Monday, June 11, 2012

Pinterest DIY projects: what works and what doesn't?

I am a DIY addict. I am always 'pinning' fun projects that I want to try! But some of the tutorials for these DIY miracles seem far fetched- and some of them definitely are!

Here's what I've experimented with, what's gone well, and what made me want to rip my hair out...

Cover an art canvas with fabric to create wall art: Winner!

I used this tutorial and it worked great! I went to Joanne Fabrics and found a few fabrics that went with the style of my room. Staple them to a canvas, and viola! Custom wall art.

Paper bag floor: (as my 12-year-old brother-in-law would say...) EPIC fail!

I read just about every online paper bag floor tutorial there was. I went out and bought all of the supplies, prepped my floor, and dug in. I don't know if my floor was too cold (cement floor) but the poly didn't dry for over 3 days and the crumpled pieces of paper never laid flat on the floor so they dried all lumpy. I even went back and tried to re-smooth them multiple times.

I could not figure out what I was doing wrong because every blog told me what I was doing should be working!

I finally gave up and now I have a corner of floor that has a shiny coat of poly and it looks like the floor is just wet. Apparently it's worked for some people, but for me it was a major fail- I think I'll just spring for new floors!

Use spray paint to get color-tipped shoes: Winner!

I used this tutorial found on Pinterest. The only thing I did different was I cleaned the shoes off with rubbing alcohol first (which if you didn't know, works GREAT at getting off dirt and scuffs from patent leather, canvas, etc.). This turned out to work pretty well! I wish I would have chosen a color that wasn't so 'traffic cone' but still...pretty cool!

I'll have to find a way to clean  up the stray spray, but should be easy to do with an exact-o knife or sandpaper.

Make a fun work out tank from an old T-shirt: Worked okay...

I used this tutorial from a blog that I love! It went alright... It's important to find a T-shirt that's the right size. I experimented with ones that were slightly fitted and that didn't work quite right. I also used one that was probably a little too big (a fave old Grateful Dead t-shirt). I'd also recommend trying on the shirt before wrapping the final piece of fabric to connect the back tank straps, so that you can find the ideal placement.

Cut glass bottles to create vases/candle holders: Fail.

I used this tutorial and also watched multiple You Tube videos on this method of cutting class. I got all prepared... lit the string...rotated...plunged into cold water. Nothing. Not even a groove where the flaming string was. I tried on two different bottles too. Disappointed because I wanted to make candles in the cut bottles!

*If anyone has helpful hints on how to perfect any of these projects, please leave suggestions & comments!!!*

What's my next project to attempt? I want to make a headboard from MDF board. :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Work it- Look for less!

I'm looking for a new job right now, and I have been searching for the perfect interview outfit. I think the look below is fabulous!

Work it
Get the prices on the original items in this image from

I love shift dresses and jackets, but business professional attire can get pricey! I've scoured the greater Seattle to get this look for less and was able to find similar options for a STEAL of a deal...

Dress- $49.99 at Marshall's
Jacket- borrowed from my sister but I did see some GREAT options at H&M for under $39.99
Bag- $39.99 at Marshall's
Shoes- $19.99 at Ross
Cz Earrings- $24.99 on
Necklace- $6.99 at Forever 21

Tucked my hair back in to a teased bun. Super easy! Essie Marshmallow on my nails.

Bag I already had (from a previous post). Gotta love Marshall's!

Ready to walk out the door!

Overall, the interview went really well. This outfit gave me the confidence to walk in there and 'work it'!!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Beachy Babe- look for less!

I love this look! Maxi dresses? Love. Bag? Love. Wedges? Love.

Beachy Babe
Get the prices on original items in image from Polyvore. 

But let's be honest, who can afford this outfit? The Michael Kors bag alone breaks my budget. So I went on the hunt to my favorite discount stores in an attempt to get this look for less. I found some incredible steals (and some old pieces from my closet) that helped me put this look together for a fraction of the cost!!!

Sorry for the horrible picture quality! This is what happens when you have to take them yourself. :)

Maxi dress- $16.99 at Marshall's 
Belt- $5.99 at Fred Meyer!
Jacket- $34.99 at H&M (last season)
Wedges- $15.99 at Marshall's 
Bag- $99 at Marshall's
Necklace- $12.99 at American Eagle
Earrings- $3.49 at Target
Bangles & bracelets- From all over! But you can always find a good bangle from Forever 21 and H&M

Monday, June 4, 2012

To knot or not to knot...

Top knots- you either love them or you hate them. I happen to love them. They evoke a very feminine, 60's-esque vibe that makes me feel like I'm channeling Bridgette Bardot.

Here's a few of my favorite ways to wear them this season...

Loose & Natural.
Can be an everyday look when paired with a scarf & tee, or dressed up with drop earrings & lip gloss!

Neat & Sophisticated.
For wearing with that little black dress a la Audrey Hepburn. 

Retro Inspired.
I am a firm believer that anything retro inspired is automatically sexy.

So fun and so trendy! Perfect for pairing with that cute new summer dress or top!

Messy & Effortless.
I love this look with a cozy sweater and sandals...think 'day at the beach house' nautical.

I just can't get enough. Find even more top knot styles on Pinterest or try your own unique variation! It's all about making it your own!!!