Style

Marble & Gold

What I wore:

– Dress – painted marble using my Faux Marble Fabric Tutorial (I’ll post more pictures of it, I promise)

– Clutch – made using my Sequin Clutch Tutorial – I need to made some other bags because I carry this one all the time

– Ring – made using my Beaded Crystal Ring Tutorial

Nail Polish – Th-Ink Outside The Box by Finger Paints

 

This look is from about a week ago, Carly and I went out for some live music/fun/trouble.

 

That nail polish. I originally fell in love with a polish at Sephora – Meteoric by Formula X, but I didn’t buy it right away because I wanted to be sure for sure that I would really wear it. I’ve moved after less than a year three times in a row now, that kind of lifestyle really kills the fun of stashing lots of stuff. As you’ve probably guessed, when I finally had an outfit in mind my Sephora didn’t have that color anymore, but I got lucky with a really similar polish at Sally. The Finger Paints version chipped off pretty quickly, but that’s probably because of the cheap/antique base coat I used. Because I didn’t have a color under it I just touched it up for a few days before letting it all fall off. I love the look of it, so the chipping was worth it.

Spring Lilacs

 

I realized when I was writing the last post that I was even more into lilac fashion than I thought. That’s probably partly because Carly wears a lot of mint (also a great spring color) but when we’re in public together we’re asked if we’re twins all the time, so we definitely try to avoid looking too matchy. It also works with my anything 80’s looking addiction. Soft, washed out shades are so pretty for spring, and these are a few things I’m into right now:

 

1. My Seaside Plaited Macrame Bracelet, worked in hand dyed purple and DMC 3743

2. My Crystal Flowers Necklace

3. The killer Leather Pencil Case that Carly made.

4. New Look Ciara Contrast Satchel (Asos) – which is pretty great if you’re in love with lilac snakeskin Carly used but can’t find any to make your own bag

5. Sophie Cateye Lilac and Light Blue Sunnies (Topshop)

6. Embellished Neck Skater Dress (Topshop) – perfect for afternoons in the sun (with lots of sunblock)

7. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Asphyxia (Sephora)

8. Stila Stay All Day in Como (Sephora) – I’ve had amazing luck with my Stila liquid lipsticks really staying in place and looking fresh for hours and hours so I’ll probably add this to my collection soon

9. Faith Clementines Lilac Patent Scalloped Court Shoes (Topshop) that I need for their amazing 80’s vibe

I’ve been using a lot of #10 crochet cotton for macrame projects here because I’m so into dying it. Not everyone loves dye, though, so I thought I’d try out one of my patterns with embroidery floss because it comes in so many good colors, no dye required. I picked the Seaside Plaited Macrame Bracelet because I’ve already made 10 or so, what’s one more? I also really love the design, so I knew I would actually wear it.

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The embroidery floss is lower left (the lighter shade) and the #10 crochet cotton is upper right (the darker shade).

 

You can see from this picture that they are a little bit different, but only a little. The embroidery floss works up slightly shinier/silkier looking, slightly larger, and uses a tiny bit more length of strand to get the same results. The size difference is so small that I couldn’t really measure it – maybe 1mm or 1/32 of an inch different width. If I set the crochet cotton version on top of the embroidery floss version I could see the embroidery floss bracelet slightly along the edges. So many sentences to say they were almost the same.

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The embroidery floss also didn’t curve quite as well in this pattern as the crochet cotton did (especially on the right edge, that curve fought a bit) but again, not really enough to be significant.

 

Overall, I’d say that in most applications embroidery floss and #10 crochet cotton are more or less interchangeable, which opens up a lot of great colors for projects!

 

To make this bracelet at the longest length you’ll need 3 skeins of standard 8m/8.4 yard floss – cut 1 long, 1 medium, and 1 short from 2 skeins, then the other 2 short from the remaining skein.