How to make a DIY Wrap Dress


This DIY Wrap Dress is super simple, and I love it because it can be worn so many different ways! You can layer it over an everyday outfit and wear it as a vest, or use it as a cover-up for the beach. Yay versatility! I plan on making more in a few different colours.

I decided to try something new and use Snapchat to record the tutorial, let me know what you think!

The Supplies

Stretchy fabric

The Steps

Cut the material into a rectangle. The shorter the width of your material the shorter it will be on you.

Fold the material in half.

At the folded end about 4 inches from the top cut out a semi circle.

Open the material up and you’ll have a circle in the middle.

Put your arm through one side of the circle and then through the other side.

Wear however you like!


How to Create Your Own Vision Board


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I have been doing a lot of reflection, contemplation and I’ve recently been dabbling into meditation and through all of this I’ve come to realize the importance of vision. The way I see it, vision is – taking the time to think about what is truly important to you and literally picturing “it”. “It” can be that event you want to happen, characteristics or habits you want to adapt, or whatever you would like to attract in your life.

You can apply vision for big goals or even minuscule things, for example I was tired of carrying my laptop in my purse so I decided I wanted a pleather or leather nap sack and I pictured it in my head. I went to Winners and sure enough I walked in and there was one pleather knapsack in the price range and style I wanted! That is just a small materialistic example but I have had other more significant events happen in my life where I envisioned them before they happened.

Visualization isn’t magic, you obviously also need to take action to make your visions come to life, but having a clear vision can help keep you on track to achieving your goals. A great way to be reminded about your visions or goals is through a vision board. There’s no “right” way to create your board but but continue reading for my tips on how to DIY your own vision board!

The Supplies*


A blank board or piece of paper
Magazines, some printed images, and text
Glue, tape or pins

*You can also create a digital version of a vision board and save it as your desktop or phone background.

The Steps

Take a few deep breaths and think about why you are creating this vision board and it’s theme. If you don’t have a specific goal, event, or you’re not sure what you want, a good exercise is to take a piece of paper and write down “What do I want?”  go with the flow and jot down whatever comes to mind. You can then base your vision board around your answers. I decided to create a vision board for the things I want and the habits I want to adapt for 2016. You can create a vision board for a shorter period of time or specific events or goals.


Gather images and text from magazines, the Internet, or photos you already have. These images should inspire, motivate, and make you feel good.


Cut out the images and arrange them on your board. Once your happy with the layout glue, pin, or tape them down. I personally like to have a bit of space between images.

DIY vision board

Lastly, leave your vision board in a place where you can see it clearly so you can briefly take time to remember and reflect on your visions.

What are some goals you would like to achieve this year?

A big thank you to Emilie from Facade for snapping these pics!

– Shanel

How to Layer Fall Outfits


Winter Outfit Idea

As the later half of fall approaches and temperatures tend to get chillier, it’s the perfect opportunity to layer-up your outfits and step up the chicness with cute overcoats. I put together this everyday layered fall look with pieces you can find on Here are my top 3 tips on how to layer your fall outfit.

Start With a Basic

Basic long and short-sleeved tees can go a long way, so I always have a few different colours stocked in my closet. Start with a basic plain shirt and then work your layering up from there. This Aether V-Neck shirt is the perfect base piece for layering because it’s soft an made from breathable materials.

Over-sized and Chunky Sweaters are Your Friend

Over-sized and chunky sweaters over fitted shirts instantly make for a cool layered look. This French Connection knit is long, cozy, and adds an extra layer of warmth. You can also add a belt on top of a chunky sweater to give your outfit more shape.

Don’t Forget to Accessorize!

Accessories can also be used to add layers to your outfit. This double strapped Marc Jacob watch makes for some cute wrist candy! You can always throw on some necklaces or chokers to add to your layers.

What is your go-to layering piece?

Shanel Signaure

Friday Night Live at the ROM | DIY Leaf Print Shirt


DIY Print ShirtFall has always been my favourite season, it’s so scenic. I love walking down the street admiring all the beautiful changing colours of the trees, and suddenly a gust of wind blows and the leaves surround me falling delicately to my feet. It makes me happy just thinking about it.


This leaf print DIY shirt is a great way to enjoy fall and all it’s beauty, and as a Canadian it made me feel a bit patriotic with the maple leaf being a part of our flag.

DIY Leaf Print Shirt

Green Graffitti copy

The inspiration for this DIY came to me when I attended one of my favorite events, Friday Night Live at the ROM. FNL has returned (another reason why I love fall!) and it runs until November 27th. Every FNL has a theme and last weeks was Thank You Canada. As a sponsor of the event Ford provides fun costumes and props that go along with each weeks theme. My friend Justine and I had a blast dressing up in “Canadian attire” and throwing leaves around. This Fridays theme is Dig it! It’s all about archaeology you can check the FNL event schedule here.

ROM Thank You CanadaJustine & I having fun at #FNL

Continue reading for the DIY

The Supplies


A Shirt
Fabric Paint
A Paint brush
Piece of cardboard
A tray

The Steps

The first thing you will need to do is collect some leaves of varying sizes. This was a lot of fun! I went to a park named Trinity Bellwoods and found some leaves that had just fallen off the trees. The fresher the leaf the better, don’t collect the dried leaves as they are more prone to cracking and breaking when you paint them.



If you’re not going to do the DIY within a few days, store the leaves in a zip lock bag and keep them in a book so they don’t dry out and they will be nice and flat when you’re ready to use them.

Fall Leaves

Put the piece of cardboard inside the shirt, so the paint doesn’t seep through to the other side.

Layout the leaves on the shirt from largest to smallest, or whichever way you prefer.

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Pour some paint onto a tray and dip the paint brush in. Hold the leaf in the middle and paint all around the edge of the leaf.

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Repeat for the other leaves.

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Remove the leaves and let the paint dry, and voila you’re done!

Shiry DIY 4

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Fashion Your Future & Some Exciting News!


Some exciting things have happened since I last wrote, so I wanted to share and update. It’s crazy to think that these amazing opportunities happened all because I decided to start this blog. As I’ve said before, I started Think Outside the Cloth as a hobby and creative outlet from my then 9 to 5. It brought me back to the things I loved doing when I was younger like being creative and making pretty things with my hands, but a lot more has come out of it. I’ve been able to meet and network with many other bloggers and influencers through networking events. I also recently hosted the 2nd conNEXTion blogger networking event with Kristen (Twenties and Fabulous) and Stephan (Why I Love Toronto). Also, because of Think Outside the Cloth I began experimenting and hand-making jewelry for friends and myself. I recently completed an accessory business boot-camp named Fashion Your Future (FYF) with Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) and I made it into the top 10 accessory designers! It’s a super exciting time.

TFI photo
Me & my accessory sketches

Read more about TFI’s Fashion Your Future below.

TFI Fashion Your Future Poster

I started crafting and making different types of jewelry after the DIY body chain tutorial. I would wear pieces and received a lot of positive feedback from friends, family, and even strangers. I wanted to develop it into a business and begin selling pieces but I had no idea where to start. I began researching and there were so many resources which is great, but I also became overwhelmed with all the information. I was looking into business grants and programs, when I came across the Fashion Your Future Program in my email inbox. I attended the information session and learned the program is hosted by TFI (@torontofashion) and the Ontario government (@onteconomy). The program equips youth accessory designers with the skills and tools necessary to start an accessory business. I was already excited about FYF but then I also learned there was a possibility to receive a micro-grant and to show at the TFI Press & Buyers Trade Show at World MasterCard Fashion week. I didn’t think twice about signing up.

