I actually did a belt buckle refashion a while back with nail polish but I thought I’d try spray paint this time.
This ended up working really well! I made sure to cover up the belt before painting with masking tape. I then did two coats on both sides of the buckle and left it to dry overnight. The next day I painted a gloss finish on top with clear nail polish (this wouldn’t be necessary but it definitely improved the finish and I imagine it will help the paint stay longer too). I also used some black nail polish to paint the stud (I used a toothpick to paint right down into the sides).
I really like how this belt looks with a black buckle. This finish is so much nicer than the one I did with nail polish too. Yay! Hopefully I’ll get lots of wear out of this now.
I’ve been on the lookout for a great white and silver statement necklace for the last year or so, and I’ve been looking especially hard over the summer too. As it happened I ended up coming across all four of these over the after Christmas sales!! I was particularly thrilled about finding these two pearl ones as they are both super fun as well as being rather dressy. The pearls on the black ribbon I picked up for $3!!!
As I can’t find any of these online I took pics myself. They should all be still in stores though. :)
1. This necklace was a gift but I know it’s from Myers as I helped choose it – it’s by Basque. The silver beads are so lovely and shiny and it makes such a great statement piece. It’s bigger than it looks here and is quite heavy too, although I hardly notice it when it’s on.
2. This necklace was from Divaat Melbourne Central. I’ve actually looked for it in a couple of other stores and they didn’t have it – it’s not online either. So if you’re in Melbourne, there were quite a few there. I imagine it’s new stock so hopefully it will be around if you like it. I absolutely LOVE this necklace. The pearls are a really nice white and it has glittery rhinestone beads too.
3. My $3 pearl necklace was from Target. It was in the sale racks but there were a few of them left when I bought it. It’s really pretty. It has large bobbly pearls alternating with rhinestones and black beads. I love the black satin ribbon too.
4. This was another necklace from Diva. They have it in both gold or silver findings (and I think there were some different colours too). It’s a great simple white statement necklace that is going to go with everything (it is especially pretty against solid black though). If you look below you will see my little refashion.
The necklace actually came with two strands. It sat a bit funny on me so I clipped one of them off with my jewellery pliers. I’m not sure what do do with the other strand yet. It may become a bracelet, or another necklace. :)
So if you are in Australia and looking for a neutral statement necklace I hope this might be of help. Oh and Lovisa have a few lovely white and gold ones at the moment too and there is a pretty white beaded tassel one still at Myers (not online either I’m sorry).
I haven’t come across that many on the International sites lately to recommend unfortunately. Shop Style or The Find are great places to search for them if your interested.
I think I might do a 5 ways with a white necklace in the next few days too.
What’s your favourite style/colour of neutral necklace?
PS: The big white daisy clip in the top photo is from Lovisa. They have lots of fun daisies at the moment!
A fairly simple 5 Ways this week. I came across this amazing bib necklace at BaubleBar during the week. I absolutely love the style of this! It’s got quite an exotic, playful quality but is also really modern and stylised too. I have actually seen a few similar versions about this season. This one here though is by far my favourite in terms of colour and metal.
As this piece is such a statement in itself I styled it really simply here and let it be the focus of the outfits. I chose colours that both highlighted and complimented it – pink, light blue, navy, black, silver and white (of course it would also look incredible with many others too). I love the work outfit in particular – imagine wearing this with a suit! – so fun! I think the black sets it off the most though. For me it’s the prettiest in these looks.
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I just grabbed these clothes from the vaults but most should be still for sale. :)
This set was inspired by the Type 4 (Bold/Striking) Dressing Your Truth style. You can learn more about Dressing Your Truth at their siteor there is lots to see at youtube too!
How incredible are these! These are some of my favourites from my last week’s online browsing. Most of these are from Amazon if you’d believe and under $25 too! (Quite a few of the more special ones are on sale at the moment). Amazon truly has the most incredible range of earrings/jewellery – I absolutely LOVE looking there. I included a few from Nordstroms as well – these were a little more expensive though but I thought were so great I had to include them.
I think my favourites are the polka dot feathers and the blue crystals.
What about you?Which ones do you like best??
If you’re sensitive to earring hooks don’t miss out! This post has some great solutions
Here is a nice, quick and simple refashion. I bought this super cute pair of earrings during the week from Big W. I like them as they are but I already have quite a few pairs of light pink earrings. As I’d really like some red ones I thought I’d grab some nail polish and do a quick change up of colour.
This is really easy to do. I only needed one coat of polish as the red was similar to the pinky colour of the gems. I wasn’t too fussy about the edges either and the end result looks fine.
This would be so pretty with glitter or lustre polishes too. You could do a mix of all sorts of colours.
TIPS: If you want to change the colour of the gems completely (ie. from pink to bright blue) you will need to paint right up to the edges carefully. Make sure not to have too much paint on the brush. This can be a bit tricky so go slowly. You’ll need quite a few coats. You can use toothpicks, cotton buds or tissues to correct any mistakes. Gems in metal encasing can be removed before they are painted to make it easier. Gently pull back the metal tabs with you nails or tweezers and the gem should just fall out.
Beads, buttons, clasps and belt buckles (this refashion) can also be changed using nail polish, although I think the gems tend to result in the best finishes (you can always go over the top with a coat of clear polish too for added shine).
I finished off the refashion by changing the hooks to sterling silver. This tutorial herehas instructions and more information about this.
Have you seen the latest floral hair ties in shops this season?!!! Oh my goodness I absolutely adore these! The ones pictured here (all from ASOS) are bun holders and are designed to create a perfect ring of flowers around a statement bun. So pretty! There is no way I can pick a favourite out of these three as I absolutely love them all.
I really want to make an exact copy of all of these but today I’m doing something slightly different. I came across some gorgeous bunches of yellow fabric flowers during the week. They were bigger flowers than the ones featured here, so were not going to be overly suited for creating something similar to these. They were also not big enough to make a statement in themselves so I had to come up with another idea for them. Inspired by the bun holder at the bottom I decided to create a mixed floral hair tie.
Mixed Fabric Flower Hair Tie
1. Select your flowers
2. Gently pull flowers away from plastic stem (they should come off pretty easily).
3 – 4. Grab the needle and thread and sew the layers of flower together.
5. Sew into hair tie.
6. Sew flowers onto hair tie.
I really love this idea and can’t wait to try different mixes of flowers and colours. It’s so easy! I imagine I’m going to make a lot of these.
I got these bunches of fabric flowers at the $2 store. Craft stores are a good source of flowers and they are also super easy to make yourself. You could try adding some regular flower hair accessories onto your tie too.
TIP: You can seal fraying edges of flowers with clear nail polish, glue, specific no fray products or by melting them over a tea light candle! Be careful not to burn them though!
The hair accessories I featured at the top of the post attached the flowers by gluing on a felt backing. I’m sure this would work just as great . I chose to sew this time as I felt it would be quicker and easier for me. (I kind of wanted to wear it straight away!)
If appropriate you can finish off the look by glueing a gem or button into the centre of the flowers.