Fabulous DIY

Gift giving is one of my most favorite things Ever!  I just love doing it, always have and I love getting gifts, well….when they are thoughtful.  If you’re going to Give, then make it good.  Just giving a gift is not good enough, make the gift count.  It doesn’t have to be expensive if the gift is special.  Here is one of the gifts I gave this year.

Start with this. . . .

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To make this . . . .

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I start with thinking about the person I’m giving this gift to…what is their style?  Funky, country, earthy, rock n roll, etc.  Keeping in mind your friends’ style and home decor while you shop for your frame.  Also, the photo must be fabulous. . .a photo that makes you smile because of what is happening, the place and the people.  Determine if the photo fits the frame well.  Don’t put a sleek looking black and white photo in a pine frame.  Do what makes sense.

Supplies you’ll need:  glitter glue, super glue, letter or words, accents and tons of rhinestones.

The process:  make sure you have some time on your hands, and don’t forget to start this project early to account for drying time.  I layout the larger items along the frame first.  The lettering may need spray painting, but if you buy pre-painted letters then you’re all set.   Super glue works the best to glue the rhinestones on and I alternate colors and sizes.  Once those are all down and dried, go back and fill in the left over spaces with glitter glue.  You may want to add smaller rhinestones in these smaller areas as well.  On a scale of DIY projects this one is pretty simple, yet so chic and awesome!

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Made the birthday girl H*A*P*P*Y ! ! ! ! !

Giving a thoughtful gift actually in turn gives back to the gift giver.  It’s very rewarding for someone to enjoy a DIY gift that you created yourself.  It can be as simple as a poem that you wrote and added in an embellished frame!  Or a hand drawn picture or you’re own art.  I love quotes, so why not frame an amazing quote in a beautiful complimentary embellished frame!  Go For It!  Think, Plan and Do!  Happy DIY-ing!

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Wardrobe Essentials this Fall into Winter

Every closet should be stocked with clothing staples and a few trendy items to ensure getting ready “made easy”, yet right.  You don’t have to be a hot mess and throw on those yoga pants, jeans, or slacks with whatever top you have.  If you have the right wardrobe essentials your outfits will look polished, sharp, smart and envy worthy.  If you follow these clothing tips with your wardrobe then getting dressed will be fun and easy.

Fall into Winter clothing & accessories to have in your wardrobe:

Staples: Long sleeve shirts in black, white or gray & 1 pop of color, Black leggings, Skinny Jeans, Skinny gold or silver belt, Black printed or solid scarf, Tall leather boots, Trench coat, Wool coat, White button down, LBD, Black skirt, Tights & Undergarments (thongs & push ups), Sweater vest, Black blazer, Basic sweaters in cream, black or gray, Denim shirt and make sure you have different socks (thick, wool, thin, high, ankle).

Trends: Leather Biker Jacket, Shoe booties, Black & white striped clothing, Floral on black, Plaid anything, Metallic finishes, Leopard or Animal prints, Pastel jackets & sweaters, Studs & Spikes, Leather or Pleather pants, Leather details on shirts, Pencil skirts, Faux or Fur coats, Chain link jewelry, Cutout clothing, Army clothing, Lace pieces, Heel booties, Over the knee boots, Velvet clothing.

Clothing Tip:  Keep your basics up to date-no fading, ironed & clean to wear all week and make sure you have plenty of clean undergarments and socks/tights on hand.  Keep your handbags and footwear wiped down and clean.  Jewelry should be organized and accessible to pile on.

How to wear your Basics and add your Trends:  Dress yourself mostly with your basics and add a trendy item or two.  Layering is the key to stylish dressing.  Decide if you’re in the mood to wear pencil skirt, black leggings or skinny jeans then decide what to wear on the top.  For example, if you go with a pencil skirt to be dressy, then go for a trendy blouse and decide if you’re going to layer your sweater vest, biker jacket, trench coat or black blazer on top.  Now figure out your shoes…try on your options in front of a long mirror.  Try the shoe booties, tall leather boots and heals to figure out which ones make the best looking outfit for the day.  Lastly, spice up your look with accessories and trends…scarfs, jewelry, belts and handbags.

Remember getting dressed is all about layering.  If your outfit isn’t right, then go back to your basic items and swap something out, for example if you’re wearing that pencil skirt and you like what it looks like, but is too dressy for the event your attending, then replace it for the back leggings or if really casual then put on your jeans.  Or if you just have to wear the pencil skirt but need a more casual look, wear a long sleeve basic shirt then either add a sweater or skip the sweater and layer your sweater vest, biker jacket or trench coat with your scarf.  If you have the right staples then making outfits is so easy.

My final advice on polishing your outfit for the day is to make sure your hair style and make up reflect and enhance your look.  You don’t have to have the perfect face, but if you’re going for a natural look make sure you have the right make up to correctly achieve this look.  With make up it all starts with the basics as well and layer to add different colors and make up trends to your look.  Really it’s the same concept!

If you’re closet is organized by color then getting dressed can be a breeze!

If you don’t have the time to make your closet work for you, I have a service that may work for you.

  D.Jacobsohn Designs ‘Closet Special’

Designed to meet with you once to get clothing completely under control.  We’ll clean out, clear up any clothing confusion and organize your closet.  By doing this you will not continue to feel frustrated with your wardrobe and spend extra money on any unnecessary clothing.

This is a 2 hour service and a Flat rate of $100.  Happy to create fundamental outfits + $75.  I can also create a digital portfolio of wardrobe essential to purchase on your own  + $75

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Picking a Paint Color 101

Picking the right paint color for a room isn’t as simple as you think it should be.  I’ve learned that a great paint color can enhance and transform your room into your happy place.  On the other hand, a bad paint color can just offend and almost repulse you the moment you enter the room.  Here are my tips on picking out the perfect paint color.

