Fashion Swap

Hello Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful start to the year! Today we are sharing a party we threw for two of our ladies here at We Heart Bows, Cherry and Clarissa. As fashion lovers, we decided it would be fun host a fashion swap party for the two birthday girls.  What a great way to get rid of clothing and accessories we were tired of and swap them for new things to refresh our wardrobe.

Our wonderful friend Loan offered her beautiful new salon as a venue. We found some great ideas on Pinterest and decided to make it Kate Spade inspired. We started off with a bright pink, black, white and gold color scheme. Paperless Post had the perfect Kate Spade New York invitations, pink and gold topped with a bow, of course. Here are some photos and details of the event. Enjoy!

FS_1Venue: L Beauty Bar/ DIY shopping bags

FS_2Sips/ Treats /DIY Paper flowers/ DIY favor poppers

FS_3The guests were asked to bring 5 items and were given clothespins with their initials to pin on the items they wanted.

FS_4Drawings were held for items with more than one pin.

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Happy Ladies with their full shopping bags.

We had so much fun putting this together. Everything turned out so beautifully. Special thank you to our guests and L Beauty Bar. Thanks for stopping by and hope you are inspired to host a fashion swap with your friends!

DIY Clutch

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Hello everyone! Here is a fun DIY project we did a little while back. We were inspired by Gucci and all of the monogrammed purses and clutches we’ve been seeing in stores and online. We found these awesome and inexpensive clutches from Forever 21 and decided to make our own. This would also make a great gift. Who doesn’t love something personalized? Forever 21 seems to be sold out of the clutches online so check in stores, and American Apparel also has a great selection of real leather pouches. Give it a try this weekend if you’re feeling crafty!

1. Start with a plain clutch, some acrylic paint, brushes, sponge applicators, painters or washi tape

2. Tape off the area you would like to paint. We decided to do stripes so measure equally on both sides to make it centered.

3. Start painting making sure to do thin coats to prevent bleeding. You’ll need about 2 to 3 coats for each color. Make sure the paint is completely dry before you tape off again for additional stripes (f you do this, be very careful, the paint can peel off if you do it too soon). We used a hair dryer on the cool setting to speed up the drying process.

4. For the monogram we made a custom stencil based it off of this tutorial. We printed out different sized letters in plain, bold font. Tape painters tape or washi tape over it and cut out the letters with an X-Acto knife. Carefully peel off the tape from the paper and use the tape as your stencil. This didn’t work that well for some of us. So we tried doing it free hand and some different stencils from the craft store.

5. Let the paint dry completely and you have your finished clutch!

TIP: Use a baby wipe or alcohol pad if you mess up. It comes right out!

Check out our Instagram to see how we finished off our clutch with a little extra something.

Our First Hair Tutorial!

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We are so excited to share our first hair tutorial with you! This is a great way to freshen up a classic bun, created by our very own hair pros, Cherry and Jane. Try it this weekend!

  1. Start with second day hair if possible (this holds the style best), if it’s freshly washed, add some curl.
  2. Spray in a texture spray throughout for hold.
  3. Part hair from ear to ear at the crown in a horseshoe shape, creating a top and bottom section.
  4. With an elastic secure top section at the crown a high ponytail, this is where your bun will be.
  5. French braid the bottom section starting at the nape of the neck working your way up to the ponytail.
  6. Secure bottom section into the top with a separate elastic.  Wrap your hair into a bun, securing with bobby pins.
  7. Voila! You have a braided bun. Finish with some hairspray and you can stop here if you like.
  8. For some added fun, put a bow on it!

Enjoy! Stay tuned for more tutorials coming your way.  If you try this and post it on Instagram, tag us @weheartbowsblog. We’d love to see it!