Friday, November 30, 2012

Inspired by sequins

As the days get shorter and darker, do you find yourself seeking anything that reflects a little light?

Sequins aren't just for beauty queens and princesses anymore. You can wear them with a t-shirt or sleep under them on a blanket.

Here's some affordable sequin goodness for your closet or home. Some DIYs are on their way.

  • Reversible sequin pillow $24.99 at Tuesday Morning. (Turn it upside down and it flips to silver.)
  • Striped sequin tank $9.99 at Charlotte Russe. (Solid sequin tanks in many colors also available for $11.99 at Sears.)
  • Sequin collar blouse $11.25 at Wet Seal.
  • Gold sequin skirt $25 at JCP.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

5 gold home decor DIYs

Gold elevates anything - dropcloths, cardboard, hula hoops, plain dishes.
Gold and zebra together. Genius. Make a DIY gold zebra rug from painter's dropcloth with Home Depot's Design Blog.

Gold magnolia leaf wreath from Aunt Peaches, made entirely from a cardboard box and gold spray paint.

Watch a fun video on how to use imitation gold leaf at Prudent Baby.

DIY light made from dollar store hula hoops, a light kit and gold paint from Emily Henderson.

Gold leopard print tray made with gold leaf pen at A Creative Day.
For more gold ideas, see my DIY gold and lace roundup.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

5-minute decor

Steal some ideas from J. Randall Powers.

Turn your books spine in.

Paint some IKEA frames gold like Haley at Cardigan Junkie.

Put a $2 Chinatown pashmina on the bed.



Friday, November 16, 2012



Baby, it's cold outside. And I want something fuzzy wuzzy in my home instead of the batik white slipcover surfer shack thing I've got going on. Some fur might be in order. White Mongolian to be exact.
But based on what's going on in the fur coat world, I wouldn't mind something multicolored or brightly colored for a pillow or throw.
For a deal on Mongolian faux fur pillows, check out Tuesday Morning, which has them in five colors for $16.99 each (alas no blue or teal.) Kmart also has one in white for $14.99.

What are you doing to warm up your home for winter?

Monday, November 12, 2012

My DIY tapered skirt

Here's a little DIY to help you get more teal in your life this fall. Tapering a skirt is a fairly easy refashion, and tapering can modernize and tailor an otherwise blah skirt.
Get a load of this outfit below from J. Crew. Pale blue sweater, teal green Telegraph pencil skirt and the awesome surprise element - leopard pumps. See what $800 and a team of stylists can pull off?
Inspired, I went looking for a less expensive version of the skirt. Fortunately for all of us, teal was a big color about 20 years ago. This means thrift stores have teal.
This particular skirt seen below came with a big awful jacket that I ditched faster than you can say "1980s." The skirt had a great color and nice fabric but still felt frumpy dumpy.  I thought a taper would help.

To taper a skirt, first try it on and then note where the skirt would naturally continue straight or slightly in instead of out. Mark the top of this imaginary line with a pin. Mark your hem with a pin at approximately how far you want the skirt to taper in.

Take the skirt off, turn it inside out and lift up the lining. Use a tape measure to make sure that both sides of the skirt are tapering in the same amount. Also make sure the taper starts at the same spot on the side seam. You want the length of the taper and the angle to be the same on both sides.

Sketch a taper line. Pin along the line (not shown) and try the skirt on. Move around in the skirt to make sure you can sit, walk and so forth.  Then turn the pins perpendicular to the line as show above. Now your taper is ready to sew.

Note: To do this properly, you really should rip out the hem and drop the hem and then sew the taper seam. And then resew the hem. However, if your taper is not too drastic and if you are lazy like me, you can get away with not dropping and resewing the hem. Just sew a straight seam, following the line shown above. Do the same for the other side of the skirt.

See, the seam doesn't look too bad for cheating.

Skirt looks better. Unfortunately gut pleats have not come back like the color teal. You can get around this by losing weight or untucking.

Cardigan:Target. Pumps: thrifted. Bracelet: Mom. Total cost $20. Self styled, thus a little wrinkly.

Would you try tapering a skirt?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wearing moody blue

Here's a little more visual inspiration for keeping blue going all winter long.

(Me and Tory Burch are all about blue and green this season.)

Source: via Samantha on Pinterest
Source: via Samantha on Pinterest

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Inspired by moody blue for fall

If you're a beachy blue person stuck in a beachy blue apartment with beachy blue clothes with snow outside, you may want to rethink.

Good news. Blue can be a fall color, too. Think teal and cobalt. Maybe even sneak some emerald in there.

Here's some inspiration to get you started at home. Later I'll share some simple DIYs.

Do you have any fall colors you're getting excited about?

Above: Hilary Robertson via Desire to Inspire.

Nickey Kehoe in House Beautiful via Halcyon Style