Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sam Wish // Guest Post.

By far, my most favorite piece of thrifted clothing is these pants! I got these probably a year and a half ago while I was visiting my grandparents in New Orleans. Actually, my sister picked them out for me so I tried them on and it was love at first sight! I had been looking for a good pair of high waisted pants for ages and these were just perfect. In every way. They are still my favorite pants, I honestly can't even remember the last time I wore low-rise jeans! They're comfy and fun and flared! Plus all the buttons kind of make me feel like a sailor.... which is perfectly fine with me ;)


How sweet is Sam? And how wicked are those pants?! She's got the cutest blog ever and runs an amazing online vintage/handmade store(link below). I bought one of her handmade dresses and posted about it here. Sam's got such a sense of life and fashion DIY and fantastic style, seriously go pay her a visit at the following links:

Blog // Shop

Thanks so much for guest posting Sam!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cutting The Sleeves // DIY

Ever feel like your wardrobe just needs some extra oomph? It happens for various reasons I find. Maybe your style has changed, maybe your body has (no hate guyz, but it does happen, especially during them teenage years), maybe it's a new season, or maybe you're simply bored of some pieces you've had for years. Whatever the reason, it gets frustrating when you can't or aren't willing to throw it all out and spend a bucket load of cash to renew your wardrobe. Solution? Well it's quite simple - DIY!

I haven't had an enormous amount of time for DIY so I've started out really small -by cutting sleeves off of shirts that I thought needed new life! Here's 3 examples of shirts I changed up and now adore!

1. The Plaid Shirt.
This was a cheap plaid shirt I bought at Urban Planet when plaid first became a 'thing' a few years back. It's soft, and I do like the lumberjack feel, but over time it became limp and lame and unfitted and awkward. So I cut off the sleeves and took some fabric scraps and sewed them to the collar and the pocket, just to spice it all up a bit! I'm SO happy with how this turned out, though I think I might try and add a lining to thicken it a bit once I get the time!

2. Thrifted Blouse.
This blouse has the coolest collar trimmed with lace. I saw it at Good Will and thought - I'll have to find a way to make this work. I thought pairing it with some edgier pieces would be enough, but it wasn't. And this shirt with amazing lace details stayed hanging in my closet for a month or two. And then it hit me that I could cut off the bulky sleeves that I found made it so awkward, and the lace would actually show even better! Add a belt and voila! Totally cute!

3. The Band Tee.
It's flipped because I used my webcam for these photos, but this is an Elvis Costello tshirt. I love me some Costello, he's one of my favourites. So when my step dad just surprised me with this one day just because, I was stoked! The thing is, tshirts aren't my thing. Sure there's some with a special cut and fabric and pattern to it that I do choose to wear, but ultimately I am not one to wear a cotton tshirt. So I turned it into a tank top.  The one thing I need to change to this is to sew up the sleeve hole a little - the tshirt sleeve was very wide and now I've got major risk for some side boob peek-aboo moments that I'm not really into. ;)

So there's my three sleeve-cutting transformations! I'm stoked to wear these shirts, particularly the blouse in the middle. It's really an easy way to update a few pieces in a simple way that can still get you excited to wear them, and I'm definitely going to try and find other ways to do so and then share them with you guys on here if I find some good ones ;)

ps. excuse the webcam quality of these. I'm secretly a webcam/photobooth junkie. Shh.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Playlist • Traveller's Tunes

Hey guys! A week from now I am going to be in Belgium on a trip with my mum! She was born in Belgium so I'm excited to have a personal tour guide to show me all of the country's little wonders.

I find that certain songs bring me back to my past travels, and others invoke major wanderlust into my heart, so I've come up with a playlist to listen to this week and on my travels (namely on the long plane ride, lord knows I'll need the music then! Haha). There's something inexplicably romantic about travel; discovering new things and being away from everything you know. Everything is new and leaves a sweet aftertaste in your mind, it's even like the sun itself has a different glow.

1. Soul Meets Body - Death Cab For Cutie
This song was a recent discovery on my trip to France a few years back, regardless of the memories associated, there's something so perfect about this song for travelling. The lyrics make me think of discovery and self discovery which I think travel is a huge part of.

