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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FAT: Toronto Arts & Fashion Week 2014

FAT Toronto Arts & Fashion Week is an annual multi-arts event showcasing innovative creations in the name of and for the love of fashion – encouraging artists to show their true visions and letting them express that creatively.Running from April 22nd-26th at their new location of 585 Dundas St East, FAT celebrates local and international artists and designers through runway shows, film, live performances, and photography, as well as art installations.

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Each year there is a chosen theme for the event; this year’s theme is INFASHION/UNFASHION. This theme represents the opposing influences in the fashion world; INFASHION is what you see in magazines or hot trends walking the streets, UNFASHION represents finding inspiration beyond that – gathering it from culture, nature, religion and art.

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Scene from Ruslan Pelykh’s film “Road”

FAT kicks off April 22nd (tomorrow) and runs until April 26th. If you can, we recommend you check out every show – however, we definitely have our eyes on a few select artists.

OUR THREE PICKS:

1. BRITT WACHER: MINIMAL/EXTREME

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Britt Wacher showed her collection Perspectivus; “of sight, optical“, from Medieval Latin perspectiva “science of optics” at this past World MasterCard fashion week. She is showing her collection again this week; it’s inspired by a retrospect of perspective, mental outlook and perception over time.

For more info on Brit Wacher click HERE.

Saturday, April 26th at 9:00 p.m.

2. FORMAL REBELLION: CULT/CULTURE

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Formal Rebellion is a collaboration between avant garde jeweller, Sainte Genovefa and the luxury knitwear brand, SS&Co. Coming together to create a sophisticated collection of contrasting elements the two Canadian brands are fusing knitwear and certain ‘Punk” design elements together; including leather chain, fringe and tartan.

For more info on Simple Smiles & Co click HERE.
For more infor on Sainte Genovefa click HERE.

Friday, April 25th at 10:00 p.m.

3. STARKERS CORSETRY: EARTH/INDUSTRY
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Dianna DiNoble has been making custom made corsetry for over 20 years. Starkers Corsetry plays with many different themes and materials. This year she’s focusing on nature inspired themes together with aspects of technology while incorporating animal skin texture and 3D printed pieces.

For more info on Starkers Corsetry click HERE.

Tuesday, April 22nd at 8:50 p.m.

For full schedule,ticket purchase or info check out FAT’s website HERE

-Tarah Kennedy

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Spring DIY for the Home

Warm weather encourages us to throw open our windows, bask in the sunlight, pack up our winter clothes, and beat our rugs out the window with a 50s bandana hair wrap. Spring cleaning is one of the only times cleaning isn’t absolutely dreaded for most of us. Something just feels right about it. Maybe it is the pollen getting to our heads. Deep cleaning and organizing your space presents the ideal opportunity to work a little do-it-yourself design magic. These spring DIY projects undoubtably add flair and charm to any space, and are thankfully fairly easy and inexpensive to execute.

1. The Folding Chair Makeover

Standard metal folding chairs can be purchased pretty much anywhere inexpensively, but they can be transformed into unique and stylish items for indoor or outdoor use. We love the idea of a white chair with a muted pattern on the seat, or with a single bright neon leg.

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2. Bath bombs

Now that your bath tub is all clean and sparkly, why not make more work for yourself in the name of good smelling things. Making your own bath bombs is not only incredibly economical, but allows complete customization to suit your skin needs. If you suffer from body acne, a rash, or any blemish really, try adding a couple drops of tea tree oil to your recipe. Green tea is great for relaxation, and coconut is moisturizing and perfect for making you feel sexy.

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3. No-sew Pillows

As I am utterly horrible at sewing, this one really appeals to me. The no-sew pillow case. The best part about this is that you can either update your existing pillows or buy cheap ones and spend more on the fabric. Getting rid of pillows for cosmetic reasons feels wrong, but with this DIY you can quickly and ecologically update your space.

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4. Updating vintage frames

If your walls are feeling bare, try picking up some assorted vintage frames at a thrift store. Without art they are usually pretty inexpensive, and it doesn’t really matter what condition the paint is in as you will be refinishing them. Blank frames on the wall is an interesting look in all one colour, but we are in love with the idea of a single bright frame in the middle of the composition.

