June 30, 2013

June 2013 Favorites!

Happy Sunday KorKers!

I hope you’ve had a great week and are enjoying the summer weather! Here in North Carolina, it’s been a mix of super sunny or stormy weather, and anything in between. With this weather, there’s nothing like sitting on the front porch, curled up with a fresh mug of coffee in hand, listening to the rain and watching the storm unfurl before your eyes. It’s one of Mother Nature’s many wonderful and beautiful acts.

Today, I wanted to share with all of you, my amazing readers; my favorites for the month of June. What I mean is that I want to share with you all my current favorite things- such as music, beauty product, food, movie, etc.- for this month (and so on) as July starts tomorrow. 


Favorite Clothing/Accessory:

Photo Credit: Google Images

     Since the heat kicked into high gear this month, I have been constantly wearing my Rainbow® Sandals everywhere I go. These leather flip-flops have been my favorite to-go shoe alongside my favorite pair of Converse sneakers for this month, especially because these sandals have a lifetime warranty and are super comfortable to wear anywhere, especially the beach. They also come in a variety of colors, styles, and can be customized.

Favorite Books (Currently):
I’ve gotten back into rereading J.R.R. Tolkien’s amazing ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy as well as ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Silmarillon’ due to a class I completed last semester for my English minor at college. We read each of these books for the course, but I’m taking a second look by rereading them. They’ll also come in handy when I analyze how the next installment of ‘The Hobbit’ film will compare to the novel; but that’s another conversation for another time.

Favorite Beauty Product:
     My favorite beauty product for June is the Goody QuikStyle Brush and Shower Comb Combo Pack, hands down (I was able to get the pack for $4!). It is honestly one of the best hairbrushes that I’ve ever used. The brush itself is designed to help wick away moisture and make hair dry faster, with its antimicrobial microfibers pulling 30% of excess water out of your hair; which is amazing to use after swimming as well as wanting to dry hair in a hurry. 
Also, the brush is very comfortable to the scalp; it doesn’t pull the hair very much, and it is also ventilated so the microfibers can dry quickly. You can also use the brush to help style hair with a hairdryer. As for the comb, its wide set of teeth helps to pull more water out of your hair after or during showering.
All in all, this product is my favorite for this month, and probably will be a constant favorite for months to come. Make sure to give this one a try- you won’t regret it!

Favorite Music Album: RISE by Skillet
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     The Christian Rock band Skillet has been one of my favorite music groups for many years now, and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them perform live about two years ago when they came to Raleigh. This amazing band’s new album, RISE, is an amazing follow-up to their 2009 album Awake, which featured the hit tracks ‘Monster’, ‘Hero’, and ‘Awake and Alive’. The tracks on RISE, including the title track, ‘Rise’ and their first single from the album, ‘Sick of It’, have the strong rock vibe like ‘Awake’, but the sound is clearly unique and a great example of Skillet’s style, with each track having a big or meaningful message, as well as the album in whole. Overall, it’s one of my favorite albums at the moment. If you haven’t checked them out, PLEASE do so. The video above is only just one of their amazing hits out of innumerable others.

Favorite Artist/Music Group for June: We The Kings

Photo Credit: We The Kings' Facebook Fanpage

     Since summer is in full swing, I’m back to jamming out to the amazing music of We The Kings on repeat. Their music always gets me into a summer and beach vibe, especially with such tracks as ‘Friday is Forever’, ‘Skyway Avenue’, ‘She Takes Me High’, and ‘Say You Like Me’. I’ve already planned to listen to their music during my trip to the beach within the next few weeks because of it! I’m also going to see them perform live in late August as well once the Fall semester starts, along with T. Mills, The Ready Set, and Breathe Carolina. (You could say my excitement level is ridiculous right now- it is!) If you haven’t checked them out yet, please do so on their website!
Photo Credit: We The Kings' Facebook Fanpage

     Well, that’s all I have for my June favorites. Let me know in the comment box below what your June favorites are! 
     Also, please feel free to leave your suggestions for future posts (projects you’d like to see, movies to review, etc.) below in the comment box, or email me at koolorkatastrophy@gmail.com!

Until next time! –Katie <3

June 23, 2013

D.I.Y. No Fray & Dent-Free Elastic Hair Ties!

Happy Sunday KorKers!
     I know it’s been a week since I last posted, but man, I seem to have lost track of time this past week…it may have something to do with my sleep schedule flipping on its head for about two days of it, but that’s beside the point. Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a great week since last Sunday- I have an awesome project to share with you.

     Over the last month or so, I’ve found a handful of people on Pinterest and some amazing fashion gurus on YouTube talking or repinning links about dent-free and non-fraying hair ties that look like bracelets; stores such as Forever 21 are selling. I was intrigued, because with my long hair, I always carry around a few Goody’s Ouchless hair ties to pull my hair back; and when I take my hair down after a prolonged amount of time, I have a menacing and wavy dent in my straight hair where I wound the band around. Needless to say, I wanted to find out more and possibly make my own, if I could afford it.

     So, after doing some research, I discovered that these hair ties are incredibly simple and easy to make. The hair ties are made of fold over elastic, and can be easily found online or at a craft store such as Michael’s. I ordered mine from a great online store, Sunshine Shoppe Supply, for only $0.50 a yard!

Some of the colors they have include these:

     For the hair ties, all you need is fold over elastic (5/8 inch width, in any design, pattern, or color you like), scissors, a ruler or measuring tape, and some fire (lighter, match, candle, etc.).

