Hello! Have you started planning for your Halloween outfit yet?! Halloween is just about a week away, a personal favourite 'holiday'. Its a day where you get to be anything you want but yourself for the day, free to let your creative juices flow. This year, I'll be hosting a Halloween themed housewarming party, and I can't wait to put up my spooky decorations!
Putting together a Halloween costume doesn't have to be an overly expensive or a daunting task. You also don't have to stress out about putting on a costume if you're not 'into' it or think they look so tacky! There are some simple items along with a few accessories you can put together from your closet to create a dramatic effect and yes, still looking STYLISH.
Here are some DIY Halloween costume ideas to share with you inspired by current popular television series/movies ... be sure to read to the bottom for a spooky Halloween GIVEAWAY!
DIY Halloween Costume idea #1: Orange is the New Black
DIY Halloween Costume idea #2: Sons of Anarchy
DIY Halloween Costume idea #3: The Great Gatsby
DIY Halloween Costume idea #4: Keep Up with the Kardashians (Pregnant Kim!)
DIY Halloween Costume idea #5: The Walking Dead (GIVEAWAY!)
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I love the Fall season. Sadly, Fall lasts for only a short couple of weeks in Toronto, at least it sure feels that way. There is only as teeny window of time where you can pair a skirt and boots without having to wear tights or throw on a long sleeve button up without having to layer on sweaters and jackets to keep warm. Therefore Fall is certainly a precious and fashionable time for me.
On this beautiful sunny Fall day last weekend in Toronto, I had a little bit of fun with my outfit and combined plaid print with leopard and a quilted faux leather skirt - all my favourite items this season. All these pieces are so versatile, the plaid shirt
can be paired with jeans for a casual look, whereas the quilted skirt
(less than $30!) can be transitioned to cooler weather with a pair of tights and a cropped sweater. Of course - leopard print accessories are always fun to pair with any outfit.
What are some of your Fall perfect paired items?
I'm also absolutely swooning over my "DO WHAT MATTERS, forget the rest
" custom watch by May28th
. You can upload any image to create a watch of your own.
Wearing: Plaid Top (lusting over this version) / Quilted Skirt / Leopard Clutch (from GAP not available online, but similar here and here) / Custom Watch / Booties (highly recommend this one as well)
How's your week so far? I'm heading home from Iowa and looking forward to heading back to catch up on my outstanding list of home projects. I'm eager to complete them so I can finally take some photos and share with you. Next week, I'll be sharing a few Halloween DIY ideas, be sure to check back!
As always ...
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It was Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend. I had such a wonderful time with our families, enjoying great food and great company. There is absolutely so much to be thankful for in life. I'm particularly thankful for the people around me that make my life an amazing one to live. Though my long weekend got cut short due to business travel plans, but nonetheless, it was a great one.
Today, a quick and easy DIY to share with you, but one that is absolutely stunning! I am obsessed with ear cuffs and of course couldn't help it but to create my own. This only took less than 10 minutes and the result is both elegant and chic.
What do you think about ear cuffs? Yay or nay?
Last week, I talked about great office attire for the cooler seasons. Today, I want to spend time on ... handbags! Handbags are a key essential in any wardrobe. Whether you’re a busy city exec, a full time Mom, a student or a blogger (we know how much us bloggers LOVE handbags), most of us ladies like to keep our purses, phones, make up and other essentials close to hand at all times. Once upon a time, the term handbag was limited to a particular style of bag with handles. Nowadays, however, it is an umbrella term encompassing a wider range of women’s bags. Here, I'll take you through the essentials for Fall 2013.
The handbags that are hot this season are quite simple, in fitting with this season’s colours. For day wear, all you need is a versatile black leather handbag which will see you through the whole of Fall and Winter, and which goes perfectly with the tartan (plaid) trend, nouveau grunge vibe, and all the other styles that are in fashion at the moment. Though a black handbag is essential in anyone's closet however, I drool over bold color options (I'm sure you already know that my cobalt blue Pashli and I are inseparable).
Evening wear handbags are harder to find. After all, you need a big enough bag to keep your things in, but you don’t want a huge tote bag or backpack cramping your style. Your first option is a clutch bag, a classic fashion staple. This year the clutches on offer are big, bold, and brilliant. Clutches are definitely my favourite when it comes to a night out. The possibilities are endless, my favourite options are a fold-over leopard option, one with embellished jewels (think Shourouk) and of course a classic designer number like a quilted Chanel or a patent Ferragamo.
