4.19.2014

MONOGRAM THUMBTACK ART

Welcome to my first DIY! If you follow me on instagram (@kristarobertso) you saw this photo:



 I saw a similar idea on Pinterest and decided to venture out and make this fun double monogram using thumbtacks. I know I received a lot of questions about it, so I thought I would share the process (and let me tell you-- it's a process) with you all!

I first looked ALL over the city for stupid dumb GOLD thumbtacks. Do you know they're basically impossible to find?? Seriously, who knew? (not this girl, obviously). I mean I even made Andrew go with me to look around his town (outside the city) still, no luck. GRRRR

I did however find LOTS of silver ones, but I wanted gold-- was that so hard of an ask? I decided to make another piece of thumbtack art (will be sown next Sunday) with the silver thumbtacks I found, but I knew for this piece, I needed gold.

After almost giving up, I decided to turn to the good ole internet and BAM! Found these bad boys. I was a little nervous because the item is for 6 100 packs of thumbtacks (aka 600 tacks), but I got them anyway thinking I could just use the extra for another project.

Want to know where 600 thumbtacks got me? Here:


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I was furious! I needed like 30 more thumbtacks to be done. Ughhhhhhhh. So I bought more, waited 3-5 business days and finally completed my masterpiece. It was rough.

So when buying these, get 3x more than you think you will need and you might... just not have enough. Get 4x. Here are more options for gold thumbtacks.

Anyways… let's talk about how I actually made this thing! First bought a 12x12" canvas and started sketching the outline (in pencil!). What people normally do for this is print out the monogram (or other art) and sketch over it BUTTT since live in New York (and the digital age) I don't own a working printer so it was free hand or bust. What really helped was making my monogram on the computer and dividing it up like so:



Next I was able to draw those same lines on the canvas and start filling in boxes one at a time. Something like this:




What's nice about making the monogram is that it's all very even. All of the lines line up. So lots of drawing and erasing happened in the next few steps:


See how the all the lines line up below?

Then I erased all the outside lines (the inside lines don't matter since they'll be covered up)

So now we're on to the not so fun part: using the thumbtacks. So these canvas's are all the thicker ones so it's real easy to stick the thumbtacks in. What I didn't think of was when you get to the wood part on the outline of the canvas. You need a HAMMER get these thumbtacks through. Or you can get really creative like me and use the next best thing. Which at the time was the bottom of my Essie bottle… nbd, right? 


ALSO, ugh this part sucked: there are knots in different parts of the wood and your thumbtacks WILL NOT go in. No matter how many times (22) you try. Your thumbtacks will literally break and you will eventually cry. (You can see my trouble in the K on the side and at the top). So when these come up, just move past them and figure it out at the end (aka glue your broken tacks to these places).


Now that you've filled out your outline, start to fill in the middle. Go row by row for a nice clean look. 
 

Seeing as you have enough thumbtacks, you're all done! You should have a very fun and cool thumbtack canvas. Enjoy and show it off-- it was hard work.

Here is a preview for more thumbtack art next week:



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LENT SATURDAY 7

Happy almost Easter friends! Today is the last day of my "no shopping for Lent" series because Lent is over. Yay! It's been a challenging ride, but it was worth it. I was able to save a lot of money, not buy things just to buy them, and not spend my money on things I don't really need. It was really difficult because I couldn't shop any of the fun sales, any of the new looks for spring and I couldn't get anything new for my baseball series! THAT was probably the hardest thing dealing with the blog. No new clothes for a 30 post series?! Ouch.

But at last, we are here with my final "if I were shopping this is what I would buy" post. Enjoy!

J. Crew Factory is having a 50% off sale and I need these two dresses: here and here. I've had my eye on them from last season's J. Crew Bunch and now is the time to buy them! 50% off?! I MUST. WE MUST!

Next are some new earrings from Kendra Scott. They're not your typical Kendra Scott earrings… they're so much better. I love the idea and how fun and different they are! (Hello birthday present to myself)

I also found this super cute bow top that looks identical to my Kate Spade one but of course it's like a fraction of the cost. You can't go wrong with a good white bow.

 And finally, there are these high waisted stripe shorts that I've had my eye on. I love the colors and the material looks super nice-- but the shorts are in my budget!! Wooooo


If you missed any of my other Lent Saturday posts, be sure to check them out here!

