9.28.2012

OOTD: All About The Details

Happy Friday!

Denim: Rag and Bone (similar here) | Blouse: J. Crew

Bracelets: Madewell, Jade bracelet is from China (Gift from my mother!) | Watch: Michael Kors | Knuckle Ring: Etsy

You know I'm a big fan of the half tuck. It adds a cool, relaxed look to any outfit.

Shoes: Random find at Nordstrom Rack

I like rolling my jeans with ankle boots, gives the outfit a cute touch.

Clutch: Cynthia Vincent (I've been getting a lot of use out of this bag)

Necklace: Madewell (old)

Well, I'm off to a meeting then flying out to Nashville for my cousin's birthday. Can't wait!

Enjoy your weekend!


9.24.2012

Photo Collage

I love hanging photos in my room. It makes your place feel much more homey and personal. The best way to do so, is by hanging your favorite pictures in fun frames and arranging them in a collage on open walls throughout your home.

Items Needed:
Photos of your choice
These awesome Command strips

They really do leave your wall undamaged and they're a much better alternative to nails

I would first arranged your photo collage on the floor. That way you can play around and get the best formation for your space. Also, use different color and style of frames for a more interesting and eclectic vibe.

**Note: I used black and white photos so no colors would compete or clash with the frames.

Open the Command strips and press two strips together as explained in the directions on the box




Peel the backing off one side of the strips and place on the back and top of each frame



Start by placing the middle frame first and work outward



Voila!



Hope I've inspired your next photo collage!


Until next time....

9.14.2012

Skirt How-Not-To

Maybe it's just me, but lately I've been seeing a lot of girls wearing skirts on their hips and tucking in their shirt. I'm here to let you know that you're not doing any favors for yourself. It makes your waist nonexistent and throws your proportions completely off.

How Not To:


How To:

Tank: J. Crew | Skirt: J. Crew Outlet | Sandals: Madewell (similar here) | Bracelet: Madewell

Just by bringing up your skirt a couple inches, you've given yourself a waist and way more flattering look!

Potential concerns/questions:
  • If you pull up your skirt and you think it's too short.....it probably is, so don't wear it or buy it
  • If the skirt you have, or are possibly purchasing, is too big to fit around your true waist.....you need to go down a size


Now, if you have skirts that are too short if worn at your waist or too big in the waist and don't want to give up this item, I suggest pairing it with a slightly boxy top that cuts higher in the front than in the back. You can also pair with a chunky sweater, like in previous post once it starts to get cool.




Tank: Madewell | Skirt: J. Crew Outlet | Sandals: Madewell (similar here)| Bracelet: Madewell


Hope this helps and hopefully you all agree with me!

Have an awesome weekend!

9.12.2012

Now & Then: Printed Pants

Now that we're starting the transition into Fall I thought it would be fun to show how to pull a Summer piece though the Fall. I recently got these awesome pants and can't wait to wear them out now and dress them down this Fall.


NOW:

Pants: SW3 | Tank: Vince
Bangle: Adia Kibur | Necklace: House of Harlow
Bag: Cynthia Vincent
Shoes: Pelle Moda
Pairing the pants with a loose, black tank and wedges makes it great for a night out while it's still warm!



THEN:

Sweater: Vince | Shoes: Cole Haan

I love the pants with this amazing chunky sweater I got last year. It makes the pants more casual and great for the Fall!


Until next time....


9.11.2012

Jewelry 101

It's time for another jewelry session. Today I will be showing you how to make a simple woven bracelet with beads. It's actually pretty easy!

What you'll need:
Thin twine or string
Scissors
Tape
Lighter or Super Glue


1. Cut two pieces of twine/string that are around 2' long and another two pieces about 1' long, secure with tape with the long pieces on the outside

 2. Cross the left thread over top of the middle threads

3. Place the right thread over top of the left thread and under the two threads in the middle, pulling it through the loop on the left side

4. Pull on left and right thread to secure the knot

5. Repeat those steps starting on the right side this time (alternating sides will keep the knots straight and flat)


6. Do this knot 8 times (4 on each side)
video


7. Place middle threads through a bead

8. Loop two knots between every bead

9. Once you're done placing the beads on, perform the knot another 8 times (4 on each side)

**The number of beads you use will depend on how large you want the bracelet to be and how large, in diameter, the beads are. I used 14 beads, 8mm in diameter.


10. Bring the middle threads from the top and bottom part of the bracelet, meshing them together

Secure with tape


11. Perform the knot as previously shown (24 times, 12 on each side)

12. Cut the extra thread near the knots and pull on the middle threads, closing the bracelet

13: Tie a general knot on each middle thread, place thread through a small bead and tie another knot on top of the small bead (this is a nice decorative touch)

14. Use a lighter to burn the extra threads on the end of the knots. This will prevent the knot from coming out (you can also use a super glue as I explained in a previous post

And you're done!

Stack them!


It might take a little bit of time to get everything down but you'll quickly get the hang of it! 


Until next time.....


9.05.2012

Outfit Of The Day: Business Professional

I have an interview today (super pumped!) and after about an hour and 10 different outfit attempts, I finally decided on this lovely ensemble...

My mom just recently came for a visit and we had a huge shopping spree! I got this amazing skirt that is perfect for today!




Because the skirt is a bit loud, I opted to pair it with simple, neutral pieces



I also got this amazing bag that I've been eyeing for awhile now and I love it! Its combination of style and utility makes it great for interviews or just everyday!

Jacket: Random find at Nordstrom Rack | Tank: French Connection | Skirt: Madewell | Bag: Cynthia Vincent | Shoes: Blake Scott | Ring: Lisa Freede | Watch: MARC by Marc Jacobs


Wish me luck!


Until next time....