Easy Bike Wrap Using Patterned Duct Tape!

I lived on campus in university and bought a cute cruiser bike to get around the sprawling campus.  I thought the bike looked pretty unremarkable, so I gave it a makeover by sanding it, priming it and painting it bright pink (of course!).  I customized it further by swapping out the seat and adding a cute basket, and the finished product was absolutely adorable!  I even started to be known on campus as “the girl with hot pink bike”.  The only downside was that since the paint was only sprayed on (rather than professionally baked on), locking up the bike would cause chips despite the multiple clear coats I applied.

Leopard Print Bike Duct Tape Before

Fast-forward to now, a friend of mine bought a new bike and mentioned that we should go cruising around town.  After dusting off and fully cleaning my bike, I decided it was time for another makeover.  Not willing to go through the trouble of repainting it just to have it chip off again, I wanted to try wrapping it with the patterned duct tape I’ve seen everywhere.

Here’s how I did it…

Duct Tape Bike Makeover Materials

PREP:

  • Clean your bike thoroughly with soap and water– spray paint and adhesive will not stick to a dirty surface
  • If it’s an older bike, use CLR to remove any rust
  • Wipe down with a microfiber cloth and let dry completely

PRE-TAPE AND SPRAY PAINT:

  • If you don’t want to disassemble your bike, determine which corners, crevices and small areas may be difficult to wrap in duct tape and spray paint them with 2 coats of neutral colored spray paint (or one matching your patterned duct tape)
  • Make sure to carefully cover any of the parts around these areas that you don’t want to get spray paint onto. I used masking tape for small areas and screws, shielded the wheel spokes with paper grocery bags and taped plastic around the pedals and kickstand.
  • Let dry overnight

WRAPPING:

  • To make the wrapping process as easy as possible, I recommend using a pattern that you won’t need to line up (e.g. leopard print rather than stripes or checkers).  If it does need to line up, make sure to buy extra tape.
  • Bikes with straight frames can be taped lengthwise along the frame, but if you have a cruiser or a one with a lot of curves, I recommend using many short strips and wrapping around the frame instead
  • Tape over any screws and use a box cutter to cut around the protruding parts for a neater wrap
  • Buy more duct tape than you think you’ll need (I used about 1.5 rolls) and keep any leftovers to touch up areas that get scuffed

Leopard Print Bike Duct Tape After

After 2 quick afternoons, I now have a one-of-a-kind bike that’s pretty… and pretty unlikely to be stolen!  Really, thief?! You’re telling me that you have leopard-print-duct-tape-wrapped-cruiser too?  The wrap seems pretty durable and I’m happy to know that any parts that get scratched or scuffed can be rewrapped at the end of the season.

If I ever get bored with the pattern I can always peel it off, use some “Goo Gone” to remove the leftover residue and re-wrap it all over again.  The peacock plume printed duct tape by “Duck Brand” seems promising!!

What duct tape would you wrap a bike in—neon, polka dots, glow in the dark?  What are some other fun uses for patterned duct tape?  

Leopard Print Duct Tape Bike Wrap

With love,
Veronique♥

Disclosure:  I purchased these items on my own and did not receive any compensation for this post.  These are my own opinions and are in no way indicative of the positions or opinions of the companies mentioned.  Thanks for your support! ♥

Killer Legs x POUND Workout

Lunges.  We  know they’re necessary for really killer legs, but they’re the one part of my workout that I seem to skip repeatedly.  I’ll do a few extra squats or leg presses to make up for them, but lunges are always met with the empty promise that “I’ll do them next time”.

Thankfully, the Steve Nash Sports Clubs offer Pound classes, which are my little secret to slipping an obscene amount of lunges into my workout whenever I feel like my legs are in need of some attention.  I’ve been attending classes led by Marion, a super fun and upbeat instructor who somehow manages to make the classes even more fun than they inherently are.

Rockout Workoutimage from Pound Fitness

According to their website:

Pound is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and Isometric poses into a 45-minute series. Burn between 600 and 900 calories per hour, strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique – all while rocking out to your favorite music!

I love this class because it’s a really intense and musically driven workout.  Unlike Zumba (my previous favorite), you stay in one spot with your yoga mat for the whole the class, which means you’ll always have enough room no matter how packed the class gets.  To give you an idea of how it stacks up to other fitness classes, I think that it is more challenging and requires less coordination than Zumba (great for those of you with two left feet!) but it is still easier than Tabata.

Ripstix

This class is great for people of all levels because you get exactly what you put into it.  It can be hard or easy, depending on how much you want to push yourself and how deep you choose to go into each lunge and movement.  You’ll use 1lb Ripstix to drum on a yoga mat (to absorb the sound), but I have to warn you that the class can get quite loud at times, so I wouldn’t recommend it to those with sensitive hearing.  I actually considered wearing earplugs but figured that it would prevent me from drumming in time with the music.

You’ll drum to songs from popular artists like Bruno Mars and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, but the music includes all genres from hip-hop to rock (of course!).  It’s a very amped up class and invigorating workout and I really like that the loud music seems to give me an extra boost of energy.

