Stylegawker!?

Hello!  I hope you are all having an amazing Easter weekend!  I’ve just been spending mine dreading my english work I have to do today & tomorrow, but I hope your’s is going much better!

So I’ve been exploring lots of DIYs again for the Spring & Summer, and that includes searching around craftgawker.com, and I guess I haven’t been on in a while, because I found something called ‘Stylegawker’ at the bottom of the page!  What!?  When did this happen!?  Why did nobody tell me my favourite craft website now has a sister website for fashion!?  WHAT!?  So I thought I would let you guys know about this fabulous invention, because it really is a great concept.  I knew there was a weddinggawker, and a dwellinggawker, but they must of recently just came out with stylegawker, or maybe I’m just really dumb.  If you don’t know what any of these gawker websites are, it’s basically just a Pinterest or a Tumblr, except they are all pictures of things, and you can click on them to go to the blog or website where the picture came from, which is where you can find the DIY or post on that specific thing.  I’m making it sound way too complicated for what it actually is…

Anyways, here’s a link to the website!

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I just thought I would let you guys know that I have came out from under my rock, and I’ve found this really cool site!   And, to let you know that the DIY that I did yesterday and Friday has went alright, but I just have to tweak some things with it, so that post should either go up Tuesday or Wednesday, cross your fingers!

Talk soon!

-Liv

DIY Collage Desktop Background

Happy Sunday!  So a while back, I found this image of someone’s desktop background on tumblr, and instantly thought I need one…typical me.

I thought it was a great idea to have a collage of all your favourite images instead of just one.  You can do this with just about as many pictures as you want, but I went with 16.  So, I searched around, and I’ve made one of my own!

 I just have some things that either inspire me, or my favourite things on there.  It is always interesting to look at, and I can constantly make more and more, and change it up whenever I’d like.  They are really easy to make and play with in PicMonkey.

To start, go to www.picmonkey.com and click on “Create A Collage”.  Click on “Layouts” on the left, and then click on “Square Deal”.

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For mine, I chose the third option, which gives you 16 pictures to work with.

To begin placing pictures, all you have to do is click and drag them onto your desktop, and then click “Open Photos” from the “Photos” button on the left.  Choose your picture, and then drag it onto the collage.

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Repeat these steps of dragging to desktop, opening it in picmonkey, and then dragging it onto the collage, until you’ve filled it!  You can also make some pictures bigger/smaller like in the original image I showed above.  You can do this by clicking the pace around the image, and dragging it the way you’d like it.

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If you’d like there to be no spaces around the pictures (no borders), you can click on the “Spacing” slider which is found in the “Background” menu on the left, and drag it all the way to 0.

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You can of course play around with it any way you want…but I have one more important step before you save it & make it your desktop pic!  You must change the dimensions of the collage, so that it doesn’t turn out blurry.  I just clicked and dragged the sides to make it rectangular, similar to the dimensions of my desktop screen.

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Now, click “Save” at the top, and then find it in your files, and right click on it, to find “Set Desktop Picture”.  Depending on what computer you have, you may need to go into your setting to do this.

 I just grabbed a whole bunch of images I liked from my tumblr.  It took some playing around with to get them the exact way I wanted.  I considered if the picture had lots in it, which colours it was, and how similar it was to other images around it.  For example, I didn’t want to have all pink pictures in one area, and not anywhere else.  Just fiddling….

VOILA!

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They are a little time consuming to make them just the way you want them (because I’m a bit of a perfectionist), but so worth it!  I even fiddled around with the size of my desktop icons to make the bottom pictures show better…

But, they are so cool looking!  You can do it with absolutely any images you’d like, including ones of your own.  I’ve got my fav youtuber (Zoella), T. Swift, and Gossip Girl’s S & B.  I also have my painting inspo, and a few things I’m currently drooling over.  The possibilites are endless, and they turn out great….oh, and it’s free!

Talk soon!

♥, Liv

Image of computer inspo found here.  All other images are screenshots of picmonkey.com, or my own desktop image.

Celebrity Style: Blair Waldorf’s Coats

One thing that I noticed while I was watching Gossip Girl…the amazing fashion!  I mentioned this in my GG post, and I am going to be doing a few Celeb Style posts on it!  For the first instalment  I have found four of Blair’s coats, and found either the exact ones, or very close matches.  I will probably do one of these for Serena too, so stay tuned for that!

 

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1.  Louis Feraud Belted Nude Coat

2. Ora Kiely Half Milano Yellow Coat

3. Carven Double-Breasted Cotton Twill Navy Coat

4.  Oasap Woolen Caped Green Coat

Thanks for reading!  Talk soon.

Both sets created on my polyvore account.

