Styling a Graphic Tee

Ya’ll have probably realized from all my social media postings that I’m not a ‘casual’ person. I legitimately do not know how to dress something down. My version of dressed down always gets me questions like, ‘did you just come from a wedding?’ No. No, I did not. But the ironic thing about my style is that I LOVE tee-shirts and I have dozens of them. I wear them almost every day, but I add baubles, lipstick and heels! Today I’m showing you how I style up something simple like a classic graphic tee.

The tee in these photos was sent to me by the lovely Katie from Sass & Cloth. All of Katie’s tees feature sassy sayings and catchy quotes. My favorite tee is the one you’ll see in this article. It has a quote from one of my favorite TV shows! I’m highlighting this tee on the NEW silver sequin hangers available in my Etsy shop. I’ve had so many requests over the years for silver sequins and I finally made it happen. Thank you for your patience!

how to dress up a graphic tee

how to dress up a graphic tee

how to dress up a graphic tee

The thing I love best about a simple, black and white tee is that you can pair it with literally any style or color combo.

how to dress up a graphic tee

how to dress up a graphic tee

Shop more hangers HERE.

how to dress up a graphic tee

Shop the Mommy & Me sequin hanger 2-pack HERE.

how to dress up a graphic tee

Shop more of Katie’s tees HERE.

+++ One little note about the fit of the tee+++ They do run small/slim cut. I wear a size 6-8 in almost everything and had to choose a size XL in the tee for my boobs to fit without stretching the wording. Just be aware of that when ordering 🙂

how to dress up a graphic tee

Items shown in photos:

Gold sequin hanger HERE Use code ‘thankyou10’ for 10% off your first order!

Silver sequin hanger HERE

Black Shoes (similar) HERE

Valentino shoes (similar) HERE

Lavender Bag (sold out – similar) HERE

Necklace (old Anthropologie)

Skirt (old – similar) HERE

Earrings c/o Rocksbox.com (similar) HERE Use code ‘mydiylifexoxo’ to get your 1st box FREE!

Graphic Tee c/o Sass & Cloth HERE

ban.do agenda review & a coupon code!

For years I’ve created my own agendas and planners with Adobe Illustrator because I could never find exactly what I was looking for anywhere else. I combed every stationary shop and online store I could think of looking for the perfect planner until I finally gave up. I wasn’t even interested in purchasing a planner or agenda till one day this past April I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw a post by @shopbando advertising their new line of agendas. I will admit the bright ‘florabunda’ pattern caught my eye instantly and I clicked through to their site for a better peek.

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I was instantly hooked. The size and layout of the agenda was exactly like the planners I’d been making for several years. …but their planner was bound and came with STICKERS!!! I’m a sticker hoarder. I still have Justin Beiber stickers from around 2008 my friend Ashley gave me as a joke. Tell me stickers are involved and I’m there.

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At the time I ordered my planner there was a waiting list, so I knew the planner wouldn’t ship till about 6 weeks later. It did end up arriving a bit early though, which was nice. However the pages don’t start till August (beginning of school-ish time, which makes sense), so I haven’t actually used it yet except for putting in a few notes (like for upcoming birthdays).

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I had actually never visited the ban.do website till I ordered that planner. I liked looking at their newsfeed on my Instagram because it’s pretty and colorful and reminds me of that Sofia Coppola movie about Marie Antoinette. I wasn’t prepared for the amount of fabulousness I encountered there! I don’t know if it’s a recent thing, or they’ve been doing this for a while, but they have a *freebies* section on their website, and it’s everything you could hope for!

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(image via thegloss.com)

ban.do I will admit that I’ve ordered two of the sticker books and both large sticky note pads. OMG doesn’t even being to describe it.

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Click HERE for ban.do’s freebie desktop wallpaper selection. Can you guess which is my fave? (You got it! The florabunda, obvs!). In addition to tech wallpapers, they have an adorable free font, and a #girlgang membership card! This stuff is so gloriously 90s middle school I. can’t. even. If you’re dying to get your hands on some ban.do goodies they sent me this coupon code for 10% off your entire order: Use ‘PLEASEDONTGO‘ at checkout next time you shop. I think the thing I like best about ban.do is that they have a freebies section on their site with a lot of their most popular designs featured on the products. Who doesn’t want their sticky notes, agendas AND phone screens to match?!


