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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Summer Wine

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Wearing: Hat - thrifted, dress - c/o PB&J Boutique, heels - thrifted, dooney & bourke - vintage (thrifted)

Today was just another blah Monday, but I received this lovely dress in the mail courtesy of PB&J Boutique, and I only have to say I feel so great in this dress! I know I say that every dress I seem to get is my favorite, but right now this one is definitely my favorite! I love how it is so simple and classic, and the material is wonderful and it all looks very vintage! I paired it with my little vintage-inspired heels, and my big hat that I've been constantly wearing lately. I just felt so vintage and classic in this outfit which is the best feeling ever! I also got many compliments, which of course made me smile! :)




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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Flower Crown - DIY

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I've been seeing so many lovely floral crowns being worn lately, and now that Spring is finally here again, I thought it was finally time for me to attempt to make my own. It really was a lot easier than I thought it would be, and really cheap, too, so I thought I would share it with you all!

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Materials:
Floral wire - You will need this to make the actual "crown"
Floral tape - This is necessary for making sure your flowers don't fall off!
Assortment of flowers - You can use either real or fake flowers, but I recommend fake flowers!
Pair of pliers or heavy-duty/sturdy scissors - This is to cut your wire and your fake flowers (they have thick wire in them).

I purchased all of my materials at Wal-Mart, but you can also get them at a craft store. All of my materials came out to being around $10! This is a super cheap price, and you can also make 2-3 more crowns with your left over flowers afterwards, and many more crowns with your left over floral wire and tape!

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First, take your floral wire and start un-wrapping some of it. While you're un-wrapping it, make sure you use your fingers to smoothen it out, because otherwise it will be sort of crinkled up from being wrapped around its packaging so tightly. After this, form your wire into a circle, and place it around your head to start fitting it. Tighten or loosen up your circle as necessary. I suggest that you make the wire fit a little bit looser around your head than you want it, because once your flowers are on there that will take away some of the space. Once you feel that the wire fits comfortably on your head the way you want it too, wrap the end of the wire to where you want it. Make sure you do not cut the wire at all yet, just leave it attached to the rest of the wire still wrapped around the packaging!

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After you've wrapped the end of the wire around where you want it to be on your crown, un-wrap some more wire from the packaging and start bringing it back around your crown. You'll need to create more than one layer of wire so your crown is thicker and more sturdy, otherwise that one thin wire will be really flimsy and you will not be able to put any flowers on it. As you start wrapping more wire around, twist it together like you did to connect your first wire every once in a while so it will all stay connected. Make sure you do it in a different spot each time, though. Once you've wrapped the wire around about 4-5 times, cut the wire and twist it around your crown.

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Once that is done, take a small piece of floral tape and wrap it around where you ended off your crown. This is to cover up the pointy edge, and also to make sure the crown doesn't come undone.


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Now that this part of the crown is complete, start cutting the flowers off to add on. Make sure when you cut them off that you still leave about 2 inches of the thin plastic "stem" left on them. If you are planning to add more than one type of flower like I did, don't start cutting off and adding both types of flowers yet. Just pick which one you want to add to the crown first, and start cutting off those flowers. Once you're done cutting the flowers off, cut off a piece of floral wire, about 3-4 inches in length. After this, put your first little flower over where you put your floral tape, and wrap your short piece of floral wire very tightly around the stem of the flower. Make sure when you're wrapping it around the stem that you spread it out completely along the length of the stem, rather than just wrapping it all together in one space. This will help keep the flower in place. Complete the process for each little flower you wish to add. You can also add floral tape around each little flower as you add them, which I recommend, but I decided not to, only because I was feeling a bit lazy. :)

TIP: As you're adding in your flowers, feel free to add them on in all different directions! If you have them all going in the same direction, it will make the crown look smaller and less full than if you have the flowers going in multiple directions. It will really add a lot to the crown!

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Once you are done adding on your first layer of flowers, if you wish to add some more flowers in of a different color or type, just repeat the process! It will be a little bit more difficult since you have all of the other flowers a bit in the way, but once you start adding them in it won't be as difficult.

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After you've added in all of your flowers, you're done! It's all very simple, and it doesn't take much time or effort! I am so happy with my flower crown and I plan to make more in the future! What I also love about these is that you can make so many different ones, and depending on what flowers you add to them, you can give your flower crown so many different looks. With this one, I went for a very natural, "wild-flower" look. I love it so much, and I chose simple colors so I can wear it with a lot of things! Floral crowns are also good as photo shoot props!

