TURF 2014- What to see

TURF aka Toronto Urban Roots Festival is set to take over the Garrison Commons at Fort York in Toronto, ON this July 4-6th. Over the course of the festival some of the biggest and most beloved names in Indie Rock will take over the three stages: Sam Roberts, Jenny Lewis, Neutral Milk Hotel are just a few.

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This all ages event (yup, the kiddies can attend this too!) will also have yummy food vendors on site like Beaver Tails, Big Fat Burrito and Summer Time Lemonade so bring your dollars! In anticipation for the upcoming weekend of musical awesomeness we’ve picked out three shows you shouldn’t miss to help you get started on planning out your itinerary! Read on music lovers!

Friday July 4th
Andrew Bird-Local Natives- Beirut

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Local Natives

Friday’s lineup is slam packed with acts you don’t want to miss out on – our recommendation is be there for the late night sets from 5-10pm to catch Andrew Bird, local Natives and Beirut. Get romantic with Andrew Bird’s chamber folk stylings, zone out to Local Natives psych- vibe and then get dancing with Beirut’s upbeat electronica/world music-esque stylings.

Saturday July 5th
The Strumbellas

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The Strumbrellas

Saturday is the day of the major headliners- Sam Roberts, The Violent Femmes, Hey Rosetta! and The Gaslight Anthem but it’s the Juno nominated, ‘The Strumbellas’ that we’re most excited to check out. This bluegrass indie band’s hopeful, hand-clapping, group melodies combined with their dark lyrics make them the perfect choice when going out for a danceable good time.

Sunday July 6th
Jenny Lewis

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Jenny Lewis

Choosing JUST one act to see on the Sunday of TURF was dang near impossible but we settled on a personal favourite with Jenny Lewis, the former front woman of the band of our university years- Rilo Kiley. If you’re looking for an epic folk experience look no further than Lewis- who has been compared to indie legends like Emmy Lou Harris .


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Summer Music Festivals

This gorgeous weather that we have recently witnessed has us super excited for Toronto summer music festivals– and all of the festival fashions, of course. The lineup includes Field Trip, NXNE,Warped Tour, and the one we absolutely can’t wait for is TURF; featuring Born Ruffians, July Talk and Jenny Lewis.We are swooning so hard for TURF, happening July 4th that we have been building our 3-day wardrobe in our heads. We’ve put together three outfits (mostly Canadian brands) that we think would be perfectly stylish for a day in the sun full of great music with our best buds.

A little Beirut to get’cha in the folk festival mood.

Day 1
When rocking a day-long music festival layers are essential that’s why we love with boho/biker vibe for Day 1 of TURF. Spend the day dancing to Beirut, Local Natives, Born Ruffians and more- The recycled sari top from Laura Siegel will keep you protected from the shining UV rays while keeping you breezy and cool while this leather bomber from Mackage is the perfect addition to throw on once the sun-sets and the night gets cooler. Mermaid hair optional.

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Laura Siegel Recycled Saree Crochet Top $375

Day 2
Day 2 is all about releasing your inner indie rock goddess-prepare for Sam Roberts Band, Violent Femmes and the Gaslight Anthem in this easy, breezy dress from Philip Sparks’ SS14 collection. Top it off with a pair of chunky boots and simple, eye catching necklace (we’re obsessed with this Jenny Bird piece) and you’re set.

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Philip Sparks Spring 2014 Collection

Day 3
Day is your chance to get silly and dance like a fool to the musical stylings of gypsy punk meets dancey indie rock. Embrace your inner 5 year old and take a chance on this adorable romber from Wildred Free for Artiza. Pair it with a bright backpack and colourful shoes and get ready to dance the day away.

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Cannes Fashion 2014

The Cannes Film festival has kicked off and with it has come many a film screening. What goes with a film screening? The chance for our favourite celebrities to wear multiple outfits, of course! From conference to red carpet we’ve picked out some of our favourite looks from Cannes 2014 (so far!)

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

It’s no secret that the ‘Hunger Games’ star has a lucrative contract with Dior. She was spotted wearing the luxury design house all around Cannes. One of our favourite numbers is this playful crop top and skirt number.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior. Day 4

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is the Queen of everything. The Oscar winner should also win an award for always looking picture perfect.Her appliquéd Armani Prive and Valentino numbers were soft and ethereal while her daytime look from Delpozo and her daring red carpet look from Givenchy were bold and colourful. This versatility once again solidifies Blanchett’s sartorialist reign. (Like it was ever up for debate.)

