DIY New Years Eve Party Hat

DSCN1621When you’re crafty like me your friends automatically sign you up to be on the decorations committee for every function.  I knew it was only a matter of time before I got a call to bring something festive to my friends New Years Eve party. The problem is after Christmas, who has a budget to be festive?

I challenged myself to make something for New Years Eve without buying any new supplies. When I realized I had some party hats leftover from my nephew’s birthday party I knew I hit the party decor jackpot.

Supplies:

Party Hats

Acrylic Paint

Foam Paint Brush

Christmas Garland

Hot Glue Gun

(not pictured) Any small paint brush or pencil with an eraser

paint pallet or a surface you don’t mind having paint on

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Step 1:

Paint the party hat the base color. I would suggest using a dark color to cover whatever existing design is on the hat. You can use a lighter color but you will have to paint 1-2 more coats and allow the paint to fully dry between each coat.

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Step 2:

Once your base color has dried you can begin to paint dots with the tip of a paint brush or the eraser of a pencil. Just pour out a small amount of paint and dip the back end of the brush in the paint and press the tip into the hat to create the dots. Allow the dots to dry completely.

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Step 3:

Cut a small length of the Christmas garland to create a small ball. Just dap a small amount of glue to one end of the garland and wrap the garland around itself to form a ball.

Step 4:

Place a dot of hot glue to the top of the hat and adhere the garland ball to the top of the hat.

Step 5:

Wrap the garland arount the hat to measure how much you will need to cover the bottom of the hat. At the bottom edge of the hat place a line of hot glur to the hat and attache the garland around the bottom edge of the glue. Be sure to attach a small amount at a time because hot glue dried very fast.

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If you just happen to have some old party supplies don’t let them go to waste! Transform them to fit your New Year’s celebration!!

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AFTER

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Why You Should Buy Your Own Gift This Christmas

Doesn’t that sound selfish, buying yourself a gift for Christmas. Why would I suggest selfishness during the season of giving? The true spirit of Christmas isn’t about getting what you want. I just feel like women train themselves to accept less all the time. Since everything is on sale at Christmas and it’s my personal belief that you should gift yourself what you want what you really, really want.

Over the years, I have graciously accepted and smiled through some of the worst gifts ever. The worst gift I ever got was from my step -grandmother she bought The Bible on tape and at 13 I just couldn’t see the deeper meaning.fake
I have come to accept that the gift of “good gift giving” is an art not mastered by all. Getting a bad gift can be hard to swallow when the giver is someone who is supposed to know you best. Receiving and giving gifts is almost an unspoken communication.

I had an ah-ha moment in Costco. I was doing some necessary shopping with my sister when I spotted a sewing machine that I wanted. In the most dramatic fashion, I ran to the sewing machine like a long lost lover and cradled it. I yelled to my sister “tell my boyfriend I want a sewing machine for Christmas!” Without breaking stride. my sister walked past me and said. “you don’t have a boyfriend.” I know that!

I realized two things: 1) If my main desire for a boyfriend stemmed from the desire to get a Christmas present I clearly don’t want one. 2) Why do I need to be in a relationship to get what I want for Christmas?

Receiving gifts is a love language. In the book

The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman writes:

A gift is something you can hold in your hand and say “Look, he was thinking of me,” or, “She remembered me.” You must be thinking of someone to give him a gift. The gift itself is a symbol of that thought.

If the act of receiving the perfect gift symbolizes love in my mind, then that explains why I felt like I needed to receive it as gift from the boyfriend in my head. If you can’t expect someone to love you if you don’t love yourself, maybe the same thing applies to gifts.

It only took one Black Friday email to sway me towards the act of self- gifting. A necklace that I wanted last Christmas was going to be on sale. I had considered buying it throughout the year, and I had just talked myself out of it. In the spirit of sale I bought more than what I came for and anxiously awaiting my packages.unicorn                Picture c/o Mrkate.com

When I unwrapped my gifts they meant a little more to me than I was expecting. To be honest, I did want this necklace and last Christmas I wanted it to be a gift, but it meant more because I got it for myself. Both of necklaces that I bought were beautiful, but I bought one necklace because it had a unicorn horn pendant on the chain.

I hold special meaning for unicorns because they’re magical and majestic and last Christmas I didn’t feel like I possessed either quality. I felt like I was bottling up a lot of my optimism magical happy dust just to make other people feel comfortable. I guess, I proved my theory right I felt thought of and cared for through the act of receiving a gift from myself. My self-giving wasn’t just another mindless purchase.blog3

You can consider my act of self-giving as self-centered but maybe your love language is different from mine. That’s OK, and we don’t all feel love and appreciation for the same acts. Don’t take this theory as an excuse to be totally selfish. It’s still the season of giving. However, if one of the gifts under the tree is from you and to you, I’m totally down with you going for it!

