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

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume - DIY a tutu, crown, deck of cards collar and scepter! Off with their heads!

DIY Queen of Hearts Halloween Costume (VIDEO)

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume-Step by step video tutorial to make the tutu, crown, scepter and deck of cards collar.

Queen of Hearts DIY Costume

Queen of Hearts DIY Costume -

If you know anything about me you know Halloween is my Christmas. As October approaches I’m really getting into the spirit. Making costumes from scratch is one of my essential things to do for Halloween. Last year I did my own version of the Queen of Hearts from Alice and Wonderland. Some pieces were bought, but the main parts were DIY’d. I forced my partner to be the Mad Hatter and by fluke my bestie and friends of friends also dressed up as the characters – so I had an entire crew to match my costume.

Couples costume - Alice in Wonderland

Click below to watch the full DIY costume video.

Full disclosure the costume is comprised of bought and handmade items.

Bought

  • Corset
  • Black and white tights (dollar store)
  • Flamingo Purse

DIY

Queen of Hearts accessories - DIY

  • Card Collar
  • Tutu
  • Crown
  • Pleated Cuffs
  • Scepter
  • Earrings

CARD COLLAR

Supplies

  • Deck of cards
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Fishing line/invisible thread (to tie ends together)

Instructions

  1. Spread the cards out. I used a memory wire to gauge the size of my neck as I added cards
  2. Glue the cards together on an angle ensuring the number at the top shows
  3. Keep gluing the cards on an angle and bend into shape as you do
  4. Once it is long enough bend it again and turn over
    Glue spaces on the back
  5. Glue cards flat on the back to secure it more (this is optional)
  6. Poke tiny holes in the bottom corner of the outside cards. You will put a fishing line through this and lie together to secure it

TUTU

This tutu is no sew, except for sewing the elastic together. However you could tie the elastic, but that is lazy and poor craftsmanship! Lol

Supplies

  • Tulle (black and red)
  • Elastic

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Cut a wide (at least an inch) piece of elastic around half an inch smaller than you waist
  • Sew ends together with machine or by hand
  • Cut strips of tulle that are around 1-2 inches in width. The length of the strip is doubled the length of the skirt. I wanted mine shorter in the front and longer in the back so I gradually cut longer and longer lengths from the short length in the front.
  • Fold strip in half
  • Fold the loop over the elastic waistband and pull the two ends through the loop and pull tight
  • Repeat in the colour and length pattern you desire

EDWARDIAN CUFFS

Pleated Queen of Hearts Cuffs

Supplies

  • White cotton fabric
  • White Lace
  • White Ribbon
  • Thread

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Needle/sewing machine

Instructions

  1. Cut width of cuff you desire
  2. Fold the pleats and press the iron down as you pleat. Keep pleating with the iron until you reach the length of your wrist.
  3. Sew across with a sewing machine (this will be easier than by hand)
  4. Gather lace and pin in place across cuff
  5. Put ribbon on top of line of lace and sew all three layers together
  6. I frayed the edges of the cuffs
  7. Tie together in bow

SCEPTER

DIY Queen of Hearts Scepter, DIY Edwardian Cuffs

Supplies

  • Wooden dowel
  • Cards
  • Ribbon (black and gold)
  • Decoration for top
  • Glue

Tools

  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Heart stencils (or freehand)

Instructions

  1. Glue and wrap black ribbon around dowel. Secure with glue every few wraps.
  2. Glue decoration on top. I used a red Christmas ornament
  3. Cut cards in hearts
  4. Embellish as you like

Lolita Crown

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume - makeup, deck of cards collar, lolita crown

Queen of Hearts Jewelry - crown and earrings - DIY

Supplies

  • Rhinestones (on a chain – meaning they are connected)
  • Gold wire
  • Heart crystal beads
  • Red and gold beads

Instructions

This crown is in the gothic lolita style – they are usually made of pearls. I modified this technique and made it with rhinestone, gold wire and beads. I made the form in wire with some beads and wrapped the rhinestones throughout.

Happy Halloween! How would you make the Queen of Hearts your own version?

