Friday, May 31, 2013

Casual Friday

Sometimes I like to keep it simple and very casual...

 
||  Tee: Delicious Vinyl | Vest: Old Navy | Leggings: Target | Spiked Loafers: D.I.Y. | Earrings: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: Charming Charlie ||

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Denim & Lace

Sometimes I like to mix different fabrics to see what happens. This time I mixed a lace tank with a whole lot of denim. I really liked the way it came out because they didn't go against each other, but were more cohesive in the overall look.

Plus I really like my new glasses, they're round, but square!

 
|| Denim Top: H&M || Teal Lace Tank: Pins and Needles (Urban Outfitters) || Shorts: American Eagle || Boots: D.I.Y. (The how-to posted here on the blog) || Necklace: Forever 21 || Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters ||

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sew In Love: Tribal Pants

This has been a trend I've kept my eye on for a little while. Sometimes when it comes to simple pieces of an outfit, I prefer to make them myself. There were a pair that I really liked on Topshop for $56.00, but I was in the fabric store last week and spotted a fabric that I fell in love with! The interesting thing was it was $12.00/yard and I couldn't use any discounts.

Long story short, one of the perks of having a holiday weekend is there are plenty of sales. Including this fabric and it went on sale! So I bought enough to make the pants at half the cost, which is always exciting.

The final result is below. I coordinated a day look that's more casual and a night look that has a little extra sparkle.

Enjoy!

DAY

 
|| Tunic: Forever 21 || Sandals: Old Navy || Purse: Target || Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters ||



NIGHT

 
|| Sequin Top: Forever 21 || Earrings: Forever 21 || Heels: Prabal Gurung for Target || Patent Chain Purse: Forever 21 ||

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Big Bad Butterfly

Rarely do I center an outfit around one accessory, but this one deserves to be the center of attention. I found this necklace at a boutique and it can truly stand only. No other jewelry required!


 
|| Bowler Hat: Forever 21 || Butterfly Necklace: boutique find || Scallop Blouse: L'Amour || Metallic Jeggings: Levi's || Cut-Out Oxfords: Aldo ||

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DIY: Colorful Neon Backpack

So this is more of a semi-DIY because I didn't make the bag, but it is a quick and easy way to customize a simple black and white backpack. This makes it more personalized to your style and the best part is, how you design it is up to you!


Here is the before...

 
|| Black and White Backpack: dELiA*s ||



And here is the after...


What you need, it's crazy simple!:


 - Backpack  (if you want really bold colors to show up, make sure there is some white somewhere on the bag.)
- Fabric markers in different colors - this is important because they are specifically for fabric and are permanent
 
 
1. Be sure to test the colors on a sheet of paper before you start to make sure the colors are what you want. (I ended up buying another blue that was closer to teal because the blue in my pack was more of a dark blue.


2. Color to your heart's content! I decided to leave some of it white to show some contrast. Remember this is your creation!

 
 
 
|| Denim Shirt: H&M || Black Denim: Bullhead (PacSun) || Sneakers: Black Low Top Converse ||
 


Evanescence's 10th Anniversary re-release of "Fallen"

Ten years ago, this epic album was released. I instantly fell in love with the music, especially the heavy mix of guitar and violins. When I found out they were re-releasing a special edition of "Fallen" on purple vinyl, I literally stopped what I was doing to pre-order the album. Finally after about 3 months of waiting, it arrived yesterday.

Since this is one of my favorite all-time albums, I noticed that some versions of songs were different from what I have on my iPod. The songs that stuck out to me include, "My Immortal", "Haunted", and "Tourniquet". Not that it's a bad thing. I'm so happy to have been able to grab a copy and I really hope that The Open Door and Evanescence will also be re-released on vinyl.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Rainy Dayz & Mondays...

On a recent shopping trip I stumbled across the cutest boots. But they weren't just any boots, they were rain boots! I also found a really pretty black and red scarf that I just couldn't say no to!

