DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings

My love for statement earrings dates back to my 13th birthday when I was *finally* allowed to get my ears pierced! For the last 16 years, I’ve been adding to my ear bob collection and some of my favorite pieces are ones I designed or DIY-ed myself! After seeing THIS pair of earrings, I knew I had to attempt my own “inspired by” version to share with y’all! You can make these earrings with any color combination your heart desires and the best part is they pack a huge statement-making punch without hanging too heavily on your earlobes or your wallet! Scroll down for full video tutorial and supplies list!

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

Supplies:

  • Faux leather fabric HERE
  • Clip-on earring backs HERE
  • 18 pieces mini sequin flowers HERE
  • Scissors HERE
  • Hot glue gun HERE

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

DIY Preppy Leather Back Statement Earrings Tutorial

I’d love to see a photo of you wearing your new earrings! Tag me on social media everywhere @rkcsouthern or use the hashtag, #rkcDIY!

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What to Wear to Steeplechase

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since the last Nashville Steeplechase! This is one of my favorite Annual Southern events and I’ll admit I spend months planning out and putting together my outfit! If you’re going to a derby this year, or just need some outfit inspiration, I hope you enjoy these two looks! I’ve curated a “Proper” and a “Preppy” ensemble, so whether you’ll be celebrating from a general tailgating spot, or from box seats, you’re sure to impress with either of these outfits!

What to Wear to Steeplechase

Stripe straw hat ($13) Tweed jacket ($40) Scallop dress & similar here ($40) Black bow wellies (similar $168) Tassel bag here & similar here ($30 – $36) Horse brooch (here & similar here)

What to Wear to Steeplechase

Ladylike hat ($15) Lapel Pin (similar herehere & here) Saddle inspired bag ($148) Button-down dress ($128) Tassel rose scarf (similar here) Equestrian wellies ($60) Mint Julep cup (similar here)

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DIY Mother’s Day Gift: Past-Present-Future Story Book Tutorial

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DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

Mother’s Day has always been one of the most joyous holidays to celebrate in my family! My brothers and I are beyond lucky to have a Mother who has been unconditionally there for us through every stage of our lives, and every year we love having a day to make it all about her! At different stages in our story of life one or more of us hasn’t always been nearby to celebrate with her, but we always pause for a moment on that day to contact her so she knows we are thinking of her. As I’ve grown older I’ve enjoyed learning about the person she was before she became a Mother. Being a Mother to 4 children is only a small part of who she is as a person, and this Mother’s Day I wanted to create something that reflects the story of her life through my eyes in a memorable way!

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

For this Mother’s Day DIY I will show you how I created a personalized Story Book showcasing the past, present and future relationship I have with my mother, and include some of the things I have always wanted to tell her💕  You could make your own Story Book for your Grandmother, Aunt, a best friend who is like a Sister, or even the woman you met last month, after moving to your new duty station, who has become like a second mother to your own children… Whoever your Mother figure is, it’s important to not only thank her for everything she’s been to you, but let her know she will always be important to you, and you can’t wait to continue in life together!

5 Generations of Mothers in My Family (i'm the baby!)

I remember shopping with my Mother for cards, tissue paper, gift wrap and gift bags as a child, and no matter the occasion, American Greetings always had the right thing to say, in the most beautiful way possible to fulfill the message we wanted to give to friends and family. My mother worked at AAFES years before she was married, so when I’m looking for a card, I know my Mother would tell me to shop there first! As an adult, although my address has changed many times as I’ve moved with my Husband in the Army, I know I can visit AAFES anywhere in the world and walk down the American Greetings aisle with the assurance that I’ll find what I need. Right now, AAFES Exchange stores are offering a Buy 3 Cards, Get $2 off promo through May 14th to help you get all the cards you need this Mother’s Day! Look for a sign in the card aisle, or an ad inside the in-store circular for details and a coupon! I’d also recommend going online and getting some inspiration for your Mother’s Day Story Book creation with American Greetings on their site at Expressions of Happiness!

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

This trip down the American Greetings aisle I looked for cards with beautiful elements that I could deconstruct and use to create a story that reflected what my Mother has meant to me for the last 29 years. While shopping for materials to create this DIY Story Book it took only seconds to find the perfect cards because American Greetings always seems to read my mind, and had exactly what I was looking for! I chose 4 darling cards with unique 3D elements to tell the story of my relationship with my mother. I also picked up some white tissue paper, blue ribbon and a white tissue paper flower to wrap my finished Story Book in. I always think of the sweet, fresh scent of baby powder when I see white tissue paper because it reminds me of the fluffy white powder puff my mother used every night after giving us baths when we were little!

Find American Greetings in your local Military AAFES Exchange!

Read the instructions and watch the video tutorial below to learn how to make the Story Book!

You Will Need:

  • 3-4 cards
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbon and/or bow(s)
  • Double side tape
  • Single hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Photos (optional)

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

Instructions:

  • Choose one card to act as “Cover” and “Back” of your book. We will be sandwiching all other pages inside this card.
  • If you choose a card with a 3D pop-out (like the pink rose one shown below) place that card in the center so it has the maximum amount of space to completely open up.
  • Deconstruct card envelopes to use as additional “pages” if desired.
  • Cut out and remove your favorite elements from the remaining cards.
  • Affix your photos and paper elements to as many pages as you want your book to have.
  • Line up left sides of all pages and punch two matching holes, at the top and bottom, of each page.
  • String ribbon through holes and tie securely to hold all pages together.
  • For each page that tells a part of your story write down your thoughts and memories as they pertain to your mother figure. Notes can be something you wished you could have told her when you were young (and just didn’t know how!), a funny story you want to share, a thank-you for everything she’s done, and of course everything you love about your relationship with her in your past, present and future!
  • Optional: Use an element from one of the cards to keep the book closed, or wrap ribbon around the book and tie with a bow that can be easily opened.
  • Wrap your Story Book in tissue paper and decorate with remaining ribbon for gifting.

