3-DIY-Valetines-Day-crafts

Heart Elbow Patch Shirt (VIDEO)

Heart Elbow Patch shirt

This no-sew heart elbow patch shirt is perfect for Valentine’s day. It is so easy because you just use fabric glue. I bought the patches from the dollar store and had enough leftover for make some heart-themed accessories. They are the perfect flash of love for the holiday.

When I saw these sequin heart patches I immediately began planning my Valentine’s day crafts. The patches cost less than $5 for four of them. The white long sleeve tee is from the Gap and cost less than $20 on sale – so the custom shirt was less than $25. Not bad, right? With the pink patches (they came with one red and one pink patch) I made a brooch and barrette. Also the best part is the sequins are reversible!

DIY Heart patch shirt

Heart Elbow Patch Shirt

No-Sew-Elbow-Patch-Shirt
Heart Sleeve Shirt Supplies

Supplies

  • Long sleeve shirt
  • 2 heart patches
  • fabric glue
  • Pins
  • Cardboard

Instructions

  1. While wearing the shirt pin the elbow patches where you want them to go. Carefully take the shirt off.
  2. Straighten the heart placement and make sure it is even with the other sleeve.
  3. Place piece of cardboard in sleeve right under the heart
  4. Dab dots of fabric glue under each heart and press down.
  5. Let dry for 24 hours.

Hearth Brooch & Barrette

Pink Heart Brooch
Heart Accessory Supplies

Supplies

  • Heart patches
  • Brooch backing
  • Barrette backing
  • Felt
  • Glue gun
  • Glue gun glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Trace the heart on to the felt
  2. Cut out at least two hearts (one for the brooch and one for the barrette)
  3. Glue the brooch or barrette backing to the heart with your glue gun
  4. Put the heart shape over the backing (cut slits in the felt so it will fit)
  5. Glue felt in place and trim any excess from the sides of the heart
  6. Glue another layer of felt on the back to make the brooch/barrette sturdier.
Silver balloon room

If you want more Valentine’s Day Crafts check out my Valentine’s Day Pancake Gift Basket.

Afternoon Tea Bird Cages

Afternoon Tea in Bird Cages – My Cup of Tea Dessert

When my bestie from university and I have quality time we always meet halfway between Whitby and Toronto – which is generally Markham area. We usually end up at Pacific mall, and I struggle to find new places to explore. I Googled afternoon tea places and stumbled upon an afternoon tea in bird cages at My Cup of Tea Dessert 

Birdcages place setting for afternoon tea

When we arrive we have the place entirely to ourselves! The decor is modern, grey, slick and gives a calming feeling. My friend brought her toddler and they were surprisingly prepared to entertain children – having toys and activities to lend out.

Loose Leaf teas in jars

They bring a wooden tray of over 20 teas to choose from; as always I choose Earl Grey. I’ve never seen glass warmers for teapots that have candles inside – an ingenious way to keep things warm! The intricate metal Turkish-style cups remind me of my visit to Istanbul.

My Cup of Tea Dessert

Afternoon Tea in Bird Cages!

The meal comes displayed in beautiful birdcage trays – it is such a unique and special way to serve it. I’ve never seen a meal displayed this way and I admit this is why I visited. Although the facility isn’t nut-free I am able to eat the majority of the meal without issue – they modify some items for me. As long as I can eat scones I’m happy – they have plain and one made with Earl Grey tea. Anything made with Earl Grey has me hooked. For dessert there was a chocolate shoe (which I couldn’t eat) a flower which I think was red bean (not my thing) and a mango mouse with an icing flower – this I liked.

Afternoon Tea outfit and birdcage display

I wore a stretchy floral pink dress from Zara which is comfortable and you can eat in it! See how I wore it a bit fancier here.

Have you found any fun places to go eat in Markham? Please share them!

Note: All allergy sufferers know before you eat you must always ask about ingredients. Please take my reviews as information only; never forget to ask your server about ingredients before you eat. Happy nut-free snacking!

Toronto Tunnel of glam outfit

Toronto Tunnel of Glam Outfit – Shiny Leggings

I have seen the “Tunnel of Glam” all over Instagram lately. It is an art exhibit and man-made tunnel that has sequin walls. But they just aren’t any sequins, they are the sequins that are two sided and change colours when you move them. I will admit that I find these sequins so satisfying to move. Whenever I see a shirt or notebook covered in them I am compelled to touch them. So this tunnel was sensory overload.

