Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How to DIY a crochet bag without crocheting

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A crochet bag can be a playful accessory for summer and it's a perfect DIY project. The one above, in the shape of a pineapple is from  H&M and you can buy it or use it as an inspiration to create your very own crochet bag.   I've made several drawstring crochet bags during the years, in any color. You can use cotton, wool or rafia. You can use a thread with some gold lamè and make a evening bag or choose a shaded cotton thread and make a ombre bag. Don't worry basic crochet is easier than you might think! You can learn how to crochet on you tube or use this time saver instructions to make a crochet clutch in a matter of minutes (without crocheting) similar to the one below:
  • buy two doilies (or steal them from your aunt living room)
  • put them one onto another
  • sew them together around the edges
  • leave one side open or insert a zipper or sew a button
  • and you've done!

Una borsetta di pizzo all'uncinetto è un accessorio divertente da indossare in estate ed è un perfetto progetto fai da te da ultimare rapidamente. La borsetta qui in alto a forma di ananas è prodotta da H&M. Potete comprarla o ispirarvi ad essa per creare la vostra borsetta all'uncinetto. Cosa rende speciale una borsetta fatta con le vostre mani? E' un pezzo unico. Otterrete risultati diversi ultizzando lana, cotone o rafia. Potete sceglierne il colore. Sceglierete un filato con del lamè dorato per realizzare una borsetta da sera oppure un filato melange per realizzare una borsetta sfumata. Se non siete già appassionate di uncinetto non temete, imparare è più facile di quello che sembra. Per cominciare imparate i punti base su you tube oppure se proprio non avete tempo potrete comunque realizzare una pochette all'uncinetto in pochi minuti seguendo le mie istruzioni

  • acquistate due centrini (o sfilateli da sotto i soprammobili della zia)
  • metteteli uno sull'altro
  • cuciteli insieme lungo i bordi
  • lasciate un lato aperto o cuciteci una zip o un bottone
  • voilà! la pochette è pronta


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example of round crochet bag pic via craftsy

Monday, June 25, 2012

The stiff chain heart necklace DIY


Today I used chains to make jewelry and not as a way to join two pieces together. I wanted the chain to have the leading role and I wanted to use it as a moldable wire. The problem is that chain are flexible and they don't hold a shape. I wrapped a piece of silver wire around the chain links to make them stiff and then I molded it. Here's a new necklace that will make people look twice. How can a chain hang like that? Doesn't it look magical?


Friday, June 22, 2012

How to wear neon - 4 tips to style brights according to your personality


Neon is one of the funkiest spring summer trend. Bright colors are a statement on their own so it's important to style them properly. Don't worry no strict rules really exist, fashion is supposed to be fun just find the way to wear neon that better suits your personality (or the occasion). Are you an extrovert or a more poised one? There's a neon outfit for each of you.

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Extrovert - Wear Neon all over
Your smile is your best accessory. You're full of friends and you're the life of the party. You need an outfit that matches your bubbly personality: wear neon all over. Dubious about what colors you should wear with neon? With this style you don't have to worry about that: it's neon head to toe. Neon dress with neon accessories.

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Poised  - Play down neon with neutrals
For you less is more. You're passionate about fashion and you want to wear the latest fashion trends while staying always classy. Powder tones make neon wearable even in formal/business occasions. It's the most chic way to start wearing neon colors.

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Creative - Neon accessories
Details make an outfit really personal and you know that. You're got an eye for detail and you want to show it with your clothes. Focus on neon accessories. In this way neon colors will really pop and make a statement.

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Daring - Color-block it
You're confident and you dress to impress. You're not afraid to try bold outfits to stand out of the crowd. In order to be a trend setter you must be the first to discover unexplored matches. Neon +Color block is for you. The rule is bold+bold colors, definitely a show stopper.

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What about a touch of neon in your make up too? Go for fluo eyeliners and eyeshadow pencils. Brunettes will look terrific with yellow or orange while blondes will shine with green, purple and electric blue.

Now that you found out your style it's time to DIY our neon must have dear crafty people!
Here's some inspiration

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How to DIY neon shoes using spray paint


The best way to add neon to our wardrobe is with accessories. Do you like neon but you're afraid to overdo? Match it with neutral tones. Today I'll show you how to renew a pair of shoes using neon spray paint. All you have to do is to mask all the parts of the shoes you don't want to be painted with paper scotch tape and then spray! If your shoes aren't white I suggest to spray them with white spray paint first so yellow will be more saturated. Are you ready to have fun? Head over Style.it for the full tutorial!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

4 ways to get mirror nails and why you should choose the cheapest one

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I loved these nails since I saw them on the runway. Lately I've seen more brands realized their version of mirror nail varnish and of course I had to try them! There are at least 4 ways to obtain the mirror nails effect. How much are you willing to pay to look like your nails were dipped in gold? Good news! The million dollar look you're after is cheaper than you may think!

