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School’s out for the winter, which means I’m able to work more than 20 hours a week. I’ve picked up a second job at a local cafe. I am once again a barista. I have to admit, being a barista in Australia is tedious work. I actually have to press the espresso shot myself…it’s not just a click of a button like good old Starbucks. They also have flat whites, long blacks, short blacks, and the list goes on. What’s the difference between a latte and a flat white anyway? Like a mm less foam? Sorry to all those who love their flat whites. Although it’s been nice working full time again and having that little extra monayyy (which I love so dearly), I had just begun to get used to my 20 hours/week. Sometimes I wonder how I could have physically, emotionally, and mentally taken on full time plus another job or two as I did years ago. Apparently I had no life. Working part time made me really start to enjoy the things that I never used to have time for. I have started to paint again, I’m blogging (obviously), cleaning the house…thoroughly, and sleeping in past 5:30am. It is actually really nice!

Seeing as I have been preoccupied elsewhere, this has been my “go-to” outfit that I’ve pulled out a few times (x 5) the past few weeks on my days off. Let’s take it off from the top. K-mart fedora, Kensie sunnies, Sportsgirl blouse, Kensie shorts, BCBG bow tie watch, Collette gold chain bracelet, and Jillian’s leather and gold 3-wrap bracelet she made me last Christmas (check out how to make it on her “Bracelet Bliss” post). Then the best for last, I want to introduce you to my all-time FAVORITE shoes from Kensie. I scored this sample pair on one of my last weeks working at the head office. I could wear them with anything and still feel like an Elton John Rockstar. If your a busy girl like moi…and have pulled out your “go to” outfit on numerous occasions…I’d love to see what your rockin’!!

♥ Rebecca Janelle

xo

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So as Rebecca i…

So as Rebecca is heading into fall, over here in Canada, we are heading into our summer season (I know you would never guess with the June weather we have been having?!?!)  I feel extremely blessed to have had the chance to kick start my summer vacation (and tan) with a Turton family vacation to Palm Springs.  My husband and I had been anticipating the trip for quite some time, and let me tell you, Palm Springs did not hesitate to deliver.  2 weeks with not a cloud in the sky, a gorgeous house, pool, cocktails, outlet shopping!!!!!! and an amazing time with the family.

So for this blog entry, I wanted to add some fun and EASY summer DIY’s, as well as a few photo’s from a photoshoot my sister-in-law Chantelle and I did. (You see, when Rebecca and I married Matthew and Jordan, we not only got amazing husbands, but a new fabulous and fun sister as well!!)

The photographer was my hunky husband and he was such a great sport.

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Meet Chantelle Turton.  She was the perfect model for my first DIY with her gorgeous long dark hair.  The headband you see above, is simply made from the piece of fabric you see below:

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All you need is a thin piece of polyester, or t-shirt fabric with some stretch, and cut a long strip.  I used some material from a DIY scarf that I will feature in the future.  From your chosen material just cut approximately one meter long and 8 cm wide.

I start by wrapping the fabric from the front of her head to the back, crossing it at the back, and wrapping it around the front again, only this time tying a simple knot.  Then I fanned the two tails of fabric into this adorable bow!  It stays perfectly in place and looks adorable with your hair either up or down!  Such a great way to keep hair out of your eyes when you are tanning, or adding a slight nautical feel to any outfit with this fabric in particular.

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Next up we have the add-some-lace-to-your-jean-shorts DIY.  I did this the day before we left for PS and was thrilled with the cute accent it added to my favourite jean shorts.  I just measured the lace (at Dressew in Vancouver I bought one meter of this lace for $0.99) cut it to size and hand sewed it into place! So easy! You could SEW do this!!

