April 30, 2012

DIY: Chevron Nails Tutorial

This is a pretty simple tutorial but it takes a lot of patience because you have to let the layers of polish dry.

Pinking Sheers
3 Polish Colors

Step 1: Cut tape into thing pieces. Place on skin to make the tape less sticky or use painters tape.
Step 2: Paint Base color of polish (that will be the middle chevron color)Allow to dry completely
Step 3: Put tape on the nail and paint the first top color
Step 4: Paint the base and final color. Allow to dry then remove the tape.

April 27, 2012

Twenty Four on the Twenty Sixth

Well yesterday was my official birthday! April 26th. I am now twenty four years old (time to go around updating my age all over the internet!!) and I'm waiting for adulthood to smack me in the face, which I guess it kind of has since graduating college. As a person who loves her birthday and treats it like a national holiday, it's been a good month of celebration. It's been an ongoing joke since college that I like to celebrate my birthday for the entire month of April, which is entirely excessive, but my birthday happens only one month out of the year so why not!

Kawtar took me out to a nice early dinner/late lunch at Uncommon Grounds. We had a super filling chicken chopped salad that had an amazing smoked sun-dried tomato dressing, avocado, cucumbers, blue cheese, and a house-made mutli-grain cracker. We also had sweet potato fries with goat cheese fondue. It was sooo yummy.

Kawtar got me these super cute boat shoes from Ralph Lauren. I've been eying gold Sperry's for a long long time and I'm so happy to have them!! They're super comfortable and fit true to size.

Outfit details:
Tribal Maxi Dress: Anthropologie - Gift from Amy <3
Denim Shirt: Target (last year) 
Kate Spade Purse: Gift from Amy and Jasmine ! 
Shoes: Payless (?)
Sunglasses: 1960's Vintage - From a consignor
Watch: Michael Kors Horn  

I ended the day with a shopping trip to Target. I tried on like 30 things and ended up with some high waisted shorts which I'll probably wear tomorrow for my thrifting day with Leilani...even though the weather is supposed to be terrible here.

Thank you everyone for all the happy birthday wishes!!! 

April 23, 2012

Weekend Edition

This weekend Leilani, The Thriftaholic, invited me to a preview of Randolph Street Market's Modern Vintage show. This was only my second time going to the show, the first being back in college before I started Zzouzi Vintage, and holy moly, it was packed with goodies! I don't think I've walked through a market and gasped more times. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly?) Leilani and I ended up being drawn to very similar things, large statement jewelry. I would have bought it all! Unfortunately my budget did not allow for crazy spending, but I did end up with some pretty pieces. 

I bought three1970's plastic bracelets in varying tones of coral, two rings, and a number of other pieces for my shop. Leilani ended up with an adorable blue floral Summer dress, a wooden square ring from Dethrose Vintage, and a bold silver rectangle ring from another vendor (?).

 Outfit Details: 
Denim Shirt: Target
1970's White Pleated Pants: Vintage - Thrifted
1970's Oversized Color Blocked Sweater: Borrowed from Kawtar
1970's Leather Bucket Bag: Vintage - Thrifted
1980's Scarf - Oscar De La Renta for Boy Scouts of America
Brown Braided Wedges: Target
Cheetah Bracelet: F21
Gold and Coral Bracelets: Vintage
Rings: Vintage
Watch: Michael Kors Horn
Necklace & Sunglasses: Target 

(holy accessories!!)

Adorable outtake! Doesn't the color of the door nicely compliment her outfit?

After four hours shopping, mingling, and photographing we were starving. We had a late brunch at Birchwood Kitchen in Bucktown. I had the croque madame (sans ham) with shiitake mushrooms, leeks, and dijon mustard which was wonderful. Leilani had their version of corned beef and hash which looked just as delicious. I think egg on top of anything is good. Yes, I'm one of those people.

It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. Photos of the market will be posted later on this week.

photographs by Leilani

April 20, 2012

Count Down to Cinco De Mayo Evening

Gwen and I traded jewelry! I got this sweet Z necklace from her and she picked one of my earrings. (You can kind of see it in the picture) 

Jennifer Smith of Puech Ikots

Gwen of Chloe's Window

Well yesterday I was involved in a small restaurant craft show with music, drinks, and food.! The night was full of dancing, singing, and delicious (free) cocktails -- perfect recipe for a great night! The sales were a bit slow, but the experience was great. There were four bands that played and the final performance was by Chicago School of Mexican dance and they were wonderful. My only disappointment was that they didn't bring up the audience to dance with them!

I got to spend a lot of time with Gwen, who I had met at the Etsy Meet and Greet a few months ago and realized we have a ton in common (she lives just down the street from me!) We were eyeing each other's pieces so we did a trade. I got an awesome Z necklace (for Zzouzi of course!) and she picked a long single sided feather and bead earring.

All and all it was a great chance for me to get some of my handmade stuff out there again and man am I tired today! The sale next week is on my birthday so I'm not sure if I'll do it or not. If you guy's are interested in being involved in this its a totally free event with tables provided. Contact Liz for more information!

