Tuesday, August 2, 2011

DIY Projects:A Funky Braid Hairstyle.

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It’s hard to tell all the details from the picture, but here’s how TRESemme Stylist Elsa Canedo pulled it off:
1. Create a middle part and divide hair into sections.
2. Prep each section with curl spray, then curl using a 1-inch-barrel curling iron and pin to the head.
3. Once all sections are completed, take out the pins and brush the curls with a paddle brush.
4. Flip your head upside down and spray dry shampoo throughout hair for added texture, lightly combing the product through with your fingers.
5. Flipping your head upright, divide hair into two sections down the middle of the head, and begin to create two French braids, starting at the top of the head to the base of the neck.
6. From the base of the neck, create two fishtails braids, and secure them with clear elastics, leaving some length on the ends loose.
7. Lightly rough up hair at the top of the head, pulling a few pieces loose with your fingers, and finish by lightly applying frizz cream in a backward motion.
Are you now thinking, How am I going to pull this off? Admittedly, it’s definitely quite the undertaking. I’m not sure my fingers (or my patience!) are up to the task, but if you pull it off, we simply must see a photo, so send one along! 

DIY Projects:Re-cycle, re-purpose and re-fashion.

A sure way to make your closet ever fresh, long lasting and money saving is by the code of the three R`s. Re-cycle, re-purpose, re-fashion. Looking fabulous for lees is not all about sales and 90% off, some times it requires just lil' ol' you to do the trick.  Here are some tips for this fall.

Old t-shirts:



Floral-applique shirts


Floral-applique shirts
YOU’LL NEED:
  • Long-sleeve V-neck or scoop-neck shirt (one size larger than you wear)
  • Ruler
  • Fabric pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread in same color as shirt
  • Fabric glue (such as Unique Stitch)
  • Hook-and-eye closure
  • Silk flowers (available at sewing stores)
  • Straight pins
1. Turn shirt wrong side out. Measure and mark center point of neck and center point of front hem. Use fabric pencil to draw a line connecting the two points. Cut along line.

2. Turn right side out. Fold cut edges under ¼” and press. Fold under 3/8” and press down. Hand stitch or use fabric glue to secure.

3. Sew hook-and-eye closure at even points on each side of neck.

4. Lay shirt on flat surface, front facing up. Arrange flowers and pin. Sew individual flowers. To make bottom layer of petals lie flat, add a drop of glue underneath.




Necklace tank

Necklace tank

YOU’LL NEED:
  • Tank top
  • Bead necklace
  • Fabric pencil
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Fabric glue (such as Unique Stitch)
  • Small scissors or seam ripper
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread in same color as necklace
1. Turn shirt inside out and lay flat surface. Arrange necklace around neckline, from shoulder seam to shoulder seam. Mark where necklace should be cut, leaving enough at each end to tuck in and secure (about ¾”). Mark where necklace will attach to shirt at shoulder seams.

2. Remove clasp of necklace using needle-nose pliers. Knot loose strands to keep beads in place. Add a dab of glue to reinforce knot.

3. Use small scissors or seam ripper to make a tiny slit (start with 1/8”; increase if necessary) at each shoulder seam, as marked.

4. Turn shirt right side out and carefully tuck ends of necklace into torn shoulder seam. Sew ends in place securely, and sew holes closed. Reinforce with a dab of glue.

5. Tack necklace in place by sewing it to neckline, then along outside edge. Add stitches as needed to keep necklace in proper position.



Sash tank

Sash tank

YOU’LL NEED:
  • Long-sleeve T-shirt with either a V-neck or scoop neck (the one shown here has buttons)
  • Scissors Fabric glue (such as Unique Stitch)
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread in same color as T-shirt
1. Remove sleeves by cutting along seam line, leaving seam itself attached to shirt. Set sleeves aside. Turn shirt wrong side out, apply a thin layer of fabric glue ¼” from cut edge of armhole and fold fabric over, all around armhole. Press down to close. Repeat on other armhole.

2. To make sashes, cut each sleeve open along seam. Fold each in half lengthwise and cut at crease to create two equal pieces. You should have four total.

3. Glue two pieces of sleeve fabric together at hemmed ends, overlapping one on top of other about 1”. Join remaining two pieces in same way.

4. Lay one sash on ironing board, wrong side up. Turn one long edge of strip under (toward wrong side) ¼” and glue in place. Repeat for other long edge, and one short edge. Fold sash in half lengthwise, right side out, and press. Make sure that folded sash is the same width all the way down. Glue hemmed edges together, leaving one short edge raw. Repeat for other sash.

5. To attach sash to shirt, line up closed end of one sash with shoulder seam and glue in place so sash falls to front of shirt. Repeat with other sash.

6. Cut raw ends of sashes at a 45-degree angle. Turn edges under ¼” and glue.

7. Reinforce as needed with a simple hand stitch.



Cowl-neck sleeveless

Cowl-neck sleeveless

YOU’LL NEED:
  • Scissors
  • Long-sleeve scoop-neck T-shirt
  • Fabric glue (such as Unique Stitch)
  • Straight pins
  • Iron
1. Remove sleeves by cutting along seam line, leaving the seam attached to the shirt. Set sleeves aside. Turn shirt wrong side out, apply a thin bead of fabric glue ¼” from cut edge of armhole and fold fabric over. Press down to close. Repeat on other armhole.

