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Saturday

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June 2013

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What’s On My iPhone Tag & How I Edit My Instagram Pics!

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My most frequent questions on instagram are usually pertaining to the apps that I use, the way I get a specific effect or what filters I use! So I decided to just join these two YouTube tags into one hopefully helpful video! I’m so glad to read in the comments that those of you who have an 8GB iPhone also regret your choice… I feel less bratty now, so thank you for that!! With that said, I don’t have a ton of music or apps due to lack of memory, but I think I have a pretty good variety of picture editing apps that I’m going to share with you in this video! Hope you learn about some new apps to add to the super fun instagram editing process (being completely honest, I get so much joy in editing a picture to go onto insty… I’m such a loser).

APPS
Scheduler: Horizon
Shazam
LookBook (lookbook.nu)
Michaels
Snapchat
Tumblr
YouTube
8Tracks
Vine
Hungry Shark
Getting Nuts
Candy Crush

Photo Editing Apps
Fotor – PES
TimerCam
Afterlight
Picfx
InstaCollageFree
Lumie
InstaText

Saturday

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June 2013

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May Haul & Online Store Reviews

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In this vicious world of online shopping (okay… it’s really not that vicious, it’s rather quite enjoyable), there’s countless online stores that all offer amazing pieces at great prices! So how’s a girl to choose?! I’ve had the opportunity to pick a few pieces from a couple online stores, and figured I would not only show you the pieces I chose, but give an honest review of some elements of the online stores! Ie. prices, organization, overall appeal (this is a personal opinion obviously). A lot of these online shops offer many of the same pieces as well at sometimes different prices, but there are other factors such as shipping costs and all that nonsense that can make deciding where to order from pretty difficult! Online shopping should never be stressful, so I’ve provided you with some quick and simple reviews on each store!

Disclaimer: I was provided with store credit to choose some pieces, but all opinions are my own.

Skateboard Deck (this is the ebay seller):

ROMWE ITEMS
Bird Tshirt
Zig Zag Caridgan

LOVELY WHOLESALE ITEMS
Striped Cardigan
White Chiffon Shirt
Skull Cross Body
“Labyrinth” Sweater

SHEINSIDE ITEMS
Bodycon Dress
Denim Shorts

SAMMYDRESS ITEMS
Skater Dress
Sweater
Purse
Jean Vest (in small)
Maxi Skirt With Slit
Asymmetrical Dress
Peach Dress

VIDAKUSH ITEMS
Online Store

WHAT IM WEARING
Shirt: Brandy Melville
Nails: “Borrowed Blue” – Essie

Wednesday

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May 2013

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Mini Vacation Lookbook

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Firstly, I want to apologize for the length and quality of this video. It’s no where near what I was hoping it to be, mostly caused by the sun dropping at an abnormally fast rate when I was filming. I was hoping to go a little more in depth with each outfit, but because of the time crunch I really was only able to squeeze in a quick overview of each outfit. But nonetheless, I hope you enjoy my Puerto Vallarta Outfit Lookbook!

Wednesday

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May 2013

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100K Subscribers & Exciting News!

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I’m not quite sure how this post slipped my mind, especially considering the fact that this is the most exciting milestone and announcement I’ve made in my YouTube career, so I guess this is old news for most of you. But if you’re more of a D&I follower opposed to a YouTube subscriber, I HIT 100,000 SUBSCRIBERS ON YOUTUBE! This is seriously one of the most amazing accomplishments that has ever happened to me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the support from friends, family and my loyal viewers!! I posted my first video just over a year ago, and I can’t believe the rate at which my channel grew and what it has now become.

So I’ve been hyping up a pretty exciting announcement that I said I would publicize at 100k subscribers, and again, this is most likely old news to many of you, but I’m launching my own personal iPhone case line titled “Lucky Deer Cases”. And we all know how unhealthy my iPhone case obsession is, so hopefully when the cases arrive I don’t end up keeping them all…… And because my viewers are the reason that this was possible, I wanted to make you all apart of the process of choosing the designs! I’ve made some mock up designs and posted them on tumblr for your viewing, to decide which design should be one of the five cases I’m putting into production! Unfortunately this giveaway is closing in a couple days (Friday, May 24th) because I’m a forgetful loaf, but there’s still two days to get your votes in! I reiterate all the details in the video, but here’s what’s up:

GIVEAWAY RULES
1. Must be subscribed to laurDIY
2. Comment down below your TOP 3 fav cases from this tumblr link!
***Note: I’ve decided I wanted to share the designs that are going into production for sure, so get stoked!!! The potential cases to choose from are numbered 1-5!
3. Must be 18+ or have a parent’s permission
4. This contest is international – so anyone can enter!
5. This giveaway will close ONE WEEK from the video post date (I want to get things going ASAP!!)
6. Follow me on instagram @laurDIY (not applicable if you do not have insty)
Questions about Lucky Deer Cases
How much will they cost?
$20 + shipping ($8 flat rate Canada/USA, $12 flat rate Worldwide)

What phones will you be making cases for?
iPhone 4/4S to begin with and hopefully the iPhone 5 soon enough!