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Cate Blanchett in Valentino. Day 2.

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In Armani Prive. Day 4

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In Delpozo. Day 3.

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In Givenchy. Day 3

Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere

As if we needed another reason to want to BE Blake Lively (the hair, the tan, RYAN REYNOLDS). Hitting the red carpet in two stunning gowns from Gucci Premiere just added another reason we love/are obsessed with Mrs Reynolds. (Note to self, do more pushups. Must have sculpted awesome arms, pronto.)

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In Gucci Premiere. Day 1

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In Gucci Premiere. Day 3.

Nicole Kidman

We’d be crazy if we didn’t mention Nicole Kidman. Her knockout Armani Prive dress from the opening day of the festival will be forever embedded in our minds as how a icon should look on a red carpet. Her white Altuzarra number was a perfect pairing for the opening of her film ‘Grace of Monaco’ where she depicts the ‘icy-cool’ demeanour and styling of the ultimate icon, Grace Kelly.

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In Altuzarra. Day 1

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In Armani Prive. Day 1

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Opus Bicycles + Toronto = Love.

It’s finally bicycle weather and we’ve fallen in love with the brand Opus and their new line of urban bicycles. Can you think of anything better than spending a summer’s day in the city, spinning around on a beautiful bicycle while having adventures and enjoying some of the yummiest patio’s Toronto has to offer? We can’t!

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1. Belladonna X Kensington Market

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During the summer months it’s always so much fun to go to Kensington Market on Pedestrian Sundays, especially on the rad Belladonna 1.0 Women’s bicycle! The Pedestrian Sunday kicks off May 25th; full of fun activities and stimulating eye-catchers you’ll probably need to caffeine up – pedal on over to Café Pamenar’s patio. Make sure to check out the area’s vintage and unique jewelry stores.

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Belladonna 1.0

Don’t forget the accessories!

2. Nuovella X Leslieville

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Head to Lady Marmalade (898 Queen St E) in Leslieville on your Nuovella Women’s Urbanista bicycle for some delicious home-cooked style brunch. Their delicious fresh food and chipper atmosphere are the perfect setting to start your day off right. After you’ve eaten up some scrumptious treats, head towards the boardwalk for a casual cycle along the water on your way to spend the afternoon at the beaches.

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Don’t forget the accessories!

3. Mondano X Queen St. W

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The city is your playground. Queen St. wonderings through shops, bookstores and galleries make for a delightful day on a Mondano 1.0 Women’ s bicycle. Pair this with an afternoon picnic in the park with your friends and  follow it up with some patio brews at Bellwoods Brewery on Ossington and you have yourself a perfect Toronto summer day.

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Don’t forget the accessories!

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Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly has epitomized fashion, elegance and charm ever since she stepped into the limelight but it was Hitchcock who defined her classic ‘ice-cool’ look of sophistication. From her early days as an international model to her starring roles in ‘To Catch a Thief’, ‘High Society’ and ‘Rear Window’, Grace Kelly was a sensation. Many of her on screen looks and even her wedding dress were the work of three of the film worlds most notable fashion designers; Edith Head, Oleg Cassini and Helen Rose. Grace met Prince Rainier on her way to Cannes in 1954 and after a walk in the gardens in Monte Carlo a secret tryst developed. The rest is history. “Grace of Monaco” opening Cannes 2014 reignites our love of Grace Kelly, goddess of the silver screen.

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At the Cannes film festival, 1955

In celebration of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival opening  film ‘Grace of Monaco’ starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth,  we have chosen 5 Grace Kelly looks that define her style. These looks are enduring. Adaptations of these signature looks continue to easily find their way onto today’s runways and street style. The original designs are part of the most desirable vintage collections. The Victoria and Albert Museum has since created the hugely successful exhibit ‘Grace Kelly – Style Icon’.

1.  OUT AND ABOUT: The everyday Kelly classic. 

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Grace Kelly was known for her incredibly sophisticated and chic look; including her accessories. Her trademarks included: Hermes scarves, the Hermes ‘Kelly’ bag (to cover her baby bump from paparazzi at one time!),  little white gloves, classic hats and head-wraps, as well as her eyeconic sunglasses.