DIY Spring Flower Crown Video Tutorial

DIY Spring Flower Crown (VIDEO)

DIY Flower Crown - daisies

I didn’t make this crown for any particular reason other than the fact I got hair extensions and just felt I had flower crown hair. Making one has been on my to-do list for awhile and the hair was the perfect excuse to try it. As Halloween approaches it’s good accessory for for a fairy or woodland creature costume. It’s also a vital addition for festival season and Pride. Basically any time you can dress like a lunatic I would recommend wearing one.

Selfie Flower Crown

DIY Flower Crown Tutorial

Here is my spring version of the flower crown, you can make it with or without floral tape. If you don’t have the tape you can work around it, by just gluing the flowers to the wire. Decide on your colour combination and follow the directions below.

Supplies

DIY Flower Crown Supplies and Tools

  • Various fake flowers (different colours and sizes)
  • Wire – medium thickness
  • Glue gun glue
  • Floral tape (optional)

Tools

  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pliers

Instructions

1. Pull flowers off stems including leaves

Fake Flowers2. Cut off stems. If they have them, pull plastic backings off big flowers

3. Take a piece of wire and wrap it around your head where you want the crown to sit 2-3 times.

Wire Flower Crown Base4. Take the wire and wrap it under and over itself to secure in place.

5. Start gluing biggest flowers to the crown

6. Take floral tape to make mini bouquets of smaller flowers, glue tape ends to secure (optional). If you don’t want to use floral tape just glue the flowers to the wire or each other.

7. Glue bouquets to wire crown

8. Glue flowers wherever there are spaces

9. Keep gluing until desired fullness is reached

10. Cut extra leaves off including stems

11. Glue leaves on the inside of the crown covering the wire

DIY Flower Crown - pink, peach, daisies

Try it on and admire your flower crown

DIY Coachella Crown

Where would you wear your flower crown?

 

Terre Bleu Sunflower Field

Terre Bleu Lavender and Sunflower Field Outfit

Lavender Field Outfit - White and cream outfit

I’ve been wanting to go to the lavender field since last summer- all the pictures look so pretty and magical. Finally after a spontaneous comment about wanting to see it; my friend and I made it on the holiday Monday in August. We arrived just after 11:00 a.m. and all the staff were so so nice and perky, so nice that I actually noticed they were nice. As summer jobs go I bet this is a fun one.

Purple ribbon on sunhat at a lavender field

I think chose the perfect outfit – pretty and comfortable. I thought the white and cream would stand out against the field; do you think it did? The outfit is actually a mid – length lace dress I got from a children’s store in Italy. The tutu skirt is pretty gauzy so a long top is necessary if I’m not wearing nylons. For me this is a very neutral outfit, but I added some purple in it to keep on theme. On the straw sunhat I added a purple ribbon to it for obvious reasons. The flash of purple tassel earrings were made by me. I also painted my nails lilac because I’m a nerd.

Yellow door at Terre Bleu

My girlfriend and I wore matching sun hats for the look and of course to protect our skin. We walked around the first field took too many photos and just listened to the bees – there were so many it vibrated. Of course, we made it to the iconic yellow door and I walked through to put my worries behind me. By this time it was at least 12:30 in the afternoon and we were starving. Being the planner I am I brought a small picnic of sandwiches, veggies and fruit. Then I was disappointed to learn the lavender ice cream wasn’t safe for my nut allergy. Not surprising, but still disappointing. But the farm’s lemonade was nice.

We bought the extra tickets to the sunflower field as well. Two bucket lists in one day! As we walked across the road and farm to the flower field we watched the sky nervously. It was definitely going to rain. We get to the field and there and there are a few raindrops and quickly take a few pictures. Then the rain starts to explode. We put our hats on for coverage and I just decided to accept the rain – it was actually freeing to get caught in the rain in a sunflower field. The scene felt like it was from a movie where the leading lady just learned something vital about herself that would shape her life. There was no way we could have avoided getting wet. After a few minutes it cleared and we enjoyed the flowers with a few more picture. When we walked back to the parking lot I knew it was going to erupt again, which it did as soon as we got to the car.

