January 23, 2015

DIY FRIDAY: EASY + INTERCHANGEABLE TASSEL NECKLACE



DETAILS: nanette lapore swimsuit || urban outfitter sunglasses || necklaces made by me (tutorial below) 

Next week Philip and I are jet setting off on a tropical vacation. I've been sewing like a mad woman, making a few new pieces to wear while we're there, but in the midst of all my sewing I realized I didn't have any good jewelry for the trip. I have tons of jewelry, but I wanted something more appropriate for the laid-back, beachy feel of the vacation.

Then I saw Julia, of Gal Meets Glam, wearing some pretty tassel necklaces on her recent beach vacations and fell in love with them. The only problems were that I didn't know where she purchased them, and I wanted them in every color. So of course I just DIY'd them. Then I had the idea to make them interchangeable, and with the help of a little lobster clasp I now had one in every color without having to make eight different necklaces. I absolutely love how these turned out and can't wait to wear them next week!

Click through for the super easy instructions!

January 21, 2015

LITTLE BLUE SWING DRESS





PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANA LAURENE

As we head into spring around here (sorry all you people who will still be dealing with snow for the next four months) dresses become my go-to.  Swing dresses are one of my favorite dress styles to wear because they're so comfortable, and can easily be dressed up or dressed down. Throw a swing dress on with wedges and a statement necklace for date night (like I did here), or dress it down with a simple pair of leopard flats. I even styled one with a high pony, sandals, and my denim jacket tied around my waist that you can see here. The options are endless, and you look put-together no matter what!

And the best part is that they're super easy to make. Find the Perfect Summer Swing Dress sewing tutorial right here!


Happy Wednesday!

January 20, 2015

HOW TO STYLE A DRAPE FRONT CARDIGAN








OUTFIT DETAILS: 
scarf made by me (similar here) || target cardigan (on sale for under $15!) || similar jeans (on sale for $30!) || similar crossbody bag (under $30) || similar booties here and here || similar tee here and here || urban outfitters sunglasses 


Drape front cardigans are super popular right now, and with all the different styles and colors available, I can't help but want to add a few to my closet. But the truth is they're bulky and kind of hard to style without looking...well, bulky. 

But just because a trend can be tricky to wear doesn't mean you have to be afraid of it. You just have to learn how to style it so it's flattering!

Try these tips when styling your drape front cardigans:

1. Keep it skinny on bottom. Since you have so much fabric on top, it's important that you don't add more bulk on bottom. So stick with skinny jeans or leggings.

2. Wear darker shades on bottom. Although wearing black doesn't always make you look skinnier, in this case it will. Lighter colored pants will draw attention to your legs and make them look wider too, so your whole body will look bulkier. Keep it proportional.

3. Add some height. When you're wearing something that might make you look wider on top, extra height helps keep you looking taller and thinner. I threw on a pair of heeled ankle booties that matched the dark color of my jeans to help create a long, lean line all the way down to my toes.

4. Layer with lightweight pieces. If your shirt and your cardigan are both thick and bulky, it will add extra bulk, so keep your undershirt lightweight.

There are so many gorgeous drape front cardigans out there right now, so I rounded up a few of my favorites. I don't know how you'll ever choose between this diamond patterned one and this black and white fringe one! Click the images in the widget below to shop all my favorites! 


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