July 2013 archive

A Dose of Americana

We’ve been having an amazingly sunny, warm summer here in the Pacific Northwest and while I’ve been absolutely loving it, I haven’t felt very motivated to get all dressed up. I just want to wear as little clothing as possible so I can sit in the sun all day without sweating like a pig. A floaty lightweight dress during the day with a cardigan thrown over top at night is just about all I can muster up lately. Dressing for summer can be tricky that way, but playing with color and texture is one way I like to make outfits a little more interesting. I really love the combination of a red cardigan with a chambray and lace dress cinched with a braided leather belt.

( Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack / Dress: H&M / Belt: Forever 21 / Flats: Target )

DIY Gold Wire Bracelets

Ever since Eric gave me my Timex watch set for my birthday, I’ve really been wanting to expand my bracelet collection so that I can come up with lots of cute combinations to wear with it. Especially during the summer when layering isn’t really an option, a little accessorizing can go a long way to make an outfit. I was inspired by this heart bracelet on I Spy DIY to make my own gold wire bracelets. I experimented with all sorts of different shapes, but I think the star-shaped one is my favorite.

You’ll need:
20 gauge gold wire
Round and needle-nose jewelry pliers
Wire cutters

How-to:
1. Cut a length of wire twice as long as you would need to fit loosely around your wrist.
2. At one end, bend the wire in alternating directions at equal lengths until you have five points and a star shape.
3. Use needle-nose pliers to hold the wire in place and wrap the tail of the wire around the beginning of the star shape three times, as shown. Cut off excess wire.
4. My wire was already in a rounded shape so I didn’t need to do much to create a bracelet shape.
5. Measure where the end of the bracelet should be by wrapping the wire around your wrist.
6. Create the hook by bending the wire back and then bend the doubled up wire back again. Wrap the tail of the wire around the other wire three times and trim the excess.

A Dose of Vintage Style

Ever since I saw Jessica’s dresses made from this pattern (Butterick 5882), I knew I had to make my own version. I just love the flattering fit and the vintage style makes me feel a little bit like Betty Draper. This was the perfect dress to work on during finals week during my breaks from studying and now I can’t wait to make another one! Even though this dress has been finished since the beginning of summer, I was waiting for the right day to wear it so when a group of friends from high school and I all got together for the first time in over a year, I decided to debut my new favorite dress. I love that it doesn’t need much in the way of styling or accessorizing but it still makes a statement. This is definitely my kind of summer outfit!

( Dress, bracelet: handmade / Sandals: Target )

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