Destroyed Knee Denim Tutorial

Slouchy Sweater | Destroyed Denim
Destroyed Denim Slouchy sweater | IHODPre-fall basics |

With every dark pair of denim, I wear out the knees first. They fade over time, and sit in a stack in my closet. Well, I chuckle a little over the destroyed knee denim look taking over, and the amount that you can purchase them for. Really, why dish out a couple hundred when you can upcycle a pair you already own? Sharing my method for successful torn denim on the eHow style blog:) P.S. Had to do some research at Jeni’s ice cream so I willingly obliged to taste testing the Brambleberry crunch…

Outfit One: Slouchy Sweater: Old Navy (ordered two sizes up) // Necklaces: The Giving Keys, Gold and Gray c/o // Denim: Upcycled Madewell (similar) // Nude Pumps ShoeMint c/o (similar)

Outfit Two: Utility Vest: Shop Ruche (similar) // Denim: Upcycled // Flats: similar here or here // Tank: Upcycled lace shirt (similar) // Necklace: The Giving Keys // Tote: Wink & Winn c/o (similar)

All photos by Chelsey Heidorn Photography

Make: Transparent Clutch

Make your own transparent clutch Hey friends! Hope you had the best weekend! I have so much fun content to share with you all over the next few weeks but I just have to find the time to do so! Summer is supposed to be low key right? Someone teach me how to relax! :)

Head on over to eHow for the step by step instructs to make this easy peasy DIY Transparent Clutch. Make one for your ipad too!

Also, I shared a fun geometric manicure you can do on your own. It’s a favorite of mine and takes only 5 minutes to do.

x, Anna

Make: Essential Oil Laundry Detergent

Make your own essential oil laundry detergent via IHOD Make your own essential oil laundry detergent! I have been trying to find ways to integrate essential oils into our lifestyle more since there are hundreds of benefits from them. I was already using this detergent recipe (which literally comes out to 1 cent per load!).  I added a few essential oils to enhance the smell but also reap the health benefits. Have you all seen Lindsay Coletta’s work yet?

She is an all star when it comes to floral design and she styled this shoot for me! And you might be able to guess by how beautiful these photos turned out that the photography is by Haley Sheffield. My dream team! 

Lavender or Lemon Essential Oil
Balance Essential Oil blend
1/2 c. Borax
1 Bar Soap (I use Fels-Naptha or Ivory)
1 c. Baking Soda
5 Gallon Bucket
To use as gifts, head to Hobby Lobby in the bottle section for those pictured above! You can add some lemons and flowers to complete a gift basket:)

Instructions: There are several versions  for the base detergent on the web, but this is what I have found most successful.
1) Grate your entire bar of soap with a cheese grater.
2) Boil a teapot of water and add 5 cups to a pan. Add your grated soap bar. Stir over medium with a wooden spoon until fully melted.
3) Fill your 5 gallon bucket with hot water and stir in the borax, baking soda, and soap mixture till dissolved. Use a giant ladel or spoon to stir.
4) Add in several drops of each essential oil you choose to use. This will enhance the smell and benefit stress and anxiety relief!
5) Fill the rest of the bucket with cold water and stir again. Cover and let sit overnight.
6) In the morning you will have a gel type liquid. You may need to stir it up before you use each time.

Hope this is useful for you all! If you have any questions I will try to answer them in the comment section so everyone can see if they have the same questions:)

Happy weekend!
x, Anna

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