Making a 90’s Inspired Prom Dress




Hello Friends,

Welcome to another Do-it-yourself Fashion blog post. Today I wanted to share with you all the dress that I made for prom last weekend. Yes. I said ”Prom”. Although I am well beyond the high school stage, the Hubs and I were prom  chaperones for one of the local High schools in the area. Don’t get me wrong, I had a good time at my Senior Prom but I did enjoy revisiting my youth by constructing the dress of fantasies.
When I was a kid, I grew up watching “She’s All That”, “Never Been Kissed”, and every show on the TGIF lineup that featured awesome prom scenes which set my prom expectations sky high.


 I went to google and type in a few keywords and found a few dresses that were exactly what I was looking for. I was looking for a long dress with a slit (so very 90’s), I wanted tulle for dramatic purposes, and I had to have butterflies. I came across these cute vintage dresses by Tadashi Shoji. Once I had my inspiration I went to work making a formal version of the dresses I found.
One of the vintage Tadashi Shoji dresses. *Sigh*
I found a black tulle dress (with a slit) on Amazon. The dress was plain and I thought a gold bodice was just what it needed (links are in pink above).

Once I ordered those item, I went to the craft store for some butterflies. I found some feather butterflies in the garden section of the craft store. I wanted to stay on theme and have the butterflies be gold/glittery.


 I bought a gold glitter spray paint and attempted the bling out the bugs. I was about to cry when I saw that I used most of the can and the butterflies still were very glittery. I counted my losses and proceeded with the butterflies anyway.
Only about 40% of the glitter stuck to the wings. 
I chose to see to the top of the dress together to make the plunging neckline a bit more modest. I also sewed the bodice on to the dress. I used a hot glue gun to attached the butterflies to the tulle. The glue
 got a bit messy but luckily, the excess glue was easy to scratch away from the material.

project.

All this resulted in a wonderful formal dress that had the right amount of whimsy and nostalgia to it.
This craft didn’t take too long to complete. I really enjoyed making this that I almost wish I had an excuse to do another formal project.

As usual I have a video below. Tell me in the comments if you prefer more manicures or if you want to explore more fashion DIY’s.



Denim Vest Custom Roses Tutorial

Hello Friends,

We are fortunate enough to have made it to another Friday! Today's tribute is to vests, the denim kind.  The '90s loved their vests, they didn't serve much of a purpose with outfits except to help the wearer look fresh to death.

 I really enjoyed customizing the Prince Jacket (click here to see the post) and I couldn't resist doing another denim post. For this project you will need the following:
Supplies
Hot glue gun
Glue tubes for the hot glue gun
Silk flowers (size and color are your choice)
Denim Vest (or jacket if this floats your boat)
Before the jacket got fresh.

I wanted to be sure to make this vest pink, cute, and springy. Once, I found my vest at the thrift store (I got it for only $7!), I went to Amazon to get pink silk flowers.

When I received the flowers in the mail, they felt more like foam. The baby roses also came with a piece of light pink tulle with little white polka dots wrapped around each bloom. They were still super cute so I just kept the tulle on them. There were 144 roses in the package. I left the link to them below.

                                                        
I set to work detaching the flowers from the stems they came on which were bendable green wiring. At first, I used small manicure scissors to free the flower heads but then I discovered that the flowers could be taken off by simply pulling them from the stems.

                                               

I then used a hot glue gun to add a little dollop of glue on the back of the flowers before I used them to cover the upper front panel of the vest. For fun, I added two roses each to the point of my collar and I covered most of the back panel of the vest.


This DIY project was fairly easy, however, I did have to battle with my hot glue gun. I burned my fingers several times. Somehow ended up sitting on my hot glue gun which resulted in me gluing a bunch of roses to the back of my Sacramento State Sweats and having the glue gum stuck to my booty.
                                                 

              

May your DIY projects be fun and may your hands be deft.

Happy Friday!

