I’ve been lusting after a chain-trimmed clutch for months now, but since keeping a roof over my head takes priority, I had no choice but to get creative. A deconstructed chain necklace and simple clutch were all I needed to make this copycat version, but you better believe that when the weather gets warmer (and sleeping on the beach is totally acceptable), one of those brand name babies will be mine for real.

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What you’ll need:

  • Pliers
  • Box chain necklace, long enough to cover the whole perimeter of the bag
  • Clutch (I used a scuba material foldover clutch)
  • Needle and thread

How to do it:

  1. Using the pliers, undo the last links of the necklace (the ones that connect the chain to the clasp). Now you should just have a length of chain.
  2. Line up the very last link of the chain with the corner of the clutch.
  3. Double-thread your needle, either with a similarly hued thread or a contrasting color of your choice.
  4. Holding the chain flush to the edge of the clutch, bring the needle in and out through the links of the chain and edge of the clutch with a simple whipstitch.
  5. If there is a visible seam at the edges of your clutch, try to keep your stitches as close to it as possible.
  6. Once you’ve attached the chain all the way around, use your pliers to disconnect any excess chain links.

That’s it! Rock it with a pair of printed pumps and an LBD or keep it casual with flats and jeans – this clutch goes from done-up to laid-back instantly (with just enough edge).

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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March 2, 2013

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I’ve been itching to experiment with ombre dip-dye for months now, but I’ve always had a slight aversion to bleach due to some unfortunate past encounters at both the salon and the laundromat. Although it’s a lot more foolproof than I expected, you might want to experiment with a scrap of fabric or piece of clothing you’re not in love with before you go in for the real deal.

What you’ll need:
• Medium- to dark-wash denim button-down shirt
• Bucket that can hold at least 10 cups of water
• 4 cups warm water
• 4 cups bleach
• Elastic band
• Rubber gloves

How to do it:
1.
 Put on rubber gloves and fill a clean plastic bucket with the warm water and bleach.
2. Tie the elastic band around the shirt about one-third of the way down, or just under the chest pocket.
3. Submerge the lower portion of the shirt all the way up to the elastic band in the liquid and let the top half hang over the edge of the bucket.
4. Let sit for approximately 10 minutes, or until desired lightness is reached.
5. Pull another one-third of the shirt out of the liquid so that two-thirds of the shirt now hangs over the side of the bucket.
6. Let sit for another 5 – 10 minutes.
7. Wring the excess liquid out of the shirt and hang it to dry (I hung mine on a hanger from my shower curtain rod).
8. Carefully dispose of the bleach and water mixture in the toilet or down the shower drain.

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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January 10, 2013