Denim Vest

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Continuing my summer denim style series with Silver Jeans, I have a new look to share with you! Denim vest is my new favorite summer trend. I especially like this Silver Jeans distressed one. It’s a perfect combination of stretch and color. I’ve been seeing these worn all sorts of different ways, but I especially like to wear mine over a midi dress. Next I want to try wearing it as a top with a skirt!

Do you wear denim vests? How do you style them?

Over the weekend Sam and I drove out to Milwaukee to look for apartments, and I am so happy we found the one we liked! More details later, happy Tuesday!

Photography: Chan Shin Photography

Simple Monday

Sometimes simplicity is the best. I usually don’t stress about my summer outfits, simply keeping them simple! I also wanted to take more pictures with my Nokia Lumia 928. Give or take, this phone takes great pictures!

I received from Verizon Wireless, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon below!

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Happy Monday everyone 🙂

Xo,

Z

Summer Life & Style Bucket List

Summer is here, which means it’s the perfect time for a summer list! Here are a few things I  am putting on mine:

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– Post more summer style outfits and photos, thanks to my Samsung Galaxy camera and my new Nokia Lumia 928 it’s going to be a breeze! Thank you Verizon!

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– Create a summer 2013 playlist!

– Work out at least 3 times a week, be it yoga, a Jillian Michaels DVD, or simply jogging in the park, I am going to do it!

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– Introduce you to “Story and a half of our Life”!

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– Post more refashions and DIY projects – It feels really good to inspire my readers, so I want to keep that going! It also feels really good to be featured on Craft Gossip 🙂

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– Yard Sale (I have come to realize how much clothes I have. And maybe being a fashion blogger, somehow justifies me, but I don’t think the closet space or the lack of the latter does 🙂 )

– Do a Giveaway on my blog, it was a while ago that I hit 1000 unique WordPress subscribers! Thank you and keep an eye on my blog, because there will be something special coming up for you all very very soon!

I hope you all have an amazing summer! I know I will 🙂

Xo,

Z

Guess what? ROMWE is having another great sale – $19.99 Flash Sale on 200 Crazy Leggings 6/18 – 6/20 So Hurry! http://www.romwe.com/manage_activity/200+_leggings_flash_sale/

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DIY Lace Shoulder Bag

There is nothing better in this world than lace! And when lace is vintage, it’s even better! I have a post dedicated entirely to my vintage lace collection. And there were some follow up posts on what I did with some of it. Today is another post like this. I am going to show you how you can use strips of vintage lace to decorate a plain canvas bag bought at a craft store. The original bag looked something like this

You will also need lace, if you don’t have any at home, you can always buy some at a store, another way to collect lace is to cut it off some worn out clothes (i.e those tanktops that have lace on the bottom). Some of my lace came off vintage night gowns.

Make sure that lace is either smoothed out, or ironed. I had to iron some of mine. Also, when you are ironing lace, remember that it’s synthetic, so use the lowest setting! I have a steam iron, but I was extra careful, because I didn’t want to ruin my lace. I also wanted to use most of the left overs I had up. Mom found me a brand new roll of lace, which I am super excited for! I can’t wait to use it to make pillow cases for the couch for Sam’s & mine new apartment.

I also crocheted some lace as well. It’s really easy, and adds a unique feel to the final product. You can use any pattern that you have, or create your own, I did it with one of the strips.

I chose a centre piece for my bag, it was originally supposed to go on a shirt, as a collar decoration. But I like my shirts plain, not floral, so I put it on a bag! I actually sewed it on first. I had to sew everything on with a running stitch first, using some yellow thread. Then, after everything was in place, I sewed it all on with white, and took the yellow out!

After I sewed on the centerpiece, I started adding on the strips of lace. TIP: it’s easier if you start from the bottom. I only needed 3 long strips (another TIP: measure the width of your bag, and before you begin the project estimate how much lace you are going to need!) If you are not going to have a centerpiece all your strips are going to be the same length. In my case I had 1 centerpiece, 3 long strips and 18 short ones. You need to sew it all on, making sure that the short strips, the ones separated by the centerpiece are on the same level, otherwise it’s not going to look pretty. I also used the same lace in each row, as if the long strip was broken by the centerpiece, but you can play with lace and pattern!

So this is the final product! I have something to go to church tomorrow with. But overall, this is a great light summer bag! Enjoy!

Happy Saturday, and happy DIYing everyone, or as Sam calls it – DIMing (Do it Myself)

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