DIY: Embroidered denim jacket!

We’re all about individual style, and customized denim jackets are an easy (and fun!) way to add a unique element to your look. ESPECIALLY this season – pins, patches and embroidered details are EVERYWHERE. Iron-on patches designed to look like embroidery will make your jacket look like it took hours to create, while actually only taking up a few minutes of your time.

(Pro tip: if you’re not into DIY, you can shop our embroidered jackets herehere and here)

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

To find our iron-on patches, we took a trip to M&J Trimming in NYC. We chose big, bold floral details that complemented our perfectly worn-in denim jackets, but if flowers aren’t your thing, they have tons of other super-cool patches including stars, tigers and tattoo-inspired designs. Keep reading for our DIY tutorial!

DENIM STYLES PERFECT FOR CUSTOMIZATION: Fray Hem Denim Jacket | Denim Vest
Women’s Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Women’s Jegging | Men’s Skinny | Men’s Slim

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Denim jacket (or other denim of choice!)
  • Iron-on patches (we found ours here)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or iron-safe surface
  • Thin piece of fabric (dish towel, washcloth, etc.)

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WHAT TO DO:

  1. Heat up the iron on high, no steam.
  2. Plan out your design! Lay your jacket on a flat surface and experiment with patch placement until you find an arrangement you like.
  3. Start ironing the patches on one at a time. Place patch on the desired area and cover with the thin fabric.
  4. Lay the iron over the patch for 30-60 seconds, giving the glue enough time to adhere to the jacket.
  5. Let the patch cool completely before checking to make sure it’s secure.
  6. Repeat for each patch!

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DIY Ugly Sweater For Last Minute Holiday Parties

Holiday party season is in full swing, and there’s always a chance you might get a last minute invite to one this weekend (or already have one on the calendar!). It seems like every year holiday parties require the best (or worst?) ugly sweater attire, so if you’re scrambling for a quick outfit to wear out this weekend, we can help. All you need are a few quick decorations and tools, most of which you probably already have on hand. Keep reading for our step-by-step guide to making a DIY Ugly Sweater for last minute holiday parties.

What You Need: 

1. Find the perfect sweater. We like our Ahhhmazingly Soft Jegging Sweater (pictured) or the Raglan V-Neck Sweater. Bright colors are best to really make your look stand out!

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2. Start with some tinsel. Use your hot glue gun or fabric glue to add some fun texture and depth to your sweater. In this case, the crazier it looks, the better!

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3. Glue on seasonal patches or pins. Grab your DCI Ugly Sweater Kit or pins, or make your own cutout holiday shapes from thick fabric like felt or fleece. Glue the patches over the tinsel for a 3-D effect.

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

4. Add your finishing touches. Take your sweater over-the-top and add finishing touches like mirror balls (you could even use ornaments here) and throw a necklace on top – extra points if your sweater lights up!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

COMPLETE YOUR LOOK: We like these little extras from our Holiday Party Shop for the ultimate ugly sweater party outfit .

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How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving

Let’s face it – the holiday season is stressful. We’re embarking on a month of non-stop holiday adventures and family gatherings, and the last thing we want on our plate (other than a tenth scoop of mashed potatoes) is another party to plan, right? Still, in a time when we have the MOST to do, it’s nice to sit down and relax, preferably with friends who totally get what you’re feeling. That’s why we’re huge fans of Thanksgiving’s BFF, Friendsgiving. Friendsgiving is great because there’s no pressure to make every detail perfect – you can play with your decor & food and still throw a beautiful gathering for your closest pals (who, honestly, are like a second family).

In the spirit of giving thanks for all of the people who we can spill our deepest, darkest secrets to & who make us laugh uncontrollably, we’re showing you how to host an easy Friendsgiving dinner. Preparation for this get together doesn’t need to be difficult; a few DIY decorations really set the mood. Send out invites to your friends (we recommend a potluck dinner to keep things as simple as possible) & get the party started. Check out our Friendsgiving Guide below for our favorite tips, tricks & an easy dessert recipe to complete your Friendsgiving menu.

Set The Table

  • For a quick & festive tablecloth you already have on-hand, drape large blanket scarves over the table. Any spills can be removed in the wash! We like this one: Plaid Blanket Scarf.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix & match dishes. Check out your nearest thrift store to find pieces that are mismatched but still work together. Stick to a similar color family.
  • Cut brown paper down for DIY placemats for a no-hassle cleanup & a rustic feel. You can even use brown paper bags!

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Remember Why You’re Gathering

  • Yes, one of Friendsgiving’s main pros is the amazing food & drink spread, but take a minute to remember the real reason you’re hanging out around the table. On each placemat, prompt guests to write down what they’re thankful for & talk about it before digging in.

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Pumpkin Serving Bowl

  • Find a huge pumpkin and a bowl that is just a bit smaller in size.
  • Cut the top off the pumpkin & scoop out the insides.
  • Place the large bowl inside the pumpkin to serve drinks, mocktails & more.

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Gourd-geous Votive Candles

  1. Choose different sizes and colors of gourds or small pumpkins.
  2. Using a pumpkin carving knife, cut small circles out of the tops of each.
  3. Scoop out the insides.
  4. Put votive candles of varying sizes in each pumpkin.

