Tag: BLDG 25

DIY Tuesday: Personalized Earbuds

April 24, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

Sure, they’re no Beats by Dre, but we say personalizing your own earbuds by following these steps on BLDG 25 will give you the swagger you need while listening to all your favorite tunes. Easy as making a friendship bracelet and  about as time consuming, all this DIY project requires is a pair of simple headphones (which you can find at Target for around 10 bucks if you want to experiment), your favorite colors of embroidery thread and some scissors. Follow the steps on the website, or create your own pattern and rack up even more street cred. It’s like music to your eyes.

Fest Dressed: Coachella’s Hottest Looks

April 19, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Her | By Alanna Watson

With week one down and another fashion-packed three day extravaganza ahead, it’s only right that we highlight our favorite looks from the first round of desert’s most famous music festival. Lots of trends could be seen on the style-conscious crowd and the somewhat unpredictable weather made for a much more interesting mix. While we know Tupac’s hologram was obviously the hottest thing going, you can check out who we declared “fest dressed” in our gallery after the jump after scouring the blogs and fashion sites like Refinery 29, Fashion Toast, Song of Style, Pinterest and BLDG 25»READ MORE

DIY Tuesday: Luggage Tag

March 20, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

Going somewhere? While travel is exciting and full of promise, nothing can suck the romance out of it then staring at the endless line of black luggage on a conveyor belt. Shake up your suitcase with your very own luggage tag, made by you and totally original courtesy of BLDG 25. You can use scraps of leftover fabric or leather to create your unique tag and adorn it with whatever you choose. We love the idea of a sturdy leather tag with hand painted adornments like the one on the blog, but along with the step-by-step instructions, you can also find inspiration on how to go your own way with this.

DIY Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Nail Art

February 14, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Her | By Alanna Watson

Yes, you get it. It’s Valentine’s Day. A day for lovers. A day for chocolate. A day for fat babies flying around shooting arrows at people in a slightly violent, yet touching, attempt to unite singles in this crazy little thing called love. If you don’t care and want to vomit at the thought, then please feel free to ignore this adorable DIY video nail tutorial from BLDG 25. Glam out those nails like those funky folks at Free People. At least your hands will get some action today.


video from BLDG 25 and you can see more great ideas like this by visiting this awesome blog!

DIY Tuesday: Jean Pocket Phone Case

January 31, 2012 | 12:30 PM | Her | By Alanna Watson

If you didn’t make little purses out of jean pockets when you were a wee one, then you were probably a normal child playing with Barbies and/or race cars and not dreaming of a successful stint on Project Runway before the show ever existed. Well, now is your chance to get back some of those lost creative years by making your own phone case out of old jeans. It gives a whole new meaning to the term “butt dial.” Check out the step-by-step directions here on BLDG 25 and happy sewing (or gluing if we’re being realistic). 

DIY Tuesday: Winter Blues Body Scrub

January 17, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

Not that you can really call this heavenly weather we experience “winter”, but the dry climate around these cooler months can really take its toll on the skin. That is why we jumped all over another DIY body scrub to exfoliate away all the dead (skin) of winter. You can get the ingredients at Whole Foods while picking up your weekly groceries and the directions are on BLDG 25 courtesy of blogger, Naomi. Great smells and a cute mason jar presentation, you can give this away as a great New Year gift to all those friends you may have accidentally left off your list. Whoops, at least they’ll remember you….

image via BLDG 25

DIY Friday: Holiday Ornaments

November 25, 2011 | 11:00 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

Thanksgiving is over which means we are officially on the high speed crazy train to Christmas Town and there ain’t no stopping us now. With that in mind, here is another amazing DIY project from BLDG 25 that will having you decking everyone’s halls with handmade cheer. Just pick up some of those clear Christmas bulbs from your local craft store and whatever objects you would like to fill it with to compliment your holiday decor. They used funky feathers and small, plastic woodland creatures to give off that signature whimsy, but the possibilities are endless. We love the idea of stuffing them with tinsel and hanging these bad boys from a wire over a mantel or filling them with family photographs and putting them on your tree to add a personal touch. If you make it happen, send us some pictures! We’d love to see the finished product. Let the countdown begin!

DIY Friday: Fishtail Maxi

November 11, 2011 | 11:00 AM | Her | By Alanna Watson

Remember that piece we did a couple moons ago about mullet hems? Of course you do, who could forget such cleverness?, well we have found out how you can get your hands on one for mere pennies compared to the Spring 2012 designer looks and it only requires a small amount of do-it-yourselfedness. Blogger Geneva from A Pair and a Spare did this guest post on BLDG 25 and we are ooing and ahhing at the result. You just need a thrifty maxi or tea length skirt, a pair of scissors, a needle and thread and an iron to make sure everything is smooth and seamless. The directions can be found here along with many helpful pictures. Now you can strut your stylish stuff in a one of a kind piece that could have people saying “who’s that girl?”….in the good way.

