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i can’t believe tomorrow is new year’s eve!  this year went by outrageously fast…i haven’t even had a second to really think about new year’s, let alone what i’m wearing, but luckily i’ve found some really great DIY ideas that i’m dying to try…

accessories are a great way to dress up a simple outfit on new year’s, so here are a couple of things you can do that will stand out, and probably start some conversations as well!

bleachblack had this brilliant idea involving fool’s gold (remember fool’s gold?) that would be a sweet new years eve accessory…all you need is an old cuff or ring, some pieces of pyrite (fool’s gold) and embellishing glue.  check out the tutorial here.

and i got to thinking, if gold isn’t your thing, this would work with any kind of crystal or gemstones that you can by at a hobby or crafts store…

hair accessories are big right now too…we have quite a few awesome ones on our website right now…but i also love these “wild” hair pieces i saw on design sponge that you can make yourself:

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these are made with items you can find in your garden or a store, or leftover holiday decorations- the top one is a peacock feather, poinsettia leaves and a sprig of evergreen wrapped in floral tape- i love it!  check out their full tutorial here.

finally, if you’re looking for a great holiday makeup look, don’t forget about our how-to video… watch it here!

Annie -Jan 04, 2010, 7:29PM
My friend and i made pieces similar to this for Halloween and they were a hit!
SHERRILL -Jan 02, 2010, 5:43PM
I've been looking all over for this! Thanks.

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with new year’s eve just a couple days away, i decided to ask what some of our home office team members are doing to celebrate…if you’re still undecided about what’ you’re doing, maybe this will spark some ideas!

i’m taking my son to “new year’s eve with the kids” at north bowl in philly!  it’s a family event where kids can bowl and jam out to some live music, along with other activities.  it starts at 5 and ends at 8pm with a new year’s toast for the adults!

i will be ringing in the new year at the loews hotel downtown in philly!

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i’m going to see the radiators from new orleans at my club in ardmore…its called the palombaro club and was originally an italian club to help immigrants get settled here…it’s almost 100 years old. today it is more of a social club but we do lots of charity work.  last year our big project was raising money for the variety club freedom playground being built this spring.

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i’m going to boston! a bunch of us will be there to celebrate on new year’s eve, and then we’re going to the winter classic hockey game at fenway park on new year’s day!

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i am going to see my favorite band, the disco biscuits, at the nokia theatre in times square! i have been seeing them on new years for 9 years, it’s become a tradition that i share with many friends around the country.  my boyfriend is the lighting designer and he’s amazing,  so it makes it even more special for me- i can’t wait!

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i’m thinking about checking out this warehouse/factory party in brooklyn that looks pretty interesting…www.newlostcity.com.

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in germany, where i grew up, the tradition is to eat a marzipan pig with a four leaf clover for new years, for good luck -  so that is “something” i will be doing!

so, readers, what are your plans for new year’s eve?

Chloe C -Dec 30, 2009, 9:04PM
oooh - so who is that, coming up to see the outdoor hockey game?!
piper -Dec 30, 2009, 1:34AM
i'll be playing with sparklers and drinking chai while my male friends set off fireworks in my neighbors' yards.. its a tradition.

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thank you so much to all 196 people who participated in our holiday craft swap!  you guys are so creative and i love seeing photos of your projects…i hope the craft swap brought you all some added holiday cheer!

make sure to check out our flickr page for more craft swap photos!

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Nasir -Dec 31, 2009, 11:54AM
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i’m signing off till monday…have an amazing holiday everyone!

images: the drifter and the gypsy, we heart it

-Dec 28, 2009, 9:29PM
Merry Christmas Julia! Happy New Year!
Ed Hardy -Dec 27, 2009, 8:45PM

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merry christmas eve everyone!  don’t worry, we still have a thursday poll for you today. last week i asked white item you wanted to splurge on and the winner was the leather bomber by giorgio brato, which i am sort of in love with.

so it is officially winter and today i want to ask about your favorite winter whites! you can never go wrong with white, and we have some great items to choose from…which winter white item would you wear the most this season?

the coastal zip up hoodie:

the flirt tutu skirt:

the rows of ruffles dress:
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the we the free little white tee:
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or the sweater blazer:
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vote your heart out!


Shelley -Dec 26, 2009, 2:59PM
The ruffle dress & the tutu skirt are perfect, but I wouldn't wear them nearly as often as the tee!
Giò -Dec 24, 2009, 4:38PM
Merry Christmas!!!

