April 16, 2014

Blue & White With A Splash Of Carrot

Spring time fashion here in Washington means still layering up and trying to stay warm. Sure, there are some sunny days, but being able to bare your arms and legs isn't really possible until about late May. It's OK with me though, because tights and knee-high socks are kind of my thing. Right now it is that perfect time of year when you can show a little skin without freezing your butt off. I'm happy with these cool days that are often breezy, because I know once summer comes, it will be insanely hot with no escape from the heat. Not to mention, I always feel a bit naked when I expose my arms and legs fully, and am not able to wear extra layers under my outer clothes. 
I made the carrot brooch I'm wearing in these photos a couple of days ago for a possible DIY post. For such a little thing, it was pretty complicated and messy to make. I decided not to make a tutorial, and just use it for my own personal fashion. I just adore cute and quirky accessories, especially brooches! I added wire to the stems so I could shape them all funny and crooked, and stuffed it with Poly-fil so it would be all squishy and soft. I'm pretty excited about it, and can probably get away with wearing it well into fall!  

xxoo Jené

Outfit Details:
-Jacket: Vintage
-Blouse: Thrifted
-Skirt: Forever 21
-Socks: Nordstrom
-Brooch: Handmade by me
-Shoes: Kimchi Blue
-Purse: Vintage 

April 15, 2014

Featured in Sew Magazine 2014

Just dropping in tell you all that my DIY Fabric Flower Headband is featured in the May 2014 issue of Sew Magazine! I am always so honored when a magazine publishes one of my tutorials. It makes my day a little brighter, and also makes me realize I am creating things that others enjoy, which is really why I do DIY posts. Of course I am in love with crafting, but I love to share my expertise and know-how with others. I truly believe making things with your own two hands enriches one's life, and makes the world a more beautiful place. I've always felt like a born teacher, and this blog is an outlet for me to teach others what I know. I want to give a big thank you to all of you who support me and my blog! Without you, I would just be a voice without an audience, and my need to share might go unnoticed. I just hope in the future I can create and publish more tutorials on a regular basis for all of you to enjoy!

xxoo Jené

April 09, 2014

DIY Bunny Tote Bag

I've had this idea for a bunny tote bag for a long while. I'm thinking it has something to do with me wanting a bunny for a couple of years now, and the fact that I just have not gotten one yet. I have also been eagerly awaiting the wild bunnies around my house to show their little faces, but sadly, I have not seen any so far. Seeing as spring is in full effect (and I guess that I just can't control my bunny fever), I decided to finally make this tote. I am so happy I did, because it's pretty much the perfect accessory for spring! 

Supplies: tote bag, embroidery thread and needle, yarn, pom pom maker, pencil, ruler, scissors, muslin fabric, fusible interfacing, ear template, sewing machine and thread. 
 1. Lay out your tote bag and draw on the bunny face using a pencil and ruler. 2. Use an embroidery needle and embroidery thread to stitch on the bunny face. 3. Flip your tote bag inside out. Cut a piece of fusible interfacing just larger than your embroidered area, and then iron it on. Once the interfacing has cooled, flip the bag right sides out. 4. Use a pom pom maker to make a pom pom for the nose.
5. Sew your pom pom on the bag where you marked your nose placement. 6. Use the ear template to cut 4 pattern pieces from muslin fabric, and 2 from interfacing. Iron on the interfacing to 2 of the muslin ear pieces. Take two ear pieces, one with interfacing and one without, and place them right sides together. Sew the edge at 1/2 inch seam allowance with a sewing machine. Notch and trim the excess seam allowance. Flip right sides out and press flat. Then, press 1/2 inch of the top edge to the inside. Repeat with the other ear. 7. Sew the open edge shut. Create a pleat to form an ear shape, pin, and then sew down the pleat. Repeat with the other ear. 8. Sew one ear on each side of the tote. 
There you have it! This tote bag pretty much takes no time at all to complete! I would say the most time consuming part are the ears. You can also make the bag without them, but to me, a bunny isn't a bunny unless it has big floppy ears!  

xxoo Jené

April 07, 2014

Get Up and Go

Happy Monday cutie pies! Hope your weekend was swell! I had a fun time, if I do say so myself! Yesterday, I went for a little day trip to Seattle for my friend's birthday potluck brunch. While driving into town I realized that I had not been to Seattle in a very long time, which is crazy, because I only live an hour away. It was so great to get out of little Olympia and see some of my friends, it made me realize I really need to make more of an effort to get up there!