A Baby's Gotta Do, What a Baby's Gotta Do!-Rugrats Nail Art Tribute


                                           
Rugrats was an American animated series that ran on Nickelodeon for 13 years, spawned three movies that were released in theaters, and a Spin-Off called "All Growned Up". The show debuted after Doug as the second Nicktoon on August 11, 1991.

                           
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Rugrats consists of a group of babies that go on adventures using their imaginations and household items to reach their goals. Although the babies can speak to each other, their speech is unintelligible to grown-ups.

The Rugrats episodes were unique in that during the holidays, the episodes tapped into different cultures such as telling the story of Hanukkah and doing an episode about the meaning of Kwanzaa.

                            
In addition to being a multi-cultural program, the show also challenged gender norms such as showing Charlotte, Angelica's mother, as a no-nonsense Business Executive paired with Drew, an Accountant who was more the sympathetic and attentive parent.


"If Angelica's ever gonna make it in a male dominated power structure she's gotta eat breathe, drink, and sweat self esteem!"-Charlotte Pickles
                             
The show also crushed stereotypes by featuring Susie Carmichael hailing from a two-parent household with a Dad who wrote for the Dummy Bears (a fictional show based off the care bears) and a Mother who was a Harvard Grad who worked as a pediatrician (as well as dabbled in art and was skilled in the kitchen). I could have sworn that I read somewhere that Susie's family was based loosely off the Huxtables. 

                                             

Whether it was to watch the babies duke it out over who gets chocolate milk in their bottle or if it was to watch Susie put Angelica in her place for the millionth time, I watched this show religiously.  I can't tell you how many times I got in trouble for imitating Angelica's famous scowl.

                           
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I chose to represent the 6 original gang in my manicure today (no disrespect to Dil and Kimi who were welcome additions).

I have Chuckie on the thumb followed by Tommy, Susie (the middle finger because she was assertive) , Angelica (the ring finger because she's spoiled), & Phil/Lil. I chose to have the twins share a finger in order to make room for Susie who became my favorite character since her introduction.

Grab your Reptar bars, put on that Cynthia cassette tape, and take a look at the video below of the process of putting together this manicure.

                                      

               

Supplies used:

  Nail polish:

Chuckie

“Lemonade”-(yellow color) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish
“Wonder Mint” (light blue)by Sinful Colors
“Hot blooded” red by LA Color

Tommy

"Elegant"-(tan color) by Revlon
“Lemonade”-(yellow color) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish
“Wonder Mint” (light blue)by Sinful Colors
“Pitch Black Darkness” (black) by RK by Ruby Kisses

Susie

“Cast a Spell” Metallic purple by RK by Ruby kisses
“Lemonade”-(yellow color) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish

Angelica
“Emerald”-(dark green color) by Celavi
“Orange U Jealous”-(orange color) by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails
“Pitch Black Darkness” (black) by RK by Ruby Kisses

Phil/Lil
Electrifyin’ Pink”-(Light pink color)OPI
“Emerald”-(dark green color) by Celavi
“Lemonade”-(yellow color) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish
“Sea Jewels”-(royal blue)by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails
“Pitch Black Darkness” (black) by RK by Ruby Kisses


Nail Art brushes are from this nail kit.

When Doves Cry-Making a Prince Inspired Denim Jacket


                                                    
It has been nearly 3 years since this world lost one of talented Artists of this dimension. What better way to honor his memory than to customize a jean jacket in his honor, yes? Yes.

                        
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Although the patch appears to feature Prince from his Under the Cherry Moon/Parade era, I decided to make the jacket a Diamonds and Pearls theme.



I had a Prince patch that I bought from Dimple Records a few birthdays ago that has been living on my nightstand because I hadn't come across a project worthy enough for his likeness...until now.





I spent approximately 4 hours thrifting to find the perfect (budget-friendly) jean jacket. I found a beauty for a little over $7 dollars! It had rips in it and some panels had some fading which made me love it more. It was so vintage.


