Monday, 2 December 2013

Happy December / Miley Cyrus T-shirt DIY

Happy December everyone! Hope you're all well, it's been over a month since my last post.. I think i underestimated the amount of time and effort that goes into running a blog while trying to keep up with studies and working. Anyway, I'm just glad I'm posting again as I love to share little ideas like theses with you all!

So, back to the post; a while back I mentioned doing a Miley Cyrus T-shirt diy tutorial as I really wanted a t-shirt like the one she wore to Jimmy Kimmel  over the summer, but I couldn't find one anywhere that was exactly like it (not even Etsy, and that's saying something). So I decided to make it myself and share it with you all on here so you can give it a try yourself (it's really not that difficult)! I was actually surprised how cheap it was to make considering there are copies of other t-shirts she's worn for over 30 pounds.

Things you will need:
Old red t-shirt (or from Asos here - get an M for a loose fit)
White fabric paint (here)
Stencil (you can download the one I made here or make your own)
Thick card / plastic bag
Pair of scissors
Scalpel (optional)

1. Print out stencil, cut it in half so that the letters align to spell out 'CHANNING'. Using a scalpel or scissors cut the letters out to look like this:

2. Align the stencil so that it is in a straight line and tape it to the t-shirt:

3. Put a piece of cardboard (or something that won't soak up the paint) in between the front and back of the t-shirt to protect the back being stained with paint:

4. Using a pencil, draw the letters using the stencil. (you'll need this as a guide for painting when you remove the stencil) :

5. Using a small paintbrush, apply the first coat of paint:

6. Let the paint dry thoroughly. (I left mine to dry overnight) Then remove the stencil:

7. Place a piece of cotton fabric on top of the writing and iron using a medium setting without steam.

8. After you have ironed the fabric, let it cool and apply the second coat of paint. This is where the pencil lined you made earlier will come in handy as you will be painting freehand. You will need to apply enough paint to make a completely opaque white colour while tidying up the edged of the text:

9. Let this dry and iron again in the same way. The finished text should look like this:

10. Lastly, decide how short you want the t-shirt to be and draw a straight line using a pencil across the front (I would suggest to try it on first as it might look shorter when it is on). Cut along the line you drew with a pair of sharp scissors... And look at that, you're done! 

Now you have a t-shirt that looks exactly like Miley's and voices your love of Channing Tatum.. what's not to love, right?
(If you have any problems with downloading the PDF, comment below this post with your email and I'll email you the file) :)


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Halloween Inspiration

So, it's that time again... Halloween time. I can easily say that halloween is one of my favourite holidays, just because I love dressing up. It's fun coming up with different ideas on what to wear and how to do your makeup, and honestly I think halloween isn't just for little kids, it's a day where everyone should dress up and just enjoy themselves, you know?
Okay, so most years I tend to make my own costume, firstly because I think it's more fun, and secondly because it's original and there's no way yiu'll show up to a party with the same costume as someone else. I'm still not sure on what to do this year though... so here's a few of my initial costume/makeup ideas:

1. Wednesday Addams

I was planning on going as her last year.. I got the idea from Jenn of Clothes Encounters (who is great btw, so check her out) but I never got around to it. It would be quite easy to make - find an old plain dress, pair it with a white shirt and black brogues, braid hair and pile on the pale powder (expressionless face - optional)

2.  Twiggy

Because she's a legend. And also because it would be quite easy to put together. All you would need is a Sixties shift dress, some fake lashes and you're good to go.

3.  Billy the Puppet (Saw)

I've been a fan of the Saw franchise ever since the first movie so dressing up as the creepy puppet killer thing (that apprently has a name, Billy the Puppet, according to Wikipedia)  would be so much fun. The costume wouldn't be as hard to put together as you might think - you could probably find an old suit lying around your house if you looked hard enough. All you would need to buy is a red bow tie.. unless you have one, then you're good.

4. Killer Clown

The makeup of this looks amazing - it'sscary but not too over the top... okay, maybe a little over the top, but it's Halloween, it's what people do right?! For the outfit you could cut up an old pair of baggy trousers or splatter red paint (to look like blood) over a colourful dress.. the costume could really go any way you want it to

5. Flapper Girl

A little cliched - yes. But The Great Gatsby was my favourite book to study at AS English and dressing up as a flapper has always been a fantasy of mine. It just looks so glamorous and beautiful. As for the actual costume I think it would be the most expensive to put together as you would need a pretty decent, good quality dress to pull the look off. The hair and makeup is quite simple which is refreshing for Hallowen since people normally tend to go completely overboard with the facepaint and/or fake body parts.

So that's it, five outfits to hopefully get you inspired for dressing up this season. It's last minute, I know, with only a week left to Halloween, but with the right inspiration (and tools) you could put one of these looks together in a night! Happy dressing up!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Shit Bloggers Wear

tshirt - eBay, parka - New Look, jeans and sandals - Asos, satchel - River Island, chain - H&M

So I wore this outfit the other day and it reminded me of an ad Topshop had on their website a while back called 'Shit Bloggers Wear'. It was a collaboration they had done with illustrator Cecilia of and it was basically a collaboration of predicted pieces bloggers would buy from Topshop's A/W13 collection. I found the illustrator's blog even more interesting as I mused over all of her beautiful illustrations which, put together, are reminiscent of a typical blogger's closet. (so check her out)
Anyway, I thought this outfit sort of embodies a typical street style blogger - the Celine tshirt, the boyfriend jeans, jelly sandals, parka and satchel.. all seem too familiar. Having said that, I am currently obsessed with this sort of laid back 'jeans and tshirt' look as it's just too comfortable. However, to the naked eye it looks as is a blogger's closet has exploded all over me.


