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This summer, we've been admiring all the bold-and-nutty prints and patterns that the stylish ladies of NYC having been sporting. If you're a fan of the look, and have a plain T-shirt you'd like to spruce up, why not check out this rad tutorial from The Zen of Making? DIY guru Haley Pierson-Cox came up with this genius, simple way of block-printing a tee, and we can't wait to try it out this weekend. We may even try out this method on some pants that need a little ... Read More
Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week has me feeling very ocean-oriented, and though I'm not very crafty, I have countless creative, Pinterest-crazy pals who I think would be into these shark-inspired DIY projects. Go on ahead and dive into these shark-infested waters--you won't regret it. First, we have to make sure our nails look fly. Or in this case, bloody as hell. Check out the mani below for easy inspiration. All you'll need are blue and red nail polish ... Read More
So you want to customize your accessories with fabric paint, but you don’t like the corny floral stencils at the local craft store? Have no fear, salvation is here in the form of a very humble material: freezer paper. That’s right—the same sheets you wrap your steaks in can be used as a stencil featuring your favorite slogan or an image of a kitten giving the finger. The sky’s the limit. After mastering this super-simple project, I’m ... Read More
These days, with digitized media following you everywhere you go, a watch may no longer seem necessary for telling  time. However, there's nothing I love more than being able to tell if I'm running late in the shower or during my SAT classes—I’d like to think watches are still as much of piece of jewelry as any other accessory. But for those of you who still think the watch is antiquated, V-ZA-V™, a new start-up company, is ready to prove ... Read More
How many times have you come across a cute tutorial on Pinterest and thought to yourself, “Wow, that looks so easy! I’m totally going to try that!”—only to have it result in an atrocious stinking pile of failure? Personally, this happens more than my ego will let me admit. But now, thanks to the Pintester who spends her free time “fucking up Pinterest pins so you don’t have to,” there’s a way to tell which ... Read More
Stripper heels as potted plants may seem like a cheeky gift idea, but they've also got a lot of meaning for the owner of this Etsy shop. The impetus for Rachel Mahlke’s “Giddy Spinster” shop began a number of years ago, when a friend gave her some old pairs of outrageously tall heels that she could no longer use for work as an exotic dancer in San Francisco. There’s certainly a stigma in our culture about the art of stripping, but Mahlke's ... Read More
When I think of pin-up drawings, I usually think of women sprawled out in compromising positions. But artist Sashiko Yuen puts a new twist on pin-ups with her beautifully imaginative drawings. Yuen’s characters are tougher than your average calendar girls-- be they snacking on body parts, gazing at the viewer menacingly or sporting loads of tattoos. The artist adds in playful pastel bouffants, vintage silhouettes, and odd dessert-themed adornments (some of ... Read More
When you were little, did you ever make paper snowflakes in art class? Well, papel picado is kind of like that, only much more elaborate. Originating in Mexico, the folk art involves making cuts in colored tissue paper and then stringing the designs into banners. It sounds simple, but the results are gloriously elaborate. Yreina Flores Ortiz, who owns the Etsy shop Ay Mujer, has put a modern take on her culture’s tradition by making banners you'll want ... Read More
I am often baffled when I am asked, “How is it that you can be a feminist and be interested in fashion?” To that I respond, “How can I not be one?” Many people think of fashion as trivial. At times, I, too, become frustrated when I read magazines telling me how I NEED to dress if I want to be considered stylish--- I find that writing style too narrow. But still, fashion isn’t trivial at all. Fashion isn’t just about the visceral ... Read More
Imagine a 1950s diner on an acid trip and you’ll land at Boopsie Daisy, an Etsy shop by Canadian-based user Missy Munday. Though the shop sells art prints, the prints are truly more like pages torn out of an ongoing creepy-cute fairytale that could easily be turned into a Tim Burton film. All of the colors used are neon and supersaturated but still retain a very vintage glow. By juxtaposing doll heads with different delicious diner foods, there’s ... Read More
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