Favorite DIYs of July

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Summer is always a fun time to DIY because the projects can get bigger, more messy, and brighter! From accessories to art, bloggers have been crafting their hearts out making the coolest projects! Below you’ll find a snapshot of some of our July favorites that really expanded our creativity!
Gold Bulb ChandelierBrit + Co made the coolest chandelier using painted gold bulbs with larger circular ones. We love the clustered effect of this modern chandelier, and wouldn’t mind having it in every room of the house!

 

6a00d8358081ff69e201a511e22506970c-800wiThis month the beautiful sisters from A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a simple beaded necklace. When working with natural gemstones, sometimes all you need is something simple to showcase their inherent beauty.

Bridal-Shower-Invitations-MintedThese bridal shower invites from Creme de la Craft are beyond adorable, and just go to show you that it’s the details that make all the difference.

watercolor-napkins-8We love the watercolor trend, especially on these beautiful napkins from Paper and Stitch! They’re the perfect addition to your dinner party place settings.

Sticker Mandala

From far away this looks like a piece of traditional Hindu art, but this mandala is definitely modern! Upon closer inspection you’ll find an array of different stickers that are sure to put a smile on your face. We love the stickers they picked out at HonestlyWTF.

Rustic Summer Tablescape Inspiration

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When it comes to summer dining, we prefer the casual, rustic approach. The effortless style pairs so well with carefree energy of the season, and we love the mix of natural, earthy elements and florals for a look that isn’t too feminine but also has just the right dash of “pretty”. 544ce6e62aca81f8c8468c8f1bb90ffb

 

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One staple of a rustic dining experience is wooden acccents. A wooden table makes for a great backdrop for bold, beautiful blooms.

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This style also features a lot of greenery. Flowers aren’t the only centerpieces. Leaves and branches play an essential role as well!

tumblr_mlgrdzDpnC1rrqsx6o1_500A rustic-style table is the perfect backdrop for a fresh summer meal!

Fashion Illustrations Too

We’re back with another round of fashion illustrations we adore to help inspire all of the fashionistas and DIYers out there! These beautiful illustrations capture the magic of fashion almost as well as the actual pieces do. Here are a few of our recent favorites!

 

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Antionio Soares brought life to this Kenzo dress with a little bit of animation!il_570xN.496341162_n5h2

Esther Bayer captured the undeniable magic of the perfect lipstick with this illustration of a Tom Ford lipstick.

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This watercolor by Cecilia Carlstedt shows the unique effect you can get by painting wet on wet. The results are phenomenal!

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Jessica Durrant’s Dior illustration has us weak at the knees with it’s fluffy ombre dress and strategically-placed beauty mark!

 

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Laura Laine is a Helsinki-based fashion illustrator who has worked with brands like H&M and Sephora. We love the mix of pencil and marker in this piece.

DIY Summer Sandals 3 Ways

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Summer is synonymous with sandals, which is all we’ve been wearing since June 21st! We’ve been seeing a lot of simple sandal styles as well as more elaborate ones, but sometimes those trendy sandals can cost a little more than you bargained for. Here are three of our favorite ways to “step up” your sandal game without breaking your budget.

Chained-Sandals

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Glue or sew chain trim to the straps of your sandals for a shining accent! Try to choose a chain that is the same width as your straps!

Cameos on Sandals

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If your sandals have wide straps, we would suggest taking advantage of that space with a row of floral cameos!

Braided and Leather Trimmed Sandals

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Black basic sandals are essential, but if you prefer yours with a little more oomph, add a strap of braided leather trim or studded leather trim.

M&J On the Today Show

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If you were tuned into Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Friday, you may have seen some of our star trims in the spotlight during Bobbie’s Buzz, a segment focused on the most current fashion trends. This segment highlighted the DIY craze, and featured three different types of DIYs to take your outfits to the next level!

Our favorite DIY of the three was definitely trim-centric, and featured an ingenious way to add trim to your outfit without ever having to touch a needle and thread.

Watch the video to see the crafty way you can attach trim to your favorite pieces!

Nail Art DIY Roundup

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If you’ve ever wanted to imbue more personality into your outfit without going the accessory route, why not accessorize with your digits? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite nail art DIYs that are sure to add flavor to any outfit, and are perfect for a night of pampering.
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This designer-inspired DIY comes in a beautiful knit that’s reminiscent of stitches, and you know how we love all things fashion!

image (3)A bold, graphic nail is just the thing to add some sharp contrast to a soft look.

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Watercolor is such a hot trend right now, and we love it even more on nails!

ManiMonday11This fruity mani is perfect for long days of summer. We feel refreshed just looking at it!

 

Color Story: Coral

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This week we’re highlighting a color that screams summer to us! One you’ll find in your brightly colored fruit smoothies, the toes of bikini-clad beach-goers, and dappled on the skin of your summer peaches. We’re talking about coral, a color inspired by the vibrant reef!

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277aea0b1301ee1741b5842eb024bbc4A bright color like this is perfect for celebrations, making it a go-to for wedding and party planners.

 

 

a30d5fb7374216c77ed6b79fe1d54156The lace overlay lends a little demure mystery to a bold coral dress! It’s the perfect color for the warm summer months.

 

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156634421d2f3000cadfbcb7259c7cace7d9c311a66362c064b1a5832dc06cca This vibrant shade is great for adding personality to your home decor. It looks fantastic when paired with blues and green, just like it does in the ocean!

Nautical DIY Roundup

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Nautical style isn’t just for the open sea! Bring a little bit of sand and salty air back from the beach with these fun DIYs!
NauticalInspiredToteWe love this canvas tote DIY from Lil Blue Boo. It’s perfect for taking to the beach or pool this summer!

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3611-1These rope heels are not only easy to DIY, but they look like a million bucks!

IMG_6651Let this little lantern light up your summer nights! It’s the perfect decoration for a beach-themed party!

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Nautical Fashion Inspiration

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When summer rolls around, all we can think about is going out to the beach or enjoying time spent on the high seas! But what do you wear when you’re cruising through the water? Take a cue from the sailors, and sports some nautical gear! This means stripes, anchors, and a lot of navy and white. The look is comfortable, casual and chic, making it a style we love to take off the yacht and into our daily lives as well!e571c9fc9f735258cf99f9ee8fcfdded

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Paris Couture Week Fall 2014

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It’s currently Couture Week in Paris, which means designers are bringing out their most show-stopping, unique and intricate looks of the season! elie-saab13 elie-saab15The gowns at Elie Saab were expectedly breathtaking. Taking on a navy blue and pastel pink color palette, we saw everything from extensive embellishments to full-on ombre.

jpg045jpg047The pieces at Jean Paul Gaultier were shimmering and sophisticated. They harnessed the look of fire, from the initial bright flame, to the smoldering black of coal. The showstopping garments are ideal for making a statement.

chanel-couture-fall-2014-11_105824919340chanel-couture-fall-2014-18_105835803086Chanel didn’t stray from their love of structure, with wide-brimmed, structured neckklines and sharp shouldered tops.