Denim Culottes + Lace Crop Top at Frieze Art Fair

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denim culottes and lace crop top // thestylesafari.com

denim culottes and lace crop top // thestylesafari.com

denim culottes and lace crop top // thestylesafari.com

denim culottes and lace crop top // thestylesafari.com

denim culottes and gold jewelry // thestylesafari.com

denim culottes and lace crop top // thestylesafari.com

jenny bird frida collar from rocks box

denim culottes and lace crop top // thestylesafari.com

asos snake sandals // thestylesafari.com

denim culottes and lace crop top // thestylesafari.com

denim culottes and lace crop top // thestylesafari.com

So much to say today! Bear with me…

I am wearing high waisted culottes, fact. I have read some polarizing reviews about gauchos/culottes and how many women think that they are the most unflattering trend and that if Olivia Palermo doesn’t look good, then how possibly could a normal person? My answer to that is that some trends aren’t always about being flattering. Some trends are about comfort (uggs and leggings, looking at you),  some are about highlighting certain body parts (crop tops), and some are about masking body parts (maxi dresses, peplums). If I dressed only for flattery, skinny jeans would not be in my wardrobe and I would wear tight dresses everyday. Instead of for flattery, I dress for 2 things: discovery and confidence. Discovery because we are growing, learning, evolving people and I never want to be the same person I was yesterday. I try to progress my wardrobe the same way I do my career, my friendships, and my cooking skills. Similar to all of these -and especially the cooking- you experiment! Sometimes you take a step forward and sometimes you take a giant leap backward, but’s it the discovery and journey (or…. safari?) that help you find your style path. Confidence is vital because on this style discovery (you get why I named my blog now, right?) eventually you will find your stride and find something that just makes you feel good. Maybe these culottes gave me a bit of a camel toe, and maybe they give me mom/pancake ass, but you know what? I kind of felt edgy and weirdly sexy and mysterious. I went to an scene-y NYC modern art show where I was completely an imposter, and yet somehow, these pants made me felt like I belonged. These culottes gave me the confidence I needed to walk tall and feel like I was a cooler version of myself. And now that I have that initial discovery out of the way, I can’t wait to incorporate them into my work wardrobe with killer heels and a more demure blouse. They may not be the most flattering, but I didn’t put them on to pick up a man! I put them on for myself. So I encourage you to stop listening to the haters and if there is a trend or a style out there you really want to try but aren’t sure if it works, just go for it and see how you feel. You might surprise yourself!

As for the Frieze Art Fair, Angie and I had a blast goofing off around some of the weird art, and we took a personality test maze that told me I like candy (fact. you should have seen the bowl of pretzel M&Ms that I downed while typing this). But the real question was, is anyone actually buying any of this? Apparently so, as a walker with an American flag went for a whopping $1.5M. I’m holding out for the pilgrimage of the bowing beer cans (or so I’ve named it) which is apparently being saved for a famous Museum. All in all, a really fun NYC experience, made better by Angie, our Momofuku compost cookie break, and of course, my culottes.

Sadly can’t find either the exact color of the pant or top online, but another color of the Necessary Clothing top is here, and the white version of H&M culottes are here, ASOS snake sandals, Coach mini duffle bag (similar here), Vanessa Mooney gold cuff from Rocksbox, Jenny Bird Frida Collar from Rocksbox (don’t forget you can still get one month free using my special code stefschoenxoxo), Express hand bracelet. Quay Australia sunglasses.

#DIY : Varsity Letter Sweatshirt

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DIY varsity sweatshirt craft project // thestylesafari.com

I am so excited to bring you this Varsity letter sweatshirt DIY this week because I’ve been wanting to take one of my closet essentials up a notch, and feel that the varsity trend has only just had it’s kickoff (see what I did there?). Get ready for more varsity inspired looks to come, as I just had my dad fed ex my high school letterman jacket across the country for a work project and now I’m floored with how much I still love the dang thing. Anyway, more on that later, back to the DIY at hand.

what you need for a DIY varsity letter sweatshirt // thestylesafari.com

What you need:

Basic crewneck sweatshirt (Mine is Gap, but American Apparel has a ton of great options)

Scissors

Felt fabric in any color at least 8.5″ x 11″

Printed Cotton in any color at least 8.5″ x 11″

8.5″ x 11″ construction paper

Pencil

Straight Pins

Optional needle and thread or fabric glue (not pictured) to attach. I glued mine for now but am planning to serge around the edges later for extra support

DIY varsity letter sweatshirt // thestylesafari.comStep 1: Take your 8.5″ x 11″ construction paper and begin to draw out your letter shape. All varsity letter shapes start with a full rectangle shape, so I began to cut the corners equal sizes, and then created an “S” 2 inches thick all around. Google a varsity letter if you need a specific idea of where to cut.

