DIY, Fashion, My Style

{ Styling } Tassels

Tassel Decor

It’s true, I love a good tassel. They popped up in August’s outfit posts as an accessorizing tool. Oh, and then there was this DIY tassel blog post that shows ya just how easy they are to make. If you’re not already as obsessed as me, check out these ways to style with tassels. They are a cute and creative little adornment that can be that fun pop your outfit or surroundings need. Continue reading…

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{ DIY } Floral Styling On A Budget

DIY floral style

How fabulous are fresh flowers? So freakin’ fabulous! They add life, beauty, plus a florally-fresh aroma to your space. The only thing is that they have a short shelf life. My solution, break up the bouquet and spread the natural beauty throughout your abode.

DIY floral styling

I like to purchase one bouquet from the grocery store  (usually around $8) and then do some DIY floral styling.  I did spend one winter break during college working at a greenhouse tending to poinsettias (so boring and so freezing).

Floral Styling

By DIY floral styling, I mean that I …

1. Take apart the bouquet.

2. Fill up an eclectic collection of bottles and cups with water (retro glassware and Starkbucks Frappuccino bottles make great mini vases)

3. Cut flowers and place into the various faux vases.

4. Enjoy! Place in different spots in your space (on the bathroom counter, nightstand, kitchen table, hallway, desk, coffee table) or use as decoration for an event. The eclectic and cute arrangements  would look fab as center pieces at a birthday or bridal shower.

floral styling on a budget

So easy! Right? Only eight bucks and multiple floral arrangements to enjoy!

DIY floral style
{ Thanks to my friend Kate Michener for letting us take these pics at her place and for her stylish eye. }

{ Photos by Audrey Gallagher }

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{ DIY } Tassels

DIY dip dye tassels

Time for a DIY and this one is fit for fashion and decor. It comes to us care of my friend Kate. You may have noticed her name popping up on the blog lately. That’s because she collaborated with me on my August blog photo shoot and also crafted the amazing tassels I’ve been wearing (they’ll be in an upcoming outfit post too!). She initially made them as decoration for a big event here in Philly for Philadelphia Magazine, but once I spotted them I had to wear, and ask her how she made them, of course!  And now, Kate’s tassel tutorial. Pin now, DIY later!  – JH

NOTE:  If you plan on dip dying your tassels, use cotton materials!  They absorb the color much better than synthetic fibers.

How to make tassels

1.  Hold the strand between your fingers and wrap around your elbow multiple times.  I usually do about 15-20 times around.

tassel DIY tutorial

2.  Pull the material tight as you remove it from your arm and lay it down. Double knot a shorter piece of string around the middle, which will then become the top of your tassel.

3.  Cut the looped ends of the tassel so each becomes a single strand.  Trim to the length you want.

4.  About a half-inch down from the top of your tassel, tie a piece of string to create the decorative ball-shaped top of your tassel.  Wrap around once or multiple times to create the look you want, then cut the excess.

Ta-da — Tassel! You can change the size of the tassel by wrapping the string around something larger or smaller than your arm, and the thickness by adding or subtracting the amount of times you loop the string around.  Customize by dip dying, stringing into a garland, changing the material you use, adding beads, or styling your own way.

Happy DIY-ing!!

{ Photos by Audrey Gallagher. } 


{ Gift It } DIY Hand Warmers


Forget Valentine’s Day and remember Galentine’s Day. It’s the fictional holiday created by Amy Poehler’s character on Parks & Recreation and it’s a day to celebrate your gals. Here’s a gift idea the ladies in your life will LOVE. The tutorial linked was found via Pinterest and created by graphic designer/mommy blogger Rae Ann Kelly, but I originally got the idea over the holiday when my friend stayed with me and had a set of hand warmers that someone DIYed for her – so thoughtful!

People go nuts for DIY gifts, especially when they’re awesome and these are. They don’t stay warm quite as long as a purchased heat pack but do the trick and cost little money and time to create. They’re great cold AMs on the commute or chilly PMs on the couch.

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{DIY Holiday Decorating} Anything Can Be An Ornament


Over the weekend I started holiday decorating and let me tell you, it puts you in the best mood. So do decorate, don’t put it off. And don’t feel like you have to spend a lot. Save your dollars for presents (though those too can be DIYed, ahem, Sharpie Mugs) and use what you got.

Here’s a few things I did over the weekend to deck the halls without even leaving home. These ideas pertain to trimming the tree. Mine happens to be a fake one of the slim variety and came with lights.


{Cloak With Glitter}

Glitter is gold for DIY holiday decorating. I covered floral decals that attach to shoes I don’t even own any more and bam, ornaments.

{Rework Old Jewelry}

As a vintage jewelry hoarder curator I do have some unrepairable pieces, plus I randomly save pretty things that I think may be able to turn into something. An old wreath pin missing stones becomes a wintery wreath ornament thanks to some nail polish, glitter, and a pipe cleaner for the hook. A tarnished dove necklace now hangs from one  of the higher Christmas tree branches. It’s only took some silver nail polish and shortening the chain. A star charm from a necklace and twine make another easy and unique ornament.


