DIY TUBE TOP

In what must be episode #7450234 of the series entitled ‘Geneva makes something out of neoprene’, today I’m going to show you how to create a simple crop top. Clearly another nod to the current 90’s mood, I’ve been seeing these everywhere recently – Josh Goot did a to-die-for knitted version – and knew that when I got a spare moment I would have to make one of my own. And guess what? It turned out to be my easiest neoprene project yet! I know I always say it’ll only take you ten minutes to make, but honestly, that couldn’t be more true for this piece.

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Wearing: DIY Top, Vintage Palazzo Trousers, Kookai Trench Coat, Dylan Kain clutch, Daniel Wellington Watch.

You need:

  • A piece of neoprene
  • Ribbon or elastic
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread and a sewing machine

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How to

1. Start by cutting two pieces of neoprene, ensuring that the width measures an inch above and below your bust. Make sure the two pieces in total go around your bust properly – adding a few inches to allow for the seam allowance.

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2. Place the pieces on top of each other and sew them together down the short sides.

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3. You’ll now have a tube. Easy right? I liked a more boxy style, but you can always shape the side seams to your body more if you want a more fitted style.

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4. Add ribbon straps by cutting and then hang sewing to the inside of your top.

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Voila! Because this top is quite tight and made of neoprene, I’ll be wearing it with some light palazzo trousers or a fitted maxi skirt. Bring on party outfit season!

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Ps if you’re on the lookout for something to wear with this crop top, I think it would go so well with my DIY sequin skirt!

Outfit photos by Nicola Lemmon

TRAVEL: HONG KONG’S BEST MARKETS

If there’s one thing you must do when you visit Hong Kong it’s visit the markets. Although the city is most well known for glittering sky scrapers and the harbour, it’s the tiny stalls and people going about their everyday lives that always interests me the most. If you like colour and vitality, don’t confine your trip to the malls – explore a bit to see the parts of Hong Kong you’ll remember the most.

It would totally be possible to spend a week visiting every market in the city, and trust me you wouldn’t get bored. But if you’re short on time and want see the best of the best in a day, then this is the itinerary for you. Conveniently located around the Prince Edward and Yau Mae Tei in Kowloon, start in the morning and keep walking til your feet fall off – or you hail a cab!

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The perfect market day…

10 am Flower Markets

Start at Prince Edward station and head over to the Flower Markets. If you arrive in the late morning you’ll be able to watch the sellers set up.  Walk the whole block, and enjoy the hectic nature of the street, the succulents (this is where I get mine!) and the gorgeous hanging plants. Grab a coffee at Cafe Hay Fever if you’re in need of a pick me up.  Flower Market Road, Prince Edward Station Exit B1.

11 am Yuen Po Bird Garden

At the end of Flower Market Road, you’ll find the Yuen Po Bird Garden – a market slash garden where people come to buy pet birds as well as feed, cages, live insects and all manner of other bird related paraphernalia. The Chinese style cages make this garden feel like a throw back to a bygone era, and the men that bring their cages down from their houses to talk birds will keep you entertained for hours.  Yuen Po Street, Prince Edward (the end of Flower Market Road)

12.30 pm Goldfish Street

Once you’ve finished at the Bird Garden, head back towards the station and take a left onto Tung Choi St, otherwise known as Goldfish Street. This street isn’t quite a market but makes the cut – shop after shop selling pet goldfish in bags, and boxes full of turtles. Naturally it smells strongly of fish food but I’m sure you can handle it.  Tung Choi Street North, Mong Kong

1.30 Cafe Mido

Jump into a taxi and head to this very atmospheric Hong Kong style tea house. I love this place! Wes Anderson would be proud of the throwback 50’s tiles and furniture, and the gorgeous green antique windows that look down onto the local temple. The menu is Hong Kong cafe food which can be a tad odd for the uninitiated – noodles and condensed milk on toast anyone? – but don’t let that stop you. 63 Temple St, Yau Ma Tei

2.30pm Jade Markets

Jade has long been associated with long life and prosperity in China, so you can understand why there’s whole markets dedicated to the stone. I love this market for its colour and stall holders, and for jewellery lovers – there are lots of other stones as well as Jade and it’s a great place to pick up presents.  Junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Top off your day with either a pit stop at the Ladies Markets if you’re in the mood for a few fake handbags clothes, or nip into Din Tai Fung in TST to weigh yourself down with Dim Sum!

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We took these photos over the course of a few days, but you only need one day to do it!

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

LINK FAVES #7

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Cambodia for a few days – a quick stop in Phnom Penh and then a few days in the serene and beautiful seaside village of Kep. It was amazing to get some downtime and do a bit of island hopping.. Particualy given winter is beginning to arrive in Hong Kong and swimming is (almost) out of the question now. It was so laid back that I got to forget about work and deadlines for a few hours – just what I needed prior to the crazy holiday season. I’m looking forward to sharing a few of my favourite things to do there with you, and also getting back there next year to check out Siem Reap!

Taking a dip in Cambodia
Swimsuit by Her The Label – on that note this is my first foray into high waisted bikinis and surprisingly I like them! What are your thoughts on the high waisted?

A few links I enjoyed over the weekend and wanted to share with you:

‘Not wearing a bra is my favourite pastime’. True that! NY women drawn their boobs.

Globe makers (insert love heart face emojis here).

Garza Marfa – I want everything now.

I love staying in people’s houses when I travel, here’s a few perfect ones for when you visit London.

The new Ace Hotel in LA is on my hit list, could it beeeee more pretty?

On friendship breakups

Ps… I’ve joined the Conde Nast Traveller team, head over to read my first guide about Shopping in Hanoi.