Easter Best Boucle

Zara Peplum JacketVintage Chanel Pinzara thigh high bootsriver island drop waist boucle dresschanel maxi bag black gold hardware

Dress: River Island. Jacket & Boots: Zara. Earrings: Chanel. Pin: Vintage Chanel. Bag: Chanel. Sunglasses: Karen Walker. Rings: Ultimate, Forever21. Bracelets: J.CrewChanel., Forever21. Tights: Wolford. Lip: Mac, Mac Red. Nails: Essie Tangerine.

My Easter outfit relied on some weather that didn’t happen, so I threw on this classic ensemble. I really love this River Island dress, even though I cut off the collar. It’s such a perfect classic layering piece, just like pretty much everything else I paired it with. Wearing these staples feels like being with family.

What are your early spring staples?

xo BB

DIY Shredded T-Shirt

Since you’re all probably feeling sluggish from Passover feasting and / or Easter Candy, this week’s DIY, a Shredded T-Shirt, is super easy. However, it is time consuming if you’re going for the delicate mesh look (which is why retailers charge $$ for these), so I recommend doing this over a two nights worth of catching up on your DVR. Honestly, I found the process calming, I’m guessing in the way that knitters describe their love for making scarves. When you’re done, you’ll have a fabulously upgraded tee or tank with an enormous practical benefit for hot spring and summer days: back vents.

Wanna make one?

You’ll need:
1 thin cotton shirt
1 pair of scissors
1 needle or pin

DIY Shredded T-Shirt

1. Choose your tee and lay is flat to gauge where you’d like to shred. I recommend choosing a thin knit that fits loosely. Note that depending on how much you’ll be shredding, it will add as much as a few inches in room. Once you’ve decided where you want your shred, use your scissors to cut the hem open (as shown below) and remove the stitching or cut it off altogether.

DIY Shredded T-Shirt

2. Begin pulling the threads with your fingers gently in a downward motion. If they are being stubborn or getting stuck, use the pin or needle to separate them.

DIY Shredded Shirt

DIY Shredded Back Tee Shirt

3. If your design requires you to stop in the middle of the shirt, make your mark by cutting a small hole where it will end and then take a step back to look at the design and examine where you need to keep shredding.

DIY Shredded Tee Shirt

You’re done! If you think you love looking at your new tee, wait till you see how much you love wearing it on a hot summer day.

DIY Shredded Back T-Shirt

Have any easy t-shirt upgrades to share? Tell me in the comments!

xo BB

Pastel Blue Trapeze Coat and Glitter Boots

ASOS Trapeze Button Front CoatJeffrey Campbell Lita Glitter Zad Turquoise Bib NecklaceVintage Dior Clutch SunglassesZara Skinny Jeans

Coat: Asos. Sweater: Equipment. Jeans: Zara. Boots: Jeffrey Campbell. Necklace: ZAD. Clutch & Sunglasses: Vintage Dior. Lip: Nars Schiap. Nails: Essie Lilacism. Bracelets: Chanel, J.Crew, Forever21.

This is me hoping that this is my last coat ensemble of the season. I love cocoon cape coats like these for early spring: warm but not stiffling with a warm weather vibe in pastel blue. I couldn’t resist the chance to wear one of my favorite cashmere sweaters and glitter boots one last time (fingers crossed). Well, till next year.

What spring styles are you wearing on these unseasonably cold days?

xo

BB

Top 5 Tips For Bra Buying

I recently attended a sneak peek of Elle Macpherson’s new JCPenney intimates line, The Body by Elle Macpherson where I got life lessons in bra shopping. After killing it with her Elle Macpherson Intimates line for the past 25 years, Macpherson is stepping out with this new collection dubbed as an ode to her supermodel nickname as not only the face and creative director, but also as the model for the print campaign. By the way, she is 50. Pause for wine sip.

