MOGBLOG DIY x AEO STYLE

Good morning, friends! So excited to finally tell you what sneaky business I've been up to. Today, #MOGBLOG is sharing a DIY project on AEO Style, the American Eagle Style blog! Not only is it an easy one, its a fun one, too - combining one of my fall essentials (a great military style jacket, like this great bomber from AE) with a very personalized touch! Read on for all the details and styling tips below!

Step 1 - Go hunting for patches, pins, buttons and anything else you'd like to adorn your jacket with. I found these at a cool vintage store in my neighborhood, though there's plenty of great resources online. Check out Etsy as well! Step 2 - Gather your materials, including a needle and thread, some scissors, and Fabri-tac (or similar fabric glue.) Step 3 - Lay out your design, and when you're satisfied, attach the patches either by sewing or gluing with Fabri-tac. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle before washing or wearing. (I'm sewing mine, because I would be letting myself down after my years as a costume designer in grad school. LOL.) Step 4 - Last, but not least - attach your pins and buttons and get stylin'!

I chose to wear the jacket with a really simple outfit underneath. Because it's one-of-a-kind, I wanted it to be the star player of this look. A simple black hoodie, tee shirt and jeans, contrasted with a great pair of suede boots. And of course, add any signature jewelry you typically wear (for me, it's this vintage gold bracelet) and you've got a look that's uniquely you - and that's the best part! Do give this one a try, and be sure to keep your eyes open for some great gems over at American Eagle and AEO Style. Cheers! x

DIY Lipstick Print Shirt

Hey Everyone! I hope by now, you've read my post about the Clarisonic launch I attended last week... it not, you can below. Go ahead and do that now. I'll wait. So, in light of that, I wanted to share a little DIY project on how to get my look from the event - a Mark McNairy inspired lipstick print shirt.

All you need for this project is an oxford shirt (I thrifted mine for 15 bucks - significantly cheaper than the 200 plus the designer version would cost you) a tube of acrylic paint, and a small paintbrush or two. Check out the step-by-step video below:

Seriously. This project couldn't be simpler. It couldn't be cheaper. And it couldn't be chicer. What are you waiting for? Get yourself to a thrift store and then give this a try. I can't wait to see how it works out for you!

DIY Cucumber Vodka

Hey Everyone! My favorite day of the week - Thirsty Thursday is here again. You know what else is here? scorching summer sun. Wondering how to beat the heat? Of course you could stay inside all day, but where's the fun in that? Or, you could give this super easy oh-so-refreshing cocktail recipe a try.

All you need is an organic cucumber and a bottle of decent quality vodka (which needn't be expensive, by the way - this bottle of Monopolowa was 11 bucks at Trader Joes.) Just Skin your cucumber, scoop out the seeds, and chop into small pieces. Add into a jar, pour your vodka over and seal. Let it sit in a cool, dark place for 2 - 3 days, giving it a shake every several hours. After it has turned a pale green color, strain through a coffee filter and pour back into the bottle.

It's absolutely delicious over ice on its own, or with a splash of soda. Watermelon or cranberry juice also make a perfect pair. It's arguably the perfect cocktail for these sweltering summer days. So have at it. I know you'll enjoy. x

Come Shop with Me!

Sunday. Ah, Sunday. (BTW, is Sunday supposed to be the end of the previous week, or the start of a new one? ...I've always considered it the end of the week, although I was recently told otherwise. Hm. #NotClearOn)

Anyway. To close out - yes, close out. my blog, my rules. okay? - our "La Vie En Rose" pink themed week, I wanted to take you shopping with me for some pink home accessories at some of my favorite stores here in Weho. Check it out:

So, that was fun. Let's do it again sometime, shall we? PS, bummed you missed out on our giveaway? Well subscribe to our channel, so you don't miss out on anything else! Lots of good stuff coming this week, so stick around and we'll see you soon! x 

La Vie En Rose: DIY Rosewater Toner

Hey friends! By now you may have seen our #MOGiveaway - and if you haven't - click HERE to enter, by subscribing to our Youtube channel. This week, we're sharing with you La Vie En Rose. Every day, a new one my rose-colored picks - guaranteed to keep you tickled pink as we kick off the month of June!

