Don’t get me wrong Pinterest is a good time, but my inner magazine junkie gets a real thrill from physically ripping out those glossie pages and pinning them on a real life inspiration board. I like having a board in my work space that is bright, colorful and inspires me to be creative. Obviously a regular ole cork bulletin board just won’t do! This floral fabric covered frame board is just want I needed to decorate my space. And the best part is that it doubles as wall art!
Note: I used a cardboard display board as my base. It reminded me of my 4th grade Science project!
Welcome to my Friday Favorites! As new feature on the blog for 2013, I plan on ending each week by sharing a few things that I’ve favored or found inspirational throughout the week.
This weeks favorite is dedicated to all my magazine junkies…take notes. My absolute favorite fashion magazine in the entire freaking world is Please Magazine! Unfortunately, it only comes out bi-annually and can be difficult to find in the states, but thankfully Editor and fab photographer Olivia da Costa (<- photog genius) is down with the internets and post great photos to their blog (here) More Please!
Olivia’s images are beautiful and brilliant. Below are just a few, but do yourself a favor and spend some time exploring the site. This is my “go-to” site for inspiration.
More Please? Yes Please! All day, everyday and twice on Friday’s! xo
All images via Olivia da Costa and Please Magazine!
The question I’m most commonly asked is “Where do you come up with your DIY project ideas?” Truth is I’m a magazine junkie. Nothing excites me more than flipping through the pages of a fresh fashion mag. I think I may be single-handedly keeping the magazine business alive. I love Pinterest, but please tell me I’m not the only one that still loves ripping the pages out and pinning them to an actually inspiration board?!?
I just wanted to share a few of my favorite cover girls for the month of January.
From L to R: Me and Geneva from A Pair And A Spare, The tents, The City, Kate Spade Spring 2013
I’m sure you noticed there wasn’t a DIY project last week. Sorry about that, but I’m in New York City for Fashion Week!!!!! I absolutely love making a visit to NYC during one of the most high holy weeks of the fashion calendar. Fashion Week is a treat for all of us really. New York is SO inspiring to me and I always bring back great fashion inspirations for projects to share with you. Stay tuned because with the inspirations I’m collecting this trip and the upcoming change in weather, I have some ah-mazing projects in the works.
We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled DIY program shortly but in the meantime, be sure you’re following me on Twitter (here) and Instagram (search @Glitter_N_Glue) so you can keep up with my NYC adventures. I’ve met some amazing bloggers and attended some wonderful fashion shows. Below is a little video of the Kate Spade presentation I made just for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! xo
Carrie Bradshaw introduced us to the chicest studded belt and we love her for it!
Pearl embellished belt inspired by Chanel. No one does it better.
Embellished rhinestone sash is a DIY do.
Ribbon and brooch embellished belt done right by Dolce and Gabbana.
Add feather to the shoulder strap of a purse a la Christian Louboutin
Embellish your pumps with a few plumes
Add feather accents to the bottom of a blazer, dress or skirt. Oh the possibilities!
Colorblock your transparent bag by adding a little paint.
Add hardware to jazz up your plastic bag
Keep it chic and add chain to your transparent bag
A plastic envelope from your office supply store transforms into an oversized transparent clutch
Peplum is currently a very popular red carpet trend. I know there are mixed emotions about the trend, but honestly I’m a fan! Yes, as a curvy girl I’m in full support of the peplum trend. I feel like I hear so many women say this trend doesn’t work for them, but I just have to disagree. I feel like peplum works well on most. Agree or disagree? It creates shape for those without and it lets the world see exactly what a curvy girl is working with! Holla!!!
Anywho, this dress is the inspiration behind this DIY project. I bought this dress last summer and only wore it once. It seems like every time I put it I ended up changing outfits. Something about it just didn’t fit me right, but I couldn’t bring myself to give it away. Maybe it’s because I like the print. Or maybe it’s because I only wore it once and had a hard time getting rid of something I spent money on but only wore once. Regardless, I was sick of looking at it just hanging in my closet. So I decided to cut off the bottom and turn this frumpy a-line dress into a sexy peplum top.
If you don’t have a dress hiding in your closet, here are a few other examples (clockwise R to L) from Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Asos and H&M of dresses that would be prefect for this project. Just a few examples to get those creative juices flowing.
