DIY Blake Lively Jeans

Hello darling! Happy April! I’m so happy it is finally not March (my least favorite month). March just always seems to draaaag on. No worries though, it is finally April and the flowers are hopefully going to start popping out like jack-in-the-boxes.

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I’ve been wanting to try and DIY a pair of jeans for the longest time. I always see this epic post from brit.co floating around Pinterest, so I decided to try it out for myself. After hunting high and low for a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans at Marshall’s, I finally found this pair made by Abercrombie Fitch. If you want to find my exact pair you can look high and low for it at Marshall’s or find a similar pair herehere, here, and here.

Since I already had acrylic paint, I decided to use that and paint on my jeans. I started out with a glob of white paint and just splattered it all over the front and back of my jeans. To get a more “painty” look I started just rubbing the faded paint brunch of the pockets and edges of my jeans.

Tip: Make it easier to splatter the paint get a big brush and glob a ton of the paint with the brush tip. Also, it is going to fling back at you so be prepared!

For the tree branch, I decided to use a thin brush to make the branch first. I put one on my left back pocket, bottom left leg, and right upper thigh. To make the flowers, I mixed 4-5 pinks and purples in order to get a colored contrast.

Tip: It is really hard to use a brush for this process (trust me, I tried), so I tried a plethora of Q-tips instead. They really helped blend the different colors together.

After I painted my jeans, I wanted 24 hours for it to dry. Since I used acrylic, I wanted to figure out how I could make sure the paint wouldn’t wash off or flick off when I washed them. This blog recommended that using heat can actually set the paint. So, I really didn’t want to use an iron because I didn’t know if it would ruin it. The blog recommended putting it in the the oven for a very low temperature. So, I did and now my paint is pretty secure.

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As for the rest of my outfit, I wanted to keep it really light like my pants. I opted for a white button down from American Eagle and a lace bandeau from Francesca’s (the white is sold in stores). I also wanted to add a little bit of fun with my pointed flats.

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Would you ever paint a pair of jeans? My next adventure would be trying to recreate the Ralph Lauren painted Jeans. They look as if an artist kept touching his or her leg because the paint is coated on the thighs in various colors. Also, the rips in the jeans are also strung together with string. Let me know in the comments if you would ever paint a pair of your own jeans!

As always,

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Exploring Montreal in Less Than 72 Hours

Hello darling! The travel bug didn’t stay in Italy! This past weekend my friends and I decided to drive three hours to explore Montreal. None of us have ever been so we were extremely excited to see what Canadian life is like.

Friday

We departed early Friday morning and entered Montreal around noon. We quickly got a bite to eat and then decided to walked around the shops and street corners. Everywhere we went it seemed like there was beautiful artwork painted on the street corners or funky stairs greeting a painted door. Montreal was definitely one of the most “earthy” cities I have ever been to. There seemed to be trees emerging from every which way.

 

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After we walked around, we decided to rent bikes. We ended up biking around the city for about 2 hours. We actually ended up biking all the way to the Olympic stadium where the 1976 summer Olympics were held. I have officially been to two Olympic locations now (Germany was my other location).

We went to Schwartz for dinner and ended up getting sandwiches with tons of smoked meat falling out of the sides. Afterwards, we decided to walk around and pop our heads into stores.

Saturday

We decided to venture farther into Old Montreal and see the Notre Dame Basilica. The architecture of the building was stunning. The basilica is made up of rich stain glass windows and elegant staircases. What I appreciated most was the use of colors at the alter. The light blues and strong purples made the alter seem as if it was alive. It is definitely something worth seeing.

I was not aware of a second church in the basilica. The second church was made mostly out of wood and copper, giving the alter and earthly feel. It reminded me of the Trinity library in London because of the unique colors and materials used.

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After our eyes fell out of ours skulls from the basilica, we decided to grab a bite to eat. We ended up finding this adorable little cafe that is half a store and half a restaurant. There was even a man playing a piano! The place is called et Bistro Le Magasin Général du Vieux-Montreal and I definitely recommend it. The only issue with this restaurant was how long it took to get our food. I think we waited for at least 45-50 minutes after ordering our food. But it was definitely worth the wait because the food was amazing.

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After our tummies were full, we decided to drive to the overlook at Mont Royal. There you can see some of the most breathtaking views of the city. If you really want to treat yourself, you should wake up early and see the sunrise over Mont Royal. I’ve been told it is amazing.

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For dinner, we ended up at at a vegetarian restaurant called Lola Rosa. The food was incredible. My brother makes amazing nachos but Lola Rosa came close to topping his batch. Everything at Lola Rosa tasted incredibly fresh and flavorful. It also helps that my favorite food is a burrito and they had that on the menu. If you’re ever in Montreal I highly recommend Lola Rosa if you want something with a strong flavor. Another unique thing about Lola Rosa was that inside ever table there were notes stored. Anyone could write notes and leave them inside the table. There were really funny notes and even serious notes about needing to love yourself. If you even come to Lola Rosa and find my note let me know!

