Friday, December 28, 2012

DIY Inspiration: Leather necklaces

Here are some examples of the amazing versatility of leather. As you guys probably know, this is one of my favorite DIY supplies. It allows you to use almost any DIY technique ever existed, such as spray paint, studs, sewing, textile glue... 

Click here to see link to a leather necklace I did a some weeks ago.

Hope you are all having a great holiday season :)



Saturday, December 22, 2012

23 DIY ideas to brighten up your home this Christmas

By now you guys are probably almost ready for Christmas, but here are some of the coolest Holiday DIY's I've seen lately. Most of these projects are perfect to make with kids during these days. 

Hope you all have a very merry Christmas


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dreaming of a DIY Christmas

This week I've had the honor of making a Christmas DIY for Telva, a prestigious spanish fashion magazine. The purpose was to suggest a different kind of Christmas decoration, more personal and more handmade. But without a doubt, the greatest honor has been to share this experience with four wonderful bloggers such as 2nd Funniest ThingCon Botas de AguaFácil y Sencillo y Atelier Decor.

You can see my project on TELVA's website

Sunday, December 16, 2012

DIY shoes series vol.2 (video)

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The other day I uploaded the second video in my DIY shoes series. Actually, I wasn't going to create an entry for this, because you guys already know this project. It's the one I did for the Craft Wars, but I obviously had to wait for a few weeks to share it. Hope you guys like it anyway :)
  Stay tunned because there are a lot more projects coming up! I just can't wait to get a few days off this Christmas... I think I will just stay home making new DIYs and videos. That's my idea of a perfect Christmas time, what's yours? By the way... Have you guys made any DIY to decorate your homes this holiday season? I would love to hear about it!



Sunday, December 9, 2012

DIY Project: LBD Rehab

So finally here it is! This is my first proyect for Kaiser On Heels, a spanish online fashion magazine. You can read it on their website, it's totally free.

And here's the video. I'm sorry I can't add subtitles in here, but they're not really necessary: you guys just need to watch. If there's anything you don't understand, just ask!

As I told you a few days ago on Twitter and Instagram, the DIY I made for Kaiser On Heels was an LBD makeover with a baroque touch. But this DIY is actually two projects in one. It was a black bodycon dress with a cross neck strap, but it didn't fit well to my shoulders. So what I did was to transform it into a bandeau, dress and I also made it a little bit shorter. In fact, I was about to start this blog with this dress, but I accidentally lost all the pictures of how it was before and the process. Anyway I illustrated the DIY process for you guys.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DIY Project: Beaded Heels

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Today I'm so happy because I finally can show this project, which is by far one of my favorite DIY's I've ever done. If you like these shoes, do not hesitate and make them! The difference between having a regular pair of peep toes and having one like these is just 40 minutes of DIY (about 20 minutes for each shoe). I'm explaining everything on the video, don't forget to activate the subtitles in English ;)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Craft Wars! The die has been cast

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I'm so glad to finally being able to show you guys my project for Buzzfeed's Craft Wars.

When it comes to DIY, sometimes the fear of spoiling the garment we want to customize pulls us backwards. What I did was to create a removable accessory with studs that lets you totally change the look of your shoes when you want them to be a little bit more eye-catching, but also lets you go back to your neutral shoes if you want to. For this craft challenge, I chose these black peep toe shoes, but this DIY is suitable for any kind of heeled shoes, even boots. 

Besides, this crossed strap will add an extra holding to your feet and will make it easier for you to walk in your court shoes. I don’t know if this also happens to you guys but sometimes, the heel of the shoes doesn’t keep my feet in place when I walk, so every step I make the shoe comes out, no matter if it’s my right size. This is so uncomfortable because I have to give walking my full attention.

Don't forget to vote!
The die has been cast

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

LBD Rehab: 10 ideas to update your Little Black Dress

I'm sorry not to be able to update this blog as much as I would like. However, I have some new DIYs ready, and some new videos. One of them will be my first collaboration with the magazine Kaiser on Heels, which is coming up this week.

These new projects will focus on Christmas. I'll show you how to update some wardrobe essentials such as an LBD or a pair of black court shoes in order to make them look a little bit more eye-catching. Hope you guys like this LBD rehab inspiration! 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

My DIY inspiration for Craft Wars

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Recently I was invited to take part on the Craft Wars, organized by BuzzFeed. This month's challenge was studded shoes, which is not as easy as it seems. Even though I love studs, I think it's a quite limited material if you want to come up with something really unique. So I took this as a personal challenge. Can't wait to show you guys the result!

So here are some pictures that inspired me for this challenge. I hope you guys like this :) 
Remember that if you have any doubts about studs you can read my Guide for the Use of Studs and Spikes, even though I will have to give update it, as I just discovered a new method.

