Things I Can’t Live Without This Summer! PLUS: How To Make a Cool Rustic Leather-Laced Boutonnière | DIY


This summer, I can’t go without a few things.  Whether I like it or not.

Let’s just jump right into this…

This summer, I can’t go without: 


My new one piece swimsuit.  Why?  Because two things: Honey used “50s pinup” to describe me in this bathing suit (does not matter the cost when this happens)(within reason), and 2) it fits all of my booty up in it.  And it literally *holds all the booty*, in one place.  Butt pop-out, and cellu-jiggling, are all kept to a minimum.  I’ve never been much of a believer in pricey bathing suits, but I’m pretty sure having one suit you love beats 10 years of trying to get a decent fit on the cheap.  And speaking of the female body…

This summer, I also can’t go without wondering why there aren’t always nipples on grown up lady mannequins.


(I WISH I could do that with my nipples.  I WISH.)

This summer I also cannot go without:

Netflix’s New Original Series Orange Is The New Black.  Why?


It’s a smart, great show and there are no great shows left and I’m sick of resorting to Real Housewives shows just because nothing else is on.  UGH!  Here’s a better reason to like it -

Because it portrays women who usually look like this on television:


Like this:

madeline-brewer-orange is the new black netflix original series

In other words, not perfect.  Realistic female characters with real problems who aren’t there just to look good in hair and makeup.  And just enough sex scenes/nudity to keep the guys engaged.  (From the creator of Weeds, btw.  Which could have gone either way, just saying.  Fortunately it went well.)

This summer, I also can’t go without:


Palladio Rice Paper oil-absorbing tissues.  Why?  How about it’s hot out, and you want to matte your face real quick just so you don’t look a day back from Outward Bound at your 1 o’clock meeting.  Or you’re feeling anxious about your job, or impending childbirth, or having to socialize indefinitely with his parents once you’re married, and as a result you’re looking a bit oily in the face, every single day of your life, which as you know is currently unacceptable if you’re a woman in our culture.  Use these blotting papers to cover up the manifestation of your ever-present anxiety and in seconds you’ll be on your way!

This summer, I can’t go without:

Thoughts of pregnancy and how much I hear about that shit hurting.  (Seriously, I can’t stop thinking about this.)


This summer, I can’t go without:

Silly apps are a major time-waster.  I both love them and hate them.

This summer, I can’t go without:


Because YESSSSSSSSS.  This is almost exclusively how I wear my hair these days.  It’s easy, and it keeps the mane out of the face.

 This summer, I really can’t go without:

Time outside and in nature.  Why?  Because these days it’s getting harder to budget in time with yourself, and loved ones, unless you make a point of it.  I have this instinctive reaction to taking a break from work, like I’m doing something wrong, just going outside to reconnect with nature.  But it’s necessary, and it actually makes me feel more open, calm and creative, almost immediately.  Unless you’ve been under rock you know society is becoming less and less physically connected, with virtual connections being paramount in the tech age (the one in which we’re living).  So plan things, like picnics, or trips to water parks, or summer concerts in your area, if you want some quality togetherness time. Or literally just walk out the door and stand in the sun for a couple of minutes.  Just BREATHE FRESH AIR.  Recharging your body battery is the most important thing you can do for yourself, and for those around you.

And finally, the last summer thing I just cannot go without?


Making things with my hands.  And the craft projects our friends at Kindred create for knotty readers are my favorite way to do this.  Why?  Because the Kindred ladies have impeccable style, and their low-cost/high-impact do-it-yourselfies are so simple and creative that almost anyone can do them (including me).  And today’s project – this rad DIY leather wrapped boutonniere concept -  is a fine example of this.  Thank you for another killer thing to go and make, Kindred.  So ill.  (Sorry I said “ill” back there – I’m trying to regain my youth.)



What you’ll need:

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– Assorted stems
– Scissors
– Floral tape
– Leather lacing (you can buy it precut or you can cut yourself)
– Hot glue
– Boutonnière pin







Step 1:
Prepare your assortment of stems by trimming the stems and bunching them in groups to your liking. Try a couple different variations with colors, shapes and sizes!

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Step 2:
Beginning with your two center stems, use floral tap to wrap around and secure the stems together. Leave about a half inch unwrapped at the bottom, and continue to add and wrap in one stem at a time until your little bunch is as full as you’d like!

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Step 3:
Grab a strip of leather and wrap it around your finished bunch to cover the floral tape. Once it fully covers the tape, use hot glue to hold the end of the strip.

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That’s it! Attach it with the pin and you’re good to go!




A slight twist on the traditional boutonnière that adds just the right amount of character! What do you think?

xo Kindred

Fonts used today: FlatBread // Landliebe // Orator Std // Pea Jane // SandroAl // English Essay

Label(s): Renee, {DIY + Freebies}, {Fashion}

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  1. Leah on July 17, 2013

    OBSESSED with the DIY. leather wrapped things are my jammmmm :)
    And we’re starting that Netflix series tonight, thank you for the recommendation…I watch the real hwives for the same reason you do! (nothing else on while I’m nursing/wedding planning, lol)

    Thanks, loving your blog!!

  2. hahahah! Everyone is really on about Orange is the New black…it is quite a gross show but i cant deny it is so funny! It makes it worse when I think that might be some people’s reality too…I pray not! This summer I’m in search for a swimsuit…been searching and we are already in July..nothing yet :(

    • Alison on July 17, 2013

      Literally just found this one last week, Gee. There is hope! xo, Alison

  3. San Diego Beach Wedding on July 17, 2013

    DIY is the way to go. Fun and cheap.

  4. Wedding Officiant on July 18, 2013

    I understand the desire to DIY, however, it adds TONS of stress to the wedding day. Leave it to the pros. I know. As a wedding officiant in Los Angeles I’ve seen lots of DIY weddings. Unless they’re small weddings it’s not worth it.

    My bride and I did most of it DIY when we were young, but I’d never do it that way now. Our wedding day was massively stressful, when it should have been enjoyable and fun.

    • elvin on September 27, 2013

      Yes diy may be tough and may waste lot of time, but it makes the whole wedding process more fun n makes the couple bond and enjoy the moment more.

  5. La Jolla Wedding on July 20, 2013

    Leather. Just brilliant!

  6. Leather is perfect. So manly.

  7. Dream Wedding Photographer on July 27, 2013

    Love the button holes. If you have the time DIY can save you a small fortune. These look amazing and so original. Some things like wedding photography its hard to save money on. But decorations just need a little imagination.

  8. Andreea on August 4, 2013

    Good Post ! Thank you !

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  13. Mel Gibbs on May 3, 2014

    Please don’t do it with your nipples! lol :)

  14. Jessica on May 15, 2014

    I almost spit out my water when i saw the baby head under the shirt- that would be a great and creepy announcement also!

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