Anna Sui T-shirt

 

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You usually won’t find me rocking a t-shirt; they are generally too casual for me. But I bought this Anna Sui shirt when I was in Hong Kong a few years ago. It has a blonde girl playing guitar on it and I thought “This is me on a t-shirt” I always loved this designer’s style; but it’s expensive and hard to find her stuff in Canada.

I dressed up the t-shirt with a pearl necklace I made and a poufy skirt to make the look more girly and funky. The sock bun has a pop of neon pink extensions which brings out the pink in the shirt and the make-up is nude. I wore this outfit to a friend’s spontaneous house party.
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T-Shirt – Anna Sui
Skirt – Express
Necklace – one of a kind and made by me 🙂
Boots – Le Chateau
Earrings – Kate Spade

 

Blue Lace Dress

Unfortunately I had to work on Saturday; I haven’t done this since my retail days. Yes, it was a reception, but still it was a work event on Saturday! To combat this fact, I made myself happy by dressing up.

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I got this dress for an amazing deal when Fashion Crimes on Queen Street West closed. It is now my go-to office party dress. It feels fancy to me; without being over the top. The peak-a-boo lace details make the dress appropriate for evening without showing too much skin. I love the gold zipper at the back; it gives the elegant lace some edge. I wore gold jewelry to bring out the gold of the zipper. The bracelet is one of my experiments made just for me.

Oh course when I decide to go outside to take a picture it begins to snow; I must have looked insane in my outfit.

Sweet Trolley Bakery

It was a brisk day and the snow was melting. After brunch, my boyfriend, bestie and I walked around the Junction area and what do I spot, but a giant ‘nut-free’ sign in the window. I am attuned to such signs and can always spot them out of the corner of my eye. Sweet Trolley Bakery is right next to Bunners on 3056 Dundas Street West; I’ve never seen two nut-free places right beside one another (it’s like seeing a unicorn)!

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I walk through the store suddenly famished! It’s not glamourous inside; but this likely helps to keep prices down. The prices were reasonable and I think they only take cash.  I was so excited and made such a fuss that the owner let me take a photo with the nut free sign.  I bought an assortment of sweets: rhubarb pie, cupcake, cinnamon bun, cannoli and one of every cookie they make. That’s not too much, right? They are famous for their cinnamon buns; but I preferred the rhubarb pie and cannoli. I don’t think I’ve actually ever eaten a cannoli before; I’ve been missing out!

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I will for sure go back here for special occasions; like birthdays and Tuesdays.

Afternoon Tea Flower Skirt

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This afternoon tea outfit was probably a bit too naked for the winter (even with the cardigan). But I adore this flower skirt! The cut of this skirt is perfect for me; I have around three of the same style from Express. I feel like a doll in it and bonus: it has pockets!

The skirt is cute; but comfortable.

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The purple lipstick (from LimeCrime) gives the look a bit of edge and brings out the colour in the skirt. Sheer nylons and a cardigan make this summery skirt more winter appropriate.

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Skirt – Express
Shirt – Jacob Boutique
Cardigan – Jacob Boutique
Pumps – Steve Madden
Earrings – from Sylvie & Shimmy
Bracelet and ring – made by me

Valentine’s Day Pancake Gift Basket

I usually hate Valentine’s day; so for the first Valentine’s Day I was with “T” I decided to make it special and sentimental.

For us, making epic breakfasts and chocolate chip pancakes are a weekly occurrence. The first time I ever cooked for him I made B.L.T’s with microwavable bacon. After that he opened my eyes to the wonders of real bacon. We’ve also now moved on to making pancakes from scratch.

The night before Valentine’s Day I gave him the Valentine’s Day Pancake Gift Basket. The items were personal so adjust for the partner.

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Basket Supplies

  • pancake mix (Bisquick)
  • maple syrup (being Canadian, the real kind of course!)
  • chocolate chips (Chipits are nut-free)
  • love candle because my tough boyfriend loves Bath & Body Works candles
  • heart cookie cutters
  • bacon cookie which matched the bacon card (Drake General Store)
  • ribbon and cellophane for decoration

On Valentine’s day morning I got up early and cooked breakfast – warning do not cook bacon in lingerie. I used the heart cookie cutters to cut the pancakes after they were made. Then I displayed them nicely on a plate with a garnish of fruit and bacon.
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Tartistry

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I have never been a big fan of tarts; they always seemed boring and nut-filled to me. But as I was buying  a mattress I was happy to stumble upon Tartistry . There are not a lot of cute cafes in Etobicoke; yet alone one that can accommodate a nut allergy AND be gluten-free. They aren’t a nut-free facility; but I ate there without a problem.