Who designs them?
Me! With love from me, to you

So again, I just want to thank every one of you who has watched, liked, subscribed and supported me through this journey, I couldn’t be more appreciative.

Love,
Laur xx

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Sunday

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May 2013

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Puerto Vallarta Vacation Vlogs Part 2!

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I’m in serious Mexico withdrawal right now as my tan slowly fades away. I’m longing for the beach, the sound of the waves and the nachos that you always get before your entree (strange thing to miss, but seriously – we need to jump on this). So I’ve finally been able to throw together the last two vlogs of my vacation, and I apologize for the length of part 3 but it was too long to put into one single video! These next vlogs are a little more exciting and action-packed than parts 1 and 2 where I basically just chatted your face off and gave you tours of random things (which I still hope you enjoyed), and were filmed with Baz’s GoPro to capture all the underwater and DSLR danger zone shots! (I’ve ruined way too many cameras from a single grain of sand… I’ve definitely learned my lesson) One of the most exciting parts of the whole vacation was the opportunity that my dad and I had to swim with sealions, but unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to bring in my camera since they want you to buy their overpriced pictures (which we did obviously… sealions are so cute), so I’ll post some pics as well after the videos! Enjoy!

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Tuesday

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May 2013

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Puerto Vallarta Vacation Vlogs

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After making it out of exam season alive, my family and I set off for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a week of straight relaxation and fun in the sun. I’ve never been to this part of Mexico, and needless to say I would go back in a heartbeat and would definitely recommend PV to anyone looking for a great vacation! And although the local shopping wasn’t your typical mall experience, the flea market off the Malecon was one of the highlights of my trip. I got some amazing things for SO cheap!!! Plus who doesn’t love a little bartering to get the cheapest prices :) . I’ll definitely do a little “Mexico Haul” in the final Vacay Vlog (not sure how many parts there are going to be… thinking maybe around 4), to show you all my Mexican goodies!! Enjoy! (PS – I totally slacked on a post for the first day vlog, so here they both are!)

Friday

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May 2013

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Perfect Beach Bag Essentials Giveaway!

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I’ve been presented with another amazing opportunity to be apart of a great giveaway to give one lucky subscriber some serious summer beach bag lovin’! This is also a great opportunity for you to check out some channels that you may not have known about, and check out what they do (there’s some amazing girls involved). I honestly wish I could enter this giveaway myself, I’m so jealous of these prizes! They seriously make up the perfect beach bag with all the summer beach essentials you could ever need! Here’s how to win:

 

RULES:
1) Be subscribed to all of us:

LaurDIY
ilyjessicaomg
madisenrosebeauty1
BeautyBySiena
bolivianthatsme7
LagunaBeachLove10
heartsandhauls
caitbarker
shannonbarkerr

2) You can leave ONE COMMENT PER VIDEO stating ”what your dream summer vacation would be”

3) EXTRA ENTRIES: follow me on insty & twitter:
instagram: laurDIY
twitter

4) You must be 18 + or have parent’s permission

5) This *IS* an international giveaway- Anyone can enter!

6) This will be open from may 3rd-may 31st 2013!

PRIZES
floral backpack from Brandy Melville
California Flag beach towel from Pac Sun
1 year free subscription to Foam magazine
BKR water bottle in color jelly
jewelry from Rope The Moon
phone case from Wildflower in new aztec cross
assortment of SunBum sunscreen products
Hoola Bronzer by Benefit
Not Your Mothers Sea Salt Spray
$100 gift card to Swell
summer nail polish

Sunday

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April 2013

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April Haul: Romwe, Brandy Melville, OhGee Boutique!

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It’s around this time of the year when I start buying anything and everything that reminds me of the sunny days to come of summer (aka expect lots of hauls to come!). This Spring, I’m loving velvet, skater skirts and boat loads of arm candy! This collective haul features clothing pieces from Romwe, Target and Brandy Melville, accessories and gorgeous arm candy from OhGee Boutique and some new makeup favs from Sephora! I already have way too many online orders en route to my house, so get stoked for my next Spring haul! All items will be credited to their respective store.

