Printed Strapless Dress

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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.

-Shanel

 

 

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DIY Sunglasses Chain

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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

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Gold linked chain
Jump Rings
Sunglasses
Small rubber hair elastics
Scissors
Pliers
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.

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Repeat the steps with the other end of the chain.

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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.

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Voila you’re done!

-EssDotElle

 

That’s Creative — Flash Tattoos

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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.

You can order Flash Tattoos at flashtat.com.

Source: http://www.flashtat.com/about/

Image source: http://www.flashtat.com/dakota/

-EssDotElle

Tip – Break in or Stretch New Shoes

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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

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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 🙂

-EssDotElle

DIY Pattern Pocket

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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

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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

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  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 🙂

-EssDotElle