JCPenney Launches THE BODY By Elle Macpherson Intimates

The new line is priced an average of 70% lower than her her namesake intimates line, and I am pleased to report that it is every bit as gorgeous, and it feels as good as it looks. I volunteered my ta-ta’s for a fitting with an expert, all in the name of research. According to Helen Jennett, JCPenney fit specialist, I, like the majority of women in America, have been wearing the wrong bra my entire adult life. To ensure that this shame does not happen to you, I present to you Jennett’s top five tips for bra shopping. You’re welcome!

1. Look at the tops and dresses in your closet. Do you wear t-shirts? Blouses? Solids? Dark colors? Light colors? Patterns? V-necks? Scoop necks? Each shape of bra is designed for a specific type of shirt. (e.g. Full coverage bra with horizontal seam is best worn with a button down shirt or dress.) Wearing a bra that complements your shirt or dress can instantly take 10 lbs off your figure! 

 2. Your bra band should be parallel to the ground. Over 80% of the support in a bra comes from the band, so if your band rides up when you move, it will not lift you enough in front. It should feel snug, but doesn’t need to be tight. Since the band is the first part of the bra that stretches out, make sure you fit the bra on the loosest hook. (This way you can tighten it as the band stretches out.)

 3. When trying on a bra, make sure the wire goes back far enough so it’s not cutting into breast tissue. Not only can this be uncomfortable, but often this makes the bra feel tight so instead of going up one size in the cup, you go up one band size which minimizes the support you need from the band. If you’ve ever felt like you have some room in the cup, make sure you’ve pulled all the tissue on the side forward. This ensures a perfectly fitting bra and will also loosen up the band.

 4. Seams equal support. A bra with seams and multiple panels will offer a minimized and supported look. Also remember prints and dark colored shirts hide seams so this is an easy way to wear that beautiful lace bra that’s been sitting in your drawer.

 5. Care properly care for your bra. Even less expensive bras will last a long time if you take care of them. This means washing them after every wear. Yes, every single wear. The reason is that bras are made of synthetic fabric which stretches out from the natural oils in our skin. When you wash your bra after every wear it keeps the band snug. As always, wash with natural detergent like Forever New. Nylon does not hold up well when washed with most detergents.

JCPenney Launches THE BODY By Elle Macpherson Intimates

My personal favorite is the fit bra (in the above stripe) which just so happens to be Elle’s as well. Basically, my girls have supermodel taste.

Shop the collection here.

Do you have any bra buying tips? Please share in the comments below!

xo BB

 

DIY Fringe Armlet

The season is upon us, so rather than scrambling to find Festival accessories, let’s keep making our own! Now that we have our flower crown, we’ll need another eye catching accessory for day two (or three). Give your head a break from heavy lifting and beautify your biceps with a super easy three step DIY fringe arm bracelet. Also known as the armlet, this boho luxe look is the perfect addition to nearly any spring or summer ensemble and this version is super easy. Plus, making your own ensures that not only will it be one of a kind, you’ll also end up with a perfect flattering custom fit that store bought elastic band upper arm decor simply cannot  match.

Wanna make one?

You’ll need:

1 Pair of fabric scissors
1 half yard of 4” or 6” long chainette fringe (I got the ombre fringe at M&J Trimming)
1 pair of size 3/0 sew on snaps
12″ thread
1 sewing needle
1 pen

Diy Fringe Arm Bracelet

1. Wrap your fringe around your upper bicep area, wherever you’d like your armlet to sit, and  make a mark where the end of the length it should be to fit snugly but not too tight. Cut the fringe about 1/4″ away from the mark.

DIY Ombre Fringe Bracelet

2. Fold the end of the top edge of the fringe trim on the far right corner inward about 1/4 of an inch away from the mark. Begin sewing the larger (female) half of the snap button on the outer side on the opposite side of the fold. Stitch all four of the openings and tie the thread shut on the inner side opposite to where the snap button sits.

DIY Fringe Bracelet

3. Fold the upper outer left side corner at the top of the fringe inward about 1/4″ from the end. Sew the smaller (male) piece on the inner side of the upper band, stitching all openings and tying the thread with a double knot once again when you’re finished.

DIY Fringe Armlet

That’s it! You’re done.

DIY Fringe Arm Bracelet

Enjoy your new upper arm candy!

