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  1. DIY pussy panties

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    It’s National Cat Day today and in honor of our furry friends, I wanted to DIY a pair of Pussy Panties using some images of my precious pussies Roxanne and Winston. I post photos of them all the time on my Instagram and recently I saw this pic (below) of Emma Watson wearing a pair of pussy panties. I think the photo may have been doctored but non-the-less she is a modern day feminist and I was inspired!

    In honor of National Cat Day we are also doing a special 30% OFF discount on the Finx cuff bracelet (a mythical cat/fox creature – Winston is modeling it below in rose gold – also available in yellow and white gold). Enter code: FORTHELOVEOFCATS at checkout from the Mr. Kate shop! Code expires tonight (10/29) at midnight PST so shop quick!

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    • Cotton panties
    • Iron-On transfer sheets
    • A pillowcase
    • Hard surface like cutting board
    • Iron
    • Scissors
    • Photos of cats – I used photos of my own cats Roxanne and Winston but you can use pics from online, etc.

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    DO IT!:

    1. Choose your photo and print it out on the iron on transfer sheet – follow the instructions on the package as some sheets vary. I chose to edit the photos on the computer so it would just be my cat’s heads but you can print out the full cat, etc. whatever you want!
    2. Iron the pillowcase and place it on the hard surface like a cutting board – you don’t want to use an ironing board because you want to be able to press hard against a hard surface so the transfer sticks.
    3. Cut out the transfer as close to the image as possible
    4. Iron the area on the panties where you want the patch and place the transfer sheet face down on the area.
    5. Iron over the transfer pressing firmly and moving in a circular motion. Concentrate most on the edges and make sure all areas have at least 15 to 20 seconds of heat. *instructions may vary depending on brand of transfer paper.
    6. Slowly peel away the backing to reveal your transfer and proudly wear your pussy panties!

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    Roxanne kind of looks like she’s in a headlock! LOL!

  2. vertical desk organization

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    Follow Mr. Kate’s board VERTICAL DESK ORGANIZATION on Pinterest.

    I personally struggle with keeping my desk organized, it’s so easy to let papers pile up, etc. but I love it so much and get so much more done when my work space is clean and tidy. When I do interior design projects I often employ vertical storage solutions like shelves to help draw the eye up and away and give more surface area for organization. The same goes for desks! It makes it a lot easier to go vertical, whether it’s a cork board for papers, clip board for calendars and peg boards or shelves for all kinds of stuff! Check out the board above for some pictures of successful vertically organized desks/desk walls to inspire you to organize your workspace.

    Scroll TIP: Hover your mouse over the photos to see my captions and why I pinned the particular photo!

    For more desk organizing inspiration see: ‘Roundup: Desk Organization‘.

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    1. Make your essentials glamorous with Gold accessories like stapler and scissors from Nate Berkus.
    2. Cute clipboards for wall organizing.
    3. Wooden chalkboard with hooks, a shelf and pin board.

  3. DIYWhyNot: Oversized Turtleneck Sweater

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    I recently saw a roundup on Elle.com of Fall 2014 trends which included oversized turtlenecks by the likes of Helmut Lang and Thakoon, among others – see it here. I immediately thought they looked cozy, chic and totally DIYable using two sweaters! This DIY is a great way to update some old sweaters in your closet for this Fall and Winter and it’s easy! The only rule you have to remember is that the sweater you’re going to use to make the oversized turtleneck part must be 100% wool. Watch the video above for the full tutorial and #mrkate to show me your turtle moment!

    Looking for more sweater DIYs?  Try out a ‘DIY Beaded Sweater‘!

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     DO IT!:

    1. Machine wash and dry the wool sweater you are going to use as your turtleneck to felt the fibers together an prevent unwraveling.
    2. Cut a tube from the body of your sweater, under the arm holes or below depending on how oversized you want your turtleneck.
    3. Insert your turtleneck tube about an inch down inside the collar of your second sweater. TIP: Safety pins can help keep your turtleneck in place while you sew the two together.
    4. Thread your yarn needle with a piece of matching yarn and stitch the turtleneck to the collar of your second sweater with a loop stitch. TIP: Double up the yarn and tie a knot at the end to start the stitch and give you a stronger hold.
    5. Proceed with your loop stitch all the way around the circumference of your collar and knot the thread a couple times to end. TIP: If your turtleneck tube is wider than the collar of your second sweater, make little pucker pleats every few inches to make it fit perfectly.

