Recycled Blanket OOTW

Hi guys! Here is this week’s RECYCLED OOTW! I designed the Posh sweater, pants, & vest by recycling a wool blanket & leather coat. Also featured in this video is a new Kelley Nicole Collection handbag design, recycled from a leather skirt.  Here are before photos of the wool blanket (in cut up pieces) and long skirt:


Here is the after photo of the handbag recycled from the leather skirt:

Handbag recycled from a leather skirt. | Kelley Nicole Collection

The skirt was enough leather to make 2 huge handbags!  Lastly, a few shots of the recycled plaid outfit I made from the wool blanket, featured in the video:


Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 4.23.49 PM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-24 at 4.17.40 PM.pngFor more on the handbag in the video with the green recycled belt shoulder strap click here.  Hope you guys enjoyed the vid!  Hope you guys have a great week!!!  Please be sure to subscribe to my YouTube  channel for more fashion videos!  Muahhhhh!!  XO ~Kelle

Other fashion items featured in this video:
Chunky Patent Ankle Boots: Moschino
Blue Velvet Messenger Bag: Commes des Garcons
Black Gladiator Sandals: Modern Vintage
Sunglasses: Carrera

Instagram: @lilmisslion | @kelleynicolecollection

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored video. 🙂


3 Non-Hair Flat Iron Tips | Designing

Hi guys,  I designed this pink lace top a few weeks ago and have been meaning to post its correlating diy video, that features a few of my quick designing tips.  So hereeeeee are 3 of my favorite non-hair uses for a hair flat iron 🙂

Quick Tip #1:  Flat irons are a great tool for ironing out your hems & seams after sewing.  A flat iron with customized temperatures allows you to lower the temperature for ironing more delicate fabrics.

Quick Tip #2:  When traveling, hair flat irons make great clothing irons .  How many times have we opened our suitcases to find our pressed clothes wrinkled again!?  Flat irons are compact, and get the clothing wrinkles out STAT style.

Quick Tip #3:  Crush velvet with a flat iron by accordion folding the area of fabric you want crushed, and then iron the accordion folds with your flat iron.  Voila, crushed velvet!

When it comes to designing, traveling (& my hair), I cannot go without a flat iron! For you home & lifestyle lovers out there here is another DIY tip!  The wicker chair in the photo below had seen better days.  It was severely peeled and frayed on every foot of the chair.  I like the look of frayed wood, however, this was the pokey kind of fraying and I have little dogs.  To better conceal the fraying wood, I recycled khaki jeans and cut off four strips of the khaki, & then tied each strip as a bow on the chair’s bottom legs.  She’s as good as new now!  I absolutely love filming my YouTube videos from that chair!  Hope you guys find my designing tips useful, my loves!  Have a great rest of the week!  XO ~Kelle


Pink Lace Top | Kelley Nicole Collection
Hems of this delicate lace top design were easily ironed out with a hair flat iron. XO

Tired Of Your Baby Blues? Sewing: Recycled Silhouette Dog Clothes | Kelley Nicole Collection

Silhouettes | Kelley Nicole Collection | Silhouettes are currently being recycled into the line from upholstery sample fabric textiles.

Well of course you look smokin in those jeans, dahhhhhhling!!!  But before throwing out the old to find room in your closet for the new jeans, please remember to donate or recycle them. Throwing them out lends them to the filling up of our landfills. Landfills are not a closet!

Memes says: there are dogs just like me that get cold easy and need clothes, too.  Recycling is a PAWSOME way to create them! ❤

A staggering amount of fabric & clothing items contribute to landfill waste.  MILLIONS of TONS (the weight of just one ton is equivalent to 2000 pounds!! Millions of TONS is mind-blowing!!!) of clothing are thrown out every year, making their way to our landfills.  Did you know clothing waste is not biodegradable & releases methane gas, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the environment?  By donating and/or recycling your jeans and unwanted clothing, instead of throwing them away, you help sustain our precious environment. People and pets in need would love a pair of what you might be contemplating throwing out.  Here is my latest video, where I show you how to recycle your unused jeans into dog clothes.

Hopefully the video will help you conjure up some creative ways to upcycle your unwanted clothing items.

InStyle furniture upholstery fabric squares for my recycled fashion & accessory appliqués | Kelley Nicole Collection

A few stacks of InStyle upholstery samples in all sorts of fabrics & textures, are on their way to being recycled into the chihuahua silhouette appliqués for my fashion line’s t-shirts, tanks, pants, jeans, scarves, gloves, handbags, & other fashion accessories.

Stacked | InStyle Upholstery sample textiles | Kelley Nicole Collection

Learn more about the reasons why recycling fashion is SO important & also how I recycle leather skirts into handbags, in my past blog.  Please be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more fun fashion videos! :)))))))) Your support is amazing!!  Have a beautiful weekend, my loves!  ❤ ~Kelle


Silhouette Denim Coat | Recycled | Kelley Nicole Collection

Photoshoot with Patrick Massou!

