What's In My Beach Bag?

As somebody who practically lives at the beach, especially during the summer, there are a few things that I like to keep  in my beach bag that aren't beauty related, so I thought I'd share them with you. 


1/ You Had Me At Aloha bag 

    I actually picked this up from Ross about a week ago and needed to have it. Before this, I was using a mesh bag that allows sand to seep through so it doesn't get stuck. 


    A cheap pair that I bought at Santee Alley and then attached gemstones to. 

3/Purell Hand Sanitizer (Affiliate Link)

    As anyone who's been to the beach with me can attest to, I have a tendency to have mini beach clean-ups. It just comes naturally. I can't help but start picking up trash, so having hand sanitizer in my bag really helps when there aren't bathrooms to wash my hands. 

4/ Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Lotion (Affiliate Link)

    I'll admit that there are times when I forget how long I've been out in the sun and end up getting a little burned when I never intended to. This stuff smells amazing! (Coconut and papaya) It contains aloe and shea butter so it cools and relieves any burns and also helps to maintain your tan. 

5/ Hawaiian Tropic Tanning Lotion (Affiliate Link)

    Despite knowing how bad it is to tan in the sun, I really do love it, but to help achieve that tan a little faster I like to use this tanning lotion. 

6/ Beach Stakes (Affiliate Link)

    How many times have you laid down a blanket or towel on the sand only to have to find things to lay on the corners so it doesn't go flying away? Well these sweet little beach stakes help stop that. You just pull a corner of your towel or blanket through the hole, then dig the stake into the sand, and all is well.    

7/ Kindle Fire 

    Even though I try to keep my electronics away from the beach to keep from sand getting into them, I do like to bring my kindle to read my books. I never really know what reading mood I'll be in when I get there. With my kindle, I have my library with me. 

8/ Mexican Blanket

    I got this blanket a few years ago when I took my trip to Catalina Island


These are pretty much my bag essentials. What do you keep in your beach bag? 

Also, this post contains affiliate links which means that if you make a purchase through those links, I get a small commission. Thank you for supporting BBG! 


Amanda ❤

Style DIY: Perfect Cut-Off Shorts

I know you're wondering why I'm posting a DIY for perfect pair of denim cut-off shorts at the beginning of November and not sometime during the summer, but SoCal typically has Indian Summers and we're still experiencing 88℉ weather, so cut-offs are still appropriate. That plus I figure it's going to be summer in the Southern Hemisphere too, so hey why not? 


You'll Need: 

    - A pair of denim pants that you no longer care for as pants


Perfect-Cutoff-Shorts--What-You-NeedStep 1: 

Take the pair of pants that you've decided are no longer suitable to be pants but perfect to be shorts, and turn them inside out. 

Perfect-Cutoff-Shorts--Step-1Step 2: 

Next take the groin part of the pants and pull them down. I usually pull them down until the front and back seams are even with each other. It looks a little weird but trust me. 

Perfect-Cutoff-Shorts--Step-2Step 3: 

Next, straighten out the legs a little and figure out how long you want the inseam to be. I typically do anywhere between one and four inches depending on what I want to do with the edges. Most often I like to roll them up a little so I'll do a four inch inseam that way they aren't too short. You're going to cut across the grain of the denim so you want the legs to be pretty straight, but they don't have to be perfect. 

Perfect-Cutoff-Shorts--Step-3Step 4: 

Next cut the other leg. Turn them right side out, and you're done! 


I've literally got a whole drawer full of shorts because that's all I ever want to wear during the summer. The less clothes that I can wear (without getting a public indecency ticket for it) the better. 

So whether you need a pair of shorts in a pinch because of an unexpected heat wave, or because it's actually going to be summer where you are, now you can make yourself the perfect pair of cut off shorts.  

Amanda ❤

DIY: Faux Fur Infinity Scarf

Temps have been steadily dipping down, even in SoCal. For Christmas I went with CHPG to visit his family in Palmdale and if it weren't for this scarf, I probably would have frozen my butt off. I know it was definitely somewhere in the 50s. I know, I know, but 50's to me is freezing. 

Faux-Fur-Infinity-Scarf-Materials- 1 yard of faux fur fabric

- straight pins

-thread, needle, and scissors

This is a pretty simple one day project. I made it on the 23rd when I had a day off but needed something to occupy my hands. 

First, pin your fabric together lengthwise with the "right" side of the fabric facing together, and sew. I used a simple basic backstitch. When done with that your fabric will basically resemble a tube. Turn the fabric inside out so that it looks like it normally would. Next, gather your ends and pin together the "right" sides again. Trust me, it's going to look a little weird at first but as you sew the ends together in what will become the infinity, you'll start to see it. 

