DIY Inspiration: Alexander Wang Duffel Bag

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I’ve been lusting after this Alexander Wang Rocco Stud-Bottom bag for quite some time and while wandering through Zara the other day, I found THE perfect DIY solution! The Zara bowler bag from the trf section (here & here) is the perfect candidate for this DIY, made of man-made leather it’ll be a whole lot lighter than the real version (not to mention cheaper) and all you would need is a bit of time and some flat head cone studs. This is definitely a DIY I would love to work on this summer, here’s to hoping I can get all the supplies I need!

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DIY Necklace Alteration

Costume jewelry is a cheap and chic way to update the wardrobe for new seasons. I often find jewelry I like in stores but there’s always something off. Sometimes the necklace is too short, too long, not the right size…hence nifty jewelry alteration skills come in handy. Here’s an easy way to shorten a chain base necklace. This one in particular I shortened, but if you wanted to lengthen a necklace, instead of cutting you would be adding a similar chain or replacing it all together.

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Happy Easter!

 

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Hope everybody’s having a great Easter weekend! The other day, my friend Kim and I got our hands dirty making pysanky (or is it pysanka?)! Taking a traditional Easter tradition and giving it a modern twist. We went with some pastel and white patterns and animal print. Super easy to make, though it does require some materials that may be hard to find, I got my supplies at a Ukranian Pysanky store in Toronto. These are super cute to give out, but be careful; these are raw eggs.
A video tutorial will be uploaded soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Happy Easter Everybody!

 

 

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DIY | SEQUIN SWEATER

You may have seen sequin sweaters floating about the internet, and I bet you that the majority of the ones you’ve favourited, pinned, saved and hoarded are probably by non other than Markus Lupfer. I am IN LOVE with his sequin sweaters, super chic and comfortable which is perfect for any lazy day. I love it when its comfortable to be in fashion, screw the whole pain for beauty or what ever the saying is, I love my no fuss comfortable clothes! Granted, I poked myself an insane number of times with the needle while making this sweater….so I guess that does fall under the pain for beauty and fashion category. Anyways, onwards with the tutorial! It’s quite time consuming, but the result is nothing if spectacular!

An original Markus Lupfer Sweater cost: $400
My DIY: $25
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Officially a Fashion Parkway Contributor!

Great news! If you guys haven’t noticed, but I’m officially part of the Fashion Parkway team! I’m a contributor (see badge on the right) and I’ll be contributing posts twice a month. My first post has just been published so be sure to check it out! It’s a DIY tutorial of Marc Jacob flats, super cute and fun. I’ll post the tutorial on Deconstrut next week, but in the mean time, check out Fashion Parkway!

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DIY | HEY THERE STUD!

I had ordered studs a couple of weeks ago and they’re finally here! (Well, technically they’ve been here for a while, I just hadn’t had the time to take pictures yet) But here they are! I also managed to get the other part of the project today (black flats) so a DIY post will be up soon!

Can you guess what it’ll be? I’ll give you some hints: Its involves black flats, multiple studs and leather. I’ve featured the shoes on this blog before as part of my wishlist and lastly, it involves a cute little creature that likes to eat cheese!

Tutorial is now up HERE

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DIY | RHINESTONE CAT EARS

Wearing:: Joe Fresh Sweater

I’m super excited to wear these out for Halloween, but I’d probably where them to school on a normal day, because I’m just that cool. I saw them on the cover Nylon Magazine and knew I wanted my own pair, finally tracking them down on the ASOS website, only to find out they were sold out; it was time to put my DIY skills to use (as mentioned here)! They’re super easy to make and sure to look adorable with any outfit you pair it with. You can still get the pearl version of this on the ASOS website, but personally, I’m more of a rhinestone and sparkles person. I’m kinda of like a magpie….anyways, continue reading for instructions!

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Materials:

  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Plain silver headband
  • 24 gauge beading wire
  • 12 gauge aluminum wire
  • Rhinestones
  • Permanent marker (not shown)
  • Glue gun (not shown)

I was able to find all my supplies, minus the headband from my local craft store (aka Michaels). I found the headband in my accessories pile, but if you’re not able to find them at a craftstore or Dollarama, you can try Etsy.

Steps:

  1. Cut two pieces of 12 gauge wire for the ears
  2. Bend these pieces to your desired cat ear shape
  3. Mark where you want them to go on the headband
  4. Bend the ends into loops and cut the excess off
  5. Take the 24 gauge wire and wrap it around the ear frame pieces to secure it to the headband, use pliers to help you.
  6. Disassemble your rhinestone chain (if you have singular rhinestones, skip this step)
  7. Layout where you want the rhinestones
  8. Take your glue gun and glue the rhinestones on. It’s not an ideal solution, but hey, if you’re handy with a soldering iron, go ahead and do that, it’ll be more secure.
  9. Wear them out, you’re DONE!

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