Now that Starbucks red cup season is behind us and my pumpkin spice latte is officially off the menu, it’s time to return to my regularly scheduled caffeine programming. Forget what the fashion mags are telling you, in LA fresh brew in a go cup is the number one accessory of the Spring/Summer season. I’m totally guilty! It’s rare that you’ll catch me out and about during the day without an iced coffee in hand. Although, to save me from making multiple daily trips to the brew house (Hi! My name is Kristen and I’m a coffee addict) I’m freezing a few coffee cubes so that I can quickly make iced coffees on the go in the comfort of my own kitchen. Here’s how…
I’m obsessing over all the Springtime tortoise jewelery I’ve been seeing as of late. And with a Earth Day just a few days away, I was inspired to dig through my recycling bin and use a piece of plastic to help me create this lucite inspired look. This is such a fun, chic and earth friendly (well kind of) project. And because I know so many of you have been asking about the sew on jewels, I found them at a store in downtown LA called The Bead Factory. You can order online here.
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Where do I find my crafty inspiration, you ask?!? Well today it came when I knocked over a bottle of nail polish while trying to tackle my at home mani. See this is usually why I get my nails done at the salon… I ALWAYS make a mess! Thankfully, this is not my first day at the DIY mani rodeo and there was a piece of paper there to protect my furniture from my handy work! When I was finished painting, the paper reminded me of a Jackson Pollock painting and inspired my afternoon project. What a fab way to add a little color to a plain white canvas.
MATERIALS: The most important is nail polish! The best thing about this project is that you can make it whatever colors you want. Clearly I have a lot of polished to choose from. I recommend choosing 4 to 5 of your favorites. You’ll also need a white stretched canvas and spray paint.
What do you guys think? What color combination would your choose?
Looking for a fab way to spend your weekend? Suggestion… host a cocktail ‘n crafts hour with friends!!! In my opinion, quality friend time is the perfect way to knock off a few of those lingering projects on your DIY to-do list. I’ve been wanted to embellish a detachable collar for some time now, so I was very excited when my friend Sydne (from Sydne Style) mentioned that she was wanting to create one too. Cue an afternoon of crystals, cocktails and crafts!
A detachable, embellished collar is very simple to make. Use your scissors to removed the collar from an old shirt. Then, use a healthy amount of glue to apply a few Swarovski crystals to your collar. The pattern and design is completely up to your imagination.
Delicious Skinnygirl Prosecco + paper black and white straws! Pure yummy deliciousness at only 100 per serving. Cheers to that!
Thanks to Sydne for a fun afternoon of crafting and cocktailing. For more style tips check out her blog, Sydne Style.
Photos by Preston
I know it’s Spring and we’re susposta be all about color and what not, but I’m currently having a very black and white moment. I’m obsessed bouquets full of white flowers and I think the contrast of a black vase really make the arrangement stand out. So chic! Thankfully because of an intense relationship I had last Summer with mason jars, I have a few laying around. With a coat of paint they can easily be transformed and repurposed to use this Spring. This little project is beyond simple. You can complete the look of a room or the theme of a party in just seconds with these painted jars.
Your color options are endless. Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere posted lovely mint bottles last week. Here’s another idea… apply the chalkboard spray paint and add a personal message to your jar. This would make an absolutely fabulous gift for a special someone.
Spring has sprung and florals are all the rage. I know, I know Floras? For Spring? Groundbreaking! But this crossbody bag is truly the perfect Spring accessory. This project, inspired by the Kotur silk floral applique clutch… DIY my moi! This project is simple and chic. See all the DIY details below…
Photos by Sylvia G.
As we transition from sweater weather to slip-on season, I thought now would be the perfect time to customize a pair of plain white sneakers. A pair of basic shoes is like a blank canvas. Use your imagination to create your very own personalized pair of Spring slip-ons. Obviously, I needed a leopard print pair…
*The shorts actually use to be a pair of jeans. I cut off the legs to make them shorts and used a sheet of sand paper to distress them.
