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Friday, 29 August 2014

DIY : Denim Lace Shorts!

We love the lace shorts trend but must admit that we've found them to be pretty much on the "unreasonably-expensive-for-a-one-season-trend" side. So thought why not make our own?! That way, not only will they custom made but will be unique as well!

What You Need: 

1) A pair of denim shorts (I didn't have a pair of denim shorts so I cut an old pair of jeans at the length that I wanted the shorts to be at and turned them into shorts)
2) Lace trim (you can any color you like OR even sequin trims OR even a pretty fabric!)
4) Needle and thread OR fabric glue
5) Pair of scissors
6) A ruler/measuring inch scale. (measuring tape will do fine as well).


NOTE: In case you're using an old pair of pants, try them on and determine the length you want your shorts to be at. Mark it using a sharpie/pen. Cut straight across the marking and you have your shorts!)

1) Lay the pair of shorts on a flat surface and fold them over down the middle such that the other seams of the shorts align with each other.

2) With a ruler measure from the bottom up how many inches long you want the lace to show (how long the triangle will be). With a ruler also determine, how wide you want the triangle to be. Measure this width (while the shorts are folded) from the outer seam. Remember that this will double once you hold up the shorts as the width will extend to BOTH sides of the outer seam.

3) Cut out the triangle and turn the shorts inside-out.

4) Attach the lace trim. You can stitch these on or if you are as bad as I am with stitching then you can use fabric glue instead. (NOTE: You must let the fabric glue dry for 24 hours minimum. They may be worn after 24 hours of drying. However, it is advisable that you give it for a wash only after at least 72 hours.)

5) Once the glue dries, your shorts are ready to be worn! You may also attach embellishments if you wish to.

STEPS to add the fringes:

1) Make 1 inch incisions around the bottom edges of the shorts (Minimum 2 cms apart. Maximum 5 cm apart.)
2) pull out all the white strings.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

DIY: Fairy Lights!


What you need:

1) A string of lights.
2) 3 to 4 packs of ping-pong (Table Tennis) balls in white (or in colors for a more fun look). 
3) Pair of scissors.
4) Transparent sticky tape. 


1) if the sting of lights is long then fold it/double it in a manner that two lightbulbs match up with one another


2) poke holes in the ping-pong balls with a pair of scissors or a screwdriver. (Be careful!) 

3) insert a pair of light bulbs in one ping-pong ball and secure in place with sticky tape. Continue to put other pairs in different ping-pong balls till all pairs of light bulbs are covered. 

4) drape wherever you want it and light them up! 


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

DIY : No-sew T-shirt Pillow!

What you will need:

1) An old (clean) t-shirt of your choice
2) A ruler
3) A pair of scissors
4) A flat surface

1) Lay the T-shirt flat on a flat surface 

2) cut the sleeves off and cut as close to the collar as possible. With the help of a ruler, measure the distance between the print and the collar that you cut off and cut same distance on the opposite side (i.e. middle area of the t-shirt) 
NOTE: this has to be at least two inches long because you will need to tie up the incisions that you will make along the sides (steps given below)

3) Cut away the sides from the shoulders down. So you end up with (two) square piece of cloth (back piece and front piece). Make incisions along all the sides. Incisions must be at least two inches long. (Longer incisions are good too as they will only give an added effect of longer tassels or bigger bows!)

4) Starting from a corner start tying up one back strip and the aligned front strip together. Secure with a double knot. Tie up all sides but one. Insert the stuffing (I used fabric scraps from older projects) and tie up the last side of the pillow. And you're done! 

- Thesisteract 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

DIY : Makeup / Acessories Stand!


What you need: 

1) Three or two old plates (depends on how tall or big you want the stand to be)

2) Two vases / tall glasses

3) Hot glue gun or any other super glue

4) Spray paint or your choice (optional)


1) Place the plate with the biggest diameter in front of you and glue down the wider end of the biggest vase on the center of the plate. wait 2 mins for it to dry.

2) Glue the bottom of the biggest vase (which is now facing upward as we have placed the biggest vase up-side-down since it has a narrow base) and place the center of the second plate on it. Let dry for 2 mins.

