10/18/12

TWEED JACKET OUTFIT


Remember how we talked about wearing a tweed jacket with the right things to avoid looking like a middle aged politician's wife? I think the best way to do that is with a classic t-shirt and jeans combo. If you're looking for something a little more interesting, I would recommend pairing your tweed jacket with a silk top or leather bottoms.

wearing: diy tweed jacket: ae skinny jeans: zara t-shirt: leather purse: ae booties

10/16/12

TWEED JACKET REVAMPED




Is there anything more perfect than a Chanel tweed jacket for fall? Perhaps one that is actually affordable? The original thing will cost you something like 7000$ which I obviously do not have. Instead, I raided a vintage store and found a similar one for 15$. Although this kind of jacket is must have in every girl's closet, if it is worn with the wrong thing, it can easily make you look like a middle aged politician's wife. Taking inspiration from fall's trend of pairing tweed with metallic, leather and other fun stuff, I added youthful details of my own to recreate this classic look. 

Oh and here's an interesting article from BoF about Chanel's "Little black jacket" exhibition/ book



10/10/12

DIY STRAPPY SANDALS


When I saw these barely there strappy sandals that look good with everything, I had to have them. But this time, instead of buying yet another pair of shoes that I will wear once then banish to the land of "Solastyear" ie. the back of my closet, I decided to dig up an old pair and give it a makeover. Lucky for me these strappy sandals are actually really easy to make. I hope this inspires you to revamp your shoe closet.






10/5/12

DIY BEADED BRACELET





I've always wanted to make this bracelet but I never had the time to until now. It's really easy to make but you need time, patience and probably one or two seasons of "friends".

you will also need
- suede cord long enough to wrap around your wrist 3-4 times plus an extra 20cm for the end
- thread that matches the color of your suede cord
- small beads
- clasps for the ends or a large bead

1. String the beads on two separate strands of thread as long as your suede cord and leave some extra string at the end. (or buy beads that come on a string to save time)
2. Place strands of beads on the two thick sides of the suede cord
3. Tie the strands of beads to the suede with the matching thread (I used black so that it's easier to see)
3. Wrap the thread around the suede tightly a few times
5. Then wrap the thread around the suede cord going in between each bead as you wrap. Continue until you reach the end
6. Once you reach the end wrap the thread around the suede tightly a few times and tie it up.
7. To make a loop, take the end and cross over the front to make a loop
8. Bring the end to the front and put it through the loop
9. You can add clasps to the loop
10. Or you can attach a bead on one side and make a loop on the other

And you're done!

10/2/12

BEET SALAD




I never used to eat beets because I didn't know what they tasted like, they're funny looking and I didn't know what to do with them. That was until my sister made me this salad and my opinion of beets changed forever. Beets have a nice earthy flavor, and is very sweet unlike most of its vegetable friends. It also has the prettiest color which just makes any dish look fun and exciting. This is an easy recipe which I hope will change your opinion of beets too.

You will need (serves 1)
For the salad
- 2 beets
- handful of pea shoots
- 2 tbsp of goat cheese
you can also add some nuts, avocados or tomatoes

For the dressing
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
 or just a simple balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing will do

Cook the beets by boiling them in water, steaming or roasting them until they are soft.
Chop the beets into cubes
Chop the ends of the pea shoots and add on top of the beets
Crumble the goat cheese with a fork over the salad

For the Dressing
Mix all the ingredients together and pour over the salad. 
Enjoy!

10/1/12

DIY RIVET SHIRT





This is pretty much the easiest thing to make.
You will need
  - a men's cotton shirt one size larger than your regular size. (I used medium)
  - rivets (can be purchased from craft stores, ebay or etsy)
  - a ruler and chalk

Measure out where you want to place the rivets and mark with chalk.
Push the rivets in. (don't just follow the markings, place the rivets where it looks right)
Ta-da!

BACK TO BLOGGING!


After a long break from blogging, I'm finally back. A lot has changed in the last two months. I've moved back to Calgary, I'm interning for a local designer (glorified way of saying I'm sewing for no money) and I've moved back to this blog so I can focus more on DIY projects and sewing which is why I started blogging in the first place. To get back in the full swing of things, learn how to make this shirt in my next post.
wearing: diy rivet shirt: ae skinny jeans: ae booties: zara Bag: h&m jacket