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.

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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.

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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.

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You’re finished!!

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What do you think of the clutch?

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Tell Me About It, Stud: Cute And Small Picks for Your Ears

Earrings are a fun accessory and I love a stud that’s not your ordinary pearl, knot, ball or triangle. Take a look at a few I found for dressing up or down. Plenty of people wear studs and the tiny things always stand a chance of getting lost so keep these in mind when you’re thinking of Christmas gifts.

Alphabet Studs $32 Catbird

Alphabet Studs $32
Catbird

Square Multi-Pack $10.13 Asos

Square Multi-Pack $10.13
Asos

MRS

MRS $48
Kate Spade

Amelia $175 Auden

Amelia $175
Auden
These just scream “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to me!

Zip It Studs $58 Marc by Marc Jacobs

Zip It Studs $58
Marc by Marc Jacobs

Leopard Studs $38 Juicy Couture

Leopard Studs $38
Juicy Couture

Pave Heart Lock Bauble Bar

Pave Heart Lock
Bauble Bar

Peacock Studs $24 Bauble Bar

Peacock Studs $24
Bauble Bar

Mix Master Stud Set Bauble Bar

Mix Master Stud Set $18
Bauble Bar

Jenny Lewis Earrings Stella and Bow

Jenny Lewis Earrings
Stella and Bow

Golden Arrow Studs

Golden Arrow Studs

Twitter Earrings Etsy $35

Twitter Earrings
Etsy
$35

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.

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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!

Materials:

  • 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!

Haute Hair: Cult Gaia

The weather has been awfully fickle but Summer is still around the corner somewhere! While we wait, we can embrace spring with cute hair accessories. These retro-inspired  headwraps, flower crowns and turbans are right in line with trends I’ve been spotting. Can’t say I’ll personally be grabbing anything from the line below BUT a DIY is definitely in store. I have a similar wire headwrap that’s red with white polka dots from Forever 21 but I want one with the African batik print!

Pieces from Cult Gaia below:

 4 in one

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ALISSA TURBAND – MULTICOLOR

THE DAZA CROWN - SAGE

super cute

BOURBON CROWN

BOURBON CROWN

 

 

 

Tortoise Accessories

Tortoise shell appears every year and most of the time it’s in the form of sunglasses. These days it’s seen everywhere from belts to bags. It’s not as classic as a pair of pearls but classic nonetheless. It goes with just about anything and can be worn dressed up or down with several colors. It looks super sophisticated with black or white and although I love wearing colors I’d prefer that look when it comes tortoise accessories.

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Top Left: CWonder Belt Buckle                  Top Right: Tory Burch Studs

Bottom Left: MK Magnetic Bracelet        Bottom Right: Tortoise Glasses

If you are looking for more options as far as earrings go I’d suggest looking on Etsy. I purchased these door knockers from that site and wanted another look but someone bought them before I could checkout 😦 The ones you see below are clip-ons and I’ll be doing another post on how to switch clip-ons to regular posts another day using these.

etsy earrings

Lastly, I was looking for a way to add tortoise to my shoe game and decided to do a DIY so head to The Womanly Curve for a how-to on my wire wrapped sandals with tortoise beads.

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When you’re finished looking come on back and enter for a chance to win these Urban Outfitters Catmaster Tortoise Readers!! That’s right, the first ever giveaway on DEFINEchic 🙂

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 click the link to enter —> Urban Outfitter Readers Giveaway

DIY: Button Collar Tips w/ Chain

Greetings all!! I have a funky and fun DIY project to share. By now most of you might be familiar with blouses being made with extra hardware on the collars.

Sometimes they’re studded

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sparkle with bling

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or showcase beads & grommets among other things.

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Another trend you might have all seen when it comes to collars are the addition of tips!

These are from ASOS and they’re on sale so click on the picture if you like them.

The triangle shape is cool and all but I’m not for triangles on all of my collars so after I saw these brass tips on GALAcurios, I got an idea. Why not use other things like buttons and earrings? Or better yet make your own creation over top of the triangle shape if need be?

Triangular tips with chain added.

I stopped at Joann Fabrics for the buttons you’ll see in this post but you should tap into your creative side and use anything you can think of. Experiment!

The materials you will need are:

Comfort clutch earring backs

Jump rings

Round earring posts

Chain

Super glue or any industrial strength glue

Wire cutters

Long nose pliers

Buttons, earrings (clip-ons or regular)

Measuring tape (not pictured)

1. First what you will do is use the wire cutters or maybe a set of small pliers if you’re using earrings, to cut the shank off the back of the button (that hollow piece that you put the thread through.)

2. Cut the chain to the length you desire. It might be helpful to grab a shirt with a collar if you’d like and use your measuring tape to determine the space so you know the chain won’t be too short.

3. Glue an earring post to the center of the button back.

4. Use a jump ring as the connector between your button and the chain by glueing the jump ring to the bottom of the button back. Leave just enough room for the chain to be attached. (In my case I used the larger chain in the picture and a jump ring did not look right with the chain so I used my wire cutters to cut a link on the chain. I cut it in half and glue that to the back of my button.)

5. Attach the chain to your jump ring. Be sure to pay attention to how you place the chain on both sides because you don’t want it to twist or be place in the wrong order if you use more than one. That can create an overlapping problem with the chains when you go to put them on to see your final result. In the end, even if in the right order, just like a necklace the chain can twist because one button can loop itself inside the chains (if you use more than one). In that instance just adjust it and continue getting ready.

6. Lastly, put your button collar tips on, making sure to stick them through the stitching in the collar versus any ‘ol place because you don’t want unnecessary holes. That only leads to rips and tears if you aren’t careful and yes, depending on the fabric your top is made of.

If you do not see a place to stick the collar and you didn’t use clip on earrings then use them on a tougher fabric like a denim shirt or something. Should you have to wear a silk blouse or something, upon removal, rub the hole made with your nail against the grain to close the hole back up.

7. Don’t forget to use the clutch comfort backs to keep the tips in place!

I put mine on just a tad bit crooked (sleep deprived okay? lol) but what do you think? Will you be trying this DIY?