DIY again [Specially for the Laides]

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DIY Embellished Friendship Bracelets

so i found out that girls wanted something of theirs…alone..well

This is from a friend, Claire.

Enjoy…

The weather is warming up and my wrists are feeling rather lonely and bare after hiding under long sleeves all season long. But after digging up last year’s DIY friendship bracelets, I realized they desperately needed sparkly and shiny upgrades. Today we’re showing you three easy ways to embellish your friendship bracelets, making them all grown up . . .

To add rhinestones, you’ll need:

  • a chevron friendship bracelet (tutorial found here)
  • 5-6” crystal rhinestone chain (last used here)
  • 1 yard of embroidery floss
  • an embroidery needle
  • a pair of scissors

 

Thread the needle with embroidery floss and tie the end into a double knot. Push the needle through the back of bracelet. Lay the rhinestone chain along the middle of the bracelet, using the chevron pattern as a guide.

Stitch the floss between the first two rhinestone links, pushing needle out the middle of the bracelet. Bring the needle back through the middle, this time further down between the second and third links.

Continue stitching between the rhinestone links. After the very last stitch, tie a double knot on the backside and trim the ends.

Your friendship bracelet is sparkling and finished!

To add studs, you’ll need:

  • a chevron friendship bracelet (tutorial found here)
  • 5 3/8” brass cone studs (last used here)
  • a pair of small, sharp scissors
  • a screwdriver

Use a Sharpie or marker to make 5 evenly spaced marks along the middle of the friendship bracelet. From the backside, push the point of the scissors through the mark to create a hole.

Push a screw through the hole. Twist the coned spike onto the screw and use a screwdriver to tighten.

Repeat the steps with the rest of the spikes. Voila! Your friendship bracelet has a spiked spine.

To add chain, you’ll need:

  • a friendship bracelet (tutorial found here)
  • 5-6” of brass curb chain
  • 1 yard of embroidery floss
  • an embroidery needle
  • a pair of scissors

Thread the needle with embroidery floss. Untie one end of the friendship bracelet and re-knot it with the tail of the threaded embroidery floss. Push the needle through the outer edge of the backside of the bracelet.

Lay the chain flat, against the edge of the bracelet. Thread the needle over and through the first link. Push the needle though the backside about two rows down. Depending on the width of each link, the row count may vary.

Keep stitching. Make two stitches around the last link, untie the knot and re-knot with the last of the floss. Trim away any excess.

Your chain trimmed friendship bracelet now has an edge – how simple was that?

Stack ‘em, give ‘em away and you’re officially ready for summer.

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DIY (Do It Yourself) Month 4 * Week 3

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hey y’all !!! how did the weekend go ???? well..mine was good..but short though..and a very close friend of mine, Susan , is ill 😦 . pls lets wish her a quick recovery 🙂

going into today’s issue…concerning colour blocking…leggo!!

DIY Colour Blocked Pants

Colour + block = the 2 words in fashion most commonly used this season. It was just a matter of time before we’d incorporate this much loved trend into a DIY. And thanks to Tommy Ton‘s color blocked pants, spotted at New York Fashion Week, we were finally inspired to give an old pair of chinos a much needed makeover!

You’ll need:

  • a pair of old boyfriend jeans or chinos
  • 4 oz fabric or craft paint (we used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paint in Indigo)
  • flat paintbrush
  • small plastic tray
  • masking tape

Depending on the length of the pants, measure 12-16 inches from the bottom hem to the calf. Use a long piece of masking tape to tape off one leg. Repeat the step on the other leg, aligning the two to ensure evenness. Squeeze 2 ounces of craft paint into the small tray.

Start painting, using generous amounts of paint. Be sure to get close to the edge of the masking tape for a straight line!

Once the legs have been painted, allow it to dry completely. Turn the pants inside out, tape off a section 6 – 8 inches from the bottom (depending on the fold of the cuff), and paint. Once everything is dry, peel away the tape from the inside and out.

