Damien Hirst is a British artist known for the freak-out factor in his art. He first got famous for encasing huge dead sharks in tanks of formaldehyde, and in recent years combined bling with bereavement in a diamond-encrusted skull worth about $100 million. Now to be an owner of a Hirst work, if you want one, you no longer need to have Bill Gates’ bank account; you can get discount Damien with this DIY kit put together by the artist. The package comes with a plastic skull, glue, tweezers, a paintbrush, instructions, and 8,601 crystals (the same number used in the original work). The whole shebang costs 50 pounds, or about $76, and nightmares in change. [I Artist London via Another Magazine] Keep reading »
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Gaga fans and Gleeks alike had a minor freak-out session when this week’s episode aired, because, in addition to the brilliant vocal stylings of the cast, the wardrobe department went waaaay over-the-top amazing with the costumes. Given the mass amount of outfit options in Lady Gaga’s eccentric closet, the possibility of putting an actor in those insane McQueen heels seemed almost of the question. But Chris Colfer sacrificed his feet and ankles in the name of fashion and music and offered to wear those massive platforms. Unfortunately, it seems his 11-inch feet just wouldn’t squeeze into the originals, so the wardrobe team went DIY-happy instead. Keep reading »
The bloggers over at Monoxious have truly outdone themselves with this DIY version of Ann Demeulemeester’s zipper headgear. The project requires some sewing skills, but if you’ve got that down, you’re already halfway there. Check out the instructions and consider this an option next time you’re feeling dramatic. [Monoxious via Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Thanks so much for the free stencils in the May issue! While I think it’s cool that you’re clearly listening to your readers’ cries for more DIY content and money saving tips, I’m happy to leave the fancy pubic styling to the professionals. Trust me, I’m usually a shaver and maintain my bikini line on a daily basis with some foam and a Schick. But on those occasions when I want something flirty down below — like the “Love Triangle,” “Sweetheart,” “This Way For Fun” arrow, and “Landing Strip” — I’d rather fork over $40 for Helga to do it right. Somehow the five step process required for giving myself “some down-there flair” seems dangerous, messy, and, well, cheap?
That said, these stencils will come in handy the next time I babysit a 5-year-old and we’re working on a craft project.
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Your skin needs a pick-me-up but spa prices can be steep. Give yourself a facial in the comfort of your own home with this quick and easy guide to pampering your complexion salon-style.
Check out everyone’s favorite real-sized model, Crystal Renn, and craft chick Erica Domesek of DIY blog P.S. I Made This constructing floral headbands inspired by various runway shows. Headgear is hot right now and this is a fun way to get your hands on some without spending tons of cash. Let us know how it goes if you make on yourself! Keep reading »
While Urban is big on bringing the completely new with its collab-happy creations, the company also does its fair share of recycling the old. If you’ve ever walked into your local Urban Outfitters and seen what almost look like some thrift shop fashions, you may have wondered where they come from. With its “Urban Renewal” line, designers take loads of gently worn vintage goods and figure out how to spruce them up in more trend-forward ways.
To be honest: We have mixed feelings regarding some of the Urban Renewal designs we’ve seen. Some have been absolutely cute; others look a bit like you ate three sundresses from the ’80s and puked them up. Nevertheless, we’re curious as to how these items make their ways into stores. After the jump, a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process. Who knows—seeing how these styles are made might inspire your own DIY project. [Urban Outfitters Blog] Keep reading »
Trend de la Creme has cutely dubbed the nail styles that came down the runway at Cushnie et Ochs’s New York Fashion Week Showing shrapnel manicures. I dig! Since it didn’t seem too hard to get that messed-up metal look, I decided to give it a try myself. [Trend de la Creme]
- Pick a base coat color. (I went with a deep red for V-Day, but if you want something closer to the picture, obviously go with a silver or bronze.) Don’t paint your entire hand, but work one nail at a time as you want to take advantage of the gooey surface before it dries. Paint on two to three thick coats.
- For the “shrapnel,” you can either cut up teeny pieces of aluminum foil, or any other metallic paper. Shamefully, I was out of foil, so I used a corner of a butter wrapper (what???).
- While your nail is still wet, drop your shrapnel pieces onto the surface using tweezers. It doesn’t have to be perfect or precise! The style looks better when it’s messy. You can use the tip of your tweezers to move the pieces into place, but don’t worry about getting all the ends flat—texture is good.
- Once you have your shrapnel in place and the nail is semi-dry, coat generously with clear polish. And voilà!
Spent all your dough on presents and now you’re stuck wearing that same old dress again on New Year’s Eve? Yeah, me too. But you know, it doesn’t have to be all business, er, party dress, as usual. We’re gonna turn that fancy outfit into something so fresh, peeps will be asking us where we got those fab duds thanks to these tips that won’t cost a dime! And don’t worry, girl, it’ll be our little secret. Keep reading »