Will you be adorning your upper arms this festival season?

xo BB

 

Chain Jeans and Feather Clutch

Loeffler Randall Mabel DIY YSL Chain Jeans Funktional Trench CoatLoeffler Randall Strappy

Trench: Funktional. Jeans: DIY. Shirt: Monrow. Shoes: Loeffler Randall. Bag: Kate Spade (nearly identical one here). Earrings: Vintage. Lip: Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi. Nails: Essie Lilacism (hands) & Essie In the Cab-Ana.

I could not wait to wear the YSL Chain Jeans from last week’s DIY. I started with the jeans and a plain white tee and added classic pieces that each have a edge and topped things off with white feathers to soften the look.

What would you pair with this wild pair?

xo
BB

 

DIY Flower Crown

Spring is the time of year to let you inner flower child out. What better way to set her free than with a custom reusable flower crown headband handcrafted by you? This kind of flower crown will last past your easter best through festival season.

Want to make a flower crown?

You’ll need:

24″ long thick floral wire
82″ long thin floral wire
Faux flowers of your choosing
1 bottle of superglue
1 Roll of flower tape (optional)
A pair of strong scissors or wire cutters

How to make a flower crown

1.  Wrap your thicker floral wire around your head, from the top of your forehead to close to the nape of your neck. This wire will be the base of your crown, and you will want to have at least 4″ of extra wire to adjust and wrap the ends to secure them.

Flower Crown DIY

2. Secure the ends of the base wire around your head, leaving two fingertips worth of room between your dome and the wire.

How to make a flower crown tutorial

3. Select the “blooms” you want to use, and detach them from the “stems” by pulling them off. They should pop off, leaving a clean hole at the base of the bud.

transparent flower crown

4. Arrange your buds around your base wire to experiment with different placements and patterns working in one type of flower at a time. This will give you a good idea of how the finished crown will look. Smaller buds will give you a subtle finish, while larger blooms will result in more of a statement piece. If you’re mixing both, a good rule of thumb is to put larger blooms next to smaller buds for balance.

DIY Flower Crown

Flower Crown Headband DIY

How to make a transparent flower crown

Flower Crown DIY

5. Cut about 4″ of the thinner floral wire. For some larger blooms, you will be able to thread through the middle. When this is the case, simply bend the end twice after threading through to keep it from slipping through.

How to make a flower crownFlower Crown DIY

6. For smaller buds, squeeze a small amount of superglue on the ends and insert  the ends into the base of buds on both ends.

DIY Flower Crown

7. Wrap the flower tipped smaller floral wires around the base crown, staying as close to your planned pattern as possible. If you stray, no biggie, it’s supposed to look free spirited. Repeat steps 5-7 until you’ve covered as much of the base crown as you’d like. If you don’t like the way the base looks, cover the wires with the floral tape.

Flower Crown DIY

I left mine vine covered and wild because that’s how I roll.

DIY Flower Crown Easy 

You’re done! Let your flower child run free.

DIY Flower Crown Easy

Now you know how to make a flower crown. Where will you be wearing yours?

xo

BB

Spiked Denim and Lace Socks

Studded Shoulder Denim Jacket Gigi K Lace Socks Yumi Kim Midi Skirt Spiked Denim Jacket

Jacket: LF (similar here). Sweater: J.Crew. Skirt: Yumi Kim (love this one). Sunglasses: Juicy Couture (love these). Shoes: Christian Louboutin. Socks: Gigi K. Earrings: Chanel. Bracelets: David Yurman, Bash & Bow. Lip: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Favorite. Nails: Essie Lilacism.

