31 December 2014

TEAR: SATIN HALTER TOP

My favourite colour to wear will always be black, except during the month of December, when my clothes unashamedly invite comparisons to ferrero rocher wrappers. This is a little 'tear' featuring £2 worth of champagne sateen, that I did yesterday in preparation for tonight!
I was going for "spring-fling queen" on the top and "bump this I'm getting cheese fries" on the bottom
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23 December 2014

MEND: Sheer Panel Socks

This spur of the moment DIY was born out of anger after I tried and failed for the fifty-millionth time to order a pair of socks on asos-that are apparently sold out for eternity. Anyway as the red mist of anger lifted, I was left with a strange resolution about the art of panelled socks, it's merely a game of transference! HELLO!?!?!
All you need is a pair of socks, one knee-high stocking, a needle, thread, scissors and some sense.
1. cut a 2 inch panel from the leg of your socks and cut a 1.5inch panel from the leg of your stockings
2. you're now at the point of transference so just pin the stocking pieces to the sock pieces
3. hand sew the pieces you pinned
4. wear your new cute socks!!

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13 December 2014

MAKE: Faux Septum Ring

It's been 5 years and some change since I boldly entered the facial piercing game with a septum piercing. While some people gave me their rude, unsolicited opinions, many were complimentary and most preferred to commented on the unusualness of it to avoid flat out telling me they hated it. Fast-forward to present day and my then-"alt" piercing is now a bit of a fashion statement, so I figured out a relatively inexpensive and painless way for you to get your hands on the latest must-have accessory..
you'll need craft wire 1mm thick, beads 2mm diameter, craft glue, metal shears (not pictured), make up brush or similar cylindrical item like a pen
1. cut an inch of wire 
2. wrap the wire around the make-up brush, if your ends overlap just trim them but avoid bending the wire out of it's circular shape 
3. a) go ahead and apply the glue to the area you want your beads on. b) use a pin to clean off any excess glue while it's still wet/ tacky so it doesn't dry in unsightly clumps. c) glue a bead on each end of the craft wire to avoid it scratching you while wearing the ring.


cheap, easy and fun!
if you try this out and take pics, please tag me on instagram (@floriesms) so I can see!
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12 December 2014

MISC: Carrie Mae Weems Exhibit

I found out about the Pippy Houldsworth gallery's Carrie Mae Weems exhibition through an internet misadventure and was fortunate enough to see it a few days before it closed. Despite the collection on display not being as extensive as I'd hoped, it was better than nothing, and the little taster made me even more determined to catch a thorough exhibition of this amazing woman's work.



Now slightly off topic, what better to wear when trudging around central london in search of some cultural learnings than this combo of amazing second-hand coat and brand new, so fresh-and-so clean Reebok classics?! huh tell me?! what better?! nothing, thats what. 
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20 November 2014

Tear : turtle neck

This post is inexcusably late because I got a bad case of the lazies and put this project off for weeks until finally forcing myself to put needle to fabric this past weekend. I gave myself a six hour window to make two turtlenecks and got them done in five-which is kind of impressive, but also kind of not because they're essentially t-shirts with super long sleeves and super high necks.
When sewing identical pieces I like to do a batch production kind of thing to save time, in this case I followed the bullet points below
1. double up the fabrics and cut the pieces on the fold
2. pin each pattern piece to it's corresponding piece
3. sew and hem each sleeve individually
4. attach the front and back pieces by sewing the side and shoulder seams (also hem the bottom now)
5. sew edges of neck-piece together and fold over in half so seam is hidden
6. sew the body, the neck and sleeves together, trim all the threads and pat yourself on the back because you're done!!
 
they need a wash and some ironing but they're pretty cute for a first attempt at making turtlenecks!
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4 November 2014

Wear: All Black

Halloween has never been my thing, so instead of going out dressed as a slutty ghost or a zombie mouse-these costumes exist right?!-I decided to go as a grown woman, albeit one with her hair in puffs.
Wearing H&M jacket | Topshop jewellery | self-made top, trousers, clutch | Asos heels
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26 October 2014

Mend : fur strap Sandals

The only rewarding thing about being a hoarder is finding fun ways to get crafty with things that have lost their newness and usefulness. But let me not lie and pretend I'm giving these sandals a new lease of life when they've never actually been worn, still look pretty great and my only purpose for doing this is to differentiate them from the other pairs of ankle strap sandals I own. 
So if you're in a similar-too many near-identical shoes and not enough love for them all-situation then you can either a) give them away b) sell them or c) try what I did below..
You'll need a pair of sandals you don't wear anymore, a decent length of maribou feather trim and some good quality electrical tape.

-Wrap the tip of your trim in some tape (I wrapped an inch because that's how wide the tip of my sandal strap is), and tape that to the underside of the inside edge of your sandal strap.
-Continuously wrap the trim around the strap until you get to the other end, wrap the other tip of the trim and tape it down like you did at the start. 
It's a little fidgety and the feathers get everywhere but the end result is definitely worth it..

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21 October 2014

Wear: leather culottes

I'm currently going through the most blaaah mehhh yuuuuckhhh phase with my face and hair so it's nice to be able to use what I'm wearing down below to distract people from the mess that's transpiring up top. I'm kind of obsessed with these culottes, they're comfy, easy to wear, can be paired with anything and most of all I made them with my bare hands!  
wearing Primark top | self-made culottes | Primark backpack | Zara loafers
ps. this whole two melons on a washboard-obnoxious thing my boobs are doing is completely unintentional and I lay all blame on the thin fabric of the top.. thats my story, I'm sticking to it. 
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10 October 2014

Make: Sculptural Ear cuff

This has got to be one of the most straight forward DIYs I will ever implore you to follow, so I'll jump straight in with the short list of stuff you'll need and a few pointers on how you can do it too..
You'll need
-craft wire
-Craft glue (of your choice, I used a mix of epoxy and off-brand superglue) 
-Metal shears/ scissors (not pictured because they're ugly)
-Earring posts and backs

 Cut a strip of craft wire the same length as your ear and cut a few smaller pieces which you'll then bend at a right angle
Curve the long piece of craft wire to fit the shape of your ear and begin gluing your smaller pieces to the inside of it
After a couple of hours add your earring posts and leave to dry overnight
If the raw edges of the craft wire bother you, you can file them down with the soft side of an emory board and go over them with some gold nail varnish.
 et voila!
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6 October 2014

Wear: Transition in progress

 I was going to call this 'what to wear when it's still too warm to wear wooly polo-necks and yet it's also too cool not to wear high necklines and long sleeves' but that wouldn't fit in the headline bar. Life is complicated enough without having to deal with all this seasonal confusion, and I'm beyond ready for the full onset of winter, coats, scarves, faux fuuuur et al!

wearing Primark jewellery/ Primark polo-neck/ self-made crepe trousers/ self-made snakeskin clutch/ Asos sandals
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30 September 2014

Travel: South Africa

I recently spent the most amazing two weeks of my life in Johannesburg and Cape Town. I ate, I drank and most importantly I relaxed and rested my weary bones surrounded by family. Hope you enjoy this small collection of photographs documenting the time I spent in my homeland.





currently listening to this and seriously missing my time in S.A.
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