So in case you are new to the blog, this is a series I did back at the very beginning. I quit doing these posts because, due to my limited knowledge of blogging and using Photoshop (among many, many other things), they were taking way too long to complete. Now that I'm more into the swing of things, I really missed doing them and thought I'd give it another shot. So here we go! My reincarnated E+B+D!...
To me, nothing says summer like bohemian style. The easy shapes are as comfortable as they come and the vintage textiles are soft and romantic.
Now is the perfect time to grab bohemian pieces. They're often marked down, plus you can wear them through the rest of the summer and then work them in as layering pieces for fall mixed with suede, velvet, and chunky knits.
Or you can craft the look yourself with this super-easy kimono that has just a few steps and requires very few crafting skills.
Any material (or large scarf) that has some movement will work. I used a sheer woven, but if you used a knit you could really get away with leaving the edges unfinished.
If this seems confusing, you are creating a slit like the one below. You can skip this step all together and make the cut yourself, it just eliminates the need to measure.
An optional step here would be to trim the edges to create a circular shape or a shirt tail hem. I have a few like this already, so I left them square and it creates a nice scarf hem effect.
Also, you can obviously use a sewing machine to turn in the edges. Fabric glue could work as well on non-sheer fabric.
Don't let this tiny bit of "sewing" scare you. All you need to be able to do is thread a needle, do the same stitch a couple of times on top of itself ("tack" it), and tie the thread off, all of which can be found here.
And finally, wear it out and feel the wind in your sails! :)
This was so easy I'm already thinking of making more! One with pompom trim, one in velvet...
What do you think? Will you be trying out your own DIY kimono?
Sometimes life is steady and other times you're just thrown through loop after loop. And the latter, my friends, has been my emotional roller coaster of a week! I've had some pretty big lows and stressful moments and then would immediately get some good fortune and unexpected surprises. I guess if I can gain anything from all the ups and downs, it's that things can always change. As much as you can plan your schedule, your budget, your life goals, you can get a phone call literally any minute of the day that sends your whole plan in a different direction. So my focus this coming week is to try and take in and appreciate the whole ride, even the terrifying parts. Sure, some of it stinks. I never like the feeling of that slow climb up the hill, but I'm trying to accept it all as part of the ride and making sure to throw my hands up and really scream when the ride finally gets to the fun parts.
And now that I've completely overstayed my welcome on that metaphor, let's check out the most fun parts of the interweb this week...
1 A brilliantly simple guide for styling an editorial-worthy console table. (The Hunted Interior) | 2 Yes! Horoscope-inspired nail art with Susan Miller! That's mine above. And hold on to your hats, because apparently this year I will "surprise everyone with (my) sensational ideas and artistic expressions." Boom. Drop the mic. (Refinery29)
3 I could spend seven years of my life watching this slideshow: The Rules of Style as Unofficially Told by Sarah Jessica Parker. (Man Repeller) | 4 Mara Hoffman + Anthropologie = my new favorite couple. Her first ever home line officially launches tomorrow and it is gooood. (Anthropologie)
5 Welp, I can officially cross "cry while watching a puppet video" off of my bucket list. I warned you my week was an emotional roller coaster, didn't I? (YouTube)
Etc., etc., etc....
I'm really curious about this new technique for creating beach waves. (Rachel Zoe)
Major supply envy. (Thanks, I Made it)
Pattie Boyd beauty tutorials c. 1965. (Garance Doré)
I love these blackout poems made from newspapers. (Austin Kleon)
I really want to take a weekend trip to Nashville and I wouldn't mind pretty much this exact one. (Wander & Whine)
Comparing the vocal ranges of top artists. (Huffington Post)
And some blog friends who are doing big things: Lacy Rose was named Ruchette of the Month (Ruche) and Girl About Columbus was voted #3 Best Local Blogger in the ColumBest 2014 awards (614 Magazine). Great job, ladies! You deserve it!