Glitter & Pearls

Dip-Dyed Tablecloths
March 5, 2012, 9:57 am
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I spotted these super bright tablecloths on The Merriment Blog and I was immediately smitten (and bit by the DIY bug.)  I need more hours in the day, less work piled up, and maybe a calorie-burning brownie.  Asking too much?

And without further ado, a DIY ombre or dip-dyed tablecloth tutorial on Oh Happy Day, by Brittany of The House that Lars Built.

Images found on The Merriment Blog // 1 + 3: Photographed by Polly Wreford for Red Magazinehere and here at Bright Bazaar // 2: Photographed by Emma Lee via House to Home


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Mason Jar Wine Glasses, Yeehaw

When I spotted Lindzi and Bachelor Ben toasting their 5-way relationship earlier this week with mason-jar-wine-glass hybrids, I squealed, “ooooh fancy!”

I’ve now given away that I am an avid Bachelor fan (cricket), and I will also tell you that upon researching like a maniac post-show (after first spending 5 full minutes scratching my head over Ben’s preference for Courtney), I learned that the glasses that I thought were soooo fancy, are in fact called “redneck wine goblets.”**  Not so PC term aside, I’m in love.

**Note: This is not in fact, my first turn in the “embarrassing rodeo.”  I studied abroad for a few months – went to Cambridge and everything.  Evening one in the school bar – yep, the school has a bar – my friend and I asked for “girl” beer (I was a mere Junior in College – don’t judge.)  We were offered Stella Artois, before Stella had commercials and was sold in every restaurant with onion rings on the menu.  My friend and I drank Stella like it was going out of style.  We thought we were so posh and Brit and Cambridge refined.  As the term came to an end, our beloved bartender noted “you American girls sure do love your white trash beer.”  Yeehaw.

First Image + DIY: White Water Crafting // Bachelor Image Via: Glamour // The Original RedNek™ Wine Glass // Sassy Southern Wine Glasses

Stars In Her Hair
February 21, 2012, 11:37 am
Filed under: Backstage, DIY, Hair | Tags: , , , , ,

OB-sessed with these star hair clips featured on the models’ glossy coifs at the recent Rodarte show.  The hair artists used star hair accessories from Rodarte on some girls, and rows of bobby pins on others.   I’m dreaming in DIY.

Images: Rodarte // Found on: Into the Gloss

DIY Twig + Rope Bangles
January 16, 2012, 12:59 pm
Filed under: Arts & Crafts, DIY | Tags: , , , ,

I’m not really what people would call an outdoors kind of girl.  I shudder at the thought of camping, picnics, walks from my car to my office building.

Twig bracelets are about as close as I get to nature-loving.  And these twig bracelets are gold and double as a fun arts and crafts project.  Much more my speed.

What you will need:

  • Twigs – Fresh twigs, yes, the kind found in nature, are best because they are more bendy.  If even a twig repels you and your indoor tendencies, hunt down stems and twigs of those fake flowers at Michael’s (which may work well for this project anyway, as the wire in the faux branches will bend easily into your bangle shape)
  • Gold or Silver Metallic Spray Paint
  • Glue or a Glue Gun (I prefer the gun, because it’s cooler … and also dries quicker)
  • Thread/Floss

The how-to:

1. Cut the twigs into lengths that will fit around your wrist plus a little over 1/2 an inch extra (but also can slide over your wrist).
2. Bend the twigs into a circle, with a bit of overlap on each end.
3. Wrap the overlapped ends with thread to secure the bangle shape. (Note, you might be able to skip overlapping the ends, if you’re crazy awesome with the glue gun and can simply glue the ends together – though my vote is for thread/overlapping to keep the bracelet more secure.)
4. Use a dot of glue to secure the thread.
5. Spray paint the bangles – making sure to coat entirely. Do a few coats if necessary.
6. Let your bracelets dry completely before wearing.

Twig bracelets found on Oracle Fox and another DIY on a pair & a spare.

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OR why not try a metallic DIY rope bangle

And don’t miss all of the funky knots that the incomparable Martha Stewart brand offers up …

You can purchase the twig bangles in the first picture here.


Friday Link Love

This Friday’s Link Love is mostly an ode to nerdy chic – because being geeky is totally awesome.  2012 = embracing my nerd.