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Call it Spring: Festival Faves

Call it Spring just launched their Festival Favourites picks in celebration of the summer music festival season and we are in love. Besides having a selection that will take you from day to night, and every party and festival in between, everything is priced to purchase usually under the $100 mark. “Wait, I can get more than one pair?!” That’s right sister, whet your whistle on these babies and get ready to covet  add these cutie-pies to your shoe collection. Our market editor, Lauren has played stylist and chosen her top 5 “gotta haves” from the line to help you curate the most spectacular spring/summer shoe collection. See her picks below and get shopping!

1) The “Afareviel”

Lauren : Seasons come and season go and it seems that the gladiator sandal is as strong of a style as its moniker suggests. The ‘Afareviel” is as versatile as a shoe can get- wear these with everything from jean shorts to long maxi dresses .I love the chunky block heel for that hint of height as well as the fresh white colour which will match perfectly with Spring’s palette of pastels, sun bleached pinks,marigold…heck, every colour really.

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Afareviel, $50.00

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2) The “Crilama”

Lauren : We voted, and the “Crilama” wins our “Cutest Adaptation of a Ballerina Flat” award. This little cutie is another one that excels at versatility. I would wear these from the office to the beach, on the weekend and everywhere in between.

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Crilama, $40.00

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3)The “Eowalellan”
Lauren: Show me anything powder blue this season and I’m all in (read: obsessed). I love matching it with bright whites and navy blues and find that it’s the perfect way to update my current “I live in Canada, therefore its still cold” wardrobe,which is admittedly a little dark and blah. The Powder Blue colour of the “Eowalellan” adds a modern freshness the chunky heel silhouette. These would be perfect for the office, a garden party and anything where “classy” is the dress code. I’ll be wearing these to my upcoming Bridal Shower parties this summer. Who says the Bride is the only one who gets something blue?

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Eowalellan, $TBA

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4) The “Harmes”
Lauren: Oxfords have been one of my springtime staples since 2000 (the year I declared war on  plastic flip-flops after a summer of blisters). I love pairing these with boyfriend jeans and layering a simple t-shirt and fitted blazer over top. White “Harmes” play into my obsession with the shade this summer. For an unexpected twist pair them with summer dress or a flirty a-line skirt.

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Harmes, $40.00

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5) The “Jechta”
Lauren: Can you say “HELLLLOOOOOO NURSE!” ?! The “Jechta” shoe is basically screaming “TAKE ME OUT!” Wear these with everything, wear them with nothing icon wink Call it Spring: Festival Faves (Heyoo! Neon shoes bring out the sassy in me). Mix with a monocromatic look (denim on denim or variations of black and whites are my faves!) to allow the shoes to pop. I’m a fan of keeping it simple to really allow the shoes to shine; think basic white t-shirt and black shorts or jeans and a white silk blouse. All eyes will be on you and your pretty neon shoes. Just make sure you get a proper pedicure first (nasty winter feet need not apply, mmkay?)

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Jechta, $45.00

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Runners (and heels) up:

Lauren: It was impossible to only chose 5 favourites, so here are five more that I love! xo

Check out Call It Spring’s Website HERE for store location, prices and online shopping.

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You’re invited: Blackbird Jewelry’s Occult Collection launch

You’re invited to Blackbird jewelry’s occult collection launch party this Wednesday, April 16th! Join the Blackbird designers, Regan Hayes and Vanessa Marino as they celebrate the launch of their latest collection, ‘Occult” at OZ 135 Ossington Ave, from 7-11pm.

224 Youre invited: Blackbird Jewelrys Occult Collection launch The collection was inspired by the magic and mystery of a witchy woman. She is a powerful and beautiful enchantress adorned in opulent trinkets and charms from another realm.Incorporating heavy layers of gunmetal chain, and shiny geometric acrylic shapes with hints of rhinestone and quartz, each piece is filled with mysteries and secrets only known to the wearer. And thus, the Occult collection was born.

