1/30/13

WAITING FOR SPRING






I'm getting so sick of winter and it's only the end of January! Calgary had a nice break from the freezing weather so I was able to steal my sister's cute jacket for a day. Now we're back to snow, puffy jackets, and chunky boots.
I'm just going to hibernate until spring. 

wearing: zara jacket: zara clutch: zara pants: zara scarf: club monaco shirt: forever 21 loafers



1/22/13

MADE IT WORE IT: LEATHER LUNCH BAG




  This lunch bag clutch is probably my favorite diy project that I've done so far. It's easy to wear, it carries everything and I think it adds a  fun detail to any outfit. Click here for the DIY post.


1/20/13

DIY LEATHER LUNCH BAG




photos via pinterest


I can't believe it's taken me this long to finally do this DIY project. It's so simple but I needed to find the right leather and also the right shape. So after some trial and error I've come up with this design which in my opinion naturally maintains the shape of the bag the best. 

you will need
- leather- mine is an ostrich grain embossed leather split. The print adds an interesting detail and the leather is quite stiff which helps maintain the shape
- 100% polyester thread (cotton thread can disintegrate with the tanning chemicals)
- sewing machine that can take the abuse of sewing with leather
- super glue

1. Cut 2x bottom pieces 16"x 2.5", 2x top pieces 16"x 22" (this is including 0.5" seam allowance)
2. Sew the bottom pieces to each top piece (to create what I will call the "bottom seam")
3. Press the bottom seam to make it flat
4. Leather sides facing together, sew the sides (to create what I will call the "side seams"). Then flip it inside out
5. To create that paper bag shape, fold in the side seams 2" deep
6. You can press down the fold with your hands or iron with a piece of cloth over the leather

 You'll be closing the bottom like you would wrap a gift box. From this point on, you'll be working below the bottom seam.

7. Start by drawing lines extending from the folds you just created.
8. Fold in the bottom sides by matching the lines you just drew to the inside of the bottom seam. press down.
9. draw a line 2" from the bottom seam
10. flip the bag inside out and sew the bottom edge together along the line you just drew
11. flip it inside out again and super glue the open edges of the bottom together, matching up the seams
12. let the glue dry and admire your handy work.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or any of the instructions are unclear



1/17/13

INSPIRATION: PHILLIP LIM PRE-FALL 2013


























































This collection was inspired by Phillip Lim's love for vintage Harleys but in the modest chic Philip Lim kind of way. I love this collection because it takes very casual everyday pieces and makes it look luxe with just some details. (It's a DIY dream!!) And also the oversized-ness of the sweaters and the return of leopard print is just right up my alley.

1/16/13

MADE IT, WORE IT: DIAMOND SWEATSHIRT




I've been meaning to do this post for ages since I made this sweatshirt months ago (DIY graphic sweatshirt). I really like how this turned out and despite the fact that I live in this sweater, the print is still intact.

wearing: DIY graphic sweatshirt: leather skirt: h&m coat: ae booties: vintage purse

1/13/13

INSPIRATION: ALEXANDER WANG PRE-FALL 2013





 I've simply accepted the fact that Alexander Wang can do no wrong. This is one of my favorite collections from pre-fall and includes so many of the great trends from this season. The modern suit/ tuxedo, moto jacket style and of course lots of leather. And to prove that talent is unfairly distributed among people, and mostly concentrated in one taiwanese-american man, this collection was presented only hours after he was named the next creative director of balenciaga. No. Big. Deal.

1/10/13

FEATURED IN JAFM




My DIY collar jewel post was featured in the latest issue of Just Another Fashion Magazine, an interactive fashion magazine for IPads made by the ever so talented Lisa Dengler. Check out the magazine here!


1/8/13

INSPIRATION: FREE PEOPLE












photos via freepeople.com Free People January Catalog
Although I'm not so crazy about the boho style, I can't help but fall in love with every single lookbook that Free People makes. This is definitely my favorite lookbook to date. It reminds me of one summer I spent biking around Holland on my omafiets. In my head I looked like this, but i probably looked more like a lost tourist on wheels.