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!)

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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

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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!

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!

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Disco balls are ornaments seen before here. TIP: If you have any pastel ornaments or at least a bunch of smaller Christmas ornaments all the same color you can group them together around a floral centerpiece in a tray, or pick up a bag of plastic eggs for a few dollars.

DIY Silver and black box centerpiece here. TIP: This is literally just an empty box to give height to the center of the table. You can use any cardboard box you already have and spray paint or decorate it (glue on jewels, flowers, glitter, etc.) to match your color theme and you’ll instantly have a customized centerpiece!

 Chanel bunny DIY seen before here. TIP: The centerpiece doesn’t have to be the most expensive part of the table, it just has to tie everything in.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

If you don’t have fabric napkins or a table cloth, consider borrowing some from a friend or family member. Fabric linens really elevate the whole look vs. using plastic or paper. If you’re considering purchasing a table cloth and napkins, opt for all-white or all-cream, since a neutral background color will work for almost any occasion. The ones I used were gifts from my Mum who passed them on to me when she realized she was no longer using them regularly and she knew I liked them.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

One of the easiest ways to create a cohesive layout is by grouping similar items together, such as candles, of the same color. I grabbed a few black and pink candles from around my house and placed them on the table to continue the black and pink theme.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but if you make your food / drink part of the theme, the necessary items on the table can instantly lend to the decor palette. For example, I made white chocolate fondue colored light pink with a few drops of red food coloring, blueberries and strawberries on skewers (for easy dipping!) and chose ginger ale, champagne and gin bottles with pink and black labels and packaging.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Lastly, I grabbed a few Easter Lindt chocolates that lend to the Easter aspect (mini carrots and bunnies are so cute, and can double as party favors!) as well as a bunch of pink roses and greenery, because nothing says, “Spring” like fresh flora!

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

The tiny ceramic bunnies I purchased several years ago while living in Germany at their version of the Dollar Store, but I’m sure they have similar ones in the States.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

What are your thoughts? Have you ever hosted or been to a themed progressive meal?

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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 👯

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

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!

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

I used chalkboard paint to achieve a matte black finish.

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Would you like to get a Chanel bunny full of chocolate and treats for Easter? I know I would!

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

 

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

I’ve named her Miss Cocoa Couture! 🐰🍫

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

What do you think of a black and white, 1960s inspired Easter? Leave me a comment!

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DIY Designer Inspired Crystal Bee Pumps

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!

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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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