Friday, December 30, 2011

Favorite Trends of 2011

We're only in 2011 for a couple more days! I thought I'd take the opportunity to make my last post of 2011 to reflect on the trends I've stuck to for the last year. I don't know if they'll change as drastically as they did previously, but I thought a look into my own personal style would help me reflect this time next year. So here it is, my top trends of 2011.

1: Brown leather

Last year, I was completely obsessed with leather. But this year, I just wasn't feeling all my black boots anymore, or any of my black leather for that matter. The only exception was my charcoal pleather jacket, which I'm still very fond of. I switched completely to brown leather for pretty much everything. There's just something natural about it that I fell in love with. It's just a softer look than black leather tends to be.

2: Fringe and Feathers

When I was a a little girl, my first movie theater movie ever was Pocahontas. She was the only princess that looked a little bit like me: dark hair, brown eyes, crazy tan. I think that sparked my love for fringe and feathers. But when I got older, that love died out. Over the summer, I found it again! I think this is definitely something that I'll carry into 2012 with me.

3: Oversized Sweaters

I bought my first Urban Outfitters item this year: it was the BDG grandpa cardigan. I fell in love with the piece, and instantly went hunting for more. That sweater has since shrunk in the laundry (you should have seen me. I was hysterical.) but I still love the look of a loose sweater. 

4: Native American Jewelry

I was always a turquoise fan. I had several pieces when I was a little girl, but around 4th grade I decided they were too grown up for me. So I gave them to my mother. Over the last year, I've been an eBay fiend for this jewelry, and have gathered a few amazing pieces. Recently my mother even gave me my turquoise jewelry back. I wear rings everyday, and many of them are this style. 

5: Floral Print

Bow down to the almighty floral print, for you are not worthy. I have become OBSESSED with floral over the last six months. I couldn't stop buying it, nor could I stop wearing it. Now that summer has died, most of my floral dresses have to be paired with heavy stockings and coats. But I'm still a floral fiend, even in winter. 

6: Raw Stone Jewelry

There's something mystical about straight stones. They're beautiful, and made that way through nature. It's just incredible. I love wearing raw stone jewelry, and I got two beautiful pieces for Christmas that I just haven't gotten around the pictures for. 

7: Long Hair

I had long hair when I was about 6. I mean it was to my waist. But when I was 12, I broke my finger in a door, and had a really hard time washing it. So I decided to shop it all off. It proceeded to get super curly, and super short. Last year I went off to college, and decided that going to a salon was just another expense I didn't want to put on my parents. So I started growing it. It's grown about 10 inches since I started, but with the curl, it's still just getting to my chest. (I straightened it the other day. It was insane.) Needless to say, I am having some extreme hair lust over these ladies. Hopefully by this time next year, my hair will be this long.

8: Oxfords

 I've gotten mega obsessed with these adorable little shoes over the past year. I own at least three pairs, in various colors, and wear them constantly. They match pretty much any garment, and they're so easy to take on and off. Not to mention how cute they make feet look. 

9: Native Print

Okay, can I just start by saying I want literally everything in these three pictures. Native American print is probably one of my absolute favorite things ever. It's a smidge hard to find though: at least it's hard to find inexpensive. Forever 21 just picked up the trend however, and they have some awesome pieces for under 40 dollars. 

10: Vintage Elements

I've always been a little old on the inside. I would go through my grandmother's jewelry cabinet and try on her old hats. I've been an antique store lurker, and a thrift store searcher. Small elements of vintage really tie outfits together for me. A couple of days ago I actually just found my favorite vintage sunglasses in the back of my cabinet. I thought I'd lost them somewhere in my dorm. I was so excited, it was crazy. 

There you have it! My favorite trends of the year. It'll be fun to reflect on this next year, to see how they've changed. Until next time, always remember, never surrender.

