DIY Distressed Denim

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Jacket: Old Navy (similar here)   /  Shirt:  J.Crew (similar here)  /  Jeans:  J.Crew (similar here)  /  Shoes: Ralph Lauren (similar here)  /  Bag: J.Crew  /  Sunnies: Anthropologie (similar here)

Welcome back to the 90’s, friends!  Distressed denim has made a serious comeback and my inner grunge groupie is loving it.  I cannot get enough pairs of jeans with holes in them.  I have had this pair of J.Crew ankle jeans (long on my short frame, go figure) for a while, so I thought I would try out a little DIY project and make my own distressed denim.  To the tool shed I went for some scissors,  cardboard cutters and sandpaper.  Cut to (literally) a lot of blue jean shrapnel and a few moments later, I had a thrifty pair of rugged jeans, perfectly tailored to my height!  No alterations needed.  Are you as into this trend as I am?

TIP:  If you try this at home, make sure you have washed your jeans first (shrinkage is a bitch).  Also, when cutting holes in knees, BEND your knee first and THEN mark where you want to cut.  Not while standing, unless you just want a hole above your knee when you sit.  Have fun, be creative!

Old Faithful ~ J.Crew layers

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Jacket: J.Crew  /  Sweater: J.Crew (similar here and here)  /  Shirt: J.Crew (similar here)  /  Tee:  Gap  /  Jeans: Gap (similar here)  /  Boots: DSW (similar here)  /  Sunnies: TJ Maxx  /  Jewels:  J.Crew necklace (old, similar here), similar earrings here

One of my all time favorite looks from J.Crew (see the pin here) is the inspiration for today’s post.  They really are the masters of layering.  Making you want not one, not two, but most likely, three expensive shirts at a time.  Goodbye paycheck, hello crowded closet!  Seriously though friends, those days are on hold for me for a while.  I’m back on my spending diet and may just have to do a 30X30 challenge soon!

P.S. Hope you all have a nice, relaxing weekend!

Obsession ~ Revlon Lipsticks

Lately I have been on a serious lipstick kick, searching for the perfect shade of red, orange and pink.  I told you it was a serious kick.  Gloss was my lippie of choice not too long ago and the more nude, the better.  Recently though, I have found myself wanting to wear brighter, bolder hues.  Something about a colorful pout that can really brighten your entire face.  The other day a friend was wearing a new red lipstick and she just looked so gorgeous, it really illuminated all of her features!  Not only can a lipstick change your look, but it is one of the most affordable ways to do so.  I am fond of Revlon, but I also like M.A.C. a lot too!  Here are some Revlon colors I am currently loving:

~Ravish Me Red (creme) – a true tomato red, very pretty

~ Really Red (creme) – gorgeous red that has more blue undertones than ravish me but very close

~ Coralberry (creme) – the perfect pink/orange coral

~ Siren (creme) – gorgeous orange coral

~Apricot (pearl) – a soft nude color with a touch of peach

P.S. Whenever I am thinking about purchasing a drugstore color I google the name of the color for swatch images so I can see what it looks like on others (here are some from one of my fave bloggers).  You can also just purchase at Ulta and return if you are unsatisfied  with any color:)  

P.P. S. Thank You so much for all the warm well wishes!  I really appreciate everyone’s support! Big hugs to all of you, xoxo