Hiatus!



Hi everyone! Just a quick note that the blog will be closed from November 16th until December 14th. I've taken on two jobs this holiday season and this coupled with the general craziness this time of year is leaving me little time to breathe! I will resume regular posting in a month once I get my sea legs back!

Hope you are all well! :)

- Di, xo

Dear Puppycat


Are any of you familiar with the webseries, Bee and Puppycat? If you're not, you should be, and I am now going to take the time to introduce you to it!


Bee and Puppycat is created by Natasha Allegri, storyboard revisionist, character designer, and prop designer for Adventure Time (among other endless accomplishments, including creator of the gender swapped versions of AT characters, Fiona and Cake!), for Cartoon Hangover. The series premiered in July of 2013 and tells the story of Bee and her not exactly a puppy, but not exactly a cat Puppycat as they go on intergalatic temp-jobs to pay the bills and afford lasagnas. 

The series is hilarious and amazingly animated. The story is actually incredibly rich and is reminscient for magical girl series like Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura (where Allegri drew a ton of inspiration), but it's that unique sense of humour that sets the series apart. 

Originally set to be a two episode short, the creators launched a Kickstarter campaign that surpassed it's goal to produce 9 more episodes! Now, starting later this week on November 6th, the Internet can once again be graced with new episodes of Bee and Puppycat!


The adorable Puppycat plush is available from We Love Fine! He talks too when you press his ear, which is amazing because Puppycat is actually voiced by the Vocaloid, Oliver! He's actually my brother's; I ordered it for him as a birthday gift last year! He was not pleased when he found out I borrowed him for the afternoon, haha. 

But if I had asked permission, he would have just said no!


As my luck would have it while shooting these photos, my tripod broke. Which derailed basically this entire shoot. One day, I will post cute photos that are taken by someone else. One day!

Until then, I'm going to go to Future Shop tonight to replace said tripod. 


As a result, I took to my iSight to snap a few fun pics that I had planned to take with my DSLR. Better than nothing, right? We're kicking it old school over here at Diana Dresses Up. I think Bee would approve.

Sweater - H&M (x)
Blouse - H&M (x)
Shorts - Topshop (old, similar here)
Tights - H&M (old, similar here)
Shoes - H&M (old, similar here)
Collar pins - Etsy (was a gift! can't seem to find the seller :( )


We got a letter from Fishbowl Space! Time to report for tempwork! Will we be babysitting Wallace again?


We settled in for some coffee and lectures from Puppycat on how to be an adult.


I drank the rest of my coffee.


Then we shared some Oreos. 

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! What did you all dress up as this year?


I was Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time! The costume was just too much fun; I didn't want to take it off! I had the skirt and sweater lying around, so all I had to do was buy the wig (which I scored off of eBay for $11—shipped!) and make the crown (scrapbook paper and staples, yo).  


Every year I make tentative plans to go to a party and every year I find myself just...not going. I don't know what it is! I have only ever successfully attended a Halloween party once. Halloween has always been a pretty big deal at our house; my brother is obsessed and goes all out with decorations and candy bags for the kids. As I've gotten older, I've taken to handing out the candy and I think I kind of just enjoy that homey feel of Halloween.

This year, my brother and his girlfriend spent all day putting the finishing touches on the decorations outside and carving pumpkins while I was at work. I got home just in time to do my make up and throw on my costume before trick-or-treaters came! I stole all of Pauly and Serena's glory, however, by taking over the giving out candy job in order to show off my costume.

One girl shouted, "You're Princess Bubblegum!" and it totally made my night.


I finished off the night tuning into Skate Canada International's Pairs and Ice Dance short programs to cheer on my Canadian favourites. I'm gunning for Meghan Duhamel and Eric Radford in pairs and Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje in ice dance. And while I'm still licking my wounds at the absence of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, seeing them tackle the behind the scenes stuff has been super fun for me! 

(Plus I'm super delighted at them reportedly working with Jeff Buttle on choreography! But that's a whole 'nother story.)

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Halloween and an amazing October! My family isn't just big on Halloween, but also Christmas, so I'm excited to jump into the season as early as tomorrow morning. 

I know, I'm crazy. I'm sorry. Only I'm not. 

Treat Yo' Self: New Beauty Goods


It pays to have friends in high places. 

By that I mean, I'm super lucky to have lovely friends who currently work at Sephora. My dear friend Maegan shared with me an Employee Appreciation coupon earlier in the month and with perfect timing, too! Turns out I was super close to finally hitting my year long goal of reaching the VIB Rogue level. 

So, what better time to go to Sephora early on a Friday morning with my pal Alicia and pick up a few necessities? Not only did I hit Rogue this trip (the free shipping is already ruining my life; I ordered $6 toothpaste the other day just because I knew I wouldn't have to pay to have it delievered!), but I was able to take advantage of all of the holiday gift-sets that have just hit the shelves.

And boyyyyy, be still my beauty loving heart. Was it ever worth it. 

