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Fashion Challenge Day Two: Your Jewelry Box

Posted on: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I've had this box for quite a few years. It was at my ex boyfriend's house when I lived there and he just gave it to me when I moved out. I have no idea where it came from, but I dig it. Now the thing is stuffed with jewelry — it used to be because I worked at Claire's and got so much for free (yes, you heard me). Nowadays I'm pickier about the jewelry I buy. I either make my own or pick it up at a thrift store. I love stones and teeth. I used to never like rings, but my collection is growing.

Another place that I have found lots of good jewelry is Etsy. Do you have any favorite places to buy jewelry?


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It was boiling hot today and I just wanted to stay inside. I made this tank out of an old blouse I had thrifted forever ago. Outfit details after the break!

Tuesday: Favorite DIY Projects

  1. Candle Holder on Fossil Life Style Blog
  2. Dries Van Noten Inspired Dip Dye Jacket on A Pair and A Spare
  3. Netted Stone Necklace on Lune Vintage
  4. Jersey Knit Bracelet on V and Co
I'm always looking for new DIY project ideas — and I'm sure a lot of you are as well — so I figured that I would start a weekly project of highlighting my four favorite DIY project tutorials each Monday. Not only will this help me catalogue some projects that I would like to complete, but hopefully inform you of some of the great DIYs that are happening around the internet.

Firstly, this week was pretty simple for me, as these four projects stood out in my mind. The candle holders are amazing since I love candles but typically hate their containers. Even if I find one that smells nice, it has some label that I don't necessarily want (unless they're Anthropologie candles... those are very nice). Secondly, I am a sucker for any clothing that is denim above the waist. You may have noticed this from my past DIY tutorial posts. Over on A Pair and a Spare, Geneva outlined the super-simple how-to for this great jacket. I'm going to be doing this to the next denim shirt I find while thrifting. I say shirt because I want something lighter that I can wear every day. If you keep track of my daily outfit posts, you've probably noticed that I wear the same crystal mineral necklace over and over again. It's one that I made from a rock I purchased at the Ohio Historical Society (you know, those bins full of rocks for kids to pick through and buy a bag full?). I have some other stones that I'm waiting to do something with, so the netted tutorial hits home. Since I've been slicing up many of my t-shirts, I always end up with extra jersey scraps! The knit bracelet tutorial will surely help me recycle some of the extra fabric and add bracelets to my very non-existant collection!

What about you? Have you found any can't-live-without tutorials recently?

Fashion Challenge Day One: Your Closet

Posted on: Monday, May 30, 2011

So I'm taking up this 30-Day-Fashion-Challenge that has been floating around Tumblr. Today is day one, which means I get to share with you my closet. More after the jump.

Red, White, and Leopard

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We were invited to one cookout today, but Geoff was feeling a little under the weather so we took a short walk. It was boiling hot today so we are rather okay with it. We had time to spring clean the apartment a bit and I finally got around to spring cleaning my closet. I bought these leopard shorts at Urban back in January when we went to Chicago. They’re a size medium, but since I’ve lost a bit of weight, they weren’t even close to fitting me any longer. I had a small pile of clothes to alter, so I just stitched these up each side and now they fit better than they did when I first purchased them! I’m so excited that I don’t have to donate/sell my favorite shorts :) I nabbed this small denim backpack at the thrift store on Saturday for a dollar or so. A while ago, I lost my favorite wolf ring (aptly named “Toby”) and I found i today at the bottom of my over-stuffed jewelry box. As for the Felix the Cat ring? I found it while I was cleaning underneath fixtures at work. It’s a pretty cheap ring, but adorable nonetheless. Outfit details after the jump.

Blouse-to-Tank DIY

Posted on: Sunday, May 29, 2011

Here's a simple DIY tutorial on how to turn a blouse into a cute and summer tank. Click on the image to view a larger photo. All you need are the following items:

A blouse. I used a silky button up with a crazy chain-and-belt pattern. I got this at the thrift store for 75 cents.
A tank that you can use as a pattern. I have a striped xhileration tank that I thrifted that has a really nice fit, so I typically use it for a pattern. It also helps to use a tank that is made out of a similar material to the blouse you have selected.
Sewing Machine

Full how-to after the jump.

Dinosaur Day.

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Our original plans for the day were to bike down to COSI and see the new dinosaur exhibit. By the time Geoff was home from his skateboarding adventure, it had already reached 90° and was quite windy. Since we had both had just showered, we decided to drive and pay for parking rather than get sticky and gross.

White Out.

Posted on: Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Geoffrey and I went to the Columbus Asian Festival today. It was really hot outside and crowded, so we didn't stay long. I figured for Memorial Day weekend I could bust out some major whites. I've had this Pendleton Dopp bag for quite some time now. It's getting pretty worn. Outfit details after the jump.

I'm a Loner, Dotty.

Posted on: Friday, May 27, 2011

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On the way to the grocery store, Geoffrey snapped these cute little photos of me on his iPhone. I'm getting more and more comfortable with my personal outfitting and am actually looking in the mirror and thinking "yes, I love this." I want to use my Lookbook account more. I've been educating Geoffrey on my plan to do so and I think he's gonna give me a helping hand by taking some photos. It's lovely to have a boyfriend who is both camera-ready and supporting. More after the jump.

New Items in my Shop!

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2011

New items listed over at Mini Penny! Going left to right, from top to bottom.

Today's Look.

Posted on: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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Lime Crime Review

Alright, allow me to preface this review by saying I have really mixed views on this company. I really want to dislike them, but I dig the product (kind of how I feel about Apple as well, but that's a whole other story...). Okay, so I ordered the Lime Crime Pop Romance lipstick in Coquette. I am in love! See more details and swatches after the jump.

THEIRS vs MINE: Urban Renewal Lace Inset Jacket

Posted on: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Woohoo! I'm hoping to make this a series of posts. THEIRS vs MINE! First edition over here brings you one of my favorite shirts. See the full how-to after the jump!

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