DIY Inspiration Roundup (April)

The month of April has been a busy one, but I’ve had time to collect my favorite DIY inspirations—whether it’s fashion, beauty, or home decor! Leave a comment with your favorite (or one you’d like to see on the blog!).

Washi tape calendar seen on Take Two They're Small.

Set of four kitchen art prints by Articipe on Etsy, $25.

DIY neon pink and yellow shoes seen on Love Maegan.

Hello Sunshine Mug by Oh Leander, $25.

Ombre sunset manicure seen on CHEYENNE meets CHANEL.

Embellished friendship bracelets seen on Honestly WTF.

Adorable cocktail sign—for summer entertaining, perhaps? Seen on Style Me Pretty.

The workspace of Katie Rodgers, seen on Glitter Guide.

Images: Take Two They’re Small | Articipe | Love Maegan | Oh Leander | CHEYENNE meets CHANEL | Honestly WTF | Style Me Pretty | Glitter Guide

Swag Bag: Three Designer Dupe Rings

I’m back! I had to take a more-than-brief hiatus from blogging this month due to our move, my schedule, and a sheer lack of Internet! (After the Pinterest withdrawals subsided, it really wasn’t so bad….. not.)

This weekend, I had an eye exam, which was oh-so-conveniently located next to South Portland’s giant Forever 21 store. I’m sure you can guess the end of this story, but while I was looking at the ever-affordable jewelry, I noticed a few rings that had promising potential as designer dupes. Also, I really apologize if you are unable to find these pieces online, as Forever 21 is notorious for quickly selling out of their items and for site-to-store inconsistency.

First, the Kate Spade-esque bow ring. I fell in love with this winter’s “All Wrapped Up” holiday collection and was thoroughly disappointed when the sweet bow ring was taken off the website (although I think you can still buy it at Bloomingdale’s). Seen here adorning the talented fingers of Katie Evans, the “All Wrapped Up” bow ring makes a festive, feminine statement.

But, wait! I found this one for $1.50 at Forever 21! It’s clearly not exactly similar, but for the colossal price difference, I’d say it’s close enough.

My KSNY-esque bow ring. Taken with Instagram.

The next two rings are not quite designer dupes (not that the bow ring was an exact match, either). I was drawn to them in the store, and after purchasing them I started noticing subtle similarities to rings I had seen before. Both are a far cry from the gaudy rhinestone encrusted jewelry so often seen at Forever 21, thank goodness.

Alvina Abramova Spike Stella Ring

Spikes are frequently on- and off-trend, so I didn’t want to spend all that much on a punk-y piece, especially since spikes aren’t an inherent element of my personal style. Enter: glamorous, golden spiky finger bling. Small and safe, yet plenty of rockstar quality—at least for me. It reminds me of Alvina Abramova’s Spike Stella Ring, seen on Max & Chloe.

Metal Mosaic Ring from JewelMint

The other ring is fairly heavy and well-made for a Forever 21 ring. It’s square shaped—proving to be a bit awkward to wear—but does not lack in the style department. It’s very artistic and architectural, and is similar to something you’d see from JewelMint—perhaps the Metal Mosaic Ring?



What do you think of the Forever 21 rings, compared to the designer rings?

images: College Prep | Max & Chloe | JewelMint

My Favorite Home Tours

Home tours are a fabulous way to get insight into bloggers’ and celebrities’ decorating styles. Since home decor varies from person to person, I love seeing how others furnish and style their own interiors. Read on for my favorite home tours from around the web!

Jen Ramos is the talented designer and blogger behind MadeByGirl and Cocoa & Hearts. I love her clean, modern style with brilliant pops of color, luxurious textiles, and original artwork.

Jen Ramos (MadeByGirl), New York.

If you haven’t heard of Maegan Tintari (or perhaps, …love Maegan), you should seriously look her up. She has enviable personal style, an inspiring outlook on life, and loads of DIY fashion and home decor ideas. Maegan is by far one of my favorite bloggers. Below is her ultra-feminine and swoon-worthy dressing room / home office.

