Last week I attend an event by CAbi and had the chance to hear the fabulous Geena Davis share her wisdom as the guest speaker. (You can read all about the event details here.) Of course I wanted to look semi professional, but I also wanted to look stylish. Sometimes I find it a little hard to keep a sense of style when needing to look professional. When in doubt, I add a jacket like this. I swear…wearing a moto jacket to basically anything just looks so good! Wouldn’t you agree that a little leather (even faux leather) helps to spice thing up?!
Many thrift trips ago, I came across this bold blue genuine leather skirt. Price tag – $5.99. Downside – there was some wear in back by the closures. Bummer. But, I couldn’t just leave this beauty hanging there. Thrift tip #273 – if you see a great piece that can be refashioned, take a chance and go for it.
Before I started cutting up the skirt, I did a little research and found some pretty good leather diys. The first thing that I wanted to do with the blue leather was to create a new flap for this tan leather bag. (Color blocking isn’t going away just yet!)
I traced the flap onto a piece of the leather using a white crayon. (Notice how I lined up the detail from the skirt?) The only part left to this diy is to reconstruct the flap. I’ll be saving that part for my local leather shop. But, I think when I get it back, I might paint part of the blue in a third color…maybe white. Still got time to think about that though. (By the time I actually do finish this bag, it’ll be ready for spring.)
For the second and third diy projects, I took a little inspiration from the lovely Anna at IHOD. She created these amazing leather necklaces a while back. And you know what? These two above were very simple to make! (I used chain from unworn necklaces and a hot glue gun as the adhesive.)
For the final diy, I added a little fringe to a pair of earrings. Instead of using a pair of scissors to cut the leather like in the other projects, I used an x-acto knife to get a cleaner cut.
I’ll have to show a picture of the earrings in action. I did trim them down a bit from this last pic. They’re definitely a party pair of earrings…not one that I’d wear everyday. Still fun though!
Have you been into your own diy projects recently? What are you working on?
As much as I like to play around with prints, I do enjoy pieces (like this sweater) that can work with anything in my closet. I wore it with a fun wrap skirt for work…but I love how it looks with a leather mini and heels for night. (After watching this video by James Franco for Stuart Weitzman, I’m really in the mood for a night out with a hot pair of heels!) Since the sweater is a little on the bulky side, I pair it with slimmer bottoms and sometimes throw in a partial tuck.
sweater, skirts – thrifted // necklace – H&M // wedges – Sears // pumps – Anne Klein
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Sometimes I have a really hard time making an investment purchase for my wardrobe…I worry that I might fork over a wad of cash, and then end up not using what I bought. (It’s happened before!) But there are a couple of purchases that I have in my closet that I picked up super cheap…just so I could “try” them out before buying a more expensive one. Now I’m ready to up-grade!
First on my list is a real leather moto jacket. I’ve been getting lots of use from my faux jacket…wearing it with everything from dresses to ripped jeans. But the material just looks cheap. And since I feel more secure with this style of jacket, I’m ready to treat myself. (Bonus! These jackets from Wilson are on sale…buy 1 get one 1/2 off!)
The other item on my list is a new pair of red heels. These bad boys look great with skinny jeans, pencil skirts…and with a matching red lip. The pair I currently have, I picked up for $13. $13…and they feel like it. Mama needs a new pair of (red) shoes!
Do you have a difficult time making investment purchases? Are there any that you’re planning on making in the near future?
Jackets from Wilsons Leather
Shoes from Zappos
After Becks from Oomph created a killer pair of studded shorts using studs from an old belt, I was on a mission to find some old studs. Over the weekend, I came across not one, but two studded belts and this leather clutch from Savers. It was a match made in DIY heaven!
My husband, bless his heart (and hands!), helped me remove the studs. This was not easy! But pocket knives helped us do the trick of prying them out. After the studs were all removed, I planned my design and pressed each stud into the leather to mark it. Then I used a kitchen knife to cut slits into the leather where each mark was. And one by one the studs got put into place. (Funny story…while I was putting the studs in, I kept stopping to check out the process. When I had about a handful in place…like the 3rd picture here, I asked my daughter if she liked it. “No, mommy. I don’t like it…it needs more!” Ahh…a girl after my own heart!)
If it sounds like a long process…it was! But I’ll tell you, I really love how it turned out!
Don’t I look excited about my clutch! (Insert sarcasm here.)
Have you been busy embellishing? Send me your before and after pics for this Project DIY and stop back on Friday for the showcase!