"She Doesn't Get It"

IMG_1432 As I mentioned in this post, I'm finding myself drawn to the bohemian look lately with the warm sun and spring blooms everywhere around me. Without compromising my personal style, today I mixed the boho with the edge. What is a mainly edgy outfit was changed up a bit with my aztec print cardigan that I got from a local surf shop my freshman year. I love spicing up something that I haven't worn forever in a new way!

The track for today's outfit is "She Doesn't Get It" by my all-time favorite band, The Format. They have provided my favorite tunes ever since I was introduced to them in middle school because they were local. Now broken up, but you can still listen to front-man Nate Ruess as the lead singer of Fun. Listen along below while you view!

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I never get over how pretty my town is. I took these photos is a standard office parking lot a block over from my house, and yet this is the view next to it. You can see hills like this in any direction you look, and it never gets old!

ribcage tank_H&M, DIY cut--was a dress! aztec cardigan_Matix Brand from Moondoggie's vintage cutoffs_Levi's from eBay studded combat boots_Steve Madden, on sale here studded bowling bag_Gypsy Warrior armor ring_Macy's bracelet_handmade gift from my friend Alana

Thanks for reading!

ARCHITECTURE_Chicago Trip

As promised, I worked on an architecture/design type post to document my Chicago trip I returned from last week. I also filmed quite a bit while I was there because I was very excited to have a camera that can record video in HD. If you're interested in that you can check it out at the bottom of the post to watch it! Otherwise, here are some of my favorite photos of the trip. My camera was dead for the day we saw the most monumental structures (a lot of Mies, Monadnock, Logan Center, University of Chicago, etc...) but I managed to get those with my iPhone, so I provided a mixture. Enjoy! IMG_0337

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Cannon Design office inside the Michigan Plaza Building_Mies van der Rohe

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Pin up of our studio work at Cannon Design office

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Aqua Tower_Studio Gang

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downtown Garmin store_Valerio DeWalt Train Architects

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Poetry Foundation_John Ronan

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Luminaire furniture store

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Luminaire furniture store

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Cultural Center

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The Bean_Millenium Park

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Logan Center_Todd Williams and Billie Tsien

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lighting at the Monadnock Building

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and here is the video!

Thanks so much for reading! See you tomorrow for a new outfit post, and don't forget to keep up with punkrockparti on Instagram!

DIY_Hardware Studded Clutch

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The hardware trend is one that I don't think should die out any time soon. DIY projects with supplies from the hardware store are inexpensive, industrial, and tactile in a very interesting way. I like that the supplies for this project are accessible to anyone, and create a great finished project.

Today's project is created by sewing on nuts in a grid with a needle and thread to a plain clutch that you already own, or picked up for cheap. I hope you enjoy and will please share with me your own projects if you decide to make one!

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The supplies you will need are a zip top clutch (I used a makeup bag from a department store freebie), 20 silver nuts (or however many you would like), thread that matches the clutch, needle, a ruler, a pencil, and a sheet of paper. You will also need scissors although they are not pictured.

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Begin by tracing the outline of the clutch onto the sheet of paper in pencil.

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Using the ruler, draw a grid onto the shape of the clutch. Decide how many nuts you are going to use. I decided to use 20 to fill the entire face of the clutch, with 5 columns and 4 rows.

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After cutting out around the outline of the clutch, lay the template over the bag. Using your needle, pin poke each hole onto the bag. This will make sure your grid is straight and even, but won't leave behind a noticeable mark on the clutch.

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Begin sewing each nut onto the clutch. I suggest doubling up your thread and tying the knot at the bottom to create a stronger stitch. Come up from the back of your clutch with the needle through a pre-marked pin poke. Note how I sewed on each side of the nut. I did about 3 to 4 stitches on each side to secure.

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Continue sewing on each of your nuts. This will take some time so work on it while watching your favorite movie!

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Here is the finished product! I'm very excited about my new clutch, especially because it will add a great pop of color to monochromatic outfits! Thanks for reading and good luck with your own projects!

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