If you are not in fashion you are nobody,

I will finally be going shopping this weekend to get my fall fashion fix. Items on my list?  pencil jeans, ankle boots (I know everyone is excited about over-the-knee, but they just aren’t for me), a couple essentials, christmas gifts, and of course, makeup refills. Now some things I don’t necessarily need, but they make me want to empty the bank account. Scrumptiously soft leather gloves, a checkbook style wallet in red, purple, teal, or gray, a fitted black blazer, a bustier tank top, a romantic organza skirt, cocktail rings and necklaces in ridiculously oversized proportions, and ludicrously large knits. Wish me luck! P.S, I’m not actually considering buying the Christian Louboutins…. yet! I have a coin jar and I’m saving up baby!

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Coach gloves- $98-128

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Coach ring- $98

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Coach ankle boot- $178

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Jbrand pencil jeans- $220

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NARS the multiple- $46
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Christian Louboutin Pump- $725

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Talula lace dress

Remember those glasses I wanted? Well I got them:) Ray-ban wayfarers with the UV lenses removed and my prescriptions added!

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Lastly, I got my american apparel bag of scraps, and hopefully I’ll have some crafts to show off very soon. I was thinking a downtown quilt? 

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Ok, I lied! One last thing. I got the BCBGMaxazria dress that I saw on Selena Gomez. Excited? Very!

“I dress up like it’s the eighties”- Redfoo or Skyblu, who knows?

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How To Walk in High Heels

This post is mostly bits & pieces I’ve collected in my brain for the past 2 months. School & life have been weighing me down, but I’m back! & ready to blog like crazy. 

I ordered some books from amazon a couple weeks ago, & I am super pumped to read them. Here are a few:

The Sartorialist

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The Sartorialist is a blog run by Scott Shuman. It is based upon photographs that Scott takes around the world, centering on the major fashion capitals. His shots of “inspirational” people, in beautiful clothing have wowed the fashion community. The book is a collection of his personal favourites, and is available in most bookstores. http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/1069Leo3733Web

A photograph from a recent blog post. 

Another must have is WhoWhatWear. Again, another book based on a fashion blog. In this case, the blog WhoWhatWear run by Katerine Power, and Hillary Kerr. The book contains beauty and styling tips, loosely influenced by the blog. http://www.whowhatwear.com/website/aboutus.php

Last up, is the one I cannot wait to dig into: Influence by Mary-Kate Olsen. I LOVELOVELOVE, the twins style! It seems to be perfectly represented in this artsy, eclectic, mish-mash of inspirations brought together into a book. 

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I’ll read and review all the books and let you know if they are any good ASAP!

 

I found a really cool photographer named Marilyn Minter. She recently collaberated with MAC and took this stunning picture. For more info, Google her name.

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Here are some of her other amazing shots

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What’s your favourite store? Mine is Holt Renfrew, I’m an all Canadian girl(: They have such a retro-vibe. It feels like you’re shopping in the glamour of the 50’s. They still shoot and send out fantastic look-books or catalogues, and have a cafe, personal shoppers, and exclusive brands. Although they have a knack for all vintage traditions, they are proving their aptitude for technology. They recently launched a video featuring top models Coca Rocha (ahem, Canadian?), and Behati Prinsloo. It is so authentically Holts! Shot in Toronto’s own Gladstone Hotel, the video brings old school swagger to the evolving world of fashion and beauty. This video inspired me so much, that I tried to take still images of the whole thing. Too bad they are tres blurry. I LOVE it. I am just itching to get into Holts this season. Oh, and P.S, that fab music it is set to? The reeling by Passion Pit. http://www.holtrenfrew.com/holts/pages/video/womens-fall-2009-vignette.dot?language_id=1

While on the topic of Holts, I’d like to share my Fall/Winter wish list (all the items can be purchased there).

1. J-brand cigarette jeans. $159.00

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2. Ankle boots. Coach or BCBG perhaps?

3. Leather Gloves. Coach for sure. $98.00

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4. Cashmere sweater. Not completely sure? Thinking Autumn Cashmere or Hayden… $250.00

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5. Bib necklace. Honestly no clue…. ? 

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Juicy Couture $228.00

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Free People $198.00

6. Geek Glasses; I was told I needed glasses, so I thought, why not make a statement? Ray-ban is essential.

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7. STILL want a boyfriend blazer. Or a blazer of any kind really. Refer to older posts:)

 

Lastly for today, I got 3 fish and an aquatic frog. I’m trying to think of creative fashion-forward names for them. Help? Much appreciated.

