Tuesday, April 30, 2013

[DIY] Embellished Shoulders

So we've all been wearing this embellished shoulder trend for a couple years now-- I'm super late to the DIY train on this one, but I needed to do something with the conservative sweaters that've been rotting in my closet since my trip to Iran. Shoulder bling is one of the easiest DIY's in history-- you basically just add stuff to the shoulders of a shirt. Here's how I made my own version without sewing or glue.
You will need:
Shirt (long or 3/4 sleeves work best)
Felt or sturdy fabric
Safety Pins
Scrap Paper

First, use your scrap paper to sketch out the shape you want to use to put on your shoulders. I used a sort of rounded off rectangle. Cut two of these out of your felt.
 Cut twelve pieces of chain in varying lengths, but all longer than your shoulder pad oval thingy you just cut out. Split your chain into two groups of six and thread them onto a safety pin. Pin these safety pins to the top centers of your shoulder pads. Then, at even intervals, anchor your chains down to the felt with more safety pins.
 Add studs in between your safety pin anchors, using a butter knife to push the prongs down very flat in the back of your fabric. Fill the rest of the space on your fabric with safety pins. You could create a pattern, but I used different sized pins facing in all directions and overlapping.
 To attach your shoulder pads, lay them over the shoulders of your shirt so that the chains dangle down the sleeves, making sure they are both even with each other. Use more safety pins to attach them to your shirt. I would suggest taking the shoulder pads off the shirt when you launder it, and reattaching them again later.

Did you try this project? I would love to see it! Leave me a comment or send me a picture on Facebook!

Monday, April 29, 2013

[DIY Inspiration] Embellished Shoulders

For the past few seasons, embellished shoulders have made a come-back, and this time, they are here to stay a while. From epaulets, to draped chains and beading, to shoulder pads on the outside, there are so many ways to rock this easily DIY-able trend. What's your favorite way to wear these bold embellishments?

Monday, April 15, 2013

[DIY] Studded Sweater

Studs have been everywhere for a while now and they're not leaving anytime soon. I love studs and take every chance I get to add studs to whatever I can. When I found this Anne Klein sweater at the thrift store, I knew it would be the perfect candidate for some toughening up.
You will need:
Felt or medium to heavy-weight fabric the same color as your sweater
Cone studs with screw backs
Small screwdriver
Large nail, smaller than the width of your stud screws
Needle and like-colored Thread
 First, turn your sweater inside out and put down your felt underneath where your studs will go. This will help to reinforce your sweater so that the studs don't stretch the knit and fall out. I used a larger piece of felt and cut out the extra fabric later. Use fabric that is a similar color to your sweater in case it shows through. Green happened to be the closest I had on hand.
 Using the nail, carefully poke holes in your fabric through the sweater. Push the screw-back from the inside of the sweater and place the cone stud on from the outside. Use your screwdriver to tighten the screw-back all the way. Duplicate your pattern on the other shoulder of your sweater.
When you have finished adding all of your studs, cut off the excess fabric inside your sweater and use large stitches to tack the fabric down to your sweater.
There are many ways you can further personalize your sweater. I added a button and loop as a closure for my sweater (as seen in the first picture), since it was an open cardigan. I also shredded the hem and sleeves just a teeny bit to give the sweater a more un-done look (I like THIS tutorial).
Do you love studs? Will you be trying this project? How did you personalize your sweater? Leave a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

[How To] Survive a Music Festival

The first round of Coachella is this weekend, marking the beginning of festival season all over the world. Music festivals bring people together from all over to share in more than just music, but an experience. Although each festival has it's own style, and the outfits chosen range along the spectrum, there are a few things all summer festivals have in common. Here are a few of my tips to make sure you have the best possible time:

1. Handsfree. Try a small backpack or a fanny pack to hold all of the little things you might need with you throughout the day. Tickets, your ID, safety pins for outfit mishaps, your phone, etc. are all necessities you won't want to lose. Make sure your bag has zippered pouches so that nothing will fall out while you're getting down with your bad self on the dance floor. My rule of thumb for what to pack for the day is "Don't bring or wear anything you wouldn't mind losing".

2. Hydrate. Festival days are usually long and hot. Be sure to drink water throughout the day, especially if you're enjoying alcoholic beverages as well. Some festivals will let you bring in an empty water bottle to be filled up throughout the day. If you have that opportunity, take it! Put your water bottle on a carabiner clip to attach it to your bag and save yourself the hassle of wasting time in line to purchase expensive bottled water.

3. Layer. Weather can be unpredictable in the rural spots where festivals flourish, but the show goes on, rain or shine. Check the weather before you leave and keep a cheapy plastic poncho in your bag if there's any chance of rain. For festival days that go from dusk to dawn, the temperature will change with the light. Dress in layers that you can put on and take off to stay comfortable all day. Try to wear light layers that aren't a hassle to carry around when you aren't wearing them.

4. Phone. Many festivals have little to no cell service. Instead of letting your battery run down while it searches for service, put your little gadget on airplane mode and only check for texts every couple of hours. Use your camera phone to take pictures, note apps to save set times, and check the clock throughout the day, but keep your phone zipped away in your bag as much as possible and enjoy the music!

5. Shoes. This should go without saying, but wear comfortable shoes. There are rarely places to sit down, so you can't count on resting between sets. You will be standing, walking between stages, and hanging out on your feet all day, so ditch the heels and go for fuss-free, well-broken-in shoes.

6. Meet Up. When you arrive at the festival the first day and everyone is still together, choose a meeting spot away from any stages or busy areas. For festivals that include camping, you can easily meet back at that home base, but for larger festivals without in-and-out privileges, choose a section number or an art installation and promise to return there every few hours if your group gets separated.

7. Attitude. Any festival will be fun if you go into it with the right mind set. Don't let drama with your festival family or other stressors get you down. Plan your stay and rides to and from the venue ahead of time, but go with the flow if plans change. If you will be drinking, do it responsibly and stay well within your limits-- you want to be able to remember the fun time you had, and drinking too much in a strange place surrounded by strange people is a huge risk! Trust that everything will run smoothly, be positive, and keep a smile on your face.

Whatever festivals you get to attend this summer, have a great time and be safe! Did I miss anything? Leave a comment with your tips for enjoying festival season!