I can’t get enough of Amsterdam. No matter where I travel, it’s the one stop-over I try to make happen. Lucky enough, I got to go again.

Even though this was from a few weeks ago, the weather is still on its mood swing. I think I had three layers overall, including a tank top from Mendocino, my Burton sweater that i absolutely adore, and my favourite Pull&Bear spring jacket. Also, a colourful scarf from Costa Blanca to add a little colour and SNZ Women flats.

A little much, but I’m relieved I piled on the layers. I was stripping down and dressing right back up every hour.

x, mother niche

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1 Hour Cardigan Fix – DIY!

The quickest, simplest, and cutest DIY on a cardigan that can be worn in a variety of different ways! Keep in classy – even in the grungiest of places (the background of my picture is quite an adequate example apparently…)

P.S. My little kitty feels it necessary to squeeze her little body in every picture and prove herself worthy of help. Just a subtle warning hehe.


Step 1 – Buy your choice of fabric 150cm x 150cm. I used boiled wool but you are free to choose whatever you like!


Step 2 – Fold the square in half


Step 3 – Fold the rectangle in half again to make a square


Step 4 – Measure 70cm from the closed corner (the one with no openings) of your square. Use chalk or something similar make the markings

Hint – measure 70cm of a ribbon, fix it in place of the corner and just use that 


Step 5 – Once you  have the quarter of the circle drawn, cut along the chalked line. Make sure to only cut one layer at a time. If you cut all the layers at once, they will shift and your circle will become uneven.

Hint – I inserted pins along the straight edges to make sure the fabric and layers don’t move while cutting.


Step 6 – When you have cut all of the layers, you should finish with a product that looks like this. I pinned the other sides so that the layers wouldn’t shift.


Step 7 – Open up the circle.


Step 8 – Now cut 2 congruent slits 15cm away from the centre of the circle. The shape/size of the slits is up to you, but I would stay away from circles just because it looks awkward.

Oh, and excuse the ugly ruler I used…


Step 9 – Finish off by cutting out the slits. Here is half of a slit.



And you’re done 🙂 Stay tuned for another post on all of the different ways to wear this cardigan!

Purse – Coach

Long-Sleeve Sweater – Urban Behaviour

Belt – Byway (vintage)

Shoes – Clarks

x, mother niche

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Yet Another Snow Storm Here in Canada – OOTD

Third one of the year and staying hopeful for another tomorrow! Here’s what I wore today. And yes, I am eating an apple with coincidentally matches my wallet. It was all planned of course.




Chiffon Blouse – H&M

Cropped Sweater – H&M

Jeans – H&M

Coat – Winners (can’t believe it myself!)

Shoes – Clarks

Barret – DIY (stayed tuned for a post on how I made the barret!)

Nail Polish – Shoppers Drug Mart

Necklace – Ardene

Shelled Bracelet – Panama

Multi-Bracelet – Ardene

Charmed Bracelet – Links of London

Wallet – Danier

Stay warm everyone. A flood of DIY posts are coming your way!

x, mother niche

Dressed in Knit – Fall in Winter?



For some reason I felt like going back to fall colours and add at least a hint of colour to the dull of winter’s “black and white”. The outfit looks chic and classy but most of these pieces were from everyday affordable shops.

Also, the lack of snow here in Toronto enabled me to whip out my autumn boots;)

Cardigan – Costa Blanka

Tank – Urban Behaviour

Skirt – Dynamite

Boots – Aldo

Sunglasses – Aldo Accessories

Spring is almost here guys – just a little longer until we’re back into the full blast of colours and patterns!

x, mother niche

Ready for Spring – OOTD

Just as I was ready for spring to come, it started to snow. Wet snow. Like really…

My sister and I stopped by Ikea to have a frozen yogurt too (totally spring spirit). If you have never tried these $1 beauties I suggest you put it on your bucket list.

Cardigan – Homemade! – I’ll post a DIY for this sucker soon

Scarf – H&M

Shirt – Hanes brand, but pretty sure it’s from Wal-mart. Just a plain v-neck and I cropped it at the bottom a little

Balloon Pants – American Apparel (Got these on their $6 online sale.. best purchase ever)

Shoes – Steve Madden TROOPAS, my babies

Jewelry – H&M bracelets, Links of London bracelet

“Fur the Love of…a Diy”

Fur has been all over the winter trends this winter, whether its a jacket, a vest, a sweater, hats or some funky earmuffs (please say no to the earmuffs).

My mom loves creating so she wanted to make something that would definitely fit in with the fur trend, but also stand out in design.

I absolutely love this winter jacket. So here’s how you make it-

Get an old fur coat

My mom already had a huge fur coat from way back but if you don’t have one, then go to a thrift store and get your hands on one. Choose a colour that you like. Size doesn’t matter, in fact the bigger the size, the more material you have to work with.

Rid of excess fur

Cut off the fur you don’t want. In this case, it was the sleeves and a bit off of the bottom. My mom left the hood on hers because she love big big big hoods, especially fur ones:) Also, cut off the zipper. Either keep this zipper, or buy a new one to your preference.

Choose yarn and start knitting/Find an old sweater

If you want to completely customize your jacket, choose a colour of yarn that will compliment the colours and feel of your fur. Then, research simple knitting techniques and patterns and applied it to the making of the sleeves. Don’t worry about making anything too fancy because you already have to fur to compensate for everything else!

If you are not comfortable knitting, which is totally me (hence why my mother essentially made the coat haha), then find an old sweater in your closet, your dad’s closet, or pick one up at the thrift store. This will save you a lot of time. The only tricky part is you may run into a problem of proper sizing and length, but who knows you might get lucky with the store you’re at.

Final touches for knitting

Either cut off more of the sweater you used for the sleeves, or use the yarn to knit a small knitted bottom row for your jacket. This makes the jacket look “complete” and closes off the bottom of the fur nicely. Also, knit/cut two rows of the sweater that will go where the zipper used to be.

Final, final touches

Sew on your sleeves, bottom hemline type thing, and hemline for where your zipper used to be to your coat. You may use a sewing machine if you’re comfortable, but a simple in and out hand sewing will do. The final thing you have to do is sew the zipper into the new yarn that just replaced it.

Well there you go. Hopefully you guys create something great – lots of experimentation with this!

Have fun and stay warm.

x, mother niche