The FYF program newly launched this year and includes 3 phases. The first phase is a full-time boot camp. Each day we learned a different topic relating to starting an accessory business. We had speakers like Shay Lowe teach us business savvy techniques and costing, and Karen Palmer discuss point-of-view and creating a story within a collection. We also visited and met owners of local boutiques, and showrooms.

Karyn Gingras Lilliput Hats
Owner & designer Karyn Gingras teaching the group about millinery at her store Lilliput Hats

Mini MiocheVisiting Canadian Children’s brand Mini Mioche

Beautiful hand crafted body jewelry from the Armed shop

It was really amazing to hear the different stories of how the businesses came to be, and all the owners were eager to help and provide guidance. The program also included some assignments where we had to sketch and create story boards for our collection. There was a moment in class where I was drawing and I remember thinking I can’t recall the last time I picked up a pencil or drew something! I loved every minute of it because I was surrounded by all these creative and talented people while learning and being creative.

Stroy Board ProcessPiecing together my story board

StoryBoardsThe group handing in their story boards

I just completed the first part of the program where the top 10 were selected from the boot camp based on assignments, attendance and a presentation to a panel of judges. I am so happy and thankful to have made it into the top 10! I am beginning the second phase of the program where I will be working with a mentor to create a 10-15 piece sample collection. Judges will review the collection and then the top 10 become the top 3. The top 3 will get to showcase their collection at the Press & Buyers Trade Show at World MasterCard Fashion Week! It’s an amazing opportunity for new designers, so please send me your positive vibes🙂.

I’ve already learned so much since completing this program and I can’t wait to learn more. Before being paired with my mentor, I got to meet with 6 other potential accessory mentors. I asked each of the accessory designers what advice they would give to someone starting an accessory business and the common theme among their answers was to FOCUS. So I’ve decided to do just that, focus on building and creating the collection and launching my jewelry line, so I won’t be blogging as consistently. Don’t worry, I won’t stray too far! You can stay caught up with me on Instagram @Thinkoutsidethecloth and Twitter @Outsidethecloth.

Shanel Signaure

My Top Summer Accessories


You can wear these looks any time during year, but with sun, fun and longer days these accessories are the perfect way to top off your summer outfit. Here are my favorite summer accessories and some suggestions on where you can find them.

Henna Tattoos


If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know I adore henna tattoos. The use of henna for body art has been used for centuries, and can be traced back to ancient India. Used as an art form for Indian weddings and other ceremonial celebrations, henna is now worn by people of all cultures. The intricate designs can last up to 2 weeks and are traditionally put on the hands and feet, but you can have it applied almost anywhere on your body.

Where you can get it: In Toronto there are often henna artists with tents set up at street festivals. You can also search on online classifieds such as Kijiji and Craigslist for local henna artists, or if you have a steady hand, you can purchase some henna paste and do it yourself.

Choker Necklaces

Black Chocker Necklace

Choker necklaces are a simple accessory which can pair well with a lot of outfits, they’re especially cute with strapless items. I’m loving that the black tattoo necklaces have made a come back.

Where you can get it: I found my choker necklace at the dollar store (Dollarama), but I have also seen them at accessory stores like Clarie’s.

Anklets & Foot Chains


Anklets and foot chains are great because it’s a chance to accessorize the lower half of your body. Both are perfect for wearing at the beach, and if you want to step it up you can also pair them with your favorite flats or heels.

Where you can get it: There are many hand-made foot chain styles to choose from on Etsy. Also, Forever 21 has a selection of anklets.

Metallic Tattoos

Metallic Tattos

Metallic tattoos are a quick and easy way to add some shine and shimmer to your skin. They’re great for places like the beach, or when you don’t want to wear a lot of jewelery but you still want to accessorize. Simply cut out the design you like and place it face-down on clean and dry skin. Using a sponge or cloth add some water to the back and hold in place for about 30 seconds. Remove the paper and you’ve got some skin bling.

Where you can get it: Flash Tattoos is a popular brand. A quick Google search of “metallic tattoos” will also generate many websites and stores which also carry them.

What are some of your favorite summer accessories?

Shanel Signaure

How To Make A DIY Chain Cuff Earring


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Accessories and jewelry are my favorite thing to DIY, so I’m happy to share this DIY chain cuff earring! I was looking for some inspiration when I came across these DIY ear cuffs. I thought they were pretty neat because you can wear them anywhere on your ear, even if they are not pierced. I practiced making a few cuffs when I decided I wanted to glam it up, so I tried adding some chain. I love the way they turned out.

Continue reading for the DIY.

The Supplies

DIY Cuff Earring Supplies

A ruler
Crafting wire I used 20 gauge wire
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
Earring hooks

The Steps

Cut a 2 inch piece of of crafting wire, bend the wire in half. Repeat.


Cut 2 pieces of 11 inches of chain.


At the 5 inch point of the chain push the bent wire through. Repeat with the other piece of chain.


You should have two uneven pieces of chain hanging from the wire.


With the round nose pliers bend both ends of the wire inwards. Repeat.


Bring the chain forward to one side of the bent end of the wire. Repeat.

Take the flat nose pliers and at the half-way point of the wire begin to create the cuff by bending the wire around the pliers (as though you are folding it in half). Leave some room so that it will fit on your ear. Repeat for the other side.


Try the cuff on for size on the upper part of your ear. Adjust the wire until it fits comfortably.


At the end of the earring hook there is a small loop. Use the flat nose pliers and open up the loop. Bend the end of the loop towards yourself until it opens slightly. Repeat with the other earring hook.


Add the short end of the chain and then the longer end of the chain to the loop. Close the loop by using the flat nose pliers and bending the loop away from yourself. Repeat.


You’ve just made yourself some cool new ear pieces!


Shanel Signaure

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DIY Paint Print Jeans


DIY Paint PrintJEANS
Photo by Ljubomir Pavkovic

Fabric paint is a really great tool to work with, there are so many patterns and designs you can create to spruce up any piece of clothing. That’s why I was happy I had some on hand for these DIY paint print jeans.

I had put on these white jeans and I was about to head out when I noticed there were blue stains all over the back. I had accidentally stored them under a pair of dark wash jeans, so some of the blue dye had rubbed off on them, whoops! I was a bit upset that my white jeans were now ruined, but with a bit of thinking I knew I could DIY them into something new. Continue reading for the DIY below.

DIY Paint Print Pants back
Photo by Ljubomir Pavkovic

The Supplies

DIY Print Jeans Supplies

Fabric Paint
A Tray
Paint brush
2 Garbage bags

The Steps

Lay your pants on a flat surface, take a garbage bag and pull it through the pant leg (so that the paint doesn’t soak through to the other side), do the same for the other leg.

Put some fabric paint on the tray and dip the sponge into the paint. Take the brush and evenly distribute the paint onto the brush.

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Take your sponge and press it paint-side down onto the pant starting from the bottom. Since the first application has fresh paint, press lightly and then gradually increase the pressure on the sponge.

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Continue pressing the sponge down onto the pant until there is no more paint coming off the sponge.

Reapply paint to the sponge and evenly distribute with the brush. Again, press the sponge onto the pant.


Continue the last 2 steps until you’ve painted the front of the pants.

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I decided I wanted to have a different colour around the pockets so I left the area unpainted. I added some pink paint to a brush and painted around the top part of the pockets.

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Let the paint dry completely. Flip the pants over and sponge paint the backside of the pants. If you would like to add a second colour to the back pockets like I did. Leave the area unpainted. Let the paint dry completely.

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Add the tape across the back pockets and then tuck the garbage bags into the pockets. With the paint brush paint the second colour up to the tape line.

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Let the paint dry and then remove the tape.

