Friday, June 29, 2012

DIY: a Pinwheel Necklace

Happy Friday!  I am so excited for this weekend!  This morning my sister & I are off to Las Vegas to meet up with our longtime friend, J.  We've known J since middle school- back then we would all sit in my sister's room prank calling people and giggling all night.  We've grown up a lot since then, but I always look forward to our yearly (sometimes longer) get togethers, because I know we're all going to go right back into that place of feeling like kids again.  J now lives in Colorado and my sister and I both live in LA.  Needless to say, we're all far from our Indiana roots.  I can't even express how excited I am to spend this weekend in Las Vegas with these two.  I'll probably have little time to visit blogs this weekend, but I will definitely catch up on Monday when I return, and you guys can follow me in Instagram while I'm gone- I promise to post lots of photos (and not just keep everything in Vegas! :)

For this week's DIY, I wanted to create something really fun & summery, and I have been seeing pinwheels everywhere lately!  Now that I'm on Pinterest, I see all these fun outdoor/indoor home inspired ideas which give me tons of home decorating ideas, and I took one fun outdoor idea and made it into something wearable! 

Things you will need for this DIY: Patterned paper.  You can choose however many patterns you want.  I used 3 different types of paper, but sometimes I think it looks nice to use all the same.  You will also need some sort of jewels/stones to use as the center of your pinwheel.  You will need ribbon to complete the necklace, and to put the pinwheels together you will need a ruler, scissors, glue, and cardstock paper.

Ready to begin? 

Step 1. Gather your materials.

Step 2. We are going to be cutting the strips into even lengths.  Decide on how large you want your pinwheels to be and remember that they will be double the size, as 2 strips of paper are used for each one.  I would recommend cutting the strips to be .5 inches or 1 inch.  I wouldn't go bigger than 1.5 inches.  For different papers, you can choose different sizes, because you probably don't want all of your pinwheels to be the same size.

Step 3. Tear or cut your strips.  I tear my paper using the side of my ruler because I like getting a rough edge.  If you are not experienced in tearing paper, you may want to cut it.

Step 4. Gather your strips.  It will take 2 of the same type of strip to create 1 pinwheel.

Step 5. Taking one strip, fold it back & forth in accordion style.

This is how it should look once you've finished.

Step 6. Repeat with a strip of the same width/length.

Step 7. Now we are going to put the strips together by attaching the ends with adhesive.

Step 8. Grabbing the other end of the pinwheel, squeeze the inside together forming the pinwheel shape and attach the outside edges.

Step 9. Cut a small circle from a scrap piece of paper and attach it to the back of the pinwheel using adhesive.  This will help to hold the pinwheel together.

Step 10. Attach a rhinestone or other object of your choice onto the front.

Step 11. Complete as many pinwheels as you would like to use for your necklace.

Step 12. Compose your pinwheels on a piece of cardstock paper in the shape you want them to be for your necklace.

Step 13. Glue the back part of the pinwheels onto the cardstock in the form you want them to be.

They are all glued to the paper.

Step 14. Cutting as close to the backs of the pinwheels as possible, cut around the pinwheels, leaving the cardstock paper attached, holding the pinwheels together.

Step 15. Cut two strips of ribbon in lengths that you want you necklace to be and glue them into the insides of the pinwheels.

Step 16. Wear and enjoy!

What do you guys think?  Will you try it?

Have a great weekend & thank you so much for reading!!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

An Apple a Day

ahhhh sale season.  I used to be such a pro at this.  I would know exactly which date things were going on sale, and had contact info for an SA at every major store.  If I wanted something, I would work tirelessly to get it- it was like a sport for me.  However, a few years ago when I decided to leave my job and go back to graduate school full-time (I've since finished), I had to stop shopping as obsessively.  Since then, sale seasons have come and gone.  While I still get a few things from my wish list, I don't have a mile-long list of shoes, and I don't have dates marked on my calendar for when things will be marked down.   

Some of the blogs I read are dedicated to talking about sales, which I've really come to love.  And now I even know when the sales are on sale.  Thanks to a blog I was reading the other day, I knew that J.Crew's sale was an additional percentage off, so I went there after work, and was able to get these apple-print shorts that I had been wanting for awhile, as well as some other cute things.  With the shorts, I chose to pair a striped blue top and chambray espadrilles.  What do you guys think of my pairing?

Shorts: J.Crew (Sold out online, love this & this printed pair!!)
Top: Abercrombie (Similar)
Belt: J.Crew (Sold out online, similar here)
Jewelry: Charm Bracelet- Vintage (Similar); Earrings- Erica Weiner
Bag: Gucci (vintage)
Shoes: Soludos

Thank you so much for reading!!  P.S. I am really becoming obsessed with Pinterest!! 
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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Great Outdoors

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fun weekend!  As I had hoped, I spent a lot of time relaxing this weekend- I caught up on some reading, watched a movie with my husband and went on a long bike ride yesterday afternoon (those of you who follow me on Instagram probably saw my photo).  I didn't get to as many DIY projects as I had hoped to, but I always seem to find time here and there to work on things! :)

Yesterday my husband and I spent some time walking around Pasadena, and I chose to wear this summery skirt with a tree print from Sarah Ball's collection for Anthropologie.  I've had this skirt for a few months now and have been trying to figure out how to pair it.  When I found this bright neon striped top the other day, I knew it was a perfect match.  I chose to wear nude heels & an oversize bag with this look.  What do you guys think of my pairing?

