2 Step vintage purse restoration

Ah, vintage Coach purses. These all-leather bags are my weakness! I absolutely adore everything about the timeless styles and neutral colours and have been collecting them for a few years now. They’re pretty easy to come by (Etsy has hundreds listed in all styles and sizes!) in terms of finding them, but it’s finding the right one that can challenging.

Buying vintage purses can be tricky because of the fact that they’re, well, vintage. A vintage Coach bag can run over $100 depending on style and condition, but it’s pretty easy to find sub-$50 vintage pieces (like this one) in slightly less-than-mint condition that can be restored for under $10 and in 2 easy steps! I scored my most recent vintage Coach bag last month for $35. It desperately needed some TLC, so I thought I’d share how I brought this piece back to life!

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I’ll start off by saying that I’m very picky with the type of vintage purses I buy. This reason isn’t related to style or colour of the bag, but rather the condition. I never purchase bags that require hardware or straps replacement (those can get really pricey really quickly) or ones with holes in them. I will never pass up on a bag with minor scratches and slightly dried out leather, though! These are easy fixes that can be done in 2 steps in under 15 minutes.

My most recent vintage Coach purse looked like this when I found it:

vintage Coach crossbody purse - before restoration
dried patches of leather with a few minor dirt marks and minor scratches
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HAIR TUTORIAL: Perfect beach waves

With beach days being a few weeks out here in Seattle (gosh, it just poured rain yesterday), why not bring the beach waves early? I’m excited to share this easy beach waves hair tutorial, whose look can be achieved using a hair curler and a few key prep and finishing products.

I specifically chose to use and highlight ABBA products for this post to align with my goal of trying to replace my existing beauty and haircare products with all natural* and/or parabens-free products. ABBA specializes in being 100% vegan, gluten-free and made without parabens, phathalates, synthetic colour additives, sulfates, and sodium chlorides.

hair tutorial: how to make the perfect beach waves via thedemuremuse.com
Step 1: I started with freshly washed hair, sprayed with the ABBA Curl Prep Spray before hair drying. In his photo, the left side of the hair part has been curled with the perfect beach waves, and on the right is what my hair looked like after being dried but before being curled.

Step 2: To further encourage the curls, do a light spritz of the ABBA Prep Spray again on the dried hair, combing through from root to tip, before curling.

Step 3: Using a Cricket Ultra Smooth professional curling iron, wrap about a 2″ section of hair around the barrel, starting about 6″ from the root. Clip and hold the hair for about 10 seconds before releasing.

Step 4: As each layer of curls are finished, mist the ABBA Curl Finish Spray to help hold the shape of the curls.

The next two steps are optional, but definitely helpful for high-humidity cities like Seattle. I’ve had my curls completely frizz out in the past from humidity and it sucked! After putting time into doing my hair, the last thing I wanted was for a warm day to ruin the ‘do! Here’s a couple extra steps to help battle the humidity and keep those curls going strong for longer.

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Valentine’s Day nails: Neutral half crescents

This year, I’ve decided to shy away from all the pinks, reds, and sparkles, and opted for a more neutral nail design for Valentine’s Day. Why? It’s a strong reflection of where the minimalist wardrobe building has taken me and I really like it. This nail design isn’t specifically for Valentine’s Day and can be worn any time of the year because of its neutral-ness, but I do like the idea of sporting them as a little twist on classic solid neutrals for the upcoming weekend!

half-crescent-nail-tutorial

This nail design is really easy to do. All it requires is a bit of patience between layers for drying! What you’ll need are two different colours of nail polishes and a sheet of paper hole reinforcements.

Step one: Apply base coat and let it dry. One the base coat is dry, select one of your nail polish colours to be the base. This is what will show up as the peeking crescent design. I chose the lighter shade of nail polish for this. Specifically, I used Zoya’s Jacqueline. Make sure that this coat is completely dry before moving onto step two.

half crescent nail tutorial

Step two: Using the hole reinforcement stickers, go about 1/3 of the way up from your nail bed and stick a reinforcement onto your nail, making sure to press down firmly on the sides/corners of the nails. Pushing out any air bubbles will help to prevent nail polish from leaking.

Step three: Once the sticker is on, paint coat of your second nail polish colour from the top of the reinforcement to the tip of your nail. I used a darker shade, Zoya’s Rue, than the colour in step one. Peel the hole reinforcement off before the polish dries (this will help to keep a crisp edge).

Step four: Wait for the second shade of polish from step three to fully dry before applying the top coat. Once your top coat is dry, you’re done!

How easy is that? Such a sophisticated nail design in under 5 steps!

If you’re looking for something a little more pink and sparkly, here are some tutorials for Valentine’s Day nails from past years:


DIY heart nail decals


Valentine’s Day nails 2 ways

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WEEKEND DIY: Vintage trunk coffee table

To date, this is my favourite DIY and I am really excited to share it here today! This project has been 2 years in the making. I knew I wanted a new coffee table and envisioned the design a lot time ago, but finding the perfect trunk proved to be a lot harder than expected.

thedemuremuse.com Steampunk Coffee Table DIY

This trunk is a beaut, isn’t she? My criteria for the perfect trunk was that it had to be under $80 (this was actually quite hard, especially since antique stores with the most beautiful trunks started at $100), had all the original markings (many that I came across over the years had been repainted), and the inside didn’t smell like mothballs. Was I being too picky? Maybe. Holding out for the perfect trunk was worth the wait, though! These were photos that I snapped at Goodwill when we walked by the trunk the first time:

steampunk trunk goodwill

The most immaculate conditioned and beautifully designed piece at only $35?!? YES, I’LL TAKE IT! This trunk belonged to a senior lieutenant and is addressed from being shipped in October 1960 from California to Brooklyn. Prior to seeing this gem, I had never encountered another trunk with the shipping details stenciled directly onto the surfaces (always just a sticker), so it felt like striking gold when this was uncovered in the furniture section of the biggest Goodwill in Seattle!

Supplies for this project
vintage trunk (thrifted from Goodwill for $35)
4 x 6″ raw steel hairpin legs (bought these exact ones)
12 x 5/16″ washers
12 x M6 size screws
12 x M6 size nuts
power drill + phillip-head attachment

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Weekend DIY: Watercolor teapot

With this weekend being Mother’s Day, I wanted to do a simple Weekend DIY project that could double as a sweet gift for mom. I had been meaning to try this for a while and had a really tough time finding the perfect piece to try the technique out on. This is a super simple project that can be completed in about 10 minutes or less.

nailpolish-teapot-diy-top

Supplies for this project:
teapot (I thrifted this one for $2 at Goodwill)
nail polish (I used Julep’s Donna)
disposable container
lukewarm tap water
toothpicks (optional)
nail polish remover (optional)

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