Femme Friday: Crochet Trimmed Shorts DIY

The Modern Minion: DIY fashion is good. DIY fashion for Femme Friday is incredible. Friend and fellow style fan Amber Coghill delivers a clever DIY that’s as easy as it is affordable. Make sure to follow her on Twitter for all her crafty fashion ideas. ❘

The inspiration for this DIY came from these fantastic crochet detailed Guess shorts I came across in Toronto. They were absolutely adorable but I walked away from them because I couldn’t justify paying $99 when I knew I could come up with something just as cute.

As soon as I found them online, I made a trip to Goodwill to buy an old pair of jeans in a light wash that I could cut off and distress. My next stop was the fabric store to buy a couple metres of lace. After better studying the original shorts online, however, I realized that lace wouldn’t provide the same effect. So I headed to my garage to dig through some of my grandma’s things that had been left when she moved out of her apartment. I came across an old tablecloth that I knew had just the right details I needed.

Materials in hand, I began by cutting off the jeans to a length I was comfortable with. Using a pair of scissors, I added some distressing and frayed the the raw edges.

I looked at the tablecloth and cut out some designs that I thought would work well.

I wanted to make sure that the pieces would stay in place so I hand stitched each one onto the shorts. After working at it for a bit, I understood why the Guess pair was $99. Stitching the crochet took longer than I expected, but I just crashed on the couch and caught up on my shows.

Regardless of the time they took to complete, I couldn’t be happier with my shorts. While the original shorts cost $99, mine came in at an incredible $6, the cost of the jeans. If you don’t have a crochet tablecloth, try hitting up garage sales or local thrift stores. Once you start looking, you’ll be surprised how easy they are to find.

I am in love with these shorts! They look great with everything, from a casual tee to a dressier top. For a savings of almost $90, it’s definitely worth it to tackle your own clever, crochet creation.

Happy Femme Friday!



Femme Friday: Scarf Prints

Today’s Femme Friday focuses on one of the most colorful and exotic trends this season: scarf prints. Bright and bold, scarf prints were seen on Spring 2012 runways in dresses, blouses, blazers, and even shoes. No other design house more elegantly captured these prints than D&G.

Retailers worldwide were quick to offer easy options to incorporate scarf prints into any woman’s spring/summer wardrobe. Pairing a printed blouse or skirt with simple neutrals like white highlights this trend without being overwhelming. Accessories like bags or actual scarves are also a great way to dip your toe into the scarf print pool.

Despite today’s hot weather, look cool and stay stylish and have a very Femme Friday.

Row 1: John Zack dress via ASOS $53; Zara blouse $60 Row 2: Zara blazer $129; Lipsy dress via ASOS $96 Row 3: Gypsy 05 Belted Venus maxi via Piperlime $253; Zara shorts $80

Femme Friday: The Power of Peplum

❘ Note from The Modern Minion: Today’s post comes straight from the girl next door; the next door being Canada and the girl being friend and fashion fan Amber Coghill. Amber lives and works in the Toronto area and has an incredible talent for brand development and management. She’s been an invaluable friend and business asset and stands as one of the most beautiful and stylish women I know. I’m both honored and excited to have her as a contributor to The Modern Minion. ❘

When we talk about trends this season, peplum is arguable one of the hottest. It’s almost impossible to watch a read carpet event this season without seeing this über feminine throwback trend born in the 80’s. Initially I had my doubts that the style would be flattering on a wide range of body shapes, but peplums create an instant hour glass by accentuating the waist and masking any problem areas in the midsection.

The incredible slimming silhouette of this fashion phenomenon can be had dresses, skirts, jackets, and blouses in styles versatile enough for work or play, weekday to weekend.

Ladies, this spring show off your curves or create new ones by tapping into the power of peplum. Cheers to a very happy and feminine Femme Friday!


