Leather, Lace, & Denim

{Lace Blouse & Jeans: Banana Republic, Leather Jacket: Nordstrom, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Handbag: Versace Collection, Diamond Fleur De Lis Necklace: Gift, Sunglasses: Tory Burch, Lipstick: Make Up For Ever #43.}
It’s no secret that New Years is one of my favorite holidays. There’s something so nice about a fresh, new, clean slate that a new year provides. And while some people don’t like it, I personally love the idea of a new years resolutions to help improve ourselves and my philosophy has always been new year, new me. So, a couple of weeks ago after we had a healthy brunch {new year’s resolutions and all} and decided to head out for the day, I knew I needed something comfortable, yet feminine, to help start 2023 in the most stylish way possible. Enter: leather, lace, and denim – the perfect combination of luxe, femininity, and comfort. I paired a simple white lace blouse with dark blue denim, topped off with a nude leather jacket and matching peep toe pumps. Paired with oversized sunnies, a large handbag, and a red lip, it added just the right amount of drama to the simplest of looks. I plan to wear a version of this outfit all year long, swapping the colors of my  lace tops and leather jackets depending on the season.

x Paris

DIY: Lace Cuff

While I am ready to wear something lacy year round, there’s something about the holiday season that makes lace feel like a necessity. Since I already own one to many lace dresses, I decided to try my hand at making a classic gold lace cuff recently. I love that I can wear this with jeans and a tee shirt or dress it up in a date night dress. And since it is so simple to make, I plan to be making ones in different colors like silver and rose gold to give as gifts for all my girl friends.
Tools: Base of a kitchen towel roll, paper bags, cling film, floss, lace, fabric stiffening spray, fabric color spray, scissors, jewelry wire, jump ring + lobster clasp.

How to Do it:

Step 1: Wrap the base of a kitchen towel roll with a paper bag to thicken it’s size to fit your wrist.
Step 2: Wrap cling film over the mold.
Step 3: Tie the lace with a piece of floss around the mold.
Step 4: Spritz the lace with a fabric stiffening spray to help it keep shape. Let it set overnight.
Step 5: Cut a piece of jewelry wire to be just a little larger than your wrist and put it through the inside loop of the lace.
Step 6: Add a lobster clasp and jump ring to each end of the wire.
Step 7: Spray the cuff with a fabric spray in the color of your choice.
Step 8: Enjoy!

x Paris