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.
If you’ve read then you know I’m not at all excited by Halloween. I rarely dress up in costume. Seriously, the best I can do is a DIY glitter sweatshirt (here). But all hail Queen B because this week she posted an Instagram pic that inspired this years Halloween costume. Beyonce posted the Instagram selfie to end all selfies (see here). Hello inspiration… #DIY #Halloween #Costume #iGottaMakeOne #Party #CrazyInLove #BowDown
The “college prep” look is a popular trend for Fall. I’ve been coveting a personalized letterman jacket (a la Karl Lagerfeld) for over a year now… looks like it’s time to pull out the glue and make my own! Click HERE to watch this quick and easy (seriously easy) how to video. While you’re there don’t forget to subscribe to the channel!
Anything love anything monogrammed or personalized with my initials. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of these letter stud earrings and thought it was time I made a pair for myself. Note – these also make a wonderful gift and with the Holidays right around the corner… I’m just saying!
TIP: When painting such small pieces, I often use a Q-tips so I don’t have to worry about cleaning a brush afterward
Embellished sweatshirts are one of the hottest trends this Fall. In the past, I have been a big supporter of fancy sweats (here, here and to complete the look… here) and obviously I’m happy that this trend is sticking around. There are about a zillion ways to glam up a boring old sweatshirt so let this serve as your warning… there will more than likely be more embellished sweatshirt DIY projects to come! In the meantime, sequins and sweats…
MATERIALS: Sweatshirt (available here from Old Navy), Sequin Fabric, Fabric Glue and Scissors
Accessorized with embellished clutch (DIY tutorial here)
Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close up!
It’s amazing the transformation a coat of spray paint can make. My metallic gold Krylon has transformed these rocks into fab decorative pieces. Thanks to all who emailed/ tweeted these golden nuggets as inspiration. You were right… a pair of rock solid gold bookends is just want my office needed!
Recently I posted my list of Summer DIY project to complete before Fall. On my list was A Pair And A Spare‘s Alexander Wang inspired gladiator sandals. I knew I had to craft them before it’s officially boot weather. Lucky for me I live in Los Angeles and even though yesterday was the 1st official full day of Fall, we had a high of 85 degrees. Looks like I have a few more weeks to enjoy my sandals.
**Twin Sweater Set by Essie on the hands and feet**
My quick fix solution for a bad hair day is a baseball cap …or a turban or a sock bun, but usually a baseball cap. When I’m out and about running errands, I’m sporting either my Houston Astros or New Orleans Saints fitted hats with my hair pinned under. Not the most glamorous of looks but honestly there’s no reason a baseball hat can’t be chic or stylish. I added a navy and silver metallic trim to the bottom of my basic ball cap and now I happily embrace my bad hair days.
Click on the link to find all the steps to this quick and easy project.
There are only a few days left before it’s officially Fall, but my Summer DIY list is still so long. I’m already feeling the change in the morning LA air so I better get to crafting these warm weather projects before it’s too late. Below are a few of my faves from across the web.
A Pair And A Spare‘s gladiator sandals
Thanks, I Made It‘s gold shorts
Stripes and Sequins‘ crystal cuff