January 17, 2017

NAILS | 5 EASY NAIL ART HACKS







All these fancy tools everywhere may make you feel like you can't achieve some boss ass nails without the help of said tools, but let me in on a secret.. you can have awesome nail art with things found around the house! Before I got hardcore into nail art and invested money in getting brushes, foils, powders, dotting tools... I too just used the basics and got creative. Basically a toothpick was my best friend on Mani-Mondays. Continue reading for 5 super easy nail art DIYs that are so easy you won't be able to not try them out!

Things you will need!
  • bobby pin
  • eye-shadow applicator (sponge tip)
  • sandwich bag
  • toothpick
  • tape
Throughout this tutorial I used Coconut Cove by Essie and Halcyon by Cirque (you can view my review on this amazing rose gold polish here)

Pro Tip: Practice, practice, practice! It'll help you build up a steady hand so you can execute some pretty awesome designs on both hands!


1. Bobby pin as a dotting tool


2. Eyeshadow applicator for quick mess free gradients!


3. Create nail decals on a sandwich bag and apply to nails! Apply the nail polish quite thickly and let it dry to about 90%, its best to have it still pliable and not crumbly.


4. Use a toothpick to draw nail designs.


5. Use tape to make crisp lines and shapes. TIP: Do one nail at a time and peel off the tape after painting over it to keep clean edges.

Good luck on your nail art!

January 10, 2017

DIY | 3.1 PHILLIP LIM BOOTS




I had originally wanted to post this DIY  3.1 Phillip Lim boots last year but never got around to capturing it so please forgive me if the boots look a bit worn down, I couldn't resist wearing them. The original boots are no longer available and was exclusively made for men's, but I think girls could totally rock the twisted rope look. Seeing as I would never be able to afford the real deal and I probably wouldn't fit into the men's sizing due to tiny feet I did what I do best, and made it myself! This is probably the first time my knot tying skills from those good old Girl Guide days have finally become useful once more!

Original Boots: retailed at $660


TIME | 30mins - 1hour

COST | $ (Fairly inexpensive if you already have a pair of boots to start with)



Supplies:

  • Combat boots
  • Black Paracord x2 (Approx 5m each) 








Steps:

  1. Lace and tie knots as shown in the images. It's okay if it's not the same or you make a mistake, the overall look is a more strappy rugged feel, so aim for that and don't worry about perfection
  2. Repeat the same thing you did to Boot 1, but mirrored.

January 3, 2017

DEAR 2016 | A YEAR IN REVIEW



Greetings from 2017! I hope everyone had an amazing holiday. We've officially wrapped up 2016 and I wanted to close that chapter off in my blog with a video montage of the highlights of the past year.

The past year was definitely an amazing one and I'm excited to see what is in store for this year. I really want to thank everyone for their support in my endeavors and adventures this past year and I can't wait to embark on many more!

One of the things I would like to upkeep more is this blog! Let's make this into something great :) I've got tonnes planned out for 2017, so cheers! And here's to the start of a great year <3

P.S. If you guys like videos there may be more coming up on my YouTube channel!

December 19, 2016

DIY | Cat Tea Bags





Five more days until Christmas and I am beyond excited to finally get some time off!

A lot of the time people get stressed out with gift giving and planning but I think it's important to take a step back and to be thankful for all that you have and the ultimate thing during this holiday time is to spend it with the ones you care about. No one's going to care about that one forgotten or dud gift. It's really the thought that counts and creating new experiences.

Now, if you DO want to get someone a gift, a homemade one is always a thousand times better than a store bought one (well unless its a computer... I'm not talented enough to put one of those together even for myself!). This DIY in particular is for my cat-crazy-tea-lovers (I think you'll know who you are so I'm sorry in advance for spoiling part of your Christmas surprise). Read on to see how I made these adorable cat shaped tea bags out of coffee filters!

TIME

Prepare to spend half a day if you have supplies and a sewing machine on hand. If you're brave enough to attempt with hand sewing, I recommend allowing yourself more time. I made 3 dozen in about 3-4 hours.

