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16 May

Dare to DIY: Jewelry Holders

Ever find yourself struggling to untangle your favorite necklace from its matching bracelet, a pair of dangly earrings or a random hair accessory? Well struggle no more! With these amazing DIY jewelry holders, your favorite baubles will be beautifully organized. Plus, they’re all so cool, you’ll love showing them off as part of your overall room decor.

The details:

1.Mr. Kate brings us this adorable framed lace jewelry display that’s perfect for the girly girl in you.

2. This bright red beauty is inspired by a piece from Pottery Barn and can be yours for around $4, according to Cat on a Limb!

3. This one comes with a great title- “Dew” It Yourself Jewelry Stand and is made out of Mountain Dew bottles. How cool is that?

4. Any wine lovers out there? If so, this Frame Wine Cork Jewelry Display, also from Mr. Kate, is the perfect excuse to open up another bottle of merlot. It’s for DIY purposes, i.e. the greater good, right?

Which DIY will you choose?

25 April

Dare to DIY: Spring Scarves

With all of the strange weather we’ve been having, it’s hard to figure out how to dress appropriately for spring- one day it’s 40º and the next it’s 70º! The solution for the ever-changing weather? A spring scarf! Lightweight enough for warmer days, a spring scarf adds another layer of protection in case it gets windy or the temperature drops.

Here are a few favorites:

1. This braided scarf tutorial lets you incorporate two of your favorite colors into one amazing piece.

2. Based off of a piece from Anthropologie, this ruffled scarf is super cute and very affordable to create.

3. This braided beauty has special lace detailing on the back and adds various textures to your outfit.

4. While this scarf necklace may not keep you warm, it’ll definitely get you noticed.

So go ahead, try one of these fabulous DIYs- we dare you!

18 April

Dare to DIY: Inspired by …love Maegan

If you haven’t heard of …love Meagan yet, definitely check her out IMMEDIATELY. Maegan is an extremely talented personal style blogger who loves to mix expensive pieces with her own designer inspired DIYs. Her DIY tutorials are always very unique and give women a chance to create designer-esque pieces without breaking the bank. Though it’s not specifically a DIY series, I’m  loving her  30 Days 30 Ways: Jeans & White T Challenge– who knew there were so many stylish ways to wear a white t?

Here are a few of my favorite …love Maegan DIY tutorials:

1. Christian Louboutin Petal Sandal DIY

2. Fabric Flower Headband

3. Feather Skirt DIY

4. Easy Rope Necklace

So go ahead, try one of these fabulous DIYs- we dare you!

11 April

Dare to DIY: Fashionable Camera Accessories

Whether you’re a professional photographer or simply like taking pictures of your family and friends, there’s no reason to sacrifice fashion for function. Check out these stylish DIYs to add a little flair to your photo gear:

1. DIY Camera Purse/Bag– buying a fashionable camera bag can be tough, but this DIY turns your favorite purse into one in just a few steps!

2. Silk Scarf Strap– leave it to the amazingly creative people behind photo JoJo to come up with a tutorial for reworking a favorite accessory.

3. Ruched Camera Strap Slip Cover– because sometimes you can’t choose just one pattern, this project lets you create multiple removable covers for your camera strap.

4. Painted Camera Strap– this simple DIY is fast (45 minutes!) and requires minimal sewing-definitely a win in my book.

So go ahead, try one of these fabulous DIYs- we dare you!

2 April

Dare to DIY: Inspired by The Beauty Department

If you haven’t checked out The Beauty Department, you’re missing out on all sorts of fun! Created by Lauren Conrad, Kristin Ess (Lauren’s hair stylist) and Amy Nadine (Lauren’s makeup artist), it offers a wealth of beauty knowledge including makeup tips, hair how-tos and fun DIY tutorials.

Here are a few favorite tutorials I’m dying to try:

– Make your own dotting tool for polka dot manis.

– Create a glam DIY Hair Necklace– my friend and fellow blogger, Sarah of the Blonde in Boston, was recently wearing something similar and  I have to have it!

– Pin up a fabulous braided bun for a twist (ha!) on the trend.

–  Paint on a fabulous mix of prints for a beyond unique mixed print manicure.

So go ahead, get inspired! Try some of The Beauty Department’s DIYs…if you dare!

All images via The Beauty Department.

27 March

Dare to DIY: Colorblock Bangles

Embrace the colorblock trend with this simple DIY!

You’ll need:

– Inexpensive, wooden bangles

– Thin yarn or embroidery floss

– Tape

– Scissors

Tip: it’s ok if you have a little extra string dangling, you’ll just wrap the next color around it to keep it secure.

What would you pair with your new DIY piece?

21 March

Dare to DIY: Knots

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On Monday, I showed you how to work the knot trend into your wardrobe, and today, I’ll show you how to DIY a few of my favorite knotted pieces.

The Top Knot:

– Check out this sock bun photo tutorial from Beautylish- I already shared the video with you, but I find photo tutorials easier to follow.

– If you have long hair, The Beauty Department’s fun bun will look amazing on you!

– Have you tried spin pins yet? I’m obsessed. Here’s a tutorial from TheJrLovely.

Nautical Knot Bracelets:

– Though I can’t find the original DIY from Rent the Runway on Campus, here is Studio Slyter’s take on it.

– Under the Sycamore shows us how to dress up a dollar bin nautical bracelet on the cheap.

– P.S.- I Made This’s friendship bracelet DIY looks almost nautical, but also encompassed one of my other favorite trends: neon.

Knotted Skirt:

– A super easy way to turn a scarf into a fun, twisted skirt from Passions for Fashion.

– La Passion pour la Fashion’s DIY draped skirt is a little more complicated but worth the effort!

– A knotted maxi skirt from Lucy and the Runaways is perfect for the beach.

Try one. I dare you!

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