For the Makers DIY Bracelet & Phone Pouchette + Giveaway!

May 16, 2014 | 73 Comments

The weekend has arrived! I’m still dreaming of Bali…

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Dreamy ocean view!

…so I figured I’d head back a few weeks for another Bali post showing some fun projects that I made with For the Makers. Not sure if you guys are familiar with them or not, but they’re this amazingly crafty, well-curated subscription service for DIY projects. (PS, there’s a rad giveaway on this post too – keep reading for details!) A girlfriend of mine had been a fan for a while, so when I checked them out I fell in love. Everything feels like it should be in Anthropologie. (One of my favorite spots to do project research!)

They were lovely to send me a few things to play with, first being their La Pouchette project. A little leather pouch for my cell phone? In.

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The Supplies!

All the materials come with each project, so all you have to do is follow the tutorial steps online. I placed and traced my leather…

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Trace Adkins

…and trimmed carefully on the lines.

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I added the button stud…

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Attach!

…and had my pouch ready to use! It was the perfect travel case to take out with me when I was going to the beach and didn’t want to carry a huge bag.

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Add phone!

Plus, it was way easier (and smaller) to fit this beneath the seat of my moto!

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Motorcycle Diaries!

I love this emerald color too!

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Emerald City! (c/o For the Makers)

My second batch of projects came from their March, Hello Trouble kit

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Latest Acquisition: Nautical Bodysuit

May 15, 2014 | 14 Comments

I couldn’t resist sharing this number that I just got my hands on! I have to say, there might have been a slight lapse in sanity when I actually chose to purchase this nautical/chain belt bodysuit.

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Oh, my.

I may or may not have taken a photo wearing this piece with bike shorts underneath. We’ll just have to see where this goes and whether or not I can actually be alright with the potential of that shot making its way onto the interwebs.

Copycat: Tarina Tarantino Floral Sunglasses

May 14, 2014 | 23 Comments

I first became obsessed with today’s DIY after seeing them being worn by Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project. (For those The Mindy Project-obsessed, you can head over here to HelloGiggles to read the post with the full TV tie in!) I love sunglasses and have more (cheap) pairs in my collection than I should, however my track record with keeping them from getting scratched/falling off my head and cracking/stretching them out from wearing them on my head all day long is equivalent to me batting a .100. Pretty not-so-hot. So, I felt that there’s always room for one more pair!

Mindy rocked out these Tarina Tarantino shades

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Hey, girl, haaaayyy! (c/o @mindykaling on Instagram)

…and I fell in love.

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Tarina Tarantino Sunglasses

Super blingy, super floral, super DIY candidate!

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Remake: Black and White Dress

May 12, 2014 | 22 Comments

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend, including a most lovely Mother’s Day!

You got a little teaser of today’s dress last week…

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I’m workin’ on this lovely piece!

…and now you get to see how it turned out!

To be completely honest, it looks pretty good as is, however, the length is a bit off…

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Just eh…not in love with the length

…and there were some not so pretty spots on the top portion. The ivory was slightly discolored. Definitely not something that I’d be able to wear as is.

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Spotty times

I thought a bit of dye would do the trick to create a super cool color blocked dress!

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Giveaway: License Plate Bracelet

May 9, 2014 | 52 Comments

I’m working on this fabulous piece at the moment (you’ll see the after look on Monday once I’m through)…

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Can’t wait until this is complete!

…so in the interim, I have an awesome giveaway from reader Sarah’s super crafty etsy shop, Sweet Someday. She reached out my way, filling me in on the incredible license plate upcycling that she rocks out. She’s a master with that saw!

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Work in progress

I was completely blown away!

“All of my items are either upcycled or repurposed, with a little bit of vintage mixed in.” Check out her amazing handiwork – that star is ridiculous and just screaming, wrap some lights around me and hang me up this Christmas!

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How cool are all of these?

I can only imagine how tricky it must be working with metals like this. I prick my fingers all the time with pins, so there’s no way I’d leave unscathed after working with license plates as a medium.

Sarah is giving away one of her license plate cuffs, like the Minnesota one she made below…

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!Cuff trio

Instead of the state, unless you’re a Minnesotan (is that right??) and would like that on your cuff, you can choose an initial for a monogrammed option.

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Wrist candy

I’m still in road trip mode, so this bracelet is the perfect piece of jewelry for summer travel coming up! I would totally choose an “M” to don as I drive up the coast. To enter, scope out Sarah’s etsy store and leave a comment below with a summer trip that might be coming up or any fun summer plans you might have along with the initial of your choosing! The winner will be picked next Friday, 5/16 so they’ll get their arm candy just in time for the unofficial kick-off of summer, Memorial Day!