DIY Clutch Bag

Hello Friends!

I hope you guys had a great thanksgiving. I am sorry I did not create a post for thanksgiving but honestly I took some time off and enjoyed my family and simply took a break from everything. To be honest I kinda hit a creative wall where I was not inspired and motivated at all. Everything is happening so fast, and sometimes it is very hard to find the time to do it all. Better late than never THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, reading my post, commenting and showing me love. I truly appreciate all of your support and I hope that you guys continue to find this platform helpful.

Since we are in the holiday spirit, and probably most of you guys are still shopping for Christmas gifts for your loved ones I wanted to share with you guys a cool, creative and thoughtful DIY! I love shopping for others, but when there is a budget or lack of funds there are ways to create  gifts that are affordable and personalized. So here we go….

Items you will need:

  • Fabric – I used Vinyl for this project
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors for fabric & paper
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Markers
  • Acrylic Paint

  1.  Measure your clutch size: You can make it whatever size you would like, make sure that you have the same measurements for length and width using paper. Also add 1/2 around your bag for sewing purposes.
  2. Pin the paper to the fabric, and then you can start cutting it. Use fabric scissors, it will make it easy specially with heavy fabric like vinyl.
  3. Place the right side of the fabric together facing each other. You will be sewing on top of the inside fabric.
  4. Using a sewing machine, place the fabric by the 1/2 measurement, and carefully hold the fabric and start sewing!
  5. Once you have sewn all the sides, except the opening of your clutch, cut the bottom corners and turn it in, this will give more shape to your bag.
  6. You can use pins or tape to hold the extra fabric inside, once you have done this you can sew it in so edges can be cleaner.
  7. If you have some extra fabric, measure the closing of your clutch, and you can glue it or sew it inside depending on the fabric you are using. In this case I used a hot glue gun and glued the fabric to the inside of the flap.
  8. Once your clutch is sewn, you can add a button or any kind of closure. I used a string of velvet & wrapped it around to used it as a closure. Also I didn’t want this bag to look so basic, so I decided to illustrate some cute boots on it. You can get creative and draw anything, with vinyl is an easy fabric to draw on.
  9. I used a pencil to draw on the fabric, then a black washable marker to create the outline and to finish the details I used acrylic paint. Acrylic is easy to use and it will dry faster.Here is the final look with a casual outfit:

You can create this clutch for someone special, or for yourself. I spent about $30.00 on all the materials at Joanns, and I also downloaded the app where I found great coupons. I had fun creating this clutch, it brought me out of my creative rut that I was in, and I hope you get inspired to create one for someone special during this Holiday. Remember this season is all about spending time with your loved ones, gifts and material things are not that important and if you are worried you don’t have enough funds, there are ways to get creative and make your gifts. Have a great a weekend!

XOXO

Kreadiv Misfit

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored.

My Favorite Podcasts

Hello Friends!

Is anyone ready for the holidays? To be honest with you guys I am not ready, it’s crazy that everything is Christmas decorated and I’m getting so many emails about sales and promotions. Let’s not freak out guys, we can make it through this craziness little by little and day by day. Today I wanted to share something different, I feel like with all of this holiday talk and busy schedules in our lives is hard to find some down time.

The past couple of months have been very busy, and November/December don’t look any different. I am trying to stay on top of everything as much as I can, learning new things, being an adult and having a balance life. There are days that I find it very hard to stay motivated, but what has helped me a lot lately has been listening to  different podcast.

Photo by: Her Creative Studio

Every morning there is a bit of a struggle, so I try my best on my commute to work to get ready for the day, stay focus and be productive . So here are my favorite podcast that have help me in my career and personally as well.

1.) Becoming Fearless Style Collective PodcastAnnie Spano created Style Collective which is a platform to help women who want to turn their side hustles, and dreams into a career. Every Monday morning there is a new podcast, and there is always someone new who shares their story. How they became fearless, tips on career and personal life. I truly enjoy this podcast because is real, honest and there are so many tips. You can also join style collective and become a member, is affordable and very very helpful.

