The Thing I Thought I’d Never Wear

Style Alter Anthropolgie Peplum Top

Peplum! I actually even publicly said I would never wear it – if you’re not a stick, it’s hard look to pull off and I wasn’t even going to try. But it’s time to eat my words. I had a “want it, need it, gotta have it” moment at Anthopolgie when I saw this little peplum top. The haphazard polk dots, the thick textured knit fabric, the adorable white and navy blue combo – it had to happen.

The first time I wore this top was for a night out in Philly while visiting one of my very bestest friends. I paired it with skinny DL1961 black denim (more on my love for that brand later), heels and a grey leather jacket. FANCY. But what I really love about this top is how it can go from that, to this:

Style Alter Anthropolgie Peplum TopTop: Anthropologie (on sale!); Jeans: AG Jeans (similar); Sneakers: Old Navy; Crossbody bag: Target

I’m really liking the contrast of a lady-like top with ripped jeans and sneakers.

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And here’s a simple brass necklace I made that you guys haven’t seen before.

Style Alter Brass Necklace

So for anyone else who’s been afraid of peplum, just know that it can actually be flattering, versatile and pretty darn cute. If you’re in the market, here’s a good one.

Next up: Peplum skirts. JUST KIDDING I’m not a masochist.

Putting a pep in your step,

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Let’s Get Crafty: Easy DIY Jewelry Display

Style Alter DIY Jewelry Display

I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to display my jewelry for awhile now – adding a tray here, a bowl there. My jewelry is extremely important to me (especially since I started making my own) and I need to visually see what I have or else it gets lost in the abyss for years at a time. Plus, jewelry is pretty – it should be on display.

After seeing some great ideas on Pinterest (like this, this and this) I decided to go with a fabric-covered cork board for my necklace collection. Mainly because, I’m sorry, but I didn’t feel like waiting around to stumble upon the perfect vintage frame or trellis ladder at an antique flea market. When I get an idea for a project in my head, I want to do it now. Right. Now. Right this second or never, here is my credit card, where do I sign.

Which also, for the purposes of this blog post, is good because this project is easily replicated. All materials were bought at Joann’s (I’ll list everything I used at the end) and I swear this is insanely easy. I pretty much set aside a rainy Saturday and was done super early. I didn’t know what to do with myself.

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First, take your cork board/bulletin board (you can use any size, mine is 16 x 36) and wrap the fabric tightly over the front, using a hot glue gun to secure the fabric down at the edges.

The only remotely tricky part about this is the corners. I don’t know if this is the “proper” way to do corners, but it felt right and it worked.

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Use a scrap of fabric or something laying around to help you press the fabric down as you glue so you don’t burn your little fingers. After your fabric is in place, glue some string so it hangs from the top of your board. Since it’s difficult to hot glue a thin piece of string, you can use a scrap of fabric to sandwich the string to the back of your board.

Add your pushpins and hang your jewelry. That is literally it. Voila:

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I landed up doing two boards because I had the space.

DIY Jewelry Display | StyleAlter.com

A lot of this jewelry is made by me and some of it’s store-bought. I almost always remember every item I’ve purchased – where, when, why, cost. So if you want to know where anything is from, just ask in comments.

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I really, really like the addition of the string for sunglasses (though you could also use this for earrings) because mine were a mess before – taking up space on my dresser, thrown into drawers. Just being everywhere while simultaneously being no where when I needed them.

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The great thing about using push pins is being able to move them around wherever you want to accommodate any necklace. You can hardly see the clear pins. I was worried they wouldn’t be strong enough to hold my heavier pieces, but no problem at all so far.

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The tray is from The Container Store and I use a bowl for my earrings (hang fish hooks off the sides and studs go in the middle). I use the necklace tree for all of my smaller chains that would get lost on the cork board.

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Bracelet bar is from The Container Store.

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The bunny ring dish is from Anthropologie, as is the round blue velvet box, which I use for things I don’t want to display. The other small dishes were bought in Japan.