“The difference between style and fashion is quality”- Giorgio Armani

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Fall Beauty: To The Max… Or Min?

Everything about this season’s beauty  is scarily intimidating. From 80’s clown masks to 90’s minimalism, these looks can be hard to recreate without looking, uh, how shall we put this? UGLY. So here are the right, and wrong ways to paint your face this fall.

80’s Full Face

 To pull this look of, do it in a modern way. What’s modern? A dewy/fresh face; no over powdering allowed! Another hint: although contoured cheeks are a must, they have to be done naturally. A.k.a not bright red. Lastly, if you insist on using lipliner either use it tres, tres sparingly, or fill in the whole lip. I am highly disappointed with the looks created by Francois Nars, creator of NARS cosmetics for Marc Jacobs after a 10 year hiatus.

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4 looks created by Nars, for Marc Jacobs Fall 09. WRONG

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Emanuel Ungaro got the 80’s “in a modern way” look just RIGHT! Hello two-toned lips!

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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1. shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Pink Collection, $23

2. Urban Decay eyeliners, $18

3. Nars blush/bronzer duo, $37

4. Lorac Breakthrough Performance Lipstick SPF 15, $22

Oh Natural

The bare-faced look is an ode to the Kate Moss 90’s minimalist look. This doesn’t mean “no makeup”, it means “lots of makeup to look like no makeup”. There were many very good examples this season, and a couple horrendous ones. Enter Jill Sander and Miu Miu. Sure these girls still look gorgeous, but they are perfectly structured and groomed models! If an average woman tried to wear this, she would look prepubescent, or worse granny-ish! Actually I retract my statement that the models look good in any makeup, the one from Miu Miu looks partially deceased. Chloe hit the right notes with a brown smoky eye and smooth foundation.

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Chloe doing it RIGHT

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Jill Sander and Miu Miu doing it WRONG.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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1.Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLATRadiant Touch, $42

2.Stila Smudge Pots, $20

3. Make Up Forever Face and Body Foundation, $38

4.Yves Saint Laurent OMBRES 5 LUMIÈRES5 Colour Harmony For Eyes – 1 Sahara, $56


Red Lip

The red lip is a classic that has endured decades and yet still looks exceptionally chic at every age. Yves St. Laurent, Lacroix, and D&G perfected this timeless look. Unfortunately for humanity at large, McQueen did his models up like clowns; the only thing missing is a bright red nose.

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RIGHT at YSL, Lacroix, and D&G. 

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WRONG at Alexander McQueen.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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1.MAKE UP FOR EVER Lipstick, $23

2. Calvin Klein Electric Edge Liquid Liner, $18

3.Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, $28

4.MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil, $17

Pompadour Hair

They can be the epitome of cool, or the definition of god-awful: whether you like it or not, pompadours are back. Everyone from Milly to Oscar de la Renta was showing them elegantly. However, Prada displayed exactly what not to do; a truly horrible up-do was complimented by an equally gargantuan amount of frizzy mouse hair.

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RIGHT at Milly and Oscar de la Renta

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WRONG at Prada

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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1.Phyto Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray – Fine Limp Hair

2. Jonathan Product Dirt Texturizing Paste, $14-25

3. Sephora Brand Snag Free Hair Elastics, $10

4.Sephora Brand Wide Tooth Comb, $4

“Beauty, to me is being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick ass red lipstick!”- Gwyneth Paltrow


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Current Obsessions

I am dying to see all the new fall movies! In particular the two fashion films, The September Issue, and Coco avant Chanel. The first is a documentry that follows Anna Wintour as she assembles the notoriously juicy september issue of Vogue. Is she really as catty as the devil wears Prada? We will see… The latter is a bioepic of Coco Chanel before she was famous, starring the ever-glamorous Audrey Tautou. Here are the previews:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvDFPjx-uBU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq4wo4JYy2s

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This movie may look silly but it’s based on my favorite childhood book: Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. I was pretty darn obsessed. cloudy-with-a-chance-of-meatballs

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I am also proud to announce the discovery of a really amazing line. Well, it’s a first for me at least…

Introducing Alternative Apparel; kind of like American Apparel, just not so 80’s grotesque, more timeless grandfather? If that makes sense… Only one problem; they don’t have actual stores, so you can only order online or buy at select retailers. But the brand refuses to list what stores sell the brand because it breaks “confidentiality”, OKAY.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Another fantastic find: WhoWhatWear. Probably the best style blog around. It has everything and anything; and if you find a picture of an outfit you like, you can email it to them and they’ll play detective to find what label it is!

http://www.whowhatwear.com/website/home.php

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Whistles, is a UK based high street store that offers a variety of wonderfully made knits, dresses, trousers, jeans, accesories, and tops. The price points are medium, but the pieces are top quality.

