New Year’s Resolutions List 2017

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My New Year’s Resolutions List

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year! It’s never been a tradition to make a resolution, but I thought this year would be appropriate to make a New Year’s Resolution list. A lot has happened, meaning I’ve started a few projects this year. Before the holidays I kept hitting mind blocks. That little voice in my head saying “you’ll never be anything” rose to the highest possible volume. Like everyone, I have self-doubt sometimes. But, you have to power through and let the &#@t go. So, I’m headed into the New Year with high hopes and a positive attitude. Everyone has flaws, but fortunately there is always room for improvement. I wanted to share with you guys my real New Year’s Resolution.

 

#1. No More Self-Doubt

Success doesn’t happen overnight for anyone. Getting where you want to go, takes time and effort. And it’s hard to stay focused when you compare yourself to everyone else. I’m replacing every negative thought with positivity and hope. 

 

#2. End of Procrastination

Sometimes I feel like I can’t handle it all and give quality effort at the same time. This year, I vow to give 1000% effort into all the things that are important to me. If you don’t do things you love, you will not have a purpose.

 

#3 Spend Time With Loved Ones

I don’t exactly mean blood relatives either. I have the most amazing roommates, who have helped me through some rough times. It seems like I have taken them for granted, so in 2017 I’m promising my “family” that I will make an effort to show my love in return.

 

#4 Workout & Clean My Diet 

I have been slacking on my fitness journey lately. I’m going to commit myself to getting my body right as well as my mind. One healthy habit always lead to the next. Just like one action begins with a thought. So, this year I’m doing to be all about my health inside and out. I want to be able to spread fitness motivation, and at the end of the day it starts with me.

Since I have confessed so much, what is on your New Year’s Resolution list?

 

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Travel Tips & Advice For The Holidays

Travel Tips And Advice For The Holidays

Love it or hate it, travel is an essential part of life. Personally, I like to visit new places even though it can be stressful. But today I will attempt to take the edge off for you. I wanted to share a few travel tips that you can use this holiday season while you are traveling to your grandma’s house, sister’s apartment or best friend’s loft. If you find these tips are helpful, comment below and subscribe for for lifestyle tips. 

Prepare Ahead Of Time

1. Create a checklist-

This might sound extreme, but I like to make a list of what I need to pack for my trip. It’s a solid plan to help you not forget anything.

2. Check the weather-

Where ever you are going even if it is a few towns over, check the weather just in case. This way you can pack accordingly.

3. Boost Your Immune System-

This is probably most beneficial when traveling abroad, but extra vitamins and nutrients never hurt anybody. A few weeks before your trip, try to remember to take your vitamins and work on strengthening your immune system. You never know what might be in the air or food wherever you are visiting.

4. Eat!

Before your flight or car ride, make sure you eat. Traveling takes a lot of energy, so treat your body right. You can also pack snacks for the journey.

5. Clean Your House Before You Go-

Cleaning up your house is a great way to reduce some stress. There’s nothing worst than coming home from vacation or visiting family and there is a huge mess to clean up. Do yourself a favor and get your dirty work out of the way.

6. Leave The House Early-

No matter if you are traveling by plane or car, always leave your house earlier than planned. Anything can happen, especially during the holiday season. It’s best to prepare for delays, traffic jams, or unfriendly weather conditions.

7. Stick To Your Carry On-

If you are traveling during the  season, you know how often luggage gets lost. If you are going to be gone for less than a week, this should be manageable.

8. Keep Your Electronics Charged-

You will be dealing with long lines and crying babies all day, so bring batteries and chargers for all of your electronic devices.

Pack Light

9. Pack Basics-

Take clothes that are versatile and you can wear multiple outfits with. This leaves room for more accessories (which you can store in a pair of socks!) to style your outfits.

10. Roll, Don’t Fold-

Instead of folding your clothes like normal, roll them up like a burrito. This will save you a tone of room.

11. Use Shoes For Storage-

Always stick your shoes at the bottom of your bag. You can even put smaller items in your sneakers.

12. Bring Silk-

Fancy right? Pack a silk scarf or pillow case with you if you are staying at a hotel. A lot of the time housekeeping doesn’t clean the pillow cases everyday. Ew. To prevent that gross feeling, bring your own. Plus, silk is less damaging to your hair than cotton when you are tossing and turning at night.

 

 

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My Fall Lookbook 2016

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What’s In My Fall Lookbook?

