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DIY Wednesday: Father’s Day Gifts

For my first segment on DIY Wednesdays, I have decided to inspire a few (or more) of you guys with DIY crafts for Father’s Day! Now I know that not everyone may celebrate Father’s Day, but I figured with the holiday coming up, it would be good idea to post this a few weeks ahead of time for those who do want to make something for their Dads!

Collar & Tie Jar Decor:

(Image from Eighteen25)

My dad is a snacking maniac. He loves to eat just about anything as long as it has peanuts in it. It doesn’t even matter what kind of peanuts, either! A great way to get an inexpensive gift (for those who are on a budget) is to get your dad his favorite snack and buy a jar! Decorate it with some awesome collar and tie decor that you can either make out of paper, on Photoshop and printed, or even foam! You can buy jars literally anywhere from Ikea, The Container Store, or even your local Walmart.

Tie Party Decor:

(Image from Amanda Parker and Family)

Having a family get together for Father’s Day? What better way to show your love (times a hundred just because it is a holiday) then to decorate your place with ties! How awesome are these printable DIY decors? I am loving the tie garlands and the paper ties around the bottles! This is definitely an easy way of sprucing up a party to make your dad feel even more loved than he already is!

A Man’s Sack Lunch:

(Image from Paper Crave)

Got a dad who works in the wee morning, why not surprise him with a sack lunch? My dad’s always leaving for work around 7am and since I’m already awake by 6, a great way to treat him is to make him a sack lunch. It probably won’t be enough for my dad, so I’ll probably toss in a coupon or even a gift card to his favorite bakery in case he gets the munchies after consuming what was in his hand made sack lunch.

Bottled Sweets:

(Image from The Idea Room)

So if your dad isn’t into huge jars of snacks, there are other alternatives! You can definitely get empty glass soda bottles (you can consume a pack of root beer or buy a few variations here). It’s an excellent way of controlling the amount that your dad will consume – especially if he has a major sweet tooth!

Cupcake Burgers with a Side of Cookie Fries:

(Image from Bakerella)

If you’re not so much of a cut and glue kind of person, I highly suggest this amazing gift. It’s perfect for family get togethers and even BBQ outings! I love how it’s just frosting, cookies, and cupcakes all combined to give you a mock burger meal!

What are you guys getting for your dads out there? I might make my dad a silk tie and attempt a camp shirt. If all else fails, I would definitely just buy one that he doesn’t already have, haha.

– Michelle


Michelle’s Dosage of Business Casual

Hello everyone! It’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted – I apologize! School and work has definitely caught up to me and my sleep and now that I am fully recovered from the boo-hoos of stress, I have more time blogging here on Within the Seams! I want to do something a little different by posting up a weekly segment called “Dosage of Business Casual.” I’ve always wondered what you could wear at work during casual Fridays (or whatever day your casual day is on). Here’s my take on it! Disclaimer: Not all work places allow this much fashion-creativity so be inspired at your own risk!

What is she wearing: Madewell denim shirt / Zara heels (similar here)
(Images from Robin’s blog post here)

Nothing screams casual than denim on denim. I am in love with Robin’s ability to rock a quarter-tucked denim button down with a pair of Zara sandal heels makes this an effortlessly chic look – perfect for casual Fridays.

What is she wearing: Shareen Vintage dress / Christian Louboutin heels
(Images from Karla’s blog post here)

If wearing denim on denim is a bit too much for you, you can also go for a very feminine vintage piece. This number is from the oh-so-loved Shareen Vintage that Karla is absolutely obsessed with! Take a gander at her DIY Christian Louboutin anklet on her Piagelle heels!

What is she wearing: Goodnight Macaroon top (similar here) / Helmut blazer / Reed Krakoff tote / J. Crew shorts / Zara sandals
(Images from Annabelle’s blog post here)

Annabelle is amazing when it comes to coordinating her outfits. It could possibly be her tall, lean figure or the fact that she always has such amazing subtle yet sexy eye make-up on. Following on the neon trends for this Spring/Summer, she is wearing a simple ensemble with a pop of neon from J.Crew. I absolutely love her metallic Reed Krakoff tote bag and her chunky Zara heels!

What is she wearing: Madewell top / Paige leggings / Zara tote bag / Alice + Olivia heels
(Images from Wendy’s blog post here)

Wendy is constantly playing with prints. Can’t be caught wearing the same boring trousers as someone else at work? I’d say go out and pick yourself a pair of these Paige leggings (or if you’re crafty enough – make your own)! I love the tie-dye print and the fact that Wendy paired it with bright crimson heels from Alice + Olivia!

What is she wearing: H&M sweats (similar here) / H&M blazer (similar here) / Forever21 sandals / LES vintage tee (similar here)
(Images from Jinna’s blog post here)

And if all fails, just wake up from your slumber and toss on a blazer. Nothing says grunge chic like wearing sweats, DIY studded sandals, and a blazer. I absolutely love how Jinna made her sweats look like they were intentionally color blocked from her asymmetrical vintage tee!

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!
Stay tuned for: DIY Wednesdays and Dear Michelle Saturdays

– Michelle

Small Town Big Graduation 2012

We always think that there is never anything or anyone in a small town like Tulsa, Oklahoma. Little do you know they have big high school graduations. Jenks High school is one of the top schools in the County. I recently went to Tulsa for my sister Ruth’s high school graduation. It was very overwhelming. The class of 2012 had over 800 students. For a small town that’s a lot of students.

It was definitely a different feeling going from Orange county, CA to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Different people, different attitude, different environment. It was a nice change though, calm and quite.

<3 Cing

Aldo Envy

So much color and I love it! I have to say, ever since I found that tangerine orange fabric at Michael Levine’s loft last Saturday, my closet has been getting brighter and brighter in color. For the first time ever, I can say I own a pair of colored jeans. But in other news, I decided to veer off to the mall today to pick up a couple things, which probably should have taken less time than usual. And along the way, I just “happen” to pass by two shoe stores. To think I’ve done my share of shoe shopping already… But I’ve been good, I swear! Just a little window shopping envy. (And maybe stepped into the store a bit… Guilty.)

I saw these Cardiel by Aldo up front and thought they were just lovely! You could totally pair it with jeans if you’re looking for something casual, or if you’re feeling a little dressy, a high-low skirt or a spring dress is the best way to go! These babies will surely stand out.

Although the Prak (teal) and Capecoral (orange), which are also by Aldo, are what caught my attention in the first place. Darn my attraction to colorful things! I can think of so many things to pair with these. But if you’re wanting a more muted palette, the Shurkus (light green) is the way to go! The lilac Shurkus isn’t too shabby either. These shoes are simplicity at its best! Who says you need to get all studded/beaded decorated to catch wandering eyes. The colors do all the work for you, when paired accordingly of course.

So there’s a glimpse of my style and guilty pleasure this season. What are yours? :)