Chic Work Desk

29 November 2015

Office Essentials

My current work desk is an absolute loser-it has NOTHING on it haha.  I started my new job about a month ago now and I truly think it's time I move myself in and decorate it! This morning I went to TJ Maxx with my sister and found so many adorable desk items, for of course affordable prices (DUH).  Then it totally dawned on me that work desks can be chic too! I guess maybe it was because in my previous job, all my desk essentials were already provided for me, and in my new job, I now have the opportunity to decorate my work space to my own liking.  This morning's purchase was only the beginning to my desks transition and so far, I have printed file folders, a few colored pens, a flower vase, 2016 calendar, a desk organizer and a few other items.  Seriously who would have ever thought I'd be so excited to go to work and sit at my desk haha.  Anyway, above are a few of my favorite items, I'll talk to you guys later!

xo..Brocade Closet

DIY: Breakfast At Tiffany's Sleep Mask

16 November 2015

If I could ever be a fictional character for one day, I would be Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany's.  I obviously can't be her, but I can most definitely try to emulate her style by recreating some of my favorite Holly Golightly outfits.  One of my favorite accessories she wears in the film is her sleep mask-tell me you guys have seen how adorable it is! I've contemplated making a replica for some time now and now that I've finally gotten to it, I feel like Holly herself waking up ;) It's super easy to make, let's go over all the details below!

You will need:

1. Sleep mask pattern (I sketched mine, but there are tons available online for free)
2. Gold bias tape
3. Gold ribbon
4. 1/2 yd gold sequence trim
5. Two 2" cuts of any trim resembling eyelashes and another two 2" inch cuts of thin chord (mine was a thin elastic chord)
5. Fleece and silky fabric (I only used about 10 inches of fabric)
6. Scissors, pins and a glue gun

Step 1: Place the pattern over both fabrics, pin it down and cut around the pattern.  I pinned the pattern down so it wouldn't move, but you can also just trace the pattern and cut it out.  For the fleece, make sure your fabric is folded so that you essentially cut two layers of fleece for extra cushion.

Step 2: Over your silky fabric, begin to place your thin chord (eyebrows) and the trim (eyelashes) and then glue them down.  Depending on how you want to do this, you can either add hot glue directly onto the fabric and then apply the trims, or you can dab hot glue onto the trim themselves and then set them down.  Totally up to you!

Step 3 (optional): After your eyelashes and eyebrows have been glued, pin all three layers together and run a basic stitch along the edge of the sleep mask.  You don't have to do this, I just do it for better control when I pin down the bias tape.

Step 4: Apply the bias tape around the edge of your sleep mask (make sure the tape covers all three layers of fabric) and then run a simple basic stitch.

Step 5: With your gold ribbon, cut two 20 inch pieces and apply them onto the sides of the mask.  You can run a zig-zag stitch or multiple basic stitches, the point is to make sure the ribbon is in place and won't detach from the mask.

Step 5: Finally, over the bias tape, glue down the gold sequence all along the edge and then you're done!

Fall Neutrals//Blanket Scarf

15 November 2015

Shop the Look

White Tee: Forever 21 (shop here +here) // White Jeans: Michael Kors (shop similar here + here) // Booties: Enzo Angiolini (shop clearance here + similar here + splurge here) // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (shop here + very similar here) // Blanket Scarf: Handmade (shop similar here + here

Okay here's the story: My name is Melissa and I admit I have a scarf addiction!  My absolute favorite accessory is a scarf and I have quite the collection.  Last year during my family trip to Guatemala, we passed by a town called Antigua.  In the center of Antigua, artisans come out to sell their handmade goods and I swear to you all, they come up with the most beautiful and bright designs I've ever laid my eyes on.  I hit the jackpot when we found a group of women weaving and selling blanket scarves in several colors.  Naturally, I wanted every single color and well I guess the funny part is that between my mom, sister and I, we really did walk away with every color these women had to offer.  I've yet to find more scarves in the states that resemble the ones we purchased in Antigua which really makes me sad but SO HAPPY we took advantage of the scarves that are so unique and only cost an equivalent to five dollars each!  Anyway I wish you all a wonderful week, check back in with you guys later!

Xo..Brocade Closet

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