2. THE OSCARS,  1954 : Red Carpet ready

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At The Oscars, 1954

Grace Kelly took the Oscar home this year for her leading role in ‘The Country Girl’. Naturally, costume designer and good friend to Kelly, Edith Head designed her ice green satin dress and long silk gloves. This dress is beautiful and simplistic, matching her golden Oscar perfectly.


3. TO CATCH A THIEF, 1955 : Hollywood Starlet 

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To Catch a Thief, 1955

This Grecian inspired strapless, sweetheart neckline gown fit Grace Kelly impeccably. Edith Head could do no wrong when designing for Kelly, as she was admittedly Head’s favourite star to dress. The classic crisscross draping on the structured bodice and floor sweeping soft layers of chiffon had excellent movement. Head completed this fit-for-a-princess look with a sparkling diamond necklace. It was on this film, ‘To Catch a Thief’ that Hitchcock, who was a stickler for every detail, gave Kelly more input on wardrobe design and styling, allowing Head and herself to work out ideas before they were presented to him. This collaboration blurred the lines between Kelly’s personal style and the styles of Francie, her on-screen persona.


4. HIGH SOCIETY ,1956 : Creating characters through fashion 

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High Society, 1955

This image capturing the bather is one that stands out in our memory. Wardrobe designer Helen Rose created this suit for Grace for a poolside scene in ‘High Society’. This is how every summer afternoon should be: a dewy fresh-faced beauty look and perfectly wind blown hair. We swoon over the white low-back halter-top and matching bottoms Grace wears in this scene – the metal clasp detailing on the sides of the pleated skirt add a nice design touch.


5. WEDDING TO PRINCE RAINER OF MONACO, 1956 : A real-life princess

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The iconic wedding dress, 1956

The wedding dress for Princess Grace was designed by Helen Rose, head of wardrobe at MGM. The exquisite ivory dress was a  gift from her fiancé Prince Rainier 111. The choice of designer surprised everyone as it had been thought it might be Grace’s close friend and colleague, Edith Head.The workmanship and detail was exquisite and would be replicated and emulated by celebrities, actresses and royalty. Most recently it inspired Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Kelly’s stunning one-of-a-kind emerald-cut Cartier engagement ring was the perfect accessory.  The dress was made of 300 yards of antique Brussels rose-point lace, 50 yards of heavy and silk taffeta, and 100 meters of silk net with a three-foot dress train. Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly agreed to let MGM film the wedding for worldwide distribution to terminate the 7 year contract she was otherwise obliged to with MGM.




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Trout Rainwear

I walked out of my house today fully unprepared for the rainy, cold weather that hit Toronto last night. As I trudged along in my very un-rain proof boots and jacket it dawned on me that Spring is here. April showers call for some serious rain gear.

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Taking  inspiration from Canadian brand, Trout Rainwear ,the Unlabelled team and I picked some of the cutest (and waterproof !) jackets from their latest line and teamed them up with our favourite water-worthy accessories for guaranteed cuteness to take you through the rainy-ish days ahead. Let us know in the comments, how are you approaching your fashion in the less than ideal weather?

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Sevan Kape in Yellow, $545.

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Baby Gila in Black/Grey, $665.00


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Rainbow Reversible Liner in Pink, $565.00

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Rainbow Liner in Blue, $565.00

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Bonneville waterproof ‘blazer’, $730.00



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Blackbird Jewelry :Occult

Blackbird Jewelry has launched their new collection ‘Occult’, and we were lucky enough to attend their launch party – falling madly in love with every. single. piece. The idea behind the event was inspired: having some of the strongest women they know create personal vignettes of heirlooms and favourite fashions on the walls of OZ studios. Adorned with one of their highly coveted necklaces from the  new line,of course.

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After speaking with the beautiful imaginations behind this brand, we new we needed to hear more from the designers and co-founders, Regan Hayes and Vanessa Marino.

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 U: Occult is your third collection following Amour and Skin Walker. Can you tell me about each collection, and what your inspiration behind each of them was?

R & V: Skinwalker came from Navajo folklore, which these mystical beings could transform into an animal by wearing its pelt. We thought this was such a dark and yet beautiful concept. The collection consisted of rope, chain, porcupine quills, rhinestone, quartz, and of course acrylic, which we use in every collection.The Armour collection came from the idea of strong woman.  A woman is powerful and yet her armour is so beautiful and intricate.This collection was very acrylic heavy, mixed with gunmetal chain and hematite stones.The current collection, Occult, was inspired by the idea of a magical woman.  We always have little trinkets around for luck, or for a greater purpose.  So, we loved looking into the world of witchcraft, fortunetellers and mystics.They are traditionally over adorned, but each piece is worn with a purpose to either ward off an evil, or bring in light.

