In a world of $250 "artfully distressed" denim and shoes that cost more than a month's rent, DIY projects are a tempting (and affordable) alternative. We at Fashionista both understand and fully support this notion. That's why we're thrilled with the number of DIY emails we've received over the last few days, and we're more than happy to share. The style mavens over at Condenasty took a cue from our post on Malene Birger's amazing necklace and got crafty. The formula? A black sash and ball-chains from the hardware store. Brightestyoungthings quenched their Marc craving with a DIY inspired by his metal-studded flats. They use black Capezio ballet slippers as their building block, which earns them points for being cheap and chic. And today, Styledash features a "vintage jeans" tutorial from Threadbanger - apparently, coffee, sandpaper and a cheese grater will do the trick. These are bound to keep us busy (more like 'procrastinating'), but if you've got any brilliant DIYs of your own, feel free to tip us off. --SARAH MUEHLBAUER
How To Do Your Own Japanese-Style 3-D Nail Art and Not Glue Your Fingers Together
When I started getting into nail art, I REALLY got into nail art. Like stayed up until 3am poring over Tumblrs and blogs, eventually landing on archives from the Tokyo Nail Exposition--an annual event in Japan where nail techs turn out mural-like talons and glue anything from pearls and rhinestones to mini plastic Hello Kittys on nails. I decided I, too, needed to have bizarre shapes glued on my fingertips. Flat was not enough. It was time to go 3D. Envisioning bedazzled, Harajuku-type bows artfully dotted across my nails, I ordered a sets of rhinestones and various colored pearls, flowers and bows, that came with their own bottles of nail glue (which would soon prove my demise). However, my ambitions were greater than my abilities and the first attempt was a disaster.