ContestsName the Dress Contest #197

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Winning Dress Name: Stuns in Roses

Winner: Danielle

DIYDIY Mini Dress to Top Refashion with Merrick’s Art!

If you’re feeling crafty and need some inspiration, there’s no better source than Merrick of Merrick’s Art. That’s why we are so excited to team up with her for this fab fashion DIY! Tired of your old shift dresses? Transform them with this easy mini dress to top refashion! It’s the perfect way to re-purpose your old frocks for a look that’s fresh and fab! See below for the full tutorial!

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As you might know, I don’t wear mini dresses. So when I’m shopping, it’s majorly annoying to find and fall in love with a mini dress in a gorgeous pattern or color, cause throwing on a pair of leggings underneath it totally changes the look for me, and not usually in a good way. 

So I was thinking about this annoying situation a few weeks ago, and then I ran across this pin that I’d pinned ages ago and it sparked an idea. Instead of fighting the mini dress, how about I just make it work for me? An easy chop and hem, and suddenly it’s a darling hi-low top that doesn’t alter the gorgeous print, and doesn’t look silly with leggings. 

Such was the case with this darling dress from Lulu*s. A quick refashion and now it’s one of my favorite tops that looks amazing with jeans, shorts, or even a pencil skirt. 

Here’s how I styled it, and a super easy tutorial is at the end of this post!look3
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(Photos by sara walk photography)

This tutorial doesn’t work for every mini dress, but it works for many of them, especially shift dresses that have one color or print all over the dress, like mine. I would love to try it with this navy and white graphic print dress, this amazing neon and mint dress, or even this navy contrast sleeve dress! What do you think??

Tunic Tutorial

Step 1. Start with a mini dress. Try it on and determine the length you want to cut in the front. Add half an inch for seam allowance and mark or pin this spot. Do the same for the back.
Step 2. Lay it profile, flat on the ground, and cut according to your pin marks, making it a hi-low hem.
Step 3. Hem.

(note: mine had a lining, so I did the exact same steps, just making it about an inch shorter on all sides so it didn’t show).

BeautyLuLu*s How-To: Eye Enlarging Makeup Tutorial

If eyes are the window to the soul, be sure to make them pop with our eye enlarging makeup tutorial! With a few shades of brown your eyes will look big and beautiful without looking overdone. It’s the easiest way to bring focus to your best feature. Follow the steps below to make those pretty peepers pop!

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1. Sweep white eyeshadow across the bottom half of the upper lid.
2. Choose a neutral medium brown shadow and apply to the entire crease of the lid.
3. Using an angle brush, create a cat-eye shape with a dark brown eyeshadow.
4. With the same brush and color as step 3, bring the shadow down and around, lightly lining the outer edge of the lower lid.
5. Add a touch of shimmery champagne colored eyeshadow to the inner corner.
6. Complete this eye enlarging look with black liner and mascara.

FashionDenim Trends 2014

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Denim Trends 2014: Cool distressed details are still hot this year, but there are a few finer points that are making a presence in 2014.

Anything with straps: This includes overalls (long and short), plus overall skirts, and suspender shorts. This super-cute style will set you apart from the masses of shorty-shorts sure to be on every block this summer.

Light Wash: Nothing says summer sun like the bleached-out look of light wash denim, but don’t be afraid to rock this look well into fall and winter!

Super Seventies: Get your fix of 1976-inspired denim with bell-bottoms, but it doesn’t stop there. Combine trends by layering a cute retro crop top under those overalls, or reaching for those light-wash flares.

Pictured: Blank NYC Belles and Whistles Medium Wash Bell-Bottom Jeans, Billabong Ovah n Ovah Distressed Denim Overalls, Roxy Smeaton Light Wash Cutoff Jean Shorts.

CelebrityEmma Watson Takes the Cover of Elle

Emma Watson has long been a favorite actress of ours and we’ve loved watching her grow from playing a spunky young Hermione, to her most recent role as Ila in the blockbuster Noah. As the cover girl for the April issue of Elle, Watson talks about her journey in the acting world while showing off in a stunning shoot with photographer Carter Smith. She dons denim on denim for the cover, and her looks inside the mag are casual, quirky, and totally fun. While Watson admits that she’s “so jealous” of actresses who were able to mature into adulthood before hitting it big, we think her ability to grow gracefully in the public eye is one of the reasons this star shines so bright!Watson1Emma WatsonWatson3

(Images courtesy of fashiongonerogue.com)