D.I.Y. BY ADENA: STUDDED SUEDE HEADBAND

Below, you will find the latest and greatest from my D.I.Y. extraordinaire sister, Adena. This week, she was inspired by studs. Studs are very on-trend in fashion right now–they’re on bags, jewelry, leather jackets, shoes and everything in between. Adena came up with a fun, easy, not to mention inexpensive way for you to rock your own studded accessory of the moment: in the form of a suede headband. The best part? You can make one of your own in just three simple steps and without breaking the bank. Enjoy!

The final product: A Studded Suede headband.  Find out how to make one of your own below.

Materials:  scissors, a needle and thread, one hair elastic, studs and 18" piece of pre-cut suede.
MATERIALS:
Scissors, a needle and thread, one hair elastic, studs and 18″ piece of pre-cut suede.

STEPS: 1) First, measure your head by wrapping the piece of suede around it as if it's a headband already.  Here, you can find out how much extra material you should cut off. Be sure to leave a little bit of extra material so you can loop the ends of the suede through your elastic band. 2) To create your headband itself, take your elastic band and loop the loose ends of your suede around each side.   2) Once your material is looped through your elastic band/hair tie, begin to sew a few stitches on each side to secure. You can also use super glue for this step but I have found the stitches are a bit more sturdy. 3) Now onto the studs: you can use as many studs as you choose, depending on the look you are going for. I've included two looks above--one with more studs and one with less.  Push the stud's prongs through the suede material and once they've gone through, bend them down so they are now lying flat along the suede. This will help them to stay secure.   And voila! You have yourself a comfy chic headband. Feel free to play around with the color of the suede material you choose, as well as the studs! The headband looks great with your hair down or around a top knot.

STEPS:
1) First, measure your head by wrapping the piece of suede around it as if it’s a headband already. Here, you can find out how much extra material you should cut off. Be sure to leave a little bit of extra material so you can loop the ends of the suede through your elastic band.
2) Once your material is looped through your elastic band, begin to sew a few stitches on each side to secure. You can also use super glue for this step but I have found the stitches are a bit more sturdy.
3) Now onto the studs: you can use as many studs as you choose, depending on the look you are going for. I’ve included two looks above–one with more studs and one with less. Push the stud’s prongs through the suede material and once they’ve gone through, bend them down so they are now lying flat along the suede. This will help them to stay secure.
And voila! You have yourself a comfy chic headband. Feel free to play around with the color of the suede material you choose, as well as the studs! The headband looks great with your hair down or around a top knot.

WHAT TO WEAR: TRIATHLON EDITION

I have been competing in triathlons for the past few years. I initially got into the sport because a bunch of my work friends were joining our company’s tri team. At first, I thought it was crazy to train everyday running, biking and/or swimming but I figured joining the team would be a great way to meet people. The sport soon turned into a big part of my life and I’ve never looked back. I’m by no means the best triathlete, the fastest or the strongest, but I absolutely love training and racing. This blog is usually a place where I post D.I.Y. projects or my favorite fashion pieces and designers of the moment but for today, since I just competed in a triathlon this weekend, I’m very much in the triathlon spirit. Below, I’ve included a photo recap of my latest race, as well as some fashion advice in terms of what to wear:

Thankful to have my dog, Winston, at the finish line.
Thankful to have my dog, Winston, at the finish line.
In terms of triathlon fashion (and yes, there are definitely fashion to-do's and don'ts in triathlons), I wore a one-piece tri-suit like this.  In my experience, a suit like this is the most versatile for all of the sports--running, swimming and biking.
In terms of triathlon fashion (and yes, there are definitely fashion to-do’s and don’ts in triathlons), I wore a one-piece tri-suit like this. In my experience, a suit like this is the most versatile for all of the sports–running, swimming and biking.
In terms of goggles, I love the brand Aquasphere. I find that the goggles really fit well to the face, that they're comfortable and I love that they come in women's specific designs.
In terms of goggles, I love the brand Aquasphere. I find that the goggles really fit well to the face, that they’re comfortable and I love that they come in women’s specific designs.
For the bike portion of the triathlon, I use a cannondale bike that looks like this but I made sure to buy a carbon frame because it's lighter for racing and creates less vibration from the road on the hands.  To keep my hands safe and comfy, I wear bike gloves like these.
For the bike portion of the triathlon, I use a cannondale bike that looks like this but I made sure to buy a carbon frame because it’s lighter for racing and creates less vibration from the road on the hands. To keep my hands safe and comfy, I wear bike gloves like these.
Gearing up for the run portion of the race. This was a reverse triathlon, which meant we ran, biked and then swam. Usually, you swim, bike and then run.
Gearing up for the run portion of the race. This was a reverse triathlon, which meant we ran, biked and then swam. Usually, you swim, bike and then run.
This is me just after I crossed the finish line.  Even though I'm not wearing sneakers in the picture because I had already kicked them off, I swear by Asics GT 200's like these. I buy a new pair every 6-8 months but I've heard buying them every 3-6 months is best for the feet.
This is me just after I crossed the finish line. Even though I’m not wearing sneakers in the picture because I had already kicked them off, I swear by Asics GT 200’s like these. I buy a new pair every 6-8 months but I’ve heard buying them every 3-6 months is best for the feet.