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wanted to give our we the free fans some love by offering this image (which you might recognize from our website) as another download! just click on the image to go to our flickr page and download the large version.

it feels very appropriate for the cold weather and approaching new year…

Snabb mat -Jan 21, 2010, 12:44PM
great picture
wholesale clothing -Dec 29, 2009, 12:39AM
nice pictures.

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having a real christmas tree is nice, but not everyone has the time or resources to go out and get one and haul it home.   luckily, there are plenty of DIY options out there for alternative “christmas trees” that look just as pretty and would be a really fun craft project that you can still do in time for christmas!

i love the idea of finding branches lying around outside and using them to create a very natural, earthy looking tree like this one, with some paper snowflakes for a delicate touch.

another really cool idea…suspend the branch over a table with some string and hang ornaments from it.

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this awesome tree is a branch from outside, painted white and decorated with garlands and various found items like vintage potholders, crocheted doilies, cotton spools, buttons and thrift store figurines.

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a neat idea, if you’re willing to nail a bunch of branches to your wall…

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…or a bunch of items in the shape of a Christmas tree.

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i think this might be the most creative idea of them all!

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last but not least…a printable tree that you can actually download, here!

custom tshirts -Oct 15, 2010, 11:01AM
cool post. Thanks for the info!
Rouenna -Dec 25, 2009, 12:52AM
The first photo brings a lot of memories to me. Since I live in Southeast Asia, there's no pine trees to be found. Back in my teen years, we can't really buy the ones sold at the mall. So, what we did was cut up a nice looking tree branch at our backyard, wrapped it with a white crepe paper, hang a lot of cute vintage stuff on it, put smooth white stones at the base of the tree and voila, a white Christmas tree. =)

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good morning everyone! if you are participating in our holiday craft swap, it’s about time to get your crafts in the mail if you haven’t already!  the photos are starting to go up on our flickr page, and i’m so impressed with what i’ve seen so far…

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that last picture is adorable! keep an eye on our flickr page as more photos come in!

b -Dec 23, 2009, 4:36PM
All the gifts are so beautiful!

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can you believe it’s almost christmas? where did this year go? i have another download for you today created by our graphic designers…it’s so creative and cheerful…i love it!

click on the image to download from our flickr page!

roulette strategi -Jan 17, 2010, 2:22PM
I cannot believe this will work!
Avelina -Dec 23, 2009, 5:54AM
Happy Holidays to all people posting here... Very beautiful image and I love to share this image with other.. Merry Christmas

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on wednesday i took a little field trip over to city hall to check out the philadelphia mural arts program’s winter art exhibition, which featured the work of their very talented big picture and mural corps students. big picture students designed and painted sneakers and large-scale mixed media “treasure maps” representing their ideas on how to “be the change you wish to see in the world” (based on the gandhi quote). mural corps students explored notions of identity through self portraits. i spoke with some of the students and they were so proud to show of their work, which was available for sale to raise funds for the program…and they have every right to be proud- they are seriously talented!

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for more information about philadelphia’s mural arts program, visit their website.

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what is your favorite holiday tradition?

i used to love going to the christmas tree farm when i was little…it was one of my favorite things about the holiday season.  i have vivid memories of riding around on the tractors and getting yelled at for jumping on and off the wagon while it was moving.

something you can do this weekend wherever you are…tomorrow just happens to be look for an evergreen day! so if you haven’t already done so, head on out to a tree farm where you can pick one out and cut it down yourself…

Ashley -Dec 21, 2009, 11:12PM
That's a neat tradition. Unfortunately, my Mom is a worry wart. She believes real trees are a terrible fire hazard, which is also why we don't have candles! I think she's a nut! I LOVE the smell of pine! especially at Christmas! Our tradition is to watch A Christmas Carol on the night of Christmas eve! I look forward to it every year.

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there’s a cool event going on this saturday on south street in philly.  the south street winter solstice celebration, hosted by philadelphia’s magic gardens, will start at 11am and last until 9pm with live entertainment, hands-on activities and discounted holiday shopping at participating shops up and down south street.  plus the theme is warm, tropical climates, with live latin music and dancing to help take your mind of the frigid temps!

click here for more info on the event and activites throughout the day, which include art workshops and free guided tours of the incredible magic gardens at 12 and 4.

what’s everyone up to this weekend (besides last minute christmas shopping!)? any fun events going on in your area?

fp julia -Dec 18, 2009, 4:33PM
@whitney- wow that is a great cause, and such a sad but inspiring story...thanks for the heads up!
Whitney -Dec 18, 2009, 4:21PM
I'm going to this tonight!! http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/music/Dave-Som-79566912.html If you live in philly you should stop, its for a great cause. And then some holiday crafting and a cookie swap!

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