Money in the Bank: A Metallic DIY Makeover

Hello Lovelies,

I’ve finally decided on my decor scheme for my dorm in the fall. I’m thinking dark blue and marigold with white, gold and silver accents. Sort of Parisian meets eclectic.  This is a huge leap from my grey and white with lavender, black and avocado scheme from last year and I’m on a budget.  Needless to say, I’ve got some major DIY-ing ahead of me.

I started today with transforming this little pot bank I got in middle school to something a little more grown up. It used to have a star handle on the cork top, but it came off ages ago.  I decided to paint the little pot silver and decorate the top with discarded broken jewelry and a few pretty buttons.

First I took off the lid and wrapped it in a plastic bag, I twisted the bottom so it would be pulled tight and wouldn’t cover the areas I’m trying to paint.



Then I dusted off the little pot and gave it two coats of  Krylon Indoor Silver Metallic spray paint. What I love about Krylon is it’s super fast drying. I waited about five minutes and it was done drying and I took it on inside and got out my handy dandy hot-glue gun.

Before I glued anything down I tried out a few different positions for the jewelry and planned out the best way to arrange and glue it. The topping is just a broken pearl american eagle necklace, a lonesome rose forever21 earring, one lonesome gold rose button, a raised disco-esque lone button and the heart pendants from another broken ae necklace. I’m considering monograming it, but I’m a bit worried about my shaky hands ruining it. :( All in all I’m smitten with the turnout, I wish I could get a better picture of the finished project.




High Low Hem Dress: Lulu’s
Powder Pink Structured Bag: Lulu’s
Peter Pan Collar Necklace: Forever21
Coral Espadrilles Wedges: Charlotte Russe
White Skinny Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters
Bandeau Blue Cut-Out Bikini top: H&M
Braided Back Bun!

So tonight I headed over to Chinatown to window shop and stumbled across a three story Forever 21 beside an H&M. Needless to say I was in heaven. So this got me inspired ( and also a little concerned, it was like seeing my paycheck disappear before I even got it ) to do a post on all the trends I’m loving right now. Sheer tops, chunky heels, and sixties inspired makeup are all rocking my socks right now, but here are a few trends that I just can’t get out of my head.

To start,  there’s something innately sexy about these high low hem dresses. I love the added sheerness of this one, and the peachy hue. Bun’s are usually my go-to on a bad hair day, but I absolutely adore this one simply for the sake of it. I’ve always been terrible at braiding, but this do makes me want to start practicing. These peter pan inspired collar necklaces have got me swooning. They’re so whimsical and sweet. I need. I’m a sucker for heels with ankle straps, so these coral espadrilles are right up my alley. As soon as I get the chance I’m gunna pick up some white skinny jeans like these. With a lightweight colorful top they just look so effortlessly cool. It doesn’t look like I’m going to be hitting the pool much this summer but this bandeau top  is so sweet, and to boot, it’s only five dollars, a steal if there ever was one! Lastly, I am in love wih these little structured bags right now. For one, they help me limit my load, I’ll have a hobo loaded down in two snaps if I’m not careful, so these help stick with only the essentials. And hey, look how cute!

So there ya have it, this is my gotta have it list. Tell me about your summer must haves!