MY DIY | Gold Leaf Notebooks





Once I get started painting gold accents, I can’t stop! Yesterday, it was tiny succulent pots and today it’s notebooks. I love how a little gold leaf paint can give your office supplies a whole new look.  Use some tape to create shapes or make dots with a pencil eraser.
BONUS: Get a DIY KIT with all these supplies from Darby Smart right HERE including a Poppin’ notebook and aqua scissor! More after the break…


MY DIY | Tiny Neon Pots








I saw the cutest little pots at the craft store and I could not help but scoop up a few…miniature things are just too hard to resist! I had to give them a colorful makeover to match the decor of I SPY DIY Studio, so with a little paint they got an instant upgrade. HOW CUTE , right?! I proudly displayed them on top of a couple new books I added to my library: A Beautiful Mess’s Happy Handmade Home and Will Taylor’s Bright BazaarBoth are so colorful and happy, I highly recommend! More after the break…




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I have to admit, after seeing my LA friends on Instagram talking about 100 degree days, I fell into a cold weather funk. I am currently in jeans and a sweater in 52 degrees, and the realization that Summer is over in my part of the country is starting to sink in. In an attempt to remain cheerful, and not let the looming Winter stress me out, I gathered up some of the happiest images I could find on Pinterest. I mean honestly, how could they not make you smile! I think we should keep the bright going… show me some of your colorful photos! Tag them on instagram with #ispycolor, and I will make sure to repost my faves!

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NAIL ART | Black & Neon Accent Stripe





Whenever I get a fresh white gel manicure, the first thing I aways want to do it try out a new nail art technique, it’s the perfect blank canvas. Also, with gel mani’s you can just wipe away your mistakes with nail polish remover and the white stays, like a dry erase board! I saw some delicate stripe nails pop up on my instagram during Fashion Week, and was dying to try to emulate. I scoured my studio for striping tape, but came up empty handed. Plan B: I tried electrical tape (my favorite for nail art) to tape off super thin lines, and used a nail art brush to get a perfect(ish) thin stripe. Then I added a barely-there neon accent. I am SUPER stoked with how straight and clean looking it turned out! Supplies after the break…

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DIY INSPIRATION | White Studio Floors



As I type, the last coat of white paint is drying on my brand new white floor at I Spy DIY Studio!! When I first moved in, I got convinced to paint it grey to hide dirt, but I always dreamed of a all white workspace, so yesterday I bought the paint and went to town repainting the walls and half the studio floor white, creating a designated photo shoot area.  I am currently covered head-to-toe in white paint, but it was so worth it! I love love love the final result, it is truly a blank canvas.  Now I think I just need to implement a slipper rule to keep it from scuffing and getting dirty!

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MY DIY | Bleach Dyed Chambray Dress







I am no stranger to DIYing with bleach, some of my earliest posts involved dip-dying denim to get a half white/half blue jean result. This time around I tried a splattered look to amp up an acid washed chambray dress. Beware, a well ventilated area is crucial, and make sure to wear clothes that you will not be bummed about ruining. This is one of those project that you can really customize and add as much or a little bleach to reach your perfect splattered  look! Steps and supplies after the break…

MY OUTFIT | AEO Chambray Shirt Dress, Varsity Sweatshirt Jacket, Striped Backpack


MY DIY | Gold & Chalkboard Globe







Hey all! Sorry for the slow week, I got back from a weekend in Philly for Labor Day and have felt a little under the weather since. The good news is that finally organized my shelves to display my growing globe collection! I went back to the antique store to get the black globe, but was beyond bummed when I found out it sold the day before…I ended up scoring a super rad floor one (so many uniques one were less then $30, it was hard not to buy them all!) and picked up a $10 dollar cheapie to give a makeover.  With a little paint and some pretty poorly freehand drawn continents (neither geography or drawing are strong skills of mine) I had a new globe that fits in perfectly on my craft wall! Supplies and steps after the break!…





When I moved into a new apartment with more space, the plan was to live a more minimal and clutter free life…but then I decided it was way more fun to start collecting things to fill the space! (I shake my head as I type this…) I would not call it a collection quite yet, but I have purchased a few globes and am in the market for more, because a globe grouping looks crazy cool, right? I dig finding them at vintage stores, chatting up people about the the backstory, and determining the date of origin based off the countries that existed. I found a black globe that I was obsessed with at the thrift store a couple weeks back, but passes because the price was too high…but I am still thinking about it, so it might be time to go back and haggle over the price. I also have some DIY ideas I would love to try on a cheaper globe that’s looking for a makeover. Stay tuned!

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MY DIY | Neon Ombre Chairs








I bought these Ikea chairs without a real plan on how and where to use them.  They are patio chairs, but I don’t currently have a patio, so they have been living in I Spy DIY Studio, being used as extra seating during classes. My goal is to move into an apt with a balcony that would fit a patio set…a girl can dream… In the meantime, I am armed with neon and ready to spray, so decided to give them my signature ombre treatment (seen here, here and here).  It’s as simple as laying the chair on it’s side and spraying moving the nozzle further away as you work your way up the leg. Flip chair and repeat, let dry, Done!

DIY INSPIRATION | Colorful Chairs

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I just got some new neon spray paint and I am itching to use it on everything (it’s an addiction, I know)! Last week I added a little color to my walls, and now I am thinking of giving a few chairs an upgrade. I bought a set of 4 white chairs from Ikea that are just waaaaaaiting for a makeover. Now the question is, do I spray them solid colors? Ombre? Colorblocked? What do you think??

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