Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DIY: Inspiration J.Crew's Crystal Stripe-Link Bracelet

Recently, while perusing the J.Crew website, I came across this Crystal Stripe-Link Bracelet for $42.00. I think that is a good price point, but during a recent trip to Lowe's (where I met a new friend), I saw plastic chain very similar to this picture.The chain was selling for $0.76 a foot. The following steps will help you produce a bracelet similar to the following J.crew bracelet.

J. Crew's Crystal Stripe-Link Bracelet

 Materials needed: white and black plastic chain available by the foot for $0.76 cents at Lowe's.

These are all available at your local craft store. You will also need E-6000 craft glue, sharp scissors, pliers, and a paper plate.  My supplies from the craft store were 40% off, so the cost of the bracelet was a total of $5.50.

First: Measure your wrist for the amount of links you will need. I cut off 3 white links and 2 black links. The black link was the only one that was used with a cut. I intentionally cut it in the middle of the link, because it will later be covered.
Second: Hook the black and white chain together using this cut black link. Then use the E-6000 craft glue to adhere the cut in the black link.

Third: Clamp the opening together until the glue adheres.
Fourth: I peeled 7 small rhinestones off.  I measure how many I needed before peeling. Apply glue to the back before applying. You will need to connect the rhinestone sticker in the inside of the link, this is so it cannot be seen.

Fifth: This is what one link should look like after applying the rhinstone stickers to each side.

Sixth: I left the black link that was cut to do last. The rhinestone sticker will cover up the cut that has been made.

Seventh: Let it dry for at least 2 hours.

Eighth: Using the pliers pull apart the round jump ring.

Ninth: On each end, apply the jewerly piece to the jump ring. Then close the jump ring with the pliers.

Pretty Close to the Inspiration.

I love the color blocking in this bracelet. This bracelet will be getting much wear !

****I have a little story to share about my new friend I met at Lowe's. This friend I met on a previous trip to Lowe's, when I was looking for another type of chain. On my first trip, when I was questioned the Lowe's clerk about a chain and how heavy that would be on my neck. He responded, " Look lady, this is a hardware store, why don't you go to the crafty store across the street?" On the second trip to purchase plastic chain for this DIY, this same gentleman was there. I asked if he remembered me, and he said he did and asked why I was here this time. I told him I wanted some plastic chain. He asked how much and I said, "One foot, so I can make two bracelets." He entertained me by wrapping it around my wrist. As I was leaving, he asked,  "What do you do with this stuff anyway?" I told him about my blog and what I did. He actually asked for the name and said he was going to check it out. He just made me smile, because I know I was asking things out of his element, but he was still so nice and helpful. I am sure I will see this new friend again on many trips to Lowe's.

Have you met any new or interesting people lately?

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Ode to the Maxi Dress

 Hope everyone had a great weekend! Thank you for all my birthday wishes. I am so grateful to have the family and friends that I have in my life. As I was out this weekend shopping, I came across a few maxi dresses that caught my eye. The maxi dress looks great on every body type. The maxi is my go-to outfit in the summer. I will pair it with some sandals and jewelry, then I am ready to go. Even though it is February and it is still to chilly to wear one of these dresses without a sweater, it is a perfect time to buy them. Maxi dresses are everywhere and to ensure you get the "one" you fancy I would suggest to purchase one now. Below are some a of my favorite maxis.

Starting from left: Alice & Olivia Dolman Maxi , Red Maxi Jersey Dress, Topshop, Phase Eight: Variegated Maxi Dress, Teal Pleated Maxi Dress, Dorothy Perkins,Beige Chiffon Maxi, Dorothy Perkins, Burnt Orange Maxi Dress, Oasis Shop, Sheer Drop Back Maxi, AX Paris

Also recently, I became aware that Google announced they would discontinue Google Friend Connect for non-Blogger blogs. This means Google Friend Connect will no longer work here after March 1, 2012. I am not sure how this will effect my blog (especially since I am new to this), but if you are currently following me under Google connect shown  below:

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Photo Collage Walls

When it comes to home decor, I prefer a home with lots of photos that can tell the tale of the family.  I love things that ascent the importance of family. The following pictures are of three excellent rooms with walls displaying photo collages.  Personally, I tend to lean more towards black and white photos, as seen in the last two pictures, but I love the use of color in this first photo and the layout of the collage. 

This brings me to my own black and white collage photo wall shown below. It's located in my kitchen next to our kitchen table. I find that guests enjoy looking at them and they often become a conversation starter at parties. I replace photos throughout the year with the latest and keep the history intact within the frame.  I hope my kids enjoy them when they get older. The trick is truly choosing the best pictures from our digital images on our computer.  Very different as a kid, they were in an album that I could look at daily. This kinda makes it feel similar to an album on the wall.  All of the photos in my collage have are of great importance to me, like my daughter's first birthday, her kindergarten graduation,  and my son's first belly laugh.  I did this wall on one of my spring vacations. I remember my husband was a little afraid of me just hammering away, but he loved the outcome. I would suggest you layout your photos and get the perfect collage before placing on the wall.


I also love monogram letters.  Recently I added the large letter T, but I also have the small initials on individuals pictures.
This is one of my favs. My uncle took this one of me and my daughter on her birthday.  The essence of this one is that I had no idea he was taking it.  I was thinking when I looked at her "can't believe I'm responsible for this tiny thing,  I love you."   It is such a 'raw' photo.  I love being able to look at it everyday an remember that moment.

Another fav on the wall - on the left is me when I caught my first fish and on the right is my daughter when she caught hers.