Fold the bottom of pants twice into a cuff. (Side note: the Martha Stewart craft paint will not crack or peel but will may stiffen the fabric)

Ready, set . . . color-blocked!

 

Men’s Accessories: Tie Bar- The why, the what, the how

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Hello again boys,

Did you know that men’s accessories sales are on the rise? Men are buying so many accessories that some forecasters predict sales growth for men’s clothing and accessories during the first three months of this year will set a 20-year high.  This brings us to our point, the tie bar, the first men’s accessory we shall discuss. Tie bars have gained popularity recently and if you haven’t gotten one yet, you must! It’s a hot accessory for men and you better jump on the tie bar train before it leaves without you. I personally prefer the more simple, plain look such as the Tiffany’s Tie Bar below but there’s definitely some fancy ones out there.

Tiffany’s Plain Tie Bar

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Tateossian Grid Tie Bar

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BOSS Black “Tovis” Tie Bar
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Burberry Check Tie Bar

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Thanks to the fancy people at GQ, now you can avoid making those tie bar related faux pas that were bound to happen before.

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We see guys wearing their tie bar too high or too low all the time. The rule is simple: It goes between the third and fourth buttons of your dress shirt.

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It may sound obvious, but a tie bar doesn’t just clip the front end of your tie to the back end. It fastens both ends to the placket of your shirt.

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Finally, never wear a tie bar that’s wider than your tie. That’s the worst! Keep things narrow.

So go ahead, accessorize yourself and get your sexy on.

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Do Right And Kill Everything – Especially Fashion

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[[[[[[[[[[[its Men’s Fashion week on my blog…so through out this week. its gonna be all about guys n fashion ]]]]]]]]]]

Welcome to Club Paradise

“He in love with street shit
No wonder why I feel awkward at this fashion week shit”

Though he raps the above lyric in Club Paradise, anyone who see’s Drake’s GQ Fashion Spread would think he lived at Fashion Week. GQ managed to capture Drake in a way that combines his hip hop swag and mixes in trendy men’s fashion and produces some photos I’d liken to visual heaven.

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Calvin Klein Suit. Alexander Wang Shirt. Dior Homme Shoes.

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Louis Vuitton Suit. Canali Shirt. Ralph Lauren Shoes.

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Prada Tie. Tie Bar by The Tie Bar. Pocket square by Scotch & Soda.

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Rolex Watch. Cartier Bracelet. Ralph Lauren Red Label Shirt.

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Gucci Suit. Tom Ford Shoes. Tie Bar by The Tie Bar.

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Tom Ford Suit/Shirt/Shoes.

Fancy huh? Ladies, jaws off the floor please. Men, go shopping now. Everyone, listen to Take Care  (because you really don’t have a good reason not to) and read the GQ articleon our man. Drake, stay sexy.

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DIY (Do It Yourself) Month 4 * Week 2

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Do you remember the last time you Sharpie-d or embellished a pair of sneakers? For us, it had been far too long so when we saw Miu Miu‘s latest glittery sneakers for fall, we were anxious to bling out our own pair using a pair of classic Vans as our canvas.

You’ll need:

  • a pair of white canvas Vans
  • 8 ounces of Mod Podge
  • 1.5 ounces of coarse gold glitter
  • 1 small and 1 medium flat brush
  • assorted rhinestones in settings
  • heavy duty adhesive
  • small plastic tray
  • tape

Start by taping the edges of the shoes, covering the rubber soles. Cover both toes with tape as this is where the rhinestones will be glued on later. (Click images to enlarge)

Add one part course glitter to two parts Mod Podge into a small plastic cup or tray.

Stir the mixture thoroughly with a paintbrush. The consistency should be rather thick but not pasty. Apply a layer of the glitter mixture to the shoe. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes and add a second and third layer until hardly any white space is showing. Use an exacto knife or the edge of your fingernail to scrape off any glitter that might have dried onto the grommets or soles.

