Twining with my Style Crush

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Just because they don’t wear dresses, push-up bras and heels, does’t mean that men can’t influence our every day style. Meet our blogger friend http://stylentonic.com, a man who never fails to entertain and inspire us.

For those of you who haven’t met him yet, Mr Tzachas of style’n’tonic is a hunk who, on his fabulous blog, rocks male fashion like it’s no one’s business. His bold and fearless approach to clothing, makes t-shirt and jean wearing effortlessly trendy and cool. With an uncanny eye for detail, no style’n’tonic’s look is complete without a swathe of ideal footwear, sunglasses and accessories. Set along matching backdrops and accompanied by sublime music choices to set the mood for each unique outfit, his posts look like they’ve come right out of a fashion magazine. Needless to say, he always makes me look forward to his next post with anticipation and admiration, wishing I could somehow be there with him … having a spakling drink, or two, or … ahem … and you all know how creative I can be when inspiration strikes, hehe.

Paying a well deserved homage to our fashionable friend, a hottie who has ‘style’ rooted in his DNA (and hoping he approves). Keep ‘em coming Mr Fabulous ;)
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If you aren’t following him already, you are truly missing out. Hurry on over to Mr Tzachas’ stylish Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stylentonic, Twitter https://twitter.com/stylentonic, and Instagram http://instagram.com/mrtzachas, and don’t forget to let me know all about the man who inspires your everyday style.

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OOTD: Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

Even though I am not a fan of horse racing, I love to people watch on a day that brings out the most eclectic fashion and style to the Golden Coast - Opening Day at Del Mar Fairgrounds Racetrack. From the eccentric and tacky to the stylish and elegant, opening day saw the best and worst in fashion as well as a plethora of interesting statement hats for the races’ hat contest.

The Races

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My Racing Day OOTD

Zara Top and Skirt.

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The Hat Contest

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The Del Mar races run from July 17 – September 3, 2014 with tons of fun events and concerts happening throughout the season. If you ever get the chance to attend an Opening Day at the Del Mar races, then do so. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to see action, fashion and the best scene in California.

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OOTD: Take Me To The Sea

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

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Happy Monday to all of our fabulous followers. We hope you are enjoying your Summer wherever you may be.

There’s no place I’d rather be than basking in the warmth of the sun and sea. These pictures were taken at one of my favorite California coastal towns, Carlsbad, CA. With its mediterranean climate, quaint downtown and pristine endless coastline, Carlsbad is my idea of the ideal Summer getaway.

When I found this Mara Hoffman maxi dress online, I knew it would be perfect for a Summer on the beach. The fabric is so soft and it just hugs your curves in all the right places ;) I’m also in love with the print and just as I thought when I saw it online, the dress looks amazing pictured against ocean and sky.

Dress: Shopbop, here

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What is your favorite Summer getaway?

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OOTD: Mint to Be Mine

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Let’s be honest, no one can rock a tulle skirt like our favorite fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw, but you can’t blame a girl for trying. With midi skirts making a big comeback, and a romantic date night in the works, this fashionista didn’t mind being Carrie for a day ;)

From the first moment I laid my eyes on this fabulously frilly cloud of a skirt, I’ve had Carrie Bradshaw on my mind. Though Carrie is wearing Dolce and Gabbana, would you believe this very skirt can be found on Ebay for about $10? Needless to say, it was love at first sight and was mint to be mine! Taking cue from Carrie, I’ve paired my midi with neutrals, starting with a gorgeously fitted The Leticia jacket by Bri Seeley, (a very talented designer whom FreeUrCloset  met at our favorite Clothes Minded boutique’s fashion event). The rest of my outfit consisted of a satin Bebe halter top, sparkly clutch and heels, while my gold ‘Carrie style’ name necklace (another fun Ebay find) finished off my Carrie-licious recreation.

I must have been a ballerina in a past life, because from the moment I tried on this confection of a skirt, all I wanted to do was twirl, twirl and twirl. With my hand securely tucked in the crook of my very own Mr. Big’s strong arm, our fabulous date night was a major success! Thanks for the inspiration Carrie Bradshaw ;)

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I say be girly – be silly. Cry over Mr. Big and wear ridiculous poofy skirts. It’s the least life should allow you for tolerating all rollercoaster of womanhood.” Quote by: Hello Giggles

What is your favorite Carrie Bradshaw look? Do share …

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The Perfect Swim Cover Up and a Shawl Dawl Giveaway!

With beach and pool weather officially upon us, we are stocking up on our swimsuits, totes, flip-flops and cover ups. In today’s post, I have found the perfect beach cover up and I am sharing my fab find with all of you (Yesssss we are giving one of these beauties away; this is a giveaway you don’t want to miss!)

My Shawl Dawls are the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe. They can be worn or refashioned in countless ways. I can not say enough about how much use I’ve made of my Spring shawl, as shown here.  My new Summer shawl has already become my favorite cover up because it easily transforms my outfit from pool or beach day to a night out on the town. Here’s proof:

Wear it as a sarong or just throw it on over your bathing suit for an instant cover up.

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Wear it as a vest or a poncho with denim shorts and sandals and you’re ready for a night out on the town!