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Voila, you’ve got yourself an almost new pair of pants.

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DIY Clear Tote Bag


DIY Clear Hunter Bag
Photo by Kristen Berk

This DIY clear tote bag was inspired by the clear Hunter tote which I spotted while scrolling through Nasty Gal’s Instragram. A few days after, I had just finished putting on my new bed sheets and I was about to throw out the packaging when a light went off in my head. I realized it was the perfect base to create a DIY version of the clear Hunter Tote!

Clear Hunter ToteImage Source: Nasty Gal Instagram

Ladies, you know the pain of having your bag feel like a big black hole that items seem to disappear into? You have to dig and shift your stuff around to find that one thing? That’s why I really love this bag! Because it’s clear I can see everything I no longer have to frantically search for my lip gloss. If you’re not comfortable with all the contents of your bag showing you can put a smaller purse or clutch inside the clear bag for items you want covered.


Clear Tote Purse Bag DIY

Brick Wall Clear Bag Tote

Here’s how I made it.

The Supplies

DIY Clear Purse Supplies

Transparent bed sheet case
2 Strips of material or ribbon
Hand hole punch

The Steps

On the top side of the bag I used the marker to draw a small dot for the location of the straps. I used the length of my thumb as measurement.Clear Purse DIY 1

Using the length of my thumb again, I drew another small dot on the other side of the bag.Clear Purse DIY3

I repeated the last two steps for the other side of the bag, so there were 4 dots total.

I took the hole punch and punched a hole where each of the 4 dots were drawn.Clear Purse DIY 4

I took a strip of material and measured it around my shoulder to see the best length for the straps, I made sure there was about an extra two inches of length (you have to knot the ends of the straps which takes away from the length). Once I had the length I wanted I cut another piece of material to the same size.

I pushed each of the straps into each hole on one side of the bag.DIY Clear Hunter Bag 6

On the inside of the bag I triple knotted the end of the strap so that the knot could not fit through the hole. I repeated the same step for the other hole.DIY clear purse 7

I took the straps making sure they were straight and I brought them over to the other side of the bag. I repeated the knotting process with the holes on the other side.DIY Clear Purse 8

I added a dab of glue to the inside of the knot and glued it to the side of the bag. I held the knot to the bag for about 30 seconds. I repeated the gluing process for the other 3 holes.

I let the glue dry and that was it!DIY Clear Tote Purse 8

DIY clear tote purse bag 2

Clear Tote Bag DIY

– Shanel

Divalicious 7 & Style Tips On How to Wear All White


Tips for wearing all-whitePhoto by Vincent Dayrit Photography

All white ensembles are a classic fresh look for the summer months. I recently attended an all-white party for the Divalicious 7 birthday bash. Myself along with a few other local bloggers were invited to model an all white outfit from Toronto designers.

The event was hosted by DivaGirl Inc, which is an all female community dedicated to empowering women through fun and engaging conferences, events, and workshops. It was a great time! There were performances, vendors, henna and champagne. Here are a few photos from the event.

Continue reading below for my tips on how to stylishly wear all white this summer.

IMG_7881Dance performance by the DivaGirl Cabaret


Me getting some henna done while wearing beautiful Stella & Dot accessories. Photo by Vincent Dayrit Photography


Shop for Jayu accessory table

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Bloggers being models for the day


With different shades of white and varying textures it can sometimes be difficult to pull off an all white ensemble. As long as you stay away from the red wine, all white outfits can be easier to pull off than you think. Here are some style tips for wearing all white this summer.

 Mix up textures

Jessica Alba All White
Photo Eonline

Add dimension to your all white ensemble by mixing up textures. If you’re wearing something made of a heavier material like denim or cotton, pair it with a lighter material such as a linen or something sheer to balance everything out. Sheer materials also pair great with off-white items.

Matching Set

All White Matching Set Reese Witherspoon
Photo People

If you want to make sure your all white outfit is on-point, invest in a matching set such as a tailored two-piece or matching top and skirt. You can always mix and match the pieces and wear separately. You can count on the set as a go-to source for when you need an all white outfit in a hurry.

Show Some Skin

Nicole Scherzinger All White
Photo Express

If you’re comfortable with showing some skin, break up your all white outfit with a crop top and high waisted trousers or skirt. Ripped white jeans can also be a fun way to show a bit of skin and add texture. For the more reserved, clothing with sheer and crochet materials are another great option.

Add some accessories

Wearing all white Rihanna
Photo Daily Mail

Since all white ensembles are pretty much a blank canvas for accessories, use them as a way to dress-up or dress-down your outfit. Layering metallic jewelry can look really chic with an all white outfit.

Shoes, shoes, shoes!

Photo People

If you want to achieve a total monochromatic look and you don’t own white shoes, go with a neutral or tan coloured shoe to finish off your look. If you’re going to wear a darker coloured shoe go for a strappy style heel or sandals with smaller or light straps so it doesn’t over power the outfit.

How do you like to wear all white?

– Shanel

Fun, Fashion & Friday Nights at the ROM



Friday Night Live, or FNL for short is a popular event series hosted by the Royal Ontario Museum. Last week Friday I was invited to attend, and as a regular FNL attendee I’ve noticed a reoccurring theme; it tends to bring out a very fashionable crowd. With FNL’s weekly themes and the ROM’s beautiful architecture, it can be easy to understand why people come out ‘dressed to the nines.’ So you’re not into fashion? Don’t worry as there isn’t really a dress code, but with top DJ’s, performances, dancing, and bar and food stations scattered amongst the dinosaur fossils and exhibits, it definitely gives off a club vibe (minus the pretentiousness). FNL is an event that has something to please everyone because there so many different sights and activities. Here are some photos and a recap of my last FNL experience.


#FNLRom attendees Clark & Amanda looking very dapper

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#FNL attendee Farah looking fashionable

Each Friday line-up includes a different theme that is incorporated into the events entertainment and exhibitions. Last Friday’s theme was Indigenous Now, which celebrated contemporary Canadian Indigenous Art through artists and performances. As my friend Kristen (Twenties and Fabulous) and I wandered around we were able to catch the very end of an improv performance by Indigenous theater artist, Theo. She was in full traditional clothing which she handmade herself over the course of 6 months. I really admired the intricacy and detailing of the whole outfit, which was lined with colourful beads, fur, and fringes.

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Indigenous Artist, Theo on set

Shanel&Theo FNL

After Kristen and I finished chatting with Theo, there was another interactive Q& A style performance, which encouraged the audience to ask an Aboriginal woman questions they had about Indigenous culture. No topic was off limits, so the discussion was really insightful.


With all the action going on inside of the ROM, it can be easy to forget that you’re inside a museum. There is so much beautiful architecture and design in the building which makes it the perfect set up for a photo-op, which is exactly what Kristen and I took a moment to do.

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Me striking a pose

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Kristen & the ox

Next, we visited the ROM’s featured exhibition, ¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture. The exhibit showcases hundreds of historic and contemporary Mexican pieces from the 18th – 21st centuries. The pieces ranged from costumes, textiles, and embroidery. I loved the vibrant colours, floral prints, bead work and varying textures found throughout the outfits. After doing some reading, I found out the elaborate outfits hold a strong cultural significance. They were worn by Tehuanas woman in the 1920s to project femininity and to display national pride after post-revolutionary leaders rejected European values.

FNLrom Viva Mexico

Tehuanas outfit, huipil (tunic), enagua (skirt), and huipil grande (starched lace headdress)

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We also took a peak at the sarapes which are textiles dyed with all natural colourants from plants and insects. The main colours of red, blue, and yellow were mixed to make secondary colours. Some of the dying processes have been used in Mexico for over 2,000 years! I was so inspired by the artistry and creativity throughout the event, it made me really appreciate the skill and precision that go into making the items.