Pound Workout Gear

My favorite part of this workout is that you get distracted by drumming to the beat of your favorite songs so you never realize how many lunges and squats you’ve actually done.  Every single song is a full-body workout, but there are certain “Poundtracks” that are geared to individual areas like your arms, butt and abs.  So make sure to bring a towel and water bottle and get ready to really work!

Pound classes are offered by Steve Nash Fitness World at their Morgan Crossing + Richmond locations (sorry, the Sports Clubs only!) but if you’re in an area like Cali, you can check a class out at a CRUNCH or UFC Gym, where SNFW members also get access!  More and more gyms are offering this rock star workout so I highly recommend giving it a try!

Check out the creators of Pound – Kirsten and Christina – demonstrating the workout on Access Hollywood!

What’s your favorite fitness class?  

With love,
Veronique♥

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  These are my opinions and are in no way indicative of the positions or opinions of the companies mentioned.  Thanks for your support! ♥

Oh Look A Sunscreen I Don’t Despise! x Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

Creams, scrubs, powders, glosses… If you couldn’t already tell, I love beauty products.  A serum promising more radiant skin? I’m all over that.  A deep conditioner that will rehydrate fried strands? Sign me up.  A cream that gives you instantly firmer skin? Okay, kind of skeptical… but in it goes to my basket!

One product, however, sticks out in my mind as abhorrent no matter what I do or which ones I try…sunscreen.  I loathe everything about it from its smell, stickiness, the oily looking finish, the horrid white sheen…and that you need to go through it all over again every 2 hours.  Ugh.

My detestation for the white gloop means I don’t wear it nearly as much as I should, which is embarrassing since the importance of sun protection has been drilled into our heads in the same way that we have been taught to floss as kids.  But if the threat of skin cancer isn’t enough,  I’ll make a plea to your vanity and remind you that the sun WILL cause pre-mature aging in ways that no serum or cream can completely reverse.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and staying in the shade or throwing on a hat isn’t enough.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration

Before a recent trip to a music festival, I stumbled upon a jewel in the form of the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen.  I was going to pick up a spray sunscreen, but I’ve always hated how expensive they end up being since I can whip through one can over a long weekend—even less if you have to share.  I’m obsessed with moisturizing, as you may know, so it intrigued me that this product does double duty as both a sunscreen and lotion.

PACKAGING

It comes in an upside-down squeeze bottle, which attractively displays the swirls of cream and light brown while indicating how much product you have left.  The product isn’t sticky which makes it very easy to dispense and although I usually prefer pumps for lotions and creams, I appreciate that the flip top cap ensures a secure seal when tossed into your beach bag.

WHAT’S IN IT?

The “ultra-luxurious hydrating silk ribbons” don’t just refer to the swirls of sunscreen and lotion because the cream contains silk proteins, which are used in cosmetics to prevent the dehydration of skin.  I was skeptical of its claims of containing “nourishing antioxidants” and “exotic botanicals”, but a look at the ingredient list reveals the use of shea butter, mango seed butter and aloe vera leaf juice as well as papaya, taro root, mango, purple passionflower, plumeria and guava extracts.

APPLICATION / FINISH

This is where the product impressed me most.  It isn’t overwhelmingly thick or too runny (it’s about the consistency of a thick cream) and the fact that it isn’t at all sticky makes application a breeze.  It spreads easy and absorbs rapidly, melting into your skin as an ordinary moisturizer would.  There is no tacky or greasy residue and you’ll find zero evidence of that shiny, white layer sitting atop your skin.

SCENT

I really like the smell of this and would say that company’s description of it as a “warm tropical fragrance” is pretty accurate.  It doesn’t have the overpowering and artificial smell of coconuts found in other sunscreens, but instead has a milder coconut scent with some tropical and floral notes.  The effect is light and pretty, and it won’t overpower any fragrances you decide to wear that day.

Silk Hydration Swatch

It is broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) and is available in SPF 12, 30 and 50.  Its active ingredients are Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (6%), Oxybenzone (4%) and it is water resistant for 80 minutes.  Though it’s perfect for lounging on the beach, my only gripe with this would be that it’s not completely waterproof.  I’d be very diligent about applying every 2 hours if you’re swimming or doing water sports, but its easy application means this isn’t that much of a hassle.

I would definitely recommend this to all my fellow sunscreen haters out there because this is what I’ll be reaching for whenever I plan to spend time under the sun!

Check out my handy dandy image below to find out how much to use.  For easy application of all sunscreens, rub the lotion between your hands and pat each area to disperse the product before spreading.  Reapply every 2 hours and remember that we should be wearing a minimum of SPF 30 everyday, even when cloudy!

How Much Sunscreen

Have you come across any fantastic or horrible sun protection products?  I’d love to hear about them so leave a comment below!

