DIY | BODY CHAIN

Jewelry shouldn’t be limited to that of your neck, arms and ear lobes. There is plenty of room to play with chains all over the body and with this tutorial you can make a body chain to wear this summer! I love the look of a body chain layered with a bikini as it adds a little extra sparkle to the body. I wore this one while I was on vacation in Hawaii and loved how it looked with a more minimal bikini. I am also looking forward to pairing this body chain with festival outfits as I think it would also look pretty good with lacey bralettes and camis. I’ve also done a separate tutorial on a simple body chain that takes no less than 5 minutes to whip together for those who aren’t keen on this more complicated design. Happy DIY-ing!

How would you style it?

TIME | 20 mins

COST | $10

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DIY | CUTOFF JEANS UNEVEN HEMS

The cutoff style doesn’t have to be exclusive to just shorts as this uneven hemline has been quite popular on a lot of streetstyle bloggers. Granted as cool as they were, I wasn’t inclined to pay premium retail prices so I got myself a cheap pair of jeans and proceeded to cut them up as I pleased. I’m pretty happy with the result, though I do wish that the jeans were more tapered at the ankle but that’s just due to my jeans not being ultra skinny like I usually get them. But better yet for those of you looking to recreate this, thrift a pair of denim jeans from your local thrift store to save even more and to have IDEAL worn in denim cut offs.

I styled my cutoff uneven hem jeans with a baggy sweater, scarf (because it’s still cold where I live), fishnet socks and black pumps. This is a more going out look but you can definitely dress these jeans down with sneakers or denim shorts for the summer!

TIME | 10 mins

COST | $10

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DIY | EMBROIDERED SNEAKERS GUCCI

Patches are still hot thanks to Gucci and these shoes are right on trend with a floral embroidered applique. An easy DIY to jazz up a pair of plain white sneakers that are perfect for spring. I love pairing these with jeans and they will also look pretty cool with cutoff shorts for summer. If you want to make them closer to the Gucci sneakers, feel free to paint the sides of the white sneakers! I personally liked the plain white with just the patch detailing.

TIME | 10 mins

COST | $30 (relative to the shoes you use as a base)

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DIY | SIDE LACE UP CROP TOP

Nothing is more perfect than crop tops plus high-waisted jeans. Here is  an easy DIY for a side lace up crop top perfect for that transition from winter into spring with the high-neck line.
I’ve actually had this DIY made a while ago but never got around to photographing outfit photos of it to complete the blog post. Which looking back now is kind of a shame because it has become a go-to top in my closet and could be in yours too! It’s perfect for a night out with the girls or date night. I love it in white because it contrasts with my hair and plays up the tan in my skin. It’s a little bit sexy with the open sides but is also balanced out with the mini turtleneck neckline. It’s just overall a very on trend item that’s easy to mix and match with anything in the wardrobe.
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DIY | LIP SCRUB & LIQUID LIPSTICK SWATCHES

Liquid lipsticks have officially finally become my lip product of choice for doing my makeup when I’m going out or just in the mood for a little bit of colour. I just love the longevity of liquid lipsticks and the matte look for winter. What I don’t love so much is how chapped my lips get after wearing them so here is an easy DIY to have a super delicious lip scrub on hand to get rid of dry flaky lips and say hello to a luscious pout. I have been guilty of licking this off my lips instead of wiping it off, but it tastes soooooo good!

 
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DIY | OFF SHOULDER FEATHER DRESS

Valentine’s day gives the excuse to any girl to get something new into her wardrobe. This off-the-shoulder feather dress is a perfect wow piece for the occasion and I first saw it done here. Granted the online dress cost way too much I decided to try the DIY route and was able to replicate a similar thing at a much more cost effective price.
 
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DIY | 3.1 PHILLIP LIM BOOTS

I had originally wanted to post this DIY  3.1 Phillip Lim boots last year but never got around to capturing it so please forgive me if the boots look a bit worn down, I couldn’t resist wearing them. The original boots are no longer available and was exclusively made for men’s, but I think girls could totally rock the twisted rope look. Seeing as I would never be able to afford the real deal and I probably wouldn’t fit into the men’s sizing due to tiny feet I did what I do best, and made it myself! This is probably the first time my knot tying skills from those good old Girl Guide days have finally become useful once more!

Original Boots: retailed at $660

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DIY | CAT TEA BAGS

Five more days until Christmas and I am beyond excited to finally get some time off!

A lot of the time people get stressed out with gift giving and planning but I think it’s important to take a step back and to be thankful for all that you have and the ultimate thing during this holiday time is to spend it with the ones you care about. No one’s going to care about that one forgotten or dud gift. It’s really the thought that counts and creating new experiences.

Now, if you DO want to get someone a gift, a homemade one is always a thousand times better than a store bought one (well unless its a computer… I’m not talented enough to put one of those together even for myself!). This DIY in particular is for my cat-crazy-tea-lovers (I think you’ll know who you are so I’m sorry in advance for spoiling part of your Christmas surprise). Read on to see how I made these adorable cat shaped tea bags out of coffee filters!

TIME

Prepare to spend half a day if you have supplies and a sewing machine on hand. If you’re brave enough to attempt with hand sewing, I recommend allowing yourself more time. I made 3 dozen in about 3-4 hours.

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DIY | OVERSIZED CLASP CHOKER

I fell in love with this style of choker while on Jenn Im’s channel and could not for the life of me find out where she got her’s from; so like always, if you can’t buy it, make it!

I already had all the materials at home for the tutorial but I’ll be sure to provide some links for you guys in case you want to make this yourself. I love how it’s a necklace that highlights the fastener, its often not a part of the necklace that is celebrated but hidden. I always had the issue of the clasp falling to the front of all my necklaces anyways from body movements throughout a day, and would constantly be readjusting. This choker style is perfect to combat those annoyances as the clasp is already in the front! I think it also speaks to a more edgy look for the people who want to try a different choker look to the classic black velvet.

I made both my version, which is a wrap around style choker, and also the same shorter length over-sized clasp choker as seen on Jenn Im.

Time this will take you: like…………all of 2 minutes to make, heck it took way longer for me to write this blog post than to make the two necklaces.

What you’ll need:

  • Thin chain (here)
  • 13mm oversized clasp (here)
  • 3mm jump rings (x2)
  • 6mm jump ring (x1)
  • pliers & cutter

Steps:

  1. Cut the chain to desired length, I recommend 11.5″ for the short one and 25″ for the long one. But for your ideal length just take the chain and wrap it around your neck.
  2. Take the 3mm jump-rings and attach the clasp on one end and the 6mm jump-ring to the other end.
And it’s really that easy! Also a nice gift for any friends or family coming up this holiday season. You can make it extra luxe by using sterling silver of 14k filled hardware.
Happy DIY-ing!

 

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DIY | NIKE CHOKER

Funny enough through the mockery of the choker trend, I’m still a fan. Especially of sophisticated metal finishes and lux materials like velvet and satin ribbons. But this article did spark an idea in me. Perfect for those athleisure diehards, here’s a choker that will reflect what you love best!
I present to you the TRUE Nike choker, you can easily make your own with other sport brand headbands with ease. Follow the instructions below and you too can own your very own sporty choker.
Who wants to see a Supreme one or adidas?
Tag #deconstrut if you make this DIY, I would love to see your creations!
Watch the video below for the full tutorial 🙂
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