Faux-Fur-Infinity-Scarf-Sewn-EndsYou're doing this so that the ends aren't as visible. When you have about 2" left you won't be able to backstitch anymore and so you'll have to do a running stitch  in a loop to close the ends, and you're done!  

Now you've got yourself a pretty faux fur (which is all the rage this winter season) infinity scarf and you'll have caught up on a few shows on Netflix, all in one day. If that's not called productivity, then I don't know what is. 


Stay warm, Bears! 


Amanda ❤

Style Wishlist // 11

Style Wishlist November 2014(Clockwise from top left) 

It looks as though my closet is slowly turning into a quad pallette of black, white, grey, and gold tones and I really have no problem with that. 

1. Lainy skirt, Andrew Marc

2. Jamie top, Andrew Marc

3. Melange cardigan, H&M

4. Mixed Media slingback peep-toe mules, UrbanOg

5. Untold, Elizabeth Arden

6. Georgina felt Panama hat, Eugenia Kim

7. Black quilted tote, River Island

Visit my November 2014 Style Wishlist Pinterest board to see what else made my wishlist for the month. 

*Full Disclosure: None of the above links are affiliate links.* 

Have a great one, Bears! 


Amanda ❤

Halloween Costume Idea: Spinelli from 'Recess'

Spinelli Halloween Costume


Sometimes I find myself wanting to watch this cartoon on Netflix. Then I remember that they don't have it on Netflix. They have the movie, but not the series and that bums me out. Being a former super-tough tomboy, I can appreciate Spinelli. I still identify with the tomboy style but I also try to incorporate girly pieces in my own wardrobe. This costume is for THAT girl who wouldn't mind putting on a dress and a pair of striped leggings just to surprise the crap out of their friends. 


Amanda ❤

Floral Iron-On Applique Pullover

It's finally starting to cool down a bit here in Southern California. It's nothing that a light sweater or hoodie can't take care of during the morning hours though. I created this sweater after seeing a similar looking sweater in the September issue of InStyle, and it's a cute, simple way of uodating a regular plain old pullover. 

What you'll need: 

  • A pullover
  • Iron
  • Iron-on transfer paper (Make sure to get paper that matches with the color of the pullover that you're using.)
  • Scissors
  • Image editing software (I used Photoshop)

I chose to do a vintage floral motif. I chose some images and rearranged them in Photoshop.  Compose-Flower-ImageI then had to split the image into two portions to be able to print onto two pieces of 8.5x11in. transfer paper. 

Follow-Iron-On-InstructionsFollow the instructions on the package of transfer paper. I cut the excess paper away from the image as close as I could. The packet of transfer paper I used suggested to pre-wash the fabric before applying the transfer. To me, "suggesting" just means, "you don't really have to do it", so obviously I didn't. But I should have. Haha. 


What do you guys think? I think I want to try another one, this time with botanical images of butterflies. Is this something you would try? 

Amanda ❤

Halloween Costume Idea: Professor Trelawney

Professor Trelawney Halloween Costume


This costume is super easy if you tend to gravitate towards the boho look. Just a flowy maxi dress, a hip to knee length kimono and every necklace that contains some sort of stone in it. The key to this look though is the glasses, which I totally just saw a pair of at Michael's for about $2. Easy as pie. 
Amanda ❤

Halloween Costume Idea: Rene Magritte "The Son of Man"

Last year I brought you costumes that you could easily make from items in your closet inspired by the 90s. This year, I'm bringing you costumes that are somewhat unconventional. 

Rene Magritte's "The Son of Man" is by far my favorite painting. I can't explain why, but I know it has something to do with "The Thomas Crown Affair" and the scene where he returns the painting, for sure. 


Rene Magritte's 'The Son of Man' halloween costume


I always think this would be a super cool costume to dress up as, and hardly no one will know the reference. Also, it's better to use a fake apple sewn to the brim of the bowler hat. 

Have you figured out what you're going to be for Halloween? 

XO Panda

Amanda ❤

The Moschino Barbie™ Collection is Everything!

Everything that my little Barbie loving five year old self would have loved, and everything that my 29 year old novelty loving self loves. These are my three favorite things from the collection that you can purchase on the site right now. 

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I can't even, with the looks walking down the runway.  Now if only I could afford a few of the pieces that I saw. The only model who I feel walked the way Barbie would have is the girl in a yellow/teal bathing suit with a midi length mesh cover up and peace sign earrings. Everyone else seemed to either clunk down the runway or was just too diva-esque. Barbie isn't a diva. High self-esteem, yes. Diva, no.

Watch the runway show below and tell me what you think. Also, sorry for the automatic start on the video. I couldn't figure out how to change it to manual start. 

XO Panda

Amanda ❤