-Trina Belle

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

DIY Inspiration: Print+Vinyl Letters

I've been about 3/4 wall art crazy over the past week or two. My walls looked so barren. I wanted to cover them in insane amounts of decoration. I thought I was done. I did. But then I saw a 99 cent print of a wildflower landscape at Goodwill. Then, it struck me. I've been wanting to do this project from A Beautiful Mess ever since late September. I figure, I can fit it somewhere, right? 
If you'll click on the link, you'll see that hers is way different than mine: kind of inverted if you will. She painted over the canvas and then removed the letters. When I got done with step two, I liked it as is, and decided to leave the landscape intact. The lyrics are from A Fine Frenzy's song The Minnow and the Trout. (If you've ever googled the titles to my blog posts, you may notice that a fuck ton of them are from THIS band. I need more variety, but I'm on a bit of a kick right now.)
Until next time, shoot me with your rubber bullets. 
-Trina Belle

It's glowing with all the life you have left

 I know. I'm a one trick pony.The secret is that I can't actually pose any other way. Do you know how hard it is to type like this?
Kidding. (But not really)
This post is really just to prove that I still have a face, that my hair is ginormous, and to showcase my new sweater, which I'm really too excited about. Seriously, it's just a sweater. No one should be this enthused over a sweater. I don't know quite what to call it. I guess the closes thing would be batwing cropped? But who knows. It's warm though. Like cuddling up next to a large bear right before it eats you.
I've been neglecting the fashion part of this blog. I REALLY have. But whenever, someone else tries to take my picture, I end up with a herp derp face, and an awkward pose. Without fail. So i have to try and take my own picture. And that's really hard sans a tripod. But since this is the no whining club, I'll try my best.
Until next time, your words keep me warm.
-Trina Belle

Tale as Old as Time

This is the first of maybe 3 updates, so stick with me :)
Beauty and the Beast is a big deal in my life. It's always been a beautiful movie to me, but I'm not the big fan in my life: Samantha, my best friend and room mate, and Kayla, my great friend and first class hoe, are probably the biggest Beauty and the Beast freaks I've ever come into contact with. And who wouldn't be? Such a cute movie. I mean just look at that romance. 
 (Photoshop? What's that?)
For Christmas this year, I came to the sour realization that I couldn't afford to buy everyone pretty things. So I decided to make the presents I gave away. I wasn't finished with anyone's BY Christmas however. So for some, it's going to be more of a Christmas in July thing.
But I finally finished Kayla's Christmas/Birthday present. Since Samantha was painting the portrait of Prince Adam for her, I decided to make my own little Beauty and the Beast prop.

If you're Disney inept, or not recent on Beauty and the Beast, my model was below.
This is the enchanted rose/hourglass that the witch gave to Prince Adam when he called her an ugly tramp and told her to get off his property before he called the cops. Maybe I need to re watch the movie, just to get the direct dialogue. But you get the idea.
I really do love handmade gifts. Buying things for anyone, pre made or otherwise is always a sweet thought.
If you're wondering how I made this, it was way too easy to even make into a tutorial. You know those dome clocks from goodwill? I found one for 7 dollars, unscrewed the clock from the bottom, super glued petals on the base, glued the rose to in the base form another hole, and then super glued the dome to the base. If you can't find a dome clock, Hobby Lobby has some awesome little pedestals like this for a pretty low price too. My nice pink Rose came from Micheals. It's not a perfect depiction, but I'm please with how it came out.
Until next time, remove your decking form the halls. Seriously, take your lights down. 

- Trina Belle

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

I would wish you a Happy Holidays, but considering that today is Christmas, I'll start with that.
My family spends Christmas in Tanzi TN. If you've never been to Tanzi, then you should know, that there is nothing in Tanzi :) It's a very sleepy part of Tennessee, but it's tradition. I just wanted to add a couple of pictures from the trip, and hopefully help get you in the spirit of the impending New Year. I need to map my resolutions.

-Trina Belle

Thursday, December 22, 2011

DIY: Spray Shirt

I have way too much time on my hands. That should be pretty evident by how many times I post here a day. Whatever. A problem for another day! Because for now, it's DIY time :)
I've noticed of late that I'm having a hard time finding shirts I really like. My grandmother gave me an entire bag of clothes last summer, and I hadn't even done anything with any of them. I found this plain blue shirt in the bag, and had a sort of midnight too much caffeine for one day idea.
I'm usually not one for band T-shirts: I hate it when people sport them after hearing maybe two of the songs from the artists. But I recently found this Au Revoir Simone and fell in love. It's the subject of my little needle point! (see one post down) So like any compulsive, I went on youtube, found a playlist with 50 of their songs, and hit play. I must say, it was one of the most charming experiences I've had recently. I don't know if I've ever taken to a band so quickly. SO! With materials from my "Good Morning to You" painting (again, see one post down), I made my own little Au Revoir Simone homage. If you'd like something similar, this all you need :)

-Shirt of basic color/pattern
-Stencil letters. Mine are from Hobby Lobby. They were five dollars and I've already used them for three projects.
-Black spray paint. Go to Home Depot. They have the beautiful gift of 99 cent black and white spray paint. 