2.) Don’t Keep Your Day Job: Great guest speakers sharing about their careers, and how they quit their day job to pursue their dream career. They keep it real, and Cathy Heller creator of this podcast asks great questions, and makes sure that whoever is sharing their story, share important details on how they overcame challenges, and how they quit their day jobs.

3.) The influencer Podcast: Great entrepreneurial advice on how to be a successful influencer in whatever industry you are working in. Tons of guest speakers as well talking about their brands, companies and different business. Great tips for the blogging and digital influence industry.

4.) GirlBoss Radio: Sophia Amoruso it’s very funny and honest. She has had many ups & downs in her career. She shares personal anecdotes and interviews women who are running their companies, sharing about their lives and also their struggles. I have been a major fan of her work since I got the book and she has a lot of experience in regards to creating a company from scratch.

5.) The Accidental Creative: All about creatives, how to approach ideas, projects, business, and life. Very insightful and realistic.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it helpful. As much as I love to share fashion post, I like to change things here and there, and create content that is helpful for you guys. Please leave a comment and share your thoughts, have a great week and continue to create, share and inspire.

XOXO

Kreadiv Misfit

 

Dear November…

Hello Friends…

This post is going to be a little different than the other ones. I love creating various types of content, but sometimes is good to keep it real and share what’s on the heart. Not everything is Instagram fabulous, we deal with daily struggles, challenges, disappointments and it’s good to share those things because we can relate more to others. I want this blog to be about creativity, I want it to be a place where you guys can learn something, relate, be inspire, but I also want to keep it real, and be honest.

October was a rough month. There were some hard moments in my life that I was not ready for. Loosing my dog was the hardest thing, in a few days it will be a month since she passed. I have been trying to stay busy so I won’t be sad, but avoiding sadness is not easy. Just taking a walk around my neighborhood makes me sad because I was so used to walking with her. Also My father got a major surgery, he is recuperating but it has been very hard on him. It’s difficult to see your love ones in pain and  I had to make sure I was focused on my him, and not trying to multi-task and think about all the things I had to work on. I had so much peace and I definitely know it was God that kept me together. It’s great to be goal driven, hungry for your dreams but nothing is more important than family and no matter what I will never turn my back on them because they have always been there for me.

Even though my heart was so weak, and I had no inspiration to do anything. I got the opportunity to work with three different brands for some cool campaigns, I got paid for a huge design project I worked on with a brand in LA , and I got back into sewing and making garments which they will be coming soon to the blog, So in the middle of so much there were some major blessings and I am so grateful for them. No one or nothing in life prepares you for death or health challenges, I wish in high school or college they had a course were they can prepare you but it won’t never happen. Sometimes I felt alone, confused, unloved, like a loser to be honest with you guys, but God, my family and some of my close friends helped me during such a crazy month. So if you are dealing with something major, let me tell you that you are not alone! You have God,  friends, family people that believe in you and a purpose in this world.

So for this dear November I am taking it slow. Refocusing myself on what matters, like getting back to working out, eating healthier, sleeping more, spending more time with God I truly believe that having these foundations help to have a balanced life. Also I am learning more about blogging, content creation and influencer marketing, I want to make sure I’m not falling into the pattern of just taking photos, or just making pretty post but creating. Getting back to basics, to the foundation of what I want this platform to be.

I know this was probably a lot, but I wanted to share and give you guys a little update on my life, and If any of you guys are dealing with something know that you are not alone and you can overcome it. Not everything is picture perfect, or Instagram fabulous like I said earlier, we all have our days but we can make it through! I am hoping the best for this dear November and you should too!