DIY varsity letter sweatshirt // thestylesafari.com

Step 2: Lay out your letter on your solid felt swatch and pin down in place with straight pins. This will be the larger, border layer of your letter. Cut around the shape with precision!

DIY varsity letter sweatshirt // thestylesafari.com

Step 3: Cut a 1/4″ border around your original construction paper letter, making a slightly thinner varsity letter shape

DIY varsity letter sweatshirt // thestylesafari.com

Step 4: Pin down your thinner varsity letter shape on the pattern cotton fabric, and again cut around the border with precision

DIY varsity letter sweatshirt // thestylesafari.com

Step 5: Layout your 2 layers on your sweatshirt, ensuring both are cut and placed exactly as you would like

DIY varsity letter sweatshirt // thestylesafari.com

Step 6: Begin glueing or sewing your cotton letter to the felt letter to stay in place. I glued because I wanted to sit in front of the TV and watch the Preakness Stakes, but I plan on sewing later so it keeps longer. If you glue, make sure you use a flexible fabric glue like Alene’s.

DIY varsity letter sweatshirt // thestylesafari.com

Step 7: Finally glue your felt piece to the sweatshirt. I glued small sections at a time to make sure that I did not smear the glue and ruin the fabric – that wiggly ‘S’ was tricky! Allow the sweatshirt to dry for 4 hours before wearing. As this glue is flexible, I always allow for more time than necessary to make sure it dries fully.

DIY varsity letter sweatshirt // thestylesafari.com

The last step is to wear with gusto at work and show me how you styled it. I actually had 2 people at work yesterday ask me what the ‘S’ stood for…. ?? I was clearly a little concerned that they didn’t know who had been giving them all those presentations for the last year and a half…

Anyway do you think you would try this DIY? Are you ready to dip your toe back into the sis-boom-bah rah-rah-rah of high school varsity life? No? Good, then this sweatshirt is all you need for a little personal nostalgia.

I would also love to hear your feedback about what other DIYs you would be interested in me doing. I love getting crafty, so would appreciate any ideas or topics you would be interested in!

Silver Neoprene Bikini in Mexico + Giveaway!

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silver neoprene bikini, fringe kimono in Playa del Carmen // thestylesafari.com

silver neoprene bikini, fringe kimono in Playa del Carmen // thestylesafari.com

boats in playa del carmen, Mexico // thestylesafari.com

silver neoprene bikini, fringe kimono in Playa del Carmen // thestylesafari.com

green juice at El Taj resort in playa del carmen // thestylesafari.com

silver neoprene bikini, fringe kimono in Playa del Carmen // thestylesafari.com

tacos in playa del carmen // thestylesafari.com

silver neoprene bikini, fringe kimono in Playa del Carmen // thestylesafari.com

Last weekend in Playa del Carmen was such a blast! A whirlwind, yes, but also a blast. We were there for a bachelorette party so sadly I can’t share too many pictures, but I can definitely share some of the tame ones we took on the beach, ordering super fresh green juice, tacos and watching the waves crash onto the fishing boats. We stayed the El Taj condo hotel right on the beach. We had 2 giant villas- one with a rooftop grill and hot tub, full kitchen and 4 perfect bedrooms. The best part about the hotel was that they work with Yucatan Herbal for all their in-room amenities, and I loved them so much I bought a ton to bring back and share with one lucky reader!

yucatan naturals chocolate soap and lotion set, playa del carmen

yucatan naturals chocolate soap and lotion set, playa del carmen

After reading more about the brand, I realized that they are made of 100% natural and local ingredients right from the Yucatan peninsula. Everything is organic, and made to promote a style of life that minimizes negative impacts to the environment. One of the ingredients that is most native to the Yucatan peninsula is chocolate, and hence the chocolate soap, shampoo and lotion are DELICIOUS. I wanted to lick myself after each shower, and slather myself in the lotion afterwards.

yucatan naturals chocolate soap and lotion set, playa del carmen

I bought this Yucatan Herbal gift set to bring home with me for one lucky reader. It contains:

Chocolate Shampoo

Chocolate Conditioner

Chocolate Lotion

3 Chocolate Soap Bars

1 Aloe Vera Soap Bar

1 Natural Bee Honey Soap Bar (I picked this one out specially – the smell is divine)

All you have to do to win the set is follow/like TheStyleSafari’s Facebook page, that’s it! Already follow me on Facebook? No problem, just follow TheStyleSafari on Pinterest instead. Feel free to leave me a comment below or on Facebook to let me know if you’ve entered, and I will announce the lucky (and deliciously smelling) winner next Monday, 5/25.

H&M Bikini (top and bottom), Necessary Clothing kimono (old but similar here), Zara straw hat