DIY: Hellooooo Summer Giveaway

Summer has officially arrived (Hooray summer!), as if Lulu’s.com hasn’t scorched us already with it’s super hot and trendsetting Spring fashion line. I can’t even begin to tell you how much drooling I’ve done over Lulu’s Brokedown Sun, Sand, Washed Black Maxi Halter Dress, (along with it’s beige partner in crime here) which, even at a hefty price of $111.00, sold out in what felt like mere minutes.1298850_202154

 

Hence the inspiration behind my latest DIY project! Though I appreciate finer things in life, I consider my self fortunate to have discovered other avenues of shopping for trendy clothes at much friendlier prices, like Fashion Q, where I’ve purchased two black maxi dresses for $5.99 each!

Admittedly, I am an “Iron-On” virgin, and the reason behind the “two” dresses was that one would surely be discarded, but the Iron-On letters I purchased from Walmart.com came with goof-proof instructions, and I decided to treat you all to not only my step by step DIY, but also to a Summer Maxi Giveaway! Yay!

When I think of summer, I think of vacations, beaches, sunsets, boats, cocktails, surf, straw hats … Though Lulu’s dress can be very closely copied (yes, there are plenty of ‘distressed’ iron-on letters on various websites) I’ve decided to give the dress my own twist by adding my favorite phrases, in lieu of my favorite season — Hello Summer.

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Things you will need for this fun and easy DIY project are things you already have in your home: scissors, towel, pillowcase, a very hot iron, and a little bit of patience.

First step is to lay the dress on a towel, cut out your letters and place them ‘face down’, so that the letters are touching the front of the dress material, while remaining covered with the translucent paper. Take the time to align them evenly. 

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Iron the pillow case over the letters for about 5 minutes, making sure you thoroughly heat each word. The longer you iron, the easier the translucent paper peals off the letters when done 😉 Summer maxi 6 Summer maxi 8Once you are done ironing on front side of dress through the pillow case,  you will need to remove (and discard) the pillowcase, turn the dress over and iron the back side of the dress for about 3 more minutes. No pillow case needed for this task.Summer maxi 9When the 3 minutes are up, turn your project over and you may begin to remove the translucent film which covers all of your cut out letters. Be very careful, and take your time, as to not rip or distort your new lettering.Summer maxi 13 Summer maxi 10 Sumer maxi 11The final project was one even my fabulously stylish chihuahua, Mr. Pretty Kitty, approves of.Summer maxi 18 Summer maxi 14 Summer maxi 16 Summer maxi 21 Summer maxi 17 Summer maxi 19With it’s cool boho vibe, and fun, care free phrase, I paired my new Summer maxi with a few glam accessories, like guess Tutu Bow  flip flops, fun hat, fringed bag, Katy Perry ‘Love Me‘ necklace / ‘Roar‘ bracelet, and I’m ready to welcome Summer!Summer maxi 15

Perfect for shopping, pool parties, or fun beach wear, this maxi is a great addition for almost any occasion. How fun would it be to ‘fringe’ the bottom half of this dress? Hmmm … maybe I save that for my next DIY …

This dresses’ fabulous counterpart is up for grabs! Leave a comment as to why you’d like to be the winner (either here on the blog, on our Instagram or our Facebook page), make sure you follow all three accounts, and you just might be the lucky fashionista to rock this one of a kind maxi dress this Summer, in fab style 😉

Winner will be announced July 1st on all three of our accounts. Best of luck!

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And for those of you attempting this super easy DIY, I’d love to hear about your projects. Drop me a note letting me know how your DIYs turned out!

Happy DIY-ing!

OOTD: Gypsy Soul

From wild prints and fringe handbags to stacked rings and big hats – blame it on my gypsy soul, I’m a sucker for ALL things bohemian. Bohemian style is the essence of a wild, young and free spirit and I consider myself a boho babe ( OK OK…I’m not that young or free, but I’m definitely a wild child at heart 😉 ).

Channeling my inner hippie, I’m wearing my new T Party top and pants from Pink Soul Boutique. I’m in love with the wide sleeves on the blouse and the lace bell bottom on the pant *swoon*. If you’re a fan of comfortable pants which make your legs and torso look beyond fabulous, check out T Party clothing. Their product is made in the USA and is top quality. In a recent post, I mentioned how much I love Pink Soul’s clothing selection and the fact that they carry brands such as T Party is another plus with me.

Top and Pants: T-Party at Pink Soul / Booties: Report, similar here / Fringe Bag: Galian New York, similar here / Necklace: Pink Soul

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What do our lovely followers think? Is my outfit Coachella approved? 😉

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FreeUrCloset Spotlight: Pink Soul Boutique

When it comes to shopping, there are two things I get a thrill out of: 1. scoring a fab designer piece for less at my favorite consignment store and, 2. discovering a new boutique which carries unique, quality clothes without breaking the bank. I made such a discovery when I met the lovely Heidi who runs a Del Mar, CA boutique called Pink Soul. Her store puts the “fun” in funkiness and the clothes she chooses to carry are hip ,unique and beyond comfortable (a major plus!). Even though I’m a fairly recent transplant to SoCal, I think it’s safe to say that Pink Soul Boutique has definitely made it to the top of my “favorite places to get my retail therapy on” list.

