Author Archives: Kate

NOTHING IS NEW

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photos by Carly Dame

I can’t remember the last time I wore a completely thrifted/secondhand look. I think this outfit works because all of the pieces are in excellent condition and fit well. For example my blazer is Ralph Lauren and my shoes are leather and made in Italy. The other pictures in this post are of street performers in downtown Victoria and a Friday night market (no, I do not know that man…).

I woke up to jackhammering this morning, was about to curse the neighbours, then realized it was coming from my house. My parents are renovating the basement, so I’m sure I’ll have many more months of being awoken by jakhammers, chainsaws, table saws and other loud obnoxious power tools. Yes.

I went to the Victoria Vintage Fair this past weekend and found a gorgeous beaded, sequin top and pretty white slip that I’ll probably need another slip for because it’s so transparent. There was a summer market next to the vintage fair so I had to sample some ice cream and other goodies.

Lots of love,

kate

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SALMON KING

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photos by Carly Dame and me

I got this dress from a local shop here in Victoria and it was 50% off. My Mom and I had just been to the grocery store to buy salmon, popsicles and other perishable foods when she decided she wanted a bottle of wine. As we were walking to the liquour store I decided to pop into True Boutique. It was lucky I did because I found this wonderful dress and a couple other tops. Needless to say the popsicles were a bit melted when we got home, but the salmon was fine.

I decided to fancy up my dress by wearing heels, a blazer and red lipstick. I’m not used to wearing lipstick, so it got everywhere. Occasionally I would look at my fingers, see it smeared there, and panic. I don’t think I got any on my clothes, but I managed to get it all over my teeth.

Carly and I ventured to Fisherman’s Wharf to take these photos in the wind and sun. She had a constant battle with the wind, her hair, and lip gloss, so I was glad I wore my hair up. I imagine I would have little lines of lipstick all over my face!

Lots of love,

Kate

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JUNE 2013

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Lots of love,

Kate

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HAPPY CANADA DAY!

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9wearing: top from plen+y, forever 21 necklace, dad’s belt, diy shorts, born boots, thrifted purse

Happy Canada Day everyone! Canada is 146 today – time to party with this old man/woman. I know that 146 is hardly anything compared to some European countries, but hey. So these are my DIY shorts in all their glory and I think they turned out really well. I love how they look messy because of the spray paint. And of course glitter makes everything better, right?

Lots of love,

Kate

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DIY CANADA DAY SHORTS

Canada Day Shorts

I’m going to try something a little different today and do a DIY. Since it’s Canada Day tomorrow I figured I’d show you how I made my patriotic Canadian shorts. The whole process took me about 2 hours, but that’s also including petting my dogs, rice cracker snacking, instagraming and waiting for paint to dry while lounging in the sun.

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Supplies:
Pencil
Scissors
Tape
Cardstock
Thrifted or an old pair of pants (I used red pants, but you inverse the flag stencil, I’m sure white would work)
Spray paint
Fabric or multi-surface paint (white & glitter)

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Step 1:
Gather all of your supplies and go outside! This is very important, because you will be using spray paint.

Step 2:
Get a piece of card-stock (slightly thicker paper) and cut it so it resembles one of the back pockets of your jeans. Next draw a Canadian flag on the pocket. For this step I went inside, googled “Canadian maple leaf stencil”, copied it, and then went back outside.

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Step 3:
Cut out the section of your flag stencil that is supposed to be white. If you have white shorts instead, cut out the sections that are supposed to be red. I made sure my maple leaf attached itself to the edges so may stencil would be in one piece.

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Step 4:
Tape your stencil on to your pants. This is really important, because if the stencil moves around, then your maple leaf may not look like a maple leaf.

Step 5:
Find a nice patch of grass in the sun and spray paint your pants. I did about three coats of spray paint and only waited about 5-10 minutes between coats. The spray paint doesn’t go on evenly (while it didn’t for me), so I filled in some sections with a multi-surface white paint.

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Step 6:
Let the paint dry for about 20 minutes in the sun, then carefully take the stencil off.

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Step 7:
Take your red glitter paint and paint in the areas the stencil was covering. Next take the white/silver glitter paint and paint over the white sections.

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Step 8:
Once the paint is dry, you can cut your pants to the desired length. Remember to cut the pants longer in the back and a bit shorter in the front – you have to accommodate your butt! I kept my pants a bit longer and just folded them to my desired shortness. If you are having trouble or have never made your own shorts before maybe watch a few youtube videos.

You’re done! Now you don’t have to go to the dollar store and buy lame stickers and temporary tattoos. So get your sparkly butt out the door and enjoy Canada Day!

Lots of love,

Kate

 

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