Variety is the spice of life… or at least that’s what Grandma use to say! I do believe that a mini makeover the the perfect way to add a little variety to your shoe collection. A fabric wrap is a great way to spice up your Summer strappy sandal. I think of this project as the turban wrap for shoes.
Materials: Strappy Sandals (Shelia available at Sole Society), Fabric, Double Stick Tape, Scissors
I wanted to play matchy-matchy so I used an old scarf that matched my shirt to wrap my shoes. The options for this project are endless! Solid fabric, printed fabric and so on and so on. It’s like back in the day when you would coordinate your hair scrunchy with your outfit…don’t act like I’m the only person that did that!
A Special Note From Kristen: I know I cut up a circa ’86 Liz Claiborne scarf, but don’t worry this is the most action this scarf has seen in years! I salvaged the shirt/scarf combo from my Mom’s closet years ago and have NEVER worn either of them. Thank goodness for project because now the ’86 LC is finally getting some attention! You however do not have to cut up Mom’s scarf. A fun fabric will work just fine for this project.
Spring has sprung and it’s time think about the details of my 2013 garden. I’m a little limited in my garden options since I live in an apartment, but that doesn’t mean I can’t cultivate a cool and colorful floral outdoor space. My plan is to use post to plant a few herbs, succulents and rose bushes. Since my plants will sit on my patio in clay pots, I really wanted to make the pots special. I headed over to Pinterest for a little inspiration (of course) and found that Mod Podging fabric to pots was a thing! Check out this super chic and easy project. Pick your favorite fabric and truly make this project your own!
A jeweled clutch is the perfect accessory for almost any outfit. It will dress up a flirty sundress or bring the glitz to your cocktail attire. I picked up a silver metallic basic box clutch (via Kate Young for Target) a few weeks ago and wanted to give it a little make over before my next outing.
Materials: Clutch (here), A Necklace (or other statement jewelry pieces), Glue
Can we talk about the Kate Young for Target collection for a second?! Hands done one of my favorite Target collaborations as of late. It’s all about the little accents and the details. The jumpsuit is and obvious winner! And I’m loving this bodysuit (here) and these booties (here). The BEST part is the entire collection is that it’s now 30% off in stores. I know you’re probably like, “Girl that collabo has been out for awhile.” Yes I know! But I’ve learned to wait a few weeks for the sale price before I shop these goodies. I’m now the proud owner of this dress, this dress and this dress! Where will I wear them to? Who knows, but the were on sale!!!
Now back to your regularly scheduled DIY project…
Next Friday Leo Dicaprio and friends release their version of The Great Gatsby. I am BEYOND excited about this movie. The Great Gatsby one of my favorite books and I’m looking forward to seeing this movie remake. I’m looking forward to seeing all the fashions! The 1920′s flapper style was so glamorous and inspirational. Drop waists, fur shawls and over the top embellished headpieces.
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My 30th birthday is 3 months away and party planning is in full effect (aka I’m already thinking about cupcakes!). I have no theme, no location, but I do know that my cupcakes will be resting on a beveled tiered mirror cupcake stand. Priorities!!!!! This project is so simple, so chic and the perfect addition to any party decor.
My apologies in advance because this tutorial is totally selfish! It has nothing to do with a current fashion trends or celeb inspo, but this project has been on my DIY “to-do” list for almost two years. Now I know I’m not the only one with a DIY “to-do” list… okay!
Two Summers ago, my Mom and I took the most amazing Mother/ Daughter European vacation. We spent a week in Paris then took the train and spent a week in London. I brought home with me some European and English currency. The English pence has Queen Elizabeth on it and reminded me of the Chanel coin. I thought turning my pence into a pendant necklace would make the perfect souvenir.
So the biggest obstacle to this project (and probably the reason it’s taken me 2 years to finish it) is figuring out how to get a hole in the coin. Of course I YouTubed it and found tons of videos showing how easy it is to drill a hole in a coin. Now here comes the full disclosure… while I was in the hardware store looking the perfect size drill bit, the sales associate offered to drill the hole for me. Hmmmm what’s a girl to do? Should I be a true DIYer, purchase the $3 bit and actually do it myself? Or should I take the nice man up on his offer and not break a sweat? Needless to say 60 seconds later I left the hardware store with a hole in my coin!
The process was however really easy and absolutely one I could have done at home. Just use a pencil to mark your hole, place the coin on a block of wood and using the correct drill bit (ask your local hardware store professionals for their advice) drill a hole through your coin. Or you could pull a Kristen and kindly ask the nice associate working at your local hardware store or key making place to do it for you. #DIFM (#DoItForMe)
Then, use a strong hold glue to glue your rhinestone cupchain around your coin.
Now I’ll always have a little piece of my London trip with me! This project is a great way to remember that perfect Summer vacation and can be done with any coin. Next I’ll be bringing it back stateside and working my magic on a silver dollar. #LadyLibertyRealness
I’m NOT a fan of those matte black cars I see driving on the streets of Los Angeles (I mean why would you paint your $200,000 Masarati matte black?) but I am a fan of matte back jewelry! Special shout out to GNG reader Noa for also being inspired by matte black and for sharing her inspiration with me! #SharingIsCaring
It seems like last year I was spraying everything neon (here and here), but this year it’s gonna be ALL (matte) BLACK EVERYTHING! I hope you enjoy the video and please don’t forget to subscribe to the GNG YouTube channel.