I took these photos outside of my friend's house in Queen Anne. I just love this little gate with ivy growing on it. Every time I see it, I just can't help but admire it. It's a perfect place to pose for photos. Don't you think? I really like spending time in Queen Anne, with its pretty little houses, and cute flowers blooming everywhere. Not to mention it's very hilly streets, and little coffee shops and restaurants. It's probably one of my favorite parts of Seattle. Now, I just need to plan another trip up!

xxoo Jené

Outfit Details:
-Cardigan: H&M
-Blouse: Thrifted
-Jeans: Red Blue Denim
-Purse: Vintage
-Shoes: Restricted 

April 03, 2014

Bloom Where You Are Planted

I guess it's becoming sort of a tradition to take pictures with this magnolia tree in my backyard. Well, at least for the past two years it has been! The flowers are just so pink and pretty; it's hard not to to want to take a million photos of them. Yesterday it warmed up a bit, and the sun sort of came out to the point where it felt like it was actually spring. I took a break from working to hang outside and smell the flowers! I swear, there's nothing a little warmth and sunshine can't cure! I know most of you northerners would agree. The brief change in weather made me antsy for summer, and left me thinking of nicer days I used to enjoy in Florida. I love the Northwest so much, but lately I have been really missing my hometown, Miami. Sometime's I think I'm crazy for moving so far away, even though I am really happy I did. Does that even make sense?

xxoo Jené

Outfit Details:
-Dress: Gifted from a friend
-Tights: Target
-Shoes: Vintage
-Hair clips: Forever 21 

March 31, 2014

50% Off Wear the Canvas!

Hi cutie pies! I want to shower all you with some love right now! That's why I'm offering you all 50% off my store! Use copoun code "SPRINGSHOWERS" at checkout to save big. Don't miss out, this offer only lasts until April 7th! 

xxoo Jené

March 29, 2014

Old Boots Flower Planter DIY

Happy weekend lovelies! I have been so eager to post this DIY; you have no idea! It has been on my mind for months, and I just have not had a chance to fully execute it because the weather has just been so awful lately. But, if there's one thing I've learned while living in the northwest, it's that when the sun finally does shine, you immediately go outside and garden. Well, the sun did manage to poke its he out a couple days ago, and I jumped on the opportunity to finally make my boot flower planters. If the weather is nice where you are, you can make them too! Learn how below...
Supplies: Drill, flowers, old boots,potting soil.
Take out the insoles of your shoes, and any additional layers you are able to rip out. Use a drill to make a bunch of holes on the bottom of the shoes.
Fill each shoe with potting soil until it is almost full. Carefully remove your flowers from their pots, and massage the roots to open them up and get some of their old soil off. Place the flowers in the shoes, and cover  the roots with more potting soil. Make sure to press down each time you add more. Water the flowers when finished.
See how simple it was? And isn't it a great way to  re-purpose old shoes? I think so. I also really love how unique and whimsical it looks in my garden!

xxoo Jene'

March 26, 2014

ModCloth + Wanelo Uniquely You Campaign

ModCloth recently asked me to take part of their Uniquely You Campaign, and being a long time fan of ModCloth and their community, I happily accepted! The idea was to take one particular piece (the Beach Blanket Bingo One Piece in Red) and curate it alongside other items to form an ensemble. We were asked to use Wanelo to create our storyboard, which was actually very easy! I had used Wanelo before to find new fashions and styles, but never to create a fashion storyboard. Needless to say, I was excited to give it a go.
I used these images as my inspiration. I was thinking vintage pinup meets modern comfort! I thought going with a nautical theme was best if I was to incorporate that gorgeous swimsuit. Plus, I just really love navy, red, and white paired together. Don't you?
I wanted to create a look that you could wear to the beach, at the pool, or to a backyard party. I also like the idea of adding elements when needed, and easily being able to strip them away when they are not. Wear them all together if you are going out to eat or go shopping after hitting the beach. Wear just the swimsuit and jewelry to swim. Use the scarf to tie up your hair to keep it safe from the water or wind, or just wear it around your neck if you get chilly. I really love this sweater, and it would be perfect to shield you from a gusty ocean breeze. Not only is it adorable, it is made from cotton and modal, so I can only imagine how light and comfy it is. Plus, can yo imagine how cute that red and white polka dot print would look peeking out from that open cherry cardi? Adorable I'm sure!