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Simple Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkin “Pie”

Ingredients

  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 1 package marshmallows (10.5 oz)
  • 1 box Rice Krispie cereal (18 oz), with 2 c set aside
  • 1/2 c pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the better.
  2. Add marshmallows and melt, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the marshmallow mixture is melted, combine 2/3 c of marshmallow with 2 c cereal and mix together.
  4. Add 1/2 c pumpkin & pumpkin spice to remaining marshmallow mixture in the pan and combine.
  5. Press the cereal/marshamallow mixture around the outside of a springform pan to create the “crust”.
  6. Remove the pumpkin/marshmallow mixture from heat and, after a few moments, mix in the rest of the cereal in the box.
  7. Press pumpkin/marshmallow/cereal mixture into the center of the “pie”.
  8. Cover & let cool completely before cutting.

Do you have any tips for throwing a Friendsgiving party? Let us know in the comments & show us how you’re celebrating on Instagram.

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AEO DIY: Sea Salt Hair Spray

From Gigi Hadid to Olivia Palermo some of our favorite celebrities and fashion icons rock the perfect beach wave. We’ve put together an easy step by step guide on how to create your very own sea salt hair spray to give you those effortless ready-for-summer strands. Move over Becky with the good hair…it’s our time to shine.

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Materials you’ll need:
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon water-based hair gel
1/2 teaspoon leave-in conditioner
1/2 teaspoon argan oil (optional)
1 to 2 drops of essential oil of choice for fragrance (optional. We prefer rose or lavender scents)
Pot and stove top (or microwavable bowl or cup)
Spray bottle that can hold more than a cup of water
Utensil for stirring
Measuring spoons

Steps:
1. Heat water just before boiling in pot or bowl. Remove from heat.
2. Add your salt, stirring occasionally until it’s completely dissolved.

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3. Add the fun stuff! (Hair gel, leave-in conditioner, argan oil and essential oil). Stir until ingredients are completely combined.

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4. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before pouring it into the spray bottle.

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5. Give that bottle a good shake.

How To Apply:
Always shake your spray before applying. For best results, spray a few spritzes two inches from roots on either dry or wet hair. Scrunch, twist and toss your hair to create that perfectly messy texture. Spray and scrunch until you’ve reached your desired look! Pro tip: Use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.

Do you have any other good hair DIY tips? Tell us in the comments below!

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How To Create A DIY Printed Tote With I SPY DIY

For our last holiday installment with Jenni R., from I SPY DIY, we’re creating a do-it-yourself printed tote! Do your last minute holiday shopping in style or, fill your bag with goodies and gift to your bestie for something you know they’ll “totes” love. Check out Jenni’s easy step-by-step guide below and start creating your very own.

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What you need:
Street Level Metallic Reversible Tote

Leather paint

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What to do: 
Step 1: Start by painting on a row of triangle.

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Step 2: Fill in random triangles with silver and neon yellow. Let dry.

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Step 3: Pack up your gifts and head home!

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How To Create DIY Marshmallows With I SPY DIY

This holiday has been one of our favorite seasons to date. With great #AEOGIFTS, friends and family, it’s no wonder we’re embracing every day with open arms. To make the holidays even better, our favorite DIY guru, Jenni R., from I SPY DIY shows us how to make our very own marshmallows! Check out her recipe below and start sprucing up that hot chocolate. Don’t forget to add critter mittens to make this tasty treat taste look even sweeter.

IMG_0118What You’ll Need:

  1. Critter Mittens
  2. 9×13 baking dish, buttered generously
  3. snowflake cookie cutters, any size
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  6. 2 cups granulated sugar
  7. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 tablespoons pure vanilla
  10. 2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, for coating

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Step 1: In a stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, add gelatin packets and 1/2 cup water. Let stand for water to soak into the gelatin. (You could use a large bowl and hand mixer if you do not own a stand mixer. Just make sure the bowl is deep enough to avoid anything splattering out. Mixer will become very hot later.)

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Step 2: In a saucepan, on high heat, add in sugar, salt, corn syrup, and remaining 1/2 cup water. Stir to combine, and then let mixture come to a boil. Let mixture boil for 1 minute, and then remove from heat.

Step 3: Turn stand mixer on to low to combine the gelatin. Then slowly start to add the hot mixture. Be very careful at this point!

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Step 4: Once the hot mixture is combine, turn stand mixer up to high, and mix for 12 minutes. Batter should become white and thick. Turn off mixer to add in vanilla, and then back on briefly to combine.

Step 5: Using a spatula, transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Working quickly, smooth out mixture evenly. (Because holy moly this stuff is sticky!)

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Step 6: Using a piece of greased plastic wrap, cover the marshmallow mixture and let sit at least 3 hours. (Or overnight!) Marshmallows will be too sticky to cut out right away.

Step 7: Cookie cutter time! This is where the powdered sugar comes in. As you start to cut out your shapes, coat the marshmallows with a generous amount of the powdered sugar. (I also find it beneficial to coat my cookie cutters with the powdered sugar as I go.)

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Step 8: Eat and Enjoy! Or wait and make some hot chocolate to put them in.

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