Thursday, 31 January 2013

Vintage DIY Fur Vest and Muff Outfit

Finally, we had a decent sunny day last Friday.

Perfect time to rock out my DIY vintage fur vest and fur muff.

I just can't bring myself to wearing fur out in the rain. Which in Vancouver is 90% if the time a fur piece is actually needed.

So whenever a cold and sunny day presents itself, I jump on it without hesitation.

Vintage DIY fur vest and fur muff outfit, blue maxi skirt, leather sleeve and denim jacket, yellow sweater, LV purse, Margiela tights, ferragamo vintage loafers, fashion, style

I completed the outfit with a lot of layers. It's extremely cold still after all.

Vintage DIY fur vest and fur muff outfit, blue maxi skirt, leather sleeve and denim jacket, yellow sweater, LV purse, Margiela tights, ferragamo vintage loafers, fashion, style

Similar skirt see here
Similar sweater see here
Similar jacket see here

The amazing thing about maxi skirt for the winter, is that you can layer it over many layers of tights.

Vintage DIY fur vest and fur muff outfit, blue maxi skirt, leather sleeve and denim jacket, yellow sweater, LV purse, Margiela tights, ferragamo vintage loafers, fashion, style

Vintage DIY fur vest and fur muff outfit, blue maxi skirt, leather sleeve and denim jacket, yellow sweater, LV purse, Margiela tights, ferragamo vintage loafers, fashion, style

I'm quite happy with this DIY streak I have going on.

Vintage DIY fur vest and fur muff outfit, blue maxi skirt, leather sleeve and denim jacket, yellow sweater, LV purse, Margiela tights, ferragamo vintage loafers, fashion, style

Busy hands lead to a sharp mind. What? You have never heard of that saying before? Well, you have now.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Show and Tell Tuesday Alice and Olivia Luggage

The Neiman Marcus for Target collection may not have done as well as they were anticipated to.

But their loss is my gain.

I scored this Beetlejuicelicious rollie carry on luggage for $50!

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I love the neon trim and detail.

neiman marcus for target collaboration, alice and olivia luggage, designer collaboration

The handle extend to the perfect height for dragging.

Look how cute the ID tag is.

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And the zippers!!

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Lining is a pretty shade of blue.

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It even comes with these convenient little pouches to hold the labeled items.

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neiman marcus for target collaboration, alice and olivia luggage, designer collaboration

Even a matching luggage lock.

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I'm not so savvy in terms of luggages. Maybe they all come with these little accessories. But I'm beyond impressed by these details.

Finally, the best part! Three sixty super smooth free rolling wheels!

These feel like butter.

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I can't wait to take her with me on my next vacation.

Monday, 28 January 2013

DIY Flower Head Band

Happy Monday.

I am wishing for spring time, yes, I know it's old news.

Ever since I made my self that daisy crown last summer. I have been obsessed with flowers on the crown.

Been meaning to make my own for sometime now. Finally, I pulled the trigger and bought some materials.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem

Michael's had a sale and I got these springy bushels for 40% off.

I am going to make two different ones.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem

I will demonstrate using the pink ones.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem

You will also need some tools.

pliers, wire cutter and floral wire, diy flower head band tools

Pliers, wire cutter and floral wire. All can be purchased from your local crafts store.

You will also need a head band.

peacock feather headband, diy flower headband raw material

I looked in my "drawer of lost artifacts" and found this peacock dangly one that I never wear anymore. The feathers adds an extra dimension to the look.

You can use any old head band you like, but I would suggest choosing one close to your hair colour.

Floral tape is an optional item. I will explain later.

floral tape

Step 1. Strip all the flowers off of the stem.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem, strip the flowers from the stem

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem, strip the flowers from the stem

The reason why for these flowers is because they are not attached the the stem, just snapped on to it.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem, strip the flowers from the stem

It would be much more secure to directly tie the flowers to the head band not involving any stems.

Step 2. Make your own flexible wire stems.

Do so by threading the flower through the floral wire.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem, making wire stem

Pull it through.

DIY flower headband raw material, fake silk flowers on plastic stem, making wire stem

You should be able to do this with these rose type flowers. They are usually hollow in the middle.

Then, you want to fold the wire down through the pedals to form a stem.

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There might be some flowers that you won't be able to thread through.

DIY flower headband raw material

Never fear, you can still wrap the wire on securely by going through the back.

DIY flower headband raw material, making wire stem

Put it in between the green part and the pink pedals and go around once.

DIY flower headband raw material, making wire stem

Then twist the wires.

DIY flower headband raw material, making wire stem

Step 3. Wrap the flowers onto the head band.

I would definitely recommend using pliers to ensure a tight wrap.

DIY flower head band, wrapping the flower to the head band

Stop until you have achieved the desired fullness and length.

finished diy flower head band

Step 4. *optional* Wrap floral tape around the stems of the flower and the head band

diy flower head band, wrap floral tape to the head band to cover the wires

The flowers should hold without this step. I do this only to hide wrap and conceal the prickly ends of the wires. Depends on how you have wrapped the flowers, there may be some ends prickling your head when you wear it.

But if there is nothing prickling after you have tried it on, then you can skip this step.

Modelling photo with DIY flower headband

I'm quite happy with how this turned out.

The entire project took me less than 1hr.

Make sure you are allowed to operate sharp tools on your own, other wise, please seek help from someone else.

Hope this was helpful. Can't wait to style this out with an outfit.