Tuesday, October 16, 2012

DIY / Ombre Denim Shirt

So guess what? This is my very first DIY project that I'm sharing! I thought I'd keep it very simple and include tools that you would usually find around the house. So if you wanna re-vamp an old shirt you have lying around or just want to see the end result keep reading!

What you'll Need: 

Denim shirt
a Bucket
Rubber Gloves (optional)
a Rubber Band
a Toothbrush (optional)

This is the Denim shirt that I will be using. I picked it up from The Salvation Army which is a great option for Do-it-Yourself projects just in case you mess up. 

STEP 1: Try on your shirt and determine whether you want to bleach from the collar downward or from the bottom upward.

I decided to bleach from the bottom upward because I like the colour of the structured collar and I plan on wearing it underneath sweaters this Autumn/Winter

The sleeves on this shirt weren't very flattering so I decided to chop them off!

STEP 2: Put on your Rubber gloves and pour in roughly 2 inches of bleach into the bucket

(Please excuse the Corona in the background. I thought I would get a bit tipsy for this tutorial because it is that easy!)

STEP 3: Twist the middle of your shirt and place a rubber band on the area where you would like the bleach to stop

STEP 4: Now dip the portion of shirt below the rubber band into the bleach. Make sure you coat it well so that portion is all wet

STEP 5: Squeeze out all of the excess bleach

STEP 6 (optional): Take off the rubber band and dip your toothbrush in the remaining bleach. Then scrub along the wet line that meets the dry shirt. This will give more of a gradient/ombre effect  

I skipped this step because I was fine with the effect that the rubber band gives

STEP 7: Hang that bad boy to dry overnight!

Your shirt should look something like this. (I accidentally splashed a spot of bleach near the pocket, but it's fine because it gives the shirt character!)

STEP 8: Wash your shirt because it smells like bleach. 

If you throw it in the washing machine please wash it alone or with other white clothing because any excess bleach may run. OR you can hand wash it.


For a styling idea, I would tie the ends of the shirt (90s Knot), button the collar all the way up and place a necklace underneath. To add a bit of femininity I added a skater skirt which has a very flattering cut. Pile on some arm candy and your good to go!

For a more Fall friendly approach, throw over a sweater and add some tights.

I'm totally in love with this shirt and plan on studding the collar!
Let me know if you try this out, and Thanks for reading!

Denim shirt (DIY) // Salvation Army
Collar Necklace // H&M
Watch and Studded Bracelets // Aldo Accessories
Skater Skirt // Forever 21

Monday, September 10, 2012

NEW* Luxe Box / Fall 2012

Beauty products to a girl is like candy to a baby. Am I right? That's why I was super excited to finally receive my *New seasonal Luxe Box! As for a bit of background info on my subscription, I had previously signed up for the monthly Luxe Box. I had paid for a quarterly plan which was 3 consecutive months of this "luxury" beauty box valued at $12 each. Then one day BAM! A month into my subscription Loose Button (the Company owners of Luxe Box) announce that they are discontinuing the monthly boxes for the new and improved seasonal boxes! I was a bit disappointed with my first box, (review on my youtube channel) so my expectations were set quite high for this new $24 beauty box. Will I keep my subscription to Luxe Box? Well let's open up the box and see shall we!

This new shipping packaging sure does make me feel exclusive!

10/10 on the new box design!

I can finally see some more high end brands!

VICHY ProEVEN+ / Ok, Hold up! One of my pet peeves about paying for beauty samples is receiving "squeezy packets". I understand that there are 5 of them but it's not the amount of product that annoys me, it's the fact that it's harder to save leftover product and it gets kinda messy sometimes. Maybe I could just be a slob. Hmm, am I overreacting about this?

LANCOME VISIONNAIRE / This is the second corrector in my box (I prefer variety). At first this did not bother me until I saw this the NEXT day in Flare Magazine...

This is unacceptable Loose Button! I would rather not pay for products in which I can receive for FREE at a beauty counter at The Bay or Shoppers Drugmart. Tsk, Tsk. What a coincidence that I came across this. I should be a detective! **Sings Inspector Gaget theme  song**

Next products up are for hair, skin, and nails.

KERASTASE ELIXIR ULTIME / a scented oil meant for nourishing damaged hair
CHINA GLAZE in ELEPHANT WALK / a grey polish from their "Safari" collection
EXFOLIATING PAD by LOOSE BUTTON / gently removes dead skin cells

So this has to be the BEST part of my box; eye makeup! My makeup routine is never complete without winged eyeliner, lengthening mascara, and some concealer to help me look more awake. I love that all three of these products go hand in hand.

BLINC MASCARA / adds volume and length to lashes by tubing them (HUH?)

This product has to be the most exciting in the box! Im not an eyeshadow wearer but I can certainly use this eye primer for concealer.

BENEFIT STAY DON'T STRAY / a primer that works around your eyes and helps concealer and eyeshadows stay put all day


And the winner is... Seasonal!!

Loose Button has definitely stepped up their game packaging wise (much more elegant) and product wise in terms of better brands and a variety of products (makeup & skin/hair care) The only Dilemma I have is am I really getting my money's worth? Yes there are a few more products in the seasonal boxes but does the cost of these products individually add up to or exceed the $24 seasonal charge? Now I wont get into mathematics but clearly as shown above I could have simply gone to the bay and received that Lancome sample. And to be honest this has previously occurred in in my monthly luxe box.


Loose Button is a fairly new company so I will cut them some slack. But if they wanna roll with the big dogs (such as GlossyBox) they need to create more value to their box. So because I am a firm believer on second chances (or third) and more importantly because there is a $12 credit left onto my account, I am going to stay and see how the winter box turns out. If this doesn't work out then... GlossyBox anyone?

Get your hands on a Luxe Box / www.loosebutton.com

Check out my youtube channel for an upcoming review on some of the products:

My first Luxe Box Experience!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A little School Spirited

A varsity and chucks Tennille? Way to scream back to school! I know, I know, but I actually wore this to the CNE just as a casual and comfy outfit to roam around the fair grounds and eat my deep fried mars bar in. Hope you like and maybe take some style inspiration for your first day back to school tomorrow (college & uni peeps)! 
Item descriptions below.


Faux leather sleeve varsity jacket - Topshop
Ocean & Mountains tank - Zara
High-waisted denim shorts (Gap Vintage) - Thrifted
Circle Sunnies - Aldo Accessories
Ear Cuff / pearls - H&M
Bucket Bag - H&M
Rings - XXI / The Bay
Converse (Super old!) - Si vous Play

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

How Hi Lo can you go?

Whether you call it a waterfall, mullet, or asymmetrical skirt, Im loving this flirty design based off of last years maxi trend. I love to pair this with bright belts for a pop of colour against the black and some thigh high tights to add a bit of ou la la!

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