Refreshing, adorable and packed with booze, these cute ‘lil watermelon line Jello shots are the perfect thing to bring to a summer BBQ or potluck. I made them last week for Jeanne and Serena, who weren’t ashamed to let me know that next time, they need “a lot more liquor.” Point taken! Click on Page 2 below to read the DIY recipe so you can make your own.
Cinderella is one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time, but did you ever think about what it teaches little girls about shoes? First of all, instead of comfortable flats that could be worn every day, the protagonist is given a pair of totally impractical glass slippers that she would probably never don again – except perhaps on her wedding day (although from the looks of this pic, she wore white heels). Furthermore, the lost slipper is what allowed Prince Charming to finally find her, placing even more emphasis on the importance of footwear in a young woman’s life. And if you need yet more evidence of the central role of the shoe in the story, how about the fact that it’s also known as The Little Glass Slipper?
So where am I going with all of this? I’m not quite sure. But I do know that I have way too many shoes. Luckily, I recently found a smart, easy and cheap way to store some of them that’s a bit more elegant than simply piling them in a heap. Read on for the 30-second DIY.
Terrariums and DIY nail art are two trends that I’ve been really excited about, so I thought it was high time for a mashup between the two. Okay, so the title of this DIY tutorial is admittedly a bit misleading. It’s not like you’re really growing living plants on your nails though I would applaud anyone who could actually do that, instead I’m going to show you how to take tiny leaves and stick them onto your nails for the really pretty effect you see above. Unlike the other beautiful nail art tutorials you might see on Pinterest, this terrarium nail how-to is something you can actually achieve and keep for at least a few days and the glassy sheen of the clear manicure creates a, well, polished look over the pressed leaves.
Shine bright in this breezy silk dress adorned with tiny stars! It has a cute Peter Pan collar, strategic cutouts and even pockets. Fully lined. 100% silk outer. Brand new with tags.
|Item title:||Tiny Stars Silk Grey Dress with Pockets by Funktional|
|Condition:||Brand new with tags|
Terrariums – glass containers with little gardens inside – are really popular these days as home accessories, but they make lovely fashion accessories too! All you have to do is make one on a slightly smaller scale in a bottle like this one with a ring attached to it so that you can wear it as a necklace. If you know someone who loves plants, these terrarium necklaces make really special gifts and will last a heck of a lot longer than flowers. They’re really easy to make too – read on for the DIY instructions.
Step out in style even in the rain with these stunning Givenchy boots. They are in pristine condition and have never been worn, but are a steal at 40% off the retail price of $295. Comes with original dustbags so you can store your boots and keep them looking new. Take advantage of this deal and you could be singing in the rain!
|Item title:||Givenchy – BLACK ZIPPER-DETAILED RAINBOOT|
|Condition:||New in box|
If you’re tired of digging through a jewelry box to find your rings or frustrated with fighting necklace tangles, I think you’ll enjoy being able to organize your bits and baubles on a tidy display wall you can make yourself. Not only does this easy DIY project allow you to see all of your jewelry at once glance so you can see what’s available to you (same idea as the Pinterest shoe collection and fridge triage box), it also does double duty as wall decor! Of course if you aren’t that into the idea of a bunch of bling being too visible on your walls, you can pick a less obvious space like the one I chose – a small sliver behind a door. This DIY will only take you about half an hour, and once you’re done, you won’t believe how good it will feel to have all of your jewelry nice, neat and right at your fingertips.
Scroll down to page 2 to see the steps.
Looking for the perfect statement necklace to add a touch of poppy color to your holiday outfits? Faire Collection has exactly the piece you’re looking for, and they’re giving one away (in your choice of color) to a lucky Clossette reader! Each sophisticated Daphne bib necklace is handcrafted by artisans in Ecuador out of renewable tagua seed, so no two are alike. You’ll be proud to wear the Daphne as a piece of art for your collarbone, but also as a conversation starter about how it helps support the women and families who make it by providing a living wage and a chance to change their lives for the better.
HOW TO ENTER (It’s easy!)
Just leave a comment at the bottom of this page telling us which color Daphne necklace you like the most (see the choices above) and why. That’s it! We’ll choose the winner on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 and announce it on the Clossette Facebook page, so make sure you’re a fan.
ABOUT FAIRE COLLECTION
Faire Collection is a leading lifestyle and accessories brand that substantially reduces poverty in the disadvantaged communities where they work. Amanda Judge, Faire Collection CEO, and her Brooklyn-based design team travel the world to collaborate with more than 225 artisans in places like Vietnam, Swaziland, and Peru, as well as new regions within Ecuador, to create trend-setting designs that reflect both the culture heritage of the country of origin, as well as the style influences of New York City. To keep up with Faire Collection, like their Facebook page here!
This femme floral frock is a one-of-a-kind Clossette original refashioned from a dress from the 90s. I cut away a heart shape from the front of the dress, creating a negative space that I filled with some sheer tulle left over from Sandy’s bridal shower tea party. The re-design was inspired by a somewhat unlikely source – a futuristic office design that transformed two plain Jane old houses into a dynamic office by cutting away bits and pieces of the original structures. Sometimes subtraction is way more effective than addition, you know?
Material: Recycled polyester dress, sheer tulle
Condition: Gently worn/almost new
More photos here
Thanks so much to AWEAR 2014 – a project intended to help us think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who made them – for including me in your inspiring efforts. Guys, follow @awear2014 for daily sustainable fashion inspiration.
