[diy inspiration] Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the decorations-- especially the beautiful Christmas trees, dressed up in majestic lights and colors. My family's tree is an eclectic mix of well-loved and meaningful ornaments, collected over time from my parent's first Christmas together until now. Our tree definitely shows our family's personality, but I love looking at the gorgeous perfectly-styled trees as well. I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY ornament tutorials for anyone looking to create a beautiful tree of their own.

Frosted Crystal Ornaments, by Sarah Barksdale Design
 This frosted ornament is super simple and so beautiful! Just roll a clear ornament in glue and then salt for a snowy crystal finish.
Rustic Macrame Ornament, by Decoholic
 I love the nautical feel of this macrame ornament! You could create so many styles depending on the ornament you use, or the kind of string you tie around it.
Mini Snow Globe Ornaments, by NoBiggie
 These bottle brush trees look so elegant surrounded by a pretty glitter snowfall. Change the bow or add beads to the glitter snow to match your Christmas decor.
Photo Ornament, by Fynes Design
 I love this twist on the classic keepsake photo ornament. Use two photos for a double-sided effect, or use the back to display the year and a message.
Paper Punch Snowflake Ornament, by The Ornament Girl
 This paper-punch ornament is really easy and inexpensive to make-- all you need are styrofoam balls, a snowflake paper punch, sequins, and straight pins. It would be a great project for older kids stuck inside during winter break.
Starry Night Glitter Ornament, by Colin Cowie
Paint simple ornament bulbs black and sprinkle just a little glitter, or use a toothbrush to splatter metallic paint, for a blinged-out look that isn't too over-the-top. The gold flecks will reflect the light and add shimmer to your tree!

Melted Crayon Ornaments, by One Cup at a Time
These melted crayon ornaments are another project that would be fun to do with kids! This is a great project if you want to create something more colorful, and is less messy than the "paint-drip"technique.
Gold Leaf Monogram Ornaments, by Sugar & Cloth
No inspiration post would be complete without some sort of monogram. Try this one with pretty gold leaf for a sophisticated look.
Will you be trying out any of these DIY ornament's for your tree? Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

[crave or save] Snow Boots

Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots ($168), from J. Crew
Merona Neida Winter Boots ($45), from Target

Ever since my trip to Arrowhead last winter, I've been dreaming about a pair of snow boots to give me an excuse to frolic around in the snow. As someone who is perpetually cold, faux-fur lined snow boots sound like heaven when its chilly outside, and as someone perpetually clumsy, the rubber soles sound like extra protection from potentially slipping and falling on my face. The Sorel version has much more attention to detail-- I especially love the hardware on each of the tabs, as well as the fact that there are tabs at the top of the boots to help you pull them on. While the Joan of Arctic's are gorgeous boots, the Target version doesn't fall far behind, mimicking the contract stitching, tabbed D-rings, and real leather upper and thermal rating.
As much as I love snow, we don't get much of it here in Southern California. I adore the Sorel boots, but I don't make the trek up to Big Bear enough to justify a big purchase. I do, however, love clothing that can keep me warm this time of year, so I know I would get some decent wear out of boots like this for days that I need something sturdier than my very old, very loved, and very floppy UGG boots. This time, I'll be choosing the bargain and hunting down these Merona boots on my next trip to Target!

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Do you live in a climate cold enough to justify snow boots? What's your top pick of warm-weather wear for chilly days?

DIY Gift Guide :: Best Girl Frannnds

As the holidays approach, we are all thinking about how we can show the people in our lives that we appreciate them. We all know that I love to DIY, and putting love and effort into creating a handmade gift always means so much. Every week until Christmas, I'll be posting a DIY gift guide with ideas for things you can create that people actually want. 
This week I'm starting with the lovely ladies! Whether its your mom, your sister, or your best girl frannnnnds, these pretty little things would be perfect to show any wonderful woman that you love having them in your life!

1. Print a sweet quote on card stock and use mod podge to add a little glitter. Frame your design to create a pretty accent for your BFF's bedroom. [source]

2. Recreate this adorable ring dish, originally inspired by one from Anthropologie. [tutorial]

3. Cover a large wooden or cardboard cutout of your friend's first initial with silk versions of their favorite flower to create a pretty monogram[source]

4. Bring out your inner chemist and whip up some homemade bath bombs in your bestie's favorite scent with THIS recipe. [tutorial]

5. Use jewelry glue and rhinestones to embellish a pair of gloves or a scarf and add a little bling to some lucky lady's life! [tutorial]

6. Gather everything a girl would need for the perfect mani-pedi, or some simple beauty products for a special day, and throw it all into a mason jar. Create a pretty label for a personal touch. These would be great to keep around for unexpected guests! [source]

7. Make a mini-emergency kit! Grab a small makeup bag, or repurpose and decorate a little tin box, and fill it with all the little things you wish you always had in your purse, like hand sanitizer, bobby pins, mints, tylenol, a nail file, etc. [source]

8. Add one more thing to your emergency kit with this super cute tutorial for emergency glitter pills that will brighten your friend's day with some sparkle! (Careful if your friend has a little one that might try to swallow them!) [tutorial]
For more DIY gift ideas, check out my DIY page and find more things to create for the wonderful people in your life. And keep checking back for more DIY holiday gift guides!

