Thursday, July 14, 2011

Questions and Answers- Where do I find... Part 1

With about two more weeks until the parade, now might be the time at which you are starting to round up your supplies (glitter, stockings, jewels, etc).

For the fourth Question and Answer for the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto Newbie the topic up for discussion is where do you find some of your parade essentials.

 (Prior to the Q&A as usual here is my trusty Disclaimer lol. The answers below is what I would say. Mind you if you were to ask someone else you may get a completely different response. And that is ok! I am definitely encouraging collaboration and discussion of ideas/views. So if you agree/disagree with me, feel free to add in your two cents : )

Now onto the Q&A
Q: Where do I find glitter?
A: For this question my response is it will depend on what the use of the glitter is for.

1. Glitter for Boots
This year the glitter that I used for my boots was purchased from Michael's craft store. I have also previously purchased glitter from Walmart and the Dollarstore. The type of glitter that I used is fine glitter. 

2. Glitter for the Body
The glitter I purchased to use on my body was from Mac and also from an online company called Glimmer body art. The type of glitter from Mac is "Glitter Brillants" and I plan to use it to make body glitter. (I will post D.I.Y body glitter instructions at the end of this post) In previous years I have also bought glitter from the dollar store.  

The type of glitters I purchased from Glimmer are cosmetic grade glitter and I will be using them to do glitter tattoos.  Here are a few pictures of the colours I got:

You may be wondering what are glitter tattoos?
Glitter Tattoos are temporary body art tattoos applied with glitter.
Here are a few pictures of the glitter tattoo stencils I purchased:

(I bought a lot so feel free to contact me if you want one : )

Here are a few pictures of what they look like applied:


Q: Where do I find jewels
A: You can find jewels to use on your face or body from the Dollarstore or craft stores such as Michaels. Another great place to find flatback crystals is on Queen Street.

Q: Where do I find skin color stockings/tights?
A:  The decision to wear stockings with your costume is a pesonal one. Some may choose not to, others won't play without them. It's definitely up to you. The brand of stockings I purchase each year is DIM and I get them from the Bay.

So where do you find some of your supplies???

Stayed tuned for Part 2 : )

Body Glitter D.I.Y

Supplies Needed: Pure aloe vera gel, fine glitter, essential oils (optional), empty jar
  1. Thoroughly clean and dry a small jar with an airtight lid.
  2. Put 4 tablespoons of aloe gel in the jar.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of fine glitter in your choice of color to the aloe gel and mix well.
  4. If you want to add a scent to your body glitter, add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to the jar and mix thoroughly.


  1. I need to start gathering my supplies! Thanks for the info!

  2. No Prob Stacy! Hope to see you on the road!