It's pretty easy from there! Just lay down your letters and spray :) Make sure you are, of course, doing this in a well ventilated area, where there is no way to stain anything important. Like, I don't know, outside.
I hope you have fun with the idea, and until next time, let the moon sweep down to meet you.

-Trina Belle

Then the moon elbowed the stars

My new apartment has given me reason to decorate. I decorated my dorm, but I had to share the room with my room mate. Now I have my OWN room, and can put all the tacky decorations up that I want. I just posted about my dream catcher fetish, so I figured I might show some of the other things from my room.

These two are recent finished products: I'm on winter break and kind of got stung with the creativity bug. Mostly out of boredom. I won't lie to myself. The word painting is from a promotional double canvas pack from Hobby Lobby. It was really inexpensive, and I was excited! I splattered a few colors on the canvases, and then used some word stencil letters and spray painted over them. They're still crooked, despite my best efforts to make them not crooked. I don't have a level, so the wall is kind of at my mercy.
The birdie painting I did just today! I had some left over matte board, and I needed something to go over my mirror, and love the cute little birds on a stick silhouette.
This is an older piece that I finished when we first moved into the new place. I saw a ton of these melted crayon art pieces floating around the internet, and decided my room needed some color and my hair dryer needed some abuse. This was a really easy one to make, but it was such a mess!!! I got colored wax all over my bathroom.
Last but not least, is my tiny song-lyric needlepoint. My thrift store has bags full of fabric, yarn, and other crafty stuff. This little needlepoint kit was in one of the bags I picked up. It was supposed to be a little candy cane for Christmas, and at first I thought about throwing it out. But then I thought I'd try some needlepointing. No, it's not a word. Don't hate. I found some Au Revoir Simone lyrics that I loved, and stitched them on. It's really small, but I like it a lot :)
Thanks so much for checking out a few of my decorations! I'll add some more later on. Until next time, let your house turn into paper cranes and watch it fly away.

-Trina Belle

How does one catch a dream?

I love dream catchers. Ever since I was little, I've always slept better with one above my head. I know, I know, it sounds corny. At least I know I'm corny. Anyway, I've recently moved into an apartment for college. By recently, I mean like, 6 months ago. Still, it's my first living space that isn't controlled by parents or college officials. Which means I get to decorate!! So when I found this AMAZING tutorial from Lune Vintage I was freaking thrilled. I love the cool kind of look that the doily gives to the traditional dream catcher. I had to try it out.
I did, and couldn't believe how much I loved the result. I had a really hard time finding the doilies, which I couldn't believe. I live on the TN/GA border. Isn't that supposed to be granny knit central? The doilies that I finally found came from my local thrift store. I got two like the one above, an they are HUGE. Probably about 10in across. The feathers on this one are all from a duck pond right next to my house. All naturally shed and what not. It looks so great in the room, and they really make me feel at home in this new place.
This one I just finished today!! The hoop was much smaller, so it was easier to wrap. But the doily was long ago part of some other decoration, an was probably brushed with some glue, because, holy crap. It is stiff as a board. It was too rainy today to get more feathers from the pond, so instead, I used an imitation eagle feather from hobby lobby. I made the tassels from left over yarn. (Tutorial here)
If you're a dream catcher freak like I am, try this!! It's actually super easy, an just takes a whole lot of time. They make beautiful wall art, and they're a great way to take up some empty space in a room without making it too cluttered. I still have three doilies to make into dream catchers, so I'll probably post more later.
Until next time, come see the vampires of New York.