Hey, lovelies! So, the west coast doesn’t really experience harsh winters. My fall lookbook might be a little different from what you are used to. This fall lookbook is more geared towards women who don’t have freezing weather. I’ve lived in the South or on the West Coast my entire life, so I haven’t had the luxury of meeting 0-degree temperatures. Of course, you can add layers and modify as needed. This is just a sneak peek at what I wear on a typical autumn day. 

 

My Fall Lookbook

Outfit #1:

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Dress- Charlotte Russe
Shoes- Jessica Simpson
Purse- Charming Charlie’s

Outfit #2:

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Dress- Bebe
Shoes- Penny Loves Kenny

Days when I want to feel dolled up or have a special event to attend I love long sleeved dressed. They are comfortable, warm and easy to throw on. You could wear tights or pantyhose underneath or accessorise with a hat or scarf.

Outfit 3:

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Button down shirt- American Eagle
Skirt- Ambiance Apparel
Bralette- Unknown
Shoes- Guess
Tights- Ross

I have had this button down forever and honestly, it looks great with a pair of light wash jeans. But, here’s the thing. I have been into skirts lately and this look is so cute with a pair of tights. It screams college girl, so I’m into that. The great thing about button downs is that ou can wear them in so many ways. You could tie it around your waist.

Outfit 4:

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Top:Mary Mary
Jacket- Ambience
Scarf- Walmart
Boots- Bamboo
Jeans- YMI Wanna Betta Butt (distress by yours truly)

This outfit reminds me of a post-apocalyptic war. I didn’t realize how short the crop top was, so I compensated with my knee high boots. I would have worn high waisted jeans, but I wanted to show off the rips I made.

Outfit 5:

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Bodysuit- Charlotte Russe
Jeans- Charlotte Russe
Shoes- Converse

I am a 90’s baby at best, so slap a pair of converse and some stripes on me and I am good to go. I have gotten into the minimalist style recently and have a new appreciation for stripes. This outfit is so casual and playful, which is something I love about the bodysuit. I’ve dressed it up with skirts and toned it down with jeans like this look.

Outfit 6:

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Sweater- Ambience
Jeans- Charlotte Russe
Scarf- Walmart
Shoes- Shoe Republic LA

I either feel sweet or edgy in a knit sweater. Since fall is generally more dark colors, I went with this black sweater and acid wash jeans. Like most women, I feel super confident in edgy clothes. So, I wore my classic black pumps. Since it is autumn time, I grabbed a scarf to add something interesting to the outfit.

Outfit 7:

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Grey Top- Aeropostale
Button-Down Shirt-
Jeans- Hollister
Shoes- Nine West
Graphic T-shirt- Ross

I love flannels because you can wear them so many ways. My favourite way to throw one over a crop top. For some reason, grey tops look great with flannels of any color. I created a more grunge look with a graphic tee. And for a more polished look, I just button my flannel all the way up and wore my shirt over that.

Outfit 8:

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Button-Down Shirt- Charlotte Russe
Cami- Walmart
Jeans- Hollister
Shoes- Speed Limit 98

For me, denim on denim is a little too much and can even seem boyish. I wore a plain white tank top underneath to keep the outfit clean and light. I finished the look with a pair of light nude bootie heels for a more girly personality.

Outfit 9:

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Top- Poetry
Jeans- Hollister
Shoes- H&M
Cardigan- Charlotte Russe

I love how casual chic this outfit turned out. My heeled ankle boots are really a great addition to any outfit. The cardigan is light enough for Vegas fall time. I wanted to go for a more nude color, but all I had was cream. To lighten the outfit even more, I wore a white skinny belt.

Outfit 10:

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Jacket- Ambiance
Jeans- Hollister
Shoes- Guess

I wore this outfit the other night when I went with my roommate to cash a ticket on the strip. I felt so sexy and surprisingly warm. Even though these jeans don’t have any rips in them, they hug every curve. This is a typical Vegas everyday outfit. High waisted jeans? Check. Crop top? Check. Leather, or faux leather? Check.

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Which outfit is your favorite? 

 

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DIY Clothes: The Knot Front Dress

DIY Knot Front Dress

Before you throw out your old clothes, turn them into something beautiful. It’s always exciting to refashion and DIY clothes when you have nothing to wear. For this project, I wanted to refashion a dress I found at TJ Max a few months ago. It’s nothing special, just a solid black $9 dress. It looks very plain and almost too long on my short frame. I envisioned it to hug my curves when I saw it on the hanger. I want to give the dress a sexy touch, so maybe I’ll actually wear it out. The knotted front dress is simple to recreate without any skills. It’s casual and cool with the cute cutouts at the waist. If you want to see how I transformed this dress without needle and thread, keep reading.

