4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Ruffled Lace

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Lace shorts have been seen on style blogs and in stores all over the country, and we absolutely adore this trend! The light and airy look of lace with a relaxed pair of denim shorts is the ultimate salute to summer. We chose a ruffled trim to capture the carefree nature of the season, but you can pick any style you like. You can even mix up the color with black lace on red shorts for more of an evening look.

DSC_0277What You’ll Need:

Light Wash Blue Jean Shorts
Frilly Ruffled Lace Fringe
Needle and Thread

DSC_02781. Turn your shorts inside out, and line up the lace trim where you want it to go.

DSC_02842. Sew the lace trim around each leg opening.

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To find more inspiring materials to work with, check out the 4 Ways shop!

Shorts for Summer Inspiration

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The summer is made for wearing shorts! They can be casual, dressed up, basic denim or crazy colored lace. Here are a few of our favorite styles to wear now that the weather is warm!445f9e49167996b59ae5a0159c58dcf7Add Americana to your wardrobe with these cool shorts!

8f9075b82506889d8d5eb21af7b6b721Dress up bright shorts with an equally bright blazer, and a pair of heeled sandals.

9e2fb4d6943f2aa443b9757de3cc36bdWe love these embellished shorts that shimmer in the sun. Just be careful where you sit!

6316069d3a2d1a354b473455ed8369a2Sometimes you don’t wear shorts to feel cool, but hot! These leather shorts are so chic, and prove that anything can be dressed up to look like an elegant outfit.

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Do it big with a fun patterned print like these geometric Moroccan print shorts!

 

Independence Day Outfit Inspiration

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Tomorrow the stars and stripes will be out for Independence Day! Lately we’ve even been seeing a lot of outfits that aren’t just inspired by the American colors, but feature the American flag itself. We love this patriotic pattern, and we would wear it even if it wasn’t July 4th! Here are a few of our favorite ways to rock America’s colors, and look super stylish while doing it.

4faf5ecdc06f230b5eb5670c116bbe70For those chilly nights, we love a slouchy American flag sweater.  Combined with turquoise elements and blue denim shorts, this outfit screams Americana!

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img44c03104e8b446fea6303e894a047f01Why just focus on one patriotic piece when you can rock an entire flag-inspired ensemble?

26d02c96a90f5cfba5bd2057fa0feb1dIf you like a more understated approach, an infinity scarf paired with white basics is a great way to go.

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What will you be wearing this July 4th?

Best DIYs of June 2014

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This month was full of fun summer/spring DIYs that are perfect for those upcoming summer parties and beach vacations! Take a look at some of our favorite DIYs this month to help get your creative juices flowing!

untitled-136Amp up your home with a sequined ampersand made by Sugar and Cloth! We’re happy to find another use for our sequin trim!
DIY-Ice-Cream-Cone-Balloon-Weights3-600x900Stay sweet with Studio DIY’s delicious ice cream balloon weights!

miss-kris-diy-pom-pom-ponchoMiss Kris does it again with this pom pom trimmed poncho that’s perfect for the beach!

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6a00d8358081ff69e201a511d1d084970c-800wiThis table cloth created by A Beautiful Mess is perfect for summer cookouts, and uses a DIY essential, Rit Dye!

 

Beach Day Style Essentials

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The weather is finally warm enough to head to our little slice of paradise at the beach! Now we know you’ve probably packed the essentials: sunblock, water, and a volleyball. But what about your style essentials? Check off everything on this list before you leave to be a fashionista on the beach!

Sunglasses

Sunglasses – Keep your peepers safe with sunglasses! If basic shades aren’t your style, check out some sunglasses DIYs!

 

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Hat – When it comes to hats, we prefer the floppy, straw variety. But as long as it’s keeping your head cool and face shaded, any hat will do.

White Cover-upCoverup – We love a loose and airy coverup for the beach. Its easy to slip off when you want some sun, and slip on when the wind picks up.

Beach SandalsShoes – Don’t assume you won’t need shoes. Bring easy slip-on sandals because when the sun goes up that sand gets skin singeing hot!