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I hope you enjoy this DIY! If you try it out, let me know how it works for you in the comments! I'm still new at making DIY's, and I look forward to making more in the future, so let me know how you like them!


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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sail Away

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Wearing: Flower Crown - DIY, Jean Shirt - Thrifted, High-low Dress - c/o Boohoo, Wedges - Target

Some new dresses arrived for me today courtesy of Boohoo, and I just had to wear this one! It was a windy day so I just knew the high-low dress would be perfect to wear! It is so gorgeous and the off-white color is lovely for those dreamy spring days. I also decided to change it up a bit and go to this park on the river today! It was really nice and I'll be going back more, but I was also reminded why I stick to taking my outfit pictures in the park in my neighborhood. Where I usually take my pictures there aren't really many people at all, but at that park today there were so many people. The problem with that is that they stare so much! They also want to ask me what I'm doing, and it all just makes it very awkward for me, because I can tell that they just don't understand! Oh well, I guess I just have to deal with it, or maybe just start bringing a friend so it isn't as weird. Besides all of that though, it was nice to change parks for the day, and I really love the background it gave me in my photos!


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Monday, April 15, 2013

Pretty In Paisley!

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Wearing: Hat - F21, Paisley Dress - c/o Love Shopping Miami, Wedges - Target, Vintage Dooney & Bourke - Thrifted

Today was one of the best Mondays I've had in a while, and mainly because the weather was so perfect. The past five days have been nothing but rain, leaving me unable to photograph my outfits! But today I wore this new little dress courtesy of Love Shopping Miami, and it was absolutely perfect for the hot weather we had today! This dress has also brought something new to my wardrobe, it's unlike any of my other dresses! The paisley print, the colors, and the lightness of the dress makes it so wonderful for spring and summer! I am also obsessed with a dress that has pockets. It's just so convenient!

You can find the dress here. It's also on sale!


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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Favorite Head/Hair Accessories For Spring!

STRAW HATS:
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Hat - Thrifted
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Hat - Target
This Spring I am really into straw hats, and hats that look like straw hats! My hats here aren't actually straw hats, but they have that look, which I love! You can catch me wearing one with just about any outfit, they really seem to tie a look together for me!
BOWS:
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Bows - c/o Little Bluebird USA Bows
I've recently discovered a new love for classic hair bows! They can really make a simple outfit effortlessly girly, and they are good for a quick hairstyle! You can do so many things with bows, which I love! You can clip them on to a bun, a pony tail, or just to the back of your hair. I got these two lovely bows courtesy of Little bluebird USA bows! I really recommend checking out her etsy, she has so many classic bows with many different adorable patterns! ♥
FLOWER CROWNS:
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Flower Crown - DIY
I've always loved flower crowns, and I've always wanted to make one! I found out how to recently and it's actually very easy! I made this one with some fake flowers from Wal-Mart. I was really going for that freshly-picked-from-a-field wildflower look. I also picked simple colors that can go with many outfits, because I know I will be wearing my little crown a lot! If you want to know how I made my crown, I will be posting a DIY for it in the next few days, so look out for that!
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Thanks for reading! I wanna know, what are your favorite hair/head accessories for this season?
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I Found A Way

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Wearing: Cardigan - F21, Romper - Thrifted, Saddle Oxfords - UO, Bag - Thrifted

Hello lovelies! Hope everyone had a good Monday! I did, besides the fact that I am extremely tired. I barely get any sleep anymore! Anyways, today I wore my favorite Spring romper that I thrifted, along with a light cardigan from F21 and my favorite oxfords from Urban Outfitters. It was a simple, light outfit for this warm day!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hung Up On a Dream

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Hat - Target, Blouse - F21, Skirt - F21, Wedges - Target, Vintage Dooney & Bourke bag - Thrifted

Hey everyone! Sorry for not posting for over a week, I meant to post this weekend, but I both broke my 50mm lens and I was sick! I ordered a new lens immediately after I broke it, I just cannot live without that lens. It got here today, which was great because it was a beautiful day and I finally took the time to curl my hair this morning before school! I usually don't dress very nice for school because I am too lazy to put any effort into it in the mornings, but to make this horrible first day back after my lovely spring break not as back, I took the time to dress cute and do my hair! I decided to wear my new polka dot blouse from F21 which I love, and I paired it with a denim skirt and some wedges! It was an easy, light outfit for this warm Spring day, and I felt cute in it, also! :)



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