quick DIY: cream and navy bib necklace

Being a loving, caring person that I am, I took my sister who was sick to the clinic. Of course though, I was bored and decided to stop by Michaels. I stopped by the beading section to just kill time when I found a cute, pre-made bib from Bead Landing: C’est La Vie collection. The colour is a nice cream that is accent by off-white mesh. To pair with it, I choose a silk cording from Jewelry Essentials and their Naturals collection in navy blue. Also, this total cost, with tax was $10.16, which is way cheaper than buying one in the store.

Here’s a simply how-to for this quick DIY.

What you’ll need:

-A pre-made bib (with hooks to lace through the cording)

-Silk cording (the package I used came with a thick cord and a thin cord, use whichever you prefer)

-Thread (that matches the cording)

-Needle

-Tape

-Scissors

Take the cording and cut the ends on an angle. This is to help thread the cording through the jewelry hooks. If the silk is fraying, proceed to grab the tape and tape the edge to help insert it. Once hooked onto the necklace, pull through. Then try on the necklace and slide up the ribbon for preferred placement. Once necklace hangs where desired, cut the excess cording but leave behind about an extra inch for sewing the ribbon together. Grab your needle and thread and fold the end of the cording. Proceed to stitch and tie a knot once finished. Cut any extra cording and voila, you have your quick DIY bib necklace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. I’d like to thank my mother, who I asked to take a picture of my chest. I could’ve worded it a bit better when asking but she’s a very understanding woman. Most of the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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etsy obsession: Miss Annie May

Craving for a few more statement pieces to add to my wardrobe this fall, I decided to scour the pages of Etsy to find unique pieces that would be perfect to don with a tee and a pair of skinny jeans (the only pants I will ever wear willingly).

So when I stumbled upon Miss Annie May‘s Etsy boutique while perusing through the jewelry pages, I was impressed. Her designs use vintage costume jewelry and an abundance of chains. Miss Annie May heavily uses of brassy colours that adds just the right amount of perfection to create her vintage aesthetic.

With pieces like the “Queen Rebel” (above, left, $70.89 CAD) and my current favourite, “Desert” (below, $80.74 CAD), Miss Annie May’s designs are the perfect piece to be donning as the weather cools down and wardrobes change from summer fun to chilly fall.


ashley and the finale

It’s almost near impossible to live in North America and not be aware of ABC’s The Bachelor/The Bachelorette series. I remember watching the first season and seeing Trista jilted as third runner-up. I then vowed to never watch it again. That was until this season, when I got caught up with Ashley’s annoying Bentley drama that consumed the regular weekly magazines I read. I was anticipating the finale to be perfect. After all, Ashley has a stylist and a beautiful backdrop for her staged proposal.

I was severely disappointed with her dress just as much as I was with her final choice (sorry JP, but Ben was a smarter choice and I’m pretty sure a huge chunk of the female population would agree).

The dress made by designer Randi Rahm and according to HollywoodLife, cost $16,790. Overall, I think the dress was absolutely breathtaking — that is, on the hanger. However, on Ashley, the dress was not flattering at all. With her small chest and an awkward set of straps that were only there for decorative purposes, this overpriced frock made her look like she had saggy boobs and wide hips. Though I will give her immense props for feathers and glitter, a combination I favour dearly.

Additionally, I absolutely hated those pearl drop earrings from Cezua of Beverly Hills. Don’t get me wrong, I love pearls and have a set of pearl drop earrings myself, but the contrasting black pearl and white pearl did not suit the blush Rahm gown and I certainly hated the fact that the earrings were the opposite of each other.

As for the boys, I’d like to congratulate JP on picking the prettiest engagement ring out of the Neil Lane collection offered to him.

And Ben, if you’re reading this in the Sonoma Valley, even though the ring you picked out made me want to vomit, call me.


sample sales

I recently went to a Toronto sample sale, courtesy of my internship. Designers such as eliza, Chloé Comme Parris and Muttonhead. Of course, this was only last month and the start of my shopping diet. But in all seriousness, who could turn down the chance to go to a sample sale with free wine?

What was weird was the location. Every day when I go home, I pass by the Nestle factory. And you think, well chocolate is delicious! But the thing is about the Nestle factory is that it is located on a really sketchy industrial road. The sample sale was in an extremely old, sketchy building. But once inside, the fabulous designer goods were plenty. My friend and I even found a shirt for our coworker (see left, below).

“I Love My Hooker”

Believe it or not, I was tempted to purchase this men’s shirt for myself. It was the perfect boyfriend tee and an awesome design overall. Turns out, the designer’s female intern agreed, she had just purchased it as well.

Anyways, back to the actual purchase in this post. I found an eliza necklace that I just adored. I have a thing for sparkles and oddly fringe and it had both. So I have summed this purchase up to fate after I found out it was only $40 (which was my cap on any item as per shopping diet). I also met the designer, Eliza Kozurno and her work is definitely worth checking out.

It’s so pretty.

It’s a major statement piece. Goes great with blues and my favourite Club Monaco tank my best friend got me for my 20th birthday. Fringe-tastic.


true love

So I guess I have a bit of a shopping addiction. But, I am proud to say that with my recent shopping diet (only due to my poor status) the events I’ve gone to have sufficed to satisfy me. From the Vaughan Mills Media Challenge, I fell head over heels in love with a FCUK purse and then found out it was marked down from $88 to a mere $24. Fate much?

We’ve been inseparable since. From its hand-painted peacock-design to the feel of the natural leather, the purse is now my go-to (sorry H&M straw clutch, we had our moments). Not a big fan of the strap though, so I removed it, as I feel it was too 90s handbag with it on.