Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Back to School: How to Spice Up Your Uniform


Hi there!  It has come to my attention after posting How to: Be Unique In Your Everyday Wear that some of my readers go to schools where uniforms are mandatory.  Because it is back to school season,  I thought it'd be perfect to write something on how to make your uniform (for those of you who wear one) more unique and a little bit different.

Please keep in mind that this is based on the uniforms I've seen out and about, so the dress codes at your school might not allow some of the things I mentioned.

Also, be prepared to see a bunch of nostalgic Gossip Girl photos of Blair and Serena in their uniforms.  Oh, the good old days...

Keep reading if you're interested!

Monday, July 29, 2013

What's in my Carry On? | My Essentials

Hi there!  If you've read my important update, you know that I'm currently on vacation in a wonderfully tropical place on the other side of the world.  Because of this little fact, my flights will be extremely long, so I figured that I'd show you what I keep in my carry on bag.  Since it's "vacation season," I thought it'd be helpful for some of you who might be travelling this summer.

Keep reading to find out what my travel essentials are!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Current Love: Fjallraven Backpacks

Hi there!  I was just browsing around online the other day when I came across this post from the blog "Lost in the Wardrobe" and it rekindled my love for Fjallraven backpacks.  Keep reading to check out some beautiful photos of these backpacks and get a little bit more information on them!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Looks for Less: Elle Fanning Edition


A few months ago, I wrote a post gushing about Elle Fanning's spectacular, adventurous, and quirky style.  Back then, the "Looks for Less" column wasn't born yet, so I didn't write a post sharing my recreations of some of my favourite Elle Fanning outfits.  This post is long overdue, but here it is, finally!  Keep on reading if you'd like to check out the outfits!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Back to School: 10 First Day of School Outfit Ideas

Girl | via Tumblr

Back to school season is one of my favourite times of the year.  That's why this year, now that I have a blog, I'm going to start a series all about it to help those of you going back to school this fall.  I'm so excited about this series, you have no idea how freaking excited I am.

To start it all off, I'm going to be sharing with you ten outfits that you could wear on your first day of school.  It was actually supposed to only be five outfits, but I kind of got carried away, haha.  Oops...

Anyway, they're a bit dressier than what I would wear to school on a day-to-day basis.  But since it's the first day of school, I usually tend to dress up a bit, just to make myself feel a bit more confident walking down the halls.

Monday, July 22, 2013

DIY: Dainty Infinity Wire Bangle

Hi there!  I've done a bunch of DIY tutorials on wire rings, so I thought that I should maybe delve into some other jewellery.  That's why today, I'll be showing you how to make these infinity wire bracelets!  If you're interested in finding out how to make them, keep on reading!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ramble: How My Love For Fashion Started


Hi there!  I don't know how interesting this will be for you guys, but ever since I entered this fashion blogging world, I don't really notice anyone (please correct me if I'm wrong, which I probably am, but whatever) talking much if at all about their love for fashion.  I mean, it's probably supposed to be obvious, especially since they are fashion bloggers after all, but I'm curious.  How did it all start?  When did it all start?  Those are the two big questions I'm going to answer for you today because maybe there is one curious mind out there wanting to know the answer.

This post is going to be one of those posts that will hopefully allow you to get to know me a little bit better.  If you're interested, keep on reading!

I don't have any distinct memories of loving fashion as a kid.  Well, besides dressing my Barbies up 24/7 and playing on and pretty much any dress-up site out there, I mean.  It's always been a part of me and I've always wanted to be a fashion designer when I grew up, but I always thought of it as a pipe dream, something unattainable and just stupid to hope for.

Then came the summer before eighth grade (last summer).  That summer was really something special for me because most of my friends were all out of town on vacations and I was pretty much just chilling in my room all day on my computer.  To be honest, I planned to do so many productive things that summer, but nothing actually happened, which kind of sucked, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Anyway, on to the point.