ADENA’S LOOKS FOR LESS

My sister, Adena (on the right), is an amazing recessionista.  She is a recent college grad who has a great talent for picking items she loves out of magazines and off of blogs and she then finds the looks for less.  She's also great at coming up with fun D.I.Y. fashion projects. Here is the latest and greatest from the fashionista herself in her own words:
My sister, Adena (on the right), is an amazing recessionista. She is a recent college grad who has a great talent for picking items she loves out of magazines and off of blogs and she then finds the looks for less. She’s also great at coming up with fun D.I.Y. fashion projects. Here is the latest and greatest from the fashionista herself:
These Jeffrey Campbell look alike booties are just $27.50 from Amazon.com and they are perfect for fall. They are comfortable and affordable, not to mention adorable. On a recent college grad's budget, it's not in the cards for me to purchase the $200.00 "everly" booties but these are almost identical and my wallet is thanking me.
These Jeffrey Campbell look alike booties are just $27.50 from Amazon.com and they are perfect for fall. They are comfortable and affordable, not to mention adorable. On a recent college grad’s budget, it’s not in the cards for me to purchase the $200.00 Jeffrey Campbell “Everly” booties but these are almost identical and my wallet is thanking me.
I love this olive-green southwestern-inspired jacket from Forever 21 and I like the $34.80 price tag just as much. The color is great for the fall and goes with just about everything.  The material is well-made and strong. The jacket runs a bit on the larger side but it's ideal for layering. The drawstring-tie waist helps to take away from the over-sized look, which is a huge bonus. Pair this jacket with different colored leggings or skinny jeans and a pair of boots and you are ready to go.
I love this olive-green southwestern-inspired jacket from Forever 21 and I like the $34.80 price tag just as much. The color is great for the fall and goes with just about everything. The material is well-made and strong. The jacket runs a bit on the larger side but it’s ideal for layering. The drawstring-tie waist helps to take away from the over-sized look, which is a huge bonus. Pair this jacket with different colored leggings or skinny jeans and a pair of boots and you are ready to go.
D.I.Y. distressed high-waisted shorts are a great inexpensive project for a night in. I purchased an old pair of high-waisted jeans (or as I like to call them--mom jeans) from a local thrift store for just $7.00. The first step is to cut the pant legs off. I cut them just a little longer than I wanted them to be so I could leave room for fraying. I then cut the sides of the shorts to create slits.  Make sure you don't cut the slits too high up because they will probably continue to fray.  That said, you can take a needle and thread and sew a stitch at the top of each slit to keep them in place as best as possible.  Next, I frayed the edges of the pockets by rubbing the denim with a sharp scissor. Afterwards, I decided to bleach the bottom of the shorts. I went outside on the back porch so that the smell didn't linger throughout my house. I used a spray bottle of diluted bleach (about 1/4 cup of water, 3/4 cup of bleach) and began to spray. Keep in mind, the more you spray in one spot, the lighter the color will turn out. I then let the shorts sit for about 25 minutes, until the bleach soaked into the denim completely. Next, rinse and soak the shorts in the bathtub for 20 minutes. Throw them in the wash and dryer to get rid of excess bleach and to make the denim look even more distressed. Try them on and voila--you've got yourself a pair of comfy high-waisted shorts to rock with your favorite crop-top, tee or anything in between.
D.I.Y. distressed high-waisted shorts are a great inexpensive project for a night in. I purchased an old pair of high-waisted jeans (or as I like to call them–mom jeans) from a local thrift store for just $7.00. The first step is to cut the pant legs off. I cut them just a little longer than I wanted them to be so I could leave room for fraying. I then cut the sides of the shorts to create slits. Make sure you don’t cut the slits too high up because they will probably continue to fray. That said, you can take a needle and thread and sew a stitch at the top of each slit to keep them in place as best as possible. Next, I frayed the edges of the pockets by rubbing the denim with a sharp scissor. Afterwards, I decided to bleach the bottom of the shorts. I went outside on the back porch so that the smell didn’t linger throughout my house. I used a spray bottle of diluted bleach (about 1/4 cup of water, 3/4 cup of bleach) and began to spray. Keep in mind, the more you spray in one spot, the lighter the color will turn out. I then let the shorts sit for about 25 minutes, until the bleach soaked into the denim completely. Next, rinse and soak the shorts in the bathtub for 20 minutes. Throw them in the wash and dryer to get rid of excess bleach and to make the denim look even more distressed. Try them on and voila–you’ve got yourself a pair of comfy high-waisted shorts to rock with your favorite crop-top, tee or anything in between.
These studded boots from amazon.com are perfect for any occasion or season. They are super comfortable, attractive and AFFORDABLE--even for recent college graduates stuck living back with their parents (like me). They're also almost identical to these Ash Titan Studded Leather Short Boots for $360.00. Pair the boots with skinny jeans and a sweater for a cold winter night or with high-waisted shorts and a crop top on a warmer fall day to create that hipster look.
These studded boots from amazon.com are perfect for any occasion or season. They are super comfortable, attractive and AFFORDABLE–even for recent college graduates stuck living back with their parents (like me). They’re also almost identical to these Ash Titan Studded Leather Short Boots for $360.00. Pair the boots with skinny jeans and a sweater for a cold winter night or with high-waisted shorts and a crop top on a warmer fall day to create that hipster look.

FIG AND OLIVE BRIDAL SHOWER

This morning, I attended the beautiful bridal shower for my friend, Jenny Feng, who is about to marry the love of her life, Alex Chesler. The event took place at Fig and Olive in West Hollywood. Here’s a photo recap:

The bride and groom to be, Alex and Jenny
The bride and groom to be, Jenny and Alex. Here, Jenny is gushing over beautiful diamond and emerald jewelry she had just received from her in laws to be.
DIY flower vase table settings.
D.I.Y. flower vase table settings
Bride to be, Jenny in the middle and our friend, Melissa, on the right
Bride to be, Jenny in the middle and our friend, Melissa, on the right
Fig and Olive, West Hollywood
Fig and Olive, West Hollywood
Jenny and family.
Jenny and family
Loving my Zara heels
Loving my Zara heels
A beautiful crostini presentation
A beautiful crostini appetizer presentation