Happy New Year 2019 in Sequins
Sequin Wall changing colours

I went on my lunch break as the tunnel (which is at Yonge and St. Clair beside The Shoppers) is only a short subway ride. Surprisingly at noon on December 31st the tunnel was still packed. Don’t let the pictures fool you I didn’t have tranquility in the tunnel – so many children. Luckily I got to visit the tunnel on the last day it was open. I didn’t even realize it was closing – great timing! The description said it encourages patrons to draw and participate in the walls. As you can see there are some drawings, hearts, names, and words on the walls. I can’t take credit for any art on the wall, they were surprisingly hard to draw on.

Red hat with pompom outfit - winter layers

For the photos I planned to wear my new red hat I got for Christmas, but I couldn’t find my black winter coat. So I put on loads of layers (blazer, sweater, leather gloves etc.) to make the white coat work. The coat is fairly thin and isn’t a winter coat, see how I styled it here. Luckily it was quite mild (3 degrees) when we visited. Since we were seeing a sequin wall I needed some sparkle, so wore these shiny black and silver leggings. They are comfy and glamorous, you wouldn’t believe how stretchy they are!

Shiny Leggings Outfit

  • Leggings: TSOQ
  • Studded boots: Sam Edelman
  • White coat: Zara
  • Black leather gloves: Danier
  • Blanket scarf: I don’t know where it is from
  • Hat: was a gift
  • Underneath you can’t see I’m wearing three layers to keep warm!
Yellow-Rubber-Ducky-Room

The Happy Place Toronto Outfit

Is The Happy Place worth going to?

If you live and Toronto and have social media, it is fair to say you’ve heard of The Happy Place. Photos of a ball pit, confetti room and giant chocolate chip cookie have likely crossed your feed. Besides all the fun photo opportunities, how could I not visit a place called “The Happy Place”. I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon and go to this pop-up. So I visited in mid-December for my birthday with a few of my besties.

If I ever go to a place like “The Happy Place” again I will seriously pay a professional photographer to just follow me around. I’m not even joking! The whole point of this place is to take interesting and ‘Instagram-worthy’ pictures in front of a cool background. I almost felt self-conscious with my smartphone as the majority of visitors had professional cameras. To get in there are timed tickets and it cost almost $40. I thought we’d be through it quickly, but with lines and our slow picture taking we were in the space for around two hours.

Gumball Machine Wall
Giant Yellow Happy Sign - happy place

You walk through doors to a room with a gumball machine wall, giant shoe and a booth with yellow and white smiley face M&Ms. Of course the allergy signs said they weren’t nut-free 🙁 That did not make me happy. Then you enter the next room through a gold streamer curtain – many boomerang opportunities. The prettiest room had the worst light and and the pictures didn’t turn out very well. It was dark with a fake yellow flower garden with garlands suspended from the ceiling and you climbed a ladder into the flowerbed. It was very pretty, but the pictures came out dark.

Outfit

  • Pink Sweater: Banana Republic
  • Floral Skirt: Pearls & Pockets (boutique on Queen Street West)
  • Ankle Boots: Sam Edelman
Happy Place Mirror Wall
Pink Flamingo wallpaper

Boomerangs, Confetti and Giant Cookies

As you walk through there are several other rooms, the place is divided like a film set with many fake rooms with different feelings to evoke. There was a room of plastic chains from the ceiling, the rubber ducky bathtub room, a love themed room and a confetti room, with some very dirty confetti on the floor you would throw in the air to take a picture. I was a bit disappointed because I thought it was going to be a room with swirling confetti. The last room was the giant cookie room which smelled like cookies, it actually sort of made me nauseous. Then at the end they gave you mini chocolate chip cookies, which I of course couldn’t eat due to my nut allergy.

Throwing confetti at The Happy Place
Three girls in a cookie

Don’t get me wrong, the experience was fun. But I thought it would be more interactive, like an adult playground. But the rooms were static and just for taking pictures. I expected it to be more of an experience, like Candytopia I visited in New York City. However, there was a ball pit you’d jump into at the very end, which was fun but hurt a bit lol. There was also a dome which you hit a button to make confetti blow, but it didn’t swirl very much like I thought it would in my imagination. But given it was still a fun two hours downtown, I would say it is worth going to. But know you’re going to take photos and goof around – so put on your cutest outfit!