Top left: Blouse via Mango $45 CAD; Talkshow Sweetheart Dress via Modcloth $53 Bottom left: Dress via Zara $100; Pencil skirt via Zara $80

Femme Friday Quick Pick: Dubarry Boots

Unsure of how to spend the $480 in couch cushion change you have? I suggest these stylish and durable Galway boots from Dubarry.

Friend and décor blogger Emmy Smith of Progression of a Homebuyer saw these boots everywhere when she attended the Rolex event last weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park. As a style maven and equestrian herself, Emmy immediately recognized the appeal. Made from breathable leather and lined in waterproof GORE-TEX®, these boots are tough enough for horse tracks and trips to the grocery alike.

It’s awesome when my minions send me trends and products they love, especially ones so Derby appropriate. Go forth and dress well.

$480 for women & men. All images via Durbarry

Femme Friday: Bright Bottoms from Rachel Y.

After the first successful guest post from my friend and photographer Rachel Yacapraro of Iacapraro Photography, I had to get her back for another Femme Friday. She has the most incredible eye for women’s fashion; an aesthetic that’s translated into her modern, sophisticated photography. Her style sense is one that both I and her clients trust implicitly.

Not one to ever play it safe, Rachel gathered some of her favorite fun and vibrant pants for this week’s Femme Friday. Inspired by her own pair of Zara trousers (dubbed her fancy fat pants), she scoured the Internet for bottoms that were anything but mundane. Rachel was especially smitten with the $50 tapered jeans from Armani Exchange and ordered them for herself.

RY: I just ordered these last night! I think they will be a winner. Pair them with a v-neck American Apparel tee and a fun sandal.

Rachel has a style that is international, literally. The day after she sent me her finds the Zara pants were photographed in Hong Kong by The Sartorialist.

No matter what your weekend plans entail, tackle them with style, grace, and of course a little fun. Happy Femme Friday.

Top row: JOE’S Jeans $158; Pants by United Colors of Benetton (see stores); Zara trousers $50 Bottom row: Spotshadow trousers via Madewell $108; Café capri pants via J.Crew $118; Tapered trouser jean via Armani Exchange $50

Femme Friday Quick Pick: Marc Jacobs Tote

You absolutely can never go wrong with a bag from Marc Jacobs, especially one under $70. This is the perfect fun Friday find to start your weekend off right!

Go forth and dress well. Happy Friday!

Miss Marc Packables Shopper via Zappos.com $68

Femme Friday: Seersucker

Seersucker is the quintessential fabric for summer and definitely deserving of its own Femme Friday post. One could argue that its the most classic, recognizable warm weather textile worn the world over. Traditionally seen in red or iconic blue, seersucker is the perfect casual, comfortable staple that’s neutral enough to be worn with almost any color to any occasion.

Forget diamonds, this cool cotton is a girl’s best friend.

Row 1: Striped blazer via Zara $80; Jessica Howard dress via Von Maur $90 Row 2: J.Crew swimsuit $82; Lafayette 148 New York skirt via Nordstrom $148 Row 3: Striped shorts via Zara $40; J.Crew Café capri pant $98

lost at sea

A perfect addition to Femme Friday! This is an amazing nautical styled shoot from my very talented friend & photographer Erica of Erica Lee Style & Erica Lee Photo. Beautiful!

Erica Lee Style

I had the privilege of photographing one of my very close friends after she agreed to be help me with this “nautical” styled shoot. Since the shortest distance from Columbus, OH to the coast is over a 9 hour drive we decided this quaint little reservoir would do. Stripes, a message in a bottle, a life preserver, red lipstick… does it get better than that?

The red shorts and accessories just make these photos pop!

$0.29 bought us a piece of rope from Hobby Lobby to use as a belt. Nicole’s strappy sandals were a great combo with her layered bracelets and beach bag.

This floppy hat was a $2 steal on the bargain shelves of Target.

The retro sunglasses were already part of Nicole’s personal collection but you can find a similar pair here for $10.

Red isn’t your color? Just add an accent of mustard yellow 🙂

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