Trends // Athletic Wear Inspired

Fashion, Gathered

Have you guys noticed how popular athletic wear is right now? It’s been on the runway for the past couple of seasons, but the big Birkenstock boom last year really drove home how mainstream it has become. Personally, I’ve been doing the athletic wear thing way before last year. Some might have called it lazy, but I like to think of it as ahead of the trends. I’m like Kanye and his leather jogging pants, just less angry.

Anyway, I’m glad we’re finally all on the same page. Let’s examine some shoes.

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// 1. I would wear these sandals by Teva x Woolrich way more than I should probably admit. I think Teva is going to have a pretty big resurgence this year.

// 2. I would never spend $950 on sneakers, but if you would, I encourage you to buy these Tom Ford dreamboats.

// 3. These gold slides by Vince have a great minimalist/luxe vibe going on. You could wear them with everything.

// 4. The cool kids have been wearing Vans since the 60’s. These burgundy slip-ons have a very Bottega Veneta feel to them, for about $600 less.

// 5. Hear me out on this one: I used to say, EW SNEAKER WEDGES and then one day I came home from the mall with a pair of sneaker wedges (sometimes I don’t know who I am) and THEY ARE FOOT PILLOWS, you guys. Little, portable foot pillows. These Jeffrey Campbell sneakers remind me of the Fendi monsters.

// 6. I’m not exactly sure what is going on here, but I like it. These Loeffler Randall perforated slip-ons seem like they’d be comfy and convenient, which is what all the best shoes should aim to be.

Flower Embellished Sunglasses DIY

Crafts, DIY, Fashion

So the other night after I wrapped up the toddler jewelry post, my son asked me if I could make him a flower out of Sculpey.

I spent a little while playing around with the clay yesterday afternoon and figured out how to make the cutest little flowers. And then I couldn’t stop making flowers and I ended up making a million tiny clay flowers. And then I started scouring my house for things to glue said tiny flowers to (take it from me that impulse hot-gluing is generally a bad idea). Luckily for my husband, children, and pets, my search didn’t really yield any results of things that were begging to be bedazzled (beflowered?). But luckily for my me, a quick trip to Forever21 produced a few pairs of cheap sunglasses with my name all over them. They actually say “Made in China” but you know what I mean.IMG_7998IMG_8037

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Sunglasses
Sculpey or other polymer clay
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Preheat your oven to 270 degrees. Cut off a chunk of clay. Knead it until it soften a bit, and then roll it into a little snake.FullSizeRender-15FullSizeRender-18

You like my manicure? It’s called “busy and I always peel off the Shellac even though they tell you not to”. Very in style, I hear.

Then you take that snake, and cut it into little chunks. You will need five little chunks for each flower.FullSizeRender-17

I’m not being very precise in measurements because both the amount of clay you use, and the size of the chunks both depend on how many flowers you want to make, and how big you want them to be. More clay = more flowers. Bigger chunks = bigger flowers.

Once you have all your chunks cut, roll each one into a nice little ball.FullSizeRender-20

Once you’ve rolled all the pieces into balls, carefully squish each one. You want them to be flat, but be careful not to press them so hard that the edges crack. Crack is whack. Also it will make ugly flowers.FullSizeRender-14

To make a flower, gently peel five of the dots up, and carefully overlap them in a little row. Once they’re in a row, lightly press on the spots where they overlap, so they fuse together a bit. Then, starting from the right side, gently roll the line of dots into itself.FullSizeRender-19

Once you have it rolled up, use a knife to cut the top part off. This will be the flower, so don’t cut it too short. FullSizeRender-13

I have no idea why I rolled it into a tadpole. That was overkill.

And then you repeat those steps over and over again, until you have your desired amount of flowers. Once you’ve got all your flowers, toss them in the oven for about 18 minutes. 
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Once the flowers have cooled, go crazy with your glue gun!

Here’s what I ended up with: Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

You may notice that the flowers I used on the glasses are completely different colors than the ones in the tutorial. When I said I made a million flowers, it was a slight exaggeration, but I definitely made a lot.

And here’s a selfie, because I thought the glasses looked appropriate with my sweater:

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Happy crafting!

Oops, I Didn’t Blog in Forever

Art, Fashion, Pretty Things

Dear Diary (blog),

Sorry that it’s been so long since we’ve spoken. I’m not really sure what happened. It’s like one minute we were the best of friends and then a few weeks passed and we hardly even know each other anymore.

