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.

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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.

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!

 

 

Leather Accessories DIY Roundup

Although the weather is warm and balmy, we have leather on our minds! There’s something so rugged about it that makes its addition to your home decor or outfit a little more earthy and cool. Its also a great medium to use when making gifts because its sturdy, durable and only looks better with age. Here are a few of our favorite DIYs that use this classic material.

Leather Wallet

Adventuring in distant lands this summer? Make this cool leather passport holder for your desert or jungle adventures!

Shelf DIYKeep your items up with this cool shelf DIY that uses thick leather straps!

 

Leather Herb LabelsThere’s something so natural and organic about these leather herb labels. You can use this same technique to create cool office supply jars!

 

DIY Leather Camera StrapCarrying around a heavy camera can be a bother, especially when you have a standard strap. Give your tech a rustic upgrade with this soft leather camera strap.

 

Makezine Leather Tool Kit Still need a gift for Father’s Day? Make this tool roll that any guy would love!

Men’s Fashion Inspiration: All in the Details

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When it comes to men’s fashion there seems to be a lot less variety. While women can try on every trend from bold neons to crop tops, men usually have a more subdued style. Fortunately, there are elements that any guy can play around with to get a unique style that is all his own. It boils down to the tiny details. By adding unique elements in the way of accessories, men can easily add charisma to their classic looks. Layered Styles

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Rolex Watch with Beaded Bracelets

Jil Sanders Canvas Oxfords

Suspenders and Hat Fashion

Drop Earring Inspiration

 

 

As of late, we’ve been seeing a lot of beautiful statement stud earrings. And why not? They’re dainty, small, and can be worn without being too distracting. While we’re huge fans of these tiny ear gems, we’d also like to give a shout out to their longer and more flashy counterparts. The beautiful earrings below are some of our favorite dangling “drop” earrings. We love these types of earrings because not only do they provide extra bling, but they also seem to dance when you move, a feature that is found in almost no other jewelry! c6b5d7702c4b9efd4fad36c2875d203b

 

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What are your favorite types of earrings? If you prefer the stud, would you be willing to give the drops a try?

 

Colored Crystal DIY Roundup

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Our most popular rhinestones are the Crystal and Crystal AB variety which have a clear or iridescent shine. They’re classic and elegant, and perfect for making any accessory or outfit more special and statement-worthy. But if you like a little more sass with your sparkle, our Swarovski crystals come in a full spectrum of colors! Sometimes adding a little bit of color goes a long way, and these DIYs prove it!

Painted Rhinestone Necklace by Swell MaydeThis necklace from Swell Mayde is great for repurposing old, inexpensive necklaces that you wouldn’t otherwise wear. Just a few coats of paint and you have the perfect spring accessory!

School Magnets from EarringsIf you’re in school or just love having beautiful office supplies, these fun magnets are a great weekend DIY! Created using inexpensive earrings, these are sure to set your locker apart from the rest.

 

Ombre Rhinestone TrimsThese Miu Miu-inspired earrings are so sweet and elegant, and you know our thoughts on ombre anything. Must have.

 

Crystal Mirror From Design Love FestThis mirror from Designlovefest is a favorite because it is so unique. It’s an exciting addition to your home, and would make a fantastic house-warming present.

 

Crystal Clutch from Honestly WTFThis clutch from Honestly WTF is fierce and fashionable. We love the drama of the beautiful crystal shards.

Rainy Day Fashion DIY Roundup

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April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring unique and waterproof fashions into our wardrobes. If you feel stunted by the lack of wet-weather fashion options, here are a few ways to upgrade your accessories to match your style!

18This beautiful script painted umbrella from Popsicles and Pinatas will brighten any day!

Miss Kris Turner Gold Leaf Leopard Rain BootsThese black and gold leopard rain boots from Miss Kris Turner are positively fierce! Rule the rain forest with these fun patterned boots on your feet!

Raining Cats and Dogs UmbrellaThis cheeky cats and dogs umbrella from Paper Plates and Plane is so cute. We love the limitless possibilities of this DIY!

Transparent Capelet from a Pair and a SpareAlways fearless and fashionable, A Pair and a Spare made this cool, see-through capelet that can show off your outfit without getting you soaked!

Embellished Wellies Rain Boots from Beach BrightsThis DIY from Beach Brights uses grommets and gorgeous grosgrain ribbon to jazz up some average rain boots!

With these DIYs you’ll go from the girl who sings “rain rain, go away” to the one who is “only happy when it rains”.

Fringe Fashion DIY Roundup

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Fringe is always a fashion staple for free-spirits, and we know why! It’s a carefree trim that adds fun movement to anything it’s on. Wearing an outfit with fringe will instantly more playfulness to your entire look! Here are some of our favorite DIYs using this dynamic trim!

The Alison Show Fringe Earrings

These fringe earrings from The Alison Show are a fun accessory that add that we bet all of your friends will want to make!

Leather Fringe Tshirt from M&J Trimming

This DIY from our archives pairs a cotton tee with fun leather fringe! It’s easy to make and look totally edgy and cool.diy-tassel-earrings-feature-072012

These bold tassel earrings from Trinkets in Bloom are definitely statement worthy. We love the use of rhinestone trim around top!

Fringe Bathing Suit from Pulled TogetherInterested in creating some bohemian beachwear? Look no further  than this tutorial on Pulled Together!

Sans Limites Crochet Fringe

This DIY from Sans Limites is perfect for the crocheter! This intricate fringe trim really adds another element to your garment, and would look great on a kimono!

Foray Into Floral Accessories

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Florals are big this spring, but sometimes the best outfits embrace trends subtly. Try these floral accessories on for size if you like to test-drive trends without the commitment of an entire outfit.

Flower Hair Comb from Etsy

Spring is the most popular time for weddings, and this flower hair comb is the ideal addition to any formal hairstyle. It’s garden party perfect!

Floral Bag and Shoes

Flower look better when mixed together, hence the invention of bouquets. But the same goes for fashion! Don’t be scared to mix floral prints, especially when the canvas is as small as an accessory piece.

Floral Rings and Bracelets

Stack those buds on your tips and wrists for a bohemian bouquet of jewelry.

Flowers on a Hat

We love this fun hat from Fashion Week! It’s whimsical, really beautiful, and easily DIY-able.

Pink and Purple Floral Umbrella

April showers bring April flowers! This beautiful floral umbrella will cheer up even the gloomiest rainy day.

Tassel Fashion DIY Roundup

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Tassels used to conjure up images of old dusty libraries with curtains that weigh more than a small car. They were seen as antiquated and out of style. Now tassels are back with a bubbly vengeance, and they’re making their way into your closet!

Tiny Tassel Bracelet from Maize Hutton

This cute bracelet from Maize Hutton is so colorful, and a perfect addition to your spring jewelry box!

Tassel Shoes from Honestly WTF

These tassel heels from Honestly WTF are such an amazing upgrade to a basic pump! This look is so easy to DIY with cord and single tassels.

Vanilla and Lace Tassel Accent Skirt

The tassels on this skirt from Vanilla and Lace add a fun and whimsical feeling to this already feminine piece. We love how they add just a touch of color to an all-white canvas.

The Sweetest Occasion Tassel Necklace

These tiny tassel necklaces from The Sweetest Occasion are so easy to make. You can make a bunch to coordinate with any outfit!

Gina Michele Yellow Drop Earrings

These tassel earrings from Gina Michelle are gorgeous! Their skinny style and long length makes them look so sleek.

Would you rock tassels on your clothes, or do you prefer keeping them on decor only? Let us know below!