Saturday, April 30, 2016

New Trend: Short Lace Socks

When I first saw these socks on ModCloth, I thought they were adorable, I'm pretty sure I had a some white ones just like them for dressy occasions, when I was 4. But how was an adult going to pull them off? I ordered them in black because that's a grown up color. 

When they arrived I tried them on with a few different pairs of shoes. This is my favorite look, folded up with ankle boots. Its an inexpensive way to mix up your look. I like how it makes classic shoes look more fun and flirty. 

I'm seeing these kind of socks everywhere. The ones I ordered are actually more like short, ankle length tights. I'm a little concerned about how long they will last because tights tend to run and get holes more quickly than socks. The lace seems like good quality and is heavier. I didn't like how it wasn't sewn together at the ends, the lace just overlapped a little bit. 

Overall I decided to keep them though because they're just so cute and I'm a sucker for lacy things. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

DIY Simple Way of Adding Sleeves to a Dress

Anyone else have this problem when they try on a dress that looks cute on the rack?

Who would of thought that fat arm pits of all things would be such a big problem? I really loved this dress from ModCloth though, and I didn't want to give it up. So, I came up with a quick solution for making the dress a little more modest: sew a ribbon around the outside.

It gives the dress just enough coverage, and now I don't have to worry about layering it with a cardigan, now that we are approaching the warmer months. I'll post some more pictures soon. In the mean time, check out this dreamy set I made with the outfit on Polyvore:

Cabin Wedding Outfit

Black strappy sandals

Honora 14k jewelry

NARS Cosmetics nail polish
$21 -

Forest wall art
$125 -

Saturday, April 23, 2016

DIY Floral Bridal Headband

As much fun as veils are, the truth is they are incredibly hard to keep in place after your marriage. Most of us aren't used to wearing one every day. If you want to have fun and move around at your wedding, I would recommend wearing a headband for a hair piece, especially if you have slick, straight hair like mine. My dress was simple, so I went with a more ornate, beaded, roaring 20's style design. Flower crowns are really in style right now. I wanted something like that, but a little more sophisticated and elegant. I spent about ten dollars on the whole thing.

What you will need:
1 headband (white or matches your hair color) made of fabric (not plastic)
white tulle
white thread and needle
glue gun
appliques of your choosing
stick-on pearls, sparkles, etc

1. Cut out enough tulle to more than cover the headband. Then do it again. Mine was about an inch and a half thick. I had two layers of tulle on mine but three or four layers would probably look good.
2. Using small dots of hot glue, glue the tulle in place. Do NOT put a line of hot glue across the whole headband. Use just enough to keep the tulle lined up property.
3. Sew the rest of the tulle onto the headband.
4. Sew or glue on appliques. I sewed mine on because they're my great grandmothers and I might want to reuse the someday with something else. This does take a lot more time though.
5. Add stick-on pearls, sparkles, etc. You can get these from Hobby Lobby. They hold up alright, if you really want them to stay on you can try hot gluing them by breaking of the end of a q-tip and dabbing hot glue on the bottom.
6. Trim tulle on edges to your liking. I though rounded ends looked the best.
7. Enjoy not paying a ridiculous amount for a bridal crown.

Comment below if you have questions. Thanks!

Modern Country Chic Living Room Design

We inherited these blue plaid couches when we moved in to our new place. At first I was stumped on how I could possibly make them work with my style. But with a little (ok a lot) of time on Pinterest and some advice from my favorite decorator (my sister) I think I made the couches work. 

I stuck with  blue, white, and gold color scheme. I think finding a painting with all the colors, in a modern style, really helped pull things together. I also tried to vary the texture in the room as much as possible by adding a fur blanket, marble coffee table, etc. It isn't my dream home, but we enjoy it. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Review: Adore Me Azra Swimsuit

I've found that some of the best people to buy swimwear from are the ones who are already making lingerie, and this was no exception. You can find the swimsuit here. This is a cute, structured, unique one-piece beach outfit. Even though it is in a light color, I feel like it is pretty flattering The only part that has built-in wiring is the "U" shape in the front.

The pattern on mine was slightly different than the one in the picture. I think because of the design of the fabric, every bathing suit will be a little unique. It comes with two straps that tie in back, not one that goes all the way across, like some swimsuits have.

The only ways this swimsuit could be improved, is first, if thicker, more supportive straps were an option. Second, the fabric is already good quality, double lined, but it would be nice if it was made with more of a slimming, shapewear material, like many other swimsuits are.

Overall I would recommend this swimsuit for Spring/Summer 2016. Also, if anyone sees a dress with this kind of pattern (flower print with black lines) send it my way, I've been looking for one. Thanks.

Oh, and P.S. you can also chase seagulls in it.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

DIY Juliet Cap Wedding Veil

I had a harder time with my wedding veil than my wedding dress. I knew I didn't want something too poofy, but a little vintage inspired. I ended up buying four different bridal veils, but none of them were just what I wanted, so I decided to make my own, and it was perfect. The best part was that there was no sewing whatsoever.

5 by 6 feet of tulle
2 hair clips that are clear or match your hair color
2 (or more) applique, large enough to cover clips
Glue gun

1. Divide tulle in half to find the exact center (mark lightly with a pencil).
2. Fold about an inch of the tulle underneath the rest.
3. Place over head, lining the pencil mark up with the center of your head.
4. Scrunch the tulle back into the place where you want the clips to be on your head.
5. Mark with a pencil
6. Take of tulle, place got glue on top of the clip
7. Place clip under section of tulle marked with pencil
8. Wait until glue is cool enough to touch but still movable.
9. Scrunch the tulle backwards over the clip.
10. Let cool.
11. Glue applique over the scrunched part of the clip.
12. Repeat on other side.

NOTE: try your hardest not to get any unwanted glue on the tulle, but if you do, poke it out with a safety pin and/or soak it in nail polish remover. I used the nail polish remover and it didn't change the color of my veil at all, but always soak a small sample first just to be sure.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

How to Style a Polo Shirt

As someone who went to private school, I've spent a lot of time dealing with the polo shirt problem, a lot of time staring at my closet wondering what to wear. Here are some outfits that are at least a little cuter than the normal polo and slacks. Scarves, cardigans, and blazers have been my best solutions. How do you style a polo shirt?

Below is a link to my Polyvore page, feel free to add me.  Polyvore has links to where all the products are sold, in case you are interested. Personally, I think a lot of these items are way overpriced and you could find something similar elsewhere.

How to Wear a Polo Shirt

Fat Face short sleeve cardigan, $50 / Diane Von Furstenberg cardigan / Rochas white cardigan / Lands End green top / Blazer jacket / Vince lapel vest, $585 / Zara navy blue pants / Chicwish pleated skirt / Lanvin skirt / Blue pants, $385 / Nicholas wide-leg pants / Roland Mouret blue pants, $510 / J Brand jeans, $275 / Stretch jeans / Alexander McQueen skirt, $795 / ESCADA black flat / Christian louboutin shoes / Gianvito Rossi yellow shoes, $730 / Burberry black leather boots / CUPLÉ leather shoes, $105 / Sports shoes / Kim Kwang short boots, $1,015 / Salvatore Ferragamo leather shoes, $865 / Tory burch bag / Rag bone man bag / Emeline Coates man bag / Lulu Guinness crossbody handbag, $420 / Salvatore Ferragamo man bag / Betsey johnson jewelry, $14 / Karen Kane necklace / Kate spade jewelry / Pendant necklace / BeckSöndergaard wrap shawl, $70 / Diane Von Furstenberg scarve