DENIM NOTEBOOK || DIY #2

Hey, you!

Back to school season.  When does it officially start? Not sure.. When does it finish? Not sure either hahah But whatever, this post is still gonna be one of my Back To School DIY series (I will post 3 school/stationary related posts) even thought I have a slight feeling that I might be a bit late.

So yeah, every year when the shops get full of stationery, I get excited because I LOVE starting my school year with new pens, pecils, notebooks – everything new! That means a new, good start (but not really thought haha I’m still stuck in that crap. A new pen won’t make my Maths’ skills better, right? Oh well… I just like to pretend that it will haha).

Sometimes my eyes don’t catch anything unique/cute at the stores so I have to turn on my apparatus of creativity an come up with things myself. This time I had an idea to make a denim notebook/agenda. Actually, I made a similar one last year and I really enjoyed it. I got so many compliments about it so, I guess, people liked it too. If you’d like to make your own, keep reading 🙂

What you’ll need:

  • a notebook (preferably with a hard cover)
  • a hot glue gun (or any kind of glue that would be suitable for gluing fabric)
  • a pair of old jeans/a piece of denim
  • a piece of thicker paper. The color is up to you (if you’re DIYing a larger notebook you might need more than one)
  • a pair of scissors
  • some elastic (optional)
  • some sticky notes (optional)

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Lets begin!

This project is supper easy: your goal is to glue a piece of denim on you notebook nicely and that’s it haha. Okay, bye.

Just kidding.

For real now.

  • First, measure and cut your jeans so that you get a piece of fabric which’s a bit bigger than the notebook (leave about 2cm from every edge).
  • Then align it so that the seam sits as close to the left edge and glue as smoothly as possible (feel free to use a ruler to help you). Leave the side unglued!
  • Fold the extra fabric inwards and glue on the inner side of the cover (make little cuts which will allow you to fold the fabric nicely, without wrinkles).

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  • Tuck that little extra piece in a hole for a cleaner edge or if you forgot not to glue the edge you can just snip it off and cover the edge with clear nail polish.

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  • Cut two pieces of paper the size as your cover or a little smaller and glue on the inner side of the top and bottom covers to hide the folds. Tadaaa, you’re done.

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  • If you’re feeling fancy, you can add a punctuation mark – a ribbon or an elastic for keeping your agenda closed by gluing them under the paper at the back.

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  • If you’re SUPER fancy, and love being organized, glue some sticky notes to make you stay on track. 🙂 P.S.  If you ever recreate it, be sure to tweet me the picture.

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Get creative with it!

Be different. Be weird.

Akvilė ^^

Show some love: if you have any tips, questions, comments, feel free to tweet me @AkvileeB, kik me @Akvilee359, or snapchat me @aakvile.

TO THE SCHOOL I GO…

Hey, people of the internet!

The 1st of September is the day when the summer break for Lithuanian kids finishes and everyone goes back to school. Sadly, I’m not an exception haha. So this year I’m gonna be a senior or, if it’s clearer to you, a 12th former and that’s a bit scary because huge exams are coming. I feel like this school year is going to be such a stressful mess because I stll have to figure out what I want to be in life, which university to choose, etc. And the driver’s licence, ofc.. So yeah, can’t wait till the summer comes!

So the first day of school in Lithuania is a bit different compared to other countries because we don’t have to bring our backpacks and there are no classes. It’s more like an event. Everyone dresses up nicely, brings some flowers for our teachers, we listen to some speeches of our school’s principal, teachers and other important people. Every school does it a bit differently.

Every year it would be such a hassle to pick an outfit for the event. I’d be like: “isn’t it not too much?”, “isn’t it too simple?”.. But this year I wasn’t stressing. I was confident because I felt like I’ve put together the perfect look: not too basic, not too dressy. So I chose to wear this cool black over-the-knee dress (River Island) which I’ve decorated a bit (sewed on these little balls for some texture). I paired it with my chunky heels (House) and polka-dotted socks with ruffles (Takko) to add something youthful/childish and fun for the outfit.  They mach my uniform – the blue blazer (Reserved). I grabbed a simple black clutch bag (Bags&More), put some cool silver earrings (1.Bought in Greece; 2.H&M; 3.Ebay) and my fave watch (Seksy. A gift). I didn’t want to go too fancy/ dark with my makeup so I kept everything as simple as possible (the same for my hair haha).

