Month: July 2012

i shopped: asos for sequins

i love asos – i’ve heard they may be coming to us soil – dear lord, help me if that happens. i have a good thing going with them though: i order as much as i want in 2 different sizes and then send back what doesn’t work. taking advantage of that free shipping/free returns.

i just got this and i’m in love….now, where to wear it?


full sparkle


zig zag and sequins = a yes


here’s another outfit i want from asos.


i shopped: even more to stack

it’s no secret –  i like braceltes, i have too many, and i can’t stop….won’t stop.

seen these?

jcrew. of course.

i already have my lion head bracelet, but the above pic triggered a need for more bracelets adorned with animal heads! so, i bought this:


it’s amrita singh again – like my necklace, but i got it on rue la la for $70 less than the site. yezzzzz


i made: a spray painted skull

i have a habit of buying things to spray paint, the uglier the better – i enjoy a challenge

hobby lobby has great options that are cheap: antlers (these are the exact ones i spray painted silver in my office) or the skull (similar to what i used)




here’s what i did:

i didn’t have another tarp so i cut up an ikea shopping bag, they’re cheaper anyways. just cut along the seams and unfold (same as i did here).


i used the spray paint above, because i wanted a ‘shiny’ finish. here are some great tips on spray painting.

remember: short strokes, let the project dry some before the second coat, also let it dry at least 30 min before you take it inside….we just ran to starbucks while we waited.

now, where shall i hang it? i love how it turned out.

i made & decorated: a birthday for 2 on the cheap

remember how i was getting ideas together for a party last week (here)? well, we had the party and i think the b-day girls loved it!

here’s how a pal and i got it all together – doing it diy style & on the cheap.


we made:

  1. i used the monogramed mugs (from anthropologieagain for easy floral arrangements. we bought the first and last initials for each girl, so they could take them home after as gifts.
  2. i used the same burlap & ribbon wrapping idea (here), but this time to be used as candy jars. the jars are from the dollar tree…i know!

flower mugs and the  burlap wrap again


  so much potential

this may look like a simple candleholder, but its glory is greater! i spied it  being used as part of a cake stand for a kid’s party on pinterest.

we decided to class it up with some gold spray paint.

you’ll need: 3 plates, 2 candle holders, a hot glue gun, & spray paint



  1. spray paint the the candle holders – no prep required, just give them 30min or so to dry
  2. we bought clearance plates for $1.50 from the grocery store & then used one that my pal had . for visual appeal, i reco finding plates that either increase/decrease in circumference
  3. get started – apply hot glue to the top of the candleholder, fasten to bottom of plate (making sure it is centered), now press firmly.
  4. repeat the same steps, but now at the base of the candleholder  – you should now have 1 candleholder sandwiched between 2 plates
  5. take the 2nd candle holder, apply hot glue to base, and then center it on the other 2 plates – press firmly
  6. last plate – apply hot glue the top of the candleholder, and then center your last plate pressing firmly….ta dahhh!

easy steps to golden glory


we added color with little flags. the blog, simply radiant has flags that would make any party person jealous. my gal pal had the idea to add them to the cake stand we made; i think it was a great idea!

flag making:

  1. we used one piece of card stock for 3 triangles and cut out about 15 in total
  2. apply a light line of hot glue to the top of each flag and attach each to a line of ribbon. now, do that about 15 more times and space accordingly.
  3. for the tiny flags (as seen on the cake stand) – we simply cut tiny triangles from the leftover card stock & then attached them to the perimeter of the cake stand with a dot of hot glue.

little flags for color and decor tie-in


making flags


all done and ready for set-up




party day

we were in an open space at a bar (the ogden). bars can be difficult to decorate, but they were super nice and helpful.


the candy bar


the candy bar decor


flags and flowers


simple flowers for extra color


so there it is! it was a fun project for my friend and i. we saved major $ making it all ourselves…and shopping at the dollar tree.