Today, I'm sharing with you my super simple Rosewater Toner Spray. This stuff is amazing. Not only does it mattify your skin in these less-than-glam hot summer days, it also keeps your makeup in place. Oh, and it smells heavenly too. Sound too good to be true? It's not. Read on for how to make some of your very own!

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To make this delicious concoction - simply combine 2 oz distilled water, 1.5 oz rosewater (find it in the ethnic food aisle of the grocery store), and .5 oz witch hazel. Give everything a nice stir, and pour into an atomizer bottle. Pro tip: leave it in the fridge for an even more refreshing spritz. I like to spray it on when I'm finished beating my mug for the day, after some time in the sun, or when I simply need a little pick-me-up.

So get out there and give this a try! I promise, you won't regret it. Who wouldn't want to smell like a delicious fresh bouquet in the heat? It's sure as hell nicer than smelling like a sweatball. Amirite, ladies?? Be sure to check back tomorrow for our next pick in the Vie en Rose week, here on MOG.

DIY "Chombré" Shirt

For today's edition of our Summer Kickoff series, I'm sharing a super easy - and fun - DIY you can do today with supplies you already have on hand. The ombré trend is here to stay for the summer, and I'm gonna show you achieve that oh-so-cool look at home.

To start, gather your materials - either an old chambray shirt that needs a little sprucing up, or you can thrift one - like my $15 JCrew shirt I found at Crossroads here in LA. Then, make sure you have a bucket, some gloves (to protect your skin) and some regular ol' bleach.

First decide where you want your bleach to cover, and then wet your shirt with plain water. Next, fill your bucket with 2 parts hot water and 1 part bleach, and then lower your shirt into the solution, up to where you planned to cover. After that, let it sit for about an hour in a well-ventilated place. 

When you come back, rinse the shirt in cool water, and then refill the bucket with a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part white vinegar. (This helps the bleaching process to stop.) Allow that to sit for about 10 minutes, and then rinse again. After that, just throw the shirt in the laundry, and enjoy your new look!

This look is perfect for the summer because it's a great way to incorporate the denim on denim trend, without it feeling heavy. It makes a great poolside cover up, and is perfect to layer on over a tee or tank when the sun goes down. I know I'll be getting a lot of use out of this. Let me know if you give it a try in the comments below - I'd love to see your handiwork in action! Check back tomorrow for a new video - featuring a Summer Cocktail Recipe you won't want to miss!

DIY Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

Happy Tuesday, all! are we getting looks ready for music festival season? Coachella approaches in just 3 short days, you know. And One of the most popular festival trends is sure-to-be the distressed boyfriend jean. Similar styles retail at Barney's for over 300 DOLLARS! But today, I'm going to share with you how to achieve that look at a fraction of the price. 

First, start by buying an inexpensive pair of jeans at your local thrift. (I got my pair of vintage Gap jeans at Goodwill for 6 dollars!) You'll want to try them on in-store first... the fit should be slouchy, and sit low on your waist. Make sure they're long enough to roll up at the hem. That's key to this look.

Next, assemble your tools. To make this pair you'll need a pencil, an Xacto knife, a cheese grater, and some Tweezers. Now, I suggest finding a pair of jeans you want to emulate- and use those as your "pattern" going forward. Personally, I like a blown-out knee.

Mark your jeans where you plan to cut, and make your incision with the Xacto knife. Once you've cut slices into your jeans, use your tweezers to pull the vertical (ie, the blue) threads out of your jeans. By removing the blue vertical threads, the white stringy horizontal threads remain - giving that destroyed look that we've come to know and love.

Another way to achieve this is by using sandpaper (or a sandpaper block, like I did here) until the blue threads break down, leaving the white horizontal threads remaining. 

Finally, take your cheese grater to various places on your jeans that could use a little lived-in distressing. (I like to hit the belt loops, the fly, the pockets, the knees, and the hem.) Et Voila! Your very own, totally unique, and way inexpensive pair of distressed boyfriend jeans.

Let me know how this DIY works out for you - and share pictures of your projects in the comments below! Ps- if you're reading this in an email, be sure to check out the original post on my website HERE

DIY Dot Painting

Does it feel like it should be Friday? I swear it was Friday, like... 5 minutes ago. How did we get to Tuesday? Anyone? Bueller??

