DIY Frayed-Hem Jeans

I’m here with something new and exciting! Like I’ve said in my previous post, I’ve been really motivated and determined lately. That means that I’m also motivated and determined to blog more and come up with some different content! In today’s post, I’m going to share with you a little do-it-yourself project that I did the other day. I DIY’d my own pair of frayed-hem jeans!

I got this sick pair of gray straight-leg jeans from work for $10. That’s right TEN DOLLARS. When I bought them they were waaay too long for me, but they fit perfectly around my waist! For $10, I racked my brain for an idea on how I could make them work. I mean, I could have got them hemmed for another $10 but who wants to do that?! Lol, not me!! I decided to hem them myself, and even better, I decided I wanted a FRAYED hem. We sell them at Topshop for almost $100. I love them and wanted them until I realized I could probably make them myself!! So I did and now here we are. Not only am I going to show you how they turned out, but I’m going to show you how I made them in case you guys want to try doing this yourselves! Here we go!

Things you’ll need:

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  1. Jeans – you could use an old pair, or even thrift a pair!
  2. Scissors (preferably fabric scissors, but I lost mine..)
  3. Tweezers
  4. Pencil or Chalk
  5. Measuring Tape

 

Step One:

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Lay out your jeans and measure them to your desired length. Then draw a line for yourself to follow while you cut! Keep in mind that you’re going to need an inch or so for the frayed part. Side note: It looks like I cut off three inches from the bottom of my jeans.. I ended up cutting an extra inch. #shortgirlproblems Also, you don’t NEED to measure it out, draw a line, etc. If you’re comfortable eye-balling it, by all means go for it!! It’ll probably look more natural if you do it that way. I’m just a neat freak.

Step Two:

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If you’ve measured where you want to cut them, cut away! If you’re eye-balling it, cut away! *TIP: Try the jeans on after! See where they sit! If you want them shorter, measure it out and cut some more!

Step Three:

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Take your measuring tape again and measure from the bottom of your jeans to where you’d like your fraying/fringe to start. I measured one and a quarter inch. Draw another line across then instead of cutting across, cut up towards that line and make even little strips. BE CAREFUL NOT TO DESTROY A SIDE SEAM. That may cause you problems in the future!

Step Four:

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Take a good and close look at one of those little strips. You’ll notice that there are threads going vertically and horizontally. This is how we’re going to make it fray. Loosen up the threads a bit with your fingers. Then take your tweezers and start to pull away all the horizontal/white threads until you each the end of the strip. We don’t want those guys! Do this to every strip all the way around the leg.

This is what it should look like once you’ve done a few strips:

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And once you’ve finished all the strips on BOTH legs, this is what they’ll look like!! 🙂

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I’m so happy with how these turned out. I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I had a lot of fun putting this together. If you’d like more DIYs, let me know in the comment section below!

Happy Tuesday!

  • Tiny ❤

 

Current Obsession: Eyeglasses

Hi everybody! Today’s post is all about my current obsession: eyeglasses. Not just any eyeglasses though. I am OBSESSED with these glasses that I got from Durumi http://www.instagram.com/thedurumi (a store downtown on Queen St). I just love these frames and every time I wear them to work I get so many compliments. They were only $25! They really add a bit of quirkiness to my outfits- and I love it.

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The funny part is that I actually have proper prescription eyeglasses but I choose to wear these non-prescription ones instead. Makes sense, right? If anyone knows, can you get prescription lenses put into cheap frames like these? I may just go to Lenscrafters and find out myself. Or maybe there’s even similar frames there that I can turn into prescription glasses!?! I’ll keep you all updated. Don’t worry.

— But that’s it for today, my friends! Sorry that it’s a bit short and sweet this time. *GOOD* NEWS though! For the first week of January, beginning on New Years Eve, I will be using my vacation time! That’s an entire week of me, myself, and blogging ;)) I can’t wait, CAN YOU?

Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend so far! Get that Christmas shopping done! (I’m saying this more for me than for you LOL)

Until next time,

  • A ❤

Wardrobe Additions: October

I am super excited to share with you guys a new type of blog post! I was trying to come up with more ideas for blog posts and when I thought of this one, I was shocked I had never thought of it before! Honestly though, am I dumb? I’m a fashion nut and shop-aholic, why would I NOT share the new pieces I add to my wardrobe? I mean, I add more than enough clothes to my wardrobe in a month that I might as well share them. So here are this month’s finds!

