Floral Print & Purple

All my friends and family know that winter is my 
least favourite season for many reasons including rain, grey skies and black dreary clothing. 
Even though it is still going to be a few long cold months before we start seeing any sign of sunny spring days, I like to keep looking forward by incorporating a pop of bright, spring colours into my outfits. 
Today I wore one of my favourite bright purple silk shirts and added my floral print scarf for a extra spring feel.


A Masculine Touch

The holiday season is all about dressing up in glitter and sequins and looking feminine and polished. Don't get me wrong, I love dressing up... But it's quite refreshing to be able to throw on a sweater over a men's shirt and leave the house without wearing any makeup and having my 'just got out of bed' hair happening. This is one of my favourite looks. For some reason, I'm really drawn to masculine trends at the moment. Loafers, collared shirts, tweed.. You get the idea! x


A White Christmas!!

Merry Christmas everyone!
My dream has come true: a white Christmas on the island!!
My sister, Emma, and I ran outside to play in it. 
It looks like I'll be snowed in for the evening xx

Lots of love,


Studded Jean Vest & Guess

Merry Christmas Everyone! 
I cannot believe it is only 3 days away, it's crazy right? I feel like summer just ended and I was just ripping the plastic off my new textbooks. But sadly we are half way through winter and my shorts are stored away with the rest of my summer wardrobe. Even though it is the middle of winter I still can walk around during the day with a light shirt, my studded jean vest and a scarf. 
I previously posted my DIY studded collar so if you missed it check it out here.

               DIY studded jean vest; boutique chiffon shirt; Guess jeans; Boots from Australia; Urban Outfitters Scarf

Hope you guys have a great Christmas and we can't wait to hear what Santa brought you all!




Shorts in Winter; Life on the West Coast

Christmas cannot be in five days? ...Can it? Where has this entire year gone?

As the golden hues of Autumn transform into the dark, dreary days of Winter, I could not be more ready to give my mind a vacation. A whole week free from studying, exams, work and all of the other pressures that come along with being 22.

My DIY inspiration list is growing at an exponential rate and I'm beyond ready to spend some time sipping tea, listening to music and desiging and creating some of the DIY fashion projects that I've been dreaming about for ages.

I wore this simple outfit to start my Christmas shopping. I brought my trusty DIY clutch I made a few weeks prior and I love the little bit of shimmer it adds to the ensemble. If you missed the DIY clutch tutorial, check it out here!

sweater:h&m//shorts:unknown//clutch:DIY//necklace:h&m//sunnies:h&m//bracelets:value village

What are your plans for the holidays?
Do you manage to find time to relax or is it a completely hectic time of year? xx


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DIY Gold Studded Collar

I know by now you have probably seen a few dozen different 
studded/sequin/lace collars, but besides that I still wanted to do one. 
I came across this thrifted jean button up and decided that I would use this and my leftover 
gold studs to do my very first gold studded collar.

I first started out by cutting the sleeves off.

I then started studding the collar. When I started I wasn't quite sure how many I wanted on the collar but every so often I went and tried it on too see what it looked like.

I ended up with seven rows of studs and absolutely love this DIY. It is for sure one of my favourites along with my DIY tassel skirt and DIY tye-dyed shorts

Keep your eyes posted for my outfit including this wonderful DIY.


Leather & Fluo

Victoria's local fashion scene is buzzing. There are many emerging fashion designers who infuse inspiration from the West Coast with city street style to create a look unlike anywhere else in the world. 

My partner in crime, Stacie, and I went back to our hometown a few days ago to chat with local designer, Eliza Faulkner. You can check out the post here. We spent the day in Eliza's studio then wandered through Duncan's quaint streets, browsing in the vintage boutiques. 

I found the perfect floor length, sparkly dress for $5. With a few cuts and hems, it will be transformed into the loveliest New Years Eve dress! The dress is gorgeous as it is, so before I chop it up, it deserves to have a photo shoot of it's own. Stay tuned! x

Blazer: Louben (thrifted)
Tee: Gap
Leather Leggings: H&M
Boots: SammyDress
Purse - Thrifted
Jewelry - Thrifted



DIY Rock Earrings

Do you ever get that feeling where you just need to make, bake or even clean something? 
Well, today my DIY senses were tingling and I knew I just needed to create something. 
I didn't feel like leaving the house to buy supplies, so I sorted through some supplies I had leftover from old projects, found these goodies and decided to make a pair of earrings. 

What you  need:
Beading thread/wire
Beads (any assortment)

The wire I had was super thin so I decided to twist two pieces together to make the base a bit stronger. 
I created a tiny knot on the end to keep the beads from falling off and cut off the excess amount. 


After playing around with different amounts of beads and placement, this is what I ended up with. Making earrings is so fun because you can let your imagination and creativity run wild!  

I was in Fabricland today after making these earrings and saw that right now all their jewellery beads are buy 1 get 2 free! Of course I jumped at that deal and stocked up on a assortment of beads. 
I can't wait to show you the different earrings I make... So stay tuned!




New In: Hot pink purse and the perfect boots ♥

Here are a couple of my recent finds... 
This vintage hot pink purse was truly love at first sight. I picked it up at Value Village the other day with the tags still on and knew it had to be mine. It was originally bought from a department store called Woodward's.. a.k.a The Bay before it became The Bay in Victoria, BC. This little gem was made in Canada at least 30 years ago; long before I was born. It's even brighter in person and I'm in love with the gold chain strap!!

I've been on the hunt for a pair of classic black boots that I can wear with anything: skinny jeans, bright tights or a short skirt. I've finally got my hands on the perfect pair and I can't wait to wear them!



Eliza Faulkner: Local Designer

Victoria Fashion Blog

Yesterday the island secret had the opportunity to hang out with local designer, Eliza Faulkner, in her beautiful studio in our hometown of Duncan, BC. On the top floor a lovely old brick building, her studio was filled with pieces from past collections, rich fabrics for the upcoming Spring season and lovely design sketches.

Eliza had always dreamt about becoming a fashion designer and started creating and sewing clothing at a young age. She was accepted into the prestigious Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, England where she spent 5 years studying and gaining experience through working in various London studios. Her designs are sporty, chic and urban and she is inspired by her time living in London as well as the ease of dressing on the west coast of Canada. 

Eliza currently manages the Island Style column of the Cowichan News Leader where we are excited to be featured as January's style of the month! 

Keep your eyes out for Eliza Faulkner’s Spring 2013 collection in boutiques and shops scattered throughout Vancouver Island and Vancouver. We know we're excited!!

To check out Eliza's collections or to get in touch with her, visit www.elizafaulkner.com.

Carly and Stacie


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