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DIY JEWELED WHITE SHIRT

Having made the (somewhat enormous) leap from working at home to working in an office, my wardrobe has been forced to undergo a change. Although ours is a pretty relaxed office with a focus on creativity rather than sharp collars and pointless meetings (I used to be a town planner!), it still doesn’t mean dressing in head to toe grey sweats (koala-ing as my bf likes to call it) is going to cut it. For the first time in two years I’ve had to start contemplating things according to whether they can be worn to work. So strange! And for me, that’s where the white shirt comes in. If you’ve been following along for a while you’ll know that I’m all about versatility (read wardrobe rehab if you’re interested) when it comes to what I buy, and the white shirt is (with zero doubt) the most versatile piece you could ever buy – so perfect for work and play and everything in between.

For that reason, it’s an honour to be working with Witchery on their White Shirt campaign in aid of finding an early detection test for Ovarian Cancer. Not only is it an important cause, but the white shirt is something you’ll wear and wear and wear. The best bit? If you buy a white shirt form Witchery this month 100% of gross proceeds from the sale go directly to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to support research into finding an early detection test and curing Ovarian cancer. It’s the most guilt free purchase you’ll ever make.

Never one to shy away from reworking a classic, I recently used a bit of DIY to update my white shirt, applying jeweled clusters using a method that doesn’t take too long and can easily be worn and then removed for the ultimate in versatile style.

You can read the DIY post here.

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Outfit details here.

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Rather than applying directly to the shirt, I created the clusters on some felt and then sewed them onto the shirt, see the full details  here.

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Images by lovely Marion Tessier

DIY GEM EMBELLISHED CUFFS

Just in time for the madness that is Coachella weekend, to me these gem embellished brass cuffs reflect the very best things about the start of summer – sun, music and all my best friends (those who make together stay together right?). Even if for you this weekend is more couch surfing than crowd surfing (I’m going to raise my hand on that one), these cuffs will give you all the palm-tree-and-denim-cut-off inspired sparkle you need.  Trust me.

I have to say I myself am in need of some cheering up – my own holiday has come to an abrupt end and after one of those awful overnight flights I’m back in the office. Instead of feeling down I did what I love to do most – make something.  Namely 20 or so different designs for these cuff kit sets (pastel gem version & marble gem version) I’ve designed for Wander & Hunt. Admittedly I nodded off a few times, hey, three hours of sleep will do that to you, but it certainly helped me pass the day. For those of you who are interested, you get a small and a big brass cuff in each kit, and can mix and match the stones to your heart’s content!

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You need:

  • A brass cuff (you get a small and large cuff in each kit)
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue
  • A skewer for application

You can buy the kits over at Wander & Hunt and can choose from Pastel Gems or Marble Gems.

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How to

1. Dab a bit of glue on a piece of paper.

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2. Using the skewer, apply some glue to back of the stone.

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3. After cleaning the cuff surface well, start placing your gems around the cuff in your chosen design – get crazy!

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4. Work your way all the way around, creating the design you feel reflects you – pared back or more is more – the choice is completely yours. Once you’re done leave to dry overnight.

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Voila!
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The possibilities are pretty much endless, wouldn’t you agree?

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Now for the big question, are you a marble gem person or a pastel gem person?

I hope you guys have a lovely weekend, regardless of whether it’s Coachella or couch-ella.

TRAVEL: A QUICK TRIP TO BALI

You know those holidays that are so perfect* you struggle to put them into words? Well my recent trip to Bali was one of those. Friends and family keep asking me how it was and all I can muster is ‘ahhh, it was pretty good’ – while inside my brain struggles with appropriate collections of adjectives that won’t sound made up or utterly ludicrous. In a nutshell, I was lucky enough to experience the gorgeousness that is Bali with The Luxe Nomad, Vamastyle and my friend Jasmin. Although some people shy away from Bali as it has a reputation for being a playground for boozy tourists, what I found once again on this brief trip (after seeing it from top to bottom a few years ago with my mum) is that as soon as you step out of the touristy areas of  Kuta, you’re rewarded with gorgeous beaches, serene paddy fields and the sweetest people you will ever meet. Every vista in Bali is photo worthy, not to mention the gorgeous Villa we stayed in – I can’t understate how many photos get taken when two bloggers go on holidays together. Snap snap snap boom! (That’s the sound of my iPhone exploding). Here are a few pics of my trip as well as a few mustn’t miss tips!

*Perfect aside from being chased by a mean looking mob of dogs while out on a walk, but who doesn’t love a bit of adrenaline on an otherwise relaxing holiday?

Shoutout to Jasmine (once again) who created the gorgeous typography for this post.

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Frangipanis, a turquoise pool and bikinis that leave no strap marks – perfection!

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The Mr Zimmi store in Seminyak | lunchtime margaritas at Motel Mexicola

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The first round of our five course breakfasts at Villa Sungai – we were waddling by the last day!

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Our quiet little Villa Sungai

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Seminyak wanderings.

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Sunset drinks at Rock Bar

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Have you ever seen so many shades of blue?

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Happiness found.

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In love with the diverse landscapes of Bali.

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Rock Bar.

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It’s never too early for mango margaritas.

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Breakfast by the pool. Ummm pinch me someone!

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Beach daze.

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Vamastyle playsuit | Motel Mexicola

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Villa Sungai.

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Vamastyle one piece.

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Only the best night’s sleep in this bed.

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Had such a lovely time with Jasmin, we could have stayed forever!

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Rocky cliffs of Jimbaran | Getting close to nature.

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Could you ask for a better place for a tea break? (I think not).

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Mr Zimi Store.

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Coming and going from the Villa.

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The sunset from Potato Head

Travel Notes

Stay:
Working with The Luxe Nomad, Jasmin and I were lucky to stay at the gorgeous Villa Sungai, our own mini villa complete with the most enormous (and frankly most comfortable) beds I’ve ever slept in. Our villa was located amongst the jungle on the banks of a river, between Siminyak and Ubud – the perfect balance of relaxed and party atmosphere.

Eat & drink:
The food at the Villa was absolutely delicious, and I could have stayed there for the full three days and gorged on their delights, but as someone who likes to eat at least two dinners (per night) while on holidays I couldn’t help myself but try out a few recommendations that my friends has given. Faves were:

Play:

There is so much to do in Bali, and when my mum and I went a few years ago we did everything over the course of ten days including:

  • Exploring the gorgeous town (including so many pretty art galleries) and paddy fields of Ubud
  • Snorkelling in Pumuteran (up in the North coast)
  • Wandering the shops in in Seminyak
  • Hanging on the beach at Nusadua
  • Exploring the rock cliffs of Jimbaran
  • Checking out the Monkey Forest in Ubud

I’m definitely going to be visiting again shortly, feel free to let me know what I missed or anything I have to add to my list!

Typography by the ever talented Jasmine.