Photos by Sylvia G
A few months I came across an instapic that totally inspired! See it here. I knew that come Spring, I would be giving the inspiration board in my office a makeover with these lovely DIY butterfly push pins. Now technically Spring doesn’t officially arrive until March 20th, but let’s be honest it was 90 degrees in LA this weekend so obviously Spring is sooooooo here, it’s Summer!!
To make these oh so pretty push pins add a healthy amount of glue to the top a push pin, then attach the butterflies and allow a little time to dry. I purchased these fake butterfly ties at Michael’s Craft Store but they’re available online here and here.
A few days ago I took the BuzzFeed “What Career Should You Have” quiz (here) that said I should be a designer. Maybe it meant I should be a jewelry designer, because we all know how much I love a good piece of bling, daaaarling! I love pieces to be overstated and bold. I love anything vintage, gold and covered in jewels. I love the work of designers like Loren Hope and Lulu Frost. And I love to make my own pieces, so maybe my BuzzFeed quiz was right!?!
I came across this chain at H&M for $10 (here) and knew I had to embellish it with jewels. I’ve been collecting these sew on craft jewels for years. Seriously, I’m distracted by anything shinny so every time I come across them, I buy them! Luckily you can shop one of my favorite jewelry supply stores in LA online. The Bead Factory (here) has a great collection of jewels in both gold and silver settings. Use a little E6000 to apply your favorite jewels to the chain in whatever design you desire. The unlimited options, in my opinion, is the best part about this project.
Lots of questions about the star earrings I was wearing in my blog change announcement post (here). Yep you guys guess it… I made them! I actually made them years ago long before I was really into blogging. I was shopping vintage and this lady was selling a bag of metal buttons. In the bag I discovered these two star buttons. Instantly they remided me of my childhood hero, Jem of Jem and the Holograms fame (y’all remember her, right?!) and her magical star earrings. I removed the shank from the back of the earring and used E6000 to apply an earring post, but before doing so I spend a few hours applying tiny crystals to the buttons because I’m sure that’s what Jem would have wanted me to do! These earrings have got to be one of my truly prized crafted possessions. Pictured above with a few of my other favorite things: the Emily yellow neon lucite clutch from Tess Handbags, Essie‘s “Find Me An Oasis” polish and Maybelline‘s Hibiscus Haven lipcolor.
Click here to see how to use a similar DIY process to create fabulous button rings.
I love creating my own works of art to frame and display in my home. I’ve been seeing this pretty puckered up DIY floating around the internet and I thought they’d make the perfect, personalized addition to the walls of my apartment.
Creating this pieces is easy, although you might feel a little silly at times, it’s fun and I loved the way it turned out. First, collect a few of your favorite lipsticks. I chose two different shades, one red and one pink. Paint your lips with one color and well… kiss the paper. Randomly place your kisses across the paper until the image becomes faint, then apply more lipstick and pucker up! Repeat this process with your other lip colors. The trick is to layer up your paper with different imprints and colors.
Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, don’t forget to sign it frame it and add a little color to a boring white wall. Or you use it as wrapping paper for your Valentine’s gifts (here) or use this same technique to create Valentine’s Day cards (here).
Love is really in the air this Valentine’s Day! Seriously, I don’t know what’s gotten into me. I’m loving love this year and I’m not afraid to show it! Are you having a Valentine’s party for your closet gal pals (aka #Galentines)? Or maybe you just want to bring a little extra sparkle to the day of love? Try dressing up your straws with these quick and easy glitter hearts.
Pick up your favorite colored glitter card stock (available at Michael’s) and use a pair of scissors to cut out mini hearts. Apply a tiny amount of glue to your straw and place the heart on it. I scored big this week at Michael’s when I ran into a 40% off Valentine’s crafts. I love one stop shopping. They had everything you need to host a fab Valentine’s party or to craft your own Valentine’s cards. I’m sure the sales will only get better the closer we get to February 14th, it’s definitely worth a trip!
I just love those mugs with the mustaches and lips on them. I just think they’re super cute. I often come across them at my dollar store (here), but if you have a sharpie on your desk, a white coffee mug in your cabinet and 6 extra minutes, they’re easy to create. They also make fun gifts! This a little something to keep in mind with Valentine’s Day around the corner.
