July 30, 2013

DIY: pineapple and watermelon cover up

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Time to get your PINEAPPLE PRINCESS on!  This season, we're absolutely loving the fun summer prints that are popping up everywhere.  From palm trees and monkeys to beach-scapes to the reigning pineapple champ - it's all so fun, whimsical and well, SUMMERY!  

We thought it'd be a great idea to do our own version for a cute pool or beach cover-up.  It's so super easy to make and you can put your own fun spin on it.  We used a simple knot for our pineapple version, and some fun fringe for our watermelon cover-up.  Oh, the possibilities are just endless.  



  •  Transfer paper: Michaels, $18 for 10-pack or Amazon, $13 for 12-pack  *there's different transfer paper for light and dark fabrics, so make sure you choose according to your fabric color
  •  Tank or Tee: I got mine at HM, $5.95
  •  Ink jet printer: the transfer paper won't work on laser printers
  •  Graphic designs to print (see below)
  •  Scissors
  •  Iron and a sturdy surface (I covered a wooden cutting board with a pillowcase)


1.  Print out the designs on the transfer paper using your ink jet printer (these will be mirror-image)

2.  Cut the designs out, trying to get as close to the edges as possible (but not on the lines).  This will minimize the clear shine you might see around the images after ironing.

3.  Lay the image face downward (for the light fabric transfer) on the shirt and position it where you'd like it placed.

4.  Follow the directions on the transfer paper packaging to iron the image on, making sure to press firmly along all the edges.

5.  After the image is cool, slowly peel off the paper backing.

6.  If you'd like to add fringe to your shirt, simply cut the bottom hem off and cut strips upward to the desired length.  Afterwards, tie the bottom of the strips off with knots.  Viola! 

A special thanks to our lovely model, Mai. You can follow her precious little pup on instagram at @prince_hairy

Happy Summer! xoxo, NB

July 24, 2013

EAT: fresh fruit jellies

J-E-L-L-O!  Well, not quite, but it's a version of it.  These fresh fruit jellies are made with agar - a substance similar to gelatin, except the texture is more firm and it doesn't melt as easily.  You might be asking, why would I make this version when I can easily pick up a box of fruit flavored powered jello at my local grocer?  Well folks, here at NB we're strong believers in leading a healthy lifestyle (when possible), which means eating well and being conscious of what we're putting into our bodies.  And it's not that jello/gelatin is by any means terrible for you - the inspiration for making this was driven by the nutritional value that comes with using agar (that and it was a yummy childhood treat I used to enjoy).

Agar is actually made from seaweed, which means it's vegan.  It has zero calories.  That's right - read it and weep (for joy).  Great Ceasar's ghost, ZERO CALORIES.  That being said, it has a slightly sweet flavor, but we added a bit more sugar to enhance and add a bit of flavor.  Agar is a good source of calcium and iron, and is very high in fiber.  It's also known for it's ability to aid in digestion and weight loss.  Nutritional jackpot.  Cha-ching!


  • One 8oz package of agar powder (I got mine at a Japanese grocery store, $2.79).  You can find agar at most Asian grocery stores
  • 4 cups water 
  • 1/2 cup sugar (you can also substitute fruit juice for water in order to add sweetness)
  • Fresh fruit (I used fresh mango, raspberries and bing cherries)
  • Silicone mold - this doesn't have to be silicone, but it helps a lot when getting the jellies out (I used a flower mold, Amazon $9.89)  This recipe can fill up about two of these molds.


1.  Wash and cut the fruit into bite size pieces.

2.  Pour the water, agar powder and sugar into a pan and bring to a boil.  Boil for 1-2 minutes, making sure to stir frequently so the agar and sugar dissolves.

3.  Pour the mixture into the mold, filling it up 3/4 of the way.  Add the fruit, and pop it in the fridge.  Agar firms up much quicker than gelatin, so it'll be ready to eat as soon as it's chilled.  Enjoy!!

Here's to the perfect summer treat!
xoxo, NB

July 16, 2013


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July 11, 2013

DIY: hand chain ring bracelet

INSTANT LOVE.  It does exist, but usually just in the frivolous material object spectrum (the man department is a whole different story, right ladies?).  Anywhoot, that's how I felt when I first spotted this hand chain bracelet a friend of mine wore to dinner.  Simple. Gold. Chain.  What more can you ask for?  AND, the cherry on top - it was DIY, super inexpensive, super easy to make and custom fit to your hand.  The stars had aligned.  I had to make one of my own.  

Materials (all gold plated, Michaels or other craft stores):

  • Gold chain 
  • Five gold loops
  • One gold lobster clasp
  • Pliers 


1.  Measure out the ring portion of the chain around your middle finger.  You'll want to leave enough room for it to slide on and off your finger easily (it doesn't need to be super fitted).  Cut the chain to the desired length using your pliers.  Add a ring on the end of it and loop it together to form the ring.

2.  Next is the bracelet portion.  Measure this out the same way around your wrist, then cut the chain.  You'll want this to be about an extra inch loose around your wrist.  Add a ring on one end of it, and another ring with lobster clasp on the other end.

3.  Using the pliers, cut the middle portion of the bracelet to create two equal parts.  Attach the two parts with a ring.

