Saturday, April 19, 2014

DIY Half-Crown

This is a really cute look for spring, when you don't want to commit to a full crown of giant flowers. Honestly, as much as I love outlandish things, sometimes I feel a little silly out in public with a huge crown on. Ya know? This is a little more understated, and wearable. Plus, it's really simple. 

All you need is some floral wire, and some fake, or real flowers of your choosing.

Step 1: Using the floral wire ( in my case 2 pieces since my noggin is huge ) create a hoop that loosely fits your head

Step 2: Cut the flowers off of their stems, leaving about 2 inches to work with

Step 3: Grab another piece of floral wire and start wrapping! Wrap each stem to attach it to the hoop you created tightly and securely

Step 4: Since you used wire, it is fairly easy to go back and move or bend the flowers into the position that looks best! Put it on, and adjust it exactly how you want it

That's it! 

I hope everyone had a fantastic week! I have a really cool giveaway coming your way later this weekend, so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What I Wore: Monroe and Harlow

If I were a headband, I would totally be this. Vintage tie, strawberry print, I mean come on, it's perfect. I am continually smitten with Monroe and Harlow,  her pieces are such high quality, I can't even tell you how soft this thing is. Also, I am going to go ahead and claim this as my summer uniform...crop top, high waisted denim, comfy sneakers, headband. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Orange you glad my favorite wall made another appearance? 


Outfit Details:

Top: Target
Headband: c/o Monroe and Harlow
Sneaks: Converse
Sunglasses: Modcloth


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DIY Floral Letter

This is a really simple, and quick DIY that you can make in under 30 minutes. I only did one letter, but it would be totally cool to do a whole word. There are a lot of options when it comes to paper mache cardboard shapes at the craft store. I chose a 12" block letter. Let's begin:

Using an x-acto knife, cut off the top side of your letter ( or shape ). Be sure not to cut too far down, it's okay if a little lip is left over. 

Using floral foam cut into small pieces, begin filling your shape. I really wedged mine in there so I didn't need to use glue. Maybe have some glue on hand just in case some pieces are giving you trouble. 

Once you have selected the flowers you want to use, cut them individually to have about a one inch stem. Begin with larger flowers, pushing them into the floral foam wherever you think looks best. Try not to let any hang too far off the edge as it will alter the shape of your letter. Once the large blooms are in, fill in with smaller ones. 

That's it! easy right? You could definitely use real flowers if you only needed it for a night. I chose fake flowers so I could admire it on my mantle for awhile. 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

What I Wore: Judy is a punk

Hi there! so sorry I have been slacking on posts, I just took a second job, and have been running around here and there doing grown-up things. ugh. Anyway I wanted to share this what I wore with you, it's in front of one of my favorite walls in Orlando. Isn't it cool? It is actually the side of a thrift store, in a seedier part of town and some of the comments that were yelled at me while shooting these are inappropriate for public ears, but were definitely funny/terrifying. 

On a side note, I was walking downtown a few days ago, and some dude yells at me, "What's up, Red?!" Like I know him. Number one, my name is not red. Number two, leave me alone. I guess there are worse things to be called...What's the funniest or creepiest thing anyone has ever said to you in passing? I find this kind of stuff so interesting since I am so introverted. I would never have the guts to yell something out at a complete stranger. Maybe that means I have manners? Oh well. 

Shirt: Etsy old with the sleeves cut off
Skirt and Wedges: Forever 21
Flower Pom:
Glasses: Bonlook

Speaking of glasses...I can't wait to show you the Fetch Eyewear frames I chose! Don't forget Kate&Stripes readers can still get a 15% discount at checkout with code KATEANDSTRIPES through April 5th. Hurry!

Friday, March 28, 2014

What I Wore: ReStyled Baubles

Remember that awesome guest DIY post where Chrissy Gemmill taught us how to restyle vintage baubles? Well, here are the pieces! I knew they needed to be paired with this vintage dress as soon as I saw them. Has anyone repurposed anything of their own since that DIY? I would love to see it!

The amazing teal brooch she turned into a longer length necklace. I love it. 

This adorable pin that was so easy to turn into a necklace. 

Last, but not least, the daisy bracelet! If you missed the guest DIY you can find it here

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Featured on: Selective Potential

Photo by Shannon Lee Miller

I am so thrilled to have been selected by Tieka of Selective Potential as the Featured Spring Blogger! There are some photos and a Q&A, you can see the full post here
She is a lovely lady with an incredible blog. I am very inspired by her sweet attitude and killer style. Hello and a big hug to anyone who found me through her! 

