the jazz age is beautiful

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sometimes i think that i was born in the wrong era. i often find myself wishing i could experience city life in the 1920’s or go way back to ancient egyptian times. definitely my two favorite parts of history. i watched the great gatsby by baz luhrmann on opening night (which i thought was a very pretty movie) so i got inspired to make this roaring twenties inspired post.

ps, check out my roaring twenties pinterest board!

01 vamp shoe with ankle straps from zara. $49.90
can’t go wrong with zara shoes

02 rouge dior lipstick in zinnia red from dior, $32

03 the great gatsby collection savoy headpiece from tiffany’s, $200,000

04 limited edition hexagon bead dress from topshop, $240

05 i’m gonna charleston back to charleston by coon-sanders original nighthawk orchestra

06 finger waves as seen on marion cotillard (from the 2003 movie jeux d’enfants)

07 1920’s art deco engagement ring from erie basin, sold

08 chanel no. 5 from chanel, $75
this was my great grandmother, leonila’s scent

09 f. scott fitzgerald classics, book cover designed by coralie bickford-smith in 2010
probably one of my favorite book cover designs in the whole world. even more beautiful in person.

10 honey sage gin fizz with smoked honey bacon rim, recipe from how sweet it is
gin was very popular in the 1920’s. and bacon. how can anyone go wrong with bacon?

11 cloche hat, image source unknown
they’re my favorite

12 times square from the new york times building in 1922, image from the 212

13 celebration of the end of alcohol prohibition, 1933, image from wsj/corbis

14 harper’s bazaar, december 1924 cover

15 evening gown by norman hartnell, 1924 from the book "decades of fashion"

a minty tote makeover

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say hello to my new spring tote! a super cheap, quick & easy transformation.


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springtime.01 lillet rose spring cocktail from martha stewart living, april 2012
02 gold line stud by garnish from steven alan, $42 each
03 lip colour in nude lamé from & other stories, £12
04 mint chair styled by charlotte love
05 spring by two door cinema club, from beacon
06 styling an indoor garden by emily henderson
07 goat cheese & balsamic ice cream from brooklyn supper
08 balloon & floral garland string from tikkido
09 floral shorts from lookbook/aneta m.
10 beet chips from martha stewart weddings
11 spring doors of noe valley, san francisco from instagram
12 minimal nude & gold nails from instagram
13 jitney wedge in clambake from maraisusa, $110

springtime.

01
 lillet rose spring cocktail from martha stewart living, april 2012

02 gold line stud by garnish from steven alan, $42 each

03 lip colour in nude lamé from & other stories, £12

04 mint chair styled by charlotte love

05 spring by two door cinema club, from beacon

06 styling an indoor garden by emily henderson

07 goat cheese & balsamic ice cream from brooklyn supper

08 balloon & floral garland string from tikkido

09 floral shorts from lookbook/aneta m.

10 beet chips from martha stewart weddings

11 spring doors of noe valley, san francisco from instagram

12 minimal nude & gold nails from instagram

13 jitney wedge in clambake from maraisusa, $110

diy party garlands

I made party garlands using these colorful blind samples from the Aggie ReStore. Random, right?? The ReStore is selling these blind samples for a penny each.  

diy necklace charm. cost: less than a 10¢

I volunteer for the Aggie ReStore on campus and we’re selling these metal things (I honestly don’t know what they are for) for a penny each. Conveniently, we also have jumper rings for sale in store (also for a penny each!). I made a necklace charm out of them. If you go to UC Davis, check out the ReStore and try this project. It’s a bargain and you get to reuse supplies! :)

diy: glass bottle candle holders

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I threw a housewarming slash tea party sort of gathering a few weeks ago so I thought it would be a neat idea to use the clear glass bottles I had laying around for décor. I got this idea from Pinterest (Elle Decor UK, December 2009— I think!). Such a great idea! I used my pink sake bottle, a smaller rice vinegar bottle, and the rest are wine bottles. The candles I bought from the thrift store for 20 cents each (they were really long, but I had to cut them in half for this purpose).

'cities' stenciled on fabric

I love eating at The Grove in the city because of its beautiful interior, mismatched decor and cozy atmosphere. I actually found this cool print hanging on the wall and I wanted to have something like it in my apartment.

I decided to stencil a list of city names onto dark fabric. Click here for my tutorial if you want to learn how to stencil.

I wanted my print to have this homemade, stencil-y look so I purposely didn’t give it an even coat of screenprint ink. I bought the frame from the thrift store and stained it a darker color. I decided to pin the fabric onto the cardboard backing of the frame.

diy: how to create frame backing board

My friend went to NYC and came back with a world map for me. Needless to stay, I was super stoked to have this lovely map— I’ve always wanted one! Framing it would have cost me more than I wanted to spend. I still wanted to frame it but I also wanted to give it a vintage and homemade look.

