INSPIRATION | ALL WRAPPED UP AND PRETTY

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Deck the halls with all that holly….I’ve been feeling particularly festive lately with it being December and the holidays right around the corner. Scoping out the blog-o-sphere I came across these bow detail heels and think they could be an awesome DIY addition for holiday style. How cute are they? It’s like your feet are all wrapped up, like a present!

Images from here, here and here

P.S. there’s also a sandal version!

 

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REVIEW | IPHONE 5S

I’ve finally caved and hoped onto the Apple bandwagon and bought the iPhone 5s. Don’t know if its worth the hefty price tag but so far it is a wonderful upgrade from my Samsung Galaxy S1 (yup, I was definitely behind on the tech times). When looking into getting a new smart phone, my main requirements were good camera, I can use it with one hand, apps, and something that won’t become obsolete in a year. The iPhone fit the bill andddddddd I footed a hefty bill for this month’s credit card statement.

Of course everyone is also wondering…what do you think of iOS7? To be honest, the first time I saw the renderings online, I thought it was extremely ugly, but through using it, I’ve become more fond of it? Didn’t think I could, but it’s definitely growing on me. I wish there was more customization for the user, because honestly, that green for text messages….ain’t my favourite colour to say the least. Also the white background can become quite harsh at night and it would be nice to be able to change the background to a darker colour, or when texting someone their contact icon shows up…or, well there are a lot of improvements I think Apple could make to their new UI really…
Final notes:
LOVE the camera, app variety, speed…
HATE the price tag
Would I recommend you buying it? Well if your wallet allows it and you’re willing to make the investment? I don’t see why not. But if you’ve already got the iPhone 5, don’t bother; it’s really just the same.
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STYLE | QUILL & TINE

Officially legal in all countries as of Tuesday! For my 21st birthday, which was filled with unbelievable surprises, I received these awesome gloves from some of the best of friends EVER! Gone are the cheap looking woven golden tipped gloves, here to stay, my new touch compatible leather gloves,. Impeccable craftsmanship and details make these gloves worth the splurge. The specially treated leather allows for it to imitate the conductivity of skin and for it to work with touch screens. Perfect for those chilly winter days when you gotta send that last minute text or answer that call from a cute boy ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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DIY | DEVIL IN RED

Highlight of the October month has got to be Halloween; I love the opportunity to be someone else for one night. Last year I did a tutorial for rhinestone cat ears, this year I thought I’d show you guys another easy headband tutorial that you will want to wear everyday and not just for Halloween. Pair this with a red top and pants or a dress, add a red trident and tail if you’re up for it.

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DIY 3.1 Phillip Lim Tee

It’s been a hell of a summer, finally getting around to posting this Phillip Lim Tee DIY tutorial I photographed all the way back in June (sorry guys!). I guess it’s also good timing since 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is coming out soon, so in the spirit of celebrating Phillip Lim’s brilliance, on-wards with the tutorial.

Word of warning: This is not a cheap DIY and is quite time consuming, so gather some patience and the result will be fantastic!

Supplies

What you’ll need:

  • White tee (mine’s from H&M)
  • Rhinestones
  • Beads
  • Grommets
  • Needle and Thread
  • Paint – Red and Black & Paint Brush
  • Stencil (artwork file HERE)
  • Mesh (optional)
Trace letters onto shirt

 

Paint in the letters

 

Let the paint dry before continuing onto the next step

 

Layout gems and grommets in desired flower like patterns

 

Sew on the long beads around the neckline

 

Sew on the gems and beads in desired patterns.

 

Install grommets and you’re done. Optional: replace sleeves with mesh sleeves.

Steps:

  1. Print out the stencil, cut and trace it onto your white tee.
  2. Take your paint and fill in your letters
  3. Mark and place where you would like your rhinestones and beads to be on the tee. I used this image for reference
  4. Take your thread and needle and sew down the rhinestones and beads.
  5. Take your grommets and place them in their desired spots.
  6. Install the grommets
  7. OPTIONAL: Replace the sleeves with mesh fabric to get an exact replica of the original 3.1 Phillip Lim Tee.
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Kick Off Your Shoes


If you haven’t seen the Christian Louboutin Exhibit at the Design Exchange, I would highly recommend it, especially if you are a shoe fanatic like myself. I personally wouldn’t wear the majority of the shoes in the exhibit but their artistic nature is extremely compelling to analyze. Not only is Christian Louboutin a shoemaker, but he’s also a story teller. When I look at the shoes he designs, I feel as if they tell a story and you imagine a certain person strutting around in red soles.
The exhibit runs until September 15th. General admission tickets can be purchased online or on site.
By the way, I’ve been testing out my new 45mm f1.8 lens, how do you guys like the images? (More after the break >>>)
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Festival Ready with Isabel Marant

Summer must be a music fanatics favorite season. Music festivals and concerts left, right and center, one has got to pick the perfect summer festival outfit. Having just been to an outdoor concert the other day, I needed the perfect festival outfit. Who better to look at for inspiration other than Isabel Marant? A lot of easy DIY projects for a unique concert outfit can be inspired from her RTW SS13 line. Loving the boho-western vibe which pairs beautifully with the festive air of summer fun!

Just in case you were wondering, I saw FUN. And they were SPECTACULAR!
Isabel Marant Backstage images from here
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DIY | ALEXANDER WANG ROCCO BAG

Clean and minimalistic cutting edge designs, Alexander Wang draws you in and captures you into his grasps season after season. No wonder his Rocco bag has been such a hit! I’ve been lusting after anything from A.Wang from the basic tee to the gladiator style heels on Rihanna, I would love to covet a piece of his collections. Inspired by the Rocco bag, here’s a simple but time consuming DIY. Its a much better alternative to the $800 price tag of the original. Plus if you have time to kill, this is a great project to finish in a day or two. Happy DIY-ing!
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TRAVEL | FILM AND KAYAKS

This isn’t quite fashion related but I would think it would fall into the categories of lifestyle and travelling; even though I didn’t exactly jet off to some exotic country that required an 8 hour plane ride. Its just nice to get out of the city from time to time, goofing off and spending time with people without having cyberspace being the middle man. A gorgeous summer day shouldn’t be spent indoors; here a few of my personal favorite summer activities that don’t require heading to Bali. But if you’re already on your way to Bali…take me with you?
  • Picnic in the park
  • Water activities
  • Ice cream
  • Bike ride
  • Counting clouds
  • Outdoor music festivals
Side note: I’m loving how film turns out! Who needs an Instagram filter?!
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