Thank you guys for the love <3

Xoxo
Kreadiv Misfit

What I wore today:

Velveteen Dress

Long Vest

Camo Jacket

Ankle Booties

XOXO
Kreadiv Misfit

 

 

 

Live Drawing At Vera Bradley

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to illustrate live at one of the many stores that Vera Bradley has. The store where I illustrated is located in Orlando, FL. inside one of the most popular malls; The Florida Mall. I had the pleasure to attend one of the events they had at another location, and I learned so much about the brand. Before the event I visited the store and Jacquelyn the store manager shared with me so much information and facts about the company.

Many fellow bloggers, friends and family members came to visit me. I’m not gonna lie but I was little nervous. As soon as I sketched my first model, I was able to relax a little and get ready for a fun day.

The awesome team from the store created this cute set up for customers, and included the giveaway, products and some snacks.

This was the giveaway! An adventure key necklace, fine point pen set and a sticky note set.

My set up for the day!

My first model Jacquelyn, also a fellow creative!The lovely Store Associates & Clients.

Friend & Blogger Kiara and her boyfriend.

Sketching my dear friend & blogger Fiorella

Outfit of the day was a cute romper “Coming soon to the blog” and some cute black comfortable booties.

Facts about Vera Bradley: 

  • Founded in 1982 by Patricia Miller and Barbara Bradley Baekgard.
  • The company was started with just $500.
  • Fabrics that the company uses on their products are: quilted cotton, solid microfiber, leather and nylon fabrications.
  • Besides multiple handbags & other accessories, they also produce bedding, swimwear, cover-ups, sunglasses, umbrellas, stationary, tech products and socks.
  • The Vera Bradley Foundation for breast cancer has an annual women’s golf and tennis tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana to raise funds for breast cancer research.

This was such a fun event. Thank you to this team of ladies who prepared the event, and were my models as well, I had a blast drawing people live, sharing about the brand and making new friends. Thank you also to Vera Bradley for giving me the opportunity and I can’t wait to be part of another great event.

I hope you guys enjoyed this awesome post, don’t forget to visit Vera Bradley at your nearest mall or online, and check out the awesome products that they have. Have a great week and continue to create, share and inspire.

XOXO

Kreadiv Misfit

Self Care Essentials

Hello Friends!

Can we talk about how time is flying? I cannot believe that October is here. September was definitely a crazy month, but we made it through. Even though it was a very challenging month, there were many blessings. I got my first two campaigns! also I was able to host a fall fashion event, and sketch live at Vera Bradley (Post coming soon)  I was on a roll and something unexpected happened, something that I was not ready for in any way. Unfortunately my fur baby/best friend and companion Echo died this past Wednesday October 4, 2017. My dog was a huge part of my life, I truly wish I would have posted more about her, but God knows how much I love her and gave her the best life. It has been a very rough couple of days for my family and I, but we are thankful for the time we were able to spend with her, the memories and the great dog that she was to us. If you have fur baby, a dog or any kind of pet; cherish it, love it, spend time and never take it for granted. As you can tell, time is flying and is very important to spend time with the ones that really matter.

For this month as much as I want to work and do so many things, I want to focus on taking care of myself. Taking care of yourself is very important. If you are not resting, eating healthy, exercising, and slowing down from your crazy schedule you can get sick and feel burned out. I have been there where I do way too much, and forget about myself. I want to share with you certain items that I have been using, and will continue to use throughout this month, to make sure that I feel and look healthy. Making sure my mind, soul and body are in a good standing place, so I can continue to work hard and do the things that I love.

For mind & Soul:  A Devotional from a really good friend of mine Carrie Lucarini.  She is a woman who has dedicated her life to God, and shares her heart on this devotional. It has been very helpful to me everyday because it helps me to get a scripture before I start my day. You can get a copy here:  http://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781545611562

Another great item that has helped me to relax and enjoy “ME” time, is this Caramel Corn handmade soy candle from  Marcish Market. My friends Marc & Trish have started this awesome business, and they create this awesome soy candles. My house smells great, packaging is so cute and on the top of the lid, it has a scripture. They use man made synthetic oils, but their oils are non-toxic. I highly recommend it so check it out when you guys can.