For this customization I used the following:

Denim Jacket
Hot Glue Gun
Pick-n-Stick
Silver Rhinestones
Prince Patch
3 Pearl Necklaces
Sewing Kit

The instructions called for a clean surface to adhere to. I put my jean jacket into the was on the gently cycle and air dried it. Once it was nice and clean, I set my iron to the highest setting.






I placed my patch on the jacket (the left side closest to my heart) I laid down a cloth as a barrier between the iron and the patch, otherwise I would never forgive myself for hurting Prince's beautiful face.
                                              
I held the iron on the patch for about 30 seconds and I adhered the patch in sections. Once the patch was on I was ready for rhinestones.

                                                
I used my Pick-n-stick to pick up the rhinestones. I dropped a little dollop of hot glue on the back of each stone and then laid the stones on the sleeves of the jacket. I will admit that I got a bit lazy and began to draw line of glue on the jacket , then I proceeded to drop the stones on the glue before it dried. I was left with little spider webs of glue on the sleeves because I used too much. I also ran into the trouble of putting the glue down on the jacket first and then it dried before I could lay down the stones.


The final component of the denim jacket would be the pearl necklace applications. I wanted the jacket to be dramatic in the back. i chose to let the necklaces drape off the back. I also thrifted these necklaces for $5 each.  I bought 5 but only needed 3.




I took two of the longer string of pearls apart the form the lower rungs. I sewed the necklaces to the jacket using the over under technique (or weaving? I don't know how to sew, lol).
Front of the jacket


Back of the jacket








Broken tripods aside, I enjoyed making the jacket as much as I enjoyed filming the making of the jacket. Take a look at the finished product . If you want to see the process, listen to my voice, and if you have a minute, take a look at the video below.

Also let me know, what do you think of this DIY? Should I do more of these in the future? Happy Friday, Loves!
              

Easter Nail Art-Cadbury Creme Egg Nail Art Tribute

                                         
I can appreciate that the U.S commercial for Cadbury eggs has run for a little over 25 years. Click here to see the 1994 classic. Each year, a variety of animals would try out to be the mascot of Cadbury Creme Eggs and be bested each time by a rabbit that clucked like a chicken. Each time I found a Cadbury egg in my basket, I felt like a Princess.
                               
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 I went grocery shopping recently and saw a box of the eggs in the candy section. I felt a little funny putting the candy into my cart next to my spinach and Greek yogurt but for nostalgia sake, they made it home with me.


                                             

I bit into the egg after not having had one for years and dare I say they were... still exquisite! The chocolate tasted very rich and it reminded me of the high-end box of chocolate that I received as a Christmas from my office Christmas party last year. It was almost a little too sophisticated (because of the quality of chocolate) to be a childhood favorite but then came the sugar rush. I was as giddy as a schoolgirl.

                       
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Cadbury Creme Eggs are a product of the United Kingdom company of Cadbury. Cadbury partnered with Hershey to bring Cadbury eggs to the U.S in the early 1980s. The eggs are wrapped in red, blue, and green foil. The eggs can be purchased individually or they come in small boxes of say 4. The eggs have a hollow milk chocolate shell, they are filled with fondant and caramel that mimics the yolk or a real egg. These treats only appear for Easter season and then disappear for another year.

In this tribute I tried my best to mimic the foil wrapper. I'm working on my nail calligraphy (is that a thing?) but I attempted to duplicate the brands logo on my nails.

Hope everyone has a Happy Easter!


                                             
                   
                      

Pizza Friday- Pizza Nail Art Tribute (Story Time)

                  Ode to Pizza (Story Time!)
This lovely pizza pie comes from the Simpsons.


As a kid, Fridays were my favorite day of the week. Fridays were the marker of three things: 

#1. The start of the weekend.

#2. The green light to stay up late.


 #3. Pizza for dinner. 


