Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A New B.Nova Style is Coming!

Hey guys,

   I just wanted to let you know that I have decided to revamp my B.Nova Style Blog. It's going to get a face lift, plus I'll be posting more starting at the beginning of the year. Get ready because there will be a whole lot more food, fun stuff and more importantly FASHION!! Until then have a wonderful holiday season and stay fabulous!

Much love, 

P.S. This is our Christmas tree. The tree skirt and bow on top was made by yours truly! (This picture was taken way before Christmas so there are more present than just those three! Lol)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thanksgiving in Macon!

I know it's almost Christmas, but I had to share with you all a little of my trip to Macon, GA for Turkey Day and thereabouts. This was my first time there so it was truly an experience. There was so much food, fun, and more food! I met family I never knew and to top it off, we stayed in a fabulous hotel!

 This is where we stayed, Spring Hill Suites Marriott, did I mention it was an AMAZING hotel. 
This is the chic and swanky downstairs...(Behind the curtain in the back is where breakfast was served)

The room was amazing with lots of wonderful features, but this was the one place I wanted to hang out.
I know for a fact I want one of these mirrors!

There was a cool restaurant we ate at for breakfast one day. Have any of you ever been here? 
J.Christopher's is open breakfast and lunch. It was very "hip" inside, (sorry I didn't snap any pictures but trust me when I say it's cool.) The walls were covered in different types of artwork and all the serving dishes were mix-match.

My plate...I fought hard not to eat the biscuit, but I had to eat part of it. It's a Signature Breakfast Skillet (I built my own) with potatoes, pico de gallo, ham, spinach and scrambled eggs (instead of over easy) and I substituted the English muffin for the biscuit. So yummy!

Of course you can't go to Georgia without seeing pecans! We visited a local farmer's market to get some. Always support local farmers!

Stay tuned for the Turkey Day throw down...

Monday, August 20, 2012

DIY: Studded Clutch

So I have been on a kick with studding things I own, (but it's so much fun!). I had a purse I bought from Target on clearance and I wore it so much the strap broke. Instead of crying over spilt almond milk, I decided to revamp the purse and turn it into something fabulous and you can do it too!

Here is what you'll need:

 - 1 clutch bag or purse

 - Studded prong press
 - Awe (will be used to help make holes)
 - Studs (this will depend on how much you want to stud. I only did the top flap and used about 50 cone studs)

Step 1: Figure out where you want to place the stud. With the stud in hand, using force, push the stud through the fabric.

Step 2: You will now have holes where you placed your studs. If the prongs didn't go all the way through, using the Awe, poke through the marks so the hole continues to the other side. You will know that it was successful if you can push the prongs on the studs all the way through without a lot of effort.

Step 3: Using the prong press, push down the prongs on the studs to lock them in place. This will take a little muscle but it's totally worth the end result! Then repeat until you have the desired amount of studs and that's it!

This is the front view...

It's as simple as that! If you don't finish it all in one sitting...IT'S OKAY! This actually took me a couple of days to complete because I took breaks and such.

As always, enjoy!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

DIY: Studded Shorts

So I have a crazy amount of studs and I needed to find ways to use them. The studded shorts have been a recent trend so I decided to give them a try!

Here is what you need:

- A pair of denim shorts any style (I bought these from American Eagle on sale a while back)
- Studs any size and style (I used a combination of cone and pyramid studs)
- Awe (optional)
- Stud prong press

Step 1) Figure out where you want to place the studs. Place a stud where you want it and push it through the denim. If it doesn't go all the way through use the awe to make a hole.

Step 2) Using the prong press press the prongs inward so they secured to the shorts.

Step 3) Repeat until you have the desired amount of studs!

After some pondering I realized I wanted these to have more flare so I ended up adding more studs so the end result was this...

Pair these with a cute crop top or tank, sandals or boots and you are one fierce Fashionista! I'll try to post a few ways to wear these soon!



Saturday, August 4, 2012

DIY: Easy Studded Friendship Bracelet

Since friendship bracelets are so popular, I decided to a DIY. I remember when I used to make a whole bunch of these. I had one of the bead cases full of the yarn, beads, and other embellishments. Now that they are back, it has been a fun trip down memory lane with an updated twist!

Here is what you'll need:

- Stud Prong Press
- 1 Friendship Bracelet (you can either buy one or make one - this one I made myself)
- 4-5 Studs (depending on size): Mine are 1/2" round cone studs

Step 1: Flip over your friendship bracelet to the back. Position where you want you stud and push it through the bracelet. Don't worry! The threads may shift a little.

Here is a better view of what it will look like:

Step 2: Using the Stud prong press, push the prongs inward toward each other. This may take a little muscle depending on how big or small your studs are.

This is what it will look like on the front side of the bracelet:

Step 3: Repeat with the remaining studs until all are in place on the bracelet!

Step 4: Wear with fierceness! That's it! It's just that simple!