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Have you ever been to Canada? Would you ever go? Let me know in the comments down below!

As always,

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What Fashion Means to Me (A Little Rant)

Confidence. Individualism. Art. Fashion means a lot to me. Say I got two hours of sleep, had a terrifying nightmare of human-eating-tarantulas, and I have to go to work or school in the morning. The first thing most people would probably put on is a pair of sweats or leggings and a baggy shirt. I know as soon as I put on that type of outfit I’m going to have a crummy day. It’s not because I had a rough start it is because I didn’t present myself as my best self. tumblr_lbfq67hgnz1qbx8sxo1_500 Okay, it sounds crazy. But I have this theory that if I don’t dress myself as if I’m going to be productive then I’m not going to be productive. Washington Post agrees with me. Their studies show a correlation between confidence and the clothes you wear! People who wore lab coats were more likely to be more productive and quick on their feet than people who were not wearing the coats. I bet if the same test were to be done with people wearing a sundresses or yoga pants it would show the same correlation. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying throw out all of your fantastically comfy yoga pants and leggings. And I’m not saying its not okay to wear yoga pants because sometimes you need that day of complete comfort. I’m just saying if you feel down in the dumps don’t show it through your clothes. When I am going through a hard time, I dress my best. I think it’s the best way to go about any bad thing in your life because instead of getting down in the dumps you get your confidence back. The eye is naturally attracted to something pretty. People glance over people in sweats and baggy t-shirts. They look at people who have confidence and rock what their mama gave them. Now if you didn’t already think I’m crazy about what fashion means to me get this… I honestly believe that your fashion sense tells what a person is like. Don’t believe me? Think about what most people in your daily lives wear. Do they wear loud colors? Do they wear laid-back outfits? Do they wear self-seeking outfits? These people want you to think something about them. People are drawn to clothing pieces that they genuinely like. Hello, that’s why clothing stores even exist. Not everyone wears a free t-shirt they won at a basketball game everyday. Now I’m going to get painfully honest with you. People don’t see your personality first they see your appearance. Oof! Did that sting? So what does that mean to me, Logan? Why do I care? Well, how do you want people to perceive you? Loud? Wear bright colors. Artsy? Color block your outfits or wear something unique you found at a little boutique on an avenue you passed during your vacation. Are you an A type? Wear the crap out of preppy clothes. Hello, J. Crew is calling your name. What is your personality? There are so many different combinations! Sometimes you feel every single way so you can mix and match. No one ever told me that I can’t wear a leather jacket with a silk top. It makes things interesting and it helps people figure out who you are. I already talked about personal style in this post if you want to check it out.

Being put together makes you more approachable than when you wear some gross sponge bob shirt from 8th grade. However, if you really love that shirt and it makes you happy rock it! Before anything else make sure you’re happy about the clothes you’re wearing. Please, please, please AND I STRESS THIS please do not dress for someone else. You’ll never be happy if you try to please someone else about your appearance. It is up to you about how you want to feel about yourself and how others feel about you. It’s not rude, it’s honest. So next time you have to get dressed for the day think to yourself, “How do I want to feel.” Just remember the most important person to impress is yourself. Join the discussion: What outfit gives you the most confidence? Tell me in the comments!

As always,

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Leonid Afremov Inspiration

Okay, I admit it… I’m officially obsessed with Leonid Afremov. I mean look at him:

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(Yes, he wears sweet shirts like that all the time).

I actually just spent the past hour going through every single painting of his. For those who don’t know who Leonid Afremov, he is Russian-Israeli artist who works daily with a palette knife and oils. His paintings are very unique from theory artists because of the palette knife and bright colors in his paintings. Leonid Afremov dealt with a lot of hate because he was Russian and Jewish. He moved to the United States in 2002 and was introduced to Ebay. He sold his paintings for hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Now he has launched his own sight and sells his prints and original paintings. If you want to see more of his paintings click here for his website. 

Listed below are some of my favorites.

Freedom of Autumn Park 

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The Gateway to Amsterdam

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Sea Regretta

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Wedding Under the Rain

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Cafe in Paris

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The Sun of Sicily 

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When Dreams Come True 

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After School

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White Street

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Catamaran

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Sunset by the Lake

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Long Rain

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Dance Under The Rain

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Waltz (My personal favorite)

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And like any other person… I got a little bit of fashion inspiration from Afremov. Here are some of the summer outfits I have created through Polyvore.

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If you liked this post I did post about Pierre-Auguste Renoir. 
Personally, I think the paintings are prettier but hopefully you get some inspiration from his amazing paintings. When I have a house of my own I’ll hang the Waltz right above my bed. Can’t wait!
Join the discussion: Which painting is your favorite?
As always,
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