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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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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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DIY | SNOWFLAKE GARLAND

Time to break out the Christmas decorations! Having moved this year to a new city I don’t have any Christmas decorations on hand so I thought why not whip up something quick and easy with some holiday sparkle.

I spotted these plastic snowflakes at the Dollarama the other day and was surprised at their quality, obviously this meant I had to get them. Once at home I was humming and ha-ing over what to do with them and my boyfriend actually suggested to make a garland out of them! It turned out SUPER pretty and I want to run back to the Dollarama to get more snowflakes! I have this strong urge to cover my whole apartment with this simple yet festive garland (Cost less than $2 to make, looks like you paid wayyyyyyy more)

Who wants one? I’ll make one for you because they are way too pretty to keep just to myself!

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INSPO | FRINGED SWEATERS

A little boho mixed with some coziness. A super sweet way to change up the classic cable knit sweater this season, add some movement into the bundles of layers and some fun fuzziness. This is definitely a DIY I would love to try out just to add a little something to make a typical sweater a bit more unique!
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NAILS | BLACK MARBLE NAILS

Can’t ever go wrong with a bit of black and white. Ever since Alexander Wang showed those marble surfboards seasons back, I feel like marble has been THE rock of choice for a chic touch. Whether it be a marble vinyl to make-over a table, or marble studs; marble is always in style, so why not wear it on your nails?

Now that it’s cooler and I’ve been breaking out the darker polishes, I thought it would be fitting to do a black based marble. I think it turned out pretty well for a first try, super easy and basically fool proof, I can’t wait to try the white version of these in the near future.

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NAILS | SWEATER NAIL ART

Welcome in the cold weather with these cozy looking nails! So far tutorials are using 3D gel sculpting polish but I’m thinking there’s probably another way to achieve this look for people like me who aren’t a huge fan of the gel polishes. Keep your eyes out for a tutorial soon! In the mean time, bundle up and keep warm with some hot chocolate ~~~

Images from hereย 

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