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Getting in the DIY Spirit

I was invited to a Masquerade Ball event for the first time ever and I know one of the requirements is to wear a mask.  I wanted something colorful and I went on a hunt to see if I could create something crafty but chic.  What I thought would be a great mask had me second guessing whether or not it would be a hit, so I went on Pinterest and did a search on DIY Masquerade Ball masks and found these easy steps to create my own.

The night before the event I realized I could follow these easy steps and produce something more “me”.  Now the question was, how can I get all the materials I need without going to the store (it’s Sunday evening and stores are closed) or rummaging through my storage (yep, that is closed too)?

The first thing I did was search Google images for traceable masks. I found 5 different cool shapes on a Shutterstock site, so instead of printing out each one I just folded my paper in 4 quadrants and traced the outline of one side of the mask from the computer screen (increase the size of the mask to your liking before tracing). Proud of my tracing skills with a pencil, I now had to figure out which style I was going to go with. I ended up selecting this:

My mask style choice

My mask style choice

Now this is a very fancy designed mask, but I just traced the outline.  The end result was amazing and you won’t believe what I used for pattern!

The mask traced out on white paper and the end result

The mask traced out on white paper and the end result

Working my DIY mask at the ball!

Working my DIY mask at the ball!

I was so excited for my creation and ready to wear it to the event.  So how did I get that colorful pattern for a mask?  I used a L’Occitane shopping bag!  I work in a mall so I thought of stores that would have the most colorful shopping bag and L’Occitane won hands down!  I traced out the mask from the white paper, added a piece of cardboard to the back to make it more sturdy, put some glittered leaves from the 99cent store on the tips and added a straw from Subway as my stick holder.  Total cost of my mask – $1!

I love the vibrant color patterns on this L'Occitane bag, so it was perfect for the mask!

I love the vibrant color patterns on this L’Occitane bag, so it was perfect for the mask!

It goes to show that DIY is really fun and you can get very creative!  For other cool patterns, you can use wrapping paper.  No need to use paint and fabric if you don’t have any, just go this route and you will have many options!  I was so glad I did it this way and I think I want to make many more!

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Jazz Reggae Festival 2014 – Jam Up Your Style!

Hello, fab readers!  I will be attending the Jazz Reggae Festival on Memorial Day next week and I’ll be scouring the crowd for fabulous style!  Be you, and bring the color and prints as that will get you a possible spot on my slideshow.  Be Jammin’!
Jazz Reggae Festival 2014

Jane Norman bodycon midi dress
$42 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Pull Bear woven handbag
$24 – asos.com

Steel jewelry
etsy.com

Bracelet jewelry
delias.com

Band hat
swell.com

Circular sunglasses
patriciafield.com

Rock out in Glam with Monica Matocha

Collection of Monica Matocha designs

When you’re in one part of the entertainment business, it’s natural to be in other facets of it.  Monica Matocha fills those roles well as a music artist, dancer and jewelry designer!  A triple threat to the business., this savvy 20 year old has a hit song she wrote called “Impostor” that has garnered her over 100,00 views on Youtube and thousands of fans on Facebook.  She has a unique voice and the ability to express herself without a filter.  Not only can she bring us melodious vibes, she also makes jewelry!

Layering effect, Monica Matocha Jewelry

As a way to help fund her music career, Monica creates bracelets with the glam rock star in mind.  She’ll have arm parties featuring her bracelets which showcase her love of fashion and bringing her own style for her look in the music business.  A big part of Monica’s style is layering; she knows how to combine vintage and modern pieces in both her style and her music. Her latest novelties include lava beads, bone bracelets and contemporary bullet necklaces. Monica even puts her faith into her handmade jewelry, turning the traditional rosary chic.  My favorite pieces are the Black Cross bracelet and the bullet necklace which can both add that glam rock edge you desire!

Check out all Monica has to offer and my readers can get a special discount on some of her popular jewelry pieces here until July 31st: http://www.monicamatocha.com/style-goddess/

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