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The Summer Dawls collection comes in an amazingly comfortable light and sheer fabric and the prints are vibrant and beyond gorgeous. Check out Shawl Dawls new sheers here and a great tutorial on how to style them here.

We are excited to host a giveaway of the exact Shawl Dawl I’m wearing in the post. Thanks to the lovely ladies over at Shawl Dawls, one lucky winner will be covered up in style all Summer long! Enter below! (Giveaway starts June 24th and ends July 1st. Open to US entries only.)

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DIY: Leather Cuff Bracelet

Cuff Diy mainWhat’s better than having a baby cow in your barn? Why how ’bout wearing one ’round your wrist? I must admit that lately I’m going gaga (or in my case moo-moo) over Leather Cuff Bracelets, but not their hefty price tags. So what’s a gal to do?  I’ve figured out how to make my very own cuff bracelet! Needless to say, my bracelet rack is moooooing and overflowing with all sorts of my DIY leather cuff designs, and I’m proud of each and every one of my new babies. We all know how proud mamas like to brag, so here I am sharing my unique DIY project with y’all.

Supplies:

* Piece of soft leather long enough to wrap around your arm. Mine was purchased at a Hobby Lobby craft store for $3.47. I’ve also seen them at Michael’s crafts store.

* A flat ornament. My beautiful stone cross pendant is another affordable ($2.50) Hobby Lobby find.

* Rivet Kit with a riveting tool. I found this one on Ebay for $10, but any crafts store will also be selling them.

* Two medium size buttons. My ‘Jean Buttons’ are from Walmart!

* Tacky Glue.

* Leather cord about 1 yard in length. I bought this multi color suede cord at Michael’s (40 feet long) for $4! Cha-ching!

* You might also need a pencil for marking cuts, scissors to cut your bracelet to size, as well as an x-acto knife (or box cutter). Leather can be tough to cut, and this is when my x-acto knife comes in handy.

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Leather cuff diy 3 Leather Cuff diy 4 Leather Cuff diy 5 Leather Cuff Diy 6 Leather cuff diy 7Leather cuff diy 8Leather cuff diy 9Leather cuff diy 10Leather cuff diy 7Leather cuff diy 11And now that you’ve created your own fabulous leather cuff bracelet you will treasure and adore, it is time to show it off and let the rest of the world salivate over it. You can always send them my way ;) This cuff is one of my favorite creations. Regardless of my outfit choice, the cuff always draws attention. Here’s proof:

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 Don’t forget to give me a holler letting me know how your leather cuff (or boots) DIY turned out. 

Happy Creations!

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DIY: No Fuss Boots and Hat Refashion

Boots and Hat DiyGot dirt? Here in Arizona we’ve got lots of it, but that doesn’t mean our boots need to be ugly. Here’s a super easy boot and hat makeover that requires no sewing, no gluing, NO SWEAT and can also be just as easily undone. Feel better? Lets start with the boots … The items needed are: Diy Hat and BootsBoots Diy 21. Any old pair of boots, in my case I’m refashioning my all time favorite cowgirl boots by Mia girl.

2. Two flower hair clips. These were found at Burlington Coat Factory, and are sold as a pair for $2.99.

3.  Lace ribbon from any craft store. I’ve found mine at my local JoAnn store for less than $3 per yard.

4. Two thin belts in the color of your choice. Mine are H&M sale items, and yes, I’ve paid $1 for each.

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Boots Diy 3First, you will need to measure your lace around one of the boots, making sure the lace overlaps by 1 inch, and cut it. You can then use this piece of lace as a template to cut another same length piece for the other boot.

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Boots diy 4Boots Diy 5The lace is then pinned (held together) by the flower hair clip. Now how easy was that? And you’ve guessed what comes next — the belt!

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Boots Diy 6 Boots diy 7Besides its reasonable price tag, I’ve chosen this thin belt because it had a lot of punched holes, making it easy for me to find the perfect closure without having to use a drill. Carefully and tightly wrap the belt around a boot, closing it on the inside, wrapping the leftover as far as it goes and tucking it in beneath other belt loops. Now do it all over again with the other boot, and presto! You’ve got yourself a new set of dirt kicking boots that will be the talk of the town.

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Now on to the Hat DIY:

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A few months ago, while on a fitness binge, I bought my self some headbands to wear to the gym. The lace ones came as a set of four while the floral ones were sold as a pair at Claire’s Accessories. For this super easy hat DIY, I am using only one black lace headband (as it mimics the lace on the boots) and one of the flowery bands will then be placed on top of the lace. Because they are elastic, headbands make the perfect hat decor. Wouldn’t you agree?Hat diy 3

This hat and boots may look dainty, but they were made for playing in the dirt, ;), and that’s just what we did on this sunny Arizona day. Boots and Hat Diy 1 Boots and Hat Diy 2 Boots and Hat Diy 4 Boots and Hat Diy 3Hat diy 11 Boots and Hat Diy 5

Don’t forget to drop me a note letting me know how your hat and boot refashion turned out and I hope you join me on my next DIY adventure where I’ll be showing you how to make a gorgeous leather cuff bracelet you see me wearing above.

Happy Creations!

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