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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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THE FARM

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I got this skirt in December and everything about it screams winter, so to challenge myself I decided to make a summer ensemble starring it and its majestic pleats. Enjoy.

These pictures were taken on my Nana’s farm, or simply “the farm” as my family calls it. The place is magical – some of my best childhood memories took place there. There were always epic soccer matches that only ended when it was twilight and croquet games that somehow managed to be interesting, but ping pong was by far the fiercest sport played. All sports aside, the best part was always seeing my aunts, uncles and cousins. Catching up with their lives over a box of chocolates, acting out funny stories, playing Skip-Bo, feeding the horses – everything seemed to happen over at “the farm.”

Most of the time I’m just as interested in the background of personal style blogs as much as the clothes. The location of the shoot tells the story of the clothes. I’m always somewhat disappointed when I pick up a fashion magazine and their editorial was just done in a studio. Where’s the sense of adventure? I would rather see that same model on the streets of New York or in front of a majestic waterfall in Brazil or on the cobblestone streets of a European village. I think this is why I love blogs, because every day I get to visit a different place in pictures and the background is always interesting.

Lots of love,

Kate

 

 

 

FADED PAINT

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photos by Carly Dame

Sometimes it just happens that a whole outfit consists of thrift store purchases. On these days I feel ethically good and bargain happy. So I hope you enjoy these edgy, street chic, badass with an attitude pictures as much as I do.

So my mom was trying to assemble an Ikea dresser today and my dog Callahan saw fit to “help” her. Hilarity ensued with him climbing on top of the box, sniffing the scissors suspiciously, taunting us with a piece of Ikea box he was prancing around with and generally just lying perfectly in the way. I don’t know if any work will get done…

Lots of love,

Kate

 

NICHE INSPIRATION BALL

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wearing: thrifted top, assorted jewelry, La Fee Verte skirt from Still Life for Her, thrifted purse, Zara Sandals

photos by me and Carly Dame

On Saturday I attended the Niche Inspiration Ball with Carly and it was quite the experience. Think red carpet, fancy hotel, gowns galore, sapphire blue cocktails, white table cloths, too many forks and spoons to count, an exuberant live auction and memories to last a lifetime. I felt slightly underdressed, but seeing as I only bought my ticket on Thursday, I didn’t feel too bad. My skirt is La Fee Verte from Still Life for Her which I bought last year as an absolute splurge, my heels are from Zara and my purse and top are thrifted.

Once Carly and I walked the red carpet we snuck off to take some pictures in Empress Hotel’s lovely garden. I think we will definitely be back to take some more photos, even though tourists are always milling around. Once we were back inside it was time for dinner which consisted of a pear salad, herb crusted salmon and creme brulee for dessert. Nom! The live auction followed dinner and after that ended there was more mingling and Carly and I had the opportunity to meet Niche editor-in-chief Tracey Drake.

All the proceeds from the Inspiration Ball will go towards the the Cridge Transition House for Women and the Women for Women International Education Program.

Lots of love,

Kate

BREAK YOUR FAST

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wearing: Thrifted Blazer, Forever21 Shirt, Suzy Shier Necklace, H&M Pants, Zara Heels, Thrifted Purse

Ahh Game of Thrones with your fun, medieval mixed with fantasy terminology. It took me reading the phrase “Break your fast” several times before I understood it was just simply a longer and much more flowery way of saying “breakfast.” I’m just about to finish book 2, so no spoilers! Luckily I was able to avoid Facebook and Twitter like the plague after the season 3 finale aired.

In these photos I’m wearing the coveted black and white striped pants that every blogger feels the need to own. They don’t feel unique on the internet, but in good old Victoria, BC they are. I always get several stares walking down the street in these bad boys. I’m sure you’ll see them popping up again over the summer.

I love taking pictures at the Breakwater and I was glad I took my camera along when my friends and I decided to go last month. Which one is your favourite?

Lots of love,

Kate