DIY: Fringe Clutch

DIY: Fringe Clutch

Lately I’ve been feeling anything and everything bohemian!

Maybe its my recent move to the desert or just the summer vibe but all things silky, flowy, lace, suede, fringe, patterned etc etc (lol) has been on my radar.

To me the key to nailing the bohemian look and feel is in the accessories. As with any look the details matter and they can and will make or break the outfit.

Flipping through the latest fashion mags I noticed fringe bags are everywhere so with some inspiration from Valentino I decided to try my hand at a DIY. 🙂

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left to right: Stella Mccartney, Valentino, ASOS, H&M, Valentino, Gucci

Materials:

leather of your color preference a straight edge ruler straight blade or scissors a tool to punch holes screw and post closure (can be purchased from Michaels) optionally a handle of some sort (maybe from an old handbag/bracelet/belt buckle)

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Begin by cutting your leather into two rectangles, the dimensions are up to you. I left my edges raw because this piece of leather is exceptionally thick but if you’re working with something thinner you can fold your edges and run a stitch.

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Mark the back of your leather on three sides for holes half an inch apart.

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Using  your leather punch begin punching your holes.

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Take the remainder of your leather and begin cutting the strips the length you want your fringe.

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Weave your fringe through each hole, tying each piece twice to secure.

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You can finish your clutch here and add the post and screw or you can add the handle.You can use a number of items for your handle. I choose a belt buckle because there is already a convenient flat side that will make attaching it to the clutch easier. You can also use a bangle, a handle from an old handbag etc.

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To add the handle, cut the corner of your bag at an angle. Add additional holes.

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Knot one end of your leather strip and weave it through the hole making sure to wrap and weave it around the handle secure the other end with a knot or a touch of glue.

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To add the post and screw. Make a small hole for the screw and a larger hole for the post to secure through.

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And your done!

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DIY: Sheer Crop Top!

DIY: Sheer Crop Top!

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It’s everything you want in a DIY! Quick, easy and CHEAP! A few easy snips, and you have a versatile top for spring and summer! 

What you’ll need:

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Cut open the toes!

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Cut out a small “U” or “V” from the crouch of the tights. It will stretch when you put it on so keep this in mind and alter based on how big you want your neckline.

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You know that old trick you used to stop a run in your tights? Well its the same thing you will do next to prevent any huge runs in the fabric. A few are ok it adds character and a nice deconstructed quality.

I ran clear polish around the sleeve hem and neckline.

As an after thought I realized I could have used black polish (or any color that would match your tights of choice.) Also FABRC GLUE! Duh, it dries clear and will do the same job. 🙂

As a disclaimer the clear polish kind of flaked on the tights when it was stretched, so my future ones I will use fabric glue or the colored polish.  You live and ya learn though right??

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See how the neckline  stretched out? 🙂 Also my black tights are a “one size fits all” and my blue ones are a “queen” size. I prefer the queen size, the top ended up being longer, the sleeves were longer and there was more room to breath! 🙂 So the lesson is, the bigger the better.


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So whip out some old tights or buy some new ones and give it a go. Leopard would be fun or tights with fun patterns! You can rock this top over, under or layered for endless style combinations 🙂

DIY: Cut-out blazer

DIY: Cut-out blazer

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The options really are endless and this is such a great idea for transitioning your wardrobe into spring! You’re ready to show some skin but still need a barrier between that cool breeze. Give the cut-out blazer a try its quick, easy and you don’t need any sewing experience. Once you get the hang of it I imagine the possibilities are limitless!

What you’ll need:

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I got my jacket from the thrift store, I had been on the search for the right one for a while now. It needed to meet a couple criteria, it had to have a close fit, be structured and be made of a good quality fabric. This Kenneth Cole one was just right and it was only a couple bucks! Woot! 🙂

Plus I loved the slight military influence and the three pockets.

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First decide the shape of your cut out. You can do an upside down “u” or “v” or even a square, just to name a few ideas. I cut my shape out by eyeballing it but you can use chalk to mark yours. It will wash out when your done and you can tweak your shape as you go. Cut your shape a quarter inch smaller then what you want the finished size to be so you have enough fabric to fold under.

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Fold under and pin!

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Cut your stitch witchery in half the long way and then cut shorter strips.

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Remove one pin at a time, place your stitch witchery and iron. Using steam helps melt the stitch witchery and bond the fabric together.

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Since my jacket is lined I placed some stitch witchery first between the initial fold then again between the lining and the fabric of the jacket. Sewing a stitch for extra security after you’ve placed your stitch witchery is also an option, or if you feel more comfortable with a sewing machine from the jump that works too! 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed this DIY! Any questions or comments? Holla at me in the comments below!

DIY: Adidas Cuffed Track Pant!

DIY: Adidas Cuffed Track Pant!

So how HOT are these?!

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Sweats and heels have been the trend for a little while now, popping up on bloggers and fashion retails sites alike. I especially love these Adidas track pants, they are graphic, sleek and classic. Before I even knew where or how to find them I was cooking up a DIY in my mind.

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They retail for about seventy seven on Asos but if your local thrift stores are anything like mine you can find an abundance of Adidas track pants for just a few bucks. Mostly all in good condition as well, I snagged a couple pair but specifically a black pair to do this DIY with. I got mine in the boys department so they would fit snug and not be too long.  Below is a pic with one leg done.

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Other than your track pants you will need:

a pair of knitted cuffs, which you can find at your local fabric store (or online )

a seam ripper or scissors

a sewing machine

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VOILA!

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You’re done and now you can rock ’em with heels, sneakers or anything in between. 🙂

“My Adidas” // Ah-dee-dass

“My Adidas” // Ah-dee-dass

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“Unity Thru Music”

I can’t lie I think sweats and heels is uber sexy, what girl doesn’t want to be comfortable and hot at the same time!??  Being a sucker for graphic patterns and black and white, Adidas is an automatic no brainer in my book.

Yet we often get suckered into trends and sometimes without even realizing the history behind the clothes. We all know Run DMC right? They were the first non-athletes to be signed to an athletic endorsement deal and the company who signed them? Adidas.

Since then numerous hip-hop artist have gone on to rock and represent the brand; Missy Elliot, Snoop Dogg and Ciara just to name a few. Fashion and music have been synonymous for a long time now. Acclaimed designer Jeremy Scott has even designed a capsule collection for the brand, with the likes of Nicki Minaj modeling some pieces. Now I don’t take my fashion cues from the likes of over the top music icons but there is something to be said for the crossover appeal of Adidas and longevity of the brand in the fashion world.

So with alllll of that being said 🙂 I loved that I came across this wall while rocking’ my Adidas track suit && roaming downtown Dallas. I love music and I love fashion so the marriage of the two only seems natural.

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A silly one, just cause 😉

Not enough hours in the day

Not enough hours in the day

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Sunny days in Palm Springs, CA. It’s crazy how cold it gets at night in the desert. I’ve lived in the desert before and I was not prepared for the crazy cold fronts the west coast was experiencing. I was grateful I packed a sweatshirt or two. I loved every bit of sun, palm trees and beautiful mountain ranges though. We also meet this super stylish and friendly girl, Megan, at the Trina Turk store on Palm Canyon Drive.

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loooovvved her outfit, it’s so british 🙂 She got us hip to a few good stores on the strip, which I was grateful for because Palm Canyon Drive felt nearly endless. With the numerous shops it would easily take a couple of days to sort through it all, and I mean none stop in and out all day, type of perusing.

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The first was Deja Vu, a cute little vintage shop.

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The second was this charming store, Flow Modern Design. The owner was so amazingly friendly and it was really inspirational to take in the decor.

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