How To Make Your Own Knotted Front Dress

Materials:

An oversized t-shirt or dress
Scissors
Pen/chalk

Before:                                                         After:

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Instructions:

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Step 1: Lay out your dress and measure straight across.You can use chalk or crayon. I’m just using lip liner. 

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Step 2: Cut straight across the center of the dress.(Optional: If you want to shorten the length, cut a strip off the top of the bottom half of the dress. You can also skip this step like I did.)

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Step 3: On the top half, cut a small opening in the bottom center of the dress.

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Step 4: On the bottom half, cut a slit an inch or 2 down the center.

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Step 5: Tie a knot (front and back) and you have a brand new dress!

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Got any tips for refashioning old clothes?

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DIY Crop Top Tutorial- No Sew

No Sew Crop Top Tutorial

Have you ever looked at your closet and felt disappointed? All of those clothes, but nothing to wear. The good news is that you don’t need expensive clothes to update your wardrobe. All you’ll need is a loose fitting, short sleeve t-shirt and a pair of scissors to make a stylish diy crop top.

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Step 1: Cut along directly outside of the hemline of the collar.

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Step 2: Cut along the hem of both the sleeves.

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Step 3: Measure how short you want the top to be.

Step 4: On the back side of the shirt, cut a straight line across.

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Step 5: The front side of the top will be used as the tie. Make a cut up the center and then cut at a diagonal. You should end up with two triangle shaped sides. Optional: You can also cut a small “v” in the center of the collar.

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What clothes have you refashioned lately? 

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Minimalist Style Lookbook 2016

Minimalist Style Ideas

Although I own more clothes than I”m proud to admit, I have been wearing more basics lately. I don’t think I’m ready to live a complete minimalist lifestyle, but I certainly appreciate the fashion. Minimalist style is more than decluttering and cutting back on your wardrobe. In my opinion, there is no such thing as fashion “rules”. Therefore, minimalist fashion means wearing interchangeable pieces that take the stress out of putting together an outfit every day. I love fashion as much as the next girl, but sometimes you need to spend less time thinking about clothes and more time thinking about important decisions. It’s important to have clothes that you want to wear and look forward to wearing. Minimalist fashion is also more than wearing basics. You can find simple outfits that have small, unique details.

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Outfit #1: A chunky knit sweater is great for autumn. I love pairing big sweaters with black leggings or trousers together. This look can come off as romantic and comfortable or edgy cool. You could also accessorize with different scarves and handbags.  For a more old-school appeal, you can also tie the sweater around your waist. 

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Outfit #2: The next best thing besides a little black dress is a little grey dress. The color gives it a minimal feel, while the texture and neckline make the dress a little more interesting. I’m also very petite, so I fell in love with the length. 

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Outfit #3: T-shirt dresses have definitely won the hearts of women everywhere. I love wearing this black t-shirt dress for any time of the day. For me, the look is still casual without the jeans.

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Outfit #4: I like to gravitate towards stripes instead of bold prints and overwhelming patterns. Not all striped are created the same. I love striped clothes because there are different sizes of the lines, which gives the outfit more texture. Stripes are also very versatile. For example, this skirt looks great with a black or white top. 

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Outfit #5: Don’t get me wrong, I live to wear dresses, skirts, and girly things. But I always feel too cool for school when I rock a simple white top and a pair of dark wash denim jeans. There is something so clean and sophisticated about a white top. I love the interesting pattern at the bottom of the shirt. It gives it a more detailed appearance. 

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Outfit #6: Nothing says “sexy librarian” quite like the black pencil skirt. You can change out the top for a camisole and add a blazer. There are a lot of things you can do with a simple skirt. The grey top gives the skirt a little gradient effect. You could also wear a white top for a bolder appearance. 

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Outfit #7: I like how thin the stripes are on this halter top. Skinny lines seem more girly to me, so I paired it with a black circle skirt. A small jacket or a pair of sheer pantyhose would be great accents for the colder months. 

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Outfit #8: White pants should be a staple in every woman’s closet. I like the high waisted look because it’s even more chic and classy. For an extra clean look, you could always wear white on white. However, in my opinion, grey and white is the new black and white. 

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Outfit #9: You can never go wrong with black pants unless you have dogs. None the less, black jeans as so versatile. You can change your top and have a new outfit every day of the week. I like to wear stripes with the dark pants for an edgy and modern look.

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What do you think about the minimalist style?

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What’s In My Purse?

