Frugal Flip – Leather Pants

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past season, you know leather is one of this fall’s hottest fashion staples. But taking the edgy look of leather and making to more real-way than runway is normally no easy feat…especially when the couture trend can cost thousands. But toss in the structure of a chambray shirt, the butter softness of your favorite tan sweater (cashmere optional) and grab your ol’ faithfuls….the classic Chuck Taylors to close. Then pop on a sexyRead more

Make Your Own Skinny Jeans!

Ahhh the “Skinny Jean”….a fashion forward look  we fought long and hard for years. Thinking they would make our stubby gams look less lean and lengthy and more like a top-heavy turkey leg, we clutched our favorite bootcuts like they were our first born. That is until we actually tried on a pair of skinnies and discovered we’d been wrong all along and purchased them immediately. From that day forward we were hooked. But replacing all of our trusty bootcutsRead more

A Rope Bracelet To Swing With

Whether it’s tribal themed, nautical-esque, or dripping with jewels and neon, Embellished Rope is a trend we can gladly pounce on. But spend our internet, phone & cable bundle cash on one stinkin’ bracelet? Um, no thanks. Lets try this on instead. Pick up some Rope, Crystal Chain, 2 colors of Embroidery Floss, Barrel Cord Ends & Jump Rings, the Clasp, Masking Tape and Gorilla Glue and Lets Do The DIY Thang, shall we! Cut the cord to fit your wrist; not too tight now. Tape the floss of your firstRead more

Moisten Your Locks Like Hula Honey Barbie

As the end of the year draws near we can’t help but notice the influence it’s had on us – mind, body and soul. The chill makes us unable to think about anything other than how cold it is, our skin is as dry and flaky as a biscuit and what the year’s worth of product  hasn’t wrecked in our hair the wind, rain and varying temperature has. We can eleviate one of those with the help of our newRead more

Behold The World’s Most Expensive Polish

Although we dont splurge often (we are proud frugalistas, after all) when we do it’s almost always on one of two things – Food……and nail polish. Because the former is necessary for living and we need to live to bring you the amazingness that’s here on DIY2EMC, that one’s a given. Nail polish, however, is our secret shame in the world of paying retail. Given we use it for a plethora of DIY ditties, it seems to justify the full price purchase most ofRead more

Re-Bling Your Bracelets

Our love of nail polish is undeniable (see evidence here and here and yes, even here) and now we’re taking our joy of revamping with it to a whole new level. If we can use China Glaze, Butter and Nars to bring the sexy back in our ear lobes couldn’t we add some flare to our wrists as well? The answer dear kiddies, is YES INDEEDY DO! Ready to put some boogie bo-jangle back in that old boring bangle? Then Lets DO The DIY Thang, shall we? FirstRead more

Wedge Me Up Before You Go-Go

Once upon a time, amidst the mid 90’s glitter pop, the platform sneaker was all the rage, especially by Spice Girl fans.  However, if you were seen sporting them, you were either embraced by fellow fans or ostracized by clueless anti-fans, various random haters of “Spice World” and of course, the fashion elite. Translation? Not a good look. Cut to the present day launch of Isabel Marant’s Willow sneaker, which instantly sold out and kicked off the trend that everyone and their mama is now embracing. From Chloe to Aldo, Steve Madden to ASH, Marc Jacobs to Top Shop andRead more

The Perfect Face Primer…By Monistat?

Yes you read that right! Monistat Chafing Gel is the exact same formula as Smashbox’ Photofinish Primer, as well as a few other high end face primers. Why is this important? Because the Monistat Chafing Gel is 1/5th their cost!  We were shocked and, to be honest, a bit hesitant. But after one use and seeing our simple foundation staying ALL DAY, we were hooked. So next time you find yourself in the ‘ladies aisle’ at Target, snag you some of thisRead more

Take Tacky To Trendy With Nail Polish!

We’ve all been there. Whether we did it to ourselves with an overzealous purchase or we were gifted a ‘charming’ little number, we’ve all got some doozies in our jewelry box that haven’t seen the light of day since the moment they were purchased. What was last season’s IT piece has now become this season’s worst nightmare but it was too pricey to trash or maybe there’s sentimental value in your ‘special piece’ but try as you may, you justRead more