DIY

DIY QUICKIE: EMBELLISHED DENIM JACKET

Supplies needed: Denim jacket (this one is thrifted) and an assortment of patches and pins.

Enjoy,

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SUMMER ’16 LOOKBOOK: LOOK 4

Hi people, it’s NikkiSimone here bringing you look four of my Summer ’16 lookbook. In case you missed it, you can see look 1 here, look 2 here, and look 3 here. All off the details of this look will be listed at the end of this post.

Look 4: That Split Though…

This skirt started as an experiment. I had this beautiful fabric and I wanted to put it to good use. A slapped a piece of elastic at the top, just playing around, and I loved the way it turned out. The giant split is the perfect amount of tease. I just had to beware of any large gusts of wind.

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The skirt was made by me (Interested in purchasing one? Let me know) *Not so shameless plug*, Top is from Forever 21.

Photography: Fuse Collins

Thank you so much for stopping by. Tell me what you think of the lookbook so far. Feel free to share. Until next time,

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Diy Quickie: Thumbtack Wall Art

Super easy #diy #wallart #diyquickie specific details on the blog link in bio #itsnikkisimonehere

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Supplies needed: Newsprint canvas (Michael’s), thumbtacks  (Dollar Tree), pencil/marker, paper, scissors and lots of patience.

Enjoy,

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Summer ’16 Lookbook: Look 3

Hi people, it’s NikkiSimone here bringing you look three of my Summer ’16 lookbook. In case you missed it, you can see look 1 here, and look 2 here. All off the details of this look will be listed at the end of this post.

Look 3: Box Pleats on Fleek

This look is very special to me. I had this vision of a beautiful full maxi skirt in a vibrant, bold pattern. When I saw this fabric in store,  I knew I had to do it justice by creating these box pleats that works with the print perfectly. Hours of pinning, measuring, and ironing took place, but it was all worth it.

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The skirt was made by me (Interested in purchasing one? Let me know) *Not so shameless plug*, Top is actually a dress from Agaci, Shoes are from JustFab.

Photography: Fuse Collins

Thank you so much for stopping by. Tell me what you think of the lookbook so far. Feel free to share. Until next time,

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Summer ’16 Lookbook: Look 2

Hey people,  it’s NikkiSimone here. This is look two of my Summer ’16 lookbook. If you missed look 1 you can check it out right here. All of the details of this look will be listed at the very end of the post.

Look 2: Bold Print Pencil Skirt 

I really enjoyed putting this look together. It all started with this beautiful, vibrant cotton print fabric that I purchased. It took me while to figure out what to make with it. As I was staring at it one day, it just hit me. Pencil skirt. Not just any ol’ basic pencil skirt though. I had to make it my own. And if you’ve ever worn a pencil skirt, you know what a struggle it is to walk in one, especially one of midi length. I solved that issue by putting not only a standard split in the back, but a very daring split in the front as well,  and every thing just fell into place.

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Skirt was made by me. (Interested in purchasing one? Let me know) *Not so shameless plug* Cami: Forever21 Blazer: Windsor Shoes: Shoedazzle 

Photography: Fuse Collins

Thank you so much for stopping by. Tell me what you think of the lookbook so far. Feel free to share. Until next time,

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DIY Gallery Wall Pieces

Hey people. It’s Nikki Simone here bringing a new diy project. I’ve been inspired by Pinterest, yet again, to create my very own gallery wall for my bedroom. 

I have purchased a couple of pieces of wall art that fit the theme I’m going for, but buying the amount it will take to fill the space will get pretty pricey so I’m making some of my own.

I ransacked my craft supplies, moseyed down to Michael’s for anything I was lacking, and strutted to Dollar Tree to finish it all off.

I will be sharing all of the pieces I create over the next couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy and get inspired.

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Cardstock from Michael’s,  metallic and black poster board from Dollar Tree, Gold and Black & White Striped paper from Blick.

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Black Sharpie and gold paint from my stash,  thumbtacks and labels from Dollar Tree.

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All frames from Dollar Tree.

These first two pieces were super easy and quick to do.

I cut out a piece of the black and white striped paper to fit an 8×10 frame. I then cut out a heart from the gold metallic poster paper.

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Place the heart in the center with a bit of glue and voila!

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I repeated this process, but used black and zebra print cardstock instead.

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Next, I took the labels, wrote a cute message, centered them onto a piece of paper to fit a 5×7 frame and that’s it. Easy peasy.

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I just love when my visions come to life. 3 down, several more to go. I’m excited to share the rest of my diy wall art pieces with you. Stay tuned.

Until next time,

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Switching It Up

Hello all, and hello fall! It’s Nikki Simone here. Can you guess my favorite thing about fall? No, not the cooler weather. No, not the changing leaves, although they are purrty. It’s the FASHION. Fall fashion is just everything, the layers, the scarves, the boots, the coats, the beanies! I’m all about that hipster life.

