Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Who Spiked the Punch?

Here's a few quick pictures of what I wore out over the weekend. No one really spiked the punch I just thought it was a fitting title with my spiked sweatshirt.

Hope everyone is having a good leap day!

 Thanks to my friend Minhthy for taking the pictures

Top: Forever 21 tank
Sweatshirt: DIY

PS. How amazing is this necklace? It's laser cut out of wood and painted white!

Monday, February 27, 2012

This Isn't My First Rodeo

It's official...I have attended my first Rodeo in Texas. I can now put truth into the statement, "This isn't my first Rodeo" (said in a thick Texas accent) It all started that day with a drive home from the gym. I noticed that an exit was blocked, mental note to ask the uncle when I get home. However I didn't need to ask him because as I passed the police blockade I saw a horse, then what the horse was pulling...a covered wagon. This was just the beginning of Rodeo.

Rodeo kicks off with a BBQ cookoff contest that my friends and I went to this past Saturday night. You pay an entry fee to get into the area which is pretty much like a fair, then there are separate tickets for each tent that has entered the contest. We went to a few tents but sadly we got there so late that we didn't get a chance to try any BBQ. The free beer made up for the lack of food, however, and the last tent we went to had a really great band so there was lots of dancing.

The cookoff ended at 11 so we ended up having to leave. But this is definitely on my agenda for when Amanda gets here in just a few days. I'm picturing the much needed funnel cake, silly fair rides, and o ya what makes it different from just your everyday state fair....bull riding! Get ready for an upcoming post about that!

Entrance into the Rodeo

The wonderful police officers manning the tent entrance

Top: Forever 21 tank, Green Madewell top (thanks Estelle!)
Jacket: Zara (similar here)
Jewelery: Madewell necklace, Marc Jacobs ring, Tiffany heart ring, Betsey Johnson Alligator ring
Bag: Louis Vuitton (similar here)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DIY: Studded Clutch

Tada! This DIY project is a Christmas gift for my best friend Amanda that I started a while back and just now finished (I got sidetracked a bit with other projects along the way). I didn't realize how time consuming this project would be until I started it, but I really love the end result so it was worth the time it took.

I started with a DIY clutch that you might remember here. I had an extra zipper and fabric so I used this to create a smaller bag. You could also use an old clutch that you have lying around or find a cheap one at a store.

Note: I used the Stylescrapbook DIY for the clutch

Amanda told me that she liked a certain studded purse and I thought to myself, I can make that! I stored that thought away  for a Christmas gift idea and that's how this project was born.

I went to to order the studs I needed for the project. I found this website when I did my spiked sweatshirt here.

I initially ordered 2 bags of 100 count thinking that would be enough but had to halt the project when I ran out. Overall I used almost 300 studs! Lesson learned: order more than you think you're going to use.

I started by pressing the studs into the fabric of the clutch. This proved to be difficult since the fabric was thick and, word to the wise, will make your thumbs sore after a while. I pressed each stud into the fabric and bent the clasps inward to hold the stud in place on the clutch.

Repeat this step in the desired pattern. I wanted the whole clutch to be covered in studs so I stuck with straight lines all the way across, but you could also try a diagonal pattern or even a smaller pattern that doesn't cover the whole bag.

Here's the end result!!

love the texture of the studs!

Tools: clutch, studs, pliers

Monday, February 13, 2012

Foxy Fur

After my last post about how I was never going to get a chance to wear any of my new warm clothes due to Texas not being very, cold we got a huge cold front. Maybe the weather is reading my blog?! If you've been following from the beginning you'll remember I received a fur coat from my Grandma for Christmas. I have been patiently waiting for it to get really cold and I got my wish with this 40 degree weather!

I styled it with a dress, heels, and tights because I wanted to highlight the fur itself. It is such a great vintage piece and even more so because it was passed to me from my Grandma. I inherited my chic fashion sense from her and my dad (but a post of his style influencing for a later date).

Thanks MBP for the pictures

Dress: Lush Nordstrom (old)
Tights: Target
Belt: Wish 
Fur: Vintage
Shoes: Aldo (old)
Jewelry: vintage name necklace, Juicy Couture friendship necklace, Grandma's vintage engagement ring

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tweed and Leather

I bought these leather pants back in California right before I moved to Texas. When I called my uncle to ask him when it gets cold so I could wear them he said "uh, maybe for a week or two in February?" I was devastated! When was I going to be able to rock my awesome purchase (on sale for $60 from BCBG)?

However, the other week I was able to bust these babies out from the back of my closet and I like the end result. I didn't want to be too edgy with the leather so I added a classic fitted tweed blazer to give it more of a polished look.

Thanks to MBP for taking these pictures and braving the "working girl" in the car next to us!

Top: Nordstrom (old)
Jacket: Zara
Pants: BCBG
Shoes: ShoeMint Edith 
Jewelry: Chloe Lane Studio Bow Necklace, Marc Jacobs watch, Stella & Dot bracelet, Tiffany Bead bracelet, Marc Jacobs ring, Forever 21 ring, DIY earrings
Sunglasses: Chanel 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Bianchi meets Awesome Blossom

The other evening we had the pleasure of having Allen Bianchi, famed Houston architect, come visit our home.

I guess I should start off by telling you how my uncles ended up with a Bianchi house...they had been on several design home tours and kept a mental note of which homes they loved. The favorite ones they gravitated towards were designed by Allen Bianchi. The hunt then began for their perfect Bianchi home. About 3 years ago they found the house we're all living in today.

Now back to the visit...Allen came over to see how we had decorated the house and converted the loft space into a nursery for Baby E. We got to browse his website and see his past projects and learn all about his current ones, he's designing a house in Kuwait! I'm also excited to write that we get to see his office this week and learn more about his upcoming projects. We may even be apart of an upcoming project to build our next home, one can only hope!

Awesome Blossom

Allen Bianchi and me

Top: Duo 
Bottom: Express (old)
Shoes: Tory Burch 
Jewelry: Duo necklace, Marc Jacobs ring, Betsey Johnson flower earrings 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Boots and Blazer

Quick outfit post for running errands with Baby E. Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! xoxo

Top: Banana Republic (old)
Blazer: Zara
Jeans: Hudson
Boots: Steve Madden
Earrings: DIY

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