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Thursday, 31 January 2013

{Glitter Week} Glitter Half Moon Manicure...

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No theme week is complete without a manicure, and since I've been meaning to try a glitter half moon mani after seeing one on Emily last month, I figured there was no time like the present. The verdict? It's pretty much the greatest manicure known to man. The end result is just so chic and fun, and the glitter really takes it up a notch. I think I'll have to try it again with pastel base, perhaps a nice mint... Oh the possibilities.

Happy Thursday, friends! xx

Get the look: Deborah Lippmann 'Boom Pow' glitter polish // OPI 'Chick Flick Cherry' polish

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

{Glitter Week} The Collar...

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As promised, here's a look at how I styled yesterday's DIY glitter collar. A few of you already commented about the whole washing situation (which believe me, I already thought about), but I don't mind— I'll spot wash this bad boy if I have to! To be honest, I was planning on getting rid of this shirt anyway, but a little sprinkle of glitter has made it seem (both literally AND figuratively) all shiny and new again. Who knew a few sparkles could have that kind of effect? xx

Outfit details: blouse- vintage; bubble skirt- Joe Fresh; polka dot tights- Forever 21; cheetah pumps- Calvin Klein; clutch- vintage YSL; gold watch- Michael Kors

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

{Glitter Week} Glitter Collar DIY...

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So I kind of have a thing for Mod Podge (evidenced here and here), and since I barely ever wear this vintage blouse, I figured I may as well smear glitter all over the collar eliminating my ability to ever again wash it. Sound like something you might be interested in? Of course it does, because you guys are awesome.

Here's what you need to do:

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1. Gather the goods: Mod Podge, glitter, a paint brush and, last but not least, an unsuspecting blouse.
2. Start by ironing a crease onto the collar so you know exactly were the glue should go (I wanted a little white to stay visible, but you can cover the entire collar if you prefer). Once that's done, start painting even coats of Mod Podge onto the collar, working in small sections.
3. Sprinkle a generous helping of glitter onto the wet glue. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until the collar is entirely covered.
4. After the glitter dries (and your glue-related headache subsides), paint a final layer of Mod Podge onto the glitter to cure it. Dry overnight (and get some fresh air— you'll need it) for best results.

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Is this the easiest DIY in the world, you ask? Why yes, yes it is. Stay tuned to see how I styled this bad boy tomorrow... xx

Monday, 28 January 2013

{Glitter Week} The Shoes...

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Hello and welcome to a brand new theme week! This time, it's all about glitter... Because from clothing and accessories, to beauty and back, everything looks better with glitter, no?

I have a full week of glittery goodness planned for you guys, but let's kick things off (so to speak) with these sparkly loafers. They were a gift from my buddy Kastles last summer, and I couldn't love them more. Seriously now, they're comfy, cute and they take that whole "spring in your step" thing to a new level. What's not to love?

Thanks for reading love bugs, and be sure to check back in tomorrow for more glitter action! xx

Outfit details:striped blazer- H&M (similar here and here); denim shirt- Topshop; jeans- Target (borrowed from Kastles); clutch- BCBG; necklace- Forever 21; bracelet- House of Harlow; gold watch & ring- Michael Kors; glitter loafers- Target (similar here)

Friday, 25 January 2013

{Style} Casual Friday...

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The weekend is here, and I for one am mega excited (yes, I said mega) to kick back, relax and maybe even do a little shopping while Mr. AiF's out of town. Hey, when the cat's away, am I right? Nothing crazy, just a thing or two to spice things up a bit... You know what else I'm particularly looking forward to this weekend? Uninterrupted, quality time with my old pal Netfix without so much as a peep about my (totally awesome) movie selections... Looks like it's just going to be me and Teen Wolf this Friday night — hubba hubba.

Outfit details: camo jacket- Zara; denim shirt- Topshop; cross dress c/o Lulus.com; leather clutch- American Apparel; beanie- Zara; bracelet- Forever 21; gold watch- Michael Kors

Thursday, 24 January 2013

{Details} Current Favourites...

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        Pretty pink bits, from jewelry & sunglasses, to candles & wedding magazines

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 This detailed collar on my new dress c/o Boutique Onze

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My engagement ring, which I still can't stop starting at

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

{Style} Purple Pop...

