Pop Your Collar

Good Morning friends,

Have I got a treat for YOU! But before we get started, in regards to my title, let me just say that “popping your collar” is SO not ok. Boys who are still doing this…for the love of pete please stop! Anywho, I’ve been obsessed with bedazzled collars this season as I’ve seen them everywhere, however when I saw that someone came out with the idea to make detachable collars my heart must have skipped 3 beats! What a wardrobe-changing idea! I looked EVERYWHERE for these detachable collars….I mean everywhere. I saw a few in the stores around town but they were out of my price range. I also saw them online in the states (for much less) and thought…maybe? But since my last shipping disaster, I decided against it and put it out of my mind.

One day while I was blog-stocking, I came across a DIY detachable collar tutorial on a few different blogs, and the thought consumed me until I couldn’t take it anymore. I got my little hands dirty and crafted my own! My attempt at being Jillian Marie, Crafter-Extraordinaire, for a brief wonderful moment was riveting and rewarding. 8 collars later…this girl’s got herself a new wardrobe!!

Here’s how I did it:

1. Salvation Army – 2 men’s collared shirts for $5 – it was meant to be. I used men’s shirts because they are more structured and a little more sturdy when gluing on the glitz.

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2. I picked up some very inexpensive fabric glue, and stock piled on any little jewels I thought would best suit the collars.

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3. Then I detached the collar from the shirt using my scissors to cut around the base.

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This is what your collars will look like when you detach them from the shirts.

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Then for the fun part, time to add your own personal flavor.

4. Decorate your collars! Use the fabric glue to paste whatever jewels your heart desires to the outside of the collars.

Here are some examples below…

I got the idea for this red beaded collar from The Chriselle Factor blog.

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I’ve been really into h-core studs lately. I picked up this cheap tube top at the Salvation Army for $2 and picked off the studs and pasted them onto my white collar to make it look a little more edgy.

You may have noticed that I only showed pictures of 7 pre-decorated collars, but you are about to see 8. This is because I had a collar breakthrough a few days ago! I had an extra black collar that I wasn’t planning on using, and so many extra studs from that really ugly tube top that I couldn’t let go to waste. I didn’t want to use the same embellishments twice, so I busted out my metallic gold nail polish to glam the studs up a little more and give it a different feel. (I didn’t show pictures of me putting the nail polish on but you should notice the difference in the finished product).

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I bought a few dog collars at a Dollar Store close by and cut the spikes off to add to this denim collar.

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And here are the results!

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A happy girl with some spicy new accessories to make her outfits a little more exciting!

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XOXO

Rebecca Janelle

Floral headband DIY

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Happy Monday friends and trusty followers!  I wasn’t sure what craft to embark on for this week (as I have about 32 different ones on the go), but decided to use up some more scrap material in hopes to clear out my craft box.  I have made headbands before, but never elastic ones that can be worn as a headband, or a more ‘boho’ look…so here’s how it’s done!

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 The supplies:

<< felt circle (mine is approx 2 inches in diameter) >>

<< fabric or lace cut into the same sized circle >>

<< glue gun >>

<< scissors >>

<< buttons or jewels for the center >>

<< elastic (either elastic from the notions section in a fabric store – which I used in the thicker example, or elastic headbands – which I picked up at Forever21 for cheap cheap – which I used for the thinner ones) >>

Then just follow these easy steps:

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 Fold your petal’s in half, and then in half again, they will look like step #1

Put hot glue on the pointy tip, about half a centimetre up, and place on fabric circle, starting in the middle…like step #2

Next, just keep adding petals…not in any order (unless you are going for a pattern, but the green one I did I just added petals to fill up the felt)

Finally, in step #4, hot glue gun your elastic to the felt, and then cut a piece of felt to hot glue gun on top of the original felt, to hide the elastic.

Finally, hot glue a gem, jewel or button in the centre to make it compete! 

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 I had our gorgeous sister-in-law Chantelle model the headband for me.  You can wear it either this way:

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Or opt for a more bohemian look:

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These headbands are easy to make, affordable and add a unique feel to any outfit!  

 xo

Jillian Marie

World’s End

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Top-Kmart/World’s End Pants-Esther Boutique/Fringe Purse-H&M/Shoes-Steve Madden

Morning!