This week has been go, go, go! I’m rallying the troops and working overtime in preparation for a HUGE announcement coming your way soon. Yes… be excited! I promise you’ll love it. Anyway, the days are long but the time flies when you’re living your dreams so no complaints here!
This week however, I did make time for a middle of the day Target run. I ran in with the full intent of only picking up a few cleaning supplies when I stumbled up this cream colored Mossimo vest. It was hanging on the rack and literally stopped me dead in my tracks, arms full of paper towels and everything. I loved the oversize look, the big collar, buttons details and the $30 price tag…SOLD!
For a chic day look I paired the vest with a black pencil skirt and tank. This black and white outfit seems so very Chanel to me. I accessorized it with the statement earrings I made out of buttons. Yes, those are buttons dangling from my ears. This DIY process is very similar to my button ring tutorial (here). First, find a pair of ultra fab buttons and use a pair of pliers to remove the shank from the back. To turn them into earrings, use a dab of E6000 to add earring post to the back of the button and allow at least a half hour to dry.
This vest is so versatile that you can easily dress it up or down. Throw on a pair of black faux leather pants and add a clutch for a sexy nigh time look. I searched the website high and low for a link for you guys to purchase it online, but couldn’t find one. So sorry, but I’m sure you were heading to Target already this week so keep your eyes out for it!
Pretty in pink. This week during my trip to the Flower Mart in downtown LA I discovered that peonies were back. I’m beyond excited!!!! They’re one of my favorites and their return symbolizes the return of Spring. Now is about the time of year I bring out all my little glass jars, give them a good cleaning and prepare to litter them around my apartment filling them with fresh flowers. Fresh flowers in delicate little glass jars are my daily “treat yo self” moment that always bring a smile to my face.
I love glass jars and their ability to be transformed by adding color.
I’m quickly becoming a crazy craft lady that collects glass jars of all shapes and sizes… and I’m ok with that! I love finding glass pieces at my local flea markets, but you can easily score these a craft store like Michael’s.
“Get organized”… just one of the many goals I set for 2014! Are any of you planning to do the same? I stopped making New Year “resolutions” long ago because I never seemed to accomplish any of them. Now I set New Year goals! The term goal just seems a little more positive an attainable.
January kicks of the (what seems to be year-long) project of getting my life organized. I usually start with my home…. my kitchen, my closet, my desk and my bathroom. I love using recycled materials to help keep me organized. I used old jars and bottles to hold odds and ends so that everything has its place. Adding a door knob to the lids of your jars is a great way go glam up a vanity while keeping the clutter minimal.
Here’s another organizing tip… I used an old Chanel accessories box to keep all my bobby pins. Having random pins scatters across my bathroom drives me crazy. Although it’s funny I can never seem to find one when I really need it!! I’ve also seen pins stored in old votive candle holders (here) which is also an adorable idea. I keep all my jars on this simple silver tray I picked up at the dollar store. Do you have any organization tips? I’d love to hear them!
Recently I’ve been obsessed with anything monogrammed. I had this light brite/ pegboard monogram “K” since this Summer but had to wait until the Christmas decor was in the store so I could get my hands on some lights. This is such a fun and easy project. You can personalize it with your own letter or spell out any words you wish.
MATERIALS: Lights, Frame*, Pegboard, Glue Gun, Tape
*It’s important that you find a frame that is rather deep so that you have somewhere to store the cords of the lights. I found the PERFECT frame at Ikea (here) for $15. It comes in silver but you can spray paint it any color you wish.
Looking for a quick and easy Christmas gift for your Sister, best friend, coworker or Mom? How about a hostess gift to take with you to the Holiday party? Or maybe you just need a little alone time to relax in a warm bubble bath after a long day of spreading Holiday cheer?!?! This easy, DIY at home body scrub is the answer to all of the above.
Scoop your scrub into decorative jars (available here). Add a name tag or festive bow for decoration.
There are many different recipes to making a body scrub. I love this combination because I had most of the ingredients in my kitchen. I used granulated sugar as the base for my scrub because my skin is often sensitive, but for those of you looking for a real exfoliant, use Sugar In The Raw or sea salt. The grains are much more coarse and it will really exfoliate your skin.