Happy Place Confetti Room
Happy Place ball pit Toronto
DIY Candy Christmas Wreath Video Tutorial

DIY Candy Christmas Wreath (VIDEO)

Craft supplies - lollipop, cupcake, unicorn, donut

Aren’t these candy and cupcake supplies amazing! When I saw them I fell in love with them and had to find a project to use them. They are sparkly, cute and just plain fun! Unfortunately last year’s Christmas wreath was wrecked in a snowstorm. Thus I needed a new wreath to adorn my door. So this was the perfect excuse to make something non-traditional and glittery. And did I mention I sneaked a unicorn onto the wreath – it’s subtle, but she’s there. Really, why wouldn’t you put this classic unicorn on a Christmas wreath. 

I bought all the supplies at Michael’s and probably spent way too much on this DIY lol! Sometimes when you buy craft supplies it gets expensive and you think, “hey, maybe I should just buy it?” It probably would have cost the same amount to buy it – but I do it for the process. And the candy details were so pretty, I couldn’t resist a DIY. 

Follow the video or step-by-step below to make your own. 

Supplies

Christmas Wreath supplies - cupcakes, unicorn, donut
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Sparkly silver branch wreath form
  • Polka dot ribbon (two types and sizes)
  • Cupcake, lollipop and donut elements
  • Sparkly sticks (for floral arrangements)
  • Unicorn
Sparkly Unicorn on wreath

Instructions

  1. Glue ribbon #1 in a zigzag pattern across the wreath
  2. Glue ribbon #2 in a zigzag pattern in the opposite way on the wreath in the places the first ribbon didn’t touch.
  3. Separate your sparkly branch elements
  4. Glue branches sporadically across the wreath evenly
  5. The fun part! Glue all your candy elements throughout your wreath (unicorn included)
  6. Hang your wreath and admire it.

I’m so happy with how this wreath turned out, I smile at the whimsy and sparkle every time I leave the house. Also, adding the unicorn is the sprinkles on the cupcake!

Candy themed Christmas wreath

What do you think? Don’t you love the candy elements?

If you like this wreath, see last year’s DIY Christmas Ball Wreath.

Nut-Free New York (VIDEO)

Travelling with allergies always brings on a bit of anxiety, even if you aren’t travelling far. I was so excited to go to New York for the first time, I can’t believe I’d never been. The flight is barely one and a half hours, and I wasn’t going to let my nut allergy interfere. Let me take you on my NY food journey, see the vlog and descriptions below!

Day 1

I always bring my own snacks on flights to ensure I have something I can eat – you never know if the airport will have safe snacks. When travelling you’re sometimes not sure when you’ll get to eat again so having emergency bites is a must for me. The early morning meal consisted of: Made Good apple cinnamon granola bites, Joseph’s Nutless Clusters (they are chocolate coconut bites), Bear Paw cookies and tea. I also had chips and juice on the plane – I admit not the most balanced meal.

Nutfree snacks

I made the long trip from Newark to New York and was starving by the time I arrived – I expected traffic, but was shocked by the extent of it. Luckily we had all our meals planned that day – my friend made reservations for lunch and dinner and was sweet enough to call and ask about allergies for me – so the restaurants were prepared for my requests. For lunch we went to Fig and Olive (808 Lexington Ave), which was nut-friendly, not nut-free. I shared flatbreads and had a burger and green salad for my main. I was so hungry anything would have tasted amazing – but the burger was juicy and salad had a great dressing.

My must-do in NY was to visit Candytopia (145 W 32nd St) an amazing candy playground/art experience. This isn’t exactly the healthiest meal, but they of course had candy samples throughout and the allergy information was stellar! Each sweet had pictures and very clear labels on everything, and since it was almost all sugar I didn’t have an issue eating anything. I ran around like a kid taking pictures, rolling around in confetti and getting high on sugar. This was one of my highlights – it was so much fun!

Candytopia Allergen Info

Candytopia Candy

Then we headed to Chinatown to eat at Nom Wah Tea Parlour, although this place looked like a hole in the wall it was the best meal I had on the trip. It was up a slight hill in a dark alleyway which was littered with people, there was a line outside for the restaurant – thank goodness for reservations. We we sat down they already knew about my nut allergy – we shared everything family-style without an issue. I don’t remember everything we ate, but I’m still thinking about their pork-stuffed buns and soup dumplings.

Nom Wah Tea Parlour New York

Long Distance Friends meeting in NY

Day 2

I could have wandered around the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) by myself for hours and been completely happy. I ate my own snacks and a banana from Starbucks in the morning. Unfortunately the first cafe we went to inside the MET did not have ingredients for anything, so I could only eat an apple and potato chips – not a great experience. After the first snack I needed a real meal desperately and we found the cafeteria in the basement. I ordered the kids meal (the first thing I could see that I could eat). Vegetable pasta with garlic and olive oil (which was actually pretty good) banana, juice and chocolate chip nut-free/gluten-free cookies.

