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I’m so excited for today’s collaboration with LA-based floral design extraordinaire, Carly Cylinder. Carly is the Founder & Creative Director of Flour LA, a bicoastal floral design company that provides nontraditional designs using eco-friendly flowers. She’s also the author of the upcoming how-to book, The Flower Chef (officially out March 1st). As a huge fan of floral anything and everything, I feel so lucky to have gotten the chance to spend time with Carly. 

RELISH YOUR HANDMADE GIFTS

One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is making personalized homemade gifts. I may or may not have a D.I.Y. addiction so I’ve been posting a bunch of ideas that are inexpensive and easy for you to make at home too. Here are a couple of other D.I.Y. projects for you to check out:

D.I.Y. Organic Body Scrub:
DIY Body ScrubTo make your own Body Scrub, you will need two cups of organic granulated sugar and one cup of organic melted coconut oil. You will also need essential oil in your favorite scent. I love vanilla and lavender mixed together–10-15 drops of each–but it’s totally up to you.

Pour your sugar and coconut oil in a bowl and stir until they form a thick paste. Next, add your essential oil(s) and stir the mixture again. Spoon the mixture into your containers and seal. Add fun packaging embellishments like ribbons, personalized labels, etc. Your body scrub is ready for friends and family to enjoy this holiday season and beyond.

Evil Eye Charm Bracelet:
Evil Eye Bracelet
For this dainty bracelet, you need some chain, evil eye charms with double hooks (one hole on each side), a pair of jewelry pliers, a clasp and a bunch of jump rings. First, measure your chain around your wrist. Leave a bit of extra room so it’s comfortable and so that it will definitely fit the wrist of whoever this bracelet is for.

Choose as many evil eyes as you want to use for your bracelet. I chose three because I liked the simple look but choose however many you want. For a bracelet with three evil eyes like mine, cut your chain into four equal pieces. Loop one jump ring through the holes on each side of the evil eye charms.

Next, loop one end of your chain through each loop. Your charms and chain will then be connected. Once you have used all of your chain and evil eye charms, it’s time to add a clasp at the end of your bracelet. Loop a jump ring through your clasp and attach it to the end of the chain. Your bracelet is all set to be gifted. Enjoy!

THIS WEEK IN RELISH FASHION

I made this DIY necklace by cutting some ultra suede leather fabric into the shape of a collar. I then sewed a bunch of different seed beads and charms onto the front portion of the necklace.  I glued a silver chain to the back of the fabric and cut an identical collar-shape out of the fabric to glue to the back of the necklace.  It's really light and comfortable and I love that it dresses up a simple shirt.
I made this DIY necklace by cutting some ultra suede leather fabric into the shape of a collar. I then sewed a bunch of different seed beads and charms onto the front portion of the necklace. Next, I glued a silver chain to the back of the fabric to create the actual necklace. I then went ahead and cut an identical collar-shape to the original one out of the fabric so that I could glue it to the back of the necklace. In the end, it’s really light and comfortable and I love that it dresses up any simple shirt.
Here's another view of my fur wrap.  I just took a trip to San Francisco and it was perfect both on the plane and when I landed for some extra old Hollywood glam and warmth.
I took a trip to San Francisco this week and this vintage fox fur was perfect both on the plane and when I landed in the city. I originally found it at a Los Angeles flea market but it really has come in handy. I love that it adds some extra old Hollywood glam, not to mention warmth.
I found this vintage fox wrap at a flea market here in Los Angeles.  In the colder months (and yes, we do have some colder months in SoCal), I wear it all the time.
Here is another view of my vintage fox wrap. I love wearing it all winter even though I live in SoCal.
I love wearing my hair in a top knot because it is so easy to do and takes only a few minutes.  I am obsessed with this JCrew Necklace because it dresses up any look--even just a t-shirt or simple sweater.  I'm also obsessed with my Rag and Bone black harrow booties. They were definitely an investment but I literally wear them almost everyday and they are super comfy.  My nails this week were very simple--just a classic french mani.
I love wearing my hair in a top knot because it is so easy to do and takes only a few minutes. I am obsessed with this JCrew Necklace because it dresses up any look–even just a t-shirt or simple sweater. I also can’t get enough of my Rag and Bone Harrow Booties. They were definitely an investment but I literally wear them almost everyday and they are super comfy. My nails this week were very simple–just a classic french mani.
Here's a close-up picture of my Rag and Bone Harrow Booties.  I highly recommend them.
Here’s a close-up picture of my Rag and Bone Harrow Booties. Go ahead and snag yourself a pair for the holidays–they’re made so well, it’s truly worth it.

STUDDED TURBAN-INSPIRED HEADBAND

My sister, Adena, has come up with yet another inexpensive, trendy and fun DIY headband project. This one is inspired by the golden age of Hollywood with a rocker chic twist. Below, you can learn how to make a turban-inspired headband of your own:

Our beautiful model, Bella Smith, rocking Adena's turban-inspired DIY headband.
Our beautiful model, Bella Smith, rocking Adena’s turban-inspired DIY headband.
MATERIALS: 1) A t-shirt or any piece of clothing/material you don't mind cutting up, scissors, a ruler, a permanent marker, a needle and thread and studs.
MATERIALS:
Any piece of clothing or material you don’t mind cutting up, scissors, a ruler, a permanent marker, a needle and thread and studs.
STEPS: 1.) Begin by measuring the bottom of your t-shirt or piece of material with your ruler vertically--3 inches up. Make sure to use your permanent marker to mark off your measurement. 2.) Next, cut horizontally across your shirt. Once you have cut the shirt you will have a circular connected piece of fabric. Now with one more cut, you will now have one long piece of fabric. (Repeat this step-- so that you end up with two separate strands of fabric) 3.) Fold the fabric in half hotdog style and lay the fabric (seam sides up) in the shape of an "X." 4.) Fold the fabrics over one another so that they are linked together.
STEPS:
1.) Begin by measuring the bottom of your t-shirt or piece of material with your ruler vertically–three inches up. Make sure to use your permanent marker to mark off your measurement.
2.) Next, cut horizontally across your shirt. Once you have cut the shirt you will have a circular connected piece of fabric. Now with one more cut, you will now have one long piece of fabric. (Repeat this step– so that you end up with two separate strands of fabric)
3.) Fold the fabric in half hotdog style and lay the fabric (seam sides up) in the shape of an “X.”
4.) Fold the fabrics over one another so that they are linked together.
5.) Sew down the long side of the raw edges of your material. You will end up with four "tubes." 6.) Next, it's time to add studs to your headband. Push the prongs of each stud through the fabric and once they’ve gone through, bend them down so they are now lying flat. This will help the studs stay secure. 7.) I put 4 studs on each "tube," but feel free to place as many as you want depending on the look you are going for. 8.) Place the headband on your head and tie it using the extra fabric behind your head.
5.) Sew down the long side of the raw edges of your material. You will end up with four “tubes.”
6) Next, it’s time to add studs to your headband. Push the prongs of each stud through the fabric and once they’ve gone through, bend them down so they are now lying flat. This will help the studs stay secure.
7.) I put 4 studs on each “tube,” but feel free to place as many as you want depending on the look you are going for.
8.) Place the headband on your head and tie it using the extra fabric behind your head.
Wear your turban-inspired headband as a statement accessory.
Wear your turban-inspired headband as a statement accessory.

Hipster

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.