Looking for a way to dress up your Thanksgiving dinner table? Or maybe you need a hostess gift to show your appreciation for your love one inviting you into their home to eat up all their turkey ? I just love these festive flower arrangements. I mean who needs a vase when you have a pumpkin? And what a clever way to dress up a boring store bought bouquet.
Once your pumpkin is carved and your foam is soaked with water, place the foam into your pumpkin. You might have to trim it to fit. Then, arrange your flowers by sticking the stems directly into the floral foam.
The countdown to Thanksgiving is on and I’m completely thrilled! I’ve been loving all the tablescape post and photos floating round the internet lately. When I stumbled upon the above image on Pinterest I thought 1.) I want to go to their house for dinner and 2.) I need to make those gold painted wine glasses for my collection. THESE GLASSES!!!! So glamorous and so simple to make.
I’m officially declaring today the official, unofficial Chanel No.5 day! It’s an international holiday, y’all. Talk about a staple of an iconic brand that has stood the test of time. When I think of Chanel No.5 I automatically think of my Grandmother …my Mom’s Mom. This is her signature sent. I’m pretty sure she’s been wearing it since the day Coco squeezed out the 1st drop. I say that not to say that it’s old, but to say that in my life it’s the symbol of class, femininity and beauty. Red lip, Ferragamo flats, Louis Vuitton bag, a dash of No. 5 and my Grandma was out the door. And obviously no matter the decade that image still resonates with us. Recently Chanel released a new commercial of an old Hollywood legend selling us the perfume and we’re eating it up! Sorry Brad, but we’ll let Miss Marilyn take it from here…
My Grandmother saved most of her old Chanel bottles. I’m so lucky to have a small collection of them, but if you’re looking to add a few to your collection try searching ebay and etsy. From time to time a few pop up!
I adore this Chanel illustration by artist Melissa Bailey. It’s available to purchase on her Etsy shop (here). Her shop is closed which is closed until Nov. 23, but will be open in just enough time to place those Holiday orders (read adding this to my Christmas list). How elegant with this print be framed in your house?
Chanel No. 5 is clearly a hot trend this Fall and not just in the beauty department. Perfume bottle clutches spotted all over the place (here and here). Now the Chanel clutch retail for $9,500 (<- yes, girl) but Alana from Dream, create has come up with a clever way to DIY the look (here). I’m obsessing and collecting lucite as we speak.
Over the knee boots are the hottest Fall shoe trend. There are so many wonderful pairs out there, but here’s a easy way to transform your favorite pair of booties into a fab pair of boots. Who doesn’t love a little wardrobe versatility?
Essentially what we’re making is a fancy pair of leg warmers. I know… leg warmers!!!! Purchase a yard of faux leather or faux suede. Do your best to match the fabric of the boots you’re trying to transform. Then, cut your fabric into two piece. The width should be the distance around your calf PLUS one inch (the extra inch will become your seam. 17 inches in my case) and the length should be the distance from your heel to over your knee (21 inches in my case). Add a healthy amount of glue to your one inch seam allowance and fold the other side over to meet it. Allow some time to dry and add a free hand stitch to secure.
My FAVORITE Fall booties. Seriously, I’m wearing a hole in them. And of course I’m about to get even more mileage out of them now that I can convert them to over the knee boots!
Photos by the fab Sylvia G
Happy November!!! Let’s celebrate with a look at my latest DIY project for Today.com. Did y’all know I was a Today Show online Style contributor? Yes honey! I have lots of fun creating fun projects for them every few weeks. This week I’m tacking those metallic gold heels that are oh so popular. My feet are thankful for the return of the thick heels and I love the gold effect on them. It looks like metal. It’s the perfect way to dress up a basic black shoe. Click here to see how to do it yourself.
Crinkling the paper gives it a textured effect. Much like that Marc Jacobs iPhone 5 case I’m coveting. (Too bad it’s not time for me to upgrade yet). Click the link for more outfit pics.
This week friend and celeb stylist Lindsay Albanese and I decided we needed to dress up our Fall pumpkins. I mean a pumpkin with no metallic paint on it… or jewels… SHAME! Click on the video below to see our glamorous DIY pumpkin makeover.