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[DIY] Colorblock Pouch

For all your multitasking needs, I present you my most recent love in the DIY world, courtesy of the lovely Just B. As you must know, the Celine pouch was and still is a big effing deal. But let’s be honest, I don’t have the money to blow on it, especially considering I’m on my shopping hiatus (for the record I’m one day in and struggling). This image has been floating around the internet and apparently sparked her desire to make her own pouch.

 

These pictures are not of my actual pouch, which I’ll make with the American Apparel pouch in the color “tan” with a red stripe. I also want to make one in a lavender purple or maybe a pale pink and maybe do sort of tribal diagonal black stripes. I’m not sure yet, but the ideas keep pouring out of my brain!

1. Gather your life into a 3×3 foot area. You need an American Apparel Pouch, or something similar, white acrylic paint, and the acrylic paint of your choice, a paint brush, painter’s tape, acrylic coating spray, and a new playlist from 8tracks, and if you’ve never checked 8tracks out, you need to.

2. Tape off the area you want to be your bright color with the painter’s tape, either by measuring or eyeballing it.

3.  Mix a bit of water into your white paint, and brush downwards onto the leather. You need some water to help the paint adhere to the leather. (For the record, I did do some research, and acrylic paint is the proper paint to use on leather, so it shouldn’t flake or peel).

4. After the white almost fully dries, paint over the white with your bright color, with no water added to it. The white acts as a primer to your color, and depending on the color leather you use, you may still need to do more than 2 coats. Just B used a blow dryer to make the coats move along faster, and she also said it works great for getting the coats to dry evenly.

5. When you’re satisfied with the level of saturation of your bright color, cover the non-painted leather of your pouch with a magazine or newspaper, and follow the directions on your glossy clear acrylic spray to cover the rough feeling of the acrylic paint, and give it a smooth texture like the rest of the pouch! Let sit (untouched) for at least 2 hours, or whatever your acrylic spray says (listen to it! It knows the plan!). And enjoy!

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Do Dating Rules Apply to Shopping Too?

Okay, obviously not all of them. I was thinking specifically of that one where supposedly (I’ve never tried it myself) if you hold off on sex for a few months, it’s even better when you do have it. I’m a fairly poor college student… My dad has informed me I get to go to Chicago, (oh the magical windy city, I love you) for my spring break. I’m going to not do ANY shopping until I go. I just decided this a few days ago, and to be totally honest, I’m dying inside already. So does shopping after an extended hiatus make it better? I’d like to think it will haha 🙂

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a shopaholic.

I plan on going all over the city when I’m there: to Akira in Bucktown, to Topshop, and basically the whole miracle mile… My bank account is going to take a major hit, even if I pay off my credit card now, and my dad gives me a little helping out money. I’m mentally preparing. And I already am missing it.

So if you happen to know any way to sooth my shopping deprived soul, or any good places to go to in Chicago *wink wink* I’d really appreciate it.

xx

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So I’m a Failure, Did You Know?

I’ve been quite the slacker the past weeks, and I’m truly truly sorry. Let me explain: I found out I have mono this past Wednesday and have been attempting to sleep it off while starting classes (they started last week also). Since then, I’ve had a quiz and 3 homework assignments due. And on top of that I’ve been figuring out the application to graduate school and what classes I need to take in the next year to graduate on time. Ugh. It’s all boring, I’m very aware. But I figured I owe you an explanation.

To make up for my lack of presence I give you a few predictions for the coming year, and I’m giggling to myself already about a few of them… And a DIY from FujiFiles, it’s a bit old in the fashion and blogging world, but I’m in love. It’s a perfect iPad case/ purse-y type clutch for my insane multitasking. Later today, I’ll post my weekly shade of nail polish (this one is really brightening up my crappy winter mood), and then depending on how quickly my physics homework and animal science homework gets done tonight, I’ll post a new outfit post (welcome to the redundancy department of redundancy, sorry) either tonight or tomorrow.

xx

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[New Obession] Kate Lanphear’s Style

Kate Lanphear; the current Style Director of ELLE USA, though she used to work for Vogue Italia, and started her career (and life) in Australia. I can very much appreciate the bower she wields, but even more… I’m getting a slight arm party obsession from her. She has killer fashion too, but it’s the accessories she’s got that are driving me crazy! Just let me prove it:

[Milan – November 2011]

[Paris – November 2011]

This whole outfit (minus the shoes, sorry, just not my style), is amazing! The bracelets though *drools* are wonderful.

