11/28/12

FEATURED IN JAFM


 



I just did a piece for the latest issue of Just Another Fashion Magazine, an interactive fashion magazine for Ipads made by the ever so talented Lisa Dengler,  featuring my DIY tweed jacket
Check out the magazine here!
On a side note: I find it kind of creepy seeing a picture of five of myself. You would think I'd have a higher tolerance for that being a twin.


11/25/12

DIY GRAPHIC SWEATSHIRT





I'm currently having a love affair with fall's sweatshirt trend. So much that I want to sleep with it and then try to get away with wearing it a second day. How great is it when trends are actually comfortable and require no effort!? Well, almost no effort. I actually couldn't find exactly what I'm looking for so I decided to make my own with these easy steps.
(images from atlantic-pacific.blogspot.ca, streetfsn.blogspot.ca, tumblr)

You will need
- a sweatshirt (I bought mine from gap, mens small which had the slightly oversized look I wanted)
- cardboard
- x-acto knife, pencil, ruler
- acrylic paint (make sure it is not washable)
- a sponge



11/22/12

MADE IT, WORE IT: LEATHER TOTE

Just some pics of my outfit with the leather tote that I made (DIY leather tote). Also, you can now Follow my blog with Bloglovin

11/18/12

INSPIRATION




 I'm currently in the process of making a few different clothing pieces inspired by fall's brocade trend and my love of all things studded. I bought 4 meters of beautiful upholstery jacquard fabric for this project, which might leave me looking like your grandmother's furniture. Stay tuned for updates!



11/15/12

DIY STACKABLE RINGS

Thin rings are great because you can wear a ton without cluttering your hands too much. I may have gone a little overboard on this DIY project. I started with one and then they were so easy to make I just couldn't stop. 

You will need
- hardware wire
- Pliers and a wire cutter
- Lip balm 
- Soldering gun/ pen (optional)
- Solder (optional)

Intructions
1. Cut 2-3 inches of wire
2. Wrap the wire around the lipbalm
3. Cut the excess wire with a wire cutter
4. (Optional) Solder where the ends meet to avoid having rough edges

If you want to get a little more creative, try making the single knot or chevron rings.






11/13/12

DIY INSPIRATION



























I'm working on a new DIY project inspired by these beautiful rings by gabriela artigas, megan fales, one garnet girl designs, dior, and erin jane designs. I love how these look with a bunch worn together.
Stay posted to learn how to make your own stack-able rings.

11/7/12

DIY CHALKBOARD TRAY

Remember when they changed chalkboards to whiteboards in schools because people had allergies? Seems like everyone has forgotten about that and now I can't go to a restaurant without a chalkboard wall. I'm not complaining, I have no allergies and I love chalkboards. This is a little DIY project inspired by the new chalk board craze

You will need
- Matte black spray paint
- a breakfast tray
- tape

Intructions
1. Tape up the back and sides where you do not want paint
2. Spray paint 1 even coat, let it dry
3. Repeat until it is black, let it dry and leave it outside overnight


11/5/12

CAULIFLOWER SALAD



Whenever the weekend comes around, I eat whatever I want and however much I want. Unfortunately for my thighs, that usually comes in the form of deep fried batter, with beer. Don't get me wrong, I love eating healthy but sometimes, I just like eating something without any nutritional value. When that happens, I usually feel like garbage after. That's why I spend the week eating tasty salads. This is one of my favorite salads.

serves 2
Ingredients
1/4 head of cauliflower
1/2 large onion (red of white)
1/2 cup toasted nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts are my fave)
1 apple (I always get gala)
1/2 cup dried cranberries

optional
1/2 cooked quinoa (makes it more filling and adds protein)
1 cup cooked green beans 

Instructions
1. Chop up the cauliflower and apples into large cubes
2. Slice and caramelize the onions (to caramelize, cook on medium heat for a long time until the onions brown, if it starts to burn, add a little water and lower the heat.)
3. Add all the ingredients together
4. Serve with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil

11/4/12

ROOM INSPIRATION



Since moving back to calgary, I've been spending a lot of time redecorating my workroom. I think it's really important to make the space where you spend most of your time one that you actually want to be in. My redecorating is still in progress, I'll post some pictures once it's done. For now, here are some pictures that might inspire you to redecorate.

11/1/12

DIY LEATHER TOTE



Sometimes all you need is a simple leather tote. Sometimes that simple leather tote will cost you a couple hundred dollars. Instead you can make your own because these totes are actually very easy to make.

You will need
- 100% polyester sewing thread
- a sewing machine that can take the abuse of sewing leather
- leather

 Cut out pieces from the leather according to the dimensions given

1: Take two "a" pieces and sew them with the leather sides facing together, leaving a 1/2"wide seam
2: Open up the seam and press it down with your fingers
3: Sew the seam down 1/4" from the middle. Repeat for the other "a" pieces
4: Sew the 2 front pieces to the bottom piece "c" with a 1/2" seam allowance
5: For bonus points, sew another "c" piece, leather side facing up and along the seam, to make the bottom more stiff and nicer on the inside
6: Sew the sides "b" along the sides of "a" and bottom "c"with a 1/2" seam allowance

1: For the straps, fold the sides in, overlapping slightly in the middle
2: Sew down the middle
3: Mark where you want to place your straps. My straps were placed 2.5"off centre, with stitch starting at 3/4" from the top of the bag, with the bottom of the strap at 2.75" from the top of the bag
4: If you can, sew with the leather side facing up to protect the fabric
5: Make two stitches one at the bottom and one at the top to reinforce each of the straps
6. Admire  your handy work