DIY {Expert Series} :: Whimsical {Holiday} Wreath

DIY Whimsical Holiday Wreath Workshop Cover

Too early to be in the holiday spirit? Never! I’ve started to plan out my holiday decor ideas already and had the pleasure to work with Sarah from Delight Floral + Design over the past weekend. We had talked about collaborating months ago, came up with several ideas and finally decided to work on a DIY whimsical (holiday or not) wreath together. I’m also incredibly thrilled to select Delight Floral + Design as our dedicated wedding florist!

For this DIY Wreath sesh, Sarah provided an assortment of gorgeous, next to real, silk flowers, stems, and decorative items. She always has access to beautiful, hard-to-find, real/silk florals.

This DIY whimsical wreath tutorial is perfect for the upcoming holiday season but can equally be used to create a fabulous floral crown!

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DIY :: Necklace Organizer/Display {with Shop for Jayu}

DIY Necklace Jewelry Stand Organizer Display

Hello! I’m so excited to be sharing this new DIY necklace/jewelry display project with you! Its such a pet peeve of mine when my dainty necklaces get all tangled and knotted in my jewelry trays. I was determined to create a necklace organizer that would solve this annoying problem, I’m sure you’ve also encountered. Who wants to sit there and untangle necklaces when you’re in a rush to head out the door? 

I decided to create this necklace organizer with two things in mind – functional and beautiful.

How do you organize your dainty necklaces? By the way, isn’t this collection of dainty necklaces gorgeous? Thanks to Shop for Jayu for inspiring me in creating this super simple and functional DIY jewelry organizer project! Read the full article →

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 →

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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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 →

DIY Event :: Do Denim Your Way with Joe Fresh

DIY Distressed Denim Joe Fresh

Hello! So excited to share a little project I’ve been working on with Joe Fresh, just in time for back to school and the upcoming Fall season! When I think Fall, I think denim. I think about all the different types of new colours, styles, and cuts that get introduced in and around the Fall season.

I LOVE DIY-ing denim (some of my favourite past DIY Denim projects here and here). There is so much you can do yourself with denim and it’s insanely easy to achieve expert results all on your own!

I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting a “Do Denim Your Way” DIY in-store event with Joe Fresh this coming Saturday, Aug 23 at their Queen and Portland, Toronto location from 11:30 a.m. -1:oo p.m. The first 100 people to make an in-store denim purchase that day will receive their very own DIY kit to get started with one of these 3 looks – Distressed, Studded, or Stenciled.

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DIY + Style :: “A Day in Paris” with Shop for Jayu

Shop for Jayu FW 4

Bonjour! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I was vacationing in Boston last week and it was a super unforgettable trip! Kyle asked me to marry him during a romantic gondola ride. I was so surprised and it was a magical moment for us. I can’t wait to start planning our special day but we’ll take the rest of August to enjoy our time as a newly engaged couple, so exciting!

Now, back to this post! Last week, I shared some photos from my Shop for Jayu FW 2014 look book shoot. As promised, here are the remaining photos which by far are my most favourite. Since visiting Paris for the first time earlier this year, I have fallen in love with the Parisian culture. I put together this concept as how I imagine my perfect “day in Paris” to be. What can beat a day strolling through the Eiffel Tower with french macarons in hand sporting a beautiful outfit and a SUPER DUPER high top bun (thanks to the most talented Allison Kam)?!!!

For the life size DIY Eiffel Tower, I literally took a paint brush, some black paint and scribbled it on the back side of a roll wrapping paper. I loved the way it turned out, it totally pulled everything together. This would be a perfect addition to a Parisian themed bridal shower or party!

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DIY :: Matching Cropped Top and Skirt {with Joe Fresh}

DIY Matching Cropped Top and Skirt Joe Fresh

Hello! Another summer DIY tutorial today. Just about the same time last year, I attempted my first DIY Matching Cropped Top and Skirt project, the results were fabulous and I’ve always wanted to try the technique on another dress.

I found the perfect summer dress from Joe Fresh (on sale now!) however, it was a little too big for me, so I decided to slim it down a notch and also transformed it from a gorgeous one piece to a versatile and fun matching two piece cropped top and skirt number. Read the full article →

DIY :: Black Trim Bikini

DIY Joe Fresh Black Trim Bikini

Since living out by the Beach, its given me ample excuses to purchase new bikinis. I realized that I had to put a stop to it. Naturally, I decided to raid my existing collection of bikinis and decided to give my floral Joe Fresh two-piece a face lift. If you’re an Instagram addict, I’m sure you’ve seen the popular Traingl swimsuits all over your feed. I absolutely love their swimsuits, particularly their piped and neoprene suits. Therefore, I tackled my own version of this DIY black trim bikini.

I had some leftover black elastic trim from another project and took the lazy route for this no-sew DIY bikini project. Read the full article →