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.

c45e91889886a747f8c626dedfa48c56Although lacking red, this American flag tank is still true blue and features a more abstract design.

What will you be wearing this July 4th?

Independence Day DIYs

Independence Day is only a few days away! Get ready for fireworks, Americana outfits and the best parties of the summer! If you’re throwing your own shindig and need some decor ideas to liven up your abode, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the hottest DIYs for your 4th of July party.

july-fourth-star-pinatas-diy-ehow-600x900Always planning for the best party, Studio DIY have the most star-spangled piñatas for your BBQ!

101901866.jpg.rendition.largestLearn how to make an easy fireworks centerpiece for your table from Better Homes and Gardens.

IMG_7487This patriotic wreath from the Sweetest Survival brings a little understated festivity to your doorstep, and we obviously adore that navy ribbon!

IMG_1236editIf you’re a typography buff, making a patriotic statement has never been easier with this printable from eighteen25!

burlap-runnerHosting a patriotic get-together? Take a tip from Domestically Speaking, and serve them on this rustic burlap table runner with beautiful ribbon inserts.

 

DIY: Preppy Pocket Towel

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Going to the beach is always an adventure, but sometimes it can also become a treasure hunt when your items go missing in the sand! Stop losing your beach essentials with this cool DIY that makes a simple towel into the perfect accessory for carrying everything you need. DSC_0135 What You’ll Need:

Towel
Sewing Machine
1.5” Roman Stripe Ribbon
7/8” Grosgrain Ribbon in Pistachio

DSC_01381. Lay out your towel, and fold it up to create a big pocket.

DSC_01512. Place ribbons where you want the pockets to be, and sew closed. Sew a ribbon to the top of the towel without going through both layers.

DSC_01473. Sew the the ends of the towel in place as well.

DSC_01624. Take your pistachio ribbon and create two bows. Sew at the top of each spot where the ribbon goes down vertically.

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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!

ehowstyle-mixedmediatasselnecklace-21Studs and Pearls mixed it up with a cool mixed media necklace.

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

 

Beach Accessories & Outfits DIY Roundup

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If you’re planning on heading to the beach or pool this summer, make your time even MORE fun with these great ideas that are practical, cute, and easy to make!

Blue Towel Beach Bag

This cool beach bag is perfect for keeping your items intact. The soft

Beach Towel Backpack

 

Make a strapped beach towel backpack to make your trips to the beach even easier!

 

Towel PonchoNeed a coverup? No problem! This one uses graphic beach towels to create a poncho!

dsc_0119If you’re looking for a lighter option, create this flowy caftan!

Orange CaftanYou can also create a maxi-length caftan to guard yourself from the sun!

 

Beach Day Inspiration

It’s the weekend, the sun is high and the weather is warm. It’s the perfect day to go to the beach! If the call of the ocean breeze isn’t enough to make you pack up your beach tote, and head to the water, these photos will definitely jump start your weekend vacation. From outfits to accessories, we’ve got everything you need to really inspire your next beach day style!

2930c3bfab70081e08b0c5b40286fbfeA beach day isn’t complete without a statement towel. Mark your spot with a cool towel no one else has!

 

9f1bcabf3b1a82813773e1e48aacca89Feel the breeze with a light and airy coverup.

 

43b847cbad1c63c5b8d9b876993104bcStay comfy and cute with a cotton dress and sandals.

 

fee34c68c152b827d283cf8ede564b20Bring your big floppy hat and black sunglasses for the ultimate beach look!

23dfc65864a6567aa4862d3b368595d0And don’t forget to play in the sand!

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.
imageThis dress from Craftsy is incredible, perfect for that summer brunch.

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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.

DIY: Lace and Flower Initial

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Everyone wants their space to be a reflection of their personalities, and if your personality is feminine, flirty and a little shabby chic, you’re going to love our latest DIY. Our cool, customized initial uses faux flowers and lace that look beautiful when paired together. You can make an initial that matches your personality by varying the trims. Use grosgrain for a preppy look, or jacquard for something more vintage-chic.

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What You’ll Need:

5.25” Floral Pattern Chantilly Lace

6” Chantilly Floral Lace

Wooden Letter

Fake Flowers

Sobo Glue

Hot Glue Gun

Paint Brush

Scissors

DSC_00061. Cut your lace into pieces.

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DSC_00112. Paint the Sobo Glue onto the letter.

DSC_00143. Gently lay the lace over the glue. Pat down. Let dry.

DSC_00214. Place on the letter in different spots, and glue down with the hot glue gun.

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