For the month of October I really focused on adding some new Fall pieces to my wardrobe. I think I may have purchased more than what I am about to show you, but I can’t quite remember. I don’t know if this means that I have a more serious problem than I thought, but I think this could be the majority of it all. I went shopping the other day and over the weekend, so I feel like I have enough to share anyway ha-ha. Mind you, all of it is thrifted!! *proud smile* I didn’t drop huge amounts of $$$ on this stuff. I’m a college graduate with debt up to her ears after all.

Just take a look at my new additions below! Also, if you wanna see some of them on me, check out my Instagram! (www.instagram.com/tinyintoronto)

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Overall I think I bought 7 thrifted pieces. Six tops and one dress. I usually only buy tops because it’s such a difficult task trying to find me bottoms in a thrift store. Thank goodness the oversized look is in or I wouldn’t have found as much – seriously. I did get lucky and found some XS pieces and the dress I found FIT ME LIKE A GLOVE. It was a moment to remember.

Let me talk a bit about each piece. In the first photo, I have a camel long sleeve polo/button-up thing, a velour mock neck thing, and a lace-y/tie-up blouse thing. Wow, what great descriptions. The camel colored piece looks awesome underneath my denim pinafores/dresses and also paired with skirts! It’s an XS and I think it fits me quite nicely! The velour mock neck top is definitely what I was looking for/talking about in my velvet post. This is the piece that I’m going to use to experiment with textures and “velvet”. I can picture this brown velour top with black skinnies or my pleather skirt. It’s gonna be fun. Thirdly, there’s this tie-up/lace-y thing that gives me solid Free People vibes. I think it really emulates that boho-chic look. It’s also an XS and fits me quite nicely :)) I’ll probably get most of my wear out of it during the summer though.

The next four pieces are pretty interesting as well. There’s a Manny Pacquiao graphic tee that I love (*filipino pride*), a floral/Fall printed/velvet textured t-shirt, a vintage button-up with a sick print and sick sleeves to match (check Instagram!), and last but not least, the traditional oriental dress (THAT FITS ME LIKE A GLOVE). The Manny Pacquiao graphic tee I’ve already worn. I think it’s going to be that t-shirt that I gravitate towards the most on my days off. It’s just cool and chill, and I like it lol. The floral printed t-shirt covered in Fall colours is another one of those texture-testing pieces. Probably will look great paired with mom jeans or something. The vintage button-up with the sick print is one of my new favourite blouses. I think I can tuck it in into literally anything I want: trousers, skirts, jeans, dresses/pinafores – anything. The sleeves are an ultimate bonus! They’re kind of bell-shaped? Think “pirate”. Last but not least, THE DRESS. Check Instagram because I still can’t believe how well it fit me. I was walking towards the cashier and this dress caught my eye. It only took seconds after seeing it for me to snatch it up and run back to the change room. The lady working in the change room probably thought I was a freak (I was grinning and kind of bouncing with the dress in my hands lol). I LOVE IT. I had been subconsciously looking for a dress like this, and low and behold, I found one.

So there you have it! My first installment of my “Wardrobe Additions” series. I’m not going to lie, this is my second time writing this post and I am little unimpressed/annoyed. I blame my internet. Or maybe WordPress didn’t want to save it for me. IDK. However, I am still quite excited to share these posts within the upcoming months. I have no clue whether or not it’s going to remain a monthly thing though. What if I have such an amazing shopping trip that I don’t want to wait until the end of the month to share it? I might just go crazy and share it then and there! :O

I do have another project up my sleeve. Keep those peepers open for my first vlog in a very, very, verrrry long time. It’s SUPER amateur, but it was fun and I wanna share it! Stay tuned!

I hope you’re all having a good day!

Until next time,

  • A ❤

 

Love or Hate: Oversized Denim Jacket

Let’s admit it, I mean, I admit it. I always have my eyes on something. I don’t know about you but I’m always looking to achieve different looks. I love clothes. I love style. I love fashion. It’s a way I choose to express myself and I feel like it makes me, me.

Although my bank account does not agree with my choice of expression, here is what I have been eyeing lately: an oversized denim jacket. Browsing through Tumblr on my phone (a daily routine), I came across a number of photos. Please see below.

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These looks are so cute, and so Spring, and so Summer! I googled ‘oversized denim jacket’ and the outfits that women can pull off with a simple denim jacket are endless! I loved how they paired it with heels and a dress, with skirts, with black skinnies, flow-y shorts and a crop tee, and even an all-white ensemble!

