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#womancrushwednesday: Stevie Nicks

We’ve figured it’s about time for us to pay our respects to the boho queen: STEVIE. Not Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks. We love any girl who’s in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame really, but we hold a special place for Stevie in our hearts. Not only as a style icon, but as yet another kickass woman on our #WomanCrushWednesday list.

#womancrushwednesday: Stevie Nicks

Stevie has had over 40 hits on the Top 50 Hit Charts, not to mention was in one of the biggest bands of the 70s, Fleetwood Mac, honestly it’s hard to imagine the 70s without them and her. This chick is 65 years old and is still being just as cool as ever, too. She’s guest starred in American Horror Story, embracing her inner witchiness to match her cool style and gothic boho vibes. We’re totally inspired by her, whether it’s from her total 70s chillness or her darker side- we all just wish we could be as cool as Stevie.

#womancrushwednesday: Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks is one rockin woman, literally, and she will always be our boho queen.

Apr.30.2014    NEWS    Comment

Motivational Monday: Wanderlusting

Motivational Monday: Wanderlusting

It seems the lust to travel and explore is something dreamt of by many but enacted by few. So what is it that holding you back?

Is it fear? Well chase it–we never get further if we hold ourselves back.

Is it money? Work hard and save it. Pennies transition into dollars in less time than you think.

Is it someone? Let them wait. Focus on yourself for once. Do YOUR thing.

There is nothing holding you back.

Apr.28.2014    NEWS    1 Comment

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

Hi, I’m Natalie from Halfway to Harmony, and I am excited to be back again with a cute DIY! I love adding pretty boho details to my room decor, and with Summer approaching, it is a perfect time to freshen up your walls! This macrame wall hanging is the perfect touch, and the materials for it are easy to find. So pick your colors, and make it your own!

See below for details!

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

 Materials:

Yarn

Feathers

Beads

Scissors

Branch (about 2 feet long)

Gold Spray Paint

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

Step One: Cover the branch in one coat of gold spray paint.

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

Step Two: Pull the yarn to the length you want the macrame. Double the length and cut the yarn. Cut around 22 total, varying how many you cut by the thickness of the yarn. For example, I cut 4 lengths of my thickest yarn and 8 of my thinnest, to have them look equal when attached to the branch!

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

Step Three: Take each yarn piece, double it in half and secure it at the top using a slip knot. To do this, put the loop on the top of the branch and pull the ends around the branch and back through the loop. I made my yarn fade from my darkest color to white to create an ombre effect!

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

Step Four: Cut the yarn at a diagonal, still having the shortest piece at about 1 foot long.

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

Step Five – Part 1: To create the macrame knots, pull two sections together, keeping the inside two strands side by side, and the outside spread slightly. Pull the right outside strand under the inside two strands and over the the outside left strand. Now, take the left outside strand and pull it over the two inside and strands, and under the right outside strand. This sounds complicated, but after you do it once it’s super easy. Refer to the images above for help!

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

Step Five – Part 2: Repeat the same step again to finish the macrame knot! Create the knots at the same height across all the yarn strands, grouping two sections together each time. Repeat across again lower down, pulling two sections together and making a macrame knot. This will create diamond shapes in the yarn.

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

Step Six: To accentuate the diamond shapes further, space the top slip-knots about two inches apart.

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

Step Seven: String beads at different points on the yarn and attach feathers to the end of every couple pieces. To do this, Put one or two beads at the end of the yarn, and push the ends of two or three feathers through the holes in the beads. This will hold the feathers in place. Get creative with the placement!

DIY Boho Macrame + Beaded Wall Hanging

Post a picture and tag @oneillwomans when you make your own! XOXO

Apr.24.2014    DIY · GUEST CONTRIBUTORS    Comment

#womancrushwednesday: Kate Moss

If you haven’t heard of Kate Moss, you’re probably wrong. Honestly, Kate Moss is one of the greatest and most well-known supermodels in the world, basically creating her own empire, and that’s why we chose her as our #womancrushwednesday this week.

#womancrushwednesday: Kate Moss

Though Kate Moss is now 40 years old, she still represents a huge fashion icon and is still incredibly active in her modeling career. She was basically the figurehead for all 1990s models, creating a new sort of fashion along with it. And she’s only 5’7”! Like really, this chick has seen all there is to see in the fashion industry, and though she’s been through her rough spots, she’s always bounced right back up. You can see her modelling for Gucci, Rimmel, Calvin Klein, Chanel, and many more huge figures in fashion. Not to mention she is a blonde bombshell and has even designed some clothes of her own!

We love Kate Moss here, and hope you can take inspiration from her like we have!

#womancrushwednesday: Kate Moss

Apr.23.2014    NEWS    Comment

Synth vibes: ASTR

Do you like electronic synth music? Do you like the 70s? Do you like disco? Well boy do we have a group for you.