 



It didn't matter what kind of nonsense I had to endure through the week as long as I could experience a lovely cheese pull when I separated my slice from the pizza box. Much to my parent's chagrin, their little princess blossomed into a strange awkward thing who would rather cut off an appendage than hold a conversation. As a way to combat my shyness, they used my love of pizza to bring me out of my shell. 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Heroes & Pizza Lovers

My Mom often left it up to me to determine whether or not we had pizza on Friday nights by making it my responsibility to order it every time. I would come home after school and sit for hours trying to muster up the courage to order our dinner.

 First, I had to lug the gigantic phone book to the kitchen table. 


Second, I had to flip to the letter "P" in the yellow pages. 


Third, I had to select the Pizza parlor that would be up to the task of getting hung up on the first couple of times I called. I just couldn't take that kind of pressure.


After placing the order, I would do a little victory dance but the magic would be soon over as the ominous cloud that is my anxiety would creep back over me when I would realize that I would have to interact with the delivery person.  
                       
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No amount of bargaining with my family would save me from the hell that was the awkward transaction between the delivery person and I. Although I knew that they were coming, my heart would drop at hearing the knock at the door. With shaky hands, I'd open the door. I would mumble a greeting and give them a fistful of cash.  When it was safe, I'd drown in cheese until my little heart was content. 

                         
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I blame 80's and 90's cartoons for my pizza obsession. The cheese always seemed to melt off the crust.
Left column: All Dogs Go to Heaven, Daria, & Doug.
Right column: Doug, Rocko's Modern Life, & Hey Arnold.
I could also blame my neighborhood where Godfather's pizza reigned supreme because they would throw in a giant cookie" pizza" for dessert. Washoe County School district is also a culprit because they would host pizza Fridays for lunch from some of the best pizza chains in the area and for a dollar more you could get TWO slices at lunchtime. Lord.


For whatever reason, pizza and I have a great relationship. If I wasn't so pizza driven, I would have never learned any social skills. Please enjoy my newest set and video of its creation. 


Happy Pizza Friday!


                                                                                                   
                   
  Supplies Used:

Nail Polish


“Velvet”-(Lilac) by Sinful Colors
"Orange U Jealous(Orange) by RK by Ruby Kisses
“Lemonade”-(Yellow) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish
“Hot blooded” (Red) by LA Colors

Nail Art brushes are from this kit

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Nail Art Tribute


                                        
My life used to revolve around getting as much cheese into my tummy as I could handle. While my cheese habit was often satisfied by pizza, on other occasions I was blessed with a bowl Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. 

                            
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The cheese sauce was florescent orange in color and it tasted like love & hugs. If my parents were feeling jazzy, they would add in sliced hot dogs or tuna to the pasta dish. Genius.

                                         
The marketing team that Kraft had in the '90s were really on a role; all of the commercials had extremely catchy jingles. I had the "blues" if I didn't get my weekly box of Mac. Click here to watch the iconic 1996 blues inspired jingle.
                 
                         
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Sometimes the macaroni would come in interesting shapes if they were cross-promoting with a cartoon such as Animaniacs or Rugrats, the noodles would come in the shape of the characters. The character shaped noodles did not always cook all the way through. Did that bother me? Naw. Did it hinder my cheese experience? Never that. Cheese life or no life!                                                                           
                                       

While I fantasized about swimming in a cheese river, I created a manicure that paid tribute to the little blue box that contained this American treasure. I tried my best to write the brand name on my thumb. Suspend disbelief and pretend that it is an exact replica, thanks! 

