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Buy or DIY: Loeffler Randall Gem Clutch

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Welcome to a new series of mine: Buy or DIY, where I break down an on-trend piece into where you can Buy It (if you want the original) or how to DIY it (if you want to put your own original, affordable spin on it).

Loeffler Randall Gem Clutch

Buy: $195, here  or  DIY: $55.70, below

The DIY version: Thrift (or make!) a neutral suede-like zip envelope pouch – or try this version for $18.95. Use Loctite Vinyl, Fabric and Plastic Repair Adhesive to affix a variety of pastel mint rhinestones to the front, like these Tear-Shaped Rhinestones and/or these Marquise Rhinestones. If you can find or make a clutch in a thinner fabric, you could also sew these rhinestones on instead, using a thin beading needle like these.

Which version do you prefer: BUY or DIY?

xo

Carly

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15 DIY Ideas for a Do-It-Yourself Summer Wedding

15diysummerweddings_chicsteals Summer is wedding season – and there’s no better way to save some $$$ than by DIY’ing certain aspects of your ceremony (plus it adds an oh-so-important personal touch to everything!) Here are some great ideas for some DIY Summer nuptials (many of which can be used instead for any fancy party or get-together on your calendar!):

printableinvitesBeautiful wedding invitations can be yours just by customizing this Kraft Paper printable from TheKnot.

weddingprogramMake your own gorgeous flowery wedding program with this free downloadable template from TheKnot.

succulentbouquetA bouquet to hold (and eventually toss!) can be completely non-traditional, as evidenced by this beautiful succulent version featured on The DIY Network.

love-day-bannerPersonalized dcorations are a must, and this pretty DIY Tassel Bunting from Rae Ann Kelly can be customized with a special saying, your names, or your own newlywed monogram.

justmarriedbannerMake a custom banner with Martha Stewart‘s template that is the perfect backdrop to the reception, ceremony, or even on-the-fly candid shots.

cloudbackdropSpeaking of candid shots, it’s always great to set aside an area for beautiful couple photos to commemorate the occasion. This DIY Cloud Backdrop from A Practical Wedding is both unique and gorgeous.

placenumbersontablesandhaveablastTable numbers can be chic, sophisticated, cute, pretty, rustic, or just about anything else your heart desires. Here’s a gilded hand-painted version from Wedding Chicks.

bloomingmonogramA blooming monogram for the table adds a personal note of pretty. From Urbanic Paper Parcel Post‘s blog.

diamond-ring-napkin-ring-tutorialFor napkin rings, these DIY Origami Diamond Napkin Rings from Brooklyn Bride add a touch of whimsy to your table.

MrMrsBannerPersonalize the seats where the bride and groom will sit with these printable banners from Lia Griffith.

loveballoonsAnother must-have decoration for a wedding: BALLOONS. This LOVE balloon backdrop is super-easy and totally gorgeous. By Jenny Van Summers, found here.

chalkboardrunnerCreate a DIY Aisle Runner with a special message to your beloved, found on Bridal Musings via Belle Amour.

puzzlecaketopper2 large wooden puzzle pieces can be painted and used as your special bride and groom cake topper. Photo from Lover.ly by Captured Photography by Jenny.

photolollipopsMake your own Edible Photo Lollipops with a photo of the bride and groom as wedding favors. Tutorial from PhotoJojo.

confettipushpopFor the final send-off for the new couple, Style Me Pretty has some great DIY Push Pop Confetti.

Hope your event is special, lovely, memorable, and DIY!

xo
Carly

Want some more DIY wedding ideas? Try some of my DIY tutorials, like DIY Bra Strap Headband, DIY Gold Leaf Head Chain, DIY Flower Miniaudiere, or DIY Feathered Cape.morediyweddingideas_chicsteals

15 St. Patrick’s Day DIYs for the Leprechaun-Lover in You

15stpatricksdaydiys_chicstealsAnd yup, you can do all these great St. Patrick’s Day crafts easily and at home! Here’s the full list: (more…)

DIY Hair Accessories for Spring 2014 from the Runways

02flowersdolcegabbanablossomsSpring 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.

01flowersannasuihippieheadbandsGo 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.
01headbandstaniataylorjewelThe 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.
01leathervalentinoheadbandsValentino‘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.
05flowerszacposenclipsThe 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.
02goldeliesaabclipsTo 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.)
03flowershonoriridescentflowersTiny 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.
03goldjasonwubarrettesThe 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).
03leatherhelmutlangbandsYou 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.
04flowersjennypackhampinFor 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.

Happy DIY’ing!

xo

Carly

Images via Fashionising. Read their full rundown of Spring Hair Accessories here (which also includes how to style the hair in the above hairstyles).

 

Quote: This Too Shall Pass

thistooshallpassgraphic-01For 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.

xo

Carly

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DIY the Look: Tilda Swinton for Cut Out + Keep

large_tildaWhen I first started blogging back in 2008, Cut Out + Keep was the very first tutorial-sharing site that I joined. I loved its scrappy, can-do attitude and the welcoming community there. I ended up posting 61 projects on the site over time, as well as being featured multiple times as a Crafty Superstar, a DIY Fashionista, and contributing to their online zine Snippets.

So when the founder of Cut Out + Keep Cat Morley asked me to try to DIY TIlda Swinton’s unique style, I said of course! Who could resist a how-to about that avant-garde icon? (Plus, she’s my favorite actress hands-down.) Click on through to find out how you can DIY her edgy look at home:

Find Out How to DIY the Look: Tilda Swinton

Thank you to the team at Cut Out + Keep for the feature!

xo

Carly

Photo courtesy of Cut Out + Keep.

Romantic Ideas You Can Do At Home for Valentine’s Day Infographic

romantic-ideas-you-can-do-at-homeIt’s the last minute, and maybe you’re stuck for some ideas what to do for your loved one. Here are some great ideas for a low/no cost time at home together.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

xo
Carly

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Must-Have Books for the DIY Home Decorator

undecorate-christiane-lemiI spotted this over on Joss & Main and thought to re-post here. Though I don’t share a lot about home decor here (I am planning to though, in the near future!), I figured books are easy-access, wonderful sources of inspiration and ideas. Decorate away, fellow DIY’ers!

Must-Have Books for the DIY Home Decorator

And you can always turn to Joss & Main for a chic, on-trend selection of curated home decor finds – it’s been such a source of inspiration to simply receive their newsletters in my inbox showcasing all sorts of possible rooms and design schemes…they always get my crafty cheapskate DIY-or-die mental wheels a-spinning!

Check Out Joss & Main Here (invite link)

xo

Carly

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