Sole Society teamed up actress Julianne Hough and together produced a collection of fun and fashionable shoes. The moment I laid my eyes on these minty pumps I knew I wanted to give them a Glitter ‘N Glue make over. I love the silhouette of this pump plus the color is girly and perfect for the season. I thought a studded embellishment would be the perfect way to add a little flare to this ultra feminine shoe.
TIP: If you’re looking for a less permanent option, glue your trim to a shoe clip.
This project was brought to you courtesy of the fab folks at Sole Society
While thrift shopping in Palms Springs this weekend I purchased a few fancy glass liquor containers (here). They’re very “Mad Men” if you will, but since I’m not much of a hard liquor drinker I was trying to figure out what else to fill them with. I’m more of a wine lover but that doesn’t mean the top of my wine bottles can be fancy either. This project is simple and makes the perfect gift.
TIP: This might take a little effort so if need be use a pair of plyers to hold the knob in place and use your other hand to screw on the cork.
PS: In case you’re wondering Chateau St. Michelle (CSM to all the cool kids) is one of my favorite wines in the entire world! No lie, it’s so delicious (and they’re NOT paying me to say this either). It can be purchased at most local grocery stores ($6.99 with my Pavillions card) AND is often on the menu at some ritzy restaurants, so you seem real classy when you order it. If you haven’t yet experience the majesty that is CSM it’s time you get with the program. Try their riesling… you’ll love it! Enjoy responsibly… and by responsibly I mean at home, in your fanciest robe while watching reruns of the Golden Girls, Designing Women or some fab show like that!
Last year I was inspired by Mr Karl Lagerfeld (here) to pulled out my Rit Dye and ombre a wide brim straw hat. Click here to see last years post. This weekend I’m heading to Coachella (yes honey… this should be interesting) and I thought it was time to update this look with a new color for the season. I hope you enjoy this little how to video.
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Last weekend I attended the Lucky FABB cocktail party. While I was chatting with a friend a uber fashionable blogger walked by wearing a fab lucite and neon orange tread necklace. Before I had a chance to ask her where it was from or get my camera out to snap a pic, she was gone. In other news, I’d make the worst paparazzi EVER!
I’ve been seeing these type necklaces pop up all over the place lately. While I may not have been able to get any details about her necklace, I just knew I’d have to make one of my very own.
TIP: Lucite beads can be purchased at your local bead store. However, I used the beads from an H&M necklace I’d purchased a few months back. #MakeItWork
I’ve been wanting to get a pet for some time now. I figured a fish would be a great starter pet! Plus a colorful Betta is a great and inexpensive way to add a little color to a room without pulling out the paint brush. I wanted a really decorative tank for my fish to live in. Since I always feel like I’m in an art museum when I stare at my Betta, I thought framing the tank would be a fun and creative idea to display my new moving art piece.
Tip: Your picture frame should be the same size as your tank. A rectangular vase that you find at your local craft or floral store will make a great tank. Just be sure it’s at lease 2 -3 inches deep to give your fish wiggle room.
My new fish really seems to be enjoying his new home. It’s bigger than that little bowl he’s been living in for the past few weeks and the plastic plant is quickly becoming his new BFF! Now it’s time to name him…
What should I name my new fish? If it were up to me I’d name him Elton, but thank goodness it’s not… I’m leaving it up to you guys! Leave any name suggestions in the comment section below and I’ll pick my favorite. If your name is chosen I’ll send you a little gift in appreciation! xo
Is it just me or do you too have a wardrobe “uniform”? You know, that go to outfit throw on when you don’t have much time before you need to leave the house?! Well lately my go to has my personalized varsity jacket and a pencil skirt. For day, I pair it with an oversized toted and some cool sandals (like these). At night, I dress it up with a heel or a bootie. I’m loving the letterman jacket (as we call is down South) because it takes just a few seconds to personalize one with your initial. Stylish, crafty and chic!
I’m starting to notice these skinny cuff /bracelets thingys appearing all over the place. This weekend I obsessed over my friend Alice’s Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff (here). These skinny cuffs are the perfect addition to my collection of all gold everything arm party (<- are people still even using that word?!?).
This project is chic, super easy and you can make an entire arm full for just a few bucks. To complete this project just follow this simple DIY equation: earring + earring = bracelet!
Tip: Wider hoops work better that skinny ones. I purchased these from Forever 21 (here), but if you can’t get your hands on a pair try using a light metal bracelet or simple bend a thick wire to fit around your wrist.
Blame Pinterest! I think that’s how I’m going to start all of my projects from now on… blame Pinterest! I’m usually not excited about Holiday themed crafts, until I log onto Pinterest. This week my timeline is full of creative and inspiring Easter egg projects. I came across a glittered egg tutorial from the one and only Ms. Martha Stewart (here) and I just couldn’t resist.