Even though you may have a case of the mid-week blues, here's a fun - and super easy, I might add - DIY that you can use to spruce up your home. It's a quick project too - really. I did this at midnight last night after a few beers (hey - it helps get my creative juices flowing!) and from start-to-finish took me about 20 minutes. NBD.

Maybe you read our post about "Un-Decorating" over the weekend, and want to find an easy way to dip a toe into those waters. Look no further. Inspired by this print at West Elm (on sale for $129) I thought - that looks like a perfect DIY - and for a fraction of the price

All you need is some paint (I used watercolors) - some watercolor paper, and an empty frame. I started by cutting my paper to fit the size of the mat, and then centered a rectangle shape by drawing lightly in pencil. Next, I decided how many dots I wanted going across my painting - again, marking lightly in pencil. And then I just went for it!

(Note: you can get super serious about this if you want, measure and grid your shape out, and pre-mark each dot... but I think part of the un-decorated charm of this is the imperfection. Plus, it looks more like the chic west elm version this way.) 

And that's all there is to it - truly, a 20 minute home DIY. Give this a try - and let me know how it turns out in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you! x

The Art of Un-Decorating

Happy Saturday, kids! I hope you're all loving your weekend so far. I'm off to the Grove today for the SimplyStylist conference (more on that later), but I wanted to share with you a little something before I go.

One of my favorite trends in the interior design world right now is something known as "un-decorating". Its hard to put into words, so i'll make a comparison to - what else - the world of fashion. Un-Decorating is kind of like your chill, tomboy jeans-white-tee-and-chucks outfit. Timelessly cool and easy, but undeniably chic.

It can be implemented in tons of ways - a pile of interesting fabrics folded over an old chair in the corner, a polaroid or two taped to the wall with washi tape, or some old knickknacks and family treasures collected on a mirrored tray.

The way I'm un-decorating in my place is with this great old metal frame I picked up at a flea market here in LA. I just leaned it against the wall (hanging it just felt too "done") and used some cool clothespins to stick some of Nick & I's stuff to it.  

I'd love to hear about your adventures in un-decorating. Tell me what you came up with in the comments below - or, send me a link with some pictures of your project! Can't wait to see. x 

Yellow Power Smoothie

The heat wave continues here in LA, and in light of that, I'd like to share with you my favorite smoothie recipe at the moment. I drink this almost every day. Literally. It's a wonder that my skin hasn't started to produce a yellow tinge yet.

Even if it isn't as warm where you are, this is still a great recipe for those brisk early spring days. Using all frozen fruit, you don't have to worry about finding fresh produce in the store to give it a try.

The best part about it are the benefits - the mango and pineapple are loaded with vitamins A and C, the cinnamon has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, and turmeric is just really good for you. Seriously. Look it up. Oh - and it tastes good too. Give this smoothie a whirl, and let me know how you like it in the comments below! 

YELLOW POWER SMOOTHIE
1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
1 Cup Frozen Mango
1 Cup Liquid (Orange Juice, Milk, Almond Milk, etc)
1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 dash each Cinnamon and Turmeric
Honey (to taste)

Start by pouring your liquid into the blender. The flavor of your smoothie will change depending on what you pick - I like mine to be bright, and tart, so I use OJ. If you want a creamier, sweeter smoothie, you can use almond or dairy milk instead.

Next, add your frozen fruit and greek yogurt. Top with your spices, and blend. Once it is nice and thick, pour into glasses and serve with a little drizzle of honey.

YUM.

DIY Leather Cardholder

Happy Humpday, Readers! Today marks the end of our first #MOGBLOG Giveaway! If you didn't win, but still wanna get your hands on that leather cardholder - its still your lucky day! (Kinda.) Read below for how to DIY one of your very own! 

DIY Leather Cardholder

You'll Need:
A small piece of leather
A ruler
A piece of paper
A sharp pair of scissors
A Krazy Glue Pen


Start by making your pattern on a piece of paper. Its sort of a diamond shape, with its points extending from a central rectangle that measures 2.5 x 4 inches. (the best thing about this envelope shape is that you can make it whatever size you want - if you want a more substantial sized wallet, or even an oversized clutch, you can just scale it up to that size!)

Next, use a pencil to trace it onto the sueded side of your leather (or what is going to be the inside of your wallet) and then cut it out.

