DIY Laptop and iPad Covers

Okay, so by now you should know that I am not a very artsy-craftsy person. I would love to be but I don’t have the time to be. The most I have done it wrap some cheap file holders from IKEA with tape or scrapbook paper.

I really like checking out DIYs on Pinterest and saving them for the day I feel like creating something magical. Today, I found this super cute tutorial from lifeannstyle.com for creating your own laptop and iPad covers.

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Materials:

Hard case for ipad/laptop. I bought it in clear on Ebay.
Spray paint
Rubbing alcohol
Colorful gloss paper
Glitter paper
Printed pictures on high gloss paper. I used pictures from Instagram and had them printed out at Staples.
Spray adhesive. I used Easy Task
UV Resistant gloss coat
Craft paint
Paint tray
Water
Clear acrylic coating
Ruler
Gilded gold paint
Decoupage glue

Instructions:

Mosaic Design:

Using a paper towel with some rubbing alcohol, wipe off any dust or oil off the surface of the cover.
Next, spray on an even layer of paint (color of your choice). I recommend spraying on at least 2 layers. Set aside to dry.
For the mosaic, use colorful gloss paper and printed pictures. To cut out the shape for the mosaic, I used a shape puncher purchased from a local craft store. I used a variety of different of different gloss, metallic, and glitter to add dimension and texture.
Lay out your design on top of the cover.
Use spray on adhesive to the back of each piece and place it where you would like.
Seal with clear gloss coat. Let dry completely before use.

Feathers Design:

Clean case using paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Set up tray and brushes. Have some water on the side.
Draw out your design on a piece of paper. I drew out some feathers, but you can be creative and draw what inspires you.
Place your template under the cover and paint over the template. I suggest practicing on a piece of paper before doing it on your cover.
If you are painting feathers, use wispy, short strokes and layer on layer on different colors to add interest.
Spray on clear acrylic coating. Let dry completely before use.

Arrows Design:

Clean case using a paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Using a ruler, draw arrows parallel to each other.
Use gold paint and paint over the arrows. Add glitter for more shine.
Spray on clear acrylic to protect your cover. Let dry completely before use.
Coco Chanel Design:
Clean case using a paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Print out picture of perfume bottle on high gloss paper.
With scissors, carefully cut out picture.
Use decoupage glue on back of cut-out picture and adhere to cover.
Brush on decoupage glue over picture to seal and protect your cover. Let dry completely before use.

Check out her tutorial on www.lifeannstyle.com and don’t forget to watch her video!

Saturday Styles in LA 8/29

Ladies, summer is almost over but it’s still so hot outside!

Below are some super cute night out outfits ♡

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*All images from Pinterest. See That LA Writer’s Fashion board by Jessica Cortez.

A Case of the Lazies

Hi!

If it is not obvious enough, Ashley and Brianna have been doing all the work around here. They have been writing amazing, beautiful, delicious articles for months now and they really do deserve more credit than I can give.

Yeah, I know. You haven’t seen my name pop up recently. I have been doing a terrible job at keeping up with my blog posts. I’m really sorry. Sadly, my personal blog has gone downhill, too. I honestly think it is because I spent so many years looking at my computer while finishing up my degrees that I no longer take interest in opening up this thing. That or I really need a desk to sit at. Either way, I need to get over this slight hiatus because I still want to blog and begin a career in the entertainment industry as a social media coordinator.

I’ve also become a Debbie Downer. I’ve become unsocial, unhappy, and a tad bit cranky. No, I did not recently have a reality check. I have known that I needed to change but I just did not know how or feel like changing. Now, I sort of do. At least, I really want to try.

So, with that being said, I will try to commit to my weekly fashion and DIY posts along with more music, some book reviews, and small updates on my journey to becoming a better person.

♡ Jessica C.

California BLT

I’m sure most people have tried a California burger: juicy burger patty topped with guacamole, bacon and usually everything else that goes on a burger. If you haven’t, go try it now. Better yet, make a California BLT instead.blt5

Growing up in California, guacamole and avocados have always been a staple in my diet. I could literally eat chips and guac for dinner every day. Taco Tuesday? Taco everyday! As long as there’s guac.blt1blt2

My sister planted an avocado tree in front of our house when we were young, but it took 3 seasons of teenage rebellion, two dogs and one divorce for that thing to finally start producing the sweet, sweet fruit that is an avocado. And man, they were they perfect.blt4 blt6

California BTL

1 avocado
2 tablespoons pico de gallo
salt

1 slice country bread or sourdough
1 tomato
4 bacon strips
romaine lettuce

Start by frying the bacon strips.

