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Leopard Love

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an outfit so I decided to share what I wore to church a couple of weeks ago. I’ve shown this leopard vest in an outfit before, where I paired it with shorts, tights and a button down shirt.


It’s super soft and cozy so I reach for it every chance I get. It goes with any color and even works with print mixing. I love that it has both brown and black in it.


Here I have it paired with pants that have a tiny houndstooth pattern in black and white, and black boots. In the previous outfit I paired it with brown tights and brown boots. I chose a basic scoop neck top in cobalt for a pop of color and to dress it down a little bit.


Red leather gloves add more color and interest and were just enough warmth for the 40-ish temps that day.


I kept my jewelry simple with blue drop earrings and a bracelet from my own collection stacked with a couple of beaded bracelets.

One of the things I love about leopard and other animal prints is how it can make an otherwise stuffy outfit feel relaxed and playful. It’s impossible to wear it and feel like a bore! Are you a fan of animal prints? Meow.


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Welcome to week #9 of Girls Want Pearls!
You know those sweaters of yours or your man’s hanging in the closet that need to go away? Hang on, here’s a way you can turn them into a fun new piece in your fall and winter wardrobe. Yep, you can turn your ratty old sweaters into gorgeously stylish boot cuffs!

 This project is seriously easy! I promise you can do it in a short amount of time and for under $5. It cost me about $2.50 for each pair I made.  There are so many different looks you could create with different sweater colors and textures and different pearl patterns. I think a creamy off-white or oatmeal sweater would be pretty or maybe you prefer bright colors. I picked up these sweaters from a local thrift shop for $1.98 each.
The pairs in the two pics above took me all of 5 minutes per cuff to complete. It would also be fun to sprinkle in some smaller size pearls in the above design.  The pair in the top pic took a little longer, about 10 minutes per cuff. 

The how-to is pretty self-explanatory but here are a few hints:
1) Wait till your husband isn’t looking, then pull out that sweater of his you hate and cut off the sleeves.
2) Plan out your design and mark it off with straight pins or pencil marks, or just wing it if it’s simple.
3) With each pearl, I sewed in an extra stitch on the inside of the cuff before moving on to the next pearl. I just kept the thread going rather than cutting it off after each pearl in the interest of time. It makes for some longish lines of thread but I think they’ll stay just fine once the boot cuff is in place.
4) You can tuck under the cut edge if you want for a more finished look.  
Now strut your stuff and delight in the fact that you reclaimed, transformed and redeemed a piece that was destined for the fashion graveyard!
Next week’s pearl post hint: FaBOOlous Mini Pearls
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