DIY – The Carrie Bag

So I thought I’d post a good ol’ DIY of which I haven’t done in a while. I’ve always loved the tv show The Carrie Diaries for its bold fashion looks so I decided to do a tutorial on the iconic Carrie bag with the splattered colors. I didn’t exactly mimic the bag but I made it my own which I recommend you all to do!

What you’ll need:

Black Bag

Nail polishes

Scrap Paper

Fan or Hair dryer (for drying)

  1. Find a black bag, preferably leather or just a material that will catch paint really easily and stand out. I found this one at the consignment store Turnabout on W 4thOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  2. Pick 4-5 of nail polishes. You’ll want to pick polishes that you don’t use often because you will probably loose a good amount of liquid from the bottles
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  3.  Experiment with the polishes to decide what design you want on your bag, do this on scrap paper (I used a Laduree bag because it seemed fancier 😉

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4. I found the best way to get the vibrancy of color I wanted on the bag was to delicately pour the bottle straight on the purse to get the streaks. Make sure you practice this a couple of times on scrap paper before you go right onto the bag

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  1. After that just paint out your design, you can draw your name with a pigmented sharpie or with nail polish like I did                                                                                               If you do it with nail polish draw your name out a couple of times to get it right. If you do it with a sharpie draw your name on first before you apply any polishes

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  1. Leave, your bag to dry or add a fan to speed up the process. To check if the polish is dry, lightly tap a toothpick on the polish to see if it moves. The drying could take a couple of hours depending on how much you apply and how thick it is

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Let me know if you wanna see more DIYs!

-TRIMM

The Top 9 Trends of 2016…ugh

Ah 2016, what a year it’s been, especially for Fashion. Ok not especially but it sure has been interesting to see what trends have caught on, some expected and some totally random, here are the top 9:

  1. The Bomber Jacket:

The bomber has found its way to being the signature look of supermodels like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Ok I get it, the thing is big and puffy so it makes you look high fashion but it’s not very unique anymore. Every time I turn around I see another one of those things with a new Japanese-inspired art design. Granted they are beautiful but come on people let’s get a little more originality into our wardrobes.

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  1. Chokers and Lassos:

Or was it shoelaces? I do love a good choker but I’d definitely have to say the trend is getting out of hand. The black band can add a level of sophistication taking your look back to the classy Marie Antoinette times. But tying a string around your neck and calling it style? I think we can do better.

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  1. Tour Merch:

We’ve had a lot of great music acts come through Vancouver this year to say the least. Yeezy, Chance the Rapper, Drake etc. all with their distinctive style of overly priced tour merchandise. Nowadays, it isn’t enough to take a Snapchat at the concert, if you don’t get some tour merch, were you even there? You can see it everywhere: Kanye’s overly baggy shirts with gothic lettering, Chances #3 hat and Drakes owl hoodies, why the world has come to love that owl so, I’ll never know. Tour merch has truly defined the overall style of 2016.

  1. Criss Crosses:

It started out on a shirt but can now be seen on everything from dresses to jeans. I personally think the criss cross is a fun look, it’s like you’re showing off a lil’ skin but not being too revealing. However after you see that thing everywhere it gets little old. I fear that in the future our children will look back at this trend and say, what were you guys thinking? A few criss cross looks every now and then are cute but let’s not weave ourselves into a giant clothing basket.

  1. Really High Boots:

Black is the typical color and suede is the typical texture. Well that or having an extreme amount of laces done all the way up. A common pairing with these boots is to wear an oversized sweater dress but all I can think is did these people forget their pants?

  1. All the Velvet:

And I mean all of it. It’s on our shoes, it’s on our clothes and more. We can’t seem to get enough of it. It’s definitely a cool fabric to come into the mainstream world. The only thing is, it’s a tad bit impractical when it comes to bad weather so not a great look for Vancouver, and when that velvet gets dirty, it looks tacky.

  1. Sneakers:

I’m pretty sure this has been a trend for every year since how many years ago but coping the sneaker look is not slowing down, especially here in Van. It’s been a good year for sneakers, we’ve got Nike Air Max, Adidas NMD R1 and Puma x Rihanna, each one more innovative and clean-cut than the last. I’m excited for what new designs will be coming in the new year.

