Here are some options if you don’t want to make one:
Here are some options if you don’t want to make one:
DIY Tassel Necklaces: We said goodbye to summer last week and are now back at school…still in our summer haze though. With school comes back-to-school shopping, and my girls love all the new clothes, shoes and accessories they want to buy. As a kid, one of my favorite things I enjoyed about going back to school was wearing new clothes and planning out my outfits for each day. I always liked to accessorize. A cute necklace with do that to any outfit. So we made some long tassel necklaces for my girls to wear with their new outfits. And now I want to put a tassel on just about everything!
All these craft supplies came from a hobby store (like Michaels or Hobby Lobby). I bought a bead box and the embroidery thread cost about 40 cents for each one so you can make a lot of tassel necklaces for just under $10!
To make the beaded necklace, cut the cord about twice as long as you’d like the length. Take the flexible needle and thread the cord in the hole. We made a knotted necklace, so you can string the bead and then tie a knot then string the bead and then a knot. Keep doing that until you get your desired length. We made the necklaces long enough so we just knotted the necklace off with a square knot. Or to make the necklace quicker, you can just string the beads on the cord, ending with a square knot. To attach the tassel, take another jump ring and secure the tassel on the necklace. Add as many tassels onto one necklace with a jump ring!
Make one for you and add multiple tassels to a simple long gold chain!
DIY Pom Pom Bag
This summer stay on trend with anything pom pom! Grab a few of your girlfriends for an evening of pom pom making! This DIY Pom Pom Bag is a fun craft and easy on the wallet, and so stylish. Everyone will be complimenting your tote bag at the pool! Most of the pom pom bags I’ve seen around are well over $100 (I’m obsessed with this one), but this pom pom bag can be made for under $10. During the summer months, straw/raffia tote bags can be found all over the place for a good price–dollar store, grocery store or maybe you have an old one sitting in your closet. Easily turn a boring woven tote bag into a colorful glam take on a classic beach style. Make this for your 4th of July holiday!
DIY Pom Pom Bag
yarn (assorted colors)
Pick up an assortment of yarn or stick with just one color. Or as a friend who might knit if they have yarn to spare. You won’t need a lot!
Take the long string and tie to the handle of your bag. Add more pom poms in different colors! Add pom pom layers to make a tassel by tying pom poms to each other.
Show off and enjoy!
Here are some other pom pom bags that I’m obsessed with!
DIY Metal Bench IKEA Hack
This IKEA hack is one of my favorites. I’ve been wanting a contemporary modern metal bench to go in a corner of our foyer, and haven’t been able to find one that is the right size and the right price. When friends come over usually that corner is where kids throw their shoes and bags and coats. This metal bench IKEA hack is the best because it serves as a modern storage unit and a comfortable seat. The whole piece cost me about $70, but I had fabric on hand and most supplies. But even if you had to buy a yard of fabric, you can complete this DIY metal bench IKEA hack for under $100. You might remember this DIY marble gold coffee table IKEA hack, which is very similar to this DIY hack except you add a cushion and fabric. This is really easy and you can complete this project in about 30 minutes. Of course, if you’re more handy than I am with metalwork, you might even want to buy some metal of your own from somewhere like aluminiumwarehouse.co.uk to make a bench frame that is totally unique!
DIY Metal Bench IKEA HACK
Foam Cushion–3″ you might be able to get it cheaper at a local fabric store
1 yard of fabric. I bought my fabric here and it was leftover fabric from a previous project
Follow the directions for putting together the Vittsjo coffee table. Once you have the coffee table frame together, spray paint it gold making sure to completely cover all leg posts. While it is drying, take the wooden rectangle board and place on top of the foam to measure. Cut the foam to the size of the wooden board. Then take the adhesive spray glue and spray one side of the board and gentle place the foam down on the board, firmly securing with the glue. This will help keep the foam from shifting on the board.
Then place the foam-side of the board on top of the wrong-side of the fabric. Cut down the fabric, leaving enough fabric to cover the sides of the board and foam and about 1 inch of the bottom board. I also folded the edges of the fabric to prevent fraying.
Take your staple gun and secure the fabric by stapling it around the board. Follow this technique to staple the corners of the board.
After completely covering the wooden board, you can gently place it on the gold bench frame. You could use the metal tabs from the frame to drill the cushion part to the frame. But I just placed mine on the frame and haven’t had any problems with it moving. Then take the glass part and place it on the bottom. It gives it a clean contemporary look, and is great to place a basket on it for storage.
