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Eco Fashion: The Home Decor Edition

With a few sheets, you could have a beautifully decorated living room

If you’re anything like me, you want everything you own to be pretty, fashionable and chic–including your living space!
This week, I’m giving you a few tips and tricks on how to make your home, apartment or just your bedroom even more eco-fashion centric.
For starters, decorative pillows are extremely expensive. Instead of buying $37.00 Dwell Studio Pillows from Target, you can make your own functional pillow. Plus, you can coordinate even more since sheets come in all sorts of funky cool colors and patterns. And with the same sheet, you can make your own curtains and window dressings. All for under $40 bucks. That’s less than the cost of one designer pillow.

What you Need:
2 Throw Pillows (any color, you’ll be doubling the fabric so you won’t see whats underneath. Stay away from patterns though)

1 Sheets set (pillow case, fitted and loose)

*depending on how many windows you are covering and how big they are, this may change

Sewing Machine

Tape Measure

I won’t go into every detail but essentially, you’ll use the pillow cases for the throw pillows and the sheets for the window coverings. If you’re not good with a sewing machine, go to your nearest Michaels, Dry Cleaners or Seamstress (Check out the yellow pages to find those),give them your measurements and cough up about $15. That’s still cheaper than custom window coverings from a fancy home decor place.

And what about covering your walls?

the cardboard poster on either side of the bottle usually change every season, and all the department stores usually throw them away....unless someone wants them

There are endless, cheap solutions. You can head to your local department store and ask them if they have any post seasonal decorations in the back. Chances are, they do. I work at Macy’s and Perfume Pop Art is the first thing you see when you walk into my abode.And for a uniform, clean look, go to your favorite home store (for me it’s Target) and check their clearance kitchen items. You’ll see some plate chargers (they look like giant plates). Grab 4 of them. Then head to the craft store and grab some cool stamps and an ink pad. Stamp each charger with the same symbol and hang in a uniform location. At my house, they are surrounding the decorative mirror that serves as the center focal point of our living room.

These will make awesome additions to any space.

Finally, If you have a favorite pair of pajama pants or a really cool graphic tee that you can’t fit anymore or that shrunk in the dryer, those make awesome room decorators as well. Depending on how big the shirt is or how much fabric you have you can make pillows or frame the fabric for a cool work of art that is unique to your space.

Curious Doodles, a blog dedicated to DIY, shows you how below.

Last but not least, the most unexpected things can be used to decorate your room and chances are, they’re already in your room.


Ribbons and Headbands and Clips, Oh My!

Old bracelets, ribbons, headbands, fashion magazines, postcards and even feather’d hair clips can be used to pull back curtains, decorate your walls and add life to your space. I even have an old wine bottle that I use for a vase.

Now Go! Be Creative!

-Jasmin

Your (Re)Cylclist

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It’s Halloween! Get Ready for Simon Doonan–On CLEARANCE! (and other simple, re-imaginable costume ideas)

It’s the night before Halloween, and all through the house, not a costume was chosen…no candy was out.

If you have tons of money, you could go buy these peices...or you could make your own πŸ™‚

What are you going to do?? Halloween is literally right around the corner and with most parties taking place the weekend before, you have to have SOMETHING ready before friday….Here are some ideas.
So what happens when the Minneapolis-based retail chain β€” the second largest discount retailer in the world β€” and the face of Barneys New York unite? What about the most chic Halloween costumes ever? Last year, Doonan introduced a series of costumes for the entire family (even the family dog) that are just as fashionable as they are occasion-appropriate.
The line, which hit stores Sept. 12, 2010 had a variety of inspirations and features 14 signature costumes. The costumes range from spins on the traditional threads, such as diva witch and A-list celebrity, to more imaginative costumes such as giant candy corn (Candace Corn) and spaghetti. Perhaps the most obviously chic costume is the glamour ghost, a large sheet-like hooded dress with the words “trick or trend” stylishly printed on the front. Doonan’s clever ideas are a twist on the popular and stylish interpretation of the fame-obsessed society we live in.
Halloween is probably the only day you can wear anything and essentially go crazy. Platforms, fishnets, pink wigs, body glitter β€” the whole nine yards. Anyone can throw in a Bumpit, bathe in tinted moisturizer, overdo the eye make-up and be Snookie for Halloween. But not just any girl can pull off a stylish plate of spaghetti or a glowing piece of candy corn.

Check out this link to find out what’s left:

http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=simon+doonan&category=0|All|matchallany|all+categoriesΒ  Plus, since the attire is now on clearance, you can grab several different pieces of each look and make it your own.
Not into cookie cutter costumes?
Try Urban Outfitters Online. They carry a few trinkets, headbands, hats and glasses, funky tees. If styled correctly (with things you already own), they can pass as the minimalist’s perfect costume. My favorite? A headband with giant pink bunny ears. Throw on one of grams old sweaters and you’re a fuzzy bunny. Throw on a sexy leotard and your a playboy bunny. Cliche? Yes. Easy? Mos Def.

Got a bunch of Hyvee bags in your kitchen and some tape? Be the Paper Bag Princess.

Here’s my favorite!
If you’ve ever lived in a dorm, you have a dry erase board. All you need are some angel wings (you can get them as cheap as $15 since you don’t necessarily need grown up wings).Get an old, plain shirt, take it to a T-Shirt Screening place (Acme, Flying Cow) and get the Twitter logo on it. You are now TWITTER.

**if all else fails, either go get a masquerade mask orΒ  go grab a cute Halloween T from Target–they are simple, cost less than $20 bucks and they say things like “I’m a ghost. BOO!” or “I’m a celebrity”. Corny but cute.

Happy Halloween to all, and to all and fun (safe, sexy, exciting) night!
-Jasmin
Your (Re)Cylclist
and Costume Designer πŸ˜‰
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