Friday, October 24, 2014

Weird Rules

Mixing patterns is my jam. So it may come as a surprise to you that I have a hard time committing myself to buying weird clothes.

Being a thrifter, I have quite the pick of unusual and outdated garments and a lot of them end up on my arm as I walk through the store. But I'm also strong willed and really good at saying no, so the clothes almost always get returned to where they came from. Remember that video I made awhile back depicting thrift store people? Well, one of them I left out is the old ladies that walk around buying everything and then telling people "I don't really need this, but it's just so cute!" I do not want to be that old lady. (Or, ya know, be young and that foolish.)

This outfit is kind of a good/bad example of that big chunk of text. My poncho was a hand-me-down from my favorite aunt, but I think I would have splurged for it if I had come across it shopping. I mean, have you seen it?! Houndstooth rules!

Despite my sartorial hesitance, I still try to have some balance and make sure buying stuff is fun. A gal can't say no to more sequins in her wardrobe forever, right? ;)

Outfit details:
Poncho - free (from my aunt)

Liquid leggings - paid w/ gift card (, old)
Scarf - .50 cents (thrifted)
Belt - $1 (thrifted)
Booties - $15 (K-Mart, old)
Red lipstick - 001 by Kate for Rimmel London


Also, I was included in this weeks Links a la Mode. Check out all the links below the jump!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Pain-Free Ear Gauges

Want to get your ears gauged without the pain and time it takes? You're in the right place! All you need is oven bake clay, a pair of blank metal post earrings with backings, and paint is optional. Here we go!

1. Start by molding your clay to fit the base of the earring post. Tip: You want the circular shape to be slightly smaller than your earlobe so it looks believable.

2. Match the backing of the earring to the size of the front and then shape as desired. Tip: Since the clay will become hard once baked, I stuck my earring through the opening to be certain they would fit together when I was done. It worked perfectly!

3. Bake according to the instructions of the package. I set mine for 15 minutes at 275 degrees.

4. Once baked thoroughly, you have the option of painting them any color. If you used colored polymer clay, then way to go, you're completely done!

Ta-da! You're now the proud owner of pain-free gauged ears. Now go out and shock your friends with your new ear gear. (Because despite the fact that it's 2014, people still aren't used to seeing extra holes on a body. Go figure!)

If you're here from Pinterest and want to see more, click here to visit my entire page of DIY projects!

This DIY post was originally posted 4/5/11 on An Old Story and inspired by an idea on Cut Out + Keep.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Seriously Stylish

My favorite thing about personal style blogging is just that - it's personal.

Fashion blogging has come very far, but isn't it still supposed to be about sharing individual style as inspiration? We've lost some good ones along the way due to the shiny appeal of wearing head-to-toe free stuff and the always lurking latest trends. I'm still hopeful in a new breed of bloggers to help us remember what a personal style is and that we don't all have to fit into some cookie cutter fashion world. Keep on doing you, wear weird clothes, and don't be afraid of looking different. I'm right here with ya!

But don't take my word for it! (Actually, do. Do take my word for it. I made a video all about it!)

Outfit details:
Vintage 60s shift dress - free (thrifted)
Black turtleneck dress - .25 cents (garage sale)
Black tights - $5 (Wal-Mart)
Sequin beret - $1 (thrifted)
Black booties - c/o
Orange-y lipstick - Purty Persimmon by Wet'n'Wild