[crave or save] Capes

Trina Turk Wool Blend Cape ($297), from Nordstrom
Double Breasted Camel Cape Coat ($57), from Romwe

Capes are back this winter, and I couldn't be happier! I love this sophisticated vintage silhouette, but so far, I haven't found an actual vintage piece that fits all of my requirements. This Trina Turk cape is made from a luxe bled of lambswool and cashmere. I love the wide collar, simple buttons, and double-stitched seams. The Romwe version is made of polyester, but has more prominent details, like gold buttons, piped edges, pockets, and a faux fur-trimmed hood. While the Trina Turk version is more chic, I have to give the Romwe coat extra points for the pockets and hood.
While I like different things about each of these lovely coats, I think this time I'll have to say neither, and hold out to find the perfect vintage cape instead.

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How do you feel about this vintage style coming back into fashion? Would you choose one of these capes, or will you be looking for a vintage version, as well? How would you style the perfect cape-worthy outfit? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, my little pocket monsters! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday filled with friends, family, food, and feelings of gratitude. I know that the holiday season isn't easy for everyone, and I've been struggling this year as well. One thing I know for sure, is that feeling thankful can help get you through the hardest times in life. I decided to make a video about how to find an attitude of appreciation, even when it isn't easy to do. 

"If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul."
-Harold Kushner

If you need a little bit of inspiration to get in the spirit of the holiday, click through for my video, and have a very happy Thanksgiving!

5 Ways to Style Your Game Day Jersey

As the weather cools down, the football rivalries are heating up! Last weekend, the Chargers beat the Raiders (again, ahem), and the bandwagon is getting slowww with the weight of all of these fair-weather fans jumping on board. With everyone getting in the spirit, I thought it was time to come up with a few ways for everyone to style their new jerseys (if you still need one, you can find every team here). And of course, I can't expect all of my readers to be Charger fans, but these styles will work for any team colors. The key is to take down the tacky-potential by keeping everything other than your jersey, including accessories and makeup, in neutral tones.
[San Diego Chargers Nike Women's Jersey, in Navy, from Fanatics.com]
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Give your jersey a feminine edge by pairing it with a trendy envelope skirt and a comfy chunky knit open cardigan. Keep it simple with flat over-the-knee riding boots in a neutral tone.

[San Diego Chargers Nike Women's Jersey, in Whitefrom Fanatics.com]
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For a classic look, pair a women's fit jersey with ankle-length jeans, a simple blazer, and a fun pair of loafers.  The jeans and flats are comfy and fun, while the blazer adds polish to the sporty pieces.

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Make your boyfriend's oversized jersey look a little girlier by knotting it at the waist over a sexy pencil skirt. Ditching the fussy heels and grab a pair of low-key Converse All-Stars instead.

[San Diego Chargers Nike Platinum Limited Jersey, in White, from Fanatics.com]
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For an edgier look, don an oversized jersey as a dress (take it in at the sides to avoid looking like a potato sack), and add a few edgy accessories like over-the knee boots (my current obsession), a boater hat, and an armful of bangles.

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If you prefer a vintage look, cut off your jersey (preferably this vintage-inspired one) into a crop top so that it just skims the top of a pair of high-waisted jeans. Dress it up with a pretty pair of heels, or stay comfy in a pair of flats.

Who do you root for during the NFL season? (Go Bolts!) How does your game day outfit show your team spirit? Leave a comment and let me know!

[diy inspiration] Splatter-Painted Purses

Kim Kardashian stepped out this week with a brand new Birkin, hand painted by none other than her daughter, North. This is such an adorable idea and a great way to keep a sweet reminder of your little one with you all day long. If you're going to let your budding artist go to town on one of your bags, be sure it's one with simple lines and minimal hardware, paired with basic silhouettes in neutral tones, like Kim does here.
Would you let your kids design a handbag for you? What about a coveted Birkin? You could even splatter paint a bag for yourself if you don't have any kids to do it for you ;) Leave a comment and let me know if you try this DIY!

[what i wore] Gray Days

Forever 21 Black Skater Dress, T-shirt Brand Cardigan from Anthropologie, Qupid Gray Over-the-Knee Boots 

I wore this outfit out for dinner and a movie last week. I'm obsessed with over-the-knee everything whenever we finally start getting cooler weather in Southern California. Usually I stick to OTK socks, or my flat OTK studded pirate boots, but I finally grabbed up this low-heeled pair in a soft gray fabric. I can't wait to wear them with everything!

