How To: Remove Pit Stains

Hello loves! As I’ve been getting ready to leave for college, I’ve been going through all my clothes and packing. During this process I realized that my favorite J.Crew white t-shirt had absolutely disgusting pit stains.

GROSS. So today I wanted to share with you all how to remove any staining on your white shirts! Let’s get started with what you’ll need:

1 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 Tablespoon of salt and 1 Tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide are what you’ll need.

First soak the shirt in 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water, or a 2:1 ratio of water and vinegar. Let the shirt soak in this mixture for 30 minutes.

After the shirt is done soaking, make a paste of your 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1 Tablespoon of salt and 1 Tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Remove the shirt from the water-vinager mixture and gently squeeze most of the water out. While the shirt is still damp, spread paste on the stains and let sit for 30 minutes.

After that 30 minutes you can rinse it out and toss into your regular wash with laundry detergent of your choice. (I suggest having a load ready to go so the wet shirt won’t sit for an extended amount of time and get a musty smell.) Here’s a before and after shot, my shirt is now looking good as new!  

I hope this trick was helpful for you guys! I know it saved my favorite shirt, so I love it! Have a fabulous day!


The Blonde Brunette


Planter DIY

Hello loves! As spring approaches, I get more and more excited for the new things it brings. Especially when it comes to beautiful flowers. So today I wanted to share with you one way I’m getting excited for spring, and making a planter. So let’s jump into this!

First off, here’s what you’ll need:

No. 1: Planter.

No. 2: Rocks. (for drainage)

No. 3: Potting Soil.

No. 4: Flowers of Your Choice. (make sure they’re all the same sun vs shade ratio, it should say this on the card that is on each plant)

No. 5: Gardening Gloves.

No. 6: Small Gardening Shovel.

No. 7: Water or Watering Can. (not pictured)

Just for reference, here are close ups and the name of all the plants I used for my planter:

Now for the actual gardening part. First layer some of your small stones on the bottom of your planter. This helps with drainage so that all the water doesn’t immediately run out the bottom before the plants can use it.

Next take some of your potting soil and layer that over the stones. You’re going to want to kind of measure how much dirt your plants need under them so that they sit even with the top of the planter. So pour a little dirt in, set a plant in to measure height, poor little more dirt in and ect. For this planter, I didn’t need very much because my plants were pretty deep, and the planter wasn’t terribly tall.

Next, simply add in your larger plants. Arrange them to your liking and then fill in the sides with more dirt. I didn’t fill mine up with dirt all the way to the top in the places where I wanted to put my smaller white flowers. I then placed them into any empty spaces as fillers and finished filling up the planter with potting soil.

Then douse your plant with water, you want to give it a generous amount for this initial watering. Moving it around a lot and the potting soil not being at all damp, this little guy is going to need some extra help to get started with. Then simply place in either sun or shade (whichever type of flowers you picked) and water every other day to every two days.

And voila! Your beautiful spring planter is complete, now you can sit back and enjoy your hard work! {This would also be a great Mother’s Day gift or activity, or a great weekend project.} On that note, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


The Blonde Brunette

Outfits of the Week: March 23-27, 2015

Hello loves! Happy Friday! This week’s outfits of the week post is going to be a little different. I’m on vacation right now for spring break in Florida. So being on a beach vacation, I didn’t put together an outfit everyday. To give you all a total of five outfits, I asked my friend Jenna to help me out by sharing her outfits with you as well! And yes, we know we look like sisters… We get that a lot. For our shopping day, I’m just sharing my outfit because Jenna didn’t want to change into hers for a picture… It was late, I don’t blame her at all. On another sidenote, we also spent a day at Disney World, so enjoy our festive outfits from that day!

{T-shirt: J.Crew, shorts: Francesca’s Collection, purse: Fossil, shoes: Target, Bracelets: Alex and Ani, Nordstrom Rack and local boutique} 


{Jenna~ tank: Forever 21, shorts & belt: American Eagle, shoes: Sperry’s, sunglasses: Forever 21. Annalies~ tank: Cotton On, shorts: J.Crew, sandals: Birkenstocks, sunglasses: Ray Bans. Our Hats are courtesy of Disney}


{Jenna~ shirt: Forever 21, shorts: goodwill (DIY’d), sandals: Birkenstocks, bandana: Forever 21. Annalies~ shirt dress: Cotton On, shoes: Dolce Vita (Nordstrom Rack), bracelets: Alex and Ani, Nordstrom Rack and a local Boutique, ring: Banana Republic}

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s unconventional outfits of the week post! And a big thank you to Jenna for letting me feature her in today’s post! Let me know if you want to see more of her in the comments. Have a fabulous weekend!


The Blonde Brunette

Valentine’s Day: “Dates”

Hello loves! For the second day of this Valentine’s Day week, I wanted to give you some ideas on how to spend this Saturday. I’ve also added in some DIY gifts to go with each option. Let’s dive in!
My first themed day and DIY gift is a movie date. This works for all my single ladies, as well as those of you spending your night with a special someone. Like I’ve said before, I’m a huge fan of movies and this sounds like a fun and chill way to spend the night. If you’re spending the evening with your girls, I’d suggest either The Other Woman, or Life As We Know It. Spending it with your significant other? Then I’d suggest a Nicholas Sparks movie, or The Avengers. I’m more of an action packed thriller girl myself. The DIY gift for this is super simple, and will surely be used.

What you’ll need: 1 large popcorn bowl, packages of microwave popcorn, boxed candy, and a movie or two of your choice. Top it off with a bow and you have a thoughtful, and relatively inexpensive gift to go perfectly with your night in.

My next date idea is for either single ladies or those with a love interest. A fun date would be to cook dinner together! I love cooking with other people, that way I don’t get all the blame if it doesn’t turn out. This way you also won’t have to fight the hoards of people that are out and about on Valentine’s Day. (Especially this year, with it being on a Saturday and all.) The DIY gift to go with this is by far the simplest: baking. All guys love getting food as gifts, and to be quite honest, I would never complain over fresh baked cookies myself. Might I suggest my Molasses Cookies?

My last idea is one solely for the single ladies out there. This entails a spa night in with your girls. Lather on the face masks, grab your favorite nail polish and curl up to spend a relaxing night in. If you’re of age, I would also suggest some wine, it seems right for the occasion. The DIY gift to go along with this I like to call “Spa In a Jar.”

What you’ll need: a mason jar, a nail polish of your choice, a face mask sample, fuzzy socks, a nail file, and anything else you can possibly fit in that jar. This is a simple gift that’s also incredibly useful; I know any gal would love it.

Those are my three Valentine’s Day idea and DIY gifts! I hope you enjoyed, and consider trying one of them yourself! Have a fabulous day!
The Blonde Brunette