DIY: Initial Studs

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I wanted to do this post a few months ago but I ended up losing the initial charms that I bought… still haven’t found them so I went and purchased new ones so I can finally check this project off of my list.

What You Need:

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  • Initial charms
  • Gold leaf paint or Gold spray paint (not pictured)
  • Head Pins
  • Earring backs
  • Industrial glue or jewelry glue
  • Wire Cutters (not pictured)
1. First thing you want to do is use the wire cutters to cut the little circle from the charm since you're not going to be connecting it to anything.

1. First thing you want to do is use the wire cutters to cut the little circle from the charm since you’re not going to be connecting it to anything.

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2. Paint your charms and allow them to dry.

3. Use the cutters to snip your head pins wherever you'd like them to end.

3. Use the cutters to snip your head pins wherever you’d like them to end.

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4. Glue one head pin to the center on the backside of each charm charm and allow them to dry.

4. Glue one head pin to the center on the backside of each charm and allow them to dry.

That’s it! When you wear them just remember to place an earring back behind them so they don’t fall out. My ‘M’ required a flat round earring back so that’s what I ended up using (not pictured).

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Jewel Embellished Sweatshirt

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I bought this sweatshirt for $9.95 from H&M and it was way to plain for me so I had to jazz it up! This is one of the easiest projects that you can repeat on any plain top.

For this project you will need the following:

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  • Plain, sweater, sweatshirt, or tee
  • E- 6000 glue
  • Needle and thread (same color as your top)
  • Interfacing
  • Scissors

1. Lay your top down on a hard surface.

2. Play with placement to determine how you want your top to look if you don’t already have an idea.

3. Place a tiny drop of glue on the jewels and glue them in place. You don’t want them to move when you’re trying to sew them on.

4. Thread your needle and begin to sew each jewel securely to the top.

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5. Once all of your jewels are secure, turn the top inside out. Place the interfacing over where you’ve sewn down the jewels. Trace an outline of the area and then cut it out.

6. Take a towel or another fabric and put it over the interfacing. Iron it down to your top to help keep the threads from moving or popping should you wash the top in the machine. I sometimes add interfacing to store-bought tops that have sequins or any other embellishment if they aren’t structured fabrics.

7. Once you’ve sewn the interfacing on, if that’s what you’ve decided to do, you can wear your top with ease!

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DIY: Sass and Bide Fringe Capelet

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I saw this capelet in Sass and Bide’s collection last year and after I finally made my own this year. Took me forever to get started but now that I’ve completed it, I’m sharing!

While shopping I always come across items that I like and wish to recreate but never seem to do. All of the DIYers out there know what I mean. Last year Sass & Bide created a collection that I was fond of and in that collection was a fringed capelet that called my name. For whatever reason I never got around to making my own but thank goodness fringe is still in so all hope is not lost! I’ve taken the time out to find a way to make my own version of their capelet and I think I did okay (I’ll let you be the judge.)

Materials:

  • Shirt
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion (optional)
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fringe trim
  • Marking pen or pencil

I bought a women’s shirt from the thrift store. I wanted one with some weight, thickness, and stretch to it and settled for a boatneck top in a size medium. Small would have been nice but I was anxious to get started so going from store to store was out of the question. This shirt was 3/4th sleeve but I’d advise you to buy a short sleeved top to skip a step. To have yours resemble Sass & Bide’s capelet you’ll also want to see to it that your top is a crew neck style.

The black fringe is from Hobby Lobby and I purchased 4 yards. The attendance took the trim and wrapped it around me from should to shoulder to make sure I would have enough and a little extra to spare. I chose the color that matched my shirt.

Start off by folding the bottom of the shirt up to meet where the underarms are located. Cut the shirt straight across.

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I had to try my shirt on and use my measuring tape to gauge where I wanted to cut the sleeves. I opened the seam and marked where I wanted to cut them. Be better than me and find a short sleeve shirt so you don’t have to bother with this step.

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After I cut the shape I decided that wasn’t what I was going for so I removed more fabric.

