How I turned a pair of old jeans and craft store flowers into a show stopper

My work holiday party was coming up and I knew that I had to have one of the best looks, since I work in fashion. I was brainstorming what I wanted, and I stumbled upon the thought of 3D floral pieces. I looked all over ASOS trying to find 3D floral embellishments and there was nothing I liked. NOTHING. Not to mention they wanted $200+ for their cute occasion wear.

It’s no surprise to the people who know me, that I’m obsessed with Red Hot Chili Peppers and there are these pants that flea used to wear when they played shows that I’ve always admired.

Talk about some cool pants. I decided that I was going to make these pants but with flowers. I hit up dollar tree and Joann’s and purchased so many flowers, they probably thought I was planning a wedding. I don’t know how to use a sewing machine.. I only know how to use a needle and thread and this definitely made my work 10x longer, but 9 hours and an anxiety attack later, I had exactly what I had envisioned.

The perfect floral pants!! Now, these may look pretty on the outside, but it’s a thread MESS on the inside. I’m not a fashion designer and I didn’t go to school for fashion, I’m just a gal with crazy ideas. They were made with love and I was so excited to wear them and show my staff!

Here are a few pictures from the holiday party and the official debut of the pants.

Unfortunately my pants slowly lost a total of 6 flowers throughout the night.

Outfit details:

Shoes: Target

Bodysuit: Buffalo Exchange

Pants: Good American with my floral touch

Living my best life,

Arizona

Buffalo find of the week: 8-20

I plan to post my favorite find from Buffalo Exchange each week. I don’t have a set day, since something wonderful comes into Buffalo daily, but I will do my best to be consistent. I’m excited for this section of my blog because when I find something cool, I am OBSESSED. I hope you all get excited and love the things I find as well.

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This week I found this amazing handmade blouse that reminds me of worry dolls, which are most common in hispanic families. These little dolls originated in Guatemala and are often given to children. The legend has it, that if something is worrying you, you tell the doll your worry and the doll then absorbs your worry so you won’t have to worry about it anymore. Each doll will only hold one worry, which is why you usually have many dolls. My Mom always gave me these as a kid and I have been infatuated with them ever since. They are a nostalgic piece of my childhood that I want to keep forever. I actually collect them and have
too many.

 

IMG_3379I wish there was some kind of label within the garment but all that remains is a ton of thread that has been carefully knotted in order to hold all the thread together. Another piece I picked up this week was this adorable purse. The purse is made of recycled saris from India, which I think is kind of the coolest thing ever. I love a good straw beach bag and it definitely helps that they’re the bag of summer. I definitely find myself planning an outfit around a bag sometimes. I love the vibrant colors and the amount of stuff I can fit in this bag, you could call it a Mary Poppins bag for sure.

 

 

Hope you guys found these items to die for! Im currently in a transitional phase in my style and these items are def nailing the idea. Stay tuned for more of my fav pieces!

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All photos were taken on a Cannon Rebel T3I by Heather Evangelista

Catch you guys tomorrow on a new post!

Living my best life,

Arizona

Hotter Than Hell: I wish..

It’s summer in Seattle, but it’s still cloudy and gloomy. This is both a curse and a blessing. Im thankful for the low temperatures because it is easy to layer and throw on that statement jacket that completes your outfit. You can take an outfit from casual to chic with just a few details. I want to share my go to pieces that can elevate your outfit in an instant.

First off, when getting ready in the morning, I try to pick one statement piece that I want my outfit to highlight and revolve. In this case it was this super cute Brandy Melville “Hotter than Hell” tee. The tee has a cute bubbly 70’s font, and if you didn’t know, the 70’s and 90’s are in full effect in fashion right now. The tee is pretty basic, so it was easy to style around.

I grabbed my favorite pair of Good American jeans, which have 6 grommets on the bottom and an option to lace a bow through. I decided to remove the bow so it wouldn’t be too busy in the ankle area. Now, if you haven’t tried on a pair of Good American’s, you are missing out. Khloe Kardashian nailed the fit of curvy women, being that she is a curvy gal herself. I always struggle to find jeans that fit my body since I have a small waist and a huge butt. The key to a dreamy pair of denim is all in the spandex content! Good American can retail from $100- $200, but check your local Nordstrom Rack and trust me you’ll find a pair for under $50.

My shoes are studded white booties by Dolce Vita. I love these shoes because they’re business in the front, party in the back. A classic pair of white shoes always make an outfit look chic.

This jacket is by Free People and let me tell you, it is a dream! I love the oversized fit and FP definitely knows how to make a boxy fit. It is in a baby pink (millennial pink) color and if I could make my whole wardrobe this color, I would! The details on the jacket were definitely a selling point. I love how its in a moto style but canvas material, leather can definitely weigh you down. Are you dying over the lace up sides?

Now, once you have your basics together, the accessories are key to making a look, A LOOK. I started out with this DOLLSKILL hat that is subtle yet fun. The moons rotating around it, give it character. I love throwing on a hat, especially when my hair is frizzy because of all the moisture in the air. I decided to throw on all my statement rings, I love a good turquoise! If you have the bling, flaunt it. I’ve collected all these rings second hand from consignment stores. Sterling silver and any stones can get pricy at full retail, but if you have a Buffalo Exchange around you, check the jewelry case! They are always stacked with good rings. My favorite thing to wear with almost every outfit is a good ascot. I rarely leave the house without a handkerchief/ scarf around my neck. The one I’m wearing in the photo I stole from my dad and is just a basic black bandana. Tan from Queer Eye would agree that tying an ascot around your neck elevates a look. Lastly, to tie this southwestern vibe together I grabbed my favorite cow hide and pony hair bag. This bag is by Primecut in Portland, they are ethically made and hand dye all their shearling themselves. They just recently got picked up by a huge retailer, so they may have a small selection at Anthropologie. It is always important to support a small business first, before heading to the masses.

All these photos were shot by a dear friend and wonderful photographer Karya Schanilec in Wallingford, Seattle.

Living my best life,

Arizona