[diy] Logo T-shirt Surgery

Recently I've been on a cleaning and reorganizing kick and trying to get rid of a lot of the extra clutter crowding my very small bedroom. One thing I have wayyy too much of-- T-shirts! I acquire tons of shirts between events, coaching cheer, and the $5 graphic tees in the men's section of Walmart (my weakness). While the guys can get away with it, I have trouble styling boxy crew neck tees for club and nightlife events, like I need to do with my Organized Grime shirts.
After appliquéing the design from my OG Geisha shirt onto this diamond patterned tank top from Charlotte Russe, I was finally wearing it for more exciting events than to bed and the gym. If you have shirts you want to wear to events without sacrificing style for a lame tee, then keep reading!
You will need:
T-shirt with a basic logo
Another shirt (Plain or with similar colors)
Sewing Machine
Thread to match your shirts

Start by laying your shirts out flat (Excuse my wrinkly tees-- be sure to iron yours first!). Cut around your logo, leaving an inch or two of extra fabric around the image. Decide where you want to place your logo and lay it flat on top of your new shirt. Remember, it doesn't have to be centered! Offset graphics (like the way I placed my geisha tee on the tank pictured above) can add a lot of interest to an otherwise boring design. 
I decided to keep this logo centered. Make sure that its in the right place and lined up perfectly. Pin your graphic down, but instead of pinning around, pin on top of the design.
Sew around the logo, just outside the edges of the design. Carefully follow the lines of even the more detailed pieces of the graphic. If your graphic is really large, consider sewing a few lines across the logo to keep the design laying flat on its new shirt and prevent it from bagging after it's been washed.

To complete your project, cut away the excess fabric from the outsides of your appliqué seams. Leave less than a quarter of an inch, keeping your cut lines even. If you need to, use smaller scissors to get into the smaller crevices of the design.

Snip off any extra hanging threads, and your shirt is all ready to wear. You can now head to your event looking stylish and representing your organization with confidence!
Do you have mountains of t-shirts like I do? Do you keep them all on rotation, or do you find other ways to use them? Does this DIY solution work as well for you as it does for me? Leave a comment and let me know!

[diy inspiration] T-shirt Surgery

I somehow seem to acquire so many event t-shirts, cheer practice shirts, and even just plain old regular shirts that get boring after a while. I'm constantly trying to come up with ways to make those boxy boyish event tees more wearable, and jazz up those plain shirts that I'm tired of. Some of these DIY's are really simple, and some require a few more sewing skills, but all of them turn your old shirts into something you might just love all over again.
Lace Insert at Mr. Kate
Lattice Stud Tee at WobiSobi
Croche Trim Seam at Trash to Couture
Slashed Tee at WobiSobi
Lace Sleeves at InterestingFor.Me
Braided Racer-back at WobiSobi
Yoked Tee at CleverGirl
Mesh-back, Bow, and Ruffle Shirt at ShopBop
(This isn't a DIY tutorial, but I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to figure out!)

Have you tried any of these DIYs? Do you have a mountain of shirts laying around unworn like I do? Leave a comment and let me know!

insta love :: October

Trying not to fall in the XS pool at the Encore in Las Vegas!
Taco Bell real talk.
My favorite new watch from Forever 21.
Got my nails diddddd. Loving this design with clear polish peekaboos.
One of my favorite DIY projects to date: a Chloe-Inspired Chain-Wrist Sweater.
Trying to decide what brand of Reisling is my favorite. This one by Cupcake is definitely in my top three!
Carved my first pumpkin ever! Can you guess which one is mine and which on is Kevin's?
Nighttime necessities. Hydration is key!
I had so much fun making this yummy Halloween bark using this recipe.
Does anyone else change their phone wallpapers with the seasons to keep them feeling festive?
Another Reisling on a fun afternoon at Brothers Provisions
A sweet #tbt of my sister and I from Halloween '96
I couldn't hack my Treasure Troll costume for the whole night of Halloween, so Kev and I dressed up as a Koala and a Tree before we headed out to celebrate the holiday :)
…and my "October Moments" compilation video:

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[clambake] Halloweenie

Halloween is almost here! Still need a costume or some last minute decorations? Here's a clambake of all of my Halloween-themed posts!

DIY Antlers for an earth-mother woodland-fairy costume
DIY Flapper Headband-- always a classic costume!
Pumpkin Decor DIY Inspiration-- lots of no-carve ideas for decorating with pumpkins this season!
DIY Skeleton Jeans for a comfy/spooky Halloween look
DIY Valfre Girl Costume Some simple makeup and clothes from your closet make this a quick costume you can pull together in minutes!
DIY Henna Pumpkins for the simplest way to decorate pumpkins!
Halloween season is so much fun. I love watching Nightmare Before Christmas and dressing up in costume :) What's your favorite part about this spooky holiday?

