Tuesday, July 24, 2012

002. New Orleans Blues

I want to prove to myself that I will actually post on this blog before I start advertising it and sharing it with other people. I have a tumblr and belong to a couple other similar social sites, but I really feel like blogging in a medium that's more focused on writing is better for me.

My name is Samantha and I am currently 19 years old. I am currently studying Anthropology at Tulane University, which is located in New Orleans. I am fond of all sorts of foreign times and cultures, but my deepest academic passion is studying the Classic Maya and their writing system.

Although I'm originally from Chicago, I feel more at home in New Orleans than I have ever felt anywhere in my life. I think of it less like a city and more like a living, breathing organism that I have built a relationship with. There is a quote from a musician named Ellis Marsalis that I believe to be the most accurate way to describe life in New Orleans: "In other places, culture comes down from on high. In New Orleans it bubbles up from the street". Culture in New Orleans is a collective. Everybody is part of something bigger than themselves, and they know it. Right now, I'm back in Chicago for the summer, but I can't wait to get back to school and capture the life I see throughout that city. I miss it every day.

Anyways, Here are some pictures taken at one of my favorite forest preserves. The top and purse are both from H&M, and I made the skirt myself. I was considering uploading a tutorial for it, but I don't have any pictures of the process, and I didn't use a pattern, so I didn't think it would be very helpful. I'm quite happy with how it turned out though! The black dog running around with me is Kobi, my family's dearly spoiled mutt.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

001. DIY Flower Sunglasses

So this is a super easy project I thought I'd give a try. I've been so in love with those flower embellished Dolce & Gabbana glasses. They are so feminine and unique! Here are what the Dolce and Gabbana sun glasses look like:
The supplies are simple, all you need is a pair of sunglasses, a glue gun, and some flower embellishments. I spent a long time looking for the perfect little roses, but ended up just grabbing these little flowers from the scrap booking section at Joann Fabrics. They're not quite as sophisticated, but they're cute and summery. I got the sunglasses awhile ago for just a few dollars at Forever 21 and never ended up wearing them, so they were perfect for the project!
Step One: Practice arranging your flowers how you will want them in the corners of the glasses. Do not glue them down. Overlap the flowers to create a more three-dimensional look.

Step Two: If the flowers have any adhesive on the back, remove it so that they have a flat, clean surface. Glue them on one by one using a hot glue gun.

Step Three: After the flowers have dried, use a tweezers to remove any access glue that might have spilled over or that is left hanging from the flowers.

It's as simple as that... You are finished! The whole project cost less than $10 and only took about fifteen minutes. I'm very happy with the result!