Remember the bag in last week’s outfit post? Well, months and months (ie., about a year) ago, I spotted this adorable Dolce & Gabbana bag on net-a-porter. What a delight! Then I saw the price tag. Hardly delightful coming in at a cool three grand. So, in the infamous words of my mother I said, “I can make that.” And that I did. It took me a while to go about gathering up all of my supplies, but last week, I finally complete my mission and I am not one to boast, but I think it turned out pretty amazing… dare I say even better? I love mine more than Dolce’s (sorry, Stefano) because it’s personalized with my own charms and oh yeah, it didn’t cost $3,000.
What you need:
I recommend a bag that is not particularly thick so as to be able to stitch through it with limited cursing.
Thread, needle, scissors, needle threader
Charms and pins
What you do:
Thread the needle.
Attach charms one by one.
Continue attaching charms in pins until you end up with…
And you may end up with a few pricks (no more than your average Friday night out), but the pay off is well worth the work. La dolce vita!
Summer may very well be on its way out, but that hasn’t stopped a few stylish celebrities from shielding themselves from the last bits of sun with their favorite headwear. Whether they’re trying to be inconspicuous (yeah, right) or hide a bad hair day (dirty hairy), they all look quite chic from morning til midnight in everything from fedoras to a standard straw hat.
1. Mod Cloth Fedora-ble Hat, $17.99, 2. Rachel Zoe Devon Pintuck Dress, $450, 3. Alexander Wang Textured Leather Fold Over Clutch, $545, 4. Splendid Sanford Oxfords, $98
1. Juicy Couture Two Toned Cropped Fedora, $68, 2. Splendid Florence Striped Cotton Blend Top, $68, 3. Current/Elliot The Gam Shorts, $117.60, 4. Alexander Wang Distressed Leather Ankle Boots, $625
1. Brixton Louella Hat, $40, 2. Cosabella Peacock Camisole, $121, 3. Velvet Bambi Native Pants, $108, 4. Matt Bernson Jack Strappy Flat Sandals, $72.50
Hats off to you, ladies!
Too often, crochet is associated with that of the decorative little doilies on the back of grandma’s couch. And while that may be the case for some of us, let’s hope it’s the exception rather than the rule. This summer, there is no knit more noteworthy than that of crochet as demonstrated by these three darlings. Whether you are an uptown girl, downtown diva, or just happen to be hanging around, there is a look for you.
1. Nightcap Clothing Spanish Lace Flutter Dress, $330, 2. Forever 21 Chain Tassel Necklace, $8.80, 3. Forever 21 Faceted Plate Bracelet, $5.80, 4. Matt Bernson Jack Strappy Sandals, $101.50
1. BB Dakota Roa Crochet Tank, $55, 2. Forever 21 Fitted Knit Skirt, $6.80, 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Burg Boxer Large Leather Tote, $598, 4. K Jacques St Tropez Sandals, $240
1. Joie Cina Lace Top, $228, 2. rag & bone Mila Cut-off Shorts, $155, 3. Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Bunny, $19, 4. T3 SinglePass Whirl, $130
I have collected quite a bit of clothing during my time on this planet, and while I do have pops of pink and pretty patterns, I always seem to be drawn back to the basics of black or white. Safe? Maybe. I prefer to call it classic, contemporary, even minimalistic. Pairing black and white might seem obvious or boring, but if done with well tailored interesting pieces, it is anything but your average cater waiter uniform. Incorporating different textures like lace, leather, satin, or chiffon, will take your look from flat to fully dimensional. Trust me, no one will mistake you for the hostess at your local Olive Garden.
When you invest in quality pieces, you can mix and match them for all new looks that are anything but boring.
1. Haute Hippie Tuxedo Sleeveless Blouse, $285, 2. Madison Marcus Elegance Lace Pants, $285, 3. BCBGeneration Cielo Pumps, $99.99, 4. Free People Best of Both Worlds Shirt, $118, 5. Marni Contrast Stripe Pants, $550, 6. Ivanka Trump Ginger 2 Pumps, $135, 7. Patterson J. Kincaid Farrow Button Down Blouse, $168, 8. Pins and Needles Lace Mini Skirt, $39, 9. McQ Alexander McQueen Two Tone Leather Ankle Boots, $665, 10. Alice by Temperley Lottie Lace Appliqued Top, $330, 11. Karl Pacey Faux Leather Mid-Rise Skinny Pants, $200, 12. Jimmy Choo Abel Pointed Patent Leather Pumps, $495
Simple as black and white.
You know, leopard print tends to get a bit of a bad rap… and I guess I can see why. When used in excess, it can leave a lady looking more like a tramp. However, leopard doesn’t have to be all hookers and Housewives. It also doesn’t need to be condoned to only the evening prowl. Leopard is kind of a new neutral and when paired with the right pieces, it can actually look down right feminine. Don’t believe me? Here are three different ladies showing us three different ways to get a little catty in the right way:
1. Vince Silk Tank, $195, 2. J. Crew Long No. 2 Leopard Skirt, $130, 3. Steven Angels T Strap Pump, $160
1. Forever 21 Square Sunglasses, $5.80, 2. Parker Long Sleeve Wrap Dress, $169.40, 3. Vera Wang Hillary Haircalf Flats, $225,
1. Vix Maria Animal Print Triangle Top, $92, 2. Vix Animal Print Bikini Brief, $96, 3. Dorothy Perkins Pyramid Detail Body Chain, $9
image via Animal Planet