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Month: January 2019

Nifty Gifties: Galentine’s Day Earrings

Nifty Gifties: Galentine’s Day Earrings

Here’s a simple DIY that’s perfect for making Galentine’s Day Gifts for all the awesome ladies in your life! To start with, gather cute little appliques and heart-shaped buttons. Next, check out our Flower Applique Earrings post for a complete list of supplies and step-by-step instructions. Additional supply links can be found at the end of this post!

At the start of the project, I like to coat the appliques with Mod Podge glue. This adds shine and stiffness to the appliques, while preventing threads from unraveling. Once the Mod Podge has dried, you can attach the earring backings!

In this post, I created both post and dangle earrings with the appliques. For the dangle earrings, I used a darning needle to poke small holes in the larger appliques. I then inserted the earring wires into the holes. Easy!

I let the glue dry on the post backings for several hours, and then Ta-da! We have a bouquet of cute earrings!

I may have to keep a few pairs for myself!!

For gifting, I created display cards from plain gift tags. My handy darning needle was perfect for poking tiny holes in the cards for inserting the earrings. I added earring backings and a cute lace ribbon for the win!

These will make such sweet gifts for the gal pals! (I love how lightweight they are for mailing, too!) Of course, you could invite your friends to a Galentine’s celebration and make some together! How fun would that be?!

Here are some supplies to get you started!

Fashion Challenge: Leopard Print Love

Fashion Challenge: Leopard Print Love

Brittany and I have been eyeing leopard print items at Goodwill for quite a while. With a little encouragement from our favorite fashion magazines, we decided to embrace the trend! The Partners in Craft took a walk on the wild side…

We soon realized that to truly pull off leopard, one has to have a sense of humor.

At the end of the day, leopard print adds an extra touch of stylishness. No matter how crazy we are as individuals or how many goofy photos we take, we look more sophisticated doing it thanks to leopard.

Be a little “wild” and try incorporating leopard print into your wardrobe! An open mind and a sense of humor will make your leopard outfit complete (and completely fun)! 😉

Thrift Store Style: Menswear Sweaters

Thrift Store Style: Menswear Sweaters

Especially at this time of year, Lindee and I are on the hunt for thrift store sweaters comfy and cosy enough to counter the January blahs. On a recent thrifting trip, we made sure to search both the women’s AND men’s clothing sections! Some of our favorite boxy sweaters are actually menswear scores! The addition of leggings, slim jeans, and/or boots helps to offset the larger size of the sweaters, while the cozy knits make us smile! Here are some of our favorites!

We wore these sweaters on our thrifting trip! My sweater is men’s Nautica, while Lindee’s is from Banana Republic. We practiced our “penguin huddle” to stay warm during picture taking! 🙂

Lindee’s awesome vintage pullover is a favorite from this post. Here cap, scarf, and boots help to play up the menswear vibe!

Another classic sweater, this time from Ralph Lauren! Although Lindee’s is thrifted, you can find the bear sweaters going strong in men’s, women’s, and kid’s wear from this Ralph Lauren show! (Check this post to discovered which celebrity tried to copy Lindee’s style!!)

I love that this Tommy Hilfiger sweater is long enough to wear with leggings! Finding a sweater that is long enough but not too large in the shoulders is challenging, so I was thrilled when I found this wool number! Boots and my favorite hat kept me warm on a trip to San Francisco’s Japantown.

Menswear sweaters make us smile! Say cheese!

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