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DIY: Matte Black Mason Jar

Miss Kris Painted Matte Black Mason Jar DIYI 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.

Miss Kris Painted Matte Black Mason Jar DIY MATERIALSMaterials: Mason Jar + Matte Black Spray Paint

Miss Kris Painted Matte Black Mason Jar DIY PAINTIn a well ventilated area, apply one coat of paint to the jar. Allow time to try before use.

Miss Kris Painted Matte Black Mason Jar DIY FULLYour 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.

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For The Makers: Jeweled “Maneater” Bracelet DIY Kit

Miss Kris For the MakersOne day last week I went to my mailbox and was ecstatic to discover that the mailman delivered something else besides a bill. My For The Makers DIY kit had arrived!!! Full of excitement I instantly broke into a happy dance that looked a little something like this.

A while back a friend introduce me to a DIY kit subscription company called For The Makers. DIY kits delivered straight to my doorstep? Obviously, I’m obsessed! I checked out their website and loved what I saw. Carefully crafted and themed DIY collections available for their subscribers. Not into a monthly subscription? Well I also discovered that they had individual projects available to purchase. I love the idea of these single project kits. They are perfect for the DIYer who hates supply shopping and they also make a perfect gift for your crafty friend.

Miss Kris For the Makers SUPPLIESThey have so many fun projects for sale on their site, but this jeweled “Maneater” bracelet caught my eye. The bracelet has a vintage feel (which I love) and the colors of the jewels are bold and beautiful. I couldn’t wait to play! The package came with everything I needed (sans tools) and was very easy and create. It took me about 15 mins to put together my bracelet.

Miss Kris For the Makers MANEATER BRACELETClick here to shop their website. Might I also suggest the Wire Jewelry Kit, the Jo Post Earrings and the Daisy Card Case? There’s lots of fun to be had at ForTheMakers.com!

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Thanks For The Makers for sending along this kit. I’m loving my jeweled bracelet and loving what you ladies do!!! xo

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Rodeo Lights: Window Shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

Rodeo Lights Miss KrisIt seems like everyone likes to play dress up during the Holiday season, even Rodeo Drive. I love taking a stroll down Rodeo in Beverly Hills during Christmas time. The street is always decorated with some many twinkling lights and the store fronts are decorated so festively. I donned my favorite Holiday staple sequin pencil skirt (available at Express) and my DIY jeweled purse for a little la la luxe window shopping.

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Miss Kris Window Shopping Rodeo 3Dear Santa…

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Miss Kris Window Shopping Rodeo 7 DIY Jeweled ClutchDIY jeweled clutch instructions available here

Miss Kris Window Shopping Rodeo 8Even the cars on Rodeo are super fancy and festive!

Miss Kris Window Shopping Rodeo 9Shoes available at JustFab

Photos by Sylvia G.


GIVEAWAY: On The 4th Day Of Kristmas… a Moto X by Motorola Phone

Moto X Glitter N Glue Giveaway 2I think it’s safe to say that I suffer from cell phone separation anxiety. Is that even a real thing? If not, it should be! I love snuggling up in my big cozy chair with my cup of coffee and scrolling the pages of Instagram, Pinterest, etc looking for inspiration. I’m sort of a nut because I use my phone and my computer at the same time, but I digress… The Moto X by Motorola, with it’s big screen and vivid colors, is the perfect cure for my anxiety. Plus, it’s completely customizable meaning I can dress it up anyway I please. See here.

 Today I’m giving away a Moto X cell phone!!! To enter this giveaway simply type the phrase “Moto X” in the comment section below. The contest ends Wednesday, December 4th at 11:59pm pst when, with the help of a fancy number generating system, a random number will be selected. If your “Moto X” falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you win a new Moto X that you’ll get to personally design. THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

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FYI: the phone is compatible with your current Sprint,  AT&T, T-Mobil or Verizon cell plan.

The Moto X is such a fun and fashionable phone. There are thousands of way to customize it by changing the colors or adding a personal signature, it cost $99 and it’s made right here in the good ole USofA!  Click here to find out more about the marvelous Moto X.

Kristen4-022The Moto X makes my gal pal Kelly Golightly look bright and bold on Pinterest.

Photos by Sylvia G.


DIY: SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Crystal Cuff + A Sparkling Holiday GIVEAWAY

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal CuffThis is by far the most festive time of the year and to celebrate may I present to you the glitziest Glitter ‘N Glue DIY tutorial of 2012!!!! This crystal cuff is the perfect project to punctuate the end of the year. It’s also the perfect accessory to wear to that special New Year’s Eve party. It’s so major I felt it warranted an afternoon of crafts and cocktails with my friends. YEA PARTY!