2. The Traveller's Chant - Rizzle Kicks
Well, it has the word travel in the song title, but it also has this bittersweet sort of "I'm leaving and it's what I've got to do" feel to it. Though I am currently single, I've had that bittersweet feeling of leaving someone behind, and this song sort of justifies it and makes it sound like they're going on some grand important adventure. Which I think makes travelling sound awesome. 

3. Lakehouse - Of Monsters and Men
It's just all whimsy and summery and such a good road trip song.

4. You In The End - Matt Hires
A reminder than no matter how much of the world we see, and how amazing it all is, in the end we've got to come home.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bubble Gum // Illustration WIP

Thought I'd share this work in progress. I'm going to clean up some of the lines in the body probably - still debating adding pen outlines or just using watercolour to leave it softer? I don't know, I'm trying things out, this one's been in progress for weeks so I'm glad I got somewhere with it anyway!

There's a few art mediums I'm really wanting to focus on lately. I want to try more watercolour, which I think is so soft and pretty. I also want to try embroidery again, and even just writing poetry. Have I ever mentioned how much of a poetry junkie I am? I don't always like sharing it online, I like to think one day I'll get it all published and THEN people will get to experience it. But I'm thinking of combining my art with it, and sharing some. What do you guys think? Would that be interesting ish? Maybe?

Soo tired out. I feel and look so yuckbuckets and I wish I could just wear all my colourful clothes in time for summer. But no. Hair up, all black, 'comfy' shoes. I know I complain too much about that part of work. But I must say that's the worst of the job. The rest is all quite fun, especially when friends come in and order drinks and are all impressed even though it's not that special to make the drinks once you've learned how.

Hope all of your weeks are going well, we've made it past hump day! Woo!

Monday, May 14, 2012

An Appreciative Kind of Lately

This past week has taught me how short life is, how quickly things change, and how some things will always stay the same. I've always appreciated what I've had - but somehow that appreciation has grown stronger and I feel so thankful for the small things in life.

This weekend I went out with my friend Tiffany. We've been friends for a long time, but we went through most of first year not really keeping in touch. We reconnected though and I'm thankful to have someone that makes the most mundane things so fun! Things like doing our nails, spotting adorable dogs or babies while we're out, taking a thousand pictures, etc. etc.
I'm realizing through rekindling our friendship, which of my OTHER friendships are like that and how special they all are. 

After our night out we returned to my house for a sleepover, and it was past midnight so it was officially Tiffany's birthday! I surprised her with my cousin Benji (who she is friends with as well) showing up through my backdoor dressed in a suit with a birthday cake. She thought it was an axe murderer hiding in my backyard waiting to kill us. So after some screaming we all laughed and ate cake - is there anything better to do with amazing people at 1AM in the morning?

It had been months since I dressed up. Needless to say I had fun with my outfit for the dinner, all thrifted except the shoes which were my prom shoes!

We're goofs.

Isn't she gorgeous?

And the surprise! Isn't he the best? We're not related by blood but I often forget and say "IT'S LIKE WE'RE RELATED!" In that sarcastic way you say to your family..... except it IS like we're related. It's oddballs. But he rocks so whatever.

I appreciate my family, my friends, the good times spent with them and the opportunities I have to spend time with them. I wish I could write an entire post about each of my amazing friends, which I could do. But seeing as this is a "lately" post, I'll stick to the photos I have of lately. We can have more cheeseballiness some other time.

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(1. Benji & Tiff, 2. Kyla and I headed to go get her tattoo today, 3. Tiff and I getting ready, 4. My cousin Sabrina and I, 5. An amazing dress I bought yesterday, 6. Kyla and her tattoo! So good!, 7. My mother's day present to my amazing mom(who takes most of my photos just by the way), 8. Red lipstick.)

I might do a post on my mommy soon. In belated honour of mother's day. And even just because she's awesome. That is if she allows me to post pictures of her on the blog. She thinks she looks bad even when she looks beautiful - sounds like the most of us huh? ;) Haha

It's been a tough week but this is me looking on the bright side. 

What have you felt appreciative of lately?


Friday, May 11, 2012

My Grandpa, My Farfar.