1. boscia Tsubaki Secrets (x

I am obsessed with boscia's Tsubaki Beauty Oil. I've been using it since around April and the difference it's made in my skin is insane. My skin is softer, the tone more even, and overall just feels brighter and healthier. I've been using the cleansing oil since shortly after and have already repurchased it several times. 

So when I came across this gift-set while browsing Sephora a few weeks ago, I picked it up and said to myself, "Is this real?" For $58, the set contains not only a full-size of the Tsubaki Beauty Oil, but a half-size cleanser, and the Konjac Cleansing Sponge. 

I should mention the oil on it's own is $57. So, that means for a dollar more, I get a full-size oil, the cleanser, and the cleansing sponge. I was convinced it had to be marked wrong.

It wasn't! Still, it didn't stop my disbelief when I went to purchase it and said to the associate at Sephora, "I can't believe this is a real gift set."

I'm actually still coming to terms with it. It feels like I got away with theft. 


2. Origins Mini Mask Marvels (x

I love me a good facemask. Whenever my skin acts up, whether its dryness or breakouts, I reach for whatever mask I have on hand and pray to the Skin Gods to do their magic. 

I've used the majority of the boscia facemasks and felt they worked all fairly well, and I find that Lush's Mask of Magnaminty does a really good job at keeping my skin tone even and reducing redness. Regardless, I still felt that itch to try something different; I was in the market for a little something new. 

When I found this gift-set by Origins, I knew I found exactly what I was looking for.

The set comes with three facemasks: Out of Trouble, a ten-minute mask for problem skin; Drink Up Intensive, an overnight mask for deep hydration, and Clear Improvement, a clay mask for deep cleansing. 

After having used all three, I can say that the masks all do exactly what they say they will. Out of Trouble worked wonders on the small breakout I was having just last night; my skin is refreshed, soft, and healing! I was also really impressed by how clean my skin felt after using Clear Impressions. 

The only mask I would say that was just average was the Drink Up mask; my skin was softer, but not by a lot. I find that the boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask is a better overnight mask when looking for something super moisturizing. 

That said, the set was definitely a steal and will help me in deciding whether or not to buy the full sizes of any of the masks. Right now, I have my eye on the Out of Trouble mask, and wouldn't be surprised if I picked it up during the upcoming Friends and Family event next month. 

3. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Tulip (x)

Lastly, I picked up a Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, because why not? I'm a dedicated fangirl in the Rosebud Slave club, but I wanted something with a little tint that I could wear everyday. 

I debated between pink or red and eventually decided on Tulip, because I liked the sheer, bright pink look. I worried that maybe I wouldn't wear it all that often, but I'm finding I've been wearing it every single day since I purchased it!

That's all for this beauty haul, though with Friends and Family just around the corner, I imagine I'll add a couple new things to my collection...

Ah, who am I kidding? I definitely will.

See you in that post, guys. 





What I Wore: Fall Colours


Sometimes, you take a selfie or a photo and nothing wants to cooperate with you. This was one of those days. Overtired and just not at my cutest, I still thought it was a good idea to take some pictures in my good old backyard because the leaves on the ground were just too pretty. Given that October is almost over, we only have a little bit longer with all of the pretty leaves and colours, so I wanted to take advantage of it while I could.

The result was like...sixty odd shots that were mostly blurry or just un-usable. I should have just taken it as a sign.

Alas.

Sweater - H&M (x)
Scarf - H&M (x)
Leggings - H&M (old, similar here)
Hat - H&M (old, similar available in store)
Shoes - Converse (old; I'm not sure if they still make leather Chucks in the ladies cut, but the original low-tops in leather are here)
Bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs (x)



This ensemble is pretty much my fall go to. Throw on a grey sweater, black bottoms, my Converse, and a huge scarf that resembles a blanket. As I've mentioned before, I'm all about scarves that can double as a blanket. I'm obsessed with this one, from H&M, as I love the fall colours and the pattern. It just feels like warm and cozy autumn days!

Perhaps the fall can keep us company for a little longer and I can have some better luck with my camera next time around. Until then!

(PS: by this outfit, can you tell where I've worked for the last few years?)

Just Hold On, We're Going Home: Backyard OOTD




The thing about shooting photos on your own is that, ultimately, you realize how you kind of suck. You have zero control over mystical things such as lighting and there's no one to tell you how to pose so you don't look like a complete idiot. Plus, you often take them in places like, oh, I don't know, your backyard.

Which turns out to be a pretty humbling location when your neighbour has her grandkids over and they are all shouting and playing kickball in the backyard. In between trying to set up your tripod and get into an awkward, but passable, pose before the timer goes off, you find yourself thinking, "It's like 1 PM on Wednesday, why are these kids hanging out in their Grandmother's backyard? Why are they not at school?"

The mind. It reels. 



Valiant attempts were made to get past the awkwardness of having a photoshoot by yourself in the presence of about three kids under the age of ten, but as you can see, I kind of lost the plot half way through. I've been winking compulsively since about February and this shot turned into something of a double wink/blink/I'm not entirely sure. 