 (Butterfly blouse: Old Navy)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sew In Love - Geometric Leggings

Last year I bought a bunch of fabric from a store a few hours from where I live. I knew that half of the fabric I wanted to turn into leggings. I never realized that the fabric would show up in quite a few places, not to mention on Patricia Field's store website about a year later. Below are the first pair of leggings I made and the ones on the website. The fabric I used is a sister fabric (some of the colors are different), but since I also purchased the identical fabric, I'll definitely be making another pair soon!


Natasha NYC 3-in High Neon Geometric Leggings (Left), my version (Right): Crop top - Forever21 & Pumps - Rack Room Shoes  

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Blogs are such an adventure!

Hey guys!

  So I had to change the setup to the blog just a smidgen. As I continue to learn how to blog, there are many things that make it a challenge to get what you want. But it's cool, I've found a way around the system! The Fashion, DIY, and Food Fun pages will now be archive pages, with individual links to all of my posts! So stay tuned for more posts and don't forget to follow me!


My Style Icon: My grandmother

My grandmother Lucretia had always been in style. In honor of her life and fashionable ways I decided that my first fashion post be dedicated to her today, on her birthday. According to paper records, she would have been 86 years old, but she was older than her birth certificate stated, so she actually would have been closer to 93. She never went out the house without looking sharp. My grandmother and her sisters grew up in a time when it was cool to get dressed up and take pictures. The above picture was taken when she was 21. Even though you can't see it in the picture her hair was jet black and her eyes hazel, looking fierce and fabulous. She will always be near and dear to my heart. I love you and thank you grandma for always inspiring me to keep it stylish, happy birthday!

Below are a couple more pictures of her throughout her life:

Fashion truly repeats itself because my grandma is definitely rocking loafers which are very in right now!

This picture was taken in the forties. The two children on either side of my grandma are my uncle and aunt when they were little.

DIY: Splatter Paint Boots

So these boots were inspired by a delayed decision. I was online one day and saw the Jeffrey Campbell like the ones below:

(Image courtesy of weheartit.com)

I really wanted to buy them on Amazon, but by the time I went to purchase them, they were no longer available. Every website I searched I came up empty handed. Then it hit me, I could make them myself! I had almost everything I needed and the cost would be much less.


A pair of black boots: I found these online. They are similar to JC but not them.

Paint: Here I use Lumiere paints - it paints well on leather/leather-like material and it's permanent. I have a Jerry's Artarama near me which is where I purchased these, but I'd check local craft stores or order it online if you don't have one near you.

Bottles: I purchased these bottles from Dharma Trading Company online. The smaller bottles are about the size of an eye drop bottle.

Tips: I think these are helpful because it controls the paint flow. (I also bought these from DTC)

Paper: This is optional but I use this to practice the squiggles I use on the boots.

Here's What You Do...

STEP 1: Load all of the paints into the bottles. I wanted a lot of colors, but it's up to you how many you want to use. This can be a little messy so make sure you have laid down some plastic to protect your work surface. (Note: I actually later on placed some black Lumiere paint in an extra bottle to balance all the colors). For the smaller bottles the tip screw right on the tips.

STEP 2: Pick a color and drag it across the boots. Don't be afraid to get into it, I know I did! Try not to squeeze too much out at a time because you want it to dry at a decent rate as you layer more colors.

STEP 3: Continue to layer different colors. I tried to leave some of the shoe unpainted so the black would show through. For the shoelaces I left them in so they'd get painted to. You could also remove them and paint them separately. (Note: either way the paint as it builds up on the laces may make it a little more work to get them back in or tighten them, but it's worth it with the extra fierceness!)

STEP 4: LET THEM DRY!!! This is critical that the paint is able to dry. I let these dry 24-48 hours (I hadn't planned wearing them at the moment so I let them sit out for a while). Touch up the boots if necessary. This is where I added the black paint on top and then let it dry again. (IF you can't wait that long you can take a blow dryer to them (on the cool setting - direct heat is bad for the leather!)

STEP 5: Now is the time to be fierce! Show off your boots to the world!

Food Fun: It's Tardis Time!

It's Tardis time!!

For all the Dr. Who fans out there here is a Tardis Cake Topper made by yours truly!

While at work one day my good friend Julia and I were out for a walk discussing cake ideas for her wedding reception. I happened to mention it would be cool to do a Tardis cake topper…and the rest is history! (After making it, it was a little top-heavy so it’s actually sitting next to the cake)

She’s a huge fan of the BBC television show so it seemed very fitting for her to have this. The Tardis and “Dr. Who” (in this case is being played by her adorable dog Yuri) are made out of fondant. I used a secret weapon for all the signs and windows. It was priceless to see her face when she saw it on the table.

Not only did I have the privilege to do her cake, but I also did a wedding portrait that I must admit was pretty darn cool and unconventional!

I had so much fun doing this and everyone loved it. But most importantly the bride (and groom) were happy and that’s all that really mattered!