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.
For those chilly nights, we love a slouchy American flag sweater. Combined with turquoise elements and blue denim shorts, this outfit screams Americana!
Why just focus on one patriotic piece when you can rock an entire flag-inspired ensemble?
If you like a more understated approach, an infinity scarf paired with white basics is a great way to go.
Although lacking red, this American flag tank is still true blue and features a more abstract design.
What will you be wearing this July 4th?
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!
Amp up your home with a sequined ampersand made by Sugar and Cloth! We’re happy to find another use for our sequin trim!
Stay sweet with Studio DIY’s delicious ice cream balloon weights!
Miss Kris does it again with this pom pom trimmed poncho that’s perfect for the beach!
Studs and Pearls mixed it up with a cool mixed media necklace.
This table cloth created by A Beautiful Mess is perfect for summer cookouts, and uses a DIY essential, Rit Dye!
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 – Keep your peepers safe with sunglasses! If basic shades aren’t your style, check out some sunglasses DIYs!
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.
Coverup – 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.
Shoes – 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!
Tote – 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!
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.
The Optitex Best Student Made Handbag winner, Morgan Richards, had a rustic, burnished leather bag, with matching leather tassels.
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!
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!
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.
Rose 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.
A popular choice for soon-to-be brides, rose gold is a fabulous base for engagement rings.
The 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.
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.
6mm Faux Pearls in Gold and Silver
8mm Faux Pearls in Gold and White
Hot glue or E6000
1. Take your pearls and create a design on each side.
2. Take the smaller pearls and create a frame going on top of the sun glasses.
3. Fill the center of the sun glasses with more pearls.
After a particularly chilly and snowy winter, there is no better time to head outside and enjoy the great outdoors than now. We’re at a pivotal point in spring when summer is just around the corner, and the possibility of adventures is just outside of our doorsteps! But what about our DIYs? How do we still get projects done and stretch our creative muscles when we’re outside?
Photography- The great outdoors offer an unmatched canvas for future DIYs that need photos. Take photos to use in upcoming DIYs to make them even more personal!
Painting- Watercolors are great for carrying around because they aren’t as messy as acrylics and oil paints. They’re great for painting outdoor scene s like flowers in a park or a beautiful oceanscapes.
Embroidery- Embroidery is a precise hobby that often takes a number of different types of thread. Pick a pattern that only uses a few colors to make it more mobile.
Knitting- Knitting is a great hobby that helps to relieve stress, but summer isn’t usually the best time for knitting new scarves. Make yourself an open weave cardigan or cover-up instead!
Bracelet making may seem hard on a sandy beach, but our tip is to leave the beads at home. Focus on friendship bracelets for a soothing summer activity.
Summer is only a few weeks away, making this the best time to get your summer essentials prepped! And everyone knows a perfect summer day at the beach, park or pool isn’t complete without a pair of fabulous sunglasses. These sunglasses DIYs are a great way to personalize this summer standby. These chained sunglasses are rockstar chic, and easy to make with a few feet of chain.
Plain sunglasses get a retro upgrade with polka dots!
These embroidered sunglasses from Honestly WTF are created with real thread! How crafty!
These summer fruit sunglasses are perfect for a day at the beach in the tropics.
Yes, these doughnut sunglasses from Studio DIY ARE the sweetest things you’ll see all day.