Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Art and Fashion: Piet Mondrian Coat

Mondrian Coat

I rarely post plain old outfit shots, but this coat is too darn cool to leave hanging on the coat rack. I always think it is really cool when high art needles its way into fashion. Unfortunately this coat is actually my mom's, but I can "borrow" it.

Mondrian Coat

When I first saw this coat, it immediately reminded me of the Dutch artist Mondrian's paintings. After I did a bit of internet scrounging, I learned that Yves Saint Laurent actually designed a Mondrian-inspired dress in the 1960s.

The Yves Saint Laurent dress and a Mondrian painting.

Mondrian Coat

The coat's brand is "Herman Kay" and it was made in the Dominican Republic. From what I can find online, I don't think there is anything that special about the designer-- it is just a really cool-looking coat. :)

Mondrian Coat

Mondrian Coat

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

DIY Tuxedo Blazer with Tails

DIY Tuxedo Jacket

Head on over to The Fashion Spot to see my newest post on how to make a tuxedo blazer with tails. It's really not as hard as it looks.

If you're not feeling like covering yourself in glitter and glam for NYE, just do this little tuxedo DIY. I'm still sticking with the glitter. ;)

DIY Tuxedo Jacket

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Polaroid Post: Merry Christmas!

Christmas Polaroid

I hope everyone is having a warm and cozy Christmas filled with family! I have been waiting to post this Polaroid for the perfect day, it just might be my favorite that I've ever found. Furry animals and Polaroid... it doesn't get much better than that. :)

I'm still working on my dad so he'll let me have a cat to cuddle under the tree after all the presents have been opened. ;)

♥♥♥ Merry Christmas! ♥♥♥

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Photo Tips and Techniques for Beginners

Photo Tips and Tricks

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I remember the day I got my DSLR camera in the mail-- I had saved up for months to buy my little Nikon D40 and I watched the postal tracking code like my dog waits for her food in the mornings. (So. Excited.) :) When my brown Amazon box finally came, my heart was beating so fast that I could barely cut open the tape. I took out the Nikon and held it in my hands-- that weight and feel is so familiar to me today. I started taking pictures right away, the same photos that everyone takes with a new camera: everything that is in direct sight. My hands, the countertop, the microwave, my feet, the cat, a pile of newspapers.

Back then, I didn't have a clue as to what in the heck I was doing. I had video experience and I've always been that person who carries a camera with them... I just never had a nice, non-point-and-shoot camera. It's been over 2.5 years since I first bought my little Nikon D40 and I still use and adore it today. Even though my Nikon isn't, and was never, a top-of-the-line gadget, I have come leaps and gigantic bounds in my photography knowledge because of that camera and the photo-curiosity it fueled in me. I've written 9 of my favorite photography tips and tricks to help all the other heart-racing-excitable new SLR photographers out there. ;)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Polaroid Pogo and Zink Paper Manipulation

Zink Photo: Flatiron Building

I've had this little gadget called the Polaroid Pogo for over two years now and it is one of the cutest little camera toys I own. It is fun because while everyone else has these nice little smart phones with Instagram, I still have the dumbest phone known to Verizon. (Seriously. It butt dials people when I am singing in the car (#OMGsoEmbarrassing!) and it also calls my mom at 2am because I accidentally rolled over on top of the phone.) But even my phone can print little sticker pics from the Pogo printer.

The PoGo is really interesting because of the Zink paper-- it has no ink! (Zink= zero ink.) It behaves just like a receipt printer, except that it has cyan, magenta, and yellow ink that respond to heat instead of just black. The PoGo printer heats up the paper at different temperatures and different colors appear. So, so, so cool. And you can do really neat stuff with the paper. I've experimented with some household chemicals on the paper as well as heating it up in spots. I'll post those later. ;)

I actually followed this tutorial to get the image of the Flatiron building in Manhattan. I've probably watched this video 20 times and shown it to just as many people. :) (Warning: Super hipsters below.)

Here are some more of my Zink pics-- it really makes me miss NYC. Especially the memories from my bike ride from the George Washington Bridge down to the Staten Island Ferry.

Zink Photo: George Washington Bridge
(George Washington Bridge, way, way, way, way uptown Manhattan.)

Zink Photo: Along the Hudson
(Along the Hudson, near midtown Manhattan.)

Zink Photo
And some tapes from CBS when I worked there.