Another option right now, a trend that is carrying on through Fall, is the mini satchel (clearly a huge fan of the Phillip Lim mini satchel). I’ve always loved satchels; they are a classic style, and they add some sophistication and ladylike elegance to any business outfit. But they’ve never really been a going out handbag; until now! Mini satchels are cute, versatile, and can add a great twist to any outfit. Feel free to choose a solid colour or why not try a colour block version?
Adding handbags to your collection doesn't necessarily mean breaking your piggy bank, there are many inexpensive trendy version. I have found some really good cheap handbags
to choose from, so you don’t need to spend lots every time, though I do encourage to make a couple of good investments in your lifetime. If you’re trying to be economical, why not buy a couple of handbags in versatile colours, such as black, white or neutral, which can then work with a number of different outfits?
On some occasions, carrying items around with you just can’t be avoided. If you do need to take a larger bag out, there are some great handbag and tote styles that will compliment an evening outfit without looking cumbersome. Leather bags with chunky buckles or chains make a size-friendly alternative and keep your outfit looking stylish while still being practical.
Whatever your needs, there are so many choices this season, with clutches, tote bags, and satchels (Oh and backpacks! Which I have yet been brave enough to try) all having made a big summer comeback, that there’s bound to be a handbag for you.
One last note, if you're in the mood to create your own DIY box clutch instead of spending cash on one - why not give me last DIY project a try? DIY Leopard Box Clutch, enjoy!
As always ...
x natalie x
Hello! A super cute DIY to share with you today. I was inspired after seeing these clutches by Urania Gazelli
. So off to the dollar store I went and picked up a couple of wooden boxes of varying size. As for the rest of the materials, I already had at home. These box clutches can be used as a small handbag or you can also use them as a personalized gift box or to store small jewelry items on your vanity. Regardless of which option, they are just super cute to add to the closet or home accessories.
What do you think? If you want more inspiration, I suggest you visit the Katespade
website and have a look an assortment of cute box clutches they come up with every season.
I want to spend today talking about office attire. I work in a pretty casual work environment. Eight years ago, I thought that was amazing. The thought of wearing jeans, t-shirts, flip flops, etc. was awesome. However, in the recent years, I've actually come to 'fancy' up my work attire. There's something magical about dolling up in the morning and strutting down the streets of Toronto. It makes me feel... ALIVE.
During a recent discussion, many of my friends told me that their favourite season for office wear was the summer as they’re able to wear skirts and dresses without having to match them with other pieces. Oddly enough, I actually prefer office attire in the Fall/Winter. I find the rich colours and layered pieces gives it extra sophistication. Transitioning your office wardrobe from Summer to Fall/Winter is all about having the right pieces and accessories to do the job properly.
Here are few tips for your work wear for the colder months!
Dark shades are flexible
The first piece of advice I have is to invest in plenty of black, grey and dark blue items. These work perfectly with brighter colours as well as being paired together, which makes them really versatile. If you have a bright purple pencil dress that you love, you’ll still be able to wear it in the winter with a pair of black tights, and a black jacket or cardigan.
Shoes can make your outfit
My next tip is that you can instantly make any outfit better by changing your footwear. There are so many gorgeous heels out this season, but my current top choice is the range of court shoes by LK Bennett. Go to the shops to see whether a rounded or pointed toe feels more comfortable, and then buy a few heels in this shape - just vary the height of the heel and the colour of the shoe. If you can’t wear heels during your commute, leave them at work and change when you arrive, or you can do what I do ... TOUGH it out ;)
Think comfy, not frumpy
It can be so tempting to reach for the stretchy waistbands at this time of year but you can cover up without compromising on style. Look out for knitted cardigans and ponchos, and then team these up with a flattering skirt or tailored trousers. If you want to be able to wear a dress on colder days, think about putting a thin layer on underneath in a shade that compliments the colour of the garment - this way you won’t always need to wear a sweater too.
Mix and match accessories
Finally, buy a few new accessories to wear in the coming months. This is a great idea as you can buy a few key items for your wardrobe but give them totally different looks by using your accessories. My favourite pieces to buy include scarves, hosiery, belts and jewellery. A scarf can be worn around the neck, the head, the waist or just under the bust, making it really multifunctional; my advice would be to buy one “warm colour”, one “cool colour” and then a monochrome one to complete the set.
That's all I got! Congrats on making it through to hump day! Enjoy the rest of your work week and trust me putting on some super chic work wear will spruce up your day ;)
As always ...