WHAT IM WEARING
top : brandy melville
nails: essie “where’s my chauffeur”

CLOTHES
Bikini Tops – Target
Off the Shoulder Top (XS) – GoJane.com
Tan Flatforms – GoJane.com
Maxi Dress – Brandy Melville
Velvet Tights (S) – Romwe
Velvet Skater Skirt (S) – Romwe
Floral Knit – Romwe
Deer Knit – Romwe
Striped Tights – Romwe

ALL JEWELRY: OhGee Boutique

MAKEUP
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Sephora Silicone Free Primer
Sephora Bronzer in Aruba
Maybelline Masterprecise Eyeliner Pen
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

Monday

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April 2013

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“Draw My Life”

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Lately on YouTube there’s been this amazing video trend where a YouTuber will portray their whole life on a white board in basically under 15 minutes. It’s like getting to know someone in the shortest amount of time possible, seeing all their major ups, downs and life changing events that have made them who they are today. So I jumped on this band wagon after many requests, and just a heads up to those who are considering filming this video… It ain’t easy!! 2 hours of embarrassingly preliminary drawings later, and another half hour of voice overs trying to put my life into words… and here we are! So I hope you enjoy learning a bit more about me and reliving the last 19 years of my life via a whiteboard and 13 minutes of terrible drawings!

Monday

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April 2013

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SheInside Favourites

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If you’ve been following me for even a short period of time, you’ll know that I am a huge sucker for online shopping. There’s nothing I love more than shopping from bed, it’s just the best of both worlds! And with Spring on the way you can bet that I’ve spent a healthy amount of time perusing the web for the latest Spring trends. A site that I’ve been loving lately is SheInside, a trendy online-only store that updates daily! Below you’ll find a collage of an outfit that I’ve had sitting in my SheInside shopping cart for a few days now (it’s just a matter of time before I give in), and a few Spring jacket trends that I’ve been eying! A Spring jacket is one of my top priority purchases right now, so here are a few of my current options!

1. Cardigan, 2. Celine Tshirt, 3. High Waisted Shorts, 4. Ankle Boots

1. Studded Leather Jacket, 2. Two-Toned Leather Jacket, 3. Leather Lapel Jacket, 4. Army Green Trench Coat

 

Saturday

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March 2013

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Mini OOTD + Stella & Dot Giveaway!

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I’ve teamed up with personal stylist Laurie, from Stella & Dot to give away some super cute pieces from the jewelry line! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to pick out a few pieces from the line to style with my own pieces to make this mini OOTD (I’m calling it a mini OOTD because it was about -20 out and I wasn’t able to get much footage without freezing myself into a laursicle!). Laurie has chosen a gorgeous necklace and a pair of super cute studs to give away so you have double the chance to snatch up some Stella & Dot accessories! Here’s how you can win:

Prize: Sparkle Studs (retails $19CAD)
1. Be subscribed to LaurDIY!
2. Like Laurie’s FB page 
3. Post your favourite Stella & Dot item to Laurie’s FB page (be sure to include your YouTube username so we know how to track you!)
4. Winner will be chosen at random on March 30th

Prize: Secret Garden Cluster Necklace (retails $74CAD)
1. Be subscribed to LaurDIY!
2. Like Laurie’s FB page
3. Log in to the Stella & Dot website, browse, and create a Wishlist with your favourite items!
4. Post your Wishlist URL to Laurie’s FB page (be sure to include your YouTube username so we know how to track you!)
5. Winner will be chosen at random on March 30th.

*This is an international contest, entrants must be 18 years or have a parent’s permission.

OUTFIT
leather jacket – Topshop
Dress – H&M
Knee Highs – Ardenes
Boots – Winners
Watch – Aldo
Necklace – Stella & Dot
Chain Bracelet – Stella & Dot
Arrow Bracelet – Stella & Dot
Beaded Bracelet – Stella & Dot

My Stella & Dot Wishlist

Wanna Know More About Stella & Dot!
1) If you’re in Canada and LOVE the Stella & Dot collection, you can shop my online Trunk Show today!
2) Do you live in the GTA and want to see the jewels in person? Contact Laurie directly. Laurie de Fleuriot de la Colinière: lauriedefleuriot@gmail.com
3) Outside of Canada? Email Laurie for details about how to order.
4) To learn about what it’s like to be an Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot, earning money and free accessories on the go, ask Laurie how to join her team!

Friday

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March 2013

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Brandy’s Biggest Fan

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I’m not one to enter contests (especially since I basically have the longest running losing streak of life), but this particular contest really caught my interest. The contest includes putting together some sort of creative portrayal of your number one fan-dom of Brandy Melville and entering it as a video response on the Brandy YouTube page. And because I have an unhealthy Brandy addiction… and a love for YouTube and making videos… I figured it would be silly of me not to enter! I’ve got nothing to lose, so I put together a 60 second (well 58 seconds to be exact) Brandy Melville collection video as my entry and also for your enjoyment! The winner gets access to the new Toronto location opening at Yorkdale mall and a $100 giftcard, so fingers crossed everybody! Throw me a thumbs up for good luck if you’re feeling nice. Thanks for the support my lovelies!