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  4. decorate with: clocks as art

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    Back when we shot OMG We Bought A House! Episode 4: See You At The Altar!, I placed my clock in a manzanita branch and a lot of the crew members kept commenting on how much they loved it and how it reminded them of a Dali painting.  What a difference a little clock can make! Here are some pics of my mantle clock as well as some roundup images of other rooms that use clocks as art. I love decor with a funtion!

    For some clock DIY’s, check out: DIY Glitter Rainbow Clock or DIY “Time Flies” Butterfly Clock

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  5. DIY cotton blossoms bouquet

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    I love these DIY Cotton Blossoms for their Winter-y look and almost spooky silloughette. I think these are perfect for subtle Halloween decor or just a minimalist, Winter accent. Also, this might be the easiest DIY I’ve ever done. These look fairly realistic as well, see what real cotton blossoms see them here.

    These Cotton Blossoms would also look amazing in a DIY Fabric Wrapped Vase!

     

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    DO IT!:

    1. Pull apart your cotton balls a bit so they look a little less perfect
    2. Place a dot of hot glue on the bottom of each one and secure it around the tip or protruding twig on each branch. TIP: Use smaller pieces of cotton for blossoms placed lower down the stick to look like little buds,
    3. Display your cotton blossoms in a pretty vase!

     

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  6. OOTD: cozy in stripes

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    The weather in LA is finally getting slightly chilly, emphasis on the word slightly, but I’m too excited to dress cozy in sweaters and scarves to wait so this outfit was a perfect lightweight compromise. I love a traditional pattern like stripes but with a twist like this cotton/cashmere Splendid sweater which I got at 68% off at Nordstrom Rack (similar boxy style), which is totally splendid! Another fabulous find were these J Brand skinny jeans, one of my fave denim brands, at 60% off. My favorite part of this outfit may be these tall boots by Mia which have a stretch that makes zipping over my horseback-rider /ballet-barre-class-addict calves a breeze (similar here)!

    I topped off this look with a lightweight loop scarfCole Haan sunnies, pink lipstick, Mr. Kate jewelry and my DIY earthy, boho, oversized fringe bag.

    Is it fall weather where you live? Post your cozy Autumn outfits with #NordstromRack and #mrkate so we can all see! xo

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    Thank you Nordstrom Rack for sponsoring this post.

  7. Mister Sister! Episode 4: Thrift Store Haul

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    Before we finish Tess’s apartment we needed to find some decor items that have a story/history/character to bring life to her space. Shopping vintage/thrift stores or flea markets are always my go-to when decorating a home. It’s so fun to hunt and learn and find those items that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to buy new. I think we found some great pieces for Tess’ coffee table, bar, credenza etc. as well as some #weird finds for our own amusement… show us your weird/fantastic thrifted finds by posting photos with #showtheweird and #mrkate (@mrkatedotcom).  Thanks BTS Thrift Boutique for letting us run wild around your shop!

    What do you think? We’d love to hear from you in a comment below!

    For more thrifting fun, check out  ‘OMG We Bought A House! Episode 10: Junkyard Junkies!

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    Stay tuned to see how our finds work in Tess’ apartment and watch more Mister Sister here!

    Please comment too and let us know what you think! xo

  8. DIY spiked mohawk headband

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    Do I even need to explain why I wanted to create such a marvelous accessory?  I think not.  I will say with Halloween coming up this would make for a great warrioress or tribal goddess headpiece.  I also think this leather mohawk would look bad ass for any night on the town or dancing around any festival.  Where are you going to rock yours?  I styled mine with a black and white printed top and of course Watercolor BeautyMarks and Mr. Kate earrings because punky jungle nymphs need to be painted accordingly!

    Thinking about using this for your costume?  Try out these ‘DIY: Tribal Print Wrap Bracelets‘ to accompany it.