Remove the tape. Using adhesive, glue the rhinestones on the toe in any pattern.

Sport your new Miu Miu inspired glittery sneakers with or without laces!

Thanks to Ashley James for this week’s DIY Post

DIY (Do It Yourself) Month 4 * Week 1

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hey y’all, happy new month..my saturday didnt really go quite well, but thats last month!! . Well, this week”s DIY is also a bracelet, i think bracelets are the reigning accessories these days…enjoy..and learn…(thanks to Kristie Kingston from United Kingdom, for the pics)

DIY Wrap Bracelet

 

You should all know by now that we are all about stacking bracelets on our wrists. The more, the better. In fact . . . the most, the best! With that being said, we’ll show you how to master a version of the ever so popular wrap bracelet. It’s so simple and addicting, you’ll soon be churning out these wristlets with your eyes closed. Clearly this arm party train isn’t stopping and it’s about time you get on board!

You’ll need (for a double wrapped bracelet) :

* Lengths will vary depending on the size of your wrist (see comments for suggestions).

 

Fold the length of leather cording in half to form a loop. The loop should fit around the hex nut, which serves as the clasp. Run the tip of the waxed linen upwards along the leather cord and towards the loop. Then wrap around the base of the loop at least 5-6 times, working downwards in the opposite direction. This secures the waxed linen cord and is the start of the bracelet.

Place the ball chain along the leather cording with the end of the chain meeting the end of the wrap. Holding the ball chain against the leather cord, wrap the linen around tightly.

Continue wrapping while checking it for fit around the wrist.

When you have reached the end of the ball chain wrap the linen cording around the leather strands 2-3 more times. Tie a knot with all three strands.

Thread the hex nut through the strands and tie a second knot.

Trim with scissors and your wrap bracelet is finished!!

The materials are listed for a double wrap bracelet. For a single or triple wrapped bracelet, divide the measurements by 2 and multiply by accordingly. Experiment with crystal or other types of chain!

It’s a party!

 

 

The Cornerstones in The Designing world

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Before this starts, i wanna say thanks, to those who have been re tweeting my posts on twitter and/or shared them on facebook. I love y’all. I spent the midnight putting this together..I hope you enjoy..and start from a saddle situation..lol

With all of the hype behind fantastically expensive one-named designers, I think we sometimes forget that somewhere down the line, one individual person actually opened up a store and probably never dreamed their clothes would sell for thousands of dollars (with a couple of exceptions, as you’ll see). Here are the stories behind some of those one-named designers.

gucci1. Guccio Gucci opened a small saddlery shop in 1906 and started selling practical leather bags to his horsemen customers sometime in the ‘20s. The quality of his work was so outstanding he quickly gained a reputation and started to expand his line. By 1938 he had a second store in Rome; the third store opened in Milan in 1951. By the time the fourth store opened in Manhattan in 1953, Guccio had died and his sons were running the business. The brand was hot for a while, thanks to famous customers like Jackie O., Grace Kelly and Aubrey Hepburn. But the ‘80s were not good to Gucci – Guccio’s grandsons were running the company into the ground. They started to dull the appeal of the high-name brand by agreeing to strange partnerships, like the time they designed the interior of the AMC Hornet station wagon. For real. Knockoffs were everywhere, and the grandsons started fighting – physically. One business meeting ended in blows, and reportedly one of the grandsons bashed the other one in the head with an answering machine and knocked him out cold. Classy, right? But when Rodolfo Gucci, one of Guccio’s sons, died and left his share to his son Maurizio (pictured), Maurizio turned things around and made Gucci a sought-after brand again. Sadly, Maurizio was murdered by a hit man hired by his ex-wife in 1995. I think the Guccis belong on Jerry Springer, if you ask me.