So that’s it! thanks for reading. Let me know what you think^^

Be different. Be weird.

Akvilė ^^

Show some love: if you have any tips, questions, comments, feel free to tweet me @AkvileeB, kik me @Akvilee359, or snapchat me @aakvile.

GOT NOMINATED FOR REAL NEAT BLOG AWARD!

Heyoooo, people of the Internet!

Soo… A while ago I got nominated for this “Real Neat Blog Award”. This is my first time writing a post like this and I’m thrilled! It seems like so much fun ^^

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HERE’S HOW IT WORKS AND WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO:

1. Put the award logo on your blog
2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you
3. Thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blog
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Let’s begin!

WHO NOMINATED ME?

It was Nancy Wang who nominated me. In her blog Nancy writes that she “<…> is a fashion blogger and designer at NANCYWANG.co. She posts from Monday to Friday, topics include fashion, personal style, DIY , and photography. She is also constantly looking for new ideas <…>”. I’d like to add that she is very creative  and has such a unique style (basically, she can pull off everything: from edgy, sporty to girly and cute). I find her posts really entertaining and really like scrolling down her blog so check Nancy out and show some love!

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ANSWERS TO NANCY’S QUESTIONS:

1.Use 5 words to describe yourself!

I always start overthinking when it comes to questions like this. It feels like it’s  the life and death situation going on, you know haha? Buuuut (after struggling for some time) I’d describe myself as a loner, creative, emotional, open minded and crafty.

2. Coffee or Tea?

Honestly, I’ve tried to hop on that “Omg! Coffee for days!! Yasss!” trend (if I can call it like that haha) but I feel like it didn’t really work me. I noticed that sometimes I would get that weird feeling in my tummy after drinking a cup of coffee which I didn’t like, sooo…It has to be tea (sorry, coffee lovers).

3. What’s your favorite piece in your wardrobe.

Nancyyyy… You can’t do that… It’s so hard to choose one! Umm I think it’s a pair of mom jeans which I thrifted (it was such a bargain!). I’ve been wearing them A LOT latelly, so yeah, it has to be them.

4.If you can choose any place on earth to live, where will that be? 

Maybe Brasil because it’s always sunny,  people seem so happy there and those guys though… ❤

5.What’s the most important lesson you learned from blogging?

Hmm.. That’s a serious one. Well, I’d say that it’s way more difficult than I thought and requires SO MUCH time.

6.If you can have ONE superpower, what will that be?

I choose the power of healing any kind of disease so that I could travel around the world and heal people.

7. Name one or few movies that you love!

I really love “The Black Swan”, “Always”, “21 and over”. These are the ones that I wouldn’t stop loving no matter how many times I watch them.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES:

1. Sneakers, heels or ballet pumps?

2. What are your top 5 favorite songs at the moment or of all time.

3. What are your top 3 favorite artists/bands at the moment or of all time.

4. Who is your celebrity crush (or crushes)?

5. What’s your purpose of blogging?

6. Imma let you brag a little here haha. What’s one thing that you’re really good at?

7. Are you a cat or a dog person?

GORGEUS PEOPLE WHO I NOMINATE:

Arielle

Aza Azaleea

Yuzi Katrina

Kara

Nikki Regalario

Lisa Leyla

Naeun

Jeany

Hannah Harden

Josephine

People are nominated, questions are answered so… I guess that’s it! I have to say that it was very interesting writing a post like this. I hope you (nominees) will find it interesting too!

’till next time!

Be different. Be weird.

Akvilė ^^

Show some love: if you have any tips, questions, comments, feel free to tweet me @AkvileeB, kik me @Akvilee359, or snapchat me @aakvile.

THE PRETTIEST PLACE IN LATVIA

Heyy, people of the Internet.

This post is related with my last one where I showed you you my outfit (you can check it out here: “CHECKED GUIPURE“). How? Well, I’ve mentioned the blue shoe bags. So yeah, the were given to us because we went to the palace of Rundale in Latvia – by far, one of the prettiest museums that I’ve seen.

So basically, this amazing palace was built in 18th century and belonged to a rich duke. It was only his summer residence. ONLY. I mean… deamn!