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What I Keep In My Purse

 

I’m a curious person by nature, so I love reading “what’s in my bag” posts. I wanted to share with you some of the items that are at the bottom of my bag. Besides, you can learn a lot about a woman from the contents of her purse. My purse may sound like a travel bag, but I just like to be prepared. Purses were invented for a reason and I take full advantage. I hope you enjoy the post and it gives you a little more insight about who I am. 

Body Spray-

I don’t wear a lot of heavy scents, but I do like to carry some smell good with me. You never know what you might be doing. I keep a body spray from Victoria’s Secret in my bag. 

Sunglasses-

No matter what time of the year, the sun is always bright. I like to keep a pair or two of shades with me. At least one will match my outfit! 

Headphones-

Sometimes I find myself waiting while I’m getting my oil changed or sitting in the dentist’s lobby. I don’t want to disturb anyone with my music, so I throw my headphones in my purse. The only time I use them is when I’m out and about anyway.

Q-Tips-

This might sound strange, but I have an obsession with cleaning my ears.

Lipstick & Liner-

I have pretty small lips, so I like to throw my lipstick and liner in my purse. If I’m eating or drinking, I’ll definitely need to touch up my lips.

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Dental Floss-

Some restaurants don’t have toothpicks and I prefer floss anyway. I can’t stand food stuck in between my teeth as much as I hate wax in my ear.

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Deodorant-

I sweat like a man, so I keep deodorant in my purse. I’m not really a morning person, so this comes in handy for road trips. This is a great idea for people who are in the car a lot all day.

Lotion-

You never know when your hands can get dry. Since the colder months are getting closer, I keep a full bottle of hand lotion with me just in case. There’s nothing more unattractive than dry hands.

Hand sanitizer-

I’m not a germ o phobic, but I try to be conscious of what other people touch. I drive my roommate’s car a lot, so I like to sanitize my hands after I handle the steering wheel.

Wallet-

I keep my driver’s license, debit cards, credit cards, health insurance card and player’s cards in my wallet. I never take my wallet out of purse unless I’m using one of my cards.

Makeup-

My makeup tends to wear off during the day. So, if I know I’m going to be away from home, I at least bring my foundation, concealer, and lipstick.

 

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What’s in your bag?

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How To Create A Minimalist Wardrobe

The minimalist style has become increasingly popular the past few years. Bloggers and Instagrammers have perfected this look as well as celebrities like Emma Watson and Kristen Stewart. This style can look like you are wearing a plain t-shirt and jeans, but if you do it right you can look chic and modern. I have been exploring minimalistic styles and wanted to share with you guys what it means to me. I’d love to know if you love or hate this style and if you incorporate minimalism in your daily lives. Let me know in the comments below and feel free to share it!

What Is The Minimalist Style?

Of course, the idea behind minimalism is “less is more” however this isn’t the only aspect of this particular style. Many people might even associate minimalism as being boring because patterns and colors are often absent. But just because an outfit doesn’t have color, doesn’t mean that it can’t have flair. There is more to an outfit than an outlandish pattern and bright colors. Not only are you rocking neutrals and basics, but you are also playing with textures and clean lines.

I think this style is also about versatile and interchangeable pieces. For example, you can wear that loose, white crop top with a black skirt or a pair of nice trousers. These outfits are basically timeless and can be dressed up or down.

Tips For Minimalist Fashionista Newbies

Buy High-Quality Clothing

The quality of a simple t-shirt can make a huge difference in an outfit. Instead of buying cheap clothing that you will need to repurchase in a year, invest in quality classic essentials.

Consider Downsizing

Take a good look at your wardrobe. You probably have quite a few pieces that you don’t wear anymore. Recycle or donate clothes that no longer fit you or isn’t your most flattering color. Also, getting rid of clothing that has busy patterns will save you time trying to mix and match.

The Small Things Mean The Most

Architectural silhouettes, bold trims, and buttons can transform a basic look into modern glam. Paying attention to the slightest detail can complete an outfit.

Accessories Are Your Best Friends

Limiting your prints and patterns can open a new window of opportunity. This leaves room for accessories like scarves, pins, and fashion jewelry. For example, you can dress up a simple shirt by pairing it with a bold statement necklace. You can create multiple looks by styling your outfits with different jewelry, handbags, and scarves.

 

My Favorite Minimalist Fashion Bloggers

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Jenny Mustard

I recently came across Jenny Mustard on Youtube. I wanted to learn more about minimalism and I stumbled upon the right place. Jenny explains that fashion is all about owning your style. Just because someone doesn’t like your outfit, you shouldn’t change. Be yourself and wear your style loud and proud.

