“I think everyone has a designer inside of them,” the glamorous, pink-haired accessories designer Tarina Tarantino tells me on a recent visit to Las Vegas. Mostly known for her Pink Head Hello Kitty designs, pavé heart charms and sparkling-eyed skull jewelry, Tarantino leaped into the beauty category with Tarina Tarantino Beauty and has now ventured into publishing with her DIY book The Sparkle Factory, available at Love Jones at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
“I’d like to see DIY go more into fashion,” she states, adding that her most recent DIY project was creating sparkle-adorned sunglasses with her daughter and her daughter’s friends – a project which is featured in her book.
“We’re always on our computers and on our phones; we don’t work enough with our hands,” the entrepreneur explains why DIY should be an important part of every person’s life. She hypothesizes that the Recession influenced the popularity of DIY, making it a part of today’s trend-loving society.
The Sparkle Factory features 20 of Tarantino’s most-loved pieces and how to recreate them for yourself, including headbands, cocktail rings, statement earrings and bracelets. But for those who find less satisfaction with their end product than they do with the thrilling process of creation, you can always shop Tarantino’s accessories, cosmetics and her book The Sparkle Factory at Love Jones inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd.