DIY Etched Wine Glasses for Valentine’s Day

Have you started planning out your Valentine’s Day? Wining and dining with your loved ones are a common part of celebrating the romance-filled holiday, which is why we have decided to go for a more classy route for this week’s DIY tutorial!  For the seasoned wine connoisseur, our DIY etched wine glasses will make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Who doesn’t like to unwind with a book and glass of good wine after a long day? When it comes to living the good life, there is nothing wrong with indulging in the finer things, which includes great wine, gorgeous lingerie and good company. Mix the three together and who knows what sort of surprises you may find. The usability and functionality of these DIY etched wine glasses will have your loved ones thinking of you every time they enjoy a fine wine. Now, we will be working with materials that you may or may not have ever heard of before, but don’t let its novelty scare you. This tutorial is going to be fast and easy and takes less than half an hour to create these awesome personalized and stylish wine glasses. If you’re looking for something creative and unique to give to your loved ones or friends this Valentine’s Day, then gather your materials and let’s get started!
 

DIY Etched Wine Glasses - What you will need

 

What you will need:

Wine glasses
Amrour Etch
Contact paper
Cutting board
X-Acto Knife
Foam brush or a small brush
Gloves (optional)

 

DIY Etched Wine Glasses - Step 1

1. To create your stencil, print out the design you would like etched on your wine glass. Cut the design into a small strip of paper and another strip of contact paper in the same size. Tape the regular paper on top of the contact paper and tape them together to the cutting board.

 

DIY Etched Wine Glasses - Step 2

2. Using your X-Acto knife, carefully cut your stencil out. Try to be as precise as possible.

 

DIY Etched Wine Glasses - Step 3

3. After you have finished cutting your stencil out, remove the tape and detach the contact paper from the regular paper. Your stencil should look something like this so far.

 

DIY Etched Wine Glasses - Step 4

4. Peel off the adhesive side from the contact paper and carefully stick it onto your wine glass. Make sure to smooth the edges down so none of the etching cream we apply later will be able to seep through.

 

DIY Etched Wine Glasses - Step 5

5. Put your rubber gloves on to avoid any possible chemical irritation. Take your foam brush and slather on a generous amount of Armour Etch on top of the stencil.

 

DIY Etched Wine Glasses - Step 6

6. Leave your wine glass to dry for around ten to fifteen minutes. After you have done so, run the wine glass under cool water to rinse off the Armour Etch.

 

DIY Etched Wine Glasses - Finished

And now it’s complete! Simple and elegant, the possibilities in personalizing these DIY etched wine glasses are seemingly endless and make wonderful gifts or party favors. You can add names or phrases to them or even draw out your own design if you really want to get creative. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any wine lying around but we think filling our glass up with Valentine’s Day candy worked just as well, don’t you think?

 

DIY Etched Wine Glasses - Finished 2

Jazzing up your wine glasses has never been easier. And these snazzy DIY wine glasses make great last minute gifts and definitely look like they’ve taken a lot of time and effort to make. After all, what’s better than toasting to another amazing year spent with loved ones and friends? All we have to say is: cheers to that! We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s DIY tutorial and gained some inspiration on new ideas for future potential gifts. Remember, Valentine’s Day is in two weeks and will arrive just before you know it. So if you haven’t gotten started on your search for the right gifts, take look around the rest of our blog for more fun and innovative ideas. What did you think of these DIY etched wine glasses? What sort of design would you like to etch on your own wine glass? Let us know if you end up using our tutorial and creating your own, because we would love to see what you’ve come up with. Share them on Twitter or Instagram and don’t forget to tag us at @ilovesexy.com. We will be back next week with more Valentine’s Day ideas so keep on reading and visit us again next week!

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Join iLoveSexy’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway

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Will you be our Valentine this year? Valentine’s Day is a very special holiday to us because it is the perfect time to celebrate your love and affection for lovers and friends. And here at iLoveSexy, we wanted to give back to our amazing fans this Valentine’s Day by hosting our very first Valentine’s Day Giveaway! One lucky winner will be chosen to win a $50 gift card to spend on anything off our website at ilovesexy.com. How exciting is that! Some of you may be spoiled with flowers and chocolates for this Valentine’s Day, but we want to spoil you with our wonderful styles of gorgeous lingerie, shoes, costumes, clubwear and much more. Whether you’re a fan of our corsets, babydolls or costumes, there is truly something for everyone. To enter, please read the following rules:

1. One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.
2. This giveaway is open ONLY to US participants.
3. The giveaway ends on February 14th at 12:00AM.
4. The winner will be announced on February 14th at 12:00PM. Please remember to check your Facebook messages in case we notify you as the winner.
5. All entries will be verified so please do not submit an entry without completing the required task. Reporting the submission of an entry without completing the required task will result in immediate disqualification.
6. To enter, please ‘like’ us on Facebook. Extra points will be given to those who follow us on our other social media accounts and those who share our giveaway on their social media accounts.

