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DIY Simple Tassel Necklace

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Lately, I’ve added all things yellow to the list of things I love. Sunflowers, lemonade, pineapples, sweet corn—I can’t get enough of it. Besides craving beautiful foods to brighten up my plate, I’ve also been wanting to incorporate more yellow into my wardrobe. But since I have very fair skin, it’s tricky for me to find a shade that doesn’t wash me out.

That’s where this deliciously bright tassel necklace comes in. I can pair it with a fresh all-white look or throw it on with my favorite gray t-shirt and boyfriend jeans for an instant dose of sunny color. Even better? It hardly took any time to make (gotta love those instant gratification DIYs).

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For this project, you’ll need the following:
• end caps (I used one that I had leftover from this project)
• seed beads
• beading thread and needle
• E6000 or super glue
• a small piece of fabric or felt
• a necklace chain of your choice

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1. String a bunch of seed beads onto a length of beading thread, looping the beginning and end of the thread back through some of the beads to finish each end (same technique used here). Make each string twice as long as you want your tassel to be.

2. Make enough strings of beads so that, when folded in half, they make a good-sized tassel. The amount of strings you’ll need will depend on the size of your end cap, but I needed about 10 strings for this one.

3. Next, use a length of beading thread to tie your strings together in the middle, thus creating a tassel. Make sure each string is hanging evenly so your tassel looks even.

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4. Use your end cap to trace a circle on a scrap piece of felt or fabric. Cut out the circle and sew the string you used to tie your tassel together to the round piece of fabric. This is how we will connect our tassel to our end cap.

5. Apply a small amount of E6000 to the inside of your end cap, then insert the piece of felt with the tassel attached to it into the end cap. Press down on the fabric with a toothpick to ensure a snug fit. Let dry.

6. Now, all that’s left to do is thread your tassel onto a chain of your choice and get styling!

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DIY Pom Pom Beach Bag

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Here we are again, in the dead of winter. It’s the time of year that we all start dreaming of tropical destinations, beautiful beaches and hot, hot weather. And planning an exotic vacation necessitates one thing: packing for an exotic vacation.

I’m pretty set in the bathing suit department and my collection of distressed jean shorts is getting out of control, but there was one thing I was missing: a cute beach tote. You know, a bag you can shove your magazines, sunscreen and headphones in and head straight for the sand. I’ve long been coveting a festive pom pom bedecked beach bag like this one by Jadetribe, and since I had a bunch of colorful yarn lying around, I decided to make my own.

I started with a $3 straw tote I got in the dollar section at Target, so all-in-all this beach bag probably cost me around ten dollars. All the more money to put towards my next plane ticket! Check out the detailed instructions below to create your own pom pom beach bag.

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For this project, you’ll need the following:
• yarn (I used this pack of mini balls of neon yarn)
• straw bag
• fork
• scissors
• big eye needle

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1. The first step is to make a whole bunch of pom poms. There are a few methods you can use, but in my experience, the fork method is the easiest. Start by wrapping the yarn around the tines of the fork. I wanted to make small, full pom poms, so I wrapped the yarn around the fork 50 times. Then, cut a small length of yarn and thread it through the middle tine closes to the base of the fork and tie it in a tight knot at the top. Gently slide the ball of tied yarn off the fork and hold it tightly by the longer strings.

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2. Using sharp scissors, gently snip each loop of yarn. Once all of the loops are cut, carefully tie the longer pieces of yarn once more so it’s nice and tight. Finish the pom pom by snipping off the longer pieces and trimming any other pieces that are sticking out.

Repeat the process until you have a nice stockpile of colorful pom poms.

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3. Next we need to make a couple of pom pom strings. Grab a piece of yarn or twine and thread it with a big eye needle. String the pom poms on one at a time, leaving about an inch of space between each one. When you get to the middle, leave about five inches of space (this is where it will wrap around your bag handle). Finish the string by tying a knot at each end so nothing slips off.

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4. I figured I would add some tassels for good measure (per my current obsession). The method for making a tassel is very similar to making the pom poms. Instead of using a fork, wrap the yarn around your four fingers about 20 times. Then slide the loops of yarn off your hand and tie a piece of yarn through the top loops of yarn. Cut another length of yarn and tie it around the yarn close to the top. Then, cut the bottom loops to create the fringe and trim any pieces that are too long. Finish the tassel by tying the top string together to create a long loop.

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5. Attach the pom pom strings and tassels to the handle of your straw beach tote just like you would attach a luggage tag to a suitcase.

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The Best Black Friday Jewelry Sales

Shop the best Black Friday jewelry sales with my curated round-up. #blackfriday #cybermonday #jewelry #ringstack
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Last year on Black Friday, I was just a month shy of completing my year of no shopping, and keeping tabs on all the incredible sales felt like more than my self-control could bear. This year, I like to think that I took into account the lessons I learned from that time of austerity and spent the weeks leading up to today thinking about the recurring things I wanted, doing research to find pieces I loved and then culling that list to the bare minimum. Rather than a feeding frenzy or a complete dearth of purchases, my spending today has felt very measured, and I’m super excited about the pieces I have coming my way!

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Scarf Print Silk Boho Dress

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L’esprit de l’escalier, schadenfreude, ennui, l’appel du vide—some über-specific (to borrow again from German) emotions or sensations are more elegantly and efficiently expressed in other languages. The phrase, “Ll’esprit de l’escalier,” for example, translates literally to “staircase wit,” but actually expresses the frustrating experience of thinking of the perfect retort too late. It’s a phrase that would have served Kathleen Kelly well, what with her character-defining inability to “say the exact thing I wanted to say, at the exact moment I wanted to say it.”

Despite a recent proliferation of listicles with titles like 38 Wonderful Foreign Words We Could Use in English or some iteration thereof, there’s one foreign word my friends and I are still seeking. It’s a word that would succinctly and specifically conjure the bitter regret of leaving an article of clothing on a store rack, never to be found again and always to be remembered.

We’ve all had that moment of indecision: you don’t get paid until next week, and you can’t quite decide whether or not that skirt you tried on three different times looks good on you, so you hang it back up and walk away like a responsible grown up. Or so you think.

You go to bed that night still thinking of The Skirt; you spend the better part of the next morning noticing how many things in your closet would look amazing with The Skirt; you start seeing it in cloud formations on your commute back home. And so you do like your mama told you and you go back to buy it because, gosh darn it, you really thought about it and you really love it, but now—tragedy of all retail tragedies—The Skirt is gone. Snapped up by some less wishy-washy buyer. And all you’re left with is this particular brand of regret. In the days following this event, you’ll continue to notice how that pair of heels with that new top would have looked especially good with The Skirt, in some sort of sick, sartorial mutation of phantom limb pain. This, this! is what we need a word for, friends. Polyglots, where you at?!

And so, when I found myself huddled anxiously in a silk-strewn dressing room at Anthropologie a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to buy this dress in order to avoid this nameless non-buyer’s remorse at all costs. It was, of course, on major sale, and I knew in my heart of hearts that I would give this dress a good home. So that’s exactly what I did.