Monday, August 18, 2014

Teal Street Style

Since earlier today was post #200, I figured why not have a double dose of posts!

As you all know I absolutely love turquoise and bright fun patterns. I am ready to admit that I absolutely am addicted to leggings. This is the one things whether it stays in trend or not that I will always wear. They are so comfortable and are the perfect mate for all of my plaid shirts. Another great thing about leggings is that when they have really cool patterns, they can stand out in an outfit and even steal the show. In this case, the leggings are the star of this outfit.

Since the pattern is so dramatic and eye-catching I don't mind that I am not wearing a longer top. A busy pattern like this is very distracting to the eye so it is harder to see the normal lines you would see in leggings if they were solid. 

Sometimes leggings can get tricky. The one thing about leggings is that if they start to get to big or the size is off, they are easy to fix. All you have to do is sew a stitch in the inseam (the seam inside the leg), all the way around, including the crotch area to help them fit. Many people think that by taking in just the leg that it will work, but honestly if you don't run the stitch all the way around, it will make the fabric on the legs tight, but it will give you a baggy crotch - it is not flattering at all. 

Don't mind the bandage, but I am prone to anything when I get in the creative zone! I love this knuckle ring and I wanted to share it with you all.

|| Hoodie: Forever 21 | Leggings: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: Kohl's | Shoes: Call it Spring | Earrings: Forever 21 | Ring: Forever 21 ||

And just in case you missed it be sure to check out post #200 if you haven't already! Be sure to check out the blog this week for some fun DIYs and Homemade Food Fun that you won't believe! Not to mention you all will get to see a peak into my art world.

#200 - Storage Fun - Nail Polish Rack

Wow it's post number 200! I can't believe it's already here! Blogging is such a time commitment that totally pays off when you know that people are genuinely interested in what you post. There are so many blogs out there that go unseen so I am thankful to all of you stopping by! Cheers to 200 more and then some!

Lately I have been all about organizing. Much of my time has been spent getting rid of excess and finding creative storage ideas to maximize my space. Earlier this year I showed you guys how I bought one of those cube storage shelves - and it is the best thing ever! - and that really freed up some needed space. As I continue to re-organize there was one place that I had been wanted to revisit, my bathroom.

I already have a large 3-shelf rack that stores most of my things - hair products, perfumes, etc. I noticed that my nail polish was taking over the majority of the bottom rack, but at the same time if I could somehow store it differently, I'd have more space to store other items more effectively. So I started searching the Internet for ways I could store nail polish safely without anything happening to it, but to have easy access whenever I was ready to paint away.

In my search results it showed me the standard nail racks like you see in the salons. There was no way I had nearly that much nail polish or the wall space to mount something that large. Plus, I don't have that much nail polish nor will I ever -just enough to get creative. There are so many options and many people have actually built their own. I really didn't think it was that serious, but then I stumbled across an awesome and cost effective idea, a spice rack.

I found this spice rack on Amazon for $15.82 plus tax, and since I have Amazon Prime it shipped for free and it arrived in about 2 days. What I loved most about it, the rack only took about 10 minutes if that to set up. (By the way this is also an extremely adorable rack - I'd totally get another one to use as an actual spice rack.) I posted the link to the actual rack here.

Here we go!

So this is how the rack arrived, in the box. There are no instructions with this rack, but I feel like they would be wasting paper because this rack is so easy to install. 

Here it is out of the box. It came with 4 screws and the rack itself. This shelf has a good weight to it. It's made from metal, so the price is amazing for what you are getting. The shelves have enough space to get two rows of polish on each.

Using a pushpin, I marked the location of the top 2 screws. If you have a power screwdriver, it makes life so much easier and would get this rack up probably in less than 5 minutes. I really need to get one so I can have it for all my projects. So since I do not currently own one, I used my muscles and a regular screwdriver to secure the rack to the wall. 

Once it's in there it's in there until you take it out. The rack has proved to be very sturdy and strong so I haven't had to worry about it coming out. 

The final step and true test came when I added all of my nail polish. I am happy to say that all of my nail polish fit with a little bit of space left just in case I see the need to add to my collection.  I love this rack and it flows with the rest of my bathroom.

Mission accomplished!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summer Haring

I am usually not one to wear a lot of crop tops, but when I find one I feel comfortable in, I tend to wear it and incorporate it more into my wardrobe.

Keith Haring was an amazing artist whom I remember seeing a strong presence of in the early 90s through his artwork (which was painted on walls, worn on t-shirts - remember Clarissa from Clarissa Explains It All?). Forever 21 had a small collection featuring his iconic art in the form of dresses, shirts and even a bodysuit. When I saw the crop top I took a chance and loved the way it fit. This was one of the first styles I came up with for wearing this, but I can totally see myself wearing this top with my overalls. I have a feeling you'll see this top pop up again in a different way, but for now enjoy Summer Haring.

|| Crop Tank: Forever 21 | Shorts: American Eagle | Shoes: Dolce Vita (Island Passage) | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters | Earrings: Island Passage ||

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tropical Punch

There is nothing like a pop of color that brings out an outfit. This is very girly, and extremely simple. You can add pretty much any color to black and white to help bring an outfit to life even more. Here I added my orange pleated skirt that I made. Most people when they add to the black/white combination, it is usually red or turquoise. Don't be afraid to step outside the box. I even mixed it with two colors in my other post HERE.

This look is very summery and as we get close to the fall fashion season, I am slowly starting the transition to more fall inspired pieces - although I probably will not be able to wear many of them for another few months. It stays pretty hot where I am until late September so I am not worried whether or not I get the wear out of my summer wardrobe. I have plenty of time.

Usually these colors are worn together around Halloween but I never really got that vibe from this outfit. Summery yes, fall-ish, not so much. I think if I made the top solid black and added some tights and boots, it would scream fall.

The dark lip, (my H&M - Wild Thing lipstick), gives a little more edge and another excuse to wear lipstick just because!

|| Earrings: Charlotte Russe | Necklace: Macy's | Stripe Tie Top: Sparkle and Fade (UO) | Skirt: Made by Me | Bracelet: Gift | Shoes: Soiree by Jeffrey Campbell ||

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Butterflyz n Such

All this weather is totally killing my head! There is something changing in the air and it results in me laying in the bed for practically 4 days of stuffiness. None the less, I'm back. So a few things have happened since I last posted. 

The blog is 2! How exciting! I'd like to thank you guys for checking out The Couture Butterfly and I hope you continue to check it out! Because of all of your awesomeness, the blog has over 16,000 views and numerous countries all over the world! You guys rock! 

So onto to the fashion...

I bought this shirt last summer and racked my brain on how I could wear it. Then I realized that sometimes over thinking will ruin you! So I decided to just try it out and see what happens. During a weekend trip for a graduation, I wore it with a pair of leggings to breakfast and as a comfy lounge top. I had tried it on when I first purchased it, but I totally forgot the length of the shirt is more of a tunic length - which I absolutely love. It's a terry fabric but lightweight. I love wearing it casually. Here I decided to jazz it up a bit with my bandage leggings to add more edge. The original leggings I wore with this top were solid and solid can sometimes equal boring. Since the armholes are also cut fairly longs, I threw on one of my bra crop tops so I wouldn't feel so bare underneath. Enjoy!

|| Top: Truly Madly Deeply Tank (Urban Outfitters - not available) | Bandage Leggings: Amazon | Shoes: Call It Spring | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters ||