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Rain Blanken

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Spring DIY Statement Necklace

Tuesday April 15, 2014

High above the street, on the 3rd floor of the M & J Trimming flagship store, designer Michelle Levy was revealing the next Project DIY set to me. My eyes lit up with instant inspiration, and Michelle and I were soon excitedly swapping design ideas. Read More...

Rain's Burlap Rose Tutorial on Studs and Pearls

Friday April 11, 2014
burlap rose
If there is anything that I love about crafting fashion, it is the way that it brings people together. Recently, I bumped into Kirsten Nunez in the virtual cocktail party that is Twitter. Like all great conversations, we started out by complimenting each other on our stuff. She's a DIY Fashion maven like myself, so it's only natural that we start pointing at each other. Read More...

Rain's Buzz Lightyear Painted Necklace

Monday March 31, 2014
Not sure if it's my way of brushing in spring, but I sure have been painting a lot lately. Get it? Brushing? Okay, maybe I've been in the house too long. But it's like, the 130th day of winter, can you blame me? While my wit thaws out, take a look at my sweet new Buzz Lightyear necklace:


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Designer Glitter Phone Case by Rain

Sunday March 30, 2014

I recently raided the pages of Vogue magazine to add patterns from Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Pierre Hardy to my phone case. They were the perfect trim for the seaside glitter colors that I had layered on with a careful Mod Podge mix. Read More...

Star Wars Painted Heels by Rain Blanken

Saturday March 29, 2014

I was recently informally challenged to come up with an awesome painted heels tutorial. Famous for over-delivering, I created not only a pair of heels with a pop of color, but a full-on Star Wars tribute. Here, I'll show you how to paint your heels with a beautiful sunrise/sunset that not only looks good, but wears well.

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Nail Polish Strip Sunglasses

Monday March 24, 2014
DIY Nail Strip Sunglasses
With inspiration from my favorite fashionistas of the interwebs, I've used gels strips on sunglasses to create a new wave look. Read More...

Jill Martin Offers Rain Some Jewelry Packing Tips

Tuesday March 18, 2014
Jill Martin Headshot
Stylist, Jill Martin

When I pack for a trip, I take more than a few costume jewelry pieces to make sure that I have lots of options. My daily jewelry and accessory choices change with the wind, so I never know what I'll be in the mood for during the trip. To advise me on packing for my next adventure, I turned to New York Times Bestseller author, Emmy® Award-winning television personality and fashion authority Jill Martin:

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Win 3 Vintage Pieces: Vintage Jewelry Giveaway

Friday March 14, 2014

My grandmother worked at the Ohio Bell Company, and prided herself (maybe a little too much) on her appearance. I inherited much of her extensive costume jewelry collection, and I have a few pieces to spare!

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Disney Credit Card Earring Tutorial v2.0

Monday March 10, 2014
In my previously posted credit card earring tutorial, I showed you how to chop up a credit card, add holes to it, and make a pair of sweet earrings with 0% APR:

I recently created a variation of these, which involves less hole-punching:

Wow, look at that close-up on the freckles. Yeesh.

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Backstage at Blacksail by Nautica Fall '14 Fashion Show

Monday March 3, 2014

Just when we start discussing fashion sketching here at DIY Fashion, I get a sneak peek at a behind-the-scenes fitting for Blacksail by Nautica. Note the sketches translating to designs for the show as model Chad White gets ready for a few photos.

you can see them working right from the draw designs for inspiration. Creativity in action! Thanks, Nautica, for sharing your dressing room with us!

Have you started your own fashion sketches yet? I'd love to see them!

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