Eye It/Buy It/DIY It: 90s Forever

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I have a confession: My name is Ashley and I am a die-hard, full-fledged 90s addict. I think the reemergence of 90s trends over the past few seasons has been totally awesome...errr, I mean it's been like, whatever, you know, cool...I guess, if you're, like, into that sort of thing. :)

Joking aside, looking at the Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collections, I'm thrilled to see that the trend is sticking around a while longer. Just check out the looks from the Fall runways shown above: A Courtney Love-approved grunge look at Saint Laurent, a punk version of the iconic Cher Horowitz jacket at Versace, and a Manson-worthy goth style at Chanel.

 

Eye It

The gritty 90s look is all about looking tough and edgy- think combat boots, military jackets, spikes- mixed with a little comfort- grandpa sweaters, leggings, flannels- and a touch of femininity- slip dresses, ditsy florals, lace tights. And the goal is to mix it all together in a way that looks like you didn't spend a lot of money and probably woke up in it after an all-nighter. Messy hair and makeup is a plus, if not a must.

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Buy It

Get the Rayanne Graff look with my so-called 50 Under $50!

DIY It

Americana motifs and military gear were huge in the 90s, and with the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time for this Patriotic DIY Crossbody Bag. With an Army Surplus Map Case Bag, which can be found for about $10-$15 at local stores or ordered here, and just a few artistic touches, you can easily create a personalized bag that will make your Independence Day a little bit grungier and a lot more awesome.

 

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How you do it:

1. If you're using a standard Army Surplus map bag like mine, unfasten the strap from the body of the bag.

2. Unsnap the bag flap and lay it flat, facing up on a covered surface.

3. Lay down the star stencil on the upper portion of the flap, holdy it firmly in place, and lightly sponge on the white or cream fabric paint with the foam brush, leaving parts of the fabric exposed for an imperfect and worn feel. (The stars could also easily be drawn with chalk or pencil and sponged, but the stencils make it REALLY easy.)

4. Add stars spaced out somewhat evenly to the top portion of the bag flap (I made five), stopping before the stitching that seperates the bottom portion of the flap from the top.

5. Still using the white or cream paint, move down to the bottom part of the flap and create stripes. (Using 1" sponge brushes like I did makes this process very simple because you can just drag the brush evenly along and can use the stitched line as a guide. And they're really cheap!)

6. Using a light amount of blue paint, start dabbing the sponge brush onto the top portion, loosely tracing around stars. Again, this is meant to be somewhat sparse and imperfect, so don't worry about even lines or perfect coverage.

7. Repeat step 5, this time adding in the red stripes. (For mine, I wanted the red to be a bit muted and vintage looking, and since there isn't a huge variety of fabric paint colors, I added a bit of the cream color and just a dot of black to a basic red- "graying" the color to make it feel worn.

8. And since I seem to be obsessed with glue-on studs lately (and had a lot left from yesterday's DIY day), I added the optional step of gluing down a 2-stud-wide strip (trimmed with scissors) all the way down the strap.

9. Let the paint and glue dry for a few hours and then reconnect and wear!

I hope you liked this week's Eye It/Buy It/DIY It! Tell me what you think below and also if you have any trends/looks you'd like to see for a future edition of Eye It/Buy It/DIY It, speak your mind! I'd love to hear your ideas!

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EyeIt/BuyIt/DiyIt: Festival Girl Fashion

Think summer music festivals are just a bunch of drug-induced hippies in the desert? Well... they are, but they have also become some of fashion's most talked-about events. From Kate Bosworth in Topshop at Coachella to Kate Moss in....well, anything, at Glastonbury, there's no doubt this ultra-cool, dressed up/dressed down style is high fashion. Read on to find out how to incorporate the festival style into your summer wardrobe.

Eye It

The festival girl look is a careful balance: 1 part bohemian wild child, 1 part grunge rocker, and 1 part tribal spirit. Festival standards include crop tops, flat boots, denim cutoffs, band tees, romantic maxi skirts, hipster hats, tribal prints, and loads of accessories. There are no rules when it comes to mixing colors, prints, styles.

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Buy It

Rock the trend with these Festival Girl-inspired pieces- 50 under $50!

DIY It

Funky embellished sunglasses were all over Coachella, like Anna Sophia Robb's Pearl & Rose pair by Mercura NYC.

Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for FIJI

Create your own for about $8 each with this super easy DIY guaranteed to turn some heads at your next outdoor event.

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1. Stock up on sunglasses. I got mine from Forever21, which has so many different styles at only $5.80 per pair. Retro shapes like cat-eye, round, and aviator work great for the festival vibe.

2. Gather some found objects for embellishing. Here I used earrings, also from Forever21, that I found on clearance for $2. The pearls and studs I found (also on clearance!) in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby. The scrapbooking embellishments often have flat backs, which makes this project incredibly easy. Buttons, rhinestones, or any old pieces of jewelry would also work great.

3. If using jewelry, remove any extraneous parts with the wire cutters. I expected the earrings to put up a fight, but using the wire cutters is actually very easy and the pieces popped right off.

4. Glue embellishments to the frames. For heavier pieces, like the earrings, it's really necessary to hold in place for up to 2 minutes to make sure they are secure. The scrapbooking pieces, however, were secure in seconds.