Sunday, November 11, 2012

DIY Versa Wrap

This is the easiest DIY in the world, and possibly the most useful. You can wear this wrap as a scarf, shirt, vest, poncho, belted over a tank, probably even a dress. I haven't played with it long enough to discover all of it's uses, but I highly recommend that you make one. 

First you need some cool fabric. Two yards of it. 

Now that that is established, fold your fabric in half like a hamburger. Folded side should be on the left, as shown here. 

Now, cute a slit through both layers of fabric, exactly where I placed my scissors in the above picture. The slit should be about 7 inches long and parallel to the folded side.

Now you have a wrap! It's pretty long, don't worry, I'll show you how to wear it shorter, it's long for the purpose of being an awesome scarf!! 

To wear as a shorter vest or cardi, tie the long corners together and put the knot behind your neck. 


It's a really fun layering piece! 

Happy Styling!
<3 b

Seattle Special

Ah Seattle, such a beautiful, relaxing, chic and cool city. She has stolen my heart, and though I may not spend the rest of my life there, it will always be a home to me. Seattle fashion never seems to go out of style. It is most commonly brought to life during fall and winter when layering is the go-to in order to stay warm. However recently, the grunge theme is hitting the scene, being mixed with girly dresses, bows, flowers, tulle to create a style very unique to the individual.

This is the Seattle Style Layering Special. 

If you're planning a trip to my hometown, like my friend Cari is, here is the list of items I recommend you pack:

Leggings/dark skinny jeans
Boots/riding boots/hiking boots/snow boots/rain boots
Wool socks to wear with boots
Basic long sleeve tshirts
chunky knit sweater 
open sweater
thick printed scarf
long rain/trench coat
Little black dress
DIY versa wrap
nice skirt
dressier shoes (something suede/matte leather for this time of year) 

These pieces will give you plenty of versatility for layering. This time of year in Seattle is typically cold and clear, so rain might not actually be a problem. However, it is Seattle, so the weather is unpredictable. For a rain jacket, I would suggest an anorak. They're casual enough to wear over fleece or a sweatshirt with jeans and nice enough to wear over a dress and still look great. You can find one here for a great price. If you're looking for something a little nicer like a trench try this one. Both are a STEAL at under $50 and you'll soon realize that it's something you can wear with everything! To ensure a long life for your new coat, I would recommend taking a can of Scotch Guard to it.

Finally, here is some inspiration! 

Happy Traveling and Happy Styling! 
<3 b 

Leather Leggings and Full Skirts

I love saying this:

I told you so. I've been saying since July 2011, that leather leggings were going to be HUGE, and they would stick around for a while. A year later, I am proud to announce they are barely at their peak. We used to only be able to find the $2000 butter soft Vince leggings, but NOW we can find them reasonably priced in places like Forever 21 and even Hot Topic. Don't worry, I checked them out and they don't come pre-safety pinned (thank God). If you buy a pair, I would recommend trying one of those places. I bought mine at American Apparel and am sad to say that the coating does not last long, giving them the unwanted 'distressed' look, which doesn't boast well when you're trying to pull them off as real leather. 

These are a very versatile piece, so I have gathered a few styling options for your copy-catting pleasure. 

I'll admit to my own miss on this one. I've just recently become awe-inspired by the details and simplicity and sheer versatility of skirts. I'm more of a 'fancy outfit with jeans girl, but I'm becoming so much more girly-- oh dear. So I did not call it on the new full skirt trend, sorry folks. However, I would like to add that our mothers must be SO proud. Let's make a pact girls, let's strive to leave something up to the imagination. As we have all heard before:

"Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman, but loose enough to show you're a lady."
Edith Head

I hope this has given you some inspiration for daring and darling fall/winter trends.

Happy Styling! 
<3 b