April 30, 2012

DIY: Tie Dye Shorts

Tie Dye Shorts

I really love the tie dye cutoff shorts trend for this summer but I can't reason with buying tie dye shorts that are $50 and up. I'm also a lazy person and could not see myself tie dyeing ...anything. The whole tie dye process is so long and tiring. So when I came across the SEI Tumble Dye I knew this was the right product for me and it was going to be soooooo easy to actually pull off this whole DIY project that I've been wanting to do. What's so great about the Tumble Dye? Well first of all it's a spray bottle. Second of all you can do whatever you want with this product: spray, paint, or dip! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! I was super excited to see that on SEI's website you can buy the Tumble Dye bottles separately and that they were only $3 each for a 2 oz bottle. As soon as I found this product I ordered: Mint, Hot Pink, and Turquoise. So I spent my Sunday DIYing my own tie dye shorts. There is no better way of getting over a cold then spending some time DIYing!

What you'll need:

2. Shorts or jeans to DIY (I found an old pair of folding shorts from Target) 
3. Scissors 
4. Sharpie


1. Find an old pair of shorts or jeans that you want to DIY. Try them on and mark the areas where you want to cut them to. I wanted to go a little higher on the thigh so I ticked off two parts on the pants leg.

2. Grab your scissors and cut your shorts!!

3. Before you start spraying directly on to your shorts take a piece of the denim material that you cut off and do some test sprays. You want to see what the colors will look like on the denim material before you start.

4. Once you got an idea what the colors will look like and know how you want to do with your shorts then you can go ahead and start spraying! I wanted to do tri-colors from bottom to top so I started from bottom up. Starting with the turquoise color then working my way up.

5. Once your finish on the front side of your pants flip it over and start one the back side!

6. Don't be afraid to go over your work and spray where it needs to be sprayed or if you wat to add more tie to your shorts.

7. Wait for your shorts to dry and then throw them into the drier for 20 minutes!

Then you have yourself some DIY Tie Dye shorts!

You can de-thread the hems of your shorts with a needle or a safety pin just by pulling in the threads. The more your dry them over time they will also start to de-thread. So don't worry if they aren't too destroyed just yet. If you want destroyed patches I suggest doing that BEFORE you starting dyeing.

What do you think of this DIY? Gonna give it a shot?

April 26, 2012

H&M's Fashionstar Event

Tuesday night H&M's flagship store in New York City rolled out the red carpet on 51st and 5th avenue for their star studded event for the show FashionStar. I felt pretty darn special and almost famous walking the red carpet and dropping my name to the PR girls behind their iPads. It's not everyday that I get invited to such events where Nicole Richie is the host and a red carpet out on 5th Ave. I brought my cousin (who is also a fashion blogger: Pins, Needles, Fashion) with me to share this event. Plus we got an extra 25% off of any purchase we made so I needed a shopping partner! Shopping, drinking, mingling, and photo taken we did...maybe even a little bit of "stalking." The drinks were flowing with white wine, prosessco (which we stuck with), beer, and fancy mix drinks. Yummy little treats like the oreo with melted marshmallow were passed around. I somehow only walked out of their with a pair of white jeans that were $10 but then were knocked down to $7 with the discount. Best find I found in a while.

Other then the atmosphere it was also great to meet Nicole Christie (the H&M buyer on FashionStar), meet some of the designers, and to take a look at the clothes that are being sold in store now. It's amazing the talent that is out there right now. Just lurking in the dark hidden corners and it's something amazing to see these talents being brought out in shows like FashionStar.

Nicole Christie was so sweet and she looked absolutely fabulous in her lime green H&M open back dress. She also loved that I was rocking my H&M floral pencil skirt. I mean how could you go to an H&M event and NOT wear H&M. Then again it was pretty easy for me to wear something from H&M since a good portion of my wardrobe is from H&M.

all above photos taken by me view more photos of my fb page

I couldn't be more thrilled and honored to have attended this event. Seriously, since I live in H&M I couldn't have been more honored not only as a blogger but as a costumer to have been there to celebrate with them.