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    Do It!:

    1. Cut a thin strip of leather to fit around your head along your hairline with enough excess to tie behind at the nape of your neck. Tip: I like to tape the ends by cutting them into a point.
    2. Cut a thick strip of leather for your mohawk that fits along the top of your head with about 2″ excess.
    3. Attach your two pieces by gluing one end of the thicker piece of leather in a loop tab around the center of your longer, thinner piece of leather, essentially making a ‘T’ shape.
    4. Optional: Make a slit in the center of the thicker tab if you want it to go around a top knot – I did this to mine for extra security when I wear this accessory. You can make this slit wherever you want to wear your bun, braid or ponytail.
    5. On the other (non looped) end of the thick piece of leather cut two small slits creating a belt loop center slit (see above photo) so you can feed the two ends of your longer thin piece through the belt loop at the nape of your neck and tie a knot.
    6. Spike the center wide stripe of leather using the hole punch to poke a hole for each screw back spike. Poke the screw through and screw the spike on and tighten with a screwdriver. I chose to alternate the size and colors of my spikes.
    7. Wear your headpiece by laying the spiked piece down the center of your head with the glued loop part at the front of your forehead. Pull your hair through the center, ponytail slit and make a bun, then feed the long ends through the belt loop tab on the other end of the center spiked piece, at the back of your neck and tie a knot. It should feel snug, secure and comfortable.

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  9. Styling: Transitional Layers

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    Fall is here which means lingering Summer heat, cool breezes, and Winter’s chill creeping it’s way in. It also means trying to integrate some of your Summer clothing items into more cold-weather-appropriate outfits so you don’t have to jump head first into that down parka. Planning outfits for such fickle times can be frustrating but what always helps is…layers! Layers allow for easy transitions but can sometimes be hard to style so hopefully these two outfits give you some ideas for how to style your transitional outfits. Happy Autumn!

    For more Fall outfit inspo check out ‘Styling My Fall Wardrobe Staples

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    • Outfit #1: Start with a tank or tee with denim shorts over tights, boots and some cozy socks +ADD: a denim shirt for an in-between outfit +ADD: a cozy coat. Accessorize with a chunky necklace, bold lips and a topknot…

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    Petal to the Metal Necklace

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    • Outfit #2: Start with a skater skirt, chiffon button down and ankle boots +ADD: slouched knee highs and button up the top with a statement necklace +ADD: pull the socks all the way up and add a sweater over the top slightly tucked in. Accessorize with a beanie and BeautyMarks!

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  10. Halloween Decor: Something Pumpkin

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    Follow Mr. Kate’s board SOMETHING PUMPKIN on Pinterest.

    Something old, something new, something pumpkin…oh wait. For realsies, what’s October and Halloween without a little something pumpkin? I know it’s traditional to carve your pumpkins but I always like finding no-carve options (see more no-carve pumpkin DIYs here) so that they last longer and bring in more color and/or texture, depending on the design. This roundup has some of my favorite, DIYable ideas for this Halloween season.

    For a pumpkin painting DIY check out: ‘DIY Color Palette Pumpkins

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  11. DIWhyNot: Stylish Skeleton Makeup

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    Boo, I’m a business skeleton! …because, why not!? Who says Halloween needs to be a polyester, buttcheek-baring, fest? I love the idea of this eerie (and easy) skeleton makeup paired with any outfit you desire. Watch the video above for the full tutorial and download the makeup diagram for print HERE - see more pics below!

    For more makeup ideas see Halloween Makeup Inspiration

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    Download the printable of this diagram PDF HERE

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    Do It!:

    1. Mix the white face paint with the liquid foundation – it will make the facepaint easier to blend – and use your foundation brush or a sponge to blend the base color all over your face, neck and chest.
    2. Set your base makeup with translucent powder.
    3. Mix your black face paint with a dollop of lotion, and use your concealer brush to fill in the large areas of dark on the diagram (above) such as the eye sockets, tip of your nose, large mustache shapes on each cheeck and neck and chest shapes, etc. Refer to diagram.
    4. Use your eyeliner and draw the remaining details (see diagram) such as the lines down your mouth and cracks around your eyes and forehead.
    5. Smudge the eyeliner lines for a more artistic look
    6. Set with another light layer of powder and get dressed in your favorite outfit now turned spooky!

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  12. OOTD: jumpsuits and jewels

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    Is this a jumpsuit or overalls? Whatever it is, it’s really comfy. I decided to not flaunt the side boob potential of this jumpsuit and put a black tank underneath.  The cinched ankle makes it okay that these, like most other pants, are too long for my short legs. Loads of Mr. Kate necklaces, bracelets and silver BeautyMarks complete this look.

    My jewel nail art I came up with inspired by pear shaped gem cuts (photo below) which Amie Morimoto expertly hand painted on my pear shaped nails.  Diamond cut nails? WHY NOT?

