May 29, 2013

DIY Stud & Spikes Bracelet

So, I got this simple gold cone-stud necklace from Forever 21 last week...for only $2! Sadly, I wore it in the shower twice and it rusted - I should've expected it. But I did finally get my packet of cone studs in the mail last week, so I made a bracelet. This was the simplest project and I love how it turned out!

DIY Stud Bracelet

What you need:

  • 15-20 Cone studs (from eBay seller)
  • Stretchy, invisible bead string/cord (from Joann's or Amazon)
How to:

1. String the cone studs through your invisible jewelry cord. Note: Make sure the length fits perfectly and snugly around your wrist. If the bracelet is too loose, the studs will flip around and annoy you to no end.

























2. Tie a few double knots. Trim the end around 2 cm away from the knot. You'll then thread this extra string back into the studs. This will help keep the knot from untying easily.






















Done! So simple huh? It's just like making those gaudy bright pink beaded bracelets in elementary school...only with gold studs :)

DIY stud bracelet

May 25, 2013

Sneaker Wedges for Petite Girls - Short and Curvy

I recently bought a pair of white sneaker wedges and have been mulling over whether to return them or not. I ADORE them, but felt they would look ridiculous on me, since they're about as high as the length of my legs. But I finally decided that if I feel happy wearing them and they give me an extra bounce (or two) in my step, why not keep them? They are so comfy, give a few extra inches, go with almost anything, and make me feel so unique! (It's surprising given that sneaker wedges are such a huge thing in the fashion world, I see so few ladies actually strolling around in them on the streets!) I'm happy with my purchase and thought I'd post on different ways you can own the trend when you find your perfect pair. (Hint: To my fellow short and curvy girls, find a pair that is less clunky and has a smaller tongue/front to prevent shortening your legs. Stay away from the high-tops! And lace-ups are less clunky than velcros and will help elongate those legs.)

1. Show some leg! Don't be afraid to wear sneaker wedges with a chic skirt (or in Beyonce's case, less than a skirt).

2. Black sneaker wedges with skinny black jeans - for longer and leaner legs.


3. Brown leather wedge sneakers with shorts for a more casual look. Love Alessandro Ambrosio's pair - they're less chunky, but also probably cost more than my rent.


4. Colorful wedge sneakers give every outfit a pop of color!  Can be worn with jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses. If you prefer a simple wardrobe with neutral colors, red is still an essential to brighten any neutral outfit ;)

 
5. If you're looking for a more versatile pair and less of a "standout" pair, stick with white sneaker wedges. Perfect year-round and still an eyecatcher!


6. Not sure if I'd wear these to workout in, but these Nike sneaker wedges are looking pretty good with leggings. If you're just running errands, go for an athletic sneaker wedge look!

7. I love the color palette of the girl on the right. Neutral, casual, and classy. 

Do you have a pair? If so, what color? :)

Images: Faashable, Bloggers.com, Tumblr, Nike

May 22, 2013

Be Fit and Healthy













Not related to fashion and DIY (once in a while, I go off on a tangent), but I was revisiting some of my old posts on my abandoned Tumblr the other day and remembered last summer's goal of losing fat and gaining muscle - I planned on going boxing everyday and starting a 15 day juice fast. Hm I wonder what happened there.

Anyways, just a few motivational sayings to help get back on track this summer:



This is my favorite:










And of course, my non-fashion related idol, Ronda Rousey, first female UFC fighter and #1 female MMA fighter:



I would just like to be half as toned as her please.

May 20, 2013

DIY Sneak Peak!

I bought this beautiful, slightly-stretchy leather material on sale at Joann's yesterday and I can't wait to make something out of it. At first, I played around with the idea of making a flowy maxi skirt. But sadly, I didn't have enough material.




DIY Burlap Clutch - French / Paris Theme

I actually made this a while back as my first (or second?) sewing project. I thought I lost/deleted these photos, but found some of them!

I made this clutch out of this burlap fabric I found on sale at Joann's. You can't see it clearly, I'm so sorry for the pic quality. I paired it with a red zipper for some color, and wore it with a striped top and black leather circle skirt for, yes, the stereotypical french look. Sorry again.

DIY paris clutch, how to make your own clutch
Sorry for the blurriness! Will be replacing bf with new tripod.


This was a simple enough clutch, but I made a few mistakes (I was very new at this...still kinda am!). Don't be lazy like I was - make sure to iron out both your fabric and the zipper. Otherwise, this definitely would've turned out better.










DIY Burlap Vintage Clutch

What you need:
  • 1/3 yard of a thick fabric 
  • 1 zipper
  • thread
How to:

1. Cut a piece of fabric the same width as your zipper, and double the length of what you wanted your clutch to be. It'll basically be 1 piece of fabric that you fold over and sew along the sides.

2. Iron the fabric and zipper.

3. Place zipper (back side facing up) over the edge of the fabric (see below). Pin and iron.


4. Flip over the zipper to get something like this:

5. Iron and sew along the zipper. Do the same for the other side of the zipper.

6. Flip your clutch inside out and sew a straight line along the sides.

Flip it back and you're done! What fabric theme will you be using? Nautical? Camo? Floral? The possibilities are endless.