4.  Now to connect the ring and bracelet, measure out the desired length on your hand from the ring part to the bracelet part.  Again, you'll want to leave a little extra length on this part of the chain so that it's not too tight.  Cut the desired length, and attach it to the ring and bracelet.  BAM. DONE.

inspiration and model: mai ngo

xoxo, NB

July 8, 2013

DIY: athletic tee, sports luxe look

GAME FACE on! I'd like to thank Alexander Wang, Margiela and blogger The Haute Pursuit for making 'sports luxe' look so urban cool. Especially during these scorching summer months, mesh and/or perforated anything and deep arm holes seem like the only way to go. On and off the runway, you've probably seen sports bra under mesh shirts, leather jogging shorts with towering heels, sports tee/jerseys with skirts (as I've worn here) and even collaborations such as Stella McCartney x Adidas.  With the anything goes attitude in a sport luxe look, it makes it ok to wear work out gear as casual clothes but remember, within reason! As you've heard many times over, it takes effort to achieve that 'effortless' look. Same thing goes for sports luxe, you don't want to show up to a trendy dinner party looking like you are going to a yoga retreat,  well unless you do.  However, there's a thin line between treadmill vs runway.   The key is to find the happy medium. The same sentiment as to finding the key to LIFE!  Boom, fashion guide = life guide. hah. Anyways, read below on how I turned my youth sized Knick's tshirt into a more breathable tank.  LINSANITY 4evar.  :P 

  • sports tshirt (one that you are willing to part with if you mess up)
  • tank with deep arm holes to use as a pattern, like this one! - this tank is actually really dope.    
  • sharp scissors
  1. Lay tank with deep arm holes that will be the pattern over your tshirt
  2. Cut off the sleeves along the pattern of the tank.
  3. Try it on, trim more if you need, even out the jagged egdes, and cut neckline if it's too high. 

It really is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  This was my favorite casual tshirt.  My beloved Jeremy Lin tshirt when Jeremy used to play for the Knicks and when he sparked Linsanity! So needless to say, I was a little bit nervous to cut it up.   On the flip side, all the more reason to make it more wearable (all day, errday).  Because it was kid's size, it was very snug, the neckline sometimes choked me, and it's made with very thick cotton material, so I couldn't wear it as much as I liked.  But after I cut it up (I will cut you),  it made it more BREATHABLE and comfy to wear. The subtle but mandatory detail is in the bra, a cute sports bra underneath or bandeau is perfect! Or a lightweight, breathable, lace triangle bralette like the one I'm wearing that I got at Urban Outffitters, here.  Get it girl. 

Jay-Z:  "Sittin' courtside, Knicks & Nets give me high fives.  I be Spike'd out, I could trip a referee.  Tell by my attitude that I'm most definitely from ... New York, concrete jungles where dreams are made from." - Empire State of Mind  

Shirt: Modells (DIY) // Skirt: Asos // Shoes: Schutz (similar here) // Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff (similar here) // Sunglasses: Yes Style

photographed by our dear friends Kaitlyn Kim and Jennifer Chong! :)

July 3, 2013

July inspirations

July is here, which means summer is in full swing!  Looking for summer style and diy ideas?  We have a few up our sleeve, just in time for the 4th of July!  While looking for ideas, we came across this Phillip Lim comic clutch.  It's the perfect carry all for our summer essentials and perfect to begin and end the 4th of July with a BANG!  You can get it here on Polyvore (if it's not sold out!).  OR you can make your own comic clutch inspired by this Phillip Lim clutch. We found a good DIY tutorial here.  We've also assembled an outfit inspiration for the 4th and chose four original Neato! Bonito projects you can try out for tomorrow or this weekend! or throughout the summer.

Style Inspiration: Stay cool in these American dream cut offs layered with a faux leather vest and neon mirrored glasses.  The white hot satchel and neon sandals also adds another level of fun to this bangin' attire. 

1.  American dream cutoff shorts: Nasty Gal
2.  Mirror neon glasses: Westward Leaning
3.  MM6 Maison Martin Margiela neon band sandals: Barneys
4.  Cambridge white hot satchel: Asos

DIY Inspiration: We have projects that we have already posted before, but decided to feature them again here for you (complete with links back to our tutorial)  if you missed them last time.  We think these DIY projects could be fun and appropriate for summer outfits and gatherings, again, just in time for the 4th of July.

(picture from Atlantic-Pacific blog)

1.  Stay patriotic and chic with this DIY American Apparel red white and blue striped clutch.  Or try your own colors as we did in our neon striped clutch tutorial here. 

(picture from honestlywtf.com)

2.  Continue your arm party throughout the summer with less chunky, more airy, but still stacked macrame bracelets.  Perfect party favors for a July 4th party. 

3.  Stay true to your red, white and blue theme and beat the heat with these delicious and healthy yogurt pops  made with Chobani greek yogurt.  

4.  Last but not least, pack these caprese and proscuiito sandwiches for a picnic in the park or on your road trip for a getaway this weekend! 

Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July weekend!  Enjoy the rest of summer and stay tuned for our upcoming projects!

xoxo, NB