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Please use the banner above (at the top of this post) for reposting on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for extra points. 

 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment in the comment box below or email us at customerservice@ilovesexy.com.  Thank you for participating in our Valentine’s Day Giveaway. And good luck!

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DIY Chalkboard Mugs for Valentine’s Day

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is coming up in nearly three weeks? Time has flown by so quickly this month and we have been busy here at iLoveSexy to come up with as many cute and creative Valentine’s Day DIY tutorials as we can. This week’s DIY tutorial is definitely going to be a fun one, as we will be working with something most of you probably have never heard of–chalkboard paint! Now chalkboard paint is pretty much what it sounds like. In contrast to regular paint, you can write on top of chalkboard paint with chalk. Cue the nostalgia, as we transport you back in time to your elementary school days of learning lessons off of a chalkboard. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? And your friends, family and loved ones will have even more fun doodling onto these DIY chalkboard mugs, which we will be teaching you how to create this week. These homemade mugs make adorable and quirky gifts and with a little coffee or hot chocolate, will be sure to warm the body and the heart. If you’re looking for something heartwarming and comforting this Valentine’s Day, then enjoying these DIY chalkboard mugs with your loved ones should be on the top of your list. And to accompany your homemade gift with any additional surprises, check out our website for many more options. Now let’s get started on our DIY project!

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - What you will need

 

What you will need:

Plain mugs
Chalkboard paint
Small foam brushes
Chalk
Black marker

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 1

1. Use the black marker to draw an outline of your design onto your mugs. Do  not worry about making this too neat, since you will be able to paint over it.

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 2

2. Paint a layer of chalkboard paint within your design. Try to make the paint strokes as even as possible. You will need about two layers of chalkboard paint to make your design opaque. If you make any mistakes, you may touch it up easily with a small amount of rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip.

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 3

3. Let your mugs dry for several hours. This is how your mugs should look like afterwards. To seal in the chalkboard paint and make it dishwasher safe, place your mugs in the oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes and bake them.

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 4

4. After your mugs have baked and cooled completely, take a piece of chalk and rub a thin layer all over the design.

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 5

5. This is how it should look after you have chalked it.

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Step 6

6. Dampen a piece of paper towel and rub the chalk off.

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Finished 1

And now the DIY chalkboard mugs are ready to be written on. We thought it would be a cute idea to make our his-and-her mugs, which would make a charming pair of gifts together. But you can also give these mugs out individually to friends and loved ones. These mugs are definitely delightful enough to replace any old cup one would use for their morning cup of coffee or tea.

 

DIY Chalkboard Mugs - Finished 2

But of course, since this tutorial is all about Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t resist filling up our mugs with piles of candy. A sweet and simple idea, you can’t go wrong with Valentine’s Day colored M&M’s, lollipops, Hershey’s kisses or even candy hearts. So fill up your DIY chalkboard mugs with whatever surprises you want and help get your loved ones’ started on a bright and cheerful morning. We hope you’ve had a fun and inspirational time reading this week’s DIY tutorial. As always, we tried to keep it easy, fun and unique and the upcoming Valentine’s Day is no exception for getting as creative with your gifts as possible. What did you think of these DIY chalkboard mugs? Is this something you would like to try out for yourself? What sort of designs would you make on your own mugs? If you decide to make these, please share them on Twitter or Instagram tag us at @ilovesexycom so that we can see your creations. We’re not finished with our Valentine’s Day series of DIY tutorials so come back again next week to see what other ideas we have in store for you!

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Affordable Valentine’s Day Gifts – Lingerie under $30

People often say that the best things in life are free. However, here at iLoveSexy Blog, we firmly believe that the next best things in life are sexy, flirty and of course, affordable. Lingerie has the ability to make women feel glamorous and powerful and always make foolproof gifts, especially for such a romantic holiday such as Valentine’s Day. While we are all familiar with big brand name lingerie retailers, believe it or not, there are many styles of lingerie out there that not only look luxurious but are also accessible to everyone. To find quality lingerie that is as beautiful as it is reasonably priced is not something that’s too much to ask for. And for this year’s upcoming Valentine’s Day, we have put together a video of our top lingerie selections that are under $35. Some of these pieces are trendy and styled after today’s latest designs, while others fall into the category of classic and timeless essentials. Perfect for a special night, these selections from our exclusive collection will be sure to impress. So take notes and visit our website if you come across anything your special someone would like!
 