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And now to some fun photoshoot pics…both Chantelle and I are students (or were students as she just graduated University this year! Woot!) and are on a limited budget.  So as we strolled through the outlet mall, with Gucci, Yves St. Laurent, and Versace right at our finger tips, we casually window shopped until we scored some major deals at Charlotte Russe.  It is seriously the best store for stylish, fun and flirty clothes on a budget.  Here is what we found on our day out at the outlets:

 

I couldn’t pass up this Peplum dress from Charlotte Russe, once I zipped the zip I knew it had to cross the border with me. My shoes and chunky necklace are from Forever21 (another fave).

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White jeans are all the rage in the summer and Chantelle totally rocked these!  She picked them up at Joe’s, her hip highlighter top is from Charlotte Russe and her adorable ruffle shoes she found at Nine West.

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Rebecca this shoe picture is for YOU!!

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My next outfit is one I wore in Palm Springs on a number of occasions. The FUN thing about it is that I got it from a little sale Rebecca did out of her closet before her and Jordan moved to Australia.  It’s a silky romper from Kensie and I just love it.  My shoes are from Browns here in Vancouver, the bracelet is one I wore at Rebecca’s wedding and my necklace was made by the very talented Kelsey over at kelsoristo.com (check her out, she’s good!!!)

Chantelle’s whole outfit (including amazing black heels) are all from Charlotte Russe!

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This last little grouping is perfect for a date night.  I absolutely love date nights with the hubby (I know you would never guess by looking at my face in the left picture – but I cherish each and every one).  It was on a crazy sale, is crazy tight but the pattern was just too much fun to pass up!  I think the red blazer is a needed add, especially for this ‘summer’ weather we are getting in Vancouver.  The dress, blazer, and earrings are all from Charlotte Russe, and my watch is Fossil.

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When it was all over we laughed…we laughed and we laughed at how much fun the evening was.  I am thankful for a patient hubby who waited during outfit changes and didn’t complain once while shooting our pics.

PS I will be back

PS. Rebecca and Jordan you were missed

PS I love you

xo

Jillian Marie

PS I love you

So as Rebecca is heading into fall, over here in Canada, we are heading into our summer season (I know you would never guess with the June weather we have been having?!?!)  I feel extremely blessed to have had the chance to kick start my summer vacation (and tan) with a Turton family vacation to Palm Springs.  My husband and I had been anticipating the trip for quite some time, and let me tell you, Palm Springs did not hesitate to deliver.  2 weeks with not a cloud in the sky, a gorgeous house, pool, cocktails, outlet shopping!!!!!! and an amazing time with the family.

So for this blog entry, I wanted to add some fun and EASY summer DIY’s, as well as a few photo’s from a photoshoot my sister-in-law Chantelle and I did. (You see, when Rebecca and I married Matthew and Jordan, we not only got amazing husbands, but a new fabulous and fun sister as well!!)

The photographer was my hunky husband and he was such a great sport.

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Meet Chantelle Turton.  She was the perfect model for my first DIY with her gorgeous long dark hair.  The headband you see above, is simply made from the piece of fabric you see below:

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All you need is a thin piece of polyester, or t-shirt fabric with some stretch, and cut a long strip.  I used some material from a DIY scarf that I will feature in the future.  From your chosen material just cut approximately one meter long and 8 cm wide.

I start by wrapping the fabric from the front of her head to the back, crossing it at the back, and wrapping it around the front again, only this time tying a simple knot.  Then I fanned the two tails of fabric into this adorable bow!  It stays perfectly in place and looks adorable with your hair either up or down!  Such a great way to keep hair out of your eyes when you are tanning, or adding a slight nautical feel to any outfit with this fabric in particular.

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Next up we have the add-some-lace-to-your-jean-shorts DIY.  I did this the day before we left for PS and was thrilled with the cute accent it added to my favourite jean shorts.  I just measured the lace (at Dressew in Vancouver I bought one meter of this lace for $0.99) cut it to size and hand sewed it into place! So easy! You could SEW do this!!