1. Valentino 2. Giuseppe Zanotti 3. Carvela 4. Casadei 5. Giuseppe Zanotti

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DIY Nail Art video tutorial: cat nails

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Hi everyone!
Here's a DIY Nail Art video tutorial inspired by these booties I made a few weeks ago and my new cat watch that I showed you on Instagram (@sylvia_daretodiy). I'm aware that this nail art is a little bit special and not everybody would dare to wear it. Anyway, hope you guys enjoy this video!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

(The best) Nail Art Inspiration

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Last week I discovered something I just couldn't keep to myself: it is, without any sort of doubt, the best nail art blog I've ever seen, Its name is Polish All The It is not easy to find creative, funny and elegant designs without all those tacky 3D roses. Enjoy the inspiration!
But there's something really sad in this story: I had already seen some of these designs but I hadn't ever heard of this wonderful blog. The reason is that some Instagram profiles (some of them with more than 600K followers) steal the contents that some talented people create and they don't even mention the author.

After seeing the blog of this girl, and all the work that's behind every post she makes (just take a look the quality of the pictures, she takes them with a macro) I decided to unfollow all those profiles. I know it's not easy because they post really nice pictures and so inspiring contents. However, we should all be aware that they are winning followers and making money thanks to the work of photographers, artists, designers and bloggers that remain in anonymity. 
And here's my version of her giraffe design I showed you guys a few days ago on Instagram (sylvia_daretodiy).

Hope you guys loved this inspiration as much as I do!


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Whistling in the rain

Trench coat: DIY (Stradivarius)
Glasses: Mister Spex
Leather skirt: Asos
Boots: Hunter for Jimmy Choo
Bag: Francesco Biasia (old)

Here are some outfit pictures with my brand new DIY Kill Bill inspired trench coat. I decided to wear it with my favorite bag, my floodproof Hunter Boots and a leather skirt. And these are my new glasses that I won on a giveaway organized by my beloved Fashion Quite, which was sponsored by Mister Spex. I usually buy everything online but I had never dared to buy glasses without trying them on first. However, this has been a great experience: these glasses are exactly what I wanted and the refraction is perfect.

Hope you guys have a great Halloween!


Monday, October 29, 2012

DIY Project: Kill Bill inspired trench coat

So the movie that inspires this week's DIY is... Kill Bill!
I've been in love for years with the trench coat that Elle Driver wears on the famous whistle scene from Kill Bill. So, making this DIY means a lot fot me, I'm so excited with this. I love the imperfect effect of the strokes and that comic style. This trench coat appears just a few seconds on the movie but it's so eye-catching, I really love it!

And here's the DIY video tutorial. I'll show guys an outfit with this trench in a few days! 
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What do you guys think? Is there any garment from a movie you really fell for? 
Hope you guys liked this ;)


Thursday, October 25, 2012

DIY project: leather and studs necklace

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You know what? I've been dying for weeks to show you guys this DIY. I even had this picture ready to be posted on Instagram (sylvia_daretodiy)... But I've had to contain myself until today, because this project is the result of my first collaboration with DaWanda. It's a website that allows designers and artists to sell their products online. And so, it is also a great place to find unique and handmade products. When they asked me to collaborate with their DIY blog I just couldn't say no.

Click here for the full DIY tutorial

Hope you guys like this DIY, it's a great idea for a Christmas gift. In fact, I made another necklace like this for my best friend's birthday and she loved it, at least that's what she told me ;)


Monday, October 22, 2012

DIY Inspiration: cinema trench coats

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As I announced a few days ago on Twitter my next DIY victim is going to be a trench coat! I have a DIY idea in my mind since Spring; I can't wait to make it and see how it looks like. This project will be inspired by a movie, but I'm not going to tell you which one, at least not yet. I want to keep the secret a little bit more... But don't worry, here's a little bit of inspiration that I got from some classic movies that, without a trench coat, wouldn't have been the same.
Have a great monday!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

DIY project: japanese inspired floral print

Bright colors and flowers for the winter? My answer is yes, definitely. I think we've had enough grayscales on our Fall/Winter clothes. As I said in my last post, I'm so glad to see that we're all leaving behind some ideas such as "intense colors are just for summer" or "flowers are for spring". With this project, I'm trying to demonstrate that cheerful patterns may work on winter clothes. I just used textile paint to update this skirt. What do you guys think?

And finally here's the first video I recorded, my hated 4 cameras video: I had to try 4 different cameras until I found The One, so I ended up exhausted. Hope you guys forgive me for the poor quality of the image in some parts of the video. Next ones will be better!

(I'll be doing a video in english soon)
Want more inspiration?
Check out the work of the artist Takashi Murakami. You might have heard about him because he was the one who colored Louis Vuitton's  signature monogram.
As always, hope you guys liked it!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

DIY Inspiration: Winter Flowers

So here's my inspiration for my next DIY. All these looks belong the Fall collections from some of my favorite designers, such as Christopher Kane. There are two things on this that really catch my attention: the influence of the japanese drawing on some floral prints, and the fact that now they are fashionable throughout all the year, not just in Spring. I'll upload a new DIY videotutorial very soon!
Have a nice day :)
Bottega Venetta RTW 2012

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