 

Lingerie and intimate apparel does not have to cost a fortune to look amazing, and with the right essentials, any woman can look and feel fabulous.  Those who are on a budget can shop with confidence for top brands such as Leg Avenue, Shirley of Hollywood, Seven ’til Midnight and much more. We hope you’ve enjoyed browsing through some of our most popular lingerie selections under $35. Did any of these selections appeal to you? Which one would you like to pick up for Valentine’s Day? If you have any comments or suggestions for any more videos, please let us know in the comments below. We have more upcoming videos to help get you started for finding the perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day, so check back again soon.

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DIY Heart T-shirt for Valentine’s Day

We are one month away from Valentine’s Day but that doesn’t mean we aren’t getting started on the season of love a little early this year. At iLoveSexy Blog, we are all about the handmade arts and crafts, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. For special occasions even outside of Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing quite like a handmade gift that everyone can appreciate. Even something as simple as this week’s tutorial on our adorable DIY heart t-shirt can be stylish enough to rock on a casual day. A classic fashion staple, it almost seems as though every girl has her own heart t-shirt in her closet. These heart t-shirts can be found in most clothing retail stores and are loved for their simplicity and whimsicality. But did you know how easy it is to make your own? While there are many different ways to go about creating it, we decided to experiment this week with heat transfer papers, which can be found at most local craft stores. Heat transfer papers are great for designing your own shirts and allow you to customize it any way you like. And this tutorial is not just for t-shirts, as you can design almost any kind of article of clothing such as tank tops, sweatshirts, camisoles and even lingerie. If you have a friend or loved one who would appreciate this, then stick around and learn how to create your own in just a few easy steps!
 

 DIY Heart T-shirt - What you will need

 
 What you will need:

Heat transfer paper
A shirt or any article of clothing
Iron
Scissors
Scratch paper
Pen or pencil
 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 1

1. Trace a large heart stencil or a design of your choice onto a piece of scratch paper. Use scissors to cut it out neatly.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 2

2. Once you have cut out your stencils, decide on the placement of the stencils on your t-shirt.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 3

3. Place your stencil on top of the heat transfer paper and trace out your design.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 4

4. Once you have your design traced out, cut it out as neatly as possible with scissors.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 5

5. Lay your t-shirt on a flat surface with your designs laid out in place. Place a thin piece of cloth on top of the t-shirt. Make sure the cloth is not too thick, otherwise the iron will not be hot enough for the transfer paper to adhere to the t-shirt.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Step 6

6. Set your iron on a dry setting and press it on top of the heat transfer designs. Slowly move your iron for a couple of minutes around the designs and continue to press down. Make sure that the edges are secure. This may take several tries, depending on how hot your iron is.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Finished

Plain white t-shirts are a classic choice for when you want to go for a casual look, but a decorated DIY heart t-shirt adds a cute and feminine touch to it. The glitter heat transfer paper sparkles and shines against its simple backdrop, making it a cute choice for when you’re out and about. And you don’t only have to limit the designs to hearts as well. Our package of glitter heat transfer papers had several other colors included, and there are many ways you can design your shirt.

 

DIY Heart T-shirt - Finished2

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the heart t-shirts will quickly disappear off the shelves from your favorite clothing retail stores. However, you won’t have to worry about that if you make your own with our DIY tutorial. We love how this tutorial is a no-sew and we’re sure most of you know how to use an iron, so creating your own DIY heart t-shirt is very quick and easy to do. This takes less than half an hour to complete yet looks amazing when finished and is definitely something you can gift to a friend or loved one to show how much you mean to them. What are your thoughts on this week’s DIY tutorial? Are you in love with this DIY heart t-shirt as much as we are? What design would you create if you were to make your own? Please leave us some love in the form of any comments, questions or suggestions you might have. And come check us out next week to see what new gifts you can create for the upcoming love-filled holiday!