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And now to some fun photoshoot pics…both Chantelle and I are students (or were students as she just graduated University this year! Woot!) and are on a limited budget.  So as we strolled through the outlet mall, with Gucci, Yves St. Laurent, and Versace right at our finger tips, we casually window shopped until we scored some major deals at Charlotte Russe.  Seriously the best store for stylish, fun and flirty clothes on a budget.  Here is what we found:

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I couldn’t pass up this Peplum dress from Charlotte Russe, once I zipped the zip I knew it had to cross the border with me. My shoes are from Forever21 (another fave).

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White jeans are all the rage in the summer and Chantelle totally rocked these!  She picked them up at Joe’s, her hip highlighter top is from Charlotte Russe and her adorable ruffle shoes she found at Nine West.

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Rebecca this shoe picture is for YOU!!

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My next outfit is one I wore in Palm Springs on a number of occasions. The FUN thing about it is that I got it from a little sale Rebecca did out of her closet before her and Jordan moved to Australia.  It’s a silky romper from Kensie and I just love it.  My shoes are from Browns here in Vancouver, the bracelet is one I wore at Rebecca’s wedding and my necklace was made by the very talented Kelsey over at kelsoristo.com (check her out, she’s good!!!)

Chantelle’s whole outfit (including amazing black heels) are all from Charlotte Russe!

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This last little grouping is perfect for a date night.  I absolutely love date nights with the hubby (I know you would never guess by looking at the left picture).  It was on a crazy sale, is crazy tight but the pattern was just too much fun to pass up!  I think the red blazer is a needed add, especially for this ‘summer’ weather we are getting in Vancouver.

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When it was all over we laughed…we laughed and we laughed at how much fun the evening was.  I am thankful for a patient hubby who waited during outfit changes and didn’t complain once while shooting our pics.

PS I will be back

PS. Rebecca and Jordan you were missed

PS I love you

xo Jillian Marie

Rubies and Boobies

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Top-Urban Outfitters / Skirt-Miss Shop from Myers / Clutch-Jessica Simpson (gift from mother-dear *hugs*) / Shoes-Steve Madden / Bracelet-Forever 21

It’s been cooling down around here quite nicely which makes me happy because I LOVE fall fashion. Although the high is still 25 degrees (celcius) it makes me feel excited knowing that I can get away with wearing fall/winter clothing. Well, to a certain extent of course. I purchased this maxi skirt at Myers as one of my birthday gifts a few months ago. I can’t get enough of it!

I had always said my least favorite color is burgundy, but I think it’s because I over-wore a burgundy velvet (yucky) top when I was at the insecure age of 15 and said “never again.” However, look at this skirt…how could I resist? This is burgundy done right.

Face-wise, I love going dark and dramatic in the winter. My lip color is Musky Amethyst by the one and only MAC.  Unfortunately there isn’t a MAC here. PLUS, it is a crime how expensive makeup is out here. I don’t blame the ladies here for not wearing makeup. It is imperative I stock up when I visit Vancouver next.

Anyways, time for my main squeeze and I to kick off our shoes after a day of work, and play an incredibly competitive game of SKIP-BO (his bum’s gonna get kicked). Have a good week!

Rebecca Janelle

xo

I wood…

I am working on a random collage in my living room with different pieces that I have made (I will post the wall and various DIY’s when it is complete !!).  I had this one gaping hole and really needed something unique and fun to fill it with.  My good friend and former roommate over at domestic ingenuity is who brought this amazing picture transfer to my attention! As soon as she showed me the video on how to do it I knew it would be the perfect project to fill in the hole.  So this is my tutorial on how to transfer a normal, everyday, printed-from-your-inkjet-computer picture onto a piece of WOOD!!!! It is scary easy and the results are so vintage and fun!

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So here is what you need:

– A piece of wood. I bought mine at Michaels for about $2.99.  You want to make sure that you pick the smoothest piece you can find, as the ink does not really soak into any crevasses.

– A picture printed off of your computer.  I have only tried black and white and they have worked gloriously.

Note:  The only word of advice is if you are trying to cut the cost of printing (ahem, like some husbands I know) and switch the printing to ‘greyscale’ rather than using black and white ink, your picture will not turn out as bold and frankly, just won’t really work.  So edit the pics to black and white and then print.

