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Sunday

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March 2014

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What’s In My Purse 2014

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I recently got this amazing new purse from Romwe, so naturally I have to show you guys what’s in it! I’m obsessed with these videos, still unsure why, but it’s always comforting to see other girls with granola bar wrappers, receipts and empty gum packages littering the bottom of their purse. Don’t lie, you can totally relate. Here’s what’s in my purse!

Here are a few of things mentioned!

PURSE – Romwe
iPhone Case – Wildflower
Glasses – GlassesShop.com
Notebook & Agenda – Indigo
Sunnies – Nine West
Stabilo Pens – Michaels
“Boo You Whore” Top – Brandy Melville
Cardigan – Urban Outfitters

Sunday

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March 2014

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DIY: Mason Jar Cups (No Drill Required)

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I wish I could DIY everything I needed in my life out of mason jars, I really do. They’re just so cute and fun and trendy and ugh I love them so much! Today I’m going to be showing you how to make tumbler-like cups out of mason jars with a few things from the hardware store. I really wanted to find a method that didn’t require a drill, because not everyone has access or is too afraid to put a weapon of spinning death into their hands (aka me). So I improvised and am so happy with the results! Here’s how:

MATERIALS
1. Mason Jars – Michaels Craft Store (Any Size)
2. Hammer
3. Line Up Punch (1/8″) – Canadian Tire/Hardware Store ($8) *the line up punch is WAY cheaper than a drill if you don’t have one available to you! I also have no idea what its intended use is LOL but it worked wonders for me using just a hammer! yay for improvising*
4. Assorted Size Faucet Stem Rings – Hardware Store (In Plumbing Section $2)
5. Glue Gun
6. Spray Paint – Hardware/Craft Store
7. Washi Tape: http://www.cutetape.com

SONG: Calgary Bowery Grime Remix

30 Hour Famine Sign Up

In high school we didn’t have the 30 Hour Famine available to us, so this year I wanted to help support the cause by spreading word of how awesome it is and how you can help make a difference in someone’s life! The 30 Hour Famine is a youth movement directed towards engaging students and raising awareness of one of the world’s most pressing problems – a lack of food. By participating you can help change the lives of millions of children around the world by providing them with healthier futures by funding projects that tackle hunger! Here are some stats that you might not be aware of, they’re pretty eye-opening:

  • In 2011, 18,000 kids under 5 died every day around the world due to starvation or malnutrition
  • Worldwide, 870 million people (that’s 1 in 8) are hungry
  • Nearly 1 in 5 people in developing world countries survive on less than $1.25/day

What World Vision Does:

WV helps to equip families with the tools they need to put food on their own tables. This includes running nutrition workshops, teaching parents improved farming techniques, helping families with tools, seeds and better breeds so they can grow healthier and more abundant crops and livestock, improving access to clean water for nutritious harvest and opening malnutrition centres when there’s a food crisis. Here’s the monetary break down, also super eye-opening.

  • $25 can help families grow healthy veggies
  • $50 can help provide families with 2 hens and a rooster – 150 eggs a year
  • $75 can help provide lunches to school kids for a whole year

It’s amazing to think how little those monetary amounts seem to us, I wouldn’t think twice about spending $25 on a shirt I really liked, but in a developing country that could make a huge impact on providing a healthy future. I know the idea of not eating for 30 hours can be pretty terrifying, so if you’re not up for that there are so many other ways to get involved and support the cause; donating to a friend who’s participating, doing one of the 30 hour alternatives (giving up technology or furniture etc. – more info on WV!) or even just spreading awareness! I can’t wait to see what you guys do with the DIY mason jar cups, so if you’re at your school’s 30 Hour Famine with it make sure to send me famine pics using #laurDIY and #SeeHunger !! Either way though, I’m super excited to see how you guys decorate them!