And GUESS WHAT! I don't know how I didn't see this, but my friend showed me that Polaroid has come out with a new digital Polaroid camera using Zink paper! Alas, it is $299. I will stick to my PoGo for now. ;) But I do love the Zink paper. People complain that the quality isn't perfect, but that is what was and is so endearing about the actual Polaroid photography. There is magic in the flaws.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

DIY Heart Cutout Dress

DIY Heart Cutout Dress

I posted about how to do this heart cutout dress a while back, but I never got around to properly photographing any of the dresses that I've created heart-shaped chunks in. :) (Three so far.) I need to graduate to other shapes.

DIY Heart Cutout Dress

One reason I love the dress cutouts is because you can put different patterned shirts underneath the dress and it creates an entirely new look. This dress can be a Christmas dress with a sequin shirt or a Valentine's Day dress with a red shirt.

DIY Heart Cutout Dress

I am also wearing my DIY Jeffrey Campbell wedges here. (Eep! I'm also missing a thumb tack!) ;)


You can create these cutouts in any shape and put it anywhere on your clothes. Heck, you can even cut some hearts out on the wrists of a shirt and tell people you wear your heart on your sleeve. ;) Too much? (These cutouts also work well with the backs of dresses.)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Polaroid Post: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Christmas Polaroid

Another one of my found Polaroids-- I love this one. It looks like Christmas in Florida judging from his shirt and the sign. :)

See more of my Polaroid photography!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

DIY Glitter Purse + A New Gig

DIY Glitter Purse

I am so excited to share that I am a new DIY fashion columnist over at The Fashion Spot! My first post is on how to make a DIY glitter clutch. And I think I might be almost done glitterizing everything I can think of. (I think.)

DIY Glitter Purse
(Head over to The Fashion Spot to see how to make it!)

You know what the best part is about getting to write for blogs at work and The Fashion Spot? I almost live up to the career of the Sim version of me. ;)

What I want to be when I grow up.
(Sim Stacie: Professional Blogger)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf

When I was a kid, I loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books. I mean loved. My friends and I read the books together in middle school and I don't know about them, but I always longed to have a pair of pants to share. Instead we settled for sharing the book. Close enough, right?

Well it has been ten years since I first read those books and fell in love with Tibby, Bridget, Lena, and Carmen, but I finally have the chance to have a traveling... something. A scarf! I work for the website with some scarf-tastic ladies who just happen to (also) have a tingly nostalgia for those books from our teenage years. (They say we are the nostalgic generation right?) So we decided to start the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf"... with a bit of 21st-century Internet flair.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf

Here are the rules for our scarf:

1. You can keep the scarf for eight days. The scarf must then be passed on to a fellow blogger you deem crafty, fashionable, and all-around fabulous.

2. During your eight days, add a small and crafty decoration to the scarf. Be tasteful. Be clever. Make sure it represents you. ♥ ♥ ♥

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf

I added two things to the scarf-- first these little flowers. I burned the edges of the fabric like I did in this tutorial and then I stitched the little guys to the scarf with a turquoise bead. I've always loved the look of grey and yellow together. :)

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf

I also added these little embroideries to the scarf. On one side of the scarf I stitched and on the other I stitched "Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf." My fancy-dancy little sewing machine is always coming in super handy. (Thanks Mom!) :D

3. During your eight days, you must wear the scarf whenever possible. Take photos with it! Show how the traveling scarf spent time with you. (The scarf is a total photo-hog.) ;)

4. You must share your adventures with the scarf on your blog. Show your best photos, talk about what you added to the scarf and why.

5. The 15th blogger to receive the scarf must send the scarf back to to go into scarf hibernation. (Scarfbernation. The scarf totally hates summer. Blech!)

6. Any and all contents you recieve in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf package should be passed on to the next member of the sisterhood. Feel free to add trinkets, notes, and surprises, but don't take any away. (Gotta let the next gal feel the love!) :)

7. You must track the scarf's journey on the enclosed map. Put a dot on your hometown with your initials. Add a trail from where it came from to where you are located.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf

(The bag and the map. With my dot in ze middle of Indiana. :))

8. You must write on the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf's bag detailing the most exciting thing that happened to you while wearing the scarf.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf

Want to know what happened to me? I was taking that photo above, and a TRAIN started coming. A TRAIN! Trains never come! What the heck? I was just fiddling with my tripod and then I looked up to see lights about a half-mile away. I scurried off those tracks super fast.

9. You can let your cat lay on the scarf, but dog drool is just gross. (Totally still love my dog. Her breath is horrendous though.)

10. No showering in the scarf. (No microwaving of le scarf either.) Hehe.

11. Don't let anyone outside of the sisterhood wear the scarf. (Especially if you have a pet goat.) Now we're just getting ridiculous, right? :)

12. You MUST look chic and sassy while wearing the scarf. But of course, you always look that way. ;)

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf

(Failure to comply with these governing rules will result in bad scarf karma and bad hair days for a year. (OMG no! The horror!)

