February 2013 archive

Closet Diary 2.25.13

So there’s kind of a funny story about this outfit. For starters, I am quite the planner – I love making lists and plotting out calendars and I almost always have outfits planned out ahead of time. This outfit, however, was not planned whatsoever. In fact, the only reason this outfit came to be was because Eric and I were out photographing two different outfits – one with this skirt, tights, and boots and the other with this sweater and scarf. I had a moment of inspiration and decided, in the middle of this lawn, to switch out the top I was wearing for this sweater and scarf (fortunately, I was wearing a tank underneath all this so it wasn’t really that scandalous) and asked Eric to take a few more pictures of me. And so this outfit was born. It’s a good thing too, because it’s the perfect combination of cute, casual, and comfortable that’s perfect for a crazy, stressful week.

( Scarf: gift / Sweater: Nordstrom Rack / Skirt: American Apparel / Tights: Hue / Boots: Kohl’s )
And because Eric’s getting so proud of his blossoming photography skills, I had to include this shot:

DIY Chevron Corkboard

This post has been a long time coming as I actually made this cute corkboard for my apartment back in September. I was inspired by this painted corkboard I saw on Pinterest to make a fun chevron striped corkboard that’s both functional and statement-making. This was super easy and inexpensive to make so I thought I’d share how I did it.

You’ll need:
Corkboard (I got mine from IKEA for $6)
White acrylic paint
Painter’s tape
Paintbrush
Ruler and pencil

1. Tape off frame and paint. Let dry.
2. Remove tape. Draw evenly spaced lines in pencil on the cork to use as a guide (mine were about 5″ apart).

3. Use tape to create the first set of diagonal lines in between two of your pencil gridlines. I used an extra piece of tape to make sure they were spaced apart evenly.
4. Continue using this method to tape off the rest of the chevron pattern, making sure to leave plenty of overlap at the tips of each of the chevrons. You could get all fancy and use math to figure out the perfect angle for your strips of tape, but I just eye-balled it.
5. Carefully trim away excess tape to create nice clean lines. Make sure all the tape is pressed down well.

6. Paint the corkboard in smooth strokes going in one direction. I found it was best to paint in light coats and add more until the coverage is how you want it. I did about three coats, but touched it up a little more in some areas. Let dry.
7. Peel off tape. My lines bled in a few spots where I didn’t have the tape stuck down well enough, but it’s not too noticeable, especially when things are pinned to it.

I hung mine as part of a gallery wall above my bed, which I love. I’m planning on adding more to it over the years that I’m living here! Here’s how my corkboard looks today, covered in cards, drawings, and other mementos:
I also used this same technique to dress up a tray I picked up at Target as a catch-all for my jewelry. The sides made it a little trickier to make a cohesive pattern but I really loved how it turned out!

Closet Diary 2.22.13

Thank goodness it’s Friday! Today I finally felt on top of things enough to take the extra time to actually get dressed in a cute outfit. This week has just felt so long and so overwhelming. I know it won’t get much better until the term is over, but at least for now, it’s the weekend. This weekend I really need to be super productive because I have so many deadlines coming up soon! But I also have a few fun things on the agenda. My dad and brothers are coming down for the last home basketball game so it’ll be really fun to see them tomorrow. I’m also going to the game with some friends, which I’m really excited about since I haven’t actually been to one yet (sorry Dad!).

I’m glad I made the extra effort to get dressed up today. This outfit just feels very me and is something I’m super comfortable in. I really love this floral dress and even though Eric teases me about my giant scarf, I think it’s just the coziest thing ever! I’ve even started making another one, so you can definitely count me as a fan of the ginormous infinity scarf!

( Cardigan: Nordstrom / Dress: Nordstrom Rack / Scarf: selfmade / Tights: Hue / Watch: gift, Timex for Target / Belt” Forever 21 / Boots: Kohl’s )

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