Shirt: Joe Fresh
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: c/o Remi & Emmy 
Jacket: Micheal Kors
Necklace: Forever21

above photos taken by Jess from Pins, Needles, Fashion

April 24, 2012

Weekend Wear: Coachella Inspired

Kimono: H&M
Shirt: Forever21

Shorts: DIY PacSun jeans
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Bag: c/o Remi & Emmy
Sunglasses: RayBans 
Bracelets: DIY friendship and Forever21
Ring: No Name

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

This weekend was part 2 of Coachella and O how I wish I was there. I have definitely been feeling the vibe from last weekend and this weekend. This look was totally Coachella inspired: cut off shorts, kimono, and boots. I bought this H&M kimono on my latest H&M trip...It was one of those piece I just couldn't say no to. Especially when it was only $20.

April 23, 2012

Inspirational Monday: Living Room Make Over

Living Room Mood Board

The boyfriend and I are in the mood to do a living room make over. Nothing drastic but just a few new pieces to get rid of some of our older pieces...like our coffee tables, old throw pillows, lamps, and storage ottoman. Our living room doesn't get a lot of natural light due to the fact that we face the back of the building, plus we have a lot of dark furniture-- black coffee tables and a dark brown accent area rug. We are trying to brighten the living room up by bringing in new coffee tables that are white, buying a lighter rug, and sprucing it up with lighter throw pillows-- like all of the above items. We have also put up more track lights to get the place really bright. I'm so excited doing a little mini home make over. Nothing says Spring like a cleaning and make-overs. Once we get everything into place I'll have to take some pictures.

Here are some more inspirational home pictures:

pictures from SF Girl By Bay

April 19, 2012

Spring Colorblocking: Pastels

There is nothing I love more right now then colorblocking and pastels. When I saw a few of my favorite fashion bloggers -- like La Vagabond Dame and Lust for Life --- rocking pastels on pastels I knew this was a trend for me that I have to try.

Left: La Vagabond Dame                                      Right: Lust for Life

Unlike most colorblocking I feel like the pastel colorblocking trend can work for the most faint at heart. It helps that pastels are toned down and not overwhelming...like playing with brighter tones. The basic rules of colorblocking pastels are pretty simple and fun.

Spring Colorblocing: Pastels

Begin with a light tone pastel color-- like the mint green Topshop jeans-- and a darker tone-- MTWTFSS blouse-- in the same shade or family group: blues and greens, purples and pinks. Keeping it all together help keep the look unified. To keep the look toned down introduce neutral tone accessories like the Kelsi by Kelsi Dagger wedge sandals. Kick up the look and mix in a another pastel accessory like the R&Em bag.

Last week I tried out the look and paired up my H&M blue pants with my light mint green American Apparel top that I had bought at their Warehouse Sale. I mixed in neutrals with my H&M blazer top and Jeffrey Campbell wedge sandals. I pulled in another shade of pastel by using my R&Em bag

Blazer: H&M
Shirt: American Apparel
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: c/o R&Em

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

I have a feeling there will be a lot of pastel colorblocking in my near feature. What do you think of this look? Will you give it a try?

April 17, 2012

Weekend Wear: Neon in a Botanical Garden

Dress: H&M
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: c/o Remi &Emmy 
Bracelets: H&M, No Name
Sunglasses: Tobi.com
Camera: Nikon

pictures taken by me and Brian Cavanaugh

This weekend the bf and I had an adventure through the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. I finally made it there in time to see the Cherry Blossoms. For the past couple of years when we have gone we would go at the end of the Cherry Blossom season so I would never really get to see them in full bloom. I am however lucky enough to see them all around our neighborhood. Anyway I love the Botanical Gardens. Every time we go we find something new that we haven't seen before like this little bridge that we came across or some flowers that I don't remember ever seeing. Upon leaving the garden I always feel freshed and creative. There's nothing like seeing exotic plants and beautiful bright colored flowers to get you inspired-- especially since we are thinking of redecorating our apartment. I'm thinking of posting some of my favorite pictures that I tok on my facebook page.....
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