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DIYCOFFEE-MATE CARAMEL MACCHIATO TWO WAYS

For me, flavors are tied to some of my best memories.  I remember hanging out with my friends in college and enjoying iced caramel macchiatos at our favorite local cafe. We’d spend hours catching up, talking about class and boys.  These days, whenever I have...

MY STYLEAT HOME WITH SNAPFISH

I feel so fortunate to live in LA, where the ocean, sand and palm trees are just a short drive away. Now that I moved to downtown, where there is a more urban feel, I wanted to add a touch of the outdoors into my...

DIYSUMMER T-SHIRT CONTEST

I love to dress up, but I feel most comfortable wearing a t-shirt and jeans. Comfort is key, especially when I'm on the go. Something I love to do to my t-shirts is to give it a fun, personal touch and making it my own....

MOTHER’S DAY DIYVANILLA LAVENDAR SUGAR SCRUB

I love to give gifts from the heart. This Mother’s Day I wanted make something my mom would really appreciate. She loves to pamper herself and is a bit beauty obsessed, like myself. I decided to make a homemade sugar scrub that would allow her...

MOTHER’S DAY DIYROLL ON FRAGRANCE

I have very sensitive skin, and after trying many different fragrances, I was left with irritated rashes. Because I love scents, I began to look toward alternative options. I became so elated after discovering how easy it was to create my own scents at home...

DIYMIMOSA BAR AND SPRING TABLE SETTING

I’m sharing my Spring entertaining ideas with Target Home as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #TargetCrowd. Now that it's finally Spring and the weather seems to be beautiful everyday, I wanted to host a brunch at my home with some of my best...

DIYDESIGN YOUR WEDDING

I wanted to take a moment and share with everyone a really amazing site, that a good friend of mine is the creative director for. Violet is the first DIY wedding design tool that allows its users to personalize their perfect wedding. Brides and grooms...

DIYEASTER PARTY TABLE AND FLORAL WALL

I’m sharing my Easter party spread with Target Home as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #TargetCrowd. When I moved into my loft in downtown, I was ecstatic that I finally had a space that I could host parties and gatherings with friends. This...

DIYPARTY POPCORN RECIPES

Award season is in full swing, and my favorite show is the Academy Awards. I love to gather my girlfriends at my place, make a few treats and watch the red carpet to anticipate what everyone is wearing. This year, I decided to try a...

DIYHEART MARQUEE

Sorry to post this a little late, but just had to share this DIY I created with eBay Style Stories. With love in the air, I wanted to create a heart inspired DIY. If you’re planning on having a Valentine’s dinner for two or a...

DIYAIR PLANT TERRARIUM

Living and working in the hustle and bustle of downtown LA, I love to add plants and flowers to my home. One of my new year resolutions is to create my own floral bouquets and terrariums to bring the outdoors inside my space. Here I...

DIY INSPOTERRARIUMS AT HOME

Now that I am living in downtown LA, a concrete jungle, I am finding myself aching for greenery in my home. I love adding a little touch of nature inside my space to create a calm environment. Here are some interior inspiration photos that I...

DIYMARBLE CELL PHONE CASE

If you follow me on Instagram (@swellmayde), you may have noticed my obsession with marble. It all started when I first visited Bottega Louie, a chic restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, fully decorated in marble. I was completely in awe at how it evoked such...

DIYGREEN SMOOTHIE WITH SPROUT BY HP

I was so excited when HP reached to out to try Sprout, their new creative workstation. It is not just a touchscreen computer, it is a 2D and 3D scanner and a camera all in one. It also comes with a stylus pen, which allows...

DIYMINI HOT COCOA TEST TUBE MIXERS

With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to create a fun DIY that’s a perfect gift or stocking stuffer. I love hot cocoa with a touch of peppermint—especially this time of the year—and I couldn’t resist making these mini mixes in decorative tubes. Just...

HOLIDAY DIYEMBELLISHED PUMPS

With the holidays just around the corner, I was inspired to put together a DIY for the season. As holiday party invitations are starting to trickle in, I am beginning to pull together ideas for the perfect outfit.I always love to pair my holiday look...

THANKSGIVING DIYMINI PUMPKIN TIRAMISUS

During this time of year, I can’t seem to leave the grocery store without throwing a couple cans of pumpkin puree in my cart. I get so excited to try new recipes in preparation for Thanksgiving. If you are thinking of making a pumpkin dessert...

