DIY Embroidered Headbands

Gossip Girl may be off the air; however, girly headbands still remain pretty cool in my books. I decided to channel my inner Blair Waldorf and make from scratch a few fancy headpieces of my own after seeing how expensive they are to buy in boutique stores. The best thing about making your own accessories is having 100% design influence over them; you can use any colour and incorporate your own style. They're also very budget friendly! May 16 - Headband on I spent the majority of my childhood pouring my heart into and straining my eyes over crafts that involved either sewing, embroidering, or threading beads onto a string. My favourite pastime was hand-making clothes for my Barbies and decking myself out in one-of-a-kind jewellery. I can't even count the number of sequinned bras and t-shirts I eventually donated to the Goodwill. I still have bags of small plastic beads tucked away in various corners of my family home from my incessant crafting days. May 16 - Headpiece That being said, I was ever so pleased to rekindle my love for these beads when I found them in my closet. All it took was a visit to the local craft store and I soon found myself in a blissfully nostalgic state of embroidery. I'm excited to share with you the secret behind my thrifty and stylish headpieces. I can't wait to make more! May 16 - Sewing Kit What I used: - 12 pack of fabric headbands (Etsy - $10) - felt (Michael's - less than $1 per square) - scissors - needle & thread - an assortment of small beads (dollar store brand or Michael's) - $1.50 - sequins (mine were left over from the glittery cowboy skating dress my mom lovingly made me when I was 6) May 16 - Felt and Materials These cute headpieces are certainly made with love and quite a bit of labour--the more intricate the pattern, the longer it takes to sew on the beads. Totally worth it though! I get a lot of compliments when I wear them and I absolutely adore the fact that I didn't shell out a fortune. I have since stumbled across similar ones selling for upwards to $30! I'm thinking of crafting my own unique headpiece for my wedding! What do you think? May 16 - Headbands May 16 - Gold and Silver May 16 - Black and Purple Thanks for reading! If you attempt to make a headband for yourself or if you've made a similar accessory with beads, please #sleepinginsocks on Instagram. I'd love to see your creations! 🙂
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OOTD: Matching Purple with Purple

Over the weekend I did as I promised and purchased additional colours of the Garage t-shirt that I'm entirely obsessed with lately. This brings my total shirt count to a whopping 7. Buying multiples of the same piece of clothing is not a new concept for me; last year I went crazy with soft cotton scoop-necks when Joe Fresh was having a $4 shirt sale. You can never have too much of a good thing! I wore the shirts to bed, to work, and everywhere in between. With the Garage shirts, I intended to just buy the basics: black, white, black on white, white on black, grey, and so on. Then I found this bright fuchsia number. It so perfectly matched a pair of neglected shoes in my closet that I couldn't afford not to buy it. This purple top has brought new life to my worn-once-to-a-job-interview-but-never again Nine West heels--hurray! I'm in a rush this morning to mail a letter before work, so I'm going to keep this post short--the silly Post Office returned my Mother's Day card for improper postage paid. I used a 2012 stamp and apparently that is a no-no because the prices have since increased. Damn you, inflation! I thought I'd share an outfit from earlier this week. I probably won't wear it again because I don't particularly love these shoes, but I feel as though my effort to revive them is worth being documented. Happiest of Wednesdays!! 🙂 May 13 - Stand Does anyone else have the same problem as me? I wear Size 6.5 shoe and one shoe is always slightly bigger than the other. A lot of stores use 6 or 6.5 as their display size and either the left or the right (depending on which one they leave out) is stretched out from women trying it on all day. I am the lucky one to buy these display sizes if they're out of stock in the back. Small feet problems I guess 🙁 Part of the reason why I don't love these shoes is this--my right foot keeps slipping out. What fun would a picture be without the expected dog photobomb? May 13 - Outfit and Dog May 13 - Outfit   My lipstick also matches my shoes and my shirt. Details! May 13 - Close
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OOTD: Fern Dress and White Blazer

Happy Monday! I'm up bright and early and loving these late morning starts. I have to be at work by 10 today, so I've got a fair bit of time to shake my post-weekend sadness and prep myself for the week ahead. First things first: Make a list of the activities still remaining on my weekend to-do list. I suppose this is called re-listing. Sometimes I think Roger and I are single-handedly responsible for keeping Post-its on the shelves; our kitchen table is always covered with yellow stickies. We spent Saturday outside and Sunday out visiting moms for Mother's Day, so many of our indoor jobs were neglected. No laundry... oops. Messy rooms... oops. I blame it on the sunshine. At least our garden is weeded and our dog is happy! I vow to make this week a productive one. I also vow to dress summery to welcome the beautiful May weather. Victoria Day is so incredibly close that I'm convinced it's okay to start wearing white. You know that old saying, "Never wear white after Labour Day"? It's a silly and superstitious rule, but I've been abiding by it ever since my mom told me to because her mom told her the same. I wear white a lot, but I stay away from white pants, white shoes, and evidently white blazers in the wintertime. After the May long weekend, it's fair game. This is my outfit of the day: A fern-pattered bodycon dress (Forever 21) with a stark white blazer (Forever 21) overtop. Accessories sold separately... AKA dog. I'll keep this post short--have a stellar day! 🙂 May - With dog This dress was $23. I bought it super last minute for an event and have certainly got my moneys worth because I've worn it multiple times since. May - Outfit 18 Also, I'm loving these heels. You've probably noticed that I wear them every day. You can't go wrong with a cream-coloured shoe! May - Outfit 17 This blazer was a steal! I think it was also $23 and it's surprisingly very high quality. I hate the blazers that are thin and scratchy-feeling; the fabric is thick on this one and very soft.
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DIY Reupholstered Dining Chairs

If I have one piece of advice for first-time homeowners it's this: Do not say no to hand-me-down furniture. It may not suit your taste from the get-go, but this all can change with a little creativity and TLC. Roger and I have been very fortunate in the area of furniture inheritance. Thrift shop finds courtesy of his mom, knickknacks from my nana, bed frames from university--our home boasts a mishmash of freebies. Something old, something new seems to be our motto and somehow everything comes together quite nicely. I almost icksnayed the light oak dining chairs offered to us by my aunt and uncle. I was less than smitten by the floral seat pattern and especially turned off by the plastic covering. It was Roger who said yes when he confirmed that they were extra sturdy and Made in Canada. Yesterday we gave them a slight makeover and now we are proud to have them in our home! The reupholster process was surprisingly easy. It took us 2 hours to finish 6 chairs and this included disassembling the pads from the chair bases, cutting the fabric, staple-gunning and putting the pieces back together. We also took tea breaks, naturally. May 10 - Chairs May 10 - Plastic May 10 - Assembly We decided to go with the "Damask" print to match our living room. May 10 - Staple Tada! Old chairs made new in little to no effort. The chairs were free and the fabric cost us only $24. We had a staple gun in the house, but I'm sure these aren't very expensive to buy/rent. May 10 - Finished Chairs We left the wood plain for now, but we anticipate painting it black or staining it dark brown another weekend. What colour would you recommend?? MAy 10 - FinishedMay 10 - Done
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