miuccia2. Prada has a story similar to Gucci’s, but the line is younger and the Italian city it started in is 155 miles north. Prada, founded by Mario Prada, dates back to Milan, Italy, 1913. Mario sold steamer trunks and imported handbags. When he passed away in the ‘50s, his son wasn’t really interested in taking over the leather goods store. A woman running the store would have been out of the question prior to Mario’s death; a female family member even working in the store wasn’t even possible as Mario didn’t believe women belonged in the workplace. He probably rolled over in his grave when his daughter-in-law took control of the business, but she basically just maintained the store for 20 years. It wasn’t until her daughter Miuccia took over in the late ‘70s that the brand really exploded. It was Miuccia (pictured) who started designing leather backpacks and totes and Miuccia who opened a second store – this one a boutique – in an upscale shopping district in Milan. Clothes were added to the line in 1989 and the name has been cemented in the high fashion market ever since.

versace3. Versace is the newest brand on the list and was founded just 31 years ago. Gianni grew up helping his mother, a dressmaker, embroider dresses and do tailoring. After studying architecture, he moved to Milan when he was 26 to work in fashion. After working for a couple of designers, he was ready to start his own line and opened his first store in Milan in 1978. The line was successful right away, exploding with boutiques around the world. When Gianni was killed in 1997, his sister Donatella stepped in to run the company. The biggest share of the company belongs to Donatella’s daughter, however: Gianni left 50 percent of the company to Allegra to inherit when she turned 18 (which happened in 2004). Donatella owns 20 percent and Santo, the oldest Versace brother, owns 30 percent.

4. By contrast, Burberry is the second oldest house on the list. In 1856, Thomas Burberry opened a store in Hampshire, England, focusing on practical outdoor wear. After some experimentation, Burberry invented gabardine in 1880, a fabric made by yarn that is waterproofed before the garment is woven. Based on this and on his growing reputation, Thomas was asked by the War Office to make a better coat for its officers; the result was the trench coat. The famous “Burberry Check” was first used as a mere lining for a trench coat in 1924. In 1967, the pattern was expanded to scarves, umbrellas, boots and just about everything else, which is part of the reason the brand is so ubiquitous today.

coco5. Chanel was founded, of course, by Gabrielle Chanel, better known as Coco. She was only 12 when her mother died, and to make matters worse, her father then abandoned the family. Coco and her siblings were sent to an orphanage, which is where she learned how to sew. The second she turned 18, she fled the orphanage and went to work for a tailor. This is where she met millionaire Etienne Balsan, where she no doubt found the money to open up her own hat shop in 1910. They weren’t dating at that time, however. The shop quickly failed, but after starting an affair with Etienne’s former best friend, Arthur Capel (also, conveniently, a millionaire), she opened another shop. This one was successful, and soon her hats were all the rage among French actresses. She introduced her women’s sportswear next and after that she never looked back. Well, Coco did close all of her stores during WWII, saying that it wasn’t an appropriate time to focus on fashion. She was briefly arrested after France was liberated because of her attempt to gain access to Winston Churchill – it was widely believed that she was helping the Axis side. Indeed, she did live in the same hotel that the Germans used as their headquarters while they were in France, the Hotel Ritz Paris. Winston Churchill himself intervened on her behalf, but she was worried about the French retaliating against her and made her home in Switzerland instead. During her self-imposed exile, her business partner, Pierre Wertheimer, took over the business and things were never quite the same for Coco after that. The whole history there is quite complicated and interesting… I think I might have a new biography to add to my reading list. Coco died in 1971 and generations of Wertheimers have owned Chanel ever since. Alain Wertheimer took over in 1974 and is the one who convinced head designer Karl Lagerfeld to leave Chloe and come to Chanel.

dior6. Dior was founded by, of course, Christian Dior, whose parents desperately wanted him to attend school to study politics. He appeased them at the Ecole des Sciences Politiques from 1920 to 1925, but he didn’t give up his fashion dream: he sold his sketches for 10 cents each on the street. A couple of years after he graduated, though, his family lost their fortune and he was free to pursue whatever he wanted – which was, of course, clothing. After putting in time at a couple of houses in France, Christian opened his own line in 1946 and originally named it Corolle. He died in 1957 of a heart attack, but the cause of the heart attack is disputed. Some say he choked on a fish bone, which induced the heart attack; those close to him say it was brought on by a particularly vigorous sexual encounter.