Once it is cut - depending on the thickness of your leather - you may want to use your ruler to help crease the leather, pre-folding it so its easier to work with when you bond it in the next step.

Now: the bonding. Fold your side panels in first, using a bit of krazy glue, and press them together for about a minute. Follow that by folding your bottom panel up and bonding one side at a time. Once it is all assembled, I like to give it a good clamp (If you happen to have binder clips, they would be perfect for this.)

And thats all there is to it - in less than 15 minutes, you can make yourself a cool kid leather cardholder that's totally unique. Bonus, when you get complimented on it, #humblebrag like its your job!

I'd love to hear how this works out for you, so let me know in the comments below. And also, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have there. Looking forward to it! x

The Most Delicious Bread You'll Ever Eat.

Good morning, all! I hope you had a fun kick off to your weekend, boy have I got something to share with you. Maybe you're laying in bed after a Friday night bender and are thinking about the perfect recovery meal. Or maybe you're up bright eyed and bushy tailed looking for a project to do while your S/O is sleeping in (ahem...I know this blogger is.)

Regardless of your situation, if you find yourself with a couple free hours this weekend and want to challenge yourself with a new endeavor, this is it. Actually, even if you don't have a couple hours to spare, I bet you'll find a way to free some up after you check out this recipe below.

Scary bread-making disclaimer here: I know that at first glance, this seems complicated and maybe a little daunting, but I promise if you follow the directions (I mean REALLY follow them) You will end up with the most delicious homemade bread you will ever eat. (I know - shame on a fashion blogger to write about eating carbs...We all have our vices, okay?)

I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments below. I can't wait for you to try this and to tell me how it goes! And as always, SUBSCRIBE to #MOGBLOG for your chance to win our giveaway this week! 

Half-Wheat Sandwich Bread

Ingredients

1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons instant active dry yeast

Instructions

1. Start by combining your flours in a medium bowl. (Note: when filling your measuring cups, spoon the flour into them, then level them off. This will keep them from being packed too dense.)
2. Next, in a small bowl, prep your milk, oil, honey, brown sugar and salt. I like to give them a stir with a fork to help them combine.
3. After that - and THIS IS IMPORTANT: In a large bowl, pour in your warm water (if you have a food thermometer, use it to check the temperature. 110-115F is Perfect.) THEN, pour in your small bowl of liquids/sugar. Give it a good stir so the sugars dissolve.
4. Once you have done that, sprinkle your yeast over the warm beige liquid, give it a little stir, and begin slowly adding your flours.
5. While you're adding your flours, keep stirring (again, I like to use a fork here) until it starts to come together, and a dough begins to form.
6. Once it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, its time to get your hands dirty and KNEAD. Spend a solid 10 minutes just folding and pressing the dough on a floured surface, or until you are able to form it into a smooth ball.
7. Place the ball of dough in a bowl sprayed with nonstick spray, and put it somewhere warm to rise for an hour (I like to put it in my oven with the door closed - heat off.)
8. After its about doubled in size, punch the dough down, and really show it who's boss. (I always thought kneading it so much would make it tough and chewy, but its actually the opposite. Who knew?)
9. When you have flattened it down to where it looks like pizza dough, gently roll it into a loaf shape, tucking the ends under. Place the loaf in a sprayed nonstick 9 x 5 pan. Allow it to rise one more time (This time should be shorter - maybe 45 minutes or so.) Now's a good time to preheat your oven to 350.
10. Once its done rising a second time, coat the top of the loaf with a bit of olive oil, using a pastry brush and place it in the oven to bake for 30 - 35 minutes. The loaf will be done when it sounds hollow to tap on the bottom of the pan.

Let it cool about 5 minutes in its pan, then turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool the rest of the way. After that - Slice and enjoy THE MOST DELICIOUS BREAD YOU'LL EVER EAT.

DIY Sea Salt Spray

So, its Sunday night. Where did the weekend go? Really. I'm starting the petition for a day between Sunday and Monday. Any takers?

But, maybe a fun (and easy!) DIY project is what you need to propel you into the week with a fresh attitude - and really cool hair. Presenting: DIY Sea Salt SprayThe best part is, you totally have all of this stuff at home already.

This stuff is amazing. Not kidding. You may remember Casey Layne's incredible mane from our Venice Beach Shoot? This stuff. For real. Check out the recipe below. 