Lunch at the MET - nutfree

After the MET we wandered around some stores and looked for  a place to eat. To my joy we passed Alice’s Teacup – which has always been on my NY to-do list. It is an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea shop. If you know me, you know I live for afternoon tea. The place was nut-friendly and didn’t use nuts in their scones – such bliss. They provided the classic three-tiered afternoon tea experience: mini sandwiches (BLT and salmon), cookies and cake and of course scones and clotted cream. We had tea for three and I was thrilled to take the leftovers home.

Alice's Teacup - Afternoon Tea

Teacups and Teapots - Alice's Teacup

The tea experience was pretty filling, so after that I walked to Times Square, had a glass of prosecco and a few more bites of scone.

Day 3

For breakfast and snacks throughout the day I ate my leftovers from Alice’s Teacup (thankfully they were generous). On the last day we went to the Statue of Liberty and healthy food was not to be found. I ate one of the only things they said I could eat: chicken fingers and fries. It’s so annoying that the US doesn’t seem to use plum sauce; I had to use BBQ.  I also found a nut-free cookie. I wasn’t allowed to bring the cookie up the statue so I had to leave it on the security desk – thinking it wouldn’t be there when I came back. But when I got down it was still there and I was so happy! After the heavy food and walking around I ate my snacks from home until the off-broadway play I arranged. In the evening I met a friend for a drink and had mini-sliders.

Looking at the water at the Statue of Liberty

Chicken Fingers and Fries - Statue of Liberty meal

I am now itching to go back to New York and explore the city more. Do you have any nut-free New York recommendations?

Note: All allergy sufferers know before you eat you must always ask about ingredients. Please take my reviews as information only; never forget to ask your server about ingredients before you eat. Happy nut-free snacking!

New York Fall Outfits

I finally visited New York City! My short trip was just a taste of this exciting city and I am now itching to go back and explore more.  The weather was strange – one day it felt like summer, the next was windy and I was sure winter was coming. Below are the outfits I wore for my October visit and I still managed to wear floral in the fall!

Floral Track Suit

Love Fire Floral Track Suit

Track suits are usually not my thing, but I found this gem at Nordstorm Rack and I bought it immediately. I have never  felt so comfortable and stylish in an outfit – it was perfect for the plane ride. I paired it with a white tank top and I actually wore basic white tennis shoes – I never wear running shoes! For accessories I wore coral tassel earrings I made (available on Etsy) which bring out the flower pattern. I was shocked at how warm it was in the middle of October; I had to carry my fall coat.

Tracksuit: Love Fire (from Nordstrom Rack)
Purse: Ted Baker

Pink Pant Jumpsuit

Pink Pantsuit in New York

Candytopia heart wall

Candytopia New York Outfit

For our evening at Candytopia (an interactive candy and art experience) walking around the city and dinner I wore a bright pink pant jumpsuit. Given Candytopia, was colour-overload, I needed to match the decor. I rolled up the pant legs to show off the studded boots to give the outfit some edge. For jewelry I wore neon earrings and bracelets I made. I never get sick of wearing this jumpsuit, see how I wore it while in Jamaica.

Pantsuit: Banana Repulic
Boots: Sam Edelman

Floral Blazer and Leggings

Looking over balcony at the MET, NY

Floral Blazer and leggings

Day two was the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) so I knew there would be lots of walking again. The navy floral blazer I tend to wear to art galleries a lot, see how I wore it to the AGO in Toronto. I paired in with liquid black leggings, tennis shoes, and a basic cream top.

Floral Suit

Times Square at night

For the evening I headed off to see Times Square and have a drink. To dress the outfit up with minimal effort I changed to the matching suit pants and the same black boots.

Suit: H&M
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Leggings: America Apparel

Orange Pants and Leather Jacket

Statue of Liberty

Standing with the Fearless Girl at the NY stock exchange

I regretted this outfit as soon as I walked our the door, but I didn’t have enough time to run up to get my fall coat. The wind going to the Statue of Liberty was fierce and painful. The days before were unusually warm so I was expecting the same thing. This was a long day of waiting in lines and climbing steps (Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, walking around Wall Street) and I was cold for most of it.

Pants: J.Crew
Leather jacket: Danier Leather
Scarf: The Bay
Embroidered top

I was exhausted from all my walking on the trip and was thankful I wore running shoes for the majority of the time. Exploring more of New York is on my list – hopefully in the summer.

