Original Boots: retailed at $660
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 🙂 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!
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!
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.
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
- 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.
- Take the 3mm jump-rings and attach the clasp on one end and the 6mm jump-ring to the other end.
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!
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)
- 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.
- With a smaller paint brush, paint eye shapes in white and allow to dry
- With a fine detail brush and black nail polish, outline the white eye shapes and add lashes and pupils.
- On the remaining nails draw arced lines and small stokes that mimic a closed eye with eyelashes
- 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)
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
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.
- Paint nails two coats in base colour and let dry
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!