Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How to Add Your Own Handwriting to Your Photos (Part I)

Using your own handwriting is a great way to add a personal touch to your photos. There are a few ways to do this. The first and most convenient way is to create your own font. This is what I have been using in my layout and recent photos.

There are lots of websites out there for creating your own fonts. The one I chose to use is a free website called because it's pretty straight-forward and easy to use. For this, you will need a printer, scanner, a pencil, and a black felt pen. When you go to the website, you will find a link to the template they provide, and you can download and print it.

The next step is to fill out the form. I would suggest writing lightly in pencil first in case you make a mistake. Make sure your letters stay inside the lines. Anything outside of the gray box will get cut off.

Once you've perfected your letters, go over your pencil lines with a black felt pen or thin marker.

Give the ink a little bit of time to fully dry and then go back and erase your pencil lines.

Scan the page into your computer. The suggested settings are to scan as grayscale at 300dpi.

After your form is scanned, go back to to name and upload your form.

Now that you've created your font, you can download and install it onto your computer.

Now, you have a personalized font that you can use in any photo editing software on your computer.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.
For other ways to add your own handwriting to your photos, take a look at Part 2 and Part 3.

Follow my Quotes board on Pinterest for some inspirational quotes to add to your photos.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Outfit 167

Last weekend I had a little photoshoot with my friend Lauren. Here is one of the looks from the shoot.
More photos at

UNIF leopard print jacket; Vintage mint green sheer pleated dress.
Photos by LB Photography

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Rock Baby Rock

“Rock Baby Rock” : Amica February 2013
Model: Cisco Tschurtschenthaler
Photographer: Richard Phibbs

More from this editorial here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Steal the Runway :: Mara Hoffman Fall 2012

Steal the Runway :: Mara Hoffman Fall 2012

I love this dress from Mara Hoffman's fall collection.
The same look can be achieved by tucking a printed top into a maxi skirt.

American Apparel Aztec Print Tank Top,, $40
Mango ankle length skirt, $60 Sphinx Collar Necklace, $25
American Apparel Wool Floppy Hat, $40

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How To: Distressed Jeans DIY

I love the worn-in look and it's pretty popular right now. Destroying your own jeans is a lot cheaper than buying them in the store and it only takes a short amount of time. Here's a quick DIY on how to put holes in your jeans.

For this project, you will need:
-Pair of jeans
-Chalk or fabric marker
-An old book or hard surface
-Razor or precision knife
-Tweezers or pliers

Jeans that are made of 100% cotton work best because they fray and hold shape better, but you can still use jeans that are made of a cotton blend. If they have spandex in them, it takes a little extra work to make them look frayed and they tend to bunch together if the jeans themselves aren't form-ftting. So if you are using jeans that are a elastane or spandex blend, they should be skinny jeans. If you are using jeans that flare at the bottom, try to only make holes in the upper part where they fit tightly. The jeans I used in this tutorial are actually 2% elastane.

Denim is made of two different threads woven together. The vertical threads are blue and horizontal ones white. The goal is to remove the blue threads while keeping the white threads somewhat in tact.

Step 1: Use the chalk to lightly draw horizontal lines on the jeans where you want to make your cuts. For an asymmetrical shape, make your lines different lengths and space them out differently. The chalk should come off in the wash, but press lightly just in case.

Step 2: Slide the book into pants leg. This will give you a hard surface to work on and prevent
you from cutting through to the back side of the jeans.

Step 3: Use the razor to make cuts along the chalk lines.

Step 4: Use tweezers to loosen some of the white threads on top and bottom of each cut. I used needle nose tweezers for this step because they make it easier to dig out the threads. Loosening the white threads prepares you for the next step and also creates a frayed edge. The number of threads you loosen depends on how long you want your frayed edge to be. I made mine about half a centimeter long.

Step 5: Use the tweezers to pull out all of the blue threads in between the two cuts. I used tweezers for this tutorial, but pliers may be needed for stiffer fabrics.

When you're finished the first section, it will look something like this.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the other sections.

Different lengths and spacing between the lines make different shaped holes.

For a thin line, make two very short cuts.

After you're finished, throw your jeans in the wash to rough them up even more.


If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!

Follow my Fashion Tips board on Pinterest for more ideas and DIY's.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Outfit 166

Easy Rider Jacket by UNIF; Blouse from; Vintage silk maxi skirt; Boots from