Since becoming a part of this weird, crazy, alternate universe of blogland, I have realized that one of the best things about being a blogger is how warm and supportive everyone is. I am so thankful to be a part of something that allows driven, creative people to support one another in so many different ways. 

That's all. If you don't know Tieka drop over and say hello! Her instagram is gorgeous too!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Heart Nail Tutorial

Hi! I get asked fairly often on instagram about doing nail tutorials, so here it is! This one is really easy, and dries very fast since the base is your natural nail. I kind of think of it as the top and bottom of a heart. I used my favorite Essie Geranium for this tutorial, and Seche Vite as a top coat. 

Step 1: Using a polish color of your choice ( or as many colors as you like ) begin making the top of the heart by painting a half circle

Step 2: Paint a second half circle to meet the first in the middle. This may take a little practice to get them even. 

Step 3: Place two small pieces of washi or scotch tape to make a V pointing down. Be sure to press really firmly so polish can't seep underneath.

Step 4: Apply one-two coats of polish and quickly remove tape.

Step 5: Complete the rest of your nails with either a heart top or a bottom, I did mine randomly.

Step 6: Apply a good topcoat to seal it all in!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Darling Juliet Photography

I had the privilege of shooting with Darling Juliet Photography a few weeks ago. We shot mostly at my house, which I love, it feels so comfortable and real.  Julia is a such a sweet and talented lady ( she even brought cupcakes! ) It's so nice to do photo shoots that feel like fun instead of work. Here are a few of the shots from the backyard with my girls. We did a few different looks, so be on the lookout for more to come!

The chicken pictured is Gertrude, I'm convinced she is the sweetest chicken on earth. While my other two girls are more concerned with scratching around for bugs and sunbathing, Gertie will always run right to me as soon as she hears my voice. If I am sitting, she will jump into my lap. I have had her since she was a baby. We share some sort of bond that can only be felt between two ginger creatures. 

I am currently overall crazy. Every time I see a pair, I want to buy them, even though I have these adorable overalls already. I cannot explain this. I guess I'm really just a farm girl at heart.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Guest DIY: Vintage Bauble ReStyle

3 Ways To ReStyle Vintage Baubles DIY with Chrissy Gemmill

With just a few simple steps and supplies I will show you 3 ways to restyle your favorite old vintage baubles into something new you’ll love to wear! 

You will need:

  • A collection of your favorite vintage broach, mismatched, or broken jewels. 
  • Any findings such as chain, jump rings, earring wires and clasps.  No worries if you don’t have any findings, you can always recycle some old jewelry you no longer wear by taking them apart and reusing their findings. 

  • Optional: Basic flat nose, round nose and wire cutting jewelry making pliers are helpful. 

Now lets get started!

Step 1: Collect and lay out your baubles and findings.  

Step 2: Examine your options and make your selection.  Look for obvious ways to easily restyle such as: a space to connect a jump ring,  a long wire that could be snipped and bent into a loop for a chain or a spot you can simply weave a chain through.   

I chose these, two of them won’t even require tools! 

Step 3:  Start playing around and restyling.  

Check out how easy it is to transform these beauties! 

  • The white daisy required wire cutters and round nose pliers.  I simply snipped off the screw back and wrapped the wire into a loop then attached it to the chain.  
  • The orange daisy had a secure pin back that allowed me to use it as a loop to weave through a chain.  
  • The green flower cluster earring worked nicely as a link for a chunky vintage chain.  I secured one side of the chain with the clip finding then the opposite side of the chain looped securely over the clip making it function as a clasp!  I was thrilled with this one, so easy!  
Ta Da!

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Snapshots

I spent most of today out in my yard, doing some spring planting. The weather was gorgeous, so I spent as much time outside as possible. My chickens were very angry with me for locking them up in the coop while I was planting. But, it is impossible to get anything productive done when they are around.They will seriously stay right next to me, and wait for me to turn my head to grab a shovel or something, and then take a bloom right off a flower, then run. Have you ever seen a chicken butt running away from you? It is hilarious and adorable and infuriating all at the same time. So today they had to go to chicken jail, and I'm not sorry.

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and didn't drink TOO much green beer!