Joining the designers are the Blackbird Cover (#BBCoven) A group of female creatives who have each created a personalized vignette featuring a piece from the new Occult collection as well as trinkets reflecting their personal talents and tastes. The Blackbird Coven consists of blogger Gracie Carroll, stylist Amarsana Gendonova, JOLIE handbags designer Ivy Chen, 889 co-founders Emily Ridout and Christine Russell and musician Marnie Herald.

Check out the Facebook invite HERE. 

 

 

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Brit Wacher FW14

Brit Wacher continues on with her unique design aesthetic for her FW14 collection shown at World MasterCard fashion week.It has an air of mystery about it; featuring heavily asymmetrical, layered pieces with bold and unique lines.

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After graduating from Vancouver’s La Salle University ,Wacher travelled to Asia working as a stylist. She then moved on to Arnhem to work under Dutch designer Pauline Van Dongen – it was during this time that Brit honed in on her creative direction with the concept of merging fashion with science. Returning to Canada she took part in the late Montreal fashion week – now hitting the Toronto fashion scene this past season for her debut at WMCFW – she will also be showing her line again this coming April at Toronto |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week. We caught up with Brit to chat about what inspires her, how she feels about being in Toronto and the challenges she faces in her field.

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U: You use to show in Montreal at the now defunct ‘Montreal Fashion Week’ (Produced by Groupe Sensation Mode) How did you feel when you found out the event was cancelled indefinitely?

BW: I have mixed feelings about Montreal Fashion Week, however I think this is an opportunity for Montreal to create something new and fresh. I wanted to come to Toronto as well; it would be nice to become established in both cities.

U: Was there a defining moment for you when you knew this (fashion design) was your passion? 

BW: I loved the rush of preparing a small collection each semester [at school]. Fashion has many deadlines and I guess I have grown to love them.

 U: What was the inspiration behind your FW14 collection?

BW: ‘Perspectivus’ is based on a retrospect of perspective, perception, and mental outlook overtime.

U: What is your greatest challenge and triumph as a designer?

BW: It is always a similar battle whilst creating; between artistic vision, practicality and commercial appeal. A triumph is seeing someone wearing and enjoying my clothes.


Tarah Kennedy

 Brit Wacher FW14
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Spring 2014 Beauty Trends

Goodbye jewel tones, heavy foundation, and hat head – “effortless” Spring beauty has arrived! The beauty trends of SS14 are beautiful, and realistic for everyday life.

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Tracy Reese SS14 featured a gorgeous minimal cat eye. The virtue of this look is that it feels light and fresh because mascara isn’t piled on. It is more so about accentuating the shape of the eye. Use a waterproof liner and a heavy hand, making sure to keep the lines clean. Apply only a few sweeps of mascara, just enough to darken your lashes but not enough to lengthen considerably.

milkmaid braids Spring 2014 Beauty Trends

The models for Naeem Kahn (left) and Rebecca Minkoff (right) sported sleek milkmaid braids. This look is pretty much universally flattering, as it can be worn with a side or middle part. If you have thinner or shorter hair, move the braids further back towards the crown of your head, where the circumference is smaller.

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Rebecca Taylor SS14 paired white, airy clothing with dark, punchy eyes. To get this look use a shimmery gunmetal grey on the lid to draw light to the area, and tight line both the upper and lower lids with a dark pencil. Lips should be kept minimal to avoid looking too done.

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Helmut Lang embodied the spirit of spring with ultra clean parts and flushed skin. Use an in shower oil hair treatment so your locks are moisturized and soft before blow drying and straightening. To set your part, use a fine tooth comb and hairspray. Blow dry with the part close to the scalp on a high heat setting to smooth any flyways. Use a blush that gives you the same colour as if you had done light exercise (or something naughtier).

halfup braid Spring 2014 Beauty Trends

Top do’s (or half ups, or crazy Miley Cyrus top buns, whatever you want to call them) were all the rage at Clover Canyon SS14. Twist em’, clip em’, throw them in a funky braid – whatever you do, make sure you divide the top section of your hair using the end of a rattail comb to ensure a clean, even separation.  Party in the top, business in the bottom is what this look is all about.