I decided to take a few items of clothing, from basic to extreme, mix and match them, and come up with several different looks that can work with fall.

First up is a basic white tee. I started out in a white tee, green skinny pants, an anorak jacket, and black beanie.

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Next, I ditched the anorak jacket an threw on a faux fur vest. Still simple, just a touch of edge.

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After that I switched to a denim button up. I tied it in the front, an threw on my favorite gold necklace. I loooove this necklace. I basically wear it with everything.

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I kept the denim shirt and changed into a pleather circle skirt, accompanied by a pair of knee socks. I’m so extra. The shirt can be worn open, giving a little cholo action, or tied in the front.

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I switched back into the white tee and faux fur vest combo. This time I tied the tee up in the front. I clearly have a thing for tying up shirts. It just reduces the bulk of otherwise loose fitting pieces.

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White shirt comes back off and I switch to a basic black long sleeve tee. All black eeerrrthang.

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Off comes the pleather skirt and I throw on a black mini skirt, add the vest and my beanie for some edge.

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And lastly I throw a printed peplum blazer on top of the black tee and mini skirt. Trying to class it up a bit to finish it all off. I kept on the knee high socks and combat boots though. I mean, I still have to be me right?

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I hope you enjoyed these random fall looks. I definitely enjoyed coming up with them. There’s a list of the items I’m wearing and where I got them down below.

Special thanks to Fuse of Get to the Point Tv for the awesome pics.

And big ups to you for visiting me. Until next time, Nikki Simone.

White tee: Rue 21 (men’s dept)            Denim shirt: TJMaxx                        Beanie: H&M

Green skinny jeans: Forever 21            Black Tee: Forever 21                     Black Skirt: Forever 21

Black anorak jacket: Forever 21            Peplum blazer: Nikki Simone          Knee socks: Discovery

Pleather Skirt: Nikki Simone                  Combat booties: Shoedazzle          Fur vest: Nikki Simone

I….Love..This!

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Do I post her too much? Oh well. You can’t help who you love.

Have you ever seen an outfit that just speaks to you? I swear this one said “Hi there Nikki. You love me don’t you? You need me in your life.” I couldn’t find info on this outfit anywhere so I am going to attempt to sew it myself, with my own two hands. I’m so nervous. *Crosses fingers* Wish me luck. Once I’m done, I’ll share whether I fail or prevail!

DIY Caged Bralette

Hey there! It’s Nikki Simone here and I present to you my very first DIY! Woohoo! It is super easy and doesn’t take much time at all.

 

Last year, bralettes and crop tops were all the rage. They have definitely made a comeback for this spring and summer and this DIY is an easy way to revamp or refashion that crop top you wore to death last year. Go on and dig that top out of your closet and lets get started.

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A crop top of course. I recommend the bralette style because it has bra like seams that acts as a guide to help create to caged look. If you can’t find this style a regular crop top would do. You just have to be very accurate in your measurements and placements.

    Your top of choice. I found this one at A'gaci.

    Your top of choice. I found this one at A’gaci.

  2. Scissors
  3. Fabric glue
  4. 1 package  or 2 yards of 3/8″ wide twill tape
Tools of the trade. All of these items can be found at any fabric or craft store.

Tools of the trade. All of these items can be found at any fabric or craft store.

 

Lets get to the gluing. I started at the top and remember to complete both sides simultaneously. Whatever you do to one side, do to the other. That way, the overlapping and layered pieces will match.

 

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Next, add the tape down the middle of the bra cups and extend it to the bottom of the top. That way the raw edges will be hidden under the next few pieces we add. Be sure to cut the end a bit longer so there’s enough to fold under leaving a clean finished edge.

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Next, add tape to the second seam at the top, and them move on the to curve under the bra cup. Take your time around the curves. It can get a bit tricky. The twill tape will stretch a little bit but don’t pull too much. Also, don’t forget to leave a little extra tape at the tops of the curve to fold over.

 

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How’s it going so far? Not too hard right? We’re almost done. Next up the middle seam. Mine has a zipper down the front so I don’t need to add one. If you don’t grab the glue and, once again, don’t forget to leave extra at the ends to fold under.

 

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Last but not least, the bottom seam. Mine does not have a seam to follow so I measured from the bottom to ensure my tape would be straight. Crookedness….ain’t nobody got time for that. Leave a little extra tape at the side seams. We’re not going to fold them over the back but we are going to fold and glue them down before gluing it onto the shirt.

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Voila! We are all done! Now wipe the sweat off your brow and find a cute bottom to match that adorable refashioned top.

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Thanks for visiting. Feel free to ask any questions and request future DIY’s below.

Until next time, Nikki Simone.