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U: You are both trained in fashion – what was it about jewellery that made you decide to create it?

R & V: We were making clothing and working in different areas of the fashion trade in Toronto.  As much as we loved fashion, clothing and creating – it wasn’t fulfilling us. At this point we had tray upon trays of costume jewelry between the two of us, and it just seemed like a natural fit. We both love accessories, and it just blossomed from there.

U: If you had to choose, what is your favourite material to work with?

R & V: We work a lot with acrylic (and heavy chain).  The acrylic allows each piece to take on a very strong geometric shape with is a major part of our aesthetic; creating pieces that are juxtaposed between hard and soft lines, masculine and feminine aesthetics with old and new values. The acrylic is fun because it’s so lightweight but is such a statement.

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U: When brainstorming, are you ladies usually on the same page creatively?

R: We laugh at the fact that we can be twins when it comes to creative work.  That being said, the way I interpret a theme, and the way Vanessa interprets it can be two very different things.  But that’s what makes the partnership work.

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U: Can you give us a taste of your design process? Starting from the beginning of your idea to the physical piece.

R & V: We’re both very tactile and like to have everything physically in front of us before designing. This can be a bit hard and backwards,from what designers normally do. We start to throw back and forth what’s inspiring us, we then make a mood board of images, poems, materials – anything.After this we head to our suppliers, get little samples, sit in the studio and mess around with it.  A few pieces will be thought of beforehand, but a good chunk comes from seeing how things drape from the body, how it falls on a wrist.  One of us might start something and then say “ok, let’s switch. I’m tapped out on this piece, I don’t know where to go from here.” And then we go back and forth.

U: If you both had to choose separately, what would be your favourite piece rom all three of your collections?

R:Skinwalker – Gold Heart Necklace or Moonshine Necklace .Armour – Guillotine Earrings or Brave Necklace. Occult – That’s hard! It’s new … I actually really like it all, but the Enchantress Necklace, The Evil Eye Necklace, The Fates Necklace… I can’t choose!

V:My current favourite piece is the Alchemist necklace, which I barely take off.

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U: At your Occult launch party you both created individual vignettes to go along with one of your necklaces from the collection. Why did you choose those particular necklaces? Also, how would you describe your individual styles?

R:The high priestess necklace is such a showstopper.  We wanted to show how each of us would wear it.  My style is a little all over the place depending on what mood I’m in that day.  Typically I will throw on a boxy sweater and jeans with a statement necklace or earrings. However, I have a very feminine bohemian side to me – things can get fringy pretty quickly. If I could live life in a pair of great jeans,a kimono jacket and some great leather boots, I’d be pretty happy.

V:As Regan said, we wanted to show how each of us would style the same piece. Down to the different colour choice of the piece. My style is somewhat moody and monochromatic. I tend to stick to pieces that are classic and well fitting but original.

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U: During the creation of Occult, did you ever feel anything spooky or witchy?

R: Actually, when setting up for our launch party, the power went out all up the street.  We had all these candles set up, so we lit all of them. We turned to each other and made a joke that we might have stirred something up with the spirits!

U: Are either of you ladies believers in healing stones, tarot cards, etc.?

R: I collected quartz as a child and had boxes full of them.  This was more about digging in the dirt and discovering pretty stones than superstitions. When I learned that they meant something I was even crazier about them. Vanessa has knowledge of healing stones, symbols and tarot cards. I typically go to her to ask questions about such things.

V:I am a very superstitious person; I carry trinkets for luck and wish on stars. I often consult the cards or interpret a dream for guidance, or to better understand a situation or problem I may be having. My mother exposed us to these sorts of things at a very young age. Since then, I have been entranced by the unity that each of us has with the universe, and the mystic power within and around us.


To see more from this powerful duo; check them out at www.iheartblackbird.com

Tarah Kennedy

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Best of FAT 2014

FAT Arts & Fashion Week is underway, and the first runways have shocked, astounded, and impressed. Pioneering a sizeable support system for alternative expression, FAT facilitates imagination and creativity far beyond what is in trend. Check our some of our favourite looks from Day 1 below.