4.18.2014

J. CREW FACTORY SALE

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PITTSBURGH PIRATES

Today my good friend Sydney from Summer Wind is helping guest post for the "What to Wear to a Baseball Game" series! As my favorite Pittsburgh girl, I couldn't think of anyone better to help with the Pirates today. Sydney is the best -- thanks for guest posting today, lady!

Pittsburgh Pirates:
An MLB team located in Pittsburgh, PA and members of the National League Central division. Their home games are played in PNC Park and their colors are black, gold and white. They're also often referred to as the "Bucs" or the "Buccos" (derived from buccaneer, a synonym for pirate). Until 2013, the Pirates had not made the playoffs since 1979.


Being born and raised in a city whose residents bleed black and yellow (cue the Wix Khalifa song), I'm a fan of any Pittsburgh sports team. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a very long slump of losing years, however, last year they made it into the playoffs and the city is abuzz with Pirates Pride. You'll hear people shouting 'Raise the Jolly Roger' when we win or chanting 'Let's Go Bucs' at the game. 

At the game, you'll feast on famous Primanti's sandwiches and root for your favorite pierogi in the pierogi race (my favorite is Jalapeno Hannah). You'll also sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and no worries if you forget the words, a smiley cookie will guide you along. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you may want to Google these things...Only in Pittsburgh.

Now, I'm not a huge baseball person, but I enjoy a sporting event and PNC Park, home of the Pirates, is stunningly beautiful. It offers sweeping views of downtown Pittsburgh and the firework nights are incredible. Seeing the fireworks sparkle against the skyscraper's windows is magical and makes me fall in love with my city all over again. 

As far as dress goes, the outfit I am wearing is not what a normal Pittsburgher would wear, but this is what I would wear. The average Pirates fan would be dressed in black and yellow with a Pirates t-shirt or some other official team apparel. I like to dress in team colors, but also like to keep it dressy enough so I can go out afterwards. PNC Park is near a ton of amazing restaurants and bars and during and after the games, they actually close down one of the streets for pre and post game parties. It's fun

Sunglasses are key as well as a long sleeved shirt because Pittsburgh doesn't get hot until late May/early June. A small bag is key because I'm pretty sure there is some rule about only being allowed to have a small bag. Flat shoes are the only way to go. Like Krista, Jack Rogers are always my go-to. So comfortable and so many color options. Thanks for having me Krista, Let's go bucs!! 







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4.17.2014

BOSTON RED SOX + MAHI GOLD GIVEAWAY

Boston Red Sox:
An MLB team located in Boston, MA and part of the American League East division. The Red Sox play home games at the iconic Fenway Park which is the oldest park in Major League Baseball, being built in 1912. Their colors are red, midnight navy and white. Before 2004, they hadn't won a World Series title since 1918 but since the '04 season, they have won three times ('04, '07, and '13). 

Today is all about your World Champion Boston Red Sox and MAHI GOLD! I recently found this company on Pinterest and immediately fell in l-o-v-e. Their nautical style and perfect summer clothing speak to my heart. They're also from Massachusetts so I thought, what better company to pair with the Red Sox. MAHI GOLD is so perfect for the hot summer days at the baseball park. Of course this isn't exclusively for baseball games, but for every … single … day during summer. When I ordered this Main Street dress in Monomoy Navy Cape Cod I knew I'd like it (um, hello navy and white) but I never knew how much I'd love it! The material is oh-so soft and it really feels like I'm wearing my most comfortable (yet super stylish) t-shirt. The great thing about this dress, is that you can dress it up or down -- to the beach or to the office. I'd take the beach over work any day. I also love how the dress fits to my body. Hugs me in all the right places and moves with me throughout my day. Can it get any better? Oh, wait...

MAHI GOLD is 100% made in the USA. I love supporting brands that are made locally -- AMERICA, PEOPLE! (USA! USA! USA!) Their brand is inspired by everything American and I can't thank them enough for it. Their slogan is "Born on the beach. Made in the U.S.A." I will take one of everything please :)

BUT WAIT! (Like a TV commercial…) It gets better! MAHI GOLD is hosting a giveaway (below). We're not picking one, but TWO lucky winners to receive store credit. The first place winner will win a $125 store credit and the second place winner will receive $75. All you have to do is enter below using the Rafflecopter app. It starts today and ends next Thursday. Good luck!

