Thursday, October 29, 2015

DIY: Halloween Spider Web Skirt

Hello mates! To take my mind off life I have been cleaning, baking and now crafting. Luckily for you guys this means another DIY post! This is a really simple and cute DIY that takes about a half hour. It is perfect for any last minute costumes you might need for the big Halloween weekend coming up. Whether you were invited to an awesome party only yesterday or just love to be festive (I'm one of those) this a great little project for you! AND the best part, it's all temporary! And the skirt can be taken back to normal without ruining it at all! If you would like to make this a permanent design, use fabric glue or a hot glue gun instead of safety pins.

Here are the materials you will need:

1. Black circle skirt (or white or orange!)
2. Some white yarn
3. Fake spiders
4. Tape measure
5. Scissors
6. Safety Pins

Step One: Take the yarn and measure it out to the height of the skirt. Then add about four inches to that measurement.

Step Two: Cut out eight of these strings. If they vary in length a bit that is okay! It will only make it look more spooky!

Step Three: Attach ropes to the inside waist band of the skirt with the safety pin. 
*Note, you can make a loop with the yarn and safety pin through that for a stronger hold

Step Four: Once you have attached the strings at even intervals around the skirt it should look something like the picture the above. (Oh hello there, that's my bedroom!) You will then take your measuring tape and measure the circumference of the skirt, as shown below. You will want to take that measurement and multiple by two. Then cut more yarn with this new measurement.
For example, my circumference was thirty inches. I then cut a sixty inch string.
*Note, remember that you can always cut off at the end if you need to, but not having enough is a pain! Add a few inches for a security blanket. 

Step Five: Take your long string and, using safety pins underneath, attach at vertical intervals. Allow slack between columns to create the spider web look. 

Step Six: Repeat step five lower down, as shown above. 
*Note, you can create three layers but I decided to keep it simple and only use two!

Step Seven: Take your fake spiders and slide safety pin there there underside, then attach to skirt. I found these colorful spiders at the craft store on sale, but if you can only find the black ones, use spray paint to make them more festive! 

Step Eight: Attach spiders randomly around the skirt. Use as many or as little of them as you like! Then head out the door on Halloween wearing your adorable Halloween skirt!

If you have any questions about this DIY please post them in the comments section below or click the contact button at the top of your screen.

Happy Halloween!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I Will Always Love You

Hair Bow: Kaelahbee's Etsy Shop
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Shirt: Zara
Pinafore: Modcloth
Tights: H&M
Boots: Frye Company

I'm just going to leave these pictures here today.

I took them on Sunday, but I am late posting them as I had a rather tragic event in my life. One of my dogs was killed, in a most gruesome way. I am trying to cope with her death, but shock is still in my heart and my mind. People often forget that pets are more than just animals, but a part of the family. My sweet Jenny was the nicest dog you could ever have, and the hole she has left in my heart is aching. Any thoughts or prayers for her would be greatly appreciated. 

"Goodbye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be."
-Walt Disney


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Travel: Titusville, Pennsylvania

This past week I spent my time in a little old town about 40 miles from lake Erie. Not many people have heard of Titusville, but it has quite a history. It all started when a young man, named Drake Well, was the first successful man to drill oil out of the ground. Essentially, Titusville was the beginning of the modern oil industry. Now, all this was happening around the 1850's and there was a lot of money floating around. Walking down Main street showcases how much wealth the early citizens of Titusville really had by their beautiful homes, one after another, after another. During the towns hay-day, it was said that Titusville had more millionaires per capita than any other town in the United States. 

Towards the end of the 19th century, the oil industry in Titusville began to die down. Luckily, it was quickly replaced by the steal industry until the early half of the 21st century. In fact, my grandfather, who lived in Titusville worked for the steel company for many years. And my father, who was raised here, remembers the steel factory as if it were still there. As the steel business went down and the factory closed it's doors jobs were hard to come by and the population quickly deflated. 

