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:
1. Strapless Bra/Bandeau – Ardene $5
2. Elastic – Fabric Store – $2
3. Needle/Thread – Dollar Store
SONG: City of Dream – (Dirty South & Alesso) DJ Trademark
WHAT IM WEARING
Beanie – H&M
Shorts – Priceless
Top – Romwe
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!
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!
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)
3. Hemp String – Michaels ($5)
Song: DJ Topsider – Transmit (Mike Posner x Blood Cultures)
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.
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:
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
5. Hot Glue Gun
SONG: This Feeling – Usher x Icona Pop x Hyper Crush x Viceton x Zedd (DJ TopSider)
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.)
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
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!
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
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
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:
1. 8 x 12″ Wooden Plank – Home Hardware $6
2. Acrylic Paint – Michaels
3. Wood Stain – Home Hardware $5
4. Masking Tape
6. Letter Templates OR Printer Paper
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!
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
6) Scrap Cardboard
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.
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
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
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
I’ve been ever so graciously gifted this amazing grecian dress by Shoptiques, originally from a boutique called “Polished” in Connecticut. Here are some summer-ready ideas to style your favourite LWD! I tried to make it as diverse as possible between the 3 looks so hopefully there’s a look for everyone to get inspired by. Enjoy!
WHAT IM WEARING
Dress – Shoptiques (also available in store at Polished in Connecticut)
Lately I’ve been been loving all things involving accessorizing your hair/head (apparently… looking at my consecutive head accessory videos). I think these dainty gold head chains are also a bit more wearable than the flower crown as well (I would be more likely to rock the headchain anyways!). This DIY is pretty much just some simple bracelet making techniques to fabricate a super simple but eye-catching chain head piece! I dare you to wear it!
Chain – Ardenes/beading store
Pliers, Wire Cutters & Scissors – hardware/beading/dollar stores
String – Any craft store/beading store