DIY Studded Nail Art

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Decadent, armor-like couture is charging the runways, with opulent looks popping up in gilded corsets, beaded knits, and layered ornamental necklaces. The pieces read like renaissance gowns- almost dripping with texture and detail. The over-the-top look is staging a coup against the simple silhouettes we’ve been seeing dominate the catwalks. If you’re not quite ready to slough off the basics and switch alliances, try integrating the trend into your look on a smaller scale with layered metallic bangles, chunky bejeweled earrings or a blinged out manicure. Follow the easy DIY below to learn how to make your own studded manicure.

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DIY Holiday Gift Idea with Huff Post Teen: Crystal Amulet

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I’m so excited to have teamed up with Huff Post Teen again! If you still have some names to buy for on your holiday list, we are here to help! The DIY Crystal Amulet is a super easy and super cheap last-minute holiday gift idea that channels those witchy winter vibes seen on the runway. I bought my crystal at a flea market when I was visiting LA, but there are tons of them online- try here or here. Happy holidays, everyone!

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DIY Cupcake Nails

I have a nail art problem. When it comes to manicures, I am of the opinion that the crazier my nails look and the more things that I have glued onto them, the better they are. Nail art is definitely having a moment right now with entire blogs and salons dedicated to and specializing in the trend. Sometimes fashion and trends can feel so serious and that’s what is so refreshing about crazy nail art: it’s all about kitsch and fun. I made these cupcake nails to wear on my birthday. I couldn’t stop staring at my hands and I think I became one of those people who over-gesticulates just because I liked to wave my hands around while I had these nails on. Typing on my phone was a battle, but a small price to pay. You can also try this on your natural nails if you are super ambidextrous! The flat-back pearls I bought on Etsy, or you can use a drop of red polish in their place.

  

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DIY Lace Up Crop Top

 Smoggy summer heat making you wish you could walk around in a bikini? Lucky for you, crop tops are in and socially acceptable. Candy from Taylor & Demolish, Erin from Thanks I Made It and I decided to get together and each make a different crop top DIY. Check out their versions and see below for mine- inspired by Alexander Wang Resort 2013.

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DIY Golden Lace Cuff

Bold gold accessories are always an easy way to dress up any look. Inspired by Aurelie Biderman, Yves Saint Laurent  (Saint Laurent Paris? I’m unclear. The P. Diddy of fashion…) and others, this DIY could not be easier! It’s just like papier-mache but with lace instead of paper. Use the thickest lace you can find (mine was about 3 inches) and strong clear glue (Elmer’s is great) (I’m over using parentheses this morning).  Special thanks to Rosie the dog for modeling!

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DIY Peekaboo Prom Dress with Huff Post Teen

Here it is! The third and final post in the Runway DIY/Huff Post Teen Prom 2012 DIY Series. We’ve made rings, we’ve made shoes, and now it’s time for the dress! My beautiful little cousin Tillie was kind enough to be my model for the final post. I felt like a huge weirdo trying to model prom wear at 24. Lucky for me I have a teenage super model for a cousin!

Try this super simple, no-sewing-machine-needed DIY below. The strapless dress was purchased from Forever 21 and you can purchase tulle at any fabric store. It’s great for this because it doesn’ t fray so you don’t need to hem it. The entire series- the rings, shoes and dress – cost less than $100. Everything together came to $86.93! Look runway-ready for prom without breaking the bank. Have fun! XO

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DIY Stella McCartney MVP Shorts

If you’re anything like me, you don’t often have the opportunity to wear mesh. I am not exactly athletic and my basketball career ended at the age of 10 in tears on the phone with my parents while I was stuck at UConn basketball camp. Stella McCartney Spring 2012 sent some posh mesh options down the runway, combining the perforated texture with grecian appliques. The dresses from the collection have been worn by basically every single celebrity now and the look is really easy to recreate. Take a deep breath and then venture into your nearest sporting goods store for some mesh shorts. Add some appliques and it’s game time.

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DIY Prom 2012 x Huff Post Teen: Lace-Up Heels

Part two of my Prom 2012 series with Huff Post Teen is here! Check out the DIY below to create some shoes that are prefect for the big night. These heels make it easy to channel the Alaia look for about $45. You can use any basic sling-black or pump – I got these at H&M.

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DIY Prom 2012 x Huff Post Teen: Starburst Ring

I am so excited to be working with Huff Post Teen for Prom 2012! Together we are creating a 3 part series that gets you ready for prom DIY style. The first post of the series is today and we are making a starburst ring- the perfect piece of statement jewelry for the big night. Make one or make a bunch in different sizes!

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DIY Festival Cutoffs x Doctrine Jeans

Festival season is here! It’s time to pull out the crop tops, floppy hats, distressed booties and of course the cut offs. Doctrine Jeans invited a few DIY bloggers to create a pair of cut offs for festival season and hosted an event in LA on Friday to let fans make their own. Check out the DIY below to see the Runway DIY version and check back this week on my Twitter and Facebook to see what other bloggers and fans made at the event! If your cut off-making skills are rusty, you can refresh them here!

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