Friday, April 18, 2014

Congratulations to this week's winner, Casey Hudson!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coachella Fashion 2014

(photo by: Colin Young-Wolff / Weekly)

Coachella, Coachella, COACHELLA!  No matter how you say it (yes it actually is pronounced
"Co-a-chella") with the first weekend over, and everyone gearing up for the second weekend fast approaching, there's one thing that hasn't disappointed this year.... the fashion!  Yes there are some truly amazing bands, DJs, and artists performing... more on that in another post... but for now.... have you seen the outfits?!!

In true form, the hotter the temperatures rise, the less festival goers wear, and the more inventive everyone gets for cover-ups and accessories.  So rather than me talk any more about this, I'll just give you what you want!  Tons of photos (shot by Colin Young-Wolff).  Feast your eyes on all the Coachella fashion 2014 glory!!!

(photo by: Colin Young-Wolff / Weekly) 

(photo by: Colin Young-Wolff / Weekly)


(photo by: Colin Young-Wolff / Weekly)

(photo by: Colin Young-Wolff / Weekly)

(photo by: Colin Young-Wolff / Weekly)

(photo by: Colin Young-Wolff / Weekly)

(photo by: Colin Young-Wolff / Weekly)
 
(photo by: Colin Young-Wolff / Weekly)

(photo by: Colin Young-Wolff / Weekly) 

(photo by: Colin Young-Wolff / Weekly)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MTV Movie Awards 2014 - What They Wore!

(photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Man... was this a super packed weekend or what?  We saw the first weekend of Coachella fest, and also on Sunday, the MTV Movie Awards 2014.  There was seriously so many Instagram pics, red carpets, swanky parties, and performances this weekend that it's also dizzying.  Almost!

(photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

(photo: Jeff Kravitz/Filmmagic)

So before I delve into the first weekend of Coachella fashion later in the week, I thought I'd recap some of the best fashion moments from the red carpet of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.  The show itself was packed with celebs like Lupita Nyong'o, Jessica Alba, Ellie Goulding, Zac Effron (shirtless of course) and Nicki Minaj, wearing designers like Versace, Balmain, and Chanel.  And we saw performances by Ellie, Rihanna, and Eminem.  

Take a look at some of the red carpet pics below.  Which was your favorite look?

(photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

(photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

(photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV)

(photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

(photo: Jeff Kravitz/Filmmagic)

(photo: Gilbert Flores/BroadImage)

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Friday, April 11, 2014

DIY Weave Sweatshirt / Sweater Cutout Design


How about a little DIY fun for the weekend?!  Video tutorial of this and other DIY designs at the end!

I created this DIY sweater / sweatshirt weave back design in about 10 minutes.  All it takes are some scissors, a little bit of sewing (super easy) and an old sweater or sweatshirt that you want to reconstruct. I thought this would be perfect for the springtime, so that you don't have to toss your warm sweaters in the back of the closet for the next 6 months.

The steps are pretty simple!  First off, cut out the entire back of your sweater!


Then, taking the back that you cutout, trim off the bottom portion if it has some type of stitching or design that is different from the rest of the back.


Using a tape measure, measure down the side of the back to create the width of your strips.  I went with 6 strips, you can do more or less.  Mine are 2.5" in width.  After measuring, I took my scissors to snip off every 2.5" inches to mark my place.



Then, you guessed it folks!  Cut off your strips.  



Lay out your strips in the pattern formation that you want to create to have an idea of how it will look when finished.  I went for a crossed back, and will weave the strips into one another.  


Then, placing right sides together, you want to sew your first strip to the edge of the neckline that has been cut off.  You can hand sew in a matter of minutes, or use a machine.


I went ahead and sewed each strip of the first set of 3 to the back, in diagonal patterns.  The top neck strip crosses to just under the arm of the opposite side, and the other 2 are parallel to that, with the last one hitting just under the starting arm, and connecting to the bottom of the sweater.


Then, I sewed the tops of the next set of 3 strips on the opposite side, in their correct positions.  Before sewing the bottoms, take each strip, and weave it through the first set, under-over-under like you see below.


Sew the bottoms of the last 3 woven strips and voila!  You're done!  Wear your repurposed sweater or sweatshirt with pride!  



Here is a video of this tutorial, and 3 other DIY sweater cutting ideas for you to enjoy!  The other tutorials don't require any sewing!


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Congratulations to this week's winner, Nelida Silva!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Fashion Trend: Minimalism How To


One of my favorite spring fashion trends this year, and really any year, is chic minimalism.  It conveys a message of sophistication, simplicity, elegance, and a level of polish that is actually quite easy to achieve.  Video of this look in action at the end! 

This is one of those looks where less truly is more, and you don't have to worry about blending color palates, as this look generally consists of white, black, and neutral tones.  So today we look at my new favorite head-to-toe statement:  wearing all white.


When working this look, think clean and simple.  I chose this strapless body suit not only because it is all white top to bottom, which automatically makes you look taller and thinner, but for its prime fit silhouette.  When you're wearing all white, my advice is to shoot for looser fit layers, as white tends to highlight bulges if worn to skin tight!  Yikes!

Avoid the temptation to add a pop of color to this look.  That would draw all the attention, and negate the very essence of minimalism.


Instead, opt for white accessories with metallic details in gold or silver, and the same goes for your shoes.  And for the ultimate chic-ness?  Make those shoes heels rather than flats!  

Keep your makeup and hair sleek and simple, and you've built a stunning look in no time at all!  Love that!  

Here's my video with this look in action, as well as several other outfit ideas and tips:




What do you think of the minimalist trend?

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Friday, April 4, 2014

David Beckham in Swimwear. Need I Say More?


Honestly, I could leave this post completely void of words.  I mean, who of you are even reading this right now?  There's a photo of David Beckham, nearly in the buff, wearing a tiny little pair of white swimsuit bottoms.  So really, who's reading my words?

In case you are... stop!  Haha, no just kidding.... Well, as I see it, any day is a good day when David Beckham takes off his clothes.  Heck, one photo can make the entire week better!

So here are the newest gems from the new H&M campaign just rolling out, featuring the gorgeous 38-year-old sports wonder boy in all his tattooed glory, posing in trunks, swim shorts (God bless em) and boardshorts, shot by Glen Luchford (thank you thank you!).


I won't fluff this post up with any more details about the hemline, fabric, stitching, or where the fabric came from... but I will tell you that it's quite possible these photos will be on mammoth display as larger than life images at a few stores, if their former campaign has any say in it!

So with that I bid you a good weekend!  You're welcome.

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