Wednesday, October 31, 2012

LOVES: Black Cats, Sweet Tarts, + Faux Fur

Today was a wonderful Halloween day! I didn't make any specific plans this year, as my Indy love and Halloween extraordinaire, Travis, moved to the East coast leaving us all very confused and lonely this holiday. I didn't splurge on (AT LEAST) three DIY costumes like usual...just one for Chichi. Instead, I ended up having multiple wardrobe changes for my very busy day of running errands, playing with Fang, painting, and card shopping. Surprise surprise, I had MANY Halloween appropriate options in my closet...

Sweater - One Grey Day, Cross Tee - F21, Booties - DV by Dolce Vita, Faux Fur Infinity Scarf - Target

Booties - DV by Dolce Vita

Sweater - h&m, Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell, Skull Blouse - Unknown

Sunday, October 28, 2012

DIY: Crystal Skull Wine Toppers

Last week I was taking a fun stroll through Target in their Halloween section and was so excited when I found these fun skull wine toppers for about five bucks each. I picked up two for my friends from Pittsburgh who were visiting me in KY, one for my best friend's birthday, and of for me. Even though they are perfect as is, I had an idea to make them perfect little McQueen-inspired gifts.

What you'll need: black nail polish, clear nail polish, assorted crystals, tweezers

Before I started, I filled in the eye sockets of the skull with some black nail polish. This is definitely optional, but I liked the way it added a little extra depth.

I'll note that the first time I tried gluing in the crystals, I used a strong clear super-glue. It worked fine until it dried. It did NOT dry very clear and residue ended up getting all over the skull. for the second trial, I used a clear nail polish. It holds just as strong and dries completely clear and shiny. I put a generous amount of clear nail polish in the eye sockets, waited for it to dry a LITTLE so that it was a little tacky, then placed the crystals in the eye sockets with tweezers.

I set the toppers into water bottles while they dried (overnight).

I really liked the green + emerald crystals and you can't go wrong with an original clear. I got an assortment bag with red, orange, blue, purple, green, and clear. Any of these would look great!

Now pop open your favorite bottle of vino and enjoy your toppers as a great decoration + convo starter! HAPPY HALLOWEEN WEEK!

Monday, October 22, 2012

LOVES: Grey City

Even though I started dressing and preparing for Fall way before Summer had ended, I am still way too excited about my new finds and purchases for the best season of the year. So far, my absolute favorite Fall statement are my new Grey City Bandit platforms. The whole collection is without a doubt my new favorite and on the top of my wishlist. Today I wore them with coated black skinnies, an oversized sweater, and House of Harlow cat-eye sunnies for a major badass moment (or five). I can't wait to expand my GC collection!

Pants - h&m, Sweater - F21, Handbag - Target, Beanie - h&m, Sunnies - House of Harlow, Shoes - Grey City

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Must-Haves: CAT POWER

Black cat prints + accessories are a super(stitious) trend right now...and just in time for Halloween! Of course, wearing your feline fashions beyond the creepy holiday is totally acceptable. While I'm partial to any black cat trend even more now (I adopted one recently named Fang), you can definitely show a softer side with kitten prints in playful colors on cardigans and scarves. MEOW.


Clockwise from left: Kitty Loafers - Urban Outfitters, Sweater - Wildfox, Scarf -, MEOW tee - UNIF, iPhone case -, Cat Nap ring - Feline Fatale/

Saturday, August 18, 2012

LOVES: Stars + Fringe

I can't tell you enough how much I love this Woodleigh fringe cape! Since I got it from Excess Baggage earlier this year I have probably worn it with just about everything from just jeans + a tee and even as a beach cover up! Oh, and it IS as fun to twirl around in as it looks. 

Cape - Woodleigh, Blouse - Nasty Gal, Cut-offs - Mink Pink, Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Weekly Recap

Is it me or has this Sunday felt like an eternity? I am shamelessly still lounging around in bed at 6PM waiting until my birthday guest arrives so we can make cupcakes + watch the Roseanne Roast. I was going through my Instagram and cleaning up the photos on my phone and thought I'd share with you my favorites from this week.

Sweet Hearts

This week I decided to whip up some of my Grandma's favorite strawberry cupcakes to bring to her as a thank you for buying me a handful of massages for my birthday. I tried something new (for me) with this recipe. I cored + filled them with an AMAZING strawberry fruit spread and topped with a cute little strawberry heart. She loved them!

Fashion Head

My parents have been remodeling most of our home for the last few months and my rooms are finally (just about) done! I've been having so much fun putting my things back in my room and organizing (totally normal) EVERYTHING. My bookshelves are filled once again with my favorite books and...stuff.

Pop Of Color

On my way home from Cincinnati last Sunday, I stopped by the mall hoping to find some goodies from H&M. After a very disappointing skim of the store, I ended up just going to Forever 21 and finding these adorable neon heart socks. They were so cheap I bought them in black, bright blue, and neon yellow. I LOVE pairing them with my Jeffrey Campbell studded flats....and basically everything.

