DIY: Lace Cat Ears

31 October 2015

Happy Halloween everyone!  This is definitely one of my favorite holidays so I'm really excited it's here.  The sad part of Halloween is it marks the end of the spooky month and all things horror.  A few of my favorite things to do to celebrate Halloween include watching my favorite films, enjoying all the fun home decor various stores have to offer, carving pumpkins and of course brainstorming costumes.  Kitty cats are always my favorite costumes to see-they're so simple but some people get super into their cat costumes, I'm always left so impressed!  So, since it's one of my favorite costumes, I decided to make very last minute lace cat ears for all you costume procrastinators! Lace cat ears have been super popular lately and I honestly don't see the need to purchase them when they're this easy to make, and only take about an hour to finish.  Let me know if you guys make them, I'd love to see!


1. Black headband
2. Black lace - I purchased 6 inches from Joann's 
3. Pliers or other wire cutting utensil
4. Black 20mm gauge copper wire 
5. Black ribbon
6. Glue gun
7. Black thread and a needle


1. Take your wire and begin coiling around the headband.  You'll want to begin to the left of the headband and coil around just a few times.  I coiled the wire about three times and tucked the end of the wire under the headband.  With the other end of the wire, begin to form your cat ear.  This can be as short, thin, tall or wide you'd like. After you form your ears, coil the metal wire again a few times. Cut the wire with your pliers and again tuck the end of it under the headband.  

2.  If your coil is too long under the headband, go ahead and shorten the wire with your pliers.

3. Next take your lace and measure out how much you'll need per ear.  I pretty much just laid the wired headband over the lace and eyeballed around how much I would need.  You'll need to cut four even squares and use two per ear.

4. Take your two pieces of lace and place one on top of the ear and the other on the bottom.  With your needle and thread, stitch inside the wire and try to remain fairly close to the wire.  When you're done, cut the thread and begin stitching along the outside of the wire again remaining fairly close to the wire.  

5. Now that your lace has been stitched, cut the remaining lace around the ears but try to not cut too close or you'll accidentally snip the stitch you just made. 

6. Finally, take your ribbon and begin wrapping it around the wire to cover it.  I started from the bottom, where I left the raw edge of the end of the wire, dabbed hot glue directly over the wire and pressed the ribbon over the glue to stick.  Continue doing this but only dab glue under the headband to avoid running glue towards the top where it's visible.

7. Finally, cut off any other miscellaneous threads and then you're all done!  Simple right?!

 Xo..Brocade Closet

Split Ends Remedy

23 October 2015

Hi all! I'm super excited to launch my newest 'DIY' tab here on Brocade Closet, I hope you all find some neat inspiration!  I'm a lover of crafting so it's not a surprise that I would introduce DIY Friday, what's more surprising is how long it took me to actually introduce it haha.  Anyway, one question I get often is how I maintain my hair and how I get it to grow long so fast.  My secret is simple and I'm so excited to share it with you all!  Something I've always struggled with when growing my hair out are split ends.  Split ends are seriously inevitable, but before thinking of just chopping your hair off, think of other resolutions!  For all of us non-trained hair and beauty experts, we're pretty much left doomed to experiment with hair remedies until something ultimately works out.  That's exactly how I found my hair care remedy, and trust me, it's worked out so fabulously since I've started.  The remedy is simple, see below for steps and ingredients!

You'll Need:
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp of melted coconut oil
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 tbsp of honey
Gloves (optional)
Comb (optional)

1. Toss all ingredients in a bowl together and whisk the mixture.
2. If you're using a comb, dip the comb into the mixture and then brush it through your split ends.  If you're not using a comb, simply dab your ends into the mixture and spread as you would with regular shampoo.
3.  Cover all ends in this mixture, and with the left over, apply it to the rest of your hair-it doesn't hurt to have extra shiny hair!
4. When you're done applying the mixture, simply grab a hair tie and toss your hair up into a bun (or pony tail, whatever works best)
5. Leave the mixture in for about a half an hour, and then wash your hair with regular shampoo as you usually would.
6. Let your hair air dry after you've washed it and then you're all done!

This split ends hair remedy is really that simple and doesn't require you to perform it every day.  I suggest applying this remedy once or twice a week to help mend those ends gradually, and aside from just your split ends, this is generally a great hair mask to add to ones beauty routine!  I hope this works for you all just like it has worked for me, let me know if you guys have any questions and if there are other routines that have worked for you guys, let ME know!! I'd love to try :)

Xo..Brocade Closet 

Currently Craving: Fall Essentials

19 October 2015

Fall Essentials

Something very exciting happened over the weekend here in Southern California-the temperatures went down!  It's gloomy and a bit chilly, THIS girl is so happy!  Don't get me wrong, I am definitely a child of the sun and love to feel warm, but I also more than anything love to throw on boots and a long knitted cardigan.  In celebration of lower temps, I've put together a quick collage of my favorite fall essentials I'd love to add to my closet!  This season I for sure want Hunter rain boots (I've been coveting these for some time now), flannel dresses, dark lipstick and oversized coats.  I really hope these temperatures continue to remain low, wish us Southern Californian's luck!!

xo..Brocade Closet

The Designated Fall Dress

05 October 2015

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Dress: HM-sold out (shop similar here + here )// Bag: Saks Off 5th (Shop similar here + here 
splurge here!)// Booties:Zara-old (shop similar here + here)

Good evening everyone!  I'm kicking off the week with a new look I wanted to share with you all involving one of my favorite autumn colors, dark khaki.  I purchased this dress over the summer from HM with the intentions of wearing it during the fall season, and guess what, it was only ten dollars.  Easily one of the best sale items at HM that day!  Aside from the color, I love that it's very versatile and can be dressed up or down-I actually wore it one time during the summer with sandals and rolled up the sleeves since it was a warm day.  Anyway this is my first shirt dress and love the way it fits, so I'm definitely looking forward to adding a few more to my closet this season!  Have a wonderful week, check in with you all later!

xo..Brocade Closet

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