SUPPLIES

  • Coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Loose leaf tea (I used two holiday specials from David's Tea from here I used both Santa's Secret and Snow Day)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Paper to make tags
  • String


STEPS
  1. Cut the coffee filters into cat like shapes
  2. Sew all edges but one so you can fill the tea bags
  3. Fill the tea bags with a 1-2 spoonfuls of loose leaf tea. Do not overfill or closing off the open edge will be difficult
  4. Sew the last edge to close off the tea bag
  5. Make cat shaped tags to match the tea bags
  6. Attach cat tags to the tea bags with string
  7. Package and gift!






December 12, 2016

DIY | Over-sized Clasp Choker





I fell in love with this style of choker while on Jenn Im's channel and could not for the life of me find out where she got her's from; so like always, if you can't buy it, make it!

I already had all the materials at home for the tutorial but I'll be sure to provide some links for you guys in case you want to make this yourself. I love how it's a necklace that highlights the fastener, its often not a part of the necklace that is celebrated but hidden. I always had the issue of the clasp falling to the front of all my necklaces anyways from body movements throughout a day, and would constantly be readjusting. This choker style is perfect to combat those annoyances as the clasp is already in the front! I think it also speaks to a more edgy look for the people who want to try a different choker look to the classic black velvet.

I made both my version, which is a wrap around style choker, and also the same shorter length over-sized clasp choker as seen on Jenn Im.

Time this will take you: like............all of 2 minutes to make, heck it took way longer for me to write this blog post than to make the two necklaces.

What you'll need:
  • Thin chain (here)
  • 13mm oversized clasp (here)
  • 3mm jump rings (x2)
  • 6mm jump ring (x1)
  • pliers & cutter
Steps:
  1. Cut the chain to desired length, I recommend 11.5" for the short one and 25" for the long one. But for your ideal length just take the chain and wrap it around your neck.
  2. Take the 3mm jump-rings and attach the clasp on one end and the 6mm jump-ring to the other end.
And it's really that easy! Also a nice gift for any friends or family coming up this holiday season. You can make it extra luxe by using sterling silver of 14k filled hardware. 

Happy DIY-ing!

December 5, 2016

NAILS | Halcyon Polish Review + Mini Tutorial




When I think holiday season I think glitter and sparkles galore. It's the only time of the year where a little extra glitz won't seem ostentatiously over the top.

This polish from Cirque is holiday goals all in one bottle. Metallic, sparkly, rosegold and a dream to apply and wear. Halcyon was launched last year as part of their holiday collection and was reintroduced this year so be sure to pick up a bottle as it is limited edition!

One swipe yields a full coverage rose-gold dream, two coats for that little extra sparkle topped with a glossy top coat is glitter heaven. The polish yields rose-gold and hints of silver peaking through within it giving it that multi gleaming glow. (Not to mention the glitter is actual silver!)

To achieve the ombre nails above you'll need two coats of a sheer base colour. Allow that to dry then take a sponge eyeshadow applicator and brush a little bit of Halcyon. Dab the applicator on the tip of the nail, moving down towards the base of nail as less polish is being distributed. Repeat until ombre effect is achieved. Finish it off with a glossy top coat!


November 7, 2016

DIY | Nike Choker







Funny enough through the mockery of the choker trend, I'm still a fan. Especially of sophisticated metal finishes and lux materials like velvet and satin ribbons. But this article did spark an idea in me. Perfect for those athleisure diehards, here's a choker that will reflect what you love best! 

I present to you the TRUE Nike choker, you can easily make your own with other sport brand headbands with ease. Follow the instructions below and you too can own your very own sporty choker. 

Who wants to see a Supreme one or adidas? 

Tag #deconstrut if you make this DIY, I would love to see your creations!

Watch the video below for the full tutorial :)

Supplies:
  • Nike Head Bands (here)
  • Ribbon End Clasps 10mm (here)
  • Jump Rings
  • Lobster Clasp + Extender Chain (here)
  • Pliers
  • Scissors 
Steps:
  1. Measure the headband against your neck or against another choker that you own. 
  2. Trim to size with the scissors (it's okay if you cut it shorter as the extender chain will give you some room)
  3. Attach the ribbon end clasps to either end to prevent fraying.
  4. Attach clasp and extender chain with jump rings.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...