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http://www.whistles.co.uk/

“fashion always moves forward”- Anna Wintour

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Fall Fashion Revisited

I’ve been inhaling all the September magazines, and have got a lot more things to talk about, so I’ve continued my fall fashion post. First off, I purchased the marc by marc jacobs nylon tote. LOVE IT(: But I was surprised at how large it was. I opened the package and was completely shocked. I am 5’9, and am dwarfed by it.

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marc by marc jacobs nylon tote $188

I’ve also been religiously watching season 2 of Gossip Girl, which was released on DVD on Aug. 17. Only one peeve: it’s 7 discs, which adds up to about $40 at blockbuster. I could’ve bought it for $30:| Why so many? I have no clue… last year had the same amount of content and half that many. Season 3 airs Sept 14th!!!

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Season 2 DVD $38

I have also added an ample amount to my wish list.

Numero uno is a horozontally stripped long sleeved top. Perfect for layering in the fall.

Next up is a funky pencil case. I have no clue where to get one?!? help!

I am also craving a gray liquid liner and nail polish. The gunmetal shade is perfect for autumn.And the new matte nail polishes? FABULOUS.

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YSL polish in tuxedo gray about $24

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OPI matte collection $10 each

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Urban Decay liquid liner in Gray $18

I have been wanting to try out the whole winged liquid liner look with red lips. But alas, my lipstick is in a sorry state. So I’ll need one of those too…

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Makeupforever lipstick in blue red $19

I also really want ankle boots! But they can’t cost a fortune because I don’t really need them:)

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Coach boots $180

There is so much more I want! But I’ll end my list with a fancy semi-formal dress. This one from BCBG is stunning! I saw it worn by Selena Gomez a couple months ago and fell in love. I saw it on the website yesterday and just about died.

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Selena Gomez in BCBG. Love the dress, hate the shoes:| Dress $260

So that’s the end of my wish list for back to school, I’ll leave you with a few autumn beauty tips.

1. If you are tired of your summer scent but not willing to wear the powerful scents of winter, mix the two! Take a light citrus and layer it over a musky winter fragrence.

2. Make your shower ultra sensual by sprinkling a few drops of  essential oil on the floor of your shower. When you turn on the heat, the steam will release the aroma all around your body.

3. Skip choosing one feature to accentuate this September; accentuate them all! After all, 80’s makeup is back… just do it tastefully. A bright pink lip CAN be paired with an aqua liner; just keep the skin bare and brows simple.

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4. Wear glitter around your eyes. Take a pot of cosmetics glitter and use a thin brush to line the lashes. Make sure to wet the brush or apply Vaseline beforehand to make it stick!

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Makeupforver glitter $18

5. Your hair has been drying out all summer from UV rays and chlorine. Give it a break by leaving it for an extra day or two before washing. AHEM, make sure to use a dry shampoo though.

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Fekkai dry shampoo powder $25

“I love the confidence that makeup gives me”- Tyra Banks

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Cake Bake

Hello! So lately I’ve been watching a lot of Cake Boss, and Ace of Cakes on TLC. I’m really inspired to create one of those gorgeous cakes! They are so wonderful! I am actually tres, tres excited like you would not believe. I’ve created a list of steps to make one of these monstrous creations; but be warned: these are not for the faint-hearted.  I am planning a 3 tiered, chocolate, vanilla, chocolate cake. With fondant instead of icing. First off, the supplies you’ll be needing to bake the actual cake part:

Chocolate Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 11/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, well-beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 11/4 cups milk

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, beating lightly. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture, alternating with milk. Beat mixture well. Pour batter into 2 8″ X 10″ layer cake pans and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Now be sure you oil the pan VERY well. We are making a cake of great proportions, thus it will have tiers. And the cake falling apart while trying to pry it from the pan makes pretty shitty layers.

Vanilla Cake

  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 egg whites

Preheat oven to 325. Grease and line 2 9-inch cake pans with parchment. Sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. With a mixer on slow speed, add flour mixture to the butter mixture,alternately with milk. Beat after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
Whip the egg whites until stiff but not dry.  Fold them into the cake batter gently, making sure not to over mix. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.  Place cake pans on cooling rack and allow to cool completely before removing from pans. AGAIN. Grease heavly!

Now it may seem obvious but for this cake to work, you must use 3 DIFFERENT sized cake pans. E.g. small medium large. Just making sure…

Now while, your hard work rises in the oven, time for more hard work! Time to make fondant! Fondant is basically an icing that is pre-flattened so you just drape it over the cake. It creates a perfectly smooth surface and a professional look.