Step One. Gather your ingredients. Coconut Oil, Sea Salt, Leave-In Cream or Conditioner (I love this one from Kiehl's) and Water Soluble Pomade. (A Note about pomade - you may not have this laying around, but being a shorter-haired dude...i did. I love the formula of Layrite pomade, but if you don't have it at home, you could substitute a water soluble gel with some shine in it.)
Step Two. Combine 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, 2 or 3 teaspoons Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Leave-in Cream, a dab of Pomade and 1 cup of HOT water.
Step Three. Mix! Mix! Mix! It helps to stir them with a whisk or a fork, and then put them in a container with a lid and Shake it for a minute or two.
Step Four. Decant into a spray bottle and enjoy your new sea salt spray!

That's all there is to it! Give this a try and watch the compliments roll in. Comment below and let me know how it works for you. And, be sure to Subscribe to #MOGBLOG for daily updates below!

DIY Shibori

Hey everyone! So excited to share with you our first #MOGBLOGDIY.

Today, I'll be showing you how to Shibori - or, japanese tye dye - your fabrics: clothes, curtains, placemats, even duvet covers! 

Shibori has been around for centuries, and has been gaining popularity on the fashion scene in recent years. And its no question why, something about the stark contrast of crisp white and deep indigo just oozes cool-kid chic. The problem is, in order to be done properly, the technique requires handmade precision...and that kind of craftsmanship comes at a price. But if you're willing to put in the elbow grease, the payoff is totally worth it.

Recently, you may have seen my venice beach photoshoot with my dear friend Casey Layne. For this shoot, we shibori-ed her short suit. Starting with some white pieces I found at the local thrift, I gathered my supplies and got to work. Check below for a step-by-step guide on my process.

THE PROCESS (From top, left to right)

Start with your textile. Plain fabric yardage, a tee shirt, dress, pillowcase - anything! Make sure it is prewashed and clean.

Next, identify the fiber content of that textile. Different textiles respond better to certain dyes. Your fabric/craft store will have multiple options suited to whichever you are working with. I was working with blended fiber textiles, so I used Rit dye - Rit is a union dye (which means it is made up of many formulas of dye and is designed to work on a variety of fibers).

After you have purchased your dye, its time for the prep. This is the fun part. And it can be done in a number of ways, depending on the technique/pattern you want to achieve. If you want more rounded shapes, use rubber bands or twine to wrap sections of the fabric, which will resist the dye into oval/circular shapes. If you want a more linear shape, you can use binder clips or clothespins to pleat the fabric and hold it in place, causing a more geometric shape. Or, you can use a combination of the two - like I did on Casey's blazer here.

Put on your gloves (you'll thank me later...nobody wants smurf hands for days), and prepare your dye as it says on the package. Typically, this will mean getting really HOT water and stirring your dye in until it is integrated smoothly.

After that, put in your fabric, and stir stir stir! Give it a solid half hour or so, and then let it sit and brew for an additional hour. After that, pour your dye bath out and rinse your fabric until the water runs as close to clear as you can get it. (Note: this will take awhile. Don't panic. Be patient.)

Finally, un-clip/pin/fold your fabric, and let it hang to drip dry. Enjoy your new Shibori!

THERE YOU HAVE IT! If you've ever tried shibori, or if you plan to after this post - let me know! Send me a link, I'd love to see what you're working on!

Coming soon... how to get casey's dreamy beachy waves from our venice beach shoot in our sea salt spray diy.

Laundry Day

Hey kids! Hope your weeks are all off to a good start... I feel like so much has happened in the last 48 hours it couldn't possibly be Tuesday already!

Yesterday Nicholas and I had the ever-dreaded laundry day. Ugh. To be honest, the only thing I like about doing laundry is the vibey laundromat we go to here in LA. So, while waiting for our delicates and unmentionables (and about 500 pairs of calvin klein briefs) to tumble-dry, we had an impromptu photoshoot.

Don't you just love when inspiration strikes in the strangest places? Tell me about some of the unusual places you've had a shoot and send me a link to go check it out! I'd love to see.

PS - I know this isn't the most glamorous post on the planet, but tomorrow I've got some really cool stuff planned. Including the first-ever #MOGBLOGDIY Stay Tuned!