Sadly enough, during World War II it was damaged and so many things, such as paintings, were stolen or destroyed but at the end of 20th century the restoration work was started. It was only finished in 2014. I feel like not everything’s fully renovated because we weren’t able to see ALL of the rooms and halls because some of the doors were closed.

All halls/rooms of the palace are different but similar at the same time. Different because some of them have their own themes. For instance, one room has a wooden theme, another – a dark one, golden, floral, etc. Similar because the wallpapers were the same (only the color was different. It could be blue, red or green). It’s cool because you walk in one room – it’s green, go to another one – it’s almost the same as the last one but it’s red this time.

I feel like what impressed me the most was the halls because of the paintings and artwork on the ceiling and walls. The beauty of some other palaces is concentrated to the floor: fancy paintings, marble… But not there. Almost everywhere the floor was wooden and as simple as it could possibly be.

Besides that gorgeous and huge building there is also a HUGE and even more gorgeous park with an enormous rose garden with aaaaaall types of roses you can imagine.

So yeah, everything left us speechless because we weren’t expecting all that. You wouldn’t too hahah because this palace isn’t located in a well known place – basically, it’s in a middle of nowhere. Sooo if you’re planing to travel to the Baltic region, don’t forget to visit this piece of beauty!!

Enjoy the gallery^^ (P.S. there are some comments under the photos so you gotta press on them to read. Just saying haha)

Thanks for reading!

Be different. Be weird.

Akvilė ^^

Show some love: if you have any tips, questions, comments, feel free to tweet me @AkvileeB, kik me @Akvilee359, or snapchat me @aakvile.

CHECKED GUIPURE

Hey, lovely people of the internet!

Today I’m sharing another outfit.

So when you look at the pictures, I believe, your attention is dragged to the trousers (River Island). No wonder because they’re such a statement piece of the outfit. From far away they look PJ’s or….. even clown pants but when you pay a little attention, you can see that the waistline, the zipper, the pockets are like the ones in business/work pants. So to make the outfit not so pajama-like haha and give some… “fab” to it I added a red flower crown (DIY’ed) which matches reds of the pants. As there’s already so much going on, I muted the whole outfit down with a cute black guipure crop top (H&M), simple black leather shoes (vagabond) and a tiny black shoulder bag with pink details (Sinsay). Also decided to put on a couple of my favorite bracelets (1.DIY’ed; 2. A gift).

P.S. If you’re wondering why I’m wearing those funny blue shoe bags, you’ll find out in my upcoming post, called “THE PRETTIEST PLACE IN LATVIA

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed.

Be different. Be weird.

Akvilė ^^

Show some love: if you have any tips, questions, comments, feel free to tweet me @AkvileeB, kik me @Akvilee359, or snapchat me @aakvile.

FLUFFY PASTELS

Helloooo, lovely people of the Internet.

Today I’m here to share my OOTD (Outfit Of The Day). I called it “Fluffy Pastels” and you’ll definitely agree as soon as you see it.

I feel like there’s a perfect harmony in this outfit because the colors match perfectly and both (top and bottom) pieces compliment each other very nicely: they’re like Yin and Yang haha. So yeah, I can’t really decide which is the statement piece of this outfit – floral jeans (Vero Moda) or this fluffy top/sweater/crop top thing (Atmosphere). It could be the pants because of their not-so-subtle/minimal print or it could be the cute top because of it’s fluffiness and the way it shines in the sun. So ummmm… you decide hahaha. To stay in the same color scheme I wore my navy ballerina pumps (Tamaris) and a shoulder bag (House).

So I felt confident, comfy and even cute in this outfit because I prefer wearing colorful rather then dark/black ones. Even if I do wear an all-black outfit, I have to add at least a tiny bright accessory for a pop of color. That’s just how I am haha.

Btw, while I was being photographed, I realized that I was standing in a field of blueberries (basically the same situation like in my last post “NATURE TONES“) so we ended up picking and eating them for almost 10 minutes. Uhh…children of Mama Nature….. hahaha

Oh, and I wanted my hair away from my face so  I did that upside down french braid and put my hair in a bun. I feel like it turned out great ^^

I hope that you enjoyed!

Be different. Be weird.

Akvilė ^^

If you have any tips, questions, comments, feel free to tweet me @AkvileeB, kik me @Akvilee359, or snapchat me @aakvile.

