Give your sunnies some love with a good dose of sparkle – courtesy a DIY sunglasses chain! Mix colors, textures and bead styles to create everything from a classically glam look to a bright boho statement.

I created this easily with eyepins and beads/connectors, then attached those to a bit of chain – add sunglasses holders on each end to finish the strand.

To get the full tutorial along with step-by-step photos, head on over to my CraftPaperScissors tutorial here – this is a great beginner tutorial!

Create one or many – to match every outfit, perhaps? I love the functionality of these, especially because I always drop my sunnies (which has been the death of a few of them, cracked lenses and arms).

Have fun crafting!

bleach lookbook - rock chic style by Quiet Lion Creations

bleach lookbook - rock chic style by Quiet Lion Creations

PHOTOGRAPHY/JEWELRY/ROCK TEES: QUIET LION CREATIONS

MODELS:  KARLEE DEWAN, FLAVIO AGUIRRE

A bit of bleach, sprinking of sparkling Swarovski crystals and several safety pins totally transform these thrift store tees and tank into statement shirts. The flashier the better, an homage to the rock band gods of the 70’s and 90’s. Just like a power chord, grunge and glam strike a perfect match.
Thanks to the slightly dreary day, grey tones offset that amped-up sparkle and shine. Sometimes, a great shoot location is literally right at the end of the road – a slightly crumbling road, that is.
Pairing said shirts with a silky or mesh wrap (courtesy Generation Bliss boutique), layers of mixed media jewelry and a badass attitude hits all the right notes. Guys – take inspo from Flavio below – bandana accessories are a MUST for summer (read more about how I made them  – and follow to make your own – here!). Don’t be afraid to rock out in crystal accessories – I give you total permission to.
Tutorials on those shirts coming – I’ve got a few more to make, so I’ll put together either a vid or full DIY post.
 Special thanks to my model baes Kar and Flav who’ve got my back when in Chi town.
⟡⟡⟡And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all.⟡⟡⟡

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Nirvana punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Handmade jewelry by Quiet Lion Creations

punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

punk rock fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Rock n Roll style lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Bleach - Nirvana style fashion lookbook by Quiet Lion Creations

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

DIY Coachella headband accessories by Quiet Lion Creations

Mermaid hues of seafoam green, coral orange and cerulean blue mix and mingle in these handmade DIY bandana accessories. Much like my Crystal Hippie Headwrap, gemstones, crystals, accents and more come together for a bohemian bunch of goodness.

Wear these as stylish headwraps, or even as statement chokers. To make some of your own, grab bandanas at any thrift store (I found a bunch in different colors – the coral one above is actually a red one I bleached) and cut in half so they’re a bit thinner. I folded them lengthwise a few times, making sure the thickness was about 2 to 2.5″ or so (the folds will determine thickness of the band). To get that rustic “worn out” look – better seen in the white bandana below – use a metal file or sandpaper to gently distress the fabric. The thinner the bandana, the easier it is to distress.

Simply sew or glue on embellishments (sew through the entire band, not just the top fold of fabric) until your desired look is achieved. For more info, you can follow my older head wrap tutorial here – skip the first couple of steps because you’ll be using a bandana.

These pieces can get quite heavy if you’re like me and need to ADD ALL THE CRYSTALS!!! – keep it simple with a few flatbacks or cabochons if you’re looking for a lightweight piece.

Break these out for any beach vacation you might be taking this summer. Or, simply wear whilst running errands (like I do) to say the grocery store, Target, the bank, etc, because well why not?