Maegan Tintari ( Maegan), Los Angeles.

I absolutely adore Glitter Guide‘s “Style At Home” feature, which showcases the stylish homes of notable fashion bloggers. Here are a few of my favorites from Glitter Guide:

Monika Hibbs (The Doctor's Closet), Vancouver.

Sarah Lederman (Chevrons & Stripes), Miami Beach.

And lastly, the extensive home tours of Apartment Therapy. Thorough, diverse, and visually intriguing, each virtual tour is as inspiring as the last. No home, however, compares to Cory and Kristine Hankins’ “marriage of classic and graphic,” in my humble opinion. I have browsed through the slideshow time and time again, each time seeing stylish, yet gender-neutral decor. Since I have a graphic/modern aesthetic and B has more of a classic/traditional taste, the Hankins’ home is a perfect example to look to.

Cory and Kristine Hankins, Chicago.

Images: Jen Ramos | Maegan Tintari | Monika Hibbs | Sarah Lederman | Cory and Kristine Hankins

Pinspiration For My New Home

After relocating to Portland, B and I have spent the last two weeks looking for apartments. We had a fairly specific price point and location in mind—especially since I have champagne taste on a beer budget. And yesterday, we finally found our perfect place! It has lots of character, a ton of space, and the location is idyllic—now all I can think about is how to furnish it!

Turning to my fail-safe inspiration source (Pinterest, obviously), I’ve discovered a few pinspirations (okay, more than a few, but interior decorating is serious business!). Do you have any fabulous decorating ideas you’d like to share? Hint: I have a HUGE open room—it’s basically a loft—that spans the entire area of the house! We’ve decided it will be the living area but I’ve never had so much space to work with—I’m feeling overwhelmed!

A bookcase used as a room divider.

Lovely and practical bag/clutch storage.

Lucite + faux fur = perfection.

A well-styled bookcase.

A sunny nook for reading magazines.

A sweet vignette adds creative flair.

Stilettos make for an art collection, and feminine tassels double as a trendy valance.

A mix of pretty prints and patterns.

Insanely creative mirror bunting on an exposed brick wall.

These darling DIY Paint-Dipped Utensils would go perfectly with my kitchen colors and theme.

Bright yellow curtains are a must-have.

All images via Pinterest.

DIY Inspiration Roundup (March)

Since I thoroughly enjoy a pair & a spare‘s runway-centric DIY inspiration posts, why not share a few of my own ideas each month? My inspiration often stems directly from high end websites and fashion blogger style, so Pinterest is my number one source of inspiration (what else is new!).

Below is a roundup for the month of March (along with January and February, for that matter!). Leave a comment with your favorites!

Rustic-chic coasters, trivets, utensils, and tray seen on Carnets Parisiens.

Dannijo Rivera Bracelet, $245.

LEIF Gemstone Magnet Set, $36.

Bright pink silhouette art seen on Design*Sponge.

Alyssa Norton Oxidized Sterling Silver and Diamanté Bracelet, $440.

West Elm Mercury Votive Holders, $5.

images: Carnets Parisiens | Dannijo | LEIF | Design*Sponge | NET-A-PORTER | West Elm

Refab(ulous) Project: Wrapped Bangles

INSPIRATION: I was very inspired by the colorful bangles seen at Kate Spade and Astley Clarke, and I’m just trying to generally add more color to my outfits through accessories.

MATERIALS: thin bangles, coated craft wire

METHOD: 1. After you’ve selected the wire color, begin tightly wrapping the wire around each bangle. You can use one, two, or even three wires at a time to produce a solid color block or a striped effect. 2. When you finish with one wire, you can leave as is to create a single section of color, or continue all the way around the bangle. 3. Make sure to clip off any sharp wire ends with a pair of wire cutters, and you’re done!