February 15, 2013

I have such a fun DIY tutorial to share with you today!!! How to easily make your own bridal party tank tops (or t-shirts… or sweatshirts, or sweatpants…)! This project is so simple that you could literally be done in less than 20 minutes!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Clorox Bleach Pen
  • wax paper
  • piece of cardboard
  • your choice of t-shirt or clothing

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Start by covering a small piece of cardboard with a sheet of wax paper…

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Place the wax paper wrapped side of the cardboard facing the layer of material that you will be bleaching to protect the rest of the shirt from excess bleach. Then smooth your shirt over the cardboard making sure that it is laying perfectly flat and even across the board.

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Using your Clorox bleach pen, carefully write Bride or Bridesmaid or MOH (maid of honor) or MAID or… anything that you would like! Try to keep the line of bleach as thin and even as possible. Go back over lines that ended up sparce – to make the bleach design even. The bleach will spread a bit so fine details are not easy to create. Keep it simple. If you feel uncomfortable doing this freehanded, you can trace your design with chalk first – but sometimes that can be difficult with stretchy materials. Also, this technique works best with clothing that is tightly knit, larger knits will cause the bleach to spread too much and could negatively effect your design. *Please read the color tips below!!!

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Once you are finished with your design, start the timer at 10:00 minutes.

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This tank and the green tanks only took 10 minutes, but my sweatshirt took 20 minutes – it all depends on the fabric! If you can’t see the shirt changing colors from the edges of the bleach, carefully lift up the shirt and look at the underside. When it looks close to white it is done! ***Since all materials are greatly different, I recommend doing a test spot inside your chosen shirt – on a seam – to find out exactly what color your shirt will bleach up to OR how long to bleach it for!

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Carefully remove the cardboard and wash the bleach off the material. Making sure not to let the bleach touch any other areas of the material – it is bleach and will do what bleach does best. Wash with a hard steady stream of water until there is no bleach residue left.

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Using hand soap or the like, thoroughly wash the bleached area of your shirt and then wash it like regular in the washing machine. After you have used soap and water to clean the bleach from your shirt, there is no worry of it continuing to bleach or bleaching something else in the washer with it.

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Aren’t they just adorable! So easy, so quick… and you can literally draw anything (like my diamond ring above) with these bleach pens – they are so easy to use!

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Unlike paint that might crack, a great thing about using bleach is that when the fabric is stretched – nothing happens. You actually bleach the fibers of the fabric so it morphs perfectly with any kind of stretch.

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The darker the shirt the darker your bleach design will be. For example a navy blue or black fabric will (in most cases) not bleach up to white – it will bleach up to an orange-ish color. If that is what you want, then great – if not, choose lighter shades of material. Bright tees, tanks and sweatshirts like these have the perfect depth of color to bleach up to white. If you are concerned about what color your shirt will bleach up to OR how long to bleach it for, do a test spot on a seam inside your shirt!

***Some types of fabric are ‘bleach safe’ and don’t lend well to this project! Please to a test spot inside each shirt to determine this before hand!

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // tank tops and Clorox Bleach pen: Target // mint sweatshirt: Old Navy // nail polish: Essie in Turquoise & Caicos and Mint Candy Apple

February 7, 2013

I’m so excited to be able to share a brand new ’boutique’ style of online bridesmaid dress shopping called Brideside! They are reinventing the online experience for a bride and her geographically dispersed bridal party by making it easier to pick and purchase bridesmaid dresses from the comfort of your own home, wherever that may be…

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The founders at Brideside have carefully selected the hottest dress styles and have hand-picked designers who make truly unique and beautiful dresses that your bridesmaids will love to wear. From the well known designers like Dessy and Alfred Sung to fresh faces like Lauren Gabrielson and Joanna August – Brideside has them all – along with exclusive styles that you won’t find anywhere else…

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What I love about Brideside is that there are SO many ways to shop! You can easily shop by color, fabric or style, you can browse their seasonal look-books or feast your eyes on gorgeous real Brideside weddings and even chat with former Brideside brides… but my favorite inspiration is the personal style look-books that they create especially for you! After answering a couple quick questions about your wedding style, you are sent a beautiful layout of inspiration tailored specifically to you… as if you walked into a small bridal boutique and received advice from a stylist…BRIDESIDE

Worried about the fit… well, now the story gets even better! After you decide on dresses for your besties, they get to use the Clothes Horse to find their perfect fit. If you are a cautious shopper, you can also have sample dresses delivered to your doorstep for $20 – genius!

If you are still shopping for your bridesmaid dresses, you MUST check out Brideside today!

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December 6, 2012

Kristine Eikenbarry, the amazing NYC designer behind Bari Jay has just released the Spring 2013 Collection of bridesmaid gowns and they are gorgeous! Bari Jay has always been at the forefront of bridal fashion and they are always original. They constantly create new colors and innovative designs while offering great value and excellent fit. The dresses below are just a few of the brand new looks from the Spring 2013 Collection and I’ve put together six styles that would work perfectly along with the new mismatched bridesmaid dress trend! Check out their website for many more styles, colors and custom choices!

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DRESS STYLES // 662 and 668

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MISMATCHED BRIDESMAID DRESSES
Mismatched bridesmaid dresses are currently all the rage! Let each of your girls sparkle in what fits them best while keeping the same overall feel for the bridal party. All the gorgeous Seamist gowns below exude the same feeling with their strapless bodices and flowing hem lines but are just as different as your bridesmaids! 

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DRESS STYLES // 665, 559, 555, 663678, 544 – all in Seamist

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October 10, 2012

On the 10th of every month, I feature a “Top 10″ list to help brides + grooms during their planning process. This month – wedding gowns – Study these 10 super stylish tips and you will be well on your way to finding bridal gown bliss!

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Click {here} to print a pdf. version of this Top 10 List

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ARTICLE CREDITS // TOP 10 List: Jen | Something Turquoise // Editor: JoAnn Causey // custom bridal gown drawing: AlenaFede via Etsy

May 23, 2012

I was never the type of girl who had been dreaming of her wedding day since she was five years old. I have five younger brothers and make comic books for a living – I was never the “princess type”, and I enjoyed being different. So when the most amazing man asked me to marry him, we both knew we wanted a celebration that wasn’t frilly or covered in taffeta and pink – a wedding where every part of it was a combination of who we were as individuals and as a couple, our engagement party featured a suckling pig, which was a great way to kick off the planning…

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Both of us are transplants from the country to the city, and immediately knew we wanted our friends and family to join us in New York. Budget conscious, we hit the ground running and found the most beautiful venue, right in Brooklyn. A spectacular garden in the center of a city – how perfect. Through creative research and careful planning, we were able to make each aspect of our wedding unique to us, right down to the Star Trek and Star Wars themed cake topper. Our wedding was absolutely an amazing way to celebrate the love we have for one another with the love of our family and friends in the nerdiest way we knew how – by just being ourselves!” – Katie, the bride

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{event credits} photographer: Anne-Claire Brun // venue: The Palm House // floral designer: Redshaw’s Flower Shop // wedding dress: Kleinfield Bridal // shoes: Steve Madden // hair stylist: Paige of Depasquale Spa // makeup artist: Flawless Beauty //  DJ: Dan Chaves, Scratch Weddings // tux: J.Crew // groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse // cake: Ana Parzych Custom Cakes // wedding rings: Little King Jewelry Ltd. // band: The Spinto Band

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