It’s like Marc by Marc Jacobs climbed inside my brain, asked “what would lexi want”, and then spit out conservative-sweet flowy dresses and cardigans decked in sequins and fur.  This is love.  {Marc by Marc Jacobs: Cordosa Shimmer Dress, Hobbes Cardigan, Limelight Gold Leather Skirt, Wingtip Platform Leather BootiesViva Cable Sweater Dress; Accessories: Rag & Bone Moto Boots II; Low Luv x Erin Wasson Arrow & Leather Bracelet}

I used to love cross-stitching on family road trips; life got in the way, and I put the hobby aside, but seeing this DIY Iphone cross-stitched case, I’m thinking of trying again!  How sweet does this case look?

This DIY chalkboard platter is FABULOUS. I love chalkboard paint; really, love all chalkboard, and any excuse to serve cheese is my kind of excuse.  This chalkboard serving platter is no exception.

I’m totally geeking out over the upcoming release of the book-turned film version of The Great Gatsby.  I was one of three in my high school English class who actually liked reading The Great Gatsby – scratch that – I was one of three who actually read the assigned reading.  And if I wasn’t excited enough over a classic book-turned-movie, the likes of Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio,Tobey Maguire and Gemma Ward playing the main characters, and all of the stunning 1920s costumes, the announcement that Tiffany & Co. supplied all of the jewelry showcased in the upcoming film has me giddy.  Like I said, geeking out.

And finally, in case we miss each other in the worldwide blogosphere on Saturday, Happy Almost-New-Year!  Here’s to a perfect 2012.  {Image here.}


DIY Crystal Nails
December 29, 2011, 9:34 am
Filed under: DIY, Nail Art | Tags: , , , ,

I’m obsessed with decking out my nails.  I think nail polish is such an inexpensive pop of fashion, and the more that polish and manicures become popular, the more fabulous options the stores stock.  Two painted thumbs up!  Which brings me to this week’s home-done manicure.  Every year I scour the stores for that perfect sparkly dress for New Year’s Eve, and every year I throw my hands up and roll up to the party in a black dress, black tights, loud shoes … lexi-style.  So the manicure is my big “statement.”  Also, if you follow this little blog of mine, you’ll know that in addition to my penchant for tights, and varying shades of black, I fancy myself a rapper.  “Every time I come around this ____ (fill in the blank … this weekend = raging house party), bling bling.”  Yep, so so good at this rapping thing.

Right, the nails – I blinged them out!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Base Coat/Top Coat – Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails
  • Color Polish – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Red Carpet
  • Flat-back Crystals – Jolee’s Jewels Crystallized Swarovski Elements
  • Q-tips
  • Lotion

I like to set myself up first – I place a pile of crystals, crystal side up on the table, and I dip my q-tip into a small amount of lotion.  Crazy as it sounds, the q-tip and lotion trick will save you every time you work with small crystals or rhinestones.  Basically your q-tip (with lotion), when touched to the top of a crystal, gently adheres to the stone, making it oh-so-easy to place the crystal onto your nail.

You can use nail adhesive or glue to place the stones, but I just painted a thick coat of clear topcoat, and placed my stones one by one.  I tried lining up the stones on my nail, but ran out of space (tiny nails), and the nails where I simply scattered stones looked best.

Once I had arranged the stones where I wanted them on the nails, I waited patently (probably a whopping three minutes), for the nails to dry, and then painted a generous coat of clear polish over the nails to seal the stones.

I absolutely love the results!  And just to make the whole project a tad more affordable, next time I would probably just use small rhinestones – but you know, I had to bling it out for New Year’s.

The best part about this glitzy at-home manicure is that I can’t stop oohing and aahing over my nails.  Fancy.  Fun Fact: having your nails bedazzled makes everything you do look fancy. I shaved my legs all fancy last night, my typing = fancy, cereal pouring – fancy with a side of Special K.

Here I am fancily tweeting.  Enjoy!  (And send pictures of your own blingy mani!)

Ring: Melinda Maria Tiny Pod Ring (here) // Necklace: Low Luv by Erin Wasson Monacle Necklace c/o Shop it To Me (here, and similar here)


Painted Floors
December 22, 2011, 10:09 am
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If I had all the time in the world, a steady hand, and unbelievable patience, I would surely paint my floors.  Since I possess none of these things, please feel free to get inspired by these images, paint your own floors and then be filled with so much floor-painting excitement, that you feel compelled to come to my home and paint all over again.  … Is it working yet?

Images Via Luxe + Lillies // house beautiful //  knight moves // pink wallpaper // casa sugar // houzz