Mexican Dancing School

April 19, 2012

Count Down to Cinco De Mayo

Tonight I will be involved in a fun little sale along with several other Chicago artist at
Real Tenochtitlan Restaurant from 7pm-11:30. I was planning on making some cute spring clips but I couldn't find any of the supplies I needed! It's so difficult to get good craft supplies in the city. Hopfully I'll make some hair clips for the next couple of sales. I ended up taking a chance and making some earrings. Well, let me just start of by saying I am not a jewelry maker and I've never really made any jewelry but how hard could it be with all my millinery background??!? Hah, turns out its pretty freakin' hard. Anyway, I went a simpler route and did some wire wrapped earrings. These will be for sale tonight along with some headbands and hair accessories. Let me know what you think!

April 17, 2012

Shop Update

I've been so busy this week that I haven't been able to update the shop as much as I would have liked. I photographed these new garments last week and I've only put up half of them, but I will put the rest up as soon as I can. April's always a chaotic month for me! I've been on the move non stop after work from cleaning my house to helping friends finish different projects.

I've also begun shooting the clothes on my back porch because the lighting is a million times better than in my apartment and they require little to no editing now (thankfully!)

 I'm also preparing for a small sale that Zzouzi Hats will be involved in this Thursday called Count down to Cinco de Mayo. I'll post more info about it tomorrow!


April 16, 2012

Party Photobooth

(I couldn't decide which outfit to buy for my birthday! I ended up buying both and wearing the right one)
Outfit Details:
Navy Blue Dress: Marshalls 
Coral and Gold Necklace: TJ Max
Color Blocked Shoes: G by Guess via DSW
Watch: Michael Kors Horn
Lipstick: Mac -Girl about Town  

Last week I celebrated my birthday very (20 days!) early during my visit to Maine. The photobooth and props I made were a blast to play with and things got a bit out of hand but it was all in good fun! Now to plan a Chicago bash..

April 12, 2012

DIY: Neon Necklace

Neon is such a big trend for Summer this year and I've been seeing a lot of really neat necklaces online that have been just a bit out of my budget so I thought I'd give it a shot and make my own!

A variety of different colored spray paint (Walmart has good colors!)
A necklace (I got mine from a thrift store for $3)
A drop cloth (fabric is better than a foam board) 

1. Lay out the part of the necklace you wish you spray 
2. Tape the part you don't want sprayed down
3. Put a light layer of spray paint on that part allow to dry for 10 min then add another layer if necessary (usually necessary).
4. Repeat step 2 and 3 with the other colors. 
5. Allow to dry over night. 

Tada! So simple and cute! 

Total cost: $15

I'm also eager to use the tape to create a design on different accessories (thick bangles, collar necklaces etc!) Let me know if you have any questions! If you do give it a shot post or email me a picture! I'd love to check them all out!

April 10, 2012

Spray Job

Supplies: Quick dry metal spray paint, a thick drop cloth or cardboard, item you wish you alter

Wash and dry item througholy 
Spay item with light layer at first (make sure you're spraying outside!!)
Continue to add layers every 10 minutes until desired color is reached. (since I used yellow it took quite a few coats) 
Let set over night to be safe.

I bought this pot rack two years ago when I first moved into my apartment and it's been in the same spot since. Originally I thought it had a nice antiqued look but since cleaning my kitchen Sunday I became aware of how drab it looked. I immediately wanted to buy new stuff for it, but I really cant afford to spend money on anything right now (trip expenses + car repairs bah). Instead I took the spray paint I bought for the DIY I'm posting later this week and gave it a nice coat of fresh paint and wow--what a difference it made! I really need to restrain myself from spray painting my entire house (which I should really avoid since spray paint is illigal in Chicago -- shh!)  Also please forgive the fact that I don't have a good "before" picture. I was halfway through the first layer of spray paint before I realized it. I was clearly too excited.

** this is not the real DIY of the week - I promise! ** 

April 9, 2012

Photography by Diego Campos

Diego Campos is a talented Chicago photographer with a young style. He contacted me to collaborate in a shoot that he was working on last weekend. Unluckily, I was supposed to be flying out to Maine the day he wanted to shoot, but he kindly offered to take and use my hat in the shoot anyway. I think the photographs look stunning. These were styled, edited, and shot by Diego. What a talent!


From my birthday party last Friday.

Well after some debate I've updated to Disqus for commenting. I think it's a lot easier to comment and keep up with comments this way...even though that means I've lost all of those lovely comment all left me over the past few months.

Well, I'm super exhausted. After getting home yesterday I proceeded to clean the kitchen (which took about three hours) and it really took it out of me. I spent the rest of the afternoon watching the first half of the 1st seasons of Desperate Housewives. I'll do a birthday party update later on this week..and I seem to remember that I have a DIY that I owe you guys. All to come this week!

April 8, 2012

Nail Art

I've been really into doing nail art recently. I've never really been into designs on nails until recently. I think I like the idea of having a tiny palette and trying to figure out how much I can fit on it. I bought these tiny brushes that I've been trying to figure out how to use..and I've got to say that I spend a little too much time decorating them.

If you guys want any tutorials on any of these just let me know!