Ya! So then I started online shopping. I found this sick app on my phone called ‘depop’ and it’s THE BEST. It’s basically Kijiji for every fashion junkie around the world but there’s more pictures, and it kinda looks like Instagram. Honestly though, check. it. out. Some of my favourite bloggers sell their stuff on there! I found a vintage Levi jacket for $35 and I can’t decide between it or a men’s denim jacket that we have at Topman. With my employee discount it will come to the same price. My concern is the fit! The Levi is a medium. The men’s jacket is an extra small. I love the vintage/authentic idea of the Levi but I’m afraid of it being too big. Should I just go for the men’s jacket at Topman, and just try to break it in myself ha-ha?

That’s my “dilemma”. On another note, how do you guys feel about the oversized denim jacket? Love or hate? Do you prefer the more fitted and cropped version? How would you style it?

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! Until next time!

– A xx

Neckerchief me, please.

This season I’ve noticed a lot of women accessorizing by tying smaller sized scarves (kerchiefs) around their necks. By women, I mostly mean my favourite blogger: Danielle Bernstein (LOVE! HER!). If you’re familiar with bloggers you’ll know her as ‘weworewhat’. She inspires me. I just recently added her on snapchat haha. Anyway! I personally love the look of the neckerchief. I had been looking for one for a while but I could not justify the price. Even at H&M they were like $15 – yuck!  Although I really love the look, I can’t see myself wearing a neckerchief on a day-to-day basis or getting my $15 worth. That’s why I got super excited when I found one at a thrift store a week ago.  It was only $3 and I really enjoy the pattern. It was made in Italy, so that’s pretty funky! This is how I styled it for work. For a more casual/everyday outfit I think I would add the neckerchief to a plain tee and jeans. How do you feel about the “neckerchief”?

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Leather Jacket – Topshop | White T – F21 | Olive Jumpsuit – American Eagle | Neck Scarf – Thrifted | Boots – Aldo (Super Old)

Hope you enjoyed today’s post! I also hope you’re having a great weekend so far!

‘Til next time!

– A xx

Double Slit

Hey friends!! Today I have a new outfit post, and it was inspired by this marvellous creature that I found at Forever21. It’s a double slit dress *gasp*. A co-worker of mine described it to me at work the other day and I was sold at the words ‘double slit’. I had been looking for something like this for a while and when she also mentioned that it was ONLY TWENTY DOLLLARS, I sped over to F21 during my 30min break. I had to!! It took a bit of hunting too, there was only two left!! I’m so glad that I found it. It’s so unique and I can picture myself wearing it with denim shorts in the spring/summer time! I love it! What are your thoughts?

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Outfit: Dress – F21, Jeans & Jacket – Topshop, Boots – Zara, Necklace – Brandy Melville

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! I’ve got a surprise coming your way, so keep them peepers open!!

P.S. &Don’t hesitate to follow me on Twitter and Instagram right now :p > @tinyintoronto

xo

– A

Feelin’ Thrifty

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Hey! I’m back with a new post!! Today I’ll be sharing with you my first second-hand purchases. I went thrift shopping!!!! Is it weird that I found it so exciting? I went to a few thrift stores downtown Toronto, on Queen St. W, and found a few things I’m quite proud of haha. There’s only three items, but I wanted to show you them before any future outfit posts! I don’t know why, I just think these babies deserved it. For my first time thrift shopping, I’d say I did okay.. or am I a total noob? Don’t tell me, cause I’d be crushed! Anyways, here are my finds!

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My first find was this scarf. Lately I’ve been seeing this trend where people are wearing these tapestry-looking scarves and I became interested. I mean, its definitely not a trend I’d fully invest in. So I found this scarf for $3 at a Salvation Army Thrift Store! Am I good, or am I good?!

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My second find was this old band t-shirt. It’s a Nirvana t-shirt. Yes, I don’t really listen to them but I like the look. I know, it’s shameful. It’s in a size XL, so I’m probably going to wear as a dress! It was $10!

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My last find was this vintage skirt AND I LOVE IT!! I paid $20, which isn’t very cheap, but it’s like the perfect fit for me. I have always wanted a midi/maxi skirt but because I’m so vertically challenged, everything usually drags on the floor. So when I found this little treasure that fit my waist, didn’t drag on the ground, AND was vintage, I couldn’t say no!! I can’t wait to style this piece and show it to you all!

So there you have it, my very first thrift finds. I enjoyed the experience so much that I can promise you I will be sharing more finds in the future. Hope you guys are having a happy December so far!

– A