Wednesday, November 13, 2013

[DIY] Camera Bag

Recently, I added another camera to my photography arsenal. As lucky as I am to now have two amazing cameras, my adorable little vintage camera bag by Diamond was just not cutting it anymore. I needed a larger bag that would fit both cameras, all of their lenses, battery chargers, cords, and accessories. Dedicated camera bags usually look like lunch boxes, and I wanted a bag that would look more like a purse and less like a place for my turkey sandwich. Why can't something functional be pretty, too? This tutorial will show you how to turn any regular purse into a functional camera bag.
You will need:
Bag or purse
Thick foam
Fabric
Needle and Thread (or Sewing Machine)
Velcro
I found this black patchwork leather bag at Salvation Army. I was looking for something that was simple on the eye, large enough to hold everything, and that had a lot of zippered pockets to hold all of my cameras' smaller necessities. I think the bag I found was actually meant to be a camera bag, but it lacked the padding I needed to keep my cameras safe.
The foam I used was leftover packing material from some electronic my parent's had bought.
First, cut your foam to fit across the bottom of your bag. I just eyeballed this step because foam is squishy and forgiving. Err on the larger side and trim down if needed. Leaving the bottom piece of foam in the bag, cut foam to fit the sides of your bag. You can line all four sides of your bag if you like, but I didn't have enough room (or foam!). If you have more than one camera or extra lenses, you can cut one or more separators as well.
Lay your foam pieces out on your fabric end-to-end in the order they are in your bag, leaving about an inch in between each piece (side - bottom - side). Leave your dividers out, for now. Double your fabric over, cut around, and sew a tube for the foam pieces.
Slip your foam into the tube and sew closed. Sew two more seams across the tube in between each of your foam pieces.
Push your foam down into your bag. Your foam lining should stay in place, but you can glue it to your bag if you want it to be more secure.
To make dividers, lay your foam piece on a doubled piece of fabric, leaving 2 inches on either side. Turn your fabric right-side-out and sew around your foam piece. Turn the edges of your leftover fabric under and sew to make a clean edge. Do the same for the bottom of your divider.
Add Velcro to the tabs you created on your divider. The best way I found was to add velcro to the front of the left tab and the back of the right tab. Although the Velcro I used was sticky on the back, I sewed the velcro to my tabs.
Place your divider where you want it to be in the bag and find where your corresponding velcro should go. Because I couldn't sew onto the leather of the bag, I used strong glue to hold the Velcro in place.
Go ahead and put your camera in your new custom camera purse! No more ugly lunchbox bag!
Have you ever customized something to make it more functional? Do you hate lunchbox camera bags as much as I do? Leave a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

[DIY] Marquee Letter Light

I recently changed around some of the decor in my bedroom, including painting some furniture and hanging curtains to add a few touches of sleek and sophisticated black into my girly room. I had come across a DIY tutorial for a marquee light on the Oh So Pretty blog and was dying to try it. I followed their basic tutorial with just a couple of changes to make it my own.
Because I wanted a black letter, I used black foam core instead of painting over white. 
All of the edges of my letter "H" were straight, so I used all foam core instead of a combination of foam core and poster board. This definitely helped to make my light more sturdy, but it was not easy to cut all of the edges perfectly!
I also wanted to give my letter an old-timey circus feel. I searched all over for little globe Christmas lights, but it was the wrong time of year when I made this project and there were none to be found! I had to compromise, so before I put my strand of regular lights in, I popped small clear ornament bulbs that I found at Michael's into the front of my letter, used hot glue to secure them, and then added the lights from behind.
This is how it looks hung with the cord tucked in the back, but if I want to use the light, the cord shows. Any ideas how to hide it?
I love how this marquee light looks as a focal point in my room! Don't forget to head over to Oh So Pretty: The Diaries for their tutorial and make sure you check out Casey and Savannah's other adorable DIY's while you're there!

