Here are some random things that I’m currently loving this month!
I somehow managed to never watch this show before, despite it being everything I would ever want in a television show (and more!). I binge watched the first two seasons, though now I’ve reached the third season I’m slowing down a little. It’s smarter than I thought it was going to be, and constantly makes fun of itself, which I love. Next up: The Walking Dead? Game of Thrones?
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream Trio
One of my best friends, Alina, gave me this for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I have been using it everyday since (thanks Alina!). I am definitely going through a cream blush phase at the moment. Review to come!
40 Days of Dating
I discovered this project a few weeks ago and have been obsessed ever since. It’s a day by day blog of two friends who decide to try out dating for 40 days, giving you each of their perspectives about what’s happening. It’s very addictive (though I don’t think they make a very good couple at all) and the website is visually interesting (they’re both designers). It looks like they’re stopping on day 36 until September 3rd, which is kind of annoying but will give you a chance to catch up if you haven’t started reading yet!
Ecote Easy Knit Maxi Skirt
I love love love this maxi skirt from Urban Outfitters. It’s the first maxi skirt I’ve owned, and I definitely want to get more now. It’s like wearing a blanket as an outfit! I’m only 5’4 and it’s the perfect length for me. I went to Boston a few weeks ago to visit some friends, and it was great for wearing on the plane on the way there, and I didn’t even have to change to go out that night! So easy! I want to get it in black too.
Ombre has been a big trend the last couple of years, from hair to nails and, especially this summer, to clothes. When I was home in Nashville last weekend, my sister Rosie and I decided to make some DIY ombre denim shorts. As I mentioned before, we were already planning on going to the local thrift shops, and while there we picked up some jeans for our project. It was an extremely easy, fun DIY using things that you probably have lying around your house already. Follow the tutorial below to make your own DIY ombre denim shorts!
What You Need
- Old jeans (or shorts will be even easier!)
- Trash bags
- Rubber gloves
- Chlorine bleach (I used Publix regular bleach)
- Two large bowls or buckets
- Laundry detergent
Ombre Shorts Tutorial
You can skip these first few steps if you are starting with shorts! Take your old jeans, and cut at an angle approximately mid-thigh, longer than how long you want the shorts. Put the jeans on, and with the marker draw a line on the jeans how long you want the shorts to be in the front. If you are planning on cuffing them later, make sure you leave the shorts a few inches longer to accommodate the cuff. Take them off, and cut up along the side seams and along that front line. Continue cutting around the leg, making the shorts 1-2 inches longer in the back. To make sure the other side is even, fold the shorts in half and cut the other side the same way to match.
Lay out the trash bag in the area you are working in. Since you will be using bleach it would be best to do this outside, or if that isn’t possible, in a bathroom. Pour some bleach into one of the bowls, enough to dip in the shorts. Fill the other bowl with water and and a splash of laundry detergent. Put on the gloves, and dip the shorts into the bleach, up to the point you want the ombre effect to go. Make sure both sides of the shorts are being evenly bleached. Squeeze out the bleach, and lay the shorts out on the plastic bags for a few minutes. Repeat dipping the shorts.
If you want to the ombre effect to end in more of a straight line, pour some of the bleach into the bleach bottle cap. Slowly pour the bleach out in a line at the top of the ombre effect, on both sides of the shorts. Let the bleach soak in for a few minutes. Then wash the shorts in the soapy water in the second bowl, and squeeze out. This will prevent the bleached area of the shorts from turning yellow.
Leave the shorts to dry overnight, and throw them in the washer and dryer by themselves the next day. And you’re done! Now I just have to find a summer outdoor concert to wear these to…
Madewell is definitely one of my favourite clothing stores, and their pieces have come to make up a significant part of my wardrobe in the last few years. I think most of their clothing and accessories are very versatile while still being trendy, and can go from casual days to nights out to the office very easily. They also have great sales so sign up for their email lists! At the moment they are offering an extra 40% off sale items.
Since I already spent my July clothing budget less than 2 weeks into the month (don’t judge), I’m sticking to window shopping only. Here are some Madewell items I am currently loving!