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In an effort to honor the sanctity of the Summer Bucket list, I decided to kick things off by shopping for sunglasses. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for; I wanted sunnies with that little extra something special. It is summer after all. Like I thought, the internet came through like a champ and I found all sorts of wonderful over the top options. The price tag however… I’m just looking for something fun, not a lifelong style commitment. Fortunately, there is this wonderful thing called Amazon, and it was more than happy to hook me up with plenty of options, all of which were under $20. Here are my top contenders.
- Pastel Strip Oversized Sunnies
- Blue Jeweled Cat Eye Sunglasses
- Sparkling Geometric Rose Fade Sunglasses
- Gold Accented Sunnies
- Jeweled Leopard Cat Eye Sunglasses
- Royal Pink Star Spangled Sunnies
- Pearl & Rhinestone Oversized Sunglasses
- Two Tone Baroque Swirl Sunglasses
- Engraved Floral & Gold Leaf Sunnies
What do you think? I am finding myself having a hard time deciding which to get, and I would honestly be grateful for opinions and recommendations at this point.
Here I sit, on the up side of a truly horrendous tax season. I made it, everything that needed to happen happened, and the phone has finally stopped ringing, and oh my goodness am I looking forward to going home on time today. I have the Walk Off the Earth song Summer Vibe going on repeat and I am mentally making these glasses to take on our yearly beach trip at the end of the summer.
Start by drawing out a pattern – feel free to copy mine! Each cross stitch has four holes, forming a square, so the pattern will look like a grid. Color coding the stitches helps develop the pattern. After the pattern is drawn out on piece of paper, copy the pattern with a felt tip marker on the sunglasses. Nail polish remover will remove any mistakes.
Use the hand held drill or Dremel to drill the holes. To prevent skidding or scratching, place the tip of the drill bit on top of the marked area before turning on the drill. Place a good amount of pressure for a clean drill. Once all the holes are drilled, clean off any leftover marks with a paper towel and nail polish remover.
Thread the needle with embroidery floss – make sure the head of the needle is small enough to fit through the holes. Tie a double knot at the end of the floss and snip off any excess. Thread the floss through the holes, following the pattern. Start from the upper left corner down to the lower right corner and then from the upper left corner down to the lower right corner, forming an X. Start the next stitch so it uses two of the same holes as the previous.
Finish off the color with a double knot on the backside.
Continue cross stitching with the second color and then the third color.
Repeat on the other side.
Voila, embroidered sunnies complete!
Images and tutorial by HonestlyWTF
Now that we’ve reached the portion of the year where sunglasses are almost a mandatory part of every ensemble, it’s time for a little something special. Sure there are plenty of options on the market, neon 80’s inspired numbers, glamorous over sized tortoise shell frames or the whimsical heart shaped glasses that my mom always kept on hand for her budding fashion disigner. Inspired by Dolce & Gabbana‘s Fall Collection, the ladies of Honestly…WTF have come up with the perfect summer counterpart for the headband they featured earlier this year.
What you’ll need:
- a pair of sunglasses
- a variety of ceramic roses and flowers
- disposable container or popsicle stick
- a handful of toothpicks
Start by squeezing a small amount of E6000 into a disposable container or onto a wooden popsicle stick. I like to use a small amount at a time, as the glue tends to dry quickly. Using the tip of a toothpick, apply a dollop of glue onto the back of the largest ceramic flower.
Press the flower firmly onto the outer corner of the sunglasses. Hold it in place, for at least a minute, until the glue sets. Working along the top of the glasses, continue to add smaller flowers.
Add a few small flowers down the right side of the glasses. After most of the flowers have set, unfold the sunglasses and add a couple of larger flowers on the temples or arms.
Repeat on the other side and allow to dry for a couple of hours.
*Side Note – I know from experience that this glue has a very VERY strong smell. Make sure the area you work in is well ventilated. I would also give your newly decorated shades a few days to dry/air out after your done.
Images and tutorial from Honestly…WFT