Perfume Bottle Inspired Clutches

I’m a little behind on this one but these Charlotte Olympia clutches make me want to DIY my own. What do you think?

 Charlotte Olympia Perfume Bottle Clutch in Yellow $1,295

Charlotte Olympia
Perfume Bottle Clutch in Yellow

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 Charlotte Olympia Perfume Bottle Clutch in Pink $1,295

Charlotte Olympia
Perfume Bottle Clutch in Pink

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Alana, author of the blog Dreams, Create went ahead and made her own Chanel N.5 Clutch. Take a look at how her clutch DEFINES chic here.


DIY: Mirror Mirror Clutch

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This is for the ladies who want the fairest clutch of them all! My inspiration for this clutch came from two Kate Spade clutches I saw and Cinderella’s glass slippers.

You’ll Need:

  • One toothpick
  • A hinged box (I used an old one from my transparent clutch days)
  • Several packs of 1.2 cm mirror pieces  and 1/2 inches for the top and sides of your clutch (I ended up using 5 I think)
  • E-6000 glue
  • One handle for the clutch (not pictured but mine came from Hobby Lobby)
  • Silver chrome spray paint

1.  For step one you can drill a hole where you want your handle to go or spray the box first and then drill. My box was already drilled so I sprayed 3 coats to cover the paint that was already on the box. It may be a good idea to spray inside the box as well because the glue will be seen when you open it if you opt not to, if you’re fine with that then do as you like.



2. You can either glue the pieces down as you go or you can put them all down to make sure they fit and glue them down piece by piece using the toothpick to apply the glue which is what I did. All the mirrors are cut differently so I wanted to make sure they fit where I put them to make sure there’d be less gaps. I bought two mixed bags of mirrors in different sizes and used the next size up on the sides and top of the clutch.


3. Once you’ve glued everything on then insert your handle. If you have a long handle then you may need to cut it down like I did in my transparent clutch diy.


You’re finished!!

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What do you think of the clutch?

Designer DIY Inspiration

1. Grab a plain laptop case and paint to get your laptop traveling on the wild side.

3.1 Philip Lim

3.1 Philip Lim

2. For your little one, buy some sequins and sew them to a tee or cardigan for a festive transformation. This would make a great DIY during the holidays.

J. Crew Girls Cardigan

J. Crew
Girls Cardigan

3. Purchase an old purse from the thrift store then use old jewelry that you no longer wear and glue them to the purse.

Antik Batik

Antik Batik

Wax and Cruz

Designer and stylist Lauren Austin Wood has created this collection of baseball caps inspired by her travels around the globe. The caps made up from African wax prints, Guatemalan ikat, Italian bouclé and shibori. Even the visors are unique to each hat, you’ll find them made of linen, suede and leather.  They cost more than your average baseball cap but they’ll deliver more of a personal touch. If you’re down for the cause, you could always find a fabric you love and DIY your own like I did with my cap here. Tempted to do a wax print one too, maybe with a leather visor? That seems like a good challenge. I’ll keep you posted but until then, check out the caps in her collection.


To purchase one, click here for her website.

DIY: Anchors Aweigh

Had to give you all a DIY in time for the holiday and while I saw just the thing while I was browsing the accessories over at BaubleBar.

Navy Bowline Necklace

Navy Bowline Necklace

I loved the navy and white rope tied in what looks like a couple fishermen’s knots. No bling, nothing fancy, nice and simple. It’s not like the people fighting for our continued freedom in the states get to swag out in bling while they’re off at work keeping us safe. Accessories aren’t at their fingertips either so I didn’t want to have a lot going on and the nautical look is a favorite of mine… must have something to do with watching “Popeye” and/or “Pippi Longstocking” when I was younger. Peep the DIY below!


  • Rope of any kind. I used a white cording from the trim section in Hobby Lobby
  • Jump rings
  • Charm of your choosing
  • Square cube beads
  • Closures (pictured is a cowrie shell but you’ll see later that I switched to toggle that better fit the direction I was headed.)

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1. The rope trim I used was 5 yards but regardless you want to knot it however you choose making sure that both the left and right side have loops for your jump ring to go on.

2. Once you’ve got the rope the way you want it you can add your charm to the front center.

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3. Take the square cubed beads and place one on each loop to keep them together.

4. Put your jump rings on the loop(s)

5. Add your closure pieces.

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What do you think?

Please remember to take time out to be thankful for those who have fought and continue to fight to keep our country safe. Send prayers up for them and their families because they risk a lot for us and they make that sacrifice. Send a care package, add items to someone else’s package or just say thank you when you pass them in their uniform. It doesn’t cost you anything at all and I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated.

Enjoy your 4th of July!

DIY: Fringed Capelet & The Womanly Curve (TWC)

Good Morning! I have something pretty exciting to share with you today. I am a style contributor over at a new and upcoming women’s online magazine called “The Womanly Curve.” This is where I will most likely be seen sharing my love of DIY projects and inspiring women to DEFINE CHIC for themselves with their own one-of-a-kind creations.

The Womanly Curve’s mission is to bring together women of various backgrounds in order to educate, connect with and impact our communities. You’ll find plenty of other treasures on the site as well and it will keep you in the know about events that you’re more than welcome to attend with the rest of us!

My first contribution is a DIY I had to make happen after I saw this capelet in Sass and Bide’s collection last year. Took me forever to get started but now that I’ve completed it, I’m sharing! Click here to see the post and don’t forget to leave a comment to let me know what you think! Be sure to like The Womanly Curve on Facebook and follow us on Twitter too!  Thanks in advance 🙂

Sass & Bide Fringed Capelet

Space Saver: Scarves

I used to keep my light scarves rolled up and in a basket, real cute and all until I realized it was getting to be too much. I wanted every scarf to shine but a few were being burried and the silly ol’ things were taking up valuable space. I did enjoy them adding a cozy feeling to the room but it’s better to have them in the closet.

All you need for this project are hanger clips and a hanger, preferably a thin hanger.

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I bought my hanger clips from Target. I believe they’re around $3.

Place the clips on the hanger and once they are all on, add your scarves! I have a few knotted on the hanger just because but I could have used a clip.

I hung it on the back of a door so you could see the whole thing.

I hung it on the back of a door so you could see the whole thing.

Not that the big holidays are around the corner or anything but think about Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays when your family and friends come over. If they want to take their scarf off you can clip it onto the hanger you place their coat on… unless you have a coat rack. Just a thought!

Here are two other scarf space saver ideas I saw on Pinterest. To substitute the wooden one, you could use a plastic hanger and shower curtain rods.

I've also seen a plastic hanger and shower curtain rods used for this one.

I’ve also seen a plastic hanger and shower curtain rods used for this one.