With love,
Veronique♥

Disclosure:  I purchased this item on my own and did not receive any compensation for this post.  These are my own opinions and are in no way indicative of the positions or opinions of the companies mentioned.  Thank you for your support! ♥

What I’m Loving At The Moment x The Geometric Leather Necklace

Geometric Leather Necklace

Necklace from Charlotte Russe

A welcome change from the elaborate and sparkly necklaces donned in prior seasons, I’ve been loving the geometric leather bib necklace.  It’s edgy, yet still polished, and I adore the striking contrast of the buttery leather and high gloss metal.  Following this year’s minimalist trend, this chic accessory is highly versatile and transitions easily from summer to fall.

Nicole Ritchie House of Harlow

House of Harlow 1960 – 5 Station Necklace in Leather (Color: Khaki)

Like the House of Harlow necklace pictured on Nicole Richie, this accessory will up the ante for a solid colored maxi dress and its geometric shapes pair well with the tribal prints and boho nuances punctuating this summer’s music festival inspired looks.  It adds effortless glam when paired with distressed denim shorts, but will look just as fabulous at the office.  But as the weather cools, there’s something about fall that makes me instantly want to slip into leather skirts and shorts—an obvious pairing for this accessory!  Soften these pieces with a flowy chiffon top in cream or pale nude and top it all off with dramatic liquid liner for a sophisticated and put-together look.

What would you pair with this necklace?  Have you seen any other stores carrying similar ones?

With love,
Veronique♥

Disclosure: I purchased this item on my own and did not receive any compensation for this post. These are my own opinions and are in no way indicative of the positions or opinions of the companies mentioned. Thanks for your support! ♥

What I’m Loving at the Moment x Soko – I’ll Kill Her (Hannes Fischer Remix)

Who would have thought that bitter, cheated on ex-girlfriend could ever sound so chic?

I can’t seem to get enough of this song! It’s just so perfectly french and despite what it’s about, it makes you happy just listening to it.  This remix pulls off being catchy while still managing to be laid back and is one song that will definitely be on my playlist all summer!

With love,

Veronique♥

Nigella Lawson Inspired Watermelon Salad x My Favourite Summer Salad

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Nothing reminds me of warm summer days more than fresh, juicy watermelon.  With watermelons back in season, I thought I would share with you my favourite summer salad inspired by Nigella Lawson’s watermelon, feta and black olive salad.  It’s super quick + easy to throw together, making it the perfect thing to pack for lunch, bring to a bbq or take with you on a lazy picnic — just pack the greens separately so they don’t wilt!
 
INGREDIENTS (all to taste)
♥ ripe watermelon, cubed
♥ spinach
♥ arugula
♥ feta cheese, crumbled or cubed
♥ crème de balsamic (I purchased mine at Urban Fare)
♥ pepper
 
I could seriously eat this every day + never get sick of it.  The flavours complement each other perfectly + the dish always looks so pretty when plated! 
 
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Try it out and let me know what you think! Bon appétit!
 
 
With love,
 
Veronique♥
 
 
What are some of your favourite salads for the summer? Share them below!
 
 
 
 
[Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  These opinions are my own and are in no way indicative of the opinions or positions of any of the companies mentioned.]

Tutorial Tuesday x How to Store Fresh Mint

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Ever wonder what to do with the rest of your fresh herbs?  It always seems like such a waste when recipes require you to buy a bundle of fresh herbs when you know you’ll never use more than a tiny bit of them.  Whenever I buy fresh mint, the answer is usually make mojitos (obviously!), but when I’m all mojito-ed out I use this clever little ice cube method to save the remaining mint for use later on.

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what you’ll need:
♥ fresh mint leaves
♥ chopping board + knife
♥ ice cube tray
♥ container with a spout for easy pouring
♥ fresh tap water or filtered water

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step 1 | Pick through the fresh mint making sure to discard stems and damaged leaves. 

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step 2 | Wash leaves thoroughly and place a few leaves into each ice cube compartment.

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step 3 | Fill ice cube tray with water making sure all mint leaves are completely submerged.

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step 4 | Freeze and enjoy!  Once the ice cubes have frozen, remove them from the tray and store them in a freezer bag.  Your mint ice cubes should stay fresh for 4-6 months.

When you need the mint, you can melt the ice cubes in a glass of water then strain the liquid to remove the mint leaves.  These ice cubes can also be put directly into water or any drink for a pretty and refreshing twist!  If you want the mint ice cubes to infuse flavour into your drink as they melt, try boiling the water with the mint and letting it cool before pouring the liquid into the ice cube tray. 

This quick + easy method can also be used with a variety of fresh herbs.  Lemonade with lavender ice cubes, anyone?

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And for all you serious drinkers +/or perfectionists, ditch the cloudy ice cubes and check out this Gizmodo article on how to make the perfect, crystal-clear ice seen in high end restaurants + bars!

With love,

Veronique♥

Do you know of any other uses for mint ice cubes?  Have you tried storing any other herbs this way?

Summer Braids.

Cute braid ideas to keep your hair in place during the hot summer weather!

 

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With love,

Veronique

 

Do you have any other pretty braid ideas? Link them below!