Sunday, May 19, 2013

Flowers in my Hair (D.I.Y Fresh Flower Chain)

I'd rather wear flowers in my hair, than diamonds around my neck...
I would like to start off by saying this is my first ever Step by Step Tutorial, so hopefully you all will be able to enjoy your flowers as much as I do and it's VERY SIMPLE! You can pretty much do this little project anywhere, i.e. a park, your backyard, a kitchen... Literally ANYWHERE as long as you bring your supplies along. Also a fun way to get your little ones outside and enjoying nature!
For supplies you will need about 10-12 fresh flowers (Depending on the size of the flowers and how you'd like it to fit). I suggest using fresh ones because they're free to pick and it is the perfect time of year around here to do so! But with that said don't just go snipping flowers out of people's yards! Use your own or ask permission**  You may find it easiest to purchase from the store if your access is limited. In order to snip the flowers from the stem you will need a pair of scissors, I used little pruning scissors made for clipping plants but if you really want to be a savage, I suppose you could just use your hands and pull ha! Then all that's needed is a needle and thread.
First measure out how long you would like your flower chain to be, then thread the needle accordingly. Make sure each flower has a tiny bit of stem left to push the needle through.
Pull to the end of the knotted thread and continue this process until the entire length is filled.
Be sure to keep your flowers properly spaced so they sit how you like when you wear them. The spacing will depend on how large the flowers are so be sure to check and make the adjustments before tying the ends together.
Simple as that! Fresh flowers in your hair all day everyday that smell amazing as well, but watch out for bees!

If you do try this out I'd love to know how you like it and see photos! So many colorful flowers to use, feel free to mix them up and use different ones. I can't wait to make another myself ;) 

Shake That Ashh 
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Monday, May 6, 2013

Pastel Pony's Past (Birthday Suit Edition)

As much as I loved playing outside with nature and the animals on the farm when I was very young, I  also enjoyed my toys! Most of my favorites consisted of toy dogs, My Little Ponies, Troll Dolls, and Polly Pocket. I still vividly remember playing with them to this day, they were my little treasures. oh and i could never forget the doll house that my grandmother and I had so many memorable moments playing with.  Oh the nostalgia, yes I'm a sucker for it when it comes to my style.
For my twenty fourth birthday this year I decided to go with an outfit that reminded me of my childhood. When I first saw the Unicorn Leggings Black Milk was selling, I just knew I had to have them for my birthday party. They reminded me of the My Little Ponies I was so obsessed with... totally infatuated with the mix of pastel colors! I was extremely fortunate to have an awesome friend actually get them for me,  you rock Tim <3
I ended up getting one of our new colorful bandeau bra tops from work (Victoria's Secret). I decided to go with teal because it's not only one of my favorite colors but also pops well against the pastel color palette I wanted to use.  I painted my nails the same color and used micro beads to add texture to the nails. The micro beads or 'nail caviar' is fun to use for shoots or special occasions but the beads tend to shed quite a bit.
 My grandmother was sweet enough to order me these bad ass holographic wedge sneakers from Urban Outfitters. I thought they would be perfection with my unicorn leggings and boy was I right! The day they arrived and I saw them in person I was so stoked. Officially my new favorite kicks so you will probably end up seeing a lot of outfits with them included this summer, they're soo pretty in the sun! Ugghh so in love <3 ha! The lavender holy sweater top was also something that my grandmother got me. It kept me warm enough for the Spring weather but you could still peep through to the pop of teal underneath to keep it party sexy.
Instead of the traditional birthday tiara you see girls wearing on their birthdays, I decided to switch things up a bit and opted to wear a giant birthday bow covered in rhinestones. The bow was actually a display we used in our store for awhile but I was able to keep it after we were finished using it. It was just the right size to sew in clips so I could put it in my hair, still a bit awkward though so I took it off a few hours into the night. But it did work lovely for the shoot, soooo SPARKLY!

Didn't get many photos of my outfit on the actual night of the party so of course I had to do a shoot in it. Steve Rydgren of ImaginEssance is seriously one of my favorite photographers to work with, he always has the best ideas for locations. He told me about Point Defiance Park in Tacoma and thought it would be just the right time to take photos with the trees in blossom. We ended up finding this huge tree and when I say huge I mean so large the branches actually split the trunk. It was gnarly but gorgeous, giant branches covered in full bloom cherry blossoms everywhere. Was such a magical tree and climbing it took me right back to feeling like a kid again, it was amazing!
Hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed the experience of taking them!

*Birthday Cheers* to another sparkly year of magic&glitter <3

Shake That Ashh
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