DIYRHINESTONE SWEATER

It seemed like summer was never going to end in LA. Even though I love the warm sun shining on me, I was beginning to long for cooler weather and fall dressing. Finally, last week it became chillier and I was so excited to bring...

HALLOWEEN DIYLACE MASK

For Halloween, I love to challenge myself and try to create an outfit that is inspired by fashion trends. This year, I was drawn to all the lace I have been seeing on the runway shows. As I scoured my craft closet, I found leftover...

DIYFloral Letters

If you follow me on Instagram, you already can tell how much I love fresh flowers. I try my best to have them around my home at all times. Flowers can immediately transform my mood and instantly put a smile on my face. A few...

DIYLINKED DOUBLE RING

My outfit does not feel complete without a few pieces of jewelry. Although I’m a big fan of a chunky statement piece, there are days when I want a more minimal feel. This is when delicate accents best complete my look. Here, I show you...

DIYSILVER COIN STATEMENT NECKLACE

Being a California girl, there is always a little touch of boho to my look. I have beach waves in my hair almost everyday of the year and am convinced that worn in black boots go with just about everything. My current favorite boho accessory...

DIYPEACH YOGURT POPSICLES

I am such a big ice cream fan. I basically could eat it anytime of the day, everyday. Because it is not the healthiest dessert option, I have been on the hunt for a healthy alternative. This recipe for Peach Yogurt Popsicles is not only...

DIYCOCONUT VANILLA GRANOLA AND FRUIT PARFAIT

If you follow me on Instagram, you have peeked into my love affair with good food. A couple weeks ago, I hung out with fellow bloggers and food lovers Chanelle of The Penelope Times and Jenny of Good, Bad, and Fab for a fun and...

DIYSURF SPRAY FOR BEACH WAVES

I love beach hair. The combination of salt, sand and the sea air create a perfectly tousled coif, something I try to recreate in my daily hair routine. Unfortunately, going to the beach everyday doesn’t fit in everyone’s work schedule. This DIY Surf Spray is...

DIYNATURAL BUG REPELLENT SPRAY

One summer night, I forgot to close my windows and awoke to a large bug bite on my leg. I instantly researched a natural bug spray recipe and tried it that night.  It has been working really well for me. I spray it around my...

DIYBEADED TASSEL BRACELETS

Every summer season my love for arm candy returns. With this trend, the saying that less is more, no longer applies. It is all about mixing and matching, and having fun trying out different bracelet combinations to accessorize your outfit. Here I teach you how...

DIYFRUIT INFUSED ICE CUBES

With summer officially upon us, I have been gathering ideas for refreshing and fun drinks for hosting pool parties or BBQs with friends. I decided on these fruit infused ice cubes because they are not only adorable, but delicious and healthy, too. Keep cool this...

DIYTASSEL BOOKMARKS

I remember when I was in highschool, I loved personalizing my school supplies. I would make my own book covers, added collages on my notebooks, and even painted my backpack. When Scotch approached me to come up with a back to school inspired DIY, I...

DIYTIE DYE ESPADRILLES

So happy that summer is finally here! For this DIY, I wanted to blend some of my favorite summer trends into one project. I love a great tie dye, especially in denim. Here, I recreated my own tie dye denim look, onto lace-up espadrilles, my...

DIY INSPOINDIGO TIE DYE

Every summer, my love for tie dye returns. And now that I'm redecorating my new place, I have been playing with the idea of adding a little indigo tie dye to pillows or my sheets. Last year, I updated my white jeans with tie dye...

DIYGOLD LEAF JEWELRY TRAYS

I love the idea of updating items I already own to give them a personal touch. As I was rearranging my kitchen cabinets, I realized that I had a few ceramic plates that I had not used in quite a while. It gave me the...

DIYFATHER’S DIY ROUND UP

Looking back, I haven't put together a DIY round up for Father's Day in the past. So, I wanted to take the time to put together a few of my favorite handmade gift ideas for all the dads out there. Enjoy! 1. DIY Bow Ties  //...

DIYEMBELLISHED CROSSBODY BAG

I have become a big fan of allover embellished accessories after seeing it season after season on the runway from Isabel Marant, one of my favorite designers. I especially love this trend as a fun update to my spring and summer wardrobe for a great...

MOTHER’S DAY DIYCREPE PAPER FLOWERS

Mother’s Day is such a special holiday. If you are struggling to figure out to what gift your mom this year, try something handmade and personal. This bouquet of DIY crepe paper flowers is the perfect touch of pretty and feminine, to show how much...