Synth vibes: ASTR

ASTR is a brand new band based out of Manhattan, New York specializing in music that “captures fleeting sensations: Winning big and cashing out” as they say themselves. This duo, Adam and Zoe-Anna, met in a yoga class in the middle of New York City three years ago and discovered their similar aesthetics and here we are today- with Astr. They spend most of their time vibing off of each other while writing their songs and creating some cool jams in perfect harmony. This duo truly is a great match, as they both are also very picky about their aesthetics, but one thing is for sure, they sure can create music together.

Catch them on the East Coast in May!

05/08 – Toronto, ON – Canada Music Week @ Drake Underground

05/09 – Toronto, ON – Canada Music Week @ Tattoo Rock Parlour

05/10 – Columbia, MD – Sweetlife Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

Apr.23.2014    NEWS    Comment

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE SUN

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE SUN

Thermometers are rising and Daylight Savings is in full swing….which can only mean one thing: Summer has arrived and it’s here to stay! Everyone knows that Summer is our favorite season and O’Neill girls just wanna have SUN. We’re kicking the season off with our fashion foot forward — wearing the most head-turning bikinis, dresses, and all of the hottest trends that Summer 2014 has in store. Head over to www.oneillclothing.com and SHOP our new Summer 2014 collection now!

Here are a few of our favorite picks we have to offer this season:

 GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE SUN     GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE SUN
PALY DRESS                                                                                  AUBREY TOP, JOHNSON PANTS

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE SUN     GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE SUN

CAMBRIA SANDALS                                                           365 SPECTRUM SLEEVELESS SURFSUIT

Apr.22.2014    FASHION · NEWS    Comment

DIY BELLY CHAIN BELT

DIY BELLY CHAIN BELT

Hey guys! It’s O’Neill guest blogger Kara from The Freebird again.

Now, if you follow my blog, you already know I LOVE a good DIY….jewelry, home decor, fashion…. you name it and I want to try making it!

So when I found myself lusting after all these amazing boho belts while finding Coachella fashion inspo, I thought, WTH, I can totally make a version of those belts. And so began my mission to craft a boho chic belt for layering.

With all the amazing statement necklaces out there right now, finding the materials was easy peasy! I just had to make a trip to Forever 21 and pick out a few of my fav necklaces to use.

The outcome!? A boho chic layering belt at a fraction of the cost! Love!

DIY BELLY CHAIN BELT

{1} Gather your Materials. I went to Forever 21 and found these 2 beauties. You will be using the 2 necklaces (or more if you want, totally up to you!) to create one belt. And to do that, you will also need a pair of needle nose pliers.

*Helpful hint: Having 2 pairs of pliers will be very helpful when de-constructing*

DIY BELLY CHAIN BELT

{2} Next, you will need to deconstruct both necklaces to get the parts you want to use. You should be able to grasp one of the links with the pliers and gently pull apart or twist to separate.

*Helpful Hint: Keep the loops that you pull apart as they will be needed to connect the parts later on.*

DIY BELLY CHAIN BELT

{3} Connect the 2 necklaces to extend to belt size. For mine, I used just one strand from the long necklace to connect to the shorter necklace to act as an extender.

DIY BELLY CHAIN BELT

{4} Reconnect the loops by pinching the separated sides (from the earlier step).This will connect the 2 pieces of necklaces.

DIY BELLY CHAIN BELT

{5} Connect the small “link” part of the original necklace to the end of the extended piece. This is where the clasp will hook when you put the belt on.

DIY BELLY CHAIN BELT

And voila! You have a boho chic belt to layer. Layer with a few other belts for an eclectic, layer look.

How will you rock this look???
Tell us in the comment box & post pics of your belly chain belt on social media and tag @oneillwomens and #TheFreeBirdforONeill

XO,

Kara

Check out my full blog at www.thefreebirdblog.blogspot.com

and  don’t forget to follow TFB on Facebook.com/thefreebirdblog

 

Apr.17.2014    DIY · FASHION · GUEST CONTRIBUTORS · NEWS    Comment

#WOMANCRUSHWEDNESDAY: Lana del Rey

Here at O’Neill, we may not know a lot about politics, but we know who runs the world. GIRLS. And seeing as today is #womancrushwednesday, we would like to share some of the kickass women who inspire us to continue doing what we do, whether it’s ruling the world or just rockin’ to our own beat.

#WOMANCRUSHWEDNESDAY: Lana del Rey

This chick’s lyrics and sadcore vibes may send us into a downward spiral of a romanticized depression whenever we listen to her music, but we must admit, O’Neill loves us some Lana.

We chose Lana del Rey as our first #womancrushwednesday blog post because we think Lana rocks! Really, this girl is an inspiration to us all, and is creating a new space for women in the music industry! Lana has been writing music ever since she was 18 years old, and burst onto the mainstream scene in 2011 by making her own music video for her song “Video Games”, and was thrust into the limelight with her album Born to Die, which almost everyone has heard at least once, being the #5 top selling album of 2012. Ever since then she’s been on our minds and in our hearts, with her “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” persona relying heavily on 50s and 60s Americana romanticism, we’re seeing something from her that we’ve never seen from anyone before. And even if her melodic ballads don’t appeal to you, you must admit, she has done a lot for music in the past couple of years. Coachella, SNL, an album and several EPs, she’s been busy, and we really admire her for it.