If you were wondering what I’ve been up to, here are some recent pictures from my phone and other things I’ve been doing/loving lately:

// Kindah Khalidy had a .01 cent painting sale and I bought a couple. She’s an amazing painter/textile designer with a knack for making things that look like they were made by a 4-year old, but you couldn’t pull it off if you tried. I love that her art is childish and whimsical and both simple and complex at the same time.

Not one of the one cent paintings; Kindah Khalidy, $650

Not one of the one cent paintings; Kindah Khalidy, $650

Coats for the Grown and Sexy

Fashion, Pretty Things

I feel like I should apologize for that title.

I remember when I was in high school, these ads would come on the top 40 radio station I always listened to and they’d be like, “WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT CLUB ______, yada yada yada, FOR THE GROWN AND SEXY ONLY”.

Honestly, it always seemed like way too complicated of a club to attend. What if you were grown but unsure of your sexiness? Who was the authority on “sexy”? What if you were definitely sexy but unsure of the point at which you are actually considered “grown”. Is it when you completely stop growing? If you Google “when do people stop growing” this article will tell you that the magic number is most likely 20. So you could be technically grown and definitely sexy and still not able to get into that club because it was 21 and up. That seems stressful. I’d rather just go to a club that was like, “Your belly can hang over your jeans as long as your purchase our drinks that we mark up 400%“.* That’s my kind of club.

I’m sorry. That was completely not the point of this.

Anyway- I’m due for a new coat.

I Did a Lot of Internet Shopping So You Don’t Have To

Fall, Fashion

And with all of that shopping, I made pictures of really expensive boots and ones that look almost exactly the same for a whole lot less.

I’m a fun person so I’m going to make you guess which one is which. (Click the links to find out if you’re right.)

Tall Riding BootsIMG_4273One of these is Madewell for $298 and the other is Miu Miu for $1290.

IMG_4278One of these is Givenchy for $1450 and the other is Vince Camuto for $198.

Fall Trends// How To Wear Camo Without Looking Like Ted Nugent

Fashion, Gathered

Camo is having a moment. Quite a big moment, actually. From the high-end designers like Valentino and Prada to the accessible luxury lines a la Tory Burch and Michael Kors, camo is everywhere.

The traditional hunting print actually makes a very versatile neutral that brings more character than your typical black or tan, but wearing it the right way is key. Here I share a couple of ways I styled the trend.

Mom Uniform // Bags and Shoes

Fashion, Motherhood

A mom uniform: Something that very few of us set out to create, but all of us mamas have. Much is expected of the mom uniform; It must be able to bend over to pick up the entire spilled contents of a goldfish pouch in the middle of the grocery store, it must be able to crawl under the display tables at Anthropologie to retrieve the beloved ball you tried so hard to convince your child to leave in the car, it must be able to roll with the punches of marker hands and spaghetti faces and above all, it must be comfortable.

My daily mom uniform tends to look something like a pair of Wunder Unders and a slouchy unisex tank or baseball T á la American Apparel. It is tried and true- it doesn’t ride up or fall down or gape open or lose it’s composure when I throw it in the washing machine. It’s something of a trusty sidekick, but it’s also pretty bland. In order to keep my style life both functional and exciting, here are some of my favorite ways to bring life to my day-to-day dressing.

// 1. A Badass, Do-It-All Bag
Requirements: Must be big enough to hold a few diapers, a pack of wipes, a couple of snacks, a book or two, 11 Matchbox cars, a couple of hair bows, a couple of hair bows for your toddler’s doll, some “treasures” your preschooler found on the sidewalk, and art supplies for public meltdowns. Oh, and whatever you need, too. Top handles look nice for posing in pictures and date nights but a shoulder strap is crucial since you are already negative 3 hands that you could really use.

20140727-131215-47535353.jpg // 1. Hello, beautiful. // 2. Alexander Wang is a wizard at creating the simplest bags that pack a punch of attitude. // 3. Bucket bags are so right now. // 4. This bag will go with everything you own.

Alternative Wedding Rings

Fashion, Gathered, Jewelry

I really like the idea of alternative or non-traditional wedding rings. Not only do they offer so much more freedom to find something that is truly you, but there are so many stunning options at widely varying price points.

Here I compile some of my favorite alternative ideas for putting a ring on it:

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Summer Staples

Beauty, Fashion, Gathered

20140719-174811-64091403.jpg 1. Wildfox sunnies are my everything right now. // 2. Bond No. 9 Central Park South is my summer perfume this year. // 3. Mara Hoffman’s one-piece suits are my spirit animal. Or something. // 4. David Yurman’s classic cable bracelets are the perfect everyday jewelry. // 5. The best smelling sunscreen in the history of the world. // 6. These sandals have been my most worn item this summer, by far. What are your summer staples?