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DIY: Formal Dress

DIY: Formal Dress

Can’t find the perfect formal dress or its all too expensive? I have the solution.. maybe? .. turn a plain looking dress into something a little bit fancy and more appropriate for a formal or ball.


What You Need:

1. A Dress (preferably plain) I got mine from Xenia Boutique (Follow Me Dress) and they’re still selling it (:

2. Material of your choice (something a bit fancy like sequin material.. thats what i used)

3. Sewing Needle

4. Cotton

5. Scissors

6. Pins

How to:

1. Get your chosen dress, lay it out, put your material on top and cut it to the about shape and size  (I’m redoing the top of my dress.. the front and back) I did this in 3 parts..

Part 1: (the front) Once cut to the shape on the front.. pin it on the dress try it on and make sure the edges of the material will go to the edges of the top part of the dress if all good take it off and then sew it ( I sewed it by hand but you can use a sewing machine if you want, probably will be quicker but up to you)

Part 2 & 3: (the back)

I did the back in 2 parts as the zip ran down the middle if your zip is not down the middle or you don’t have a zip then you can do this with one part.

Part 2: Cut the material a little bit bigger as the back of my dress is stretchy if yours is not don’t worry about doing this carry on and repeat part 1. Pin one side of the material on the dress. Put the dress on and get someone else to help you pin the rest of the material onto the dress so it hits the edges (for a dress with a stretchy back so the material will stretch with your body). take it off and sew around the edges.. Repeat this step for part 3 aswell

P.S Sorry i have no step by step pictures to help as I never thought of doing it at the time..

Here is the before and after :)


and i wore it to my last high school formal ever which was last year :(





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Quick & Easy Healthy Dinner Recipe.

Sausages with Tomato Sugo & Pasta Recipe (Serves 4)


2 Tbsp Olive oil

6 sausages (can be any flavour i used chipolatas sausages), chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

2 Red Capsicum, cored, seeded and sliced

1 Yellow Capsicum, cored, seeded and sliced



400g diced tomatos in juice

400g Penne Pasta, boiled with a pinch of salt

Served with cheese


1. Heat oil in a large frying pan over moderate heat. Add the sausages, onion & capsicums. Fry Briskly, browning slowly for about 15 minutes until sausages are cooked and the vegetables are soft.


2. Add the tomatoes and mix well. Simmer for 4 minutes, taste and season. (if to plain.. try adding some chilli sauce or garlic.. up to your tasting)


3. Toss the mixture with the hot penne and serve sprinkled with pasta and plenty of cheese :D


and your done and ready to eat!


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Trend Alert: Peplum

I’m loving the trend peplum at the moment.


so far I only own 2 peplum tops but hoping to invest in some peplum pants, skirts, jackets and maybe even a dress. Not saying i’m actually going to get all of these as I’m a poor student I probably won’t but I would like too.


Peplum tops are amazing they cinch at the waist and then flare out, it makes you look skinnier than you are even though I don’t need to look any skinner as i consider myself pretty skinny as i weigh about 45kg but i’m also quite short. Peplum is so flattering and makes you look more feminine and sexier. You can dress it up or down depending on what kind of look you’re going for. Also there are more options not just tops but pants, skirts, jackets, shorts and dresses. 



You can find some cheap ish peplum clothes at the following websites..



for new zealand some stores that sell peplum at the moment are:





Forever New 


Be sure to check out this trend as its quite flattering and versatile for most women 




Jacqui xx

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Dreams are free

Who said dreams are just dreams and can’t become a reality? If you believe in what you dream it could possibly come true if you put in the hard work then YES it can but if you’re a downer and not positive about what you dream then of course your dream will not come true. The best part about dreams is it does not cost what so ever, its FREE!! yes free so dream as much as you want and if you believe in it, it will come true and just like mr walt disney says if you dream it, you CAN do it!! he is so right :D




as i lay my head down to sleep I shall think positive thoughts and make my dreams into a reality one day and when they do become a reality that is when i shall share to you all what my dreams are, so for now keep dreaming, do not give up and keep believing!.


Jacqui xx

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10 ways to overcome heat at night

As it is summer here in New Zealand,


last night it was soo hot that i could not sleep, yes i had windows open and was lying on top of the bed but it was still really hot that i could not sleep.



so i googled some ways to help you sleep when its really hot and I thought i would share them with you (:


1. Get a wet cold cloth and wipe your whole body with it. (tried this and it was so hot that the water evaporated so fast that i couldn’t get to sleep as it got hot again).

2. Sleep in a damp t-shirt (um won’t i get sick?)


3. Sleep nude (this could be awkward if my parents or brother walks in)


4. Take a cool shower or bath and don’t fully dry yourself then get into your bed


5. Chill your pillowcase. Put your sheets,blanket,and pillowcases into freezer bags and put in the freezer all day. This may also help you fall asleep faster, further reducing your exposure to the uncomfortable heat. (I shall try this next time).

6. Wear cold socks (gross it would feel weird.. but never know it could work)


7. Have a fan blowing on you (unfortunately I don’t own a fan :(.. maybe i should invest in one)


8. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol at night as it makes you sleep but than wakes you up later on in the night.

9. Have thin cotton sheets rather than nylon bedding. They will absorb sweat rather than leave the sleeper covered in a film of moisture.


10. If none of these work try having naps during the day so you won’t be so tired when you find yourself struggling to sleep on a hot night (:


Let me know if you tried any of these or have any more ways of overcoming hot nights

Leave a comment below


Jacqui xx

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The perfect guy

We all want the “perfect” guy who can dress good and not like a slob..


but truth is not all guys have a sense of fashion and thats what makes them perfect,


We (girlies) love the fact that even though we don’t have the “perfect” guy (in fashion sense) but we have the perfect guy who can treat us like a princess and not like we’re a piece of meat and thats what attracts us to them, their personality its not all about their looks because they could have the looks but be a total jerk and thats not attractive at all. Image


what i’m trying to get out of this is the “perfect guy” can come in all different ways, not just looks but bonus if you have both (; we girls deserve to be treated like a princess and not something on the side.



Jacqui xx

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Merry Christmas!


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!! to all you fashionistas.. hope santa brings you all things sparkly <3 but most of all enjoy the food, love, quality time with loved ones this christmas and have fun :D love Jacqui xoxo

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Faux Jeffrey Campbell Litas


My Jeffrey Campbell Lita Look a likes came in the mail today.. I love them i purchased them off www.boohoo.com for $85 which is really cheap considering the real ones cost over $200 NZ dollars. I’m soo impressed with the quality they’re absolutely amazing and they look like the real ones but obviously the material is a cheaper quality  but they’re absolutely fantastic soo comfortable to walk in.. JUST AMAZING!! x

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OOTD: Lovely

outfit of the day! Purple Blazer (cotton on)  paired with white chiffon shirt (factorie), Studded shorts i made ..with stockings and shoes were my spiked flats (glassons) & gold triangle necklace (diva) (:

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Aroha Snow :D


Me in the snow August 2011 <3

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