Yesterday my beloved Grandfather had a stroke. 
I was really thrown off - I had just made the go-train trip the day before to go visit him on my day off, and cooked lunch for him with my cousin. We mentioned how great he seemed that day, cracking jokes and smiling and chatting. Then the very next day, my cousin calls me to let me know he was in the hospital with what doctors were 90% sure was a stroke. Today they confirmed it.
He's stable, mentally there but has trouble forming words and will probably have lost the function in his right arm/right side. His dog also scratched up his arm pretty bad while he was unconscious on the floor of his house. I am so thankful his neighbours chose to visit him yesterday and found him on time.

I don't really want to say much more. I didn't really want to say anything about it all, I don't want a pity party - this isn't about me, it's about my Farfar (father's father in danish). But I can't think of anything else today so I thought it appropriate to post it. I love that man. He's the sweetest of the sweet. And for years he has visited my grandmother religiously at her nursing home where she lives with advanced Alzheimers. His devotion to her is astounding.
I snapped these photos of him the day before his stroke.

My cousin with him on Wednesday.

And this is me with my Farmor (father's mother) and Farfar when I was little. It's such a happy picture, I seriously treasure it.

All photos (C) Katia Engell.

Life is short. Anything can happen at any minute. So tell those whom you love that you love them every day and never stop showing it.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Poncho Girl // Illustration

This is Poncho Girl.
I know, I know. I'm super clever at naming my illustrated characters. It's kind of you to think so.

Realized I hadn't posted any of my art on the blog recently (because I've been too busy to finish anything - wah!) so I'm hoping to focus some more time on making and posting my illustrations. It's probably the biggest part of who I am (the artistic illustrative side) and I feel I haven't been sharing it enough. It's easy to get so wrapped up in work and trying to fit in some social time as well as some online time and reading time and.... well, time for essentials like bathing and sleep. I also filled up my sketchbook so I need a new one that I can bring to work to sketch in during my breaks. That'll do the trick.

Though I'm going to focus on making more art, I also want to blog more about art.

I mean don't get me wrong. I love fashion.
A lot.

And I love clothes.
A lot.

But in the long run where does that get me? Maybe a few places. But that's not the point. ;)
Anyway. Poncho Girl prompted a little "I-Miss-Art" artist's rant about my own little bout of what they call artist's block. 

Long story short; I'm going to promise you guys some more artwork. That way I'm extra forced to make more. A little extra motivation never hurt right? I have some picture heavy posts coming up too, from stuff I've been up to. And some exciting outfit posts (back to fashion.... whatevz!!) that I'm stoked to share with you guys. SO BE STOKED TOO!!!


Saturday, May 5, 2012

An Over-Worked kind of Lately.

Today was just one of those days. The type where you wake up in the morning at 4:30AM to make it to your eight hour shift at work at 5:30AM, and you have a text from someone that does NOT make you happy.

Then you figure "Might as well make myself some coffee like a big girl and since you're opening the store today you can't get any coffee before your shift there." So you make the coffee and you go upstairs to put on your boring all black outfit for work, brush your teeth and make yourself look half decent. 

Then you go back to the kitchen only to realize that you forgot to put a filter paper in the coffee machine so there are coffee grinds clumped all over your canteen and counter and coffee is spilling everywhere. But you've got 2 minutes before you have to leave for work. So you pile paper towel everywhere and just get the heck out of there, deciding to clean it after work.
Then you get home and can't sleep because you're full of caffeine from work.

So you're frustrated because you want so badly to sleep.
Insert a few more texts that get you riled up.
And you get me, here, blogging, lettin' it all out and trying to lift my mood by reading all of your generally much more positive blog posts! ;)

So now that that's all done and over with (kudos to you if you read all that), here are snapshots from lately. Even though it hasn't been much of an interesting week in terms of my activities.

My friend and I made ourselves some portobello mushroom mini pizzas for dinner the other night, based off the recipe I found here on Mel's blog! They were practically the most delicious thing ever and I am normally not even that big a fan of mushrooms (yet I chose to make these... I know. I told you I've been overworked! Haha!) and they took literally 20 minutes to make. So easy peasy and so amazing!!!

And some instagrams from lately. Crocodile earrings(stay tuned for a near-future outfit post with them!), food, food, food, curly hairz, wearing a lei at work, my best friend Kami, and my other best friend puppy Oliver. Honestly don't know what I'd do without that puppy.