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Hedgehog ring by Noir (gift from my sister). He likes to party.

DIY Jewelry Display | StyleAlter.com

Here is a list of materials I used:

- 1 1/6 yards of metallic dot burlap fabric from Joann’s. (You need just over a yard. They’re out of the gold online, but here is silver).
– The Board Dudes Unframed (Canvas Style) 16 x 36 Cork Board. I couldn’t find this particular size online, but it and other sizes are available at Joann’s.
– 2 yards of string or jute cord
– Hot glue gun + glue sticks
– Clear push pins

Tips:
– Never buy anything from Joann’s without a coupon.
– I suggest using a frameless cork board so the fabric stretches neatly across it.
– If you don’t have a hot glue gun, honestly…no one will know if you use duck tape. #craftingsecrets

On display each and every day,

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This is Your Day, Your Day

I’m baaaaack! Being that today is my 30th birthday and I have had no less than 15 revelations within the past 48 hours, I thought it was time to get back to blogging. But since I’ve been talking/thinking about my age recently way more than any human should, let’s just stick to fashion. Here’s what I wore:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATop: Anthropologie (on sale and so, so, so soft); Skirt: Free People; Sandals: DV by Dolce Vita (old, similar here)

We celebrated over the weekend by getting friends together for a late afternoon beer garden party. It was a super chill setting–basically like you’re trapped in a Wet Hot American Summer day camp time warp.

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I’m really into this skirt because it can be dressed up or down – and I figure it will work just as well with a tank top in summer as with an oversized sweater and tights in the winter. This kind of versatility is what I look for when I’m shopping. It’s all about cost per wear.

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The top necklace is the tiniest, daintiest bow necklace purchased in Japan for the purpose of layering with every necklace I own. The beaded necklace is from a strip of cheap jewelry stores in Uptown that needs its own blog post because I cannot even begin to get into that beautiful mess right now.

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I had Todd take a picture of my little hair twisty because it’s my most essential look for summer. Because if it’s hot and humid out and I don’t twist my bangs up, I will essentially look like the sixth member of Whitesnake.

Thirty, flirty and thriving,

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Curved H Bracelet

My latest adventure in metalsmithing: a bar bracelet I made in copper.

Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

The bars were originally straight. I wore it around for a few days and realized that by curving them, its much more comfortable on the wrist.Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

I like that it’s simple, but interesting. Shined up, it kind of has a nice rose gold finish.

Style Alter Curved H Bracelet

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m calling it the Curved H Bracelet because from the right angle, it looks like an H.

Forge on,
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The Backpack Comeback and My Obsession with the Olsen Twins

A couple months from now I will be in Japan, a trip we’ve been looking forward to for so long it doesn’t actually feel real. We have a lot of planning to do still, but at the moment I’m choosing to focus all of my attention on one task: Finding a stylish backpack. One to hold all my travel essentials during the trip, and then my everyday junk in real life.

If you recall, baby backpacks were the thang in the 90s. I have a theory that backpacks fell out of favor in the early 2000s (lost to the messenger bag) but now the Olsen twins, princesses of the 90s, have created a surge to bring them back.

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I am fascinated by the twins. “You got it, dude,” and “Oh puh-lease,” are like, ingrained in my psyche. Now they’re these full-blown designers who love fashion so much they literally engulf their itty bitty bodies in it. And they’re not sorry. Ashley and Mary Kate don’t care about looking “cute” or “classic” or “cinching in their waist,” they are DED-I-CATED to fashion.

And the twins love a good backpack.

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That alligator number by The Row costs $39,000. Yeah no, that comma is in the right place. A few months ago the alligator backpack morphed into an even more expensive bag with pharmaceuticals glued all over it:

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It kinda makes you question what world we live in. Those Olsen twins!

All this is to say, I want a backpack. Maybe one of these?

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1. Alexander Wang  | 2. Nasty Gal 3. Nasty Gal  | 4. ASOS  |  5. DVF  |  6. Top Shop

Guess what? Politeness week is OVER,

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