– Gel Medium.  Because I am not an artist in the least, this product was foreign to me.  You can find it at your local Michaels for around $20.00.  Seems steep I know, but two things. 1) Michaels ALWAYS has a 40% off coupon and 2) You can make A LOT of woody pictures from this one little tub.  So share with your friends, or make a mural, all for only 20 bucks!

– A paintbrush

– Mod Podge (I just realized as I wrote this out that it is called MOD podge, not MODGE podge, which i have been calling it for years…anyone else with me on that one?!)

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First I traced around my picture to the size of the wood.  I ended up using the back of the wood because I wasn’t really into the beveled edge on the front.

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This is a pic from our engagement shoot in 2008.  Such a great memory and I am so excited to have it displayed in my house in such a unique way!

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Ok back to the project…You will take your paintbrush and dip it generously into the gel medium.  Cover the surface spreading it evenly.  My $0.99 brush was a little broken which is why I am holding it so funny…gotta love the last minute bin buys at Michaels!!

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Next you are going to place your picture on the wood face down and smooth it onto the wood.  Try to eliminate any bubbles that might occur and just slowly and gently press the paper down.

Then go to bed.

For real.

You need to leave it to dry for one night and then we are ready to move on to the next step.  So easy right?!?

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The next morning, after a good coffee and some Good Morning America, wet down a rag or dishcloth.  You will rub the rag over the picture until the paper starts to soften from the moisture.

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Next, if you can get past how freakishly long my fingers look in the picture above, take your fingers and start to do some circular motions over the picture, the paper will begin to slowly but surely rub off like you can see above.  Rub it and keep adding water if you find it is drying out until all of the paper is removed.

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The last and final step is to take your MOD podge and seal the picture. I chose a Matte finish and am SO happy with the results.

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Voila!!  A picture of us kissing on wood.  I can just imagine the possibilities and ways to use up the rest of my Gel Medium.  You should give it a try!!  I wood.

xo

Jillian Marie

A Trixie Treat

Hey guys,

It is not often that I come across a trick such as this, but when I do I get down right tickled!

For those who know me, you know that I love little tricks that can make my wardrobe expand using the same items I already have – RECYCLE! (Jordan also likes it when I do this…but for more monetary…”practical” reasons).

I am here to teach you my new scarf trick I learned while I was perusing through Sportsgirl a while back. I LOVE Sportsgirl these days. I feel inspired each time I walk out of that store. There is an employee who works there who is the coolest cat and everything she wears is just so….perfect! I saw this “vest” on one of the mannequins in front of the store and fell in love. When I asked where this “vest” was, she told me that it was not a vest…in fact, it was a SCARF! Shut Up!!! She taught me how to tie a large horizontal scarf just right so as to transform it into a vest in a matter of seconds!

Here’s your typical scarf.

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Now here’s how you transform it.

Stretch out your scarf.

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 Fold the scarf in half, lengthwise.

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Rotate the scarf so fold is on the bottom and grab the top two corners.

Next, tie the top two corners in a knot, and then again.

You will notice that your scarf has formed an oval shape, like the second pic down.

Separate the scarf into three sections. These will be your sleeves.

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Sling it over your shoulders……

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And abracadabra – there you have it!!

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There will be a knot at the back of your neck. You can either adjust the knot and safety pin behind the extra material which is too much work for me, so I suggest just wearing your hair down to hide it.

Also, you may be thinking…”hmmm…it looks nice, but I feel like it would look too frumpy on me.” Well, here’s the solution for YOU!! Simply add a belt. If you’re going more casual, a skinny belt would do the trick, or if you want to glam it up like I did, you can add a statement belt to show off that tiny waist of yours!

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 I just used my midnight blue horse scarf for an example, however I think other colors and patterns (leopard/floral- HELLO) would be SO fun! I hope you like my trixie treat and I’d love to hear how yours turns out too! So let me know.

Rebecca Janelle

xo