As you may have figured out from my My Life Scoop posts, I’m a bit of a nut for tech accessories, especially pocket-sized ones. I can’t get over how awesomely small our entertainment devices are becoming; it makes traveling with them so much easier. But one issue I keep running into is how to neatly organize everything, especially the power cords and connector cables that accompany my favorite devices. Rather than spend another plane trip rummaging through my catch-all carry-on bag searching for my headphones, bumping my head on the seat in front of me every time, I decided to make a small tech-accessory organizer using elastic ribbon and an old vintage book cover. This project can be sized up or down and customized in many different ways — the best approach is to gather all the tiny tech things you travel with and see how much there is.
Is it a bat, a butterfly, a moth, a pair of wolves, or even two dancers? However you perceive it, we certainly won’t be examining your personality or providing you with a diagnosis today. Instead, we’ve collaborated with Sachin + Babi to create a fabulous statement necklace, inspired by three elements from their Spring 2012 Collection : Rorschach ink blots, leather, and gold! You’ll need: 5″ x 7″ piece of faux leather vinyl Rorschach pattern (available here ) 8 feet of thin chain (cut into 19 5″ pieces) 20-21 inches of thick chain 21 4mm jump rings a black permanent marker double sided tape a leather rotary punch small sharp scissors 2 pairs of pliers Print the downloadable pattern here . Feel free to scale the image before printing (we printed it in actual size for this tutorial).
A couple of months ago, while visiting New York, we met the lovely Gretchen Jones and were fortunate enough to spend an entire day crafting in her über charming Brooklyn apartment . Not only is she amazingly talented and fascinatingly storied, Gretchen is one of the most humorous and genuine people we’ve gotten to know. After raiding a local hardware store for supplies and hardware, we spread out over her workspace, and whipped up several pieces of jewelry while sharing anecdotes.
This DIY kick starts my tie dye week (another version to come) and just might be my most favorite DIY yet!! As I was perusing the latest Elle magazine, I saw an ad for Paige denim . It was for a beautiful pair of tri-colored tie dye jeans ( Paige Toulouse Verdugo Skinny ). I have been on a color obsession lately and had to have my hands on these. The price was a little out of reach for me, so I thought I would take a stab at it myself. The steps were pretty simple.
You still have until tomorrow, July 22 to enter my first blogiversary giveaway ! Get your entries in! Have you guys heard of Pinterest ? Pinterest is a virtual “pinboard” that allows you to visually bookmark images from all over the internet. You can sort your images onto separate pinboards to share them with friends and other pinners. It’s really fun and has been a great way for me to organize photos for fashion and home inspiration, as well as links to all the fabulous DIY tutorials I find and want to file away for a rainy day.
Now, the next part is not really an exact science. Every shirt is different, and it especially matters if you're dyeing white to dark like me, or maybe just a color to a similar dark color. If you're really unsure about things, you can always test dye a swatch of fabric. In fact, I recommend it, because as I found out, the dye doesn't always behave like you think it will...
Elsie and I are excited to introduce Style School, our new online class focusing on discovering your personal style in your home, wardrobe, art and life! We'll share tons of our own style secrets though out the 30 amazing class projects, be joined with bonuses from our 10 most stylish friends, and everyone gets to create a Style File book that helps document, develop and express their style journey through the class and share it with others! It's going to be so much fun... watch for more info and sweet*previews this week and gather your reserves for this Friday when the class goes on sale! ETA: Style School ran in 2009 and is no longer available. Stitched Vinyl Pouch Tutorial Today I wanted to share a fun little tutorial for something I made this weekend :) I've had this vintage vinyl pouch since summer but it needed a little personality and so I stitched my initials on it and now I can't wait to use it!
Guest post by Rachael at Talk 2 the Trees . The perfect dress is hard to come by. I like my dresses to be cheap, and long enough.
Here's a fun tutorial on how to make a message bangle that's one-of-a-kind, done in the sun, waterproof and weatherproof. Even after several trips to the beach, it won't fade or wash off! Essentially, it's the Perfect Summer Bangle.
By Sheila So, you have a favorite eyeshadow, pressed powder, or blush you absolutely cannot live without. Life happens, and sometimes before you even realize it, you find yourself the owner of your favorite product, smashed into 5 million little pieces. When your powder cosmetics are broken into 5 million pieces, you can always put them in a small container and use as a loose shadow, but you DO have the option of fixing the products so it’s almost as good as new. It’s easy! I mean it!
We love pumps (So sexy!). We love sparkly things (Ooh shiny!). So it shouldn’t be a surprise that we would love sparkly pumps!
H ey y’all! I hope you had a great weekend! Since the weather has turned cool, I’ve been thinking a lot about scarves. I did a Pinterest search and found several of the neatest DIY t-shirt scarf tutorials. Of course, I have to share these brilliant ideas with you! I love this recycled, braided, double layer scarf !
Hey guys. So, some of you have asked how I hemmed my denim skirt by myself while keeping the factory-edge look. I've got bad news and good news for you. The good news: I'm not a great seamstress but it still wasn't hard!