Monday, 18 February 2013

Inspiration: dark and silky like Celine

Hey guys! I'll be posting a spring themed DIY in the next few days. But first, let's discuss the inspiration for it. With fashion weeks around the world currently happening, a designer inspiration felt in order.

Celine. A house I always felt a bit meh about. Nice, but so boring when you have Dior, McQueen, Balmain, Valentino etc to drool over.

However, in their Spring 2013 ready to wear collection I really fell in love with the dark colour palette and silky materials and the straight simple cuts the house is so well known for. It creates a dark and intriguing yet light and fresh feeling.

Come back in a few days for the DIY. x

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Inspiration: Valentino Rockstud

Only Valentino can make studs romantic. But don't they just look like little pieces of candy?

Every blogger out there and their brother has probably done a project with studs. Guess who hasn't? That's right, yours truly. And I feel like I have been missing out. So I bought lots of studs. But then I felt studs are a bit...done. So the studs project plans were ignored. But then I saw all these gorgeous Valentino accessories that make studs feel totally hot again. So no turning back now, my first DIY studding project is coming shortly.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Inspiration: Ballerinas

The Sartorialist had a post yesterday titled "If You're Thinking About...... Ballerinas". As it happened, I was! Not ballerinas per se, but tulle and tutu-like really full skirts. Ever since posting the video about the making of the Chanel Haute Couture collection it's been itching in my fingers to do some detailed needlework.

(Stuff like handsewing, embroidering, knitting I love because it's the perfect thing to do while watching TV. If I don't keep my hands busy I'll snack, so this is the solution. Only diet tip you'll ever get on this blog.)

The skirts in these images are the prefect base for what I have in mind.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

DIY: Turban headband

Yesterday I mentioned that I chopped my hair myself. Well, some days I love it. Some days I don't. So I whipped up this black velvet turban headband to add something fun to bad hair days.

So easy, so quick, and so much fun! Here's how:

Let's start with what you will need.

  • Any material with some stretch. I found a stretchy black velvet dress in my local charity shop - win!
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine/needle and thread

Step 1: measure around your head. Of all my measurements this is the only one I actually know weirdly enough.

Step 2: cut a strip that measures lengthwise 2 x your head measurement. Height...about 15-20 cm, or 8 inches.

Step 3: fold the long strip (pretty side in), sew the long edges together and turn inside out so you have one long tube.

Step 4: sew the short edges together so you now have a loop.

Step 5: twist the loop twice and fold together. Bam, done!

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Flash photography

Can I have a new immune system please? Sick again. It feels like I'm always sick. I'm sick of being sick. As a cherry on top earlier today I also banged my head against a tree branch hard enough to see tweeting little birds wherever I looked, so quite possibly I also have a slight concussion.

With a box of tissues, hot tea and vitamin C on standby I'm spending this evening learning about flash photography and musing about what DIY to post tomorrow.

So thankful right now for make up and bright flashes to hide a red nose and grey skin.

Ps, I did a DIY I didn't tell you about. Notice any difference between the images below?

That's right, the hair is gone! When getting tired of long hair and not being able to get a hair appointment having experience with scissors is really useful. ;) 

Right, back to the point - pop in tomorrow for a DIY. x