I have a true love for gingham. Every time spring rolls around, I tend to stock up and gravitate towards anything with a gingham pattern. Skirts, tops, pants… #allthegingham. This year, my love for spring gingham is stronger than ever thanks to the nod to 70s styles and the pairing of natural textures like baskets (can’t get enough of this basket bag). I love the flare sleeves and cropped, knotted details of this gingham Topshop top. I can’t wait to wear it with shorts in the summer!
How was everyone’s weekend? I was non-stop busy with #rStheCon – talk about an amazing weekend! It’s always so amazing to see and meet influencers from all over the world. I was so non-stop, I ended coming down with a virus (yay!) so I’ve been on the couch most of the day trying to take it easy. Coughing and having to clear my throat every five minutes is not so fun. But hey, at least I have my Phoebe sexy voice 😂 – any Friends fans out there??
Shop more of my favorite spring gingham picks below!
When I first laid eyes on these tassel earrings on Instagram, I had to have them. I finally tracked the earrings down only to be disappointed by the hefty price tag. I don’t mind splurging when it comes to good pieces, but jewelry trends have proven to be short-lived for me in the past. So why spend so much on something I may only wear a few times? Then I thought, duh. I’ll just make a pair! After finding this amazing tutorial online, I went for it and made my own DIY tassel tiered earrings. I’ve now made four pairs and I’m obsessed with every color! #cantstopwontstop
This DIY tutorial is so incredibly easy and although the first one takes a bit of time, you’ll fly through once you get the hang of it. It’s also worth the effort when the whole project costs less than $10 versus the designer version for $100. I’ve already made four pairs for less than 1/10th of the designer pair! But enough about math… let’s get to the tutorial!
No. 1 – Take one of the embroidery thread bundles and cut 16 12-inch pieces (two strings will be used for each tassel).
No. 2 – Lay one of the 12-inch pieces of embroidery thread on a flat surface. Take a new thread bundle (don’t unravel!)and fold in half. Place the folded bundle over the string so that the string is directly in the center. Tie a knot (as shown in the image above), flip it over and knot it, then knot again to lock it in place.
No. 3 – Keeping the long pieces of string out of the way, take your scissors and cut through the loops on both ends.
No. 4 – Lay another one of the 12-inch pieces of embroidery thread on a flat surface. Take both ends of the tassel and fold the bundle in half over the string. Lay the folded tassel 1/3 of the way towards the top over the center of the string (as shown in the image above). Tie a knot with the string, then flip everything over and tie another knot to tighten it, then knot it again to lock it in place.
No. 5 – Take the darner needle and thread the two pieces of string you just tied through the needle. Push the needle through the side of the tassel so that it cuts through the middle and pull the string through (see image above).
No. 6 – Trim the bottom of the tassel to make the fringe even and cut the string you just pulled through with the needle.
No. 7 – Repeat Steps 2-6 until you’ve made four tassels (they should look like the image above).
No. 8 – Line up all four tassels in a row and decide on the order you’d like them to be in. (Pro tip: I put the longest/fluffiest one at the bottom).
No. 9 – Decide which tassel you want on the bottom, then take the darner needle and thread only one of the long strings and push through the center of the tassel (shown above).
No. 10 – On the other three tassels, thread both strings and push them through the center of each tassel using the darner needle (as shown in the image on the right).
No. 11 – Take the string coming out of the top of the bottom tassel and thread it through the darner needle. Push the needle all the way through the center of the next tassel and pull it tightly to connect them. Continue pushing the needle through all three tassels, pulling tightly on each one to ensure they are properly connected.
No. 12 – Rethread the string in the darner needle and pull the string taut to tightly connect all four tassels (this can easily loosen). Thread the string through the wrapped embroidery thread on the top tassel and back through again to its original spot so that the tassels are still hanging from it (this locks everything in place).
No. 13 – Take one of the earring hooks and thread the top string through the hook (there will be a small hole to thread it through). Tie a knot around the hook to keep it in place. You can also loop the bottom of the hook through the string on the top of the tassel to secure it. Wrap the string around the hook a second time and tie a knot. Then thread the string in the darner needle and push it through the side of the tassel (or wherever it can easily be concealed). Pull the needle through the middle of the tassel.
No. 14 – Trim the thread you just pulled through along with the rest of the remaining long strings on each tassel. I save this for last in case the tassels come loose. It provides material to fix if any issues arise (trust me – it happened a few times 🙈).
