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Tikka

A Living Photo from this day, hanging with my Indian tikka!

xo Alana

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Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
When life gives you rain and falling leaves, make art!

xoxo Alana

blazer: BCBG, Hat: Le Chateau, watch: Guess

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3 Floor

Meet Three Floor, my new favourite clothing company from the UK. I’ve been looking at their beautiful lace and pleated silk dresses for months, and when I saw this dress, I knew it had to be mine! Not only are their designs beautiful and unique, but extremely well made.

I was drawn to this dress because it can easily be worn to a fancy Christmas party or to a summer wedding. I love pieces that defy seasons!

xo

Alana

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Domino

When fall arrives, my attention drifts away from the garden and I begin to obsess about my house! I’ve been looking for inspiration on Pinterest and design sites, but my new favourite source for lustful design ideas is the Domino Book of Decorating. Not only does the book have many of my favourite images from the old Domino magazine, but it also serves as a design guide. With tips on colours, furniture, layout, and theme combinations, it provides a clarity to interior design which I’ve always lacked. The ideas and inspirations are timeless, and I can see myself referring back to this book for years of come.

Where do you guys get your design tips/inspiration?

xo Alana

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Waiting

I’ve been waiting for a day off for… the last 6 months, and finally I have more free time than I know
what to do with.
It’s subsequently maddening and brilliant.
My brain is in over drive, so stay tuned for some cool shit!

XOX Alana

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Shade

Today is a holiday, so I’m taking a break!!

I’m leaving you with another image from a shadowy evening, seen here and here!

xo Alana

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DIY Sock Bun Part 2: The Sock

After posting the instruction for my favourite hair secret, the sock bun, I received several questions about making the sock doughnut, something I skipped right past in my original post. Making the sock doughnut is super easy, so follow the animated instructions to make one yourself!

1. Grab a clean sock and a pair of scissors.
2. Cut off the toe of the sock.


3. You now have an open-ended sock, or a very small leg warmer.
4. Roll the sock into a doughnut, see animation below to see it happen!

I hope this clears up any confusion in making the sock doughnut, I’m loving all your comments about your successful sock buns, and loving all your questions!
Cheers!
Alana

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Sweet

When I got married in August, not only did I gain a husband, but I officially became an aunt for two beautiful children.
Here’s to little D, the sweetest baby in the world!

Happy monday everyone!

xox
Alana

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DIY Sock Bun

The sock bun was my go to hairstyle all summer, and it looks like it’s here to stay! It started as a way to survive the summer heat without a blanket of hair down my back, and stuck around because it takes 60 seconds to do, stays put all day without pinning or adjusting, and looks polished even if you’re running late and have no time to wash your hair. Every single time I wear my sock bun I get questions from most women in a 10 foot radius, and none of them have heard of it!

Check out my sock bun in action here, here & here!

It takes a little practice to perfect, but as you can see in the animation below, I executed a perfect bun in 20 seconds without looking in a mirror!

To begin, grab a sock and a pair of scissors. You should use a sock similar to your hair colour, but I used a navy blue sock for the demo so you could see it!

1. Cut off the toe of any {clean} sock you have lying around. Roll up the sock until you achieve a sock doughnut.

{UPDATE: check my other post on how to cut and roll the sock here!}

2. Put your hair in a pony tail.  The higher the pony, the higher the bun! I add a little dry shampoo to my pony tail to add texture and grip (clean slippery hair is way harder to use.)

3. Put your hair through the sock, then begin tucking the ends up through the sock doughnut.

4. Continue to tuck and roll your hair around the sock. Use your fingers to spread out the hair if the sock isn’t covered, and keep tucking in loose pieces as they come out.

5. When the sock/hair roll is near the base of the pony you want to do one last roll, which should flatten the bun to your head and feel very secure. If the bun feels loose, try tuck/rolling it downwards again until you can no longer roll it.  I never use bobby pins with this bun, and it has lasted a full day of work, lunch time dance practice, and all through dinner ( still looking  polished!)

If those directions leave you somewhat puzzled, check out my sock bun in action below!! Everyone should immediately try this out, it’s made my life so much easier, garnered soo many compliments, and I can’t imagine not having it in my beauty arsenal!

Good luck, happy sock bunning, and leave my a comment if you have questions or sock bun success stories!!!

xox
Alana

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Shadows

Fall is here! It’s time for fur scarves, sweaters, boots and loads of hot chocolate!
See more photos from this day here.

xo

Alana

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