Spring is here in the literal sense that it is warm and sunny. I was so excited I threw on this spiked denim jacket and frilly lace socks without realizing I was dressed for an 80′s party. If you’ve never been to Gigi K on University, you must make the trip this weekend. Your sock wardrobe will thank you.

xo BB

The 45 Best Backpacks For Spring and Summer

The it bag silhouette for spring and summer is the number one schoolyard staple: the backpack. It’s the perfect satchel for festival season, weekend trips, and summer adventures. What’s not to love about this practical sack? Check out these new too cool for school backpacks:

Will you be picking up a new backpack, rocking an old school style, or does this trend take you right back to detention?

xo BB

DIY YSL Chain Jeans

When I saw these $1,500 Saint Laurent Chain Embellished Jeans, I knew I would make them mine. Well, I knew that I would one day make my own, so filed them into my DIY queue and kept them in the forefront of my thoughts when denim sale shopping.  That day has come.YSL Chain Jean DIYI bought a pair of Rag & Bone jeans on sale for $60 at Saks.com that were in need of a little something, and this DIY is a lot of something. I love the look of these paired with classic simple pieces. Then again, they would also be perfection with a vintage tee concert tee and boots. Check out how Nicole Richie, Miranda Kerr, and Kim Kardashian rocked their pairs.

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Wanna take a pair of drab jeans up a few notches?

You’ll need:

1 Pair of jeans
About 96″ of flat curb style chains*
1 Needle that is thin enough to fit through the chain links
1 Pair of fabric scissors
1 Spool of thread in a color that will blend in with your denim (I used navy)
1 6″ square of medium grit sandpaper
1 Pen or pencil

*You can get chains like these by the foot at most hardware and craft stores. I found the perfect necklaces at Forever21, and since they were multi-layered and on sale, buying two turned out to be cheaper than the hardware store chains. This one would be an ideal money saving match as well. YSL Chains Jean DIY

1. Once you’ve selected the pair you want to update, put them on and while wearing them, mark where you want your holes and rips to be lightly with your pen or marker. Take them off, and lay them flat on the ground to assess whether you should add or subtract from the map you’ve made.

DIY-YSL-Chain-Jean

2. Begin making your cuts. They shouldn’t be too clean, so if the cuts are too straight, snip the edges of the openings with the tips of your scissors. This will help give them a more authentic distressed look. Put the jeans back on, and adjusts your cuts as necessary with extreme caution, cutting away from your body. Please don’t snip your skin!

3. Put the jeans back on, and begin rubbing the thigh and knee areas as well as the holes with the gritty side of the sandpaper for about ten minutes. This will help not only to give them that worn in look, but it is also a great way to soften any denim.

DIY Distressed Denim

Again, be careful. If you sand your skin, you’ll get a mean rug burn (trust me, I know). To get the edges of the holes, just lift the denim away from your leg before sanding.

4. Take them off and lay them flat on the ground and look them over to ensure that you’re happy with the level of distressing. If not, repeat step 3.

Distressed Denim DIY

5. Cut your first pieces of chain using your scissors or a wire cutter. A good rule of thumb used by YSL for this design is the larger the hole, the more chains. Lay the chain on the area you are about to fill, and cut once there is about a 1/2″- 1″ extra chain on each side of the opening. Remember to vary your chain lengths as pictured below to get the draped look.

YSL Chain Embellished Denim DIY

6. Pull your thread through the needle and make a double or triple knot at the end of it. You won’t need more than 4″ per hole, as you are going to close the stitch each time. Pull the needle and thread through the end of all of the chains  so that it looks like this:

YSL Chain Jean DIY Tutorial

7. Sew the needle with the chains at the end of the thread through the upper corner area of the hole at least 1/2″ away from the opening, pulling first through the inside of the jeans, and then threading once back through the front so that the needle is now back inside the jeans. Cut the thread and tie a double or triple knot on the inside of the denim. Repeat this threading pattern on the other side to attach the chains, and continue this step on all of the holes and rips.

YSL Chain Denim DIY Tutorial

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8. Once you’ve finished sewing the chains across all of the holes and rips, hang them on a hanger so you can assess whether or not you need to add or take away. Do this step before adding any of the free hanging single chains.

DIY YSL Chain Jeans

9. Add any straight dangling chains sewing them on one at a time using the technique from step 6.

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You’re done! You can now enjoy your cool edgy chain embellished jeans and spend the $1,440 savings on some wardrobe classics to go with them.

DIY YSL Chain Jeans After

Are you dying to try this DIY or is it too wild for you?

See how I styled them here.

xo BB