I’m really excited to show you my latest purchase, “World’s End” pants from Esther Boutique. I’ve been endlessly searching for a pair of pants that are not black or denim (Boring!). So finally, when these showed up on their online store, I knew they were mine. It’s the second time I’ve seen a pair of pants with two different legs, and I feel as though they were made for me. It’s like wearing two different moods, which I feel I have been the queen of these past few months trying to put on a happy face and servant heart at work, when inside all I want is a day off (which I hadn’t had in weeks)!!

Jordan and I were fortunate enough to be able to book a day off together to celebrate his birthday! I love celebrating birthdays! The day after a romantic dinner on the beach and a surprise games/party night with our friends, Jordan and I continued the celebration of his birth by road tripping up to Port Douglas. His friend lent us his car (bless his heart) and we truly enjoyed just cruising around. The drive was absolutely breathtaking. It reminded me of a tropical version of the Oregon Coast. Once we arrived in Port Douglas we enjoyed walking around the streets and markets, had a nice lunch at the Ironbar and just enjoyed each others company. Port Douglas is a not-so-distant treasure. If we owned a car, I would definitely be there every weekend.

Here are some of my Instagram pictures from our trip – Enjoy!

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Have a good week everyone!

Pots of Love

I came across this adorable DIY on Pinterest last week of a terracotta pot that was simply covered in fabric and I fell in love.  I have a cute kitchen windowsill that needed a facelift, and what could be more perfect than boring old mini flower pots covered in beautiful fabric.  I have to do everything ‘mini’ in my home, as we live in a shoebox – but I love the challenge!  So I picked up a few dollar store pots and started crafting! 

Dollar store pots:

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I wanted the pots to have a ‘vintagy’ feel to them, and just used scraps of fabric that I had in my crafting room (which is a bin in the corner of my bedroom due to my miniature house, but I like to close my eyes and dream I am entering a gorgeous crafting room, with spools of ribbon in every color…fabric in every texture…hot glue gun sticks, sparkles, thread….ahem, ok getting a bit carried away…)

 So here is what you need:

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Using your good ‘ol MOD podge, you just paint on a thin layer, and place the fabric around.  I did it section by section smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles. (Try to use a thin layer of glue – if it is too globby, it shows through the fabric and gives it a wet look in places – not good) You want there to be about an inch of fabric on both the top and bottom, then simply cut into sections and fold over with glue.

Here are the steps visually:

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Here they are complete with fabric:

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They look great with just fabric, like in the ‘pin’ I ‘pinned’, but I wanted to add my own twist!  So I went back to my craft room and found some extra garnishes to add to the pots, just for some extra pop.  I ended up making 3 mini’s for my windowsill and 3 bigger ones to give away!  

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I had so much fun making these little pots of love and am very excited to surprise a few friends with their very own!

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xo

Jillian Marie

Rockin’ A “Go-To”

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School’s out for the winter, which means I’m able to work more than 20 hours a week. I’ve picked up a second job at a local cafe and I am once again a barista. I have to admit, being a barista in Australia is tedious work. I actually have to press the espresso shot myself…it’s not just a click of a button like good old Starbucks. They also have flat whites, long blacks, short blacks, and the list goes on. What’s the difference between a latte and a flat white anyway? Like a mm less foam? Sorry to all those who love their flat whites. Although it’s been nice working full time again and having that little extra monayyy (which I love so dearly), I had just begun to get used to my 20 hours/week. Sometimes I wonder how I could have physically, emotionally, and mentally taken on full time plus another job or two as I did years ago. Apparently I had no life. Working part time made me really start to enjoy the things that I never used to have time for. I have started to paint again, I’m blogging (obviously), cleaning the house…thoroughly, and sleeping in past 5:30am. It is actually really nice!

Seeing as I have been preoccupied elsewhere, this has been my “go-to” outfit that I’ve pulled out a few times (x 5) the past few weeks on my days off. Let’s take it from the top. K-mart fedora, Kensie sunnies, Sportsgirl blouse, Kensie shorts, BCBG bow-tie watch, Collette gold chain bracelet, and Jillian’s leather and gold 3-wrap bracelet she made me last Christmas (check out how to make it on her “Bracelet Bliss” post). Then the best for last, I want to introduce you to my all-time FAVORITE shoes from Kensie. I scored this sample pair on one of my last weeks working at the head office. I could wear them with anything and still feel like an Elton John Rockstar. If your a busy girl like moi…and have pulled out your “go-to” outfit on numerous occasions…I’d love to see what your rockin’!!

♥ Rebecca Janelle

xo