Spring Scarf Tutorials

Spring is in the air! This time of the year I love to accent my clothes with scarves. Seriously, I can have three different outfits when I change one article of clothing – my scarf. I found a couple of videos from my favorite bloggers and I would love to share them with all of you. Check them out!

I love this video from Wendy’s Lookbook – she does such a fantastic job showing her audiences on 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes! Even though this video is two years old I still look at frequently. I have used this demo video a dozen times to find the perfect way to wear my scarf for that particular day and outfit. If you need a new fashion blog to follow, or have no idea who Wendy is please check out her fabulous style blog here. You’ll love it!

I was looking through my Pinterest a few  days ago and found this awesome new Head Scarf tutorial from the blog, Kalani’s Korner by  Kailani Andrade. I am so excited I found her blog via Pinterest – I love when I stumble on new people doing new things! I tried doing Step 3 with the hair all up and it was perfect with my vintage Christian Dior scarf because it’s small and square. I would also love to try to do a turban scarf, I know, I might sound crazy but I just when a scarf acts like basically a hat. It’s amazing.

Martha Stewart Dip Dye Scarf
I found this DIY Dip Dye Scarf craft via Martha Stewarta few months ago and have been dying to make my own ombre scarf. I think dip dying an old white scarf or customizing it the way you want is perfect for spring or it’s great to have in your closet for all year round weather. Don’t you love the blue dye? I think it’s perfect. Enjoy! Go scarf crazy this season. xx

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Hong Kong here I come!

Hong Kong

 

Hello everyone! Sorry I have been so absent from posting lately. It has been a crazy few weeks, but I am excited to announce I will be flying to Hong Kong today and I’ll be there the rest of this week and then Shanghai! I’ll be hopefully posting every day so get excited for some crazy pictures of my travel and fashion diaries. I am meeting my best friend Winnie who lives in Hong Kong and my two dearest college friends who are flying in on Saturday morning from San Franscisco. It’s going to be wild. Wish me luck. xx

Pretty Things: Red + Pink + White

Valentine flowers

Valentine flowers

Hello~ I would like to apologize for my lack of posts this past week. It’s been a crazy transitional period in my life: possible new city, new travel opportunities, new endeavors – all exciting and very crazy.  I can’t wait to share all these things with you once they become a reality.  Secondly, I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s day. I shared this picture with you on Tangerine Tote’s Facebook page here, but I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s day eating chocolates, watching silly romantic movies and maybe spending time with a significant other.

Portland Flea with Mochi Tsuruda

Portland Flea with Mochi Tsuruda

Mochi and I had a fantastic weekend! We were able to visit and interview Kate Keefe Sullivan, the owner and creator of the Portland Flea. I love interviewing inspirational individuals that start a business or organization based on their dream or vision. Kate was so passionate about the Portland Flea, her vendors well being and the type of merchandise they sell. It was great seeing her talk about her dream and then actually seeing it in reality. Very inspiring.

Mochi and I had a ball on Sunday. It’s great to spend all my time with her on the weekends. Mochi just finished puppy school on Tuesday and I am excited to show off her new skills at the office this week! I am lucky because I have the opportunity to bring my dog to work and Mochi will make a great office addition.

The Whole Bowl photo editing - lazy Sunday

The Whole Bowl photo editing – lazy Saturdays

I love editing photos in the morning. It’s refreshing to look at great images while sipping on a homemade latte. I had such a wonderful time chatting with Tim from The Whole Bowl. I received his “thank you” note and inside was a Whole Bowl gift card for my next three BIG whole bowls! THANK YOU! One of the best gifts I could ever ask for.

Vintage Dior find at Portland Flea

Vintage Dior find at Portland Flea

My new addition to my vintage goods. This $5.00 find at the Portland Flea last Sunday just put a cherry on top of a perfect Sunday. SCORE!

fortune truth

fortune truth

Ha! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! It’s the year of the snake and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s my year, yippee!  I am currently taking this Chinese New Year in stride. I can’t wait to see what happens. After my boss returned from London last week he gave me a fortune cookie with this fortune stating, “stop taking pictures with your iPhone and start talking to the person next to you.” Naturally, I had to take a picture of this. ha! Xin Nian Kuai Le everyone! xx .. and what better way to kick off Chinese new year with a trip to Hong Kong and Shanghai?

Hong Kong

Hong Kong – 2012

Last April, I said goodbye to this magical city. I took this instagram (@teditsuruda) photo on my very last and most rememberable night in Hong Kong. Honestly it couldn’t have been more lovelier. I am so excited to return to Hong Kong, because it seriously is going to be amazing for many reasons. I can’t wait to take pictures, walk alongside the Hong Kong harbor, and to top all of it off, I get to see my best friend, Winnie Tsui and travel in Hong Kong and China with two of my sorority sisters from college. It’s going to feel amazing being back in my old stomping grounds. See you in two weeks, Hong Kong! After visiting several days in Hong Kong, I get to visit my absolute favorite city in the world, Shanghai. I can’t necessarily describe why I love Shanghai so much. I think one of the reasons is because in this city I have never felt so much inspiration in one place. I can’t wait to share all my travel and fashion diaries with you.