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    The Victorian Lace Necklace

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  13. DIY Halloween: Mini Mummies

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    I love these little dead guys! These Mini Mummies are really fun and easy to make and can go anywhere to add a subtle and cute creepiness to your interior space around Halloween… you could even use a variation of this technique on yourself for a mummy costume.

    For more Halloween decor ideas see DIY Halloween Color Palette Pumpkins

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    Do It!:

    1. Begin a thin cut in your muslin and finish the strip by tearing all the way through.  Continue doing this until you have plenty of thin strips to cover your mini manikins.
    2. Optional: Soak your muslin strips in a bucket with dark tea or coffe for a few hours to give them an aged stain. Rinse and let dry.
    3. Now you’re ready to wrap up your mummy! Start each wrap with a little dot of hot glue to secure the muslin in place. You’ll also want to finish each strip with another dollop. Continue wrapping until your entire manikin is covered. Tip: Criss cross some pieces around the torso of your manikin for better coverage… kind of like a halter top wrap around the neck and under the arms. I also chose to leave a few ends hanging down to make them look more rustic.
    4. For an extra, humorous touch, use your card stock to cut out a little sign for your mummies.  I wrote ” Mummy, I’m home”!  Feel free to use this or share your own witty mummy phrase!

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  14. Vlog #2: driving in the car with joey

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    Vlog #2! Joey is driving us to a meeting, so I apologize for the bumpy ride! It’s a mid week check in where I talk about lots of things from Halloween costumes – remember our Breaking Bad costumes? – to the very important Breast Cancer and Rett Awareness month, to interior designing and dry shampoo. Photos and more info below…

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    Watercolor BeautyMarks!

    Watch the Magnolia’s Hope video above or here and learn more about Rett Syndrome here!

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    See more photos of how I styled these Halloween Costumes From My Closet here!

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    The very versatile Third Eye Eyepatch!

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    The Mr. Kate office moodboard! I created this on Photoshop but Pinterest and Houzz are helpful sights for compiling inspiration as well!

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    My favorite dry shampoo is Davines Hair Refresher (photo via shagboston)

    Please comment and let me know what you want me to vlog about next!

  15. Costumes From My Closet: 3 Eyepatch Halloween Costumes

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    With Halloween coming up I got excited to style costume looks out of my existing wardrobe using the Third Eye Eyepatch from The Elsie Collection as the consistent accessory to inspire each look. Everything I’m wearing is from my own closet so I hope this post inspires you to see your personal wardrobe through the Halloween lens and create a costume look! I went for Pirate, Gypy and Flapper looks using the eyepatch as an eyepatch, necklace and headband, respectively. See how I styled the looks below and let me know what you think in the comments section! xo.

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    Goddess Necklace. Mixed Metals. Various Colors.

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    The Voyager 3-in-1 Necklace

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  16. Mister Sister! Episode 3: Chic Bedroom Design

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    Don’t you love how Tess’ bedroom turned out? I’m so happy with the transformation and it was really easy to get this peaceful, elegant look in Tess’ rental apartment. In Episode 2 of Mister Sister we created some custom bathroom artwork and this week we do another fun text art DIY using a giant canvas with a snarky poem by Tess and a custom frame by the talented Joey! Watch the episode above and see more Before and After photos below and let us know what you think, we love hearing from you!

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    The moodboard I created for Tess’ bedroom…

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    DIY Counting Sheep Text Art with Custom Frame

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    Do It! (Counting Sheep Text ART) “One Sheep, Two Sheep, Three Sheep…shit, I want cookies!”:

    1. I prepped the large canvas by thickly applying acrylic paint in a pale ivory/coral and a light taupe. This adds texture to the canvas and makes it look more finished. I also wanted to add more color to the room than just all white.
    2. Tape down your stencil letters using painter’s tape – you may have to reuse some letters that repeat in your phrase.
    3. We taped off all around the letters to connect the stencils making the next step easier to paint everything at once.
    4. Lightly cover your foam roller in paint and roll over the stencils.  Let dry.
    5. Peel off your stencils and you’re done.

    Do It! (FRAME):

    1. Stain your wood with a rag.  Simply rub the stain saturated rag all over the wood until the wood is coated. Let dry.
    2. Cut one end of each of the four pieces of wood at a 45 degree angle.  To do this clamp your wood to your miter box and saw along the 45 degree angle notch.
    3. Measure the outside perimeter of your canvas.
    4. Measure from the innermost (short side) of your 45 degree angle cut to match the length of your canvas. This will be the point from which to angle up and out your next 45 degree cut. (Refer to the diagram below.)
    5. Once all four pieces are cut, it’s time to let them hug your canvas!  Start gluing your corresponding 45 degree angles together and staple along the seam. We stapled on both sides for a really secure hold since it was such a big canvas. TIP: rub a little stain over the staple to camouflage against the wood.
    6. Hang your new custom art and enjoy!