Trench coat: Fox Run, purchased at Fox and Fawn vintage shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Purse: Vintage Moschino Redwall
Blouse: Chloé, purchased at Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Tank: Refashioned by moi from an old shirt.
Skirt: Vaute Couture
Tights: Don’t really remember
Boots: Purchased in Japan many years ago. They’re not really eco-friendly in any way but, hey, I still have them and wear them often so that definitely counts for something!
Gloves: Belonged to my Grandma Alice
From my Instagram feed: http://instagram.com/yukapoof
Lace back tank tops and t-shirts have been really popular lately, and it’s easy to see why – they’re breezy (lot of ventilation), pretty and add a lot of visual interest to what might be an otherwise boring outfit. If you’ve been scouring the stores for the perfect sheer back top but haven’t found one you fancy, why not try making your own using a shirt you already have? Despite their complex look, sheer back shirts are extremely easy to make yourself, especially if you’re just refashioning a tank top that you’ve grown bored of. To see how to complete this simple fashion DIY, click on the pages below for the full instructions.
Bobby pins are an essential beauty tool for most women (at least those of us who enjoy voluminous ‘dos), but keeping them organized and easy to find when you need them can be a vexing task. If you need a cheap and simple solution that will keep your bobby pins right at your fingertips, look no further than your fridge. You know those promotional magnets that takeout places give out for free? Read on to see how to turn one into a DIY wall organizer for pins and small earrings.
Babydoll shirts with all sorts of weird bunching and shirring used to be in style until we realized that they made everyone look equally preggers. So now there are a ton of these unflattering tops floating around unloved even though many of them still have nice, bold prints like the Marc Jacobs-esque large flower pattern on this one. If you’re the owner of one of these shirts and are not quite sure what to do with it, here’s a really easy, no-sew fashion DIY showing you how to turn an ugly babydoll shirt into a summer skirt just in time for the warm weather. I think you’ll really be surprised at how simple this tutorial is, and depending on the shirt you use, you can make the bottom into a skirt and the top into a cute bandeau.
I recently dug up this old Paula Abdul cardio dance video with the intention of burning some calories when I realized that A. I’m allergic to exercise and B. I no longer own a VCR. Downtrodden but not completely hopeless, I inspected the relic like an archaeologist and was impressed with both its uber-simplistic 90s colorblock design and the sturdiness of the box’s closing mechanism when it came to me – this could make a really unique DIY clutch. After all, the dimensions are pretty much spot-on and it’s just so wonderfully kitsch/nostalgic/ironic. And the beauty of it is that you can pretty much use any video box that you want for your own clutch (I highly doubt anyone else owns this Paula Abdul workout video or will admit to it?). Technically, you could even use the box as a clutch unmodified but I wanted to add a few touches to make it more obvious that it was an actual purse and not just a video that you’re carrying around.
Another really cool thing about this DIY is that if your video case is the kind with a transparent sleeve and piece of paper that slides in and out, you can swap out the graphic with whatever you want to make this a really versatile clutch. For example, if you have a piece of paper from another video – say The Breakfast Club – you can just remove Paula Abdul and slip that in instead. Or you can even leave the clear sleeve empty and use it as a white clutch. The possibilities are endless!
For the full DIY tutorial, scroll down and click page 2.
Sorry if I sound like a broken record but if you still need a reason to try second hand shopping, maybe this will push you over the edge: beautiful, houndstooth leather, made in Italy, like brand new Dolce and Gabbana heels for five dollars. FIVE bucks! When I found these babies at my local thrift shop, I just couldn’t believe how pristine they were, and check out the funky cutouts on the sides of the shoes, too. To think, if you bought these at the D&G store, they’d run upwards of 300 smackers, and here they were at a second hand shop for 1/60th the price just because someone didn’t want them anymore. Isn’t the world strange sometimes?
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It’s already August and looks like the first days of school are right around the corner! The weather on the other hand, didn’t seem to get the memo because I’m still sporting my flip flops and shades. While I have no problem with an extended summer, there are only a few things I crave during these hot, humid days and at the top of my list… is watermelon! Although it’s super juicy, bright red and delicious, watermelon is one of those fruits where a lot ends up going to waste. But did you know that the white rind we’re so quick to throw away has many great uses? Try some of these options below and see how waste-less you can be!
- Pickled Watermelon Rind: Hey, you pickle cucumbers so why not try it with watermelon rind? Use your favorite pickling recipe and use watermelon rinds where they call for cucumbers. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the similar taste and texture!
- Sweetened Watermelon Rind: Though the white rind of the watermelon is not as sweet as the red flesh, it’s still edible and definitely has a great crunchy texture. If you have a sweet tooth and you’re craving a great refreshing snack, dice up some watermelon rind and top with your favorite sweetener whether it be sugar, equal, honey or even coconut milk.
- Acne Treatment: We’ve all gone through it… being a pimple-faced teenager dreading going to school. Eating watermelon rind can help with acne problems but rubbing the rinds on the skin surface can also help clear up acne
- Watermelon Cups: (My personal fave!): This may be a bit time consuming but if you want your guests to rave about your food AND your drinkware, grab yourself some mini watermelons and make some personalized watermelon cups. The natural juices from the watermelon will also be a great added taste for all party goers. All you need is an x-acto knife and a steady hand.