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Thursday, July 7, 2016

a very simple DIY creation

^^^ for the not-so-savvy DIY'ers (like myself!) ^^^
a few weeks ago, i had the pleasure of attending 'house of style' - 
a thrifting and DIY fashion event, hosted by sydney mintle of gossip & glamour 
and seattle goodwill (and in case you missed it, 
i shared a recap of the event on my blog here). it was an event that included 
some of my favorite things! fellow bloggers, thrifting, crafting, 
and of course, enjoying delicious treats. 

goodwill graciously provided each guest with a gift card to purchase
an item (or in my case, items!) to decorate later in the evening. 
i bought a hooded grey sweatshirt and chambray button-up blouse.
i may or may not have also purchased two striped tops. you can never
own too many striped clothing options, right?
i should probably admit that i am not a very crafty girl.
i cannot sew. i cannot paint. i rarely DIY. instead, i lust after pinterest tutorials
and utter (dishearteningly) under my breath, 'i must learn how to do that!' 

when i bought the sweatshirt and chambray top, i had no idea
how to repurpose or DIY either item. after digging through the craft supplies, 
however, i decided to focus on the chambray top. i found several vintage
buttons and earrings that i liked. i added them to the collar of my top.
the adorable (and very kind!) katrina, from the demure muse
helped me sew a bit of lace ribbon above the left pocket. 
the black star button, located on the left center pocket, is simply glued on.
the gold, black and pearl piece is a vintage clip-on earring that 
i secured to the right pocket (covering the original button). 

though simple, and quite easy for those 'aspiringly crafty' ladies, like myself, 
these touches add spunk and excitement to an otherwise plain chambray top. 
i love the lighter, worn-out looking wash of this particular 
chambray. originally from nordstrom, i simply couldn't pass it up.
and for $6, my wallet and goodwill gift card were thrilled, too!

the lighter wash of this top makes it incredibly versatile;
pair it with your dark denim, white shorts, or over almost any
color dress! i wore a basic blue, sleeveless dress, my favorite black flats
and added a red cross-body bag for a pop of color. 
photos, makeup and hair by elizabeth kathryn photography

chambray top: thrifted (c/o goodwill), dress: american eagle, 
purse: target (exact here), flats: thrifted, bracelet: urban outfitters, ring: old navy (old)

are you a DIY'er? i still need to repurpose my hooded grey sweatshirt,
so if you have any tips or recommendations, please let 
this craft-challenged girl know.
and a very special thank you to my local goodwill for inviting 
me to the 'house of style' event and providing the gift card and craft supplies 
used to create this look!

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