Simple Skincare :  With all the craziness and stress that I have been under, I have been using Simple skincare products. I have used this products for almost a year now. My skin is very sensitive, and I have tried it all pretty much, but this products have been the only ones that have helped me. They don’t use harsh chemicals or artificial perfumes. I truly enjoy using the cleanser and the smoothing facial scrub.

 L’oreal pure face mask: I love love this mask! it’s such a good investment for your skin. It exfoliates, unclogs and tightens pores. It’s very smooth on the skin, and afterwards it feels refreshed and soft. They have three different kinds and the one i’m using currently is the red algae.

Olay regenerist micro-sculping cream face moisturizer: Great moisturizer! I was given one at the blogher 2017 conference that I attended this year. I really like it and it’s very soft on my skin.

La Vie Est Belle Fragrance body lotionBody lotion that smells amazing, and it last throughout the day. I use this after I get out of the shower and leaves my skin very soft.

OPI Fiji Collection: I was sent a small set to try it out from the ELLE Magazine inner circle that I am part of, and the colors are so rich and pretty. Even though they are spring/summer colors, they are great for any occasion during the year.

Skinn Cosmetics Lip 6X Balm: This lip balm I use it before going to bed, and it helps my lips to stay hydrated and moisturized. You can use it throughout the day too before putting on your day to day lipstick or lipgloss.

I hope you guys found this post helpful. I encourage you to take some time, rest, take care of yourself, eat healthy and exercise. Also invest in products that are good for you and will help you to stay in balance. I would like to thank  Marcish Market for my awesome candle, Simply Stylist for my Skinn Cosmetics Lip balm and Elle inner circle for the OPI Fiji collection. I have enjoyed using this products, and I am sharing my honest opinion on them. Thank you all for your love and support, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you won’t miss a thing.

Have a great week friends!

XOXO

Kreadiv Misfit

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Blazers

Hello Friends!

It feels good to be back. I have been trying to get back into the groove of things but unfortunately there was a hurricane a week ago. IRMA hit pretty hard and left the state of FL with some damage and powerless. I didn’t have power for a week, so the struggle was real but I am here sharing with you guys a new post all about my latest fall blazers.

If you were able to attend NYFW or catch the shows live, there were tons of blazers on the runway, as well as the street style looks from people that attended the shows. Even though I couldn’t attend due to the hurricane, I watched most of the shows and kept up with looks from many people that I admire in the industry.

I grew up watching my mom get ready and wear tons of stylish pieces. This plaid jacket that I am wearing is hers from the 90’s. It’s wool, with a medium lapel. and gold buttons.  It’s perfect for fall and winter season, and you can style it with anything. I wore a pair of skinny jeans under, a black top and adidas originals slip on sneakers.

The 2nd jacket I am showcasing is this vintage, light wool, bright pink 80’s blazer. I found it at a dance event that I attended for $5.00. I love the color, love how it’s light weight and wearable.

I wore the same base pieces from the previous images, added a pin that my mother gave me and sand suede mules to bring the outfit together. So there it is…. some of my essential blazers for this season. Don’t feel pressured to get one, I’m sure you have one in your closet and you can style it in many ways. If you don’t have one, trust me a lot of stores have some great ones and I have included links where you can purchase them on the items. I hope you guys found this  post helpful, continue to have a great week and rock your own style.

Photography By: https://kiaracol.com/

xoxo

Kreadiv Misfit

Hello September!!

Hello Friends!

Greetings from Florida. As you all know we have a massive hurricane on the way by the name of IRMA. It’s suppose to hit us by Sunday, and this week has been a bit weird due to all of this happening. We are trying to prepare as much as we can and trusting God that he will keep our state safe. Besides all that happening, it’s a new month! I can’t believe September is here and there is so much happening.