DIY Beauty/Fashion Collage

Hello!  So sorry I haven’t been posting for a week!  Oopsie!  January has being pretty nuts for me…and it’s going to continue to be like that all the way through.  I have EXAMS.  Yep.  Just to get an idea, yesterday I had a science test, today I had a science test, tomorrow I have a french exam, monday I have a french exam, monday I have a geography quiz, sometime in here I am going to have another french quiz, a french exam on friday, a geography exam the next friday after that, and then my other two exams on that next monday and tuesday.  GOODNESS.  So I’ve gotta get studying!  The exam that I have on Monday, it’s a 3 minute long presentation in french that I’ve been memorizing, so I have been a little stressed with that.  Oh, and then I start a new semester on Feb. 5th, which is my easy semester with English, Business, Math, and Family Studies.  Thank goodness I got science and french over with.  Haha, so I apologize if I won’t be posting very frequently throughout the month…I’m not dead!  I’m just…consumed with craziness.

So, what I’m sure you are here for…

My collage!  I have a collage that I made about a year ago in my room, and I am doing a full post on it!  I’m going to share my tips, and ideas, and a few close-up pictures of mine.

To be honest I don’t even know where I got the idea from to make one of these, it was so long ago!  And I wanted to say that I have also started making one with birds from Birds And Blooms magazines for a birthday present for my Aunt and Uncle…so they don’t have to be just beauty…you can use whatever clippings you’d like!

Here are a few things I’ve learned that I want to share!  These are just what I did with mine, but obviously you can customize your’s however you desire.

  • Make clean cuts!  Go around the image neatly and evenly to make it look nice and neat.  
  • Don’t worry about overlapping, but don’t do it too much.  When you get almost done, you sometimes will have some little spots to fill up, but pick and choose the right sizes of pictures so that they try to fit well in the blank space.
  • Try to fill up as much area as you can, but once again, don’t overlap too much.
  • Remember that you can change up the angles of things for a cool look.
  • All sizes welcome!  I think a collage looks better with lots of sizes of images cut out.
  • Even out the colours.  I liked to make it sort of all even, and not too dark in one place, or too pink in another.
  • Keep in mind that when you are done your eye might go to one single thing, and you want to be sure that you really like that thing.  Don’t make the focal point something that you don’t love.
  • Even out the sizes too!  Make sure there aren’t huge things in one spot, and little things in the other.
  • Keep in mind that if you are framing it, the frame will cover up the edges a little.
  • Do you want writing or no writing?  I liked an even mix of both.
  • Keep a large garbage bin right beside you so that you can just lean over it while you are cutting the images for an easy clean up!
  • If you are looking for really little things to fill up some space, you can use words you like.  For example ‘blush’, or ‘Nordstrom’ to fill out the little spots.

And my last and final tip…the most important in my opinion…

  • Make sure that you love every single thing you cut out.

That is what made mine so special to me.  I really went through tons of magazines, and picked out things that I really liked or that sort of had a story to them.  I really can’t say that I dislike ANYTHING on my collage.  This is what made it the most time consuming for me.  I always found things that I loved, but there would be like article writing over them and I didn’t use them…haha.

By the way, I did this collage in sort of two periods.  I worked on it for a few months, and then took a long break, and then got into it again.  I just used old magazines from around my house and a bristol board.

Anyways, enough with this, here it is!

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I have seriously gotten so many compliments on this thing!  I just can never stop looking at it whenever I’m getting ready in the morning.

Thanks for reading!  Talk to you soon, and please let me know if you make one or have one!  Bye!

3 New Nail Polishes & New Chanel Sunglasses

Hey guys!  Sorry I’ve been a little MIA (only for a week…but whatever!!).   I have a few things that I wanted to haul for you!  My new nail polishes I will show swatched and reviewed as I wear them.  It’s sort of a small post, but that’s OK!  Especially because this is my second post of the day!

 

So I will start off with the polishes!

Left to right: Essie Forever Yummy, Essie Beyond Cozy, Essie Where’s My Chauffer

Beyond Cozy, a gold-champagne with micro-glitter (from the holiday collection)

Where’s My Chauffer, a PERFECT Tiffany blue colour (from the holiday collection)

Forever Yummy, a perfect deep-autumn-red colour.

 

And, to the sunglasses!

TO DIE FOR.

 

WITH BOWS.  AHMAHGAH

So so so so so obsessed!  I finally got sunglasses!  Now my eyes kill me whenever it’s sunny and I don’t have them on!  So I got prescription sunglasses about a week ago, and I adore them!  They are of course, by Chanel, and they have little black bows on the side!  I believe the style # is 5205.  You can of course google image them for better pictures, but I just wanted share!  They are pretty large, but that’s super classy in my mind, so I thought, hey, why not have a little more classiness in my life, it can’t hurt.