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

Seafoam Coachella-inspired Handmade Headbands by Quiet Lion Creations

headband, Seafoam – DIY Coachella Inspired Headband by Quiet Lion Creations, coachella-inspired-headband

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

COLLAB POST FEATURING

PHOTOGRAPHY: DELANE ASHLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

JEWELRY:  QUIET LION CREATIONS

Double, double toil and trouble – just kidding, no real spells here, except for the enchanting gleams of shimmering sequins, Swarovski crystals and silvery accessories.  I would dress in this manner everyday if I could, but my morning laziness demands me to resort to more causal outfits for the workday.
My Pretty in Paradise necklace complimented this rather raggedy backdrop, offering the sophistication of silky pearls and faceted crystals. This piece was also featured in the Leading Ladies Luncheon 2017 (post here) as part of boutique Generation Bliss’ segment.
And the bag? Grab it here – I decorated it with crystal flatbacks for more mystic magick — use GemTac glue (for me, it works the best – E6000 is a bit too tacky) to add the sparkles, and let it dry overnight.
Grab your coven and get crafting! ✖‿✖

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Goth fashion inspo by Quiet Lion Creations. Photo by Delane Ashley Photography

Distressed denim and drippy chain, crystallized orchids and creamy pearls. Recycle jeans in the BEST way by turning them into edgy jewelry! These orchids came from a broken hair clip, so why not reinvent them with a scrap of denim for glam grunge style?…… V 90’s but still v 2017.
To make your own, cut a piece of jean material (I used a thick part of the pant leg here – don’t use a very thin or stretchy piece, as the fabric will be too weak. Distress it with a metal file, Xacto knife and/or bleach dye it. Sew on your favorite stones and more, then finish with ribbon ends. As ‘ya can probably tell, I didn’t have a long ribbon end, so used 2 smaller ones. With the weight of the piece, it actually holds better.
Currently creating a bunch of pieces for a string of shoots next month – DIYs coming as well ☆☆☆

The girl can draw! For this post, I’ve teamed up with young artist Maddi (of YouTube account @maxy_sama) for a collab post featuring her art and my jewelry!

I thought Maddi’s Joker drawing was the perfect inspiration for a necklace design. Hobby Lobby has an entire line of DC Comics themed charms, pendants and jewelry components — I designed this Joker dog tag from the collection (I’m really #TeamHarley!) and knew it would work great in a beaded necklace design.

More of Maddi’s whimsical drawings can be seen on her Instagram account (@Maxysama_art) – her YouTube page also has a ton of great videos showing how she creates these fun characters.

I also decided to do a small interview with Maddie to encourage other young artists out there!

1.What are you some of your inspirations for drawing?

A: Well honestly I draw whatever comes to mind, and that mostly involves me watching a video via YouTube or watching a   show. I like to think that, they put out an image and it’s up to the viewer to bend and manipulate it at will. That gives me the creative freedom to express whatever I want it to be.

2. How old were you when you started to draw?

A: I was starting to do it faithfully around fourth grade so maybe around, nine or ten.

3. What are your favorite characters to draw?

A: I draw Steven Universe, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and Overwatch characters mostly.

4: Do you have any tips for those who may want to start drawing?

A: It will not happen immediately, and trust me it will be frustrating. But don’t ever stop trying, as cliché as it sounds, it means something. A lot of people had said “how do you draw so well?” And I respond in a way anyone who was in my shoes would say “practice” and they will still say “but you’re good” so I say “No, I practice”. It sounds like a brainless throw away line Picasso would have used, but it is really useful. I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere and felt like I should give up. But I didn’t and it got me here, therefore I’m thankful for that.

So, whether you’re #TeamJoker or not (the collection also includes #TeamHarley, #TeamBatman and #TeamSuperman), I’ve included a full DIY on how to create a similar necklace yourself. The Joker’s signature green color pops here, courtesy of neon nylon cord. Mix fun, bright colors for an eye-catching design!

Which team are you?!

Follow below for the full tutorial……

Step 1: Gather materials. You’ll need 0.8mm nylon beading cord (in a bright color!), glass or acrylic beads in various colors, a #TeamJoker dogtag pendant (buy it at any Hobby Lobby store!), scissors and glue.

Step 2: Cut two pieces of beading cord that are 2″ the final length you want your necklace and string your dog tag pendant onto the middle of both strings. Tie an overhand knot securing the pendant to the middle.

Add a bead to each cord, then tie the cords into a knot, grouping the beads. Don’t tie too tight, leave room for the beads to lay flat.

