Giveaway !!

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Happy Monday ya’ll !  I am so excited to host the first giveaway on our blog!  Now, most of you who follow other blogs know that either well known companies or up and coming companies team up with bloggers for advertising and host giveaways for their readers.  Well, we are still building our blog, and we are hoping our following does expand to host legit giveaways…but until then…the giveaways will be made by…well…me!!

Call me a grandma, but last Christmas I had some very trendy and fun girlfriends teach me how to crochet.  I have loved creating things like scarves, headbands, and my favourite design yet is the cell phone cozy.  I get a lot of ideas from Pinterest and other blogs, but I am pleased to say that this idea is all me.  One evening while watching a show with my hubby I started crocheting away and came up with this slick little pocket to protect my much loved iphone.  I didn’t realize how much I would love this new invention, but now I can’t live without it.  I have dropped my phone so many times only to have it saved by this little cozy, and when I am fishing around in my not-so-neat-purse, all I have to do is feel for my fuzzy cozy and I have quickly found my phone!  I have gotten lots of comments, and compliments, and even some people asking if I sell these.  So I decided to start with a giveaway.

All you have to do is:

  1. Share our blog on your Facebook. (If you click on the comment bubble, and scroll to the bottom you will see a Facebook share option)
  2. Comment below that you have done so, and which colour you like best.
  3. On Friday I will do a draw, and the lucky winner will have this snazzy little cell phone cozy delivered to their mailbox!

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Good Luck !
xo
Jillian Marie

Giveaway !!!

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Happy Monday ya’ll !  I am so excited to have our first giveaway on our blog!  Now, most of you who follow other blogs know that either well known companies or up and coming companies team up with bloggers for advertising and host giveaways for the readers.  Well, we are still building our blog and trying to get more followers than just our husbands and Becki’s dad (don’t get me wrong, we really appreciate the family support!!), therefore our giveaway is made by…well…ME!  

Call me a grandma, but last Christmas I had some very trendy and fun girlfriends teach my how to crochet.  I have loved creating things like scarves, headbands, and my favourite design yet is the cell phone cozy.  I get a lot of ideas from Pinterest and other blogs, but I am pleased to say that this idea is all me.  One evening while watching a show with my hubby I started crocheting away and came up with this slick little pocket to protect my much loved iphone.  I didn’t realize how much I would love this new invention, until I realized I couldn’t live without it.  I dropped my phone so many times, and each time it was receiving a nice hug from it’s cozy – and went unharmed.  Also, when I am fishing around in my not-so-neat-purse, all I have to do is feel for the fuzzy, and I have quickly found my phone!  I have gotten lots of comments, and compliments, and people saying that I need to sell these!!  So I decided to start with a giveaway!

All you have to do is:

  1. Share our blog on your facebook
  2. Comment below that you have done so, and which color you like best
  3. On Friday I will do a draw, and the lucky winner will have this snazzy little cell phone cozy delivered to their mailbox!
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Make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.

Well I just said goodbye to our out of town friends that stayed with us for the weekend. Unfortunately Jord and I weren’t in the position to be the best hosts as we both had to work, but it was a last minute plan and totally worth it to have them. And yes, if you noticed I said “friends”. We have FRIENDS! We seem to have been making more and more this past while which is a blessing. I was getting lonely.  I’m not going to lie, I hadn’t had to make new friends in a really long time as we had our core group back at home. Plus, if we did make a new friend it was a friend of a friend of a friend. ya know? Since being out here, I’ve really had to put myself out on the market for new pals. It takes a lot more time than I thought it would and I’ve had to be patient. It’s too bad friends don’t just come popping out of the woods when you need them like they do in Snow White (even though the friends she makes are cute animals and dwarfs). Has anyone else seen “Mirror Mirror” with Julia Roberts? Loved it.

What else have I been getting up to? hmmm…Oh! I FINALLY went for a swim at my beach! The water was warmer than our pool in my backyard. How crazy is that? I haven’t gone swimming in the ocean since moving into our apartment because there were too many dangerous creatures lurking around that could eat or do some serious harm to me. When I went to the water this time, there were so many people already swimming so I figured the likelihood of becoming something’s lunch was slim to none. I put on my brave face and went up to my NECK! Now I want to go every other day. I’m trying to convince Jord to take 1 day off from his placement this week to come with me. “I’m wishing” in my wishing well.

Now for my outfit of the week. I paired a flowy pleated skirt with my silk floral Zara blouse. It’s airy and light for the hot hot hot weather we’ve been having. I’ve been really trying to work with what I already have in my wardrobe without purchasing new clothes every fort night for my outfit posts. It’s been dreadfully hard as shopping makes me happy (like REALLY happy) but this week I conquered that goal.

