18 October 2015

MAKE : FENDI-INSPIRED FUR BAG CHARM

These fun and furry Fendi bag charms have been the accessory du jour for a while now and I'm as in love as everyone else. If you haven't been able to get your hands on an affordable highstreet replica and don't mind a little DIY then get stuck into this post!
What you'll need:
-fur (8x8 inches)
-ribbon
-cushion or pillow filling/ old fabric
-needle and thread
-lobster clasp (about 1 inch in length)
-pattern piece in oval shape (3x2 inches)
 1. To save time when cutting the pattern out, pin it on the fold so you'e cutting put 3 pieces at a time. Remember to cut in the direction of the fur!
2a) lay the fur pieces flat. 2b) turn them over and start pinning them together, leaving the final two unjoined. 2c) Once you start sewing you should see a spherical shape forming. 2d) Your ball should look like this with the two sides you left unpinned. 
3a) grab the ribbon and clasp and cut about 2.5 inches of ribbon. 3b) thread the ribbon through the clasp. 3c) open your ball up and pull the ribbon through like it's in a bun. 3d) leaving a small opening (about half an inch), pin the gaping sides closed and sew.
4) you should be able to turn the ball inside out through the tiny opening you left, stuff some cushion filling or old fabric in there to give it a pouffy shape.
 5) hand sew the small opening shut.
Et voila!
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29 August 2015

WEAR : DUSK

It’s no secret that I’m deathly afraid of wearing colour, but lately I’ve found myself really opening up to the idea of it and not being completely petrified. Granted the monochromatic pastels I’m wearing here aren’t actually much in the way of colour but you know, baby steps. I think it’s an accomplishment that I’m no longer matching the shades of my clothes to the darkness in my heart, right?



 Asos T-shirt | Self-made Skirt | Topshop Trainers | H&M jewellery | Forever 21 Sunglasses
ps. if you haven't already try my diy nail serum!
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11 August 2015

TEAR : CLASSIC SWIMSUIT

Swimwear shopping is f*$%ing tedious, add in extortionate prices and the kind of body issues that no amount of soft, fitting room lighting can fix, and it's just downright horrid.
When my obsession with the basic, borderline-functional onepiece swimsuit went into overdrive this summer, I decided to make one instead of buy one. I put together a pinterest board, decided what kind of cut I wanted it to be, cut up an old bodysuit for the pattern and the rest is history.

1. Made super technical sketch of the swimsuit I had in mind and adapted a basic pattern from a bodysuit (you can pin some pants to a vest top, fold in half and trace over it if you don't have a bodysuit to cut up.)

2. Took the basic pattern and cut two pieces each for the front and the back .
3. Doubled up the pieces and pinned.
4. Sewed the side, shoulder and crotch seams with a medium-sized zigzag stitch. I hemmed the thigh, neck and armholes with a normal straight stitch.
5. Squeezed self into self-made swimsuit. 

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10 July 2015

MEND : THE UGLY JUMPSUIT EDITION

One of the most gratifying things about being a DIY-er is knowing you can turn something seemingly ugly into something fancy with a little imagination. I don't have the patience needed to endure shopping during sale season, but the excitement of possibly stumbling upon a fixer-upper makes me do it every time. The sweet, addictive taste of self-satisfaction I get at the end of a good diy is what made me go into H&M at peak time and purchase this unfortunate looking H&M jumpsuit (no shade if you own it, beauty is in the eye of the beholder etc).
step 1. Unpicked the sleeves because I didn't like them.
Step 2. Pinned down what was left of the sleeves. 
Step 3. Took in the legs for a more tapered fit and sewed everything I'd pinned.
Step 4. I ironed the jumpsuit, I tried on the jumpsuit and I gloated over how great it turned out.

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1 July 2015

WEAR: LAYERED JEWELLERY

I've been going through some weirdness with regards to my body lately, I'm not sure whether it's a hormonal issue or if the trans-fats of my past are finally catching up to me, what I am sure of though is that I'm not buying any summer clothes until I can actually fit into them. Instead I've been stocking up on tiny necklaces from H&M that I've been layering up because less isn't always more-especially when it comes to gold.

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30 May 2015

MAKE: NAIL GROWTH OIL

For as long as I can remember I've had an obsession with long, perfectly manicured nails. So when I decided a year ago to become more frugal I was devastated to have to give my £50 a month acrylic habit up. But all hope wasn't lost because I realised I'd watched the process so many times I could probably do it myself. All I needed was a training kit off eBay, a few youtube tutorials and some time to master the process right? WRONG. I ended up with weaker, more damaged nails and was forced to go au naturale. After a little research, and some trial and error I came up with this diy nail growth serum cuticle oil thingy.
Disc: I used this all of last year and had crazy long nails which I cut off in January because I couldn't maintain, but I've been using it again for about 6 weeks now and so far so good!
Ingredients:
1tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1tsp Unrefined Virgin coconut Oil
1tsp Shea Butter
I'm using an old polish bottle that I cleaned out with acetone but you can also get empty polish bottles on eBay and Amazon.