Step 3: Continue knotting beads onto each side of the cord. I love these splatter beads (these are Cousin brand, and you can find at Walmart stores) because I feel they embody the Joker perfectly!!

When the necklace is long enough to pull over your head without a clasp, tie both ends into a knot.

Create a sliding knot by cutting a 10″ piece of nylon cord, laying it under all four strands.

Knot a square knot sequence with the 10″ cord, pulling snug but not too tight. Once you’ve got about 5 knots, cut the excess and glue or thread burn the ends. This creates the sliding portion of the knot, and adjustable closure. Knot on beads to the other loose ends of cord and cut the excess to finish.

COLLAB POST FEATURING

MODEL: @MISCHABLOOM

JEWELRY/PHOTOGRAPHY:  QUIET LION CREATIONS

Springtime strolls came with a side of hurricane-like wind! Not complaining, though, because it definitely complimented the free-spirited vibe of this shoot! Special thanks to Mischa for bearing the crazy weather 🙂
Drawing inspiration from Coachella and music festival style, these four looks mix textures, patterns and colors for multilayered glam! Stacked accessories are sort of my MO, ’cause I say the more the better. As a bonus, I have the full tutorial on how to make the embellished bandana (a few photos down) on my CraftPaperScissors post here — embellished bandanas are the new trending accessory, and more than doable to create yourself. Bandanas are an alternative to heavy necklaces – I do like a good statement necklace, but they get awfully heavy. These bandanas are lightweight and soft, and don’t give you neck strain!
Strangely enough, we rushed to finish up this shoot just at sunset (mimicking what happened in our last shoot, see it here) despite starting a bit earlier. One day we’ll get the timing right!

Photo copyright Quiet Lion Creations, model credit @MischaBloom
Photo copyright Quiet Lion Creations, model credit @MischaBloom
Photo copyright Quiet Lion Creations, model credit @MischaBloom
Photo copyright Quiet Lion Creations, model credit @MischaBloom
Photo copyright Quiet Lion Creations, model credit @MischaBloom
Photo copyright Quiet Lion Creations, model credit @MischaBloom
Photo copyright Quiet Lion Creations, model credit @MischaBloom
Photo copyright Quiet Lion Creations, model credit @MischaBloom
Photo copyright Quiet Lion Creations, model credit @MischaBloom
Photo copyright Quiet Lion Creations, model credit @MischaBloom

Fashion Lookbook by Allison Beth Cooling Quiet Lion - Photo by Delane Ashley

COLLAB POST FEATURING

PHOTOGRAPHY: DELANE ASHLEY

JEWELRY:  QUIET LION CREATIONS

A spoonful of stardust and sprinkling of slightly Madonna-style layering work well together for an updated 80’s-type aesthetic. Layer sheer embroidered shirts under a ripped cable knit, then PILE on the contemporary-chic sparkle of Swarovski jewelry. Finish with some choice platform sneakers (more on these later) like all the cool kids are doing.

This unassuming, dingily-lit laundromat, complete with a sketch vending machine (honestly, probably not updated since the 80’s) matched the mood perfectly. The dusty ecrus and yellowed tones of a dated decor provided our somewhat eerie backdrop – how did this and the deep red chairs coincidentally match my outfit to a “t”?! Maybe it’s part of the master plan?

I’m definitely obsessed with the velvet creepers by Rihanna’s Fenty Puma collection (not the $150 pricetag) so I found some cheaper creepers and added crystals, of course. Glue flatbacks (mine acrylic, use Swarovski if you want to be a fancy pants) on the velvet for added embellishment.

Calling all my henna enthusiasts, I hate to break it to ‘ya but jagua is really the way to go. I’ve done henna for years but it’s time to break up and embrace the darker side of the jagua gel. It’s sooooo easy to use, no crumbling and dries quick, stains super dark and easily. I used the Henna City Jagua Kit here to get my hand tattoo – it stays on for about 1-2 weeks (I am careful when washing my hands) and stains amazingly well. Designs on the palm are literally pitch black. This stuff is serious – be SUPER careful in application, don’t get the gel literally anywhere you don’t want it. IT WILL STAIN ASAP (you don’t see it at first, but darkens overnight — the first time I used jagua, I had spots of it all over my drawing arm, hand and face — eekkkk!). The small bottle also is so much easier to use than henna cones, and the mixture doesn’t lump or clump. Looks like a legit tat. Are you sold yet?

