9.30.2010

I Am Beautiful

No, I'm not just bragging about myself in the title. Goodness, no! ;) But anyways, BYU Women's Services is doing a new campaign called "Recapturing Beauty" and they had their kick off event today, which was an amazing talk by the wonderful Stephanie Nielson, who writes the NieNie Dialogues and was burned severly in a plane crash two years ago. Wow, her talk was wonderful. And the place was packed. I don't think anyone anticipated how many people were going to come but all the chairs were filled and there were people standing up in the back or sitting in the aisles. Please let me add that this was in the way big Wilk Ballroom where they hold big dances and stuff. Crazy! But amazing. She truly is a wonderful daughter of God, just as I know everyone who is reading this is a child of God as well. She told her wonderful and terrifying story, and how she found beauty from inside herself. Watch her movie here. This is really touching.
Anyways, so her talk and everything was so inspirational and it just made me beautiful. I hope that from reading this blog, no one gets the wrong idea. I don't wear a different cute outfit every day because I'm trying to impress people or because I want to show off or because I'm fake or something. I do it because it makes me feel good and I feel beautiful when I do it. It gives me self-confidence. No, I am not my appearance. That is not what defines me. It's definitely what's on the inside that counts. But I think I can radiate my inner beauty through my outward appearance, if that makes any sense. Dressing cute only adds to all the beauty I have on the inside.
I would also just like to say that I felt beautiful today because this is my favorite outfit ever. I wore it before I started this blog. I'm wearing my two favorite colors, purple and yellow. And this purple shirt is my favorite one. So who wouldn't feel absolutely beautiful while wearing their favorite colors and clothing? :)
Yellow Cardigan: Thrifted
Purple Blouse: Ross
Pants: Ross
Flats: Walmart
Necklace: Forever 21

9.29.2010

Dress is My Strongest Suit

Thanks to inspiration in my head yesterday and advice on what looked good and what didn't from my wonderful roommate Megan, this outfit came about. :) And I really like it (what else is new?). I think I pulled it off ok, especially considering that my hair is black, the skirt is brown, and that those two colors clash like no other. I don't wear brown very often because of that, but it turned out pretty good today. I like how I had tons of accessories all mixed together (scarf, belt, necklace). It made for a happy outfit and a happy day!
Cardigan: J. Crew (thrifted)
Pink Shirt: Down East Basics
Skirt: Kohls
Shoes: Payless
Scarf: Rue 21
Necklace: Forever 21 (and the necklace ALREADY BROKE! :o I was very disappointed in f21)
Belt: Thrifted

9.28.2010

Simple Stripes

So today, I sported my new favorite top in the whole wide world. Yes, this amazing blue and white striped cardigan! I love it! I guess I just like how fun it is, but I think it'll match lots of stuff too. And get this..I got it for the super low price of $10 from Forever 21. Definitely worth it, I believe. :) I also wore my super cute inspiration necklace as well as these fun bright pink shoes. I might have worn something else, but my feet had blisters on the bottom and I'm going to hip-hop club today, so I needed something to move in comfortably. I think they just added more fun to the outfit anyways, so it's all good. :)
P.S. I looove when I get super sweet pictures in the air (like this day and this day). It makes me feel so full of life!
Cardigan: Forever 21
Black Blouse: Ross
Capris: Paris Blues
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Forever 21
Headband: Forever 21 (only $2!!)

9.27.2010

Hawaiian Beauty


I have been outfit blogging for exactly a month today!! :) How exciting is that?! I don't think I've ever worn a different outfit a day for this long before, so I'm feeling pretty accomplished. :) Anyways, tonight, my ward had a luau which was lots and lots of fun. We were supposed to dress in "hawaiian clothes" but I have pretty much none, so this was the best I could come up with. Probably the best part of my outfit is the cute red flower in my hair (go to this post to learn how to make one). I also really loooove my clock necklace because it's cute and vintage, and it makes it very easy for me to know the time without having to actually wear a watch.