Decorating eggs totally takes me back to my Easter egg hunting days. Seriously, 6 year old Kristen was the QUEEN of the Easter hunts. I always walked away with the most eggs. These glitter eggs are perfect for the “grown people” hunt I will now be having this Sunday!
Tip: Use plastic or wood eggs if you plan on keeping these decorations for next year
Click here to check out more creative egg decorating ideas on my Pinterest page. #BlamePinterest
Don’t get me wrong Pinterest is a good time, but my inner magazine junkie gets a real thrill from physically ripping out those glossie pages and pinning them on a real life inspiration board. I like having a board in my work space that is bright, colorful and inspires me to be creative. Obviously a regular ole cork bulletin board just won’t do! This floral fabric covered frame board is just want I needed to decorate my space. And the best part is that it doubles as wall art!
Note: I used a cardboard display board as my base. It reminded me of my 4th grade Science project!
Materials: Flats (Kami flats available at Sole Society), Sequins, Tacky Glue, Tweezers
Using your tweezers, apply a small amount of glue to the back of your sequin and add the sequin to your shoe. Start at the tip of your flat and work our way out. Allow at least an hour for the glue to dry before you wear them.
My sequin flats perfectly compliment my new red haute Sole Society handbag. In case you missed the announcement on my Instagram, Sole Society now has a collection of hangbags. YES HONEY! SS is quickly becoming my one stop shop for accessories. Checkout their entire collection here. They’re all leather and gorg! They’ll be releasing a new collection of bags next month, some a lower price point. I can’t wait to see them!!!!!!!!!!
Kami flats fabulously provided (here) by Sole Society #SoleSocieDIY
I love walls that are covered with family photos and colorful prints, but the thought of hanging a frame scares me. Who would have thought that clothing hangers would make such a refreshing option? I was able to make over my wall with the help of these wood pant hangers ($3 each from The Container Store) and clear thumb tacks. Cheaper and easier than hanging frames. Enjoy this little video and don’t forget to subscribe to the GNG YouTube channel!
Hopefully the days of big bulky jackets and bundling up will soon be behind us. SPRING PLEASE COME NOW! Enjoy this easy, no sew DIY cape project that makes for great outwear on those crisp Spring days.
PS: Ikat prints are my latest obsession!!!
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Once upon a time, in a land far away… I repurposed one of my favorite vintage sequin tops. Seriously it seems like many, many lifetimes ago but back in 2010 when my blog was about 3 days old (no lie) I partnered with MadisonPlus.com and reworked a sequin top.
I had purchased a really glam black and gold sequin top from my local vintage store with the intention of working it into my wardrobe, but how often do we purchase a statement piece and NEVER wear it?!? After letting the top hang in my closet for a few months, I figured if removed the zipper from the back, add a front closure and transform this top it into a jacket I might get some wear out of it. What I fantastic idea that was! My sequin top is now one of my favorite jackets. I wear as an accent piece over my LBDs or I mix it up by pairing it with boyfriend jeans and a printed tank.
Gotta love my neon Shoemint pumps!
PS: I love taking a walk down memory lane from time to time. I really get to see how much mu blog has grown. Thanks so much for all your love and support over the years. A special thank you to The Style And Beauty Doctor Danielle Gray for braving the LA heat and back alleys to take this pics! xo
Last week GNG reader Anne D. sent me a link to a fun DIY nail art tutorial from The Beauty Department which I reposted to the GNG Facebook page. The Beauty Department enlightened us to the idea of using a Sharpie Metallic Gold marker to create nail art design. OBSESSED! The second I saw this post I was like… “Oh well I’ve GOT to try that.” I love nails and I love Sharpie!
Thanks to The Beauty Department for the fun little tip!
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Although I wasn’t crazy about her dress, the second I saw Anne Hathaway’s Oscar necklace I thought to myself… CLEARLY SHE READS MY BLOG!!!! lol Her Tiffany & Co necklace reminded me of a petite version of the brooch necklace I crafted a few weeks ago (here). I see you Anne! In honor of Anne’s Oscar win and what has become a little “DIY an Oscar winners necklace” tradition around here, I present to you a DIYable version of Anne’s Oscar night stunner…
Now I have to admit I cheated a little #womp I got lucky and stumbled upon these mini brooches, but don’t worry if you can find any because they’re easy to create. Compile a collection of your favorite rhinestone buttons. Earrings are also a good alternative too. You can pic up basic brooch (or bar) pins at your local craft store (here). They cone in a variety of sizes. Simply remove the shank from the back of your button and use a little E6000 to apply the pin. Allow some time to dry and now you have your mini brooches!
DIY TIP: If the clasp of your pin is not secure and you’re worried about your brooch opening, apply a little glue to your closure to prevent it from opening.
We’re days away from the Oscars so it’s time we find something to wear! Last year I wrapped two yards around my body to attend the US Weekly Magazine Oscar viewing party. My one shoulder wrap dress (click here to see) was so on trend with the nights other red carpet looks. This year I thought it only right that I channel my inner Vivien Leigh in true ‘Gone With The Wind’ fashion.
Watch as I transform curtains into a fun maxi dress.
Thanks Nick Brosco for the pics!