5 Ways to DIY It... Embellished Denim

I got a really great response to the last installment of 5 Ways to DIY It and was so excited to give it a second go! And what's a girl to wear when the weather is still hot but you're itching for fall fashion? The one all-season standard, of course- jeans!

If you saw my Top 10 on Tuesday, you know I've been pretty excited about the Old Navy denim sale, so here I've got 5 different and super-easy ways to take advantage of those awesome prices and upgrade your basic denim into designer-inspired statement jeans.

Let your legs do the talking for a fraction of the price! ;)

Give them a little sparkle with some glue-on rhinestones...



jeans  |  glue  |  gems


...or some shine with metallic fabric paint.



jeans  |  paint  |  brush


For a modern minimalist take, just add some faux-leather panels with glue (or thread)...



jeans  |  glue  |  leather


...or use the same process on some nostalgic patches for both some edge and charm.



jeans  |  glue  |  patches


Or take the basic up a notch with a bright white tuxedo stripe. Just tape off and spray!



jeans  |  paint  |  tape

What do you think? Would you ever DIY your denim?


Top 10 Tuesday...Art Movement Dresses Under $100

So I wish I was getting this Top 10 in before almost midnight, but sometimes (especially on Tuesdays) that's how it goes around here. Plus I didn't want to miss a chance to connect with Miche from Buttons and Birdcages for Link up the Love. But more on the that later. For now let's talk art. One of my very first style posts, about a year ago, was about the art movement in fashion. And twelves months have come and gone and we're all still interested in how art is inspiring fashion and how fashion is integrating art. It's not a new or groundbreaking idea but it is an almost perfect one.

Art as a part of fashion (see Chanel, Prada, Celine, etc.) lends a touch of highbrow intellect and gravitas to what can be seen as a frivolous industry. Fashion, meanwhile, returns the favor by injecting a dose a of excitement and easy marketability into the art world.

I get really excited for designer/artist collaborations. Prada's spring collection, for example, featuring women's faces created by contemporary street artists, in my opinion, was one of the most memorable and inspiring shows from fashion week. But unfortunately, as a "starving artist" myself, I'm not picking up a Prada face dress anytime soon.

And that's where the retail food chain comes in. With stores like Topshop and Zara all over the fashion industry and art world merger, it's a better time than ever to jump on the painterly band wagon. Need a push start? Here are my Top 10 picks of art-inspired dresses- all under $100!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

And now onto this week's love!...

(To join just share something nice about someone else on any form of social media and then add your link here.)


My family, especially my sisters and my almost mother-in-law, have been really supportive and helpful with my new stylist role with Stella & Dot and it really means the world to me.

And speaking of those three, I have to love on them a little more...

Every time I see my older sister and her family, I'm totally blown away by what a great job she's doing as a mom. Plus, she made my two favorite people in the world, so that's pretty impressive. :)

My younger sister is doing such a great job on her health/fitness kick that she's completely inspiring me to get my butt in gear! I love that when she goes for it, she gives it 100%.

My future mom-in-law (my fiance's mother) is one of the nicest, most easy-going people I've ever met. And I'm so glad that she has a such a close relationship with her son. I'm pretty sure I owe her big time for how kind, patient, and loving he is to me.

And that's it for this week's double feature! I'd love to hear what you think about any and all aspects of this post in the comments section!


Eye It/Buy It/DIY It: Heavy Metal

Whether it's a space age silver mini skirt or punked-out gold-chained leggings, there's no doubt about it, metal rocks! Working the metallic trend will add a touch of glam and a touch of edge to any look.

Eye It


Metallics already make a statement on their own, so my favorite way to incorporate this trend is to stick with natural metal colors: gold, silver, copper, bronze, platinum, and pewter. Mixing these tones with neutrals like black, white, gray, tan, or even denim, keeps the look sophisticated.

Buy It

You don't need a platinum card to wear metallics. All 50 of these pieces come in under $50!


Got an old cell phone case you're not in love with anymore? Bump it up a notch with this heavy metal DIY makeover!


How you do it:

1. Cut the studs strip into the desired size and shape.

2. Lay your case on a protected surface.

3. Using the sponge brush, "paint" the case with the gesso, with acts as a primer and allows the spray paint to stick to the plastic better.

4. After the gesso has dried (at least 15 minutes), spray paint the case, making sure to cover the sides/edges evenly.

5. Let this dry for about 30 minutes and then repeat for a second coat.

6. After second coat has dried, spray the gloss coat and let dry.

7. Glue on studs with super glue and let dry.

I hope you have fun rocking your new metallic look! And come back next week for another Eye It/Buy It/DIY It!