diy leather and metal statement earrings

diy statement earring |

hey party people, remember back when i talked about how totally boss those trending statement earrings look? well today i’m going to show you how you can make your own – at a fraction of the cost! as someone who almost exclusively wears earrings i love all of the options you can create with just a few supplies.



here’s what you’ll need:

  • leather scraps
  • thin gauge metal, similar
  • earring posts and backs, nickel-free for sensitive ears
  • variety jump rings
  • E6000 glue
  • templates (optional)
  • leather punch or crop-a-dile
  • pliers
  • embroidery thread, for optional tassels

the process is pretty simple, use a template or freehand draw shapes and cut them out. i used a thinner gauge metal which made it so easy to cut with scissors. use a leather punch or a crop-a-dile to then punch holes where you wanted to connect two shapes. play the sizes of jump rings for a different look! i used two sets of pliers to help pinch them together. i also added tassels on a few of mine for some more texture and color.

to attach the earring posts i used e6000 glue and let set for about an hour or so. just attach the backs and you’re done! it’s seriously so easy and you can make yourself tons of sets of earrings in a short amount of time. they could also make really cute gifts for your gal pals, galentine’s day is coming up ya know!

diy statement earring |

diy statement earring |

diy statement earring |

these ones give me a little bit of a bohemian cleopatra vibe

diy statement earring |

this brass hands one is my absolute favorite pair. they add just the right amount of quirk to your outfit!

diy statement earring |

diy statement earring |

what do you guys think? which earrings are your favorite?



pantone’s 2017 color of the year: greenery


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hello, friends! happy new year! i think like a lot of people i’m getting swept up by the winds of change. i joke about it ironically that it’s a new year, new me but truthfully i love the symbolism of turning the page of last year for something new and unknown. last year i wanted to be about the year of growth and i think that in many ways it was. this year i want to be the year of change. i want to adopt new habits (healthier ones, obviously) and i’m feeling the need to change something, new career? new location? i don’t know yet…but something is gonna happen this year!

i wanted to kick off the blog with a trend piece, something i haven’t done in a while. later last year, in the mix of all of the holiday swirl, pantone announced their 2017 color of the year, did you hear? it’s greenery! and i have to say i am a much bigger fan than i was of the pastels rose quartz and serenity. according to leatrice eiseman, the executive director of the pantone color institute, ‘greenery…provides us with the reassurance we year for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. satisfying our growing urge to rejuvenate and revitalize, greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”


via style by emily henderson

could that be any more perfect right now? greenery is symbolic of new beginnings and i think a lot of people, me included, really need that right now. this fresh and zesty yellow-green color is very versatile. add to a neutral palette for a splash of color or pair with other brights, deeper shades, pastels, or metallics.


greenery makes a great accent, especially against a pale blush and neutral backdrop, via vintage revivals


if you’re feeling bold paint some cabinetry and add gold hardware for some real drama in your space, via habitually chic


i love how fresh greenery could look in a boho-inspired bright space, just by adding a duvet cover, via sfgirlbybay


greenery of course looks great with…other greenery! add plants with the hue to add more texture and vibrancy, via apartment therapy


bring in greenery galore in your tables cape via the greenery queen, justina blakeney of the jungalow

what do you think of the color of the year? what are some of your favorite ways to bring it into your home?


diy christmas sweater collab with modest blondie blog


hey guys! i’m so stoked today to share a collab with my dear friend taylor, from modest blondie blog. taylor and i go way back – to high school, which is practically a bazillion years ago! she is literally the most stylish person i know and i’m still trying to get her to be my personal shopper and stylist. she started her modest fashion design blog about two years ago and has done an amazing job with it. i may totally be biased but i highly doubt you’ll disagree. she is a pro at shopping on a budget and has really great tips for dressing cutely and modestly for all different seasons and fashion trends.


i’m clearly the less awkward one in the group, haha just kidding! i think i’m posing as a tree. yeah, i’m not convinced either 😉

her and i decided to team up to create fun christmas sweaters to combine my absolute love for diy projects and her great style and fashion and sense. it was seriously the best time! you can get the full details over on her blog so go over there. now!

photography by J.Tate Design