3) Glue the center of the second plate already stuck and place the smaller vase on it. Let dry for 2 mins and glue down the last (smallest) plate on the vase.



Makeup Storage Ideas, Tips & Tricks!

I love makeup and everything that comes with it. A makeup store is my sanctuary; my happy place. The colors; the faint fragrance of it as I walk into a makeup store gets my pulse racing! Needless to say that being a fashion and beauty blogger, will entail reviewing beauty products from time - to - time as well which means...that's right! More makeup!  

I don't think I have even close to what an average professional makeup artist has or close to how much the average beauty vlogger on Youtube has, (I'm in denial) but I do have enough to keep losing some of my stuff; or being unable to find something right when I need it; or to end up buying another piece of the same product because I forget I have one already or that its buried so deep in with the rest of my makeup that it'll take a whole day to dig it out. This leads me to just grab what I can find and go, which is usually a kohl pencil and a lipstick or lip - balm. 

Three days ago, I decided that I had had enough when it took me ten minutes to find my concealer. So i decided to organize everything. everything! However, I needed something easy, quick and dirt cheap. I love all the lovely vanity cases for makeup but they are so unreasonably expensive. Plus, that would mean waiting a couple of days more till I could find the time to go get one. So I decided to get creative and think of all the possible makeup storage ideas that would be time efficient and cost efficient.  
This was the result: (Less than 700/-)


I now take only a few seconds to find my things! Yay! Also, I'm sure even if you don't have a lot of makeup, you've got to admit, organizing what you have, will definitely save you more time! (more time to sleep in the mornings! Yay!!) 

So I thought I'd share a few makeup storage ideas, tips and tricks, with you too! 

1) In accordance to how much makeup you have, get a box/ tray/ container that you can put your makeup in. This will confine all your makeup to one place which means, just in case things get out of hand and you "fall off the wagon" with organization, you won't have to look for something in the whole house. There'll be only one place you need look for it!

- We went with two big, transparent boxes (300/-):

2) Now get all your organization done in this box: 

Things you could use

A) Tea cups to hold your brushes.

B) Old watch boxes to hold your eye-shadow quads and duos. You could spray paint these but we liked ours this way.

C) Ferrero Rocher chocolate boxes! don't throw them away, they look pretty chic to store makeup;

AND you could use the lids as trays. The possibilities are endless! 


D) Use delivery boxes or gift boxes to sort out face and hair products. 

E) the cover of a pair of sunglasses or even a shoe box it great to hold your lipsticks in!

F) Make a stand from glass plates and vases to store your nail paints!


G) Use a shoe box to make an organizer to put all the product that don't fit in the main box. 

H) Having trouble keeping your perfumes organized? Put them all on a mirror tray for a pretty storage space! 

Hope these tips help you too!


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Accessory Storage Ideas

I have often been asked how I manage to match or compliment an outfit with the right accessories even if I'm running late. Or that I must take at least an hour and half to get dressed in the morning. I'm finally ready to answer that...are you ready? Here's the answer: The truth is...I, just like you, don't have all the time in the world! I value my sleep. Waking up two hours early just to get dressed is not my thing either. It's just about smart organisation! I should  now add, that organization didn't come easy to me.

After many broken and lost accessories I realized I just couldn't take the heartache anymore and thought to myself, that there just had to be better ways to store it all instead of just packing it away in boxes and forgetting about them because I do seem to suffer from the out-of-sight-out-of-mind syndrome as I'm sure most of us do when it comes to accessories. To top it all, the boxes were occupying too much space and with all the accessories piled together in one, most of them where breaking or tarnishing. I had had enough. I wanted something fun and practical and I also didn't want to shell out a bomb on it.

So here's what I did and must say has worked well over the past couple of years. I'm hoping it'll help you get some ideas too without burning a hole in your pocket:

1) The Cake Stand: 
Don't have one? Buy one because they're worth it! They come in various shapes, sizes and colors and are not too expensive. You can obviously use it for more than just stacking cakes or cupcakes on it! Accessories, hair ties or even perfumes.If you're into DIYs (Do it Yourself Projects) you could always make one with old plates, glasses and a hot glue gun!