[First two images credit to JAK & JIL]

[Last image credit to FEAR LANPHEAR]

Let me share some possibly ideas if you’re as crazy over her jewelry as I am…

1. Anything nOir: this is the one I’m dying to get (next paycheck, woo!)

Thin Single in Rhodium – $70

2. Some heavier pieces from CCSkye:

Single Metal Screw Bracelet in Gold and Silver – $125

Mercy Spike Bracelet in Gold or Silver – $185

3. I wish I could be more helpful with this last one… These three are mine:

Gray Leather and Gold Cuff – $28 – from Rococo in The Complex in Birmingham, MI (no idea what brand it is, I’d like to know too)

The skull bracelets I made and plan to start selling on my etsy account shortly: let me know what you think!! I’d love feedback: the black stones are onyx, and the rainbow skulls are dyed howlite, a type of turquoise. I’ll probably sell them for $12-$15 each.

Depending on how much I get done today *crosses eyes* I may post my NYE outfit… If not I promise it’ll be up tomorrow! Hope your weather is better than ours here!

xx

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Shades of Anything-But-Gray

Also known as “How College Girls Should Dress When Going Out in the Winter”Winter's Not Boring

I’m not a fan of winter for the weather but I am for most of its fashions (except having to cover every body part to the maximum so I don’t freeze on my way to class). Ever since I just my knee in gymnastics years ago skiing hurts, no matter what I do, and I’ve never learned how to snowboard so that’s out of the question. I don’t mind most winter fashions (though I’m sorry, I’ve just been over peacoats since they first showed up about 6 years ago), but it does get boring seeing girls only wearing dark mini dresses and shoes when they go out, almost always black, not to mention the omnipresent sweatpants and hoodies roaming around campus until the ice thaws. I tend to use neutrals as a base and then add fun colors to that, so pardon the gray blazer (I’ve been lusting after one for a while now).

1. Lara Bohinc Saturn Earrings in Platinum

2. Wildfox Couture Love Bones Beach Jumper

3. DKNY Quinn Ankle Strap Platform Pumps in Black-Gold

4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Small Colorblock Clutch

5. Miss Selfridge Skirt (not available, but this is a similar alternative!)

6. SHANKA Galaxy Resin Bangle

7. Zoya Nailpolish in Paz

8. Vero Moda Blazer (sadly, out of stock)

9. House of Harlow 1960 Chevron Ring in gold with crystals

10. REISS Rich Bodycon Dress in Blush

11. Proenza Schouler PS1 in green suede

12. McQ by Alexander McQueen Studded Court Shoes in Neon Pink

xx


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Endings and Beginnings

This is sort of odd to me, to just start something *snap* out of the blue. I think I need to though. There are a few things I’m not very good at in life, like trusting people, letting go of worries, and (like the title says) endings. It’s not that there’s something ending at the moment except for the fall term of college just ended for me (go MSU!), it’s just the term ending got me thinking: People are ever-changing creatures; in our looks, manner, style, everything. Why is it that when something big (or not so big) can turn us on our heads temporarily?

It may be bad to say but I think we’ve become creatures of habit. Not that we can’t roll with the punches if something doesn’t go our way, but I think that uproarious moments in life have an unsoothing effect of loss of control. I can’t speak for anyone else but myself, but since I had this lovely revelation (thank you finals), I’m going to try to be more relaxed about changes. I’m sure I’ll still worry that something can go wrong or I’ll do badly on a final, but I’d like to handle it more gracefully, not venting to my friends about things as much.

I said it in my ‘about me’ section; life is in the memories of the journey, not the destination. I don’t want to look back on my life and wonder why all I did was worry all the time. Teenagers are melodramatic, I get that, I’m perfectly alright with being melodramatic, but I promise from now on things aren’t going to effect my internal Richter scale so much.

That said, no more 9.0 earthquakes, only 4.0’s (Get it? Finals joke… It was bad I know).

And beginnings? There’s always something new around the corner, whether you see it or sense it coming or you simply don’t, and it’s a surprise. Everything has a beginning and an end, but I think it’s worth it to be as excited for both parts since something could stem from the ending of another thing… They always say that when a door closes, a window opens (or something like that).

xx

PS. To make up for my bad joke, here is Lana Del Rey’s new music video/single “Born to Die,” off her debut album which I believe will be released in America on January 31st. Happy Listening!

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