2. Cut each sleeve open along the seam. Fold in half lengthwise and cut along the crease. You should have four pieces total.

3. Arrange pieces end-to-end, wrong side up, on a flat surface. Make sure they are all going in the same direction, so that each hemmed end is next to a raw end. Overlap the pieces ½”, so raw edges are on top of hemmed edges. Glue pieces together to form a long strip. Working on length of strip, fold one edge under (toward wrong side) about ¼” and glue in place. Leave other edge raw. Fold short ends under about ¼” and glue in place.

4. Turn shirt right side out. Align one end of strip with a shoulder seam, right sides together, and pin so that raw edge of strip and edge of collar are aligned. Continue to pin edge of strip to edge of collar all the way around. Trim end of strip so it overlaps about ¾”. Working in small sections, glue cowl strip to shirt, about ½” in from collar’s edge. Glue ends together so they overlap.

5. Turn shirt wrong side out. Fold cowl strip over and pinedge to inside of collar. Working in small sections, glue pinned pieces together, about ½” in from collar’s edge.

6. Iron collar to make a crisp fold.





Ribbon-striped tank

Ribbon-striped tank

YOU’LL NEED:
  • 1 to 2 yards ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tank top
  • Ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric glue (such as Unique Stitch)
1. Cut ribbon into four equal strips.

2. Arrange shirt on flat surface, front facing up. Measure distance between bottom of arm holes, then mark center point with a pin. Pin one end of a ribbon ½” to right of center, and a second ribbon ½” to left of center. Pin remaining pieces so there is about 1” between. Try shirt on and adjust spacing. Decide how long you want ribbons and trim accordingly (mid-abdomen tends to be most flattering).

3. Attach ribbons, using a thin bead of glue on back of each. Press down to set, making sure lines are straight.





Ribbon-neck tank

Ribbon-neck tank

YOU’LL NEED:
  • Tank top
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • 1 yard ribbon
  • Fabric glue (such as Unique Stitch)
  • Sewing needle (optional)
  • Thread in same color as ribbon (optional)
1. Measure circumference of neckline and add 1”. Cut ribbon to that length.

2. Lay tank on flat surface, front facing up.

3. Make a thin bead of fabric glue down center of ribbon’s reverse side. Starting at one shoulder seam, adhere ribbon to shirt, lining up ribbon and collar edges. Continue until ribbon ends meet. Trim so that there is an extra ¼” of overlapping ribbon. Fold raw edge of ribbon under ¼”. Secure with fabric glue, then glue to shirt so ends of ribbon join. You can sew ribbon in place using a loose running stitch.





Fitted V-neck cardigan

Fitted V-neck cardigan

YOU’LL NEED:
  • V-neck shirt, one size larger than you wear
  • Ruler
  • Fabric pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue (such as Unique Stitch)
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread in same color as shirt
  • Five buttons
1. Arrange shirt on flat surface, front facing up. Using ruler and fabric pencil, draw a straight line from point of V down to shirt’s bottom hem. Cut along line.

2. Arrange shirt on flat surface again, opening it up so that reverse side of fabric faces up.

3. Working on a raw edge, apply a thin bead of glue down length, close to edge, and fold over. Repeat on other raw edge. To finish hem, wait for glue to dry, then make another thin bead of glue down length, close to edge, and fold over. If desired, reinforce by sewing hems with a simple hand stitch.

4. Arrange shirt on flat surface so cut edges meet in the middle. Use fabric pencil to mark where you want buttons to go. They should start right at the V, about ½” in from the edge. Sew in place. Note: Buttons should go down shirt’s left side (right side when shirt is facing you).

5. Pull other side of shirt to overlap button side by about 1”. Use fabric pencil to mark center point of each button, where holes will go. You might want to try on shirt to make sure everything is aligned.

6. Measure diameter of buttons― you will create holes that are ½ to ¾ that size. (The stretchier the fabric, the smaller the hole.) Start hole by pinching fabric over the marked button spot and cutting a small vertical snip. Release fabric and continue to snip until hole is correct length, about half as long as diameter of button. Repeat for each hole, testing hole as you work to ensure you have proper alignment and size.

7. Turn wrong side out and sew around each buttonhole, looping thread through hole so that edges are fully wrapped in thread to prevent fraying.

So with these tips you can get your fall fashion rocking and trendy. Fashion does not have to be a hassle although it could be a chore. So gather your girlfriends and have a Saturday of fun and fashion where you each bring new ideas coupled with these to create unforgettable unique pieces. What other ways do you know to re-purpose your closet? Share your ideas and pictures with us. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cute Denim Outfit Ideas. Culled from Glamour magazine

Runway shows happen once a season. But on the street, it’s showtime 365 days a year! Take style cues from these trendsetting fashion bloggers, who snapped themselves in their favorite denim looks. Here is the line up.