{Wrap It Up}

Presents under the tree instantly add the holly-jolly vibe. Since I was on a quest to fill up the bare branches and haven’t really shopped yet, I wrapped up a tiny case that earbud headphones came in and strung from the tree. (insert noise of the “That Was Easy” Button)


{String Things}

Got garland, a costume string of pearls, or even ribbon? Wrap around the tree. Or make your own. Paint popcorn with nail polish, let dry, then thread and string with care. Or even try a pasta garland. Or add string to something you’d to have for an instant ornament. I used some thread to turn my little macaroon trinket box into a Christmas decoration.

Have a tip you’d like to share? Comment below or tweet me @JessieHoleva!

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{Steal Of The Week} DIY Sharpie Mugs


Okay, gift-giving season is now in full swing. Teachers, friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and more – there may be a lot of people on your list. Here’s one super-simple DIY anyone can do and bonus, it’s pretty darn thoughtful too. It’s also quite easy and inexpensive. Keep this idea in your back pocket for the next time you’re in need of a cool gift on the cheap.

It’s personalized mugs thanks to the help of permanent markers. Judging from Pinterest, DIY Sharpie Mugs are a present idea you can do a lot with. Try a quote, a print, or even a cute drawing. Write a nickname or term of endearment. Sketch then bake to seal the deal.

Here are few designs to get you inspired. Pin now, craft later.

{Made With Love}


{via PopSugar.com}

{Gold Prints}


{via ABubblyLife.com}

{Bat Your Lashes}


{via JustinaBlakeney.com}

{Silent Night & Glitter}


{via NestOfPosies-Blog.com}

{Miles Away}

Sharpie Mug 10_1

{via TheCozyOldFarmhouse.blogspot.com}

{Oh Deer Dear}


{via Pinterest}

{His & Hers}


{via LauraRahel.blogspot.com}

{The Gift Of Courage}


{via MelindAnneFaulk.wix.com}

Ready to craft it? If you clicked on any of the links above, you’ll see that each site gives their own preference on markers and baking specifications. Results vary by the marker and mug, but after reading a slew of tutorials I’d say to opt for oil-based sharpies and then bake the mug at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.

Have you tried this DIY before? Comment below!

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{Pin It} Divine Holiday Cocktails


Blow away party guests or just please your own palette. These yummy holiday cocktails that will do both.

There’s peppermint eggnog, a martini that tastes like pumpkin pie, fall-fabulous sangria, sparkly spritzers, coffee that’s more heavenly than dessert, and more. So which of these festive drinks would you fancy? Peruse and pin these divine holiday cocktail recipes that I curated over at The Fashion Spot. Your guests will thank you later.


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{DIY} Turn Your Old Tee Into a Crop Top

upcycle old tee shirt

When I attempt a DIY it’s gotta be an easy one. Too many steps or lots of directions mean I won’t be participating. But when this shirt was headed to the trash (sleeves looked gross) I had to save it and thought to try a little tailoring. So I hacked into my boyfriend’s old tee to first shorten, then chop the sleeves. I tried it back on and knew the neckline needed a little work so I cut a V shape and slipped it back on.

upcycle old tee shirt diy tee shirt

This shirt may be a little revealing so wear with a pretty bra, over a bikini, or with a vest over it, like I did for a recent Dare to Wear post.

budget-fashion-style-tips summer-outfit-idea  {Photos by Audrey Gallagher}

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{Lighten Up} How to Achieve Subtle Ombre For Summer


The last few summers more and more heads have hopped on the ombre bandwagon, including mine. The gradual color fade blends tones into each other, graduating from light to dark. A subtle ombre should mimic the the natural highlights you’d typically get from the sun and are most dramatic at hair ends, since hair is typically lighter at ends from being exposed longer to the environment.

This ‘do is so popular because it’s universally flattering since we’re simply copying/enhancing what the style Mother Nature would provide if we had all day to stay outside. It’s also low maintenance, so no monthly touchups are required because it’s a gradual fade and color was applied starting at the ends, not the roots.

Justin Bieber recently lightened the tips of his hair and his now on-again girlfriend, Selena Gomez has been rocking a subtle ombre for months and there are lots more famous people with lightened locks.


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Fabulous ombre styles can be seen on the heads of Lauren Conrad,  Lea Michele, Jessica Alba, and Jared Leto … just to name a few.

Are you ready to lighten up your locks? To achieve on the cheap you’ll need a little skill, as results really depend on the application. Try Loreal’s Feria Ombre kit for $12.99 at your local drugstore and be sure to watch their How To Get Great Ombre video tutorial online before you begin.

If you’re not the DIY type, then this is one trend that I recommend seeing a professional for, as botched attempt could result in a bigger bill to get fixed that the ombre service itself.

Or take a time machine back to 1994 and use some Sun In by the pool. Just kidding. Sun In is still on the market and works like how you remember but BE CAREFUL! There are tons to negative reviews on this product so proceed with caution and don’t try if your hair is already damaged. This girl did on YouTube got awesome results so it may be worth trying.



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