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Outfit details: collar tip blouse- Topshop; cardigan (similar style here)- Forever 21; faux leather shorts (similar here)- H&M; booties- Shoe Mint; leather clutch- vintage; bracelets- H&M & The Bay; necklace- thrifted; gold watch- Michael Kors

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

{Style} Floral Fest...

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Want to know the best part of my weekend? I'll give you a hint: It rhymes with coral tint beans... You guessed it my friends, it was finding these amazing floral print jeans at Joe Fresh! Man, you guys are too smart for me.

They certainly weren't what I was looking for (my Superstore jaunt was supposed to be all business), but when I saw them hanging there with only one last pair in my size, I knew it was meant to be. And just in time for another generous helping of snow... Well I guess you can't win them all, now can you? xx

Outfit details: striped blazer (similar here)- H&M; blouse- Forever 21; floral print jeans- Joe Fresh; spiked pumps (similar style here and here)- Shoe Mint; necklace- Forever 21 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Monday, 21 January 2013

{Style} Beg, Borrow, Steal...

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Sometimes when all my shirts seem boring and old, I like to turn my attentions to Mr. AiF's closet... Exhibit A: This plaid shirt. The colour and shape make it perfect for layering, and let's face it, it's always more fun wearing other people's clothes. Sorry Lobbie.

Happy Monday, friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend... xx

Outfit details: vest- Forever 21; plaid shirt- H&M; leather skirt- Value Village; pumps- Shoe Mint; necklace & bracelet- Forever 21; ring- House of Harlow; gold watch- Michael Kors

Friday, 18 January 2013

{Details} Big Hair, Don't Care...

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Give me a bold floral print any day of the week, and I'm one happy girl... Mind you, this particular pairing prompted strange, blank expressions and double takes from passersby (that, or my large-and-in-charge-hair that day), but I didn't care. Heck, I'll scream my love for print mixing and exaggerated jewels from the rooftops if I have to! Challenge accepted.

Happy Friday, friends! Hope everyone gets some much needed R&R this weekend... xx
Outfit details: dress c/o Lulus.com; floral blazer- H&M; turquoise necklace- Ily Couture

Thursday, 17 January 2013

{Wedding Bells} The Engagement...

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Alright my friends, the moment of truth has arrived — Time to dish the dirt on our engagement, as promised! What, you didn't think I had forgotten, did you? Come on.

But first, some background... Mr. AiF and I have been together for over three years now, and since we courted for several months before we officially became "an item," we knew that we were it for each other from the very beginning. To drive that point home, we even talked about getting hitched on our very first date — Hey, when you know, you just know. We've shared many adventures (no pun) since that fateful first date, from moving to Edmonton and getting a place together, to rescuing Meows and everything in between, and through it all, we've somehow managed to remain best friends and, more importantly, lobbies (short for lobsters, which mate for life according to a certain 90s sitcom). So even though I knew this day was coming sooner or later, it came as a bit of a surprise anyway... Well, sort of.

It all began when Mr. AiF and I flew home to Victoria/Vancouver over the holidays to see our families, and as per tradition, my lovely friend Jen and I hit up some antique stores one rainy afternoon. One thing you need to know about Victoria is that it's ripe with antiques, particularly of the diamond ring persuasion (keep that in the backs of your minds, ladies), so naturally we felt compelled to try a couple of them on. One art deco ring in particular made my heart pitter-patter, because even though I previously had no idea what kind of ring I would someday want, I knew it was "the one" the moment I slipped it on. Funny how things like that happen, huh? Who knew that an afternoon squeal-fest over diamonds with a girlfriend would change my life in such a big way... Anyway, I snapped some pictures, cooked up some crazy scheme in which Jen nonchalantly tells Mr. AiF about my ring, and fantasized about it all day long. I thought I could play it cool, you know, pretend like nothing life changing had happened to me that day, but the moment I saw Mr. AiF I could only stand there in horror as I heard the words pour out of my mouth: "I found a ring!!!"

Being the sweet lobbie that he is, Mr. AiF asked me all kinds of details about the ring, which I happily divulged along with a photo for visual aid... Hey, I'm thorough like that. Seemingly interested, he took it all in before suddenly switching gears, saying that he couldn't afford the ring right now and that I was making him feel guilty. Let's just say that that shut me up pretty quickly. Little did I know he had already planned on buying a ring the week before, but because he had no idea what I would like, he didn't think he could pull it off! I guess my inability to keep secrets from him worked in my favour, because after my ring-induced verbal diarrhea, he called Jen for more info before covertly calling the store to put the ring on hold... What a guy.

