The big guide of blog design

As I was doing my Makeover Mondays series, I started to get asked quite a lot about blog design tips, so since I no longer have the time to design your blogs myself, I decided to make this super extensive post for those of you who want to give your blogs a brand new look.

I'm going to share with you some pretty basic (and hopefully useful) tips and some of my favorite resources and tutorials.

Makeover Mondays #7: Brunette in black (LAST ONE)

Today I'm showing you the little makeover of my Makeover Mondays series, at least for this summer. However, I decided to do one more thing for you, which is... THE BIG GUIDE OF BLOG DESIGN. I prepared a pretty extensive post with a few blog design tips, resources, and tutorials so you can give yourself a blog makeover!

And now... let's talk about the makeover I did. Last week's winner was Monica of Brunette in Black. And this was the description she left:

Blogging has been a passion of mine since 2009 and this year I wanted to take it further. I wanted to share what I love, inspire people and be inspired, to share a little bit of myself with the rest of the world.
I would like to win the makeover because I want my blog to have something unique and special, the personal image of the blog itself and me.

She  asked me to try to incorporate a little illustration she found online on the blog design, and I struggled a bit at first since I didn't know how to, but this is what I came up with...

All good things come to an end, and I wish you thought Makeover Mondays was a good thing. Good or bad, that's it for this summer. I loved getting to do your blogs, and I wanted to thank you all for trusting me to do this for you. I hope you all enjoyed this!

Recycle your bottles

I don't know why, but I just can't throw bottles away. I always think they're too cute and just want to keep them forever. So today I bring you some ideas on what to do with them for those of you who have the same problem.

Fill them with candy

You can fill them with small candy like m&ms or gummy bears, or with candy that sticks out.

Paper stars

If you don't know how to make a paper star, it's actually very simple. You can watch a video here. You can even add a motivational quote inside each star and open them when you're feeling down.

I didn't fill the whole bottle because I'd just done my nails and... oops! 

Bracelets holder

You can use it as a jewellery display. It will help you keep organised and it looks nice.

Fake flowers

Just insert some fake flowers in the bottle and you've got a pretty decoration. If you have tiger stores in your town, you can actually buy some pens that look like flowers, like the brightest one in my photo.

They don't really require any extra explanations, so I hope the photos were enough to give you some ideas.

Question of the Day

Do you feel the need to keep all your bottles? If so, what do you do with them?

My Belgium wishlist

I'm a big fan of lists. I'm always making lists of just anything, and wishlists are the easiest ones for me, because I always want a lot of things. I'll be moving to Belgium in less than a month (OMG) and these are some of the things I want right now:

1. White heart cushion (Primark)
I am absolutely in love with this heart. I have the classical one from Ikea, but this... omg! It's so pretty! I really want it for my room.
Link here.

2. Bicycle spoke beads (Tiger)
In Belgium, I will rent a bike for the year, because that's what everyone uses to move around. I saw these at tiger and I loved them! I actually saw some star-shaped ones (but they didn't have the photo on the website) and I knew I needed them inmediately.
Link here.

3. Longchamp Le Pliage
I have been in love with this bag for such a long time and I can't wait to own one. So maybe this year is the year... 
Link here.

4. Steam case (Leuke)
This allows you to cook a lot of meals in a healthy way, in the microwave. I think this would be perfect for me, since I can't cook, cause it makes it really easy and you only have one thing to clean afterwards. 
Link here.

5. Rain Boots (Hunter)
It will rain a lot in Belgium and I don't have any shoes for the rain. I have loved Hunters so I've almost completely convinced my mom to buy me a pair for next year. Fingers crossed.
Link here.

6. Printed Tablet Lapdesk (PB Teen)
I love Lapdesks. I have one at home, but I don't really want to take it in my suitcase cause it takes a lot of space. This one is super pretty and I love the fact you can also store things inside. And it would allow me to hold my iPad!
Link here.

7. Candle Holder (Ikea)
Even though I wouldn't use it as a Candle Holder, I really want this. It's sooooo pretty and you can use it for many things. I have a larger one at the moment and I use it to display my earrings and I keep a few mini perfumes inside. I think I would use it as a pencil holder, as a beautiful pencil holder.
Link here.

Question of the day

What's in your wishlist at the moment?

Makeover Mondays #6

I have a short of bad news today. If you didn't notice, summer is coming to an end, and Makeover Mondays were only meant to last for the summer, which means... they're coming to an end too. In fact, this week I'm doing the last makeover of the summer, who was chosen from last week's comments, so... there are no more chances to enter, sorry.

I felt so bad that I couldn't do more makeovers for all of you that I decided to do something crazy last week and I did... TWO makeovers. And it was insane. I can barely keep with one makeover a week. Two was totally exhausting...

So even though I couldn't give everyone their makeover, I do think I did all I could, so I hope you understand and you still liked this idea. And now... let's move on to this week's makeovers!

