Thursday, April 30, 2015

With or Without Heat: Cocoon Curls

Welcome to With or Without Heat, my hair curling and waving series. This series will appear on Thursdays so come on by to learn new tutorials on how to curl your hair. We will use several different techniques, and several different products. If you have any questions or ideas you can contact me at

Today we will being doing a tutorial without heat called Cocoon Curls. For this tutorial you will need:

A spray bottle (filled with water)
Small rubber bands

You need damp hair to make these curls, I usually do them after my shower. It's okay to use the spray bottle, it will get the job done. The spray bottle will also be used to keep the hair wet, so you will need the bottle either way.

Make sure there are no kinks or knots in your hair and decide how many "cocoons" you want. I usually make eight. The more you have the curlier the finished product will be. The best place to position your buns is four on the very top of your head, two on the back of your head, right above the neckline, and one on either side of your head. 

Take one section and twist until it starts to wind up. (If the roots of your hair got dried out, spray them with water.) Wind up the rest of you hair into a little bun.The start of winding will make a great guideline for you, and it will help the hair stay where you want it to. Rubber band the bun. Do this to all of your other sections. 

Now let your buns dry. A great way to do this is by sleeping in them. If you don't have that much time, 20-30 minutes should be good.

Take out the buns and separate them with your fingers. Using a hairbrush can pull out the curls. Shake out your curls and blast them with cold air from your hair dryer. Run hairspray, volumizing, or mousse through your hair and voila! You are finished!

Thanks for coming by! There is more where this came from, come back next Thursday for another post from the With or Without Heat series. There will also be another post soon about my thrift shop finds so stay tuned!

XO AnnaD

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Apple Crisp and Rainy Days

Down here in Mobile, we have had a rainy two weeks. If anyone else has, I understand your misery. In reality, I love rain, but sometimes, when it lasts this long I start to feel worn out. Worn out of not doing anything. 

Finally today, the rain stopped and the sun came out. I am so happy! I took off my fluffy bedspread and put on my quilt, I put on makeup, I went through all of my winter clothes, all of which make me feel very satisfied. I even made an Apple Crisp guys! 

But guess what, I think it is going to rain again! Nooooo! I'll have to figure some stuff to do in the rain. 

Anyways, I have a recipe for you guys today. Basically the idea of a pie and a cobbler mixed together. An Apple Crisp is a dessert best served with vanilla ice cream and that can and has been known to be eaten for breakfast. Yey! 

With no shame, the people in this house did not wait for after dinner to eat this amazing dessert. To tide us over for Jambalaya, we had our Apple Crisp for a snack. Again, yey!

Apple Crisp:

Apples mixture:
5 1/2 c apples peeled and sliced thin
1 T lemon juice
3 T flour
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t salt
1/2 c brown sugar
3/4 - 1 c flour
1/2 c oatmeal
1/4 - 1/2 c melted butter

Mix apples, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until evenly mixed. Mix brown sugar, flour, oatmeal, and butter in small bowl until crumbly. Sprinkle topping on apples and bake at 375 degrees F for 40 min. Serve with vanilla ice cream. 


XO AnnaD

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sisterly Love: The Crafty Club

When I was seven, my sisters and I would pretend we lived under the trampoline. We would go outside to the back yard with a bag full of clothes, food, and of course soap. We were fully ready to take a bath in a bucket. 

Our yard was not fenced in at all, and across the street was a school. Every time someone drove by our backyard, we would point and run under the trampoline. (Funny thing, my best friend knew me when I was seven, because she goes to that school.)

My mother would text her friends our funny pictures, and tell them about our giant imaginations.

Whew, I am pretty sure one of our weirdest inventions was the P.V.C. pipe swing. Yes, you heard me. A long pipe tied to a rope and then tied to a tree. Many people were injured from that "swing". 

Looking back on all of the weird ideas we came up with, Ashley and Alexis' ideas aren't as crazy. They came up with a club called the Crafty Club. They aren't total weirdos who have clubs by themselves, the neighbor, Maeghan, is in it too. 

The girls make snacks and they came up with crafts to do at their meetings. Yesterday, the second meeting was held. My mom bought them Easter egg dye in March for them to do for one of the meetings, and that is exactly what they did. Ashley and Alexis and Maeghan dyed eggs at the end of April. Not for Easter, just for kicks. 

Aren't they silly? I love these girls so much! Ashley and Alexis and Maeghan will be a post yet again, so stay tuned!

XO AnnaD

Thursday, April 23, 2015

With or Without Heat: Intro

Welcome to Girls Love Chevron! 

Also welcome to my new series With or Without Heat. What does that mean Anna? Are we going to make a fire? Hopefully not! There are so many ways to curl hair with heat or without it. This is a series where you can easily learn how to do them.

You will find that I will be curling someone elses hair most of the time. It is much harder to do your own hair. Never fear! on each curling post I will have ideas for curling your own hair that go with what we are using. 

What we are using to make curls or waves. To get you started, what I am using for heat:
  • Revlon Waver
  • Bed Head curling iron or wand
  • Bella Beauty straightener
Keep in mind with the irons, there will be more products being used, but you'll have to wait for that! 

For the no heat styles, you will need:
  • Bobby pins
  • headband
  • small rubber bands
  • small alligator clips
(You may end up needing other things for this series, but this is the basic stuff.)

That is all for this post! Go stock up and get ready. Every Thursday there will be a curling post for you! If you have any ideas you can contact me at

XO AnnaD

Thursday, April 16, 2015

2 Braided Hairstyles

My go to hairstyles always involve braids. I hate having the little wispys in my face, so usually I wear a really tight braid right on my hairline. I also have been loving the french or dutch braid into a bun. 