2) Cup Stands, Bangle Stands or Clothes Hangers:
Definitely deals with my out-of-sight-out-of-mind syndrome and the clothes hanger is definitely a space saver! I have more bangles than I have stands so this works well for me and I can pick the bangles that match an outfit when I open my closet.


3) Wine Bottles, Tea Cups and Glass Jars: 
Stack all your stretchy or clasp bracelets, on empty wine bottles and beer bottles. Just make sure to clean them thoroughly and take off the labels.
Got a lot of perfume samples lying around? Put them all in a pretty tea cup. Looks vintage, classy and is functional at the same time. You'll never lose your samples again!

4) Scarf Earring Storage: This is my favorite storage DIY!! It made getting dressed in the morning a breeze!
What you need: a clothes hanger and a stole/scarf you don't use anymore. Hang the stole over the clothes hanger and hang all your dangling earrings on it. (Make sure to pass the hook through both sides of the stole). You can hang all your hoops on both sides of the clothes hanger.

I made mine from a piece of fabric from an old skirt. I didn't have a long enough piece, which is why I just stitched mine on the top after I folded it over the clothes hanger.Voila!

6) The Jewelry Tree:
For your long necklaces and short ones too!
What you need:
A dried out shrub (see picture below)
A box for the base or even a flowerpot.
A foam board and hot glue gun/powerful adhesive
pebbles to fill up the base

Stick the base of the shrub into the foam board and glue in place. Glue down this base to the bottom of the flower pot. Fill up the flower pot with the pebbles. That's it! You could spray paint the jewelry tree as well.


5) The Tie Hanger:
For all you long necklaces, this is a blessing! you could hang it out in your room by your dresser/vanity, like I do or you could hang it inside your closet.

7) A Tall Order:
Put all your hair bands in a vase or a tall glass.

Some more fun ideas:

The Anatomical:

The Old Figurine:

The Candle Sticks:

Box of Shades: great space saver, this one!

Hope you find these useful!


Friday, 15 November 2013

DIY - Accessories!

What you need:
- Any accessories you want to change (can paint over)
- Any nail paint of your choice. 

Remember to paint a base coat of white before you paint anything with a light colour nail paint otherwise the true colour of the nail paint won't show. 
      The accessories I wanted to paint were white already so I went with a lighter colour. 
       Apply 2 - 3 coats of paint for best results and let the nail paint dry completely before you paint the next coat. 




Tuesday, 3 September 2013

DIY : Glitter watch by DKNY

When I saw the DKNY glitter strap watch, the first thing I thought to myself was "oh em gee! I can totally do this!" All I needed was a watch I'd stopped wearing or heated; which wasn't hard. I found a watch I used to wear three years ago back in college and grabbed my bottle of glitter nail paint (mine is called Glitter Parade by FACES) and painted it over the strap till I couldn't see much of the strap. That's it! Plus point being that glitter nail paints do not take long to dry. So you can wear this in an hour's time after you've painted it!


Sunday, 11 August 2013

DIY - Ripped Denims!

Want a pair of ripped denims but can't find the perfect one? Tried to do it yourself and ended in a disaster? Well, been there. Done that! So I'm going to share with you how you can get a pair of ripped denims that are perfect for you! Through a DIY! Now you can do your own pair of designer ripped denims without shelling out a bomb!


What you'll need: 

1) An old pair of denims (at least till you're confident enough to try the technique on a new pair of denims)

NOTE: this does NOT work well on denims with a lot of Lycra/stretch) 

2) A pair of scissors

3) A good movie or favorite tv show (I'll explain why, later.) :D 

Before you begin
Lay out you old pair of denims on a flat surface. Open and face up. Know where your knees fit on the denims and accordingly you could either rip it above, below or on the knee area.

Step 1: 
Choose the leg that you want to give the ripped effect to. Align the inner and outer seams together as shown. 

Step 2: 
Fold it along this new line that is formed when you align the two seams. 

Step 3:
Once folded cut parallel lines an inch apart and half inch apart into the denims along the fold line. Alternate the inch length. They are not supposed to be even as uneven cuts will give a more natural effect. (Notice how in 2 the cuts dont end at the same point.)
Remember that when you unfold the denims the inch you've cut, doubles (as shown in 2 and 3 below).