Skirt: Sarah Ball for Anthropologie (Sold out, LOVE this Palm Tree print skirt!!!)
Tee: (Gap, Sold out online; Similar here)
Belt: Hermes
Jewelry: Earrings- Vintage (Similar); Bracelets- Orange Spike: Forever 21 (Sold out, love this color), 
Chain bracelet- Sequin Jewelry (Similar here & here)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Rolando
Bag: Louis Vuitton Delightful PM

Thank you so much for reading!!

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Friday, June 22, 2012

DIY: Scalloped Lace Shorts

Happy Friday!!  I hope you all have some exciting plans for the weekend!!  I don't have anything major planned, and I must say that I'm kind of excited!  I think it will be nice to sort of relax and just do some fun things!

For this weeks DIY, I decided to make scalloped shorts!!  I've really been wanting a pair, but after searching, I couldn't find the color I wanted.  You guys might recognize these pants from this post.  Well, when I saw them on sale at UO for $20 a few weeks ago, I thought-- could I, should I try to make my own scalloped shorts??  They are the color I wanted and at a cheap price, I decided it was worth the risk!  So, let's begin!!

Things you will need for this DIY: a pair of pants to be scalloped (or you can use shorts that you want to make shorter).  You also need something round that you will be using to make your scallop template tool. (You can use a cup, a jar...ANYTHING with a round bottom!! Just remember that however large the bottom is, this is how large your scallop with be!) You will also need a piece of cardboard or heavy cardstock to be used as the actual temple tool.  You will also need scissors, a ruler, and a pencil or thin marker.  If you want to apply lace around the edges, you will need about a yard of lace. (I chose lace that was $2.99/yard at Jo-Anns) and adhesive. (I used E-6000).  If you professional with the needle & thread, by all means, sew.  I can't sew a button.  Sad, I know.

Ready to begin?

Step 1. Gather your materials.  I don't have the lace yet because to be honest, I hadn't decided to use lace at this point! :)

Step 2. Using your round object of choice, trace a circle into the cardboard or heavy cardstock.

Step 3. Using a ruler, draw up the sides of the circle creating a cylinder form.

Complete both sides.

Step 4. Cut out the form; this will be your scallop template tool.

Step 5. Begin drawing scallops onto your pants by lining the tool side by side after each scallop is drawn.  I used marker on these pants because I'm going to be cutting inside of the lines.  You might want to use pencil if you have a lighter material.  PS. Make sure you try on the pants first and determine where you want them cut so you don't come out with shorts that are too long or too short!!

Step 6. Finish drawing all of the scallops.

Step 7. Cut along the edges.  Because I have used a marker, I'm cutting along the inside.

The scallops are finished!  If you like just the scallops, you can keep them like this.

If you want to add lace, keep reading.

Step 8. Cut a strip of lace long enough for each scallop and glue it along the edge.  Continue this process all the way around the shorts.

Step 9.  Wear and enjoy!

So what do you guys think?  Will you be trying it out?

Thank you so much for your continued support!!  For those who don't know, I'm now on Pinterest!!  
You can also follow via Facebook (where I post sneak peeks of my DIY projects), BlogLovin'Instragram & Currently Obsessed!  
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Leopard & Denim / 3 Month Blogging Anniversary

Seriously, I can't believe that another month has passed!  It seems like just yesterday that I was writing the post for my 2 month blogging anniversary.  Everyday I feel so incredibly lucky to get to read all of your sweet comments & visit your amazing blogs.  I can not thank you all enough for the support that you have shown me so far, and I can't wait for what the next month will bring!!  As of this morning, at the end of my third month of blogging, I am 853 followers strong on GFC and 139 on Bloglovin'.  So, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!  

Now, onto my look for the day....

I've been green with envy every time I see someone wearing a pair of leopard-print jeans.  There are some amazing bloggers who have worn various types of leopard jeans in effortlessly chic ways, and I've been dying to get my hands on a pair for awhile.  Well, the other day during a target shopping trip (for groceries, btw, but seriously, who can go to target and shop for just groceries??) while browsing quickly through the clearance section, I found these fun leopard jeans for $6!  I seriously couldn't believe it, and couldn't wait to get them home to begin styling an outfit.  For this look, I paired my leopard jeans with a denim vest and vintage tapestry bag.  What do you guys think of my pairing?

Jeans: Target (Similar here & here)
Tee: Abercrombie (Similar here)
Denim vest: Forever 21 (Sold out, similar here & here)
Belt: Gap (Old, similar here)
Jewelry: Bracelets- 3 row spiked- similar here, Pyramid bracelet- similar here; Name necklace- (gift from my husband-says both of our names in arabic, similar here & here); Earrings- Chanel (vintage), similar here
Tapestry Bag: Vintage (check out amazing ones here & here)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Yokamia 100 (Similar here)

Thank you so much for your continued support!!  For those who don't know, I'm now on Pinterest!!  
You can also follow via Facebook (where I post sneak peeks of my DIY projects), BlogLovin'Instragram & Currently Obsessed!  

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