Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, guys! I love Halloween to bits and pieces; absolutely any excuse to dress up and I am all over it. This year I dressed up as Batgirl! It has been a dream of mine to don the cape and cowl in the name of justice and swing from buildings, but unfortunately I have the athletic ability of a fish and I also have the resources of a university student, so I think my superhero dreams have to be put on hold. Thankfully, Halloween exists, and for one night I can pretend.

Gotham Girls! Kait, Beth, and I myself. 
I ordered my costume at the beginning of the month just to make sure I had it on time. I made only a couple of adjustments; the utility belt that came with it was horrible, and the boot covers were way too tight to my leg, so I made a new belt and spray painted some boots. Kait was Harley Quinn, so I was really excited to be a part of a duo. We ended up going to a party where we had a ton of other Gotham citizens, including our friend Beth as Poison Ivy! There was also a wicked Bane and a Two Face! Ridiculous fun.

I punched Kait in the face SO MANY TIMES. 
I'm so lucky to have crazy friends like Kait and Beth. In the last six months, thanks to Kait's quirky self, I've gotten to dress up as both of my favourite superhero ladies! In addition to this, we dressed up for The Dark Knight Rises and I finally got to be Harley Quinn, (Kait was Catwoman!) something I had been wanting to do for years! I'm so glad we did it, it was way too much fun!

The formatting for this post is so terrible because I am without Photoshop again. I'm hoping to remedy that tonight when I get home from work. :(

Have a great Halloween everyone, and stay safe!

The Hideaway

My room should be referred to as The Hideaway. Or The Cave. Or my Fortress of Solitude, but I've never been a Superman fan, so I think I'll refrain from that one. Regardless of what you call it, though, my bedroom is my place. I spend more hours in there being anti-social than anyone should, but it's comforting and quiet and I enjoy it. Plus my brother is down the hall, so it's not like I'm completely alone.

My entire life, my bedroom has been pink. When I was a child, it was a soft pastel pink, but when I turned fourteen I begged my parents to let me paint it a bright, Barbie, bubblegum pink. For many years it suited me well, until one day I woke up and felt like my room was a constant mess. I love colour, but all of the artwork and nicknacks I had collected made my room feel really cluttered with the bright walls. And so it was decided, that this past summer, it was time for a room make over.

So here are the results!

My bed area! The art wall is one of my favourite parts of my room. 
The antler's on the wall were a summer project; the white ones are made out of tape, cardboard, and wire!
I had exposed Polaroid film, so I printed out Instagram photos and glued them inside for makeshift frames!

The sequin canvas were a Christmas present from my super thoughtful friend, Beth. I mentioned I wanted to make them ONCE and she surprised me! :)

I painted my room white because I wanted something of a blank canvas. I like it MUCH better; my room feels so much bigger and cleaner! It's a small space to begin with, so I really hated cramming everything in and making it too cluttered. I love stuff, though, so I can't bare to get ride of anything. Here's a few details of my nicknacks and thing-a-ma-bobs.

I keep adding things here and there (such as a glittery fox mask from the kids department from H&M), but I think overall my room is officially done. :) Has your room undergone a make over recently? Or if you could, what would you change about your space?

- Di xx

Instagram Catch Up

I'm obsessed with Instagram. I wish I wasn't (who am I kidding, I don't mind), but I am. I love seeing pictures of people's breakfast. I love seeing pictures of their outfits. I love seeing pictures of everything. I recently read someone on Twitter refer to Instagram as 'the highlight reel of life' and it is so true! How cute is life on Instagram? So adorable when viewed through Earlybird and Walden lenses.

Here's a quick peak at the highlight reel of my life these past couple of weeks. :)

1. Marc Jacobs came out with a new line of iPhone cases and they look like animals. I ordered the Shorty one immediately because it looks like a French bulldog and I don't think I need to explain myself further.

