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Sunday Street Style

March 11, 2012

I think my picks this week are all proof that the right accessories can really take a look to another level. Without their cute hats, scarves, sunglasses, and bags, these ladies wouldn’t be nearly so stylish.
street style

Top row: WDUGT Street, Stockholm Streetstyle
Middle row: The Sartorialist, The Locals
Bottom row: Streetstyle Aesthetic, Hel Looks

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Outfit Post: Stolen

March 10, 2012

It’s a time-honored tradition for girls to steal t-shirts from their significant others, though it rarely goes the other way. My husband’s t-shirts are, for the most part, too big and boxy for me to wear. This one, though, is super soft and drapey, and I think I wear it almost as much as he does. Since he’s been gone this week (at the Game Developer’s Conference, in San Francisco), I decided he wouldn’t mind me borrowing it.

T-shirt: AllSaints, men’s department
Jeans: Thrifted
Shoes: Coach, thrifted
Blazer: Gap (old)
Bag: Sewn by me
Bracelets: Gifts

Tutorial: Rope and Wrapped-Thread Necklace

March 8, 2012

A while ago I made a rope necklace, but this one is quite different and is inspired by a new crop of designer necklaces, which have kind of a techno-tribal feel. Despite the lengthy instructions, these are pretty easy to make yourself, and the best part is that you make them in whatever colors you choose.


Clockwise from top left: Mara Hoffman Spring 2012, Holst + Lee necklace, Philip Lim, Mara Hoffman Spring 2012, Free People, Unknown (Pinterest)

Materials:

Black rope trim, at least 66 inches

Embroidery thread, assorted colors

Conical endcaps

Wire

Beads

Tape

Scissors

Needlenose pliers

Glue

Nuts

Chain

Clasp

Jumprings

Methods:

tribal rope necklace

tribal rope necklace

1. Cut 3 pieces of rope, each 22 inches long. Put a piece of tape on each rope end before you cut it to keep it from unraveling, and tape all three pieces together (I used clear tape but I actually recommend masking tape because it’s easier to remove.)

2. Braid the rope until you have about 5 inches of braid.

tribal rope necklace

3. Tie a piece of black embroidery thread around the ends of the braid to secure it, then use that thread to begin wrapping the rope.

tribal rope necklace

4. When you want to switch colors, tie a piece of the new color to the old one with a square knot and wrap over this knot to hide it.

tribal rope necklace

tribal rope necklace

5. Continue wrapping with various colors until the wrapped area reaches 4 inches. Then wrap the middle rope until you have 5 inches of wrapped rope, and the bottom rope until you have 6 inches of wrapped rope.

tribal rope necklace

6. After you’ve wrapped segments of all three pieces of rope, fasten the ends of the wrapped areas together with a piece of black embroidery thread.

tribal rope necklace

7. At this point you can slip large nuts (or beads) onto the rope to cover the spot where the three ropes converge.

tribal rope necklace

8. Braid the three loose ends together until they’re the same length as the other braid, about 5 inches. Tape them together and cut the rope.

tribal rope necklace

tribal rope necklace

9. Now you’re going to make your endcaps. Take a piece of wire about 1.5 inches long and use the needlenose pliers to make a little twist on one end. Slip a bead on that won’t fit through the small endcap hole, and stick the wire through the end. Then create a loop and attach 2 inches of chain to this loop. Repeat for a second endcap.

10. Using jumprings, attach a clasp to the end of the chain on one endcap, and attach a few jumprings onto the end of the chain of the other end.

tribal rope necklace

11. Fill your endcaps with glue (I like E6000), and stuff in the rope ends. Let dry.

tribal rope necklace

tribal rope necklace

tribal rope necklace

tribal rope necklace

tribal rope necklace

Spring 2012 Color: Pale Peach

March 6, 2012

Thanks to this spring’s color trends, my addiction to pastel shades is only growing.

1. From Me To You
2. Louis Vuitton Spring 2012
3. Urban  Outfitters
4. Midwest Alchemy
5. Zimmermann
6. Tibi
7. Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012

Sunday Street Style

March 4, 2012

Maybe I’m being overly optimistic, but the pastels and lighter colors are surely a sign that spring is on the way. At least in some part of the world.
street style
Top row: Stockholm Streetstyle, Facehunter
Middle row: The Sartorialist, Stockholm Streetstyle
Bottom row: The Sartorialist, Streetstyle Aesthetic

Outfit Post: Bad Kitty

March 2, 2012

Recently I’ve come to appreciate the bad-hair-day-hiding capabilities of hats. The top of my hair could be all frizzy and messy, with roots that need some work, but you’d never know thanks to my hat. I knit it a couple of years ago using this pattern, and I’m working on another, this time from this pattern, in black. It’s probably a bad idea to taunt the hair gods, but bring on the bad hair days. I can take it.

Tiger shirt: Don’t remember
Hat: Made by me
Skirt: Gap
Boots: Frye
Cardigan: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Links I Like

February 29, 2012


Check out this great tutorial for how to sew your own leggings.

rhubarb milkshake
To a rhubarb lover like me, this rhubarb milkshake recipe sounds wonderful. I grew up eating raw rhubarb, peeled with salt (only people in my family seem to eat it this way), but it’s just as good sweet as it is savory.

Could this sweet lace collar DIY from P.S.-I Made This be any easier?


These nautical rope bracelets are super cute, and look pretty easy to make.

If you’ve ever considered buying a Polaroid camera, here are some handy tips and advice about options and what to look for.


I love how Elsie’s hand-stamped dress turned out and would love to try to make my own version. My only problem is deciding what to stamp!