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These trenches from HASTI are absolutely stunning. Vinyl details contrast the soft artistry on the canvas , while long lines in a straight silhouette keep the look clean. These works of art are a wearable and completely unique take on spring fashion.  Best of FAT 2014  Best of FAT 2014


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EOLITH‘s FAT Arts & Fashion Week collection featured many monochromatic ensembles, keeping things interesting with asymmetrical shapes and mixed fabrics. We love the contrast of the suede and chiffon used below.

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Sera Ghadaki presented a collection of contrasts. We particularly loved this asymmetrical cobalt blue coat and patterned pant. From head to toe Ghadaki’s collection was cohesive and fresh.

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This little black dress from Simone’s Rose is absolutely adorable. The neck closure functions like an interesting piece of jewellery for the back, just one of the small details that makes this one of the best pieces of FAT Arts & Culture Week.

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This brilliant blue gown from Baby Steinburg reminds of us Starry Night. Swirling greens, yellows, whites, and blues combine into a beautiful and transformative piece. It seems as though the dress is part of her, emanating beauty from her core. We love that while the top is symmetrically cut, the pattern is not.

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A display of  ”elegance and opulence”, ZOFF hit the mark with this all white skirt and bodysuit. Covered arms and a long hemline balance out the full exposure of the legs, keeping things classic with a contemporary twist.

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6 Spring accessory DIYs

We love Spring because it means we can unpack our summer clothes, embrace lighter colours and finally wear those adorable flats we purchased on sale during the winter months. What better way to welcome the warm weather than a few DIYs to spruce up the ol’ accessory collection? Here are 6 Spring Accessory DIYs inspired by some of the season’s hottest trends that we’re dying to try this season.

1) Two toned glasses.

Otherwise basic sunglasses get a mega “wow” factor facelift when a two toned effect is applied. Using a pair of $6 frames (Forever21 and H&M are a gold-mine for this type of project) use painters tape to define your straight lines. Then simply paint the top half of the frame with your nail colour of choice.Wait to dry, readjust your tape and apply a second colour on the bottom half of the frame.We used Essie’s “Turquoise & Caicose” with “Play Date” on our project. Apply a top coat for added shine.

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2) Balenciaga inspired crop top.

A simple tank top becomes the ultimate summer pièce de résistance with a few simple cuts and stitches!. Start with a scoop neck tank top that fits long in the torso (the longer the tank the more fabric you’ll have to wrap with), cut out the back of the tank top (when you try it on it should come to about your mid-back). Starting at the neck of the tank use fabric scissors to cut evenly down the front of the tank- the fabric should look almost like a vest that’s longer in the front. Now wrap the top around you, criss-crossing the straps in the front. Fold over excess fabric above the bust for a more subtle neckline. You can stich these down if you’d like. Use a simple stitch to gather the the straps and create a more feminine line.
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3) Leather lunch bag
When we spotted models toting leather lunch bags at Jil Sander and Soia & Kyo we just knew we had to find a perfect DIY to pull it off ourselves. The key to this project is all in the leather (or faux leather you use) -you want to find something light yet structured enough to hold its shape. This project involves the use of a sewing machine, however it’s the perfect place for a novice sewer to learn. Check out the link below for the full details on pulling this beauty off yourself.

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4) Utility rope necklaces.
These bright, unique pieces will add that needed “oomph” to any drab outfit. The best part about this DIY is the simplicity. All you need is brightly coloured string (available at a craft store) and utility rope and hardwear pieces, all found at your local hardware store. Arrange your hardwear pieces on the utilty rope. Wrap your coloured string, add a little glue and volia! A brightly coloured necklace! Make a few of these for layering or wear alone.

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5) Metallic Tipped Flats
If there was ever a time for cute, quirky flats Spring is it. We’ve been wondering what to do with our boring old flats and this adorable metallic hearts project was just the ticket. This project uses pointed toe flats to create a heart shaped effect, however using rounded toes and just painting the caps would be adorable as well. You could even try variations such as spraying the heel or creating geometric shapes with your metallic spray paint. Check out the link for the full tutorial.

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6)Floral Sunnies
We have never had such a strong DIY urge as when we saw the plastic flower adorned sunglasses emerge from Dolce & Gabbana. This project is so simple you’ll have time to make a few (for your lucky friends). Simply add plastic floral embellishments to a pair of sunglasses with crazy glue and you’ve made the seasons trendiest sunglasses all on your own.

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