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Trending at iLoveSexy: Radiant Orchid

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As we welcome in the new year, we would also like to say hello to 2014’s latest color trend–radiant orchid. As Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year for 2014, we are excited to feature this captivating blend of purple, pink and fuchsia undertones on our very first Trending at iLoveSexy series. Just as the beginning of a new year symbolizes hope, potential and growth, radiant orchid symbolizes great joy, love and health, which are all the things we are striving for in 2014. The color is warm, sophisticated and feminine and complements a wide variety of items, as shown in our collage above. Whether in clothing, accessories, makeup and even interior decor, radiant orchid is an easy color to sport and can be spotted everywhere from the runway to the streets. Of course, we, at iLoveSexy, had to get in on this trend, which is why we have started this series, Trending at iLoveSexy, to show you how you can stay updated with the latest trends with selections from our store. If you’re in love with the radiant orchid hue as much as we are, then you won’t want to miss out on these gorgeous styles of lingerie.

 Radiant Orchid - 1

Sweetheart Ruffle Trimmed Satin Bra Set

 

Radiant Orchid - 2

Stretch Lace Chemise Set

 

Radiant Orchid - 3

Romantic Satin and Lace Bra Set

 

Radiant Orchid - 4

Lace Overlay Halter Corset

 

Radiant Orchid - 5

Satin Robe

 

Majestic yet demure, vivacious yet subtle, radiant orchid is set to dominate fashion and interior decor this year and probably for many years to come. The rosy undertones behind this color brings out the radiance in most skin tones, giving its wearers a beautiful, candlelit glow. And of course, what better time to show off that beautiful glow than when wearing lingerie? Let your wardrobe bloom and channel the excitement and romance that comes with donning this color.  For more radiant orchid lingerie options, please feel free to visit our website and check out some of the other selections we offer. What are your thoughts on the lingerie selections we have chosen? Are there any in particular that stand out to you? Are you a fan of Pantone’s choice for 2014’s Color of the Year? What other colors is a must-have for you? Let us know in the comments below and check back again in the future for more trends and style inspirations.

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DIY Glitter Candles for Valentine’s Day

Do you love glitter as much as we do? If you follow our blog, then you’ll know just how obsessed we are over glitter and will find excuses to add it to just about anything! Does anything even exist that glitter does not look amazing on? We are on our second week of our Valentine’s Day DIY series, and boy, do we have a treat for you this week! Although we’ve pretty much given it away already, we hope you’re as excited as we are to try it out. These DIY glitter candles are a fun and inexpensive gift to show your friends and loved ones how much you mean to them. They’re eye-catching, festive and make the perfect decorations for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.  Or if you really want to add a little romance to Valentine’s Day, you can the deck out your bedroom with these DIY glitter candles and get ready for that special night with something from our Valentine’s Day Lingerie Collection. Imagine how incredibly gorgeous they would look flickering on a tabletop while adding a nice, warm glow to the bedroom. Nothing says, “I love you” as much as a handmade gift, so let’s get started on crafting these dazzling beauties.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - What you will need

 
What you will need: 

Candles
Glitter
Mod Podge
Small foam brushes
Sticker paper
Scissors
Tape
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Step 1

1. Draw a heart onto the sticker paper and cut the shape out.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Step 2

2. Peel the adhesive side from the sticker paper and stick it onto the center of the candle. Make sure that it is firmly attached with no openings.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Step 3

3. Dispense the Mod Podge onto a plate or dish and use a small foam brush to paint a thin layer around the entire candle.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Step 4

4. Pour a generous amount of glitter onto a different plate or dish and roll the candle around, picking up glitter as you go. To fill uneven spots, apply a small amount of Mod Podge to the spot and roll it again in glitter until you have covered it up.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Step 5

5. When you have finished applying an even coat of glitter to the candle, let it dry for around ten to fifteen minutes. After it has finished drying, carefully peel off the heart sticker stencil. If there are any loose glitters around the candle, you can use tape to remove them easily.
 

DIY Glitter Candles - Finished

 Tell us, does this or does this not look gorgeous? Simple yet beautiful, these DIY glitter candles will add sparkle and shine anywhere you take them. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we also created a red version of this. A pink glitter candle and red glitter candle would make an adorable gift set and will be much appreciated by whoever is lucky enough to receive them. You can use whatever kind of glitter you’d like, whether you prefer the chunky glitter shown here or the ultra-fine glitter we normally use. And you can get even get creative with the color of glitter you plan to use, and can create them with your loved one’s favorite colors.
 
Although there are those who tend to rag on Valentine’s Day for being too Hallmark-y and gimmicky, we can definitely say that this handmade gift is made with love. Will you be creating your own DIY glitter candles this year? Is there a special someone you would like to make these for? Please show off your creations if you use any of your tutorials and let us know. We would love to hear your thoughts, questions and comments, so leave us some love in the comment box below. We will continue counting down to Valentine’s Day with an all new tutorial next week!

