Travel Style in Austria

IMG_8059 I am back from my study tour across Europe! Now that I am home from the trip, I feel so lucky to have had this experience. One of my friends dubbed it an "architecture safari" which I think is a pretty spot-on way to sum it up. We saw so many buildings that I have only studied in pictures and articles, and seeing them in real life was so exciting. I can't wait to show you guys photos + videos from this trip and will work on some posts to sum it all up! But until then, I documented a few outfits along the way that I can share with you over the next few days.

These photos were taken in St. Gerold, Austria, outside the St. Gerold Community Center. It's a little funny considering that I just raved about the architecture, because this building wasn't a hot item on my to-see list. But it was a nice little design [my favorite parts were the wood joinery of the stairs and the weathered wooden facade] and the foggy weather was a fun setting. By the way, these photos make it look a lot colder than it actually was...we had some great weather for the entire trip which made it even better!

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I can't wait to show you guys this sweater dress in a future outfit post when it won't be covered up by my raincoat. My mom found this baby on clearance at the H&M in Arizona before I left and we thought I could just wear it while lounging around at home. To my surprise when I was out shopping in København, I spotted it in the store in the trend section at full price and have seen a couple girls wearing a similar style out in the city. Lucky me! I can't wait to take it out again for a spin soon!

varsity sweater dress // H&M Scottsdale rain jacket // Fashion Hunters Flea Market, Copenhagen infinity scarf // H&M Copenhagen tights // H&M Copenhagen combat boots // Steve Madden backpack // leather shop in Copenhagen

Outfit photos by Parvathy Nair [pictured]

DIY_Elbow Patch Sweater

Elbow Patch Sweater Intro Hey everyone! Today I'm here with my 2nd HoliDIY project, an elbow patch cardigan that I upcycled from an old sweater dress. This dress was in my pile of clothes that I planned to donate, but I decided I wasn't done with it yet. I reused the thrifted flannel fabric from yesterday's DIY tee because there was quite a bit of leftover material, and made this cute final product! Let's get started:

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These are the supplies you will need: an old sweater dress or just a sweater will work as well, flannel fabric, scissors, fabric glue, and a marker (not pictured).

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I first cut off the bow from the sweater dress.

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Since the sweater dress had these gathered sleeves, I cut them off for a more relaxed vibe.

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After cutting off the bottom of the dress to create the sweater shape, I cut up the middle to make it into a cardigan. I decided to leave the edges unfinished because it was a pretty tight knit, but if you're worried about your's coming unraveled, you could hem the edges with fabric glue or a sewing machine.

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The sleeves of my cardigan had a flare that I didn't really like. To fix this, I cut out a triangle from each sleeve of the fabric.

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I then simply fabric glued the right sides together of the triangle cut.

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To make the elbow patches, trace an oval shape, fold in half to ensure symmetry, and cut out.

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Attach the patches to the back of the sleeves using fabric glue.

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And here's the final product! I layered this over a denim shirt with a spiked leather collar to give it an edgier vibe, but I would also style it with a long sleeved denim shirt and cuff the sleeves for a cozy look!

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