While the bacon is cooking, make your guacamole: cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Slice both sides of the avocado into cubes and scoop out into a bowl using a large spoon. Add the pico de gallo and salt to taste. Mix well, but leave some chunks, texture is everything!

Toast your bread and slice your tomato. When bread if toasted, slather all of that guacamole goodness on it. Top with slices of tomato, bacon strips and romaine. You can add another toasted slice of bread on top of you wish; I prefer open faced BLTs because the top toast scratches the roof of my mouth.

Enjoy!blt8 blt7

Saturday Styles in LA 8/1

Good afternoon ladies!

It’s a beautiful, sunny day and warm day in Los Angeles. Today we will be looking at a high of 80º and definitely no rain in sight! Shave your legs, pull out your bikini and your short shorts and enjoy this day.

While, I just got off work an hour ago, today’s plans consist of going to the Special Olympics! My boyfriend, DJ SafeScape, will be playing at the UCLA campus at 4PM and during the dance party at night.

Today, I plan to wear some short shorts, a flow-y tank top, and my Toms. Also, since I get cold super easily, I will be bringing a pair of jeans and a light jacket.

Check out this outfit below that is super chill, totally grunge, and easy to replicate.

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White crop top
Denim cut off jeans
Flannel
Beanie (Optional in this heat)
Combat boots // Vans

Ps. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Saturday Styles in LA 7/11 [Bathing Suit Edition]

It’s a beautiful 78º today! If you’re a busy bee like me, you’re at work, not being able to enjoy this beautiful day. Don’t worry! There will be many more days like this, HELLO! it’s California. We have beautiful weather. Okay, not all the time but when it’s hot, it’s hot and perfect for the beach, pool, or water park!

Today, I thought I would switch it up and post some super cute bikinis! While I am definitely not bikini ready, I have about 6 different sets. I usually buy a new one when I find one I like, but lately… I’ve been wearing old ones. I definitely like buying pieces to be able to mix and match. Walmart is probably the best place to get solid colored pieces to mix and match.

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So, above is a photo from last summer. You can’t tell very well but the top is from Forever 21. It says LOS ANGELES on it in white letters. I bought it that summer. The bottoms are by Billabong from Pacsun and I bought those maybe almost four summers ago. This mix & match is my go-to swim set because I look good in it even when I’m not bikini ready.

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tribal chevron pink bow bikini by Shop Hearts $38

high waisted cheetah bow bikini

high waisted cheetah bow bikini by Shop Hearts $40

bae watch vintage cut one piece swim suit - red

bae watch vintage cut one piece swim suit – red by Shop Hearts $42

LA Hearts Strappy Criss Cross Front Bralette Bikini Top

LA Hearts Strappy Criss Cross Front Bralette Bikini Top by LA Hearts $36.95

LA Hearts Ruffle Cinch Skimpy Bikini Bottom

LA Hearts Ruffle Cinch Skimpy Bikini Bottom by LA Hearts $7.47

LA Hearts Crochet Halter Bikini Top

LA Hearts Crochet Halter Bikini Top by LA Hearts $19.97

Roxy Wrapsody Flounce Rashguard Top

Roxy Wrapsody Flounce Rashguard Top by Roxy $24.00

f21 colorblocked strappy bikini set

Colorblocked Strappy Triangle Bikini Top by Forever 21 $12.90
Colorblocked Strappy Brazilian Bikini Bottoms by Forever 21 $12.90

Somedays Lovin MILLION MILES ONE PIECE

MILLION MILES ONE PIECE by Somedays Lovin on Dollskill.com $89.00

J Valentine ROLLIN' DAISYS BODYSUIT

ROLLIN’ DAISYS BODYSUIT by J Valentine on Dollskill.com $49.00

Wildfox Couture HOTEL STRIPE 90'S ONE PIECE

HOTEL STRIPE 90’S ONE PIECE by Wildfox Couture on Dollskill.com $132.00

Minimale Animale THE SEASHORE ONE PIECE

THE SEASHORE ONE PIECE by Minimale Animale on Dollskill.com $249.00

Saturday Styles in LA [4th of July Edition]

Okay ladies, I know it’s noon and most of you have already started your day. However, for those of you still rushing to get things started and haven’t even picked out your outfit… here is some inspiration.

Today will be a high of 77º, so think about wearing some shorts and maybe a tank top.

Also, Old Navy, Target, and Walmart have some great 4th of July outfit selections!

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You can check out my OOTD on Instagram in 3 hours, when I’m ready :p
@_jessiiikuhh