2. I made an almost perfect egg in a basket! I find egg in a baskets so difficult to make sometimes. I recently purchased a biscuit cutter to make life easier when cutting the hole, but I still find I burn them half of the time, and the rest of the time the egg escapes the whole and makes a mess. So I felt this definitely needed to be documented.

And as previously stated, I love breakfast pictures. Sue me.

3, 4, & 5. My good friend Tiffany recently celebrated her 21st birthday, and our little group went out for some dinner. This is my oldest pal, Jacqui, looking like a superstar, and then demonstrating how tall she is next to our friend Alyssa, who is arguably one of the tiniest people I know. I also painted her the Batman card in the middle. The full thing reads, "No Birthdays! Only Justice!" which is a play off of this comic.

6. I got my hair done! I love having dark hair, but it definitely fades out of my hair faster than I would like (though I finally have a colourist who is so great at his job that my colour lasts MUCH longer than it used to!). I spontaneously decided to get bangs and I'm so glad I did! I never realize how much I miss having bangs until I get them after not having them for a long time.

Are you as obsessed with Instagram as I am? Do you enjoy taking pictures of your breakfast? If so, let me know, cause we can start a support group or something else. Or at least follow each other, either or. :)

- Di xx

I Wish I Was Lana Del Rey

I really do wish I was Lana Del Rey. She's just got such a style about her, with her acrylic nails and cat eyes and bouffant hair. And she just seems so nice and kind! Or maybe it's less that I want to be Lana as I would like to spend an afternoon with her, driving in retro cars, reading fashion magazines and drinking Papst Blue Ribbon (and I don't even like beer). Dreams.

That being said, I can't quite rock a style like Lana's. I've tried and I take inspiration from it as I can, but my nails don't grow very long without splintering and my hair will hardly poof at all. I guess we can't have everything.

What I can have, however, are lots of Lana Inspired goodies from Etsy. I love searching the names of style icons or inspirations on Etsy; the cutest things tend to come up! Here's a few of my favourites from when I searched Lana last.

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Also: excitement! Turns out I still have a version of photoshop on my Macbook! C'est en fran├žais, but I took the language it for ten years, so hopefully I'll manage. Let's ignore that it's been nearly eight years since I studied it. Sound good?

- Di xx

Dusting Off the Blog

Flower Crown: Handmade from Bicyclette
Dress: H&M (old)
Sandals: Topshop (sold out)

Hello out there, Internet! How do you even start these things? I've been on the Internet for half of my life, yet starting a blog post seems oddly daunting! Don't even get me started on maintaining an actual blog beyond this one post; you don't even want to know how long I've had this pretty little layout ready, waiting for me to fill it with my words and ramblings. The answer is: too long.

But better late than never, am I right? Or is that just something I am saying to reassure myself that my procrastination =/= failure. Regardless, today is the day that Diana Dresses Up is full operational and running!

Let me introduce myself: I'm Diana, I'm 21, and I really love clothes. I've been meaning to write actual fashion blog for years, but it was not until my dear friend, Kait, said, "Diana, you need to write a blog and I'm making you a layout!" that I actually decided to roll with it. A little help from friends tends to be the push to get you started.

I hate having to describe my style, so hopefully eventually the photos start to speak for themselves. However, if I were to try, I like things that are feminine and whimsical, like lace and bows. This particular outfit is from a garden party Kait threw back in August (Stop! I know, I've had this post in the works for FAR too long) and I guess you could say I took the garden theme pretty far. I've had the dress since the holidays (tutus are holiday wear, after all) and the flower crown was made at a workshop at Bicyclette in July. The glittery sandals were the only sandals I purchased all summer and it was basically the best investment of my life.

Myself and my good friend Beth! 
Head over to Kait's blog to see more photos from the garden party! All photo credits go to her, by the way. :) The party was definitely a lovely way to end the summer! I hope we do it again next year!

Does this work for a first post? I certainly hope so...

Until next time!

- Di xx