FNLrom Textile dye

Colourful sarapes

FNLrom Sarapes

After we finished gawking at the beautiful outfits, we made our way to the first floor where we danced and looked for our photos on the photo wall. The interactive photo wall displays photos in real time if you use the hashtag #FNLRom on your Instagram and Twitter. It’s always fun to see peoples varying experiences captured throughout the night. And you can’t help but get a bit excited when you catch a glimpse of your photo blown up on the wall of the museum.

As the night came to an end I decided to snap a few more photos of the well-dressed patrons, and this is how I was able to briefly meet another one of the artists, Summer Garcia. I ran up to her to compliment her on her outfit, and when we started chatting she mentioned that her exhibit Aasooke, was on display in the Bronfman Hall. Summer’s installation creatively combined photography, makeup artistry, and digital mixed media.

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Artist Summer Garcia looking fashionably chic

There are only 3 more weeks left for FNL until it returns for the fall season. This Fridays theme for FNL is Toga Toga! Which is a celebration and sneak preview of the ROM’s newest exhibit, Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano. If you’re in the Toronto area and haven’t been yet I definitely recommend you check it out! You can find out more information about upcoming FNL events here.

– Shanel

DIY Fringe Ankle Cuff


DIY Fringe Cuff

I’m loving all the fringes I am seeing pop up on everything from dresses, clutches, and shoes. Fringes are fun, flirty, and they can add cool movement and lines to an outfit.

Since DIYing fringes involves a lot of cutting I decided on a simple DIY fringe ankle cuff. Doing this project made me wish I owned a shredder so I could shred fabric to make fringes on command. I would add fringes to everything!

This DIY fringe cuff pairs great with gladiator style sandals or heels. Here’s what you’ll need.

The Supplies

DIYFringeCuff supplies

Pen or Marker
Glue gun

The size of my fabric was 6 inches high and 9 inches long.

The Steps

First, I measured the fabric around my ankle making sure there was an inch overlap. I cut off any excess material.

I folded the material in half, and used the pen to mark the half way point. I then drew a straight line across the middle of the material.


I cut the material in half so I had two sides.

DIYFringecuff half copy

I drew a line that was ½ an inch wide across the top of the material. The line was the point I cut all the fringes up to.

You can cut your fringes to whatever size you like. I used the width of my thumb as a guideline and I began cutting the fringes up to the drawn line.


Repeat the last two steps for the other side.


Cut 1 inch pieces of both sides of the Velcro. Glue one side of the Velcro on the front side of the cuff.


Turn the cuff over, and glue the other side of the Velcro to the opposite end on the back side of the cuff.

Repeat gluing on the Velcro for the other cuff.

Wear it!


Shoes: Material Girl


1 Year Anniversary & Some Exciting News!



Today is one year since I started Think Outside the Cloth! Since I’m all about celebrating life’s little milestones I decided to throw on a DIY party hat and have cake. I also have some very exciting news! I will be hosting a bloggers networking event with two other great bloggers, Kristen (Twenties & Fabulous) and Stephan (Why I love Toronto). The event aims to unite those in the blogging community and I’m very happy to be apart of it.

This post will be a little different than the usual as I’ve decided to share some background about why I started this blog. I’ve always been a creative person at heart. As a child I loved drawing, creating, and doing odd things with clothes. As I got older that part of me faded into the background as I focused on school and work. A while ago I remember my father telling me “Shanel, one thing in life is KEY, Keep Educating Yourself” and that stuck with me. It’s taught me to always keep learning. Go to bed a little bit smarter than when you started the day, and with whatever you’re doing, or experiences that may happen in life always try and learn something from it.

Before starting this blog, I felt like I was caught in a repetitive routine of life, and I wasn’t growing or learning. I came up with the concept for this blog in December, 2013 while in the shower. I started thinking of DIYs and content, but it wasn’t until 5 months later that I actually got my gears in motion and started Think Outside the Cloth. There were many times where I questioned myself and made excuses; what if no one reads it? I don’t have a good DSLR camera, my pictures will suck! Is this stupid? I was also a bit hesitant, as the Internet is such a huge space. With creating and sharing content I feel like it’s putting a piece of myself out there, and with that there can be judgment. I brushed away all those thoughts and decided to just start and do it! I came up with the reasons of why I wanted to do this, and as cliché as it sounds I really do it as a way to express myself, and to execute the ideas that float around in my head. It’s taught me that whenever I’m doing a project and my mind becomes clouded with negative thoughts to just remember the mission, “the why.”

I’ve learned a lot since starting this blog, and I can’t say it’s been easy, there’s a lot that goes into making a post but I really like doing it. It really makes me respect bloggers who regularly post and share content. Think Outside the Cloth is definitely a work in progress, and I hope to continually improve it. If you’ve been delaying on starting or doing something remember why you want to do it, and just go and do it! No BS or excuses! If you really want it to happen you’ll find a way to make it work🙂.

Here are some of my most read posts:

DIY Body Chain

Bodychain cover

DIY Strapped Bandeau

Bandage bra cover

3-Step DIY Crop Top


Thank you to everyone who’s provided me with feedback, liked, commented, and shared posts! Stayed tuned for more DIYs, fashion tips and tricks.


Style Tips On How to Wear a Scarf


Now that Spring has arrived, it’s finally nice to use a scarf as an accessory rather than as a tool to guard my face against the cold. Scarfs are a great way to add a pop of colour and texture to an outfit and there’s so many fun and different ways to wear them!

Styling tips for scarfs

On one of the first warm days of the year my friend Kristen (check out her blog here) and I went for a walk and I brought my collection of scarves along. I discovered they are not only great to style, but also fun to take pics and play with.

Styling tips for scarves

Here are some style tips on how to wear your scarf this spring and summer.

Wrap It

How to wear a scarf as a headwrap

Wearing a scarf as a head wrap can be a great style addition to an outfit. It can also double as a handy accessory for when you’re having a bad hair day.

To get this look, I took the scarf and wrapped it around my head starting from the front. I crossed the ends of the scarf in the back and brought the ends to the side of my head. I twisted the loose ends into a bun and secured with a hair tie.

Belt It

Belt Your Scarf

Throw a scarf around your shoulders and secure with a belt. I love doing this during the warmer months because it looks like a vest and adds another light layer to the outfit. Let the loose ends hang, this can look super cute if your scarf has  fringed ends, or tuck the ends into the back of the belt.

Double It

How to wear 2 scarfs

Take your outfit up a notch by wearing two scarves at once. Use two scarves with varying colours or patterns and twist them together and wrap them around your neck.

Handle It

How to wear Scarf on bag

Enhance and add a touch of colour to your darker toned purse by wrapping a scarf around the handles of your purse. Simply tie a knot at one end of the handle, wrap the scarf around it and tie a knot at the other end.

How do you like to incorporate scarves into your outfits?

Scarves, Scarves, and Scarves

How to Style your scarf



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Before & After: DIY Gold Headband


I channeled my inner goddess and decided to create a gold headband out of a belt. I had this gold link belt sitting in my closet for a while and I never quite found the right outfit to pair it with so it went unused, until now. A DIY gold headband is pretty simple and if you don’t have a link belt you can always substitute with a gold coloured chain.


Here’s how I did it.

The Supplies


Wire cutters
Gold link belt or chain. If you are using a chain make sure the holes in the chain are big enough to fit the elastic through
Gold coloured elastic*

*You can purchase from a fabric or craft store.