In questo periodo vediamo comparire sugli scaffali delle profumerie dei nuovi smalti che ci promettono di ottenere unghie ad effetto specchio come quelle fotografate durante la fashion week. Saranno all'altezza delle aspettative? Ci sono almeno 4 modi per ottenere unghie cromate.  Quanto dovrete spendere per ottenere unghie riflettenti e lucide come se fossero state immerse nell'oro? Fortunatamente meno di quanto pensate!


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It should last 2 weeks.

Minx manicure. L'originale manicure fotografata durante la fashion week. Solo in un salone per le unghie.




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Mirror effect nail polish.
Many brands produced their version of mirror nail polish (Maybelinne mirror magic - Stargazer - China Glaze Millennium - Zoya Trixie
Layla mirror magic to name a few).
To obtain a better effect polish your nails before applying the varnish and finish it with a top coat because these tend to chip easily.
I tried Pupa mirror nail polish and I was disappointed with the result. For me it doesn't look like a mirror at all.  If you're looking for a real mirror effect, I mean a reflective effect skip these.

Smalti mirror effect
Come vi ho accennato prima ci sono diversi smalti che promettono di poter ottenere un effetto specchiato (Pupa mirror effect - Zoya Trixie - Layla mirror magic per nominarne alcuni). Prima di applicarli l'unghia va lucidata e vanno poi protetti con un top coat perchè tendono a scheggiarsi facilmente. Se state cercando l'effetto riflettente però questi smalti non fanno al caso vostro.



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Nail rock nails wraps
Nail wraps $11
These can give you the minx  manicure effect on a budget. I would definitely try these after reading Carly's easy step to step tutorial on how to apply them on  nails. I loved the result she got.

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How to apply nail wraps - Carly's step by step tutorial

Con questi adesivi per le unghie potrete ottenere un effetto simile alla minx manicure ad un prezzo decisamente ridotto. Per sapere come applicarli date un'occhiata al tutorial di Carly .

On top of the 4 ways to obtain mirror nails we have....
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pic via Goose glitter

Glue on chrome nails $6
For once the the best option is also the cheapest one! If you want real reflective nails go for fake nails! They will be thicker than real nails but you'll get a real mirror. Just glue them on and you're ready to go! Here's a quick easy way to get the high fashion look on a budget!
 P.S. (Sally Hansen's chrome nails are on ebay starting from $0.99)

In cima alla mia lista dei 4 modi per ottenere unghie ad effetto specchio troviamo:
Le unghie finte! Anche se più spesse delle unghie vere sono le uniche ad assicurarvi l'effetto cromato e riflettente. Per una volta il risultato migliore è assicurato dall'opzione più economica. Non male!

Monday, June 11, 2012

crystal headband DIY

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A few days ago London celebrated the Queen's diamond jubilee with spectacular celebrationsIn 2012 the royal family is still very fascinating. 
The Queen Elisabeth II definitely is a style icon (and long before Kate Middleton). Her style choices are very sharp and she's always perfectly polished in her matched outfits and accessories. She's not a fashion victim that will fall for trends (even if her beloved pastels are popular right now) and she's not interested in high fashion either but I think that she would admire Oscar de La Renta fall 2012 collection! It's a very elegant and opulent collection played around pastel colors. Dresses are heavy embellished with jewels. I istantly thought that these are the kind of dresses the modern royalty could wear. The embellished headband every model wears during the runway really captured my attention. It's a bold accessory that can be worn during an elegant night and it's very quick to make.

In questi giorni Londra celebra i 60 anni di regno della sua amata regina Elisabetta II.
La sovrana ha le idee molto chiare su cosa le piace indossare ed è sempre impeccabile nei suoi completi ed accessori perfettamente abbinati. Le sue scelte in fatto di stile vanno al di là dei trend stagionali e servono invece a supportarla nel suo ruolo istituzionale. La regina ha un sarto personale che si occupa dei famosi tailler pastello ma se dovesse scegliere un designer famoso sono sicura che rimarrebbe conquistata da Oscar de La Renta che nella collezione per il prossimo inverno ha presentato degli abiti eleganti riccamente decorati da gioielli. Un lusso decisamente regale declinato nei toni pastello. Che si sia davvero ispirato alla regina d'Inghilterra? 