Sunday

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February 2013

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Collective Haul

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The groundhog is calling for an early spring which in turn obviously means that it’s time for some early spring shopping! Last weekend I headed to the states in hope of coming home with a whole new spring wardrobe, but instead I came home with a ton of beauty products (who I am…). I got a few pieces that I do really love, but a lot of the products purchased were of the makeup sort (and a about a billion lip products). This haul also includes items from the past couple months alongside the products purchased at the Walden Galleria.

Products Mentioned
Love Don’t Pay The Bills – Skinny Bitch Apparel
Striped Pink Tank – UO
Cream Knit Cardigan – UO
Studded Tank – F21
Leather Vest – F21
Cream Maxi Skirt – Papaya
Sunglasses – Nine West
Glasses – Firmoo
Candles (Peach Bellini & Island Margarita) – Bath & Body Works
Naked2 Palette – eBay
Jewelry – Stella & Dot
Gold Watch – Aldo
Bronzer Powder Brush – Target
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (in medium) – Target
Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm (210) – Target
EOS Balm – Target
Loreal EverCreme Sulphate-Free Conditioner – Target
Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara – Target
Benefit “They’re Real” – Sephora
Colour Whisper (One Size Fits Pearl, Bare To Be Bold, Made it Mauve) – Shoppers Drug Mart
Stila Lip Glazes – UO
Mac Studio Fix Fluid NC30 – Mac
Fluidline in Dipdown – Mac
Essies (Where’s My Chauffeur, Tart deco, In Stitches) – Various Places

Saturday

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February 2013

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OOTD + Win My Shirt!

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Dig my shirt? WIN IT! If you missed my previous OOTD video detailing the Skinny Bitch Apparel giveaway, you can check that out here! But this video is featuring the Dimepiece “Love Don’t Pay The Bills” tee that’s up for grabs in two giveaways!

SKINNY BITCH GIVEAWAY RULES
PRIZE: “Love Don’t Pay The Bills Tee” + $50 SB Apparel giftcard
1. Enter a photo of you wearing your best edgy but still romantic-ish Anti Vday outfit on the SB Apparel fbook page
2. Upload it by Saturday Feb 9th!
3. Get your friends to vote for you and let all your friends know! Voting starts Feb 10 – 13
4. Winner will be announced on Feb 14th!

*This is an international contest, entrees must be 18 years or older!

Link to the Love Don’t Pay The Bills Tee

GIVEAWAY RULES FOR A SUBSCRIBER
PRIZE: “Love Don’t Pay The Bills Tee”
1. Be subscribed to LaurDIY!
2. Post your best anti-vday outfit picture to the SB Apparel Facebook page
3. Comment on the video’s youtube page the name which will be affiliated with your entry on the SB Fbook page!
4. Winner will be chosen at random on Feb 14th!
*This is an international contest, entrees must be 18 years or older!

WHAT IM WEARING
Flannel: Pacsun
T-shirt: “Love Don’t Pay The Bills” by Dimepiece
Jeans: Cheap Monday High Waisted Skinnies
Beanie: H&M
Shoes: TopShop

FILMED BY: Bre Elbourn
MUSIC: permission given by imChanel – In Time You’ll See

Wednesday

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January 2013

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LaurDIY x Skinny Bitch Apparel

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I’ve had a lot of single Valentines Days in my past, which has lead me to develop a sour attitude to the upcoming February 14th holiday. Now, even with a long-term boyfriend, I have concluded that Valentines day is overrated. Personally, I choose to indulge in sweets all year around, and pink and red is possibly my most hated colour combination. Consequently, one could call me an anti-Valentine’s Day advocate.

For this Anti V-Day, I have joined forces with fab Cali brand, Skinny Bitch Apparel, and we’re claiming that “love don’t pay the bills”. And without further adieu, I’d like to announce this bad ass giveaway that SB Apparel is hosting!  Stay tuned for some killer OOTDs sponsored by our lovely giveaway host.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Submit a photo of yourself wearing an Anti Vday look – edgy and dark but still romantic!

2. Post your photo to the SB Facebook page by February 9, 2013, 11:59 pm.

3. Come back to the SB Facebook page on February 10 and vote on your favorite entries, and get others to vote for yours too. The final winner will be selected based on the number of votes. You may vote once a day.

Winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day and will score this super rad Love Don’t Pay The Bills tee from Dimepiece Designs. Good luck! Winner will be featured in our next blog!

Check out the Skinny Bitch Apparel Contest Page for more details!