PFC #19: Trend Benders (and some AFD IDIM Adventures)

I had this post set up for a different day but decided to use it as my Petite Fashion Challenge #19 post instead. It’s a PFC and IDIM Adventure all rolled into one. The Challenge is hosted by Angie from Pandaphilia and here is what she has to say:

Trend Benders. Pick your favorite Summer or Fall 2012 trend and make it work for you, whether it’s going all-out, incorporating it into a professional outfit or using it in moderation. For example – how would you bend this neon brights trend into something in sync with your personal style? Challenge yourself – you might even take something you think would never work on you and get creative! Extra brownie points if you can use your trend in more than one look.

A huge fashion trend going on right now is prints, particularly printed denim. Many women absolutely go crazy for  polka-dots. I don’t mind a little polka-dot here and there but I’m not head over heels for it. My weakness? Stars. I saw these Current/Elliot print skinnies and my eyes almost popped out of my head:

from Net-a-Porter

But $218 for a pair of denim that is only a passing trend? Not likely. So I took it upon myself to do some DIY-ing. I took an old pair of denim (actually they are brand new, but I got them as a gift and have never worn them), a star print stamp that I purchased from eBay for ~$2, and a white ink pad by Versacraft purchased on Amazon:  


Here are the jeans before:




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The process of stamping didn’t take long. Just press the stamp into the ink pad with a good amount of pressure and then press on to the denim with your stamp. Make sure you practice on a scrap of paper to make sure you know how much pressure to apply on both the ink pad and on the item you are stamping. When done, iron over to set the ink. Use any color that you want. Gold would look amazing. I just used white.

At first, I tried to make all the stars perfectly straight and lined up because I’m OCD like that. But after a few stamps, I realized that not only was it easier, but it also looked better if they appeared a bit randomly placed. Of course, do what you like. If you make a mistake such as put two stars too close together, you can simply scrub it away with a cloth and water and a bit of soap BEFORE you set the ink with the iron. So make sure you are happy with everything before you set! Now, if you only want the stamps to be temporary, don’t set with heat at all, and it will all wash away with some water and detergent.

And now for the photos you all came here for (denim had yet to be washed and worn so they were a bit stiff to peg so that it looked effortless):

DSC04739 DSC04725 DSC047161Talula by Aritzia Exeter Blazer (similar) /  Denim by Victoria Beckham (very old) (similar grey pair here) /  Love Quotes Knotted Tassel Scarf / AE Favorite V-neck T (similar version) /  Michael Kors Runway Watch /  Natasha Leather and Stud Bracelet from TJ Maxx, Unknown brand Leather and Chain Bracelet from TJ Maxx (see similar), Silver Bangle (similar here) / Jean-Michel Cazabat Viena Booties / Ring: Le Chateau Ring (similar).

Fun! I actually think I could have made the stars a bit closer together, but otherwise, they turned out pretty well. I don’t usually partake in short-lived trends, but this will definitely help satisfy my obsession with stars for at least as long as the trend lasts.

I proudly showed my finished project to my dad asking, “Aren’t these cool??”

Dad: “Cool. But wouldn’t they be cooler if the stars were maple leaves instead?!”

Me:  =/

Here is another version of star-print denim by AG as inspiration using smaller stars (or if you want to purchase them, they are on sale):

 Check out the other PFC entrants here!

Petite Fashion Challenge #18: What to Wear to Impress your Date!

This month’s PFC challenge is hosted by Easy Petite Looks. Amber says:

I think this PFC will be a lot of fun for all of us, regardless of whether we’re single or in a relationship. The single ladies should be awesome at this. ;) I’m excited to get some inspiration from you! For the taken ladies, we still need to dress up for date night (at least once in a while!!). Generally, I think we wear what makes us feel good, regardless of what other people think. But what is your secret for making your outfit a little more memorable?? Have fun with this one! Bonus points for pics taken with your dates or on a girls night out!!

When I go out, I like to wear what makes me feel confident. I don’t want to feel uncomfortable and be fussing with my clothes when I certainly have other things to worry about, like say, not embarrassing myself?? Haha. If the weather allows and if appropriate for the venue, my outfit usually involves jeans. But given that all of my denim is now in storage until September, I have to go with something else.

DSC041391 DSC04128 DSC04123T. Babaton Blazer / Ann Taylor Resort Shorts / Ann Taylor Factory Signature Pumps /Jacob Sleeveless Bow Blouse (Without the bow) / Botkier Charlotte Clutch / Material Girl and Forever21 / Forever21 Necklace

Many women like to go super flirty and girly for “date night” or girls night out, but that’s just not me. I prefer a look that is a bit more androgynous but with a touch of femininity–a little leg never hurts, right??

Check out the rest of the PFC looks here!

Petite Fashion Challenge #17: Candy Colorized

 I’m back, finally! And I decided that my returning post was going to be a PFC, my first in a long time. I finished my exams last week, but TBH, I haven’t fully recovered and I’m still trying to find a groove into life without studying. Thank you for your patience. I haven’t done much shopping over the past month with the exception of some activewear, and I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired, so I decided to take this challenge to try and get me going.

The challenge is hosted by Sew Petite Gal:

The Challenge: Candy Colorized : Take a bowl full of colorful candies (M&Ms, Jolly Ranchers, jelly beans, etc.), close your eyes, and draw 2-3 pieces.  Now use those colors (+ a neutral of your choosing) to form the basis for your ensemble. **Extra brownie points if you post more than 1 colorful ensemble or if you add a DIY element (because I love DIYs so much!) :D**   

When I’m in a style rut, sometimes I try to put together outfits that make me feel uncomfortable to try and push me out of that proverbial “box”, so for this PFC, that is what I tried to do. You’ll see in a moment what I mean.

Here is my bowl of candy. I decided to use some M&Ms. I was going to use some Smarties because they have more colors, but I forgot to buy some when I was Toronto, and they don’t sell them in the U.S:


    There are the two colors I ended up choosing:


And the outfit (I apologize if the photos look strange, both my iPhoto and my Pixelmator are giving me issues right now, so much for upgrading):

DSC03650 DSC03651H&M Collarless Blazer (similar here) / Theory Larryn Skirt (similar here and here) / GAP Stripe Tank  (similar here and here) /  Pour La Victiore Mai Wedge /  Viktor Sabo Leather Obi Belt (Black, O/S) (similar here) /  Forever21 Flat Link Chain Necklace / Material Girl and Forever21 Bracelets (similar here) / Forever21 Ring /  Botkier Charlotte Clutch

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you can guess what it is about this outfit that makes me uncomfortable. LOL. And yes, I cheated and put the color on my feet just so I could use the skirt and these shoes that I’m currently obsessed with.

The blazer is the one non-gym-wear clothing items that I purchased this month. It comes with a ruched sleeve, but ruched sleeves on blazers bug me, so I took it upon myself to do some DIY-ing and cut out the elastic and pressed out the wrinkles. Does this get me some brownie points?!?:


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The end result is bracelet-length sleeves, which is fine for a spring/summer blazer. I may decide to let them out a bit more using the technique I used here.

Check out what the other petites came up at Sew Petite Gal’s blog!