Tuesday, January 17, 2012

my fashion muse: a 10 year old?

Dying for this girl.. her name is Thylane Rose Blondeau and I am obsessed with her. Flawless fashion and unreal beauty. Give her to me.

Photos via Woodford & Co, Tumblr

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Trend Spotting Thursday: Chambray & Denim

Looks featuring chambray button-up's and denim outerwear are completely taking over the fashion world... and my closet for that matter. 

What I love about a basic chambray button-up is the fact that you can pair it with almost anything and achieve several different looks. You can layer it over a vintage tee. You can mix it in with similar faded blue tones (fashionable Canadian tuxedo?). You can tuck it into high-waisted pants. Or even prep it up with a pleated maxi or mini skirt.  

DENIM. A huge weakness of mine. I can't turn down a vintage vest/denim jacket/high-waisted cut-off's if my life depended on it. Sooo happy denim has resurfaced to the fashion world. But, in my opinion, it never left. 

Now, to be clear, there is a difference between denim and chambray. The difference you ask? The fundamental difference between these two fabrics is in the way it is woven.  Both materials are made by weaving white yarn through indigo dyed yarn.  In chambray, the white alternates over-under with every indigo thread which is why chambray is more of a lighter wash than your basic denim. 

So fellow readers, in your next shopping extravaganza, think about that chambray/denim purchase. You won't regret it. To rock chambray or denim multiple ways takes a little styling smarts. Feel free to drool over the looks below...

Photos via Fashion Lane, Little Plastic Horses, Little Bow Prep, Oracle Fox, Little Sassy Fashionista

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Do It Yourself Wednesday: Chalkboard Serving Platter

Serving platters. The most basic kitchen item to own, yet I don't have one. Thank goodness I ran across this little DIY tutorial by Wit and Whistle. How perfect is this? Whilst this would have been awesome to come across during the holiday season, this platter will serve cheeses and tasty treats real nicely at the next function I attend (because I attend sooo many, right?). 

You will need:-a porcelain platter
-painter’s tape (optional)
-Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint
(Don’t use regular chalkboard paint. This only works with porcelain paint.)
-a soft bristle paint brush (a watercolor brush works well)
-a regular kitchen oven

1. Make sure your platter is clean and dry.
2. If desired use painter’s tape to mask off the edges of the platter, otherwise skip the tape and freehand it.
*Please note that this particular porcelain paint says it’s not recommended for surfaces that come in contact with food. Consider yourself warned. It’s water based and non-toxic, so I don’t see the harm in placing some cookies or cheese and crackers on it.
4. Apply the paint with a soft bristle brush. You will be able to see the brush strokes after the paint dries, so be careful and keep your strokes even. I ended up applying two thin coats of paint (allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second). 
5. As soon as you are done painting carefully remove the tape if you used it. If you remove it before the last coat of paint dries, the tape will be less likely to peel up the edges of the paint.
6. Let the paint dry for 24 hours. Then, bake your platter following the instructions printed on the back of the paint bottle. After baking turn off the oven and leave the platter inside until it has gradually cooled to room temperature. After you bake it the paint is dishwasher and microwave safe.