Since I was alone a lot, I had a lot of time to think, particularly about my future and high school.  I was pretty torn on which high school I wanted to attend and all that because each high school that I had in mind would benefit me in a different way with their course selection.  There was (at the time, I discovered my choices later on in the year) a very academically-driven high school that offered the IB program, and an artsier high school that offered a specialised art program.  Both seemed very appealing to me, but of course, I could only choose one.  Which really made me think about what I wanted to do with my life.  I always thought that I'd become a doctor or something, but that was what other people thought I should do.  To be honest, I have tons of respect for anyone who wants to study anything like that, but I simple wasn't interested.  I really tried to find it interesting, but I've never like science.

So that left me pondering my childhood dreams.  As I'd mentioned before, I've always wanted to be a fashion designer.  And I thought that maybe, just maybe, that could happen.  I'll have another post up about dreams later on this summer if you'd like to read more about that stuff.

Anyway, when I realised that, I was just like, that's it!  And I was just so happy from that moment on.  I started doing research about all that stuff, discovered the Fashion Institute of Technology, a prestigious college in NYC, and immersed myself in fashion books and blogs and runway shows.  It was truly a spectacular summer and such an important realisation.

Are you as obsessed with fashion as I am?  How did your love affair with fashion start?  Do you enjoy these rambles?  I really enjoy writing them, but I want to know if you actually enjoy reading them.  Please leave me a comment down below sharing your thoughts!  Be honest!

Sorry if that post was a bit rambly for your taste, but if it wasn't, I hope that you enjoyed it!  Thanks for reading!
- J

Friday, July 19, 2013

Summer Uniforms

She loved life and it loved her right back | via Tumblr

Hi there!  I hope that all of you are enjoying your summer!  I haven't done a post like this in a while, so I figured that I should write one like this today.  

Every summer, , I always have a uniform, or at least a few things that I immediately reach for in my closet.

If you want to find out what they are this year, you know what to do...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What to Where: Amusement Parks + Tips!

Hi there!  Some of my favourite summer memories have been spending the day at amusement parks.  I know that some people don't enjoy them as much, but despite the often unbearable heat, I absolutely love my time there.  Because of the heat and crazy rides that you might be going on, you have to make sure to be appropriately dressed.  Keep reading if you want to see some outfit ideas and tips and tricks for your fun-filled day!

Monday, July 15, 2013

What's in my Beach Bag? | My Essentials

Stop chasing shadows, just enjoy the ride

Hi there!  If you don't already know, I'm headed on vacation!  Actually, I'm currently on vacation as you are (probably) reading this, but you catch my drift.  Hopefully.

I'm going somewhere quite tropical, hot, and humid and I'm going to beach very often while I'm there.  That's why I decided to show you what I keep in my beach bag.  Maybe it'll help you if you don't know what you should keep in your beach bag to avoid that oh-my-gosh-I-forgot-this-and-that moment when you're at the beach.  Keep reading if you want to know what's in my beach bag.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Pretty Little Liars Fashion Recap: Gamma Zetta Die

Hi there!  Here is this week's Pretty Little Liars fashion recap (as you could probably tell from the title!  If you haven't already seen this episode, I highly recommend that you do because it was freaking amazing and you will not believe what happened at the end.  It was crazy, and that's saying something considering that it is PLL.

If you read my post yesterday (which I highly recommend that you do so you're up to date on what's going on), you'd know that I'm currently on a long vacation on the other side of the world.  So that means I can only post four times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays) and that these fashion recaps will have to be put on hold until I get back.  I'm really sorry about that, but I hope that you'll enjoy this anyway!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

An Important Update!


Hi there!  As you could probably tell from the title, I have something pretty important to tell you guys.  If you read my post on Monday, you might know what this post is going to be all about, but I wanted to make a "formal" announcement.  As you're reading this right now (unless you're reading it the day after it was published), I'm hopping on a plane to a tropical destination on the other side of the world for five weeks until August 16th.

Of course I'm super stoked to be going on vacation, but I'm also really bummed at the same time because I was looking forward to blogging all summer.  But fear not, the blog will not suffer - I won't allow it.  I've scheduled for posts to go up when I'm gone, but unfortunately, there are only so many posts I can write in advance.  Instead of posting everyday, I will only be able to post on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays until I get back with the exception of my birthday, August 13th.  By that, I meant that I will be posting that day.

Anyway, unfortunately, I won't be able to post this weekend, so the little cycle with start on Monday, July 15th until August 18th when my daily posts will start up again.

