DEAR 2016 | A YEAR IN REVIEW

Greetings from 2017! I hope everyone had an amazing holiday. We’ve officially wrapped up 2016 and I wanted to close that chapter off in my blog with a video montage of the highlights of the past year.

The past year was definitely an amazing one and I’m excited to see what is in store for this year. I really want to thank everyone for their support in my endeavors and adventures this past year and I can’t wait to embark on many more!

One of the things I would like to upkeep more is this blog! Let’s make this into something great πŸ™‚ I’ve got tonnes planned out for 2017, so cheers! And here’s to the start of a great year <3

P.S. If you guys like videos there may be more coming up on my YouTube channel!

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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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NAILS | HALCYON POLISH REVIEW + MINI TUTORIAL


When I think holiday season I think glitter and sparkles galore. It’s the only time of the year where a little extra glitz won’t seem ostentatiously over the top.This polish from Cirque is holiday goals all in one bottle. Metallic, sparkly, rosegold and a dream to apply and wear. Halcyon was launched last year as part of their holiday collection and was reintroduced this year so be sure to pick up a bottle as it is limited edition!One swipe yields a full coverage rose-gold dream, two coats for that little extra sparkle topped with a glossy top coat is glitter heaven. The polish yields rose-gold and hints of silver peaking through within it giving it that multi gleaming glow. (Not to mention the glitter is actual silver!)To achieve the ombre nails above you’ll need two coats of a sheer base colour. Allow that to dry then take a sponge eyeshadow applicator and brush a little bit of Halcyon. Dab the applicator on the tip of the nail, moving down towards the base of nail as less polish is being distributed. Repeat until ombre effect is achieved. Finish it off with a glossy top coat!
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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 πŸ™‚
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NAILS | EYE SEE YOU

The iPhone 7 has been the talk of the town lately but I can’t seem to bring myself to upgrade just yet especially with talks of a grande reveal for the iPhone 8 for the 10 year anniversary. I’ll just hold onto my trusty iPhone5S and give it some much needed love in the form a new case. Said case screams KENZO to me, but luckly it just cost me a mere $5 from my local Dynamite Clothing store. Read on to see how I did these eye-nspired nails (get it? I-nspired….inspired….eye-nspired?…. I’ll stop now)

Steps:
  1. Prep nails and paint 2 coats of a base nail colour of choice, I used three coats of Limoscene by Essie to get an even coverage.
  2. With a smaller paint brush, paint eye shapes in white and allow to dry
  3. With a fine detail brush and black nail polish, outline the white eye shapes and add lashes and pupils.
  4. On the remaining nails draw arced lines and small stokes that mimic a closed eye with eyelashes
  5. Finish off with a quick dry top coat (my favourite is Seche Vite, but remember to let the black polish dry completely or else you’ll get some smearing like I did)
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DIY | CHOKER NECKLACE

There’s no denying it, the 90’s are back; patches, brown matte lipsticks, and of course choker necklaces. I still remember turning corner store machines to get plastic choker necklaces for $1. But with every fashion revival there’s a new take on it that makes it more modern and edgier. Here’s my take on a wrap around choker necklace/bolo tie.


WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • suede cord
  • jump rings (2 sizes – 4 small ones that will fit your spike loops and one large one)
  • hardware fixtures that fit to the cord
  • spikes (or other charms)
  • pliers + scissors
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NAILS | SWEATER NAILS TUTORIALS


It’s finally sweater weather!!! We recently got some snow this weekend in Montreal, but unfortunately it’ll all be gone by Christmas…sigh no white Christmas this year. But no worries it’s still just as chilly as if it were to snow so it’s totally acceptable to wrap yourself up in sweaters and blankets.

Let’s cozy on up with some warm knits and pair it with matching sweater nails. I think I’ve finally nailed down how to do it with just regular nail polish, granted its a bit finicky but the end result is a sweet cable knit texture on the nails. I didn’t get a chance to snap tutorial pictures but it’s pretty straight forward.

Steps:

  1. Paint nails two coats in base colour and let dry
  2. Take some of the same nail polish and place it on a plastic top, take a dotter tool and swirl the nail polish till it thickens. This thickened polish will act like the 3D gel polish used in the original tutorials online.
  3. Apply thickened nail polish with the dotter tool to the nails in cable knit pattern, repeat this a few times to make it super 3D!
  4. Apply a matte top coat (matte just hides all the imperfections)

This will probably be my final post before the New Year so Happy Holidays to everyone and I’ll see you all in the New Year!

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DIY | ADULT HOT COCOA

Everybody loves chocolate.
Everybody loves booze.
Everybody will DEFINITELY love you for giving chocolate + booze.
Stumped for a gift? Yea, I got you covered; we all know you left it to the last minute so why not give them an adult hot chocolate mason jar? Easy to make in under an hour and super quick to pump out multiples of these if you need to gift a whole bunch of people at once! I made these myself for a couple of super close girlfriends (hope you guys liked them!!) and even the boyfriend “borrowed” the idea to make some for his supervisors.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
  • mason jars (The ones I used were from the Dollarama with a little chalkboard label so you can write the receiver’s name on it)
  • candy canes
  • mini marshmallows
  • hot chocolate mix
  • mini Bailey’s sampler (local liquor store should carry these, also Khalua would be a good alternative if you can’t find Bailey’s)
  • string
  • tags (optional: I used these to write messages/instructions from the hot chocolate mix jar)

 

STEPS

  1. Wash the mason jars and dry thoroughly
  2. Spoon the hot chocolate mixture into the mason jar until it’s around half full
  3. Fill the remainder of the jar with mini marshmallows loosely packed
  4. Set aside a non broken candy cane for later and unwrap the rest, and bash. You will want the candy canes to be crushed into small pieces and/or candy cane dust.
  5. Sprinkle the crushed candy cane on top of the mini marshmallows so it trickles down between the cracks of the marshmallows
  6. Add more marshmallows to the jar to pack it in and seal.
  7. Take your string and tie both the mini Bailey’s and candy cane to the jar.
  8. Add label/tag. Done!
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INSPO | SUPER CHUNKY KNITS

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit on clouds? Feel their plush and pillow-y softness? Well this is probably as close as you can get to a fluffy white cloud with these blankets created by Anna Mo.

These blankets are absolutely gorgeous and would be a perfect gift for any home owner who wouldn’t mind getting a bit more cozy this winter. Its a great statement piece with its enlarged knit pattern making it a focal point in any room. I would love to own one of these in a white or cream colour for my bed, snuggle in it on a cold winter’s day curled up watching the snow fall. Can’t get enough of these images either… great execution of the whole project.
You can purchase a blanket here, or even better yet for those of you who are eyeing the blanket with a “hey, I could make you!” you can purchase the merino wool from Anna Mo’s etsy shop, Ohhio to make your very own blanket!
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