Easy right?! I am so in love. What to do with the other nesting table?? Simple. Spray paint it gold too and use it as a side table. Here are some other fun DIY IKEA hacks:
Here are some other modern gold metal benches
DIY Pom Pom Sandals
Summer trend alert! Pom pom sandals. They are a hot trend this summer, and I’m loving all the pom pom sandals I’ve been eyeing. So much color, and they remind me of a fiesta on the beach. Since it is a trend, I thought why not DIY pom pom sandals to get the same look at a fraction of the cost. These DIY pom pom sandals costed me about $30. Much cheaper than $190 sandals I’ve been loving over and inspired by to make these DIY pom pom sandals.
Here’s your supply list:
pom pom trim (1 yard)
ribbon trim (about the width of sandal toe strap)
I had most of these supplies on hand, so if you don’t have any of these supplies your cost will be a little more than what I spent. The ribbon trim I got in the $2 bin at a fabric store. And the Pom pom trim I also picked up at the fabric store, but linked a similar one above.
This DIY pom pom sandal tutorial is a two-step process. The first step is gluing on the ribbon fabric and the second step is assembling the pom poms.
Cut the ribbon the length of the toe strap. Add glue on the ribbon trim, and firmly press down on the leather toe strap. Make sure to add glue on the cut trim ends so it doesn’t unravel over time. Cover each leather strap with a ribbon. Alternate between complementing ribbon styles. Let it dry for about 24 hours before wearing. While it is drying add your pom poms!
Take your pom pom trim. There is a loop that secures the pom pom to the trim. Using the jewelry pliers, open a jump ring and feed your jump ring through the loop on the pom pom. Then cut the string that is securing the pom pom to the trim so the pom pom is released. Repeat for each pom pom. Then take a pom pom with an open jump ring and slip it over the gladiator lace. Using the jewelry pliers, close the jump ring so the pom pom is secured on the lace. Alternate between pom pom colors and work your way up the gladiator lace. I used the entire yard of pom poms for one pair of sandals, securing them with jump rings on the gladiator sandals.
At the end of the lace, I added a tassel for variation. Here’s a DIY of making a tassel OR you can buy one. Add other variations like charms, beads or glue smaller pom pom trim on the leather strap. OR buy gladiator sandals that lace up mid-thigh for more of a dramatic look.
These DIY pom pom sandals are so fun! I’m excited to wear them this summer and be on point without the dollar point.
Don’t want to DIY? I totally get that. Here are some Pom pom sandals, some splurge some budget.
The summer trend continues with woven straw bags, and I am obsessed. There are so many cute shapes and styles. I love how you have dress it up with a tassel, ribbon or scarf or keep it simple and show off its weave. There are plenty of styles to choose from–straw, jute, natural raffia, bamboo. And come in many different shapes like circular, half circle, cube, octagon. So many different woven straw bag styles and the best part is the availability is on a wider and prices are variable.
There are some woven straw bags that come with leather or stitched lettering, but I love the buying the simple woven bags and doing my own DIY to the bag like adding a simple ribbon or tying a scarf around the handle. You can make your own tassel or buy an inexpensive tassel. Another fun and easy DIY is grabbing a child’s hair bow and clipping it on the edge of the bag. Everyone will be asking where you got your woven straw bag!
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Warm weather is right around the corner, and the flowers are blooming. I love seeing all the colors that is popping up all around our beautiful earth. I am ready to pull out all my favorite spring clothes and pastel dresses and tops because you know right after Spring is Summer. Trends are always changing but there are a few trends that were big last year and reappearing this year. These spring/summer staples should be on your spring checklist because they aren’t leaving anytime soon.
Floral Print–floral prints are big this spring and I love you can find them pretty much in just about anything lately. From ruffle, flowy dresses to bathing suits to linens, Floral prints are making a big statement this year and perfect for Spring frolics.
Woven Accessories–the woven straw beach bags were my favorite last year, and I love that they are still strong this year. There are so many great styles and shapes and price points. I would say to definitely pick yourself up a beach bag or straw hat for your Spring checklist.
Hand-held Bags–small enough to tote around with ease yet big enough to carry all your essentials. I love all the hand-held bags in pastel and are so adorable for a spring time look.
Loafers and Mules–these styles were big over the fall and trending into spring, loafers and mules are versatile with pants or dresses. I love how comfortable they are and casual but also a little more formal than a pair of sneakers. The color block espadrilles are also a give style trend this spring.
