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DIY Monogrammed Clutch

lips4lips3lips2lips5Sweatshirt: Forever 21 // Skirt: Frenchi (old) // Bag: Forever 21 // Shoes: Target (old) // Nails: Essie Going Incognito // Lipstick: NARS Carthage

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a wearable diy project, so I sewed this intricately sequined sweatshirt. Just kidding, it’s from Forever 21—and it’s pretty much a dead ringer for this designer version (and Georgie May Jagger‘s pout). What I did do myself, however, was monogram the heck out of this clutch.

After indulging in a little bargain retail therapy last week, I left Forever 21 not only with this sparkling sweatshirt, but with this bright red clutch for the sweet, sweet price of $12.

Everyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I love monograms, and I’ve had my eye on this GiGi New York bag for awhile now. So I figured this inexpensive clutch was the perfect canvas on which to try my monogramming skills. It was super easy, and I love the way it turned out.

HERE’S HOW I DID IT:

1. Print out your initials in black ink on regular printer paper (I printed mine in a few different sizes to see which I liked best).
2. Place a strip of thick washi tape over the printed initials.
3. Turn the paper over and cut out the letters with an X-Acto knife, being careful to be extra precise.
4. When all the letters are cut out, carefully peel off the washi tape. This is your stencil.
5. Center the washi tape stencil on your clutch and smooth it down. Go over it a few times, pressing firmly down in order to prevent bleeding.
6. I used this paint in gold leaf, but something like this should also do the trick. I painted one coat, allowed it to dry and painted a second coat. Use enough paint to get in all the nooks and crannies but don’t glob it on too thick or you run the risk of bleeding.
7. Let the paint dry for at least and hour and then peel off the washi tape. Voilà!

I’m already planning my next monogram project, and at the risk of sounding lippy: you should too!

Accessories, Clothing, On the Cheapish

Seeing in Color

blue-sunnies4My favorite summer accessories, hands down, are sunglasses. And while the rest of the fashion world may be putting on their plaid and pulling up their boots in preparation for fall, I’m enjoying the start of San Francisco’s Indian summer. Meaning it’s the perfect time to talk about my favorite new eyewear.

I’ve had my eye on a bright blue version of these Madewell Hepcat Shades for quite some time, so when I stumbled across these practically identical Forever 21 sunnies for all of $6, I almost bought them in all three colors. Retro frame? Check. Reflective lenses? Check. Perfect powder blue hue? Check!

It turns out that I’ve been so subconsciously drawn to this fresh color that almost everything I’ve recently purchased seems to match my new sunglasses. I love wearing them with this ladylike Lush frock, and they also look great poolside when worn with my—you guessed it—blue and white bikini. Plus they look really cute on my pup!blue-sunniesblue-sunnies7blue-sunnies2blue-sunnies6blue-sunnies5

Accessories, Clothing

Put a Beau on It!

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of taking this pretty new Kate Spade Beau bag out for a spin at a party hosted by Kate Spade and San Francisco Magazine.pinkdeck7beaupartyA couple glasses of pink champagne later, my friend Sarah and I were having a grand old time trying things on and treating ourselves to some fun new items. Afterward, we headed up to her roof just in time to snap a few photos before the light left for the night. The Golden Gate Bridge makes for a pretty great backdrop, don’t you think?pinkdeck2pinkdeck5pinkdeck3Shirt: Forever 21, Skirt: Frenchi – also seen here, Bag: Kate Spade

Accessories, Clothing

Black and Yellow Gold

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Sometimes I have to hunt for weeks to find items on my wish list, and sometimes they just fall right into my shopping cart. Such was the case with these pretty rings and plated belt. Rings have always been my favorite form of jewelry, and I couldn’t wait to try the multi-finger trend. So when I saw this ASOS set for a tiny fraction of the price of the original Balenciaga babies, I had to order them.

As for the belt, I had been wanting a metal-plated option ever since I saw this one around Jennifer Lawrence’s teensy-tiny waist at the Golden Globes this year. Since I don’t count Raf Simons among my close personal friends and therefore don’t exactly have access to the Dior closet, I was thrilled to find the below option at my local Forever 21. It’s not currently available online, but here‘s an exact duplicate.

Put it all together and you get an outfit that fully satisfies my tendency to wear all black and gold all the time.

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Clothing

Vive La France!

Happy Bastille Day!

We share the official colors of red, white and blue with our French friends, but red, white and black seemed a more appropriate color palette to wear when celebrating La Fête Nationale.

Black and white stripes embellished with a bright red pout has always seemed to be the unofficial uniform of the Parisian woman, at least in my  imagination.

So in honor of France’s big day, I raided my closet for a look that would pass on the Champs-Élysées. Without further adieu, my attempt at a très chic Parisian look (crème brûlée not pictured).

bastille15bastille5bastille3bastille1bastille11bastille4Dress (worn as a top): Forever 21 – similar here, Skirt: Frenchi – similar here, Shoes: Sole Society – similar here, Sunglasses: Prada