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).

Short & Sweet: Chain Necklace w/ S Hook Closure

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Rachel Roy
Spring RTW 2013

Here’s a little Saturday DIY inspiration for you. While clicking through Rachel Roy’s Spring 2013 collection I saw DIY we all could do in less than 20 minutes.  Buy chain and an s-hook connector in any size or color you see fit. You could create an anklet, bracelet or a necklace similar to the one in her collection. Try finding the supplies Etsy if you want to purchase everything from one place and want to play around with sizes.

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?

Diggin’ Her Steelo

I had the pleasure of attending the engagement party of one of my closest friends this weekend. After spending times setting up and preparing, the ladies started getting dressed and while I love each of our own individual styles, this stylish chica caught my eye once she joined the rest of us.

Shining the spotlight on Ms. Edna Woyee!

This hardworking grad student & maid-of-honor found some down time that evening to not only fulfill her duties as my dance partner but also to allow me to take these beautiful pictures! Love how perfectly the gold necklace fits under her collar! Hair up, black and white, loose ankle pants, the earrings?! It all went together so well… just classic.

Doesn’t she look like royalty?

Her last picture of the night! Despite having been up ALL day, she still shines bright.

We not only get down on the dance floor but we take lovely pictures!

We both had the blouses with the pleats going for us. My necklace was joined by my Around the Way Curls African Bow. If you like it and want one of your own, click here. Meet the lovely ladies behind the bows here. Check out the curls event they hosted here. I attended the event and truly enjoyed myself.

Not every hair accessory is required to be worn in the hair. Experiment and DEFINEchic for yourself!

For all of those asking, yes I am still working on the jewelry. Keep your eyes peeled for a re-introduction 🙂

Have a productive Monday beautiful people.

Thrifting Find of the Week

Went down to Annapolis a couple weeks ago to assist a friend with a craft project and of course when we finished, I had to try and check out surrounding thrift stores and consignment shops. I was on a true time crunch though and had to go with only one shop. Who knew my decision would result in the fantastic find!

I stopped by Olivias and was disappointed to find the ‘For Rent’ sign on the window. I went in regardless, had a pleasant talk with the sales associate and as I was speaking (I’m a little clumsy and have a tendency to become animated when I talk, which can lead to me moving around) I bumped into this…

An iron mannequin dress form!! I’d say the price for these range somewhere from $50 to $100 depending on the shape, style and size but since the store was closing I paid a whopping…

What?! $10 buckaroos! I was thrilled! I saw one on Pier1 or somewhere and I really wanted that one but by the time I went to pay for it online, it had sold out. God sure does know my heart because I had been hoping for a while (and I do mean while) that I’d get one but you tend to forget when there are other priorities and things in the way.

I know some of you are like okay so you got this thing but what the heck do you use it for? Well my fabulously chic friends, I will tell you! It can not only be used to add style and sophistication to a room but also to act as storage for a few things depending on the style and size. I use mine for a couple handbags, scarves, and hats. If you over do it then it will look messy so pay attention to how much you add to you iron mannequin. You can add necklaces, belts, and any other accessory you want.

This is not a picture of mine. I just want to give an example of what I was talking about.

Hope you all like my newest find. If you should happen to find your own fascinating find while out thrifting this week please email a picture to definechic@gmail.com and I’ll be sure to share on the site.

Happy Monday!

See You There:: Curls Gone Wild

The lovely ladies of Around the Way Curls, Atoinette and Shanti, will be getting together with Brooke Slade, Andrea Lewis, and Those Girls are Wild.com to host CURLS GONE WILD! Check out their blog to preview of a few vendors but with prizes,  an open bar, and walking inspirations everywhere,  believe me, this is an event that you don’t want to miss. Click the picture above to purchase your ticket.