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Class to Night Out: Cropped Sweater

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Cropped Sweaters: The Reformation, Free People

Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. Class to Night Out focuses on one piece per week, and aims to help you take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

Cropped tops provide the perfect counterbalance to the ever-popular high-waisted bottoms. You can always count on a cropped top to look cute with your high rise cutoffs throughout the spring and summer. Now that it’s fall and temperatures are dropping, you don’t have to stop rocking the crop. Cropped sweaters look so adorable with high-waisted skirts, pants, and even shorts as a summer-to-fall transition piece.

In this post, I’ll be showing you how to style a cropped sweater in one of the most popular colors of the season (pink!) for both class and a night out. Read on to learn how to style this tricky trend:

Cropped Sweater: Class

Cropped sweater, gingham shorts, Vans slip-ons
Product Information: Sweater, Shorts, Shoes, Backpack, Blush, Lip Gloss

As it starts to cool off outside, you can be left with a tricky wardrobe situation. It still gets warm in the middle of the day, but is too chilly for shorts and a t-shirt in the morning. Solve this problem by wearing a cropped sweater, like this pink waffle knit one from Topshop, with a cute pair of high-waisted shorts. This ensures that you’ll be warm enough on the way to your morning classes, but not boiling in the afternoon.

This outfit is simple and sleek with black perforated slip-ons and a faux leather backpack. The overall look is casual, but so on-trend. Keep your beauty routine low-key with a little blush for a pink flush and clear lip gloss.

Cropped Sweater: Night Out

Cropped sweater, gray skirt, ankle booties
Product Information: Sweater, Skirt, Booties, Clutch, Earrings, Lip Stain, Nail Polish

This cropped sweater is cozy, yet perfect for a night out when paired with a comfy skirt featuring a fluted shape and high waist. To keep the ensemble from looking too casual, add an edgy cut-out bootie and some shiny accessories. The silver clutch looks modern and takes this outfit to the next level, as do these sparkly statement earrings.

Complete the look with some fall-appropriate beauty products. In this case, we went with a bold pink lip and trendy dark gray nails.

Your thoughts?

Would you ever wear a cropped sweater? To class? For a night out? How would you style this cropped sweater? Let me know what you think of the outfits in the comments, and tell me what other pieces you’d like to see featured on Class to Night Out!

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DIY Tutorial: Glass Vial Pendant Necklace


Diy glass vial pendant necklace

Until recently, my necklace collection was comprised solely of large, chunky, statement pieces; I didn’t have anything cute, small, and charming. However, all that changed when I spotted a collection of corked glass vials while shopping for craft supplies. My mental Pinterest board wandered to the boho-chic Etsy section, and I realized I could take those vials and make them into pendants.

While I created a pendant necklace, this same tutorial can be applied to other pieces of jewelry as well. In fact, I’m planning on making a matching pair of earrings in the near future! Read on to learn how to make your own glass vial pendant necklace:


Diy corked vial pendants materials

  • Corked glass vials
  • Super glue
  • Wire cutters
  • Jewelry pliers (round nose and flat nose)
  • Miscellaneous beads and findings
  • Head pins
  • Safety pin or other sharp, thin object (pins and needles work fine, too!)
  • Optional: a necklace chain, earring hooks, or anything you’d like to attach the pendant to

Step One

Diy corked vial pendants step 1

Plan ahead by gathering and selecting what you want to place in your vial. I went with cabochon roses, rhinestones, and pearl beads. These pieces were mostly left over from this Gatsby-esque hair brooch DIY.

Step Two

Diy corked vial pendants step 2

Fill up the vial. Go for a uniform look with glitter or small seed beads, or get creative and mix it up with different sized beads and types of findings, like I did here. Make sure you place everything so that it looks aesthetically pleasing. For example, I tried to make all of the rhinestones and roses face outwards.

Step Three

Diy corked vial pendants step 3

Using a sharp, thin object (like a safety pin), pierce a hole in the exact middle of the cork top.

Step Four

Diy corked vial pendants step 4

Next, thread a head pin (with the “head” part at the base of the cork) through the hole you just made.

Step Five

Diy corked vial pendants step 5

Create a loop at the top of the cork. Use the jewelry pliers to help shape and form the loop.

Step Six

Diy corked vial pendants step 6

Use the wire cutters to trim off any excess metal.

Step Seven

Diy corked vial pendants step 7

Use the flat nose pliers to complete the loop by pulling the wire end to the base of the loop.

Step Eight

Diy corked vial pendants step 8

Thinly spread some liquid super glue around the cork. Make sure you do this near the top, and not the base.

Step Nine

Diy corked vial pendants step 9

Firmly push the cork into the vial, pushing as far down as it can go. Only a tiny sliver should pop out, like you see in the picture. Try and line up the super glued portion of the cork with the mouth of the bottle. Let dry.

