DIY [Experimental] :: Faux Sleeve Tie Wrap Sweater

DIY Celine inspired Faux Sleeve Tie Sweater

I am often asked how many attempts I make on my DIY projects or whether I’ve created any major DIY fails. The answer is, OF COURSE! Sometimes I think I have a great idea in my head but when I actually start my DIY creation, it turns into a disaster or a total fail. However, I generally won’t give up and I’ll attempt it a couple more times before I get it right. As you know, practice makes perfect! As a DIY-er, crafter, creator, or artist, I think it is so important to make attempts and experiment with ideas that may or may not work. Which is a nice to lead into today’s DIY sweater project!

I created this DIY sweater almost a year ago as an editorial contribution to a local fashion magazine. However, timing didn’t quite work out and in the end, it never got published and printed (it happens!). I was asked by the Fashion Editor to re-create a Celine sleeve-tied sweater that was seen on the runway last year. I was a little nervous about creating a version of my own that would be well-received by the every-day consumer since the Celine version was very ‘couture’ but I wanted to experiment anyway!

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DIY :: 10+ [FREE] Tools for DIY Graphic Design

10 Free Tools for Graphic Design, DIY Graphic Design

Hello! I wanted to share some amazing [FREE] tools for creating your own DIY graphic designs today! Being able to create your own graphics isn’t only a skill needed as a blogger or a marketing expert anymore. From time to time, I’m sure you’ve wanted to create your own graphics whether it was for a party you’re planning or a presentation you’re conducting. Having some user friendly, high quality, and FREE tools handy, can only be benefit, right?

Photoshop is great when working with photos, but creating complex graphics do require some dedicated learning. I’m so pleased to share 10+ tools for creating your own graphic design. Read the full article →

Style Tip :: Details to Look for in this Season’s Ankle Boots

Fall 2014 Fashion Boots

Hope you had a great weekend! I apologize for being a tad quiet last week. I was in Boston for a work conference and it occupied my time more than I’d hope! I’m back to normal schedule this week and looking forward to bringing you some great posts! Fall is upon us and I am thrilled to stock my closet up with booties galore! For some reason, I’m always on the search for the perfect ankle boot, aren’t you?

Ankle boots are a must-have in any season, but they’ve really come into their own this year. Managing to straddle the line between sophistication and edginess, ankle boots are able to take you from a casual daytime look to a night out on the town. Choose a pair with a killer heel to wear to the office or a dressed down pair of motorcycle boots for weekend lounging. You’ll have plenty of ankle boots to choose from this fall, but the following are a few key trends to be on the lookout for.

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Travel :: The Best Ways to Travel Around Canada

Best ways to travel in Canada

Hello! Hope you’re having a great start to the week! I’m in Boston this week for work, attending the INBOUND Conference. Absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to hear some great speakers, such as Martha Stewart, Malcolm Gladwell, Simon Sinek, and earlier today, Guy Kawasaki!

I had the chance to meet some of my American friends south of the border today and we got on the topic of travelling within USA and Canada. We had a friendly debate on the accessibility of travelling across Canada, and so I thought I’d give some tips today on the best ways to travel around this lovely country, Canada.

Canada is the second largest country in the world and its landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful. When you take a trip to Canada you really don’t want to miss a thing and you should soak up as much of what the country has to offer as possible.

In that vein, keep reading to find out the best ways to explore Canada! Read the full article →

Wedding Planning 101 :: Underthings for Dress Fitting

Wedding Planning 101 - Undergarments lingerie for wedding bridal dress gown shopping

I’m so excited (and nervous) for my first bridal gown fitting appointments this Sunday! I booked two appointments, one at Felichia Bridal and the other at Ferra Sposa to start. I think I’ve got a clue as to what I’m looking for but honestly, every bride has told me you never know until you try a few different styles. I however, do have a few preferences when it comes to picking the perfect wedding dress – 1) I must be able to sit and walk around comfortably (meaning, no super long train or layers of crinoline underneath), 2)  beading, and 3) low back/backless.

