SPORTY CHIC

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I always look forward to Sundays in Los Angeles because that’s when I hit up some of my favorite flea markets in search of vintage treasures. I especially love Melrose Trading Post because it’s the perfect place to find repurposed furniture at a really affordable cost, amongst tons of other things–from jewelry to vintage clothes and everything in between. When I first moved to LA, I pretty much bought every piece of shabby chic furniture I owned at this market and it’s followed me for years to many different apartments.

D.I.Y. RELISH STUDDED FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

I'm loving friendship bracelets this summer. Here's one I'm in the middle of making.
I’m loving friendship bracelets this summer. They add some bright and fun flair to any outfit. Check out one I’m in the middle of making.

When I was a kid, I would spend hours making colorful friendship bracelets. I’d try my hand at developing all different patterns that I hoped my fellow classmates would love (and I had huge glasses and looked very much like Little Miss Sunshine but that’s a whole other story). Next, I’d bring the bracelets into school to see if anyone would buy them for a couple bucks at lunch. Soon, I became a third grader with a mini side business. Those were the days! Recently, I’ve been seeing similar bracelets popping up all over Los Angeles-–in stores and at flea markets. Feeling nostalgic, I decided to pick up the art of designing these again. I am surprised that my hands remember exactly what to do. Here’s a sneak peak at a RELish friendship bracelet in the works. I’m challenging myself to complete it by tomorrow so we’ll see what happens. I’m updating its ’90′s look by adding some vintage studs I found at a local leather shop on Melrose Avenue here in Los Angeles. I can’t wait to post the finished product soon!