Monday, March 31, 2014

[How To] White Hair

I get so many questions about my hair every day! Some people are really rude and want to touch it and be creepy, but most people are really nice and sort of curious, so I made a couple of videos about it. If you're interested, here is how I got my hair this color, how I maintain it and keep it looking healthy, and how I match my extensions to this weird color. 

How To: White Hair

How To: Tone White Extensions

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

[DIY] Flapper Headband

A friend of mine recently attended a speakeasy themed event at her pharmacy school, sparking THIS post and subsequent DIY project. She sent me a photo of her dress, and then I created a headband to match. This is an easily customizable accessory to create, so don't be afraid to switch out materials or use what you already have on hand to create the perfect piece for your event.
You will need:
Stretchy elastic sequin trim
Small piece of cardboard (shop your recycling bin!)
Decorations: Rhinestones, sequins, beads, jewelry findings, scrapbook embellishments, etc.
Felt in a matching color (optional)
Needle and thread
Hot glue gun
First, measure how big your headband needs to be. Don't forget that this type of headband is worn across the forehead. Cut your sequin elastic to the necessary length.
Overlap your sequin elastic by one inch and sew the ends together, securing any loose sequins on the ends. This part doesn't need to look perfect, as it will be covered up in a later step.
Cut your cardboard into a half-circle shape about 3 to 4 inches across. This will be the base for your embellishments.
Using hot glue, attach feathers to the cardboard around the outside of the semi-circle with the points to the inside. Make sure the cardboard is completely covered.
It will kind of look like a feather duster. Hold it up to your head and look at the proportions in the mirror. If it feels too large (which, really, how could it be? Bigger is always better!), carefully trim the ends of the feathers.
Lay out your embellishments and decide on a pattern. Make sure to cover up the ends of the feathers, but be careful not to put anything past the end of your cardboard base.
Hot glue those suckers on.
Find the spot on your headband where it was sew together. Glob on the hot glue and attach your feather fan-piece at a slight angle.
To finish your piece, cut a piece of felt to the same size and shape and your cardboard and glue it on to cover up the back of your cardboard and your headband's meeting spot. I had to skip this step, since I was in a hurry to get this piece in the mail and didn't have the right color felt, but this step will make your headband look more finished and the felt will help keep your headband in place against your hair.
Here I am with the fan facing downwards...
…and the beautiful Miss Erica wearing it facing upwards with the rest of her costume.
These headbands are so easy to create and fun to customize. They are so versatile as a costume piece and can give a twenties feel to a regular dress if you ever need a last minute flapper costume!
Have you ever been to a "Gatsby" party? Did you try out this DIY? I would love to hear about your costume :) Leave a comment and let me know!

Friday, March 7, 2014

[diy inspiration] Flapper Style

Having been obsessed with The Great Gatsby since middle school (although, not so much when we were forced to read and analyze it to death in high school), I was elated when the movie version with Leonardo Dicaprio came out last year. I had always loved imagining the glamorous Daisy and Jordan lounging in a beautiful art deco mansion on the water and giggling about nothing-- Fitzgerald's descriptions of their outfits giving just enough details for the reader to imagine the rest for themselves.
In the more recent movie adaptation, costume designer, Catherine Martin, outdid herself with a beautiful and luxurious representation of the roaring twenties, inspiring "Gatsby Parties" all over the country. Since the flapper-style pieces worn back in the twenties in the middle of the industrial revolution, they were almost all handmade, and although intricate, could be easily DIY'ed today. Recently, I've been most inspired by the beautiful headpieces worn by the rebellious women who refused hats, opting instead for feathers, lace, and sparkle. With some sequins, feathers, beads, and a glue gun, you can easily recreate this look for your next speakeasy-style party!
[for sale HERE]
[for sale HERE]
Have you been to any 20's themed parties? Would you buy or DIY this look? Leave a comment and let me know!

Monday, March 3, 2014

[greek life] Badge Day

Even though I was only at San Diego State for one year, my sorority, Delta Gamma, played a huge role in shaping the person I am today. I learned the most important life lessons from the girls in my house and even from the guys and gals in other houses. Now that I am an alumni of DG, I'm not as involved, but "going greek"changed my life in so many amazing ways. Happy International Badge Day to all of my Delta Gamma sisters, as well as all of the other lovely greek ladies out there!

[diy inspiration] The Academy Awards

This year's Oscars red carpet showcased many of this season's popular fashion trends, as well as classic standby's. Amongst the beautiful colors, elegant silhouettes, and loads of texture and embellishments, I managed to find lots of DIY'able inspiration to up the ante of an outfit for you next black-tie event.
Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta
Recreate the feel of Jen Garner's Oscar de la Renta dress by adding tiers of metalic-threaded fringe in a similar color to your dress. The movement created by the swinging fringe would be fun at an event with dancing, like a wedding or prom!
Georgina Chapman in Marchesa
 Designer Georgina Chapman's dresses are well known for their beautiful and often daring embellishments. Recreate this look by adding tufts of marabou or (faux) ostrich-feather trim to your dress. Instead of letting the trim fall downwards, put it on upside-down with the feathers pointing up to create lots of dramatic volume.
Costume designer Catherine Martin
Take a printed dress to the next level by adding lace appliqués in a contrasting color. Catherine Martin's  dress showcases just enough perfectly-placed pops of mint not to take away from the original print of a dress. You could also use this technique to update last summer's most loved maxi dress.
Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani
Adding paillettes, and even beading, can create sparkle and movement. The sparsely decorated Armani dress, worn by Cate Blanchett, would be less expensive and less time consuming to recreate than a kablam-tacky-sequins-in-your-face-lets-go-clubbing-on-new-years-eve dress. She looks like an ultra-glam snowflake in nude and white tones.
Penelope Cruz in Giambattista
Tie a black velvet ribbon in a bow at your waist to put an easy and classic twist on a simple dress. This would be a perfect way to give new life to that plain bridesmaid dress your best friend made you buy to be in her wedding because "You can totally wear it again!"
Anne Hathaway in Gucci
This Gucci dress, worn on the red carpet by Anne Hathaway, would be perfect for someone who wants to keep their edgy vibe while still adhering to a fancy shmancy dress code. Toughen up a simple black dress by lining up oversized triangle studs or mirrored mosaic tiles across the bodice.
Lara Spencer in KaufmanFranco
To recreate the look of Lara Spencer's KaufmanFranco column, shop your local fabric store or the internet for a couple yards of wide beaded trim that compliment your dress-- although, the more outlandish, the better. Use the trim to add interest to the neckline of your dress, and continue the pattern in stripes at the waist, hips, and knees.
Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka
If you want to keep your outfit a little more modest without sacrificing glamour, look no further than "Fashion Police" star, Kelly Osbourne. Create a beautiful bolero using a sheer oversized crop-top, or a sweet poncho by cutting a circle out of tulle and putting a slit in the center large enough for your head. Decorate the sheer fabric with rhinestones and trims in mixed metallics, being careful not to weigh the piece down with too much embellishment.

Did you watch the Oscar's this year? Who were your top picks for 'best dressed'? Which dresses would you want to wear yourself? Leave a comment and let me know!

all photos taken from Huffington Post --> here