Casual

RUBY RED

SIMILAR CHUNKY SWEATER | WHITE BUTTON-UP | SIMILAR LEATHER LEGGINGS | RED HEELS (BUDGET FRIENDLY VERSION HERE) | BLACK LEATHER BAG | BAG POUF (ON SALE FOR $10!) | SUNGLASSES

*photography by Kendra Maarse Photography

Sometimes a little pop of red is all you need to elevate a look. I’ve been loving my leather leggings recently. They are so fun to dress up or down. And they would for sure work for a Valentine’s date night!

Casual

DRAPED IN PLAID + CAPE TUTORIAL

CAPE: MADE BY ME (TUTORIALS BELOW, INSPIRED BY THIS AND THIS) | TOP: LULU*S (SIMILAR) | PANTS: OLD NAVY | BOOTS: SOLE SOCIETY | HAT: ZAPPOS (SOLD OUT, SIMILAR) | NECKLACE: STELLA & DOT | SUNGLASSES: SIMILAR
I’ve kept my eye out for a good cape for the past few months. I love the look of them. They are cozy and warm, but not fussy. The idea of getting to wear a blanket could not be more appealing. I found this amazing wool plaid down in the Fabric District a few months ago and my hunt for the perfect cape was over.  I’d just make it!  
Click through the link at the very bottom to continue onto the tutorial. It is really basic and straightforward.  I do add in a few cutting angles and details to my design so that it drapes beautifully when its on. I created the tutorial with my Sprout by HP and I love how the overhead camera allows my tutorial to come alive.  It makes the tutorial so much more custom to this garment.
TOP: NORDSTROM | EARRINGS: BAUBLEBAR | CUFF: SIMILAR | PHONE CASE: SONIX CASES

Click through to the tutorial below to see how the Sprout helped me really customize the design on my tutorial.

Materials:
  • a large cut of wool fabric that measures 60″ x 60″
  • matching thread

Could this tutorial be more simple? No it could not.
Step 1: 
Cut your fabric to a 60″ x 60″ square

Step 2: 
Measure in 30″ from all sides and mark the center of the fabric with a pin

Step 3:
Cut a straight line from the center of one edge to the marked pin.

Step 4:
Mark 12″ over on either side of the cut, and cut from that mark to your center mark, creating two triangles.  (as shown in the picture)

Step 5:
To hem the raw edges, fold over 1/2 and 1/2 again, pin in place, and stitch with 1/2″ seam allowance.  I only did this to the front and back of my cape, since the sides were selvedge edges that were a big frayed, but the fabric came already sealed to prevent more fraying.  I liked the look of these unfinished edges. 
And thats it!  Super simple. 
This post was created in partnership with HP.
Casual

SPARKLE MONDAY

SWEATER: BODEN (SIMILAR) | TOP: SIMILAR | PANTS: ZARA (SIMILAR) | BOOTS: SOLE SOCIETY | BAG: HOBO | WATCH: ARVO | BRACELETS: HERE AND HERE
Happy Monday! Well, not exactly happy…I’d be ok if it were still the weekend.  But a sweater like this can add a little boost to the start of any week.  I love layering sweaters over lightweight collared tops. Sometimes layers over a normal cotton button-up can get a bit bulky, but something lightweight like this chiffon top can give you the layered look without the added bulk.  

Casual

NYFW CASUAL WITH LULU*S (PART 2)

Top: Lulu*s c/o | Pants: Gap | Shoes: Yosi Samra c/o | Sunglasses: Rayban | Bag: TJ Maxx (similar) | Watch: Arvo (similar) | Jewelry: Gorjana (here, here, here, here), Stella & Dot

I could literally wear this outfit everyday  I love the baseball tee trend right now, and this top is crazy soft.  I wore it on my flight to New York as well  (and multiple times since then).  Even with tee and jeans, adding a little jewelry and a high messy bun help make a cozy outfit look put together.

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SHIFT DRESS STYLE // TUTORIAL


Dress: me (tutorial below) similar dress here and here | Sandals: Target | Bag: TJ Maxx (similar here) | Sunglasses: Steve Madden | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklace: Perlo c/o | Bracelet: Lulu Dharma c/o | Rings: Nissa c/o (similar here)

It isn’t getting much cooler around here, so I’ve been living in my summer shift dresses lately. (tutorial below).  I made about 7 last summer (see my other versions here, here, and here), and I have just been rotating them just about every week.  They are the perfect way to keep cool and stay comfortable!



Click below for the tutorial…





Materials:
  • Basic tee.  I used my favorite tee ever.  (I own at least 7 of these tops and rotate them regularly)
  • 1 1/2 yards of knit fabric.  (My favorite place to get knits online is here.  Most everything in this jersey knit section should work great this dress.  However, I would stay away from the tissue, burnout, and slub knits, as they are too see-through to be worn as a dress.  One other word of advice; if you see a fabric you like, jump on it as soon as you can, because fabric does tend to sell out quickly.)
  • Pattern/tracing paper (optional but recommended)
  • Matching thread
  • Double needle (optional)

 * I always create the patterns for my garments first rather than cutting right into the fabric.  It makes it really easy to make more of the same garment in the future because I know I will get the right fit.

 * You cut your neckband shorter than your measurement because it will keep your neckband from stretching and folding open while you wear it.  It is cut with the stretch running width-wise, so you will need to pull the neckband as you pin and sew.

 This will give you a nice pointed V.  I also clipped into the selvage a bit so that it would iron flat.

 * I stitched the ends together (R sides together) right before I attached the neckband.

Serge or straight stitch using a stretch stitch to attach the neckband.

* I folded the sleeves and dress bottom under about 3/4″ and stitched it with a double needle.

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HERE COMES THE SUN // RAY BAN GIVEAWAY

Top: Nordstrom (on sale through the weekend) | Pants: Gap | Shoes: Nordstrom (on sale and crazy comfortable!) | Bag: Jessica Simpson (birthday gift from a friend) similar here and here | Sunglasses: Ray Ban via Sunglasses Shop c/o | Necklace: Gorjana Griffin c/o | Bracelet: INPINK c/o (also loving this one ) | Watch: Arvo c/o 


Sunglasses are something that I feel like I’m always on the hunt for.  I find myself walking slowly down the sunglass isle and trying on a few here and there even if sunglasses aren’t on my list of things to get.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started investing in more quality sunglasses.  I make sure to always have an inexpensive Target pair in my purse or as a backup, but I would much prefer to drive with ones that are made well and fit my face correctly.  
Ray Ban Aviators have been around forever, and the style is classic.  I thought I would add a little color with mine this time around from Sunglasses Shop and I love it.  There was such a variety online when I was shopping, it took me a full week to decide (it was either the green ones I got or the same ones in blue).  I can never have enough tortoise shell glasses, so those were probably second on my list.  
Today I’ve teamed up with Sunglass Shop to give one of you a pair of Ray Bans too!  This is probably one of my favorite giveaways to date.  I believe that there are a few key pieces worth investing in, and a good pair of quality sunglasses is one of them (just keep them away from the kids!) And you get to pic the pair of Ray Bans!
To enter, simply head over to the Sunglasses Shop facebook page and like them.  Leave me a comment below letting me know you did (we will double check before announcing the winner).  Make sure to check out their Twitter page too next time you’re there.  I’ll announce the winner end of next week. 
*Note: This contest it open worldwide.  Polarized, Titanium or Limited Edition frames are not available in this giveaway.  


And the winner is:

Congratulations Kris!  Shoot me over an email to claim your sunglasses!

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