 
These rain boots are just what I needed. Since I'd been using my other pair in the garden, a new pair was long over due. The small heel makes it look very chic and I don't feel like I'd fall in them when it actually rained.
 
 
 
The look...
 
 
 
 
 
|| Scarf: Big Buddha || Tunic: Forever 21 || Skirt: Guess || Rain boots: Capelli ||
(Totes Clear Umbrella)
 


Thursday, May 16, 2013

DIY: Fitted Tee Pillow

So if you are like me, there are a few fitted tees that I refuse to part with, especially novelty and band tees. I came up with the idea of making them into a pillow because it was a lot easier than cutting it into a square for a t-shirt quilt. (Trust me when I say the more stretch a shirt has the harder it is to quilt it.) This project will also work for regular t-shirts too!

This seemed like something anyone could with or without a sewing machine and can be finished in a couple hours or an afternoon depending on which you use. I used a sewing machine but both would work here. The best part is there is little waste left once this project is finished! These make great gifts too!

As always if you have any questions be sure to send me a message or place it in the comment section below!

Here is what it looks like when all is said and done:

 
This is one of my favorite shirts that I refuse to part with and now I won't have to worry if it would last another wash in the washing machine!
 
So here is what you need:
 

 
 - Fitted tee - that is clean and not too worn
 - Fiberfill - used to stuff the inside of the pillow (it can be found at any store with a fabric section)
- Needle and Thread - try to match your thread as much as possible to your tee
 - Scissors - (not pictured but very important - I totally forgot to put them in - oops!)
- Pins - these will keep your seams from moving
- Ruler
- Sewing Machine (optional)
 
 
1. Turn the shirt inside out and lay it flat. Measure about 2 to 2 1/2 inches up from the bottom hem and cut. (If you have a tag on the side of the shirt like mine, you can use that to mark where to cut also). Don't throw this piece away because you'll need it for the next step.
 
 




 
 

 2. Using the piece you cut off, pin the bottom hem together. Stitch across the folded hem. Once stitched then cut off the edges. This will give you a flat piece. Leaving the bottom as is will make it difficult to sew in later steps.

 
 
This is how it should roughly look when it is laid completely flat:
 
 
 
 
3. Turn the shirt back to the right side. Pin the bottom piece you just sewed together to the neck hole of the shirt. Stitch them together on the neck hole. (Note: If you are using a sewing machine, don't rush this step. When stitching a curve like this it is very easy to break your needle as it goes over the pins.)
 
Turn the shirt back on the inside and trim off your extra fabric. The main reason why I waited to trim at this step is to make sure you have enough to fit the the entire neck hole.
 

 
 
 
4. With the shirt still on the wrong side pin and stitch ONLY ONE of the sleeves. It doesn't matter which, but just don't do both. Next pin the bottom of the shirt and stitch. (If you choose to, you can trim some of the extra fabric from the seam, but it's not going to change too much if you don't)
 

 
 
 
5. Now all of your shirt should be stitched up with the exception of one sleeve. Pull the shirt through the open sleeve to the right side where the logo/graphic is showing. It's stuffin' time! Fill your shirt with as much stuffing as you desire. The more you stuff the fluffier your pillow will be. Don't forget corners and the sleeves!
 
 
6. The final step is to hand stitch the sleeve closed and now you have a pillow!
 
When I found out how quick this was for me and the fact that it would allow me to preserve some of my favorite shirts, I jumped on it! This is not the only shirt I plan on converting into a pillow either. I have a Paramore shirt from when I saw them during the Honda Civic Tour in 2010 I'm dying to turn into a pillow!
 
Well here you are fabulous people! Another D.I.Y.! Leave me comments and if you make one I'd love to see it!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

70s So Chic

 
 
Sometimes there are chilly days in the middle of spring. This was one of those days. I love to channel the 1970s Chic every now and then, (especially with my disco pants).
 
|| Hat: H&M  ||  Turtleneck: GAP  ||  Key Necklace: Forever 21 ||  Pants: Made by me  || Cut-Out Oxfords: Aldo  ||

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day and Birthdays!