Step Ten

Diy corked vial pendants step 10

To turn this vial into jewelry, attach the top of the pendant loop to whatever you want to create. I wanted a necklace, so I simply looped a thin necklace chain through the pendant loop. It’s as easy as that!


Diy corked vial pendants finale

Feedback please:

What do you think of corked vial pendants? Will you make one using this tutorial? And if you are, what are you planning to fill your vial with? Are there any other DIYs you would like to see the tutorials for? Let me know in the comments!

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Coupons & Sales: Week of 9/19/14

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Coupon codes, sales, and online shopping deals

* 7 For All Mankind will give you 30% off select denim with code FDD2014 through 9/24.

* Aeropostale will give you 25% off your entire order with promo code EXTRA25 through 9/21.

* Alternative Apparel is offering $20 off orders of $125 or more through 9/21. Enter code 20OFF125 at checkout to receive discount.

* American Eagle Outfitters is having a Friends and Family sale: take 25% off your purchase with code 69E798N1 through 9/21, plus get free shipping on everything.

* Ann Taylor has the following deal: take 30% off one full-priced item, 40% off two full-priced items, or 50% off three or more full-priced items. Offer valid for a limited time only with code STOCKUP. Plus take an exra 40% off sale for a limited time. No code needed!

* Bloomingdale’s will give you 15% off when you buy one regular-priced women’s denim or 25% off when you buy two ore more pairs of regular priced denim. Offer valid through 9/21.

* has the following deals, good through 9/21: get $10 off orders of $60+ with code 10SUPER60 or get $20 off orders of $80+ with code 20HERO80.

* Charlotte Russe has dresses up to 60% off, tops BOGO for $10, jewelry 2 for $10, denim BOGO for $12.50, and free shipping on sweaters. All of these deals are available through 9/21 at 3AM EST. No code needed!

* e.l.f. Cosmetics will give you 50% off their top fall products when you spend $25 or more. Offer valid through 9/22 with code FALL50.

* Express has the following offer, good through today, 9/19: take $60 off your $150 purchase, $30 off your $75 purchase, or $10 off your $30 purchase with code 1529.

* Folica is offering 10% off orders over $50, 20% off orders over $75 or 30% off orders over $125 through 9/25. Just enter coupon code CUSTAPP at checkout to receive discount.

* Hot Topic is offering 20% off all tees through 9/28 with code HTTEES20. Plus take $5 off orders of $50+ with code HT9AF14 through 10/6.

* J. Crew will give you 25% off select full-price styles and an extra 30% off final sale styles when you use code SHOPFORFALL through 9/24.

* Kiehl’s has the following offer: receive four free deluxe samples and free shipping with any $65 order. Plus, get a complimentary full-size cleanser with any $100 purchase. Enter code HEALTHYSKIN at checkout through 9/22.

* Kmart is offering 15% off new fall fashions for women. Enter code FASHION15 at checkout through 9/20.

* Kohl’s has the following deals, available through 9/21: get free shipping on orders over $50 with code FREE50SEPT ; take 20% off sitewide with code SEPTPS.

* Lacoste will give you 30% off any order of $175 or more through 9/22. No code necessary.

* The Limited has a great offer that expires today, 9/19: take 40% off everything with promo code BIG40.

* Lord & Taylor has a code that’s good for an extra 25% off select regular and sale items. Enter SAVEMORE at checkout through 9/29.

* Macy’s will give you an extra 20% off their VIP Sale with code VIP through 9/21. Exclusions apply, see site for full details.

* Madewell is offering 20% off orders of $100+ and 30% off purchases of $200+ through 9/22. Simply enter promo code WINWIN at checkout to receive discount.

* Maurices will give you 25% off your entire regular-priced purchase with code 914SAVING25. Offer ends 10/11.

* Payless has everything BOGO through 9/22, plus get free shipping on orders over $35. No code needed!

* will give you 15% off plus free shipping with code SHOES15 through 10/14.

* Stila Cosmetics will gift you a free full-size lip glaze set (a $66 value), plus free shipping with any purchase of $60 or more. Offer valid while supplies last; no code needed. Deal ends today, 9/19.

* Target has shoes BOGO 50% off through 9/20 with coupon code SHOEBOGO.

* Topshop is offering students 20% off when they use their Student Advantage number through 9/28.

* Torrid has items buy two, get one free through 9/23 when you use code B2GET1FREE. Plus get 10% off any order with code TD9AF14 through 10/6.

* The Trend Boutique is offering 20% off site-wide, plus free domestic shipping through 9/23. Use code TAKE20 at checkout.

* True Religion will give you 25% off select denim, plus free shipping through 9/21. No code needed, prices as marked.

* UrbanOG is offering 40% off sale items for a limited time when you enter code SUPERSALE at checkout. Plus take $10 off orders over $60 with code TENSIXTY or $5 off any order with code FIVER through 9/30.

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