DIY Distressed Denim Hem

Distressed denim is all the rage.  I am especially into super distressed hems.  Recently I scored a pair of vintage levi's for $5.  If you follow me at all, my guess is that you are so tired of hearing about these jeans.  There may have been an eye roll?  It's all good.  Because they are that good.

Thanks to the power of youtube, one saturday evening I easily distressed the hems of my jeans and you can too.

Here's what you do.

1.  Try your jeans on and chalk wear you want the destruction.  This is especially important because they don't always hang right, plus you don't want to destroy too close to say your butt, or something.

2.  Follow this video, DIY starts at 2 mins, if you want to skip ahead like me.  I used needle nose pliers instead of tweezers.  I find these to be much easier than tweezers.  But for sure I make jewelry and don't pluck my eyebrows much.

3.  Wash.

4.  Wear them.  And tell everyone :)

Happy Tuesday.



High and Low of Fashion, Magic in it all.

I found these jeans for $5 dollars at a flea market,  I am so giddy over this score.  I immediately cut off the bottoms and distressed (quick DIY tomorrowish), took in the waist band a tinsy bit and have been wearing them pretty much every since.  Mixed with a splurge-worthy Derek Lam top and this is fashion to me. (it's now on sale!)  The mixing of favorite pieces, a little bit undone, always special and some sort of story. This is when my fashion is at it's best.

A great shoe goes without saying, and if I manage a legit bag, well I don't even know what to do with myself.

Handbags are not at the top of my list, I struggle with spending money on them because they get worked and frankly are always shoved to the floor the minute I am anywhere, if I had more expendable income it would be different.  So imagine my glee when I opened instagram last week and found out I had won this bag!  Right?!  Especially when it's one that I had my eye on.  It fits a ton, the color is rich but easy, and it just sits so snug and nicely on my arm.  Jackpot.

pants - Levi's.  similar
top - Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Neiman Marcus c/o.  find here on sale!
shoes - Dolce Vita, 6pm.  on sale!
bag - Hobo c/o.  find here
earrings - Queen Anne Frame

photos by Jenn.



Farmers Market Style

striped wide leg cropped pant

farmers market style

If you follow along on my instastories at all, then you will know that most Thursday evenings between June and Oct you will find my family and I at our neighborhood farmers market.

It is such a lovely piece of our summer evenings, as our market not only has awesome local produce and vendors, but food trucks and live music, making it a community party every week.  So great right?

And whatever event is occurring in my life it affords an outfit or two to go with it.  Hmmmm...oversized down jacket "oh that would be perfect for school drop off and pickup."  I so want to wrap myself up in that all winter long, right??  Oh man if only.  Farmers Market season "oh that linen extra wide leg pant would be perfect."  Sure I'm not in the mindset of festival style, but for surely I have farmers market chic on my mind.

This is how I justify and make wise shopping purchases, key word not practical but wise.  But honestly sometimes a great outfit, or shoe, or bag, is what pops me out of bed in the morning.  and a good cup of coffee of course.  Even if it's just to go grocery shopping.

Just one more thing on this topic, people often say "I love this but where would I wear it?"  Where is the eye roll emoji?  Honestly if you love it then just wear it.  If it lightens your step then any occasion is the perfect occasion.  If you need there to be an element of practical then fine, but wouldn't we all be happier if we just wore what we loved no matter?

So I shall end on a functional note.  My bag.  I don't discount the power of a functional piece, case in point my little cross body bag is perfect for Farmers Market or festivals, or concerts...Just your essentials, hands free, and add a tassel.  In neutral so you can grab and go no matter the fabulous clothing you are wearing.  No brainer.  I like to spice mine up with a printed bandana.


pants - Mango.  similar
tank - super old Anthro purchase
cross body bag - Hobo c/o.  on sale here.
 bandana - Queen Anne Frame.
market bag - Queen Anne Frame.

"Dress up begins at age 5 and never truly ends."  -Kate Spade.  So dress up tomorrow and see where it leads you.  Even if just to the grocery store.  Do I make myself clear?

Full disclosure...I occasionally do my grocery shopping in PJs.

Happy Wednesday and thank you for reading.

photos by Angie.


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As the Smoke Rolled In...

the adventure carried on.

We spent Labor day at Diablo Lake.  Yes actually camping in a tent without electricity or shower - something I have been prepping for mentally all summer, or maybe just avoiding.  Since my camping list consisted of my Nespresso coffee frother ( I didn't bring it - note no electricity), fairy lights - for lighting up the campsite and since we couldn't have a fire *major burn ban*  - for sure one of the best ideas I had, and my down comforter.  Hey I sleep in style.

Don't get me wrong, I love nature and the outdoors, I just don't typically choose to sleep in it.

To be added to the future list, ear plugs.  besides critters running around at night there are snorers, and other campers.  I did love listening to the owls hoot but eventually I needed to sleep.

But yes I think there will be a future.  We totally survived and overall had a rejuvenating time.

Unfortunately on the last day the smoke and ash rolled in from the horrible forest fires raging across our region.  It is a very sad state across too much of our wild lands at the moment, praying for rain and safety for those fighting the fires.

A note on the boys ponchos:  Aren't they awesome?  They are from Kindhood.  We love them.  I love the style and the functionality - they are lined with the softest terry cloth so they act as a towel but stay on while the boys adventure, the boys love that they are super soft, like wrapping themselves in a blanket.  This allowed for lake play all day.  Well that and lots of snacks and adult beverages (for the adults).

For reference my boys are both wearing a size L.

Here's to summer lasting just a bit longer.


This post was done in partnership with Kindhood.


One Of A Kind Denim, Yes Please.

Recently I had the privilege to meet Marion, the fabulous mind behind Marz denim.  She took on the task to transform my beloved first pair of designer denim - lets not talk about when those came into my closet - and give them a new life.  Not limited to patching a large hole in the butt and resizing them a tad.

When we met I gave her full reign to design and alter as she wished, and I couldn't be more happy with the jeans she presented me.  I can't wait for fall weather - yes I just said that - to pair these jeans with sweaters and booties.

Marz denim came to be when Marion was inspired by the painted tree trunks on a trip to Mexico, but clearly her eye for style goes well beyond that.  I love her eye for detail.  Just look at those pink hangers.  Hmmm.  Maybe that would keep my closet picked up and organized.

Or those jeans on the end that she painted the poem her client had written, right?  Or these ones.

I love that she takes old denim and gives it new life, creating one of a kind pieces.  Marion searches out vintage brands such as Levi's, but she will also take your own and create something new.  With her background in fashion and stylish eye, well you can see the results.  Unique denim is everywhere right now, these jeans couldn't be hotter.   

Plus she's keeping castoffs out of landfills.

Denim - Oldies redesigned by Marz
shoes - Louise Et Cie, Nordstrom


This post was done in partnership with Marz denim, and I couldn't be more thrilled!