NATURE TONES

Heyy guys!!

How are you doing today? I hope everything’s just fine ^^

So I want to share my outfit with you today. This one is loose, comfy and all earth toned: the color of trousers remind me of moss and the black associates with soil. I feel like I really matched to the forest that we were in hahaha.

So you may recognize these loose high waisted trousers (Zara) from my other blog post, called “I AM A MUSICIAN?!“. This time I paired  them with this sheer kimono (Atmosphere) which has such a nice floral print. I wore a tiny black crop top (Takko. DIY’ed) and my trusty, old pumps (Vagabond) to keep the outfit simple. Oh, and for a bit of bling-bling I added a silver bracelet (H&M).

Btw, as we were walking in the park/forest, we found a field of blueberries and ended up picking some. Yeah, the final result was blue fingers, lips and teeth hahhah. Cute, I know.

Now, check out the gallery:

I hope you enjoyed. Until next time^^

Be different. Be weird.

Akvilė ^^

If you have any tips, questions, comments, feel free to tweet me @AkvileeB, kik me @Akvilee359, or snapchat me @aakvile.

TIME FOR THOUGHTS

Heyy, people of the Internet!

Do you ever feel like something’s not how it should be? Everything’s weird and you’re not like yourself? Yeah dude/gurl, I feel you then because that’s how I’m feeling these couple months.

Something’s just not right and I can’t quite figure out what it is. I’ve got that “Urrrrrghhhh” feeling going on. I keep comparing myself to others like: “Oh, she’s doing that, they’re going there and I’m blah blah blah..”(you know all of that jazz).

Yesterday I made a cup of hot chocolate (shhhhhh I added a spoon of Nutella for some nutty flavor), grabbed a nice box of fresh cherries, a book which I still can’t manage to finish reading, headphones and threw everything in my backpack; put some comfy clothes on (loose boyfriend jeans (Diy’ed)+sweatshirt (Sinsay)+old dirty shoes) and went to the park.

As I was reading and sipping my hot chocolate I got distracted by my random thoughts and yeah, couldn’t finish the book. Again hahaha. So I just sat on the bench for a couple of hours (until I finished the cherries and it got cold) just thinking about life. I might have looked weird but it doesn’t matter because…The time that I spend was meaningful and important for me. I decided what things should actually be important for me. I remembered the things that I’m good at and why I (and everyone else) should love me. By doing that, (I think) I revitalized my confidence in myself. Not saying that I wasn’t confident before but, I guess, it just wasn’t enough. And no, I don’t think it’s selfish because everyone should do that and understand why they are the best. Of course, I still have some some serious stuff left to figure out but.. It’s a good start though haha ^^

By this post I really want to say that everyone can feel lost or down and that it’s important to spend some time analyzing your thoughts, feelings. It doesn’t matter if you dedicate a a couple of minutes, a whole week or even more for that. It feels nice to realize that you’re good at something , to remember your good features – that really boosts your confidence and self esteem.

Btw, here’s a rendom picture that I took that evening. Man, I live in such a nice place…

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Soo what do you do when you’re not feeling your best?

It’s okay If you didn’t enjoy this post because I’m not sure how to feel about it either hahaha. *Confusion*

’till next time!!

Be different. Be weird.

Akvilė ^^

If you have any tips, questions, comments, feel free to tweet me @AkvileeB, kik me @Akvilee359, or snapchat me @aakvile.

CUPCAKE WARS

Hellooo, people of the Internet!

This is my 10th post! Wooo, what a nice number! (yeah, I’m still (kinda) counting)

By the way, do you like muffins? Yes? Okay then, this post is for you so keep reading.

So my little cousin visited us a few weeks ago. As my mom’s working, I had to come up with some activities that would be interesting for her and make sure she’s not bored so I thought it would be awesome to bake some cupcake/muffins as she really likes them. I’ve searched for some (three, to be exact) new and never tried recipes for the sake of experimenting.

There were dozens of bowls laying around, random spoons and forks everywhere, flour on the ground and on our clothes (you now what I’m talking about if you’ve ever cooked or baked something with a kid before hahah). Just a complete mess everywhere but it was all worth it because my cousin was soooo happy and hyped up about it. I wish you saw her face… She kept saying: “Its just like at “Cupcake Wars”!!” That was just… priceless.