 

Thursday

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February 2014

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DIY: Brandy Melville Inspired Chiyo Top

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I pretty much live for Brandy Melville… If I could pick one store to describe my style, it would 110% be Brandy. This week I’m going to be tackling the Chiyo Top which is a super cute bralette with a cage-style back. I’ve heard a few rumours floating around that this bralette got discontinued (RIP Chiyo) and the whole “one size fits all” mantra that Brandy has can sometimes be really annoying since every girl in the world obviously isn’t one size. But a DIY version is perfect because you can make it custom to you, your body and what you think looks best! Here’s how:

MATERIALS
1. Strapless Bra/Bandeau – Ardene $5
2. Elastic – Fabric Store – $2
3. Needle/Thread – Dollar Store
4. Scissors

SONG: City of Dream – (Dirty South & Alesso) DJ Trademark

WHAT IM WEARING
Beanie – H&M
Shorts – Priceless
Top – Romwe

Tuesday

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February 2014

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DIY: Kimono

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Hello, my name is Lauren, and I am addicted to Kimonos. *hiiiiii lauren*

We’ve probably all been in the situation recently where you’re hovering over the “Checkout & Pay” button online and you’ve got about 4 or 5 different kimonos in your shopping cart totalling up to somewhere over $100. (Or is this just me???) Unfortunately, for that too-cute-for-life piece of sheer flowy fabric, kimonos can range anywhere from $30-$100+. And I’m not going to lie, I’m a total sucker for a perfect kimono especially since they’re a huge trend right now and models everywhere are totally killin it in their kimonos. So ANYWAYS, back to the blogpost and away from my sick obsession, today I’m going to be showing you how to DIY your own kimono out of a scarf! I found these amazing scarves at Forever 21 that were the perfect size and perfect price ($10.80). And I know everyone hates sewing, myself included, but it’s totally worth 45 minutes or so of sewing to make this super cheap kimono!! Here’s how:

I also obviously was a bit too excited about this DIY and spoke pretty fast, so here’s a run down of the instructions!

sewing guide

 

1. Reverse and fold the scarf in half and lay out your scarf with the fold at the top.
2. Using a measuring tape, measure out 60 cms and mark it with a pin (we’re going to be sewing the edge together to make the first arm hole).
3. Sew up the 60 centimetres that you measured out as close to the seam as possible, using any kind of stitch you’re comfortable with! I went with the preliminary level normal stitch (literally sew in a straight line). Tie it off once you get to the top – you know have your first arm hole.
4. Repeat Step 3 on the opposite side, again as close to the seam as possible using any kind of seam to secure the two halves of the fabric together (arm hole #2 has now been achieved!!).
5. Measure across the bottom to find the middle, and make a cut through only the top layer up to the fold. This is going to create the opening to put it on.
6. Fold the rough edge away from the cut and hold an iron on it (on silk settings) to make a crease so the fold will stay. And then using our preliminary level stitch, we’re going to sew up to the fold so the edge doesn’t fray.
7. Repeat the same process on the opposite side!
8. Reverse the kimono and you’re ready to rock!

Sunday

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February 2014

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DIY Room Decor: Anthropologie Inspired Garland

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It’s no secret that room decor DIYs are one of my faves to do for you guys (and myself!), and I seriously, seriously needed to ditch the snowflake chains that have been out of season for far too long. Anthropologie is one of my favourites places for home decor inspiration, they just get me… I could decorate a whole house with Anthro stuff (if I could afford it). This garland chain was apart of one of their home decor collections a few years back, costing somewhere around the $150 mark (I know… whaaaaaat). So here’s a DIY to replicate the general idea of the garland! Go wild with your colour selection, changing up the lengths of each piece and the closeness of each – own that garland girl! Here’s how:

And yes, I know my seal plushie is adorbs.

WHAT YOU NEED
1. Tissue Paper – Dollar Store ($1 each)
2. Scissors
3. Hemp String – Michaels ($5)

Song: DJ Topsider – Transmit (Mike Posner x Blood Cultures)

Tuesday

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February 2014

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February Haul: Forever 21, Tarte, NYX & More!

