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 Steeplechase Derby Hat Tutorial

Because I don’t really have a horse in this race I can’t justify spending hundreds on a Derby hat every year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t at least look as if I did! You’ll probably recognize the hat shown in today’s DIY from last year’s Steeplechase post. I think I paid about $40 for that hat at Stein Mart, which is more than I like to pay for something I’m only planning on wearing only for a few hours! I decided this year I would just give that same hat a makeover and save my $$$ for the lobster roll truck at the Race!

DIY Derby Hat

I chose red roses, 1 large magnolia bloom, blue and white striped grosgrain ribbon, and a sparkly vintage jockey brooch from Etsy to create my custom hat.

For this DIY you will need a plain hat, a few blooms in your preference of colors, some ribbon, scissors and a hot glue gun, but the brooch is optional!

The hat needs to be sturdy enough (like THIS one) to support the weight of the flowers and glue, so don’t choose something with a floppy brim. I chose the magnolia as a nod to my Southern heritage, the red roses as a nod to the classic Kentucky Derby and the blue and white striped ribbon to mimic the Iroquois Steeplechase logo colors.

Watch the video at the end of the post for instructions on putting together your own hat!

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

DIY Derby Hat

The reason I love going to Steeplechase every year is because it’s the perfect way to kick off my birthday weekend! Race day is always the middle of May, so it coincides perfectly with my birthday and is such a fun event to attend! I always try to get tickets to several tents so I can go anywhere on the grounds and watch the track from every angle. Plus, every tent has a different theme, so you get an amazing variety of company, food and drinks! This year I’m really excited about the Fox Den tent hosted by Steeplechase themselves! This is the Fox Den’s Inaugural year, so it should be fabulous!

Don’t forget to Pin this tutorial!

DIY Southern Derby Hat Tutorial | rkcsouthern.com

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8 Spring Trends You Will Either Love or Hate

I have mixed emotions about this year’s Spring trends. I love the banker stripes, shirt dresses, satin jeweled pumps and tweed, but there are a few styles I just can’t wrap my mind around! I remember wearing pom pom earrings and embroidered jeans as a 13 year old in 2001! Not my best fashion year. Which stands to reason why I wouldn’t want to revisit it any time soon! What do you think about the trending styles below? Love them or hate them?

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Michael Kors February 2017 | Paris Meets Prep

I don’t follow the runway shows (except for Dior & Elie Saab; be still my heart!) but after seeing the Fall ’17 Michael Kors collection come across my social media I had to check it out! The instant vibe I got was, “Paris Meets Prep,” and somehow the whole collection looked startlingly familiar… My Pinterest board, “5th Avenue at 5am” could have been a literal inspiration/mood board for this collection, which is why I fell in love with it!

Michael Kors February 2017 Runway

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These are my 12 favorite looks from the MK F17 runway this month:

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Give me all the navy blue and white! Things I love about this collection: The platform heels, wide shoulders and tapered waists, wide belts, double breasted men’s wear cut jackets and coats, pinstripes, and all the suit separates you can mix and match!

Do you follow runway shows every season? Who are your favorites and how do they give you inspiration for your own style?

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