-Trina Belle

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DIY: Stitched Clutch

Last post for today: I swear. Yesterday I went over to one of my favorite thrift spots, and picked up this adorable little purse. It was a mustardy yellow, kind of pleathery. I loved the purse, hated the strap: when it comes to straps, I want the drop down to my waist or not at all. This one  just barely fit over my shoulder. I decided to chop off the strap, and go with a chunky clutch. I had some left over yarn from another thrift haul, and I decided to stitch something on the bag. I pulled a little inspiration from this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess (another AMAZING blog, btw). But instead of a bud or leaf pattern, I went with more of a picture.
I decided on a pair of mounted antlers. I'm a bit antler obsessed this winter, and I thought this would be a perfect thing to stitch onto a clutch. And I must say, I'm smitten with the final product. If you're interested in having one of these yourself, stay tuned for the tutorial :)


-Thrifted or older clutch that you're okay with possibly messing up
-Embroidery needle with a large eye
-Thick thread in your chosen colors
-A picture for reference

After that it's pretty self explanatory. I did my design free hand, but if you're new to needle point then you may want to just tack a pattern onto your bag with a fine point pen or something. Also, if you're planning mounted deer antlers, make sure you mirror it on both sides so it doesn't look misshapen. Make your design as big or as small as you want! Don't feel boxed in by the antler idea: if it's not your thing, try a floral pattern or even a favorite saying. The possibilities are endless. I hope you try this tutorial out :)
Until next time, sometimes summer wears away
when we want to see the sky.

-Trina Belle

DIY Inspiration: Chevron Moccasins

I ADORE moccasin shoes. It is my opinion that they are the comfiest shoes ever. Not to mention, moccasins have so much potential. So when I saw this tutorial from Sincerely Kinsey, I fell completely in love. She painted the tops of old moccasins to re-ignite them a bit, and make them like new.
Above are moccasins that Kinsey restyled. My colors are a little bit different, and my design is not nearly as clean as hers is, considering that I had zero masking tape around.
I may try this tutorial again when I do have some masking tape at my disposal, but I do like how they turned out! My moccasins came from my local America's Thrift Store for 99 cents. These moccasins add a pop of color to any outfit, but make sure that if you choose to rock them that it's with more muted colors: if you pattern clash with these, don't say I didn't tell you that you'll end up on the people of wal mart site.
Until next time, remember: If we could all say we're sorry
Give up all awkward tomorrows
Finding nothing more to argue.
-Trina Belle

P.S.: Check out Sincerely Kinsey if you haven't already. Her blog is great :)

Tattoo lust

I've been a sheltered kid for most of my adolescence. When I got to college, I did my version of "going wild". I dyed the front portion of my hair pink and purple, got my nose pierced, and stretched my ears up to a six. I know. I am one crazy motor bike. All of the changes that I made over the last year were definitely changes that I wanted for myself, but after freshman year, I chilled out a lot. My style changed from a Rockabilly goth to an indie raga-muffin. I cut my side swept bangs to a straight cut, and got my hair back to it's original color. Now I'm growing it out, hopefully to my waist or so. But there's one type of rebellious body art that I still haven't participated in. Tattoos.
They've gone more mainstream, but they are definitely not for everyone. The two pictured above are hopefully two that I will get in the next year. I've always been hesitant to get something inked onto my body for life, but I have been thinking about these tattoos for quite a while. I used to want entire sleeves. But now, I want small, meaningful tattoos. The feathers are for my Cherokee heritage. In Native American lore, feathers are signs of honor and wild nature. It is protective against bad thoughts, as it knows which kinds to release and take in. That's why feathers are used on dream catchers: they know bad dreams from good. The anchor is something I've been considering for a long time. It doesn't mean anything specific to me, but I think it may have in a former existence.

The tattoo to the right is a small hummingbird, which I believe is on the shoulder. I love this tattoo on so many levels, because I love hummingbirds. I think they're so freaking cool to watch, because they don't fly: they vibrate. When we were in our old house, my mom used to always hang hummingbird feeders filled with sugar water. If you were lucky, you could sometimes see these strange little needle beaked creatures drinking hunger away. It was so cool. If I did get a hummingbird, I don't think I would do the back of the shoulder: maybe the front. The tattoo on the left is a small arrow tattoo. I love solid black arrows, and i love the idea of an inner finger tattoo. The arrow tattoo I'm pining after would most certainly be on my foot, on the very edge, pushed against my toes.
Do you have tattoos? Share! What's the meaning? Where are they? Did it hurt like hell?
Until next time, remember: I love you like a starfish loves the salty water
Like a selfish daughter.
-Trina Belle