Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Trend: Overalls

For some reason last week, I had an overwhelming need to buy overalls. I took the internet to find some. I was about to spend upwards of $70 or more on this trend but I did find a pair from the 90's for $20 on eBay. And with a few quick alternations with the sewing machine, I made myself a pretty fun piece!



Overalls: eBay, Top: Thrifted, Shoe: Forever 21

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Monogram Key Chain - DIY

Years ago, my mom brought me a key chain back from one of her trips aboard and it has been on my keys ever since. At some point, the plastic got old and the design fell out. So I took this as an opportunity to DIY! 

Using painter's tape and a sharper I created my design. I went with a monogram theme. The letter F from my last name. Using a small pair of scissors I cut out my letter to create a stencil. 

 I covered the rest of the key chain with tape and spray painted the letter. (regular paint would have worked better but all I had was spray paint)

After letting it dry, I cleaned up the edges using a toothpick and Q-tip. Then sealed the design with clear nail polish.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.

Amanda and I started this journey together two years ago as a way to escape our all consuming physical therapist assistant school world. A place where function was more important than fashion; where safety, rules and reason dictated every action because this is healthcare and other peoples' lives were in our hands. But we were two creative souls who hated our khaki pants and longed for a reason to wear red lipstick and blousy tops from the 70's. This blog became our platform to talk about life beyond the textbooks. We got to step outside our academic bubble to be the selves that got to paint their nails, wear high heels and talk endlessly about the things we loved. And for a while it was really fun but things changed.
 Life took over, we graduated, Amanda moved to California and making time for the blog just got harder to do. I did my best to stay in it but it just wasn't the same without Amanda's regular presence on the blog. Last spring, I revamped the site to breath some new life in but it wasn't enough. I found posting to be more of a chore than a joy. I started to second guess myself and questioned whether I had anything interesting to say. My life just didn't feel exciting enough to blog about so I wrote just to fill a page. I love the blog world and still really wanted to be apart of it so I kept posting, kept hoping that it would get better. That I would feel that connection between me and the readers again but it was gone. Around Christmas after another failed attempt to blog consistently, I stopped trying. I figured I was better as a reader than as a blogger so it all went silent: the blog, twitter, instagram and even pinterest. It was nice not feeling guilty about not posting or worrying whether my outfit was good enough because I wasn't photographing it so what did it matter. There was a freedom in no longer comparing myself and my site against other people. I wasn't trapped in my own self inflicted spinal of doubt anymore. Yet, I missed it too. From time to time I would check the traffic stats and read comments.
 I got busy with work, other projects like my etsy shop and even started going to the gym more. But in the back of my mind, I was still thinking about the blog. Should I delete it? Keep it? or just let it fade away? None of those choices seemed right. I didn't want to delete all time and work that went into the site but I just couldn't let it fade away either. Though the blog as it stands right now felt forced and fake. I wasn't having fun anymore and it showed. So after lots of thinking, I have decided to make some changes to the blog. It will still be called The Blonde Squad, it's still a life and style blog, I'll still thrift and show my style (just not as much). I want to focus on my creativity. I want to share more DIY's and the projects that I've been working on. I want the heart of the blog to be about what I'm doing as the creative person. So thanks for sticking with me and reading this super long post. I hope you come back and check up on my little blog as I move forward.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Black, White and Grey All Over: Day 18

Right now, I'm all about the color grey. And nothing goes better with it than a little black and a little white.

 I'm just really into the neutrals this winter and my coral lipstick is as bright as I'm getting these days.

Legging: F21, Boots: D.S.W, Jacket: Thrifted, Sweater: Miroa, Tank: Etiquette, Necklace: Thrifted, Ring: Gift, Headband: Gift, Lipstick: Rimmel London Kate #109


Monday, December 16, 2013

Dance Show Outfit: Day 16

It was the winter show for the dance program I work for this past Saturday. My challenge when getting dress for dance performances is looking like a teacher. So often because I'm short and have a baby face, many people assume I'm a student. That's always an awkward moment when I have to explained that I'm actually an adult. But that's part of fun of being short, right? Ok, maybe not.

Most of the time when I try to look more grown up, I wear heels but that doesn't really work when running around back stage with a bunch of kids. So I went with all black cause nothing says I belong in a theater more than that.

Sweater: J.C. Penney, Dress: H&M, Shoes: Juicy Couture via Goodwill, Necklace: Gift, Ring: Vintage Costume


Saturday, December 14, 2013

It's A Busy Saturday: Day 14

It's been a busy day between the winter dance show and the babysitting I'm doing later tonight. I'm having my full of kids today which is super fun. It's so cute watching all the little kids getting excited about performing for the first time. The day is filled with lots of running around for the teachers but it makes for a really fun day for the families. Even though I'm busy, I got to keep up with my blogmas goal so I'm sharing my favorite photo from my instagram this week!

This is Vera, my sister cat who lets you do just about anything to her including making her wear a necklace.


Friday, December 13, 2013

DIY Holly Crowns: Day 13

I know most people don't need holly leaves crowns but as a dance teacher who needs to come up with new costume ideas on the cheap, I find myself making some funny things . Last spring it was fairy wings for one class and horns for another. And for this year's winter show, it's holly crowns for my beginner class!

I cut off some branches from the holly plant in my backyard and placed them in some water with soap. A tip my grandma told me to help keep the plant from drying out too quickly. 

I made a base from three pieces of wire that I braided together. Then I cut off smaller pieces of holly and attached the whole thing together using floral tape. (I also cut off all the pointy ends, which is very time consuming but as these are going to be on children's heads, I didn't want anyone to get hurt. And no matter how many times you tell them not to touch their heads, god knows someone will.)

I decided to only put leaves towards the front: 1. to make it easier on me. 2. to make them easy to bobby pin them in their hair. 3. I didn't want to over do it. I was going for cute not crazy! I finished the back half of the crown with some green ribbon. 

And here are my finished product! Hopefully the kids will like them!

I think this idea would also work great on a smaller scale to make festive napkin rings for a holiday dinner!