Monday, November 11, 2013

[DIY] Tiered Tray


You will need:
Two Brass Candlesticks
Three Wired Metal Bowls (in different sizes)
E6000 or another heavy-duty metal glue

I collected the pieces for my tiered tray over time at thrift stores and on eBay. The metals I used are not exactly the same color, but have similar tones, giving it a vintage feel.
 First, clean all of your pieces, especially if you got them from thrift stores. Put a thin line of E6000 glue around the bottom of your candlesticks and glue them to the center of your two larger bowls. Let the glue dry overnight.
 After your glue has dried and cured, glue around the top of both candlesticks and stack the middle bowl on top of the candlestick on the larger bowl. Glue the smallest bowl to the top of the stack. My smallest bowl is actually another wider candle-holder turned upside-down. Let your glue dry overnight again.
If you don't like the look of metal, you can thrift other items instead. Glass plates or bowls with crystal candlesticks would make a beautiful version of this project.
 Tiered trays are so popular right now in home decor and can be used to organize lots of things. The first couple of pictures show my tiered tray holding my sewing supplies, and the last few pictures show it corralling my makeup on my dresser.

If you did this project, what would you use it for? Leave a comment and let me know!

Friday, August 30, 2013

a rant about mid-calf boots

In fashion, trends come and go as they please. Some are fun for a while, some tried, but missed the mark, and some are outright ridiculous. The thing about trends is that not every trend is right for everybody...or every body...err body! ...that escalated quickly.
ANYWAY, what I'm trying to say is that above all fashions, all trends, even classics, the number one rule-- dress for your body type. By wearing clothes that work with your body instead of against it, you will look better and feel more confident.
There are tons of trends that I think are adorable, but wouldn't try myself. Or if I do (since I love to break my own rules), I know that I will have to be very, er, "strategic" with the styling. Like Jeffrey Campbell "Lita's"-- totally cute, but they cut you off at the ankle, which is not flattering on my already short legs. The same goes for mid-calf boots. Don't get me wrong, I'm ALL about the combat boot trend, but both of the pairs taking up space in my closet end just below the knee, not at the widest part of my calf, drawing the eye across instead of up.

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A horizontal break at the widest part of the leg....AND a Pirate Hook fold over. WHY!?
How do these trends take off when they look bad on 85% of women? I will never know.
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No, no, no. Please, no.
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Lady Gaga can't even pull it off...why would anyone else think they should even attempt it?

If you are talllll and thinnnn, then go for it. Tuck your skinny jeans into them. Wear them with a pretty dress. Wear them to bed for all I care. But if you think you might be guilty of giving in to a trend just for trends sake,  then pull those suckers out and put them on. Stand in front of the mirror and be honest with yourself. Look at pictures. Do they make you say "I look goooood!" and do a happy dance? If not, quit fooling yourself and say goodbye to this awful misogynistic trend.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Refresh. Renew. Refocus.

This feeling of transition I've had for so long is weighing me down no more! Although I loved the look of the blog before, it was definitely time for a change. I've been de-cluttering my life and my mind, so in that same spirit, I have "de-cluttered" my blog as well.
I am lucky to have so many talented graphic designer friends who wanted to help a sista out with her new look. Thanks to Jamie Wall and Brick Basinger for these lovely graphics:

But in the end, I had to go with the classic Polly Pocket style logo that originally inspired the name for the blog. There have been MANY changes during the three and a half years I've been writing this blog, but this cleaner look should make the site easier to navigate and provide less distractions to the bazillions of photos I cram into each post :)
What do you think? Should I have left things as they were and just injected some bloggy botox? Or is the complete facelift working out? Leave a comment and let me know how you like the new look!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lolitas and Llamas


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So lately I've been perusing through a lot of Japanese fashion blogs, specifically about the Lolita style. I don't think it's a look I would ever go for myself, but I do love elements of it and all the pretty pastels and lace and things make me want to stop everything and have a tea party. My favorite trend within this style is the ALPACA craze. These girls have alpaca/llama accessories, prints, and even carry around giant pastel llama plushies. 
I WANT ONE. 
It seems so random, but then, at the same time, it makes perfect sense.
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Do you have a giant llama to accent any of your outfits? Where can I get one!? And is there a reason behind it or is it just magical tea party fun? If you can answer any of these questions, leave a comment and let me know!