Hypothesis: evoo and coconut oil are both nutrient-rich, deep-penetrating oils that encourage stronger nail growth, making the nail layers less likely to peel and flake, and the nail as a whole less likely to break. Additionally coconut oil has anti-fungal properties and can prevent hangnails. If you use hand creams then you've probably come across Shea butter and haven't realised it, this butter which has actually been scientifically proven to originate from the palms of God, moisturises, softens, contains vitamins A, E and F and will get those ashy, peeling, dehydrated cuticles and hands together.
Method: I prefer not to microwave oils so I suggest microwaving an empty bowl then melting the oils in the warm empty bowl and transferring the mix into a cleaned out polish bottle. If you don't have time for all that you can pour the olive oil in and just shove the butters in after. Roll the bottle in your hands to melt the oils a little and shake to break up big chunks of shea butter.
Put a drop of oil on the underside of each nail and then on your cuticle, and massage into the nails and hands. I recommend using this twice daily or more.

If my manicure game isn't strong enough to convince you to try my 100% natural cuticle serum then at least read this amazing article and be more mindful of the dangers you and your nail tech face when you spend that hour getting your nails filled in or over-layed. 
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20 May 2015

WEAR: MULES AND MINIS

I love the sun, sometimes I need the sun to remind me not to ignore my alarm, sometimes I need it to come out so I don't have to be squished against rain-drenched, wet-dog-smelling people on the tube and other times I just need it to justify my clothing choices. This whole wishy-washy May thing is killing my vibe. My legs need to be free and I cannot for the life of me understand why mother nature wont let me be great?!


Then again, maybe it's a good thing my miniskirt enjoyment is being restricted because heat, a leather miniskirt and excessive thigh meat sounds like a recipe for an embarrassing meme that I'm not willing to star in. 

wearing Secondhand blazer / River Island Skirt / Mango Bag / Asos Mules / American Apparel T-Shirt
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19 April 2015

WEAR: HOME CLOTHES


Asos Body | H&M Jeans, necklace | Rimmel Nail Varnish
I took an unintentional break from the blog because I've been adjusting to a little life progression (yay new job) and that's meant what little free time I've had has been spent alternating between taking naps and reading. Other recent life activities include obsessing trying to get my life together because I'm yet to meet a doughnut I haven't tried to swallow whole, and it's starting to catch up with me. 
To avoid fixating on the fact that it's spring and my summer body is non-existant I'm reading more, in the hopes that I'll be too engrossed in the reading to indulge in snacking. Also relying on the fact that the more money I spend on books the less money I'll have for snacks, not quite sure how this'll work out but I live in hope.

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26 March 2015

TEAR: MINI KIMONO

spring is always deceptively late, you get so used to the dreary weather that you forget and neglect to plan your spring looks. One of my desired spring aesthetics for spring is 'boudoir babe-cum-urbane business babe', and I think a short-sleeved, mini kimono perfectly captures that ladylike vibe without being too prim. I plan on making this in black and white, and I'll be pairing them all with white trainers, and an oversized leather jacket. 

Used: a 30inch x 60inch piece of fabric (use wider fabric if you want long sleeves), pins, measuring tape, scissors
step 1. fold the fabric in half lengthways with the wrong side facing you (I folded mine again widthways to save time).
step 2. measure down 10inch from the fold and then 1inch in in from the edge (do this on both edges to create your armholes/ sleeves). Mark with chalk or pin and cut the excess off.
step 3. pin along the edges.
step 4.  sew the two side seams.
step 5. lay flat and use a ruler or measuring tape to find the mid-point. Mark and cut a straight opening from the bottom to the fold.

step 6. to create the neckline measure 3.5in on either side of the opening, mark and cut along the fold.
step 7. pin the opening back and cut excess. Fold sleeve edges and bottom edges in, and pin.

step 8. you can either run the hems through your sewing machine or complicate your life like moi and hem by hand.


what are you most looking forward to wearing this spring?
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11 March 2015

WEAR: DOUBLE FRAYED DENIM

One of the things I'm most excited about for spring is denim. Frayed, slashed, light, dark whatever state it's in I intend to wear it. Fingers and toes crossed for the speedy arrival of spring so I can put all my coats away and wear every piece of denim I can get my hands on.

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