1.  Think about the feeling you’d like to have in your room.  Cool and calm, bright and energetic, soft and cozy, romantic, etc.  To assist you with this, check out decor magazines and collect photos of what you are drawn to.

2.  Decide if you need to work with existing furnishings or are you willing to change them out.  If you do need to work with a sofa or rug, best to use a color that will compliment these furnishings.

Now you are ready to pick up several paint swatches from the hardware store.  Bring them home and see how they feel in your room.  If you have other rooms butting up to the room, made sure the colors you like would enhance the other rooms as well.  I know it’s hard, but don’t give up now.  If these colors aren’t great, try again till you find a few that you think will work.

3.  Get the colors that you like (a few) made up into paint samples that you can try on your walls.  Pick up the cheap spongy brushes per can of paint.

4.  Take one color and carefully apply it on the wall in a few places.  One near natural sunlight, any build-ins or existing furnishings, near any other room colors and your flooring.  You may need to apply a couple of layers of paint to get the full color effect.  Take your second color and apply it next to or above your first color.  Keep doing this until you have all your colors applied.

5.  After your paint completely dries look at the colors around the room to see if one stands out for you.  Now you may find that you are drawn to one color but know it needs to be brighter or darker, etc.  Don’t settle, go back to the store with that paint swatch and see other colors that are close.  *Tip- some hardware stores, mostly the small independently owned stores will have color fans that they’ll loan you to take home.

6.  If you’ve found your color, or think you have make sure to check it out on your wall during different times of the day as the color will change as the light changes.  Also, see how it looks at night with your own lighting.

7.  Once you’ve spent a couple days trying out the paints and looking at how they feel in your room, you may have found the perfect wall color.  If so, make sure you buy your paint in the right finish.  Remember the finish will also change the look of the paint, especially Glossy.  I recommend going with an Eggshell finish.  Here is more information on paint finishes.

I know this seems like a lot to do to find your paint color, but this process really helps to not impulsively buy the wrong paint color.  I’ve done it before and if I can give you one tip…if you start painting and you say to yourself, “oohhh not feeling it…STOP painting”!  This will save you time.  If you follow my process, it will cost you some money upfront to buy samples, but it’s much cheaper than buying that gallon of paint that you’re gambling with…take your time and find the right color as you are the one who is going to be living with it for awhile.  Remember painting a room is the cheapest and easiest way to enhance any room, just make sure you’re enhancing it the right way.

In A Jumpsuit

The past couple of years I’ve worn a few jumpsuits, which I never thought they’d be my thing, but why not.  Especially when they give you the illusion that you appear taller, have a smaller butt and maybe thinner!  Of course it all depends on the right fabric of your jumpsuit and don’t forget you have to pick out one that plays up your assets.

DSC_1371Here is a vintage one I wore to my 1970’s birthday party.  The deep V neckline really help to add cleavage and show off your arms.

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Black is always slimming but what I love most about his suit is that the legs are wide making your butt look smaller.  It is also strapless.

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Here are some of the jumpsuits that I recommend.

Image 1 of JUMPSUIT WITH ELASTIC WAIST from Zara

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5th & Mercer Sleeveless Jumpsuit               5th & Mercer SHOPBOP
I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these jumpsuits.  All very flattering, stylish and cool.  You’d be sure to be the envy of any event you showed up in one of these!

Home layers

I love a home that has a lot of layers and accessories.  The best way to achieve this is to use various collectables, art, books, pictures, flowers, candles and vaces.   I find the areas in a  room I’m drawn to feel like they were layered at different times and items were accumulated over the years of the owners’ life.  The best way to ‘fake’ it is to buy items from unexpected places, such as tag sales, thrift stores, flea markets, auction houses, on line and don’t forget to revisit your own items hiding in that attic.  Most people like two colors, but I find more the better.  I’m drawn to an eclectic arrangement of unexpected items, textures and colors.  Which ever you enjoy, a couple colors or several, try different looks and items in your space as you never know what will happen, you just might like it!

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I love how neutral these accessories are in light grays and cream and work perfectly with this beautiful blue color shown in the handmade art and books.

The Enchanted Home: accessories arranging

Mostly white & lime with splashes of color.  The twigs brings nature into this traditional space.

A wooden desk decorated with books and sculptural home accessories

                          Layers of vintage items add so much interest to this space.

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Shelving is the perfect place to display your collections.
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I love how these accessories pop on the dark colored shelving.

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Whites and creams shine when layered together and pop with a dark background!

Cute shelves to organize in the bathroom.

I love the balance between functional and decorative accessories grouped together.

All white bookshelves and accessories give this sitting area a clean aesthetic.

White on white is so chic and so in control!

Edgy Style

When dressing yourself, I come from a place of “if you can wear clothes with an edge, then you should”.  Never hesitate when it comes to trying something on that you think may not work.  I’ve worked with clients who say they know it won’t look good on them and 9 time out of 10, their wrong.  Just try it!  Here are my inspirations when it comes to great style with an edge.  You can have a pretty basic outfit, but why not wear a boot instead of those go to flats, wear a trendy purse, bright lip color, or add a cape….just do something different!  By wearing clothing differently, you’re being stylish.  >wink<

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Cheers, let’s party

I love hosting a party, and even more so in the blooms of summer when everything is bright and sunny.  Hosting a garden party is my idea of girly perfection.  When I think of garden party I think of…..china, pink, flowers, cake, linens, doilies, refreshing drinks, colorful table covers, mason jars, freshly cut flowers, hanging lights, desserts, fruit and vintage anything!  Here are some of my inspirations.  Jealous? Then start planning now!

photos: pinterest