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Sachin and Babi SS14 provides us with the most universally flattering spring 2014 beauty trends. Naturally contoured cheeks and a effortless side part braid result in a put together, gorgeous look. Use a taupe shade to contour if you’re extremely fair, apricot if you’re beige to tan, and rose if you’re dark. Keep the eyes natural with a brown smokey eye, extending shadow no farther than the outer third of the lower lid to keep the look fresh.

What are your favourite spring 2014 beauty trends? Let us know on Twitter @unlabelledco!

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Lulu B X Matthew Gallagher FW14

We were thrilled when we heard that another Lulu B X Matthew Gallagher FW14  jewellery collection would be hitting the stage at World Mastercard Fashion Week.

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Last year LuLu B designer and geologist, Mary Lou Banks teamed up with the Gallagher to create an unforgettable opulent collection of jewellery to compliment his SS14 luxury resort wear. Needless to say we couldn’t wait to see what the duo came up with next.

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This season the inspiration for the collection was driven by the Edwardian and Victorian era with modern raw twist; think magnificent settings, crown jewels, jewel encrusted brooches and then mash that that with raw almost prehistoric looking stones, unpolished in their natural state and you have the Lulu B X Matthew Gallagher FW14 collection. Mary Lou used gold-plated chain, Swarovski crystals, gold-findings and our personal favourite : raw rock quartz to achieve the look.

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Lulu B pieces  are available to purchase online and in store at Rue Pigalle,  (927 Queen Street W). We’ll be counting down the days to get our hands on this one!

 

 

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Little Burgundy X Converse

Word’s out on the awesome collab’ from Little Burgundy X Converse.

We absolutely love art, we definitely love shoes and of course we love Canadian talent! All of these reasons are why we are so pleased that Little Burgundy teamed up with Converse to present: “Shoes are boring. Wear sneakers.”

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MASSIVart organized this new take on the Converse campaign presented by Little Burgundy. Basically, this rad idea was brought to life by having three of Little Burgundy’s storefront windows painted by three talented Canadian artists – can it get better? Yes, it can. Not only did these three artists bring to life their creative street-art-style interpretations of the new Converse campaign, there was also a video created featuring the artists and their processes.

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The video, directed by Ombrew et Lumières shows these artists in their creative spaces getting ready and heading to the Little Burgundy stores to get to work. We get to watch video snaps of the artists in their process and of course, we get some great close-up shots of them putting on different styles of Converse shoes, the timeless shoe you can always rely on.

The windows are located in three of Canada’s largest cities, which the artists reside in. Jeremy Shantz in Montreal, Kestin Cornwall in Toronto and Scott Sueme in Vancouver. If you live in one of these cities, you should definitely go and check them out!

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Also, make sure you check out the ^ video showing how awesome art, videography and fashion can be when you bring them all together.

-Tarah Kennedy

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Essential Spring Footwear from Nasty Gal

Strappy sandals and and demure floral shades beware, funky spring footwear is in the air! And we mean literally – the best and brightest of this seasons collections feature sky high platforms and your mothers florals.

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Our inspiration: vintage shapes, vibrant tropical patterns, very high heels, and a level of funky only achieved by neon and animal print.

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We may have to acknowledge that Robin Thicke may be *remotely* responsible for the sneaker ‘flatform’ trend. While the controversial video for Blurred Lines is now certifiably overplayed, we can’t help but take another look at how amazing the models legs looked in white flatforms. The low cut ankle accentuates the narrowest part of the ankle, making calves look toned and giving all the height benefits of a heel without the formality or discomfort.

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For those less confident in the ankle area, opt for a flatform with an ankle strap. They tend to elongate the area and adjust the focal point to be slightly higher.

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http://www.nastygal.com/lookbooks/Shoe-Cult-Level-Up-Flatform

When a more mature style is desired,  the latest Nasty Gal spring footwear delivers in the form of retro powder blue open toed mules.

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If you’re headed to a festival, especially one that takes place over several days, make sure you don’t forget a closed toe boot that works with bare legs and pants. Wearing sandals all day and dancing in a large group are surefire ways to ruin a pedicure. Having solid backup footwear is essential when you want to hide your cracked, tired feet and peeling nail polish in comfortable socks.

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See more looks we love below. We probably should have included rainwear, but that would just be too practical.

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