November 18, 2014

WEARING/ Stripes & Leather



Black Hat (Similar) | DTLA
Striped Button Up | Thrifted
Booties | Zara

It’s been over 2 months since the last post! We have been terribly busy. October was one of the craziest months in 2014. Recap to follow soon! Tiara and I have decided to go full force and stop being lazy. To kick off our non-lazy effort, I give to you an outfit post!

I’ve come to realization that I do not wear more than half of the clothes in my room. It’s one of those out of sight, out of mind things. I’m a busy gal, and sometimes I just don’t have the time nor the energy to look at my million pieces of clothing every day - though I wish I could. I noticed I would wear the same staple pieces over and over, because they were so accessible and in my face. For the month of October I put an end to that. I made a promise to show every single piece some loving. Now once an outfit is worn, it is thrown in a pile and never to be worn again unless absolutely needed or once I have gone through my entire collection of clothes. This way I won’t be tempted to use that same top and also forces me to wear the clothes that I haven’t touched in years.

This shirt is one of them, I probably have worn this shirt...never! I have an endless supply of button-ups and flannels so I sometimes run out of ideas on how to style them.
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September 11, 2014

WEARING/ Yung K


Kate Moss Tee | DimePiece
Pleated Skirt | Nasty Gal
Gold Strap Heels | DTLA

Busy week once again. And in those busy days I revert to a t-shirt-gym-shorts type of girl. But instead I decided to challenge myself to wear heels and a skirt. Plus Kate Moss doesn't deserve to be paired with gym shorts.

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September 7, 2014

DIY/ Distressed Denim Shorts



Forever I've worn fitted snug shorts, but now it's changing. Not sure if it comes with age, but I am currently in this phase of wanting loose, relaxed denim shorts. Been swooning over these Nasty Gal Cut Off Shorts, I just love the strips of denim at the bottom edge.


Because I'm such a Do-It-Yourself person (and didn't want to spend $62 on shorts) it seemed like such an easy project!


NEED/
Shorts to distress
Shorts as a length guide
Bleach
Spray Bottle
Garment Pencil or Chalk
Scissors
Tweezers

HOW/
1) Lay Shorts Guide on top of your DIY Shorts. Cut one leg at desired length. Make sure to leave some room for the slits and frays.
2) Fold shorts in half and cut other leg.
3) With garment pencil or chalk, mark where you will cut your slits and patches of white threads. You can do without marking, I just prefer to plan out my distressing before cutting :) After marking up your shorts, cut the slits.
4) Fill spray bottle with bleach and lightly spray about 10" away from shorts. Keep spraying until you achieve your perfect worn-in blue! Make sure you keep an eye on the shorts because the bleach works fast.
5) Throw shorts in the washer & dryer to remove any excess bleach and fray the threads.
6) Now for the fun slaving part - Showing the white threads! In order to show the white threads of your denim, you will need to remove the vertical blue threads. With your tweezers, carefully pull one end of the blue thread until it is out. Repeat until you are happy with the amount of white threads.
7) Once you're finished pulling your blue threads, you're all set!

What I wanted from this project was a pair of relaxed-everyday type of shorts. And I can tell you now, I literally do wear these every day haha. Check out the DIY video below!

Goodluck + Enjoy!

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September 2, 2014

WEARING/ Altered Floral Dress



I'm on a mission : To turn grandma clothes cute. I wouldn't call them ugly (even though some are) because they were considered cute at one point or another. I found this floral dress while thrifting with Tiara. She gave me the ugliest look when I told her I was buying this dress to make it cute again.

The dress is originally a size 14 and I'm a size XS, so there was a ton of excess fabric I needed to trim. I had to fix the shoulders because it was way past where it should be, brought the skirt so that it sits at my waist, fixed the outdated puff sleeve and took in from the sides. I'm proud to say that this is a dress I would totally wear now! This is the reason why I buy a ton of old people/grandma clothes from the thrift store hah.
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August 9, 2014

D I Y / Minimal Crystal Necklace



Happy Friday Everyone!

Techinically, it's Saturday but too bad. Kicking off the weekend with this super simple DIY Crystal Necklace! All my life, forever and ever, I've always been infatuated with crystals, gems, and stones. This necklace sums up my love of stones. I love how simple it is and that the crystal itself is a statement of it's own. I totally plan on buying a ton more crystal beads and making more necklaces for myself. I can't stop. I wish so much I had a house made of crystal.