Denni Elias: The Vintage Take On Denim

 “Wide-legged denim pants looked perfect a few decades ago, and I think they look even better now.” said Paris-based blogger Denni Elias. Though the jeans were brand new, Denni kept the vintage inspiration intact (“I found this beautiful Chloé shirt at my favorite vintage store in Paris.”) proving that timeworn pieces, whether authentic or not, are also a chic direction for denim.
   — Denni Elias, thechicmuse.blogspot.com.
   Chloe jeans, $775, Chloe, Costa Mesa, 
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Emily Schuman: The Clean-Lines Denim Look

New York-based blogger, Emily Schuman, recommends keeping things clean and classic with a dramatic jean: “With these high-waisted jeans, I keep other details simple. I have a thing for stripes! They add a fun, nautical vibe.” And the accessories should follow suit. On why she chose to finish the look with her Mulberry bag, she says: “it’s timeless but with a current feel.” 
— Emily Schuman, cupcakesandcashmere.com.
True Religion Brand Jeans jeans, $211

Emily Schuman: The Clean-Lines Denim Look

Gabi Gregg: The Layered, Non-Denim Denim Look

For a little less cowboy-factor, New York-based blogger Gabi Gregg starts her denim look with a super dark skinny jean and then layers it up with pretty, eye-catching pieces. She says: “I love the effect of layering a sheer top and toughening it up with my favorite faux-leather jacket. Platform wedges add height minus the pain of heels.” Denim, what denim?
— Gabi Gregg, youngfatandfabulous.com.
DKNY Jeans jeans, $59,
Gabi Gregg: The Layered, Non-Denim Denim Look


Tamu McPherson: The Double Denim Done Right

Paris-based blogger Tamu McPherson’s love for denim inspires her to go all the way with it, “I’m a big proponent of double denim. It’s my everyday look—my uniform.” Want a foolproof styling tip? Fierce footwear is the secret style weapon that makes double denim work day in and day out: “Shoes are my fashion weakness, and I am a huge fan of the works of art that Mr. Pilati creates for YSL.”
—Tamu McPherson, alltheprettybirds.blogspot.com.
Current/Elliott shirt, $187
Tamu McPherson: The Double Denim Done Right


Susie Lau: The Fanciful Denim Skirt

No longer reserved for Ugg boots and cotton tanks, the denim skirt is masterfully styled by London-based blogger Susie Lau, who told us “I like to play with different textures and prints. I’m usually challenged by denim, but this Junya Watanabe skirt fit into what is my normal style.” Susie, your normal style oh-so-inspiring, girl! The takeaway: Don’t let a casual fabric like denim prevent you from mixing it up with texture, pattern and color.
—Susie Lau, stylebubble.com.
Junya Watanabe Commes des Garçon skirt, comme-des-garcons.com
Susie Lau: The Fanciful Denim Skirt

Helooooooooooo!!!

Well, well well look what the fashion police dragged in. I am sure that is what you are thinking, but people please forgive my lack activity. The year 2011 has been a busy and hectic one for me. I open my first store, launched my jewelry line, opened an online version of my store and am about to expand into other areas. I also want to apologize to everyone who left me a comment and got no reply, I am so sorry.

Now that we are done with all the grovelling and begging, lets get on to what makes each of us unique; our sense of style. The new fall season collections are about to be debuting worldwide and we all want to be on top of things so as not to be fashion drags. According to all major fashion magazine it is all about the long, dark, spoty scot.

One thing to have in mind when striving for a spectacular fashion trend debut is that too much is always overkill. Best way to survive each new fashion trends and season is to learn the art of the 3M. That is Mix, Mash and Mesh. All trends are not meant for everyone, and not everyone is made for a particular trend. So to be the best trendy fashion icon that you can be, mix, mash and mesh your favorite trends with your existing style, not only is it a great unique sense of style but also frugal.

Friday, January 7, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This is my first post for this year and would like to say Happy New Year to all my visitors. As we go into the new year with all our resolutions and what not, let us not do things that set us up for failure. The economy is slowly but surely reviving, but till it does have great fashion for less is still fashionable. Even celebrities cut down spending.

On to a more fun part, the latest trends for 2011are here. Most Fashion magazines are agog with the latest trends, designers are debuting there new season collections and what not. We just finished enjoying London fashion week and waiting for more, we are looking forward to the Awards of the year to see what our favorite stars will grace the red carpet with. All these we do because we aspire to emulate the unquestionable good fashion sense, right?

We have all probably read one fashion magazine or the other and know what the trending colors and styles are. In all of that we should not forget that 'yes it is good to be fashionably forward' but not everyone is made the same, so some people might not be able to pull of the trends and styles of a particular season. So what to do?

When any new trend arises, the best thing is to pick some of your best existing outfits and go to your favorite shopping spot (where you get all the fabulous discounts, of up to 70% off ) and mash and blend your existing wardrobe with the new trends and styles. Never do all the new trends in one outfit! Also you do not have to adopt all the new trends, just the ones you feel comfortable with or can mesh with you existing wardrobe.

So to all my fashionistas out there have a fashion forward year!