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    What do you think? Please comment and let us know! What’s your favorite part of the room or the episode? xo, kate

     

  17. Styling: Multiple Rings

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    Skevi Asks: “Hi Mr. Kate I wanted to ask how you can combine….rings in one hand… :)

    My Answer: Hi Skevi! Styling multiple rings is so fun! I like to wear a lot of jewelry…duh ; ) and I love the look of multiple stacks of rings on more than one digit on one hand. But as with any good outfit or room design, it needs to be the right balance! In this post, I delve into how I go about stacking and styling more than one ring.

     Most of the rings used in this post are from the new Elsie Collection with the exception of the Web Ring, Pixie Rings, and The Feather Cuff Ring, shop all the rings here.

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    • The Rings! Notice that I picked a balance of band rings, both delicate and detailed and then a few larger statement, cocktail rings as well as one crown aka midi ring.

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    • Let’s start with this epic stack: I would only ever wear this on one finger without any other rings except maybe a cocktail ring on my pointer. I used the Treasure Ring with the crystals as the base and stacked up with the smallest Pixie Ring on top and then the Tiara Crown ring above my knuckle.

     

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    Geo Diamond Cocktail Ring

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    • Stacking and pairing similar styles: You’ll notice that the inset crystals unite all 3 of these ring styles. The Geo Diamond Cocktail ring next to a stack of Treasure rings and a Forcella ring on my pinkie. The thing that makes this look more complex and kind of vintage looking is the mixed metals in the Treasure ring stack.

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    Forest Reflection Ring

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    • Stack big over small and upside-down: Play with proportions and stack a wide band ring like the Forest Reflection ring over a petite band ring like the Forcella ring. Make this look even more hip and fun by wearing a ring upside-down on your pinkie…like the Tiara Crown ring I wore here in rose gold. Again I played with mixed metals.

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    Treasure Ring

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    • A classy stack: An easy go-to is a stack of crystal band rings like the Treasure ring. The mixed metals make it interesting and the simplicity makes it classic.

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    Pixie Ring. Various Colors.

    • Wear the same style on different fingers: I love the spikey but delicate Pixie Ring worn in different sizes and different metals on various fingers.

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    Geo Diamond Band Ring

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    Tiara Crown Ring

    • A balance of power with similar shapes: Two statement rings like the Web Ring and Tiara crown ring balance each other because of their similarity in shape.

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    • Unite with texture: Wear a stack of similarly textured rings.

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    Web Ring. Various Colors.

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    • Go crazy! Try different mixes and stacks and pinkie rings to find your perfect balance.

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    I hope I gave you some ideas to style your own rings in multiple ways! xo

  18. DIY Halloween: Neon Lace Masks

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    It’s officially October which means… BOO ya! Yes, this whole month seems devoted to Fall-ifying your home, drinking pumpkin spice lattes and of course, prepping for Halloween! I love these DIY Neon Lace Masks because I think they’re chic enough to hang on the walls of your home all month long and then wear them with any cute outfit come Halloween. I used the lace from an old shirt we found at the thrift store and it was really easy!

    For more Halloween decor ideas check out: ‘DIY Chic Skulls‘. And for more Halloween lace check out: DIY Halloween Lace Make-Up.

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    Prep It:

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    Forest Horizon Cuff

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    Treasure Ring

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    They look cool like this too if you wanted to decoupage on the lace with Mod Podge!

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    The Timeless Cuff

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    Do It!:

    1. Spray your masks  so that they are evenly coated with the spray adhesive. Let them sit for about 3-5 minutes, you want them to be tacky but not wet.
    2. Cut lace pieces, stripes or patches, up to you and press them onto the tacky adhesive all over the mask. Make sure to really get the lace in the contours of the mask mouth, eye sockets, etc.
    3. Spray paint the lace covered masks and let dry, about 20-30 minutes – I used neon yellow, pink and orange paint.
    4. Peel off the lace and admire your Halloween handy work!

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    The Voyager 3-in-1 Necklace

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