The shop is a mixture of cafe and antique/knick-knack shop. It is as if your grandma put all of her cherished belongings on the wall – the kitsch and mismatching is a perfect setting! The owner is also a sweetheart.

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The second time I visited Tartistry I planned my perfect high tea outfit to match the decor.

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Outfit
Blouse – Jacob (retails stores are sadly now closed)
Cardigan – Jacob Junior (also closed and bought at a vintage show)
Skirt – Forever21 (it has pockets!)
Fishnets from my collection
Pointed Nude Heels – Call it Spring

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Sparkle Birthday Party!

Being a Christmas baby sometimes sucks. Parties are cancelled because of snow and everyone’s schedule gets insanely packed.

But this year I decided to battle the sadness with a SPARKLE themed birthday party – you know, because I’m an adult.

My amazing sister got me confetti balloons.

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The talented MariYUMMY Desserts made me the happiest cake! I have a unicorn obsession (again because I’m an adult) and she made the unicorn even more glittery!  I loved the cake; it fit the theme and was so bright and like her company name states: it was yummy!

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I asked everyone to wear sparkles and I put as many sparkle touches around my home as possible.

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The only down side is now glitter is EVERYWHERE; I don’t think me or my home will ever be glitter-free. Totally worth it!

DIY Christmas Ball Wreath

I love those sparkly Christmas ball wreaths! But I could never find one in the right colour. So if the perfect wreath doesn’t exist; you DIY it!

After a trip to Dollarama; I had the needed supplies to get started. You can also do this after Christmas with nicer on SALE ornaments!

Supplies

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  • Plastic/Styrofoam Christmas ornaments in varying sizes (I used approximately 50)
  • strong wire or a wire hanger
  • glue gun
  • ribbon to hang wreath

Instructions

  1. Decide on a colour scheme when you buy the ornaments
  2. Work wire into a circle; the size is up to you.
  3. String larger ornaments onto wire via the ornament holes
  4. Glue the ornaments together as you go and bend into a circle
  5. Glue smaller ornaments into the spaces between the larger ornaments
  6. Keep stringing the ornaments and filling in the gaps until you reach a desired size.
  7. Tie a ribbon to the back of the wreath to hang on door.

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After I hung my multi-coloured wreath on my door; my neighbour requested one; so I made her a classic version.

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Voila! Now you have a customized Christmas wreath to adorn your front door.

Teacup Lamp

How to Make a Teacup Lamp

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While indulging my teacup obsession I stumbled upon teacup lamps like this one.

I LOVED the idea and needed to have one! I can totally make this!

Thank you to Vintage Revivals who posted a fabulous tutorial. I like the homemade ones WAY better than Anthropolgie.

***Vintage Revival’s tutorial used a rod, my lamp did not have a rod, just a cord.  She also didn’t glue the pieces I did.

My lamp cost approximately $30, the most expensive piece was the $20 lamp making kit.

Supplies

  • Random China – all of mine was from Goodwill – yay recycling!
  • lamp making kit – mine was from Canadian Tire
  • Drill bit (hollow one for porcelain)
  • liquid cement
  • glue – GOOP glue

Step 1
Find your china. It can be mismatched and I find different shapes make it more interesting. All of mine was from Goodwill so I was up-cycling which makes me so EXCITED! It was also super cheap.

Step 2
Mark the centre of the back of the china to be drilled.

Step 3
Drill the holes in the pieces.
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IMPORTANT: Do this under running water in the sink. It will take awhile before the drill will go through the porcelain. Rock the bit back and forth and put some pressure on it. Take breaks to rinse off the porcelain dust.

Be patient. It will work, but progress slow. You can see I got impatient on the mug and there is a big hole.

TIP: I found better quality China was easier to drill through (i.e. Royal Albert).

Step 4
Stack the arrangement and find a design you like.

Step 5
Feed the lamp cord through the holes and glue the lamp pieces together. I used this very sticky craft glue called GOOP, I find it works well on most things. I buy mine at a craft store on Queen St.

Step 6
Assemble the lamp making kit per the instructions. My lamp kit was made and China and the instructions didn’t exactly make sense…I find YouTube is amazing when this happens.

Step 7
Pour instant mix cement into the top teacup which holds the light. This will anchor the light and fix it straight.

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Step 8
Put a lamp shade on.
Plug in.
Admire your awesome work.

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