Wednesday, December 5, 2012 DIY: DIY With Love Aesthetics – The Fast-Forward Clutch
DIY and cyber-minimalist rarely walk on the same side of the street, let alone share the road at all. This is what makes Ivania Carpio of Love Aesthetics a true standout: She’s not only the only one doing what she’s doing, she’s the best one at it anyway.
Her sensibility is clear and unwavering, weaving fantasy out of black-and white industrial starkness. For instance, her latest manicure—all-white with a stripe of metal, the latter provided from Christmas garland—or her new jewelry box—which was originally home to some chocolates.
She whipped up a special creation just for us: a shoulder bag/clutch made out of two VHS video cases.
For this project you’ll need to take a trip to a hardware store and your mom’s attic.
-Two VHS video cases (I used frosted ones)
-A pair of tiny bolts and nuts
-Copper parts used to attach pipes to a wall
-A strap from one of your other bags
Start off by ripping the plastic from the video cases. (Now you can check that off your list of things you always wanted to do but weren’t allowed to when you were a kid.)
Drill two holes in the middle of the two cases with a small metal drill. Also decide where you want to place the straps and drill holes to attach the copper hardware.
Screw on all the hardware; attach the two videotape cases together with two bolts in the middle, and add the rose gold copper parts on the sides.
Add a bag strap with clasps or sew on your own.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 DIY: Souped-Up Kicks
We’ve been seriously stepping up our sneaker game lately, and apparently we’re not the only ones. Since classic styles like Chucks, Vans, and even Docs are essentially a blank canvas, we love to make them stand out from the pack by adding DIY details – whether you’re into spikes, studs or hand-drawn doodles.
Don’t be afraid to get crazy and have fun with it – your one-of-a-kind kicks are sure to give you some major street cred. Before breaking out the spray paint and BeDazzler, here are some of our favorite DIY sneaks for inspiration.
Shop Our Favorite Sneakers
Lockness Spike Sneaker
London Platform Sneaker
Homg Stud Sneaker
Alexander Spiked Sneaker
Edea Spike Sneaker
Zomg Platform Sneaker
Verona Studded Sneaker
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 DIY: DIY Docs
Doc Martens have long been our go-to boots to rock with anything from sundresses to our favorite skinnies. The only way to improve upon perfection is to take things into your own hands. It’s time to break out the glue gun, spray paint, or tons of glitter to turn them into your dream boots. And if you can’t bear the thought of parting with your classic black Docs, just switch out the laces for a neon or graphic pair to make them stand out from the pack.