Your favorite dress recycled

Living in Italy for months on just a few suitcases means you must recycle your favorite pieces. I wore this dress on New Years but wanted to bring it back in a new way last night.

 

Guess leopard long-sleeve sweater dress with back cutout.

Guess leopard long-sleeve sweater dress with back cutout.

I decided to turn the above dress into a top by tucking it into my Express pencil skirt.

Express black denim pencil skirt.

Express black denim pencil skirt.

Mixing and matching items will expand your closet in a creative way. This can be used with shorts and jeans too. I like the pencil skirt with a tucked in tight dress because it is smooth and ties together great!

 

My favorite dress recycled into a shirt & skirt outfit.

My favorite dress recycled into a shirt & skirt outfit.

Gel Mani & Pedi at home!

It all started back in the day for me with Lee press-on nails. I have memories of sitting on my bedroom floor laying out my color collection and picking the look for that day. I was constantly doing my own nails hoping to not spill on my white carpet (which happened too often). Once I grew up and made my own income, I would visit my local nail salon every 10 days or so to get my acrylics filled with a gel top coat and pedi.. Choosing the design, color, shape, etc. is a fun way to express your style and mood.

Well… Living in Italy and starting my own online boutique has changed things in my life, like not getting my nails done in hopes of being frugal. Not to mention there aren’t nail shops on every corner like we lucky girls have in Tampa or any metro U.S. city for that matter. But this does not stop me from looking polished and keeping a fresh coat!

I discovered the Deborah Lippmann gel coat polishes before leaving the states during one of my many trips to Ulta. This kit comes with a base coat and a top coat. First apply the base coat and let dry (dries quick), next add a color if you wish, finally add your top coat. This  extends your manicure, helps avoid chipping, and gives you that professional look.

You can also purchase Deborah Lippmann color polish as recommended, I have used a variety of brands for the color and it seems to be just fine. My tip is apply one coat of color because if the polish becomes to thick you may see it peel off over a few days. I also love the Kiss nail art, which is extremely affordable and they really last! Create your own design with the crystals or flowers after you complete the color steps. Apply a very small amount of clear polish over the design to hold down tight for a lasting look.

Voilà!!

 

  • Healthy alternative to acrylic and salon gel
  • Save money
  • No heat  lamp required
  • Endless color options to get creative
  • Order kit online
Deborah Lippmann gel polish and Kiss nail design  decals for an at home mani & pedi.

Deborah Lippmann gel polish and Kiss nail design decals for an at home mani & pedi.

 

 

Spruce Up Your Denim

Spring is here.. Well it feels like it in some places more than others.. Its time to for spring cleaning and putting away those winter clothes. As much as I want a new spring/summer wardrobe that is not going to happen, so I was inspired to spruce up my denim shorts.

I happen to have a couple of old shirts made out of lace so I decided to go with this fabric but of course you can use anything you’d like.. Lace is hot right now as well as floral print.

Any lace shirt can be cut up for lace pockets on a pair of denim shorts.

Any lace shirt can be cut up for lace pockets on a pair of denim shorts.

Start by cutting a larger piece of fabric from the shirt, table cloth, or whatever fabric you are using. Make sure it is larger than the pocket so you can size correctly. Place this fabric on top of the pocket you will be covering, hold with push pins. Cut by tracing the size. Stitch the lace right onto the outer pocket with needle and thread. Now you have yourself a new pair of shorts to ROC!

Love the simplicity and feminine touch that the lace adds to these light washed denim shorts.

Love the simplicity and feminine touch that the lace adds to these light washed denim shorts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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