Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Flapper Dress Tutorial

Here is how I decorated my flapper dress, it is fairly easy to do and took me roughly 5 days to finish.
Before photo:
 Here's what you'll need:
  • Plain dress (I got mine for $7 at the thrift store!)
  • Permanent fabric glue - from Michaels art supply store
  • Row of sequins - from Fabric Land
  • Small and large rhinestone stickers - from Dollarama
  • Sewing pins
 I started out by cutting a template in order to make sure each loop was approximately the same size.
Start gluing and pinning down the sequins to make sure it stays in place (heavy textbooks on top help as well to weigh down the sequins and to ensure that the sequins are fully bonded to the fabric)
I also placed magazines inside the dress to create a flatter surface and to prevent the glue from seeping down and sticking to the lining or back of the dress.

Glue 6 large rhinestones together to create a pyramid shape in the corner of each loop. I cut the smaller rhinestones into 4 strips of 5 to create tassels, and then embellished each tassel with a single large rhinestone at the end.
 For finishing touches I added a large strip of sequins to the neckline, and now I'm done! :)






Sunday, November 2, 2014

Flappers gonna Flap

     Here is my very belated Halloween post! Sorry the pictures aren't that great (and slightly crooked) they were taken very last minute by my mom who isn't very camera-savvy haha.
     I think this is the first Halloween where I actually tried to put some effort into my costume (I'm usually lazy and go for something easy), but I was very determined to dress up as a 1920's flapper. I was inspired by The Great Gatsby movie, and all it's glitz and  glamor. The headband is even a replica of Daisy's headband from the movie!
     It was incredibly hard for me to find a flapper dress that was in my budget (embroidered clothing is very expensive!) so I found this gorgeous plain dress at a thrift store and embellished everything myself. I documented the process of decorating my dress so if you're curious, a tutorial will be coming up soon! :)



Dress - Thrifted and altered (Originally from Smart Set)
Gatsby's Daisy Headband - Ebay
Necklace - borrowed from my Mom!
Bracelet - Claire's
Feather Boa - Dollarstore
Heels - Call It Spring

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Nail Foil Tutorial

One thing that I've been really enjoying lately is nail foils. They are super easy to apply, inexpensive to buy, and look really eye-catching!
 Here's how to get started:  You'll need a similar base colour (to disguise the nail foil from any chips/cracks), nail foil, nail adhesive, and top coat.
The items listed below are :
  • Sally Hansen: Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in colour Celeb City (#4860-13)
  • Avon: Nailwear Pro in colour Gleaming Gold (#N619)
  • Sally Hansen: Diamond Shine: Base & Top Coat
  • Gold and silver nail foil (from ebay)
  • Jengshangmei nail adhesive (from ebay) (also note: you want to get the white glue adhesive and not the quick-drying clear nail glue products sold in most stores that is intended for press-on nails!)
 Cut the foil strips into sizes approximate to your nail width, and then cut the strips in half again.
 Apply base color.
 Apply the nail glue, and wait 5 minutes until the glue turns clear and becomes tacky (it is crucial to wait a few minutes for the glue to dry a bit or else the nail foil won't transfer properly, and it will be a goopy mess!)
 Gently place nail foil onto nails, and buff it into place with a q-tip.
 The foil will then start to peel away like so:

 Apply top coat: the nail foil tends to wrinkle a tiny bit after top coat applications, but to prevent major creases opt for a more slow-drying top coat. This Sally Hansen one works really well for me! :)
 Done! :D


Monday, October 13, 2014

Aerodynamic

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! ヽ(。・ω・。)ノ 
The autumn leaves make such pretty backdrops, thanks to my pro photographer ;). Hopefully I can get more shots in before all the trees start shedding!
The crop top below is probably one of my favorite prints. The geometric pattern in addition to the colour combinations really makes it more unique for me (also big plus that it has back cut-outs!).






Hat - Ebay
Top - Forever 21
Skirt - Ebay
Bag - Ebay
Shoes - Call It Spring
Ring - Forever 21

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tides

This is one of my more casual outfits that I wore to the beach. We came here to watch my friend get baptized in the river, and although I am personally not a religious person, it was a great experience to witness and share with her :)

Jacket - Suzy Shier
Top - Forever 21
Pants - Urban Behaviour
Boots - Urban Planet
Purse - Call It Spring

Monday, September 15, 2014

Season's Call

The days have slowly been getting chillier, and I'm definitely ready for some cool Autumn weather!
This is definitely my favorite jacket that I own. I had been looking for the perfect leather jacket with studs for the longest time when I spotted this one and instantly loved it (big plus that it was also on sale!). The jacket zips up diagonally, and is very form fitting which I like. It gives the perfect edge to an outfit :)







Hat - Ebay
Jacket - Forever 21
Bustier - Forever 21
Skirt - Forever 21
Bracelet - Forever 21
Earring Cuff - Ebay
Shoes - Call It Spring

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tip Taps Tip

Polka dots galore! The skirt below was made a few months ago from a thrifted shower curtain, and I didn't have anything interesting to wear with it until I came across this cute polka dot bustier on an impromptu trip to Destiny USA in Syracuse recently (such a huge mall!). I really like how the two pieces work together without being too match-y and overwhelming in print.









Top - Papaya
Skirt - Homemade
Sunglasses - Forever 21
Belt - Forever 21
Purse - Ebay
Boots - Call It Spring