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!
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!)
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.
One of my favorite requests to receive from friends and family is my help finding a gift for someone special. Over the years I’ve been asked to put together Easter baskets and I thought I’d share some of my favorite things to include for a non-food/candy basket for grown up girls! These photos are of a ‘mock’ basket of ideas that include gifts I have personally received that would be perfect to give for Easter! (Of course, I’m keeping all of these items, but you get the idea!)
I love seasonally packaged makeup like this darling bunny shaped Lipsmacker! Bonus: It also smells and tastes amazing! The Anastasia Beverly Hills highlight palette is a new beauty release and very hot right now. All the cool girls are going to be trying to get their hands on this one for Spring! Bath bombs are another currently trending item. Try to find some in fresh Spring colors like these from Forever21, Urban Outfitters or Etsy.
This fun-sized-Instagram-worthy Instax camera is one of my favorite things I ever received in a brand PR package and it makes the perfect gift! You can pick one up from here or here. If you know her size consider some athletic gear like a Fitbit watch strap or a pair of trainers. I don’t know any girl who doesn’t love a fresh new pair of gym kicks! These pale pink ones by Nike are comfy and chic!
Mugs are one of the easiest gifts to find and give. There are always cute ones for ever season at places like Target and Michael’s. This pink and gold “I Get You” mug is from TJMaxx and was gifted to me on Valentine’s Day by a dear friend.
The basket and filling is the easiest part. Choose something a little ‘nicer’ than your typical dollar-bin straw version and opt for a metal style in silver or gold. This one was only $5 from HomeGoods and I picked up the squiggle shred from the greeting card section of the drugstore.
You can always tuck a few seasonally shaped chocolates somewhere in the basket, just to make it quintessentially Easter, but it’s not a requirement! I tried to make this whole process as simple as possible, so if you have a husband/boyfriend or someone who isn’t super creative with Seasonal gifting to worry about, send this link their way! Hopefully they’ll be pointed in the right direction and be inspired!
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 👯
The black and white Chanel bow on the bunny you may recognize from a previous DIY on this blog. It’s the remnants of the packaging from a bottle of Chanel perfume!
I used chalkboard paint to achieve a matte black finish.
Would you like to get a Chanel bunny full of chocolate and treats for Easter? I know I would!
I’ve named her Miss Cocoa Couture! 🐰🍫
What do you think of a black and white, 1960s inspired Easter? Leave me a comment!
Who else has a love / hate relationship with Target? Last night I was browsing, killing time before meeting with a client, and I fully spent 1.5 hours combing through the store and I didn’t even make it to athletic or outdoor sections (that should go to show you just how much there was to look at)! Shockingly I walked out only having spent $51.47, which is a feat in and of itself, considering I haven’t been in a Target for months.
I was really impressed to see the collab collections they’re currently offering (Bauble Bar, Who What Wear, Oh Joy & Nate Berkus) and upcoming projects (Victoria Beckham & a WINE BAR?!). A trip to Target has always been a “treat” for me and the 5 years I lived thousands of miles away from a Target I was more than fine with learning to do without it (when one has Paris in their backyard it’s not difficult to forget everything else). After spending all that time away from stores I had been accustomed to frequenting I realized something startling: Target is not necessary! But it embodies so much of what we love about shopping in America: Pretty, convenient and essentially unnecessary, but OH SO FUN!
I rounded up some of my favorite new items available on Target.com right now (most of this was sold out at my location!) and I hope you enjoy! There’s something sort of mildly thrilling about “scoring” at Target! Somehow they’ve made mass retail shopping feel like an exploratory experience, never knowing what sparkly bauble, cute kitchen decor, or delicious ice cream flavor you’ll find, which is why it will always feel like a treat to me.
It’s officially Spring! Which means craving fresh, new pieces for my wardrobe! Rather than spend a ton of $ on new stuff every season I like to update items I know I already like. You’ve probably seen a lot of the cute little bee motif popping up on the runways, blogs and magazines this year — they’re popular every Spring, but seem to be even more so this time for some reason!🐝 However, I’m not about to drop $400+ on a pair of shoes just because they’re popular! One of the easiest ways to stay current on trends is adding appliques and embellishments to pieces you already own!
I searched Etsy and found dozens of bead and embroidery bee appliques. After choosing THIS design to add to my favorite pair of $40 Nine West pumps I started thinking of other things I could add bead appliques to — scarves, jackets, lapel collars, hand bags or clutches… The possibilities are endless!👠
I’ve rounded up my favorite pumps $29.99 – $89.99 (just waiting to be embellished!) below:
To adhere my bee appliques to this pair of suede pumps I used E6000 glue according to the directions on the bottle.
Have you ever updated or altered a piece of fashion to wear for a new season? Tag me on Instagram so I can see! I love getting inspired by y’all and your amazing ideas!