Monday, August 12, 2013

[wishlist] end of summer

Although the days here in San Diego are still warm and sunny, the prevalence of back-to-school sales and completed vacation photo albums being posted to Facebook mark the beginning of the end of summer. I am no longer a student, so a "summer break" doesn't really exist for me any more, but I still got to have lots of "summer" experiences this year, including cheering on horses at the Del Mar racetrack, petting goats at the county fair, singing along to Kaskade's set with a hundred thousand other people in the desert at EDC, and chasing crabs on the beach at night in Panama City. Even though this magical summer is almost over, it's only going to get hotter here in San Diego. Here is what I'm currently craving for the time left before the weather cools down:

1 & 2 Viceroy Palm Springs (photo photo) I've already been on my vacation this summer, but if I could squeeze in one more weekend getaway, this would be it. I love imagining myself relaxing by the pool with its striped cabanas by day and toasting the summer with sweet drinks and a special someone in the bar by night.

3 Beach Riot Palm Print One-Piece from Revolve Clothing HERE Speaking of relaxing by the pool, I've been crazy about palm print ANYTHING all summer. Although the strapless super deep V front wouldn't suit my particularly busty frame, the large simple print and clean lines are to die for.

Rainy Day (photo) As much as I appreciate how fortunate we are to have beautiful sunny weather year round in southern California, its nice to have a rainy day every now and then. I love laying in bed with an actual paper book, turning real pages, and sipping on a cup of green tea while the rain comes down outside.

5 & 6 Macarons and Paris (photo photo) While my Palm Springs daydreams might actually be attainable, my out-there, runaway imagination, reach daydream has always been France. Close your eyes and think of a hot Parisian summer in light floaty dresses, waiting for a breeze on a terrance while you look out at the twinkling lights of the city after the sun goes down. I've got to find a bakery in San Diego that sells macarons!

Lorde- The Love Club EP (photo) I don't often listen to the radio, but last time I flipped through the stations, I was pleasantly surprised by a deep but sweet and mellow voice. I had already come across Lorde's instagram account, not knowing who she was, but was happy to finally match a voice to the curly haired beauty. After having "Royals" stuck in my head for three straight days, I downloaded the entire album and love her tranquil sound and relatable lyrics.

Juice Cleanse (photo) This summer, I've been working on being a little more healthy-- eating cleaner, exercising more, and working on a more consistent sleep schedule. I know that water is the best way to flush toxins out of your body, but I love the idea of a cleanse to nourish and re-energize your body.

Crystals (photo and more info HERE) Along with a healthier body, I've also been working towards a healthier mind. Lately, I've been intrigued by healing crystals and the idea that different crystals can affect your well being. Even if they only work as a placebo effect, they will, at worst, turn out to be beautiful jewelry.

What are your lingering cravings for the rest of the summer? Have you ever been the the Viceroy? Or Paris? What's your favorite way to relax on a rainy day? Leave a comment and let me know!

Friday, August 9, 2013

insta love

DIY Embellished Sunnies--Tutorial HERE
My outfit for a day at the Del Mar Racetrack
My new sewing machine can do embroidery! I can't wait to monogram everything I own.
How to turn toys into wearable art, on the blog HERE
My pretty new watch, from eBay.
My pineapple obsession led to the purchase of this adorable shoulder bag.
Pretty summery colors that are making me happy right now :)
Used three different apps to filter my face into oblivion
Follow me on instagram at @holeh

Thursday, August 8, 2013

[DIY] Sequin Sweatshirt

Hi, my name is Holeh, and I'm addicted to sequins.
There. I said it. I love sequins. They are bright, colorful, and an inexpensive material to DIY with.
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This Markus Lupfer Sequin Lips Sweater has been EVERYWHERE lately. The bright graphic is eye catching, but not overboard for a basic sweater. When I found this simple Minnie Mouse sweatshirt at Walmart, I knew I could take it up a notch by adding sequins, a la the Lips Sweater in question.
You will need:
A sweater with a simple graphic -- choose a pre-printed sweatshirt like I did, or create your own graphic on a plain top
Sequin ribbon in the colors of your design
Fabric glue or E-6000
Spread glue on the area of your design that you want to cover, working in small sections. Start with the outline of your image, and work towards the middle, filling in the outline row by row.
Fill in any spots you missed with single sequins and make sure to pull off any extra threads or glue strings!
Cover your entire design, or just one section that you want to emphasize.
How much do you love sequins? Should I finish covering the entire design, or leave my Minnie Mouse as is? Leave a comment and let me know if you try this DIY yourself!