Nails | Red Plaid

Wearing: Joe Fresh sweater, DIY Neckwarmer, Garage Socks (here)

Holiday nails in a festive plaid as part of the countdown to Christmas! Can't believe Christmas is only 3 days away and I still haven't completed all my holiday shopping (eeek!). Anyone else scrambling to get those last minute holiday things done as well?

I actually am not a fan of the holidays, way too stressful with school and gift shopping. Summer vacations are so much better but I can't help but dream of a White Christmas. Perfect for snuggling up in front of a fireplace with a giant cup of hot cocoa. How will you be dressing up your nails for this holiday season?

How to:

  1. Paint a base red on all fingers but the ring fingers; paint a black base on the ring fingers
  2. Take a deeper red or jelly type nail polish and do a rough gingham pattern on the red nails
  3. Take a thin stripper brush and paint the black plaid lines; 3 across, 3 vertically
  4. Repeat with gold (single lines)
  5. Top off the ring fingers with a gold glitter
  6. Top coat to seal

Polishes used: Essie's Russian Roulette, OPI's Malaga Wine, Revlon's Black Magic, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Bold Gold and Golden-I


DIY | Tie me up in chains

Wearing: Garage boyfriend shirt, Club Monaco V-neck tee, Shark tooth necklace (here), Layla headphones in rose gold (here
Whew! First semester of my final year is officially over! More time for portfolio and fun things like this highly neglected blog for one. Super sorry for the lack of DIY posts guys, it's just been super hectic! I'll try to shoot as many as possible over the Christmas break to have things lined up in the new year.

I've been searching high and low for my body chain supplies and finally found all of it this morning so what better way to celebrate my first day off in ages than to make a little something special for myself? (I did a post on body chains wayyyyyyy back when here) Delicately chic, it can be worn over or under clothing. I wish I had this over the summer but am looking forward to wearing this for the winter months over sweaters and layered pieces. This body chain DIY took me all of ten minutes to make, most of the time just measuring the desired length of the chain.

What you'll need:

  • Jump rings*
  • Chain*
  • Clasp*
  • Pliers
*I ordered my supplies from this store on etsy; all 14K gold filled so it doesn't tarnish as easily 


  1. Measure out three lengths of chain, one  27", two 16"
  2. Take a jump ring and attach the two ends of the 27" length and one end of each 16" chain together. You should be left with a loop and two open ends
  3. The open ends is where the clasp goes for behind your back. Attach with jump rings; in the end it should look like two loops with a jump ring attaching it together, similar to an infinity sign.


Inspiration | Weighted Chains

Doing a little window shopping I spotted these on the All Saints website. Subtle edgy detailing with large chains. Another DIY to add to my never ending list of to do!

Take any old sweatshirt, add a chain break in the sleeves, sew back. Repeat on a skirt :)

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Inspiration | Laced up in Leather

 Watching the movie Lucy the other day (if you haven't seen it, it's actually a pretty decent film), I got to say, the stylists had it spot on with that one dress worn by Scarlett Johannson. Gorgeous with lace up detailing; a little bit of digging identified the dress as none other than the Mummy Dress by Iris van Herpen. Iris van Herpen has long been a favourite designer of mine with her haute couture work with 3D printing and mobile pieces. I highly recommend to check out her work; it reminds me a bit of Alexander McQueen with a more technological feel.

This dress is easily done as a DIY, I can't wait to give it a go. You'll need a black dress, silver eyelets and leather laces (I've already ordered this dress from Zara to try it out with). Probably super time consuming project but the end result will definitely be a stunner!

Images from Iris van Herpen


Nails | Reverse French Manicure

Whew! Already November and the first semester of my final year is flying by! It has been quite the chaotic semester and it's been hard keeping on top of blogging but I shall try my best!

These nails, inspired by my good friend Alex are so chic! Simple and super easy, this reverse french mani will have them compliments hitting you left, right and center! I used Essie polishes, Penny Talk and Stylenomics; both perfect for the fall weather. I love the deep green jewel tone of Stylenomics, has been ready and excited for the holiday season to start! What colours will you be doing this manicure in?

How to:

  1. Base Coat
  2. 1 Coat of Penny Talk all over the nail and let dry
  3. Carefully paint Stylenomics over Penny Talk, leaving 2mm space at the base of the nail and let dry
  4. Paint another coat of Stylenomics to get desired opacity
  5. Top coat to seal


Trending | Lend Me an Ear

It seems like a typical thing to have ones ears pierced but until recently I was that one odd girl who had virgin earlobes. Granted I did recall having arguments with my mother in the past to get my ear pierced; as I got older, I just kind of forgot about earrings in general, it just wasn't part of my everyday routine.

Now I know what I've been missing out on! Small little accents to draw attention to your face; a little extra sparkle; a whole new accessory to covet and collect! I'm intrigued by the new styles of earrings that are popping up around in the fashion world. No longer is just the earlobe highlighted but the back of the ear with the emergence of ear jackets and the crescent of the ear with ear cuffs. So many pretty ear accessories, no longer can you just classify them all as earrings. Here are some ear trends I can't get enough of:

Ear Jackets: Whoever started this trend....I love you. its a super easy way to spice up plain old studs with a special back piece. Some favourites here, here and here

Ear cuffs: Edgy. Hot. Unique. I remember when this trend first emerged and was instantly trying to DIY versions with my friends. (potential tutorial if anyone wants it?). I currently own this one, loving this, and this.

Asymmetric Earrings: Mixing it up. Matching pairs are too typical, make a statement with different earrings. Plus symmetry is soooooooo last season. Can't wait to get my hands on these, this and this.

Ear Crawlers: Newest accessory for this season, kind of a hybrid of an ear cuff and an ear jacket. Super cute ones to inspire your inner shopaholic here, here and here.

Images by Tommy Ton 


Nails | Cherry Blossoms


Inspired by my trip to Japan, where all fashion is embellished and detailed; I couldn't resist doing up my nails just like them Japanese girls. Sparkly and girly to the max, Japanese nail art is an art form of its own. Usually an overall cohesive look with no two nails looking the same. For these nails I used acrylic paint to paint the flowers and layered on different glitter jelly finishes.

One thing to note: Patience. Not a nail design for the faint of heart :)
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