Sunday, October 27, 2013

Despicable Me - Agnes Costume

#itsCherzDIY - Halloween Costume

Despicable Me - Agnes

Items purchased from (Talize) local thrift store during their 50%off select colour tags sale.
2 pairs jeans
1 yellow and grey striped shirt ( I was in luck!)

Overalls: Check out my tutorial on how I created overalls with 2 pairs of jeans.
Shirt: you can always paint the stripes on

Have you done a DIY costume?

Tutorial: DIY Overalls with 2 Jeans - DIY Overalls with 2 Jeans
DIY Overalls
#itsCherzDIY Creating overalls with two pairs of jeans. Yes, 2! Personally I find it quite difficult to find overalls. Sure I can visit my local workwear store or hope overalls are back in stock and style (again). Of course I wanted to create something that was versatile without breaking my wallet.

This project took me about 2-3hours to do, including the shopping ;)

Note: Items used in this tutorial were purchased on my own from a local thrift shop and dollar store.

Materials Required:
  • sewing kit, sewing machine, OR glue gun
  • fabric scissors (any pair of scissors)
  • measuring tape / ruler
  • marker / pen
  • velcro
  • 2 jeans similar shade
  • Optional: newspaper/cardboard to protect flat surface of glue and scratches - DIY Overalls with 2 Jeans
DIY Overalls with 2 Jeans - Materials
Project Tips:

You can start with jeans you currently own and work with adding in the overall part. Do what you feel comfortable with.

Jeans Tips:

1 pair, current fit or loose fit [JEANS X]

1 pair, very loose fit [ JEANS Y]

Materials Preparation:

  • Put aside JEANS X
  • Cut 6 pieces of velcro, about 1-inch length

Steps - Overall Chest: - DIY Overalls with 2 Jeans
  1. Take JEANS Y back pockets facing up.
  2. Take a ruler/measuring tape and mark the length you'd like, leaving about 1- 1.5 inches (for tucking inside JEANS X)
  3. Cut JEANS Y (Photo: see green lines).

Steps - Overall Straps: - DIY Overalls with 2 Jeans

  1. JEANS Y: using the pant leg, measure 1- inch in width and cut length wise up the pant leg (x 2)
  2. Optional: fold if you need thinner or thicker straps

Steps - Piecing Together: - DIY Overalls with 2 Jeans

  1. Using the marker: Mark where you'd like to place the velcro. Don't worry if you make mistakes this will be all inside JEANS X. Total of 4 marks, 2 back, 2 front.
  2. Using velcro soft-furry side: sew/glue velcro at the markings. Using the soft velcro on JEANS X will prevent scratching when overalls chest is detached ;)
  3. Using velcro scratchy-side: sew/glue of velcro to both ends of straps [x4], back of overall chest [x2]
  4. Add the back straps to JEANS X, leaving strap ends hanging. Once jeans are on, tuck/attach overall chest. Taking the strap ends hanging from your back, attach to overall chest. 

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These overalls were used as apart of my Despicable Me Agnes costume

Friday, August 9, 2013

Thrift Shopper Meets Toronto Premium Outlets

Toronto Premium Outlets
Toronto Premium Outlets

Toronto Premium Outlets - Food Court
Toronto Premium Outlets - Food Court
9am vs 11:30am
Last weekend I ventured to the Toronto Premium Outlets, in Halton Hills. Yes, just bit of a drive away from Toronto. I wasn't sure what to expect, except it would be busy.

As a thrift shopper, outlet shopping is also a great place to find deals. Unfortunately, I can't give my opinion on price comparison from the US vs. Canada since I haven't experienced outlet shopping south of the border.

Upon arrival, it was PACKED! Lets factor in, it was 2 days after the main grand opening and/or it was long weekend. I arrived 30 minutes before stores would open and the parking lots were full. Imagine, Boxing Day or Black Friday. There were lines already at  Coach, Michael Korrs, Kate Spade, and Tommy Hilfiger. Food Court (building) offered any type of craving, from pasta/pizza, sandwiches, to sushi. There was also food trucks on site (for that weekend). Guest Services also offered coupon books for V.I.P members. There was also pamphlets that I found useful that contained sizing charts conversions. The outlets lot is well planned, that you can't get lost. If you haven't been to an outlet, picture one floor mall, a well connected outdoor plaza. There were a few "Coming Soon" signs at some stores but there are enough stores currently open to shop for everyone in your family. As I wandered, aimlessly, throughout the different wings of the outlets one thought came to mind.... would you still shop during inclement weather? 

Ready to venture out?
Remember, patience!
You made it out here to shop, so remember that ;)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Target Canada Experience & Exclusives

Over the past few weeks Target Canada have been doing their "soft openings". Like many shoppers, curiosity and excitement hit... and ventured to the Target location that was opening.

I went with an open mind, I wasn't sure what to expect since
1) I don't travel... :(
2) Curious to see what brands from Target USA were arriving
3) Pricing! ;)

Walking through the doors...
When I first arrived to the store, I/we were greeted by Target staff. A friendly hello does change your "shopping" mood ;) I also noticed there were available wipes for those who wanted to disinfect their hands &/or cart! LOVE IT! As I walked aimlessly throughout the store, staff would stop and ask if I needed help or if I needed a basket (by this time I had found chocolates that I was slowly melting ha.ha.).

I spent a good hour in the Beauty department looking at the lovely lit-up displays. The aisles had various drugstore brands (Annabelle, Marcelle, Revlon, Maybelline etc) and brands new to Canada (Sonia Kashuk, Pixie Beauty and [more] NYX).