It's raining in a sunflower field

Shirt: actually a dress from children’s store in Italy – it had an ugly bow I cut off
Skirt: Zumel and Co
Hat: H & M with a ribbon added
Earrings: made by me
Gladiator sandals: really old and from Hong Kong, I had to toss them afterwards due to the rain

CNE Outfit

Nut-free Canadian National Exhibition Meal “Let’s go to the Ex”

Going to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) or “the ex” is a summer tradition. It’s a day for sugary, fried and generally yummy but awful for you food. Every year there is another crazy or disgusting food they introduce. Sometimes it is for the best those food experiments (like a hamburger with two donuts for the bun) are off limits due to allergies.

Having a nut allergy often bars you from carnival fun; but I have found a few staples I always eat at “the ex”. I am also a bit lactose intolerant, but today I’m just going to take pills and deal with the consequences. Below was my “Let’s go to the ex” meal that was allergy-friendly!

Tiny Tom Donuts

Tiny Tom Donuts

Whenever I see a Tiny Tom sign I run for it before there is line. These are tiny, mini sugar donuts that everyone in Toronto is familiar with. It is a CNE and food truck staple. They have various sugar toppings; but I always go with the classic cinnamon sugar. They are best when warm, first you shake all the sugar and eat them from the bag. I always buy extra to bring home and heat up for breakfast, however my partner and I ate them all and there wasn’t enough for the next day!

Hot Bunz

Korean Stuffed Hot Bunz

I needed a ‘real’ meal not just dessert. I used to get these Asian fusion buns at another market and now whenever I see them I’m excited. I got the pair of small ones so that I’d have room for more donuts and could get two flavours. I bought “Seoul City Pulled Beef” which was stuffed with beef and caramelized onions and topped with fried onions and some sort of garlic sauce. The other bun was “Bacon Butter Chicken” which I ate for lunch the next day. It was similar to the beef, but the bacon on top made is extra yummy.  Since they are small they are perfect for snacking.

Ice Cream Waffle Sandwich

CNE-ice-cream-sandwich

I have seen this classic at the ex for years and always thought it was off limits. But when I passed by the stand I saw them cutting Chapman’s ice cream into slices (which is usually nut-free) so I figured I’d ask. To my shock the snack was nut-free. A thick slice of vanilla ice cream was sandwiched between two waffles. It wasn’t a sugary sweet waffle, but still tasted great.

Overall I had a balanced meal, I started with dessert and ended with it! What is your favourite CNE or carnival food?

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!

White Lace Boho Shirt

White Lace Boho Shirt (2 Ways)

When I saw this shirt I thought it was gorgeous and so delicate. It has this angelic white lace with dramatic bell sleeves – the sleeves make it! Although they are a bit over the top they are still short enough to not get in the way of things like eating or typing on the computer (fashion needs to be functional).  The details of the contrasting lace at the collar and where the sleeves connect make the shirt even more special.

Below are two ways I rocked this lace piece.

Boho Resort Outfit

Giant Chess Board - Jamaica

Boho Outfit - lace shirt and jean shorts

This was an outfit I wore walking around the resort and having pina colodas in Jamaica. I love how I feel like a hippie who is one with the earth in it.

The shorts have lace and are that ripped-up look. They are totally boho and are surprisingly comfortable- maybe because they are so naked. So together I feel like a free spirit running around the beach. The red pompom earrings are my newest creation and give a pop of colour to the outfit. The purse and hat are embellished DIYs by me.

Shirt: Siistar
Shorts: Free People (but on sale from an outlet)
Hat: H&M (embellished via a DIY)
Sandals: Sam Edelman

White Lace Shirt Brunch Outfit

White Lace Boho Shirt - Work appropriate

This look is more dressed up and ‘uptight’ I wore it to a girls brunch. I have also worn this look to the office – so it is less of a hippie outfit (although still pretty).  The tailored cropped pants and black and white splattered purse are more structured than the other look. The sandals were bought in Capri, Italy and have rhinestone butterflies on them.