Dress - H&M (x)
Hat - H&M (x)
Purse - H&M (old, similar here)
Boots - rag & bone (x)

Anyways. I wore this little number out to Angus and Julia Stone's show at The Opera House in Toronto last night. The show was amazing; they are so incredibly talented and such a delight to see live. They like to cover a song by an artist who is from the city they are playing in, so last night they covered Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home' and I just about died. I used to obsessively check Ticketmaster and their website for upcoming tour dates, so to finally see them is something of a dream come true. (If you'll accept my dramatics, of course.)


After going to BANKS a few weeks ago and having the worst time trying to see (luckily my pal Jason kept scoping out places where I would be able to see), I made a point to wear boots with a heel this time around to give myself the extra height to see above the hoards of people. It was definitely worth the slightly sore toes I endured in the end. 


The colouring and lighting goes so back and forth on these. Photoshop: I'm still figuring it out. 

Thankfully my partner in crime, Amy, has volunteered her services to take other photos, so hopefully we'll have some consistency around here sooner rather than later. For now, I'll just keep figuring it out and you guys can just keep pretending that it's not super apparent that I am winging it in the photography department. Sound good?

Lend Me a Credit Card: Current ASOS Faves


Every once in a while, I go online and find too many things I want to buy. I add them to wishlists, check back daily for sales, and stare at my bank account like I can will the digits to grow up to six figures with just the power of my mind.

Alas, I haven't seem to won the lottery or learned the power of mind control just yet, so for now everything will stay nicely hidden away under my favourite items and carts until they sell out or I pull the trigger and just treat myself. 

Needless to say, I spent too many hours on ASOS last night, combing their new releases for things I just have to have. I've compiled them all in this nice list so you can all actively encourage discourage me from investing in some new fall pieces. 


ASOS Oversized Black Check Scarf (x) - My friend and coworker, Rachel, is a major babe who always looks so effortlessly cool and chic. Recently she told me that she had splurged on a fabulous tartan scarf here on ASOS, so during some midnight online window shopping, I took a peak for myself. The site is stocked with oversized, chunky scarves for the fall and winter which is exactly what I am looking for as we get into the colder months. My style inspiration for the season is 'Things That Can Double As Blankets.'

ASOS Halloween Lip Clutch Bag (x) - How fun is this clutch bag? Lip clutch bags have been all the rage over the spring and summer, but I am super into this Halloween inspired one. The fangs give it an added touch that take a trendy piece to that special place. Where that place is, I don't know, but I'm sure it's rad. 

ASOS Cat Shift Dress (x) - When browsing any clothing store, I always punch in two search terms almost immediately: cat and bat. The cat is because I am obsessed with cat printed clothing items and probably will be for the rest of my life, or until I get an animal companion of my own (my mother is allergic, making life most difficult). How could I not actively covet this super cute cat print dress? The cats are made of sequins! Sequins + cats = my dream dress. 

ASOS Limited Edition Flower Spike Headband (x) - I've recently taken on a second job and this one requires wearing a uniform. I had no idea just how difficult it is to look cute within the confines of a dress code as it's been years since I really had to adhere to one. Back when I was in high school, I wore a school uniform and my signature piece to jazz that sucker up was always hair accessories. I'm taking a page from 16 year old me and am on the hunt for simple and pretty hair accessories to make my work uniform a little more fun!

ASOS Mesh Tutu (x) - I have a pink tutu skirt I purchased off of eBay for a cool $10, but I'm always on the hunt for a fuller, bigger, and even better version. This one seems to make the cut. Now if only it were being sold at an eBay price...

ASOS Halloween Jumper With Bat Patch (x) - As mentioned above, I always search for bat when browsing anywhere. This is because of my penchant for Batman and my never ending search for the perfect Batgirl t-shirt. I am obsessed with this sweater as it combines two of my favourite things: grey sweaters (I currently own 18 and think I need at least 18 more) and bats. Three favourite things, if you include elbow patches. 

ASOS Knitted Skater Dress with Lace Collar (x) - With the holidays coming up, I'm starting to take note of cute potential holiday dresses. This one in the pretty red colour and it's adorable lace collar definitely fits the bill! I can see myself sipping eggnog and mingling with tall, dark, and handsome under the mistletoe. 

I'm just kidding. I don't drink eggnog or leaving my house. 

ASOS Sleak Large Face Watch (x) - I've wanted a sleaker black watch for a while and often admire a similar Kate Spade version. Since I'm trying to save for a trip to Europe this coming summer, the Kate Spade love of my life is currently out of the question, but this snazzy one will more than suffice!

ASOS Sweatshirt with Powerpuff Girls print (x) - Powerpuff Girls was one of my absolute favourite things to watch as a kid. I'm a Bubbles at heart, through and through, but I admire Blossom's sense of style. That signature bow? Iconic.