And there you have it! Easy, right? Ok, so there are quite a few steps. But I promise it’s much easier than it looks. I’ve already made a pair in black, red, and cream! Let me know if you try this on your own. I’d love to see them! Make sure to tag me in your photos on Instagram so I can see your own DIY tiered tassel earrings!
I finally got another video up! I wanted to share this quick and easy 5-minute makeup routine for spring that I’ve been sticking with. Thanks to Glossier, I’ve been loving the “natural” makeup look and have been steering away from heavy foundations, instead opting for a fresh and young look. I’ve always loved minimal makeup for spring, but this year I’ve really scaled down the number of products I use daily. This has allowed me to focus more on skincare and I have to admit, my skin has never looked better. I can thank these products for my natural glow. 😉
Speaking of glow, there are two products that have really changed the natural glow game. After reading hundreds of amazing reviews on this cream luminizer, I knew I had to try it. And it was love at first swipe! ❤️ It leaves a gorgeous dewy sheen on the face, especially when the light hits it. It’s a little more of a subtle glow and definitely looks more natural on the skin. But it truly makes my whole face light up. I then apply this Glow Booster to the high points on my cheeks for a quick glow. I also started using the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz and it has quickly become a fave as well. I especially love it when combined with the RMS luminizer for the ultimate natural glow!
I also wanted to share how I apply the new Glossier Cloud Paint. To say I love this product would be a serious understatement. It has truly changed my entire makeup routine. Natural is the new fleek. I think that’s what the kids say nowadays lol. 😂 I’ve been applying the shade Dusk to the apples and contour of my cheeks for a sheer, sun-kissed look. When applied over these sun drops, it creates a perfect subtle tan for the face.
So there you have it – the easiest 5-minute makeup routine ever. Perfect for when you’re running late to work or want a natural look for the weekend. Watch the video below to see the full routine!
Sure, I like to try different styles and trends. But when it really comes down to it, I’m a bands tee kinda girl. But I can’t always wear band tees and denim cut-offs. So I like to mix them with other trends like this leather mini. Easy, casual but still has a bit of edge to it.
Here are some of my favorite band tees you can shop. Swipe through to see all my top picks below!
I’m not kidding when I say I practically live in band tees. I have more in my closet than I’d like to admit and they’re always on heavy rotation. The more worn in, the better. 😉 I also love them for travel. I’ll usually throw a few of my favorites in my suitcase. I took this and this with me to my trip to California this past weekend to wear with these cut-offs and my new favorite pair of jeans. I threw on these sandals for an easy, casual look and wore these rose-hued Céline shades for a subtle pop of color.
I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after being out of town since last week. Being in California is always such a great feeling; the feeling of being home. Steven and I drove from LA to central California (about 40 miles south of San Francisco), back to LA, to Orange County, to San Diego then back to LA. Talk about a whirlwind of a trip! We were literally all over California to see family and friends and to take care of a few things. I can count the number of times I’ve been to central California on one hand, but I’m always amazed at how pretty it is out there! Rolling green hills, flowers covering hillsides. It was the most scenic road trip we’ve ever taken. But now, back to the grind.
And I promise I’ll get the tiered tassel DIY post up this week!! I said it was going up last week and failed all of you. So much to do, so little time. Be on the lookout for that soon!
These days, I’m all about keeping it simple. Clean, classic with a bit of edge or fun elements added. And is there anything more classic than a simple striped t-shirt? This red striped shirt and cropped flare jeans are spring classics. Add a pair of backless loafers and a pair of gold statement earrings and your effortlessly, chic look is complete. Fuss-free, clean and simple. So much easier that way, right? Clearly I’m ecstatic that bundling up is no longer an issue. No more having layer and wear bulky clothing. And it doesn’t even get that cold here! Clearly I don’t do well in the cold, winter weather. 😜
Speaking of gold statement earrings, I can’t get enough of these hoop earrings. I love the geometric take on a classic style. It adds the perfect edge without overdoing it. I’ve also had my eyes on these and these lately. And in case you missed my Instagram post and Instastories from last weekend, you’ll be seeing a fun DIY tassel earrings tutorial on the blog this week!
I’ve even gotten back into rings lately! Does anyone else fall in and out of jewelry habits? I typically go through a jewelry hoarding phase and then one day I’ll just stop wearing jewelry altogether. And then just like that, I’ll pick it up again. Well, maybe it’s because spring is here, but I’ve definitely caught the jewelry bug again. There are just so many good jewelry trends right now! And how good is this designer dupe? I’ve been wearing it non-stop along with these stacking rings and this pavé circle ring.