Rocksbox #2 Review + 30 FREE Days of Rocksbox for You Too!

Yes, I know I just did a Rocksbox post but I wanted to share my second box because I’m even more pleased with this set than I was with the first. Remember I told you before how you can change your profile preferences and a Rocksbox stylist will send you pieces according to the updates? Well, I didn’t realize just how fast they would notice my change in preferences — Before the old box had even reached Rocksbox returns my stylist Kathy had chosen new pieces, written me a personal note about why she chose each piece, and sent the new box on its way. This all happened within 48 hours of sending the first box back!

Rocksbox Review

For my second box I asked for statement earrings, delicate/long necklaces and bangle/layering bracelets. As you can see that’s exactly what I got.

Rocksbox Review

I really like that these three pieces go perfectly together. It’s an entire look in one box.

Rocksbox Review

I’m loving Rocksbox so much I want to remind you they gave me a code for my readers to try their subscription service for FREE too! Just use code ‘mydiylifexoxo’ at Rocksbox.com and get your first 30 days free. As you can see this is my second box in April, so you could easily get 3 boxes in 30 days if you wished (and have the ability to make quick decisions!). And, since return shipping is also free, it’s 100% risk free if you end up hating the service.

What baubles would you want to see in a personalized Rocksbox for yourself?

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Honest Rocksbox Review (& A FREE trial coupon code!)

Who doesn’t love receiving goodies in the mail?! *raises hand* What if you didn’t have to pay for those goodies? *raises hand higher* What if you had 30 day of FREE curated designer jewelry delivered straight to your doorstep to try on, wear, keep or send back for a whole new set of necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets? Sounds a little too good to be true doesn’t it? That’s what I thought until Blair from Rocksbox contacted me asking if I would like to participate in their #RBItGirl campaign. Basically Rocksbox gives bloggers like me 3 free months of jewelry in exchange for posting the pieces we receive on social media. They also gave me a coupon code (at the end of this post!) to pass on my my readers so we can all join in the fun! It’s so much nicer to be able to try something out before committing, isn’t it?

An Honest Rocksbox Review (plus, a free coupon code to try 30 days of Rocksbox for yourself!)

At first I was a little worried I wouldn’t like the pieces I was sent but you go through a whole styling process before signing up so the curators know what you’re looking for. And, if you do get something you’re not fond of you can return in (free return postage is included!) for something else.

An Honest Rocksbox Review (plus, a free coupon code to try 30 days of Rocksbox for yourself!)

This service is absolutely perfect for someone who really isn’t sure what to look for when shopping for new jewelry or for the indecisive person who wants to try everything! It’s also a great service for busy women who love looking put together but have zero time to shop for themselves.

An Honest Rocksbox Review (plus, a free coupon code to try 30 days of Rocksbox for yourself!)

If you use my coupon code you’ll get to try this service free for 30 days, then if you love it, you just pay $19.99 a month until you feel like canceling. Plus, Rocksbox gives you $10 each month to spend towards any of the pieces you decide to keep! So far this is the best subscription service I’ve ever tried… And I’ve tried them all! The Rocksbox team truly seems to try to curate boxes for the style you say you want. And the pieces are heavy (good) quality in vibrant colors with sparkling stones and are made by popular designers like Perry Street, House of Harlow and Loren Hope.

An Honest Rocksbox Review (plus, a free coupon code to try 30 days of Rocksbox for yourself!)

In these photos you’ll see the three pieces I received in my first Rocksbox (BTW, it came like 4 days after I finished filling out my profile!). A choker style gold chain with opaque gray stones and round rhinestones, a delicate engraved bangle (loved layering this!), and a statement making rhinestone, white and turquoise teardrop necklace also in gold.

An Honest Rocksbox Review (plus, a free coupon code to try 30 days of Rocksbox for yourself!)

For these photos I styled the pieces how I would on a normal day of meeting clients (I’m a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant and specialize in tracking down hard to find vintage fashion for my clients). So you see I need to always look my best! You wouldn’t want someone with horrible eyebrows doing your brows so why would you want someone who can’t dress themselves telling you what to wear, right?

An Honest Rocksbox Review (plus, a free coupon code to try 30 days of Rocksbox for yourself!)

