Moodboard – What I'm Loving Now

While the rest of the country is doused in a thick layer of snow, Los Angeles stays dry and warm. The days have been sunny with highs in the 80s. As soon as the sun sets, the temperatures drop and I'm reaching for a coat and scarf. (By the way, I'm not complaining one bit!) Thus, my fashion eye is a little wayward these days. I need both light, cool, summery pieces and things to layer and keep me warm. The last few weeks I've been wearing skirts and short sleeves, paired with boots, cardigans and scarves to keep myself warm when needed. Closed toe shoes and a scarf can do a remarkable job of keeping me warm even if my other layers are light.

Lately, I've been fantasizing about what I want to wear (and DIY!) over the next few months. As always, I want to be comfortable but pulled-together and interesting (like those tops up there, aren't they swoon-worthy?). And in case you're wondering about the polka-dot Keds, I have ordered those and they will be delivered to my door shortly. I love the fun print and can't wait to wear them with dresses and skirts as well as jeans and shorts all year long. What's in your fantasy wardrobe right now?

Top Row from left:  Coin Purse  //  Bar Necklace  //  Blue Cut Out Top  //  Booties  //  Scarf
Bottom Row from left:  Sweatshirt (similar jeans here)  //  Striped Maxi Skirt  //  Cropped Top  //  Polka Dot Keds  //  Bow Bracelet  //  Nail Polish  //  Lip Gloss Pencil

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DIY Outfit – Zip Back T-shirt

In my moodboard yesterday, I shared my love for a decorative zipper. I love an unexpected back detail almost as much as a cool zipper accent. Today I have another inspirational pick that combines both of these elements. Our inspiration top is super cute and trust me it's super easy to DIY yourself. Read on to see how.



How to DIY a Zip Back T-Shirt

Step 1: The casual, nautical cool of the Genoa Striped Top from Anthropologie is the perfect inspiration for a fun and easy DIY. It looks like a basic striped top but turn around and wham, bam you have a neon yellow zipper saying "How do you do?".

Step 2:  To make your t-shirt use a pattern such as Simplicity 1805 or use a pre-made shirt. You could also use the free Tessuti Mandy Top (see my version here) and just make the sleeves more of a bell shape. To add the zipper, add a seam to the center back, finish and fold in the raw edges and attach your zipper running all the way from top to bottom.

Step 3: For your fabric, use a basic striped knit like this one from Mood. For the zipper, a contrasting color is a must. Here's a sweet lime colored one.

Tune back in tomorrow to see my re-fashioned version of this top!

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Moodboard – Zippers


Zippers are best known for their utilitarian features. Mainly keepin' your pants up! Can you imagine the days pre-zipper when you would have had to use a row of buttons on your fly. So laborious! All hail the amazing zipper. That said, I'm loving all of the decorative zippers I'm seeing these days. They add a fun and edgy element to just about any clothing item. Here are a few of my faves.

Top Row from left: Orange Sweater  // Moto Skinnies  //  Sweatshirt  // Printed Dress
Bottom Row from left:  Blue Top  //  Clutch  //  Striped Top  //  Sweatshirt  //  Black Dress

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