Last, this photo on my wall is my son's first belly laugh, how can you not smile just looking at that face! We all live for those moments.

How do you display your photos? Do you prefer black and white photos or color?

Have a great weekend, thanks for all my birthday wishes yesterday and  it's still birthday weekend!!!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Personal Style- Cropped Pants

During one of my birthday shopping excursions, I came across these pink cropped pants from H&M. I loved everything about these pants - the style is very flattering, the color, and the price was a $34.95. I will be getting a lot of use out of these. This outfit would be one that I would wear to work with flats, and then in the evening with heels. I was watching the Today Show this morning and they were doing a piece on neon and bright colors. They were saying that when people wear bright colors, it tends to put them in a happy mood. I have said that before, and feel that that is so true. Have you purchased something recently that was a bright color?

Pants and belt H&M, Shirt -Forever 21- similar,  Mossimo Pumps -Target

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Monday, February 20, 2012

DIY- Fur Coat into a Vest

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend. This is the start of my birthday week. My actual birthday is Thursday the 23rd, but your birthday only comes once a year and I would like to celebrate it more than just one day. To start it off, my giveaway ended last night and the winner is:

Porcelain complexion, congrats and if you can email me your address, I will send it out quickly. Next, I was reading a post from Grace at Stripes and Sequins and she showed this photo of Olivia Palermo in this fur vest.

 I loved this vest. I have told you in past posts that my mom has found many fur coats for me at the thrift store for unbelievable prices. The photo below shows one of her finds.

Great coat, but it looks like it could swallow me because it is so big. I sometimes use the fur on projects, but this coat has great character. So, when I saw the Olivia Palermo vest, it gave me the idea to take this coat and make it into a vest. The outcome is fabulous. Follow these steps to make your fur vest.
First: Using a seam ripper seperate the lining of the arms before you cut.

Second: Cut the arms off the coat. You will resew the lining to the fur later with the sewing machine. You can also hand sew it if you can not use a sewing machine.

Third: Using the seam ripper seperate the edge of the front of the coat. Then try the coat on to decide the amount that needs to be cut off.

Fourth: Sew the lining of the coat to the fur sides.

Can you even believe it?? I love it and will get so much use out of this vest. I also even used the sleeves for projects to be seen at a later date. I would love to hear what you think. Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

Friday, February 17, 2012

DIY Inspirations

Happy Friday! Here are DIY inspirations for if you are feeling creative this weekend.

First, you could make this chalkboard frame. I got this frame at a garage sale for $3.00.  I painted it white and took it to my local hardware store to get plywood cut for the frame for $5.00. I decide to make one of these after I went to a local store and they were selling similar ones for $89.00. It is a great accent in my laundry room.

Second, is this end table that has pages of a book Mod Podged to the top of the table only. This is one of my favorite tables because it has such character.

Third, make a center piece for spring. This was my centerpiece for Valentine's Day.  I am going to be making mine this weekend, so we will see what I am going to come up with. All of these DIYs are simple and fun. Have a great Friday! Do you have any plans for the long holiday weekend?

My giveaway is ending this Sunday and everyone has a chance to win. I would love to give all of my followers something, but every once and awhile I will have a giveaway to show all of you my appreciation. Just enter here.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wishing for warmer days

The past week has been terrribly cold here and we even have had 3 days of snow. But it has been a mild winter and on one of those recent sunny days I was able to get this picture. Even though I do not like to wish time away, I can't wait for warmer days. This is a very busy week for me. I have to stay late at work for two nights this week, I volunteered to do an outside project for work (not sure why), Valentine's parties, cards, gifts, my child's nightly homework and my daughter has a project due Friday. Last, but not least I have to faciliate this meeting on Friday. So, I decided to post my personal style on Wednesday and on Friday I will post some DIY ideas you may like to try over the long holiday weekend.

This outfit below is a great reflection of my personal style. I love to throw on a dress with a scarf and some boots. Often, people will say, "You are dressed up." I feel that an outfit like this is much  easier to put together, than pants and a blouse. With this dress I have one piece and that's all. This simple black dress is made more interesting with the bird print. If you had to pick an outfit to reflect your personal style, what would it be? Would it be a dress, jeans and t-shirt, blazer and pants, etc.?

Scarf-H&M, and Naughty Monkey Suede boots-Similar, Sunglasses, tights, and dress-forever 21- dress is recent but could not find online, yellow clutch thrifted

I  do have more exciting news I was featured on Color Blind by Shana as her  thrifters anonymous member of the week. Shana has a love for thrifting(awesome) and her blog allows anonymous people showcase their thrifting finds. You should definitely check out her site!!!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Tibi -Spring 2012 Collection- Look for Less

 I love this Spring 2012 RTW collection by Tibi. This collection, by Amy Smilovic, uses great silk fabrics and variety of colors. She incorporates bermuda shorts, silk shorts, blazers, and flowing wide leg pants. I think what I love the most is that these outfits could be worn day or night. They look very comfortable, and very well put together. I would love to own pieces from this collection, but if you would like this same type of look I have put together two looks for less based on this simple and classic style by Tibi. I would love to hear what you think of the collection. Which outfit below would you be more likely to wear, outfit 1 or 2?

Outfit 1
Black Boyfriend Blazer Topshop

Women's Beaded Tank Old Navy

Winter Kate Saxon high- Waisted Shorts The Outnet

Outfit 2

Women's Asymmetrical-Hem Tank Old Navy

Carrisse Wide Leg Trouser Coast

**Don't forget about my J.Crew bracelet giveaway here.
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