I will try my very best, but since I don't have very reliable internet on vacation, I can't guarantee that I'll be able to pop back in occasionally to post.  But like I said,  I will try my very best and I hope that you guys don't mind too much.

Are any of you going on vacation this summer?  Where are you headed?  Let me know in the comments - I'm really curious.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope that you'll have the best summer!  If you have any requests, questions, or anything to say at all, please leave it down below!  I'd love to read it.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

3 Ways to Wear: Oxford Shirts

shut the fuck up

Hi there!  Last week, I wrote a post all about my love for oxford shirts (they're kind of my current obsession.)  Like any "Current Love" post, here is the styling post that always follows!  If you'd like some outfit ideas on how to style oxford shirts, keep on reading!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

DIY Wire Ring: Heart

Hi there!  Today, I wanted to show you guys how to make this delicate wire heart ring!  It's a really sweet and simple ring that will pretty much go with everything in your wardrobe.  If you want to learn how to make it, keep on reading!

Monday, July 8, 2013

How To: Pack for a Long Vacation


Hi there!  So, I'm headed on a long, five-week vacation to a very hot place.  But don't fret!  I will still be posting regularly (every week day, so 25 posts!) during my vacation.  Anyway, then, my parents told me something that left my jaw on the ground - according to the airlines, I could only bring one suitcase, which I had to share.  And then they told me that there was a weight limit.  What?!

That feeling of disbelief and panic pretty much inspired this post.  Today, I'm going to share with you my tips on how to pack light - without sacrificing your style - for a long vacation.  I'll also be doing a post on my summer vacation packing essentials soon, as well if you're interested.  Enjoy!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday Funday: Goals, Plans, and Changes

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Hi there!  My first week of summer is now over and it's been so amazing.  Curious to know what I've been up to?  If so, keep on reading.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A Little Motivation: Lifestyle Change

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Hi there!  If you know me in real life, you might know that I decided that I wanted to change my lifestyle.  This might sound so childish, but I was starting to get quite unhappy with how unhealthily I was living my life (I know that sounded super lame, especially since I'm only 13), so I wanted to change that.  I was also getting upset about how I didn't look as fit (not saying that I ever was, but you know what I mean.  Hopefully.) as I used to.  

Anyway, the point of this post is to motivate those of you who have been thinking about doing this lately, but have never gotten around to it.  Hopefully, this post will give you that little extra push to start a healthier lifestyle.  

I think that the most important question to ask yourself is if you're happy the way you're living?  If you're completely happy with the way you're living, then maybe this post isn't for you.  But if you aren't, keep on reading!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Pretty Little Liars Fashion Recap: Face Time

Hi there!  I'm really sorry that this is up late, but here it is!  Your PLL fashion recap!  This week's episode was called Face Time, which made a lot of sense because the masks were pretty much the main focus of the episode.  It was such an intense and crazy episode and I'm more confused than ever.  Not that that's much of a surprise considering it is Pretty Little Liars.

Now on to the recap because that's what you came here for.  Enjoy!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Hundredth Post!

Welcome! | via Tumblr

Hi there!  It's pretty crazy to think about this, but this is my hundredth post on my blog.  When I started Coco and Picasso, I never imagined that I would be able to consistently post because in the past, I've been so terrible with keeping up with my blogs.  But it seems as if this blog's off to a pretty amazing start, at least, compared to my previous experiences.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Current Love: Oxford Shirts

It's not her, it's me.

Hi there!  I don't really know how my love for oxford shirts started, but lately, I've just been so obsessed with them.  To me, oxford shirts are just words that can easily sum up this vast range of button-down shirts that can be called so many different things (boyfriend shirts, anyone?).  Anyway, names aside, I'm pretty much obsessed with them.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Looks for Less: Blair Waldorf

Last week, I wrote about how much I loved Blair Waldorf's (one of my favourite TV characters in the world)  style.  In that post, I promised a post where I recreate a few of my favourite Blair Waldorf outfits from Gossip Girl, so here it is!  Enjoy!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Ramble: Hello Summer!

Never forget first love

Hi there!  Today, I'm going to write about something a little different from my usual fashion posts and I might ramble a little bit, but I hope that you don't mind!