A few newbies from my photo shoot this past weekend with Patrick Massou!  Shooting with Patrick makes my job so much easier than it looks!  He has such an eye for artistic details!!  A photography master, he captures the essence of the character in the most precise moment.  May we all be free to be who we desire to be.  Whomever.  Whenever.  And in whatever wig 🙂 Much love.  XO ~Kelle

Photographer: Patrick Massou
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Recycled Leather Cuff | Kelley Nicole Collection | Photographer: Patrick Massou
Recycled Leather Shawl/Belt | Kelley Nicole Collection | Photographer: Patrick Massou
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Photographer: Patrick Massou
Recycled Shawl/Belt, By: Kelley Nicole Collection | Boots: Christian Louboutin | Photographer: Patrick Massou

Recycled OOTW & Why You Should Recycle Fashion


Happy weekend, yawls!!!! My OOTW & Recycled Kelley Nicole Collection Handbags video is now up!

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 6.29.17 PM.pngIn this vid, I featured my latest fave way to design and wear half harem/half shorts, that I recycled out of a size 10 vintage velvet dress! For lack of a better way to describe them, I’m calling them asymmetrical harem pants. I will be designing lots of these in different fabrics/patterns.Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 8.37.31 PM.png

The handbags were made by recycling my old leather skirts & belts that just sat in my closet collecting dust.


Did you know?

Recycling unwanted clothing reduces landfill waste as well as the amount of resources needed to produce new clothing. It also lessens the waste produced by the manufacturing process — clothing scraps end up in the landfill, too. Used clothing can be donated, sold or disassembled for the fabric. Americans discard an estimated 68 pounds of clothing a year, while buying 10 pounds of recycled clothes.  About 99 percent of what is thrown away can be recycled. Clothing and household textiles, consisting of fabrics such as cotton, polyester, nylon and rayon, make up almost 5 percent of the total garbage in landfills. (Source: SF Gate, Lexa W. Lee)

Before: Leather Skirts

After: Recycled Handbags

3-in-One Recycled Handbag | Kelley Nicole Collection
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Convertible Shoulder Bag/Clutch/Tote | Kelley Nicole Collection


Recycled Tote Bag with Chihuahua Inspired Pockets | Kelley Nicole Collection


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I like to recycle belts and use them as straps on my recycled handbag designs.

This was such a fun vid to make! If you like this vid, please be sure to give it a thumbs up & subscribe to my channel to be looped into my upcoming fashion vids! Muahhhhhh, darlings!! ❤ ❤

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Self-Tanning Dupe | Bare Minerals vs. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Mousse

Happy Friday, lovelies! It has been feeling a lot like summer in LA this week! That said, it is also time for some sunless tanning! I’ve recently discovered a dupe for Bare Minerals Faux Tan Face glow! Faux face has been my quick, go-to face tanning shade lately.  I feel like when I wear it, it is enough of a sun kissed look and makes for less makeup to wear.  I have recently discovered that the Bare Mineral’s faux face shade is nearly identical to one of my favorite drugstore self-tanners: L’oreal Sublime Bronze Mousse! Faux Tan Face sells for $26, while L’Oreal’s is in the $7 price range.  It i difficult to notice any difference between the two shades!


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In this photo:  Bare Mineral’s Faux Tan Face is worn on my face, & L’Oreal’s Sublime Bronze is worn on my neck & décolletage.  Sublime Bronze is an exact dupe!

For work and especially in warmer weather, I go through a lottttttt of self-tanners!  Nothing really beats a professional spray tan, but sometimes I only have time for diy method.  My faux glow is almost out, so I will probably just use the L’Oreal mousse on my face and body for my upcoming photo shoot. Shooooop-aaaaa-dupe!!!  Hope you enjoy the video and please be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel & give this video a thumbs up :))))) Thanks so much for watching & have a beautiful, sunshiney weekend, my loves! XO

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Lately, I have been using the Bare Minerals stipple brush to apply these self-tanners to my face & body. | L’Oreal Sublime Bronze, Bare Minerals Faux Tan Face


Happy Mother’s Day Giveaway, Anniversary, & Michael’s Haul!

Hi guys!  I hope you all had a beautiful Mother’s Day!  I want to start out by saying CONGRATS to my subscriber, Vicky, on winning the Kat Von D makeup giveaway!!!!  So happy for you!!!  ❤ ❤ ❤  Also thank to my supporters & new subscribers over the past week-and-half!!  Your support has been some serious EPIC-NESS!!!  Thank you so much!!!  In yesterday’s vlog, I announced my Mother’s Day Giveaway winner, celebrated our anniversary at Michael’s, & shared my Michael’s haul.  Also, hear more about how I designed a versatile handbag by recycling a leather skirt into a slouchy clutch/tote/shoulder bag!  The great thing about recycling skirts into handbags, is that there is the perfect amount of fabric for  creating the perfect-sized handbag.  I went to Michael’s to pick up some leather-work tools, a zipper, & some other designing items.  Three hours later, I made my way out of one of my favorite stores ever!  I think I am going to add some silver hardware closures to the top of the bag.  The bag could get by without a closure, however, I think the silver closures will give it some extra funk. Hope you enjoy the vlog!  For those whose hearts were set on winning the Kat Von D makeup, never fear!!  There will be lots of giveaways on my channel, so please be sure to subscribe for your chances to win.  You can enter as many of my giveaways as you would like! :)))  Wishing everyone a gorgeous week, ahead!  Much love! ❤

Recycled Slouchy Handbag/Clutch/Tote | Made from a recycled leather skirt | Kelley Nicole Collection