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Happy Weekend Everyone!
I've got a few more posts up my sleeve for the next little bit, including some of my favourite outfits as of yet so I'm stoked to share :D

(please pretty please? :P hahaha)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Starwars Day!

May the 4th Be with you!

If you're new around here.
And even if you've been here a while.
There's something very important you should all be reminded of.


It hasn't even been one of those lifetime love things, it's slowly developed over the past few years and now I can't get enough of anything and everything to do with it!
I have shirt. I have a boxset. I have a Chewbacca stuffie, a Yoda USB key, I juuuuusttttt loooooooooveee ittttttttt!!

When my new coworker cracked a joke or two about Starwars on one of my first weeks there, I nearly melted and thought THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO WORK EVER.
Also: Starbucks. Starwars. STARS. It's a trending theme in my life.

 Movie marathon anyone?

I even went so far as to incorporate Yoda into an assignment I had to design a vinyl cover - ever heard of "Christmas In The Stars"? It's a Starwars christmas album, with some vocals by Bon Jovi. It was actually his first  ever professional recording, HA! It's the bee's knee's guys.


So I was totally planning on doing a Starwars appreciation post even before I realized that Starwars day (as it has come to be known) was this month - so I decided I had might as well break away from my recent outfit post mania and share this with you guys!

I'm super exhausted from work these days, I know I sound like a broken record about how much work they're giving me but I've gotten EVEN more hours now and my feet kill me and my head is ready to fall off.... not really. But whatever.

Happy Weekend guys - I'll be working the whole time, but I hope some of you get a break ;) ;)


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

DIY // Floral Patterned Scissors

Hey guys! I'm really excited to share my very first DIY post with you guys!
Now that I'm off school I have (a little) more free time to actually do these posts so I'm looking forward to posting more!

This is a super simple DIY involving an old pair of scissors that were starting to look really dirty and gross, and some nail polish I already owned, so it was pretty much a free DIY! Here it is!!

Pick a base colour, a lighter tone + a complimenting dark tone, and a highlight colour! These are the ones I'm using (Jade Jump by Sally Hansen for the base,  Back to the Fuschia by Sally Hansen for the lighter tone, Limited Addiction by Essie for the darker, and Summer Sunrise by H&M for the highlight.)

1. Cover the handle with the base tone. I would suggest letting one side of the scissors dry before you do the other, that way you can actually set the scissors down (which I didn't do and ended up holding the scissors upright while doing my hair for several minutes haha.... my bad!) Let the layer dry before going to the next step!

2. Take your lighter colour for the base of your flower and make little flower-y blobs spaced out around the handles! Again - one side a time is highly suggested ;) Allow time to dry!

3. This is where it gets a little trickier. I made two or three little noodle shapes to give a suggestion of petals and depth to the flowers! I used the very corner of the brush as best I could to get a thinner line! Be sure not to have excess nail polish on your brush or else it'll blob out all over your design! Let this dry too!!

4. Last but not least, take your "highlight" tone and, using the corner of your brush again, make little dots in the centre of the flower. I tried to make 3 dots varied in size, but it's all up to you! To do this one especially I would be careful to remove excess nail polish from the brush - these get blobby easily!

And there you have it! Some way cuter scissors than we started out with, without having to go out and spend extra money on a pair of overpriced patterned ones ;) And they look so pretty!

I mean, sure it's just scissors, but I've found that having pretty little details throughout life is actually a great way to add a little cheer here and there. Even if it is just when you get to use your scissors :) I kind of want to try the same technique on my nails for fun!

I'm sure the same general concept could be used for many different patterns; stripes & chevorn (using masking tape!) or polkadots or anything else you can come up with.
Let me know if you guys decide to do this, I'd love to see the results!

So work is kicking my butt guys. They gave me 35 hours this week AND I'm working my second job mondays. And then next week i have 37 HOURS. THIRTY SEVEN. I'm going to die. I need better shoes, because my feet kill me. 
I'm really lucky that I generally adore my work - sure when I'm lying in bed at 4 AM hearing my alarm go off so I can get up and get to work by 5AM I just never want to go back ever. But once I'm there and doing the job I forget all about that and love it!

Hope all of your weeks are off to a good start!