Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How to: Make a Starburst wrapper clutch

It's cold outside.  I don't want to go anywhere.  All I want to do is eat sugary goodness.  So I did that.  But I still had some spare time on my hands during my hibernation, so I decided to use the wrappers from my extreme Starburst candy gluttony to make an envelope clutch.  The clutch turned out pretty nice, but I'm actually more proud that I constructed something productive out of 75ish candies that I ate over the course of a month!

What I used: Starburst wrappers and duct tape (substitute duct tape for fabric and glue, if you're fancy like that)

1.  Lay out strips of duct tape (or fabric) to be 2.5 times more than the width you want your clutch to be so there's enough space to fold it into a bag shape with a closure later. 

2.  Stick Starburst wrappers on it.  I decided to try for a pattern where I alternated between rotating the wrappers length-wise and width-wise.  Patterned colours could look pretty awesome too! 
Make sure you leave a bit of space around the sides so you can seal up your bag later. 

3.  Fold your "bag" into its rightful shape, leaving enough extra material at the top for the closure flap. 

4.  Using glue or the excess duct tape, seal the sides up my folding inwards to hide any messy wrapper edges.

5.  To get this raised triangular envelope seal shape, fold the upper flap of your bag into a triangular shape inwards, then secure that in place. 

6.  Use the clutch. 

I think I'll use this once the weather here thaws out, even though these cheery colours would be perfect for scaring away winter monotony.  I don't think candy wrappers can withstand the durability test in the snow!

For a more in-depth guide on how to construct the shape of the clutch, check out my duct tape clutch guide.

And check out the finished product out on the streets!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Fashion is getting dangerous.  The whole trend of spikes is dangerous.  Sure, nothing is actually pointy enough to harm someone, but in my mind, I imagine some kind of fashion ninja whipping off a shoe or earring to be used as a weapon should a threat arise. To my knowledge, you're still allowed to go through the airport with spiky jewellery.  Isn't it kind of funny how you can walk through an airport armed with spikes, but you'll get searched and barraged for trying to smuggle in toothpaste?

What I'm wearing: 
-Grey blend sweater from Pac Sun 
-Black chiffon blouse (collar) 
-Spiked drop earrings from H&M
-Frontal faux leather pants 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Jewellery storage

It's absolutely freezing outside, so I decided to stay in for the whole weekend.  So my exciting indoor task?  Untangling necklaces.  So here's a few photos of my jewellery organization systems that are supposed to prevent tangling from happening.  Behold: my budding jewellery tree where I use rings as its soil and decorate it with layered and chunky necklaces!  And also, the best staple little black dress that anyone could ever have: the jewellery LBD.  I always complain about dresses that have no pockets, which is why this "dress" is all the more awesome- so many pockets, I haven't even filled all of them yet!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Drop of sunshine

I am not a morning person. Sure, I can take in some caffeine to wake me up, but what am I supposed to take to get rid of my morning "I hate everyone" blues? I hate traffic, I hate crowded buses, I hate icy patches, I hate loud talkers, I hate slow walkers, I hate squeaky chairs, and I hate touching gum under my seat.  I want a name tag that says "Hello! My name is IF YOU CAN READ THIS, YOU NEED TO GO AWAY". Well, at least the sun's kinda peeking out from under the clouds.  Sunshine makes me hate everything juuuust a bit less.

What I'm wearing: 
-Mustard yellow skirt
-Knit & faux leather backpack 
-Black over-the-knee socks 
-Brown open-knit cardigan 
-Contrast trim blouse 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Spot me

I went out with a friend the other day and wore this polka dot blazer.  When she arrived, the first thing she said was that she could see me from through the window outside- "that big polka dot thing".  I prefer if this way though.  If people can immediately spot me, it saves me from the embarrassment of having to flail my arms around trying to catch their attention.  Seriously, it's not a fun task.  Especially when you catch the attention of everyone else in the restaurant, except for the one that the goofy motions are intended for.

What I'm wearing:
-Polka dot blazer
-Contrast trim blouse

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Cancer bag

Apparently there's a Californian law that requires companies to warn consumers if their product contains even the slightest amount of cancer-causing chemicals.  I know this is a safety precaution, but there's something very unnerving about receiving an item that may or may not have toxic chemicals somewhere in it. I've never seen a label like this before, so it caught me off-guard.  My initial reaction was to hold my bag at the very edges to prevent touching it too much (yeah, like that's gonna prevent cancer from smudging all over me).  I kind of accept that pretty much everything nowadays is said to give you cancer.  Heck, there's even a risk just by stepping outside (hello, UV rays).  So unless there's a super eminent risk, I'd prefer if my bags didn't come with cancer warnings.  I prefer living in a bubble of denial more than living in a bubble of paranoia. 

Photos by Pop Champagne 

What I'm wearing: 
-Short sleeve cardigan from BCBG 
-Aquamarine bag from
-Fringe skirt 
-Grey ribbed legwarmers

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A little luck

After a long 4 hour car ride, freezing temperatures, mountains of snow, and a serious case of "grrr, back to school tomorrow", it seems to me that one of the only ways to beat these grumpy circumstances is with a subtle reminder that it's going to be a good year.  In the form of free stuff.  Thanks to Ladbrokes casino, I've got a cozy infinity scarf, long wool gloves, a cute scalloped bag, floral-scented lotions and shower gels, and false eyelashes.  As a person with not a thread of luck when it comes to chance and gambles, I take it as a good sign that I'm actually getting rewards from a casino.  Prosperity, here I come!

Also, am I the only one who has an unnecessarily difficult time putting on fake lashes? I'm just gonna blame my unsteady hand and my fear of gluing my eyeball somehow.

*All items c/o Ladbrokes Casino

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

First regret of 2013

2013 hasn't even been here for 24 hours yet, and I already have regrets.  Having regrets is one thing, but I amplify my regrets by obsessing about them at every chance I get.  I could have made resolutions to forbid myself from obsessing over little things excessively, but then I would start obsessing over being too obsessive.  So I shall continue regretting my most recent haircut.  These photos were taken before the haircut.  Please leave me while I weep for my hair.  Yes, I've been whimpering, "My haaaaiiiirrr!" upon looking at these photos.  If you've never had a bad haircut, you are in no position to judge my actions.

Photos by Pop Champagne

What I'm wearing:
-Military cardigan from Forever 21
-Pleated chiffon top from JACOB
-Denim shorts
-Peeptoe booties

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