Day 12 – Quick Twist

Today’s tutorial comes from The Beauty Department. This is an outstanding website that all of you ladies should know about.

My hair is too long to do it quite like this, so I’m working on a way to deal with the extra length. If you have long hair and have done something spiffy to make this work for you, leave a note in the comments or shoot me an email!

TOOLS: bobby pins, accessory, hairspray.

Prep: You’ll want the hair to have some texture before you pin it up. If you have curly hair, you’re all set. If not, use a 1″ spring iron and curl everything away from your face so it will twist easier. Then it’s just 2 steps!

Take the entire left side and start twisting near your ear. Best to twist it kind of tight and then loosen it up after you pin everything. Stop just past the middle and add a large bobby pin for extra support. You can see where we placed it in Katie’s hair. When inserting the bobby pin, go back against the hair, almost like you’re putting it inside the twist you just created!
Now gather all of the hair on the right, along with the hair left out from the other side and twist UP. Position it over the first twist and pin using a large bobby pin. Tuck the hair that’s left out into the twist and add a couple more bobby pins for security. If the hair is too short, just add an accessory!
Now using a hand mirror, check it out from the sides and back to make sure it’s well proportioned and balanced. Loosen it up with your fingers or pull some pieces out around your face if you want a more romantic vibe, then add a veil of hairspray.

Not feeling like this look is complete? Grab a feather or something with sparkles and put it in at the top of your twist!

Appliques for Clothing

Oh, the things you find online when you are up at odd hours. I fell asleep at 8pm and woke up at 2am. Needless to say I needed something to keep me busy!

I stumbled upon this great shop called New York Design Shop. I just ordered some appliques and trim and once I get the loot, I’ll let you know about the quality. Soooooo….yeah, I now have some super-fun ideas on how I can spiff up some of my boring shirts and add some flashy details to new costumes!

Here’s a preview of what they have:

DIY Friday: Doo.Ri Inspired Embellished Tights

I saw this post on Leann Peterson blog and loved it so much that I wanted to post it (and give her credit). You rock Leann!!

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I came across this cute DIY, which reminisces of the embellished tights seen at the Doo.Ri F/W 09 runway show, from style blogger Cocorosa. And if like her, you enjoy prancing around lower Manhattan in poofy white tutus, these tights are perfect for you, too.

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What you need:

Plain sheer Tights– I used the Duane Read “Silken Mist” from Leggs, they consist of 87 percent nylon and 13 percent spandex. It is a cheap synthetic blend that doesn’t run as fast. Regular yarn, needles and scissors.

Trims: I got lucky looking at bridal trims. You should make sure to check the back of the trim to see if there is any stitching which is holding the trim together. Otherwise if you cut randomly you may loose beading or embellishments.

Embellishments: Sequins, pearls, etc

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Start cutting out the shapes of flowers and Patterns from the trims and laces, try to be different in how you cut out the patterns and the sizes so it doesn’t look too symmetrical.

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It is best to wear the tights when you are stitching so you can see the exact positioning and make sure the applicants will be neatly attached.

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Start by stitching on the bigger patterns; holding it down with one hand while stitching around the pattern, I love the loose threads but you can cut it off as you please, when the biggest embellishments are set its easy to fine tune with finer details like sequins and tiny pearls:) Try mixing and layering different patterns together for a richer feel of design.

Cocorosa Embellished Tights

Two other great ideas from her can be found here: Diamond-cut Leggings and a Fringe Zipper Necklace.