I am looking forward to…

NYFW

The shows, street looks, trends and all the craziness. This year due to the hurricane I couldn’t make it to NY.  I would have love to attend, but my priority is my family and I wouldn’t be able to be at peace knowing that there is so much going here in FL. As for right now I am keeping up with the shows while watching  http://nyfw.com/  and of course on social media.

FALL WARDROBE

                               The color scheme, boots, heavy denim, and flannel shirts.

  THE CHANGE IN LEAVES 

The different tones, sizes and colors of leaves when they fall from the trees. So pretty!

 BALANCE

August was a very busy month, I am very proud of myself because I was consistent with my channel and blog, I did see the growth but I was exhausted.  It is very challenging to work a full time job, working side projects, keep up with social media, create content for YouTube, the blog and having a life. I barely made it to the gym, ate badly and didn’t really have enough sleep. I have noticed that my face has suffered too, so for this month I promise myself to make more time to read my bible, get enough rest, get back into working out, eating healthy and have a balance life. As much as I love being busy and seeing my work grow, it’s not smart to sacrifice my health.

I hope you guys are having a great September so far! Please Subscribe to my blog so you won’t miss any content, and leave me a comment telling me what are you looking forward to this month! Have a great weekend <3

P.S: Check out my recent FALL illustration, a little preview of the process.

XOXO
Kreadiv Misfit

 

 

Disclamer: I don’t own any rights to this images. They were found on Pinterest, except my Fall illustration.

 

DIY: Pins & Patches

Hello Friends!

I hope you guys are having a great month. Making sure you are all working hard but at the same time keeping a balance life and not overworking yourselves. The other day I was on Pinterest looking for some inspiration and I came across these two images. Pins and patches have been trending for a while.

A little history: This trend started around the 70’s & 80’s. Hippies were against the current, less focused on the mainstream and were always trying to make a statement. They let go of the tailored suits, common style and created a flowy style of long dresses, shabby jeans and natural hair. A lot of their pieces were second hand items, which they repaired by adding pins and sewing patches. It wasn’t only a fashion statement for them, it was about their identity, personality and solidarity.                                      

Last weekend I attended an event at the mall, and afterwards I visited ALDO. This brand has a great variety of shoes and accessories. Their items are made of good materials and fabrics. I went to their accessories section and found this pins that you see in the image. They were on sale and had an extra 30% discount as well. It was a great deal and couldn’t pass it, so the total of my purchase for 7 small patches and a pin that originally was $20.00 with the discount and 30% extra discount was…….. $12.00 dollars TOTAL!

In my closet I found this vintage denim jacket, and I started playing around with the pins and patches. I placed them randomly and left some space within each other.
                    

My mother had this two vintage pins and she donated them to the Kathy foundation! they are so precious to me because growing up I used to watch my mom getting ready, always looking so stylish and adding one of these pins as the final touch to her outfit.

Here is the FINAL LOOK! I love how the pins stand out on the jacket. I kept the jewelry to a minimum so the focus was the jacket. The great thing about the pins and patches is that I can remove them and place them on other clothing items or accessories.

So remember; if there is a trend that catches your eye. Find ways to incorporate it in a smart way that won’t break your wallet. Even though I love Gucci and the other luxury brands that have awesome jackets with some cool pins and patches, I have to keep it real and stay within my budget. There are so many sales out there so take advantage of that, but keep in mind that whatever you purchase is of good quality as well.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you won’t miss a thing. Have a great week friends!

XOXO

KREADIV MISFIT

 

1yr. Anniversary

Happy Anniversary!

Hello Friends! Last Friday I celebrated my 1 year anniversary. 1 year of creating content for my blog, YouTube channel and social media platforms.

I did not expect nothing of it. I was in a season of disappointment, lacking motivation but inside I knew I had it in me to start something. I did a lot or research, prayed a lot, reached out to my friend Laila for guidance and a lot of doubts.

1 year of walking into the unknown.

1 year of doubts & fears.

1 year of a lot of late nights.

1 year of many sacrifices.