The next few days were filled with mixed messages, from his asking me about potential wedding venues and whispering excitedly in corners with my friends, to complaining about money and about how we wouldn't be able to get engaged for a few years. His strange behaviour — as well as that of my friends and parents — made me think something was up, but because I didn't want to get my hopes up I brushed it off as no big deal.

Until Christmas Eve, that is. He told me to get dressed up because he had a special day planned (first clue). Then my mom cornered me while I was getting ready in the morning to tell me to have a great day and, I quote, "Enjoy every minute of it." (second clue). He took me to one of our favourite places in Victoria, an old castle that's now a lovely heritage site. When we got there I noticed a strange bulge in his pocket (third clue) and started to panic, thinking: 'What if he were to propose here in front of all these people — How embarrassing!' We carried on throughout the castle, and when nothing happened I reassured myself that I was crazy and just imagining things.

Then he asked if I wanted to go for a walk around the Lieutenant Governor's house, a lovely place we used to always visit and where we had our first kiss (fourth clue). But because it was such a normal suggestion for him to make, I didn't really think anything of it. We walked around the gardens, joking about old times and making future plans. He pointed to the spot where we first kissed (my heart stopped), smiled slightly (I got a little clammy) then kept on walking nonchalantly (while I cursed myself for being so stupid). Then we came to the look out. It's a lovely spot with a killer view and little plaques describing the plants and animals of the region. We used to go there and joke (in our best British accents, of course) that we were experts in fauna and flora... I know, I know. Anyway, he asked me to read them aloud to him, and after rolling my eyes and muttering my most unenthused 'Seriously?' at him, I started reading. From my peripheral view I saw him slowly bend down on one knee, and as I turned to see what was happening, he pulled out a darling vintage box (the pocket bulge!) with — Gasp! — my dream ring inside! From there it's all a blur of happiness, disbelief and tears, but believe me when I tell you that it was the single most amazing day of my life. I couldn't believe that it had actually happened, and after all the jumping and squealing subsided, we had the most amazing time visiting all the places that are meaningful to us and celebrating with loved ones... Best. Christmas. Ever.

If you managed to read this thing all the way to this point then wow, you're a trooper. If not, hey, I don't blame you. Happy Thursday, lovelies! xx

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

{Style} Minted...

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I've been experiencing another bout of SCS (Stuffed Closet Syndrome) lately, which has made my morning outfit planning, well, let's just say it's been less than enjoyable. So when a little speck of mint caught my eye from the depths of my closet, I did what any girl in my position would do — Grab my trusty step ladder and move in closer to investigate. Turns out what I was seeing was a forgotten pair of Zara jeans, crumpled underneath a pile of summer tanks and shattered dreams... The pants' of course, not mine. 

Happy Wednesday, lovelies! xx

Outfit details: sweater- H&M; gingham shirt- Joe Fresh; mint jeans- Zara; necklace- Forever 21; cap toe pumps- Zara

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

{DIY} Clay Geometric Necklace...


I was recently turned on to the idea of making jewelry from clay, and now that I've tried it a couple of times, I seriously can't stop. Naturally I wanted to share this DIY with you guys, because not only is it super easy and inexpensive, but it's fun to boot. Want to give it a try? Here's what you've got to do!


1. Pick up a pack of clay at your local craft store. I chose FIMO (about $4) but any kind will do.
2. Roll out the clay and smooth the surface as much as possible.
3. Using a knife, carefully cut your desired shape from the clay.
4. Work the edges of your shape to make it as smooth and symmetrical as possible.
5. Poke a whole through the top of your shape to later attach a jump ring.
6. Bake your new pendant at 230F for about 30 minutes. If your pendant is thicker, you'll have to adjust your bake time accordingly.

After the piece cools fully, paint it any way you please. I chose to use nail polish (like here and here) because I had the colours I wanted in that form, but use whatever medium you prefer. When you're done, simply add a jump ring and some chain, and you've got yourself a brand new necklace... Easy peasy.


Hope you guys like this DIY... If you decide to give it a try, let me know how it goes! xx

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