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Recent OOTD's

Pineapple Fun:

Crop Jumper - SheInside
Leather Skirt - Asos/Boohoo
Chunky Peeptoe Boots - H&M
Chain - H&M

Denim Overload :

Contrast Sleeve Jumper - Zara
Boyfriend Jeans - Asos
Creepers - eBay
Denim Backpack - eBay

Hope you all had a lovely weekend, here are a couple of outfits I recently wore. The first one I wore to a birthday party and the pineapple jumper went down well because people kept asking me where I bought it, which was great (it's one of my favourite jumpers right now). The bottom outfit is nothing special, just something I wore going shopping. The motive there was clearly comfort, something the boyfriend jeans achieve without compromising style (I haven't been able to take these babies off ever since I got them!)


Monday, 14 October 2013

Polka Dots and Leather

An outfit I recently wore on a night out, I  felt like wearing monochrome due to recently purchasing these amazing shoes in a sale from Next (Next, I know right?!).. anyway, I'm absolutely obsessed with the print and they're so comfy!

Crop Top - Topshop
PU Skirt - Got it on holidays (similar in Boohoo and Asos)
Parka - New Look
Shoes - Next
Chains - H&M and Topshop

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Style File : Miley Cyrus

Hello everyone! Sorry for my lack of posting lately, I haven't been feeling my best but I'm happy to say I'm back on track and have some great posts lined up for you in the next few days!

Okay, so I'm currently obsessed with Miley Cyrus (it seems as if everyone is at the moment). However, I am less interested in the never-ending controversy surrounding her and more interested in the great looks she's been spotted in lately. The clothes she wears (when she is dressed that is) really are amazing and her style is insane, she is turning into a serious style icon. I am in love with her street style in particular, everything from her denim cut offs to her cool crop tops and those signature Doc Martens... and don't even get me started on her punky peroxide cut! If I could pull of a blonde crop like her I would happily have my hair cut à la Miley any day!

Anyway, here is a round up of some of my favourite Miley looks.
PS stay tuned for a DIY of her 'Channing' red crop tshirt she wore to Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year (watch the hilarious video here)

Street Stylin' :

Queen of accessories:

...And some memorable Red Carpet moments:

So that's it.. a round up of Miley's incredible style so far. Be sure to read her most recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine here (she even gets the name of the mag tattooed on her feet!)

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Nailed It...!

I always thought my first ever haul would be of the entire contents of a Topshop or H&M sale (as I'm a huge fan of both stores especially when there is a good bargain to be grabbed) but I guess I was mistaken!
You see, I'm one of those people that would walk into a chemist needing everyday essentials such as shampoo or mascara and instead I would walk out with... well in this case, four nail polishes (the 5th is from eBay.. of course) So for all of you nail polish addicts out there, here it is.. my first (of many, I predict) nail polish hauls.

Metallic nails are a huge trend for A/W 2013, so when I saw these two colours I knew I had to get them. Normally, I would stay away from 'Miss Sporty' but when my friend clued me in about the amazing quality of their nail polishes I was intrigued... oh and the fact that they were 3 for 2 in Superdrug night have helped as well!

1. Miss Sporty - Metal Flip in 'Crazy Plum'
I love this colour as it looks different under different lighting - in natural light it is a bright purple, in sunlight it is a bright green and in artificial light it looks almost like a murky brown with hints of purple. The finish  is also really shiny and coverage is great!
(For all of the photos of the different colours I'm wearing 2 coats with no base or top coat.)

2. Miss Sporty - Metal Flip in 'Beetle Wings'
This one seems to me like a more toned down version of the previous colour as it also has a chameleon look to it but is much lighter. In natural light it goes from a light lime green to and orangey brown colour - perfect for brightening up a dull winter outfit. Love Love Love!

 (how ruined are my nails in the last 2 photos lol)

3. 'Perfect Holographic Nail Polish'
I actually got this one off eBay a few days ago so I thought I'd include it in the haul. Holographic Nails have been on trend for about a year now and this season I've noticed that the trend has evolved into accessories (which I'm absolutely obsessed with by the way!). Shoes, clutches, backpacks, sunglasses - you name it, holographic is everywhere so I thought I'd get myself a pretty little nail polish to feed my holographic obsession. I'd had my eye set on the Urban Outfitters' version, 'Silver Holo', ever since it came out in Christmas but as it sold out within like seconds (not even joking) I then found it on the US site here (bit pricey with shipping though) so I bought the cheapest one I could find on eBay. Coverage isn't perfect but it does the job.. with about 3 coats of the stuff. Unfortunately, the seller has removed the listing so I can't link it to you guys but as soon as he puts it back up I'll post it in the comments of this post  (it's a good little bargain) so keep checking!

4. Maybelline - Colour Show Vintage Leather in 'Mud Slide Tote'
Along with the Miss Sporty polishes, I decided to splurge on this colour and I must say, I am absolutely IN LOVE with it! Everything about it is perfect.. from the murky grey to the matte finish, and it only takes seconds to dry! Oh and you only need 1 coat.. Perfect. (It comes in another 3 colours which I'll probably be snapping up soon)

This is what it looks like immediately after application, but not to worry because within seconds it dries into this beautiful matte finish: 

I have always loved the contrast glossy/matte take on the beloved French Manicure, so why not pair this colour with a glossy black?!

5. NUDE NAILS: Miss Sporty in 'Brown this Way'
Lastly, out of the 3 for 2 offer on Miss Sporty, I got this lovely nude colour. Nude is another biggie this fall and I needed a muted colour for school (so that I don't get bullied by the teachers... how does nail polish have any affect on my education, I don't understand?!) anyway, it goes with pretty much any outfit and for me it's a definite must-have colour this season. 

I really hope you enjoyed this (first) haul of mine! It would be lovely to hear all of your opinions, so leave a comment if you'd like :)  x