OOTD_84: "She is Beautiful"

DSC_0719 I now wish I had worn a dress today because it was so warm out, but today I opted for an edgy version of a Valentine's Day look! This Alkaline Trio tee has some red hearts on it, so I started with that and paired it with my favorite red blazer. The rest of the look followed suit from the t shirt in all black, and I finished it off with my spiked headband and new arrow ring! My parents sent me it as a gift today and I love it!

I picked the track for today because it's a sort of unconventional love song by a badass artist, Andrew WK. Listen along here to "She is Beautiful" while you view!

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I hope you had a great V-Day full of lots of sweets and surprises!

alkaline trio tee_local record store red blazer_H&M black skinnies_Target creepers_spylovebuy.com via Amazon spiked headband_Urban Outfitters, sale arrow ring_gift from mom, Forever 21

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DSC_1432 First of all, I hope everyone had a merry Christmas! Today I decided to be festive for the holiday and pull out my red and green, but still do it in a chic way! I paired my red blazer with this very sparkly necklace with green rose detail. I wore them with basics, and the black jeggings were one of my Christmas gifts today--I love them! I finally threw my phone in this red clutch before I left. I think the red blazer and clutch are a lot together, but for the holidays I figured why not?

Today's outfit soundtrack? "Sleigh Ride" by fun. Listen here.

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I'd also like to mention that my fellow blogger Ellie kindly featured me over at her blog, "Jabberjays in My Little Heaven"! You can check out the post here where I shared some of my favorite blog photos and talked about myself and the blog a little! Thanks Ellie!

red cropped blazer_H&M

white tee_TJ Maxx

black jeggings_HUE for Dillard's

silver Toms_Plato's Closet, but available here

red studded hardware clutch_DIY, see my tutorial here!

rose necklace_Forever 21

bow ring_Juicy Couture, similar available here

Merry Christmas again everyone! Thanks for reading!

DIY_Handmade Pickguard

DSC_1355 Today's project was in collaboration with my friend Jake. We've designed a pick guard in the past (see it below) that was painted onto a store-bought pick guard for his guitar. For this project, we wanted to take it another step and make the pick guard ourselves. I chose basswood for the material because I work with it at school often and it can be cut with an xacto knife. Perhaps this will be the perfect gift for the musician in your life!

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Here's the example of the other pick guard we made over the summer. Let's get started with the tutorial!

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Here are the supplies you will need: an existing pick guard to trace, a pencil, basswood with a decent thickness, paint pens, a drill, and not pictured: screws and an xacto knife.

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Trace the outline of the pick guard onto the basswood with your pencil. Also mark the holes for the screws.

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Drill two holes into the wood for the screws. Pay attention to the size of the holes. The pick guard we are working with had two different hole sizes because the screws are different sizes.

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Before painting, I traced the pick guard in my sketchbook and sketched some design ideas. We decided on a sugar skull design with roses and spiderwebs.

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After sketching the design onto the pick guard, I filled it in using Sharpie paint pens.

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After painting the design, cut it out using an xacto knife or box cutter. I suggest using a sharp blade (mine was pretty dull unfortunately) and make sure you cut on a cutting mat or work table.

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After screwing on the pick guard, here is the final product!

If you'll notice in the close up photo, the top of my pick guard where the second screw attaches has broken off. This unfortunately happened when I was cutting it out because my knife was dull. If you are careful and use a sharp blade, this shouldn't happen and you'll have great final product!

If you're interested in me painting you a custom pick guard, I have added a new listing to my Etsy shop for just that! Check it out here

Thanks for reading! Follow me on Instagram @punkrockparti to make sure you don't miss any of my projects!

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today was the first rainy day ive had since being back in California!

i decided to wear this rose printed thermal since i hadn't got a chance to wear it yet...im pretty jazzed about it cuz its from Urban Outfitters but found it for so cheap at Marshall's.

the rain kinda worked in my favor by bringing out the natural curls in my hair...score

and now, i'm off to the farmer's market. xo, thanks for reading!

printed thermal_BDG by Urban Outfitters, but found at Marshall's!

black skinnies_Target

black studded combat boots_Steve Madden

black studded belt_Forever 21

skull leather bracelet_Brandy Melville USA

beaded charm bracelet_Tiffany & Co.