I chose the option of ‘only statement pieces’ being sent for this first Rocksbox and I love that I have the option of changing my style profile at any time. When it gets closer to Summer I want to start receiving daintier pieces like long necklaces which will be perfect for layering.

An Honest Rocksbox Review (plus, a free coupon code to try 30 days of Rocksbox for yourself!)

In the Summer I also tend to wear my hair up more so I will update my profile to include statement earrings instead of necklaces (which can get hot in the South where I am moving!).

An Honest Rocksbox Review (plus, a free coupon code to try 30 days of Rocksbox for yourself!)

An Honest Rocksbox Review (plus, a free coupon code to try 30 days of Rocksbox for yourself!)

So, what do you think? Would you give Rocksbox a try? After all, it is free for the first 30 days! You have nothing to lose and possibly LOTS of outfits selfies to take!

Try Rocksbox FREE for 30 days!

Jewelry c/o Rocksbox.com. Other items show in photos are previously owned personal belongings. All opinions and photos are my own. Links in this post are not affiliated.


WELCOME TO THE LAUNCH PARTY and Giveaway!

Hello All! I’m sure there are some new faces and lots of old friends here today <3 Thank you so much for celebrating the launch of my NEW blog location with a little virtual launch party! Welcome! If you are new you may want to start with the ‘About’ page so you know what’s so special and awesome about this website! If you’re just here for the giveaway you’ll find it at the end of this post — Good luck!

welcome to the My DIY Life Launch Party!

A little background on why this is a launch party; Okay, so I’ve been blogging since ’09 but finally found my niche in late 2013… you guessed it… DIY blogging! I thought about moving over from Blogger to WordPress for some time but finally decided to do the whole change when the “.life” website suffix was created (by internet fairies? Who decides these things?). I knew it was time to take the plunge! So here we are… a few months later with a fancy-schmancy new website 🙂

One question that I have been getting a lot since announcing this move last month is how exactly did you move from blogger to WordPress? It was definitely the DIY of a lifetime! I promise you I will be addressing this topic with a list of resources and tips I learned during the process with a blog post very soon.

I hope you enjoy looking around! There are so many fun freebies and goodies packed into this post! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing this special moment with me!

Launch party for My DIY Life blog

Now what would a party be without some FREE goodies?! Let’s start off with a coupon code to the (also newly opened) Glitter Goody Bar! You can shop the GG Bar for all things sequined and sparkly! To get you started enjoy 14% off your purchases of $14 or more now through Valentine’s Day 2015!

Visit http://mydiy.life/shop for 14% off your purchase of $14+ now through Feb. 14, 2015

Now for some free downloads. A few weeks ago while shooting photos for the sequin heart clips DIY blog post I was using a lot of sequins and pretty crafty supplies. It occurred to me to take some photos of just the supplies to use as stock photography. This is my first attempt at stock photography but I think they really turned out lovely and I wanted to share! Download the zipped folder with all 4 images below in full size HERE.

free valentine craft themed stock photos

Okay, I’ve teased you long enough… let’s get to the real reason you’re here… THE GIVEAWAY! If you were a reader at my former blog location you probably entered giveaways with some of my favorite Etsy shops like OhLalaAli, Fl(h)air Accessories or Sleepy Cottage. Today all three of the aforementioned Etsy shops have joined this giveaway as well as myself! Yes, that’s right – I am giving away a little treasure trove of goodies that I love from here in Germany. One of you will win ALL the goodies shown below. Since there are so many goodies there are also lots of ways you can enter. The more ways you enter the better your chance of winning, so don’t be shy!

Launch party giveaway

The giveaway includes: A personalized heart decal sticker from OhLaLaAli, The Debutante Sleep mask by Sleepy Cottage, The set of hair ties shown above from Fl(h)air Accessories, A heart shaped tin of Lindt chocolates, A pack of paper heart straws, A 2-sheet set of glitter heart stickers, A mini mirror disco ball, A box of Mozart heart chocolates, A bag of Sweet Heart loose leaf fruit tea, and A gold mini Sequin Heart Wreath from the Glitter Goody Bar! A big thank you to Ali, Emma and Sabrina for sponsoring this giveaway!

**UPDATE**
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CHECK YOUR E-MAIL TO SEE IF YOU WON!

Good luck & thank you all again for popping by to say hello and celebrate the new blog with me!