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Sidney

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photos by Carly Dame

I went to Sidney yesterday with the lovely Carly Dame to get our thrift shopping on and of course we had to break to snap some pictures of our ensembles. Currently this is on of my favourite outfits; I love the mix of black and white patterns with just a splash of red. I grew up with my mom wearing her Champagne d’Argent sweater when she would go to rabbit shows (they’re like dog shows) and doing chores. It wasn’t anything special then. I didn’t even remember she had it until 6 months ago when I was feverishly looking through her draws for some black tights and came across it. It was love at second sight.

When I find a look that goes together well I tend to wear it for several days in a row if I can get away with it. If I’m seeing all the same people I won’t do it, but different people? Yes. I will lazily grab the same clothes from my floor and assemble myself as a copy of the previous day. This is what happened yesterday.

Lots of love,

Kate

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NOTHING IS NEW

_MG_0576_MG_0479_MG_0518_MG_0870_MG_0771_MG_0868_MG_0873_MG_0663wearing: everything is thrifted or from the Victoria Vintage Fair

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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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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COWGIRL

_MG_9932_MG_9972_MG_9951_MG_9959_MG_9962wearing: lizzy hat from capital iron, thrifted & shorts shirt, necklace from decade, dad’s belt, roots backpack, born boots from the cobbler

I love how these cowboy boots look when paired with shorts or a skirt. Somehow they manage not to shorten my legs and the light leather matches most of my brown belts and beloved Roots backpack. Today I’m going to try and make some Canadian themed shorts for Canada Day this Monday. Spray paint and glitter are involved. Stay tuned.

Lots of love,

Kate

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