Step 4: 
Turn the denims inside out. You should now be able to see blue strings running vertically and white strings horizontally. Start pulling out the blue strings from the cuts you've made. This is going to be time consuming so put on a movie or your favorite show! 

Step 5:
Throw the denims in for a wash in you washing machine. This helps the strings around the ripped areas get a more naturally worn ou look. And you're done! 


Other effects: 

1. Use a razor lightly on your pair of denims to scuff it up or slightly scrape it to add to the worn - out effect. 

2. If you want to give them a faded and a worn out effect then buy some sand paper from your local hardware store and rub on the knee areas and thigh areas of the denims. Also the the back pockets; edges of the front pockets and around the ankle seams a little. 

Sunday, 7 July 2013

6 Ways to Wear a Scarf

1) a broad and long scarf/stole (as shown)
2) an imagination :)

Look 1: The Waistcoat 

Sep 1: fold the scarf in half. Such that you are holding the mid point of the scarf in one hand and the ends of the scarf in the other. 

Step 2: Tie the midpoint to the ends you are holding. Like shown in picture 2. 

Step 3: pull apart the sides where you tied the ends and midpoint, like shown. 

Step 4: pull your arms through the two loops formed so that the knot comes on your back below your collar. You're done! 

Look 2: The Bow

Step 1: Bring both ends of the scarf to the front. 

Step 2: Tie in a bow. 

Look 3: The Bag

Step 1: Tie width ends together. 

Step 2: Put the things you need in the bag and sling over arm. 

Look 4: Tie it Up

Tie it to your bag. This adds a fun splash of color to an outfit 

Look 5: The Turban 

Step 1: Bring the ends together (like the first step of the Bow)

Step 2: With the ends in one hand and the loop in the other. Wrap around your head by placing the middle of the folded scarf at the back of your head and bring both ends to the front. Pull the ends through the loop and tuck in the extra ends into the scarf. 

Look 6: The Cover-up 
This works best with a long and a broad scarf or a dupatta. 

Step 1: fold the scarf/dupatta in half (picture 1) and hold the mid point of that half (picture 2) 

Step 2: tie the ends to that mid point (picture 3) 

Step 3: put hands through loops to wear. 

Photo credit: Jatin Chojar & Sushant Pal Jadaun 

Feel free to experiment! 

Sunday, 23 June 2013

New DIY: L.O.L. Shoes!!

Here I am! I can't believe the last post I wrote was on 20th of May. Somehow it hadn't seemed that it had been over a month since I wrote last which is like ages in the blogger world. But getting down to business or well, fashion, I think it's safe to say I was suffering from a "blogger's block". Yes, it happens often to bloggers and none of us can escape it. However, while the neon, striped, sheer, lace and denim trends have been doing the rounds..and re-rounds (Gosh! what an overdoze.) your's truly, has been busy gathering ideas, thoughts and drawing inspiration from various sources to create something beautiful and blog worthy.. and that, for me is just a fancy way of saying "heads up folks! Here's comes the DIYs flood!" :P

To begin with: My LOL shoes!!

What you need:

1) A pair of shoes/heels preferably with a gloss finish and not a velvet or other fabric finish.
2) A bottle of mod podge or other stronghold glue that dries clear
3) A pair of scissors
4) A Comic book of your choice (I chose Archie's since i grew up on them)

How To:

Step 1) Cut comic strips into geometrical shapes or in zig-zagz. however you wish. the idea is to get small pieces.

Step 2) Clean the shoes so the glue can go on smoothly.

Step 3) Apply glue on shoes and apply comic scraps that you cut earlier.

Step 4) let dry. completely!

Step 5) Add a coat of mod podge all over the shoes. let dry completely!

Step 6) Add at least 3-4 coats of mod podge and let dry to make it study and water proof. Let one layer/ coat of the glue dry completely before you add the next to avoid clumping...and you're done! :D

Note: I painted the tips and heels of my pumps to give just a pop a colour and an interesting twist. Feel free to experiment!