Taking Draper James to France on July 4th

Retro Inspired Independence Day Shoot

It’s truly incredible how much our young country has been through after 241 years in existence. Much has impacted our current trajectory, and while most of it is our own doing, we would not be who we are without the support and loyalty of our allies. Through all of our growing pains the people and country of France have been there for us, from acknowledging our sovereignty and becoming a military ally in our fight for British independence, to gifting us our beautiful Lady Liberty over 100 years later. We would not be who were are if it were not for France.  I wanted to do a little something different than most blogger’s annual July 4th inspired outfit post, so I hope you enjoy this little French-inspired look on America’s birthday!

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Cocoa Couture Easter Tablescape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of entertaining a group of incredible women for a Progressive Brunch. A progressive meal or “Safari Supper” is made of successive courses prepared and eaten at the residence of different hostesses. This involves consumption of one course at each location. Each of us ladies prepared a part of traditional brunch and Ubered from each of our houses to the next, after each course, enjoying the company and styling of each person’s take on a brunch tablescape!

My house was the first stop and I hosted the Mimosa and fruit course! I wanted to share my tablescape with you because I have to show you how easy it is to design a party table without spending a ton of money on theme décor. Every element of the design are DIYs I’ve blogged about previously with a few drugstore Easter isle props thrown in!

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Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

How does someone who doesn’t like colors other than black and white celebrate a hue saturated holiday like Easter? They DIY everything in black and white of course!

Being Catholic I love Easter; Couple that with my love of spray paint and you get my version of Easter gifts and décor! I took a plain bunny ears headband ($2) and a plastic bunny container ($2) from Walgreens and gave them a little makeover. Scroll down for instructional photos and a video tutorial 👯

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DIY Chanel Ribbon Necklace Tutorial Video

DIY Chanel Ribbon Choker Tutorial DIY Video

I realize the words “DIY” and “Chanel” aren’t often thought of synonymously but today’s DIY will have you believing it! The ribbon for this tutorial was part of the packaging on a Chanel perfume gift box I received for Christmas last year and I have wanted to DIY something with it ever since!

For this DIY necklace you’ll need:

  • logo ribbon HERE
  • rhinestone mini buckle bead like THIS, THIS or THIS
  • small pliers
  • ribbon crimps
  • jewelry clasp
  • scissors

DIY Chanel Ribbon Choker Tutorial DIY Video

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DIY Scream Queens Chanel Oberlin Nurse Cap Tutorial Video

It’s probably no big surprise to y’all that I dressed as a “Chanel No. 1” from Scream Queens for the first Halloween party of the month! Apparently SQ isn’t a popular costume choice so I had to DIY my entire look from scratch! Here’s a little tutorial on how I made the sparkly pink, monogrammed nurse’s “cap” seen in the latest season.

DIY Chanel Oberlin Scream Queens Hospital Nurse's Cap Tutorial

DIY Chanel Oberlin Scream Queens Hospital Nurse's Cap Tutorial

Scream Queens Hospital GIF

Supplies used:

Pearl hair band, Monogram sticker (similar), Adhesive glitter foam, hot glue gun (similar)

DIY Chanel Oberlin Scream Queens Hospital Nurse's Cap Tutorial

I had to add a little bonus DIY to this post because I had so many comments and questions about the “Chanel PSL” coffee cup that I instagrammed last weekend!

Download the full-sized paper coffee sleeve I made HERE!

DIY Chanel Oberlin coffee sleeve download

Printable Chanel Oberlin Coffee Order Paper Sleeve!

(full disclosure: I walked around the party that night with a Starbucks grande full of wine, which totally seems like something Chanel would approve of, right?!)

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