DIY Friday: Newspaper Nails

October 21, 2011 | 12:30 PM | Her | By Alanna Watson

Sure, nail art looks cool, but it requires so much time, energy and patience and we just can’t seem to justify throwing that all away for something so temporary. That’s why this incredibly easy and absolutely adorable DIY Nail project from BLDG 25 caught our attention. To achieve the newspaper nail look, all you need is a light base coat, rubbing alcohol, newspaper and a clear top coat. Paint nails with desired color, let dry, soak in alcohol and then press a piece of newspaper over each nail. Cover over with the aforementioned top coat and intrigue people with your Pulitzer Prize worthy fingers. And who says this generation isn’t well read?

Chow Down: This Week in Food Blogs

October 5, 2011 | 11:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Alanna Watson

We’re on a mission to tickle your taste buds and make drooling at your desk a Wednesday routine. Food and fun times ahead. Here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

As it stands, breakfast is the most important meal of the day in terms of maintaining a healthy weight, but we feel dessert is the most important for mental health. Put the two together and you have the bananas foster french toast (pictured) at Mill Ave’s newest breakfast/lunch joint, Ncounter. Its nifty location right off the Mill Ave. Light Rail stop made it the perfect place for Phx Rail Food to cover and we’re actually motivated to try it. Finally, a trendy place to fill the hangover breakfast void of college kids girls who used to wander Mill, dehydrated and starved, looking for a decent brunch that wouldn’t require major guilt exercise later. Veggie omelets, grilled wheat germ granola pancakes and a scrabble theme to keep the mind sharp? We’ll roll in around 11. »READ MORE

DIY Friday: Shirt Skirt

September 16, 2011 | 11:30 AM | Her | By Alanna Watson

You may be amazed at how easily this week’s DIY project is accomplished, but we were mostly amazed at how such a simple idea could have such a stinkin’ cute result. The DIY Skirt Shirt from BLDG 25 requires no scissors, glue, hammers or nails nor does it require any time at all. Simply take an old, oversized button-down shirt (boyfriends are good for something), button it half way up from the bottom, step on into it and tie the sleeves around your waist. The possibilities for styling are endless and the chances for coworker coveting are 100%.

DIY Friday: Sequin Canvas Lantern

August 26, 2011 | 11:55 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

Lights, camera, lanterns! Who needs to read a long list of materials and instructions on how to make a sequin canvas lantern when there’s a convenient video you can watch to get step-by-step instructions helpfully narrated by someone from BLDG 25.Crafty, pretty and perfect for the outdoor parties that you are already dreaming of, these simple lights can be made with any fabric or embellishments of your choosing.


DIY Friday: The Light Bulb Vase

August 5, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

If your thumbs are all twiddled out and you are through with watching How I Met Your Mother re-runs, here’s a little project to keep you occupied. Thought up by those crazy creative types over at BLDG 25, this DIY light bulb vase is both simple and yep, you guessed it, whimsical. You just need to gather up some of those out-of-date light bulbs (hello? are we not in the age of LED?), pliers and gardening wire. Read more for the instructions and impress yourself with your use of the three R’s. Your kindergarten teacher would be so proud.  »READ MORE

DIY Friday: Instagram Photo Wall

July 22, 2011 | 7:47 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

We’ve all heard the saying, “take a picture, it will last longer,” but usually the motive behind the words is less than friendly. We are about to change that with the help of the blog BLDG 25 and the amazing instagram photo wall. Rather than obnoxiously posting your every move onto Twitter or Facebook, you can upload them to your instagram account and create this “visual diary” to remind you of your travels and every day experiences. All you need is an instragram account, a piece of white poster board (however big or little) and some glue! Print out your photo memories, tack ’em on and voila! A beautiful collage of your own making is at your disposal. You can also trade photos with friends to keep it interesting and then show them….in person….what you’ve been up to. What a fabulous concept.

DIY Friday: Dog Leash

June 17, 2011 | 10:15 AM | Home & Design | By Alanna Watson

Can we all just stop an “aww” at the ridiculously cute pup pictured to our left? Now you can have your pooch just as stylin’ by making your very own dog leash courtesy of (who else?) those crazy creative geniuses from the BLDG 25. It’s literally as easy as 1,2,3,(4,5,6), just follow the steps and view the photos on the website here. After you’re done, your dog will be the most stylish at the park without ever adorning a specialty sweater, hat or tutu and you can brag to your friends about your amazing DIY capabilities.


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