3.19.2014

Haveeeeeee you met Frieda and Nellie?


Where would we be without this duo? Frieda and Nellie, a company created by Stacy Herzog and Sarah Reid does friendship bracelets like no one else I know! It gives that well known friendship bracelet a little extra something with the use of vintage jewelry and accents. Mixing old with new, these arm candy favourites can be seen all over the world on some of the most influential wrists of fashion icons. While dreaming of summer music festivals and sunshine I think a few new additions to my arm candy collections can't hurt! Lets take some DIY inspiration from Frieda and Nellie! Why not mix in vintage pieces to refresh the classic friendship bracelet? 

Image from here

2.26.2014

A little decollage pour le pied




Take some old jewelry and add it to your heels for a little sparkle on the ankles as seen in Prabal Gurung's Fall RTW 2014 show. 

Seems simple enough with a few broken rhinestone necklaces, you can strap them to your shoes to give an old pair of heels some new life. Don't you just love DIY's that don't require anything new? I do, but maybe that's because I'm a student with a taste for high fashion.


Images from here

2.23.2014

DIY Aztec Nails


The Olympics are over (so sad!) so off are the patriotic nail art and in are some new Aztec inspired nails. I recently came across a sale at Shoppers and thought it would be fun to test out some of the new polishes I picked up in this tutorial. Maybe I'll put up a haul post to show you guys all the new colours I got! 

I really love the design of these Aztec Nails because the design isn't super loud and colours can get interchanged depending on your mood. With the recent warm weather here in Toronto, it has me dreaming about spring and I thought it would be a good time to start transitioning into pastel colours. The blue I'm using, Breezy Blue by Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, is a lovely shade but I find that even with three coats, it still is a bit streaky (just thought I'd point that out) but other than that, most other Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes work great! 

What you'll need:

  • Black Nail Polish
  • Gold Nail Polish
  • Nail Art Brush
  • Base Coat 
  • Top Coat
  • Light Blue Nail Polish


Colours used: Revlon Top Speed in Black Magic, Revlon Nail Art Matte in 520 Tortoise Shell, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear 481 Breezy Blue


Steps:

1. Paint you base coat and base colour and let dry.

2. Take the gold nail polish and paint triangles at the base of each nail.

3. Take your nail art brush and draw a chevron in the gold triangles you created.

4. Continuing with your nail brush, paint in tiny triangles around the golden triangle. I find its easiest to map out the shape by painting horizontal and vertical lines, working from the middle outwards.

5. Seal it all in with a top coat! :)

2.09.2014

Pearls for Days!




Seeing all the new spring colours in stores has me begging for summer to come ASAP! I've been craving the sunshine and 20+ degree weather, but sadly winter is here to stay for another five weeks (at least). With the upcoming spring trends I've noticed a surge of interest in pearls. Usually when I see pearls it just reminds me of my grandma's pearls, not really my style. But the modern take by Sophie Bille Brahe has me craving for some pearl and gold accessories. Definitely in love with the pearl bar earrings, if only my ears were pierced....sigh.

You can buy her pieces here

Images from here and here.

1.16.2014

DIY Dion Lee 3D Filter Jacket


The long awaited DIY tutorial for Dion Lee's Filter Jacket is finally complete! It's been quite a journey for this particular DIY, I remember going out and getting a faux-leather jacket from Forever 21, but fell in love it and couldn't bare to cut it up. Good thing I didn't because I found an even better base jacket from Dynamite this holiday season and the filter design works impeccably with it!

I first fell in love with Dion Lee's Filter Jacket when I came across this picture by Tommy Ton. The intricate back on Christine Centenera caught the eyes of many and had me scrambling to find a way to recreate the spine-like detail.

Gorgeous on its own, but also a beauty with brightly coloured pieces underneath, it'll become a well loved piece in your closet! I wore it all throughout my Las Vegas trip over the holidays and got tonnes of compliments on it. Trust me, this is a DIY you WILL want to have in your closet, it wont be one of those that you make and toss to the back of your closet. Onward with the tutorial!


WARNING: This DIY is an intermediate-difficult level, based on your personal sewing abilities.


What you'll need:
  • Jacket (form here)
  • Leather: large enough to cover the back of the jacket (alternatively you could use pleather if you can find something that is black on both sides, I suggest leather because it has a better structure for this jacket)
  • 1/2" leather trim (approx. 2-3 yards)
  • Chalk
  • Sewing Machine
  • Black Thread
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Scissors


Steps:

1. Trace the back of your jacket onto paper, then cut out the back of the jacket, be sure to remove the lining.

2. Take your traced back piece and transfer it to your leather, this will be your new back for your jacket

3. Sew the new leather back to your jacket

It should look something like this!

4. Draw a center-line then draw lines 1" apart on the back of the jacket, be sure not to get too close to the edge, I did a diamond like pattern. Cut on the horizontal lines

5. Twist each band and sew following the drawn center-line 

After sewing the bands, it should look something like this!

6. Weave! Take your leather trim piece and go back and forth in a figure eight like shape. The images explain this part better than words. Sew down the starting end of the leather trim on the inside of the jacket so that it's not visible.

Continue weaving...

7. Add a bottom slit to thread the leather trim through and sew it down on the inside.


Completed!


Original jacket: $2500+  vs  DIY Cost: $100


1.08.2014

Inspiration: DION LEE






Loving the back detail of this Dion Lee 3D Filter Jacket! It's taken a year for me to finally gather all the materials and things necessary for this DIY but it is finally done! Keep you eyes out for the tutorial coming up soon!!!

Man.... Australia is definitely an up and coming to watch, so many good things are coming from down under!

Images: Tommy Ton, here and here


12.21.2013

A Little Tinsel and Tassels

Giuseppe Zanotti Rhinestone Tassel Loafers as seen on Alicia Keys 

Super cute and super simple to make, DIY inspiration: Giuseppe Zanotti Rhinestone Tassel Loafers (Retail: $400+) Perfect to match with any upcoming holiday outfits!

What you'll need:

  • A pair of loafers
  • Rhinestone chain
  • Metal square 
  • Leather rope

Seems simple enough! Hopefully I'll be able to whip up a pair later on this holiday break! I'll be off on vacation for the next little bit so hopefully in the New Year I'll be able to post up some more DIYs  for you guys :)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!! 
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