i wore: gem tones and leopard

to a birthday party for friends. i’ll say styling around crutches….not easy. shorts and flats, lots of shorts and flats.

i did sport my new amrita singh bib necklace that i majorly scored on gilt groupe. i saw the retail price and it’s a lot more than i paid. don’t get me wrong – i love it, but momma can’t be spending part of the mortgage on one gem tone bib necklace – right?

the bottom stylings


a crown jewel of a necklace


all kinds of yellow


looking down at double leopard


my secret – i’m *pretend* walking


origins of the outfit: shirt – jcrew, on sale!; shorts – gap; bib necklace – amrita singh, but i got it at gilt; belt – club monaco (old) flats – via spiga (old);


i wore: nautical style

thanks to your votes, and the chicago blogger network –   i got to party at the veuve clicquot lounge. let’s just say the bubbly was flowing…i couldn’t find a picture where my hand was fluteless.

i was aiming for a classy nautical look with girly flair, here’s what i wore.


lounging by the lake


a cute little veuve


yacth watching



nautical arm stack


nautical arm stack


sitting like a lady


zipped up from the back




like the dress? well, how about $19.99? yep, tj maxx in austin. i loved the zipper detail down the back, and how the belt chain complimented it .

and one more secret – i’m on crutches. so, i’m working the flats…or at least trying to.


origins of the outfit: dress – tj maxx; shoes –DSW on sale; belt – vintage, AK; arm stack: bangles (both) – j crew + gold links & sun glasses – vintage, randolph street market







saturday stacking: girlie goodness

pink + bows + gold + gems


i’ve been thinking of getting the gold spike one (asos)….

image found: pinterest


i decorated: b-day planning

i’m helping a gal pal with decor for 2 more gal pal’s birthdays. we’re aiming to do it diy & save some $$

one gal likes neutrals and the other likes yellows, which i think are easy to bring together. here’s what i’m thinking:


imagine everything in these colors

bringing theses back in the 2 girls’ initials – with similar flowers

i’m thinking we’ll diy these things:

on the listcake stand flags; happy birthday sign (rustic style), tassels, cupcake decor (all here); pom poms; foil flags


and, we’ll hopefully look something like these (1 & 2)

girlie perfection



party pics to follow


i wore: repeat offender, pitchfork

festival/concert time in the Chi.

didn’t see the use in washing my hair before we went and it was hot. out came the diy turban and my camo fanny pack that i worked as a camo clutch.

also sported my self-made cut-offs.

front and down


arm stack: some new ones


camo and arm candy = yezzzzz


official festival boots


origins of the outfit: fanny pack –  herschel (from local chicago men’s store, haberdash)scarf (as turban) – echo; boots – old, nine west vintage line; cut-off: diy 7’s of mankind; shirt: zara; arm stack: (arm to wrist): 1 & 2 – gap; 3. jcrew; 4 & 5 – randolph street market


i wore: a nod to nautical

to honor the 104th race to mackinac, chicago blogger network is asking folks to show off their sea-legs. truthfully, i get sea sick…but drinking the bubbly and the cute outfits – i fully support.

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my nod to nautical:

a basket of goodies & bo…




poppin’ veuve clicquot


nautical arm stack


a bun tight enough to take on the breeze


WINWARD facing


time to CAST OFF


i just used what i had – including my boyfriends tie and a vintage pin.  remember  like it on their page and keep up with the action @CBNGIVEAWAY & @VCRacetoMac

origins of the outfit: skirt – asos (just got); top – zara; shoes – michael kors (old); hat – forever 21; tie – uniqlo; pin – vintage; ring – ninewest;  arm stack (arm to wrist): 1. white bangle – vintage from ava+aliria (great store, Mahattan Beach), 2. j crew, 3. vintage – randolph street market, 4. sister made, 5. vintage – grandmother’s, 6. vintage – randolph street market; basket – picked up in paris.

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