Well, I hope you guys like my little ensemble I created. Comment below to tell me what you think!

xxoo Jene'

March 25, 2014

Twirly Girl

You know those dresses that are super light and flowy? The ones that you can't help but spin and twirl in? This dress is one of them! Every time I wear it, I make myself dizzy from whirling around. It's so fun, and makes me feel like a child again. The wind kept blowing and picking up the bottom of my dress while taking these photos also. It was funny and awkward, but mostly just funny!
 This day was also the first time I ever used a curling iron to successfully put waves in my hair! I can't believe it took me so long to learn how to do it to my liking. I was using a 2 inch barrel iron for years, knowing I needed a 1.5 inch one, but was just too lazy that I did not buy one until recently. I've really been wanting to grow my hair out long again, and when I do, I fully plan to wave it often. Now, only if it would grow!

xxoo Jené

Outfit Details:
-Dress: H&M
-Sweater: Vintage
-Necklace: Vintage
-Shoes: Nine & Company

March 17, 2014

Rock The Boat

Happy Monday lovelies! I'm here to brighten your day with some sunny tropical photos from my time in Florida. These are from my sister's rehearsal dinner. After practicing all the dull stuff like the line-up and walking, we got to go party on a boat for dinner! I was very excited because I have not been on a boat for years!

We set off in the evening, so we were able to see the sun setting over the ocean. It was really beautiful. Then, it got dark and the party really started! We had drinks, danced, and we even had a conch blowing contest! I don't know about you, but it's really hard for me to not have a good time on a boat, especially when it's with great company! 

xxoo Jené

Outfit Details:
-Earrings: Vintage
-Necklace: Vintage
-Dress: Be Bop
-Clutch: mudpie
-Shoes: Highlights

March 15, 2014

Patchwork Jeans DIY

Today, I am going to share with you how to update a pair of jeans with patches. I needed a way to revamp my favorite pair of comfy jeans after getting paint on them. I have been obsessing over patched jeans the past couple of months, and figured this would be the perfect way to cover up the paint spots, while keeping them looking cute! Check out the full tutorial below. 

 Supplies: Jeans, fabric, pen, ruler, permanent fabric glue, pins and needle, thread, scissors, sewing machine (not pictured.) 

 Step 1: Use your pen, ruler, and scissors to cut out a bunch of patches from your fabric in a variety of sizes. Then, use your sewing machine and thread to sew a zig-zag stitch along the edges of the patches. The zig-zag stitch to is to help prevent the fabric from fraying.
 Step 2: Try your pants on and mark with straight pins where you want your patches to start and stop. Take them off and lay out the patches in your desired pattern.
 Step 3: Pick up one patch at a time and glue it down. You will want to start with any bottom patches, and then work your way to the top ones. I recommend using enough glue around the edges of each patch to hold it in place, but not so much that it pours out of the side when you press it down. Allow the glued to dry completely.
Step 4: Even though you used permanent fabric glue I recommend doing some top stitching on the patches. I stitched along all of the edges of my patches, but the main areas I would suggest for you to stitch down are along any stress points. These would be areas like your knees and thighs, because that's where you put the most stress on the jeans when you bend and move. Once you've done your stitching, press with a warm iron. 
As you can imagine the possibilities with this DIY are endless! Plus, I feel like patches work for any season and are pretty much timeless, don't you think?

xxoo Jené

March 13, 2014

Come Sail Away

I am so excited to be posting these photos today! Of all the outfit pics I snapped while in Florida, these are some of my favorite. I am in love with this little cotton mini I picked up at Forever 21, and am even more obsessed with the nautilus shell clutch I bought from Shell World

My entire family stayed at a place called the Key Largo Lighthouse & Marina for the week of my sisters wedding. It was a huge property plush with palm trees, with an oceanfront back yard, and even had it's own lighthouse, which I actually stayed in during my visit! I never thought I'd even spend one night sleeping in a lighthouse, let alone multiple! I took these photos on the back deck of the main house. Just looking at them makes me wish I was back there right now! 

xxoo Jené

Outfit Details:
-Dress: Forever 21
-Shoes: Deena & Ozzy
-Clutch: mudpie
-Earrings: Vintage

March 11, 2014

She Sells Sea Shells

Why, hello there! I know I know, I have been missing in action for the past couple of weeks. Life has been a whirlwind, like always! I got sick with an allergic reaction (I didn't think it was possible for one to get sick as many times as I have the past year,) and then I went to the Florida Keys for my sister's wedding. If you follow my Instagram account you have probably been seeing glimpses of my time in Florida, but I wanted to do a couple posts her on the blog to show you guys more photos, and tell you all about it!

These pictures were taken our first day arriving in The Keys. The first thing we did was make a stop at Shell World. I couldn't stop talking about it our whole drive down, and pretty much freaked out when I finally saw it. I haven't been to the keys in a very long time, and have not stopped into Shell World in an even longer time. It was even better than I remembered! I pretty much matched their outdoor decor, so taking pictures was a must! I also found some really cute things inside to take home with me. If you even travel to The Keys, I would highly recommend this place. It's a must see for any Floridian tourist!

xxoo Jené

Outfit Details:
-Scarf: Vintage
-Sunglasses: Thrifted
-Dress: Forever 21
-Purse: Hi-Di-Hi 
-Shoes: Deeba & Ozzy


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