DIY | Top with Peplum

freshlygiven diy peplum top

freshlygiven diy peplum top

freshlygiven diy peplum top

freshlygiven diy peplum top

Shame on me for skipping out on the DIY fun. In my defense, I’ve been stacking up ideas but they’ve simply been tucked away, warm and comfy in the right hemisphere of my brain.

Naturally, I wanted to start back up with the idea that has been most nagging. I do love a woman in a peplum, and more so their ability to flatter the waist without revealing too much. I’ve watched them grace the hips of many screen gems on Turner Classic Movies. Plus the varieties are as vast as the women who wear them.

This tutorial shouldn’t take you long. It is pretty simple if you already have a top (or tee) you want to add some love to. (This tutorial can get you started) Hand-stitching is also an option if you have the endurance of a Titan. I, on the other hand, do not and pulled out the sewing machine.

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Flipped | Velvet Dress to Holiday DIY Guide (III) – The Bow {DIY + Tutorial}

This is part III of the Velvet Dress to Holiday DIY Guide. Read Part II – The Gift Adornment.

Unfortunately I don’t have the pleasure to work in Corporate America. So at this time of year I cross my fingers hoping for an invitation to someone’s company Christmas party. They usually have tons of great food, can afford a REAL DJ, and come with photobooths.

If and when I have the pleasure of attending one, I’ll take my new velvet bows with me. They are versatile, and so cute on. Here are just a few examples of what you can do. Wear one on the front of a blouse or dress, the tops of your shoes, or even the backs of your heels. Simply secure with pins or closed bobby pins. If you have more suggestions, I’d love to see them.

Find the tutorial after the jump.

I’m wearing:
Dress: H&M
Pumps: JCrew

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Flipped | Velvet Dress to Holiday DIY Guide (I)

It was a bit difficult titling this post. Especially since the purpose is to basically show you all how I saved face. Yes, it’s true, I set out to make something spectacular and, well, embarrassed myself. I blame it on the underlying pressure during this time of year to really kick things into high gear. Especially with people having more free time (i.e. vacation) which usually equals more perusing the blogosphere.

Either way, I enjoyed making this “Gift Guide,” that name still doesn’t seem right, and I hope you can use something. They are all super simple and involve 1 (one) 80’s style saucy-red velvet dress.

I’ll see you tomorrow with the first edition.


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Flipped | Men’s Jeans to Vest {DIY & Tutorial}

Last weeks jeans to dress post was only the beginning of my new found interest in transforming my husbands jeans into wearable somethings. Wearable for me that is.

After another session of scissors and Derek Lam inspiration, I claimed yet another pair as my own.

The inspiration, a jacket by Derek Lam via  The Satorialist:

I had the opportunity to do a guest post for Sally of sallyannk and I’d love for you to check it out. You just may find it pleasing.

Sneak peek:

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