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4.16.2014

MINNESOTA TWINS

Minnesota Twins:
An MLB team based in Minneapolis, MN and members of the American League Central division. The team name is an homage to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) and they play home games in Target Field. Their colors are navy blue. red and white and they haven't won a World Series since 1991. They last won the American League Central in 2010. 

Today's look for the Twins is a little more casual with the addition of some fun jewelry. You can never go wrong with striped shorts -- striped anything, really -- especially to a baseball game. Players used to (and some still do) live in stripes. I'm not the biggest Twins fan, but when it comes time to dress for a game featuring a navy and red team, I turn to these shorts. Paired with a simple white shirt and red Jack Rogers, you're ready for game day! 
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Top (similar) | Necklace (similar) (borrowed from Lucy) | Shorts (old) Old Navy | Sunglasses Ray-Bans| Shoes Jack Rogers c/o
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4.15.2014

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Philadelphia Phillies:
An MLB team located in South Philadelphia and members of the National League East Division. They are the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise dating back to 1883. The Phillies play in Citizens Bank Park and their colors are red, white, and blue. They have won two World Series Championships, the most recent being in 2008. [Side note: they have the best mascot in the game]

Welcome to Week Three of the "What to Wear to a Baseball Game" series! I'm kicking it off today with the Phillies. For this series I wanted to show how to wear a skirt to the games without it being too much. It also helped that I knew the very best place to get the perfect skirt: Preppy Pink Shop! I knew Preppy Pink Shop had so many options -- perfect for my series -- but what I didn't realize was how amazing the owner (and designer) Justice was! It's always such a fun time when you're shopping and have a wonderful connection with the store. We exchanged some emails back and forth and let me tell you -- this girl is amazing! She makes these oh-so amazing skirts in her free time. Whaaaaat. *bowing*

To no surprise, the skirt is amazing too. It fits the rump and waist perfectly and I just can't get over how awesome this skirt is in real life! Even walking up to my roof (where these pictures were taken) I had compliments left and right. It definitely made me feel better (I was hit hard with some dumb virus) and ready to take these photos! I'm also so impressed with how they came out. Everything just worked. The skirt was also the long lost sister to my red and white Jack Rogers. They go perfectly together. Both are amazing for great summer days watching your favorite team and hanging out at the ballpark. (Can you tell I'm over the moon sun with the weather?)

I paired the gingham skirt with my long-time favorite Lissa Mar top. This bad boy is ready for the hot days. (Pssst: It doesn't show sweat. SIGN ME UP FOR 10 MORE)

I've never been to a Phillies game before, but I did make a wonderful bet (wonderful because I won) with the (kick-ass) social media guy, Michael, when UK and Michigan played in the tournament. I just so happened to win a baseball game (and bragging rights). Can I come to Philly? The Phanatic and I are overdue for a date. 

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4.14.2014

MWM TORONTO BLUE JAYS

Welcome to another edition of Menswear Monday. Andrew has been gracious enough to write a weekly post for Covering the Bases. Enjoy!

Toronto Blue Jays:
An MLB team in the American League East division, playing their games in Toronto, Ontario. Their colors are royal blue, navy blue, white and red. They are currently the only MLB franchise located outside the United States. The Blue Jays have won two World Series titles (1992 and 1993).

It finally feels like spring in the Northeast. It's been a memorably awful winter, and to feel the warmth of the sun is a welcome respite from the colorless, numbing cold.

While spring always feels good in this part of the country, it doesn't always feel this relieving. This must be the way our neighbors to the North feel each year. Say, our neighbors in Toronto.

I've always considered myself to be a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy. It's my comfort zone. This shirt happens to be particularly comfortable.  Thanks to our friends at Mahi Gold, I've discovered a new brand with a focus on casual comfort with an eye towards fashion. It's also 5% Lycra, which makes for a great fit no matter how many washes you send it through.

The shoes are one of my favorite pairs, and I've yet to debut them because of the aforementioned winter. However, the impending spring means it's time for the Sperry's. It's always nice to leave the socks in the drawer and let the feet breathe a little. Just make sure you're not stinking up the joint.

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