This is Elise. 

    I hope you're ready for a lot of Project Runway references. 

    Back in high school my dream was to be a fashion designer - it was founded on a binder full of sketches and zero sewing abilities. I've since recovered from that obession. Now it's quite the opposite: I'd love to get better at sewing, but I'm definitely OK using someone else's designs. Mostly I want to be able to tailor my own clothes since I buy a lot of second hand and vintage pieces that usually need minor alterations or repairs. 

    Ambitiously, I ordered a 70's dress pattern on Etsy, grabbed some fabric from Joann's, and just... did it. It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be (to be honest it was a pretty simple pattern), but I'm still proud of myself for doing it! For a first attempt I would give myself a solid B. I'll try to wear it a couple more times, and by the time it's too warm for corduroy I'll just make it again in a lighter fabric!

    We made it out of that intro with zero Project Runway references, so I feel like I owe you a couple. Heidi doesn't think it's sexy enough, Nina likes that it feels vintage but she still doesn't really know who I am as a designer, and Zack wanted me to really wow him and I totally didn't. To be fair, it was the American Girl Doll challenge, so I think I nailed it. 

  • 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.