Have you guys heard of Craftsy yet? It’s an online craft video tutorial site – with hundreds of video “classes” ranging from cake decorating, to patternmaking, jewelrymaking, spinning and weaving, knitting, photography, art, and design. All their classes classes are engaging and well-planned-out, and you can master a new skill easily on your own available time, from the comfort of your own home. I especially love by their sewing classes, which span a range from intro sewing for beginners, to advanced techniques like draping and fitting. You can learn specific techniques (like Beginning Serging), Tips and Tricks to Better Sewing, or even create an entire garment from start to finish (like a pair of Designer Jeans!). And you can also purchase items through Craftsy, like sewing patterns, yarn, or fabrics, which help get your DIY projects underway that much faster.
This week I am partnering with Craftsy to offer one lucky reader a free sewing class!
How To Enter is easy; just click on the link below to register with Craftsy to be entered to win a sewing class of your choice from their course catalog (see a full list here)
Rules: Giveaway period is open now for 1 week until March 19, 2014, 11:59 PM PDT. Entries received after that deadline will not be counted. You must enter through the link above in order for your entry to be counted. Applicants who are not registered with Craftsy must do so in order to enter the giveaway. If you already have an account with Craftsy, just sign in and you will automatically be enrolled in the giveaway. One entry per person (registered account with Craftsy) is allowed. After the entry period is over, the Craftsy team will pick one entry from all valid entries. Winner will be contacted via email; if they do not respond within 72 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen.
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Spring is headed our way, and what better way to embrace it than to whip up some quick DIY hair adornments? Here are some ideas for fun and fabulous pieces to add the crowing touch to your warm weather outfits.
For the above look at Dolce & Gabbana, wrap a thin wire headband with a string of gold beads, securing here and there with dabs of hot glue. Pull apart sprays of white and light pink silk blossoms from the craft store, and attach to a long piece of soft jewelry wire, wrapping the wire around the base of each flower. Once your hair is styled into a braided bun, poke one end of the wire into the underside of the bun, wrap around the top of the head and back down again, and finish by wrapping around the bun and tucking the end in. Complete the look by hot-gluing large gold coin buttons onto a hair clip, and clipping it just above the bun at the back.
Go totally boho like at Anna Sui by hot-gluing distressed silk blossoms onto a bundle of long velvet ribbons. Also glue on a bridal applique in the center flower at the forehead. Tie at the back so the ribbons trail down into the hair.
The super-luxe headbands at Tanya Taylor are easy to re-create with clusters of rhinestones and jewels, or vintage buttons or brooches, clipped along wide black satin-covered headbands. Valentino‘s studded headbands could be made by covering a headband base with maroon leather and gluing gold buttons in rows along the top and sides.
The pretty flowers at Zac Posen could be made with silk or paper blooms run through with bobby pins and pinned straight into a messy updo at intervals.
To make the interesting top clips at Elie Saab: on a stretchy gold headband base, attach a slightly curved flat gold barrette using thread to loop it onto the base. Just go around the bottom part of the clip numerous times until it won’t budge from the stretchy headband. (Goody makes an excellent dupe of that gold clip.)
Tiny pretty flowers dotted the hair at Honor: and to make your own, I’d suggest using dimensional scrapbooking stickers (or tiny paper or silk flowers found in the same section). If the sticky side isn’t sticky enough to stick into your hair, snip a tiny piece of fine-toothed sticky-back velcro and attach to the backs of the blooms.
The wide minimalist ponytail holders at Jason Wu could be made with some gold leather and a hair elastic (just hand-sew each end of the leather piece to the hair elastic, and slide it over a secured ponytail).
You could make a similar ponytail holder just like the above to mimic the look at Helmut Lang. In this case I believe you should use a larger rectangle of black leather and attach sticky-back velcro to both sides of it; secure the ponytail with an elastic, and wrap the leather around it, closing with the velcro.
For Jenny Packham‘s ethereal clips, just glue or wire a vintage insect brooch, finding, or charm onto the end of a matching bobby pin in silver or gold.
For when things are tough. For when it’s hard to imagine that there will be a tomorrow, or a day when things will be easier. Or, for when things are absolutely wonderful, all you have is now – so enjoy it. I particularly like this quote because it can mean either, or both. Or all of the above. Enjoy it, because it won’t last. Grin and bear it, because it won’t be forever.
And in time, this too shall pass.
Such is life.
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When one thinks of the amazing vintage shopping destinations Portland has to offer, Yo! Vintage is usually right at the top of the list. With a mix of vintage pieces and new accessories (such as Seaecho, Hazel Cox Jewelry, Seaworthy, and Made on the Moon), the store is a treasure trove of unique finds. Owner Sarah Radcliffe curates a collection of lustworthy, tactile pieces that, though from yesteryear, would still look fabulous in the modern girl’s wardrobe.
From the Yo! Vintage website:
Yo Vintage! owner Sarah Radcliffe sources one-of-a-kind vintage pieces from across the globe, gathering inspiration from street style, the runway, and her mates.
Before relocating from London to Portland in 2009, Sarah employed her keen eye for fashion as a trend researcher and vintage buyer in the UK. Sarah now spends her spare time freelance styling and adventuring with her husband Charlie and dog Agnes.
Hello everyone! Can you believe it’s March already??! (I always feel like that with February – that it just whooshes by.) Whooooooooosh! Did you hear that? That was last month!
I just wanted to re-share some of my favorite bits of content from last month:
To start off the month, I shared a round-up of 15 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Everyone. Even though V-Day is long gone, many of these would still make wonderful DIY gifts to a special someone. That tissue-paper art in your living room? Sharpie mugs on your kitchen shelves? Pretty pillows in the bedroom? Certainly not limited to Valentine’s Day!! Plus you can also do many romantic things at home for your sweetie like this infographic shows (again, not limited to February 14!!).
Hello friends! Today I’d love to walk you through all the fashion and cool watches we featured in my recent Show Your Colors Modify Watches x Chic Steals Promotional Video. Some people have asked me: “Which Mod is she wearing?” or “Where did you get that dress?” so I’d love to do a look-by-look breakdown with links where to buy everything. This post may get a little long, but here goes!
**All Modify watches that we used were the “Mini” sizes!!
To let you guys in on a little secret: There were actually 10 outfits we had planned to shoot for this video. On the shoot date, we were losing light quickly and had to cut 1 (a Nautical look) in order to get some of the more important ones in before the light changed too dramatically. In the edit, we also removed another 1 (Yoga Outfit) because we felt it didn’t add anything to the piece. So we ended up with 8 outfits, all seen above.
Plus, Modify is doing a Kickstarter right now where you can order a watch with your own custom face (above discount code not applicable). You can get EXACTLY what you want on the face – which sounds pretty cool!
As I posted (quite awhile ago now!), skirts and dresses with faux sleeves tied in the front are a mini-trend that has made it all the way from the runways of Celine to everyday street style. It’s a cute way to define the waist and yet add a casual twist to any outfit. I figured it would be super-easy to re-purpose a sweatshirt into a little skirt with the sleeves as non-functional accessories. With 5 straight seams to sew, it’s also fairly quick and easy, even for sewing beginners. Here’s how to make your own version of this look: (more…)