Yesterday I received a Thank You card in the mail from a student who came to my first DIY class, and I have to say, it put a huge smile on my face. I always want to be one of those people who sends notes; they are just so lovely to receive. On a regular basis, I think to myself ” I have to remember to send them a thank you card.”  Sadly, mailing something is such a monumental task in my head, I never seem to follow through. So I was thinking, maybe if I had some super rad cards, I would be more inspired to send them out. After poking around the handmade section on Etsy, I found a batch of super cute ones and had to share. I might have to give making my own a try! Tell me, do you send Thank You cards, I can’t be the only one bad at it… right?.

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MY DIY | Super Distressed Denim Jacket


Taking the lead from the most fashionable ladies in the biz, I embarked on a denim distressing journey…sorry not just distressing, SUPER distressing.  This DIY is definitely for those with a chunk of time and a lot of patience, and maybe for those looking to get out a little aggression. The first part is the most fun; sanding, slicing, and beating up the jacket to give it the uber worn in look. Then came the pulling out of the threads. As I sat on my couch watching The Bachelorette, I mean…the news…putting out each individual one to expose the white strings, I wondering what I had gotten myself into. But, in the end, I was so stoked with the outcome, I immediately started on a pair of jean shorts. Click through for the step-by-step, and stay tuned for a whole mess more outfit photos tomrw!

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Steps & Supplies after the break!
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DIY INSPIRATION | Super Distressed Denim Jacket



First there was distressed denim, and now there is DISTRESSED denim.  We have gone way past everyday wear & tear to looking like we got a hug from Edward Scissorshands. I actually think the trend looks super tough in the best way possible. I have noticed is the key to styling is keeping your outfit basic, and letting your shredded denim shine. I gave it a go on my own oversized jean jacket, and even though it was a bit on the time consuming side (you gotta work for good distressing) I think the final result was worth it. Stay tuned!

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MY DIY | Polka Dot Kite

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Today was hot hot hot! One of those Summer days where an ice cream cone and short jean shorts are mandatory. The life saver of the day was a breeze off the water that not only broke the heat, but was the perfect amount of gusto for a little kite flying! My little nephews are coming into town this weekend, and I was looking for the perfect craft to keep up “Cool Aunt Jenni” status, so I pull together some items in my studio to create my own kite. Then, I of course had to take it for a spin in my ridiculously cute new UGG wedges.  I was stoked that my plastic tablecloth and washi tape creation took flight (until an unfortunate rock collision), and looked super fly while doing so. I opted for polkadots, but the cool thing is you can customize your kite with super cheap plastic table clothes from your local dollar or party store. Now fingers crossed that my nephew’s kite take flight! Check out steps after the break…






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INSPIRATION | Pretty Pastels






I hit a bit of a block last week and was seriously lacking in creativity. A couple of the projects I started were not quite giving me the results I was hoping for, so I decided not to share them, and a lot of the new projects I wanted to post are being made into DIY kits, so there is a little lag time on those (waiting is the worst for this girl whose has no patience). I was in a bit of a wheels spinning moment, not quite sure what to make next. So I took a breather to find some inspiration. Sometimes, Pinterest can have a negative affect on me, I get overwhelmed and a bit discouraged after perusing thorough a million perfect pins. This week, instead of getting sucked down an online rabbit hole, I sat down with a friend and follow DIYer at a coffee shop and share some of our favorite crafty ideas and inspiration. It was nice to bounce ideas off each other, and brainstorm new ways to recreate the on-trend fashion and home items we were coveting. We shared some pins we were loving, and it somehow became less intimidating when you could chat about each, instead of falling into a downward click spiral. The great thing is that I left our little Pinterest tete-e-tete with ideas and inspired to DIY, so stay tuned! In the meantime, a few images that gave the creative brain waves the electric jolt it need!

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DIY INSPIRATION | Letter Pillows



I am feeling pretty good because my apt and I Spy DIY studio are, what I would consider, officially decorated. Granted, I am in a constant state of moving things around and hanging new art, I finally feel like all the big purchases are out of the way and the space is fully functional. One of my favorite things about the studio is that most everything in the space is a DIY project; from the shelves to the tables, to the desks, to the decorations. And I love that new personal touches are constantly being added. My awesome Mom knitted me some pillows for the seating area and I was brainstorming ideas for stitching a little something personal on to each. I found a bunch of rad options that I had to share. I am thinking a giant “J” might look quite nice. Stay tuned to see how they turn out!

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UPDATE | DIY Kits & Classes



A brief lull in post while I am working some super exciting things! First up, so stoked to be partner up with the amazing Darby Smart to bring you all more DIY kits each month! I get a lot of question on where to get supplies, and now we will be able to send everything you need, bundled in box, straight to your door. I would LOVE to hear what kind of projects and supplies you all want more of: bracelets? Statement necklaces? Home projects? Jewelry storage? Let me know! Also classes are starting up in I SPY DIY Studio this week, wooot! More to come soon!

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INSPIRATION | Off-the-shoulder Top



Not too long ago I chopped 5 inches off my hair, and it’s been much easier to manage, so I’ve been contemplating going shorter…and maybe redder. Of course, I googled Taylor Tomasi Hill for hours for the perfect inspiration photo, which led to the top picture of a her in a shoulder baring top. I obviously need the perfect clavicle baring top to go with my new imaginary shorter haircut,  right?!?  Cue to my next search spiral. I had to share a few of my favorite exaggerated versions that were the stars of past fashion weeks. Even though they are a little over-the-top, I think a tamer version could be just perfect with a pair of cutoffs. Now comes the question, do I DIY or buy??


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