DIY: Tote Bags

The tote bag is a college girl’s essential, especially around this time of the year. Whether it be to carry your books around campus, or to take your things home for the holidays, a nice tote bag is something you want to have handy. By this point, you may be growing tired of your old one, but you don’t have the money to buy a new one because of all the Christmas shopping you’re doing. Well, we have a solution to both problems- wanting a new tote bag and Christmas shopping- make your own tote bag at home! You can use it for yourself and give them to your friends as Christmas presents! It saves money and the hassle of trying to figure out what to get all your friends.

All you need is: fabric and a sewing machine. Here is a simple step-by-step you can use to help you make your tote bag. I gave it a shot myself and here’s how it turned out.

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DIY: Decorate It Yourself

In between classes, work, and play, all stylish undergrads need a chic pad suitable for crashing or hosting. There are two ways to achieve this: go out and buy the pieces you need, or create them yourself. Either way will work, but your wallet will be a lot happier with the second one. The best part is, you don’t need extensive DIY knowledge to make  your place come alive thanks to an abundance of websites with great tutorials. Here are a few places to start.

Design*Sponge
Featuring a category dedicated to DIY and another that highlights readers’ DIY before and afters, Design*Sponge is the place to start for how-to interior design. Recent tutorials include a vintage belt frame, a delicate centerpiece, and a vertical garden for your patio. Tutorials can be browsed by cost, difficulty, material used, and more. Continue reading

‘Tis The Season!

Most people would say that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who plan ahead, and those who do not. I would  counter  that there are actually three, when you include the people who always intend to plan ahead. In any case, this post is for all of you.

A girl I know throws an annual Christmas cocktail party. Everyone dresses up, eats bite-sized food, and drinks out of actual glasses. As a one-time thing, it’s always a fun night. If you don’t have a friend like mine, you could become the person who throws the fabulous Christmas party every year. If it sounds intimidating, start small: the invitations. There’s a budget way to create beautiful invitations – using only your computer!

The website 123print.com is a great place to get started. It’s incredibly easy to use. They have hundreds of pre-made templates to choose from that you can then customize. You can add text and edit any text’s font, size, and color. If you’re ambitious, there are more advanced tools that let you upload your own pictures and add various characters into your text. For the Photoshop-savvy, there is a completely blank template that allows you to upload the entire design. You can make this in Photoshop in the specified size and simply save it as a.jpg, then upload it to the site and voila! Invitation!

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T-Shirt Reconstructing!

Everyone has those old t-shirts lying around in the back of their closets; instead of letting them go to waste, make them wearable! T-shirt reconstructing has become a common DIY (do-it-yourself) project. It’s a simple way to update your wardrobe without spending more money. All you need is a t-shirt (oversized ones are even better) and a pair of scissors (preferably sharp). With just a plain t-shirt, you can create an off-the-should look or turn one into a racer-back tank!

Adam Saaks of Ed Hardy
The best part of t-shirt reconstructing is probably weaving! This is when you braid, pattern, and create a new design element with your t-shirts. Adam Saaks of Ed Hardy is well-known for doing t-shirt reconstructing. You can get the same look without buying the expensive tops. Continue reading

Heavy On Style, Light On Your Wallet

Accessorizing, although quite possibly the most important part of completing your look, can often also be the most expensive. The majority of girls don’t realize how simple it is to make your own jewelry that is both unique and inexpensive. Here are just a couple of the endless options of DIY jewelry projects.

  Wrap Bracelets   

Example of beaded wrap bracelets Wrap bracelets displayed on hand

These bracelets are fun to make and can give you so many different looks depending on the beads you use, the color of the cords, and the number of times you wrap them.  You can make them as dressy or as casual as you choose to and you can wear them with jeans and t-shirt or a nice dress. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to make these wrap bracelets. Continue reading

Pretty Sure I Nail’d It!

Every girl knows getting a manicure or pedicure is expensive, but you don’t always have to go to the salon to have great looking nails. If you’re interested in saving yourself a couple hundred dollars a year, doing your own nails once in a while can be fun and give you an excuse to have a girl’s night.

The Konad Stamping Nail Art is a DIY nail set I’ve bought that works fairly well. Each set comes with a stamper, a design plate, a scraper, and nail polish. All you have to do is apply nail polish to the design you want. Then, using the scraper, simply glide over the design once to scrape off the excess polish. Press the stamper down on the design to transfer it onto the stamper, then stamp or roll it onto your nail. It’s as simple as that! With many designs to choose from, your options are endless. This video will demonstrate the easy process of using the Konad product with a Halloween theme:

Another DIY nail project that has been around for a while now is the water marble effect. Here is another video tutorial on how to do it.

If you’re still interested in more unique designs, you can check out this channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/cutepolish

Halloween Fits

Remember no matter how old you are, you’re never too old to participate in the spirit of Halloween. Whether you’re causing mischief around the campus, trick or treating with some friends, or hitting up that sorority party, you don’t want to be that guy with no costume. Sure you could go out, and become your favorite superhero or anime character but for those who don’t watch such things,  here is a fun filled post of how to do creative Halloween get-ups with what you may already have in your closet.

Robber Baron

Essientals: 1. Beanie or Ski Mask 2. Stripe-tee 3. Bag full of Cash (a empty pillow case with a money symbol drawn works as alternative as well.) 4. Mask (Optional)

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