The Steps

I took the belt and measured it around my head. I left about 3 inches of space in the back for the elastic.

I used the wire cutters to cut the belt to the length I wanted.DIYgoldheadband

Now it’s time to add the elastic. I looped the elastic through one end of the belt.DIYgoldheadband3

I looped the elastic all the way through so there were two sides. I measured the belt with the elastic around my head to ensure it fit comfortably. I then cut the elastic.

Where the loop began I tied a knot around one end of the belt.

To make the elastic stronger I began twisting it.DIYgoldheadband5

I twisted until both ends of the elastic had an inch left. I tied a knot to secure the twist making sure there was still space at the end of the elastic.

I tied the ends of the elastics around the other end of the belt and cut off the the excess. I added a dab of glue to secure the knot.




5 Style Tips on How to Wear Coloured Jeans during Winter


During the colder months my wardrobe can sometimes be a bit drab. I tend to wear a lot of black and grey, while items like my coloured jeans shift to the back of my dresser. I came to this realization a few weeks ago when I met with my friend and fellow blogger Kristen (check out her blog Twenties and Fabulous). She was wearing a nice pair of coloured jeans, and they looked great.

Coloured jeans are a great statement piece for any season. It’s all about keeping your outfit in proportion since brighter coloured pieces are typically associated with spring or summer. You don’t want to look like your ready for a picnic when it’s the middle of February.


Here’s 5 tips on how to style and accessorize your coloured jeans during winter.

Chunky Knit Scarf. This is a great way to winterize your outfit and add layers when the temperature starts to plummet.


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Over-sized Sweaters. Neutral coloured sweaters in black, grey, cream etc. balance out coloured jeans, while keeping you warm in style.


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Hints of Leather. A top with leather accents, a leather vest, or accessories help chic up the look and add a wintery feel.

This top from Rudsak’s would pair great with coloured jeans.

Rudsak Hope Shirt

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Fur it up. Nothing says winter like fur. Add a faux fur vest, scarf, or clutch to your look.


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Over the knee boots. A great winter accessory. Coloured jeans with over the knee boots add a hint of colour and a sexy edge for a fun winter look.


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How do you like to add colour to your winter outfits?



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DIY Ring Holder


I hope everyone had a great Holiday! Now that Christmas is over I always feel the need to declutter and clean, so that I meet the New Year with a clean and tidy space. The first thing I’m tackling is my big basket of accessories which I sometimes loose my rings in an abyss of bracelets and necklaces. But there is an easy solution – DIY Ring Holder!

I hope you saved your small gift boxes because this DIY Ring Holder is super easy and it’s a useful tool for storing all your rings and pretty little things.


The Supplies


Small box
Old shirt, or any material

The Steps

Lay your material flat. If you’re using an old shirt or pants cut along a seam and open the material up so you have 1 layer.

Put the box on top of the material, and cut a strip which is the same width as the box. The strips of material should be anywhere from 10 to 12 inches in length.


Tightly roll up the strip of material, and place the loose end down in the box. If the roll is too long for the box trim off some of the end.


Repeat, cutting and rolling the strips of material until you have a few rolls which fit tightly in the box.


Fill with your rings!


If you’re also looking for an easy DIY Earring Organizer click here.


Do you have any traditions that you like to do before the year end?


10 DIY & Custom Christmas Gifts



The countdown to Christmas begins! This year channel your inner craftsman and DIY some of your gifts. Handmade gifts not only help you to avoid packed malls, but they can be pretty inexpensive to make, and they show you’ve put some thought into the gift.

There’s so many great and easy tutorials to create custom gifts. I’ve rounded up a list of 10 custom Christmas gifts you can DIY for the special people on your list, give to a host for a party, or even make for yourself.

Candy Sleighs


For the person on your list with a sweet tooth, this is a simple and easy DIY gift that is inexpensive to make. All you need is some large candy canes, glue, chocolate bars, ribbon, and a bow.

Tutorial and image via Ellyn’s Place

Custom Written Plates or Mugs


This DIY dishware is not only nice to look at but it’s also a sweet sentimental gift. Try adding a quote, story or song lyrics that relate to the person you’ll be giving the dishware to. Use a Sharpie or porcelain pen to write out your message.

Image via List 25

Embellished Candle Holders

Emblished Candle Holders

These embellished candles are super cute and make a great gift for any party host, or a stocking stuffer.

Tutorial and image via We Heart This

Instagram Calendar


For the Instagram obsessed friend this is a gift that they’ll be sure to use all year round.

Tutorial and image via A Beautiful Mess

Custom Phone, Tablet or Laptop Skin

Make an extra special custom skin for that person who is all about their electronics. LaurDIY has a great tutorial on how to do so.

Candy Cane Flower Centerpiece


Add a sweet touch to flowers for a host by adding candy canes around a circular vase, finish off with a bow or ribbon.

Tutorial and image via Ecopolitan Bride

Tea Wreath

Tea Wreath

This tea wreath would look amazing in anyone’s kitchen. It’s not only festive, but also a really creative way to organize and display a tea collection.

Image and tutorial via Kojodesigns

Embellished Scarf & Gloves


For the style-conscious person on your list this is a great gift that will keep them warm in style.

Image and tutorial via Clones N Clowns

Photo Pillow

Photo Pillow

A custom photo pillow is a good gift for that friend or family member who lives abroad. Add an image they’ll be happy to snuggle up to.

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Reindeer Beer

reindeer beer

For hosts of a party alcohol is a pretty common gift, make your booze stand out by bringing reindeer beer! It’s festive, and I’m sure everyone at the party will appreciate the creativity. Make a kid friendly version by swapping the beer with root beer.

Tutorial and image via Life of a Modern Mom

Do you have a favourite gift that someones made for you? Share below!


DIY Embellished Sweater


As winter quickly approaches I’m slowly entering a hibernation phase which has led to a lot of cleaning and organizing. I was going through my clothes when I realized I had  FOUR plain grey sweaters that look almost identical, so it’s only natural that I had to DIY one. As I did some more cleaning of my craft stash l found a bunch of left over gems from this DIY Jewel Frame, and so this project was born.

I loved how this DIY sweater embellishment turned out. The supplies and steps are very minimal, but with different coloured embellishment and layouts you can create a really unique look.

The Supplies

2 Different coloured Gems
Fabric glue
A small Stick
A piece of scrap cardboard or bristol board


The Steps

Lay your sweater on a flat surface. So you don’t glue both sides of your sweater together, place the scrap material on the inside of your sweater.

Take your gems and layout your design. I tried a few before I decided on a “V” shape.


Begin gluing down your gems. Use the stick to press down on them.


Let it dry.


How do you like to add some sparkle & shine to your outfits?


From Day to Night, Ways to Wear Your Little Black Dress


The Little black dress or LBD is an essential clothing staple for any females wardrobe. Black is flattering for any figure, and it’s a blank canvas that you can easily dress up or down regardless of your style. I love the LBD because it’s versatile enough to take you from a day of coffee to a night of cocktails. 2 looks from 1 dress, how can you lose?

With the help of Style Sets from Here’s my tips on how you can take your little black dress from a day at work to a night on the town.



A nicely cut blazer or cardigan can instantly polish up your LBD, and make it look more professional.

Whether your at work or running errands a patterned scarf is an easy way to add texture and a pop of colour to your LBD. Plus, if your LBD has a plunging neckline or shows a lot of skin a scarf can be an easy way to make it work appropriate.


Adding a vest to your LBD can give it an edgier look and also add some shape to your dress.

Day & Night

A pair of tights can go a long way and can add some fun texture and color to your LBD.