So I've been a little busy lately preparing for this past weekend. Not only was it Mother's Day, but also my big brother's birthday! Here are some picture highlights of my busy weekend!

The birthday boy and his surprised face!




The cake and cupcakes were made by yours truly! A mix of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes made for a sweet end to the party!


And of course Mother's Day...

 


 
 
 
 


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

RiRi Woo Lipstick by Rihanna for MAC



I received a surprise package yesterday, (well I knew it was coming, but I didn't realize it would be so soon!). On May 2nd, I ordered this limited edition lipstick and it was very, well, special. I had almost forgot about it, but when I did I pulled it up on my phone, (I have an iPhone). With all of the fabulous people trying to get their orders, in I think my page kept reloading for at least 5-10 minutes, (if you ordered one, you know what I'm talking about, lol). But then I found out that RiRi Woo sold out within 3 hours!

I finally ordered it and expected to get it in a week or two. It arrived in less than a week and I couldn't wait to bust open the package.



I was shocked that the box was big, way too big for a tube of lipstick. I would have been totally happy with a smaller box, just as long as my lipstick arrived safely.



I couldn't wait to try it out. I barely made it through the door after an intense workout ripping into the package. I usually am not a lipstick wearer, but according to Rihanna's shade, it is supposed to be a suitable red for all different shades of women. Never being a fan of red lips before, I gave this one a try and the initial result was a little dry.




Since this is a matte color, it is exactly that on my lips. Although the color is intense, my lips felt a little stiff when I applied it. Dying to add some shine, I added a little gloss to my lip and instantly loved the look. I prefer a wet lip and so this worked out perfect. Now the hardest part will be finding the perfect outfit for my new red lips!





|| RiRi Woo: Rihanna for MAC - $15.00 for a 3g / 0.1 US oz tube ||

Check out my Instagram to see how it looks when I add gloss, which is how I will be wearing it 98% of the time!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Rocking Horse Shoes - Rocker's Delight

Rocking Horse Shoes are something you don't see everyday, especially here in the states. They made their way into mainstream fashion courtesy of Vivienne Westwood back in 1985. Her version can be seen here.

These shoes can be found more commonly among women and girls that dress in Lolita fashion. Most of the RHS are made of wood, but some are also made of foam. There are all different styles of the RHS and the most popular are the ballerina style.

Since the Vivienne Westwood version are way out of my budget, I decided to go on a hunt for some that were more affordable. They were a pair of shoes I always wanted, but until recently I had been unsuccessful in finding a pair. Because I'm fairly picky about where my shoes come from, I did some serious research on where I could buy them. One day I stumbled across the website where I purchased them from and I also found a few other people, (on separate sites and blogs that purchased from this company). I can honestly say I had such a positive experience and since my shoes came all the way from Hong Kong, the person that I dealt with, Martin, kept me posted every step of the way.

All of their packages arrive like this...so adorable! The packaging alone was exciting!

(Who wouldn't want a package that looked like this?!)
 

 
As you can see they were packaged very well and stay protected on their long journey. This fused cloth bag around each shoe keeps them protected and I still have them wrapped up like this when I'm not wearing them.

(My shoes! My shoes!)
 
So out of the box, my shoes look exactly like they did in the picture and were a lot lighter than expected which was a good thing. They are truly amazing shoes and they are one of my favorite pairs in my closet. When experimenting with walking, I found out that I must tightly secure the straps. They do take practice, but I have received so many compliments when I wear them out.
 
 
Here is how they look on me...
 
 
|| Shirt: VersaEmerge Band Tee (Fueled By Ramen) || Shorts: American Eagle ||
 
(This is more of the traditional way they are worn. I have a pair of fierce calf muscles so mine only tie up so far.)
 
Being called RHS, they truly live up to their name. This is video post will give you an idea of how they look in real time. Don't mind me as I twirl in my shoes, they're really a lot of fun to walk and rock in when you get the hang of them. (As I continue to explore the wonderful world of blogging, I'm excited to share with you all my first video post, exclusive to my blog!)