Basically alice

The first person I chose was Alice of Basically Alice. I knew Alice from Instagram and she's a really sweet girl with a great taste, so when she said she wanted to start blogging I was totally in. This is the description she left:

Hey, my name is alice and my blog name at the moment is @pastel_bows with the URL, however I might change this as they cannot be the same. I've only just started my blog so I haven't posted anything yet but in the future I will be posting things including fashion, beauty, photography, food and lifestyle. Your designs are absolutely amazing, I would love to win the makeover as at the moment my blog doesn't look good enough to post anything. I feel by having a blog it could help me escape from the world for a bit and hopefully give advice to other people who may read my blog:)xxx

This is what her blog looked like:

And this is what we came up with:


The second person I chose was Rachel of Broomfie. This is the description she left:

Hi, my blog is Broomfie ( and is mainly concerned with my move from the UK to Vancouver in a few weeks. I'll hopefully be travelling quite a bit, but in the mean time I'm posting about what travelling I am doing now, beauty, fashion and quite a bit about books! 
I would love to win the make-over because, plainly, I cannot make any sense of html and other coding. It took me all evening to figure out how to get my photos without a white border! I have been putting so much effort into my blog since I started it 3 weeks ago but I really feel like it's my layout that is holding me back. It's the sort of style I want but it's really not quite right. It doesn't look too professional in my opinion but I don't know what else to do! Your designs (that I have seen) are much more like I want and I really, really wish you could be lovely and help me out (please, please, please!)

Rachel wanted a simple black & white template. If you've been reading every post you may know by now how much I (don't) love doing these because they're so tricky and hard. So doing 2 designs at the same time became extra challenging because they were super different from each other and super different from what I usually do. But I must admit I'm pretty satisfied with the result...

Teeny tiny bows

In case I hadn't made it clear enough, I'm a fan of girly things, including... bows! I decided to make some the other day and I came up with this idea for some really cute and tiny bows.

To make these you need:

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • A loom band

How to make them

  1. Cut a piece of ribbon 
  2. Burn the ends. 
  3. If you can sew, sew the ends together. If you can't, pass a thread through both of the ends and make a knot. 
  4. Fold it flat and tie the loom band around it.

I made a few pink ones (because you know I love pink) and I made one with a yellow center because it reminded me of princess Aurora. 

I also decided to hot glue one of them to a hair clip.

My travel makeup essentials

When you travel, you want to take some makeup with you that doesn't take a lot of space, that's not very expensive (you don't want to be upset if you lose it, or forget it), and that lasts all day on your face.

I have finally managed to find the perfect makeup products for this. Trust me, I'm from Spain, and this makeup will definitely resist anything. It's water-proof/heat-proof/melt-proof/Spain-proof.

Rimmel's Stay Matte Primer *
To be honest, this isn't completely necessary, but if you have room in your bag, I totally recommend bringing this.

Maybelline's Dream Pure BB Cream *
Maybelline's are my favorite BB creams. I cannot live without them. They are what helps me look like a human, instead of a zombie. One of my favorite products ever.

Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder *
This is my favorite face powder. I love how it feels, and it works amazingly.

 * As you can see, I use a few mattifying products. I wouldn't be able to judge the mattifying power of each of them separately, but my face has been incredibly matte since I use the three of them together. I sometimes get home after a long ride in the subway and I feel my face all sweaty and disgusting, and then look in the mirror and you can't even tell. At all. So as I said, I don't know if one of them is amazing and the rest don't do anything, but I do know that by using the three of them... you get amazing results.

Maybelline's Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow: Pink Gold
I love Color Tattoos eye shadows for many reasons: they are incredibly long-lasting, they are pigmented, and you don't need any brushes to use them. I love this shade for the summer.

If you don't trust me on how good they are, I remember I wore this to a theme park last summer. We were out all day, and it rained sooo much. We were soaking wet  and when I got home I was so tired that I just went to bed without removing my makeup. And when I woke up the next day... this was still on my eyelids!!

Maybelline's Colossal Volume Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline's Colossal Volume is my favorite mascara in the whole world. I use the waterproof version in the summer because it's incredibly hot in Spain and I want it to be able to resist any sweating. This mascara will give me amazing eyelashes and will last all day.

Sephora's Khol waterproof eye pencil
Maria spent some time at my house last year. We went to sephora one day and they had these on sale, so she bought one. I loved it! So I had to get one for myself too! I can't believe what a good deal we got for just 5€. It lasts all day, it resists everything and it is SUPER pigmented.

Maybelline's baby lips: Strike a rose
I love baby lips. They have done miracles to my lips. Ok, this won't last all day, but you can keep it in your bag and put more on when you need to. I've been loving this shade this summer. It's like a bright beautiful pink, and it smells so yummy.

Maybelline's Dream Touch Cream Brush
This brush is super long-lasting too. It may not last 24 hours like the other products, but it's the best I have tried and I love it. I use the shade 05, but my skin is super pale, so you may need a different shade.

Question of the Day

What's your favorite melt-proof product?