Destroyed Denim

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Current/Elliott Jeans: Marshalls $15 (also here)
Top: Target
Bag: Plato's Closet ($8)
BCBG Heels: Thrifted ($4)
Sunnies: Marshalls

I saw these jeans on clearance and thought they just oozed cool. Plus, the $15 price tag was amazing too! I paired them with a simple shirt and recently thrifted heels for a casual outfit-perfect for the hot weather.

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Instagram Lovin'

Monday, August 27, 2012

A little update via Instagram.
You can follow me @ FrancescaPenko

I have an obsession with floral pants.

Beautiful and delicious

Came home to these lovely flowers blooming in my backyard. 
And this is a little snapshot of my dining room :)

Wearing my mom's gorgeous ring for the day

Best combo ever: cotton candy ice-cream with raspberries


Sunday morning coffee date with my love

My little diva sister

Thrifted Marc Jacobs sandals- $4!

Coffee date w/ the lovely @gbarbalinardo

West Portal date!


Printed Maxi

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dress: Target ($8!)
Necklaces: Forever 21/So Good
Sandals: Ross

I recently purchased this maxi dress at Target for only $8! I decided to dress it up by layering gold necklaces and adding simple gladiator sandals for a chic and comfortable look. 

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Floral Jeans

Monday, August 20, 2012

Current/Elliott Jeans: Marshalls (also here)
Shelli Segal Blouse: Ebay (similar here and here)
Blazer: Love Culture (similar here)
Sandals: Thrifted ($3!) (similar here)
Bracelets: c/o Oia Jules / Macys


Today is my 1 year anniversary of blogging! I can't believe I've been doing this for a year. Crazy! Thank you so much for all the support, positive feedback, and love. It's been such a blast.

In celebration, I wore a festive summer ensemble: a sequin blouse, nude high heels, and beautiful floral jeans. I scored these sandals at the thrift store for only $3. I couldn't wait to put an outfit together with them and these floral pants by Current/Elliott were the perfect match!

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The winner of the Shabby Apple Giveaway is Jamie Hoeppner!

Congrats! I'll be emailing you soon.

DIY Statement Necklace Tutorial

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

DIY Beaded Statement Necklace

4 strands of beads of your choice. You may need to buy more if the strands are shorter
1 strand of iridescent beads (for the top)
Needle-nose pliers
Wire cutters
Toggle clasp 
Beading wire
Crimp Beads

Beading wire, crimp beads, and toggle clasp

Measure out the desired length of your necklace and add about an inch or two on each end, then cut four pieces with the same length.
I used about a foot and a half of wire for each strand.

 The beads I chose were glass and really heavy, so I decided to only put two strands in each crimp bead as opposed to using all four. 
I put two pieces of wire through the crimp bead and held it about an inch down. Then, I fed the wire through the end of the clasp then back through the crimp bead. 
Squeeze the crimp bead shut using the needle nose pliers. Repeat to the next two pieces of wire.

All four wires crimped and ready for beading.

Next, I beaded half of my iridescent beads on all four strands of wire, making sure to tuck in the wire on top near the crimp beads.  You can use whatever beads you like for this part, just make sure the hole in the bead is big enough for four strands of wire.

Then separate the wire and bead onto each individual strand.

 Position the beads however you like, then taking the other half of the iridescent beads, bead on all four wires again so it looks like the above picture. When you finish beading, add a crimp bead on two pieces of wire, feed it through the other end of the toggle clasp, back through the crimp bead, and squeeze. Repeat on the last pair of wire. Tuck the excess wire back into the iridescent beads or trim off.

A beautiful DIY statement necklace that you can make in under an hour. I spent about $30 because I chose pricier beads but you can go to your local craft store and find beads that are cheaper. The tools/materials cost under $5 and you will have enough for so many more jewelry pieces. 

Good luck and thank you for reading!

DIY Statement Necklace

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sweater: Target ($6)
Restyled Denim Shorts: Plato's Closet
Shelli Segal Wedges: Marshalls
Bag: Urban Outfitters
DIY Statement Necklace

I recently purchased this summery blouse for only $6. Not only was I drawn to the price tag but also the vibrant color and crocheted detailing on the neckline. I thought it needed a pretty statement necklace so I went to my local craft store and bought beads to compliment the blouse. It was such an easy project and only took about an hour! 

Thank you so much for reading and don't forget to enter my Shabby Apple Giveaway