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The other day my cousin told me about a new(ish) website he heard about through one of our mutual friends’ cousins. The cousin in question apparently played a roll in creating it and so I checked it out; it’s always exciting to know someone on the inside (kinda).

The website is My Fashion Database, and it holds images from fashion magazine covers, editorials, and ad campaigns from all the fashion magazines and all the years they can get their hands on. They also offer a Polyvore-esque collage feature. But I have to say, the coolest thing is definitely the range of the selection and the fact that everything from the model to the photographer to the hair and makeup artist are listed with the photos. Thanks to this website I can do this:

Hey, everyone! Look at this Elle UK cover from November, 2011. Don’t you love Emma Watson’s Twiggy inspired makeup look?

Well here’s the video tutorial on how to get it:

Cool, right?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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My major Black Friday find was this military inspired coat by Michael Kors. I love it because I feel like I can wear it with anything; from jeans and a tee shirt to an evening look. Worn with a few of my other finds from Thanksgiving break: a gray men’s sweater from Eddie Bauer, an H&M necklace, and some Forever 21 sunglasses.  The clutch is a vintage find from a yard sale and the flats are Pour la Victoire.

 

Chaos at the Swarovski outlet on Black Friday.

As a deal-hunting fashionista, I have to admit that Black Friday is one of my favorite times of year. There are so few occasions when you can find a Michael Kors long military trench coat (stay tuned for pictures) for only $95, or a $300 Swarovski bangle for $50. It’s one of the rare opportunities people have to snag something luxurious without breaking the bank.

However, there are plenty of cons to go with the pros; the traffic, the lines, the crowds, trying to find a parking space…the list goes on. I don’t blame the people who hate it and hide in their houses for the day…or actually sleep at night. If you’re going to brave the retail world, making the experience fun is really the only chance you have to keep from going insane.

That’s why I always go with friends; catching up helps pass the time sitting in traffic and keeps us awake when a late night turns in to an early morning. We also try not to obsess over anything in particular. There’s nothing worse than waiting 45 minutes just to enter a store…then stand in another line to check out, however long that may take. This is the reason we skipped over the Swarovski outlet at midnight, and instead returned in the afternoon. I snapped these pictures on my phone, and after a few minutes of pilfering through mountains of empty boxes and scattered crystals, I gave up. It was no longer fun.

Which makes me think: what is it about a sale that causes people to suddenly act like barbarians? Just because it’s 80% off, doesn’t mean you have to start throwing things and knocking them over like a child. In the end all you’re doing is making the experience miserable for everyone else. Yes, I could have kept digging and found something beautiful at a decent price, but looking at the unorganized empty boxes took all the fun out of it. I was no longer on the hunt for something luxurious at an affordable price, I was searching through a bargain bin at Kmart. The jewelry, which normally looks so beautiful, just looked sad. What’s a girl to do?

What are your thoughts on shopping strategies and etiquette? How do you spend your Black Friday? Did you score anything great this year?

Thank you for reading and have a great day!

I saw these skull beads in bracelets everywhere over the Summer and decided I wanted to make myself a pair of earrings using them. Here is what you’ll need:

I used 2 earrings (set of 18 for $3), 2 head pins (set of 14 for $3), 2 large skulls ($1.50 each), 2 small skulls ($0.75 each), and 4 spacer beads ($0.50 each). I purchased the beads at a local store in Maine, although any bead store should carry them since they’re so popular. I got the hardware at a Michael’s craft store.

First you put the beads on the head pin in the desired order. I ended up not using all of the spacer beads, but it’s better to have too many than not enough!

Then, use a pair of needle nose pliers to bend the top of the head pin in to a U shape. Almost a circle, but with a gap big enough to put the earring in it. These pliers can be found at craft or bead stores, or even places like Kmart. The price can range from around $9 to around $30. If you don’t want to buy them then try looking up a bead store that allows its customers to make their jewelry in house.

Next, you put the earring in to this U shape, and use the needle nose pliers to continue to close the circle in the head pin. Then, using the pliers, keep rolling this circle until all the extra wire is used up.

And taa-daa! That’s all you have to do.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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