03/28/13 - Levi’s asked me to customize a pair of 501’s. I figured I’d do something different than bleaching or adding studs (~~basic~~), so I sewed in some floral lining. Super easy to do, and I’m really happy with how it came out. Check it out here: http://lb.nu/Levis501_Edward
So now I have this idea floating around in my head, I already have the fabric and the exact pair of pants I want to do this to, it’s going to happen. I’m going to make it happen
DIY idea: Create a fun and girly accessory by transforming a vintage tie into a chic bow headband. Read our tutorial here »
a quick and quirky card to give
plus the envelope as well
a bag to put the whole gift in
and a christmas tree that’s swell
I went shopping today for Black Friday (I’m sure you all saw that one coming) and just like every year, the Christmas decorations were already up and beaming! Holiday season is in full swing officially and this year, why not make a few crafts by hand to spruce up your life with holiday cheer? All these crafts are uber easy and require little material (except for the Christmas tree one but even then besides wood there’s not much else you need), so you have no excuse for not doing them.
Wanna know how to make this?
Click on the link for imstoked’s dip dye summer vest tutorial!
You guys know how much I love a good DIY, and this one is no exception : ) If you have a denim jacket that’s a little too small for you, or maybe you want to transform it into a perfect summer-ready vest to add some spice to your wardrobe, then this is should be your next project. Dip dyes are fun and easy and great to do with friends!
Outfit of the Day - August 1st (aka I Really Love My DIYd Shoes and Sometimes I Make Stupid Faces When I Take Pictures)
It’s been a while since my last outfit post, but I couldn’t let the first day of the month go by without posting something vaguely fashion related : ) My excuse for the big gap: I like to space out my outfit posts so that you guys don’t notice that I take every shot in the messy jungle of my backyard. Every. Single. Shot. I always have the opportunity to take a shot of my outfit in public when I go out, but to me It’s just awkward taking pictures of myself in front of others when it’s not a special occasion or event. I feel a little foolish.
Today is August 1st, which marks the one month anniversary of the complete makeover of my original blog simplekindofbeauty, into the chicblackchick.tumblr.com that you all know and love. As a build off from that theme of makeovers, I put this outfit together.
I bought that denim piece from Goodwill (of course) and it was originally a horribly fitting denim maxi dress. I cut it up, shredded it up, and wore it as a vest throughout the school year. This is the first time I’ve ever worn it as a shirt! It honestly never occured to me to rock it crop top style, but I’m glad I did because I got a bunch of compliments and it feels like a whole new garment now.
What I’m most proud about regarding this outfit though, are those shoes. When my mom enlisted our entire family to clean out the garage for my grad party (a post about which should be posted any day now given that it happened almost 3 weeks ago), I found these shoes. They were plain black and kind of clunky looking, but something about them spoke to me. They were all like “No! Don’t throw us in the trashbag filled with things to give out to Salvation Army! We can be cute if you give us a chance we promise” and I was like “Hmm…these actually are kind of cool”
Turns out, they’re my little brother’s dress shoes from years ago…and they fit me perfectly. They were looking a little too manly and official for me to wear in their natural state, so I decided to spice them up a bit! With nail polish!
I put a layer of white nail polish on top as a primer to begin the transformation of plain black little boy dress shoes to fabulous footwear. I waited for those coats to dry, taped them up again just to be safe and make sure no random splotches of blue got on the leather, and painted them a really cool shade of electric blue! I’m really satisfied with myself because that shade of nail polish has been sitting in my nailpolish basket for two years now, NEVER getting used because I didn’t like it on my hands. But I really like it on the soles of my brand new/old shoes. I gave myself a round of applause. I felt so good about myself I went on another DIY project burst of inspiration and transformed a pair of denim high waisted shorts! But that’s a story for another post : )
The Fashion Inspiration Binder (or FIB for short!)
When you flip through a magazine, instead of checking out the hot male models from the Calvin Klein ads, keep your eyes out for pieces that you like and would actually wear in real life.
The Fashion Inspiration Binder is an excellent way to figure out your personal style, the most important part of any wardrobe! Picking out the different colors and patterns and cuts and hemlines and clothes you like, lets you develop your tastes. When you’ve done that, all you have to do is cut them out and stick them in your fashion binder. What’s the point of a fashion inspiration binder anyway?
- outfit inspiration when you’re frustrated in the morning and you hate all your clothes and nothing looks good on you and you’re seriously considering just not going to school because you can’t think of what to wear. FIB to the rescue! Flip through and let the inspiration flow.
- staying focused while shopping. It would be weird to bring a binder with you while you hit up the mall, but a quick look through your Fashion Binder before a shopping trip is great to refresh your mind on what you’re looking for and what you like
- organization. A fashion inspiration binder doesn’t have to only be about fashion. You can have tabs in it to seperate pages on tasty recepies you see in magazines, tutorials, nail art desings, anything! Think of it as a physical, tangible pinterest account.
This is quite possibly the easiest DIY project you will ever do in your life. Remember those lovely 3rd grade days when you would make collages about fall or whatever? This is similar, but way better and more useful too.You don’t even need glue! Here’s what you do need though.
Why do you need photo refill paper instead of the regular stuff? Because photo refill paper, refill pages, photo album refill paper, or whatever else the nearest Target calls it, is adhesive! I discovered it while doing a project in junior year and I’ve loved it ever since. So useful! And this way you don’t have to deal with the messiness of glue.
Once you’ve got all your supplies lined up, making your binder is as easy as flipping through the old magazine of your choice (I like Nylons and Teen Vogues), cutting out whatever strikes your fancy, and placing them on top of the sticky adhesive refill paper. That’s it. You don’t even need magazines to do this, you can just print off looks from your favorite online stores or Lookbook users.
While the page I did on the left has a floral springtime look, the other page has fall outfits and an eyeliner tutorial. You don’t have to make each page themed, but sometimes I like to. It depends on you!
Tutorials, models, witty headlines, nothing is off limits because this is YOUR binder and YOUR personal style remember? Go crazy with it! Happy DIYing : )