High Waisted Jean Shorts DIY – Studding

I’ve been working on this project for a while and I finally started on it. I bought a pair of high waisted levis shorts from a local thrift store about a month ago and then I’ve been ordering and waiting for studs all month from online. I bought a set of 8mms with flat backs from an etsy store to diy a phone case and then I realized 8mms is really small and so I started shopping around on ebay for 10mms and 12mms and I realized it’s so much cheaper than from etsy.

Here’s the little container I’ve been using to put my studs in.
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I got them in sets of 100 studs which sounds like a lot but after this project I know it’s not that much. It took most of my 12mms to just do the pocket and down one side.

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I started out studding the left pocket.
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I was going to do the other one too but I realized I wouldn’t have enough for both pockets so I decided to just do a line down the other side.
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And here’s the finished studded look.
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I still have to distress it and maybe do some bleaching and fraying but I’ve learned a lot from my first studding experience. I know now that I need a lot more studs and bigger studs if I don’t want to sit there forever studding. I have three pairs of shorts that I will be studding next but I have to bleach them first because they’re darker than I like and then I will do some more studding. I’m also going to order bigger studs for those shorts. I will do another post when I do my next ones!

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Haul, Broken Ban & All – Fashion & Jewelry

I was supposed to be on a shopping ban through mid July but after about two weeks I gave up. Also the number one motivation for my ban was because I was supposed to be saving up for a trip to Chicago but we decided not to go anymore so I just threw the ban out the window. So of course in my typical shopping fashion, here are my buys for the month of July. I had to break up the haul into two parts, fashion & beauty. First up is Fashion and Jewelry.

I picked up some tanks for my boyfriend for summer.
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I picked up this lace type top from a local boutique
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I’ve actually been looking for more of a white damask top but everytime I find one it’s a cropped style so I went with this one because it doesn’t quite look like lace so its still nice and summery.

I picked up a few tanks.
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I’ve been really into cut out shoulders lately so I picked up four from Forever21 but the sheer ones were extremely inexpensive at $13.50 each!
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I got the sheer ones in nude, white, and black.

I also picked up two dresses, both around $12 each.
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I picked up two semi-sheer blouses from H&M in pink and leopard.
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I also picked up this cute white top from a boutique.
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I picked up some thrift store shorts for diy-ing.
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I got a really good deal on shoes as well!
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I got all of these plus another pair from Gap for under $13!

I also found my perfect pair of nude pumps!
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I have been searching for years now for a good pair that didn’t have an ugly front platform but that didn’t look like a work pair either.

I found some sandals from Target.
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Since it’s summer, I found some great deals on swimsuits as well.
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This set is from Target.

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These are all on sale from Old Navy.

That’s all for clothes and shoes. I did pick up a few accessories as well. First is this cute over the shoulder bag from Forever21.
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I just love this piece because it’s so simple and so chic.

Some jewelry from F21.
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And that’s it for the fashion part of the haul. It seems like a lot but I got almost all of it on sale or for really good prices!


Recent Purchases – 6/26/12 baby Hauls

I’ve been collecting pictures of stuff I’ve hauled over the course of the past few weeks. I actually got a lot of this with coupons and sales so I’m super excited about that! First of all, as you know I’ve recently joined the Iphone train so I’ve made some ebay orders for covers. I think I bought 5 cases in total since I got my phone. They’ve been arriving every couple of days so I’ve snapped shots a few.
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I gave this mint one to my sister but I love the rubberized feeling of it so I will probably order another one.
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This is the one I’m currently using.
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That little bow over the earphone jack is called a plug and it’s to protect dust from getting inside the headphone jack.

I’ve also been trying to diy some shorts so I’ve ordered a lot of studs in different sizes.
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These are 8mm and they’re the only ones I’ve received so far. I got them off etsy but I’ve since learned that ebay is way cheaper.

I also picked up a few random things from Target.
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I don’t know how I went for so long without a staple remover. My nails thank me.

I also got this cute little notebook to replace my old moleskin. I looked for ages for one without lines but I’ve given up and decided to go with this one.
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It’s actually the perfect size, if only it didn’t have lines and the pages were thicker.

Sonia Kashuk’s summer stuff was on sale so I bought these two things with some coupons so they were super inexpensive.
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I’ve been eyeing these brushes for a long time but didn’t pick them up because I have another old Sonia Kashuk brush set that have really hard bristles. Luckily these are a lot softer and better. I’m really glad I got this set because they’re all different brushes from what I already have.

I also used a coupon to get this beautiful brush.
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It’s so different from my other brushes. It has a mix of plastic and boar bristles and it seems to smooth out hair as you brush it.

I also picked up some random stuff at the mall. First is a sweater that says drama queen.
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I got some hair ties.
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A cute bracelet in a peachy pastel color.
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And then I dropped by sephora to return something and got a sample and a set using 500 points.
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I don’t like this moisturizer so far. It’s very fragrant.

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I’ve tried this serum and moisturizer once but it’s an odd thick gel that’s a dark red color. It feels so odd to rub on my face. I don’t know how I feel about it.

I also picked up some lovely polishes again with an awesome target coupon that printed for me.
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First, Mojito Madness:
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It’s lighter in the bottle than on the nails. On the nails it’s not as bright but still very cute.