Oh and I'd like to copy my friend Amy and use the acronym TGIF! Thank Goodness I'm Following! :) So if you like my blog and want to be updated each day when I post, just click the little follow button at the top of the page or on the sidebar on the right. It's that easy! And make sure to check the reactions at the bottom to let me know what you think. You don't even have to be logged in to do those. Anyways, that's all I have for today...happy month-iversary to my blog! (And happy 19th birthday to me in a WEEK!) :D

Cardigan: Old Navy (thrifted)

Dress: Mervyns-before it closed

Pants: Ross

Flower: Made by me

Necklace: Forever 21

9.26.2010

Purple Plaid and DIY Fabric Flowers




I like this dress. Because I can look so cute and girly but still look pretty classy. I think the purse went great with the ensemble as well! I'm so happy I picked it up yesterday at the yard sale...definitely worth it. :)
Dress: Kohls (gifted)
Black Cami: Down East Basics
Purse: Thrifted (from the yard sale I went to yesterday!)
Shoes: Payless (used to be my sister's)
AND, as promised, I have a flower tutorial for you today! I'm going to show how to make a cute rosette-type flower.
For this, you'll need:
  • A needle and thread (doesn't matter what color because it won't show)
  • 2-inch thick strip of cotton-y fabric 10-12 inches long--I just used fabric from an old t-shirt because I had no other fabric and it's the perfect material
  • A hot glue gun
  • Needles to pin the fabric (optional)
So first I cut out my strip of fabric from a t-shirt. I just used an old yellow one I had.
After cutting out the strip, fold it vertically in half. If your fabric isn't as easy to fold over, I would recommend pinning it so it stays in place. My material folded over and stayed together really well so this wasn't necessary for me.
Once you have the fabric folded over, take your needle thread it, tying a knot at the end. Hand stitch your thread through the open side of the fabric, about 1/8 of an inch from the edge. Just stitch it over and under doing fairly big stitches.
When you get to the other end it should look like this. Don't tie a knot with the thread yet!
Now, you're going to gather the flower together. Pull the flower down the thread until it's gathered neatly together like below. Careful though, not to pull too hard or you'll break your thread. I accidentally broke my thread and then I had to thread the whole fabric again. Not fun. :P When it's all gathered together, then tie a double knot as tight as you can on the end.
Now, take your glue gun and start at either end of the flower and start putting glue along the cinched part and then rolling the flower along the glue. It's hard to explain, but the picture kind of shows it better.
Once you have wrapped the flower all the way around, turn it over and cut out a small circle from your fabric to cover the bottom of the flower so none of the stitching or glue shows. Glue the circle on with your hot glue gun.
All done! You can hot glue the flower to a headband, bobby pin, barrette, or pin, depending on how you want to wear it. The possibilities are endless!
Enjoy your flower! I hope this tutorial made sense and if it didn't, please comment and let me know so I can edit the post. You can also email me at browneehee@gmail.com for any questions. Happy flower making! :)

9.25.2010

Casual Spirit

It's another home football game today! Let's hope we win...the past two weeks we've had away games and lost both of them. :( This morning I went to a yard sale with my roommate and got some great bargains! The cardigan I am wearing, for instance, is one of them. I like how it is more casual than my other cardigans. I think I'm like obsessed with cardis..I have at like 10. :) I also got these great barbie calendars at the yard sale--one big and one small. I love barbies and kind of collect them so these were a wonderful find. The sketches are all so pretty and they make me want to design clothes!
Anways, I like my outfit today just because it's really chill but I think it's still cuter than just wearing a plain BYU t-shirt. I'm glad I get a discount at the bookstore so I could get some cute fitted BYU shirts, instead of the generic $5 ones. Well, I'm off to the game....GO COUGARS!!! :D
Cardigan: Old Navy (thrifted)
Shirt: BYU Bookstore
Capris: Paris Blues
Shoes: Walmart
Necklace: Mall kiosk
Bag: Bought and made in Guatemala!
P.S. I promise I'll do a DIY post on how to make one of those types of flowers, I just haven't really had time today. Hopefully I can get it on tomorrow. :)
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