DIY Christmas tree enamel pin display

I thought it would be fun to make a little enamel pin display using a small (2') Christmas tree! It started off as an idea for an instagram photo, but then I thought I'd do a DIY in case anyone else wanted to make an enamel pin tree display, too. It's such a cute way to show off your collection this time of year! And enamel pins are the PERFECT size for small trees. I got my white one on amazon here.

All you need for each ornament is one enamel pin and one ornament hook. THIS IS SO EASY.

Loosen the backing a little bit, loop the end of the hook around the pin back, pinch the wire closed and then push the backing on tightly to secure the hook. This definitely works better with pins that have rubber backs since you can press them tightly to keep the hook in place. I actually keep extra rubber backs on hand in case pins come with clutch backs, since I like the rubber ones better. I got mine on amazon (50 for like $5) here.

And that's it! Then just hang your ornaments and admire your tree :D If you make a pin tree display and post a photo on IG please tag me (@kategabrielle) I'd love to see it!

Also (shameless plug alert) all of the pins on my tree are from my shop, here.

Happy Black Friday!

'Tis the season! I'm having a Black Friday sale in my shop right now, over at 25% off any order of $15+ with coupon code "mistletoe." And I'm still offering free worldwide shipping on orders of $20+ which is applied automatically at checkout, no code needed. I'm also running a special offer just for my instagram & facebook followers, so if you aren't already following me over there now would be a good time to start ;)

I also wanted to mention that the tour company I used for my Paris/Rome trip last summer, GoAhead Tours, is doing a pretty huge Black Friday sale with most tours discounted up to $600 per person. I just booked another trip to Paris for next fall (it's going to be a belated joint 30th/60th birthday celebration with my mom!) and a solo walking tour of the Amalfi coast for October 2018. If you use my referral link you'll also get $100 off (on my end this link isn't sending me to the right page right now so you could also try telling them that customer number 70014460 referred you in order to get the discount.) I wrote about my experience with this company here. (ps. they don't sponsor me, I just REALLY loved my vacation!)

Most years I'd be buying up a ton of dresses and coats on black friday but this year I'm mostly just buying things from small businesses/artists and putting the rest towards travel. It seems like a much more fulfilling and happy way to be spending my money right now.

(I say this but tbh there's like a 85% chance I'll be buying at least one dress before the day is over.)

DIY Christmas movie snow globes

This isn't so much a DIY as it is an idea for a Christmas decoration, but I'm so happy with how these came out that I had to share in case anyone else wanted to do it, too!

Aside from my mom's cookies, I think my favorite part of the holiday season is the movies. There's nothing quite as comforting and festive to me as snuggling in bed with Arrietty, hot chocolate, and one of my favorite Christmas films. And since I love incorporating my love of movies into my decor, I thought it would be fun to do that with my Christmas decorations, too!

I got my snow globe picture frames from Urban Outfitters. They don't have the rose gold color anymore, but they still have this shape/size in clear here. They also have some pretty instax-sized ones in other colors here.

All I did was find scenes from two of my favorite Christmas movies, print them on photo paper, and then cut them to size. The frames come with templates so you can cut your photo to fit perfectly in the snow globe. Just make sure that the photo you find will fit inside of a vertical frame. A lot of movie stills are horizontal, since movies are shot in that orientation, but it's pretty easy to crop a picture to be just right.

I chose stills from the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol (the best, in my opinion) and the Barbara Stanwyck movie Christmas in Connecticut. If you haven't seen either one yet, definitely try to give them a watch this holiday season. Just make sure you have some hot cocoa and warm blankets handy! ;)

shop my closet sale update (last chance!)

There are 20 items left in my vintage shop my closet sale, and only a couple days left before the sale is over. Once the sale is over, the items won't be available on Whurl or in any future shop my closet sale, so if you have your eye on something now is the time to grab it!

These dresses are all still available in my Whurl shop. If you're on your phone, you can download the app right here. I'm @kategabrielle on the app, or you can scroll through new listings by clicking on the telescope icon at the bottom and my items should all be in there :)

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

This was definitely a last minute costume (I painted that rib cage on my dress last night!) but I'm mildly happy with how it came out. I don't think I've ever done a spooky Halloween costume before, I usually go with some kind of pop culture figure (past favorites: Princess Unicorn from The Office and Helena from Orphan Black) but tonight I'm volunteering at my local independent movie theater and the costume theme is characters from horror films.

I have to admit, I haven't seen that many modern horror movies. I've seen a lot of the fun ones, like Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Craft, Beetlejuice, etc. but ACTUAL horror movies like Saw, the Freddy movies, the Jason movies, The Exorcist, Poltergeist, those have all eluded me. So I went with what I know and chose to dress up like Barbara Steele's character from the 1961 Italian horror movie Black Sunday.

Black Sunday is about a witch who is burned at the stake and vows vengeance on the family that killed her. It's low budget but super atmospheric with lots of fog and cobwebs to give it a spooky vibe. It also has this thing (a lot of people HATE this in movies but I personally love it) where it takes place in the middle ages but everyone's hair and makeup is super 60's. It's probably one of the reasons I gravitated towards this movie when I was deciding on a costume :)

It's an Italian production but the movie is dubbed in English, so if you're not a fan of foreign films, don't let that turn you off. It's available to rent on amazon here, and I highly recommend it if you're in the mood for a fun thriller to watch tonight! I also just watched another Barbara Steele horror film (although this one is in Italian with English subtitles) called The Long Hair of Death. I like Black Sunday better but this one is *almost* as good, and it's on Amazon Prime so if you have an account it's free to stream :)

Last but not least, I put together a Halloween video set to Bauhaus' "She's in Parties." I included clips from some of my favorite spooky classic movies like Cat People, The Old Dark House, and The Bride of Frankenstein. If you're a fan of classic movies, I hope you'll love it, and if you're not a fan (yet!) maybe this video will give you a little taste of what classic horror movies are like. If you're interested in checking out any of the films in the video, I have a list of the ones that I included on the youtube video page here.

Since I'm pretty sure a reference is necessary for this costume, here is Barbara Steele in stills from Black Sunday:

shop my closet vintage sale!

The first items from my vintage sale are up on Whurl! Since I have so many items, Sam from Whurl decided to list things in increments rather than all at once (it's seriously A LOT of stuff. I sent her like a 50 pound box of stuff!!) so right now there are six items available including this pretty green dress. It's seriously PERFECT, just a little too tight in the waist on me. It's only $38 including shipping on the app!

I'm @kategabrielle on Whurl, or you can just browse new items and mine should be there. We'll be adding a ton of stuff over the next week or so, so be sure to keep checking back! :)

If you're on your phone you can click here to download the app.

posh frock friday

This dress makes me feel like a Rockette! I even picked these shoes because they are the most "tap dance" shoes that I own.

I did tap and ballet from when I was three until I was sixteen, and I really miss it sometimes. I recently bought a ballet workout DVD to do at home but I feel kind of silly doing it in sweatpants or pajamas so now I feel like I also need a leotard, and a skirt, and ballet shoes... Maybe I should just buy a tap dance DVD instead and I can workout in my Rockette outfit! ;)

If you're participating in Posh Frock Friday don't forget to hashtag your outfit on IG with #poshfrockfridays so that everyone can see your pretty outfit!

dress- vintage from whurl | shoes - bait footwear | purple rug - amazon

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