♥ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf XOXO :)

So what's next for the scarf? Well, it is going to go around to the next scarf lady, Sarah! Then to Maggie, and then to (another) Sarah. After it passes through these scarf ladies in the office, we feel that the scarf is ready to branch out in the blogosphere. To be released into the web wild. To spread its scarfy wings and fly! (I'm done, I'm done.)

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf

Remember: Scarf=Love. Love your pals. Love yourself.


PS: The scarf we used is currently sold out, but this grey scarf is very similar. :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

How to Make a Glitter Shirt

DIY Glitter Shirt

Ok. You can say it. Enough with the glitter already, Stacie! But I can't stop. Maybe it's all the holiday festivities that have got me all glitter-crazy and sparkly-eyed-- there's just no denying how fun it is to glitter everything. Glitter lamp shade. Glitter purse. Glittery pom pom... (And I've still got a few glitter projects in the queue!) I'll draw the line at my dog. (Although now that I think about it, her collar is looking a little drab.) ;)

DIY Glitter Shirt

I originally saw this idea on The Frugalista Diaries. This blog is super cool.

DIY Glitter Shirt

To make a glitter accent shirt you need:

Shirt. (I like the look of chambray with gold. :))
Fabric Mod Podge

Step 1: Lay out your shirt and make sure the collar is flat. If your shirt needs ironing, do it. Otherwise your glittered collar could have a fold.
DIY Glitter Shirt

Step 2: Mix your glitter in a little dish. I would say a good ration of glitter to Mod Podge is 1:1. This seems like a lot, but it works a lot better I've found.
DIY Glitter Shirt

Step 3: Paint that stuff on! It might take a few coats if you don't pile it on. Then let it all dry. (Duh.) You don't want a Mod Podged neck. :)
DIY Glitter Shirt

And you got it!
DIY Glitter Shirt

DIY Glitter Shirt

DIY Glitter Shirt

Go glitter something! You know what I'll be doing. :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Five Things: Grey, Furry, and Clear

Ever since I started working at the scarf store, the scarf chickadees have introduced me to some jaw-dropping blogs. One of them is Cupcakes and Cashmere. She does these amazing little posts centered around "Five Things" ...and... well... I kind of wanted to do some too. ;)

Furry Hat
My glass head. Dressed for the weather.

Crystal Skull Vodka (mini)
My little glass head. Originally a Crystal Skull Vodka mini bottle, a friend gave it to me when I was in New York. I've actually been looking on Ebay for a large skull bottle for about a year because I wanted to put flowers in it and revel in the irony.

Abominable Snowman
One of my favorite Christmas decorations. He cackles and sings.

Owl salt and pepper Shakers
Pair of owl salt and pepper shakers. Got these little birds at the Greencastle Goodwill.

Furry Eskimo Doll
My furry Alaskan Eskimo doll. My grandma bought it for me when she was in Alaska and it was one of the last things she ever gave me before she died in 2000.

Furry Eskimo Doll
It's even got little booties. :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Polaroid Post: My Childhood

Polaroid of Santa

Yep. That's me. Age 12. And my little brother and sister. Rockin' the high-waisted pants before they were cool and wearing a Boyds Bears broach. I won't even mention my shoes. ;)

Monday, December 5, 2011

How to Make a Simple Bow


These little bows are so simple and fun-- I make them all the time. They are so versatile-- you can wear them as shoe clips, hair clips, broaches, whatever you want! I've also attached them to headbands.

(Photo from last year when I was obsessively watching Mad Men and attempting the bee hive hairdo. Looks a bit like Marge Simpson if you ask me. ;) )

How to Make Simple Bows:
DIY bow-1-2

Step 1: First you need to cut a rectangle of fabric with a little sliver of fabric to set off to the side. The little piece will be the middle of the bow.
DIY bow-2-3

Step 2: Next you need to fold the fabric onto itself, lengthwise.
DIY bow-1-4

Step 3: Now fold the fabric in the other way to to middle. (Hamburger style? ;))
DIY bow-3-3

Step 4: Stitch those bad boys together. Do a running stitch so that you can gather the bow at the center. Make sure you get all of the layers!
DIY bow-4-3

Step 5: With a curling iron, straightener, or iron, press the sides of the little sliver of fabric together. This makes the bow a LOT easier to assemble. Stitch the little pressed slice of fabric around the center of the bow.
DIY bow-5

Step 6: All done!
DIY bow-6-2

DIY bow-2

How to Make Bows
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