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H E A V Y ▲ M E T A L

October 20, 2011
tags: , , , , , , , sid vicious, , studded bag, studded jackets, studded pockets, , , valentino clutch, valentino studs
by Sonia

Hi, my name is Sonia and I’m a Stud-a-holic.

No, not the studs with big muscles that stand outside Abercrombie posing with tourists (blech! I hate muscles), I mean the studs that are fastened on to those jaw dropping Balmain jackets, the studs that Sid Vicious was pretty much born wearing, the studs that I’m tempted to add to every single article of my clothing.

The truth of the matter is, I love studs, and I’ve loved them for a long time. In high school I rarely left the house without a disgusting amount of eyeliner either my black or white studded belt and in college a lot of my jewelry was made up of pyramid studded bracelets and pendents. Today, there isn’t a type of clothing in my closet that isn’t studded. Studded dresses, studded jackets, studded shoes (I just added to this with my recent Converse DIY), studded underwear…just kidding, I don’t have any of that.

If you look around you’d be surprised at how many things have studs: furniture, car interiors, even some dog collars have studs! For the record, I’m not trying to justify my addiction, I’m merely explaining how awesome studs are. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a DIY studded leather jacket to attend to…

DIY One Stars + Another Giveaway!

October 11, 2011
tags: , , , how to use studs, one stars, promotions, , , spikey sneakers, spikey studs, studded sneakers, , target gift card giveaway
by Sonia

Converse are a kind shoe I can never have enough of, so when Target approached me about sending over a pair of Converse One Stars to decorate however I wanted, I obviously said yes. While there was a kit with all kinds of glitter, fabric markers, sequins, etc, I realized that I loved the simplicity of the shoe and wanted to keep them that way. So what did I do? I grunged them up just a wee bit by adding three spikey studs to each shoe. I love that there’s now an unexpected surprise in my simple white sneakers and that they could probably double as weapons if I wanted them too.

Well, it doesn’t stop there. Target would love to send one of you splendid readers a Target gift card and a decorating kit in the hopes that you will decorate your very own pair of Converse One Stars as well!



Just like my last giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below but this time I want you to tell me one place that you would love to travel to someday…

I’ll announce the winner on Thursday!


…et voila!

≡ A Week in Review ≡

September 30, 2011
tags: , bikram yoga, cheese class, , , , murrays cheese class, , ,
by Sonia

{ Gifted winter goodies that will unfortunately sit in a drawer for the next few months…}

Next week is already  booked with tons of meetings, events, and shoots so I’m really looking forward to a weekend of relaxation. I’ve been a sick bean for the past two days and as a result am totally wiped! Aside from watching lots of documentaries (currently on National Geographics, “Natures Fury”), I’ll be working on some DIY projects this weekend that will most likely leave my apartment in a big glittery mess.

Here are a few snapshots from this past week which was all fun and games until the mean mucous monster came into my life…

{ The coolest little girl who scooted through my shoot for an upcoming project on Monday }

{ Took my first Bikram yoga class…so much sweat }

{ Cheese class with Erin! }

{ Old school arts & crafts for a DIY project }

{ Death bed sickness = lots of tea with honey }

»· The Art of the Bouquet ·«

July 13, 2011
tags: , how to make a floral arrangement, how to make a good bouquet of flowers, , , step by step floral arrangement guide, the art of the bouquet, wildflowers
by Sonia

I’ve always admired the way my Mom can just throw together a bundle of flowers and make the most beautiful bouquet. I’ve never been successful at the art of the bouquet and thus stick to one or two types of flowers when putting together “arrangements.” Well not anymore mis amigos, not anymore. This past weekend I put my Mom’s teaching skills to the test (sidenote: she actually is a teacher) and had her show me the ways of floral arrangement mastery. Read below for the step-by-step guide:

You Will Need:

  • flowers - DOY!
  • a vase - double DOY!
  • clippers - triple DOY!
  • patience…

Step 1: Lay out your flower choices and pick your vase, or vah-se, however you want to pronounce it. Wildflowers are big in Connecticut right now so we went with a colorful, long-stemmed bunch.

Step 2: Start by putting your main/focal flowers into the vase. These are the flowers that are going to take up the majority of your arrangement. When making a long-stemmed bouquet make sure you can see some of those purdy stems poking out of the top of the vase - if you’re making a short bouquet the stems don’t matter as much.

Step 3: Fill in those empty spaces with bigger, fuller flowers, interspersing them throughout the arrangement. (This was kind of trial and error for me but I used lilies and hydrangeas).

Step 4: Pick up the entire arrangement and give it a good floof, kind of like what you would do to your hair if you wanted to give it more volume. And there you have it! the art of the bouquet at your fingertips!

»· DIY : Polka Dot Nails ·«

June 28, 2011
tags: at home minx nails, , festive nails, , how to do polka dot nails, minx nails, polka dot nails, ,
by Sonia

If I had it my way I would get a Minx manicure every two weeks, but I just can’t justify spending that much money on nails especially when I’m more than capable of creating some pretty looney looks on my own! Polka dots have become my most recent nail obsession and you won’t even believe how easy they are to achieve at home! Just three steps and you’re done!

You will need:

  • 1 Dark Nail Polish (I prefer to use this as the base)
  • 1 Light Nail Polish (the lighter the better for polka dots!)
  • 1 Toothpick or Wooden Skewer
  • Top Coat

1. Starting with the darker color (I’m using Zoya Nail Polish in “Caitlin“) give yourself a regular manicure with two coats of polish. Allow to dry.

2. Using the lighter color (I’m using Sephora by OPI polish in “IM Beauty“), dip** the tip of the toothpick or wooden skewer into the polish and lightly dab little dots onto each nail (I usually go for about 5-8 dots). Allow to dry.

**Careful not to get too much on the toothpick or else you’ll wind up with giant dollops!

3. Apply top coat and let dry.

Boom! You’ve got yourself some festive polky-dot nails!