21st Birthday Style

IMG_6185 Last night I celebrated my 21st! My friends and I hit up Culinary Dropout for dinner, and then headed to Old Town Scottsdale for drinks. In yesterday's post I said I was planning to wear an obnoxious party dress, but when I put it on I just didn't feel like myself. Instead I opted for this rad vintage Harley Davidson tank that I picked up in Huntington Beach! I never would have expected to wear a band tee on my birthday night, but when paired with a bodycon skirt and heels with a wood tone, I knew it was the perfect outfit for my style.

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Last night was super fun, but I am unfortunately still recovering today...! I feel like that's expected on your 21st. I also wanted to thank those of you that wished me a happy birthday on Instagram last night! You guys made my day even more special! Thank you so much to all of you that read my blog and support me! See you tomorrow, x. Paige

Harley Davidson tank // American Vintage Huntington Beach grey denim skirt // PacSun platforms // Jeffrey Campbell from Plato's Closet spike clutch // Nordstrom BP gold arm cuff // craft store

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White Hot Technicolor

IMG_5490 I'm all for basics, but summer needs some color! I'm wearing white pieces to stay true to my personal style, and threw on a bright skirt for a fresh look. Finally, the studs on both the shoes and the bag are keeping it tough. I can feel my style evolving in a more minimal direction, but I think I'll always be that little 90's girl obsessed with Lisa Frank and rainbows.

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Notice the paint marks on my hands? I'm working on a bunch of skateboards right now, and just finished one up tonight. I can't wait to share it with you! In my book, messy hands, are happy hands. Thanks for reading! x. Paige

basic tee // TJ Maxx

skater skirt // Forever 21

flatforms // Deena and Ozzy by UO

white crossbody // UO, clutch converted into a purse

Hints of Gold

IMG_5274 I don't know how I forgot about this skull-studded tunic top hiding in my closet! It's so summery and light, and paired perfectly with my handmade daisy trim shorts for a day at the office. Like I've said in the past, my office is pretty casual so I can get away with wearing an outfit like this. I paired up the combo with lots of gold pieces, and even added my pretty silver Duplika feather earrings to the look because there's a lot of different mixed metals going on in this outfit!

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I hope you guys are having a busy + enjoyable week; in my mind, being busy is always a good thing. Right now I have work, my upcoming birthday trip, and getting ready to go abroad on my mind! It's exciting! Anyway, I am off to dinner with my dad. Thanks so much for reading! x. Paige

skull studded blouse // TJ Maxx

daisy trim shorts // DIY inspired by Lucky Brand, check out my tutorial!

gladiator sandals // Sam & Libby for Target

purse // Steve Madden for TJ Maxx

feather earrings // Duplika Handmade c/o

Casio watch // Amazon

yin yang ring // childhood

midi ring // Urban Outfitters

skull studs // Urban Outfitters

 

 

DIY Guitar // Part 2: Sketching + Woodburning

TITLE INTRO Hi guys! I hope you enjoyed last week's post that was part one of our new series, DIY Guitar! Now, it is time for part deux! This will cover my sketching process to come up with the perfect design, and then about the wood burning process and some tips. Enjoy!

guitar sketch 1

Jake and I threw a lot of ideas back and forth about what kind of design to put on this guitar. At some point, we settled on a koi fish because we both like Asian art and Japanese tattoos. We also thought the shape of the koi body would flow well with the shape of the guitar. This was one of our final sketches, which I drew on a guitar body template I made up in Photoshop.

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However, at the last minute, I think both of us knew we weren't crazy excited about the koi fish design. Although I was the one drawing, the whole sketching process was very collaborative between Jake and I, especially because he will be the one playing the guitar! One day we had an aha moment. One of our favorite bands is Four Year Strong. They have a lyric that goes "We built this city on heart and soul," and once we started discussing that as a possible design, we were hooked. This was one of the original sketches, but we improved it before getting started.

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Here is a refined sketch before we began wood burning. It incorporates a city and sunburst, as well as stars and a planet to make it a little more etherial. As you can tell, I didn't draw out the entire design perfectly before sketching it on the guitar in pencil, but that is kind of how I work. I usually save the final sketch for the final product, and do it freehand.

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We were now ready to begin wood burning! I used a Walnut Holly Creative Woodburner, which has lasted me over 6 years and it has always been reliable and awesome.

woodburning tips

If you're unfamiliar with wood burning, here is a little guide to get you started. There are a ton of different tips you can purchase for your woodburner, and most come with about 4 when you buy it anyway. The ones I use most commonly are these three.

The universal tip: this is what I used for the majority of the guitar design. It has a very straight and sharp edge that creates clean, straight lines. Curves are a little more difficult with this baby

The point tip: This was a new tip I picked up, that I now love! I used it for all the stars because it makes nice little perfect circles. I also used it for some of the curves, like in the planet and lettering.

The shading tip: I didn't do any shading for this project, but it's a great little tip. The harder you press, the darker your shading will be!

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Here is how the design turned out. I was very pleased with it considering I hadn't woodburned a big project since this longboard.

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Here's our whole design! We love it! Let me know what you think of it in the comments, and if you have any questions about wood burning guitar projects, let us know! Stay tuned for Part 3: Staining! x. Paige