Friday, October 24

DIY Velvet Acorns

Happy Friday friends!  With the  weather turning cooler and the leaves turning the most vibrant colors, I decided to pull from my archives last years fall DIY ... velvet acorns to share again with you.  This year my sis and I got together to make larger acorns.  She found a tree with huge caps and we thought mixing the two sizes could be fun.  Enjoy this post. 


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 See the difference in the size?  The left is from last year and the right is this years! 




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This post is going to be photo heavy, but I wanted to share step by step instructions on creating these darling little velvet acorns for your fall decorations!  I first saw these last year and though what a darling little idea.  Something to decorate for fall in addition to pumpkins.  I love pumpkins.  But these are cute!  Super cute. And believe it or not , not overly hard to make.  I would rate these as a skill level of medium.  Only because there are so many steps, but they are truly worth making!

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Start by gathering acorn caps of various sizes.  I went to a park and walked around to find different varieties of oak trees. You can actually order acorns and caps on Etsy!  I guess I never really paid that much attention to the caps of acorn trees, but there is a big difference! 



I went to Joann's to select velvet for my acorns to find A) its expensive, B) there was not a large selection of colors available  and C) velveteen works just as well.  So buy velveteen. 


The cast of characters for this performance are as follows:
  • Velveteen 
  • A glue gun
  • Toothpicks
  • sharpie
  • a 2' circle ( I used a ring from a set of fondant cutters)
  • scissors
  • cotton balls
  • needle and thread
  • obviously acorn caps
  • snippers
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Trace around your ring on the back side of your fabric.  Once you have all your circles drawn, cut them out.  If you have a few smaller acorn caps, you might want to cut inside of the circle to make it slightly smaller. 





Next, whip stitch around the edge of your cut circles.  No knot is necessary as you will knot the ends when you draw the thread tight. Be sure to leave enough tail to pull the ends together. 



Go ahead and cut off both the sharp ends on the toothpicks so they will be ready for this step.  I  suggest cutting them outside and make sure to be careful for flying ends. 




I like to do all of one stage at a time, rather than build one acorn at a time, but you make your little nuts any way you like! 

Now, depending on the size of your cotton balls, you will want to pull some of the cotton off to make the "ball" slightly smaller.  You will have to just gage this by sight.  You want the cotton to be semi firm, but squishy at the same time once inside your acorn.  Take a toothpick and wrap the cotton around the pick then draw the ends of your thread together carefully pushing the cotton inside the stitch line.  Tie the two ends of your thread together creating a velvet ball with the end of your toothpick sticking out the top. 






Now this is where you size up your acorn caps to your velvet acorns.  You want the top of the toothpick that is sticking out of the velvet to gently push against the top of the cap to create the little point at the tip of your acorn. You may have to trim the toothpick a little once you have sized the caps up. 




Once they are all ready to glue, fill the acorn cap with enough glue to set and hold the fabric.  Careful not to get any glue on your finger tips working with such small items. 


And voile! 


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Aren't they darling? I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did. 


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Thursday, October 23

Stripes and Tweed

I don't know what is growing more in my closet.... the leopard or the stripes!  Can you really ever have to many stripes or enough leopard? I don't think so!  Or enough pink!  I stepped a little out of my comfort zone with this Baublebar statement necklace and am so glad I did.  Although I am still not a fan of the statement necklaces (a personal preference for me) they look great every time I see someone wearing one.  The pop of pink ties the outfit together don't you think?

I do have a confession to make however, every time I see a style post around the internet a stylist puts together I often have to ask myself, Why did she leave the clutch empty?  It looks so fake and flat.  She should at least put something in her clutch to at least appear as if she is really carrying it rather than styling it!  Every time I see a post with a clutch that is empty I think ...what an oversight.  Now I bet your looking at my clutch here and thinking the same with me today.... but I ALWAYS have items in my clutch and it looks flat in all these pics.  So I have to stop judging all those style pics I see and give a little grace, because today my clutch looks like the ones I laugh at!!!!!









Sunnies ~ Necklace ~ Stripe top ~ Tweed skirt ~ Clutch c/o ~ Ropes Maine bracelet c/o ~ Slim Monogram bracelet ~ Shoes(love these)  



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Tuesday, October 21

#Pinktober

October is breast cancer awareness month and that means two things... It's time to check your girls, and pink is the color of the month!  I have mentioned before that one of my sisters is a breast cancer survivor with that I can't tell you how important it is to have a yearly checkup.  It will be the best appointment you make all year.

 With it getting darker earlier it makes it difficult to get a bright white background shot.  Sooo...... this lovely blue cast background we will pretend was on purpose!  These are just some of my favorite pinks in my closet and home! 

Blair Ritchey Tassel keychain c/o ~ Rustic Cuff ~ Chanel Lip Gloss ~ Blair Ritchey Mini Lulu c/o ~ Nameplate Necklace ~ Ballet Pink Tieks  ~ May Designs books



In the U.S., 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Every 19 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Every 15 minutes, a woman dies of breast cancer.

When breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5 year survival rate is over 95%.

It has been estimated that if every woman over the age of 50 had her yearly mammogram, breast cancer deaths in this age group would drop by 25% or more.


  So... if you love pink as much as I do, here is my roundup of a few things that have my attention... ok, seriously I want it all!  