I took my pair of scissors and started cutting 6 inches down from the waist band. Depending on the fabric, it’s not necessary to hem the ends. I personally love the deconstructed look and because of the way the peplum lays any imperfections in your cut become almost invisible.
To make sure I didn’t lose my waist, I accessorized my top with an embellished belt (…that I made of course! click here for that project) and a mini skirt. It’s important that when wearing a peplum top you keep your bottoms sleek. My suggestion is a fitted skirt or a pair of your favorite skinny jeans!
What’s the first thing you want to do after getting a fresh mani…go play in the dirt! Obviously I’m hitting ya’ll with a bit of sarcasm, but that’s exactly what I did this weekend. This past Saturday, the West Elm store on Beverly Blvd hosted Rolling Greens Nursery for a day of terrarium making.
It might just be me, but I feel like the terrarium craze has taken over my DIY decor life! Everywhere I look I see creative terrariums and over the past few months I’ve become obsessed with terrariums. Plus, let’s be honest…a terrarium is probably the ONLY chance I have of keeping something green in my house without killing it.
If you’re not familiar, terrariums are a transparent container in which plants are grown. They’re pretty easy to make…
Materials: recycled clear jars or vases • a small bag of sand or dirty • shells or pieces of driftwood • small air plants or succulents
Directions: 1. Pour a small amount of sand into the jar (this holds in moisture for your plant)/ 2. Decorate your mini-landscape with shells and driftwood (or I decorate mine with old earring for added bling)/ 3. Add the plants. (source Elle Decor)
There are also plenty of terrarium how to kits available online that come prepackaged. However, if you live in the LA area and have free time Rolling Greens Nursery will be hosting how to classes March 31st for $25. Give their Hollywood store a call (323.934.4500) for more details.
We’re known for making the red carpet sizzle, but Los Angeles isn’t necessarily known as one of the fashion capitals of the world. How rude! I’ve worked in the LA fashion scene for over 6 years and we’ve been known to get our party on from time to time. The new “Floss Angeles” section to my blog is your look at all the fancy places and flossy people I see while attending events in this city. I often find DIY inspiration while out and about so stay tuned and enjoy the fun.
Today is the day Marni for H&M arrives in stores. To celebrate, H&M invited LA’s fashion elite for some early in store shopping. There was music, champagne and lots of empty hangers. That’s right…empty! I arrived 20 mins late (ya know fashionably late) and everything had already been scooped up. Obviously if you snooze, you loose with this crowd. There were people walking around with bags on bags on bags full of Marni merchandise. Forget March Madness! It was full-blown Marni Madness inside the H&M store on Sunset Blvd.
I saw lots of friends while in the fashion trenches. I always love seeing the fabulous Amanda Garrigus! And can we talk about her amazing vintage button statement necklace?! It’s non Marni or H&M, but still fab and so DIYable.
Marni’s runway collection is known for fun prints and chunky accessories and their H&M collaboration didn’t disappoint. The merchandise went fast. Below are a few of my favorite statement pieces I’m obsessing over. And hey with the prices ranging from $19.95 to $49.95 I think this is a case of the “just buy, ’cause you’ll never be able to afford Marni these prices!”
What do you guys think about this H&M collabo? The Marni for H&M officially hits stores today. You can check out the entire collection at HM.com
Last night was Prom night! No seriously, last night I attended the Hollywood Hills High Prom hosted by Swarovski. Cute event idea right? See the Swarovski band is produced in Austria where they don’t have Proms. However, the were inspired by the American tradition when creating the Spring 2012 collection and wanted to throw a good ole fashion 1960′s Prom to preview the collection. The event was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel (very fancy) and hosted by Cameron Silver of Decades who provided vintage 60′s inspired dresses for all the mannequins to wear. I know this post has nothing to do with DIY but I wanted to share with my Glitterati because I know how my things that bling inspire you. Below are a few sights. Enjoy…
Here’s a little blinged out headhand situation to inspire you. What I love most about Swarovski is that they have an Elements division to their brand that allows you to buy the crystals and make it yourself. Swarovski Elements encourages doing it yourself and you know I’m a fan of that! I love to browse the Elements website and inspiration boards (here) for ideas.
This Swarovski necklace from the Spring collection would make the perfect accessory for her dress. I love this necklace. It’s Swarovksi’s answer to those famous braided nut bracelets that are so popular in the DIY world.