MATERIALS/
(1) Crystal Bead
(1) Silver Eye Pin
Silver Chains
Jewelry Closure
Round Nose Pliers (not photographed)
Wire Cutters (not photographed)

HOW/
1) Pick a crystal bead that is no longer than 1" long. You want the crystal to be small since it is a dainty necklace. I picked up a large strand of purple/blue toned crystals from this bead shop in DTLA for $25. I honestly know nothing about jewelry, so this could've been a rip off or a deal. Either way - I wanted them.
2) Measure out the perfect length for your necklace. I chose 17" so that it falls on the upper portion of my chest.
3) Split the chain down the middle into 2 even chains. Attach the closure to one end of the first chain, and the closure loop to one end of the second chain.
4) Feed your pin through your crystal bead. Cut the excess end of the pin so there is about 1/2" left. Create a loop on that end. Match up your loops so that they look identical.
5) Attach the open ends of your chains to the loops on the crystal bead. Now you're all done!

The 'B' necklace is for my boyfriend's first initial, Brandon. I love letter necklaces and wanted to make one for him. I bought the 'B' bead at Johann's for $1.99. It's basically the same steps as the crystal necklace, but instead of splitting the chain in half, just use a smaller chain and feed it through the bead holes!

Happy DIYing!
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August 5, 2014

T R A N S / Side Tie Dress




Dress | Thrifted

I have 2 large piles of clothes that I've thrifted that are just not that cute. The reason why I bought them was because somewhere in my crazy mind, I figured I could turn this not-so-cute piece into a really-so-cute piece. I've probably only fixed 2% of this pile - what a shame. BUT starting August, I will ATTEMPT to fix a piece for every Tuesday on Transformation Tuesday.

First on my list was this green suede short sleeved dress. First of all, it was a dress size too big, and not really flattering as a long dress. To fix it, I created a center seam (there was no other place I could take in) and separated the one piece skirt into two pieces draping to create a tulip shape skirt.

Check back in next Tuesday for a new transformation!
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July 25, 2014

W E A R I N G / Color Blocked Shirt



Color Block Top | Thrifted
Leather Shorts | Forever21
Shoes | Downtown LA

Nothing better than oversized shirts. And nothing better than shirts from the 80s. But because I'm a fan of the 80s, this shirt is perfect. I thrifted this piece a while back, and have only worn it a couple times. This top is so bold that I can't really re-wear it like my basics.
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May 1, 2014

E A T I N G / Lemon Kale Salad



I always look forward to potlucks at work because my boss makes an amazing kale salad that I can never get enough of. I absolutely love salads, but I never make them. Why? Because they always turn out absolutely horrible. This salad, however, is another story. I’m so obsessed that I decided to make it myself.

INGREDIENTS/
1 bunch of kale
1 tablespoon of honey
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 lemon
Salt
Pepper
Crushed red chili flakes
1 package of feta cheese
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 red onion (chopped)
1 avocado (chopped)
Toasted seed (sunflower seeds were used for this recipe) OPTIONAL




Remove the stalks and chop the leaves




In a large bowl drizzle the honey, olive oil and squeeze the juice of one lemon. Massage the kale until it starts to soften and wilt.




Season the feta with the salt, pepper, and chili flakes to taste. Heat up a small pan and add a drizzle of olive oil. At medium-low temperature, sauté the cheese on each side for 8-10 seconds. Set aside to cool.



Chop the red onion and avocado and add to the bowl of kale.



Cube the feta once it has cooled and add to the bowl. Toss together.



Add more olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings to taste. (I personally like it a little more tart and a little spicy, so this is where I would add the juice of another lemon and crushed red pepper). Top with toasted sunflower seeds (optional).



Enjoy!

HOW/
1) Remove the stalks and chop the leaves
2) In a large bowl drizzle the honey, olive oil and squeeze the juice of one lemon. Massage the kale until it starts to soften and wilt.
3) Season the feta with the salt, pepper, and chili flakes to taste. Heat up a small pan and add a drizzle of olive oil. At medium-low temperature, sauté the cheese on each side for 8-10 seconds. Set aside to cool.
4) Add chopped red onion and cubed avocado to the bowl. Cube the feta once it has cooled and add to the bowl. Toss together.
5) Add more olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings to taste. (I personally like it a little more tart and a little spicy, so this is where I would add the juice of another lemon and crushed red pepper).
6) Top with toasted sunflower seeds (optional).

View the video below!
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