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So basically, I don’t really need a little blurb to go along with hauls…. Since it’s obvious… I love shopping. And then I love doing hauls to show you guys what I bought!

NYX
Butter Glosses: Maple Blondie & Strawberry Parfait
Lipsticks: Chic & Vitamin

What I’m Wearing
Sweater – Necessary Clothing

Monday

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February 2014

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DIY Boyfriend Pillow

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We all need a good cuddle sometimes. Whether you’re single, in a long distance relationship or just feeling a bit lonely, there’s nothing better than a sturdy chest to lay your head on and a loving arm to wrap around your shoulder. These boyfriend pillows are going for $45+ on amazon, and I’ll totally admit to wanting one for the days when my LDR boyfriend seems miles away. This DIY is super simple, totally comfy and makes a great gag gift (or 100% real gift) for friends or family! Here’s what you need:

What You Need:

1) Men’s Shirt – Bluenotes
2) Hot Glue Gun or Aleen’s Fabric Glue (recommend hot glue – faster and more durable)
3) Stuffing or Fake Snow – Fabric Stores, Craft Stores, etc.

Sunday

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January 2014

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DIY: No Sew Icecream Pillow

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I recently decided that combining two of my favourite things (icecream + sleeping) would be a ground breaking idea for a DIY. And to be honest, it’s been one of my best ideas yet!! There’s nothing more satisfying than taking a slumber with or on an icecream pillow, and it’s the cutest pillow on my couch hands down. It’s also even more satisfying throwing an icecream pillow at someone versus a regular one. And I know everyone has a huge thing against sewing (myself included), so I made sure to make this a no sew DIY! Here’s how:

MATERIALS
1. Plaid Cone Coloured Fabric (I used 1/2 yard to make mine) – Fabricland
2. Colourful Fabric For Ice-Cream Scoop (I used 1/2 yard) – Fabricland
3. Pillow Stuffing – Walmart
4. Scissors
5. Hot Glue Gun

SONG: This Feeling – Usher x Icona Pop x Hyper Crush x Viceton x Zedd (DJ TopSider)

Tuesday

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December 2013

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DIY Christmas Decor

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Christmas is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. Has my mini Christmas tree been up for two weeks already? Maybe. Did I hang up stockings for my roommate and I in November? Possibly. I get a little over the top when getting into the Christmas spirit and today I’m sharing three DIYs to help get your room just as ready as I am for Christmas! Here’s what you’ll need:

DIY 1: Ornament Tree & Holiday Card Display
1) Ornaments – Dollar Store (I used 21 total)
2) Cork Board – Dollar Store (can be found at target, walmart etc.)
3) Hot Glue Gun
4) Holiday Cards!!!!

DIY 2: Glitter Pinecones
1) Pinecones – Dollar Store (they were originally ornaments, but you can obviously use real ones too!)
2) Metallic Spray Paint – Hardware Store (green or red would be cute too!)
3) Mod Podge or Spray Adhesive – Craft Store/Hardware Stores
4) Glitter – Michaels
5) Clear Sealant Spray – Craft Store (optional)
6) Vase/Holder for Pinecones

DIY 3: Hanging Snowflake Chains
1) Plastic Snowflakes – Dollar Store
2) Fishing Line/White Thread – Craft Store (walmart, target etc.)
3) Scissors

Tuesday

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December 2013

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DIY Apartment Decor for the Broke & Creative

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I recently moved into a new apartment that graciously allowed full reign over decorating and painting, and let me tell you, after a year in a fully yellow apartment, I was SO ready for freedom to decorate. I spent about 95% of my summer scouring Pinterest for inspiration and ways to decorate on a University student budget; here are the DIYs that made the final cut to the new apartment. Keep your eyes peeled for more home decor DIYs to come, because my living room still needs a few bits and bobs! Here’s a round up of the tutorials and materials involved in each.

