July 31, 2012

a bridal shower!

This past weekend I co-hosted a bridal shower for my best friend from high school. Ashley and I have been friends pretty much since grade school, and I couldn't be happier for her and her fiancé Kyle! I can't wait for their September wedding! Their wedding colors are black/white, 'clover', and 'grape'! For the shower decor I made tissue paper pom poms (again! I also made them for my cousin's bridal shower as well), some pretty flowers out of paper coffee filters, and used the ever-popular polka dot print as an accent! I also used green votive candles which I placed on DIY candlesticks, which were simply two plastic condiment cups that I glued together and spray painted silver with a ribbon tied around the middle - Hey, I'm on a budget! :) On the tables, I also layered some pretty green tulle on top of the polka dot fabric strips and added some beaded strings left over from my own wedding decorations! Use what you have right?! :)

p.s. My dress is DIY too! First try at wearing/making the peplum trend! I like it! :)

July 19, 2012

striped summer shorts

outfit details:
top/thrifted & altered, shorts/Forever 21, mint handbag/Target, wedges and hat/JCP

Happy Thrifted Thursday!

July 12, 2012

cool toned color blocking! {EB:EW}

I am definitely into the color blocking trend! Here's how I wore this colorful trend for the July edition of Everybody Everywear! Keeping my ensemble primarily cool-toned, I paired my royal blue denim skinny jeans with a handmade color blocked tank made from two thrifted shirts...and added in my floral DIY clutch (from thrifted fabric)..all this color makes me happy! :) Click on the picture below to check out all the other lovely color-blocking submissions! Happy Thrifted Thursday!
Color Blocking: Everbody, Everywear

outfit details: blouse/handmade from thrifted shirts, skinny jeans/bisou bisou for JCP, floral DIY clutch/handmade by me, tutorial here, nude pumps, necklace, and earrings/JCP, watch/Anne Klein

July 5, 2012

red, white, & blue

Hello! Did you all have a fantastic fourth of July? This year was the first year ever that I've celebrated fourth of July with the absence of fireworks...which is kind of strange, really. Unfortunately, almost the whole state of AR is under a burn ban..which means we might have got strapped with a hefty fine had we decided to light up the night sky with fireworks! Instead, we celebrated with my husband's grandparents by just relaxing, talking, and eating some juicy watermelon! Oh..and mainly staying indoors as temperatures were well up over 100 degrees! Come on RAIN! While hunting through my closet the only red garment I could find was a red jacket! um no thanks to that in this heat! I settled for this festive top (hey it has red in it!) that I thrifted long ago (altered by me--it previously had long, frumpy sleeves and a really high collar) paired with my blue denim skinnies! Happy Thrifted Thursday! :)

outfit details:
blouse/thrifted and altered, blue skinny jeans/bisou bisou for JCP, wedges/JCP, nail color/OPI 'Cajun Shrimp'

July 2, 2012

statement necklace DIY

I've been on the lookout for a pretty blue necklace, but just hadn't really found exactly what I was looking for. Ever been there? Everything was either too heavy, too dainty, too royal blue, or too turquoise..you get the picture.. So, I just decided to make my own necklace! I found these simple and pretty glass beads in azure blue and thought up a fun design! Want to make a statement necklace too?! Here's how!

What you'll need:
beads, thin jewelry wire, jump rings, lobster clasp, crimp beads, pliers, scissors
1) cut three strands of jewelry wire. My strands were 32 inches, 39 inches, and 56 inches. String beads onto the shortest strand leaving a couple inches of bare wire on each end. 2) On second longest strand string 19 beads (if you are using smallish beads like I did). If you use larger beads you may have to adjust how many beads you use. Keep it an odd number though. 3) String the ends of the wire of your second longest strand through the 4th beads from the middle of the first strand. 4) Add more beads on the ends of the wire, and string wire through a bead on the first strand at different increments. I increased the widths as I went up the necklace, it's up to you though. Just be sure to do it the exact same amount on the other side so your necklace is symmetrical (if you want it symmetrical that is!) When you get towards the top of the necklace, string your empty wire through the first strand of beads. Now you should have two wire strands sticking out of each side of the necklace at the ends. 5) Now take your last wire strand(longest strand) and string it through the middle bead of the middle loop (that's why we wanted an odd number of beads on those loops). Add beads to each side of the wire, run the wire through the middle bead of the next loop, andcontinue up both sides of necklace. 6)When you reach the single strand of beads, run the wire from the third strand through those beads.  7)Now you should have three wire strands sticking out each necklace end. 8) On one necklace end, place a crimp bead down close next to the beads, string on a jump ring, loop the wires back through the crimp bead (making it as close to the beads as you can) then crimp in place and cut off excess wire. Add on jump rings to reach your desired length. For the other side, repeat but instead of single jump ring, string on your lobster clasp, loop back through crimp bead, pull tightly, crimp the bead then clip off excess wire! You're done! :) Enjoy your new, unique, DIY necklace!

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