I have wanted a pair of large sunglasses forever, but since I have prescription glasses, I can’t wear regular non-prescription sunglasses.  Long story short, the guy that I got my last pair of sunglasses with WOULD NOT let me buy big ones because “they didn’t fit my face”.  Well guess what buddy…I got them and I like em.  I even went in there to get them sized around my face and showed them off in his face.  He despised them.  How pleasant.  LOL anyways, I don’t care.  I love my sunglasses, and really recommend them!

 

So yeah, that’s my little post!  I just posted ‘My DIY Peter Pan Collars’ if you want to check it out!  I will be blogging a lot in the next coming weeks (I hope), so be on the look out!  Talk to you guys soon!  Have a good one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My DIY Peter Pan Collar Necklaces!

Hey guys!  So on last week’s TGIF I showed a picture of the little DIY project I was working on, and now it’s time to show you!  I made Peter Pan collar necklaces!  Missglamorazzi put up a tutorial of these, and I was immediately drawn to them.  So, like a little Martha Stewart, I made my way to Michael’s, and got the supplies for it!  They were a little messy to make, and I had some downfalls.  I made like ten of them and only one I actually LOVE.  I made a whole bunch with glitter, but they are really stiff!  I’ve been a little too busy to actually test out wearing them, but from what I can see, they are going to be too stiff and too ‘crafty’ looking.  I made two with studs, and I am still experimenting with them too, but they seem really lightweight, and they seem like they lift up and kind of float around my neck…maybe some tape stuck to my shirt…?  Haha, but out of them all, one turned out AMAZING!  I feel like it was $600 at Chanel or something!  I got so many compliments on it the day I wore it to school, and it’s really cool being able to say that you made it.  I have a whole ton of supplies to make these things, so I am still going to experiment on how to make them just right.  I didn’t feel like doing a tutorial on them would be necessary  because missglamorazzi did it, and that is exactly where I made mine from.

For my favourite, you need beige felt, beige ribbon, tacky glue (or just really thick glue in general), pearl beads, scissors, and a cutout of the collar shape.  Here’s the tutorial that explains everything really well:

And, I just have a couple of tips from my experience that I wanted to share with you! (all referring to the pearl one):

  • Make sure to cut off the top of your glue, don’t twist off the cap and use a brush.  The brush will stick to all of the beads that are already placed on the felt, and pick them all up off of it.  Just squeeze the glue out of the top in the areas that you need, and if they aren’t too small, spread them out with a brush.  I didn’t know that I had to cut off the top part of my glue, I just thought mine was broken!  I personally outlined my collar with the beads (just like she did), and then when I had to put the glue all around them on the inside, I used a brush and the beads that were already placed on the outside rim stuck to the brush and came off.  In other words, don’t use a brush for this one!
  • Use lots of glue!  Some of the beads will probably come off and you will have to reglue them like me, so just use a lot at start.
  • Make sure the entire surface of the felt is coated with glue, so the beads all stick.  No shortages!
  • Put lots of coats of glue on the ribbon.  The collar is a little heavy, and you don’t want it to fall off when you’re wearing it.
  • If you don’t want to print off the template, just trace it on your computer screen!  Obviously very lightly because you don’t want to damage your screen!!  I just very quickly did a little sketchy trace, and then kind of polished it just by freehand, and then cut it out.

Now, referring to the glitter ones:

  • Don’t use too much glitter, you’ll be surprised.
  • Use wax paper!  If you get some on the wax paper when applying the glitter, just dump it back into the bowl and use it again.
  • Know that this is a messy project.
  • Before removing the collar from craft area, tap it to make sure ALL the excess glitter comes off.
  • GET THE FREAKING TIPS WITH GLUE.  PLEASE.  I had this issue so many times that I had to make a new one.  The glitter does not adhere to the tips unless they are very SERIOUSLY coated.  If you don’t coat them, they look ridiculous.  It didn’t really show in the video, but oh my gosh, please beware!  Do it the first time, because once the glitter is already on the whole thing, applying glue to the tips again just makes it all lumpy and doesn’t even work!  Along with this, pick a colour of felt that goes with the glitterso that if some felt does show through, it won’t be that noticeable!
  • Once again, use lots of glue on the ribbons.
  • Remember that you can mix glitters to make it look kinda cool.  I may attempt to do an ombre one in the future!

I think that’s about it for my tips!  The studded ones were easy, just very time consuming!  Oh, and if you are sneaky you can get two out of one piece of felt!  So if I find out a way to wear my other ones, I will show them in OOTDs.  But for now, I am just going to show you the one that I love (which by the way, I just wear it with a plain beige long sleeve shirt), and the pic I showed last Friday.

A little ridiculous you may say?

 

Thanks to missglamorazzi (my favourite youtuber) for the tutorial and video!  Talk to you guys in like a second with another post!  Bye!