Today Titusville is a very poor region in Pennsylvania, but it's old beauty charm is still peeking out if you take the time to look. As I was walking through the streets with my dad he tells me stories about every house and building in the town. Cousins who lived here and friends who lived there. It's through his stories that I can see clearly what an amazing place it used to be, especially to grow up in. Being born and raised in Southern California I have always enjoyed our family trips to the East Coast where history is so much more vibrant and evident than back home. 

This is the church where my grandparents were married. It's crazy to think that my grandmother, younger than I, got married right in this spot. Sometimes you wish time travel could just exist already! I would love to be there and see what my grandparents were like as youngins.

Jacket: Forever 21
Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: H&M
Socks: Handmade, Etsy
Boots: J Shoes

The weather in Titusville is a lovely warm in the day and cool at night. The leaves are such an extraordinary color throughout the town, I do not know how anyone cannot love this time of year. The colors of Fall are basically the essential colors in my closet and I think this outfit matched really well with the backdrop of the season. I am also so excited to be wearing boots again! This pair, which I picked up brand new at the Salvation Army, were my favorite last year. This top, a gift from my lovely sister, has also become my primary travel top. Wearing a shirt with a map on it somehow makes the trip feel more real and exciting!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

10 Reasons Why Fall Is The Absolute Best

Dress- American Eagle
Necklace- Handmade, Flea Market in Hollywood
Tights- H&M
Boots- Dr. Martens

1. Pumpkin Spice everything (I am a super fan of pumpkin spiced pancakes and popcorn!)
2. Layering weather, gosh do I miss my tights, cardigans, scarves and jackets during summer
3. The scenery, it is absolutely stunning outside. Especially on the East Coast where there are millions of trees with orange, gold and red leafs floating through the air and covering the ground
4. Thanksgiving! In the top three holidays of the year for me. No one has to buy gifts for anyone so it is anti-stress and the whole family comes together to drink and eat!
5. Speaking of holidays, Halloween is perfect in so many ways. I wish it was celebrated around the world better, everyone deserves to go trick-or-treating once in their lives. Who wouldn't want to dress up as someone else for a night and get loads of free candy??
6. Drinking loads of hot apple cider while reading a good book, something about the chillier weather makes me want to curl up on the couch everyday while I read away the hours
7. Boots! Self explanatory
8. That smell in the air, you know what I am talking about here
9. Fireplace weather... which then leads to cuddle weather!
10. Lastly, knowing you are going to see your family soon for all the holidays!

Fall is refreshing and exciting, something I look forward to every year. I normally have a hard time being happy and enjoying myself in the present and rather get excited about future plans and travels. During Fall though, I am perfectly content with the here and the now.  

Anything I am missing off my list that you absolutely love? Spread that joy by commenting on it below!


Sunday, October 18, 2015

I've Missed You!

Cardigan- Anthropologie
Dress- Urban Outfitters
Tights- H&M
Necklace- American Eagle
Boots- Fat Face

It's been over a year from my last blog post, I can't believe how quickly the time goes by! What started as a small break quickly turned into a rather large one. So much has happened in the past year that I can't fully explain it all in one blog post, so I will just sum it up! I graduated University (finally!) and I traveled more than I ever have before. I traveled along the East Coast of the United States, visited my parents in California a few times, but also did some international travel! I went to the Bahamas (twice!!), England, France, The Netherlands, Spain and Ireland! It was the most amazing year of my life. 

However, it also had some major downs. I found getting a job straight out of college wasn't what I thought it would be. A lot of tears, compromise and frustration ensued this realization. Luckily I have some amazing family and friends, not sure how I would have gotten through those lows without them. It's been a whirlwind of emotion, especially with the highs I get from traveling. I've learned a lot about who I am and what I want in my life this year, which I take as a blessing. 

Of course fashion has continued to be a creative outlet for me over the past year and I am finally ready to continue my blog, I miss expressing myself verbally and the therapeutic task of creating new DIY posts. I've also really missed you guys out there! There is so much love to be found in the fashion blogging community. 

How has your year been?? I'm looking for some new active blogs to follow as well, if you have one that I do not follow, leave a comment for me!