d.i. WHY!?

After being M.I.A. for a while, I thought I’d introduce a new category of blog and start sharing a few of the things that have been keeping me occupied lately (MANY more to come so stay tuned!). Scroll down for more info on these cute “d.i. WHY!?” projects.

Repurposed: Mannequin Turned Jewelry Display

Alexander McQueen Back "Tattoo"

Agalmatophiliacs need NOT read on-

I happen to live next to the garment district in Downtown LA so obtaining mannequin parts wasn’t too tuff, but if you’re interested in creating a jewelry display that will house all of your necklaces, no matter their length, try checking local antique stores and store closing/liquidation sales to find them cheap in any area.

I went through a giant stack of old magazines and ripped a lot of type and any great, bright images that spoke to me and went to town on a 32oz. bottle of Matte Mod Podge. You might want to consider glossy vs. matte depending on the other elements you use. I also had semi-gloss pink paint and since magazine paper is glossy by nature, the natte worked perfectly for both projects.

After most of that had dried, I took “Shelly” outside and slowly poured paint straight from the can onto the top of her head. You may need grab from the base and tilt her so that the paint is evenly distributed under the chin and gives a nice drip effect as shown above. For added effect try painting make-up on a male or female mannequin a la Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Repurposed: Old Shoeboxes Transformed Into Decorative Storage

I was doing a ‘Closet Cleanout’ for a client a while back and the woman was hoarding over 50 old designer shoeboxes. Not only was this a COMPLETE waste of space in her closet but in her garbage too! It got me to thinking about how to reuse and recycle these things that so many people would normally just throw out. Plus, after trying to shop for cheap storage in my office, I found most of the selection to be ridiculously overpriced and/or really boring. So I decided to splurge on fine Japanese and Indian paper sheets from a local gift shop in a matching color scheme, picked up a large roll of solid matte wrapping paper to balance my budget and got to work.

First, I made sure I had enough paper to do each box, since the fine paper I purchased is only sold in one sheet size. I then used a sponge to distribute a thin layer of mod podge (you can use a ruler to grate out any bubbles if you put too much on) all over and wrapped the top and bottom of each box just like a present so each end looked finished. I let everything dry seperately outside before closing the boxes. Now I’m thinking I’ll label each box with some scrapbooking supplies for easy access and VOILA!

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Obsession: Feminine Fragrances

Scents for the Sensitive

It’s tough for some women to find the perfect fragrance, but its an even bigger challenge when you have a hyper-sensitive sence of smell. The overwhelming aroma of alcohol can be enough to give you a headache before you even walk out the door, and for many- just walking past someone in public who has doused themselves can be enough to do the trick. Here are 3 scents that are sure to put a new meaning to the phrase “Nose Candy.”

1. A budget-friendly selection of Eau de Parfums and Eau de Toilettes, the “Grace” series by Philosophy is one of national beauty retailer, Sephora’s top selling fragrance lines. These tiny on-the-go bottles don’t spray, but will fit in any size bag and are even small enough to add onto your carry-on luggage! (.33 oz each)

“State of Grace mini fragrance wardrobe” by Philosophy; $35.00 philosophy.com

2. Let’s face it, sometimes you sleep in and miss the opportunity to shower. IT HAPPENS! For a quick solution, Fresh’s (quite the appropriately named brand, eh?) Sugar Lemon scent smells wonderfully clean and refreshing, with the perfect hint of sweetness. (Includes spray cap, 3.4 oz)

“Sugar Lemon Eau de Parfum” by Fresh; $80.00 fresh.com

3. Technically this is a masculine fragrance, but what girl doesn’t steal her man’s cologne every now and then? Rose 31’s aroma is so intoxicating, no one would ever know the difference. Since stumbling upon the Le Labo counter at Barney’s the other day, its been a rude obsession. Not only are all Le Labo’s fragrances natural- but if you go directly into the store, they’ll grind the scent for you on the spot! (Smaller sizes available, 3.4 oz)

“Rose 31 Eau de Parfum/Natural Spray” by Le Labo; $220.00 barneys.com

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Inspiration 12/9/11 dos

Stretch Skinny in red by Scotch & Soda ; € 89,95 scotch-soda.com

"Valencia Orange" Retro Tin Candle by Illume ; $25.00 bloomingdales.com

Red Chinoiserie Personalized Notecards ; $66.00/25ct stationerystudio.com - Black Damask Calling Cards ; $50.00/50ct stationerystudio.com

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Inspiration 12/9/11 uno

Simple Leather in beige by French Sole ; £90.00 frenchsole.com

Models Posing in New Christian Dior Collection by Loomis Dean ; $49.99 & up (options vary) allposters.com

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OBSESSION: Nail Necessities

The 3 Main Ingredients For A Chic DIY Polish

1. I had never really thought of cuticle lotion as an at-home manni/peddi necessity until I got a sample of this cuticle lotion from a friend and have since developed a slight obsession.

“Nourish” Therapeutic Cuticle Formula by Jessica Nails ; $12.50 jessicacosmetics.com

2. This particular shade of matte cobalt blue is one of the mosted unique colors I’ve seen. Every time I wear this color, people`ask me where I got it… I love to watch their shocked expressions upon hearing how inexpensive it is.

“Virtual Violet 31” Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color ; $2.95 available at CVS

3. I spent a large number of years desperately seeking a topcoat that is fast drying, extremely durable, and leaves a smooth, high gloss shine.  It wasn’t until months ago that my seemingly hopeless search was ended by a good friend of mine who directed me to Jessica Nail Salon on Sunset Blvd. to find that my mythical “wonder-polish” really did exist after all.

“Top Priority” Glazing Ultraseal Topcoat ; $11.50 jessicacosmetics.com

Inspiration 11.24.11

Man's World Printed Cushion by Laura Oakes ; £75.00 LibertyOfLondon.com

Pink Brains Original Artwork by CoCoDeParis ; $10.00 etsy.com/people/Cocodeparis

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