DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog

I am on so many catalog mailing lists just for the inspiration!  I love window-shopping more than anything: collecting ideas, re-mixing, thinking, “Hey, I could DIY that!”  Rather than actually shopping the products, I’m scouting for DIY inspo, and here are some ideas I’ve formulated from J. Crew’s latest catalog: (which, by the way, I always adore the styling of)

J. Crew Style Guide August 2012 (more…)

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Super Online Shopping Deals in Late October!

It’s now technically mid-season and clothing sales are in abundance!  Though many of us are beginning to think about Halloween costumes as well, now is a great time to scoop up some fashionable finds for a deal – what with Summer and early Fall merch being heavily marked-down and pried to move.  Here are a couple of my faves:

~ J. Crew ~ 

Get 25% off and Free Shipping on orders over $150 with code LOVEFALL. Valid until Sunday 10.23.11.

Shop J. Crew Online

 

~ Romwe ~

Get $10 off orders of $50+ with code StreetFashion3, and $20 off orders of $100+  with code StreetFashion4 …and receive FREE SHIPPING!  Valid until 11.30.11.

Check out Romwe.com

 

~ ASOS ~

Save 50% off Select Dresses for a limited time from 1:00PM EST on 10.23.11 through 3:00AM EST 10.24.11. (14 hours only!)

Get 50% off Select Dresses for ASOS Savvy Sunday

Also: ASOS.com is currently having a HUGE 70% Off Mid–Season Sale…and you can get an Extra 10% off Sale Items!  Use code BONUS10.  Valid from now until 8:00 p.m. EST on 10.23.11!

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~ Alloy ~

Get 30% off all outerwear, Free Shipping on orders over $25 with code 25AFFNA, 15% off any order with code 15AFFNA, or $20 off any order over $75 with code 75AFFNA.  Whew!

Shop Alloy.com

See anything that catches your eye?  I’m drooling over the Alloy beaded bracelets (so I won’t have to DIY my own!) and that tweed ASOS cape!!

xoxox
Carly

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DIY J. Crew Flowered Neckpiece

I don’t think I ever posted the step-by-step tutorial for this.  Woops!

Inspired by this neckpiece (actually a belt)…from the J. Crew Fall 2009 catalog.

A very simple, but effectively pretty, DIY.  Seen in this outfit last…last year here.

You Need:
*8″ Pearl-edged Lace Ribbon
*36″ Cream Satin Ribbon
*15″ x 3″ wide cream-colored Scrap Fabric
*8 Assorted Shades of Silk Flowers
*1 Large Pom Pom
*1 Small fabric Rose
*18″ x 6″ wide Peach Satin Fabric

And…
*Sewing Machine
*Needle & Thread
*Hot Glue Gun
*Fray Stop

1. Create the backing for your piece. I used an 18″ x 6″ piece of peach satin voile – and turned the edges under, hemming so as to conceal the raw edges.

2. Cut your satin ribbon in half; stitch the end of each to each side of your fabric backing. Apply Fray-Stop or burn ribbon ends to keep from fraying.

3. Add design elements with a hot glue gun onto your fabric backing. I added the flowers first, then squashed the pompon and small fabric rose (premade) in-between.

4. Create large fabric rose by rolling a piece of cream-colored scrap fabric, securing with hand-stitching. Glue onto backing.

5. Tie pearl-edged ribbon in a bow, and glue onto collar.

You’re done! You can wear it as a collar/necklace, as shown – or even wear it as a belt – which I love!

Happy DIY’ing!
xoxo
Carly

 

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DIY: J. Crew Rhinestone Necklaces

So I fell in love with the image above from the J. Crew August 2009 catalog. I already wrote that, I know.

And I wanted those necklaces. But $98 apiece (the model’s wearing two necklace, BTW) for glass rhinestones??? Swarovski I can understand. But that’s more expensive than quartz gemstone would be, honestly. Buy these from FireMountainGems.com for $4.27 and string ’em yasself and have a gemstone necklace.