1. Vintage Mirror to Chalkboard

What You Need:

1) Mirror – Garage Sale
2) Small Mirror – Value Village
3) Chalkboard Paint – (1 bottle) Michaels
4) Small/Large Paintbrush
5) Chalk – Michaels

2. Ombre Decor Piece/Book Ends

What You Need:

1) Rocks (found on a random hill LOL) – try for dry rocks opposed to rocks near water that might have moss on them
2) Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Gloss in Blue Ocean Breeze
3) Krylon Metallic Gold Spray Paint

3. Flower Wall Chains

What You Need:

1) Fishing Wire – Hardware Store/Craft Store/Walmart
2) Fake Flowers – Dollar Store
3) Tape Measure
4) Needle

 

Tuesday

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December 2013

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DIY: Custom Statement Beanies

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It’s no secret (especially if you follow me on instagram), that I’m a huge fan of beanies, especially now that it’s fall and appropriate to wear them with more of an excuse than covering up a bad hair day. It’s become kind of problem though… I think every outfit looks better with a beanie and feel slightly lost without one. I’ve really been into statement beanies lately too, which I first discovered at Brandy Melville. Adorned with sassy phrases in bad ass fonts, I instantly felt the need to buy three of each. That idea got shut down real quick when I glanced at the price tag though, hence the DIY! Happy beanie-ing babes, get creative!

MATERIALS
1) Beanies – Target $5 (I’ve seen them at Spring, Walmart, Boathouse, Zumiez, Pacsun!)
2) Iron on Letters – Michaels $5
3) Iron (make sure you’re using the wool setting)
4) Thin cotton fabric (a pillow case, t shirt etc.)
5) Stop Watch

Monday

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December 2013

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CYBER MONDAY DEALS

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Cyber Monday is probably one of my favourite days of the year next to Christmas, Halloween and Boxing Day. Who doesn’t love killer deals from your favourite stores, and all from the comfort of your own bed! I’ve curated all the best deals from my favourite stores while I was doing some shopping today to make all your lives a little easier! Happy shopping babes! XO

cyber monday

Aerie: 50% off everything + Free Shipping, CODE: 94C486V1

American Apparel: 20% off everything + 30% off Sale Items, CODE: CYBER13

American Eagle: 50% off everything + Free Shipping, CODE: 94C486V1

Anthropologie: Free Shipping (no minimum) on all USA/Canada orders, CODE: ONEDAY

Body Shop: 50% off everything + Free Shipping over $50

Brandy Melville: 10% off everything

Forever 21 (Canada): 50% off all Sale Items + Free Shipping (no minimum) CODE: EXTRA50

FreePeople: 25% off Sale items + Free Standard Shipping

Garage: 40% off everything + Free Shipping in Canada

Mr.Kate: 30% off everything + Free Shipping

NastyGal: 30% off everything

Necessary Clothing: 10% off everything, CODE: CYBER

Random&Beautiful: 35% off everything, CODE: HOLIDAZE35

ShopJawBreaking: Free Shipping worldwide

Spiritual Gangster: 30% off everything, CODE: CM30

Spring Shoes: 30% off everything

Steve Madden: 35% off everything + Free Shipping, CODE: THANKFUL35

Urban Outfitters: $15 of $75, $25 off $100, $50 off $150 + Free Shipping over $50 USA/Canada

Wildflower Cases: Free Shipping on all USA/Canada orders + $5 off all leopard cases, CODE: WILDMONDAY

Windsorstore: 20% off everything

Monday

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December 2013

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DIY: Brandy Melville Wooden Sign

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So if you’ve ever been to Brandy Melville, you’ve probably spent at least a few minutes drooling over their super cute wooden signs. And with good reason! They’re typically adorned with sassy phrases, the classic brandy logo or something a bit more personal like University names, and this Christmas season, I’m going to show you how to make one so you can customize it to your liking! These signs make a great present for a friend, family or even for yourself! I spent a total of $13 on this project and got three signs out of it that I’m totally in love with. Here’s what you need:

DIY MATERIALS
1. 8 x 12″ Wooden Plank – Home Hardware $6
2. Acrylic Paint – Michaels
3. Wood Stain – Home Hardware $5
4. Masking Tape
5. Scissors
6. Letter Templates OR Printer Paper
7. Paintbrushes

FONT: Roboto – totally said Robotic in the vid oops! size 275

*Helvetic which is already installed on your computer is a great alternative!

