Posts tagged #DIY

DIY: Foolproof (and easy!) Thanksgiving Decor Tips


How is it that Thanksgiving is less than a week away? For all of you who are heading out this weekend to do some last minute prep for the holiday, we thought we'd re-share our blog full of tips to creating the perfect table for friends and family. 

Thanksgiving Table Decor Tips

This blog is an oldy, but a goody with easy DIY home crafting tips, including using walnut halves as salt and pepper holders, fallen leaves as place cards, and gourds as appetizer bowls.

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Posted on November 17, 2017 and filed under Stylish Living.

Trend Hack: Embellished Jeans

This Friday we are turning over the blog to Devon! She is sharing how she is taking on the beaded denim trend and making it her own. We love the look and are tempted to pass her a few of our faded blues for fall. Read on how you can too!

Taking a risk on a Trend

I often have this internal struggle between loving a new trend, and not wanting to invest in it. Certain styles come and go, but I still find myself wanting to incorporate them into my wardrobe. This season, in particular, we’ve seen a lot of over-the-top, glitzy add ons. I love a subtle touch of glam, and the embellished denim trend is just right.

 Investing Wisely By DIY

Luckily for me, this trend is the perfect opportunity to stretch those DIY muscles! Why spend almost $200 on something that will probably collect dust after a season or two? Below is my DIY trend hack that’s simpler than you may think!

 The Supply List:

  • Old jeans (or hit the thrift store for a cheap pair)
  • Pearls, beads, whatever you want!
  • Needle
  • Thread (white is best)
  • Scissors

Plan your pattern:

There are many designs out there, but I liked the idea of a simple ombre pattern. Since I love to wing-it, this technique also allows me to mess up a little. For this effect, I started with more beading along the pocket and used fewer as I went down the leg. If you’re a planner, use chalk beforehand to lay out where your beads and pearls will go.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Make sure your thread is long enough to secure Pearls when hand knotting. 
  • String glass beads together in a bunch before securing to save time.
  • Learn from my mistakes; make sure you move the pocket lining AWAY so you don’t sew it closed!
  • Wash with care! The jeans are now a high-risk item in the laundry; spot clean as needed. If you must wash them, turn them inside out and air dry.

 The Final Product:

Honestly, this took way longer than I thought, but with a glass of wine in the evening, it was a nice way to unwind. Regardless, I feel like I have this little fashion secret. I can’t wait for the faces when I say I made them myself! Considering all the coin I saved, I will definitely be doing more DIY projects in the future.

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Posted on August 4, 2017 and filed under Tips & Tricks, Women.

DIY Challenge: How to Fray Your Denim Like A Pro

Destressed denim is a standard in any fashion lover's wardrobe--but do you choke at the thought of investing in something already torn apart? We get it, which is why we thought we'd help some of you ease into the game. 

The Frayed Denim Trend

Denim trends come and go, but the frayed hem has been a hot look the past few years. It is simple enough you can do it at home. The beauty of this trend is you can really make it your own--the cropped bell cut, the staggered hem (think high-low mullet cuff), and the super fringe are all styles that you can do yourself. 

How To Fray Your Denim At Home

Today we are going to keep it simple and take one of our old pairs of denim and spruce it up for spring with a basic raw hem makeover.

The Basic Raw Hem

What you'll need:

  • Chalk or a tailors pencil
  • Safety Pins or straight pins
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Seam Ripper/Tweezers
  • Old Pair of Jeans Freshly Washed
  • Ruler or Straight Edge

Step 1:

Iron your jeans (this should really be the only time this should ever happen, unless your name is Kimberly or Monica ;)). Make sure you have a fresh foundation to start with and release the original hem if you need more length.

Step 2:

Test out the length by trying them on and adding a straight pin or safety pin where you want to hem. Make a straight line on where you want your fringe or fray to start with a pencil or tailor's chalk.

Step 3:

Make sure the length is exactly what you want or cut the hem slightly longer to start (measure twice, cut once friends).

Step 4:

Snip, snip, snip

Step 5:

Release some of the threads from the hem, lightly pulling your seam ripper or tweezers along the bottom of the hem. If you look an the inside of the denim pull some of the loops by the edge of the hem. In between releasing threads, pull the hem tight at the sides to "fluff" up the fray.

Step 6: Enjoy Life in the Fray. If your hem after washing looks too much like a jellyfish for your taste snip the loose threads for maintenance.

Stay Stylish,