If your going to wear a bold or brightly colored patterned scarf with your LBD during the day, I like to keep the accessories to a minimum. A classic watch is a great way to finish off your look.



Have fun mixing and matching your accessories. Like I said the LBD is like a blank canvas, and accessories such as a statement necklace instantly add some shine and shimmer.


Day & Night

Black booties with some detailing and a heel can transform your look from day to night with ease. Plus the added height from the heel can make your legs look longer.



A dark colored chic duffel bag is the perfect size for carrying around everyday items and it’s easy to pair with a LBD.


If you don’t want to lug around a large bag all night, keep a clutch inside of your bag to use for later. Clutches are perfect for carrying the essentials, and a statement clutch can also help glam up your look.

How do you like to wear your Little Black Dress? Try making your own Style Set at It’s a lot of fun!


DIY Pearl & Wire Ring



Lately I’ve really been loving the combo of pearls and gold. I’ve always been drawn to gold accessories, I like that pearls add more of a delicate look and a touch of femininity.

I was practicing with crafting wire when I decided to put together this DIY pearl and wire ring. Continue reading to learn how to make it.


The Supplies

Crafting wire I used 20 gauge (.032 inch) wire
Flat nose pliers
A thin stick a toothpick will do
A circular item that’s approximately the same size as your finger


The Steps

Cut a 4-inch piece of crafting wire.

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Take the end of the wire and wrap it once clockwise around your circular item.


Test that it fits comfortably around your finger. Make adjustments if necessary.


Use the pliers to bend the wire downward.


Bend the wire to the right, so you have a 90 degree angle.


Wrap the remaining wire clockwise around the circular item.


Again, test that the ring fits on your finger.


Once you have your desired fit cut the remainder of the wire off.

Add a pearl and then a dab of glue. Move the pearl to the end of the ring. Repeat on the opposite end.


Let the glue dry.

All done🙂


– Shanel

Where to Look for Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas


Where has the time gone? Halloween is a week away. If you’re still not sure what to dress up as try DIYing your own costume.

You don’t have to be super crafty to make your own Halloween costume. When you think outside the box cloth it can be easy to create a unique and inexpensive look. DIYing or customizing your Halloween costume gives you the chance to add your own touch. When you’ve bought your costume out a bag there’s always a chance someone else could be wearing the same one. Then you could instantly find yourself in a who wore it better showdown. And nobody wants that.

Here’s a list of tips and places to look for inspiration for DIY Halloween costumes. Some of the suggested costumes were created inexpensively by myself or friends.

Shirt Printing Company


Use a shirt printing company to print the logo of your favorite beverage or food on a piece of clothing. Most companies just require a high vector file version of the image. You can purchase the clothing item to print on from the printing company or bring your own clothing to print on. Then you can add or make your own accessories.

Costume Idea: My friend Sofia printed the Tim Hortons logo onto a dress and she made earrings out of sugar packets. And no that’s not coffee in her hand.

Thrift & Vintage Stores

80s Halloween Costume


Vintage and thrift stores are a good place to find unique pieces for a low cost. It may take some creativity and searching to piece together an outfit, but the efforts are well worth it. No one will have the exact costume as you.

Costume Idea: Try dressing up as someone from a different era, like the 80’s. Search the isles for bright, colorful and shiny items.

The Dollar Store

The dollar store is a great resource for Halloween accessories. I’ve seen wigs, face paint, wings, face masks all inexpensively priced at the dollar store.

Costume Idea: DIY 3 Blind Mice Costume


3-blind mice is a cute group costume you can easily make with dollar store supplies. Here are the supplies you’ll need,

Dark sunglasses
Black eyeliner or face paint
A sheet of grey felt or construction paper
A sheet of pink felt or construction paper
Glue or tape

The Steps
Use the grey paper to cut out a large circle to create the outer part of the mouse ears. Use the pink paper and cut out a smaller circle to create the inner part of the ear. Glue the pink paper to the grey piece to complete the ear. Glue or tape the ears to the headband

Use black face paint or eyeliner to draw a nose and some whiskers on your cheeks

Tape or glue the ears to the headband.

If you want to, you could even make walking sticks.

Your Makeup Bag

DIY Gothic Halloween costume


Wear your Halloween costume on your face. Makeup can be used to create some spooky Halloween looks.

Costume Idea: Draw spider webs around your eyes with black eyeliner. If you’re not skilled in the makeup department many cosmetic stores will do your makeup if you purchase a product. There are also a lot of great tutorials on YouTube.

Raid A Closet


First raid your own closet to look for any old clothing items that could be used for a costume.

Or try raiding someones closet with a totally different style than yours; like your grandma, boyfriend, etc. You may find something that could work as a cool costume.

I took my first communion dress and with a bit of cutting and sewing. I was able to turn myself into a runaway bride. I completed the look with a Ring Pop engagement ring.

Costume Idea: Your graduation dress you wore once? Dress it up once again with a sash and crown and turn yourself into a prom queen.

Old Uniforms

Halloween Weed Brownie


Get creative and use parts of old uniforms from school, work, sports, or organizations.

Costume Idea: Weed Brownie. This weed brownie costume is a hilarious and clever way to make use of an old Brownie sash.

 I hope you’ve been inspired to make your own Halloween costume.

What are you dressing up as this year?


3-Step DIY Crop Top


If you’re shy about DIY give this a try. This DIY long-sleeved crop top is not only super easy and quick, it requires only two supplies (which you likely have laying around somewhere).

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5 Fix-it Fashion Tools



Wardrobe malfunctions are a huge annoyance that anyone who wears clothes has likely experienced on occasion. These tools are great to have handy if you find yourself in a clothing catastrophe.

1. Safety pins


Safety pins are a great tool for when you need to fix a wardrobe malfunction in a hurry. You can use a safety pin to hide an exposed bra strap by pinning to the inside of your shirt. Safety pins can also help hold pieces of a broken chain together.

Got a broken zipper? they can help with that too, use a safety pin as a replacement tab. They’re also a great last resort for holding material together when you have no time to sew.

Plus, here a bunch of DIYs you can try making with safety pins.

2. Double sided tape

J lo dress

Jennifer Lopez’s epic Grammy outfit probably would not have happened without the help of double sided tape.

Use double sided tape to keep knee high socks and stockings from falling, as a temporary hold for loose hems, and to hold fabric in place for plunging shirts or dresses. For bustier girls, it’s also a great tool for keeping gaping holes in your button down shirts closed, which helps avoid any awkward stares below the neck.

3. Clear nail polish
clear nail polish
Clear nail polish doesn’t just make your nails look pretty, paint on a coat to keep your costume jewellery from tarnishing. To stop a stocking run in its tracks, paint on clear nail polish on both ends of the run. Also use it to save time when threading needles by adding to the end of unruly thread.

4. Permanent markers
permanent marker
Use permanent marker to quickly cover up any scuffs or scratches on black heels or bags.

5. Rubber Elastics


If you, like me prefer to hang most of your clothes it’s pretty annoying when you have shirts that constantly fall off. Add some rubber bands on the ends of the hanger and problem solved. If you have a long belt that you want to wear high on your waist, add a small elastic to the same end as the belt buckle to hold up the long hanging end.

Do you have any annoying wardrobe malfunctions stories? Share below!


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DIY Graphic Print Shoes



The wardrobe transition has started. It’s that time of year to swap the sandals for closed toe shoes and boots. While I’m clicking my heels together wishing for another week of summer weather, I decided to revamp an old pair of flats and give them a new look. Read on to learn how.

The Supplies

A pair of shoes
Acrylic paint. If your shoes are a fabric material like Chuck Taylors use fabric paint instead.
Paint brushes
Small bowl
*Clear drying finish such as Mod Podge Outdoors

*If your shoes are made of fabric material skip the finish.

