Among all the holiday madness of Christmas shopping I saw these window displays at the Bay downtown Toronto. They were beautifully handcrafted puppets with seasons from a Christmas Tale. It reminded me of my childhood when we could watch the Nutcracker and read Christmas Stories 🙂 I know Christmas has passed, but I couldn’t resist sharing these photos!
|DIY Gold Flake Nail Polish|
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…..
The holidays are just around the corner and a lot of us are probably way behind on our holiday gift shopping (or maybe it’s just me?) Malls are crowded, parking lots are a nightmare, and signs of sales keep on distracting us. If you’re looking for a cute stocking stuffer, why not try nail polish? Even better, real GOLD flake nail polish! It looks AMAZING over dark jewel tones that are popular this fall/winter season.
In anticipation for my final presentation, I painted my nails to match my project. Blue and silver just like my model. I wanted to do something interesting with some vinyl strips I had leftover from my project and cross decals seemed like a good idea. I love how my nails turned out and it’s a fun and easy way to get cute nail art! (Much better than simple strips and mess free!)
Here’s a mini haul post as promised here from Terra20. Walking into the store I made a bee-line for the LARGE cosmetics section and tried just about everything in sight. Terra20 carries the largest eco friendly cosmetics section I’ve ever seen in any store and it was a lot of fun playing with the tester products. Wandering into the rest of the store, they had some cool eco-friendly clothing and accessories.
Continue reading to see what I ended up getting >>>
Daniel Thompson Brush Set: I was in dire need of a new blush brush, my old one was literally on its last leg, it looks pretty sad. So in lieu of getting a new brush, which was $60, why not spend an extra but and get the full set? They’re unbelievably soft! Super dense, antibacterial and should last me, well, forever!
Blush: Super pigminted, and give my cheeks and nice natural looking flush. I may just have to pick another one up! I’m usually an eyeshadow person, but lately I’ve been looking at my blush collection (which consists of 2) and decided it was lacking and needed some new friends.
Batucada Necklace: It may not look like much in the packaging, but on, it looks like one hell of an awesome tattoo. Made in Paris, France; the designers created it out of recycled rubber like car tires. Can’t wait to wear this with a v-neck top!
Daniel Thompson Skincare Set and Eco Brush tools are for other people, I won’t tell you who, in case they read this and realize that it’s for them!
As mentioned earlier, here’s the DIY for the Marc by Marc Jacob Flats which I had contributed to Fashion Parkway, be sure to tweet me a picture @Cheers_Charlie if you guys end up making a pair yourself!
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!
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
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? 😛
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!
|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!
Click to continue to steps and photos!
- Wire cutters
- Plain silver headband
- 24 gauge beading wire
- 12 gauge aluminum wire
- 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.
- Cut two pieces of 12 gauge wire for the ears
- Bend these pieces to your desired cat ear shape
- Mark where you want them to go on the headband
- Bend the ends into loops and cut the excess off
- Take the 24 gauge wire and wrap it around the ear frame pieces to secure it to the headband, use pliers to help you.
- Disassemble your rhinestone chain (if you have singular rhinestones, skip this step)
- Layout where you want the rhinestones
- 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.
- Wear them out, you’re DONE!
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!
- 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!
- Paint a base coat to protect your nails
- Apply two coats of gold nail polish
- Let the base colour dry a bit before continuing to the next step
- Take black nail polish and a dotting tool (toothpicks work as well) and draw leopard spots on your index, middle and pinky fingernails
- Take a pearly nude/gray colour and dot it in the centre of each leopard spot
- 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 🙂