As for the jewelry, in true Madonna style, layer the f out of it. Some of my favorite jewelry materials are safety pins – add ’em to chain (or large statement pieces like this one!) for instant grunge. They also are helpful at holding a multiple elements together (chain, bead drops, etc) and can reinforce pieces for strength. Tom Binns is definitely my inspiration for the continued safety pin usage.

Lastly, can we discuss this amazing journal below (thanks Jennifer!) – black, metallic gold, so much yessss.

Gotta bounce, bye!

○ ☽ ○ ☆ life on the other hand won’t let you understand why we’re all part of the masterplan ☆ ○ ☾ ○

Fashion Lookbook by Allison Beth Cooling Quiet Lion - Photo by Delane Ashley

Fashion Lookbook by Allison Beth Cooling Quiet Lion - Photo by Delane Ashley

Fashion Lookbook by Allison Beth Cooling Quiet Lion - Photo by Delane Ashley

Fashion Lookbook by Allison Beth Cooling Quiet Lion - Photo by Delane Ashley

Fashion Lookbook by Allison Beth Cooling Quiet Lion - Photo by Delane Ashley

Fashion Lookbook by Allison Beth Cooling Quiet Lion - Photo by Delane Ashley

Hair Bun Cuffs - Quiet Lion Creations
You wear jewelry around your neck, wrists, and in your ears – why not make some jewelry for your hair? With this DIY Hair Bun Cuff tutorial, I take feathers, crystals, bangle bases and glue and create sparkly hair jewelry.

Check out the FULL post on my CraftPaperScissors page here!

Hair Bun Cuffs - Quiet Lion Creations

Hair Bun Cuffs - Quiet Lion Creations

Hair Bun Cuffs - Quiet Lion Creations

Hair Bun Cuffs - Quiet Lion Creations

Tomorrow night is quite possibly one of the most anticipated nights of any movie or fashion lover’s year. I’m honestly more excited for tomorrow’s Blackhawks and Cubs games, but I’ll play along for a bit to tune into the Oscar fashion highlights. I’ve got my top {predicted} fashion trends below which I think will rule the Red Carpet. Coming from a mix of past award shows, designer shows and insight, Pantone colors and more, we’re sure to see at least some celebs sporting these trends. I’ve partnered with StyleWe to show you how you can get designer style without spending the big bucks – follow below!!

Trend #1: Red!

2017 Oscar Fashion

Carrie Underwood’s Grammy look – the deep crimson red lace dress with flare sleeves – was ultra chic. Most celebs I think try to shy away from matching the red of the carpet, but I think her choice might spark a red revolution! If they’re gonna go bold, there will definitely be a bit of ruffles or flare accents (popular with many high end designer runway shows as well) mixed with the hue. Extra dramatic. You can get the same Oscar vibe with a burgundy tunic top, leggings, and heels. Or, go for a lacy cocktail dress and combat boots for a bit of grunge.

Trend #2: Cold Shoulder

2017 Oscar Fashion

The weather’s still a bit chilly in most of the US, but sacrifice a bit of comfort for fashion here, people. Shoulder cutouts are everywhere, and I predict a lot of celebs going shoulder less or strapless with their dress silhouettes. Again, we’re seeing flares and ruffles/pleats mixed in these pieces as well, so be on the lookout. Get the style yourself when you buy a shoulder-less romper dress or mini, tights and ankle boots.

Trend #3: Natural Beauty

2017 Oscar Fashion

Inspired by Alica Keys’ story about no makeup, a back-to-basics mentality is sure to spread in fashion. Neutral tones, simple silhouettes and a “natural” look will surely influence beauty looks. Be on the lookout for celebrities sporting less makeup, blush colored nails and relaxed hair.

So sit back tomorrow night, grab some popcorn, and watch the festivities if you wish! Happy Oscars!