On my most recent visit to Pink Soul, I found a purrrrfection of a dress. Not only is the print to die for, but the dress hugs all the right curves and feels amazingly comfortable on. I have a feeling I found THE dress for my romantic Valentine’s date night (hint to the hubs – a new Chanel bag would be an ideal compliment to my fantastical dress hihihi).

Maxi Dress: Pink Soul, absolutely love this version here (use code SHOPPINK for 20% off your online or in-store purchase) / Necklace: Charming Charlie

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For all our boho chic lovers out there, check out my fabulous #coachellaready find from Pink Soul next week.

Stay tuned!

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Spicing Up Your Little Black Dress

Ah, the little black dress! It’s the solution to every outfit dilemma. I would be lost without it on those “I have nothing to wear” days. And even though a simple LBD looks fabulous all on its own, I like to spice it up a bit by adding accessories and color to mine. Adding bling is key because, if you’ve followed our blog long enough, you know the FreeUrCloset motto – We like our bling like our men, BIG and FLASHY (hihihi).

This dress is one of my favorites because of the length, the mock neck and the fact that I found it on sale for $12 – score! I paired it with a floral moto jacket and, although I’m not a huge fan of florals, I think the darker floral print is a great compliment to a solid black dress. Sexy stockings, in my opinion, are a must. They give the outfit that extra something something.

We’d love to see some of your LBD styling ideas. If you have an Instagram account, show us your spiced up little black dress by tagging us @freeurcloset !

Dress: Shimmer, similar @ Nordstrom / Jacket: Elle for Kohls, similar @ Shoptiques / Stockings: Nordstrom Rack / Handbag: Guess @ Macy’s / Booties: Nordstrom Rack / Necklace: Charming Charlie, similar @ Charming Charlie

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OOTN: Jumping Into Date Night

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What is liberatingly comfortable, yet can be feminine, sexy and hug you in all the right places? You can call it a jumpsuit, a romper, a onesie, or boiler suit, but I call it my freedom suit. Yes dears, that is exactly what wearing this simple one piece suit feels like, and it has me jumping for joy!  Now I admit, it didn’t look as attractive being displayed on a hanger in the H&M store, but with some imagination, I saw it’s possibilities, and it quickly became my go-to outfit no matter the occasion.

In a previous post (Uber Exciting Play Date) I accessorized this jumpsuit for a date in the park with the kiddoes. With an easy switch of a few accessories, adding heels, belt and a leather jacket, this playsuit was ready for a grown-up kind of a playdate, and my hubby couldn’t wait to play with me.

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 Jumpsuit: H&M / Belt: H&M  / Heels: Charlotte Russe / Moto Jacket: Miss Sixty, similar here / Clutch: Tory Burch / Sunglasses: United Colors of Beneton / Necklace and Bracelet: old

How many times have we walked past an item in a store, not realizing it’s true value? Imagination can be a powerful thing. In the wise words of Muhammad Ali “The man who has no imagination, has no wings“. Though we all spread our wings of creativity from time to time, for me, a good jump can be very liberating, especially when wearing my freedom suit.

 What has you jumping for joy this season?

OOTD: Ready to Ride

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It’s a new year and I’m ready to ride the fashion train.

From bold colors and prints galore.
To simple outfits since less is more.
Edgy or boho chic.
Classic, vintage and unique.

Hop on board the style train, friends. Let’s see where our 2015 fashion journey ends!

Skirt: Ross Dress For Less / Top: Jessica Simpson / Boots: Flashbacks Fashion /Handbag: Steve Madden

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OOTN: Keep Calm and Sparkle On

Hello my sparkly friends. New Year is in full swing and it’s that time of the year when everything is so sparkly, shiny and glamorous, including our wardrobe.

I’d like to think that I sparkle all the time, because I’m a girl who loves year round glitter, but this NYE I really wanted to shine bright like a diamond, and I plan do just that in my new sequin “Gold and Sassy” dress from Windsor. Yes, Windsor! No need to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. Thanks to fabulous Christmas sales, my whole outfit cost under $100! Are you still looking for the perfect dress? Check out Windsor’s 24 Glam Looks to Ring in the New Year. I’m glad I did.

Balancing your bling can be a tough act, but when it comes to NYE parties, all rules go out the window. There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than in your most sequins sparkly dress. Live a little and forget about self restraint and add more sparkle when in doubt. Mixing patterns and sequins and throwing in chunky gold jewelry, is the only way to go. You’ll be the belle of the ball and won’t even need to worry about leaving the party when the clock strikes midnight.

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 Dress: www.windsorstore.com / Shoes: Charlotte Ruse (similar here) Chanel clutch: old / Earrings and Ring set: H&M / Bracelet: Walmart

Shimmery sparkles are synonymous with ringing in the New Year, and we’re never ones to break tradition, so join our Sparkle-rama and check out Natasha’s fabulous DIY post on how to Make Your Own Seaquin Pants and add some serious sparkle to this NYE … I hope we’ve inspired you all to put some sparkle in your festivities and leave a trail of glitter no matter how you ring in the New Year.

🎉 2015 is going to be an amazing year, I can hardly wait to see what it has in store for us! 🎉