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DIY Gucci-Inspired Bow Tie

DIY Gucci-Inspired Bow TieI, along with every living fashion follower, have fallen head-over-heels in love with the maximalist magic that is Alessandro Michele‘s Gucci. I’ve already written about my current preoccupation with all things bug related (of which there were many in the Gucci Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 shows), including a particularly stunning jeweled ladybug tie and ant-infested suit—both of which I want on my body now. But since I’m not currently possessed of the funds required to make that dream a reality, I decided to try my hand at a more easily approximated accessory. The Gucci bow tie is no mere ribbon wrapped casually around the neck. It’s beaded and bee embroidered and styled with a flower brooch on top for good measure. It also takes only about a half an hour to replicate with pretty good success, if I do say so myself.

DIY Gucci-Inspired Bow TieDIY Gucci-Inspired Bow TieFor this project, you’ll need the following:
• 1 1/2″ red grosgrain ribbon
• iron-on bee patches
• needle and thread
• black bugle beads
• black artificial flower
pin back
• hot glue

1. To make the bow tie, cut a length of red ribbon long enough to tie around the collar of a shirt and hang to the bust. Add about an inch to the length to account for the seams.

2. Fold about half of an inch over on each end and press with a hot iron until you have a good crease.

3. Using a needle and thread, sew a line of bugle beads along the ends to secure the hems.

4. Place a bee patch just above the end of the ribbon, cover with a thin cloth and press down firmly for 20-30 seconds. Flip the ribbon over, cover with the cloth and repeat for 20-30 seconds. Do the same thing on the other end.

5. To make the flower brooch, first cut the wire stems off of the back of the flower.

6. Apply hot glue to the pin back and press to the back of the flower. Let cool.

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Clothing, Style

Moody Floral Maxi Dress

Dress: Glamorous (sold out, simiar here) // Vest: Topshop // Boots: Chinese Laundry // Sunglasses: Karen Walker via DITTO // Necklace: Julie Vos // Bag: Forever 21 // Lipstick: Revlon Cherries in the Snow

I’ve long harbored an obsession with the Dutch Masters. The mysterious shadows in shades of somber black, the ultra-saturated blooms that seem to glow from within impeccable still-life arrangements and the fanciful appearances of the occasional dead peacock and plump, just-picked fruits. Perhaps most of all, I love the interplay of light and dark, which is probably what initially drew me to this moody floral print maxi dress.

The vibrant pops of rich teal and berry red lend depth to the floaty style, while matching thigh-high slits on either side part at the slightest hint of a breeze, revealing my favorite suede over-the-knee boots underneath. Since it’s still quite cold here in Iowa, a layer of cozy faux fur is a must, and this Topshop vest is an especially stellar specimen of the imitation stuff.


Farmer’s Market Fresh

pink-floral-1pink-floral-8pink-floral-9pink-floral-5pink-floral-3pink-floral-2pink-floral-10pink-floral-7Top: Lush // Shorts: Lush // Shoes: Forever 21 // Bag: Kate Spade (sold out, but available here) // Bracelets: Kate Spade & J.Crew // Necklace: Julie Vos // Sunglasses: Prada

Farmer’s market season is in full swing here in Iowa, so we are starting to spend most of our Saturday mornings buying fresh produce, delicious food and, of course, beautiful flowers. Since the weather has been warming up, I opted for this breezy scalloped camisole and floral shorts combo on a recent jaunt to the Cedar Rapids Farmer’s Market.

Usually I like to carry a big bag to easily stow all my purchases, but I recently scored this pretty little rose gold clutch during the Kate Spade surprise sale and it was begging to be worn with these super-comfy pink shorts and matching pastel sandals. Here’s to many more warm, sunny Saturdays and lots of ice cold pink lemonade!

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