     To make a hair tie, pick out a color of fold over elastic that you want to use. Carefully measure and cut the elastic (8 & ¼ inches works well, but depending on thickness of hair- a ½ inch more will help.) to the right length. (It should wrap snugly around your wrist.) 

     Once cut, fold the elastic over and knot the ends together. Pull the knot tightly. 
Before burning the edges- some fraying.
     Next, take the fire source (lighter, candle flame, etc.) and place the frayed ends into the flame for a few seconds. It should burn off the frayed edges and give a smooth, even finish. 

     And voila! Add it into your hair or slide onto your wrist and you have your own stylish, nonfraying and dent-free hair tie!

     This project was surprisingly simple and quick to put together- I finished in less than five minutes for one hair tie- and they’re less constricting and more stylish on your wrist than other hair ties. 

     These are great for showing your spirit at sporting events, working out, school spirit weeks, or just for an everyday splash of color into your wardrobe. I hope ya’ll give this one a try!

KorK Rating: Kool
Until Wednesday! –Katie <3

June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day KorKers!

Happy Sunday and Happy Father’s Day KorKers!

     I hope that each and every one of you has had a wonderful Father’s Day! I know my Dad has- we treated him to a nice dinner and also gave him some gifts early when my older sister and brother-in-law came to visit this weekend. Needless to say, he’s stocked on polo shirts for a little while at least. (Haha!) 

     I’m definitely blessed to have such a unique, helpful, amazing, a goof at times, and super supportive father figure, even though we’re both warped in senses of humor and whatnot, he’s my Dad and I wouldn’t change that for anything. I know that my two sisters will agree with me wholeheartedly on this and support it more with further proof, but that’s another story for another time. He’s helped us numerous upon numerous times with any questions we have or if we need advice; sometimes it results in hilarious stories or answers in return, but it’s just the way our relationship is.

     I’m also incredibly blessed to have many other wonderful people in my family that are fathers, some biologically related, whereas for others (friends of the family/family members/ family of friends) I’m ‘adopted’ into their family as if I’m one of their children (my second/adopted Fathers/Godfather) or are an amazing father figure; and I’m glad to know them.

     I’m lucky to still have my father around, and I tell him. One of my ‘second fathers’ (the father of one of my best friends) passed away a little over 2 years ago, and I miss him greatly, especially as he was teaching me to play the guitar. (I still cry a little when I think of him- he was a great guy.)

     Whether you’ve treated your Dad like a king today or just called to wish him a Happy Father’s Day or to thank him for what he’s done for you or helped you with, I hope you tell your Dad what he means to you. Be creative! Write or sing a song, draw something, or just give him a hug- he’ll be sure to love it.

     I hope this amazing video will help you get inspired and make you laugh. Just like my Mother’s Day post with the Yo Momma (Battle of Compliments) video, Rhett & Link have created a Yo Daddy Battle for Father’s Day, and I’m sure it will have you smiling. Hope you enjoy it, and go make sure to check out their YouTube Channel!

Have a great one KorKers! See you all Wednesday! -Katie <3

June 9, 2013

Hair Chalking: Kool or Katastrophy?

Happy Sunday KorKers!
     I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend! This weekend, I wanted to try out something that I’ve wanted to experiment with for a while now: Hair Chalking. I’ve had the things I needed to do it with, but forgot about it for a little while. So, as I was organizing my room some more, I found my chalk pastels and made sure to try it out!

     The main reason that I wanted to try Hair Chalking is because of this pin from Pinterest:
Seems simple enough, right? Well, it really is. 

     What you need are: chalk pastels (I found mine at Hobby Lobby for about $7) or sidewalk chalk, a straightening or curling iron (I used my clipless curling wand), a comb, water (in a spray bottle with a mist setting), hairspray, and a towel (to keep the work surface clean- I also used it to set my supplies on so the chalk wouldn’t go everywhere).
(A Small Sample of The Pastels I Had- There Were 24 More!)
     There are two ways to apply the color, by using the pastel directly onto the hair, or by shaving off some of the pastel into a container and combining it with some water for a paste/paint-like texture to put onto the hair. Both methods work rather well, but I really like the second approach with making it into a paint- you can create a good amount for how much color you want to use, and you could always use a paintbrush to apply it evenly.

     Regardless of which method you choose, make sure the hair is clean, dry, and untangled before you start. Then, separate the strand that you want to color (its easier to work from the bottom layer and go up), and twist it before dampening it with the spray bottle of water (mist it). 

     Then choose the pastel color you’d like to use (depending on how dark or light the hair color is, it may not turn out exactly like the color it is currently in pastel chalk form!) and either shave it (for the paint method) into a container and make your ‘paint’. 
     Or you can take the pastel and directly apply it onto the twisted strand of hair until it is coated to the amount you want. [I like to have some that are fully covered and some that are partial, it kind of gives it a tie-dye look!] 
     Once you’ve finished coating the strand in the color(s), take a straightening iron or curling iron and curl/straighten the piece of hair carefully. 

     After its fully curled or straightened, spritz the strand with some hair spray, and VIOLA. You have successfully done the art of hair chalking!
     This concept is super easy, fun, and great for holidays such as Halloween or just dressing up for concerts, birthdays, or even for a school spirit week (such as a crazy hair day). It’s pretty simple to put together and do, and it cleans up easily with soap and water (it just washes right out after a shower!).

     Please let me know if you give this one a try and feel free to send your pictures of your hair chalking to my Twitter, Facebook fanpage, or comment below with your results, comments, or suggestions for future posts! I’d love to hear from you!
KorK Rating: Kool
Until Wednesday, -Katie <3