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With any Tory Burch purchase from her selected line she will donate 20% of profits to Breast cancer research fund.  

May Designs is donating 15%.  

Accessories Concierge  20% of proceeds will go to breastcancerfund.org.

La Mer is donating a portion of the proceeds to Breast Cancer research foundation.  

Glassybaby has created a special holder named Evelyn and it is offered exclusively thru Nordstrom with 10% of profits going to Breast cancer research fund.  

Blair Ritchey has partnered with The Pink Agenda and for a limited time you can purchase this hand painted card case and key fob and 100% of the profits go to The Pink Agenda.  To learn more about The Pink Agenda and their recent partnership with Giuliana Rancic's Fab-U-Wish foundation, click here

there are so many others that are making a contribution this month I couldn't name them all, just some of my favorites! 

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Monday, October 20

Leopard and Gingham

When an item is so versatile you wear it at least once every week you know it was a good investment.  Can you tell this leopard sweater is a favorite?  It truly has been an investment.  Styling it in so many different ways keeps it fresh and never mundane I think.  But I want to talk about these jeans today.  They are Fabulously comfortable.  With a hint of stretch, and a waist that is higher than low rise, but lower than high waisted...?!... they are a perfect jean.  I cringe every time I see girls wearing a pair of low rise jeans and a huge muffin top.  Did their mom or bestie not guide them before they left the house looking like that?  Girls.... just buy the next size up and you will actually appear slimmer without the muffin top! Oy... I am so glad I didn't have girls!  Anyway back to these jeans.  They are from The Limited and they are style #917.  Dark rinse, skinny, and stretch, it's a trifecta I tell ya! 

Now I will advise you to wash them the first time in cold water with a bit of vinegar to set the dye.  I am not a fan of everything having a tint of blue, and this helps with the color rubbing off on your skin as well!  The over dying process is notorious for this happening so take the measures first to prevent it.  Also, I am 5'4 and the regular length is too long for me so I get the short.  


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Gingham top ~ Sweater(great alternative)  ~ Loafers ~ Jeans ~ Sunnies ~ Rustic Cuff leather wrap bracelet c/o ~ Claudia Rowe love bangle c/o ~ Alexandra Beth stone bangles ~ Sisco Berlutti bead bracelet c/o ~ Gucci Bag

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Friday, October 17

Leopard and Camo

When I first purchased these camo pants I had no idea how many ways I would be able to style them.  It is as if they are a neutral.  Seriously, so many things just work with them.  The one thing I love about this particular pair, which I purchased from Target,  is that they have stretch to them.  I hate a pair of stiff jeans or pants don't you?   I try to put together outfits on the weekend and line them up in my closet in what I like to call the bull pin... Not that they are in any particular order, but that I have all the elements gathered to complete an outfit.  It allows me time to think it thru, gather what I need and try different items to see what works best.  Do you plan out your outfits, or wing it?  I do wing it some, trust me on that... the girls in the office will attest to those days, but when I see an outfit in my minds eye I am anxious to pull it together!  One other benefit besides time savings, is I pull accessories from my closet that I might have over looked other wise.  Like this bag... It is what the sales associate in the Gucci store called "A loved bag"!  When I was browsing for a new bag I was carrying this one.  The corners are not protected with leather and the fabric is wearing.  Still a great bag ,but definitely showing its wear.  It now resides in the top of my closet overlooked often.   How many things are you overlooking in your closet? 








Sweater(great alternative) ~ Tank ~ Camo pants ~ Flats ~ Sunnies (Exact) ~ Bag ~ The Ropes Maine Bracelet c/o ~ AlexAni bracelets ~ Dogeared Necklace c/o




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Thursday, October 16

World Series Bound

So its been quiet around her for the last three days.  Well in case you didn't hear... the Kansas City Royals won 8 straight games in the post season and we are headed to the World Series! 
 
 
 I've been cheering on the team every night and it's difficult to write a post and watch a game!!  Now we are waiting to see who we play... Cardinals or Giants!  All of my boys played ball growing up and I spent many seasons driving from one field to the next to watch them all play.  I love to watch baseball... but I get so nervous too!   See ya tomorrow for sure with an outfit post!
 

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Tuesday, October 14

Shopbop Famly and Friends Sale

The highly anticipated Shopbop sale starts today and for 3 days only take 25% off your order with code "Family 25"!  Grab yourself a few new sweaters, a handbag for fall, booties of course... and a pair of new sunnies and scarf!  Whatever you're loving for fall I bet you can find at Shopbop!  They offer free 3 day shipping and free returns.
 
See what I am loving below or get right to shopping and click the image below and it will take you straight to it! 


I rounded up a few of my favorites below and can't wait to get to shopping! I just love shopping in the fall.  Sweaters, booties, and just yesterday I mentioned to Erin I need a pair of rain boots.   Happy Tuesday peeps!



































*Brand exclusions: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Studios, Alexander Wang, Aurelie Bidermann, Canada Goose, Cedric Charlier, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli, Herve Leger, Hunter, J. Mendel, Jamie Wolf, Jason Wu, Jay Ahr, Katie May, Maison Martin Margiela, Michele Watches, Monique Lhuillier, Nina Ricci, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney Apparel, Stuart Weitzman, Suno, Thakoon, Tory Burch York Totes, Versace, Victoria Victoria Beckham, Vika Gazinskaya, Wes Gordon and What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage.




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