Wednesday, July 30, 2014

feature: Marbled Purse DIY for Verily Magazine

Recently, I gave the Marbled Purse DIY another spin for one of my favorite magazines, Verily

I love the finished project; I used white nail polish on a leather purse (thrfited for just $2!). We shot the tutorial at Makeshift Society in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (an amazing co-working space), and all photos are by Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co.

Xo, Kirsten

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

a dash of inspiration: Dolce & Gabanna, Urban Outfitters, Ileana Makri, Lanvin


left: Dolce & Gabanna 
+ V&A gold-plated, resin and macramé lace clip earrings, $455 (Net-a-Porter)

right: Ecote Embellished-Sleeve Vegan Leather Jacket, $199 (Urban Outfitters)


left: Black lace appliques and gold chain charms can be used to create a similar pair of earrings. Simply attach the charms to the black lace appliques using jump rings. 

right: Using the Sweater Sleeved Denim Jacket tutorial from last year, you can re-create this edgy bohemian piece. Simply use a printed blazer or jacket instead of the sweater, and a leather jacket in place of the denim. Definitely adding this one on my to-do list!



IAM by Ileana Makri Oxidized silver and crystal tassel necklace, $310 (Net-a-Porter)

right: Lavin Macao gold-tone Swarovski crystal necklace, $1560 (Net-a-Porter)


left: Go big or go home with a super long necklace and a super big tassel made with embroidery thread. You also find large tassels in the home decor section of most fabric and craft stores.

right: Weave ribbon through a select portion of a long chain necklace. Add a chunky crystal pendant of your choice. 

Xo, Kirsten

Monday, July 28, 2014

#intel2in1 diy: Painted Floral Laptop Case (Sponsored by Intel)

Nothing makes me happier than creating something that is both unique and functional. Practically half of my belongings are handmade, so it only makes sense that I DIY a laptop case - am I right? I do a lot of my freelance work and blogging on my HP Pavilion x360 2 in 1 laptop (it can convert into a tablet!), so I knew I had to find a way to protect it with style. My 2 in 1 will prove to be especially useful during my California-Colorado trip at the end of August. I have a feeling I'll be gathering a LOT of inspiration and ideas during this week long endeavor, so you know that means I need to keep my convertible PC safe and sound. Keep reading to see how I dressed it up! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

eHow diy: Chain Strap Tank Top

Here's a quick and easy clothing reconstruction, ideal for a weekend afternoon! My latest Chain Strap Tank Top DIY over at eHow Style is a great way to re-purpose a basic tank top. Click here to check it out.

Xo, Kirsten

Thursday, July 24, 2014

swarovski elements diy: Crystal Trio Necklace

This week's project is brought to you by the gorgeous jewelry supplies at Swarovski Crystallized Elements. With some basic materials typically used in kid's crafts (Shrink Plastic, anyone?) I made a simple yet elegant Swaorvski crystal necklace. 

Check out the tutorial, below!