June 27, 2013

DIY Home and Bedroom Decor Inspiration

Today is my second to last day at my job! I have a week off before starting at my new workplace, and I can't wait for the breather and the change.

I should be wrapping up projects and helping with the transitioning, but I'm actually thinking about what to do with my free time this next week. I've been researching bedroom decor ideas and thinking of organizing and redecorating my room to liven up the place. Maybe I'll even create my own artwork for my bland white walls, as I do have a thing for black and white paintings and quotes on canvas!

This quote on canvas on the left is my absolute favorite. I love the messiness of the writing! I just need to settle on a favorite quote and I could easily scribble it on a canvas.

These two I found on Etsy are so unique if you zoom in - the NY one is completely made of the word "New York" written with pens of varying thickness! Same with the Paris one - it's completey created from the word "Paris" written over and over.

June 26, 2013

DIY Gym and Workout Clothes

Lately I've been dragging my slightly enlarging butt to the gym every morning and my laundry has started piling up at record speed, like I've never seen before. I don't have laundry in my building, so...it's time for more gym clothes! Depending on your workout and the type of gym you go to, your workout gear may vary. Since I go to a boxing gym where half the cardio work is on a dirty black floor and there are a lot of body/leg kicks involved, expensive clothing is out of the question for me. Plus, I just don't feel right spending money on clothes that I will sweat a TON in (gross, I know).

So for the ladies who would like to look cute and not spend $200 on an outfit for your hardcore workouts, here are some ideas for you to DIY, paint, screen, orrr buy from Etsy. I've started with a basic graphic tutorial from Rabbitfoodformybunnyteeth on how to cut an old T-shirt into a tank.

1. Start with a large T-shirt.

2. Cut away the neckline and bottom hem. For the sleeves, cut downwards starting from the shoulder, determining how thick you want your straps. Cut straight down and then begin to curve down below the armpit seam.

3. Determine how low you want your front neckline, and cut away.

4. Flip the shirt over and make a narrow racerback, curving inward from the armpits.  Then cut a deep “V” shape from the top neckline.

5. Using the excess bottom hemline, stretch it out until it becomes one long string of fabric. Knot the string a couple of inches above the bottom of the “V” shape.

6. Wrap the string all the way down around the center of the racerback, and back up to meet the other ends. Knot the ends together tightly. Trim the loose ends.

7. To give your tank a high-low look, lay your shirt sideways, flattening it out evenly. Starting a few inches up at the front of your shirt, start cutting diagonally until you reach the back.

Also, cute ideas if you want to print sayings onto your new tanks and shirts!


Images: Skreened, Etsy

June 17, 2013

DIY Leather Bustier Top

Yes, that's right - a basic DIY black leather top! I wanted to make this to pair with my DIY tulle skirt and the 15 other skirts that I always complain I have nothing to pair them up with. So here it is, a simple top to go with all your lonely, unworn skirts.

Basic DIY Leather Bustier Top

What you need:
  • 1/3 yard stretchy leather fabric
  • 1 black invisible zipper
  • E6000 glue
  • thread, scissors

How to:

1. Find a bustier or strapless top you already know fits you well. Trace along the edge for the front and back and cut, leaving a 1 inch seam allowance.

2. Sew the front and back together along one side. The zipper will later go on the other side.

3. Fold over the edge of the top and bottom for both the front and back pieces. Iron.

4. Run a thin string of E6000 glue along all the folded flaps to secure down. You will not be sewing this part because it is difficult to get needles through leather-like fabric. If you do successfully get the needle through, it'll leave an obvious hole in the leather fabric. So glue away!

5. Sew (or glue) the invisible zipper.

I'll try it on once all the glue is dried. I can already imagine it paired up with a flowing skirt and cropped blazer.

June 3, 2013

DIY Inspiration - Summer Tops

Looking for cute summer tops and trying to find ways to cut old shirts into simple new tops.



My faves: Love the simple white open back/button top, and the transparent black tee.

Images: Nasty Gal