Why didn’t anyone tell me about the ASOS Africa collection earlier?!? There are a few pieces left in assorted sizes, but not as much as I’d like. Maybe it’s old news? My blog reading time has taken a serious hit since starting Excelerate… Let’s make a deal- next time you see anything like this, tweet at me immediately.
As expected, living out of two suitcases for the summer was great for the first two weeks. Now I’m tired of the clothes I brought but haven’t been shopping. Semi-related question: does anyone actually wear those cropped tops? If so, where? I can picture them at a summer street festival (not on me personally, though!) but aren’t you guys stuck inside freezing air conditioned buildings all day like me? It’s 80 and sunshine-y outside my window yet I have to keep a pair of SmartWool socks in my desk drawer. I haven’t even worn a dress or skirt in weeks because I know I’ll freeze to death!
Also, these boots! Love them all, but hate the >$500 price
At $52 tops I’m ready to buy everything from Etsy seller Coriumi. I’ll put the little pouches inside the bigger pouches, the bigger pouches inside the iPad case and the iPad case inside the tote bag. It will be like a matryoshka of style!
Clockwise from top left: Neon Leather Pouch $52, White Printed Pouch $52, Graphic Tangerine Pouch $52, Striped Linen and Suede Tote $45, Lavendar iPad Case $52
Here’s the DIY I demonstrated in the Teen Vogue lounge at MAGIC– tribal-inspired bangle bracelets. I felt very Martha Stewart (call me!) as I had all my samples ready for each stage of the project.
To start you’ll need some wooden bangle bracelets. You can find them at the craft store or buy them online like I did from the aptly named diybangles.com. I used the 1/4” wide bangles with the flat (as opposed to domed) exterior.
The first step is to stain the entire bangle and unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of this. I mixed a bit of brown or black acrylic paint with some white paint and water and brushed it on the entire bracelet. Then I grabbed a paper towel and wiped away the paint while it was still wet so the wood grain showed through. I did a slightly different paint mix for each bangle so that none of them are exactly alike but there’s no real science to it.
To make a stencil for the pattern I used address labels. Just cut a sheet of labels into thirds and then cut each square diagonally to make two triangles. Cheap and easy!
Stick the triangles onto your (dry or dry-ish) bangle and press the edges down firmly. Paint the exposed wood with as many coats of paint as you like- more coats for a brighter pattern or just one for a subtle, worn look.
After the paint has dried peel off the triangle stencil stickers.
The finished pattern!
Make a stack and wear them all together!
I’ve been really interested in all of the tribal and ethnic inspirations in fashion lately. (As if the printed pants didn’t make this obvious…) This project was a way to combine that with something I always have laying around- maps.
I like maps- they are so pretty. I can hardly bear to throw away even the freebie ones where things like T.G.I. Fridays and Hard Rock Cafe are marked more clearly than the actual landmarks. This vacation I did much better but one map still snuck it’s way back to the US from London. (Yeah, London didn’t make the trip photos… I was tired of carrying the DSLR by that point.) We didn’t buy any souvenirs there either, so I decided to make this map into a memento of sorts.
I cut the map into long skinny triangles that were 1 inch wide on the bottom and narrowed to a point on the top. Each strip was about 22″ long, the width of the map. Then I used a bamboo skewer to roll the paper into a bead and secured with two coats of Mod Podge. (I popped the beads off the skewer before the glue dried to be sure they didn’t get stuck.)
I used a headpin and small spacer bead (to keep the bead on the headpin, since the bead hole was larger than the end of the headpin) to attach the beads to the necklace. In addition to the paper beads I used a package of assorted silver beads (by Bead Gallery, green card) that I picked up at Michael’s and strung them all together on Acculon beading wire.
Have you used steel beading wire before? I don’t use it often but it is really wonderful and easy to work with. To attach the chain I used small crimp beads to secure the beading wire. They are dead simple to use- here’s a great tutorial. But I don’t use those special crimp pliers and find that my normal chain nose jewelry pliers work fine. To finish I added a clasp in the back.
Here’s the final product- a fun and cheap (under $10) way to remember London.
I’d been thinking about finding ways to put leather and metal together for some DIY when I ran across the inspiration for this necklace. I changed the design up a bit to suit the materials I had on-hand, using some leather scraps and the metal leftover from my DIY Metal Collar. (Of course, a flat sheet of metal would work too.)
It did require a few tools – tin snips to cut the metal, sheers for the leather, a leather punch and a screw punch to make the holes. I drew a rough sketch of the shape on a piece of paper and then cut out the leather parts – a skinny rectangle for the top layer and the inverted pyramid bars shape for the bottom layer. Then I cut the middle (two-bar) and the top piece (rectangle) from the metal.
I used a Sharpie to make small dots where I wanted to punch the holes and started punching. I used the first piece as a guide to mark the location of the holes on the other layers so that they would all line up properly.
Then I connected all the pieces using 5 jump rings across the bottom and one each to attach the chain in the top corners.
Not exactly rocket science, huh? Fun, cheap and instantly gratifying.