Jun 1, 2014 | DIY
Happy June! Father’s Day is coming up soon, and I’m in a DIY mood. What better way to show that special Dad in your life some love than something handmade you’ve put your time and energy into? Here are a couple ideas to get you going: (more…)
Mar 8, 2014 | DIY, Life
And yup, you can do all these great St. Patrick’s Day crafts easily and at home! Here’s the full list: (more…)
Mar 6, 2014 | DIY
Spring is headed our way, and what better way to embrace it than to whip up some quick DIY hair adornments? Here are some ideas for fun and fabulous pieces to add the crowing touch to your warm weather outfits.
For the above look at Dolce & Gabbana, wrap a thin wire headband with a string of gold beads, securing here and there with dabs of hot glue. Pull apart sprays of white and light pink silk blossoms from the craft store, and attach to a long piece of soft jewelry wire, wrapping the wire around the base of each flower. Once your hair is styled into a braided bun, poke one end of the wire into the underside of the bun, wrap around the top of the head and back down again, and finish by wrapping around the bun and tucking the end in. Complete the look by hot-gluing large gold coin buttons onto a hair clip, and clipping it just above the bun at the back.
Go totally boho like at Anna Sui by hot-gluing distressed silk blossoms onto a bundle of long velvet ribbons. Also glue on a bridal applique in the center flower at the forehead. Tie at the back so the ribbons trail down into the hair.
The super-luxe headbands at Tanya Taylor are easy to re-create with clusters of rhinestones and jewels, or vintage buttons or brooches, clipped along wide black satin-covered headbands.
Valentino‘s studded headbands could be made by covering a headband base with maroon leather and gluing gold buttons in rows along the top and sides.
The pretty flowers at Zac Posen could be made with silk or paper blooms run through with bobby pins and pinned straight into a messy updo at intervals.
To make the interesting top clips at Elie Saab: on a stretchy gold headband base, attach a slightly curved flat gold barrette using thread to loop it onto the base. Just go around the bottom part of the clip numerous times until it won’t budge from the stretchy headband. (Goody makes an excellent dupe of that gold clip.)
Tiny pretty flowers dotted the hair at Honor: and to make your own, I’d suggest using dimensional scrapbooking stickers (or tiny paper or silk flowers found in the same section). If the sticky side isn’t sticky enough to stick into your hair, snip a tiny piece of fine-toothed sticky-back velcro and attach to the backs of the blooms.
The wide minimalist ponytail holders at Jason Wu could be made with some gold leather and a hair elastic (just hand-sew each end of the leather piece to the hair elastic, and slide it over a secured ponytail).
You could make a similar ponytail holder just like the above to mimic the look at Helmut Lang. In this case I believe you should use a larger rectangle of black leather and attach sticky-back velcro to both sides of it; secure the ponytail with an elastic, and wrap the leather around it, closing with the velcro.
For Jenny Packham‘s ethereal clips, just glue or wire a vintage insect brooch, finding, or charm onto the end of a matching bobby pin in silver or gold.
Images via Fashionising. Read their full rundown of Spring Hair Accessories here (which also includes how to style the hair in the above hairstyles).
Feb 3, 2014 | DIY
Inspiration: Prada on the runway vs. Topshop’s low-priced alternative.
With Prada’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection we saw a fun throwback to 60’s-style oversized flowers: a reincarnation of Mary Quant’s iconic daisy design. That graphic floral element has remained strong throughout the Fall and Winter, popping up on fashion’s trendsetters and street style mavens everywhere. DIY-able? I think so. Stay tuned for a how-to coming up soon! xo
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Feb 1, 2014 | DIY
We have just about 2 weeks until the big V-Day and it’s getting time to figure out how to celebrate it. Will you celebrate with a kind gesture towards your loved one, whip up a favorite dish, splurge at a pricey store, or go anti-V-Day? If you are actually celebrating it with your sweetie, why not make something personalized that is uniquely representative of you two as a couple? Here are some great DIY ideas to get you started: (more…)