Archive | July, 2013

Polka Dots and Natural Dying

12 Jul

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Cardigan: Gap Outlet (check in store/similar/similar)
T-shirt: Target
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Abella

I’m loving all the fantastic prints that they’re selling right now. It makes me so happy when trends align with my favorite styles, and that’s also my excuse for stocking up on all these great pieces.

Tip: Pick up in some fun printed cardigans from the sales racks! They can add a little extra pop to a simple outfit, and they’re great to stuff in your bag on summer days where it might be hot outside, but a little too cold inside because of air conditioning.

Hair Update:
The semi-permanent toner that my stylist put in had mostly faded leaving me with lighter, more golden highlights than I would have liked, so I dyed over it all with henna (which is entirely plant-based, good for your hair, and permanent). Now my highlights are a warm auburn and my hair is super soft! Also my bangs are growing out, so I’m experimenting with side bangs for a few days before I trim them back into straight bangs.

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This is what my hair looks like in direct sunlight. And after seeing my bangs in pictures I don’t think I really like them as side bangs so they will likely get trimmed very soon.


Dressing Up for July 4th

7 Jul

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Shorts : Old Navy + tutorial
Top: Unknown
Shoes: Macy’s (similar)
Sunglasses: Armani Exchange

I’m not exactly sure why I bought these shorts in the first place as they’re a bit long (I suspect it have had something to do with the $7 price tag), but they worked really well here. I ended up painting them (check out this post to see how) and then cuffing them a little to reduce the length. Since it was the 4th of July, I went a little crazy with my colors, but if it had been a normal day, I probably would have paired the shorts with a simple white tee.

I love dressing up for themed holidays, and I infected my entire family with the bug too.

What did you guys end up doing for the 4th of July? We ended up just doing a low-key BBQ in the backyard and wrapping up the night with some baby fireworks. Check out my instagram to see more pics from the night!

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American Flag Inspired Shorts Tutorial

4 Jul

DIY Patriotic Shorts Tutorial

I’m not sure when I saw flag inspired shorts for the first time, maybe last year around the 4th of July, but I do know that from that moment, the wheels in my head began spinning. I really wanted a pair, but I needed the right occasion to really galvanize me into crafting mode.

So I made myself a pair to complete my 4th of July outfit. They were really simple, and came together quickly. For those of you who have never stenciled before, here are a few tips to make the process easier.

I swear by freezer paper for all my stenciling projects. You will find it in any grocery or convenience store near the wax paper and foil. I’ve tried a lot of different things and found that out of everything, I get the cleanest lines with freezer paper. But for those perfect lines you have to take your time ironing, and make sure that the steam setting on your iron is off.

Make sure to slip a piece of freezer paper inside each leg so you don’t get paint staining the back (though the denim should be thick enough to avoid this anyway).

When I did these shorts I used plain acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium. That’s what I typically end up using as I have tons of acrylic paint from various art projects and it’s easier for me to just buy a tube of fabric medium (which basically converts normal paint into fabric paint), than buying fabric paint in all of the colors that I need. Choose what works better for you.

I think I’ll probably go back and do the pockets in the future, but until then I’m loving these shorts. Check back tomorrow for an outfit post featuring my new patriotic shorts!

It’s Hot!

2 Jul

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Top: Banana Republic
Shorts: American Eagle
Shoes: Unknown (similar)

I was in Vegas this weekend and boy was it hot. I thought that anything above 97C was too hot, but when we were in Vegas it got up into the 120’s. Yeah not the most pleasant of temperatures, especially when you hit the no AC zone right before you cross the California-Nevada border.

So when I got back home to weather in the high 90’s, I decided I was going to make the best of it. Light clothing that isn’t clingy and too fitted is your best bet when it’s this warm outside. And if you’re going to wear a chiffon top like I did here, try your best to find matching undergarments so you don’t have to layer a tank top or camisole underneath.