Monday, 24 September 2012

Pinterest Picks Part I: DIY & Beauty inspiration

It's been a busy month! Autumn has definitely arrived though & September is getting into full swing. I always look forward to September because well, it's the month my birthday falls in! (Plus I also really liked going back to school when I was younger because I was a bit of a nerd like that). There's something industrious about this time of year though, it's a time that signals change & a chance to reorganise & collect yourself after a crazy, energetic summer. PLUS IT'S SO MUCH COSIER.

My birthday has been & gone, and being quite lucky & a bit spoiled, I got a Google Nexus 7 tablet as a present from my parents. One of my favourite things on it has been the Pinterest app- it's really well designed & easy to use, which has made pinning things so much easier & more enjoyable. I always liked Pinterest well enough but I suppose I didn't really get it at first. Not now though- now I am full blown OBSESSED. I really like that it seems to be about sharing & finding ideas in a really useful & practical way, rather than something like Tumblr, which places more emphasis on visual & aesthetic inspiration, which is obviously good too, but serves a different purpose.

I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite pins I've come across recently, in case, like me at first, you'd like to use Pinterest more but perhaps don't really 'get it' yet.

One of the things Pinterest is BRILLIANT for is DIY ideas that are clever, useful & simple.Things like this cheap desk fan, simply spray painted a cute pastel pink for a more vintage feel (1) seems so simple I can't believe it hasn't occured to me before! I really like attention to detail like this in my decor & it's a good way to tie your more practical items into your interior design. I also love any DIY ideas that are inexpensive, which is why these embroidery hoops of fabric swatches (2) are such a brilliant way to add colour & interest to a wall for next to nothing. It's also great to see DIY tutorials for something you have been wanting to do for a while but don't know where to start, which is why I love this tutorial for a pretty terrarium (3). It's also good for one-of-a-kind gift/wedding/party ideas, like these gold-dipped champagne flutes (4), which would be a great idea for a housewarming gift, or if you want special glassware for your wedding/party but don't want to spend a fortune.

I adore how many beauty ideas there are to be found on Pinterest. A lot of days I need a little flash of inspiration to help me along my way. I love the huge variety of easy nail art ideas you can find, and this chevron/glitter (1) combo is one of my faves- plus you can change up the colour depending on your outfit/mood/the weather. Another thing I love is that there is always a tutorial for something you've been wanting to try, like this amazing waterfall braid (2). And when I have no idea what to do with my face for a special occasion (or a rainy Tuesday when I'm bored) it's great to scroll through a bunch of different makeup looks until you find one you really like, like this pink lip/flicky liner/contoured eye combo (3).

Part II: Food & Interiors will be posted later this week!