hubert7. Givenchy was the brainchild of Hubert de Givenchy, who certainly didn’t have a hardscrabble childhood like Coco Chanel did, and definitely didn’t start small like Gucci and Prada. Nope, Hubert was born into French aristocracy – his father was Lucien Taffin de Givenchy, Marquis de Givenchy. And creative genes ran in his family: his great grandfather and his great-great grandfather were both designers, creating things for the Elysee Palace and the Paris Opera, respectively. After seeing the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris, Hubert (then 10) decided that he wanted to go into the field of fashion. He was just 18 when he started designing for family friend Jacques Fath, and after spending some time with Elsa Schiaparelli, he opened up his own House of Givenchy in 1952. He was only 25, but because of his connections and his innovative designs, age didn’t matter. He met Audrey Hepburn in 1953 and loved him so much that he designed almost all of her movie wardrobe from then on. Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy retired from fashion in 1995.

yves8. Yves Saint Laurent (I know… more than one name) came to fashion by way of the theater, sort of. He was severely bullied at school as a kid and would come home and try to escape his troubles by acting out plays for his parents. He loved reading the theater reviews in the French Vogue and ended up being fascinated by the clothes as well. He began formal fashion study at the Chambre Syndicale and entered a design competition that led to him designing for Christian Dior. Incidentally, he beat out Karl Lagerfeld to win that competition. Dior liked him so much that he named young Yves as his successor, and as we know now, Dior died at a fairly young age, leaving Yves in charge of the House of Dior at the age of 21. Despite his new status, he ended up having to serve in the French Army during the Algerian War of Independence in 1960 (there’s rumor that some of the powers-that-be in fashion didn’t want him heading up Dior and pulled some strings with the government), and when he came back, he found he had been fired from the company. After suing (and winning) Dior for breach of contract, Yves decided to start his own company in 1962. And it did very well, attracting the likes of Catherine Deneuve. Gucci bought YSL (the brand, not the guy) in 1999, and Yves himself died just last year.

9. Armani is another young fashion house compared to most on this list. From 1961 to 1970, Giorgio Armani was just an assistant designer for Nino Cerruti. By 1974, he had decided that he wanted his own line, and with just $10,000, he did. He quickly became a Hollywood favorite, and when word got around that Richard Gere had worn an Armani suit in 1980’s American Gigolo, he and his clean lined-designs immediately achieved icon status. And he’s still outfitting movie stars today – he was responsible for Christian Bale’s suits in The Dark Knight.

hermes10. We started with a saddle shop and we’ll end with a saddle shop. In 1837, Thierry Hermès opened a harness workshop for fine equestrians and European noblemen and became very popular. After his son took over the business, the shop was relocated to a more citizen-friendly area, where they began selling saddlery as well as harnesses. The business became so renowned that the name was familiar as a purveyor of luxury goods internationally. When Thierry’s grandsons inherited the business sometime around 1910, they obtained the rights to use the zipper and started making clothes. They didn’t start at the bottom – their first zippered golf jacket, made out of leather, was commissioned for the Prince of Wales. Handbags were added to the blossoming line in 1922 after one of the grandson’s wives complained she couldn’t find a purse to her liking, and by 1924 they had two shops in the U.S. The famous (or infamous, if you’re a Devil Wears Prada fan) Hermes scarf was introduced in 1937 and achieved instant cult status. When Grace Kelly appeared in Life magazine carrying Hermes’ Sac à dépêches bag, they instantly renamed it the Kelly and it became one of the best-selling bags in fashion history. It’s still a hot item. They’re also the ones who make the highly-demanded Birkin bags.

The lesson from all of this? If you want your grandchildren to be rich beyond their wildest dreams, start a saddle store. Right now.

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