Archive | August, 2012

DIY magazine cover poster

28 Aug

So this DIY was actually for my room at home, but it could also be useful to fill up empty wall space in a dorm.  It’s colorful, stylish and simple.  When decorating a small space, it is important to avoid excessively busy or cluttered decorations.

  1. Supplies: magazines, ruler, pencil, scissors, poster, frame, tape/glue
  2. Find your favorite magazine covers and carefully cut them off of the spine of the magazine.  I recommend using the same magazine to keep the look uniform, but in varying colors to create contrast.

    glamour glamour glamour

    it helps to pull the cover off of the spine first

    3. Evenly space out the magazine covers on the poster board and then tape or glue them down.

    4.  Your dunzo! Hang it up and enjoy!

    just hanging with my girls tay and rih rih

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    -kelsey

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DIY dream catcher

21 Aug

Dream catchers are making a comeback everywhere from tattoos to phone cases to jewelry, so why not have a real one in your dorm?

This project was extremely easy and fun to make, but it did require a lot of materials.

  1. Supplies {some that I used}: a round wooden hoop, a doily, string, beads, twine, lace, a hot glue gun, shells, feathers, and ribbon
  2. Wrap the twine {or any kind of chord} around the outside of the hoop using hot glue every few inches to hold it in place.

shannon demonstrating how to glue and wrap

3. After you’ve finished wrapping the whole hoop, use thread to weave in and out of the doily and around the hoop the secure the doily in the center.

the base

4. Start adding any kind of dangling strings that you want! This is the most creative and enjoyable part of the project.  Vary the lengths and the kind of material that you use as you go along.  I chose to keep mine pretty neutral with the exception of a few colored beads and ribbons.

the final product

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

here’s a link to the dream catcher that inspired mine!

-kelsey

cheers to a dorm apt.

21 Aug

Let’s let out a collective squeal of excitement for …wait for it wait for it… me moving into an apartment in two weeks!

After a year of living in a claustrophobia inducing dorm room, it is feels incredible to know that for the next year I will have a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a living room to call my own {and to share with four roommates but that just adds to the thrill} besides my own bedroom.

After basking in the sheer space an apartment offers, I started DIYing my way towards what I hope to be a trendy and chic living space- on a budget of course.  That’s why on rainy days this summer, and okay some sunny days too, I spent my time crafting for the bare white walls that await me.

Over the next few days I will be posting the step by step instructions on how to craft some of the DIY projects I have finished.  Check back soon!

-kelsey

my fall must haves

20 Aug

I’m currently trying to think of a better excuse to go shopping than back to school. So far, nothing is coming close.

Back to school shopping is the only shopping season able to rival to the retail madness that comes with the Christmas season aka the commercial mega-star of the year. August even has its own version of Black Friday: Back to School Saturday {or BTSS as promoted by Teen Vogue}. And where Teen Vogue leads, fashionistas are sure to follow.

In the spirit of a new school year and everything else wonderful about autumn {don’t even get me started on how much I adore apple picking, leaves changing color and fall Starbuck’s drinks}, here is what I’m craving to start the year out on a fashionable note.

  • Military Boots: the perfect combination of style and utility; add a dose of edginess to any outfit and keep your toes cozy at the same time. Wear with skinny jeans, leggings, or your fav summer shorts layered over dark tights.

1: Steve Madden Tarnney $150 – stevemadden.com
2: Combat Boot $40 – wetseal.com
3: ALDO Aukes boots $120 – aldoshoes.com

  • Chambray Shirt: the top officially declared part of the new M.O.D {model off duty} uniform by Teen Vogue is ideal for the classic fall layering look. It is an essential to looking effortlessly trendy. American Eagle has this look covered.

1: American Eagle Outfitters Ae Faded Western Chambray Shirt $40 – ae.com
2: American Eagle Outfitters Ae Chambray Western Shirt $40 – ae.com

  • Collar Necklace: I love how one accessory can glam up the most basic outfit. Pair with a crew neck shirt for a massive style impact.

1: Black Collar Necklace $32 – missselfridge.com
2: Asos Gold Sequin Collar $26 – asos.com
3: Peach Gemstone Collar Necklace $13 – windsorstore.com
4: H&M Collar $24 (£15) – hm.com

  • Colored Jeans: this fun twist on a classic essential can make a take a look from casual to statement- making. Wear with pastel, white, or chambray on top.

1: Ankle stretch toothpick jean in garment-dyed twill $50 – jcrew.com
2: American Eagle Outfitters Skinny Jean $40 – ae.com
3: Skinny Low Jeans H&M US $20 – hm.com

And a few other things I plan to try out and wear out this season:

  • leather jacket
  • flannel shirts
  • high waisted jeans
  • red lips
  • dark nails
  • chunky sweaters
  • sheer button up shirts
  • nude heels

-kelsey

stud me maybe?

8 Aug

While we can’t all be as rocker-chick fierce as the beloved Rihanna, the time has come for the inner bad girl inside to come out of the steel fastened, leather bound closet she has been chained to for so long—and fashionably! A hint of the bad girl image with a fashion forward spin (and without looking like you just stepped out of a rock concert) can only mean one thing: studs.

While leather jeggings may need to remain locked in a trunk for a few more years (who knows, they could come back!), studs are the perfect rocker-bling medium that can add a little edge to any outfit. From high-wasted shorts to bags to belts to shoes and everything in between, studs offer the versatility to be bold or subtle, depending on how many you use.

Another great upside to this look: customization. Buying studded apparel often comes with a large price tag, one that’s just too high for those of us saving every dollar we make this summer for things we need to buy at school (and I don’t mean pencils). The bright side of this comes with three little letters: DIY! Studs can be purchased online or in craft stores and can be applied to almost anything. The process seems a little difficult but definitely worth it when you can create your own personalized clothing.

So whether you’re already a hard-core rocker or just looking to add an edgy vibe to your wardrobe, do your inner Ri Ri a favor and embrace the studs.

Here are some of my favorites:

Happy studding!

~shannon~

give me more polyvore

1 Aug

Calling all wanna be fashionistas, magazine writers, and it girls!  I just discovered the web site that lets you do it all – Polyvore!

You can probably tell that I’m pretty stoked off of this new internet find based off the fact that I’m two for two in exclamations points (I promise I’ll stop now).  But seriously, polyvore is pretty damn cool.

I always see collages of perfectly coordinated and incredibly trendy outfits popping up on Pinterest, and obviously I repin them, but I always wondered where they came from and who was making all of them.  Finally, an answer to the questions that keep me up at night.

The online network for creative minds and fashion gurus allows users to browse through seemingly endless pages of everything from tops, skirts, accessories, jewelry and backgrounds on their way to creating their perfect looks.  Needless to say, it’s addicting.

Here are some of my first Polyvore creations:

dinner for two in cali? no problem

for your inner baddass

let’s do lunch on newbury street

be a tribal beach goddess

they also offer pre-made backgrounds to make your collection look even better!

Have your own Polyvore creations? Share them here! Or check in on Polyvore: find me here!

-kelsey