Few things that caught my eye:

Target Canada Exclusives from Annabelle Cosmetics & Marcelle Cosmetics

NYX displays
more items available from primers to matte eyeshadows/lipsticks

NYC eyeshadows palettes

Sonia Kashuk

Since this was a soft opening - there was enough items to select from. Pricing was decent to pick up a few items or two. I can't wait for the grand opening later next month for more selection and deals.

How was your Target Canada experience?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tutorial: Device Stand (for Cellphones / Tablets / Playbook / iPads)

Working in digital media/web design, I have the opportunity own/barrow devices to test my work. Personally, I have such a small workspace to begin with and having unknown amount of devices to be placed flat on my desk (with my laptop, drawing tablet, papers etc…) has become an inconvenience and takes up too much room. Also, I would have to constantly look downwards causing some strain both eyes/neck. Sure I can spend a few dollars to buy an individual device stand or device cases with built-it-stands but it adds up.

The results of this DIY: not only did I end up with a travel headphone case but a travel stand too. Yes, a 2-in-1 DIY ;)

Items purchased cost less than $3 in total. Most items you can find at home.

What you'll need/Materials used:
-    Metal pliers or scissors ($1-1.50)
-    Headphone case box – I found this at a local Dollarama for $1
-    Pencil or pen (No Markers!)
-    Glasses / Protective glasses / Sunglasses (if it’s sunny) *optional


Step 1:
Hold the device close to the center of the box. If you own (or barrow) more than one device use the device with the thicker width. In this case, I’m using the Blackberry Playbook.

Trace/draw lines of the device onto the box with your pencil/pen. I refrained from using any marker as I was paranoid of getting markings on the device screen. We don’t want that!!! Make sure you have a total of 4 lines (2 for each side – front & back).


Step 2:
*You may want to put on your glasses/protective eyewear, small plastic do fly in unknown directions while cutting.*

Use the wire cutters/scissors to cut along the “inner section/side” of the drawn lines and stopping at the base. After you cut along lines, wiggle the “piece” to get it out.

Step 3:
Place your device in the stand. Ensure it’s placed equally balanced on both ends. If it seems too snug, repeat Step 3 by trimming plastic sides slowly.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sammy Dress - Holiday Haul

Prior to the holiday season I went through a couple of wardrobe phases:
1st - reorganize and donate any clothing and accessories that don't fit or I never wore.
2nd - was to update parts of my wardrobe with pieces that will have multiple uses.
3rd - find affordable pieces that won't let my wallet cry.

After some late night browser (aka window) shopping (online), I had stumbled upon . Not only did they have various items at a low price but they also offered free shipping. As a Canadian online shopping, I'm usually turned off but the high postage rates. The unfortunate part to this... is the wait time for the package(s) to arrive. Usually packages sent from overseas take about 2-4 weeks. Since I shopped at holiday-peak-time, I was actually surprised it arrived right before the holidays. The company's customer service were able to quickly answer my questions and concerns I had regarding my orders.

So here goes...

I am in LOVE with this Wallet/Clutch
Slightly bigger than I expected. More of a clutch than a wallet.
2 zipped pockets for cash, ids, cards, makeup. 1 middle pocket to hold your cell.
magnetic flap to close everything together.
Set 1 of earrings :)
Set 2 of earrings :)

Disclaimer: These items featured in this blog post were purchased with my own money. Items and company review are my own honest opinion and experience. This is not a paid, sponsored post.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

If the boots fit

These boots were made for walking...

I spotted these boots at a local thrift store, Talize. It immediately caught my eye, from the detailing (buckles and metal trims) to style (low heel!). It was also a great price ;) Unfortunately, I didn't purchase these boots, it didn't fit my feet (darn small feet!).

Cinderella if you're out there looking for boots (size6), these boots are waiting for you :)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2012.. in a nutshell

So another year has come to an "end" and a new year has begun.

Although, I made it one of my goals at the beginning of 2012 to be more active on my blog - unfortunately it didn't pan out that way. I am thankful for all the opportunities I had and have: from growing friendships, meeting new bloggers, attending various events, learning about new companies & products. I thank everyone: loyal subscribers/readers, visitors who read a blog post or more, blog sale purchasers, and new visitors who just stumbled across my blog.

Keynotes of 2012

"Name change"
This blog can also be found on ; as well as; twitter @itscherz

"Hit Pan/Shop Stash"
If you don't already follow me on twitter (@itscherz) I had tweeted I was on a hit pan roll. From January to about July/August I noticed I was hitting pans/tubes of products.

Products included:(no particular order)

  • Annabelle Mono Eyeshadow pan in Vanilla Chilla
  • E.L.F Mineral Eyeshadow Primer in Sheer
  • Wet N Wild Color Blusher in Mellow Wine
  • Revlon eyeliner pen Blackest Black
  • Marcelle Cosmetics BB Sample tube in Light Medium
  • Annabelle SmudgePaint in Tar
  • Annabelle Smoothliner Bronze *HG
  • Wet N Wild Eyeliner
  • Maybelline Falsies Mascara
  • Essence Waterproof Mascara
  • Annabelle Le Big Show Mascara

Due to personal life changes in the later half of 2012, I resorted more towards shopping my makeup stash more and continued to think of DIY projects/thrift shopping.

Hello 2013
I do hope to be able to share these projects in the next few weeks. I will continue to share what I love to do and can't wait for what 2013 will bring :)

Happy New Year everyone!
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