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Simple Styling with iLoveSexy: Lace Bodysuits

The moment we’ve been waiting for is finally here! We, at iLoveSexy Blog, are pleased kick off the new year and announce the launch of our Simple Styling with iLoveSexy series. Simple Styling with iLoveSexy will feature one item from our website, where we put together a variety of looks that you can use for inspiration. With so many hidden gems to choose from, it’s safe to say that lingerie is no longer only for the bedroom. Our first selection we will be highlighting is the lace bodysuit. Lace bodysuits have made quite the splash in the fashion industry over the years, and continue to be a hit with bloggers and fashionistas alike. Romantic, feminine and delicate, there is much to love about this piece and it’s no secret why it’s become a fashion staple. With so many ways to wear it, we believe that every girl should add a lace bodysuit to her wardrobe. Our customer favorite, the Floral Lace Teddy makes the perfect centerpiece for an outfit and can be styled into both a day time look and a night time look.
 

Lace Bodysuits - Daytime Look

Lace Bodysuits - Night Time Look

 

We hope you have enjoyed these looks we have put together. What are your thoughts on lace bodysuits? Are you a fan of wearing them? What did you think of the outfits we have shown here? How would you style the piece we have chosen here? And are there any other items off of our website that would you like to see styled?

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DIY Hair Bow Tutorial (No Sew)

2014 has finally arrived and we could not be more happy to welcome in the new year! We hope you have had a wonderful and restful vacation. Now that we’re back in the office and ready to begin the new year, it’s time for some big changes here at iLoveSexy Blog. The holiday season just came to a close and we have been brewing many wonderful ideas to help get you prepped for the upcoming Valentine’s Day in February. Now we know that Valentine’s Day is still many days away, but starting from this week’s DIY tutorial, we will be coming up with love-themed Valentine’s Day gift ideas! While people primarily like to spend money on flowers, chocolates and lingerie, we, at iLoveSexy, believe that the best gifts come from the heart. This week, we have created a tutorial for you to create these charming and dainty DIY hair bows, which will make wonderful gifts to friends and loved ones for the holiday and for the upcoming spring. And to make things quick and easy for you, we will be doing a no-sew method. So grab your favorite pattern and your other materials and let’s get started!
 

DIY Hair Bow - What you will need

 

What you will need:

Material of your choice
Alligator clips
Tape measure
Hot glue gun
Scissors

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 1

1. Take a tape measure and measure out around 11 x 6 inches of fabric. Use scissors to cut according to your measurements.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 2

2. Fold over a small strip on one side of the fabric. Use hot glue to attach it.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 3

3. Once you have made the fold, this is how your piece of fabric should look like so far.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 4

4. Fold over the top and bottom of the fabric and dispense hot glue to attach it. This is how it should look like after you have done so.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 5

5. Take the edge that has not been glued and fold it over. Fold the other side over, making sure that there is a slight overlap and dispense hot glue to keep it attached.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 6

6. Scrunch the bow evenly, such as you would when folding a paper fan. Each fold you create, dispense a little hot glue in the center to secure the pleating.
 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 7

7. Cut a small strip of fabric a few inches thick. Fold it in half and use hot glue to keep it attached.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 8

8. Wrap the small strip of fabric around the center of the bow, leaving a small space in between the bow and the strip. Dispense hot glue to attach it.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Step 9

9. Once the hot glue has dried, you may take an alligator clip and slip it between the fabric strip.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Finished1

There you have it! Aren’t these hair bows simply adorable? Perfect as accessories or gifts, these bows can be used in a variety of ways. If you’d like, you can even skip the alligator clips and glue them on a headband instead. Or give it a masculine twist by clipping them onto bow tie clips, if you have a special man in your life that you would like to make these for.

 

DIY Hair Bow - Finished2

And this is how the DIY hair bow actually looks in use. Hair bows have been as popular than ever and when worn with a chic sock bun, the look is fun, flirty and fresh. Super feminine and elegant, this fashion accessory looks amazing on a variety of hairstyles.
 

When it comes to giving gifts, it’s truly the thought that counts. And what could be more thoughtful than giving a handmade gift this year? We hope you have enjoyed our first Valentine’s Day DIY tutorial. If you’re having trouble deciding what to get your loved ones or friends this year, you’re in luck because we have many goodies planned out for you over the next month. Are you a fan of these DIY hair bows? Will you be making any for the upcoming Valentine’s Day or spring season? Please share your ideas and let us know what sort of patterns you will be making with this tutorial. And if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, we would love to hear them! Check back again next week for an all new DIY tutorial and more ideas for Valentine’s Day.

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