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Felt Hat – BCBG / Blouse – Zara / Pleated Skirt – thrifted / Rose Gold Watch – Michael Kors / Leopard print clutch – gifted from mom / Suede Booties – Kmart

Have a happy week everyone!

Rebecca Janelle

xo

maxi to maxi

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Summer is slowly winding down here in Vancouver and fall mornings are starting to get crisp.  I have been wanting to try one last DIY and I think it can transition from the summer to the fall quite nicely.  I had this floral print maxi dress that I bought at H&M last summer, which might have been thrown into the dryer a few too many times.  It is such a comfortable cotton and got a lot of wear as a maxi dress, but, it was starting to inch up my ankles and become a really awkward length.  It clicked that a great solution to this problem would be to make this maxi dress into a maxi skirt – a trend that I absolutely LOVE.  The black maxi dress is one I picked up at a local thrift shop, with the intention of making it a skirt from the start.

So here is some serious hand on hip action and the two dresses before they became skirts:

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I wanted to make sure the skirts would be nice and long, and so cut just below the armpit hole, leaving me with 2  training bras and the beginning of beautiful skirts like you see below.

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Next, depending on what size of elastic you buy (mine was approx. 1.5 inches wide) you want to turn your skirt inside out and  fold the material at the top, leaving enough room for the elastic, and the seam allowance and pin, like so:

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I made sure to do this project at my mom’s house because I have access to her sewing machine while I am there.  A sewing machine is at the top of my wish list, I am still working on finding room and convincing the hubby to give up some more real estate in our little apartment.

So with your pins in place, sew around the whole skirt while leaving yourself a 2 inch gap for the elastic to thread through.

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Next, measure the elastic around your waist and cut to size.  I wanted my skirts to be worn a little high waisted, so that is where I measured the elastic.  Once you have your elastic cut to size, I will let you in on a little secret.  Now this might be widespread knowledge by now, but it is something I learned back in Home Ec class more than 10 years ago (Important side note: I just got the invite for my 10 year high school reunion – CRAZY!!!)  Simply add a safety pin to the end of the elastic to make it easy to shimmy through the elastic opening and around the skirt.

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Sew the elastic together once it is fished through, close up the 2 inch gap you left for the elastic, and TA-DA!! You just made a maxi skirt.  Nicely done.

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top-Urban Behavior // belt-Zara // bangles-Urban Outfitters

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blazer-Zara // necklace-Forever21 // tank-Wet Seal // boots-Ross

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blouse-Becki’s closet

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jean jacket-gap

I miss Rebecca like crazy, but what makes it easier is that we talk everyday in some capacity.  It is usually a voice message on Voxer (if you don’t have this app you have to get it – turns your phone into a walkie talkie and lets you talk to people all over the world) or we Skype.  Before Matt took these pictures for me Becki and I had a Skype date and she helped me style my new maxi skirts.  We had so much fun trying things out and figuring out what works.  I’d have to say the ideas she gives me are ones I would never think of, but every time they are my favorite.  She’s good.

If you want to check out our lives in between ze blog – why not follow us on Instagram !

rebecca_jay and  jillian_marie_t

xo

Jillian Marie

I love how this…

This year I have loved following all the new trends in denim.  From pastels to tight and bright, and from floral to tribal patterns…it would seem denim is the canvas for fashionistas this year.  With this in mind, I wanted to take on the challenge of styling my own denim and, luckily,  had the perfect pair to experiment with on-hand.

My research on the topic of denim bleaching brought me to some pretty important do’s and don’ts.  One site really got me giggling – a nervous giggle that is.  They explained how important it is to not use ‘cheap’ jeans, too much bleach and an aluminum bin.  This was the outcome:

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pinstrosity – check out this website – cracks me up every time.

I was a little freaked out to try after seeing the results above as my jeans were… well…how can I put it…cheap…like cheap cheap…like I probably spent $15.00 on them.  But, I went ahead anyways.  My cheap jeans travelled with me to Kelowna, where I had access to a large bin, bleach, and a backyard for dyeing.  My mom, and partner in this pantsformation, helped me document some of the stages the jeans went through, and a glimpse of me at 7am in my pj’s dyeing my jeans blue.

Before we get started though, here is where I got my inspiration for my final product.  My wonderful friend Michelle Gadd over at elasticpantcity posted a DIY she did after she spotted this Marc Jacobs ad.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2012 collection

Once I laid my eyes on these polka dot beauties I knew we were meant to be…no matter how hard the battle.  Without further ado…here is my pantsformation…

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Steps:

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#1 – I ended up bleaching my jeans like I follow recipes.  A little water, a little bleach…maybe a little more bleach…and a pinch of water.  That being said, I don’t have measurements.  All I would say is that I found I had to use A LOT of bleach to get the color to budge.  Check out this tutorial for measurements.

