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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Scary Fabulous!

It’s been non stop Halloween celebrations since last Friday, and it is AWESOME! The image above is from a party over the weekend with my fabulously scary friends: Tiger (Alex), Repo the Genetic Nurse (Tricia), Queen of Hearts (moi!) and GoGo (Kim). Well aren’t we a fearsome bunch? πŸ˜›

Still need a last minute costume? Here are some of the most creative costumes I’ve encountered recently:

  • Instagram: Grab a picture frame and add in the Instagram dashboard and hashtags with printed paper and bristol board. You’re bound to have people borrowing your “costume” all night for cute photos. (If you follow me on Instagram you can the original Instagram costume by none other than MrGundy)
  • 50 Shades of Grey: Get a pair of hand cuffs, grey t-shirt, pants and grey paint strip samples and staple them to yourself!
  • Bambi: Get some twigs and place them behind your ears, wear black and apply brown smokey eyes, white dots on your cheeks, fake fluttery paper lashes and colour in the tip of your nose black. You’ll be the cutest Disney character ever!

I hope everyone gets a lot of treats and Happy Halloween!

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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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DIY:: Leopard Spotted Gold Nails

As promised, here is the tutorial for leopard spotted nail art as previously mentioned here. I love the gold base and it pairs perfectly with jewel toned clothing like burgundy and emerald greens. I’ve already gotten so many compliments on this manicure and I’m sure you will too!

Supplies:

  • Base coat (Deborah Lippmann – Turn back the Time)
  • Gold nail polish (Simons – Khaki Gold)
  • Black nail polish (InstaDri – Night Flight)
  • Pearly grey colour (the one in the picture I didn’t actually use because I couldn’t get the top off, I ended up using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in 11 – Lavender Envy)
  • Top coat
  • Dotting tool or toothpick

 

 

 

 

Continue reading for steps!

Steps:

  1. Paint a base coat to protect your nails
  2. Apply two coats of gold nail polish
  3. Let the base colour dry a bit before continuing to the next step
  4. Take black nail polish and a dotting tool (toothpicks work as well) and draw leopard spots on your index, middle and pinky fingernails
  5. Take a pearly nude/gray colour and dot it in the centre of each leopard spot
  6. Let nails fully dry before putting on a top coat.

See my other nail art tutorials here! Let me know what kind of nail art tutorials you guys like and would like to see more of πŸ™‚

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Nail Inspiration :: Spot on Metallics

Two of my favourite trends for fall are metallics and jewel tones. Lets talk metallics, mixed metals are extrememly popular to accentuate an outfit, rose gold, gold, silver, gun metal, you name it! All stacked together or worn seperatly it adds a little glitz and glam to an outfit. So why not outfit your nails with some leopard spotted gold. I’m a huge sucker for leopard spotted accessories, it just scream fierce!

Nail art tutorial coming soon!

Image from Nail ’em Pretty

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NAILS | BURBERRY PLAID

Burberry is extremly well known for their iconic plaid pattern. Its a lovely design that’s been applied to bags, coats, and umbrellas, so why not your nails? I’ve done the Burberry pattern on my nails before but I though I’d put a twist on it this time. Usually I paint the lines directly onto my nails, with a lot of practice and patience I can say that I’m ambidextrious when it comes to nail art. But this time around, inspired by nail art stickers I thought, why not make nail art decals and apply it to the nails? Its an easy way to create your own nail strips and no worries if you mess up, just paint another!

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DIY Tutorial :: Metal Multistrand Bracelet

I haven’t put up a DIY tutorial in a while, so it felt like a good time to introduce to you the metal mutlistrand bracelet. Super quick to make, and depending on the materials you use it can be the perfect piece for summer or fall. For the summer bracelet I went with waxed cotton cord in a nice turquoise colour and for the fall, I switched it up with leather.

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Me and My Pink Hair!

First off, sorry for not blogging lately! Work got really hectic and now onto the rest:

No, I didn’t dye my hair.

It’s done with chalk pastels!

I’m in love with the ombre hair and dip dye trend. Its so pretty! But I’m very hesitant about dying my hair, especially since it’s so dark! I have jet black hair, as black as it can go! And while I love my black hair, sometimes I wish I had blonde hair, it would be so much easier to do semi-permanent dye jobs.

Hair chalking became really popular after Lauren Conrad posted a tutorial of it on her blog site. It’s a great and easy way to add a pop of colour in your hair for a day or two. Most people think it’s not possible to hair chalk dark hair, but it works, and quite well! Hair chalking will last until you wash it out. You can pick up chalk pastels at your local craft store in a variety of colours. I chose pink, purple and blue to create a ombre magenta effect and I LOVE IT! It’s so much fun!!! Perfect for summer and its perfect for a party I have tonight. I can’t wait to try this in a turquoise/blue/green colour palette.

Cheers,
Charlie

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NAILS | CONFETTI & BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Got a hot date or party this weekend? Confetti nail art is a good choice for fun and summery nails.

Nail art is the perfect accessory for your finger tips. It can add a bit of an edge, a pop of colour or just give your nails a little deserved attention.

This confetti nail art is super easy and all you need are an assortment of colourful nail polishes, dotting tool (you could just stick a pin into the back of a pencil, works the same), base coat and top coat. Super easy, just follow the steps after the break!

Cheers,
Charlie

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