I fermacapelli gioiello indossati da tutte le modelle ci offrono lo spunto per creare un accessorio importante da indossare durante una serata elegante.


Avrete bisogno di: un fermacapelli - del raso grigio - una spilla - colla

This is an unecessary step for you but I wanted to show you the trick. I wanted my headband to be larger so I glued on it a thick net.

Questo non è uno step necessario ma volevo mostrarvi questo trucco. Se volete allargare la fascia fermacapelli vi basterà incollarci una striscia di retina rigida.


It's all about covering the headband with a new fabric. I only added a little pleat in the middle to make the headband more dynamic.
La tecnica è semplice: dovete coprire di stoffa il fermacapelli e poi bloccarla con la colla. Tagliate poi la stoffa in eccesso.

The final touch is the brooch in the middle. Now you have your sparkly new fascinator. It would be also a nice DIY alternative to a wedding tiara.

Il tocco finale: appuntate una spilla luminosa al centro e il vostro fermacapelli gioiello è pronto!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Flame shoes DIY

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My favorite shoes are on fire! Wait there's no need to extinguish it! My new diy shoes  take inspiration from the craziest shoes of the season: the flame shoes. I cut red and white pvc in the shape of flames and I glued them onto a pair of black pumps impatient to get a new personality. Now they're ready to set the party on fire!


Le mi scarpe preferite hanno preso fuoco! Non c'è bisogno di correre a spegnere l'incendio. Le mie nuove scarpe DIY si ispirano ad alcuni  tra gli accessori più pazzi della stagione e oggi vi mostrerò come realizzare il vostro paio incollando del pvc rosso e bianco su un paio di scarpe classiche impazienti di sfoggiare un aspetto più accattivante.

The inspiration clockwise: Prada flame shoes - Jimmy Choo flame boots 2009 - Topshop western flat boots
Born to be wild shoes - red and white pvc - un paio di scarpe classiche e del pvc rosso e bianco

First step 

flame pattern
The pattern is designed for these peep-toe pumps but you can easily change its edge to fit your shoes!
Il modello si adatta alla scarpa che ho personalizzato. Potete facilmente cambiarne il bordo per adattarlo alle vostre scarpe.
Flames are easy to draw, they are all V- Per disegnare delle fiamme disegnate delle V
Copy my drawings onto the pvc and cut the shape. - Copiate i miei disegni sul pvc e ritagliateli!
 I cut the red shapes a little bit smaller than white ones then I glued them together
Ritagliate le stesse forme bianche e rosse - ritagliate quelle rosse solo un po' più piccole e incollatele una sull'altra
I reinforced the flame at the back with black leather so they can burn in the air
then I glued these shapes onto the shoes.
Rinforzate il retro delle fiamme incollandoci altra pelle così rimarranno dritte. Infine incollate le forme sulle scarpe

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sheer maxi skirt with side slit DIY

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Sheer skirts appeared on runways and have been loved by many celebrities but the buzz about them started on the web. These skirts quickly became bloggers'favorite and started to be photographed everywhere. With so many bloggers suggesting you ways to style them it's your turn to fall in love with  the sheer skirt. Today I'll show you the easiest way to make a sexy but not to revealing skirt. I added a side slit that multiplies the ways to wear it. You can put the slit on one side, on the tight (like Angelina), on the back or on the center front.
You'll need:
  • chiffon fabric
  • lining fabric
  • 1 cm wide elastic band








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Fold the sheer fabric and sew the side, sew only 40 cms- Repeat the process for the lining
This is how the side slit looks

Put the lining into the sheer fabric.
Turn over the sheer fabric on the inside a couple of cms.
Make two seams with 1 cm of distance. Leave one side open. This is where you insert the elastic band.
Cut the elastic band the lenght of your waist.
With the help of a safety pin insert the elastic band into the skirt.
You're adjusting the skirt to the size of your waist and you'll gather some fabric.
Block the elastic with a few stitches and the skirt is done!



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Friday, June 1, 2012

Silk Ribbon statement necklace DIY

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Some meters of satin ribbon and an easy waving technique is all you need to make these color block statement necklaces. They'll add color and personality to any simple outfit.
Discover the step by step tutorial to make the second necklace you'll need 4 meters of blue ribbon and 4 meters of green one, 1,5 cms wide.
The pink big necklace you see above has been made with 10 meters of blue and pink ribbons and then  twisted  to give a 3d effect to it and to better show its colors.