After a whole day in the kitchen (that’s how it is supposed to be ’cause we’re women, right haha? NO.), we ended up with more than 40 cupcakes/muffins. The chocolate ones with caramel didn’t really turned out great.. They were too dry and too spongy (maybe because we over-baked them) but the ones with strawberries and rhubarb were deiciousssss. So today I want to share their recipes (P.S. I didn’t come up with them myself. Just found in an old magazine and/or Internet).

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These turned out soo soft and tasty! And you can make them anytime you want because the ingredients are so basic and, I believe, everyone can find them in the fridge. That’s just another plus for the recipe!

You will need:

  • 150g of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g of greek yogurt
  • 80g of unsalted butter
  • 200g of flour
  • 1tsp of baking powder
  • Handful of fresh or frozen strawberries (If you’re allergic to strawberries or just don’t like them in general, feel free to change them with blueberries, raspberries or whatever fruit or berries you like.)

Let’s go!

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • Melt your butter and mix it with sugar, eggs, yogurt.
  • Sift the flour and mix it with baking powder.
  • Mix wet and dry ingredients until the clumps are gone.
  • Place the cupcake cups/liners/paper in your cupcake pan and fil 2/3 of them with batter. Press in a strawberry in the middle of each cupcake.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • You can top them with fresh strawberries to add some color.

Enjoy!

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The muffin is a bit on the sweeter side but the filling is kinda sour. Sooo.. can you feel the balance in here? haha

You will need:

Batter:

  • 2 eggs
  • 130g of sugar
  • A drop of vanilla extract
  • 140ml of kefir or greek yogurt
  • 60ml of oil
  • 200g of flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1,5tsp of baking powder

Filling:

  • Some rhubarb stems (~170g)
  • 40g of sugar (or more. Depends on what you like ^^
  • 20ml of lemon juice
  • Some lemon zest
  • 10ml of cold water
  • 10g of starch

Let’s go!

Batter:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • In one bowl beat the eggs with sugar and vanilla extract, ad kefir/yogurt, oil and mix very well.
  • In another bowl sift your flour, salt, baking powder
  • Mix dry and wet ingredients so that there are no clumps left.
  • Place the cupcake cups/liners/paper in your cupcake pan and fill them with batter.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Filling:

  • Peel and cut the rhubarb stems.
  • In a pot add your small pieces of rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and let cook for about 5 minutes on low heat
  • Turn the heat off.
  • Mix the water and starch together and mix this whole thing to the rhubarb paste.
  • Let it cool.

Final touches:

  • Fill your cupcakes with the sour rhubarb paste. Do that with a piping bag or you can cut a  hole in the center of your muffins and add the filling with a spoon. If you prefer, you can even spread the filling on top of the muffin. Whatever you prefer!

Tadaaaa!

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Happy baking and thanks for reading!

If you bake some, send me some picutes via twitter (@AkvileeB),  kik (@Akvilee359) or snapchat  (@aakvile).

Be different. Be weird.

Akvilė ^^

GRADUATION

Heyyyy, people of the Internet!

Today I’m here with my another outfit idea^^

This one’s the one that I wore to the graduation event. Not mine, of course because I still have one more year left in that hell… *cries TT* My cousin, who’s one year older than me, graduated this Saturday (I feel sooo happy for her!!) so our whole family went to watch her take her certificate and congratulate.

I wanted to look festive because it’s such a big event but not too fabulous (I gotta save something for my graduation haha).

I wore my black top (H&M) which looks like a maxi dress from the front but when you see the sides… sike! I really like its cut because it’s very interesting, different and unique. I paired it with my light green (kinda neon) high wasted skinny jeans (Vero Moda) to give some casualness and pop-off color and my favorite chunky heels (House) for some edginess. I accessorized with an awesome chain necklace (Sinsay) and a unique hand accessory (Seppälä).

I have to say that I’m really happy with the finished result ^^

P.S. I made a DIY related with this whole graduation thing. Check it out here: “MORTARBOARDS || DIY #1“.

Thanks for reading!

Be different. Be weird.

Akvilė ^^

If you have any tips, questions, comments, feel free to tweet me @AkvileeB, kik me @Akvilee359, or snapchat me @aakvile.