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foodstagram – ep 2

Food,  Life and Love,  Mi Casa

yo yo yo wassup. long time no speak. crazy what’s happened since october. wait. what. october you say? that’s right.. october. my bad. doing exams and graduating from high school understandably is time consuming, but holiday season should be no excuse for the absence, (considering I’ve been plonked on my bed, all day everyday doing nothing but flipping through the instagram-tumblr-facebook-twitter-pinterest cycle of life. terrible, I know) but well, that’s exactly my excuse. literally been holidaying from all aspects of my life except social media and the occasional shift at work or dip in the pool. dani however is literally on holiday, and frolicking around disney world as we speak. but lets not dwell on that magical thought for too long, we may get jealous.

as the title suggests, it’s foodstagram time! and it’s making me hungry..

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eating time.

maddy xx

distress yourself

DIY,  Life and Love

perhaps that caption is misleading.

distress your jeans yourself.

it’s something that i have done before in my life, but i just thought i would share how i do it. i know there are a million videos on youtube, but it’s actually very easy. time consuming yes, but not hard. and it always looks better after a few washes. i’ll show you the jeans again after i wash them and revise if they are torn enough where i want it. i think that distressed jeans are the easiest way to add a little “cool” to your daily life. not only will you receive cool in the form of breeze on your knees through the tears, but adding a plain singlet and nearly any possible pair of shoes, and you’re cool.

here’s me looking cool (or distressed). i’m pretty cool when i’m taking photos of myself, alone, in my house…

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to get these results, keep following my little step-by-step…

 

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1. put on the jeans and make marks in the areas you would like to cut out. i put a little line in-between the areas i wanted to cut out completely, so i could tell them apart from the areas i just wanted to cut, or pull away until the white was showing. it’s a good idea to have a look at some photos of distressed jeans that you like, and emulate where the tears are.

 

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2. cut out the areas you put a T through, and make cuts along the other lines. you will rub against the edges of these rectangle looking cut-outs and fray them so they look a lot less perfect.

 

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3. create two parallel cuts, so you can create that white stitching effect. it’s easy to start small and make it bigger by adding another lower cut if you feel you want this area larger.

 

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4. then take a pin and pull out the white string running across. just try and pull each white strand down one at a time to avoid stretching them too much. use your fingers too! then the blue denim remaining in-between the two cuts, should easily be pulled straight up or down to expose the white strings. some people like to do this step with tweezers so you can grab the blue denim easily, but i just used my fingers. it should move away like show below…

 

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5. where you have created larger holes, it can be nice to do this ‘string step’ just below it, so it looks less like a big rectangle cut from your jeans! you can see that in the pictures below. pretty much, continue this process until you’re happy with the amount of distressing you have given your jeans.

 

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the jeans that i used are a stretchy denim, and this has definite pros and cons. the upside is that the ‘white strings’ are actually elastic, so they tend to not break by your knees pushing against it etc. whereas non-stretch jeans can very easily break to leave big open holes where your white is. (unless of course they are totally not fitted and you’re a small person that does not push against the jeans with your thighs/knees!) the down side to stretch vs non-stretch, is that i don’t think the stretch denim ever looks quite as good or as raw. but like i said, a few washes and these should look significantly cooler and more worn in!

 

hope that helped ya’ll.
dan xx

Foodstagram – Ep 1

Food,  Life and Love

if you’ve ever flicked through my instagram feed you’ll see 3 recurring themes: way too many sky shots, beautiful blooms, and of course… FOOD. the combination of photography and my favourite things is so enticing. pretty much if instagramming was a job, it would be my dream.

what you see is true – my life is surrounded by tastiness. i can’t escape it.

i’ll blame it on my dad. the man who’ll cook for hours on end to produce some delicious, exotic, and extravagant meal, that’s gone in no time at all. being overfed from a young age has had it’s downfalls (mostly in the form of love handles), but my love-hate relationship with food is a never ending story. food is a beautiful thing though really, which is why sometimes I can get carried away into this fantastical world of food creation. i love it. i hope you love it too.

maddy xx (my first post – hello!)

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engagement party

Famiglia,  Life and Love

i really wanted to share with you some photos from Penny and Sven’s engagement party. it was a really fun night, but most importantly, the flowers were out of control, like, so beautiful. and aunty fil’s cake was also to die for.

 

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aren’t flowers ridiculous? it makes me extremely happy to think that such beautiful things grow in my backyard.
also pictured above is me and my sisters and our pretty mamma; jordan and i; and penny and sven.

dan xx