When it comes to preparing for my bridal gown fitting, the one thing that came to mind was what am I going to wear ‘underneath”? I think wearing the appropriate bra/undergarments is so important when it comes to finding the perfect dress. I had the pleasure of visiting Avec Plaisir Fine Lingerie and Swimwear, located in the heart of Yorkville, Toronto, for a one of a kind lingerie fitting experience a couple of weeks ago, in time for my first bridal fitting visit! Read the full article →

Beauty :: Joe Fresh Skin Care

Joe Fresh Skin Care Review

Hello! Hope you’re all having a fineeeee week! I always love to share new beauty products at the beginning of each season. A new season means a new fresh start and with Fall just around the corner, time to re-think your skin care routine. SUPER thrilled to share the launch of my favourite Canadian store – Joe Fresh’s skin care collection. Most of you that visit my blog or Instagram frequently will know that I’m a huge Joe Fresh fan so I couldn’t be more excited for this new line of nine skin care products aimed to replenish, protect, and rejuvenate.

Formulated and manufactured in Canada, this range is free of parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrances, PLUS, no animal testing has been conducted with these products. Joe Fresh first skin are collection is available at 311 Joe Fresh Beauty Bars across Canada (i.e. Loblaws, Canadian Super Store, etc.).

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Wedding Planning 101 :: First Month

Wedding Planning 101, First Month of Planning Task List

Whoa! Can’t believe how quickly time flies, it’s already been one month since Kyle and I got engaged. We have been totally enjoying this time together, but not going to lie, I already starting checking a few items off my wedding planning task list!

I’m so excited to introduce this brand new segment with you on the blog today! Wedding Planning 101 is a new segment dedicated to sharing all the bits and bobs of my upcoming wedding planning journey! Every month, I’ll be telling you all about the to-dos I was able to accomplish. In addition to sharing with you what worked and what didn’t work so well during this process, I also aim to share with you all the mini (or maybe not so mini) DIY projects I plan on incorporating into our wedding. I will also try my best to list out the various Toronto local vendors I’ll be working with on our magical day.

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DIY :: Wired Word Art Jewelry

DIY Wire Word Art Bracelet Jewelry DIY Blog

Hello! Greeting you today with this fun DIY project that can be made into bracelets, necklaces, rings, and even home decor – DIY wired word art. I originally worked on this wired art project for a DIY Wired Kit I was collaborating on with Wander and Hunt. However due to changes in management, looks like these kits won’t be produced and sold after-all. I’m definitely a little bummed but onward and upwards! Lucky for you though, I’m more than happy to be sharing this DIY tutorial, even though these won’t be made as kits, you can easily purchase assorted jewelry wire at the local craft store.

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Style :: #CharmedArms with Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani Bracelets Canada Cover

I was recently introduced to Alex and Ani, a line of super fun charmed bracelets, now also available in at The Bay across Canada. I love that Alex and Ani products are infused with positive energy in three important ways.

First, the products themselves are manufactured (and infused) with positive intention in carefully selected American factories. Second, the symbols featured in our designs carry their own energy and are accompanied by thoughtfully crafted and meticulously researched meaning. Last, each design is positively intended to empower the wearer and reflect the unique qualities of the individual. Some pieces carry sentimental meaning; others are talismans of protection, power, or intention.

I’ve hand-picked a selection of bracelets that I adore and you can also see the set that I got. Read further to browse through my looks and shop directly!
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DIY :: Denim 3 Ways

DIY Studded Wax Denim Joe Fresh

Hello! Last weekend, I had the pleasure to host a fun DIY denim event with Joe Fresh at their flagship store in Toronto. Though the foot traffic was a tad light, we had a great time and I was able to show a few of you have to distress your denim… the proper way!

For those of you who weren’t able to make it to the event, here are the three (studded, distressed, and stenciled) simple step by step tutorials you can try at home. They are super fun and easy, and just in time for the cooler Fall weather! Do Denim Your Way! Read the full article →