Youtube Channel:
Instagram: @jennymustard
Twitter: @jenny_mustard

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Ann Kim

Andy Heart’s style is a mix of minimalism and casual chic. You can always find Ann wearing the most stylish handbags! Although her blog isn’t heavy on words, her photographs are inspiring enough. You can find not only fashion inspiration but also lifestyle and beauty tips on the Andy Heart blog as well.

Instagram: @andyheart
Twitter: andyheartblog

Kaitlyn Ham

The Modern Legacy takes on minimalism with an edge. Kaitlyn Ham’s looks are a combination of masculine and feminine beauty. She teaches her readers how to add a hint of color to a world of black and grey. Her high-waisted and flared pants gives her blog a timeless feel.

Joyce Croonen

From styling guides to travel guides, MyDubio is dedicated to sharing her minimalist style. She also shares outfits that are more budget friendly as well as high-end fashion. Her style is chic, relaxed and sophisticated. The commitment of living a minimal lifestyle is the core inspiration of her blog.

Twitter: joycecroonen
Instagram: mydubio

Mija Flatau

Mija Flatau is a minimalist blogger who is based in California. Her style reflects relaxed, yet chic minimalism. She’s worked with prestigious brands like Chloe and Calvin Klein. You can find styling tips as well as beauty DIYs on her blog. Your eyes will also love the beautiful photography sprinkled throughout her site.

Instagram: mija_mija/

Carmen Hamilton

There is something stunningly classic about this particular style of minimalism. The Chronicles of Her posts easy fashion how to’s and beauty tips. You’ll learn how to effortlessly style so many outfits with only the essentials.

Twitter: chroniclesofher_

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Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Easy Halloween Costumes You Can Make At Home

All Hallows’ Eve is only a few days away, so do you have your Halloween costume planned out? If you’re like me, you wait until the last minute and all the costumes are over picked. But what if I said that you don’t have to plan or spend a lot of money to look cute this Halloween. I wanted to give you a little inspiration for your costume with tutorials by creative bloggers. What are you goon as? Feel free to comment below and share this post with all your friends. Enjoy!

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Whispering Angels by Camille at Camille Styles

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Minnie Mouse by Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts

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Burglar by The Thirfty Ginger

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Flight Attendant by Lauren Conrad

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Poison Ivy by Kara at FC Next Door

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Dorothy by Courtney at Color Me Courtney

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Pin Up Girl by Miss Green at Vintage Sphere

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Sugar Skull Bride by Oh Oh Blog

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Wenda by Heather at My Life Well Loved

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The White Rabbit by Julia at Bunny Baubles

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Sandy by Fashion Scoop Blog

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Zombie Apocalypse Survivor by Alexxis at Forever Twenty Somethings

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Clown by Leotie Lovely

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Harley Quinn Arkham Knight by Maegan at Love Maegan

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Distressed Jeans DIY

Somehow I end up with jeans in my closet that I don’t wear and I don’t want to throw away. So like the hoarder I am, I use my creative skills to bring them back to life. The reason why I have so many pairs of pants that aren’t distressed in the first place is because it’s hard to find them in the stores. And once I do find a pair I like, they are out of my budget. I used to distress denim with my best friend in high school with a box cutter and patience. I recently went through my closet and tore up a few pair. But this time, I used a different approach with the same amount of patience.

What You Will Need:

Demin
Scissors
Tweezers
Pen/pencil
magazine/notebook (optional)
razor/sandpaper (optional)

Instructions:

Step 1: This works with any type of denim (shorts, jeans, skirts, etc.) Mark when you want your holes to be. You can try them on to get a better idea of where you want the tears. You can use a pen, pencil or even chalk. Make sure wherever you decided to place the mark, you draw 2 lines parallel to one another. You can also distress the front and back pockets.

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Step 2: Next, very carefully cut where you made the marks. You can use the sandpaper or razor to rough up the fabric before you cut. I recommend placing a magazine or notebook in the pant legs. This will prevents any accidents of cutting through to the other side.

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Step 3: Pull out the indigo colored thread with the tweezers. Be careful not to grab the white thread. This does take time, so clear your schedule for a few hours.

 

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Step 4: Throw your denim in the washer and dryer when you are finished. After they are dry, the look is complete and you are ready to wear your ripped jeans like new.

 

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I hope this post was fun and something different. If you would like to see more posts like this let me know in the comments. How do you guys distress your jeans?

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