiday parties and gatherings, and I've got several great dresses I'll wear with this highly fashionable pair of tights.  These are the sturdiest pair of fishnet tights I've worn yet (and, I've donned many a pair over the years!).  This is a definite plus in my book as it means they're less likely to rip or fray (Hooray!). 

Kushyfoot Micro Crew:  I was excited to find these amongst the road samples sent to me.  You see, I've owned a pair of these, myself, for about six months now, and I'm totally sold on them.  The comfort band is so effective, I often forget I'm wearing them. Another plus is that the pair I already own has held up beautifully after repeated wear.  Of course, like the other two Kushyfoot products I've featured today, these also have those yummy massaging soles.  I often wear my pair of these with heels and dress pants (a classy touch on those days when I have important business meetings).  This winter, they will also pair well with boots and jeans!

Scarf:  Gifted
Cashmere Cardigan: Gifted
Handbag: Brahmin
Tights: Kushyfoot (road test sample via Lipton Publicity)
Boots: Munro
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Watch: Coach (gifted)
Bracelet: Vintage Bakelite
Lips: Clinique Black Violet
Nails: Essie Cashmere Cardigan
LBD: Eddie Bauer

Lipton Publicity sent me road test samples of these lovely Kushyfoot products, but the opinions are all mine!   

Hugs & joy, T.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

My Latest Therapeutic Recharge...

You might remember, I took a much-needed therapeutic recharge last month...

Well... I'm getting ready to take another one.  Mark and I are headed off to a long-awaited vacation in New England, shortly.

As I ready for the trip (and, settle back into my normal routines, afterwards), the blog will be on a brief hiatus.  Regular blog posts will return in early September.

It's been a busy year for me, professionally.  Although I love both my job and blogging, respites such as these are vital to my well-being.  This past post provides added insights about the importance of relaxation.

I'll have photos and memories to share from our adventures in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts--upon my return in September...  If you'd like to stay in touch during my break, be sure and "like" Tickled Pink Woman's Facebook page.   I'll publish photos and updates there while I'm away from the blogosphere!

 Chambray Shirt Dress: Forever 21
Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Sunnies: Betsey Johnson
Silver ID Bracelet: Borrowed from Husband
Watch: Kate Spade (gifted)
Pendant: Vintage Tiffany (under clothing)

Hugs, joy & grace, T.

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