[diy] Chloe-Inspired Chain Wrist Sweater

I spotted this Chloe Chain Wrist Cashmere Sweater the other day and instantly melted into a puddle. Once I pulled myself together, I checked the price tag and promptly melted back into another goopy puddle. This beauty comes in around $1075 (or $1200 for the cardigan version). I know it's cashmere, and incredible, but sometimes normal people of the world have to settle for something a little more realistic. Using some gold chain and a simple crew-neck sweater I bought last year at Salvation Army, I created my own version for under $6.
You will need:
Plain Crew-neck Sweater with Ribbed Cuffs
Medium-weight Gold Chain
Scissors and Jewelry Pliers
Needle, Matching Thread, and Straight Pins

Start by laying the sleeves of your sweater flat. Carefully cut a straight line across your sleeves about a half inch above the ribbing of your sleeve cuffs.

Roll the cut edges of the sleeves and the cuffs under and whip-stitch all the way around.
With your sleeves laid flat, measure across the rolled edge and multiply by two for the circumference of your sleeve. Cut two lengths of your gold chain and use jewelry pliers to open one end of each chain length. Loop the open links around the other end of the chains and close the links to create two small "bracelets". Make sure your hands will fit through the chain loops so that you will easily be able to put on and take off your sweater.
Line your chain loops up to the sleeves of your sweater so that the chains lay flat. Whip-stitch all the way around to secure your chains to the sleeves.
Do the same with the sweater cuffs on the other side of your chains. Tie off your thread and you're all done!

Did you try this DIY? I would love to see it! Leave a comment here or tweet a photo to me at @holehx.

[diy inspiration] Sweater Weather

I've been haunting my local thrift stores ever since the first day of autumn, hoping to find sweaters to refashion into all of the DIY projects I want to do this year, but I haven't had any luck yet! I guess it's still too warm here in Southern California, but these projects have me dreaming of the cooler weather ahead!
No-Sew Open-Back Sweater at In Honor of Design
Exposed Zipper Sweater at Sweet Verbena
Felted Wool Sweater Blanket at Yellow Suitcase Studio
Felt Heart Elbow Patches at Superficial Girls
Bow Sweater at Love, Maegan...
Sweater Throw Pillows at Stone Gable
Versace-Inspired Pin Back Sweater at Love, Maegan...
Sweater Ornaments at Art and Obsession
Cable Knit Skirt at My Poppet
Shoulder Tie Sweater at Felted
Have you tried any of these DIY's? Are your thrift stores stocking bargain sweaters yet? Leave a comment and let me know!

Ebolapocalypse: How to Style a Hazmat Suit

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Well, it's official. There have been TWO diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States. If you want to stay ahead of the trends, the time to make an investment in a Hazmat suit is NOW. I mean, you wouldn't want to be the last one on the bandwagon and end up looking like the clipboard guy.
Luckily for you, onesies are already in-- but Hazmat onesies are a bit more complicated. First, you choose your protection level-- A, B, C, or D, with A being the most covetable couture, and D being the best bargain for your buck. Some of these break down further into the categories of gas-protection or splash-protection, but this decision really depends on the toxicity of your environment. You'll be lighting up every room you enter, as most suits are a classic eye-catching yellow, but you can also find them in more subtle black or white tones for formal occasions.
Once you've made a decision about what kind of suit is best for your body type and necessary level of infectious disease protection, you can choose your accessories! The type of respirator, gloves, and boots you choose are where you can really get creative and show off your personality. The combinations of colors and chemical-resistance options-- Teflon, heavy rubber, PVC, Tyvek? --the possibilities are endless! Turn up the volume with steel-toed boots for a more edgy emergency-management look, or don a floor length apron for a dressier feel with extra splash protection. 
This trend is coming in hot! Invest in one of these gorgeous suits before you are stuck repurposing your boyfriend's overdone Breaking Bad costume from last Halloween and find yourself with diarrhea and inexplicable internal hemorrhaging.
In all seriousness, though, you're probably not going to get Ebola. You should worry more about getting the actual flu. Educate yourself.

[how to] Valfrè Girl Makeup

If you haven't seen Ilse Valfrè's adorable doodles plastered all over Instagram and Tumblr, you must be living under a rock. Valfrè's artwork has taken the internet by storm, with her drawings depicting sullen and beautiful, as well as incredibly relatable, girls in fantasy contexts. I love the look of these lovely ladies, and thought it would be a quick and easy costume to put together, as Halloween is just around the corner. Watch my video below to learn how to get the look!

 Artwork by Ilse Valfrè

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