OOTD_81: "Going to California"

DSC_0588 i didn't even plan to shoot my outfit today, but i pulled out this gem of a vintage tee from my closet today and realized i hadn't worn it since finding it at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and hadn't shown it on my blog since my haul post--so i had to!

today i mixed colored and textures in my look with my outerwear and accessories. i think this outfit has more of an earthy vibe than i usually wear, but i am liking it. of course even when i change it up, some signature edge has found its way into my outfit. studded combat boots? check!

And yes, I'm already in California, but the track for today's outfit is my favorite Led Zeppelin song "Going to California" which I felt went well with the vibe of this look. Listen along here while you view

DSC_0606

DSC_0619

DSC_0623

DSC_0596

DSC_0564

DSC_0607

led zeppelin cut tee_vintage, Rose Bowl Flea Market, but I also like this one from UO chambray shirt_Goodwill cheetah print surplus jacket_Urban Outfitters, sale, but similiar silhouette available here black skinnies_Target studded combat boots_Steve Madden, available here white studded belt_Forever 21, almost identical available here turquoise spiked earcuff_By Samii Ryan armor ring_bar III, Macy's sale, but black version available here textured ring_found, but super affordable version available here

don't forget to follow me! instagram / facebook / tumblr / bloglovin' / twitter / pinterest

DIY_Craft Foam Stamped Top

DSC_0106 It's no secret that stamped tees have been circulating the blogosphere, and I wanted to make my own. This top is great because you have the freedom to make any design you want by making the stamps yourself out of craft foam! It's also very inexpensive because foam costs less than 70 cents and my fabric paint was $1.59. Enjoy!

DSC_0049

The supplies you will need are: a shirt (mine was $5 at Wal-Mart), some fabric paint, craft foam, scissors, a paper plate, adhesive/glue, a pen, and a paintbrush (optional)

DSC_0050

Begin by cutting your desired shape out of the craft foam. Mine was a triangle in two different sizes. After cutting one shape, trace it onto the craft foam twice and create two more identical shapes.

DSC_0053

Stack and adhere the three identical shapes together with some glue or sticky squares like I did because I couldn't find any glue...

DSC_0054

Attach the stack to a square piece of craft foam to create the stamp. Spread the fabric paint onto the paper plate and dip your stamp into the paint. Make sure you have even coverage.

DSC_0057

Begin stamping your desired pattern onto the shirt. I alternated between the two sizes, and had the triangles pointing both up and down. I also created sets of two or three triangles for variation.

DSC_0056

You can also go in with a paintbrush if your stamp didn't create a completely filled in triangle shape, and just touch up the design a little.

DSC_0111

And here's the finished printed shirt! I'm really pleased with this top and it was very inexpensive. This is a good way to spice up a basic top while still keeping it as a neutral.

Check back a later tomorrow when I feature this top in my outfit of the day post!

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @punkrockparti or any of my other social media platforms! Happy DIYing!

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!

IMG_0026

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

IMG_0028

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.

IMG_0030

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.

IMG_0031

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

IMG_0041

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

IMG_0050

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.

Thanks for reading, and don't forget to follow me on Instagram @punkrockparti or any of my other social media platforms!

DIY_Flannel Shirt Backpack

flannel shirt intro Hi everyone! Today's DIY is for this really cool backpack made from an old flannel shirt! This tutorial was inspired by this tutorial on the Beautiful Mess blog, written by Kinsey from the blog Sincerely, Kinsey.

I followed all of her simple steps to make the backpack, just replacing most of the stitching with my Fabric Fusion fabric glue from Michaels. You can follow her tutorial here, or check out my few photos to learn how and see the final result!

DSC_1145

I started off with a long-sleeved flannel button down from Old Navy that I never really wore. Cut off the sleeves, and part of the bottom of the shirt if it's too long (think about how deep of a backpack it will be). After turning the shirt inside out, fabric glue or stitch the sleeve holes shut and also the bottom of the shirt. This makes the bag.

DSC_1169

Turn the shirt right side out, and glue down the edges of the collar of the shirt to itself. This will make the hole for the backpack tie. Find a piece of ribbon or cord to thread through the newly created opening. I used this knotted white cord from my grandma's sewing box.

DSC_1146

Finally, using the spare fabric from the shirt sleeves, cut two wide strips that are long enough to be straps. I folded the edges inside and glued for a finished look. Then just stitch the straps to the backpack (stitches will be sure to hold better than the glue) and you're done!

DSC_1180

DSC_1177

There's this finished product. I can't wait to wear this backpack with a casual outfit or even to go hiking or camping! Hope you enjoyed this 3rd Holi-DIY project!

Keep up with all my projects on Instagram @punkrockparti