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DIY: Get Dashing Diva’s Abstract French Manicure From The Cushnie Et Ochs Show

Nail guru Pattie Yankee worked with Dashing Diva Nails to create the gold, abstract French manicure above for the Cushnie et Ochs spring 2011 fashion show. The gold foil mimics the dripping effect that was present in the collection. But the semi-haphazard application of the foil also gives the nails a grungy, resurrection feeling. Metallics continue to be a major nail trend this season, but what’s refreshing about this design is that it’s not meant to look perfect. It’s the perfect DIY manicure for adventurous style geeks. Find out how you can get this abstract French manicure in only two easy steps, after the jump. Keep reading »

DIY: Update Your Home With A Bright, Striped Wall

Usually, looking through my Facebook updates feed is cause for extreme boredom. On the rare occasion that it provides something I’m actually interested, I regain faith in mankind and blog about the glorious occurrence. This is one of those times. Amidst a sea of updates about peoples’ puppies and boyfriends and stuff was a pretty nifty project from Jeff Simmermon, Facebook friend and man who brought us all those Types of Bitches. Jeff used scissors, tape and a few hours to make a striped accent wall in his living room and we’re a little bit in love with it. Project details after the jump. [Flickr] Keep reading »

DIY Coffee Lid Art Project

We’ve always been a little skeptical about the idea of making “art” out of garbage. Ribbon and a headband? Yes. A bit of old chain and the brooch your grandma gave you? Definitely. Two-day-old coffee filters and a sandwich wrapper? Maybe not. That said, we’ve got to give props to the guy who realized that disposable coffee cup lids and a few pieces of cardstock would look really cool together. Cop his style by saving your next dozen or so lids, picking up some of this paper and going to town. All you have to do is cut uniform squares slightly larger than your largest lid, hot glue the lids in the center of the squares you’ve cut and mount them at an even distance on a larger piece of colored cardboard backing. Mount that bitch on your wall and immediately become craftier than your friends. [Advertising Is Good For You] Keep reading »

DIY THE Balmain Blazer

Everyone loves the Balmain look — dripping in studs, accentuated with grommets, and full of decoration. The price, however, makes your wallet hurt just thinking about it. But thanks to the good world of the internet and a few fancy DIY individuals, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t create your own Balmain-inspired pieces. Read on for a few tips to keep in mind while turning your plain Jane blazer into an embellished one worthy of Christophe Decarnin’s aesthetic. Keep reading »

HUDSON D.I.Y. Capsule Collection: How To Mix Designer Jeans With Lower-End Items

Hudson jeans, designed by Ben Taverniti, is gearing up to launch four capsule collections this April and May at Barneys New York, Jeffrey, and other boutiques. The four collections offer something for everyone: the “Minimalist” reduces jeans back to the purest and simplest state but has quilting accents to add depth; “Resurrection” offers recycled Hudson denim that is cut and re-engineered into new, one-of-a-kind pairs; and the “Subversion” adds of-the-moment military-inspired details, like cargo pockets, to skinny jeans. But my favorite new Hudson collection this season is “D.I.Y.”

The “D.I.Y.” jeans are meant to look as if you took apart a pair of everyday jeans and hand-styled and re-sewed them into something completely different. They have exposed flies, cut waistbands, holes, and zippers that run up the thighs. I have a pair with exposed darts running down the back of my thighs, and this is the first time I’ve seen a sexy detail like this in denim. Although the jeans run about $995 for the “Resurrection” collection and between $215 and $325 for the others, they’re investment pieces that you’ll wear repeatedly because of their unique construction and quality fabric. And just because Hudson jeans cost a pretty penny doesn’t mean everything you wear them with has to be designer. Check out how I styled my pair with lower-end items that were already in my wardrobe. Keep reading »

DIY Cartier-Esque Bracelet

We’re fans of this cheap-y, cute take on Cartier’s Charity Love bracelets. So when we saw these copycat bracelets over at P.S. I Made This, we planned a trip to the hardware store. The supplies for each bracelet cost less than a couple bucks, so make a bunch, stack them together and get a bright bangle look going. [P.S. I Made This] Keep reading »

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