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Stay tuned all this week for Blogmas!!! I will be posting special videos on my Facebook page as well as posting here on the blog all the way through New Years!!! For more Oh Wize One be sure to subscribe by clicking the follow button.  You can also follow me on Facebook OhWize One, Instagram@ohwizeone, twitter @ohwize1. Remember to share the wisdom with friends!!

The Liebster Award!!!

 

The Liebster Award was created for bloggers, by bloggers. It provides the opportunity for bloggers and readers to connect and discover other blogs.

I am excited to announce that I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Jeanne De Clue of FinesseCurve

Thanks you so much Jeanne!

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Questions from Jeanne

How would you define your style?

My style is based on how I feel and I feel different everyday. Some days I feel boho chic other days I may feel glamours.  I feel like no one thing defines me but I lean on classic silhouettes because it makes for easy dressing.

Who are your style icons?

I feel like I don’t have one icon so that makes this question hard to answer. If I have to narrow it down to one person it would be my mom she is an amazing seamstress. She has taught me everything I know about fashion. Some kids watched cartoons on Saturday morning and I watched Fashion TV on E! with my mom.

                                                                                                                                   

What is a social issue that you are passionate about?

I’m passionate about the state of women. We have so much power by merely existing. We set the standard for everything across the board. We need to harness our power and come together. We need more control of our image. I hope to inspire women to be comfortable within themselves and make the life they want no matter where they are in life.

What is your favorite style trend this season?

Fur! I have always wanted a fur coat and since it’s on trend it’s available every where. I want a stole, a coat, and a muff! I promise not to wear them all at the same time.

What is your go-to date night look?

This questions makes me laugh because I would need to go on a date in order to have a go to outfit. I do habitually buy dresses with the thought “this is a great dress to go on a date.” A dress that hugs in all the right places is my go to for every occasion.

What was it that made you want to start blogging?

I wanted a platform to express my creativity. I would blog and then fall off constantly. It wasn’t until I ran across a link for Gabifresh that made me feel like I should stick with blogging on a consistent basis.

What is one of your goals as a blogger?

To create community with the women who read my blog. As a black woman in America I feel like someone put me in a box without my consent. I want to reach more than just black women but I definitely want to use my voice as a black creative to inspire other women.

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

An orange dress that I got for Christmas a few years ago. I call it my art gallery opening dress. I just see myself somewhere sophisticated in it.

What is your favorite social media site/app?

Instagram is my favorite. It’s such an awesome platform I can follow my friends and Williams Sonoma!!

Which blogger do you admire the most?

I love Gabifresh, Mr Kate, Miss Kris, FeedNClotheMe, FinesseCurve, Quirky Brown Love, CurvyFabulousity there are just too many to name!

I am nominating the awesomely talented Januarie York of A.M(used.D)

Questions:

  1. How would you define your style?
  2. Who are your style icons?
  3. What is a social issue that you are passionate about?
  4. What is your favorite style trend this season?
  5. What is your go-to date night look?
  6. What was it that made you want to start blogging?
  7. What is one of your goals as a blogger?
  8. What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?
  9. What is your favorite social media site/app?
  10. Which blogger do you admire the most?

The Rules:

  1. Post your award to your blog.
  2. Answer the questions that you were given from the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate a few new bloggers you’ve discovered.
  4. Create 10 new questions for the nominees.
  5. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.

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3 Not So “Ugly” Sweater Looks For The Holidays

I actually love “ugly Christmas sweaters” they just don’t function beyond Christmas. The holidays bring more reasons to celebrate and with that more reasons to look put together. Am I the only one imaging that I am one part of the perfectly styled couple in every December issue of Essence magazine?

I’ve curated three-holiday sweater looks that can take you from day to night.

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This Tassel Cardigan has officially made it into my everyday wear. Here I styled it with a boho feel by paring it with flared leg jeans. I elevated the look with a jeweled statement necklace to bring it all together.  It’s the perfect casual look that you can wear at a laid back office party or hosting a lively game night at home.

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This Asymmetric Knitted Sweater is all purpose. Who knew a turtleneck could be so sexy. If you are busty like me and are concerned with looking top heavy pair this look with a statement necklace to bring the focus back up to your face.

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You can take a basic everyday sweater and wear it out at night. I paired this  Crop Knit Check Sweater with a tulle skirt for an evening look. I love the preppy look of this sweater with this playful skirt. This sweater ran big if you want true cropped sweater look I would order a size down in this sweater. If you’re not into tulle this can also work with sequin skirt. Remember the rule for mixing basics with evening wear is:

basic+evening wear+ evening accessories= chic

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