Shirt: Siistar
Cropped Pants: Tommy Hilfigher
Purse: When I travelled to Hong Kong
Sandals: On a trip to Capri

DIY Sequin Sunhat Video Tutorial

DIY Sequin Sunhat (VIDEO)

DIY Hello Sunshine Sunhat

I have seen these sunhats everywhere. I’m pretty sure the original idea is a knock-off of a quite expensive version (I think it is by Eugenia Kim). I saw one at Holt Renfrew for hundreds of dollars. They are so cute and quirky, but the likelihood of me spending serious cash on a beach hat is slim. Especially an item that is likely to get wrecked or lost on the beach.

I’ve seen lots of funny sayings on them like: “Do Not Disturb”  “Go Away” “Beach Please” and many monogrammed versions. Since the hat seemed overpriced and I could never find the exact one with the colour, phrase and shape I wanted I decided I would DIY one.

Packing for the Beach

The DIY has simple supplies. A sunhat (duh!) I got this one last season at H&M for $7 and have been saving it for this craft. Trim of your choice, I bought my sequin trim at a fabric store by the yard. E6000 glue because it holds up to water.

I thought this craft would be easy, but it was so much harder than I expected. When I glued the trim it wouldn’t easily stick down but stuck to everything else together. I had to use tweezers to push the trim to the hat because it kept sticking to me. I almost thought this was going to be a craft fail. I also have horrible penmanship (and trust me it is really bad) so I was worried free-handing the writing would be disastrous. But I think you can tell what I wrote!

Supplies

DIY Sunhat Supplies

  • Sunhat
  • Sequin trim
  • E6000 glue
  • Masking tape (to temporarily secure the letters)

Directions

  1. Decide on the phrase you want to write. I went for “hello sunshine” Just Google and you’ll find lots of cute examples.
  2. Slowly write the words with the sequin trim and secure with masking tape to the hatDIY Sunhat Hello
  3. Glue the sequin trim to the hat and remove the tape as you glue.DIY Sunhat in progress
  4. . Let dry for at least a day.

Note: If you are comfortable you don’t have to tape the letters first you can go straight to gluing. But I knew I would mess that up; so I wouldn’t dare be that bold

Hello Sunshine Banana Bikini

Pink Jumpsuit in Jamaica

Hot Pink Banana Republic Belted Jumpsuit (2 Ways)

I wanted to get something new for my Jamaica trip. I felt like I had already worn all my resort appropriate clothes and wanted something fresh to make me feel amazing- so I searched for bright colours. When I saw this electric pink jumpsuit it screamed at me. I was worried it wouldn’t fit but luckily I scooped up the last one in my size! See below for the two slightly different ways I styled it.

Look 1 – Resort Outfit

Pink outfit and red necklace

DIY Straw Pom Pom Clutch

The secret with bold coloured jumpsuits is it looks like you put a lot of effort in but you didn’t since it is just one piece. The best thing is, it has pockets?! It may not look it but it is comfortable and fairly light.

I wore this outfit to our farewell to vacation dinner on our last night in Jamaica. I paired it with a statement gold and red necklace and stretchy neon bracelets. I love these silver flat sandals, I got them made when I was in Capri. This cute little old man had a shop where you could pick the sandal style, leather colour and size! I always feel fancy when I wear them.   Another great thing about this pant suit is I didn’t need to wear heels with the suit- the length is perfect for flats.

The purse is an embellished purse from Michael’s craft store (DIY coming soon). It is perfect for the climate and actually holds a lot.

Pink Banana Republic Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: Banana Republic
Necklace: made by me
Sandals: Got custom made on the spot in Capri
Bracelets: made by me

Look 2 – Funky work outfit

Pink Belted Jumpsuit

Turquoise Sandals - Sam Edelman

This looks is almost the same but a bit more funky. Instead of a chunky necklace I wore a long bullet necklace -it has a crystal inside an upcycled bullet. You can’t see the shoes in the full body picture because unfortunately my photographer cut them off! But they are turquoise sandals with gold details. The shiny Rayban glasses also make the look more street.

Jumpsuit: Banana Republic
Necklace: made by me
Glasses: Rayban
Sandals: Sam Edelman

Birthday Cake Cookies (nut-free)

Creme de Lacombe Birthday Cake Cookies (Nut-free)

Having a nut allergy often makes it difficult to eat fun things. But if you bake yourself, you can eat practically whatever you want.