1 year of planning content.

1 year of exposing my craft to the world.

1 year of new opportunities.

1 year of new friendships.

1 year of learning about myself.

1 year of getting rid of insecurities.

1 year of creating my own happiness.

1 year where I took the best leap of faith.

I am so happy I took the risk and jumped on this wagon. It has been a wild ride but a fun one where the impossible has been possible.

THANK YOU ALL for your support & love throughout this year. I can’t believe how fast it went, but glad I invested and worked hard to see my creative platforms grow and see how it has impacted you guys.

I hope you  are motivated & inspired to take a leap of faith, a risk or go after that dream that has been in your heart. It is worth it just know it takes a lot of work and a lot of patience.

XOXO
KREADIV MISFIT

 

 

Style Collective Party

Hello Friends!

Community is very important. We all want to belong and be part of something. We live in a very high tech world and at the reach of our hands we get information of what’s going on and what are people up to nowadays. We forget to call or have face to face conversations with people, and let’s keep it real sometimes we feel alone.

Whatever dream or passion you are chasing, you need a community. It gets lonely working and going after things you are passionate about. It has happened to me a lot and specially when I started this journey. I remember when I started it was challenging for me to explain to people what my new venture was. Some go it and some didn’t seem to care.

I am so thankful that this new year I have been able to attend more blogging & content creator events where I have met goal driven, passionate and like minded individuals who are on their constant hustle.

Photo by: http://raebreda.wixsite.com/lilraeofsun

About two weekends ago I had the pleasure to attend the Style Collective https://stylecollective.us/  Pool party that was hosted by my awesome friend Nikki the fashionable accountant. 

Photos by: http://raebreda.wixsite.com/lilraeofsun

I have heard great things about Style Collective. I did my research and decided to attend this party and hear more about it. My close blogging besties have spoken so highly of this community and how much it has helped them that it sparked something within me.  Most of the details were taken care of by Nikki. She did a great job, other members brought some food and there were a couple of brands. Nikki also had a snapchat filter made for the party!

Local vendors like Lola Trixx which has great hand made customized jewelry pieces were there providing their services to fix pieces that needed some help.

Photo by: http://raebreda.wixsite.com/lilraeofsun

I got to speak to the founder of Batey Girls. An organization that focuses on helping women, and young girls who have been victimized by domestic violence and sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic. These women and girls have a heart for creativity and they design each jewelry piece with a story behind. I was amazed hearing how the organization started and looking at each piece made me grateful for my life and what I have. The pieces are so beautiful and they have such a meaning. If you can please visit their page.

Photo by: http://raebreda.wixsite.com/lilraeofsun

Other brands were present giving some out some goodies and providing their products.

http://www.dayowlrose.com/

Photos By: http://raebreda.wixsite.com/lilraeofsun

There were giveaways and we also played the white elephant game. I got to take home a cute pair of glasses and small soft pink snake print bag.

Photos By: http://raebreda.wixsite.com/lilraeofsun

These beauties & I got to win some cute bags from JUSTFAB ‘s giveaway hosted by the lovely Laila which you  already know it was the one who encouraged me into blogging.

        I am a JUSTFAB member and if you would like to sign up using this link www.justfab.com/invite/120782948 do it! you can sign up and get some great discounts.

  It was so hot on this day, but it was such a fun party. This summer has been very busy for me but I really wanna make the time and do fun things. It felt good to be reunited with my blogging babes and meetings new ones. So whichever dream you are trying to achieve and if you feel lonely, let me tell you that you are not. There is a community, there is help, there is people you can count on. Go out there and find it.

Like the famous high school musical song: “We are all in this together”!

Photos By: http://raebreda.wixsite.com/lilraeofsun

Outfit:

Denim Dress 

Sand Mules Shoes

DIY Tassel earrings made by me ( Read previous post on how to make them)

Clutch

Sunnies

 

Much love!

XOXO

Kreadiv Misfit