It’s that time of year– VD is in the air! Valentine’s Day, I mean.
I’m a firm believer that handcrafted goodness is a way to the heart.
Plus, homemade gifts mean that you aren’t buying into commercialized love.
Two of my favorite things in all the world are sneakers and rocks.
Why not combine them into a mega-love-fest for Vday?
Gold leaf and paint some rocks to show someone you care!
(I bet you’ve never gotten gift-giving advise like that before.)
And this year, try adding a little spunk to your out of the town outfit by sneaking in some work out items.
Keep people on their toes! Rock the heck out of those running pants, girl!
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
Okay. It’s just sorta cold outside, but that means it’s time to pull out your down vests and festive warm clothes.
I made a giant pom pom to top one of my Carhartt hats. See how I did it HERE.
Check out the new pair of Air Max sneakers I got this weekend.
Stay warm out there, folks!
How absurd is it that you have to pay $$ to check your bag at the airport?
If you’re like me, you want to save money and avoid the hassle of checking a huge bag.
I travel a lot for work, so I’ve had some time to finesse the skill of packing light.
As you’ve probably already noticed, I’m a shoe girl. And I can be a bit absurd.
I like to wear a different pair of sneakers everyday when I travel, but that’s just not practical.
A trick I just figured out is switching out my shoelaces to alter the shoe and give your outfits a bit more pop and diversity from day to day.
Instead of bringing a few different pairs of sneakers, I only take one pair and bring along extra ribbons to switch out.
The photos above are from a trip I recently made to Salt Lake City.
You have to try this out the next time you travel– it’s a real space-saver.
This post revolves around the recent hombre fad and finding inspiration in the world around you.
If you’ll take the time to check out a DIY post I did on one of my other blogs HERE, you’ll see how to make your own fade into blue hombre shirt.
The other evening I walked around the beautiful city of Chicago with my eyes peeled.
A common theme of different shades of blue resounded in my photographs from the day.
It inspired me to dye one of my long plain Tees to reflect the way blues can shift between varying tones.
We all have those great comfy Tee’s that we sleep in.
Sometimes the prints on them are so great, I wish I could wear them out and not just when I’m lounging around- being lazy.
So I thought I’d turn this large men’s shirt into a dress.
It was pretty simple. I’ll take you through the steps.
First, use a pre-existing dress to cut a pattern so that you can make sure it fits you.
(cut it a little bigger than your dress so it allows room for the new seem)
Then flip it inside out and pin it along the side so that you can sew up the two edges that you’ve cut.
Next, cut the neck of the T-Shirt off and then simply cut away to adjust the arm holes.
And there you go! Shirt to dress in just a few minutes.
I really loved how the dress turned out!
It makes for a really sporty look.
I paired it with my Nike Blue Chips, Under Armour leggings, and Forever 21 jacket.
Now it’s your turn! Let’s see what you come up with.
I felt like having a little fun with pink and red in honor of Valentine’s day.
The red Nike shirt seemed fitting, along with my American apparel skirt and petticoat, grey Hue tights, and my purple Steve Madden boots.
I’ve been representing Chicago on my keychain lately. And this felt like as good a day as any to wear crazy jewelry.
The bracelet I’m wearing has my phone number on it for some reason… I guess just in case I forget it or want to give it away easily.
One of the reasons I like Valentine’s Day is that it’s an excuse to be crafty and decorate.
Here are a few of the paintings and drawings I’ve done.
There’s a little needlepoint for my soon to be born niece, Lily, a painting of my niece, Lauren, a drawing I did of a happy Nike, and a few quotes that I wrote out.
I included a photo of the process I went through on the large quote I wrote out on a canvas.
It just took a old painting, a little masking tape, some paint, and India Ink.
Happy Valentine’s Day Eve!!
I got a new pair of basketball shoes! HOORAY!
This particular pair has slots with interchangeable color discs so you can change the color of the Nike check.
The colors felt a little boring to me, so I took some houndstooth Duck Tape and made my own color discs.
Now I have houndstooth Nike checks on my basketball shoes! perfection!
Since I didn’t get around to carving a pumpkin this year,
I thought it would be a nice change to paint a pumpkin.
When I was trying to pick one out in the grocery store,
this butternut squash kept calling my name for the opposite bin.
The funny thing is, the shape reminded me of a shoe.
The wheels in my head started turning…
which lead to the combination of butternut squash, Nike, and a Missoni inspired print.
How could you go wrong?!
The other night when I couldn’t sleep, I decided to be productive.
I’ve had this plaid fabric for a while, and I’ve been waiting to use it for something.
What better than making a hoodie?
It’s pretty easy.
Frist I just folded over a piece of fabric so that it’s a long rectangle.
Then I cut a neck hole in the center.
After that, make slanted cuts into the sides and sew them shut (except for where the arm holes are).
Then cut a piece of fabric in the shape of a hood and attach it to the back side of the neck hole.
Later, I cut out triangles.
I attached two of them on the back as appliques, and two on the front as pockets.
Just a few simple steps and you have an inexpensive, fun top.
Throw it on with some skinny jeans and some Nike high tops and you have a great, funky outfit.