Where do you suggest I visit in the city?

 

 

Queen Bodysuit Outfit

Orange and Neon Necklace Etsy

Cherry Blossoms Toronto

I’m not sure if I look super stylish in this outfit or like a lunatic. But, I do feel awesome in it. I saw this QUEEN bodysuit online and knew I needed to have it. The suit has snaps at the bottom and is cut very low on the sides with a razorback. Since it is pretty naked wearing a cardigan makes sense. But the neck is high so there is coverage there if I decide to go bare. Also the cotton is so soft! I was really surprised given how cheap it was!

I admit it, there is a lot going on in this outfit. There is the statement shirt, neon orange and gold necklace, leopard cardigan and red lace pants – not to mention the lilac that is washing out of my hair. But I think all the craziness goes. But it may be too out there for some people, what do you think?

I’ve been obsessed with these red lace pants lately- they are elastic and have pockets (everything is better with pockets).  I wear them far too much because they are comfy and professional. I thought the bodysuit was hilarious and I’m envisioning wearing it with a tutu (still looking for the tutu). As mentioned, the bodysuit is pretty bare at the sides and I wanted to cover up and thought “Hey, red and leopard go!”

Bright pink and red layered fall look

Queen Razorback shirt

It did get chilly this day so I layered my white bell sleeved coat and neon pink scarf. So it looks like two different outfits.

Queen bodysuit: Shein
Cardigan: Mexx (now closed)
Pants: J.Crew
Boots: The Bay
Necklace: made by me
White coat: Zara
Scarf: Suzy Shier

Ali Express Frozen Costume Review

Cheap Frozen Costume (AliExpress Review)

Elsa Frozen Cosplace

As a favour to a friend I agreed to dress up like Elsa from Frozen for her three year old’s birthday party. But let’s be honest, being a Disney princess for a day is more of my dream than the child’s. I did my best to whip up a cheap costume that I didn’t have to DIY too much- as much as I love to make my own costumes, I just didn’t have the time.

The entire costume cost under $20 as I used things I already owned (besides the dress). I must admit my tickle trunk of supplies may be more than the average person – so hopefully you have similar items at home. The main part of the costume is the princess dress which I bought from AliExpress for around $17 with shipping.  So it was likely cheaper to buy the dress than DIY my own. But it was sooo see-through. I needed to wear a few layers underneath that made me look bigger than I am and ruined the line. If you buy this dress get a good slip so it doesn’t look bulky like mine did. Although the quality was poor the fabric had stretch so it fit fine, which is always a risk when buying online.  As dresses go, it will make you look close enough to Elsa, so for the price I’d recommend it.

I used an old blonde wig I had from previous costumes and braided it to the side. I had rhinestone snowflake clips that I put in the braid and beside my ear to add sparkle and keep the wig in place.

For the makeup I wore gobs of purple eyeshadow with shimmer over it and added false lashes that had silver tinsel in them. I also paired it with a pop of pink lips. For the earrings I wore shiny crystal studs.

For a cheap princess costume I’d recommend going this route- but shipping takes awhile.

Bought

  • Dress: Ali Express

Already Owned

  • Blonde wig (my hair was too short to go natural)
  • Shiny snowflake hair clips
  • Slip to go under the see through dress
  • Shiny purple makeup

Roller Disco Outfit

I found this old photo (2016?) from a friend’s birthday party and realized I’d never posted it. Now that I look back at it I think it would make a good roller derby or roller disco Halloween outfit. It is an easy last minute costume!

Recalling the night – now that my circle and I are thirtiy-ish there is a mad dash to be a kid again. Trying things that we haven’t done before is essential and a birthday party at a club is a rarity now. So the choice for a girlfriend’s birthday was a Christian roller disco rink in Mississauga…any excuse for a good theme party.

When I got there around 8:00 p.m. there was a line of 12 year olds outside the door waiting to get in. Seeing that I was confused and fully regretted my risqué outfit. But at least the photos can give inspiration for a lazy and easy Halloween costume.

Roller Skates and Rainbow Knee highs

I went for a dark more gothic roller disco look. I paired the statement gold sequinned shorts with a black off the shoulder shirt, wide black fishnets and knee highs. The knee highs were thick in case I fell (it only happened once). I had never used old style skates like this before but it was a challenge My Bff pictured fell at least three times in an hour; but he made me proud by getting up every single time! Persistence!

Shirt: black off the shoulder (from a cheap store I don’t recall where)
Fishnets
Thick Black knee highs
Gold Sequin Shorts