DIY Elsa dress from Frozen – easy

2 Jun

Elsa dress complete

I had to come up with Elsa dress for my daughter’s birthday. There was none left at any stores I went to, but she gave me no chance in replacing it with some other option. So I had to browse some ideas, and took this one with some changes.

I am very lazy in hiding edges and doing very detailed work when it comes to projects like these, so I tried to simplify the process as much as possible. My designer friends, be easy on me please

It took me a while in Jo-Anne fabrics to figure out what I need; not having much knowledge about measurements I was left with some fabric leftovers. The whole dress costed about $25-30 in materials. Priceless in memories it created

Materials needed:DSC_4239

-plain white t-shirt, or with lace sleeves (ours from Target, $7), or with long sleeves (short sleeves are better for summer);

-stretchy jersey that will go over the t-shirt – 1 1/2 yards;

-lace for waist;

-ribbon for waist;

-2 buttons;scheme 1

-tulle – as much as you want. The more – the bigger the skirt. We had 3 pieces about 1 1/2 yards each

Top part process:

1. Lay out the jersey over the t-shirt and with pen draw the front – where you will be cutting it. Draw the heart shape (add 1/2 inch above the actual shape because you needfront stitched to hide the edges).

2. Cut out the front and hand stitch it to the t-shirt. I worked with one piece of fabric, the back piece is not a separate piece. Too much work to cut it all separately

3. Stitch the sides of the fabric to the sides of t-shirt

4. After the front and sides are attached, turn the t-shirt, and cut the back where you need it, leaving 1/2 inch to hide the edge.

5. After this is done, you can stitch it with machine. I don’t have one, the machine part was done by my mother in law when the whole dress was stitched by hand. Jersey needs to be stitched using ziback piecegzag

I did not cut the jersey part that was longer then t-shirt. In our case, it was kind of an under-skirt, because tulle is see-through. If your child won’t be wearing pants underneath, you need to create under-skirt. We didn’t have time for that.

Skirt part process:

1. Stitch ribbon to the lace.

2. Put on the ready top part on you child and make 3 dots – 2 on hips, one – where you want the lace to come together when you create a V part is ready

3. Stitch tulle to the lace and ribbon. The more tulle you will use, the puffier the skirt will be.

4. Stitch ready skirt to the top, following the marks you’ve made.

In our case, the tulle came in short pieces 1 1/2 yard each, but it wasn’t an issue. Skirt had openings, but wearing pants underneath was a great idea. And having party outside we needed them in any ways.

lace and ribbon placement5. Add buttons  to the center of heart shape and v-shapeskirt

The whole dress took me about 3 hrs to hand stitch, and about 1 hr for my mother in law to titch it on the machine. I’m sure for individuals with experience it is a faster task


Did I mention we made the cape too?dress ready




Juicing is great – but what to do with leftovers?

6 Mar

So you are juicing every day (or every other day? Once a week?) like me and don’t know what to do with pulp or leftovers?

Here are my few solutions.

If you use carrots – juice them first, take this pulp away and use it for

-baking cookies (use apple pulp as well);

-veggie burgers;

-thick soups (never tried, but I’d add it to lentil soup)

Lately I’m juicing fennel bulb, and all the fennel that is left simply is not possible to use fresh. So I collected the fennel from 2 bulbs, dehydrated it (temperature under 40 C to make sure it’s “live”) – for about 8 hrs. Then I milled it in a coffee grinder, collected in a jar, stored in the refrigerator for better times. It is a very fine powder, I think I’ll use just a bit for anything I will be cooking.

Hope this works for you too!

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To spray or not to spray – that is the question

15 Jan

I see this happening at absolutely every wedding I work at, when bridesmaids come from the salon with curled hair that starts to fall down in a couple of hours (and for those with natural hair – I mean not colored – it starts even sooner then that). They take the hardest spray available and spray whatever is left like nobody’s business in a hope it will help. No, it will not, ladies! It will actually make it worse. Hard spray weights your hair down and you end up with straight hair that looks greasy and undone. If your hair does not hold the curl, and you know it ahea


d, try different style if to begin with!

If curls start to fall, let it go! You can brush them with soft brush to have soft curls, you can re-curl them (if it doesn’t have too much product = doesn’t feel plastic). But no spray, please!

Bao’s engagement – looking forward to May wedding!

13 Jan

We have met with Bao and her family in the end of November, what a beautiful day it was! Hair and makeup by Alina G Karaman ( Photos are taken by HNM Photoz (

Looking forward to see Bao again very soon, in May!1422443_625943654128631_1809284741_n 1460027_625943624128634_1606729387_n 1465110_625943620795301_1450950863_n 1467485_625943754128621_674277785_n 1477451_625943500795313_1370163768_n 1488058_625943844128612_805083394_n 1488119_625943707461959_30091922_n

Beautiful headshots from Monica True

12 Jan

I’ve known Monica True for some time now (2 years? 3 years? If to take into consideration that I came to US in 2009, 3 years is a long time). Working  behind the scenes and knowing that modeling is a hard work, I believe I could never be one. It takes only 30 min before the camera for me to get tired of it. But Monica brings out the best out of you in first minutes you work with her. The beautiful head shots she did for me were so amazing, I could not believe it, and of course it was so hard to choose just a few from many great! Here is Monica’s web site if you want to look like you just got out of the cover of fashion magazine, but make sure you book ahead – she is a very popular lady www.monicatrue.comweb Alina-6817 ret web Alina-6824 ret

Green smoothie sucess

4 Jan

Lately I’ve been skipping on my greens so I make sure I drink green smoothies. I remind myself about it every evening, but soon it will become a habit. I consider it as a snack


It is very easy to make one.

You need:

-any greens (kale, collard greens, butternut squash, romaine lettuce etc) – try to use only organic;

-any soft fruit (banana, mango, melon);

-any berries or one more fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc);


It may look weird or “too healthy” but believe me you will like it after you try.

For the beginners – use more fruit. When you get used to it, try 2/3 of greens, 1/3 of a fruit. Blend water with fruit and berries first, then add greens. No need for fancy blender – mine was about $40 3 years ago and still going strong.

Good luck!

Relax Bottle/Time Out Timer | My Crazy Blessed Life!

25 Nov

This is a great idea, I gotta try to create that!

Relax Bottle/Time Out Timer | My Crazy Blessed Life!.