We can’t wait for the release of her album Ultraviolence later this year (even if it is a little bit of Kubrick appropriation), and hope you can find inspiration from this kickass woman like we can!

Apr.16.2014    INSPIRATION    Comment

DIY SALT SCRUB

DIY SALT SCRUB

After a long-endured winter, the summer season has sprung and we all know what that means–it’s time to pack away your corduroy pants and pleated sweaters and break out your cutoffs and tank tops. And thanks to the rad at home DIY I’ve cooked up for you there is no need to fret about it either. I get it. Trust me, you’re not the only one suffering from the winter whites (a plague of dry elbows and pasty skin due to a far sufficient lack of Vitamin D).

The solution? A tangy, salty scrub that combines three very basic ingredients and will have your skin glowing like its mid-July after just one use! Oh and get this–it is all natural, homemade, AND incredibly easy to make! So really, what’s stopping you from giving it a try?

Exactly what you’ll need to get your elbows, knees, and everything in between ready for all your exciting summer adventures (makes about 3 ounces of scrub):

DIY SALT SCRUB

5 heaping tablespoons of sea salt 

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 a small lemon

1 small jar

Mashing it up:

DIY SALT SCRUBIn a separate bowl mix together the sea salt and olive oil until the olive oil is dissolved in the salt (they should form larger, yellow crystals). Next squeeze over the juice of half a lemon and mix thoroughly.

 

Scrub over your skin from head to toe in the shower or bath before slipping into your favorite O’Neill bikini and cover up and head to the beach!

DIY SALT SCRUB

Apr.16.2014    BEAUTY · DIY · NEWS    Comment

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

Hey O’Neill babes! I’m Natalie from Halfway to Harmony! Spring is in full swing which means one thing – festival season has begun. With that comes the need for the ultimate festival essential, flower crowns! Rock the free-spirited accessory with your perfect festival outfit from O’Neill and dance the night (and day) away.

If you are like me, and are sadly not going to any of the amazing music events this year, no worries because flower crowns look just as cute wearing a flirty dress to a picnic in the park!

I’ve got not one but TWO flower crown DIY’s in this post so lets get crafting!!

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

The first is this amazing sunflower crown. A perfect statement piece for Coachella this upcoming weekend!

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

Materials:

Fake Sunflowers

Brown Felt

Glue Gun

Green Wire

Floral Tape

Scissors

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

Step One: The first step is the same for both crowns. Measure and cut the green wire to fit loosely around your head.  Double this length and twist the green wire all the way down to create one thick wire. Twist the two ends over one another to make a halo shape.

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

Step Two: Take the brown felt and cut approximately 20 small circles. I found the easiest way to do this was to fold about an inch of the felt over and cut a half circle on the fold.

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

Step Three: Cut your fake sunflowers off the stems. Make sure when you purchase the flowers, they are not too big! Cut the stem even shorter so the back is a flat base.

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

Final Steps: Plug in a hot glue gun. Once it has heated up, put a dot of hot glue on the base of the flower, and a short line on the felt circle. With the flower being on the outside of the wire, press the two firmly together on the green wire to secure. If any of the felt edges stick up put a dot of glue and press firmly.

Repeat until the green wire is covered and you have a beautiful sunflower flower crown! Space each flower so that there is no open space in between.

Keep scrolling for another DIY!

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

This flower crown is super customizable and amazing on! Use whatever flowers you please.

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

Materials:

Fake Flowers (of your choice)

Leather Cord or Twine

Green Wire

Floral Tape

Scissors

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

Step One: See previous step one to make the wire base.

Step Two: Cut the flowers off so that about an inch of stem is left. Start with one flower and press it length-wise onto the green wire. Take floral tape and wrap it starting at the bottom of the stem, working up to the base of the flower. Take your second flower and lay it length wise covering the stem of the first flower. Wrap the floral tape again from the stem to the base of the flower.

Repeat this step around the wire! Leave about two inches of wire exposed between the start and end of the flowers.

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

Step Three: You have two options to finish off the crown:

Option 1: Cover the remaining wire with the green floral tape and you are finished!

Option 2: Cut the remaining exposed wire in half. Cut two 12 inch pieces of leather cord or twine. Fold the two wire in half backwards and twist the inside so that there is a small loop at the end of each wire. Pull one cord or string through the one loop. It will be doubled so make sure the lengths are equal. Repeat to the other side. Twist the wire so that the loop hole closes tightly and the string is held in place. Cover any remaining exposed wire with green floral tape! (Use above and below photos for reference.)

This option adds a cute bow detail to the back as well as makes the sizing adjustable, but they both look amazing!

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

DIY Music Festival Flower Crown x2

Leave a comment below letting us know your favorite crown of the two, and tag us on Instagram if you make one! Also, keep an eye out for these pretty pieces making a debut in O’Neill x Tilly’s upcoming festival lookbook!

XOXO,

Natalie

Apr.10.2014    BEAUTY · DIY · FASHION    2 Comments