#2 – I would hang them to dry, and then bleach them again.  I bleached these suckers about 5 times. It was a process.  After the final bleach, I washed them and dried them.

#3 – Next I used fabric dye and began dyeing them blue.  The blue I purchased was a sky blue, but I knew I wanted more of an ice blue, so they could be as marc jacobs as possible.  Therefore, instead of the 15 minute soak, I had them in the dye for approximately 2 minutes.  They look quite dark in the picture, but once they were hosed down (literally with the garden hose) they came out the perfect icy blue that you see in the finished product.

#4 – Finally, with some fabric paint (I picked mine up at Michaels), a keychain ring and a paintbrush, the final step was easy.  I just spaced out my dots traced the keyring with fabric paint, and filled the circles in.

I am so thrilled with the outcome, and am glad that my uber cheap jeans held up to the challenge!

This weekend I styled them and although they are more a summer denim, I thought matched with the black blazer and heels they can transition into the fall.  After all the sun is still a shinin’ in Vancouver!

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Imageblazer – Zara // blouse – urban planet // sunglasses – Jennifer Lopez // shoes – target // earrings – charlotte russe // necklace – gifted Imagetank top – h&m // sandals – Becki’s closet // scarf – DIY coming soon // glasses – charlotte russe // earrings – charlotte russe // bangles – urban outfitters

I did pull out my hipster glasses for the ‘dressed down’ shots…and my hair is in such a glorious high ponytail because of the help of clip in extensions…don’t judge…

An epic pantsformation…

I love how the this year we have seen a whole new look emerge for your basic pair of jeans.  There is  bright colored denim, pastel denim, floral patterened and tribal…you name it, denim has done it.  I wanted to take on the challenge of styling my own denim and had the perfect pair to experiment with on hand.  

I researched and looked at different blogs to see the best way to bleach denim, and came across some good do’s and don’ts.  One site really got me giggling – a nervous giggle that is.  They explained how important it is to not use ‘cheap’ jeans, too much bleach and an aluminum bin.  This was the outcome:

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pinstrosity – check out this website – cracks me up every time.

Fear struck me as I thought to the pair of jeans I was going to experiment on as they were… well…how can I put it…cheap…like cheap cheap…like I probably spent $15.00 on them.  But I went ahead anyways…I figured I wasn’t going to wear this pair that used to be black, but now was so faded that they didn’t really look good with anything, so what did I have to loose.  My cheap jeans travelled with me to Kelowna, where I had access to a large bin, bleach, and a backyard for dyeing.  You will see some of the stages the jeans went through, and a glimpse of me at 7am in my pj’s dyeing my jeans blue with my mom behind the camera and the one who witnessed this pantsformation from start to finish.  

Before we get started though, here is where I got my inspiration for my final product.  My wonderful friend Michelle Gadd over at elasticpantcity posted a DIY she did after she spotted this Marc Jacobs add.  

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2012 collection

Once I laid my eyes on these polka dot beauties I knew we were meant to be…no matter how hard the battle.  Without further ado…here is my pantsformation…

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Steps:

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#1 – I ending up bleaching my jeans like I follow recipes.  A little water, a little bleach…maybe a little more bleach…so I really don’t have the measurement.  All I would say is that I found I had to use A LOT of bleach to get the color to budge.  Check out this tutorial for measurements.

#2 – I would hang them to dry, and then bleach them again.  I bleached these suckers about 5 times. No joke.  It was a process.

#3 – Once I had them light enough, I used fabric dye and began dyeing them blue.  The blue I purchased was a sky blue, but I knew I wanted more of an ice blue, so they could be as marc jacobs as possible.  Therefore, instead of the 15 minute soak, I had them in the dye for approximately 2 minutes.  They look so dark in the picture, but once they were hosed down (literally with the garden hose) they came out the perfect icy blue that you see in the finished product.

#4 – Finally, with some fabric paint (I picked mine up at Michaels), a keychain ring and a paintbrush, the final step was easy.  I just spaced out my dots and followed the picture from the add.

I am so thrilled with the outcome, and am glad that my uber cheap jeans held up to the challenge!  

This weekend I styled them…although they are more a summer denim, I thought matched with the black blazer and heels they can transition into the fall.  After all the sun is still a shinin’ in Vancouver!  

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blazer – Zara // blouse – urban planet // sunglasses – Jennifer Lopez // shoes – target // earrings – charlotte russe // necklace – gifted ImageImageImagetank top – h&m // sandals – Becki’s closet // scarf – DIY coming soon // glasses – charlotte russe // earrings – charlotte russe // bangles – urban outfitters