The Steps

Clean the shoes making sure they are free of any dirt or debris.


Pour some paint into the bowl, using the paint brush create whatever design you like. You can customize your shoes by splattering the paint or creating polka dots. I created my design by putting a big blob of paint onto the shoes and then I used the paint brush to spread the paint to create lines.

Let the paint dry.


Once the paint is fully dried. Use a large paint brush to paint on the finish, leave to dry for 24 hours.


And you’re done!



NYFW Dash of DIY Inspo


With the recent finale of New York Fashion Week. I decided to scope both runway and NYFW street style looks for some dashes of DIY inspiration. Even though winter hasn’t started (**shudders) the collections made me excited for what styles are to come for Spring 2015. Check out the pics below for 2014 NYFW looks and DIY inspos.
Proenza Schouler SpringSummer 2015

Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2015

I could see myself twirling in these dresses all day long! To get this flirty fringe take a maxi skirt or dress start from the bottom and begin cutting long narrow strips up to the thigh. Stretch each strip as you go.

 NYFW Street Style
As a sucker for colours this statement clutch looks like a bag of fun (lol see what I did there?). To don this as a DIY find a plain clutch and brightly coloured fabrics. Create a stencil with paper, cutting out different sized and shaped pieces. Trace the outlines of the stencils on the different coloured fabric and cut out. Use a good fabric glue to stick the cut outs on to the clutch. 
J mendels Spring 2015 collection

J. Mendel Spring 2015

Love love love this dress. To DIY it grab some black, yellow and white fabric paint and some paint brushes. Create diagonal strokes with the different colours. Try it on a skirt or shirt.
NYFW Stree Style
I like how delicate and feminine the lace makes this outfit look. Take a maxi dress cutting out the sides of material, replace the cut out with lace by either sewing or gluing with fabric glue.

DKNY Spring/ Summer 2015

DKNY Spring/Summer 2015

Mesh is no longer just for the gym. For a sporty-sexy look get a bunch of mesh fabric and overlay it on a mini skirt that’s either stretchy or has a zipper. Sew the mesh along the sides and to the top of the skirt, like this DIY.
Thom Browne 2015

Thom Browne Spring 2015

To get this look simply get a badminton racket (because they are smaller and lighter than tennis rackets) and a headband. Cut the head band tying each end to the side of the racket and wear on your face. LOL I’m totally kidding but if you want to give this a go please make sure to send me a lot of pictures, or at least tag me on Instagram at @outsidethecloth.
Do you have any favorite collections or looks from 2014 NYFW? Let me know in the comments below🙂.


DIY Braided Belt



It’s been a while since I’ve written, but it feels good to be blogging again. During my break I visited New York City, celebrated my birthday and enjoyed the last warm days of summer hanging out with friends. I have to admit I fell out of habit and became unmotivated to write, but I did manage to create some new DIYs and I’m excited to share!

This DIY braided belt is a nice transition back into things because it’s easy to make, and it requires very few supplies. Read on to learn how to make it.


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Necklace Organizer



For a quick and easy necklace organizer use a memo board and push pins to hang and display your necklaces.

For extra support for the push pins, glue a piece of cardboard to the back of the board.


I customized the frame by adding droplets of different coloured nail polish. You can also customize your board by adding a piece of patterned fabric to the corked area.

How do you keep your accessories organized?

– Shanel


2014 Toronto Caribbean Carnival


This weekend was the 47th Annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival, or better known as The Caribana Parade. The parade is a stylish, high-energy street festival which celebrates Caribbean culture. Thousands of people of every shape, size, age and colour jump, wave and dance or “play mas” in decked out colourful and bold costumes. The process involved in making the costumes is a huge creative project which involves a lot of planning, detail and creativity. I usually play mas but this year I attended as a spectator. Seeing all the beautiful costumes and creativity gave me a lot of inspiration for new DIYs. I’m excited to share my pictures from the 2014 Caribana parade.

Beautiful Costumes from the Tribal Knights Mas Band

Beautiful Costumes from the Tribal Knights Mas Band

Me before joining the crowd

The event is near and dear to me as both my parents are from Trinidad which is where the colourful tradition started. Mas bands (the people who make the costumes) prepare a year in advance. Each band comes up with a overall theme for their costumes which is then broken up into different sections. Some of the larger bands can have 20 different sections with up to 100 individual mas players!

The costumes in each section will have the same color scheme and appearance. Mas band workers and volunteers spend many hours sewing, gluing and applying decorations like jewels, glitter, sequins and feathers. Participants who want to play mas have to pay for their costumes. Each costume is then fitted for each individual in the band. The costumes do not only have to look beautiful, they have to be durable and adjustable so they can fit many different sizes while people move and dance.


Happy mas players pose with their section

There is also some construction and welding involved in the process. Each band has a “King” and “Queen” member who wears a large elaborate costume made with light materials like aluminum. The King and Queen costumes are built on wheels that are pulled by a mas player. The day of the Caribana parade the costumes and themes are judged by judges who at the end choose a winner.


Queen costume making her way down the road


Mother & son having a good time

The Caribana parade is full of culture that you can taste, see and, hear. There are many Caribbean dishes to enjoy. I got a chicken roti which I devoured. Soca, calypso, and reggae music are played for mas players and spectators to dance to and enjoy.

caribana jewelry

Jewel leg piece


Toronto Caribana

Yum chicken roti



I was a bit sad that I missed out on playing mas this year because it’s so much fun, but there’s always next year! I definitely didn’t jump and wave as much as I did when I played mas but I enjoyed taking in the festivities and food.

Toronto Caribana

Me in my costume in 2011


Shoes I DIY’d to match my costume

Which street festival is your favorite to attend?


Printed Strapless Dress



There’s a few different ways you can wear a printed strapless dress, and it’s very easy to do because your not limited by sleeves or pant legs. Try wearing it as a skirt or top, and mix and match it with different pieces.

I picked up this dress from H&M about four years ago (gosh time flies!). I love how colourful and summery it looks so I’ve worn it multiple times with different clothing pieces.

Because it’s strapless I like to wear bit more accessories than I typically would, so I paired it with a necklace and a body chain. You can DIY your own body chain with my tutorial here.




DIY Sunglasses Chain


sunglasses chain cover

sunglasses chain pic

Sunglass chains are not only practical but they can look pretty chic too. I lost a pair at the beach once and I’m determined not to loose any this summer. The chain will help keep your glasses close when you’re not wearing them, and it’s more secure than wearing them on your head.

I spotted this project on A Pair and Spare. I had no idea where to find rubber fittings, so I of course improvised and attempted to make my own. You’ll see in the photos that my elastics have a bead. I thought it could be used to tighten the elastic around the frames but it didn’t hold when I put the sunglasses around my neck. I liked the way they looked so I kept them.

The Supplies


Gold linked chain
Jump Rings
Small rubber hair elastics
Beads are optional

The Steps

Open up a jump ring with the pliers, attach one end of the chain and the elastic. Close the jump ring.


Repeat the steps with the other end of the chain.


Put the elastic around the end of the glasses and slide the elastic up until it fits snugly. Depending on the thickness of the legs you may have to wrap the elastic around twice like I did with my glasses and then slide it up.

final step

Voila you’re done!



That’s Creative — Flash Tattoos


Flash Tattoos

Remember those colourful fake tattoos you sometimes wore as a kid? Meet the grown up much sexier version, Flash Tattoos.

You may have spotted these jewelry-like tattoos popping up on bodies this summer. Lasting 4 to 6 days Flash tattoos are temporary, waterproof and easy to apply. Each collection includes 3-4 designs which gives you many possibilities to get creative with the layout and locations of your tattoos.

