Happy Fourth of July, Minkettes! We’ve been feeling rather festive over here at RM, so we teamed up with M&J Trimming to bring you an Independence Day DIY: stars and stripes denim cut-offs!
1. Lay the starred ribbon over the top of the back pocket of your shorts, then cut it so it perfectly fits across the top of the pocket. Cut another piece of the same size. While the starred ribbon is still placed at the top of the pocket, place the striped ribbon underneath and cut it so it fits across the middle of the pocket. Cut another piece of the same size. Use the same process to create two bottom strips of the starred ribbon.
2. Flip the top piece of the starred ribbon over and add some glue to the back. Place it on the top of the back pocket and press down while glue dries.
3. Continue to glue down the other pieces of ribbon, making sure you have a starred piece at the top, then a striped piece, then another starred piece. Do this for both pockets.
4. Let the glue dry, and you’re all set!
Go for the full “patriotic-chic” look by pairing your new shorts with a simple white blouse and a bright red Mini M.A.C.
NYC is scorching, and we’re on the hunt for fun yet easy up ‘dos to keep ourselves cool and stylish. Recently, our favorite hair gurus at Arrojo Studio created a perfect Parisian summer look for us to recreate in just four quick steps. Follow the steps below or check out Style Noted for the full tutorial.
#1. On top right side of head, gather a large section of hair and separate it from the rest. Begin twisting it back towards its base.
#2. As you twist, continue to gather more and more hair into the section until you are twisting hair together.
#3. Keep twisting so the hair entwines into a three-tiered bun (use the images as inspiration). Secure with two elastics.
#4. Wrap scarf around head and under the twisted bun. Tie it in a bow at the nape of the neck.
Photo: Style Noted
In NYC, a manicure goes a long way. From hailing a cab to holding tight on the subway to pointing out that perfect Magnolia cupcake, our nails lead the way. We were very excited to find the amazing Jackson Pollock graffiti inspired manicure tutorial by Naomi Yasuda, a manicuriest to the celebs, on PopSugar. It is such an easy concept and uses only a toothbrush! We’re ready to look artsy!
- 3-5 nail polish colors
#1. Do two coats of your main color before adding any designs. (If you really want your art to last, use a gel nail set as your base.)
#2. Pour your paint on a piece of foil and dip the brush in it. (Make sure to dab away any excess so that the color goes on evenly.)
#3. Continue to layer more colors on top of the first. (Just make sure to clean off the toothbrush between polishes. No need to wait for the layers to dry: the messier the mix, the better.)
Over here at the RM offices, we’re obviously obsessed with studs. And neon. And fringe, for that matter. So naturally we had to make a DIY combining all three! We grabbed some supplies from M&J Trimming (you can get your own at MJTrim.com) and went right to work. We came up with this studded neon fringe necklace, which is the perfect statement necklace to top off a simple summer dress, breezy t-shirt or collared blouse. Follow the directions below to do it yourself!
1. Cut the neon fringe in half, so you have two 9 inch pieces of fringe. Spread a thin line of glue across the top of one of the pieces, then place the other piece directly on top and press them together. (This is so the fringe will be thicker and sturdier.) Do the same thing with the black fringe.
2. Draw a line of glue across the top of the black fringe. Place the neon fringe directly on top and press down. Let the glue dry.
3. Using your pliers, open a link on one end of the chain. Hook it through one of the loops in the top of the fringe and then close the link with the pliers. Do the same on the other side of the fringe. Make sure the chain is long enough to slip over your head.
4. Unscrew the studs and remove the screws, so you only have the flat studs. Space them evenly along the top of the fringe, then glue them down individually. Let them dry and you’re all set. Now all you have to do is rock it out – won’t it feel awesome to tell your friends you made it yourself when they ask you where you bought it? Cool points!
Braids are all the rage this season. Whether girls are rocking a perfectly-messy fishtail or a feminine crown-like style, braids are perfect to control frizz and keep hair out of our faces in a unique and stylish way. In anticipation of today’s extreme NYC heatwave, we’ve decided to keep cool with the easy, chunky headband braid tutorial from Style Noted by the amazing Arrojo Studio stylists.
#1: Pulse dry shampoo into dry hair to create volume.
#2: Tilt your head to one side and brush hair back, away from the ear that is pointing to the ceiling.
#3: Using comb, draw a line from the top of this ear, across and over to the top of the other ear. Comb the hair that is forward of this line into your face. Brush hair behind the line into a ponytail. Secure pony with a rubber band.
#4: The hair in the front will become the braid. Tilt head sideways as before, and comb the front from one ear to the other, nice and smooth.
#5: Now separate the front into two 2-3 inch wide sections and braid, ear to ear. If you have enough length the braid can continue behind the ear and into a braided, side-ponytail, as above. Keep the braiding loose, not tight.
#6: Use elastic to tie up the braid. Use pins to make sure braid stays tucked behind ear. Undo the ponytail in the back. You can let this hair hang in its regular style, or pin into the shape.
#7: Arbitrarily pull out a few hair strands from the top and side of the braid. Make it romantic and whimsical.