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

My Mum told me this is one of her favorite photos of me!

My mother told me this is one of her favorite photos of me as a child, so I had to include a copy in our Story Book!

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

The wonderful thing about shopping for the perfect card at AAFES is that American Greetings unites so many different people, for every joyous celebration, together in one spot! You never know who you’re going to see while you’re browsing the card and gift wrap aisle, but you know you’re all looking for the same thing – A way to communicate your emotions and feelings for someone you care about.

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

Love this idea? Pin it and share the joy of celebrating all mothers, everywhere!

DIY Mother's Day Story Book Gift with American Greetings

Who will you gift your DIY Mother’s Day Story Book to? I’d love to hear the history behind how you plan on choosing your cards to make this Story Book!

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I Cut Up Two Pieces of Clothing from the Victoria Beckham Target Collection!

I can’t remember the last time I purchased a piece of clothing (used or new) without altering it in some way! I love re-designing clothes so they’re uniquely mine. If you’ve been reading this blog long It’s probably not surprising to discover I had something special planned as soon as I saw what the Victoria Beckham x Target collaboration looked like! From the minute I laid eyes on the scallop sleeve blouse and the shoulder bow dress I knew there was no way I’d wear them as-is off the rack, and I’d enjoy cutting them up!

Wearing Victoria Beckham for Target Dress over a VBxTarget Blouse

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The day the entire collection dropped I went online to purchase the dress and blouse. Unfortunately only the dress was sold online, so I snatched it up while my husband went to the nearest Target in search of the blouse! He knew I’d been planning this project for quite some time and actually offered to go for me when I exclaimed in dismay that I had only been able to order the dress! Truthfully I think he just wanted some ice cream and was using me as an excuse to go to Target, but I let it slide and thanked him (it was a Sunday morning and I had no intention of getting out of my pajamas that early!) After my husband brought home the blouse that Sunday I chose the exact shoes and bag I wanted to take pictures for this blog post with when the dress was done! (Side Note: One of my favorite fashion bloggers styled the original orange version of this dress with blue shoes and earrings too! Great minds think alike when you’re Southern girls!)

VBxTarget

I originally took the pieces to a tailor with sketches of what I wanted done, but it was going to take longer than I cared to wait for them to finish, so I ended up going back and picking everything back up so I could DIY it myself! To create my perfect dress I layered the top part of the blouse underneath the shoulders of the dress and sewed them together before trimming out the excess torso fabric. Next, I opened both sides of the dress and put in knife-pleat chiffon inserts (from an old maxi dress I destructed years ago!). On one side the insert goes from the hem to the waist and on the other side the insert goes up the length of the dress and stops under the arm. The original dress shape was a shift style, which is never flattering on me since I’m 5’2″ with wide hips, so to accentuate the new, a-line silhouette I put two tabs over the chiffon pleats on the long seam to cinch in the waist and eliminate overflow of fabric when I wear the dress belted.

Side view of dress

VBxTarget

VBxTarget

VBxTarget

Exact accessories shown: Clutch | Earrings | Shoes | Belt (Brushed gold ‘H’ on “noir/chocolat” belt)

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P.S. This post was in no way sponsored of affiliated! I just really wanted to tell y’all about this DIY sewing project!

ThredUp Round Up

After publishing an exposé on my personal shopping habits earlier this week I had so many of you message me on social media to tell me about ThredUp! I’ll be honest, y’all; I had never heard of ThredUp till last week and I can’t thank you enough for encouraging me to check it out! I’ve already placed my first order and am anxiously awaiting its arrival! I scored an all-designer-label outfit for $154, which retailed for almost $950. Beyond the great deals though something that I really love about ThredUp is that you’re not going to see these outfits duplicated. You can buy an entire, head-to-toe look and know you’re wearing items that were at one time lovingly chosen by another woman… many other women, in fact! Getting to create an entire, matching ensemble pulled from a dozen women’s closets is fascinating and exciting! You’re giving these pieces a new lease on life and a chance to be loved all over again in a new way!

Thread Up Round Up

I admit I was skeptical when I first clicked on the website, but was quickly impressed with the selection, quality of brands available, variety of sizes, and most of all, the prices! I was expecting consignment store pricing, but these items truly are priced at thrift store level. I was also impressed that most of the items for sale are styles that are still popular and trendy. There’s nothing worse than finding a thrift store full of stuff that isn’t wearable due to being painfully dated! ThredUp boasts being the world’s largest online thrift store, and so far I think this claim can be substantiated based on what I’ve seen so far! One of my favorite features is the ability to set your sizes and then only be shown pieces that you know will fit. You can always change your preferences later, but I hate being bombarded with items I can’t have. On ThredUp I don’t even have to look at stuff I know won’t work for me!

The items shown above are the things I purchased: A Diane Von Furstenberg navy blue shift dress with the tags still on (retail $395), a Vera Pelle Italian leather bag (retail $200), a Banana Republic silk scarf (retail $50), A Vera Wang trench coat (retail $200), and a pair of Alfani satin and fur pumps (retail $90). I’ll be posting a follow-up when the items arrive to let y’all know what I think, but I think I’ve found my new favorite thrift store!

Let me know if maybe a weekly ThredUp round-up to shop is something you’d like to read about? The round-up will be a collection of my favorite items currently for sale on ThredUp.