Fondant

  • 2lbs of sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 packet of gelatin (one tablespoon)
  • 1/2 a cup white corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon flavoring
  • one tablespoon glycerin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • various food coloring

1. Sift sugar. No lumpy bits=smooth surface.

2.  Sprinkle the gelatin powder into the cold water. Let set 2 mins.

3. While it’s setting place a small pot with about half an inch of water to simmer.

4. Place the gelatin bowl ABOVE the water, so that the gelatin melts. DO NOT pour the gelatin and water mixture into the simmering water.

5. Turn the burner off once the bowl is over top.

6. Add the flavouring, glycerin, and corn syrup.

7. Stir well.

8. Now get a LARGE bowl and pour about half the sifted sugar in. Create a well in the middle.

9. Pour the warm goo in.

10. Mix.

11. Add one more cup sugar; and from here on in, only add 1/2 cup until it’s all in. Continue mixing until it gets to stiff to continue mixing. It should be kinda sticky. Add food coloring here.

12. So now we knead. Dust sugar on the counter top so as to prevent the fondant from sticking. Also grease your hands lightly. Knead into a ball.

13. When rolling fondant for cake application your goal is about 1/4 inch thickness. You could also add food colouring to individual bits of fondant later rather than while mixing. Your choice.

Assembly

OK, so the cakes are cooling, and your fondant is currently in a ball. You can fondant each tier individually or the cake as a whole. Your choice once again. But if you go for the latter, make sure there is enough fondant to cover the ENTIRE cake. Sorry, just checking. When piling the tiers on top of one another, make sure that they hold each others weight. And also make sure to put a layer of icing in between. Otherwise they will fall over, and all your work will be ruined. Roll your fondant, color it, etc… and apply it. If you really want to be professional you can dry ice the cake before you apply fondant. It will make it more secure.

VOILA! You are done! Now you can used more fondant or normal icing to complete the cake. (:

Here are some great examples of tiered fondant cakes!

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“If people don’t have food, let them eat cake!”- Marie Antoinette

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Back to School Buys

Summer is already half done, and although I want to saver every last second of heat (more like rain), I am also kind of obsessed with fall accesories and fashion(: So here are my top picks for fall fashion

Bags

Large and roomy is the way to go! I’ve never quite understood why people buy those stupid small bags that hold a phone and a quarter. Unless it’s a black tie affair or you legitimantly only have to carry a couple coins, you’re going to look like a moronic, tween-ish, wannabee. Maybe the draw is because they’re cheaper? Anyways, bright shades, a spacious interior, and a classic line are whats right now in bags. I’m personally favouring a large tote for my books this year. As par usual, look to Longchamp, marc jacobs, Chloe, and as much as these designers make me gritt my teeth: Juicy Couture and Betsey Johnson.

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marc by marc jacobs tote- $188.00

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marc by marc jacobs tote- $153.00

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see by Chloe tote $112.00

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Longchamp Le Pliage $145.00

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Juicy Couture “yearbook” tote. It comes with permanent markers so people can sign it! $66.00

Shoes

I want moccasins! They look so comfy, and warm; yet they are not nearly as ghastly as uggs!

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see by Chloe – $185.00

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Juicy Couture – $225.00

Boots
I want ankle boots! Preferably black, and leather. They go well with everything!

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Tory Burch- $375.00

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Juicy Couture- $ 380.00

School Shoes

Ickk. I know, I know! They’re ugly, but lets try to make them as pretty as possible.

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Calvin Klein – $80.00

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Coach- $158.00

Jewelery

Ahh, how I love sparkly, shiny things. No one NEEDS diamonds, but why on earth should that mean we don’t buy them?

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marc by marc jacobs cuff- $78.00

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Various Coach rings- $68.00- 98.00

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Various sparklies all BCBGMaxazria- around $25.00 each

I recently acquired a good deal of agate and other cool rocks and shells to make necklaces with. Look at this cool  agate jewelery! I can’t wait to get started. I want my pieces to look as if they’ve been hand crafted in nature, not some stuffy art store. For that reason I want the chain and bindings to be all leather. They should have an earthy feel. Great for pairing with jeans and a tee.

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Clothing

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BCBG -$40.00

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BCBG- $110.00

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J brand skinnies – $160.00

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American Apparel- $58.00

I also really want a long sleeved striped black and white top. Any ideas? I’ve heard H&M and french connection are good.

“One lead pencil can write over 50 000 words”-book of mighty small

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