Like I always do, I turned to the thrift store to look for a large frame. I found this awesome light wooden frame for about $2 without a backing. I couldn’t wait to hang this print so instead of going to the store, I walked around my new apartment complex during move-in weekend and found a ton of flattened boxes. After finding a clean box, I decided to make my own frame backing board.

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diy: chalkboard

Chalkboards are awesome, I actually prefer them over whiteboards. Some of the lecture halls on campus use chalkboards and I really wish I could bring one of those giant boards home to use! I had trouble finding decent sized chalkboards in stores (I found some online but they cost about $50+) and I went to the Bargain Barn on campus and failed to find one (the Bargain Barn is where departments dump their office furniture and the school sells them to the public). I decided to make my own chalkboard instead.

I headed to the local SPCA thrift store where I found a picture frame with a glass and a print for $5.00. I told the cashier I didn’t want the glass or the print, so he gave me the frame for $2.00. Luckily, they were giving out a discount that day, which made the frame $1.90. BEST DEAL EVER. 

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diy: jewelry holder

I’m obsessed with accessories (especially necklaces!!!) but I needed a place to store them. I wanted some sort of accessory tree instead of putting them in a drawer where my necklaces could easily get tangled together. With materials I already had, I created this framed jewelry holder. I got the frame from the thrift store for a dollar or two and obtained the cork board from campus for free. 

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diy: tiered dessert stand

I’ve always loved drinking tea but I fell in love with “afternoon tea” after my trip to England. I really wanted to throw a tea party for my Californian friends, but I didn’t have a dessert stand. I didn’t know where to get one around here either and if I did find one, I’m sure I would have spent more money than I wanted to. Fortunately, I came across this tutorial by Centsational Girl, where I got the idea to use plates and glasses to create a dessert stand. I decided to do things a little differently.

The 3 plates and 2 drinking glasses were all thrifted, ranging from 50¢-$1.00 each. I’m pretty sure they cost me $4-5 total. The sealant was $6 (I have plenty left after this project).

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diy: jar soap dispenser

I don’t love the idea of hoarding things, but I have to admit I’m a jar and glass hoarder. I definitely took after my mother who uses jars to store our sugar and other kitchen ingredients. She would keep empty jars under our sink to reuse, a habit I acquired from her. I love saving jars from the recycling bin because I know one day I will need it for something, not just for kitchen but for every room in the house. 

One day, I was listing the uses of jars in my head and voilà- thought of this project. I don’t really find most soap bottle packaging that attractive in the first place… Oh, I chose a hexagon jar because it’s one of my favorites (besides masons). 

I really like this project because it cost me nearly nothing. All I had to pay for was a new bottle of liquid soap (like what, 99¢?) and the Rust-Oleum spray that I could reuse for other things(~$4). I already had everything lying around my house. I definitely encourage you to look around your house for some of the materials instead of having to buy a new jar or a soap pump. Half of the fun is saving money and reusing what you already own to create something new.

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diy: How to Stencil with Freezer Paper

I started stenciling when I was a freshman in high school. I wanted to make band tees because I didn’t like the ones they sold in stores. I lurked this one crafting blog on Livejournal for answers and I found it: STENCILING


If you want to put designs on a shirt, a tote bag, a piece of fabric, ANYTHING, then try this method out. It’s great if you don’t have access to a screen printing machine (stenciling is cheaper too, especially if you already have some of these supplies). Luckily, for this specific project I already had everything so the only thing I bought was this $1.00 frame from the thrift store. SWEET. Say hello to my new living room wall.

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diy: cloth pinboard

I was at the right place at the right time. During the summer, the university was demolishing these temporary buildings by where I worked. One day I had to go in there and salvage reusable school supplies back to the office. I also had to carry random things to the dumpster, including a bunch of these “pinboard” squares. I think a wall was made out of these pinboard squares, I’m assuming it was for a design class where students had to pin up their work for critique. Anyway, I asked my supervisor if I could take a few of these boards and she totally didn’t care so viola! Time to craft!

Since the boards were free, the only thing I spent money on were on the fabrics (ranging from $5-8 total). A great place to get cork boards very cheap is at the thrift store. I’ve seen plenty there. 

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diy: clipped feather hair piece

Here’s a little something for your hair this spring & summer!

When I was still in high school and worked in retail, I saw this feather + suede hair piece that I found really interesting. It was too pricey for what I thought it was really worth, so I made a makeshift one using supplies I already had. I didn’t have to buy a single thing. I lost the original a few weeks ago and decided to make one that would stay in my hair better (I used bobbi pins last time… go figure). A number of people have been asking me about it or where I bought it, so here’s a post on how to make one.

This project cost me $5 because I already had everything from past projects except for the bag of feathers ($3) and wood beads ($2).

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