Next, Bikini so Teeny:
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It’s like a periwinkle blue. It’s very cute and definitely has a purple undertone.

Next, I got one of the new maybelline ones in Fierce N Tangy:
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I’ve been looking for an opaque yellow for so long and this one is just perfectly bright and opaque.

Next I have To Buy or Not to Buy
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Sorry for the unclean swatch, I did these right after getting home. This color is one of my favorites! It’s a super light lilac purple.

Next I got Charming by Revlon.
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I was trying to decide between this one and lilacism but I already got two essie ones at the time so I went with this one.

And lastly I got Play Date.
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It’s a true purple but not too dark and not too light.

And lastly, I picked up this cute oversized clutch bag from the thrift store!
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It’s perfect for summer!

That’s it for my haul this time around.


Daily – 6/22 weekend boyfriends, sushi, zoo & more food!

This past weekend was my boyfriends birthday so we ate a lot! But more on that later. We planned a full day out at the zoo and lake.

We woke up early to go the zoo to beat the rush and I’m so glad we did! I’ve never been to this zoo before so I was really excited to see what the hype was all about. It cost us $42 to get in which is probably why I’ve never been there before. My normal zoo is free.
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We grabbed breakfast at MCDs which I hadn’t done in the longest time. It felt like a mini road trip eating mcd breakfast and driving out there with the wind in my hair!

Here’s what I wore.
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top f21 | shorts AE | shoes LA | bag h&m
On my face I used all waterproof/swim stuff so that it wont melt off or come off after swimming later. I used loreal volumnous, etude waterproof liner, stila lip stain, stila bronzing gel.

Here’s a shot of my favorite animals I saw at the zoo!
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That prairie dog was looking right at me!

After the zoo, we grabbed some food and also attended a graduation party.
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Later that night we went to grab some sushi and drinks.
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I had eaten so much already though that I couldn’t eat much sushi which is a shame since it’s so good!

I didn’t take as many pictures of the weekend as I could’ve mostly food so here is more from Sunday!
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This rice platter is so good!
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I ended the weekend eating yogurt with my mom and sisters and cousin.
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Daily – 6/18-21 Hair change, eating & badminton

I only captured two work outfits last week. First one is pretty simple and neutral.
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top & bottom F21 | cardi Banana Republic

And here’s the second one. This one has a bit more color.
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top H&m | skirt F21 | cardi F21

later on in the day I changed to this to be more casual but still cute.
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Last week I dyed my hair but it didn’t turn out light enough so I’m going to try again this week. Here’s a shot of it, you can’t tell so well.
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After it didn’t work out I did some googling and found this one which I will be using this week.
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It’s supposed to be high lift so it should get my hair a lot lighter.

My boyfriend and I went to applebees and did the two for $20 last week.
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I also did a bit of chicken cooking last week and it turned out great!
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It’s chicken and snow peas stir fried with a whole wheat pita.

I’m not a great cook but I certainly know my way around some thread and needle so I did some mending for my boyfriend.
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This is about the only homey thing I can do.

Last week there were two major storms and a lot of fallen trees. Here’s one I saw on my way to work.
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That’s not even the worst cause it was in someone’s yard. The worst are the ones on the street that you can’t drive around.

And finally I ended my week with some hard core badminton and some bubble tea.
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I always get cappuccino and only once before has it failed me.


Daily – 6/16/12 weekend recap BBQ, Graduation, Cupcakes & Shopping

I’m still not good at blogging often but with my phone I now take pictures of everything so I can keep a really good track of my activity to blog later on even if I can’t get to it right away. I know this is long over due so I’ll just get right into it.

My little sister graduated from highschool this year (valedictorian!) and so we threw her a graduation bbq. We had so much food! Looking at the pictures makes me want to bbq all over again!
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My sister made these yummy mint chocolate cupcakes!
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My contribution was the little decoration flags 🙂

I was going to buy her a camera for graduation but since she’s going to Japan next week I told her I would just double the amount of money I was going to give her to use in Japan. Overall it worked out nicely because I don’t have to worry about getting a gift and she gets extra cushion money for Japan just in case she wants to buy more.

The day after the party I had a me day so I did some shopping and errands. I knew I was going to stay on my feet all day so I opted for casual.
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tops F21 | shorts AE | shoes LA | jewelery F21 & len

I took my grandma to the flea market early that morning to pick up some traditional wedding clothes.
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And then I headed to the mall after. Here are some outfits I tried on at F21. I only walked away with one which you’ll see in an upcoming haul post.
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I also stopped in victoria’s secret to browse.
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They have the cutest fitting rooms! And I found the cutest neon orange shorts but they didn’t have my size.
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And then later in the day I went fishing with my boyfriend and his brother and brother’s girlfriend. Well, I watched lol. Here’s Koko at the bait shop.
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It was fun until it started getting really cold and rainy.

I ended my weekend making plans for this year.
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As you can see by the theme, I need to start saving now!


Daily – 6/14/12 OFTD, FOTD

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top, cardi, jewelry F21 | Pants Charlotte Russe

Here’s what I used for makeup today:
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And I have China Glaze for Audrey on my nails.
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And some bonus instagram shots:
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^current purse and wallet! All matchy matchy!