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  • Thrifted Sweaters

    This is Elise. 

    Well, we're in that final FREEZING stretch before it's 80 degrees in LA again. It's too late to invest in expensive sweaters (they'll just be packed away in storage soon), so it's time to thrift (except that it's always time to thrift). 

    This haul cost me a total of $10 (including a purse and a top), and gave me some fun options for this cold spell. Since I wasn't dropping seriously money, I felt that I could experiment a little with embellishment, color, and fabric. Definitely paid off. 

    Jeans, hat, and sweaters ~ thrifted

    Sunglasses ~ Le Specs

    Tee ~ Madewell

  • Galentine's Gift DIY: Rose Water Spray

    This is Elise and Katie. 

    Just in time for Galentine's Day - THIS recipe (and some packaging ideas) for a rose oil facial spray with glycerin. These little bottles of love are a perfect gift for your gals. The rose oil is for scent mostly, but glycerin helps moisturize and calm dry or red skin, it’s great for setting make up, or just for a refreshing boost throughout the day. 

    Here's what you'll need:

    • Rose oil (you can use essential oil or rose absolute. Absolute generally has a stronger scent and is cheaper so that’s what we used). We found ours on Amazon. 
    • Vegetable glycerin. Available at Whole Foods. 
    • Distilled water. 
    • Spray bottle. We found these cute glass ones on Amazon too. 
    • Decor! Stickers, labels, etc. 

    Here’s what you’ll do:

    • Fill the container just less than 1/4 of the way with glycerin. This ratio should hold up in any container.
    • Fill the rest of the way with water. Shake it up to dissolve the glycerin into the water.
    • Add 10-20 drops of rose absolute (depending on how strong you want the scent). Shake again.
    • Add decor!
    • For best results, shake the bottle before each use. 

  • 3 Ways to Give New Life to Old Pants

    This is Elise. 

    Let’s just get started shall we? These are vintage Jordache jeans that I wasn’t totally crazy about. I felt like they needed a little something, so I used a black fabric pen and just doodled here and there. I covered one leg, but I wanted to give the other one a little breathing room, so I didn’t go crazy on them. Now I love them so much more, and have worn them more often too!

    Next we have some lil’ trousers that needed a face lift. I had these grommets lying around for so long just waiting for the right garment to adorn, and here we are. The added weight on the hem really helps the look of them as well! You can find grommets like these at Michael’s or on Amazon and they should come with the hardware you need to attach them (you’ll just need a hammer!). 

    Finally, we have another pair of vintage jeans that seemed to be calling out for flare. I based (literally copied) them on this pair from Ragged Priest. I almost purchased that pair, but I saw that the white stripes were patches of fabric and not screen printed on, which changed the feel of them to me (in a negative way). I was lucky enough to find this vintage pair and painted on the stripes myself!

    I recommend using a white pencil and a ruler to sketch on the lines before painting them. You can mix acrylic paint with a fabric medium so that it stays on better. 

    Look 1:

    Coat ~ Zara

    Tee ~ Madewell

    Shoes ~ Forever21

    Look 2:

    Earrings ~ Etsy

    Sweatshirt ~ Forever21

    Shoes ~ Converse

    Look 3:

    Sweatshirt ~ vintage

    Shoes ~ Anthropologie