WHAT I WORE | White on White on White

white on white minimal fashion

I’ve been trying new things lately, guys! Shorter pants, and… shorter hair! Yep, I finally sprung for a bob, which was long anticipated but still very shocking once all was said and done. For days after the cut, I found myself being shocked by my shadow, much less my reflection whenever I caught it in the corner of my eye. But now I’m finally used to my new ‘do, and it feels so refreshing and, well… freeing! It’s funny how hair becomes such a part of one’s identity, and I had simply begun to feel encumbered by mine.

And pants! How have you all been feeling about the cropped lengths that have been cropping up in stores this past year? My favorite jumpsuits from last Summer were all wide-legged cropped styles, but I hadn’t yet tried wearing wider leg crop styles in anything but jumpsuits. I was kind of worried short pants would make me look smaller and stumpier than I already am (5′-5″ and around 155lbs, so average, I guess, as far as midwesterners go), but I’ve found the key to my feeling v chic with this cropped look is trying it with a monochromatic color scheme. White on white, ya’ll! And before Easter, even.

big round sunglasses

I’m still getting used to styling the new hair, but in general I’m going for an unfussy look… which you’d think would be easy enough to achieve, but effortless looks are never effortlessly achieved, are they? I’ll share about the hair process soon, in case you’re interested!

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S

 

top: Colo/Palo | pants: Need Supply | shoes: Nordstrom | sunglasses: TopShop | purse: Collette’s Vintage in Canton, OH

white on white minimal fashion

white on white minimal fashion

block heel sandals

white on white minimal fashion

white on white minimal fashion

Easter Gift Guide for Young Children

Easter Gift Guide for Preschoolers

Assembling Easter baskets every year is one of my greatest delights as a parent! It’s like a mini version of Christmas, without all of the stress of wrapping and hiding gifts for months.  I just love planning matching baskets for my two girls, and I so look forward to their excitement as they discovered what’s inside. This year I chose matching books and dolls (with additional wardrobe changes) as the main basket fillers for Lucy and Juniper, and have made a conscious decision to mostly steer clear of the candy. They get enough of that from their grandparents, but they will find some jelly beans in addition to matchbox cars inside their plastic Easter eggs.

After posting a sneak peek of my girls’ Easter baskets on my Instagram stories, I had some interest in sharing my selections, so I thought I’d make a mini Easter gift guide! While I certainly don’t advocate going overboard with gifts at any time of year, especially at Easter, I do think if you’re going to give children something, why not make it a quality gift that will become a beloved toy, and not just something to be tossed away by Christmas?

G I F T   G U I D E :

1: Yamaha recorder
2: Wooden toy camera
3: Toy egg set
4: The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes
5: How To by Julie Morstad
6: Hazel Village doll romper
7: Hazel Village doll dance costume
8: Wooden collapsable animals
9: Today by Julie Morstad
10: Hazel Village bunny doll
11: Hazel Village fawn doll
12: Magnetic wooden block set
13: Knit crown
14: Montessori sandpaper numbers

 

DIY Tiered Tassel Earrings

DIY Tiered Tassel Earrings

Just as my wardrobe has become more minimal, my earrings have become… well, maximal! I have clear memories of feeling quite glamorous as a kiddo with pierced ears wearing my mother’s oversized earrings leftover from the ’80s. But then there was a span of about twenty years when, as my fashion sense developed, earrings felt a little too gaudy. Well, that is with the exception of my minimal silver hoop earring phase at the turn of the century. (They went well with my flared jeans and Abercrombie tees!)

Lately I’ve found myself surprised by my interest in the oversized earrings I’ve seen dangling on the ears of fashionable ladies all over the web. I decided I was ready for the earring revival, and I was going to jump in with both feet– and with a DIY take on the statement earring trend.

DIY Tiered Tassel Earrings

DIY Tiered Tassel Earrings

statement earring DIY

DIY Tiered Tassel Earrings

statement earring DIY

Step One: Remove the paper from one embroidery floss bundle and fold it in half. Use an approximately 12″ strand from the extra embroidery floss bundle to tie it tightly in the middle and the knot it.

Step Two: Cut through the loops at either end of the bundled floss.

DIY Tiered Tassel Earrings

Step Three: Pull the either end of the tied bundled downward and secure tightly as shown above with a strand from the extra embroidery floss bundle. I tied it once on one side, flipped it over and tied it again, then flipped it over and tied in a knot. 

DIY Tiered Tassel Earrings

Step Four: Use a darning needle to thread the two ends of the floss you just tied into the tassel and out the bottom.

Step Five: Give your tassel a haircut to make it even on the bottom and the size that you desire. You will need very sharp fabric scissors to do this well.

DIY Tiered Tassel Earrings

Repeat steps 1-5 until you have created 6 tassels as shown above.

DIY Tiered Tassel Earrings

Step Six: Arrange your tassels in two rows of three, making sure each row’s tassels are evenly sized compared to the row of tassels beside it. Use a darning needle to hide the top knot strands of the top two tassels in each row, trimming them to be the same length as the tassel. Leave only one strand untucked on the bottom tassel of each row, but tuck the other one in.

Step Seven: Use the remaining strand from the bottom tassel to connect the entire row of tassels. To do this, thread the strand through a darning needle and use the needle to guide the thread through the bottom of each tassel and up through the middle of the tassel’s top.

DIY Tiered Tassel Earrings

Step Eight: Knot the thread tightly around the eye of the ear wires, making sure to get the ear wire tight up against the top of the tassel. Then use the darning needle to hide the remaining strand of embroidery floss down into the tassels. Trim it to blend in nicely.

DIY Tiered Tassel Earrings

I was so excited about these earrings that I made two pairs right away– one in black yarn, then these in ecru embroidery floss. I wore them to church over the weekend (paired with a simple black shift dress and nude clogs) and had a lot of fun conversations about them, as you can imagine! I guess that’s why they’re called statement earrings– they practically require a reaction!

What do you think? Are you ready for the return of statement earrings, or are you happy to leave the trend in the annals of the ’80s?

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