I’m not a gifted baker, but I have been obsessed with Kelsey Lacombe’s blog and Instagram full of colourful cakes and cookies lately. Creme de Lacombe is a feast for the eyes, check her out! Her photos make me hungry every day. Sadly, finding cookies like the ones she posts in a store would be hard for me to eat given my nut allergy. So making my own is often the only choice. For a get together I had I decided to try to re-create her awesomeness.

I modified her Birthday Cake Cookie Sandwiches to ensure they were Ashley-friendly (meaning nut-free). The first picture below are Creme de Lacombe’s masterpieces – I know seeing my version next to hers makes it seem like a craft fail – but I’m still happy with how mine turned out.

Birthday Cake Cookies

Please note I was going to make the cake sandwiches…but on my first attempt I was unable to make perfectly round cookies. With practice hopefully I’ll master it. But although they are not perfectly round they still tasted great and had magical sprinkles.

I modified a few of her ingredients and simplified the recipe (didn’t do the sandwiches) due to my diet and allergies, but I don’t think it made a difference in taste. They were also pretty easy to make- I’ll just make them smaller next time.

Recipe courtesy of Creme de Lacombe

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar (plus more for tops of cookies)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white cake mix – I used Betty Crocker white cake mix – it was safe
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles – I made sure mine were nut-free
  • 1/2 cup mini white chocolate chips – I used Chippits – they are amazing and I can eat them!
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer (I used a stand mixer) fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, incorporating a little at a time until combined.
  5. Stir in 1/4 cup of white chocolate Chippets chips and 1/4 cup of sprinkles.
  6. Using a small cookie scoop, evenly distribute balls of cookie dough onto cookie sheet.  Next time I will make my scoops smaller!Raw Birthday Cookie Dough
  7. Sprinkle some of the extra sugar, sprinkles and white chocolate chips on top of the balls of dough.
  8. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass or measuring cup.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Let cool on wire cookie rack.

Birthday Cookies cooling on wire cookie rack

Tip: If using one cookie sheet, make sure you let it cool in between batches of cookies. If you scoop the dough onto the hot cookie sheet, the cookies will start cooking before they get into the oven!
I am going to practice my baking so that I can make the sandwich version next time. Even though they weren’t perfect, they tasted great and that’s all that matters. It is the inside not the outside that is crucial!

I hope Creme de Lacombe isn’t too horrified with my version of her cookie 🙂 What do you think of my baking attempt?

Birthday Cake Cookies
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!
Ted Baker Scalloped Dress

Ted Baker Scalloped Dress

I have always admired Ted Baker’s line. It is well made, beautiful and classic.  But I’ve held back purchasing because it is hard to justify spending a certain amount of money on clothes. However, I came into some fun money and thought the perfect thing to do with it was to get something I’ve wanted for awhile.  Since this this money was unplanned and this dress was on sale I convinced myself it was okay to buy. Now I may be addicted to his line.

Curtsy in a Scalloped Dress

The dress has pockets!

I wore this dress to a fancy celebration dinner for my four year anniversary. We went to Flor de Sal, a restaurant near Casa Loma which we stumbled upon a few Halloweens ago. When we went the first time we were definitely dressed inappropriately; now it is a place we go on special occasions.

What I love about this dress is the attention to details. Aside from the pretty grey and floral motif – the scalloped hem and sleeves give extra special details. There is also a copper exposed zipper on the back. And wait – it has pockets! The dress also has stretch and is big circle skirt you can actually eat in. The bright pink purse is also Ted Baker and I scored it at Nordstrom’s The Rack.  I saw it and it screamed me; luckily I’ve been a pro at spotting sales lately.

Short Wavy Hair

The heels have ankle straps that make them less typical. I also did my best to curl my hair for the occasion, but sadly it was almost flat when we got to the restaurant due to the wind.

Ted Baker Scalloped Dress

Ted Baker skater pink and grey scalloped dress

What is your splurge brand?

Dress: Ted Baker
Purse: Ted Baker
Shoes: Sam Edelman