DIY paris clutch, how to make your own clutch

May 17, 2013

DIY Tulle Skirt - SJP and Anthropologie Inspiration

Sex and the City is one of my favorite shows, and I've always wanted Carrie's iconic tulle tutu skirt. The Anthropologie Karinska Tulle Skirt came out a while back, but it was totally unaffordable (and yet sold out fast!). So, I decided to make my own and had so much fun!


DIY: How to make your own tulle tutu skirt


DIY Tulle skirt, anthropologie karinska tulle skirt




































What you need:
  • 8 yards of tulle (at least)
  • 1.5 yards of lightweight lining
  • 1.5 yards of thick satin ribbon
  • Invisible zipper (7-9 inch length)
  • Scissors and thread
Sorry for the terrible photos. Took these pictures during the evening.
















How to:

1. Start with measuring your waist, and how long you want your skirt to be.

2. Fold your lining material in half, and then in half again. Basically, into quarters. Cut out a circle skirt using the pattern below. When you're done and open it up, you should have a giant circle with a hole in the middle for your waist.
DIY tulle circle skirt
3. Cut one line from the edge to the center. This will be where you insert your zipper.

4. Cut the same circle skirt pattern into your tulle. You should cut 6 layers at least (I did 8). It's also ok if they're uneven around the edges - it's tulle! 

5. Pin all the layers of tulle together and attach it to the skirt lining along the edge of the waist by a simple basting. 

Waistband hasn't been added yet. Still mulling over whether to add elastic.

6. Cut a line the length of the zipper into all the layers of tulle. This way, you'll actually be able to put on your skirt. Don't worry about sewing down the tulle - it should be poofy and messy enough not to notice the cut.

Attach the satin ribbon as a waistband and you're done. Pair it up with a denim shirt or a leather bustier. The hardest part of this DIY was staying organized and calm with piles of tulle floating around everywhere. Otherwise, I love that the messy nature of tulle covers up any flaws in sewing ;) 

Let me know if there are any questions! How would you wear a tulle skirt? Leather, denim, satin? Or just for your own remake of Marilyn Monroe's iconic photo?

May 16, 2013

Christine Centenera - Style Icon / Inspiration

Another style inspiration post because I realized I had more pics saved on my laptop.

Christine Centenera style icon

Christine Centenera style icon
DIY-able necklace. Glue rhinestones on a piece of black satin, then cut out the satin along the edge of the stones. Fasten with a ribbon in the back.
Christine Centenera style icon
I love this outfit. If someone had told me they were wearing gray sweatpants with high heels and a fur coat I would've gagged. And yet she pulls it off.

Images: Stockholm StreetStyle?

May 15, 2013

Emmanuelle Alt - Vogue Editor Style Icon

Queen of effortless chic. It's no wonder she's editor-in-chief of Vogue France.


emmanuelle alt style icon

emmanuelle alt style icon

Images: forgot...I saved these to my desktop a few weeks ago

DIY High Waist Summer Shorts

I always see other girls find the cutest things at thrift stores for $1 (huh?). So the other day, I decided to have a go at the thrift shop by my office. I couldn't really find anything but I finally settled on buying this skort for $4, because I wanted a cheap DIY project. It was about 4 sizes too big and looked hideous, but it was a nice summer material and had a cute navy print. Since I had so much material to work with, I decided to make a romper. I didn't get to finish this last night because my friend came over for an impromptu girl's night but here's where I'm at:

DIY High Waisted Shorts

What you need:
  • cheap baggy vintage shorts (at least 2 sizes larger)
  • thread
  • scissors

Steps:

1. (Optional - only if it's a skort) I started by cutting off the skirt flap in the front to use as material for the romper top:


2. Cut and hem the shorts for a shorter inseam.

3. Sew 2 large darts in the back. This will make the waistline smaller, so you can pull the shorts up to your natural waistline, rather than let it hang on your hips. 
Right now, I only have a pair of high-waisted summer shorts... I still need to figure out how I'm going to make that top for the romper! Updates later.

May 14, 2013

Christine Centenera - Style Icon

Love how she can make a fur coat look so effortless.
street style Vogue

















DIY-able pearl sandals? Glue pearls and beads on a piece of fabric and pin it over a pair of sandals.
street style Vogue

DIY-able chain bracelet
street style Vogue

Images: La Modella Mafia

May 13, 2013

DIY Project - Nasty Gal Dream On Dress

For the past week, I've been sewing away this white scalloped hem dress - as the first piece of clothing I've ever sewed. Might've been a bit ambitious. But it's coming along! I just need to sew in the zipper and scalloped hem and I'll update with pictures and a tutorial.

 

This NastyGal dress is actually a cream color, not white. The size small was also extremely loose (and I am by no means skinny) and super long (ok, I'm short), and the material felt like a weird stretchy, waterproof material. I had to return it because it just wasn't worth the price tag. Sometimes, when you want it done your way, you just have to do it yourself:

Top part finished except for the boning. Bottom half finished except for the scalloped hem, which will be a challenge. Then, I'll need to do some serious ironing.
Let me know if anyone wants me to type out a "how-to" tutorial! Scalloped hems can be tricky.