I've been on DIY home decor mode since we moved. There are so many things on my list to tackle and honestly I don't think home decor will ever be complete, there are always ways to update the interior. Today's DIY is super easy, it was inspired by a pin I saw here
. All you need is a can of spray paint and a package of plastic number magnets (those alphabet ones work just as good). Enjoy!
TGIF! I want to talk about one thing today - skin. Our skin is the mirror of our lifestyle. Have you ever noticed that our skin gets negatively affected by the lack of sleep, change in diet, too much sun or increase in our stress levels? The solution to keep young and healthy looking skin is certainly choosing the right skincare regime, but coupled with relaxation and change in lifestyle is definitely the best remedy.
I'm excited to be running this GIVEAWAY
with MIYU Beauty
- a revolutionary line of skincare and teas designed to make life easier for women in today's fast-paced world through healthier lifestyle choices for their skin. Yes, I said it, skincare AND tea. MIYU carries a beautiful skincare line coupled with their special blend of teas. I LOVE tea and MIYU's collection of teas
are both beautifully packaged and offers a blend of ingredients that boasts anti-inflammatory properties for calming stressed skin
I'm giving one lucky winner the chance to try a four-piece introductory tea and skincare set. The Prettea Little Tea Quartet starter kit
includes: 1 hydrate mi beauty essence, 1 de-stress mi beauty essence, 2 sachets of hydrate mi beauty tea, and 2 sachets of de-stress mi beauty tea.
I can't stress (no pun intended) how beautiful their products are!
You have a few opportunities to enter the draw and you can enter multiple times! Contest is open from Sept 27 12:00 a.m. EST to October 5 12:00 a.m. EST.
Here is how you can win, enter the draw by using the WIDGET below!
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Contest open to Canadian and US Residents Only.
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Happy Hump Day! Ever since I posted up my DIY Iron-On Sweatshirt
a couple of weeks ago, I haven't been able to keep my mind off comfy sweatshirts. I absolutely love the way they feel against my skin, especially the fleece lining inside. I'm also thrilled that they've come a long way from the matching sweatshirt/sweat pant look, a memory from elementary school.
I've seen a few great options and hoping to add to my DIY project gallery
. Here are a few inspirations, I'm still deciding which one to try!
Inspiration: MIxed Medium Sweatshirt. DIY your own by adding different materials to a basic sweatshirt.
Inspiration: Quilted Sweatshirt. DIY your own by using a sewing machine to sew an lattice print to a basic sweatshirt.
Inspiration: Evil Eye Sweatshirt. Create an evil eye seen on the Kenzo runway by using fabric paint and embellishments.
Inspiration: Zippers and Holes. Super easy to create by applying a few zippers and scissor cuts. I saw this Robert Rodriguez sweatshirt last night and its great!
If you're not feeling crafty lately but love these options, you can SHOP THE LOOK.
Wishing you all a wonderful day. It's been crazy busy this week! I've been running from event to event, but so glad I got to see some pretty faces at the Robert Rodriguez #RR10Toronto Event last night at TNT.
x natalie x
I love the idea of being able to customize my own goods (clearly!). Whether it is as simple as adding monogram to a piece if garment, getting your own t-shirts printed
, or going as far as designing your own pair of shoes
, there's something so special about getting involved in the production process. It makes the final product that much more meaningful.
Hence I was so excited when I was introduced to May28th
- an accessories brand that has a product called "INSTAWATCH
" that allows you to design your own watch by uploading any photo or image
from your computer or Instagram. I spent some time over the weekend trying their online watch platform and you probably imagine, I went a wee bit out of control! The options are endless and they're only $44 a pop
Here's how it works in a nutshell - upload a photo/image (you can also browse their pre-set designs), scale to size, select your color preferences for your watch band, buckle, and watch arm, add to cart, and abracadabra!
Here are a few of my own creations! You can also share your designs with your social networks.
Can you guess which one I ended up with?!
I'll be sure to reveal it when the watch arrives (follow me on Instagram for the reveal!). If you want to see some of May28th's other watch designs, follow them on Instagram @May28th. They don't only carry customized watches but they have a great collection of their own designs (starting at $39) and also a recent collab with Kate Spade's sister, Saturday!
I'll be stopping into May28th's expanded Toronto studio later this week, their studio is officially open to public on Sept 28, 2013 at 198 Walnut Avenue, #8, Toronto, ON.
Enjoy your day, and make a watch will ya?! ;)
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x natalie x