 

  1. Jogger Pants:

With all the craze for copping new sneakers, you’ve gotta have an outfit that flaunts them right? Cue the jogger pants: an awkward combination between chinos and a tracksuit bottoms. Despite their ability to show-off your new kicks and do it in comfort, I’m thinking guys are getting a little too comfortable with this look. Here’s hoping 2017 will come up with something a little more stylish and a little less pajama-like.

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Joggers alla Fila

  1. Caps:

Slap one on, cover your eyes and you’ll look shady AF or just use it to cover up a bad hair day. These babies are versatile. Although if we’re working with caps, can we go with a logo other than the Blue Jays? I tried California, am I #unique?

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2017 the world is ready to embrace you, let’s see what new trends you’ll have for us, bring it!

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If I missed any trends and I’m most definitely sure I did, please comment below and let me know some good ones! Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is definitely a unique experience. It’s not everyday you see a city come together  for a 10 day event of festivals, rodeos, concerts and much much more. Dubbed the “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” it definitely lives up to it expectations.

It is a time when the city of Calgary celebrates its Western heritage. Besides the actual events occurring throughout the days, the best way to celebrate Stampede is to dress for the occasion. That’s right, cowboys and girls as far as the eye can see, in the office, in the park, if you’re not wearing plaid and jeans during Stampede then you’re definitely from out of town.

Luckily I was able to blend in for the fair grounds and attend the chuckwagon race and finale show. I love the whole atmosphere of Stampede, needless to say I got my country on (or as country as I could get) and embraced the week filled with Shania Twain, mini-dohnuts and cowboy hats.


Wearing:  Jacket-American Eagle ,Top-Winners, Jeans-Free People, Boots-BORN, Choker-Brandy Melville, Hat-Lammles, Bag-Winners

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California Love

I think one of my favourite places in the world has to be California. Although I’ve only explored a few areas; I know it has so much to offer. I spent a few days in San Pedro at a beautiful house whose aesthetic I can only compare to Gaudí architecture. I found that in California there are sea people and city people but they are all living under the golden sun giving you the happiest and chillest vibes.

If you’re in California I’d definitely recommend you travel Manhattan and Hermosa beach for great food and shopping, other places are listed below.

Best restaurant: Manhattan Beach Post

Best store found: LF

Favourite places to Visit: LACMA, The Getty, Venice Beach, Disney Hall, Garment District

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Thrifting on Main

So in my last post you all saw the thrift stores we checked out so here’s a style log of what we wore and our other adventures throughout the day along Main St. One of my favourite streets in Vancouver. Besides the thrift stores it has a ton of stylish people strutting the streets, endless hipster coffee shops and many different cuisines. You’ll find something unique at every store.

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The Best Thrift Stores In Vancouver

As it it my mission to locate the cream of the crop thrift stores in Vancouver, my friend and I set out for a shoot last week and found some pretty great ones! (of course with great prices to). Thrifting is absolutely one of my favourite things to do so I hope you guys enjoy a list of Vancouver’s finest and go check them out!

Later on I’ll be posting my finds from the stores listed.

  1. F AS IN FRANK: My absolute go-to! From DVF to Tommy Hilfiger , F as in Frank embraces the 80’s, 90’s and hip-hop culture. The store began in Whistler by two brothers whose Father owned a Vintage store. He past on the torch to his two sons and they blew it up in Vancouver and online. You’ll find your original favorites here from Guess to CK and Tommy. Not to mention The Rag Machine; their secret back store with lots of gems to search for.

 

2. FRONT AND COMPANY: Started in 1993, F & C has a mix of designer, vintage and a section of just Aritzia! I love the mix of used and new along with their collection of elegant and quirky accessories, plus the place has excellent customer service with great style advice. Perfect for anyone who wants a crisp and clean look!

 

3. C’EST LA VIE BOUTIQUE: One of the cutest thrift stores ever! It has a classic hollywood glamour to it with a blend of international cultures. C’est la Vie was started 14 years ago when the owner, who moved from France, worked at a consignment store and started her own, now with plans to add a new store in Vancouver! I love the clothing here because of their Parisian chic essence and unique accessories from as far away as Turkey.

 

4. TURNABOUT:  With 3 different locations it’s you’re go-to thrift store. I visited the one on Balaclava that I found had a bit of a classy style but overall casual and affordable. The second store is located on Main St. which has a more young and edgy feel to it. The third is on Granville and has more of the higher-end and designer wear. With this brand there’s a store for everyone.