SONG: Grizzly Bear Vs. Lupe Fiasco – Two Weeks of Aerials & Varials

ADDING A WIRE HOOK: I left this part out because of the need for power tools that I figured the majority of viewers wouldn’t have access too! But in the case that you do have a drill and parental guidance to help you with it, you can drill two holes in the top and wrap a wire around each to make a hanging loop to attach to walls and such!

FULL ROOM TOUR:

Thursday

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October 2013

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Last Minute Watermelon Halloween Costume

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So it’s pretty much common knowledge if you’ve been following my Halloween series that I put a lot of thought into my costumes. Maybe a little too much thought (aka thought process that starts in August). But I know the majority of people are just looking for a quick, cheap and easy costume to DIY within a few hours of their Halloween plans. And guess what! I’ve totally got you! You really can’t beat a total cost of about $10 and 2 hours to make this costume, and I think it’s seriously cute! A long shirt can be really versatile – switch it up into a kiwi, starbucks cup, fav beverage can… the possibilities are endless! But for this tutorial, we’re going to keep it watermelony… with a watermelon tutorial (watermelony is definitely in the dictionary). Enjoy!

What You’ll Need:

1) Pink Dress/Shirt – Ardene’s
2) Tape – Dollar Store (or lime green fabric paint)
3) Black Fabric Paint – Michaels
4) Paintbrush
5) Scissors
6) Scrap Cardboard

Monday

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October 2013

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I SUCK AT BLOGGING BUT NOW IM BACK BBY

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So basically that title sums up my more than poor blogging habits in the last four months. HOW HAVE I NOT POSTED SINCE JULY? HOW DO THESE THINGS HAPPEN? Anyways, we’ve all concluded that I’ve been really poo at blogging, but I’m actually back now. For real.

And since I’m about a millennium behind, be sure to check out my youtube channel to keep up with all my videos, because I’ve been 110% consistent on my channel! I post videos every Sunday, and sometimes during the week when my schedule allows it. I’m going to try to make little posts about all the DIYs I missed a blog post for, but I figured I would start with my halloween tutorials!

I’m actually in LOVE with halloween because of the opportunity the holiday gives you to be totally creative about your costume. I’m that kid that starts thinking about what they want to be at the end of August. I’m not kidding, I get that stoked about it. So I’ve planned out a little mini series called #laurDIYhalloween ! Here’s a recap of the first three videos.

1. Loofah

What You’ll Need:

1) 16-20 Yards of Tulle – Fabric Store
2) Stretchy Material for Bands (Headbands, Nylons Elastic Waistband) – Dollar Store
3) White String for Loofah String – Dollar Store
4) Twist Ties/String for attaching to bands
5) Scissors
6) Ruler & Tape
7) Matching Coloured Dress – Stitches ($3 – I like tube dresses best but if you’re more comfortable with a dress with sleeves/straps that would be super cute too!)

2. Unicorn & Tutu Tutorial

What You’ll Need

1) 3 yards of tulle in each colour (I used white, pink, purple, blue and green): fabric store
2) white top: garage
3) stretchy material for a waistband (headbands, nylons, etc.): dollarstore
4) glitter scrapbook paper for the horn: michaels
5) headband: ardenes
6) scissors
7) hot glue gun
8) party horn (optional to help make the horn): dollar store
9) tights (optional): Spirit Halloween Store

3. Ariana Grande

Makeup & Outfit Info

Mac studio fix fluid NC30
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder (medium beige)
Sephora Bronzer in Aruba
Benefit Coralista Blush
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded
Rimmell 071 Palette – Pink
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Half Baked
Maybelline Master Precise Pen Liner
Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara
Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde

Dress – H&M
Bow – Ardene’s
Shoes – Aldo


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