Cape Scarf Outfit
Just keep me warm in the winter, and I will survive! I love the winter, but I don’t like to be cold. I love wearing winter outfits as long as they keep me warm. This cape scarf outfit is the perfect winter accessory. A big, cozy scarf with armholes that you can also wear as a cape. Love the versatility. Favorite item especially for the Southern winters that are more milder than the North…but still so cold! Capes are a great way to look put together but with little effort. This plaid cape scarf is soft, oversized and perfect for draping. I styled the cape scarf with a fitted cotton dress, which is so comfortable and with the ruched gathering side it is very forgiving. Another perfect cape scarf outfit would with jeans and a t-shirt. A polished look, yet another great way to finish off a simple outfit.
There are many styling of the “cape” outerwear. The cape scarf is quite popular but also the cape coat, which is a 50s inspired and has the front arm holes and poncho look. I linked a few of my favorites below.
Over the knee boots are still strong this season, and I love that I am getting more use out of these favorite boots of mine now that the wear is cold. I was nervous about getting them in white, but I wear them with so many outfit options. To accessorize the cape scarf outfit, I wore tassel earrings from my shop that are chic and brings out the black in the neutral coloring. The circle hand clutch as been a favorite all season and perfect for date nights or lunch with girlfriends.
Outfit Details :
SHOP Cape Scarfs
SHOP Cape Coats
3 Bootie Trends I am Loving Right Now
We are in full winter here in the South, so boots or booties are in my weekly rotations, especially with this 20 degree weather we’ve been having. So unusually cold here in the South. The bootie trend continues to be strong this winter, and I am loving the different heel and ankle heights of bootie styles that are now available. Also there are so many different price points available for booties. Like this over-the-top velvet booties that are so cute, but out of my price range. Or this more reasonable cute pair that you can buy at Walmart! And even fur-lined Ugg booties. Yes, please. I will say that I have gone a little crazy with the bootie trend and my closet runneth over with bootie love. I do wear booties constantly, so they are not collecting much dust in my closet.
The bootie trend has become more inventive this season with floral-print velvet styles and fur pom-pom booties. I love the huge style-statements they make even though I like more of the simple look. Booties look great with just about anything–skinny ankle jeans, skirts, dresses or even jump suits. And there are so many styles out there–wedge, heel, flat, cut-out, laced, buckled, and the lists goes on.
How beautiful are these laced-up, fur-lined booties from Cecelia New York? They are so gorgeous and comfortable to wear. The fur trimmings are right on point. They are perfect on your weekend getaway or taking them up to the mountains for a ski trip. I love to wear these with my favorite faux leather leggings or pair of ripped jeans.
Okay so here are 3 Bootie Trends I am Loving Right Now:
SHOP ANKLE-RISE BOOTIE
2. Low-rise ankle booties. They look so cute with cuffed jeans or frayed jeans. They hit right below the ankle and if the heel shaft is slightly lower will have a more of a shoe style. I love these ones from Vince Camuto. They are one of my favorite bootie purchases this year. I like to pair it with these geometric earrings and stamped dog tag necklace.
SHOP Low-Rise Ankle Booties
3. Fringe Ankle Booties. I know the fringe ankle booties were big last year, but I still love mine and wear them quite often. They look cute worn with jeans or black pants. I love the tan look because they go with so much. I like to get a little more funky with my jewelry and pair it with a long pendant necklace and gold geometric earrings.
Seersucker Stripe Skirt
Full swing summer time over here and the south is already sweltering hot. Pool everyday has been our agenda, and I’ve been sporting a top knot and no makeup for the last few days. But finally this weekend I actually got ready for the day, and I now am obsessed with all things stripes! Especially this seersucker stripe skirt. Simple ruffle details and blue stripe pinstripes, this is a huge style trend this summer. I wore a seersucker stripe dress recently, and I’ve been hooked since. So when I saw this skirt, I just knew it would be perfect to wear to an outdoor luncheon with girlfriends or a summer baby shower. What summer trend are you enjoying this season? Have you seen the circle round bag trend recently? Love that trend and this pink canteen style bag is adorable, faux leather and reasonably priced under $45! I’m also linking a few of my other favorite canteen circle, round bags below the post. Don’t forget I did a DIY on a round handle round bag that is perfect for a night out on the town if you want to get the look but not spend the money
You may see I’m wearing some new tassel jewelry. I’m excited to be releasing some new pieces…they are currently getting photographed so I hope to have them up in my shop very soon! They have a Havana-fest style to them and look really cute with a seersucker stripe skirt.
You don’t have to only wear heels with a seersucker stripe skirt. Flat sandals or kitten heel sandals would do the trick also!