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff MATERIALSMaterials: A Metal Cuff (or Bracelet), Flat Back Crystals from SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL, Glue

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff  CRYSTALSArtbeads.com has a great selection of flat back crystals by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Click here to shop.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff DESIGNFirst, layout your design.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff GLUEThen apply a drop of glue to a toothpick and use the toothpick to apply the glue to the back of the crystal. This is the application method I personally like to use. I always make a big ole mess when I apply the glue to the back of the crystal directly from the tube.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff  SETAdd the crystals on the cuff. If needed, use a pair of tweezers to carefully place the crystals.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff DETAILYour design may change as you continue to apply your crystals, but my suggestion is to start with the center crystal and work your way out. At the end of the day the design is totally up to you. Have fun with it and always remember the more bling the better!!

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff THE CURVY FASHIONISTAMarie from The Curvy Fashionista crafted a very tribal inspired cuff.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff MULTI CUFFSSeriously talk about a great way to spend an afternoon with your friends. Everyone was so creative and took the time to custom design their cuffs. Everyone’s cuff spoke to their personality and no two cuffs looked alike.

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff LAYOUTAre you excited to try this project?  Well in honor of the Holidays I’m GIVING AWAY the materials to make this cuff to one lucky reader. To enter simply follow me on twitter and tweet the follow:

@Glitter_N_Glue make my Holiday sparkle! #SparklingDIY

By sending this tweet you are entered for a chance to win one cuff, an assortment of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals and glue. #AssemblyRequired

The contest ends Wednesday December 19, 2012 at 12:01am and at that time one winner will be selected at random. The winner must be following Glitter ‘N Glue on twitter.

THE CONTEST IS OVER. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!!! xo

Glitter N Glue DIY Swarovski Crystal Cuff  W HOTEL CHILLMany thanks to the W Hotel Los Angeles for allowing my friends and I to spend the afternoon crafting, sipping cocktails and ice skating.

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If you’re visiting the L.A. area soon be sure to head over to CHILL at the W Hotel Los Angeles to take a lap around the rink and enjoy a cocktail.

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A special thank you to SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS from providing the materials.

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And a big hugs to all my blogger buddies who came out to play!

L to R: Laurie of Laurie B Style, Marie from The Curvy Fashionista, Jenny from Good Bad And Fab, Shauna from Penny Chic, Chanelle from The Penelope Times, Jacey from Damsel In Dior, Sydne from Sydne Style and Deniz from Le Fashion Monster.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! xo


Happy Halloween

As of last Thursday I had absolutely no plans for Halloween. More than likely I was going to be at home sitting in my sweats eating a bag of candy I picked up at Rite Aid and watching Dancing with the Stars. So when my friend called and made the suggestion that we high-tail it to Vegas to join her at Holly Madison’s costume party, I started dusting off my wigs and packing my bags!

Consider this the Halloween DIY challenge… I had less than 24 hours to find a costume. I wanted to be “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend” Marilyn, but couldn’t find the costume. Instead of making my life easier and grabbing the princess a bag costume I headed on down to my local fabric store and scooped up so much pink fabric that even Barbie would think I’d gone overboard! Enjoy the pics of my no sew Halloween costume. Well almost no sew. I used the same technique I used to make my snakeskin tote, minus the staples.  To make the strapless tube dress I took a strip of fabric, folded it inside out and hand stitched it up the side leaving a 1” seam. To make the oversized bow I used the bow-making technique I showed on E! News, but to make the bow lush and full I put tulle on the inside of the bow so it would hold its shape.

Consider this my 2011 DIY final exam. Make your Halloween costume using at lest 2 techniques from past Glitter ‘N Glue projects…and… go!

JACKPOT!

I love that there was another Marilyn hittin’ the slots too! COME ON BIG MONEY!!

Hugs and Kisses! xoxo

I was too busy taking pictures of myself that I forgot to take a picture with Holly at the party, but if you look closely you can see she was photo bombing my photos (…and by photo bombing I mean minding her own business and enjoying her party!)

Also, a big Halloween hug to all my fabulous Glitterati guys and gals that participated in the faBOOlous DIY series in honor of Halloween. Many of you, like Krys from LA and Amanda, sent me photos of the projects you completed. I really enjoyed all the emails, comments and pictures. You guys are so creative! xo

Happy Halloween!! 


DIY Quick Tip Tuesday: The Bangles

Round 2: Because obviously I’ve been gone on vacation too long and forgot how to post videos from Youtube to my blog…

Last week my friend Sydne Summer of Think Thru Fashion.com posted this fun video about stacking bangles. Click here to watch her video in full. I was inspired to make a little video. QUICK TIP TUESDAYS!!!!

PS: I truly hope you guys are enjoying your summer. I had a wonderful trip to Paris. I got some many fun DIY ideas while I was in the fashion capital. I’ll be posting those projects soon. In the meantime, check out my personal blog Kristen With An E to check out photos and experiences from my trip (and other stuff too)! XOXOXOO


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