But I digress. I wanted rhinestone, I wanted similar styles – and so I headed to my old standby for cheap jewelry finds that I can rip apart: Forever21. (I know, some poor Chinese laborer likely working long hours crafted these pieces, by hand, in a factory somewhere in mainland Chaina [according to the label]. I’m very sorry, unknown Chinese craftsperson, to be destroying your handiwork. I wish there was a place here in the U.S. that wholesaled components like these, I truly do. But until there is, I will have to rip apart the work you slaved over. 🙁 ) Anyway, apologies to the Chinese factoryperson aside, I bought these styles:

You can buy the necklaces here but the bracelet is no longer available online. You basically need a stretch bracelet with large rhinestones on it to do the trick.

The two necklaces were simple; here’s the how-to:

DOUBLE RHINESTONE NECKLACE WITH RIBBON

1. Open up the jumprings on either end (before the clasp and large ring on the end), pull off the clasp and ring, and reattach both jumprings onto larger 12 mm silvertone jumprings . (Both necklace ends share the same ring.)

2. Then tie some black grosgrain ribbon (should have been 3/8″, but I could only find 1/4″ at the store urrr) around the large rings.

3. Tuck the ends of your ties into the knots themselves to conceal them. Secure with some fabric glue, and voila! Your own version of the J. Crew Tiered Crystal Libretto Necklace, for about $11.60 for the two necklaces + $1.99 for the ribbon. (on the left, below)

LARGE RHINESTONE CHAIN NECKLACE

1. Cut the large rhinestones off the bracelet by cutting through the stretchy elestic and pulling them off. (Oversized jewels used in stretch bracelets usually have two holes on each side of the jewel to allow two rows of stretch elastic through.)

2. Thread a goldtone eye pin through the rhinestone holes side-to-side [through the top set of holes on each rhinestone only].

3. Cut off the eyepin to the correct length, bend and curl the length to create a loop (for each rhinestone eyepin).

4. Add goldtone jumprings to each loop, and link the rhinestones together.

5. Add some goldtone chain and a necklace clasp set to the ends (I had decided to make my necklace more like J. Crew’s Majesty Stone Necklace ($115) than the Crystal Symphony Necklace simply because the F21 bracelet rhinestones were pretty big – but of course you can attach the black grosgrain ribbon instead of a gold chain to be more like the J. Crew version.)

Anyway, the bracelet from F21 was I think $3.80, and I already had all the findings, so I felt pretty satisfied with the job. I love wearing both necklaces layered, like in the catalog, but they are each pretty on their own.

Happy DIY’ing! Hope all of you are having a fabulous Labor Day!
xoxox
Carly

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J. Crew Reinvented: I Want to Marry this Stylist!


piling on the necklaces…

Seriously, up until Summer ’09 when I thought of J. Crew…well, what sprung to mind wasn’t “trendy” or “fashionable”…I’m sorry to say it was more like “staples” and “fusty.” (I love that word…learned it from that old Judy Blume classic Just As Long As We’re Together.) Silly old me.

what a fabulous idea: pairing old rolled-up sweats with pretty cardigan and rhinestones!

But when I received their August ’09 catalog, I literally gasped.

I wanted pretty much everything on each page.

perfect lighting and khakis punched up with multi-necklaces and bright blue…

Everything. And I am not a J. Crew person (though I did attend a college where everyone was swathed from head to toe in J.Crew for some inexplicable reason…these were the days when J. Crew was the Prince of Preppiness) but suffice it to say, I drooled over this catalog.

The photography, the redesigned “staples,” the eye candy jewelry…but more so the styling! Oh, the styling!


collegiate Russian princess layering on her jewels? Check! (All images above from JCrew.com)

The multi-layered necklaces, ankle socks with mismatched pastels, shoe clips, flowery embellishments…


boxers layered under shorts and then cuffed onto the outside? I gotta get me some of those!


wearing a tie over a ruffled blouse? Brilliant!
and this flower necklace thing??? GORGE!

All other images found via Alice in Wonderland

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