This Latina Couldn’t Find the Perfect Wedding Gown, So She Crocheted Her Own

After not being able to find the perfect wedding gown, this Oklahoma Latina proved that “if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”

Abbey Ramirez-Bodley was planning the perfect wedding… but she just couldn’t find the perfect dress.

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No matter how many dresses she looked at, she couldn’t find a dress that fit into her budget.

So, she just decided to work with her aunt and crochet her very own wedding gown, #likeaboss.

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Ramirez-Bodley’s aunt had taught her how to crochet when she was 4 years old. She did research on the Internet and found other dresses to give her all the inspiration she needed to go through with her plan.

Her husband was skeptical when Ramirez-Bodley first had the idea.

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Dude. The first rule about dating a Latina: they are always right and will do anything to prove you wrong. ?

Making the dress took eight months and more than two miles of yarn and only cost $70.

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“I don’t want people to think this is something we just whipped up in no time,” Ramirez-Bodley told ABC News. “Without a pattern it was really difficult. We were just as amazed as everybody else.”

READ: 9 Adorable Wedding Proposals that’ll Really Make You Sweat from Your Eyes

Finishing the dress must have felt like…

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Not to mention, she was able to show her husband just how WRONG he was about her skills with crochet needles.

The final reveal of the crocheted gown left her husband and guests speechless.

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Just goes to show you that you should NEVER doubt a Latina when she puts her mind to something.

In fact, some wedding guests were so entranced with the final look that they just had to know how to do it themselves.

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No doubt that Ramirez-Bodley is going to be getting a lot of requests for crocheted wedding gowns now.

READ: It’s Not a Latino Wedding if these 16 Things Don’t Happen

Clearly, there is a very proud abuelita in Oklahoma right now.

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Cardi B’s Recipe For Keeping Her Natural Hair Healthy Is Not Just Cheap It’s Tasty


Cardi B’s Recipe For Keeping Her Natural Hair Healthy Is Not Just Cheap It’s Tasty

If you’ve been a steadfast and religious follower of Cardi B’s social media accounts over the past few years, you know she’s come quite a long way. The Dominican rapper has grown quite a bit, not just in her eagerness to speak about political matters and social issues but with her transparency about how she keeps herself fit and beautiful as well.

But it’s not just Cardi B’s strive to be transparent that can bee seen growing on platforms like Instagram.

It”s her hair too.

In a recent post to her Instagram page the “Press” rapper shared that when it comes to her hair, she sticks to routines of old.

The rapper shared her experiences with keeping her and her daughter’s natural hair healthy by revealing all of the ingredients she uses in homemade hair masks. All of which are meant to keep hair nourished and moisturized. “This is a hair mask that I am doing for Kulture,” she shared with her Instagram stories while holding up a bowl of mashed avocados. “I just finished putting argan oil, and I’m gonna put mayonnaise, castor oil, and olive oil. I know it’s a lot of oil, but my baby’s hair needs to be really hydrated like mine.”

But the party mix didn’t stop there. Cardi B went on to add eggs and bananas to her mixture as well. Both ingredients are not only easily accessible at grocery stores, but they’re also staples for keeping hair nourished.

“This treatment is really good for curl patterns,” Cardi B explained “It’s just a good hair mask to help your hair grow. All the good things you put in your body, you put in your hair.” She topped off the posts by sharing a series of images with her natural hair and chica it’s beautiful!

In a post to her feed, Cardi B shared the final results of her mask.

“The end results of all that shit I put on my hair earlier,” she wrote. “It helps with hair growth A LOT.”

That’s right chicas, take note!

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Millennials Are Replacing Engagement Rings With Diamonds Pierced Into Their Fingers

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Millennials Are Replacing Engagement Rings With Diamonds Pierced Into Their Fingers

The centuries-old tradition of proposing with an engagement ring is facing a new challenger. Because if Instagram is anything to go by, engagement finger piercings are now a thing. Yup, some people are now choosing to declare their eternal love for each other with a diamond piercing instead of an actual ring. Here’s how it works.

Dermal piercings are the latest trend replacing engagement rings.

Getting your ears pierced (probably in the window of Claires, with your friends surrounding you) is a rite of passage for most 13-year-olds. But this isn’t that kind of piercing. It’s called a dermal piercing or (to those in the medical profession) a transdermal implant. It’s hardcore and when done right can look pretty cool.

Also known as microdermals, anchors, dermal anchors, and single-point piercings.

They refer to any piercing that lies on a flat surface of the body – in this case, the finger – and is held in place with an ‘anchor’ that is implanted beneath the skin. Ouch. The jewelry then sits on the surface of the skin, making it look like there are gems or beads on the body.

How Does a Dermal Piercing Work?

PSA to all weak-stomached readers: skip this paragraph. First, a qualified technician will sterilize the area and then use either a dermal punch on to remove a small tube of flesh, or a needle to make an L-shaped pouch, then, using dermal forceps, an anchor with either a footed or round base is inserted into the area.

How long does a dermal piercing last?

While you might not get a choice about what type of dermal base is used, there are several variations. Some are punctured with holes so that the tissue can grow in and around the piercing while others have pivoting feet that keep the piercing in place over time – FYI this is V. important as these little accessories have a habit of migrating and rejecting over time (if this happens to you speak to your piercer STAT as a displaced piercing can be fixed as long as you act fast!).

So why are people opting for piercings?

One reason might be cost: tAccording to recent surveys, most American couples expect to spend between $1,000 and $5,000 on an engagement ring, while dermals come in at around $70.

But there are lots of potential complications.

A dermatological expert told the BBC, “If the piercing is not deep enough there is a risk of it moving, known as migration. If it is too deep the skin begins to grow over the piercing, known as embedding. Other risks include inflammation, scarring and infection – particularly if it is on the hands, as is the case with these particular piercings.” They also point out that, “Another problem with having a dermal piercing on your hand is the increased likelihood of it catching on something.”

… Let’s just take a second for that to sink in.

If the mere thought of your ring piercing catching on your clothes or hair isn’t enough to put you off, some piercing studios have said they won’t do dermal piercings on people’s fingers, for that very reason. So if you’re thinking of getting a finger piercing, keep in mind that it will hurt, it could migrate, embed itself, or get infected, and you may accidentally rip your finger skin off while putting on a sweater —all in the name of love. You have been warned.

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