Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Denim and the Art of Bleaching: Part 1

I wear a lot of bleached out clothing,  In fact so much i'm quite sure my boyfriend think I sit in our bathroom sniffing bleach when he's out.  Thats beside that point though,  I always get asked "how do you do that?"  "How do you know what colour it will end up?" or "How much bleach do you use?"
Truth,  I never really know what colour things will end up.  I usually have a pretty good idea but i've been pleasantly surprised and totally disappointed.

Part 1: Lightening

Blue Denim is probably the easiest thing to bleach,  I've only ever experienced it fading to a lighter blue or becoming white if straight blench is applied to it.  Black denim can fade to grey, turn a peach or yellow colour, I even had a pair of black jeans become a acidy blue green colour.  If your a novice bleacher I suggest starting with an article of blue denim.  

Materials needed: 
 Rubber gloves
 A deep pot or bowl
Warm Water

I usually use approximately one cup of bleach for ten cups of hot tap water 
 Mix the bleach and water into your pot or bowl. 

 Wearing your rubber gloves add the piece of clothing you are bleaching to the water,  swishing it around so every surface is evenly soaked.  You want to make sure there is enough water in your container so that none of the material is sticking out of the water. If you need to add more water for this, remove the article of clothing, add the appropriate amount of water and bleach using a 1-10 ration again.  Mix the solution around then add the clothing back in.

Then your going to allow the piece of clothing to soak for at least an hour or until it reaches your desired colour.  Wearing your gloves try to swish and squish the material around every 15 minutes so it lightens evenly.  

Once your desired colour is reach, wearing your gloves remove the clothing for the solution and throughly rinse with clean water. You could also put it through a washing machine cycle, but make sure the load has only white clothing in it.  Then dry.


Friday, 17 August 2012

Ciao Bella

Wow, I can't believe we have already reached that time of the year where the September issues start coming out. I am far from ready for summer to end and thankfully based on the weather outside I don't have to start worrying yet. Instead I will enjoy the giant magazines hitting the stores while lounging on the beach with a hard cider in hand. Above is a lovely editorial from the September issue of Vogue Australia.


Photos from FGR

Saturday, 11 August 2012

To See The Elephant

Austere and I have some pretty amazing friends. Two of our favorite people are currently on the journey of a lifetime, riding a motorbike packed to the brim from our little town on the far west coast of Canada all the way to Panama. With their amazing photography skills and charismatic writing they are documenting their entire journey on their tumblr To See The Elephant. I highly suggest everyone checks it out so they can join me in living vicariously through them.


All photos from To See The Elephant

Monday, 6 August 2012


I have a confession to make. I am truly and completely addicted to Pinterest. I can't help it, it is far too easy to spend hours scrolling through photos and repinning what I like. Austere, does not share this addiction with me. In fact, Pinterest scares her and I don't think she has ever checked out our Pinterest account, but that is just fine with me because it leaves more pinning for me! I think I have become addicted because it is such a great way to find new DIY ideas, see new trends, and find out what is inspiring others. If you are a fellow addict I suggest that you continue to feed your addiction by following us on Pinterest. I regularly pin new posts from our blog as well as spend far to much time pinning everything from DIY projects, great street style shots, items I love, and the people I find to be iconic. And on that note I need to wish a Happy Birthday to the most iconic woman in my life, my mom!


All photos from Pinterest 

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