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Starting at the shoulder seam closest to the head opening, begin to pin the fringed trim to the shirt. Once you pin a layer to one side, you can sew it on and then do the other side.

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I chose to pin all of my layers on and sew my trim on by hand in the end. If you choose glue then you can pin and glue as you go. If you are going to use glue, you still want to sew the shoulders down and other sections or you can choose to sew all of the fringe on after securing it where you want it with the glue.

If it’s helpful, you can mark the distance between layers before you begin to pin.

Keep pinning and sewing until you have as many layers as you desire. When you get to the sleeves and the bottom of that ‘U’ or half oval that you cut, you can continue to pin and sew/glue. Cut at the edge of the fabric and head to the other side to do the same. You’ll want to stop and check to make sure the layers are even as you go along. You can see where I started to meet the edge of the fabric before cutting in the last picture above.

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Finished product!

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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?

Designer DIY Inspiration

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

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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

Flower Power: DIY Floral Crown

Floral crowns were the go-to hair accessory this year at outdoor festivals. “Were” sigh it’s August and the Summer isn’t officially over but boy does the weather have me fooled some days. The outdoor festivities are still poppin’ like Breezy’s old song so I guess “are” the go-to hair accessory is still fitting. I made one for an all white party I went to, simply because I normally rebel against color specific parties (all white, all black or blk and white) but I wanted to comply this go round. The crown was the perfect way to add color, it gave my outfit a princess in the garden feel and people complimented it all evening as it rested in its rightful place. It’s not hard to create and if you’d like, you can always use fresh flowers for a crown similar to this one.

Here’s what you need:

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Picture of the thick wire. Check your local dollar store for thin wire and floral tape to save money!

Supplies

      • Flowers (I chose fake flowers)
      • Thick & thin floral wire
      • Wire cutters
      • Scissors
      • Floral tape

1. Cut the stems off your flowers. Leave about 1-2 inches.

2. Measure the crown of your head and use that when you cut the thick wire.

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3. Decide what flowers you want to start with as a sort of foundation. You don’t have to but I like to have something to build on. You might find you have more of one flower than another so when you’re cutting off stems, sort them out to help you envision placement on your crown as you go along.

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4. Take a stem and attach it to your thick wire using the thin wire.

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If you have several stems you want together, tape them before attaching.

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5. If you want to, cover the wire with floral tape for a neater finish. Choose to do it every so often or wait until you’re finish and try. I’d find it harder that way since the flowers would be in your way but the choice is yours.

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6. Continue placing your flowers how you want them until you finish!

On My Head

Thrifted Find

I spend countless hours pretending that I’m a wide-eyed attendee sitting in audience of every fabulous fashion show. So what if I’m sitting at desk scrolling through the collections of designers on my computer, a girl can dream! Anywho, every once in a while when I’m off thrifting and I walk past an item that takes me back to my daydreamed seat amongst the stars and on this particular day, I was reminded of the Ralph Lauren collection he presented last year, the one that soon became Spring 2013 RTW. He turned the runway into an ode to all things Spanish with fedoras, frilled sleeves, matador suits, fringe, ponchos and crocheted accent pieces. The main color of his collection was black but tomatoe red, turquoise, gold, different prints and textures kept your eyes open and anticipating what was next. It felt like I was watching a film of some sort or like I was visiting and watching entertainment up close and personal. Funny how one thrifted find can do all of that for a person huh?

Well here’s what I found…

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Ok, sure it’s not the cutest thing you ever did see but you could DIY this sucker into a marvelous treasure! Use your imagination 🙂

Now here’s a few pieces from Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2013 RTW collection:

I haven’t caught too many people’s style hit with the Spanish influence this year so far but finding things like the blanket made me think the fall and winter would be a good time for me to personally touch on that. Heaven knows I hate the cold so festive colors and accessories could help me feel alive and warm. Any blanket could easily become a poncho and just like that you could have a new staple piece in your closet. You never know what you’ll find on a thrift adventure… could find yourself daydreaming about a Mexican celebration with flavorful food and big smiles all around… like me hehehe.