Hurricanes + Halloween

Monday, October 29, 2012

image from a hurricane that hit NYC is 1938 via NASA

Hurricane Sandy has us all snuggled up inside our apartment for the next couple days. Well, I'm snuggled up with the furs and hubs headed for the hospital before the break of dawn this morning. I'm hoping he's not stuck there until tomorrow!

With Halloween just a couple days away (and me with nothing to do but stay inside today) I put together a pretty masquerade costume for inspiration! I have such an obsession with masquerades. They're beautiful, mysterious, and often a little bit creepy - in my opinion perfect for Halloween. Oh - and while I was looking for a pretty mask I came across a great DIY version from Sprinkles in Spring. Seriously I think this lady is a genius for coming up with this. I want to make one even if I don't have a masquerade to attend!

Not Without Heels: Masquerade

Snapshots of Autumn

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Not Without Heels: Snapshots of Autumn

I am in LOVE with the beautiful fall colors in Brooklyn! Mason and I go on walks in Prospect Park every day and I just can't help snapping pictures of all the pretty colors on my iphone (and thinking I should bring my actual camera sometime because my iphone photography skills are seriously lacking). Isn't fall stunning?!

DIY Anthropologie Byzantine Floral Choker

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Not Without Heels: DIY Anthro Byzantine Floral Choker
A few weeks ago I spotted the Byzantine Floral Choker necklace online at Anthro and fell in love with the design. What I did not fall in love with was paying $58 for a necklace made of metal and plastic (yes, plastic). I realize in Anthro-land that's practically a bargain buy compared to some of their other jewelry, but still. Anyways, I absolutely knew I could come up with a DIY version and even had some beads that same green color.

Not Without Heels: DIY Anthro Byzantine Floral Choker

I'm so happy with how it turned out! Here's how I made it.

String six beads onto several feet of fishing line and tie them into a circle, leaving a couple inches of string on one side and the rest of the string on the other. (Note: might be overboard on the length, but better too have too much than not enough). Weave both ends through a couple beads. String one more bead, bringing it to the center, and take your thread through the bead on the opposite side.

I am much more of a visual person, so for these next few I tried to draw the path of the string so it's easier to see what I'm attempting to explain with words.

String 8 small beads, wrap them around the large bead to their right, and then take your thread through the large bead you just wrapped around. (This should leave your thread exiting the same place it did before this step). Go back through the first 3 small beads.

String 5 more small beads. Wrap them around the next large bead (going clockwise) and take the string through the large bead after the one you just wrapped around.

Add 5 more small beads and then go through the last 3 small beads from the previous step. Go back through the bead you just wrapped around, then through the next 3 small beads.

String 5 more small beads. Wrap them around the next large bead and take the string through the large bead after the one you just wrapped around.

Add 5 more small beads and then go through the last 3 small beads from the previous step. Go back through the bead you just wrapped around, then through the next 3 small beads.

String 2 more small beads, then go through the 3 small beads on the other side of the final large bead to finish. Go through these steps again so you have 3 beaded flowers.

Take the remaining length of your string and weave it through the original circle of beads a couple times, ending so you can tie it in a knot with the remaining inch or so of the thread left over from the first knot. Put a little glue on the knot.

Then, put some glue on the back of the center bead and place the spacer bead across it. Let this dry long enough to form a strong bond before moving on.

Add 3 jump rings to each end of the spacer bead on each beaded flower. Then, connect the flowers using one of the larger jump rings.

Once you have all three flowers connected, attach the chain to the jump rings on both sides.

To finish the necklace add a jump ring on each remaining end of the chain. Connect the lobster clasp the the jump ring on one of the ends. I added a little green bead to the other end because I happened to have one that matched.

Not Without Heels: DIY Anthro Byzantine Floral Choker
All done!

BTW - I'm not sure why this necklace is called a choker, because it is about 19 inches long. So definitely not a super long, but too long to be a choker.

Linking to: Not Just A Housewife | Crafty Confessions | Violet Imperfection | Romance on a Dime | 504 Main | Craftionary | Thirty Handmade Days | Design, Dining, and Diapers | Simply Designing

Fall Style: Leaf Love

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fall Style: Leaf Love (
J.CREW schoolboy blazer | ELVA FIELDS zeal increase necklace | BAUBLE BAR ruby sun studs | J.CREW tippi sweater | MODCLOTH tech me with you gloves | J BRAND 811 mid-rise skinny jeans | TORY BURCH vikki suede wedge booties | MARC BY MARC JACOBS classic q baby aidan bag | DEBORAH LIPPMANN nail polish

It's definitely feeling like fall in New York. The air is crisp and chilly, and I get to see leaves in red, yellow, and orange hues every day when Mason and I go for walks in the park! Since this week's Friday's Fancies theme is an outfit centered centered around all the beautiful fall leaf colors I couldn't resist playing along! This outfit also has the added benefit of looking quite Garnet & Gold.

BTW - J.Crew has an extra 30% off sale right now! Not sure about y'all, but I get seriously excited when J.Crew puts their sale on sale. Have a wonderful fall weekend!

Style Confession: Crazy About Lavender Hair

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Not Without Heels: Crazy About Lavender Hair
My newest crazy style obsession is lavender hair. Realistically, I wouldn't dye all of my hair any non-natural color (my mom is reading this post and probably just took a huge sigh of relief), but I have thought of trying something temporary on the last few inches. Maybe either Kevin Murphy Color Bug or hair chalking. Has anyone tried either of these?

What are your thoughts on lavender hair?

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Crafty Pick Me Up

Thursday, October 4, 2012

I have been a little mentally under the weather this week. Hubs is on his second week in a row of working overnights and it’s really starting to get to me. Yes, I am about to complain for a moment when I am getting a full night’s sleep and my husband is working in a hospital all night, but bear with me.

Lately our days have gone like this: Between 9 and 10 am hubs comes home and passes out, I then try to be super quiet all day because we only have 3 rooms in our apartment and I don't want to wake him up. (Especially since he's already not getting enough sleep) He usually wakes up around 3:30 or 4 which gives us about an hour to see each other before he has to get ready, we eat dinner (at 5:30!), and he leaves for work at 6. I'll see him the next morning at 9 or 10 for about 30 seconds and then we do it all over again.

Last night I seriously needed to kick myself out of my funk (because sitting around feeling dumpy is just not fun) and I decided to do it with a little crafting. (Which for me is probably one of the best ways to brighten my mood.) Unfortunately, feeling blue doesn’t really lend itself to me coming up with fun creative ideas, but it did give me a chance to try out a cool 3D paper diamond DIY I came across a few months ago from She has an easy to follow tutorial, plus a downloadable template she made.

Isn't it fun? I mean how could I not be in a better mood while crafting a hot pink paper diamond?!

I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with them yet, but I’m always trying to find fun random things to add to the shelves in our living room so maybe I’ll put my paper gems up there. I have kind of an obsession with making origami/3D paper things and most of them end up added to decor around our house - like the origami bow tie on this cute little pig.

What is your favorite way to kick yourself out of a sad mood?


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