Friday, July 31, 2015

brit + co diy: Color Blocked Twig Necklace

I love to collect memories where ever I go. Not just for my scrap book, but for all kinds of crafts. I am totally that girl hunting for awesome shells at the beach and picking up feathers off the sidewalk. Practically anything can be made into a pendant or an embellishment; it comes down to how you look at it.

Earlier in the month, my childhood friend Sarah visited SF from New York. We took a trip up to Muir Woods, the beautiful redwood forest about an hour north from San Francisco. During our hike, I snagged a couple twigs from the ground in hopes of making some necklaces. The best part is that Sarah was 100% used to me doing such things. Hah!

Recently, I transformed the twigs into color blocked pendants for a DIY at Brit + Co. Of course, I chose to wrap them in rose gold wire. Plus, it's like a scrapbook for your closet.

Want to make them? Visit Brit + Co for my tutorial on how to make color blocked twig necklaces.

Xo, Kirsten

Friday, July 24, 2015

instagram spotting: Florals and Antlers

Here's a peek of the latest addition to my room: an antler wall hanging adorned with faux flowers (in my signature color scheme, of course). It makes the perfect storage for my longer necklaces.

Next up? A storage solution for my shorter necklaces. Because, yes, I have that many necklaces.

Makers gonna make, after all.

(Follow me on Instagram! @kirsten_nunez)

Xo, Kirsten

Monday, July 20, 2015

eHow: Homemade Eyebrow Gel

Did you know you can make your own eyebrow gel? Yes, you read that right. Homemade eyebrow gel is free of pesky chemicals and goodness-knows-what. It'll save you a pretty penny, too.

Try explaining the function of eyebrow gel to straight guys. I mentioned it to one of my friends and he said, " eyebrow hairs move? Now I am worried."

I told him it'll all be okay.

To make your own, follow my tutorial at eHow and keep those brows in check.

Xo, Kirsten

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

diy to do list: Happy 5th Birthday, Studs & Pearls!

Well, it's official. Studs & Pearls turns 5 years old today! I feel like like a proud momma.

My birthday was yesterday. And while most would think that I'd be stoked to turn 27, I'm actually way more excited for my blog's birthday. I even bought a cake...for my blog. Not for myself. Now, if only I had a "5" candle.

To celebrate the blog's birthday, I decided to round up my favorite projects from the last few years. I picked one from each year, starting in 2010 and ending in 2015. I know this year isn't over yet, but I couldn't help it; 2015 has been an excellent year for DIYs! 

Check out my top faves, below:

1) Gem & Chain Ring, 2010
One of my first ever projects for this blog. Years later and I still wear this ring often!

2) Lanyard Double Chain Bracelet, 2011
This is one of those projects that took FOREVER to complete but was so, so worth it. I wear the black one regularly. This bracelet always gets a ton of compliments, and it's been highlighted on many websites - Country Living and Guest of a Guest, included.

3) Valentino-Inspired Lace Sunglasses, 2013
I remember having such an "ah-hah!" moment when I thought of this project. Made of lace nail decals and aviator sunglasses, this is as simple as simple gets.

4) Hardware Chevron Clutch, 2013
A few years ago, I discovered the crafty potential of hardware stores. Ever since then, I've been that girl wandering the aisles for embellishments and pendants (read: pipe couplings and bolts) for DIY projects. For this tutorial, I used flat corner braces to make a chevron pattern on a pleather clutch. This one was featured in a 2013 issue of Emma Magazine in Slovakia.

5) Strappy Layering Bra, 2014
When it comes to shopping in malls, I'm also that girl. You know, that girl yelling in the corner about how everything is overpriced and can be handmade...or am I the only one that does that? Regardless, this Strappy Layering Bra set me back about $12. Compared to the $50+ versions I've seen out there, I will settle for being that crazy craft lady in said corner.

Anyone that knows me knows that I love a good mixed media piece. I'm especially loving the combination of textures and metals in this one. Equal parts posh and badass? I'm in. 

Here's to another 5+ years!

Xo, Kirsten

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

dash of inspiration: Markus Lupfer & Silence + Noise



left: Markus Lupfer Sequin Claw Sweatshirt, $265
 (By Symphony)

right: Silence + Noise Becca Strappy Cami, $44 (ASOS)


left: Apply uneven rows of glitter fabric paint to create sparkling slashes. Or, use a hefty amount of fabric glue and sequin trim. Either way, I'm 100% loving this one.

right: Take a normal tank top and add two strands of ribbon or trim (your choice!) to each side. Attach by hand stitching. 

Xo, Kirsten