These are the braids are great for sports or second day hair. Especially to hide that greasy hair. Remember, if you have ideas for hairstyles, or requests for me to do a tutorial on, just let me know!

1. French Braid Half Headband
  • Start with a deep side part on either side of your head. 
  • Take a small sized section and split it into three sections. Make three stitches and then start pulling in hair. Everytime you cross over a piece tug the whole braid tight. This is what will keep the hair out of your face.
  • Stop the braiding at your ear and secure it with a rubber band. You can pull the rest into a ponytail, or leave it down.
2. French Braid into Bun
  • Start with a deep side on either side of your head.
  • Take a nice and thick section of your hair.
  • French braid down to your neck. Don't curve around, just down in a diagonal line.
  • Bring the rest of hair to the end of your braid and put it into twisted or messy bun. 
3. Dutch Braid into Bun
  • Repeat the same process as above, only instead of pulling hair into your braid bring it under. In this CuteGirlsHairstyles video, Baily dutch braids into a ponytail, it's the same concept.

Experiment with these hairstyles and let me know what you come up with. Also! Check out CuteGirlsHairstyles on YouTube. They are my favorite hair channel by far. 

XO AnnaD 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Editing a Binder Cover on PicMonkey

When I started my blog, I found this site called PicMonkey. It is a free photo editor that has all sorts of stuff you can add to your pictures. You can make pictures, collages, and touch up already taken pictures.

 PicMonkey has an option of which you can register for $2.75 a month or just sign up to save your pics. When you register you have access to every font, sticker, touch up tool, etc. They will save your pictures as well. Now when you just sign up, you still have a lot of choices, but you are limited. I did not register, I might sometime in the future, but for now what they have for free is plenty.

The first thing that I did on PicMonkey was make binder covers, so that is what I will show you how to make today!

First pick out the background. (If you can't find one online, or you just don't want to look, there are some links below to my favorite ones.) Don't pick out a background with something already on it, that defeats the whole purpose of this post. When you pick one out from online, you can't copy it (as in copy and paste). You have to save it to your computer. 

Open the picture in Edit. Crop and shape to your liking. I kept mine how it was downloaded.

Next to add text. The trick to make this look professional is to match the font to the style of your picture. The color is also important. I do not ever like it when it's black, I try to match it to the picture as well. You will not find the exact color, but try to get as close as you can. 

I always love to add stickers to whatever I make on PicMonkey. It shows personality. To do this click the butterfly below the text button. Just pick whichever and change the color to your liking. You'll find that when you add a sticker, you might want to adjust your text. 

Save this binder cover, and you are finished. To print the cover paste it to Word and print it like a regular document. Slip it into your binder and admire the awesome thing called PicMonkey! 

XO AnnaD

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DIY Bathing Suit Cover Up

Hey girls! I am starting a new series called Trash into Treasures. In this series we will take old stuff and make it new. Hopefully we will not have to buy anything considering the whole Trash part.

Today I am recreating this smock into a bathing suit cover.The smocks we keep in our house are all old T-shirts. I like the idea of using a smock because of the paint that is most likely on it. 

We will be cutting this thing up! Do not be afraid to use your scissors. I finished mine and the cut some more. I came up with the style for the cut, but there are several other ideas on pinterest. 

What you will need:

  • Old T-shirt (one or two sizes too big)
  • scissors
Fold the T-shirt in half. Be careful to line up the edges, because you want the sides even. Starting at the bottom of the sleeve, cut off the sleeve. This making it a muscle tee, so you can pick how big you want your sleeves.  Next cut the band around the neck off. I also cut out triangles on either side of the shirt to make ties. If you do this: don't cut the space to big because this part of the shirt will stretch out. 

 My shirt is really graphic. It says: GRATEFULLY DEAD TO SIN, BUT ALIVE TO GOD IN CHRIST JESUS. I just love it! 

Finished product below!
 You can kind of see that it is going to puff out. I like this effect because I can make a band where it cinches at the waste. 

I really like this cover up I found on pinterest, and I might end up making this one as well. 
DIY Tie-Dye Swimsuit Cover-up - Click image to find more DIY & Crafts Pinterest pins

Another thing! You guys can follow me on pinterest now! Follow Girls Love Chevron (Shop). A lot of my ideas come from there so if you pin something you want me to make, send the link to me through the contact page or email me at

I hope you enjoyed this first post of Trash into Treasures. Come back later for more posts like this!

XO AnnaD

Monday, April 6, 2015

Beach Bag Fun

It is spring break and I know a lot of you are at the beach already or going to the beach. I went to the beach last weekend with my family, and we had a lot of fun. I was so excited to pack my beach bag. I packed it up and was ready to go, but come on, I couldn't go without taking pictures for a post. As soon as the camera was out I was planning what to say and what to take pictures of. Everything, of course!

Packing a beach bag is something very fun to do. I always feel like I'm starting fresh, another chance to not burn in the sun. So I am sharing my bag with you today. Come take a look inside, and if this post gives you any ideas for your bag, let me know! I totally want to see your bags!

For my beach bag I have a blue cheetah print tote that is perfect for carrying lots of stuff. In the tote are some basic essentials for me that have to be taken to the beach. I have sunscreen of course (Spf 50 because I am very scared of burning), and I also have special oil free sunscreen for my face. Sunglasses, two books (The Mother Daughter Book Club, and Anne of Green Gables #5), and a towel are also packed into my bag. 

I always bring a hat to the beach, because it is one of the best things for protection. Some small things are kept in a smaller makeup bag from Clinique. In that bag I keep deodorant, BB cream, It's a 10 Leave in product, and mascara. I also keep a rubber band and headband in there for my hair. 

Also a swimsuit and cover-up are needed in any trip to the water! I loved putting this post together for y'all! Come back later this week for another post for a DIY Cover-up!

XO AnnaD