It’s no secret that music is better with a story behind it—especially if that story involves an impromptu underground Avicii concert, with fabulous apartments and wardrobes to match. From the casual edginess of the jackets, button downs and denim to the strutting, bobbing, dancing, and overall movement of the video, we can say we are officially hooked (and completely jealous that we didn’t get the invite).
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We all know that West Lafayette isn’t exactly deemed as the music capital of the world, or of any place for that matter, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of young and talented musicians in our tiny town. A few posts back we featured the local band, Faux Paw, and after attending their album launch concert, we’ll be keeping our eyes on this talented foursome because they’re going places. And they received extra kudos in our book after performing a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon. Need we saw more?
To buy and download Faux Paw’s debut album and other fancy loot, click here. You won’t be sorry.
Have you ever wondered what it was like when our parents went to college? The picture in our head always involves a lot of bell bottoms, feathered hair, incense burning, and fraternity men in super short shorts and izod polos. We’ve always felt that we were born in the wrong decade and secretly wish to have attended college in the 70s, but when we take a step inside one of our favorite Purdue shops, Von’s, we’re instantly taken to another place and time. From gemstones, to beads, to colorful tapestries, to comic books, band tees, and beautifully bound books full of the classics, Von’s has anything and everything a college student could want, all with a carefree, stick it to the man, kind of vibe.
Because we love Von’s so much, we decided to feature some of their products on Purduelala, with the help of one of our favorite models. All the clothing and accessories featured are all from Von’s. Take a look!
What do you get when you combine Ellen Degeneres, Selena Gomez, and a handful of more of your favorite celebs? A clever PSA with a good message that will sure to bring on some good laughs as well. We love the concept around this “Vote 4 Stuff” campaign, which encourages voters to pick the issues most important to them and base their votes off of those principles rather than which candidate has a shinier lapel pin. At Purduelala we’re all about being an educated voter, so watch this video, get inspired, and find out what matters most to you.
As self-proclaimed fashion lovers, we’d love to sit here and tell you that we’re “totally not into fads” but we’ll admit, we’re suckers for the newest cute accessories and trends of each season. Lately we’ve been noticing girls around campus wearing fabric bows in their hair, circa 1995 when we had a hair bow to match each of our outfits. This girly trend has won our hearts over, but not necessarily our wallets, so we found a way to make our own bow-dorable accessories with the help of a little scrap fabric. Here’s how you can too!
Supplies: Fabric, Scissors, Thread, and Liquid Stitch
Step 1:Cut a piece of fabric into a rectangle, about 4 inches by 12 inches, but you can vary the size depending on how large you’d like your bow to be.
Step 2: Fold one of the long edges and apply a line of liquid stitch to raw edge of the fabric.
Step 3:Fold the other long edge over the glue to it looks like the photo below.
Step 4:Repeat steps 1-3 for another, smaller piece of fabric, about 1 inch by two inches.
Step 5:Take your larger rectangle and fold each end into the middle, overlapping the ends by about 1/2 an inch.
Step 6:Fold the rectangle accordion and pinch in the middle until you get the desired bow shape you want. Secure it by wrapping thread tightly around the center and double knot it.
Step 7:Lastly, wrap the smaller rectangle over the center of the bow where the thread was and glue it down with liquid stitch. Hold down for a few seconds to make sure it stays.
There’s nothing like a quick swipe of lipstick to instantly change your look, and sometimes even your mood. We used to think that lipstick was a beauty product reserved only for women over the age of forty or for your cousin’s Bar Mitzvah, but we threw our earlier attitudes out the door and now can honestly say we’re lipstick-fanatics. After seeing the light, we’ve decided to pay it forward by showing all you lipstick skeptics just how magical that shiny little tube of rouge can be.
How can you transform your late night studying into an evening of fun and deliciousness? Ditch your laptop for a cookbook, your pencils for a whisk, and your Bunsen burner for a kitchen torch. You guessed it, we’re making our favorite espresso crème brûlée. Packed full with sugary, creamy, caffeinated goodness- this recipe has everything a college kid needs in a dessert. Now, which sounds like more fun? Starting your organic chemistry homework or inviting your cute neighbor over for some midnight crème brûlée? That’s what we thought. Follow our advice and check out the recipe here.
Every now and then a song comes along that has a way of transporting us to another place and time. Bloom by The Paper Kites just happens to be one of those songs and it’s been playing on repeat on our iTunes for weeks now. No matter what type of mood we’re in, or how many homework assignments we have due by midnight, every time this tune starts to play, an instant calm smile appears upon our faces, reminiscent of a Folger’s coffee commercial right after the actor takes a whiff of his steaming hot cup of joe. When listening to this song, all seems right in the world for three and half short minutes. If only it could last just a little bit longer, but hey, we’ll take it for now.
We’ll be honest, we’ve never been a big fan of Daisy Dukes. The thought of showing that much leg makes us cringe faster than hearing nails on a chalkboard. But lately we’ve been noticing lots of killer embellished denim and have been secretly coveting some cut-offs. So like true bargainistas, we found a great pair of mom jeans at Goodwill and took scissors, studs, and bleach to them. We honestly couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised with the results. Daisy, you’ve got us convinced!
What you’ll need:
Step 1: Try your jeans on and while looking in the mirror, mark your jeans with a washable marker at the length you’d want your shorts to be.
Step 2: Start to cut your jeans, at least an inch below the marker line. Hint: you can always make your shorts shorter, but you can’t add length once you cut it off.
Step 3: Continue to trim your shorts until you get them at the desired length. Hint #2: leave the back of the shorts a little longer than the front for a flattering fit.
Step 4: After your shorts are at a good length, begin studding your shorts by pushing the prongs of the stud all the way through the denim and folding the prongs over so they stay in place.
Step 5: Continue to add studs to your shorts until you achieve the look you want. Hint #3: Adding studs to just one side of your shorts adds a quirky touch.
Step 6: Pour bleach into a spray bottle and begin to spray the bottom of your shorts. Make sure the bottom is most saturated and spray the bleach lightly about 3 inches up the shorts. Let your shorts sit and saturate for about 20 minutes in the sink.
Step 7: After you’ve let your shorts sit, wash them without any other clothes in the washer. This will get the extra bleach out of your shorts and will also give the bottom of your shorts a nice fringe look.
Step 8: Flaunt your fabulous new DIY shorts wherever you can while the sun’s still shining. Happy crafting friends!