I think it’s neat how Flash Tattoos combines the concepts of tattoos and jewellery into one stylish idea. It’s also a simple way to add some shine if you don’t want to wear your jewelery to the beach. Definitely creative thinking.

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Tip – Break in or Stretch New Shoes



Your shoes should fit when you buy them, but if you need to quickly stretch or break them in there’s an easy way to do it. Read on to learn how.

In the corner of your eye you spot the perfect pair shoes, you ask for your size and hold your breath hoping it’s in stock. Your excitement builds when you see the box coming towards you. You try them on, maybe walk around in them for a bit and they seem to fit perfectly. That’s when you decide “I’ll take them!”

You find the right outfit to compliment the shoes, and then suddenly while your out your feet start aching in pain. Okay, maybe it’s not that dramatic but I had a similar situation happen to me recently, and its not fun.

Here’s how you can avoid the above situation and quickly break in a pair of shoes or stretch a pair that are too snug.

The Supplies

A new pair shoes
A thick pair of socks (or double up on a regular pair)
Blow Dryer

The Steps

1. Put on the socks

2. Put on the shoes

3. Turn on your blow dryer

4. Test the blow dryer on a small area. If the heat doesn’t affect the shoe continue to the next step.

5. Aim the dryer towards the areas that are too snug while wiggling your feet

6. Repeat until you have your desired fit

Bonus tip. It’s best to go shoe shopping at the end of the day, or at the end of your shopping trip because your feet tend to swell slightly over the course of the day due to standing and walking. This will help to ensure that you get a comfortable fit.

Here’s to happy feet🙂


DIY Pattern Pocket



Pattern pocket tees are trend I’ve noticed popping up in mens fashion, so I decided to give it a go and make my own. This project is a no-sew DIY, and It’s an easy way to add some character to an basic t-shirt. I picked up my t-shirt from Forerver21 for $4.

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Tank Top Transformation



Sometimes when I feel like I can’t find anything to wear I like to Think Outside the Cloth and find different ways to wear one piece of clothing. This trick is a quick and easy way to transform your tank tops into a bra-crop top.

The Steps


  1. Remove your arm from one side of the strap.
  2. Pull the strap down to the bottom of the shirt.
  3. Pull the strap under the bottom of the shirt, and pick up the strap from the inside.
  4. Put your arm back through the strap.
  5. The top will now be crossed in the front and back of the shirt. Move the crossed part to the middle.
  6. Adjust so that it’s even on both sides.

Here are some photos of when I’ve used this trick in an outfit.

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I stuck dangle earrings in the middle of this top to add some shine. Check out my 7 Alternate Jewellery Uses for more tips.

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Do you ever wear one piece of clothing in different ways? Share in a comment below🙂



Happy Canada Day!


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Even though Canada Day is officially tomorrow. I thought I’d share a quick way to do a Canada Day themed DIY. Follow the steps in my Graphic Print DIY, but instead use a maple leaf.

Print out a picture of a maple leaf, cut out the leaf and trace the outline with a marker onto the sponge. Evenly spread fabric paint onto the sponge and stamp your maple leaf onto shirts, shorts, scarfs or whatever you like! You can find a maple leaf outline here.

I’m showing my patriotism with a Canadian flag tank that I found at Winners.

Happy Canada Day!


DIY Flower Headpiece



I first spotted the flower headpiece sometime during the spring, and I’ll be honest I wasn’t too crazy about it. As the the weather got warmer and I started seeing them on more heads, they grew on me (no pun intended). This flower headpiece is an easy DIY that makes a fun and flirty summer accessory.

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7 Alternate Jewellery Uses



Think Outside the Cloth and try these 7 different ways to wear your jewellery. Get more looks from one piece, and add a little extra sparkle and shine to your clothing and accessories.

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DIY Graphic Print Shirt



This DIY is a super easy way to add some character to a plain shirt. This project was inspired by P.S. I Made This Printed Jeans. Since this was my first time using fabric paint I decided to keep it simple, but I’m definitely going to try this again with a more intricate pattern. I love the textured effect the sponge gives.

The Supplies

Plain Shirt
Fabric Paint
Piece of cardboard

The Steps

Draw the outline of whatever shape you want to imprint on the sponge. I (obviously) decided on a heart.

Cut out the shape.

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Place the piece of cardboard in between the shirt so the paint does not soak through to the back.

Take the fabric paint and apply it evenly on your sponge shape.

Press the sponge down on the shirt.
Repeat, evenly reapplying the paint to the sponge when necessary.

Optional: Once I was finished I added some dots of gold coloured fabric paint.




DIY Strapped Bandeau


Bandage bra coverI’m really excited to share this project because it was really inexpensive to make (shout out to my local dollar store lol), and I really liked the way it turned out. I plan on making another one in a different colour. Fair warning, this project does require a bit of sewing but don’t be discouraged my sewing skills are very very basic and it turned out great.

Wear the strapped bandeau on it’s own, under a sheer shirt, or with a muscle tee.

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Trick — Top 2 Bottom



Get two different looks from one piece. Put on a cute top and wear your tube top as a skirt.


Tip — Adhesive Bra



If you’re going out for a night on the town and you decide on a risqué revealing outfit with a plunging neckline or an open back it can be really difficult to find the right bra. Adhesive bras are a great leave-your-regular-bra-at-home solution. They lift, support, add shielding, and come in variety of shapes and styles. When you apply them make sure your skin is lotion and oil free and they should last all night. You can find them at lingerie stores and some pharmacies (specifically Shoppers Drug Mart).


How to – DIY Body Chain


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The first time I spotted a body chain was in a picture of Beyonce walking hand in hand with Jay-Z, and my first thought was what is that?! And where can I get one?! Fast forward months later. While browsing around a jewellery supply store, I thought I could attempt to make my own body chain, and that same night I stumbled across LaurDIY’s tutorial. I now have a DIY body chain to call my own and I plan to rock it every chance I can this summer.

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Trick — T-Shirt to Tank



Revamp your neglected, (or in my case) awkward fitting t-shirts and give them a little love. This trick is a super easy, no-sew method which will turn your tee into an edgier looking tank.

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Tip — Bye Bye Deodorant Stains


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Ever have those days where you have a last minute change of heart about an outfit, or you try on a million pieces of clothing before you find the one outfit that works? Finally content, you do one last check in the mirror and whomp whomp there’s a bunch of ugly looking deodorant stains along the sides of your shirt. Don’t fret.Take a fabric dryer sheet and gently rub it on the stains to remove them, and you’ll be good to go!


Take it-N-Make it — Lace Bow Belt


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I’ve recently developed this thing for bows. I feel like they are cute and chic detail that can be added to almost any accessory.

This lace bow belt was really inexpensive to make, and it’s a great accessory to add to your belt collection.

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Trick — Seamly Sleeveless


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Pull this little trick to get a different look for your sleeveless shirts.

The Supplies

  • Ribbon
    You can pick some at a dollar store, fabric store, or Walmart
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins (optional)

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Tip — All That Glitters


If your gold or silver coloured jewellery isn’t the real deal, paint on a layer of clear nail polish to keep them from tarnishing and changing colour. Stay Shinin!


Take it-N-Make it — Jewel Frame


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Spring—a season for new wardrobes, new growth, cleaning and organizing. That’s why I chose to dedicate my first post to the Jewel Frame, it’s a super easy way to spring clean your accessories.

With the Jewel Frame your earrings will be prettily showcased, and organized too. This project is also a great way to make use out of old, unused or damaged pantyhose.

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