                                                                 

Supplies Used:

Nail Polish

“Lemonade”-(yellow color) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish

"Orange U Jealous(Orange) by RK by Ruby Kisses

“Sea Jewels”-(royal blue)by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails

“Hot blooded” (red) by LA Colors

“Kashmere” (off white) by Sinful Colors

“Wonder Mint” (teal) by Sinful Colors


Top Coat:

"Frosting" by LA Colors

Nail Art brushes are from this kit




Pac-Man Nail Art Tribute


When I think of the 80's I think about teased hair, happy music, and Pac-Man. The Japan based arcade game was introduced to the U.S.A in 1980 through the company, Midway Games. Pac-Man features a yellow circular character as the protagonist with no other distinguishable traits other than having a large mouths and being extremely hungry.
 The object of the maze game is for the player to use their joystick to guide Pac-Man to eat the tiny dots or "Pac-dots" in their path while also avoiding the four ghost characters by the names of Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde who serve as antagonists of the game.

     
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 If a ghost were to touch Pac-Man it would result in losing a life and having to start the game over. Pac-man's defense against the ghosts is to eat one of the larger Pac-dots or a fruit piece which gives Pac-man the power to eat the ghosts. A level is completed once all of the dots are eaten and then a new maze is introduced. The ghost are only edible once they turn a royal blue.

Legend has it that the game was designed to be never ending and that once a player gets to the supposed "last level", the game begins to glitch.
The elusive level 256 glitch.
This game is part of the golden age of arcade games and is one of the longest running arcade games to date. You can try your luck here with this classic.


 I have great memories as a child of playing Pac-man often at local pizza parlors where the game was built into tables. A pocketful of quarters and a pizza was all it took to have a good evening.

My nail tribute today does it's best to honor this 80's staple by featuring the maze on my manicure. I have billions of rhinestones in my new nail art set which I made use of for the cherries.
 I also used nail tape to create the lines of the maze. I used a dotting tool for the Pac-dots and a few
brushes from this nail kit.

I've got a video below. Happy Friday!


              



Supplies Used:

Nail Polish:

“Lemonade”-(yellow color) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish

“Sea Jewels”-(royal blue)by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails

“Pitch Black Darkness” (black) by RK by Ruby Kisses

“Hot blooded” (red) by LA Colors

“Kashmere” (off white) by Sinful Colors

“Mint” (green) by LA Colors

Angled brush and striped brush are from this nail kit







I Choose You! Pikachu Nail Art Tribute


Pika, Pika, Pikachu!
"Pokemon"(or Pocket Monsters) were introduced from Japan to American televisions in 1997. Pokemon the anime series was based on the Nintendo game. In the anime series of the game, Ash Ketchum is the protagonist whose adventures that we follow. He is a hyperactive 10-year-old boy who dreams of one day becoming a Pokemon Master.
                                           
To achieve his dream he must stalk these fictional creatures and wrangle them by throwing a device called a "Pokeball" at his target which captures the creatures and houses them inside. Once the Pokemon is captured he must work hard to train them to fight monsters that belong to other individuals.  
                                         

 Ash's companions are Misty, a Cerulean City Gym Leader, Brock a Pokemon Breeder/Gym Leader from Pewter City, and the adorable Electric Pokemon, Pikachu.

                         
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Pikachu is unique in that he and Ash have developed trust between one another and behave more as friends rather than Pikachu hanging out in a Pokeball all day like other Pokemon.

This show was hit with American children. The playgrounds were flooded with Pokemon merchandise to the extent that it was dubbed a "craze"; rightful so because this show came issued with a warning as some of the sequences have been known to cause epilepsy in some children.

Gotta Catch Em All!

The series had a trading card game that acted as a companion to the new developments in the show. These cards were banned from
playgrounds due to the near riots that would
start over the Pokemon battles. Pokemon cards went the way of the slap bracelet in that you had to hide behind the slide to play with them so that you wouldn't get sent to the Principle's office.



Pikachu is one of the most recognizable characters of the franchise and today's tribute is dedicated to this cutie.
                           
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Retro cuties, where ya at?                                        

               



Supplies Used:

Nail polish: 

"Lemonade”(yellow) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish.
“Pitch Black Darkness” (black) by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails
"Hot blooded-(red) by LA Colors
 "Kashmere" (off white)by Sinful Colors

Nail brush and nail tape from the nail art kit in this link

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