Stay tuned and I hope everyone has a fabulous week. Thanks for reading this week’s Pretty Things. xx

Pretty Things: Light

New inspiration notebook for Tangerine Tote

New inspiration notebook for Tangerine Tote

This week’s Pretty Things highlights my crazy but productive week for “Tangerine Tote.” I have been busy thinking about awesome new ideas to share with all of you as well as talking to more local businesses in Portland to feature on my site.  I decided to collect my ideas and thoughts in the three journals I found at Target. Each of them has an inspirational quote on each of their covers. I thought the red and polka dot, William Shakespeare journal would be a good one to start with. TIP: Be sure to carry around a journal in your purse or briefcase so you can jot down random thoughts. It will help you remember ideas or instances you experience in your busy day for later inspirations.

“Joy delights in joy.” – William Shakespeare

Making "Tangerine" Comos

Making “Tangerine” Comos

Yumm… Tangerine Cosmopolitans. Here is the recipe to WOW your friends (I promise).

Ingredients You Need:

Mix these chilled ingredients together in a large pitcher. Stir. Pour the cosmo mixture over ice in your martini shaker. Shake 100 Xs (or as much as you can).  Pour into your martini glass and serve immediately. The ingredients above equals one batch (serves about 6). It is really easy to double, triple or even quadruple a batch. These cosmos also freeze nicely! You can keep the leftovers in the fridge and treat yourself after a long day at work.

framing postcards

framing postcards

Oh postcards.. they truly are pieces of art. I found the blue + yellow ones in Shanghai and the other NY ones when I was visiting MoMa in NY. In my earlier post this week, Framing Postcards, I talked about how easy and inexpensive it is to frame postcards you find when you travel, walking through an art museum, or visiting a cultural exhibit. These postcards mean a lot to me and remind me of great memories I made at these awesome places.  Go ahead, frame your favorite postcards and start decorating!

Recipe hunting via Smitten Kitchen

Recipe hunting via Smitten Kitchen

Doesn’t this cake look amazing? My aunt let me borrow her Smitten Kitchen Cookbook! I wasn’t familiar with the blog, Smitten Kitchen, but now that my aunt has introduced it to me I am in love with all Smitten Kitchens’ recipes. She truly has an eye on photographing food and her cookbook and blog are full of fantastic recipes (some are simple enough for even me to make). Take a peak at her blog if you are looking for some tasty meals to try out.

Morning coffee - Barista soy vanilla latte

Morning coffee – Barista soy vanilla latte

There is something about a nice cup of coffee, thick sweaters and some bright arm candy on a chilly morning. Once per week, I meet my dear friends, Kamauri (YehWho) and Christina, for early morning coffee before we start our work days. We either go to Portland’s local Barista or Cafe Umbria.  It’s nice to have a weekly catch up to see how everyone is doing and what their weeks are looking like. I love starting these mornings earlier, because I always seem to come to work in a better mood and more awake after a refreshing, early morning chat. If you are finding that you are in a funk or your week days are blending in too much with one another, try switching up your routine and adding an early morning yoga class or starting a weekly coffee date with friends.

My Arm Candy:

Hope everyone had a great weekend and you are all ready to start another exciting week! Looking forward to posting more DIY project and local business reviews. xx

DIY: Chalkboard Platter

Chalkboard Platter by Tangerine Tote

Chalkboard Platter by Tangerine Tote

A DIY chalkboard platter tutorial! I have wanted to do something along the lines of creating my own chalkboard plate/platter. This easy DIY project is perfect for your next weekend project. Some of you may be wondering, “what on earth will you use a chalkboard platter for?” Well my lovely followers, originally I wanted to use this as a way to label food/ingredients/crafts on Tangerine Tote. However, my lovely and wise aunt mentioned to me that given that this platter I found at the Goodwill is made out of wood and the chemicals in the chalkboard spray paint probably automatically makes it “not food safe.” With this in mind, I’ll make sure to put a protected layer of parchment between the goods and the platter.

materials you need:

  • platter (I went to the Goodwill and found this perfect size platter for $9.99)
  • chalkboard Paint (KYLON)
  • painters tape
  • chalk

Before you begin, make sure your platter is washed and dried. Then, place the platter on a flat surface.

platter of choice + chalkboard paint + painters tape

platter of choice + chalkboard paint + painters tape

Taping the Edges

Grab your painters tape and make sure the tape is placed firmly around the edges and that the tape is wrapped tightly enough so there are no air bubbles. This will prevent the paint from leaking around the sides of the platter. Don’t worry about the sticky side of the tape being exposed. Just make sure the tape is firm and sealed around the platter’s edges.

Spray chalkboard paint outside...

Spray chalkboard paint outside…

Don’t get ahead of yourself and spray the chalkboard paint inside. Instead, find a grassy or stone background and place your well-taped platter on the surface. If you are limited to resources use old newspaper.

Read the instructions on the back of your chalkboard spray can. Let it dry for 24 hrs. FYI I did two coats of paint.

let it dry for 24 hrs

after it dries for 24 hrs

Once it’s dry carefully start to peel away the painters tape.

finished!

Now the creativity comes in – selecting the perfect shade of chalk. I went to two stores before I found blackboard chalk. Check out your nearest Rite Aid, they also had white chalk but I love color. I had to get the 12 variety pack!

chalk colors - tangerine of course!

chalk colors – tangerine of course!

Ta-da! I hope you enjoyed this simple and sweet tutorial. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask. I hope this brightens up your Monday and you start looking forward to your DIY projects for the weekend. xx