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IMG_0012 I'm still in the mood to wear festive colors although the holiday is over, so I pulled out my red tops today and paired them together for a day of hanging out with my parents. I don't think I've ever worn this top on the blog, but it's one of my favorite pieces in my closet. Arkaik Clothing is a local Arizona brand that represents the music scene and they turn out some cool stuff. I love this detailed sugar skull design for casual wear. I threw on my staple black jeggings and combat boots and headed out!

To go along with the whole local theme, today's outfit track is "Bottomfeeder" by blessthefall

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graphic tank_Arkaik Clothing

flannel_Target

black jeggings_HUE for Dillard's

studded combat boots_Steve Madden, available here

skull studded crossbody_Windsor Store

plexiglass Arizona necklace_laser cut necklace

silver armor ring_Dillard's

plexiglass ring_DIY laser cut by my friend Ariana

skull cuff bracelet_eBay

white watch_Casio, gift

Thanks for reading! Follow me on Instagram @punkrockparti, I got a new phone today so my pictures should be awesome quality!

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

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FASHION_in my bag

i've always been inspired by the tumblr page things organized neatly. i love scrolling through the images and particularly like when the organized items are those inside a person's daily bag, such as this one or this one. i think that these photos really speak a lot about the person, and are becoming more prevalent in the design community. today i wanted to make my own, which features my backpack and what i have with me on a daily basis. considering that i'm a full-time architecture student, these things are with me even on the weekends. enjoy! things organized neatly 1

1_backpack, Timbuk2 2_water bottle, Camelbak 3_calculator 4_2 fountain pens, Varsity 5_mouse pad 6_mouse, this is a must for me. i can't do any of my computer work without it 7_studded planner, see my DIY tutorial here 8_sunnies, Target. these rotate depending on my outfit for the day 9_headphones, WeAretheSuperlativeConspiracy for Urban Outfitters 10_sugar skull wallet, gift from my friend Courtney 11_red camera, Canon (i also carry around my larger Nikon with me some days) 12_camera pouch, H&M 13_metal ruler 14_5 gum 15_mac charger 16_keys on carabiner_R.E.I. 17_personal sketchbook, gift, from Nordstrom 18_studio sketchbook, gift, from Barnes and Noble 19_my macbook pro, forgot to add that in to the picture!

p.s. The appearance of this new post also means that i'm done with finals and am officially on break for the next month! you can expect lots of DIYs and outfit posts coming up from here on out. thanks for reading!