Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Warm Weather Staples Under $110

I think we all have had enough of this ridiculously hard cold snowy winter! The good news is Spring is coming, it is, I promise, I think I may have even heard a bird chirping this morning.
 For me my Spring and Summer wardrobe consists of a few staples that I live in all season long. He are my go to pieces that I live in until the leaves fall from the trees and the first frost comes...
 And everything is under $110

 A great striped t-shirt, I love the button detail on the sleeve
Gap Boatneck T $26.95

I bring a denim jacket with me everywhere once the weather warms up, day or night

 A classic leather thong sandal is a must like these from Sam Edelman $65

 I say break the rules and wear white jeans all year long!
White jeans are a summer staple, we all have the white skinny jean but I love these Gap Slouchy Boyfriend Jeans  $69.95 wear them with flip flops, sneakers, heels such a versatile jean
 We all love our Havaianas $32 for running around everyday, I love a metallic they go with everything!

 A great simple summery dress for day or night this dress from Free People $108 would be cute with a belt $28 as well



 A pair of Neutral wedges for jeans, shorts or dresses these from Franco Sarto $89 are a great buy

 Of course a great pair of Cut-offs are on my list, I live in cut-offs!! Yes i know I have posted these before, but i just love them and they are $58 on Piperlime!!!!

 Racer Back Tank $17.95 from H&M to wear with anything and everything

 Bobbi Brown Beach Fragrance $70 from Sephora, summer in a bottle!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Overall Overhaul

Get ready, Overalls are back and in a huge way! Come on you know you are secretly happy that it's OK to wear Overalls again!
 I love a good pair of Overalls, I still have a pair  that I bought in the 90's, back in the day when Overalls were cool.  I notoriously broke these Overalls out a few years ago to wear to a friends for dinner one summer night, only to discover that it was not a casual low key dinner but a small dinner party!
Dinner party or just running around town there is a great pair of Overalls to suit all your needs.

Zara $79.90 
I love the straight leg on this Zara overall

Citizens of Humanity $330

Frame Denim $300

Rag and Bone leather Overalls $595

Mango $89.99
Forever 21 $32.80
These overalls from Forever 21 are so cute and a fantastic price!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is one of those holiday's that the girls love and I think the guys cringe over. there is so much pressure on the guys to meet their Girl's expectations. The poor Guys get bombarded by Valentine's Day lingerie everywhere, look lingerie is a great gift but I think it is hard for most Guy's to buy lingerie for their Girl, so here are a few great Valentine's Day options that are an easy purchase for your Guy still keeping with the Valentine's Day spirit and that you will use way past Valentine's Day.

Ray Ban Pink Aviators $195

The Adidas Stan Smith $75 is BACK! These red Stan Smiths are a perfect summer sneaker and in red are perfect for Valentine's Day

I love the significance of this Kacey K diamond infinity necklace $575, perfect for your Valentine!

Baked by Melissa Pretty in Pink 25 pack $20 I think better than chocolate!

Calypso Ombre Scarf  $275

Valentino Rockstud Bracelet $195
Proenza Schouler PS1 $1325

Pastel leather is such a huge trend right now this Light pink Suede Moto Jacket $270 is the perfect gift

Cook Your Date into Bed Cookbook $15.95

Fig & Yarrow Pink Love Salts $32

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Denim Junkie DIY

For those of you that know me, you know that I am always, cutting or bleaching, or ripping, or slashing holes into a pair of old jeans. Or cutting the sleeves or neck off a t-shirt or old sweatshirt.
Once the weather warms up, you will always find me in either a pair of cut-off Levi's or my favorite old tattered Levi's skirt that I made years ago. I have a few of these favorite skirts and as the years go on I keep patching and sewing the holes and tears in them, which to me makes them better and better, but there does come a point where I do have to scream Uncle, and toss my beloved well worn skirt, and think about replacing it, and make a new one.
Now you don't need to make this skirt from a pair of Levi's you can use any  pair of jeans you have in your closet, for me the more worn the better.
 I like to use Levi's, I usually cruise Ebay looking for a great "well loved" pair,  TJ Maxx and Marshalls is a another great source as well, remember you are cutting them so no need to pay retail. Depending on your size, the kids department is a great source for Levi's, no not like a 4T, but in the Boy's department, 14, 16, check out the men's department too, especially the clearance racks. You do not want to use a skinny jean for this, a boyfriend style or something with a fuller leg works best.
I am currently turning a pair of old jeans into a skirt for a friend, here is a little tutorial...
Before I go any further, I am not a seamstress, I do these things on a whim and they by far do not come out perfect or straight, but straight-ish, and slightly askew....

My Favorite skirt...

1. Start by cutting your jeans, always cut way longer than you want the skirt to be, you will re-cut to desired length later, save a piece of the scrap denim

2. Using a "seam ripper" ( i have to admit I have used a cuticle scissor for this step but i don't recommend it) start opening the seam, open the seam all the way up the leg until just under the zipper, and up the back seam as well

 3. Ok, so now you are going to overlap the seam, and pin it into place see below.

**With these jeans the legs were on the straight side, you see how the front is shorter than the back...
Make sure you save a scrap of the jean when you cut the legs to use here, and create a panel, which you will pin into place. If the leg of the jean was fuller you would have more coverage

**You can either keep the seam exposed (see pic on right) as I did or fold it back (pic on left) and sew it down

4) Time to sew, I do have a sewing machine, which I am horrible at, but this is simple enough to hand sew, or if you want to take the easy way our bring it to your seamstress and have her do it!

5) Ok, time to cut to desired length, I usually cut to where the seams meet

 6) Volia! You did it! Now is the time to distress, and wash, the washing will create a natural fray at the hem

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