DIY_Hardware Beaded Necklace

IMG_0042 Have you ever DIYed something to go with a specific outfit? Well, that's how I got the idea for this necklace. I recently purchased this metallic shirt from Urban Outfitters on sale to wear during the holidays. It worked great for Christmas Eve with my family, but I was worried about how to style it afterwards in more casual situations.

I decided that I needed a necklace that was bold and industrial that toned down the impact of the shirt. I chose to work with a simple black cord and silver hardware to create this cinched necklace. It reminds me of my DIY Hardware Headband and is really simple. I hope you enjpy this tutorial and try to make one of your own!

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You will need: black decorative trim (mine is from Hobby Lobby), scissors, 3 nuts, and clear nail polish.

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First, cut a piece of cord that fits around your neck and over your head, and then leave extra length on both ends as well. At this point, you can use the clear nail polish to prevent the ends from fraying. However, if you tie on knots like I did, you can probably get away without using it.

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Fold the cord in half and thread a nut through both ends of the cord. Put the loop over your head, and position the nut so that it is in a place where you can comfortably put the necklace over your head without moving the nut around. My nut was snug enough that I didn't need to knot the cord.

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Next, on the ends of the cord, thread on a nut and tie a knot at the bottom.

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Do the same for each end, and also add a knot above each nut to keep them in place.

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Here's my finished product! I'm really happy with how it compliments my top, and now am excited to wear it in casual settings!

Want to purchase a necklace like this? I have another for sale on my Etsy! Check out the listing here.

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DSC_1022 I'm finally back with a new outfit post, and even better, I am home in Arizona (I took the above photo in my backyard)! I'm loving how this outfit came together. I sometimes find it hard to style this denim vest because of the short crop, but pairing it with this long tunic was the perfect solution. After figuring out the silhouette, I wanted to add some polish so I accessorized with my sparkly Toms and some shiny details with my statement ring and the detailing on my clutch. These outfit can also be easily transformed for cooler weather by throwing a neutral colored hoodie under the vest!

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On top of loving this outfit, I'm also proud about how inexpensive all of the pieces are! I encourage you to go thrifting and also to hold back on purchases sometimes until you can find a killer sale. Sometimes you'll get really lucky like I did with these Toms--they would normally retail for $54 dollars, but I found this pair at my local consignment store and paid for them with the credit I received from donating my old clothes!

Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!

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patched denim vest_DIY, from Savers, $5, see my tutorials for similar vests here and here

black tunic top_Nordstrom brand from Last Chance, $1.90

black corduroy zip jeggings_Forever 21 sale, $6

silver Toms, Plato's Closet, trade in for clothes donation

envelope clutch_Target sale, old

rosary_eBay, $1

skull ring_Betsey Johnson, gift from TJ Maxx

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Let's be honest, as much as I wanted to wear a dressy outfit, and as many times as I tried on my leather skater skirt, I realized that for Thanksgiving, it's best to just go casual. After eating a big plate of food (and seconds!) I wanted to just lounge around, be cozy, and hang out with my cousins. Therefore, I chose a casual yet festive outfit that was forgiving at the end of the day.

printed flannel_BDG by Urban Outfitters, sale

white tee_Plato's Closet Consignment

black skinnies_Target

mocassins_Mossimo by Target

gold spike necklace_DIY, similar tutorial here

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It was a little too warm to pull out my DIY sweater today, but with 7 AM class tomorrow, I think I will need the warmth! instead i opted for this thinner knit and paired it with my new Docs--a look that I've been loving.

striped sweater_Forever 21

black corduroy pants_Forever 21 sale

Doc Marten boots_Rose Bowl Flea Market, similar style available here

black beanie_BDG by Urban Outfitters

spike necklace_Forever 21

cross necklace_eBay

skull cuff_eBay