DIY Thigh Highs

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We’re already mega obsessed with Studio Production Assistant Linda Park’s playful style, so when sought out a DIY mastermind to take our traditional fall accessories to the next level, we knew exactly who to call. A cozy knit thigh high has always been our go-to cold weather staple, but Linda found a killer way to kick them up a notch—with embroidery! “I’ve always been into crafty things like knitting and started embroidering less than a year ago. I’m not naturally gifted in drawing or painting so embroidering is sort of my alternative to that—all you really need is patience.” We think we can manage that.

(All photos by Felisha Tolentino)

WAHHHHHHH’s Sharmadean Reid

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Sharmadean Reid knows a good thing when she sees one. The London-based stylist and businesswoman has a habit of spotting (and even starting) trends early, from Nike pool slides to tie-dye Proenza Schouler tees. Back in 2008 she was one of the first people to bring fashion-forward nail art to the mainstream in the form of her hip London salon WAH Nails, and she’s been spreading the WAH way of life ever since. In her new book The WAH Nails Book of Downtown Girls, Sharma lifts the lid on her unique brand of style and success with a little help from a worldwide crew of girls. Our contributor Phoebe Lovatt spoke to her to find out more.

Cut It Out

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If there are two things in this  life that we love, it is clear vinyl and a good sweatshirt (and beaches and pizza and boys, but you get the point…).  So we got some of our craftiest Nasty Gals to show us how a little plastic and some basic cut-and-sew skills can bring new life to a favorite sweatshirt.

Saga’s Sweetness: 4th of July

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It’s all red, white and blueberries at Nasty Gal HQ. Our assistant vintage buyer (and resident pastry chef) Saga is known for whipping up gorgeous and insanely tasty treats, so we asked her to make something that’s as pretty as it is patriotic. Bonus: This is super easy and will earn you way more accolades than a boring old pan of brownies. Now bring on the BBQs!

Photographs by Felisha Tolentino

The Baby Bun

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If you’ve ever tried to find a middle ground between a full bun and letting your hair fall naturally, look no further. We got Ashlee Rose to walk us through creating The Baby Bun. It’s a sort of sleek, sort of messy hairdo that’s still subtle, but done-up enough to show that hey, you did put some effort in today.

DIY Crayon Lipstick

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We decided to make crayon lipstick because we thought it looked like fun. But in light of recent news that traditional lipstick contains lots of scary stuff, it turns out that it’s pretty practical too! Crayons are totally non-toxic and made to be safe enough for kindergarteners to munch on, and all the other ingredients are food-grade, so perfectly okay to put on your lips. Try this out, and you’re guaranteed to be the brightest crayon in the box…er, room.

Island Punk Eyeliner

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For Chanel’s 2014 Resort show in Singapore, makeup artist Peter Phillips created this two-toned black and turquoise cat-eye that, in our minds, evoked equal parts hell-raising pirate and tranquil turquoise seas. We thought it was the perfect punk-yet-still-pretty look for summer, so we got our own makeup artist, Stacey Nishimoto, to recreate it on Sophia. According to Stacey, the end goal is a clean top, and blended bottom—an architectural black line softened by a blue haze. Here are her steps!

Bathing Beauties

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We’re not really the full-layer-of-makeup-on-the-beach type, but we can still admit that getting that perfect beach babe look isn’t as easy—or nearly as effortless—as it seems. Dewy (but not greasy) skin, salty (but not briny) hair and the ever-prescient threat of sunburn—the whole thing’s a bit precarious. And while our newly in-stock collection of bright zinc sunblock can spare you from the latter, we had to call in the big guns, that’s Bumble and bumble’s Jordan M, to tell us a thing or two about perfect beach hair. We grabbed photographer Brandon Harman and fav Kiwi blogger Ponyhunter and hop, skip, jumped over to Santa Monica to show you what’s what. All together, we’ve got you covered, whether you’ve spent the day surfing the waves… or the Internet.

P.S. I Made This… For You

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We maintain a hard and fast rule when it comes to looking exactly like every other person at a party: Just say no. And while, yes, a pricey and perfect vintage number does get the job done, sometimes the best way to ensure you’re the biggest stunner in the room is to take matters into your own hands. That’s why we turned to the Internet’s veritable DIY czarina, PS I Made This‘ Erica Domesek, who worked her magic on our already awesome In The Cut Dress to create this perfectly out there look for prom—or any other occasion. Then, because we can’t let things alone, we put her through a lightning round of  This or That.