Straw Beach ToteTote – You don’t want to go to the beach with your hands full of knick-knacks! Keep your hands free, and your shoulder stylin’ with a fun beach tote!

Summer Sundress DIY Roundup

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Summer is here, which means summer style is in full swing! Speaking of swing, one of our favorite items to wear in the summer is a fun and flirty sundress. But finding your dream dress can be difficult, which is why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite DIY sundresses!
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This striped knit skirt from Family Ever After screams summer on the highseas to us! Although not technically a dress, tuck in a tank and you’re set!
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This Gap-inspired dress from Kojo Designs is so comfy-chic.
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This dress from Crafterhours is a staple! Make it in any color under the sun and it will still look like a hundred bucks!

Macramade in Heaven

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This year we’ve been seeing macrame everywhere! In DIYs and home decor, and even high fashion. Many of this year’s resort wear collections featured this chunky knotted pattern in what we are predicting will be a huge resurgence of the laid back 70’s style. Macrame is sprouting up all over the map, so even if you can’t afford designer prices, there are cost-friendly pieces out there and the option to DIY with lace!
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roberto-cavalli-resort2014-runway-16_182303148047Roberto Cavalli kept it loose with flowing styles accented by floral designs.

Tory-Burch-Resort-2014-Collection-02True to form, Tory Burch kept her lines clean and the look preppy.
a5ca3f95-2139-4ace-93e5-a537891cdcdbOscar de la Renta went for a bolder approach with trim dyed to a deep red.

Independent Handbag Designer Awards

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This year we were once again proud sponsors of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards, an awards show that displays some of the most inventive and unique accessories from designers all over the world. Now in its 8th year, the entries were out of this world! And while all of them were a spectacular feat of creativity, the winners were absolute standouts.

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The Optitex Best Student Made Handbag winner, Morgan Richards, had a rustic, burnished leather bag, with matching leather tassels.

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The handbag that won Best in Overall Style and Design was John Edwards’ bold, blue creation. The light blue paired with gold-toned accents made for a gorgeous combination. It also happened to be the fan favorite!

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This beautiful clutch, by Gili Rozin Tamam, won the award for Best Handmade Handbag. Creating this bag took a unique process of imprinting that is usually reserved for the automotive industry. This designer is always thinking outside of the box!

Above were a few of our favorites, but check out the rest of the Independent Handbag Design Awards winners, and let us know which one YOU love!

 

 

Color Story: Rose Gold

Precious metals have been making a comeback in all arenas, be it jewelry, fashion or decor. And while silver and gold have always been the most popular choices, there’s one metal that’s making its way into the limelight. We’re talking about a warm hybrid between gold and copper: rose gold. This gorgeous shade has the tiniest hint of pink, making it metal with a lot of feminine appeal.

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tumblr_lqz2mjW36b1qf73dwo1_1280Rose gold is a great color for an evening gown. Yellow gold may look too bold with sea sequins, but on a rose gold dress, they look just right.

8a0db1be6492bc562c7bc44d767ecac4A popular choice for soon-to-be brides, rose gold is a fabulous base for engagement rings.

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6b19a465dbc9649a8e8f7be0cb41b305The easiest way to add rose gold to your home is through hardware, we can’t get over the beautiful selection of pendant lights available in this slightly peachy shade.

DIY: Pearl Embellished Sunglasses

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Sunglasses can put the finishing touch on an already chic outfit, and really highlight your best features with frames that suit your face. This DIY is all about taking a simple pair of sunglasses, and transforming them into a stylish statement. We’ve used classic accents like pearls to embellish our circular frames, but you can use anything from rhinestones to studs if you’re looking for something more glamorous or edgy.

Materials for Pearl Accented Sunglasses6mm Faux Pearls in Gold and Silver

8mm Faux Pearls in Gold and White

 Hot glue or E6000

Gluing Small Gold Pearls to Circular Sunglasses1. Take your pearls and create a design on each side.

Adding Glue to Top of Sunglasses2. Take the smaller pearls and create a frame going on top of the sun glasses.

Sunglasses with Pearl Accents 3. Fill the center of the sun glasses with more pearls.

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