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    A Hint of Retro

    Photos by Sara Hatakeyama and My Mom
    Outfit Details:
    Denim Jacket (Old)
    ASOS Petite Pencil Skirt in Jersey (Similar here in black)
    Forever 21 Mod Polka Dot Crop Top in Black/Cream
    Caged Sandals (Purchased on Ideeli.com)
    I took these photos in two different locations because my friend Sara had volunteered to take my photos while we were out for coffee, but my camera’s battery died before we were able to get enough shots. Luckily for me, my Mom was kind enough to snap a few more–that was before my Dad intervened and said that he was going to start charging me for the use of his backyard. He was obviously kidding! But, if he weren’t, you really can’t blame anybody for trying to find potential business opportunities in this economy.
    It’s so challenging for me, just as it is for many women, to find a bathing suit that fits well, and that is also in both my style and price range. Luckily for me, I stumbled upon this cute crop top while I was at Forever 21 the weekend before last, and had the marvelous idea of using it as a bathing suit top. It fits perfectly on me, and I love that it has that retro feel that I’ve been looking for. I’m super stoked to wear this when I visit my best friend Laura in San Diego at the end of this month, especially with the amazing beach weather that we’ve been getting in California. It’s hard not to get excited about hanging out with friends when they’ve moved away and you only see them in person a few times a year. 

    I’ve touched on the topic of friends moving away in a couple of posts. The reason I’m kind of revisiting that topic in this post, is because lately I’ve been thinking about the possibility of moving somewhere new. Although I’m not planning to move outside of the L.A. area, I’m such a creature of habit that just moving to a different neighborhood is scary for me. Even more terrifying, is the possibility of moving somewhere where I don’t know anybody. Although it’s not very apparent to people because I’m so reserved, I’m an extrovert and always feel the need to be around people even if I’m not interacting with them. I mean, I’m the type of person who goes and reads at a coffee shop because they get so anxious being home alone. 
    I’m slowly learning to be more open to change, and see it as a good thing. I need to accept that fact that I don’t always need to have a definite plan, and that doing spontaneous things can be fun and exciting. It’s all just part of growing up, I guess. I’ll definitely let you know how my plan to not have plan, progresses in the next few weeks.
    Much Love,
    Helen Grace

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    D.I.Y. Floral Fascinator

    Easy DIY Floral Fascinator
    DIY Floral Fascinator-Bridal Inspiration

    Photos by Sarah Veyna

    Outfit Details:
    Free People Lace Dress
    M.A.C. Lipstick in Rebel
    D.I.Y. FascinatorAs promised, today I’m bringing you a D.I.Y. post and teaching you how to make a floral fascinator. Whenever I think of Springtime fashion, some of the things that come to mind are floral prints and accessories. This fascinator is a great way to add a bit of life to your outfit. Plus, it is very easy to make, and makes for a great accessory for an easter or wedding outfit–or any outfit, really. If you’re interested in adding one to your wardrobe, here’s instructions on how to make your own:

     

    Floral Fascinator Materials

    Supplies:

    1 Hair Clip, 12 Glass Beads, 1 Stiffened Felt Sheet, 3 Fake Flowers in 2 different colors (1 big, and 2 small), 2 Feathers, A Needle, Thread, and Scissors
    Step 1

     

    Step 1:

    First, you are going to start off by cutting a square piece of stiffened felt in a rectangle that is 3″x 5.” You can experiment with a bigger size, but keep in mind the size of your hair clip if you do, because you don’t want the fascinator to be too heavy and fall off.

     

    Step 2

    Step 2: 

    Place the clip against your piece of felt, and make sure that the grip of the clip is facing the outside end of the rectangle. Sew on the hair clip to your piece of felt. I recommend criss-crossing your stitches so that your clip is better supported and doesn’t slip off later.  If you want, you may also use glue to add some extra support.

     

    Step 3

    Step 3:

    Once you have sewn on your clip, turn the piece of felt around and sew your feathers on the opposite side. You will sew a feather on each corner of your rectangle. You want to make sure that you sew your feathers on the end opposite of the hair clip, otherwise your fascinator will be inverted.
    Step 4 and 5

    Step 4:

    Separate your fake flowers from the stems, and get rid of any pieces of plastic in the flowers. You will only be using the fabric petals for this project.

    Step 5:

    Next, you are going to sew on a flower over each feather. To do this, first pull a needle through the felt and all of the fabric petals.
    Step 6 and 7

    Step 6 and 7:

    Before you pull the needle back through the felt, pull your needle through two glass beads. After you’ve sewn on those two beads over the fabric petals, pull the needle through the felt and fabric petals again, and repeat. This will be the center of your flower.

     

    Step 8

    Step 8:

    Repeat Steps 4 and 7 on the opposite side.

     

    Step 9

     

    Step 9:

    Finally, after you have finished sewing on your two small flowers, you’re going to take your bigger flower and sew it right underneath them, creating a “triangle.” Make sure to repeat steps 4-7 as you do this, and you’re done making your floral fascinator!

    I hope that this floral fascinator tutorial was easy enough. However, please let me know if you have any questions. I’m still learning how to develop these posts, and would appreciate any feedback on how to make this tutorial better and more clear. I will make sure to update this tutorial based on any questions that you may have.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog, and have an amazing rest of the week! I hope that I have inspired you to get crafting this weekend.
    Much Love,
    Helen Grace
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    Bright Colors and Bold Prints

    Photos by Marina Wood
    Outfit Details:
    Sunglasses (Thrifted at The Grove Vintage)
    Denim Jacket (Old)
    Chevron Print Dress in Orange (Gift from my Mom)
    Target Black Tights 
    Lotta from Stockholm Peep Toe Clogs in Tan
    NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick
    It’s hard to believe, but there was a brief period in time when I only wore black. In my teenage years, I was moody and going through a rebellious phase, and I just didn’t want to do anything that was too “mainstream.” For some reason, I thought that I was being original by wearing an all-black uniform. 
    Even though over the years I have become more willing to experiment with color and style, I still carry that “I don’t care what you think” attitude with me. I always make a conscious decision to wear things because I truly like them, and not because they are trendy at the moment. I guess that’s what having a personal style is all about. This bright orange printed dress is an example of how much my personal style has changed in the past few years. It’s bright and fun, and it’s something that I like to wear when I’m in a cheerful mood.  

    I have to end this post by saying that I have an upcoming D.I.Y. post this week, and I’m very excited about it. I won’t tell you what it is, although you may already know if you follow me on Instagram. I started this blog in order to have a creative outlet, and I’ve been doing pretty good on that by posting weekly outfit posts. However, I’m also really looking forward to making the time to work on projects and recipes to share with all of you. Although at the moment, I can’t always post twice a week, I’m going to make more of an effort to do so whenever I do have time. 
    As always, thank you for stopping by my blog. Check back on Wednesday for my D.I.Y. post!

    Much Love,

    Helen Grace