Joseph Gordon Lemme Mary You

Uhhhh....HELLO! Continuing my crush on JGL after seeing The Dark Knight Rises this week AND after seeing this while walking down the magazine isle. There is nothing...NOTHING...better than a man in a suit.

I Love The 90's

My Mom has also been organizing her newly painted + furnished office and I have been going through her drawers of old photos. Found this gem of 6 year old me in what has to be the best outfit ever. I remember loving this cat sweatshirt so much + I wore those hiking boots with EVERYTHING. They were also my go-to shoes at amusement parks because homegirl was never tall enough for any of the rides!

So those were the highlights of my week. What were yours?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

MUST-HAVES: DIY (No Sew) Detachable Collar

Surely this isn't your first time seeing one of Fall's fun trend of detachable collars. Adding a collar to anything from a loose knit sweater to even a simple tee shirt can create a whole new look to add to your Fall wardrobe. Collars with hard elements, like studs + spikes, can give feminine pieces and edge, while adding a clean white collar or one with lace is a no brainer for a sophisticated + preppy look! The best part about this trend is that options are endless and I promise once you make just ONE of these amazing collars, you might not want to stop! You're going to be shocked at how simple + easy these fabulous accessories are to create!

Let's go.

 What You'll Need:

- Old/thrifted button up shirt (I've found that men's shirts work best as the collars are a little larger than women's shirts and have more of a relaxed fit. Also try and choose a shirt with a crisp structured collar.)
- Fabric shears 
- Flair!

STEP 1: (You may press your shirt's collar before starting if necessary.) Start by cutting along the seam below the front button. If you cut carefully and closely enough, finishing the edge will be unnecessary as you will not even be able to see it once the collar is pressed down.


STEP 2:'re all done.

These collars are simple + chic all on their own, but if you really want to personalize your new accessory.....LET THE FLAIR BEGIN! Add studs (like I did in the image below), buttons, glitter, fabric paint, gems, rhinestones, lace....ANYTHING! Get creative with it and show off your personal style!

Now aren't you glad you didn't go splurge on this amazing addition to your new Fall wardrobe? :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

LOVES: Hometown Finds

What a wonderful Friday afternoon spent downtown with my Mom! Once a month or so my hometown hosts a "Market On Main" where vendors can sell their produce, art, + treasures. My Mom and I headed downtown to have some lunch and check out what everyone was selling. Honestly I just wanted to get some information about having my own booth next time to sell my paintings, but I ended up finding some AMAZING little unexpected gems. 

Every time I'm downtown I like to check out our new boutique in town, Awaken Boutique. The owner, Brianna, is constantly changing up her stock of affordable and trendy pieces so each visit is just as exciting. I snagged up some great black skinnies and a neon belt that is the perfect pop of color to so many of my future ensembles. I also couldn't resist some adorable ice cream cone earrings from a friend's booth. Before I left I checked out a booth close to our parking lot where I immediately noticed the cutest vintage camera that I purchased for a girlfriend of mine who collects them. Before I paid I took a quick look at some vintage jewelry and found the most amazing abalone shell necklace that would have just been WRONG to pass up. Don't you just love an unexpected treasure JACKPOT?! I sure do!

Thrifted vintage camera, vintage abalone shell necklace, neon belt - Awaken Boutique, DIY ice cream cone earrings - Ollie + Jay

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

LOVES: Orange + Black

There's nothing I love more than a good sweater. Whether it's a big chunky knit in the winter or a light + loose cropped sweater during summer, there is a sweater for every occasion/season. These photos were shot in February at Venice Beach and it was FREEZING. However, I've worn this amazing orange cropped sweater throughout the year paired with everything from denim cutoffs to maxi skirts. Do you have a favorite sweater?

Sweater - H&M, Shorts - Mink Pink, Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell, Sunglasses - House Of Harlow

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Red, Blue, + One Grey Day

For all of you reading, I am pleased to inform you that I have decided to pick up where I left off from this blog and start posting again. Now that I have graduated and I am the rightful owner to a brand new Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design, I have SO much more time to focus on continuing Wants, Loves, Must-Haves. At the (very) beginning of the year I packed up and temporarily moved to Los Angeles to complete an internship at One Grey Day.

I have nothing but good things to say about my post-college adventure. It’s almost embarrassing to say that this was my first actual (kinda sorta) job. Other than a couple random jobs in high school, I never had a job through college. I honestly don’t know how I could have managed all of my projects, classes, + countless (delusional) hours in the sewing lab PLUS a job. My internship at One Grey Day was my first responsibility as a college grad. I loved that I brought some of my fashion knowledge to the table and also that I learned just as much. No amount of education can properly prepare you for the real world like experience can. It sure helps, but my internship really helped me grow as a fashion designer AND as a person. Oh, and it didn’t hurt that all of the clothes were AMAZING.

Sweater - One Grey Day,  Jeans - Urban Outfitters,  Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell

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